Give Me That Mountain

We Must Unhitch the Law from Grace.

Grace to Us. Day one...

As a child, I remember one particular conversation Dad had with his cousin, Victor. This one stuck in my mind because it was about Indians and cars and horses—all of great interest to this little boy.

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It’s All about Grace

Grace to Us. Day two...

My Aunt Mardel nicknamed me “Little Dillinger.” I guess she had good reason, but I was too young to remember all my crimes against her. She did, however, tell me about one of them.

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Grace Doesn’t Diminish the Law, but Fulfills It

Grace to Us. Day three...

At our former church, Sherrel and I drove the bus to pick up children for our Wednesday night “Kids' Club.” Most of the children lived in a low‐income apartment complex.

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When We Want What God Wants We Are Living under Grace

Grace to Us. Day four...

Back on the farm, if Dad were to say to me, “Mike, go saddle the horses and load them in the trailer. The neighbor needs our help getting his cattle to higher ground before the river gets up and traps them,” then I would be all over that in a heartbeat. What Dad wanted me to do was what I wanted to do.

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Seeing God’s Grace in the Law

Grace to Us. Day five...

One of the biggest challenges for any parent is trying to teach children right from wrong, without exasperating them. Getting children to accept some types of instruction is fairly easy: “Nate, remember what happened when you touched the door on the fireplace? Well, the same thing's going to happen if you touch the end of that stick I just pulled your hot dog off of.” But other types of instruction seem to have to be force‐fed: “Suzie, you know we only allow music with lyrics that honor God, or instrumental music, in our house.”

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God Sees in Us what We Can’t See in Ourselves

Grace to Us. Day six...

“Gary and Sarah met at a party following the last home game before the semester break. After about fifteen minutes of conversation the two of them had locked their attention solely on each other; the other voices in the room just became background noise.

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God Does Not Have a Sin Conscience

Grace to Us. Day seven...

When my ex‐wife was eight‐months pregnant with our oldest son, the temperature in our area in upstate New York dropped to ‐30 degrees. The water supply to our house was fed from a spring on the side of the mountain that ran continuously through a pipe to a turn‐around just outside the house and then back to a brook. The water supply to the turn‐around survived the cold, but the line from the turn‐around to the house froze solid.

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Anything about God Is Perfect to Our Innermost Self

Grace to Us. Day eight...

Which is worse: An unforgiving father who always holds his children accountable for every infraction against his standards, or a forgiving father who never holds his children accountable for any infraction against his standards?

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God’s Grace Flows out of His Love

Grace to Us. Day nine...

One Valentine's Day, back when I was in the furniture manufacturing business, a flower shop delivery van pulled up to the factory. That caught our attention because we were several miles from the nearest florist.

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Grace Compels Us to Look after Our Family

Grace to Us. Day ten...

“You sure were an ornery little warthead!” That's the way many family members and family friends have described my childhood. But I don't remember doing any of the things in the stories they've told about me.

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