ABCs of Faith: By Faith

ABCs of Faith: By Faith

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Sir Isaac Newton was a man of science. His list of discoveries is long and include the fundamental laws of motion, thermodynamics, and gravity. Yet Newton was also a man of faith and often wrote about the intersection between his discoveries and God. In an appendix to Principia Newton wrote of God, “He is not Eternity or Infinity, but Eternal and Infinite; he is not Duration or Space, but he endures and is present. He endures for ever and is every where present, and by existing always and every where he constitutes Duration and Space.” Using more modern language – God is both eternal in the sense of time and infinite in the sense of place. Newton understood this from his study of math, calculus, the ways of matter, and by faith. By Faith… The writer of Hebrews provides a succinct definit
ABCs of Faith – Acquired Faith

ABCs of Faith – Acquired Faith

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Visit any Kindergarten classroom, and you’re sure to see the ABC’s on the wall. No matter the language the Alphabet or its equivalent is the building blocks of writing and communication. That basic understanding of the ABC’s leads to words and the sharing of thoughts, hopes, dreams, feelings, and fears. In the English language, we have twenty-six letters from A to Z. Perhaps you remember learning your ABC’s and the little song that is often used. Maybe you’ve laughed as a youngster struggled with the order and suddenly jumped from f to j.  Is there little doubt that the ABC’s are basic and foundational?For the next 13 weeks, we’re going to go through the ABC’s of Faith. Twenty Six articles exploring aspects of faith moving from A to Z. In many ways faith is like the Alphabet, it is bas
Of Charlottesville and Barcelona

Of Charlottesville and Barcelona

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This has been a hard week. It began with the protests and ultimate violence in Charlottesville Virgina. Continued with the raw meat of President Trump’s comments which sparked a feeding frenzy of angst and anger in the media. And closed with the fatal attacks in Spain from a radicalized Islamic terror cell. I keep my nose out of current events and politics on the pages of Lambchow. But as I listened to the news, argued with the reactions, and sought God about these events a truth emerged.  Charlottesville The events in Charlottesville began when several groups that share the evil belief of white supremacy lawfully gathered. The stated goal was to protest the removal of a statue honoring a Confederate General. General Robert E. Lee led the Confederate army during America’s Civil
reThink48 – Whatever is Praiseworthy

reThink48 – Whatever is Praiseworthy

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For the past eight weeks, we’ve been reThinking Paul’s instruction found in Philippians. “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.” (Philippians 4:8, NASB95)  Our goal has been to reframe this verse and open our eyes to look for these attributes. To see their totality in God and the glimmers we often miss in each other. Before we close this series, however, there are two topics yet to consider- Worthy of Praise and Dwell on These Things. Worthy of Praise Paul’s instruction to dwell on what is worthy of praise is like a wrapper that contains all the others. While we struggled to understand a few words in
Show and Tell

Show and Tell

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As I was reading and searching for what God wanted for this article, I ran across something Paul wrote to the Corinthians. “And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God. For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling, and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.” (1 Corinthians 2:1–5, NASB95) I hope that in some measure this applies to Lambchow as well.Our writing here at Lambchow is not in the high language of learned theologians or the persuasive angl
reThink48 – Whatever is Excellent

reThink48 – Whatever is Excellent

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By Geoff Mills“Gentlemen, we are going to relentlessly chase perfection, knowing full well we will not catch it, because nothing is perfect. But we are going to relentlessly chase it, because in the process we will catch excellence. I am not remotely interested in just being good.”These were the words of the late Vince Lombardi in his first speech to the team as head coach of the Green Bay Packers. Lombardi went on to lead his team to five championship titles, including Super Bowls I and II. Coach Lombardi had no illusions that perfection was attainable. In the pursuit of perfection; however, he and his team found excellence. But there’s more to excellence than winning championships.In our reThink48 series we’re considering Paul’s instruction to the Philippians. “Finally, breth
Like a Child

Like a Child

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At one point during His ministry, Jesus said something rather startling. Well, He said many things that were startling and designed to break through the chains of religion, ego, and pride. Choosing a Samaritan to be the hero of a story was startling to His Israeli hearers.  Declaring that it is harder for the rich to enter His kingdom than for a camel to go through the eye of a needle surely got folk’s attention. And His cry from the cross for forgiveness instead of cursing those that nailed His hands and feet to the cross surely gave folks pause. While those are all excellent examples, and there are many more, what I have in mind is something else.One day, almost out of the blue, Jesus declared, “Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not ent
reThink48 – Whatever if of Good Repute

reThink48 – Whatever if of Good Repute

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Grandpa Heinold was an ardent follower of Consumer Reports. Before any major purchase, and even some minor ones, he would scour the articles for the consumer group’s advice. Today, in much the same way, many folks rely on user comments such as the gold star reviews on Amazon.com. How do we know that (fill in the blank) is well made, will work as expected, and worth spending our hard earned money on? Does this thing have a good reputation?Welcome to Lambchow’s series called reThink48. For the past few weeks, we’ve been considering the various traits listed by Paul in Philippians 4:8. “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise,
Trained for Battle

Trained for Battle

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As we read the Bible, there is a constant challenge of bridging the gap between then and now. Sometimes that gap is very narrow, the words, context, and purpose falls easily in line with our own experience and need. Sometimes the gap is extremely wide as we struggle to connect the thoughts, feelings, and problems of long ago to our modern lives. The verses we’re about to consider contains both.David wrote, “Praise the Lord, who is my rock. He trains my hands for war and gives my fingers skill for battle. He is my loving ally and my fortress, my tower of safety, my rescuer. He is my shield, and I take refuge in him. He makes the nations submit to me.” (Psalm 144:1–2, NLT)As I read all of Psalm 144, I can see King David sitting in the palace. A sharpened sword across his lap as he co
reThinking48 – Whatever is Lovely

reThinking48 – Whatever is Lovely

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It is said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But is beauty only determined by the one observing or is there more to the story? This is not some strange philosophical pondering. We need to explore this to understand and rethink what Paul meant by dwell on whatever is lovely. Unlike truth, honor, and justice which are highly objective, lovely appears to be in the eye of the beholder. Or is it?Welcome to our reThink48 series as we consider Paul’s instruction to the Philippians. “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.” (Philippians 4:8, NASB95) As you’ve seen from above, this entry explores “wh
Got Your Ears On?

Got Your Ears On?

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“Breaker, breaker two one, got your ears on Blue Darter?” Some of you know what that phrase is all about, to others it is a mystery. Grandpa Kindred was a CB’er (a Citizen Band Radio Enthusiast) long before it became a fad in the 70’s. From his basement he’d listen and talk to the static laced voices of folks from around the county and truckers on the nearby highway. It was a whole other world with strange codes, unique words, and “handles” for names. For the uninitiated, that strange phrase we started with could be interpreted as, “Excuse me Channel 21, Grandpa Kindred (AKA Blue Darter) are you there? Can you hear me?”  God, in a way, once had a similar conversation.We are told in 1st Samuel 3 that “Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord before Eli. And word from the Lord was
reThinking48 – Whatever is Pure

reThinking48 – Whatever is Pure

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It is sometimes said of folks, especially politicians, that they don’t have a moral compass. Basically meaning that there’s nothing in them that points out the difference between right and wrong. Not true, everyone has a moral compass of some sort. The problem is that their moral compass may be pulled in a direction other than north. So a lie, for instance, is only judged on whether it achieves its purpose and not on the inherent value of truth. Our next dwell on attitude found in Philippians 4:8 helps us “tune” our own moral compass to what really matters.Welcome to our next installment taken from Philippians 4:8. In this series, we are reThinking48. “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of goo