This is the final article of 2020. Who would have imagined one year ago what that would mean? Our habit during the week between Christmas and New Year Day is to write a look-back article followed by a look ahead. I don’t know what 2021 will bring us. I anticipate that, in general, we’ll continue our slow climb out of the pandemic with a few twists and turns along the way.
I can be a bit more certain of where Lambchow is going next year. In January, we’re going to start a study on Galatians, which will take us to about May. I’ve always found Galatians to be an interesting and important book. Some verses seem harsh when pulled out of context, but the whole is a pastoral correction and warning to the churches of Galatia and for us.
We are not anticipating any changes to our publishing schedule or any other structural changes. I’d love to update the website graphics, but I also want to keep them as lite as possible for our friends on older tech and limited Internet. Some of our previous series of articles that I’d like to reformat as Bible studies. And I have a new idea that would best be presented as a book, more on that later.
In many ways, 2020 was a year of pruning. We all had to determine what was important and what was just so much fluff. Whenever a fruit tree is pruned, it looks somewhat ugly and wounded to the point that someone could wonder if it will ever grow again. I’ve been through seasons like that in my own life where God pruned away things I thought important so that I could grow in the ways that He wanted me to.
I don’t know if 2021 will be one of waiting or of growth, maybe both. But these times are meant to grow our roots deeper into Christ and His love. Jesus said, “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5, NLT) Roots will always lead to growing fruit, the stronger and deeper our roots, the more our fruit in Christ increases.
Blessings to you all as we close out 2020 and begin the new chapter of 2021.