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Trail Mix Prayer: Deliver Us

Trail Mix Prayer: Deliver Us

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Let’s face one basic fact, our days are filled with opportunities to sin. The world around us is constantly placing enticements in our path. The devil is quick to whisper in our ear that we deserve it. Our body and soul scream to be satisfied. The list of possibilities is long but can be boiled down to one reality, all temptation seeks to satisfy self rather than God. In other words, all temptation holds out the promise being like God and ends with us worshiping a god of our own making instead of the one true God. We may feel that God is like the mom who gave their toddler a chocolate chip cookie before supper and then punished them for not finishing their peas and carrots. Or that God enjoys playing the gotcha game with us, dangling things in front of our noses only to punish us wh
Trail Mix Prayer: Forgive Them

Trail Mix Prayer: Forgive Them

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The joke’s on us. When we refuse to forgive others because of the hurt they have caused us, when we throw them into a virtual prison, when we can recount every offense and sin they have committed against us – the joke is on us. We are the ones who are really in jail; dressed in the prison garb of hate, shackled by unforgiveness, and locked behind impenetrable walls of bitterness. Irony of ironies, we hold the key that removes the shackles and unlocks the door. In the Lord’s Prayer and in the brief explanation that follows Jesus emphasizes the need to not only receive God’s forgiveness but forgive others as well. Jesus instructed us to pray, “And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” (Matthew 6:12, NASB95) And He taught, “For if you forgive others for their tra
Trail Mix Prayer: Forgive Us

Trail Mix Prayer: Forgive Us

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In his classic work “The Pilgrim’s Progress” John Bunyan begins “I dreamed, and behold, I saw a man clothed with rags, standing in a certain place, with his face from his own house, a book in his hand, and a great burden upon his back.”  The great burden was the pilgrim’s sin. The story portrays the journey, pitfalls, and missteps of Christian as he seeks to rid himself of his terrible burden.  In a powerful moment the pilgrim approaches the Cross of Christ, “So I saw in my dream, that just as Christian came up with the cross, his burden loosed from off his shoulders, and fell from off his back, and began to tumble, and so continued to do till it came to the mouth of the sepulcher, where it fell in, and I saw it no more.” What Christian could not do for himself, what no one else was ab
Trail Mix Prayer: Your Will Be Done

Trail Mix Prayer: Your Will Be Done

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Somewhere in a dusty filing cabinet is a document, prepared by a lawyer and signed by me and Betty, declaring our desires in the event of our deaths. It is a simple document setting out our will for the worldly goods left behind and who will see those desires through. In formal terms it is our “Last Will and Testament”  And how will those desires come to light?  Someone will ask to see the will. Our third “what” to pray as we go about our day, our trail mix prayers, is all about asking and listening. Jesus connects “your kingdom come” (which we covered in our last article) with “your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”  Matthew 6:10  Much of what we examined about praying for God’s kingdom also applies to praying for God’s will. So instead of rehashing the same ideas lets lo
Trail Mix Pray: Your Kingdom Come

Trail Mix Pray: Your Kingdom Come

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In October of 1492 Christopher Columbus and a small group of men set foot on an island somewhere in the Bahamas. They carried the banners of the Kingdoms of Spain and in words lost to history claimed the land in the name of the king and queen, renaming it San Salvador. That scene was played out multiple times as other explorers from Europe sought to spread their influence over the New World. Our map, languages, and the names of cities, states, and provinces are still influenced by those long ago planted seeds. The second “what” that we find in the Lord’s prayer is “Your Kingdom Come”. Jesus invites us to ask God to advance His kingdom and His sovereignty into our world. Call it intercession or standing in the gap. Essentially the Trail Mix Prayer of “Your kingdom come” is a response to
Trail Mix Prayer: Praise, Worship, and Thanks

Trail Mix Prayer: Praise, Worship, and Thanks

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In my office there is a shadow box dedicated to my grandfather. My mom made it years ago and gave it to grandpa as a present. Protected under its glass cover are small remembrances of Grandpa Joe’s life: A receipt, sticker, and key ring from his business; several items from his days as Scoutmaster; a ribbon and pin from his days in the army; a photo; and a few mementos from his dad. These items have been set apart, hallowed if you will, in remembrance and celebration of Grandpa’s life and accomplishments. In our previous article we covered the prayer basics of who, where, and when, here is the link in case you missed it. Trail Mix Prayer: The Basics. This article is the first of several that will cover the “what” of Trail Mix Prayer. By way of reminder we are likening prayer to trai
Trail Mix Prayer: The Basics

Trail Mix Prayer: The Basics

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A few years back myself, Betty, and our son Michael took the MSF Motorcycle Safety Course. For a day and half about two dozen souls learned and practiced motorcycle safety. We learned the basics of operation, starting, using the clutch, braking. We were instructed on safe riding techniques. The final test was a kind of obstacle course that put all of the lessons together.  The course was laid out using small orange cones which we were to avoid at all costs.  One by one we wove our way through corners, the toughest challenge was the final turn which lured you in and then quickly became tight. The trick in navigating the turn was to look ahead, look at where you wanted to go instead of trying to avoid the cones.  Its a basic mechanical law of motorcycling, look at where you want to go an
Trail Mix Prayer: Introduction

Trail Mix Prayer: Introduction

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The encouraging response to our recent article Pray, Pray Again, Pray Some More and other prayer related articles leads me to conclude that there is a desire to grow deeper in prayer on the part of Lambchow readers.  To that end we are going to begin a series based on Jesus’ model prayer. “Pray, then, in this way: ‘Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. ‘Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. ‘Give us this day our daily bread. ‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. ‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’” (Matthew 6:9–13, NASB95)  I know that for most of you this is not new territory, there are many books, studies, and sermons ab
Prayer Warrior Bulletin

Prayer Warrior Bulletin

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Special Announcement: As mentioned in a previous article Lambchow is launching a new website called Prayer Warrior Bulletin. The purpose of PWB is to pull together news stories of Christian persecution, natural disasters, and human conflicts for the purpose prayer. The guiding scripture is Matthew 5:4 “But I (Jesus) say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,” (see also Luke 6:27 and Romans 12:19-21).  Our primary goal and desire is to see the persecutors come to know Jesus Christ. Consider Saul. He persecuted the church and stood by in agreement while Stephen was being stoned to death. Instead of uttering a prayer of vengeance, hatred, and revenge Stephen prayed with his last breath - “Lord, do not hold this sin against them!” Having said this, he fell asleep
Lambchow: One Year Old!

Lambchow: One Year Old!

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Wow, the rebuilt and repurposed Lambchow.com is one year old. Thanks to everyone that has taken the time to visit the website, has shared it with friends, and has supported it with prayer and words of encouragement.  In the last year we have published 117 articles, sermons, and short stories, along with two Bible Study booklets. While 45375 have visited the website in the past year the core readership is around 40. Why the disparity?  We advertise the Bible Study booklets through Google as a free download.  Over the past year we have distributed 566 of Bible studies in one form or another. Two other events also drove up the number of visitors. When we changed servers there was traffic coming from folks looking for the previous tenants. Lambchow received thousands of visits from people “by
The Threshing Floor

The Threshing Floor

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A young boy with reins in hand, perhaps ten or eleven, sits atop the next load of gathered wheat shocks.  At the direction of his father he encourages the team of horses to pull the wagon into position. From his high perch he can see all that is about to happen.  Two giant machines stand in the field. One breaths fire and belches smoke and steam. A long wide belt runs from the first machine to the second one.  With a wave of his arm an older man, the young boy’s grandpa, commands a third man on the steam engine.  This third man pulls a lever. Wheels begin to spin, the mighty engine begins to wheeze and chug.  The belt begins to move causing the second machine to rumble and vibrate as its multiple parts begin to move.  Once grandpa is satisfied that all is working and at speed he signals tw
Chocolate

Chocolate

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    This post is different than normal, I have a video for you to watch.  It is from the Ivory Coast by way of the Netherlands and its about chocolate.     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zEN4hcZutO0 Did you see the joy on their faces as they experienced chocolate for the first time? Did you notice how the host introduced chocolate to one farmer who then shared it with his friends? Or how the one man was keeping the wrapper to show his children? Did you see how the workers were encouraged when they experienced the fruit of their labor? To me those are pictures of the Gospel of Christ.  “O taste and see that the Lord is good; How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!” (Psalm 34:8, NASB95)   The message we share should bring sweet joy ins