Tag: Jesus

Jesus Said That?! A Radical Identification

Jesus Said That?! A Radical Identification

Encouragment
Think about a tree for a moment. How it looks. How it’s shaped. All trees have some kind of central trunk. From that trunk radiate branches above and roots below. Regardless of the type of tree radiating roots and branches can be seen in every tree. That twig on the extreme end of the branch is about as far from the trunk as you can get. That is one way to look at what it means to be radical, on the extreme edge, as far from the center as you can get. This idea of radicalness has been applied to just about everything. Flipping motorcycles over in mid air is called an extreme or radical sport. All sides of the political spectrum have at one time, or another has been called radical. (The 1913 version of Webster’s dictionary links radical with left- leaning socialism while today’s Webster lin
Seven: Got Ears?

Seven: Got Ears?

Encouragment
When you picture Jesus what do you see?  Does your heart go to the baby in the stable, of shepherds, wise men, and angelic proclamations?  Do you envision Jesus teaching on a hillside or healing the broken that He encountered? Do you picture the dark, cruel day on Golgotha as Jesus suffered the agonizing death of crucifixion? Perhaps you see a risen Jesus speaking with Mary in the Garden, to the two travelers heading towards Emmaus, or to the disciples hiding in an upper room?  There is one final vision given to us in the Bible. One that is filled with symbolism and meaning yet falling far short of the true glory, majesty, and authority of Jesus Christ. On a particular Sunday morning the Apostle John, while worshiping in exile, heard and saw a far different picture of Jesus than our
Interview With a Shepherd

Interview With a Shepherd

Christmas, Short Stories
Merry Christmas 2017! Interview With a Shepherd was originally published in 2013 as an eight-part serial. It follows a fictional reporter as he discovers the events of Christ's birth. Below is the complete text of the story. Feel free to print and share with others this Christmas season. Immediately below you'll also find a link to the same story in ebook PDF format, just click on the picture.     Interview With A Shepherd Dale Heinold -The Reporter- One morning I was sniffing around the Jerusalem market, not for spoiled artichokes but for a story. Somewhere between Persian spices and dead chickens I ran into Denny, one of my favorite sources.  Denny was just a nickname, one he picked up because of his annoying coin flipping habit.  “Denny, whatcha been up too?”
The Spirit of the Lord

The Spirit of the Lord

Series, Spirit of the Lord
For the next few articles, we are going to explore the Holy Spirit using Isaiah 11:1-2 as our guide. In many ways the Holy Spirit is a mystery to us, being only partly revealed in scriptures. We do know that He participated in the ministry of Jesus and that He convicts, gifts, and guides believers. Yet we are never told His name. Isaiah 11:1-2 provides a prophetic picture of Christ. “Then a shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse, And a branch from his roots will bear fruit. The Spirit of the Lord will rest on Him, The spirit of wisdom and understanding, The spirit of counsel and strength, The spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.” (Isaiah 11:1–2, NASB95)   For those who may not be familiar with the history of the Old Testament; Jesse is the father of king David, the genealogie
Big Questions, Important Answers:Who Do You Say I Am?

Big Questions, Important Answers:Who Do You Say I Am?

Big Questions, Series
I’m sure that you’ve seen man-on-the-street interviews on TV.  Clips of regular folks being asked for their opinion or knowledge on any number of subjects. One night Tonight Show host Jay Leno collared some young people to ask them questions about the Bible.“Can you name one of the Ten Commandments?” he asked two college-age women. One replied, “Freedom of speech?” He said to the other, “Complete this sentence: Let he who is without sin . . .” Her response was, “Have a good time?” Leno then turned to a young man and asked, “Who, according to the Bible, was eaten by a whale?” The confident answer was, “Pinocchio.”*  In a similar way Jesus conducted His own “man-on-the-street” interview.  One day He asked His followers - Who do people say that the Son of Man (meaning himself) is?  “And they
On Christ’s Resurrection and Diety

On Christ’s Resurrection and Diety

Encouragment, Faith
The bulk of this article is from a theology class research paper I wrote in 2010.  It is longer and has a more formal style than you are used to from Lambchow.com.  However, as we enter into Passion Week 2014 I thought it would be an appropriate reminder of the proofs and purpose of the resurrection of Jesus. Also note, that while I have included the bibliography the footnotes have been dropped.  Contact me if you would like a copy of the paper as presented in 2010. Jesus once asked his disciples a most important question - "who do you say that I am" (Matt 16:15).  Peter responded with "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God" (Matt 16:16).  The answer to Jesus' question is still vitally relevant today.  C. S. Lewis wrote, "A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesu
Coloring Between the Lines

Coloring Between the Lines

Encouragment, Faith
One day, not very long ago, my grandson Asher was in preschool coloring a picture. As he pushed the crayon across the page he announced, “Jesus never colored outside the lines.”  A few moments later, having thought more about his theological proposition he added, “But He probably never colored.”  To which a second boy responded, “But if Jesus did color he would have colored inside the lines.” The seed of this preschool theological discussion was planted during a time Asher was struggling with his own imperfections and mistakes.  I find it amazing that a four almost five year old can understand Jesus’ character better than many adults. Looking back at Jesus and the Gospels it is clear that some, if not many, thought Jesus was coloring outside the lines.  Healing on the Sabbath - outside th
The Dividing Line

The Dividing Line

Encouragment, Faith
The dividing line of all religion, all philosophy, and all worldviews is whether Jesus is God the Son or not. There is no in-between or nuance of position, there can only be the acknowledgment or rejection of Jesus as the only begotten Son of God (John 3:16). Think of this as the Continental Divide, that line in the Rocky Mountains that determines whether water flows towards the Atlantic or Pacific oceans. When someone rejects Jesus as the Son of God it moves them in a certain direction.  They may be a good person, even compassionate and caring, but they are missing their real purpose in life. They may see Jesus as a good person, an interesting teacher, or a prophet of some stripe. They may even quote scripture, go to church, and do good things.  But the center of their world is not Jesus