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Like a Child

Like a Child

Encouragment
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
Walking Through 1st Peter #20, Your Kingdom Come

Walking Through 1st Peter #20, Your Kingdom Come

Encouragment
I hope you have your hiking boots on and not some fancy slippers. Our next step in 1st Peter is a difficult one on several levels. It deals with heartache, suffering, persecution, and judgment – many of the things we’d rather avoid even thinking about. But in our journey through 1st Peter, we’ve learned that this is why Peter is writing the letter in the first place. Lambchow reaches many nations with varying levels of acceptance and persecution. But here’s the thing, Peter’s conclusion is for everyone, no matter the situation or circumstance. Welcome to our 20th installment in our Walk Through 1st Peter. Feel free to join in even if you’ve missed previous articles. By the way, they can be found on our website – Lambchow.com Peter encourages, “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fier
Walking Through 1st Peter: A Living Hope

Walking Through 1st Peter: A Living Hope

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Not long ago our daughter’s family went on a vacation to Florida. Instead of enduring the seventeen hours of drive time they decided to fly. At the appointed time Asher, Eli, Mom, and Dad were all seated on the plane and ready to go. Four-year-old Eli clutched his favorite plush penguin while seven-year-old Asher looked just a bit nervous. Did I mention that the boys had never flown before? Then there was a bump as the plane pushed back from the gate. “Are we flying?” Eli asked. “Not yet,” Mom replied. The airliner turned and taxied a bit faster. “Are we flying?” Eli asked excitedly. “Nope,” Mom replied. Soon the plane lined up, revved up the jet engines and began to bolt down the runway. “Are we flying? Eli asked. “Not yet, you’ll know,” Mom replied as nearby passengers chuckled. A few
Who Are You? A Proclaimer

Who Are You? A Proclaimer

Encouragment
This facet of the diamond of who we are in Christ was somewhat difficult to name. In the title, I’ve used the word Proclaimers, and there is truth in that, but it is not the whole story. The problem is that there is not one word that adequately describes this facet. In fact we’re going to look at six words, witness, minister, ambassador, messenger, priest, and proclaimer. Witness. The book of Acts records Jesus final instructions this way,  “but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” (Acts 1:8, NASB95)  A witness speaks about what they have seen and experienced, often in the form of a testimonial. Our minds rush to the courtroom with so
God’s Intentional Tensions – Already, and Not Yet

God’s Intentional Tensions – Already, and Not Yet

Encouragment
My musical instrument of choice is guitar. Although I love the sound of a well over-driven Stratocaster or Les Paul, I choose to play a plain-old Martin acoustic. There’s just something about the naturalness of the tone that invites people to open their hearts in song and worship. All guitars, but especially acoustic ones are instruments of balanced tensions. A seemingly fragile body that is braced to handle about 175lbs of pull from the strings without losing the ability to resonate with the vibrations they make. The tension on each of the six strings is tuned and adjusted until it is pitch perfect and in harmony with the others. Would it surprise you that I see the same kind of balance and tensions in the Bible? People that love Jesus and are of good faith have argued and divided over
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