Tag: purpose

Popping the Anxiety of Purpose

Popping the Anxiety of Purpose

Encouragment
Allow this article to remove some pressure and anxiety from your life. Tall order? Perhaps. Consider this to be the pin which pops the balloon. But before we get too far perhaps I should identify the balloon. For practically everyone that chooses to follow Jesus, there is an aspect of performance anxiety. We strive to fit in with our faith community in the ways we dress, the ways we talk, and the attitudes and perhaps even the doctrines we adopt. Even if your church has a “come as you are” attitude this anxiety remains. But that is only a visible piece of a much larger iceberg. We also have aspects of performance anxiety when it comes to following Jesus. Am I doing the right things? Am I fulfilling His purpose? Am I on the right path? Am I spiritual enough or religious enough to ple
What’s In a Name or What Does “Lambchow” Mean?

What’s In a Name or What Does “Lambchow” Mean?

Encouragment
Names are important. We all have names given to us by our parents. Whether we chose to continue using them is a different matter. And perhaps we’ve gained a nickname or two as we’ve traveled through life. There’s something in our humanness that loves to name things. Consider this, Adam’s first job was to name all the animals (Genesis 2:19). We still tend to name just about everything. A car isn’t a car, it’s the Mustang or Chevy or Herbie. So, what in the world does Lambchow mean? That question came up in our recent survey. I shouldn’t have been surprised. It’s not unusual for folks to give me a curious look when I tell them that the name of this blog ministry is Lambchow. I can’t say that I spent months coming up with the perfect name, in fact, it came to mind during one of those early
Flower in the Desert

Flower in the Desert

Short Stories
One day a tender blade pushed up through the desert crust. The wind threw pebbles and dust at it to cover it again. The sun tried to bake it out of existence. The blade persisted and became two blades, then three leaves and a stem. At night, while the moon was high and the air cold, tiny droplets of water would gather on the leaves. In the twilight of morning the droplets of water would run down the stem and into the ground and refresh the roots. Eventually a bud formed which, after a few more days, unveiled a golden flower with radiating petals. The blossom seemed to mirror the very sun that sought to scorch it. Invisibly, the roots of the golden flower grew deeper; gathering all of the moisture it could from the surrounding soil. Other creatures began to take notice.  A caterpillar wo
Apple Seed Gospel

Apple Seed Gospel

Short Stories
One autumn afternoon Matt decided to pedal his bike around the section to see how harvest was going.  Well, that's what he told his ma.  His real objective was to check on Mr. Bright’s apples and possibly “borrow” a few. Along the way, Matt did check on the neighbors fields.  Of particular interest was Mr. Patterson’s pumpkin patch. Soon the factory workers would flock to the field to row the pumpkins with one kind of machine and then lift the pumpkins into the back of trucks with another strange looking machine.  Mr. King already had his corn in Matt noted as he turned the northeast corner.  But across the road old Johnny Darst’s corn was still standing. Another mile, a few more fields, and Matt came upon Mr. Bright’s place. Laying his bike in the ditch Matt carefully climbed the wi
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