January 7th, 2016

Devo Options for 2016

After writing and posting online devotionals every morning for the past nine years (2007-2015), it is time for me to re-allocate my energy. I have thoroughly enjoyed our journey together. The adventure of walking with God daily and sharing my journey with you through writing has been a delight. Thank you for subscribing to my daily devotionals and thank you for passionately pursuing God. Here are several devotional options for you to consider in 2016.

  • My nine years of daily devotionals archived by date. http://www.saysoma.org/devotionals/
  • Daily Devotionals by Charles Stanley. http://www.intouch.org
  • Daily Hope Devotional by Rick Warren. http://rickwarren.org/devotional
  • Daily Treasures by Adrian Rogers. https://www.lwf.org/daily-treasures
  • Experiencing God Day by Day by Henry Blackaby. http://www.blackaby.net
  • Insight for Today by Chuck Swindoll. https://www.insight.org/resources/daily-devotional
  • Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. http://www.jesuscalling.com
  • Kingdom Living Daily Devotionals by Tony Evans. http://www.crosswalk.com/devotionals/alternative-view/
  • Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon. http://www.spurgeon.org/daily.htm
  • My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers. http://utmost.org
  • Strength for Today by John MacArthur. https://www.gty.org/resources/devotionals/strength-for-today
  • The Gift of Jesus Devotional by various contributing pastors including our Pastor David Fleming

“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace” (Numbers 6:24-26 ESV).

Riding HIS Wave,

Stephen Trammell
Lead Pastor
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Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Thursday, January 7th, 2016 at 1:00 am
Category Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement.
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January 6th, 2016

Devo Options for 2016

After writing and posting online devotionals every morning for the past nine years (2007-2015), it is time for me to re-allocate my energy. I have thoroughly enjoyed our journey together. The adventure of walking with God daily and sharing my journey with you through writing has been a delight. Thank you for subscribing to my daily devotionals and thank you for passionately pursuing God. Here are several devotional options for you to consider in 2016.

  • My nine years of daily devotionals archived by date. http://www.saysoma.org/devotionals/
  • Daily Devotionals by Charles Stanley. http://www.intouch.org
  • Daily Hope Devotional by Rick Warren. http://rickwarren.org/devotional
  • Daily Treasures by Adrian Rogers. https://www.lwf.org/daily-treasures
  • Experiencing God Day by Day by Henry Blackaby. http://www.blackaby.net
  • Insight for Today by Chuck Swindoll. https://www.insight.org/resources/daily-devotional
  • Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. http://www.jesuscalling.com
  • Kingdom Living Daily Devotionals by Tony Evans. http://www.crosswalk.com/devotionals/alternative-view/
  • Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon. http://www.spurgeon.org/daily.htm
  • My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers. http://utmost.org
  • Strength for Today by John MacArthur. https://www.gty.org/resources/devotionals/strength-for-today
  • The Gift of Jesus Devotional by various contributing pastors including our Pastor David Fleming

“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace” (Numbers 6:24-26 ESV).

Riding HIS Wave,

Stephen Trammell
Lead Pastor
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/stephentrammell

 

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Wednesday, January 6th, 2016 at 1:00 am
Category Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement.
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January 5th, 2016

Devo Options for 2016

After writing and posting online devotionals every morning for the past nine years (2007-2015), it is time for me to re-allocate my energy. I have thoroughly enjoyed our journey together. The adventure of walking with God daily and sharing my journey with you through writing has been a delight. Thank you for subscribing to my daily devotionals and thank you for passionately pursuing God. Here are several devotional options for you to consider in 2016.

  • My nine years of daily devotionals archived by date. http://www.saysoma.org/devotionals/
  • Daily Devotionals by Charles Stanley. http://www.intouch.org
  • Daily Hope Devotional by Rick Warren. http://rickwarren.org/devotional
  • Daily Treasures by Adrian Rogers. https://www.lwf.org/daily-treasures
  • Experiencing God Day by Day by Henry Blackaby. http://www.blackaby.net
  • Insight for Today by Chuck Swindoll. https://www.insight.org/resources/daily-devotional
  • Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. http://www.jesuscalling.com
  • Kingdom Living Daily Devotionals by Tony Evans. http://www.crosswalk.com/devotionals/alternative-view/
  • Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon. http://www.spurgeon.org/daily.htm
  • My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers. http://utmost.org
  • Strength for Today by John MacArthur. https://www.gty.org/resources/devotionals/strength-for-today
  • The Gift of Jesus Devotional by various contributing pastors including our Pastor David Fleming

“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace” (Numbers 6:24-26 ESV).

Riding HIS Wave,

Stephen Trammell
Lead Pastor
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/stephentrammell

 

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Tuesday, January 5th, 2016 at 1:00 am
Category Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement.
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January 4th, 2016

Devo Options for 2016

After writing and posting online devotionals every morning for the past nine years (2007-2015), it is time for me to re-allocate my energy. I have thoroughly enjoyed our journey together. The adventure of walking with God daily and sharing my journey with you through writing has been a delight. Thank you for subscribing to my daily devotionals and thank you for passionately pursuing God. Here are several devotional options for you to consider in 2016.

  • My nine years of daily devotionals archived by date. http://www.saysoma.org/devotionals/
  • Daily Devotionals by Charles Stanley. http://www.intouch.org
  • Daily Hope Devotional by Rick Warren. http://rickwarren.org/devotional
  • Daily Treasures by Adrian Rogers. https://www.lwf.org/daily-treasures
  • Experiencing God Day by Day by Henry Blackaby. http://www.blackaby.net
  • Insight for Today by Chuck Swindoll. https://www.insight.org/resources/daily-devotional
  • Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. http://www.jesuscalling.com
  • Kingdom Living Daily Devotionals by Tony Evans. http://www.crosswalk.com/devotionals/alternative-view/
  • Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon. http://www.spurgeon.org/daily.htm
  • My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers. http://utmost.org
  • Strength for Today by John MacArthur. https://www.gty.org/resources/devotionals/strength-for-today
  • The Gift of Jesus Devotional by various contributing pastors including our Pastor David Fleming

“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace” (Numbers 6:24-26 ESV).

Riding HIS Wave,

Stephen Trammell
Lead Pastor
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/stephentrammell

 

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Monday, January 4th, 2016 at 1:00 am
Category Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement.
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January 3rd, 2016

Devo Options for 2016

After writing and posting online devotionals every morning for the past nine years (2007-2015), it is time for me to re-allocate my energy. I have thoroughly enjoyed our journey together. The adventure of walking with God daily and sharing my journey with you through writing has been a delight. Thank you for subscribing to my daily devotionals and thank you for passionately pursuing God. Here are several devotional options for you to consider in 2016.

  • My nine years of daily devotionals archived by date. http://www.saysoma.org/devotionals/
  • Daily Devotionals by Charles Stanley. http://www.intouch.org
  • Daily Hope Devotional by Rick Warren. http://rickwarren.org/devotional
  • Daily Treasures by Adrian Rogers. https://www.lwf.org/daily-treasures
  • Experiencing God Day by Day by Henry Blackaby. http://www.blackaby.net
  • Insight for Today by Chuck Swindoll. https://www.insight.org/resources/daily-devotional
  • Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. http://www.jesuscalling.com
  • Kingdom Living Daily Devotionals by Tony Evans. http://www.crosswalk.com/devotionals/alternative-view/
  • Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon. http://www.spurgeon.org/daily.htm
  • My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers. http://utmost.org
  • Strength for Today by John MacArthur. https://www.gty.org/resources/devotionals/strength-for-today
  • The Gift of Jesus Devotional by various contributing pastors including our Pastor David Fleming

“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace” (Numbers 6:24-26 ESV).

Riding HIS Wave,

Stephen Trammell
Lead Pastor
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/stephentrammell

 

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Sunday, January 3rd, 2016 at 1:00 am
Category Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement.
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January 2nd, 2016

Devo Options for 2016

After writing and posting online devotionals every morning for the past nine years (2007-2015), it is time for me to re-allocate my energy. I have thoroughly enjoyed our journey together. The adventure of walking with God daily and sharing my journey with you through writing has been a delight. Thank you for subscribing to my daily devotionals and thank you for passionately pursuing God. Here are several devotional options for you to consider in 2016.

  • My nine years of daily devotionals archived by date. http://www.saysoma.org/devotionals/
  • Daily Devotionals by Charles Stanley. http://www.intouch.org
  • Daily Hope Devotional by Rick Warren. http://rickwarren.org/devotional
  • Daily Treasures by Adrian Rogers. https://www.lwf.org/daily-treasures
  • Experiencing God Day by Day by Henry Blackaby. http://www.blackaby.net
  • Insight for Today by Chuck Swindoll. https://www.insight.org/resources/daily-devotional
  • Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. http://www.jesuscalling.com
  • Kingdom Living Daily Devotionals by Tony Evans. http://www.crosswalk.com/devotionals/alternative-view/
  • Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon. http://www.spurgeon.org/daily.htm
  • My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers. http://utmost.org
  • Strength for Today by John MacArthur. https://www.gty.org/resources/devotionals/strength-for-today
  • The Gift of Jesus Devotional by various contributing pastors including our Pastor David Fleming

“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace” (Numbers 6:24-26 ESV).

Riding HIS Wave,

Stephen Trammell
Lead Pastor
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/stephentrammell

 

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Saturday, January 2nd, 2016 at 1:00 am
Category Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement.
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January 1st, 2016

Devo Options for 2016

After writing and posting online devotionals every morning for the past nine years (2007-2015), it is time for me to re-allocate my energy. I have thoroughly enjoyed our journey together. The adventure of walking with God daily and sharing my journey with you through writing has been a delight. Thank you for subscribing to my daily devotionals and thank you for passionately pursuing God. Here are several devotional options for you to consider in 2016.

  • My nine years of daily devotionals archived by date. http://www.saysoma.org/devotionals/
  • Daily Devotionals by Charles Stanley. http://www.intouch.org
  • Daily Hope Devotional by Rick Warren. http://rickwarren.org/devotional
  • Daily Treasures by Adrian Rogers. https://www.lwf.org/daily-treasures
  • Experiencing God Day by Day by Henry Blackaby. http://www.blackaby.net
  • Insight for Today by Chuck Swindoll. https://www.insight.org/resources/daily-devotional
  • Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. http://www.jesuscalling.com
  • Kingdom Living Daily Devotionals by Tony Evans. http://www.crosswalk.com/devotionals/alternative-view/
  • Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon. http://www.spurgeon.org/daily.htm
  • My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers. http://utmost.org
  • Strength for Today by John MacArthur. https://www.gty.org/resources/devotionals/strength-for-today
  • The Gift of Jesus Devotional by various contributing pastors including our Pastor David Fleming

“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace” (Numbers 6:24-26 ESV).

Riding HIS Wave,

Stephen Trammell
Lead Pastor
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/stephentrammell

 

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Friday, January 1st, 2016 at 1:00 am
Category Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement.
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December 31st, 2015

Will You Endure Sound Teaching?

“Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.” 2 Timothy 4:2-4 (ESV)

Truth is becoming more and more relative, or so it would seem, in our culture today. To say something is absolutely true, especially in religious or philosophical circles, is unpopular at best. Sometimes such statements are even met with anger and animosity. The true follower of Christ, however, should take care to not fall into our culture’s trap, recognizing that there are certain things that are absolutely true, including the gospel of Jesus Christ. Because the gospel is absolutely true, we should welcome both its preaching and its proclaiming in our lives. We should welcome its preaching to us because we know that in hearing the gospel, we can become more like Christ. Our purpose is to reject sin and pursue holiness, and we need people in our lives to remind us of the gospel to push us toward that end. We should also welcome its proclaiming in the midst of any circumstance and regardless of consequence, knowing that without it the people around us will perish under the wrath of God.

Does your heart come alive when the Word of God is taught, or would you rather hear the philosophies of man? Do you feel encouraged when the truth of Scripture is spoken over you, even in rebuke? Or do you prefer to be flattered even when it is not genuine? We are not perfect yet and need pruning on occasion; the true follower of Christ welcomes the truth, even when it is inconvenient, in order to achieve that end. Will you endure sound teaching? Will you demand it? Will you teach soundly even when it costs you for the good of those around you?

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Mobilization Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Thursday, December 31st, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category 2 Timothy, Teaching, Word of God.
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December 30th, 2015

Remember the Cloud of Witnesses

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2 (ESV)

Building upon his list of some of the most faithful people in all of Scripture, the author of Hebrews now challenges us to remain as strong and vigilant as those before us in the face of adversity or temptation. Whatever situation comes your way, know that someone has walked through something similar and has proven faithful. Are you trying to lead a people out of bondage from a powerful empire? Well, look to Moses, who in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds allowed the Lord to work miraculously through him. Have you been called to sacrifice your one and only promised son by the Lord? Look to Abraham, who trusted even when he did not understand, allowing the Lord to deliver his son at the right time. Have you been attacked by a lion lately? Well, look to Samson, whose God-infused power allowed him to tear apart his attacker.

While almost certainly none of us have been in as precarious positions as these, knowing that men just like us stood firm in the face of extraordinary circumstances should give us hope that we can stand when we face obstacles ourselves. Many have gone before us and finished well. Many are proving faithful in our midst presently. There is no reason that you cannot set aside your weights and run this race with endurance. Do not be overcome by thinking that you are the only one. Remember the examples we have and set out to emulate them as you serve our worthy God.

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Mobilization Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Wednesday, December 30th, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category Faith, Hebrews, Witness.
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December 29th, 2015

The Importance of Christ’s Deity

“But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation) he entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption.” Hebrews 9:11-12 (ESV)

The sacrificial system was always a temporary fix, both in practicality and in God’s overarching redemptive design. The sacrifices offered were never able to speak to the fullness of sin’s offense, nor compensate adequately in holiness. Yet, the coming of Christ revealed the purpose of the sacrificial system: to establish a process by which Christ could ultimately justify God’s offer of salvation and permanently atone for sin. His deity is essential to this provision. If Christ is not infinite, as God alone is, then His sacrifice cannot even remotely account for the entirety of our sin. Secondly, if Christ is not eternal, then that accounting cannot span the expanse of time from the beginning of creation until His return. Christ, then, must be both man and God for Him to be able to secure an “eternal redemption.”

For centuries, there have been those who try to minimize the importance of Christ’s deity, suggesting that He was simply a good man or a skilled teacher. Make no mistake, though, without the deity of Christ, there is no salvation. If we fail to affirm the fullness of the God-man, then we rob our faith of its power. Defend the teaching of Christ’s deity and be thankful that He became sin Who knew no sin so that we could become the righteousness of God.

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Mobilization Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Tuesday, December 29th, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category Hebrews, Incarnation, Jesus.
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