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October 3rd, 2015

Can You See It?

“Then I said to them, ‘You see the trouble we are in, how Jerusalem lies in ruins with its gates burned. Come, let us build the wall of Jerusalem, that we may no longer suffer derision.’ And I told them of the hand of my God that had been upon me for good, and also of the words that the king had spoken to me. And they said, ‘Let us rise up and build.’ So they strengthened their hands for the good work.” Nehemiah 2:17-18 (ESV)

Nehemiah’s vision to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem was birthed out of his burden for his people. As the cupbearer to King Artaxerxes, Nehemiah was the most trusted man in that kingdom. He had job security and a solid future serving in the palace in Susa. Upon receiving news concerning the plight of the Jews, Nehemiah brought his burdens to the Lord in prayer. After a season of praying, Nehemiah shared his burden with King Artaxerxes. God’s favor was poured out on Nehemiah as the king was prompted to finance the mission.

Many people have vision, but a smaller number of people know how to implement their vision. God gave Nehemiah a clear and compelling vision to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem and Nehemiah took action. Having a vision was not sufficient; executing the vision was essential.

One of my favorite pastors and preachers, Dr. Johnny Hunt, has often said in reference to vision, “If you don’t see it, before you see it, you’ll never see it!” What vision has God given you for your life and ministry? What burden has God placed inside of you? What troubles you? What needs your attention and your leadership? Can you see it?

Riding HIS Wave,

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

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Saturday, October 3rd, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category Leadership, Nehemiah, Vision.
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September 4th, 2015

Be Careful Who You Follow

“And he brought me into the inner court of the house of the LORD. And behold, at the entrance of the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, were about twenty-five men, with their backs to the temple of the LORD, and their faces toward the east, worshiping the sun toward the east. Then he said to me, ‘Have you seen this, O son of man? Is it too light a thing for the house of Judah to commit the abominations that they commit here, that they should fill the land with violence and provoke me still further to anger? Behold, they put the branch to their nose. Therefore I will act in wrath. My eye will not spare, nor will I have pity. And though they cry in my ears with a loud voice, I will not hear them.’” Ezekiel 8:16-18 (ESV)

Beginning in chapter 8 of the book of Ezekiel, the prophet is given another vision of various abominable acts taking place in the temple of God, the culmination of which is 25 priests worshiping the sun at an altar built for the Lord. As a result of the defamation taking place in God’s holiest place on the earth, the Lord promises wrath upon not only the leadership of Israel but indeed all of its people.

When the leadership of a people forget their God and begin to worship created things rather than the Creator, all those under the influence of the leadership are also led astray and by virtue become children of wrath as well. This warning we see in the writings of Ezekiel serves as a reminder for us to be careful regarding who we allow to speak as a leader into our lives. Do the leaders you follow and trust love the Lord with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength or do they claim He has forsaken us? Do they lead you into worship of the Most High, or do they focus on created things and the wisdom of man? Are they more concerned about lifting up the name of the Lord or their own name?

Be guarded about who you allow to speak into your life, making sure that your leaders are leading you toward the Lord rather than into judgment, for ultimately we are all accountable for our actions regardless of who led us there.

Grace and peace,

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

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Friday, September 4th, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category Discernment, Ezekiel, Leadership.
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April 13th, 2015

Lordship and Leadership

“In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” Judges 21:25 (ESV)

Chaos saturated the people of Israel as each chose to do what was right in his own eyes. The sense of covenant community was fragmented and the evidence of unity was shattered. Without a king in Israel, the cultural current of immorality intensified.

What is your moral compass? Where do you look to gain clarity on what brings honor to God? How do you know what you are supposed to be giving your life to?

  • “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105 (ESV)
  • “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.” John 16:13 (ESV)

You are blessed with access to God’s revelation through His Word. How may Bibles do you have? The Bible is the owner’s manual for your life. As you read and feed on the Bible, God will illuminate the path He wants you to take.

The Holy Spirit lives in you to guide you into all truth. He lives in you to intercede for you and to empower you to decipher truth from falsehood. As you walk in the truth revealed to you by the Holy Spirit, you will learn to surrender to the Lordship of Christ and you will learn to submit to His leadership.

Focus your life on being a fully yielded follower of Christ. Draw near to God through His Word and be responsive to the promptings of the Holy Spirit living in you.

Riding HIS Wave,

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

 

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Monday, April 13th, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category Judges, Leadership, Vision.
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October 3rd, 2012

Can You See It?

“Then I said to them, ‘You see the trouble we are in, how Jerusalem lies in ruins with its gates burned. Come, let us build the wall of Jerusalem, that we may no longer suffer derision.’ 18 And I told them of the hand of my God that had been upon me for good, and also of the words that the king had spoken to me. And they said, ‘Let us rise up and build.’ So they strengthened their hands for the good work.” Nehemiah 2:17-18 (ESV)

Nehemiah’s vision to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem was birthed out of his burden for his people. As the cupbearer to King Artaxerxes, Nehemiah was the most trusted man in that kingdom. He had job security and a solid future serving in the palace in Susa. Upon receiving news concerning the plight of the Jews, Nehemiah brought his burdens to the Lord in prayer. After a season of praying, Nehemiah shared his burden with King Artaxerxes. God’s favor was poured out on Nehemiah as the king was prompted to finance the mission.

Many people have vision, but a smaller number of people know how to implement their vision. God gave Nehemiah a clear and compelling vision to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem and Nehemiah took action. Having a vision was not sufficient; executing the vision was essential.

One of my mentors, Dr. Johnny Hunt, has often said in reference to vision, “If you don’t see it, before you see it, you’ll never see it!” What vision has God given you for your life and ministry? What burden has God placed inside of you? What troubles you? What needs your attention and your leadership? Can you see it?

Chronological Bible Reading Plan: (Day 269:  Nehemiah 1-4)

Pursuing God,

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

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012 at 1:00 am
Category Leadership, Nehemiah, Vision.
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September 4th, 2012

Be Careful Who You Follow.

“And he brought me into the inner court of the house of the LORD. And behold, at the entrance of the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, were about twenty-five men, with their backs to the temple of the LORD, and their faces toward the east, worshiping the sun toward the east. Then he said to me, ‘Have you seen this, O son of man? Is it too light a thing for the house of Judah to commit the abominations that they commit here, that they should fill the land with violence and provoke me still further to anger? Behold, they put the branch to their nose. Therefore I will act in wrath. My eye will not spare, nor will I have pity. And though they cry in my ears with a loud voice, I will not hear them.’” Ezekiel 8:16-18 (ESV)

Beginning in chapter 8 of the book of Ezekiel, the prophet is given another vision of various abominable acts taking place in the temple of God, the culmination of which is 25 priests worshiping the sun at an altar built for the Lord. As a result of the defamation taking place in God’s holiest place on the earth, the Lord promises wrath upon not only the leadership of Israel but indeed all of its people.

When the leadership of a people forget their God and begin to worship created things rather than the Creator, all those under the influence of the leadership are also led astray and by virtue become children of wrath as well. This warning we see in the writings of Ezekiel serves as a reminder for us to be careful regarding who we allow to speak as a leader into our lives. Do the leaders you follow and trust love the Lord with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength or do they claim He has forsaken us? Do they lead you into worship of the Most High, or do they focus on created things and the wisdom of man? Are they more concerned about lifting up the name of the Lord or their own name?

Be guarded about who you allow to speak into your life, making sure that your leaders are leading you toward the Lord rather than into judgment, for ultimately we are all accountable for our actions regardless of who led us there.

Chronological Bible Reading Plan: (Day 240:  Ezekiel 5-8)

Grace and peace,

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

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Tuesday, September 4th, 2012 at 1:00 am
Category Discernment, Ezekiel, Leadership.
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April 13th, 2012

Lordship and Leadership

“In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” Judges 21:25 (ESV)

Chaos saturated the people of Israel as each chose to do what was right in his own eyes. The sense of covenant community was fragmented and the evidence of unity was shattered. Without a king in Israel, the cultural current of immorality intensified.

What is your moral compass? Where do you look to gain clarity on what brings honor to God? How do you know what you are supposed to be giving your life to?

  • “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105 (ESV)
  • “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.” John 16:13 (ESV)

You are blessed with access to God’s revelation through His Word. How may Bibles do you have? The Bible is the owner’s manual for your life. As you read and feed on the Bible, God will illuminate the path He wants you to take.

The Holy Spirit lives in you to guide you into all truth. He lives in you to intercede for you and to empower you to decipher truth from falsehood. As you walk in the truth revealed to you by the Holy Spirit, you will learn to surrender to the Lordship of Christ and you will learn to submit to His leadership.

Focus your life on being a fully yielded follower of Christ. Draw near to God through His Word and be responsive to the promptings of the Holy Spirit living in you.

Chronological Bible Reading Plan: (Day 96:  Judges 19-21)

Pursuing God,

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

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Friday, April 13th, 2012 at 1:00 am
Category Judges, Leadership, Vision.
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November 17th, 2007

Leading for the Lord

Leadership is influence with integrity.

Everyone is a leader at some level. Everyone has a God-given sphere of influence. You may not fully comprehend the parameters of your sphere, but God has placed you on this planet to be an irresistible influence for His Glory.

  • “And masters, treat your slaves in the same way. Do not threaten them, since you know that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no favoritism with him.” Eph 6:9 (NIV)
  • “…From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” Luke 12:48 (NIV)
  • “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Col 3:17 (NIV)

For those serving as an employer, embrace these actions steps:

Action Step #1: Don’t threaten your employees.

Action Step #2: Treat your employees with dignity and respect.

Action Step #3: Recognize your employees’ value and worth.

What are you doing with the influence God has given you?

Pursuing God,

Stephen Trammell
Pastor of Leadership and Pastoral Care

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Saturday, November 17th, 2007 at 1:00 am
Category Leadership, Leading for the Lord, Work.
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