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September 29th, 2015

The Good Shepherd

“And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and pleas for mercy, so that, when they look on me, on him whom they have pierced, they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for an only child, and weep bitterly over him, as one weeps over a firstborn.” Zechariah 12:10 (ESV)

Repentance, returning in a state of brokenness over sin to the Lord, comes when we look upon the suffering of our good Shepherd and recognize our role in causing His pain. We have traded a Shepherd who cares for us and protects us for one who devours us and uses us for his own purposes. To rescue us, His wandering sheep, our Good Shepherd gave Himself completely, beaten and pierced for our iniquity. He became what we could not so that in Him we might be redeemed and restored. For His sheep, He was broken so we could be healed. For His sheep, He was condemned so we could find freedom. For His sheep, He was abandoned so we could find acceptance.

The incredible thing about these incredible truths is that they were motivated not by merit nor debt; rather, our Shepherd was motivated by grace and mercy! Simply because of the love that He had and has for His sheep did He lay down His life in such a profound way.

Today, consider the goodness of your Shepherd. Look upon His piercing and remember why it happened. Have you repented for your sin? Are you broken over how He was broken? Are you encouraged to know that in your repentance you will find grace and mercy?

We serve a Good Shepherd; may we respond as good sheep.

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, September 29th, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category Good Shepherd, Repentance, Zechariah.
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November 4th, 2013

Cultivating Intimacy

“‘I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me—just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep.’” John 10:14-15 (NIV)

Is intimacy with God your top priority? Are you nurturing the life of Christ in you? Respond to the Good Shepherd’s intimacy. You determine the level of intimacy with God.

When intimacy with God is your top priority, there are some clear indicators that arise. For example, when intimacy with God is your top priority, you will hunger for God’s Word, you will thirst for His righteousness, you will have a passion for prayer, and you will have a compassion for people. Intimacy with God will generate a devotion to private and corporate worship, a sensitivity to God’s activity, a righteous anger towards sin, and a righteous ambition for God’s agenda. As you maintain intimacy with God, you will be fully surrendered to the Lordship of Christ, you will practice instant obedience, and you will be laser-focused on pleasing God.

God’s will is for you to have a growing relationship with Jesus. God does not want you to settle into the monotony of mediocrity or to compromise your commitment to Christ-likeness. God wants you to passionately pursue Him and to know Him personally and intimately.

What is keeping your from cultivating an intimate love relationship with the Lord? Make room for the relationship that establishes the pace for all other relationships. Carve out space for daily unhurried time alone with the Lord. Secure a place of solitude and draw near to God. Invest energy into seeking Him with all of your heart. Unveil the deepest recesses of your heart and entrust every area of your life to His Lordship. He is the Good Shepherd!

Pursuing God,

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

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Monday, November 4th, 2013 at 1:00 am
Category Good Shepherd, I am sayings, Intimacy.
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September 29th, 2012

The Good Shepherd

“And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and pleas for mercy, so that, when they look on me, on him whom they have pierced, they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for an only child, and weep bitterly over him, as one weeps over a firstborn.” Zechariah 12:10 (ESV)

Repentance, returning in a state of brokenness over sin to the Lord, comes when we look upon the suffering of our good Shepherd and recognize our role in causing His pain. We have traded a Shepherd who cares for us and protects us for one who devours us and uses us for his own purposes. To rescue us, His wandering sheep, our Good Shepherd gave Himself completely, beaten and pierced for our iniquity. He became what we could not so that in Him we might be redeemed and restored. For His sheep, He was broken so we could be healed. For His sheep, He was condemned so we could find freedom. For His sheep, He was abandoned so we could find acceptance.

The incredible thing about these incredible truths is that they were motivated not by merit nor debt; rather, our Shepherd was motivated by grace and mercy! Simply because of the love that He had and has for His sheep did He lay down His life in such a profound way.

Today, consider the goodness of your Shepherd. Look upon His piercing and remember why it happened. Have you repented for your sin? Are you broken over how He was broken? Are you encouraged to know that in your repentance you will find grace and mercy?

We serve a Good Shepherd; may we respond as good sheep.

Chronological Bible Reading Plan: (Day 265:  Zechariah 10-14)

Grace and peace,

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

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Saturday, September 29th, 2012 at 1:00 am
Category Good Shepherd, Repentance, Zechariah.
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November 4th, 2011

Cultivating Intimacy

“‘I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me—just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep.’” John 10:14-15 (NIV)

Is intimacy with God your top priority? Are you nurturing the life of Christ in you? Respond to the Good Shepherd’s intimacy. You determine the level of intimacy with God.

When intimacy with God is your top priority, there are some clear indicators that arise. For example, when intimacy with God is your top priority, you will hunger for God’s Word, you will thirst for His righteousness, you will have a passion for prayer, and you will have a compassion for people. Intimacy with God will generate a devotion to private and corporate worship, a sensitivity to God’s activity, a righteous anger towards sin, and a righteous ambition for God’s agenda. As you maintain intimacy with God, you will be fully surrendered to the Lordship of Christ, you will practice instant obedience, and you will be laser-focused on pleasing God.

God’s will is for you to have a growing relationship with Jesus. God does not want you to settle into the monotony of mediocrity or to compromise your commitment to Christlikeness. God wants you to passionately pursue Him and to know Him personally and intimately.

What is keeping your from cultivating an intimate love relationship with the Lord? Make room for the relationship that establishes the pace for all other relationships. Carve out space for daily unhurried time alone with the Lord. Secure a place of solitude and draw near to God. Invest energy into seeking Him with all of your heart. Unveil the deepest recesses of your heart and entrust every area of your life to His Lordship. He is the Good Shepherd!

Pursuing God,

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

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Friday, November 4th, 2011 at 1:00 am
Category Good Shepherd, I am sayings, Intimacy.
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June 11th, 2009

Valued by the Shepherd

“‘I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.’” John 10:11 (NIV)

Your value is not determined by your portfolio. Your value is not determined by your performance. Your value is not determined by your personality. Your value is determined by what God has done on your behalf. Before you could do anything with God or for God, in His mercy and grace, God decided what to do with you and for you.

Your value was established before you were born. Then, God provided a tangible demonstration and validation of your value when He became man.

  • “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14 (NIV)
  • “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 (NIV)
  • “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Cor 5:21 (NIV)

Is the Lord your shepherd? Have you allowed Him to be the shepherd and overseer of your soul? Now think about your value in God’s economy. You are the apple of God’s eye. You are His treasure. Look around! Do you see other people in your weekly routine? Guess what? God values them, too.

Pursuing God,

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

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Thursday, June 11th, 2009 at 1:00 am
Category Good Shepherd, I am sayings, Value.
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April 1st, 2009

Measuring Your Value

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” John 10:11 (NIV)

Because He is the Good Shepherd, you are valued.

Your value is not determined by your portfolio. Your value is not determined by your performance. Your value is not determined by your personality. Your value is determined by what God has done on your behalf. Before you could do anything with God or for God, in His mercy and grace, God decided what to do with you and for you.

Your value was established before you were born. God knew you before He formed you in your mother’s womb (Jer. 1:5). God chose to provide a tangible demonstration and validation of your value by becoming man (John 1:1,14).

Is the Lord your shepherd (Ps. 23)? Have you allowed Him to be the shepherd and overseer of your soul? Now think about your value in God’s economy. You are the apple of God’s eye. You are His treasure. Look around! Do you see other people in your weekly routine? Guess what? God values them, too.

Communicate God’s love to others. Show them how much the Good Shepherd loves them by emulating His personal touch. Slow down and show how much you care about others. Let them see the Shepherd’s heart inside of you. God values those you interact with each day.

Pursuing God,

Stephen Trammell
Executive Pastor

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Wednesday, April 1st, 2009 at 1:00 am
Category Good Shepherd, Jesus, Value.
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November 30th, 2007

Because He Is (4)

Because He is the Good Shepherd, I am valued.

“‘I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.’” John 10:11 (NIV)

Your value is not determined by your portfolio. Your value is not determined by your performance. Your value is not determined by your personality. Your value is determined by what God has done on your behalf. Before you could do anything with God or for God, in His mercy and grace, God decided what to do with you and for you.

“‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.’” Jer 1:5 (NIV)

Your value was established before you were born. Then, God provided a tangible demonstration and validation of your value when He became man.

  • “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14 (NIV)
  • “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 (NIV)
  • “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Cor 5:21 (NIV)

Is the Lord your shepherd? Have you allowed Him to be the shepherd and overseer of your soul? Now think about your value in God’s economy. You are the apple of God’s eye. You are His treasure. Look around! Do you see other people in your weekly routine? Guess what? God values them, too.

Pursuing God,

Stephen Trammell
Pastor of Leadership and Pastoral Care

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Friday, November 30th, 2007 at 1:00 am
Category Good Shepherd, I am sayings.
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