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November 5th, 2015

Come Forth

“When he had said these things, he cried out with a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come out.’ The man who had died came out, his hands and feet bound with linen strips, and his face wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.” John 11:42-43 (ESV)

There is no more perfect picture of the process of salvation than is found here in the gospel of John, for the story of Lazarus is all our story. We, like him, were dead in our trespasses, bound by our ever-deepening entanglement in sin, and grieving the heart of our loving Lord. And, yet, when it seemed that all hope was lost, Jesus spoke life into us as He did the brother of Mary and Martha.

Do you remember that day? Do you remember when the Lord of heaven and earth gently but firmly spoke your name and called you to “come forth”? Do you remember when He released you from the binding of sin, free to walk in abundant life? Oh, child of God, never forget that day. Never forget that when Christ has set you free, you are free indeed.

And why must we remember? We must because of our tendency to wander back into the tomb. Every now and then we forget that we have this life within us and act as we did when we were dead, cold and unresponsive to the movement of God. We allow sin to find a place in our lives once again, forgetting the death it spoke over us.

When temptation comes or when you stumble, remember the voice of the Lord speaking over your life, for when you do you remember that sin has no victory and death no sting! Rejoice today that Christ called you to come forth.

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, November 5th, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category Death, John, New Life.
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November 5th, 2012

Come Forth!

“When he had said these things, he cried out with a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come out.’ The man who had died came out, his hands and feet bound with linen strips, and his face wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.” John 11:42-43 (ESV)

There is no more perfect picture of the process of salvation than is found here in the gospel of John, for the story of Lazarus is all our story. We, like him, were dead in our trespasses, bound by our ever-deepening entanglement in sin, and grieving the heart of our loving Lord. And, yet, when it seemed that all hope was lost, Jesus spoke life into us as He did the brother of Mary and Martha.

Do you remember that day? Do you remember when the Lord of heaven and earth gently but firmly spoke your name and called you to “come forth”? Do you remember when He released you from the binding of sin, free to walk in abundant life? Oh, child of God, never forget that day. Never forget that when Christ has set you free, you are free indeed.

And why must we remember? We must because of our tendency to wander back into the tomb. Every now and then we forget that we have this life within us and act as we did when we were dead, cold and unresponsive to the movement of God. We allow sin to find a place in our lives once again, forgetting the death it spoke over us.

When temptation comes or when you stumble, remember the voice of the Lord speaking over your life, for when you do you remember that sin has no victory and death no sting! Rejoice today that Christ called you to come forth.

Chronological Bible Reading Plan: (Day 302:  John 11)

Grace and peace,

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

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Monday, November 5th, 2012 at 1:00 am
Category Death, John, New Life.
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January 4th, 2009

First Love (3)

“Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.” Rev 2:5 (NIV)

Jesus exposed the true spiritual condition of the church in Ephesus. He graciously gave them the opportunity to repent and return to their first love. Their gospel influence was at stake. The kingdom impact they could make for the Lord in Ephesus was limited to their level of devotion in their love relationship with Christ.

God is not a God of disorder (I Cor. 14:33). God has establish priorities for your life. Your top priority is your love relationship with Jesus. If your devotion to the Lord has become diluted, then repent and return. Change your mind about your current reality and your changed behavior will follow. Repent of those things that are causing you to drift in your love relationship with Jesus and return to your first love.

  • “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matt 6:33 (NIV)
  • “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.” Phil 3:12 (NIV)

Your influence in this generation is directly linked to your love relationship with Jesus. Is He number one in your life? Is Jesus the object of your devotion and affection?

Pursuing God,

Stephen Trammell
Executive Pastor

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Sunday, January 4th, 2009 at 1:00 am
Category Concentration, Devotion, Discipline, Focus, New Life.
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January 1st, 2009

Align for 2009 (3)

“And the people said to Joshua, ‘We will serve the LORD our God and obey him.’” Josh 24:24 (NIV)

Joshua exhorted the children of Israel to review their spiritual markers and to remove their idols. God had spoken through Joshua to bring the children of Israel into alignment with God’s best. God’s Word demands a response. They responded with a commitment to serve the Lord and to obey Him.

As you review the past 365 days and anticipate the fresh start of the New Year, recapture your devotion to God. Don’t neglect your love relationship with God. Assess your devotion by looking at your time allocation. How much time do your carve out to read the Bible and to pray? How much time to do you spend in the spiritual disciplines of solitude and meditating on God’s Word? Do you live with a continual heightened awareness of God’s presence?

  • “And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming.” 1 John 2:28 (NIV)
  • “Dear children, keep yourselves from idols.” 1 John 5:21 (NIV)

You have a clean slate and a new beginning. What will you do with this New Year that God has given you? Will you serve the Lord and obey Him? Recapture your devotion to God.

Pursuing God,

Stephen Trammell
Executive Pastor

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Thursday, January 1st, 2009 at 1:00 am
Category Concentration, Consecration, Forgiveness, New Life.
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December 31st, 2008

Align for 2009 (2)

“‘Now then,’ said Joshua, ‘throw away the foreign gods that are among you and yield your hearts to the LORD, the God of Israel.’” Josh 24:23 (NIV)

After reviewing the spiritual markers God established for the children of Israel, Joshua called them to a moment of decision. Though they had come out of Egypt, it was now time to get Egypt out of them. Instead of influencing the cultures they conquered, the idolatry of the cultures infiltrated their lifestyles. Joshua exhorted the children of Israel to throw away the foreign gods that were among them.

Idolatry comes in many forms. In our modern day technological advances, idolatry has become more easily accessible. You don’t have to go looking for sin, sin will come to you uninvited.

As you prepare for the New Year, consider the value of removing your idols. What is an idol? An idol is anything that hinders your love relationship with God. In prayer, ask the Lord to search your heart and to reveal unconfessed sin in your life.

  • “He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.” Prov 28:13 (NIV)
  • “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:8-9 (NIV)

Whatever you cover, God will uncover. Whatever you uncover, God will cover. You may want to spend some time looking back over every year of your life and writing down specific sins that you committed. This is a very personal and private process. After you write down the specific sins the Holy Spirit brings to your mind, confess them one-by-one and claim God’s forgiveness over each one. Destroy the sheet of paper that you use to write on or hit the “delete” button on your computer if you choose to type your list.

Now walk in the freedom and forgiveness that God provides. Step into the New Year with the clarity of having removed your idols and confessed your sin.

Pursuing God,

Stephen Trammell
Executive Pastor

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Wednesday, December 31st, 2008 at 1:00 am
Category Concentration, Consecration, Forgiveness, Idolatry, New Life.
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December 30th, 2008

Align for 2009 (1)

“‘So I gave you a land on which you did not toil and cities you did not build; and you live in them and eat from vineyards and olive groves that you did not plant.’” Josh 24:13 (NIV)

The children of Israel drifted from God’s best and slipped into immorality. Joshua called them back into alignment with God’s will and God’s way. Joshua reviewed the spiritual markers that God had established for them. God gave Abraham many descendants and later raised up Moses and Aaron to deliver them from Egyptian bondage. God enabled them to cross the Red Sea on dry ground and to defeat the Amorites. God turned Balaam’s curse into a blessing and delivered them out of his hand. God enabled them to miraculously cross the Jordan.

Joshua reminded the children of Israel of the faithfulness of God. The spiritual markers served as reminders of God’s provision. The blessings of God were clearly evident in each of the spiritual markers.

Review your spiritual markers. Identify the times in your life when God made Himself known to you in a special way. You may have a spiritual marker that was formed in the midst of adversity where God reminded you of His protection over you. You may have a spiritual marker that was established as a result of God revealing His unconditional love to you through your saving relationship with Jesus.

Spiritual markers are vital for the Christian life. As you review your spiritual markers, you will gain a sense of stability. Your faith is strengthened as you review the activity of God in your life. You may want to take a few moments to identify your spiritual markers in writing. Begin to thank God for each spiritual marker in your past and go ahead and begin thanking God for the spiritual markers that He will establish in your future.

Pursuing God,

Stephen Trammell
Executive Pastor

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Tuesday, December 30th, 2008 at 1:00 am
Category Concentration, Consecration, New Life, Spiritual Markers.
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