Archive for the ‘Grief’ Category

September 9th, 2015

Grieving for the Lost

“‘As for you, son of man, groan; with breaking heart and bitter grief, groan before their eyes. And when they say to you, ‘Why do you groan?’ you shall say, ‘Because of the news that it is coming. Every heart will melt, and all hands will be feeble; every spirit will faint, and all knees will be weak as water. Behold, it is coming, and it will be fulfilled,’ declares the Lord GOD.” Ezekiel 21:6-7 (ESV)

Wrath was coming for the people of God and Ezekiel was the man given the unenviable task of proclaiming that impending reality. What a terrible message to have to proclaim! Can you imagine the people Ezekiel offended, frightened, or worried? Can you consider the weight Ezekiel must have felt bearing this heavy burden for his people? Of course Ezekiel grieved. Of course he was overwhelmed. Anyone who has this kind of message to proclaim and doesn’t feel grief doesn’t truly understand the message. The important lesson to learn from Ezekiel here, though, is that just because a message grieves you or is unpopular doesn’t mean that you don’t proclaim it! You have to proclaim it in spite of the possible offense for the sake of those who need to hear this life-altering truth.

Are you grieved for the future of those around you who do not know Christ? You see, we too have been given a message of impending wrath. The wrath of God is coming to account for the sinfulness of man, and without the wrath-bearing work of Jesus Christ to remove this wrath, those around you will have a very dark future. We must remember this reality and we should be broken over it, motivating us to spread the gospel or “good news” of Jesus. Yes, we were children of wrath, but God, abundant in mercy, made us alive in Christ Jesus and adopted us as His children! Wrath is coming, but we have hope in Christ. Now, we must proclaim, as Ezekiel did, the need for repentance and salvation alone in Jesus.

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, September 9th, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category Evangelism, Ezekiel, Grief.
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May 24th, 2015

Dealing with Disappointment

“And the king ordered Joab and Abishai and Ittai, ‘Deal gently for my sake with the young man Absalom.’ And all the people heard when the king gave orders to all the commanders about Absalom.” 2 Samuel 18:5 (ESV)

While all the army marched out by hundreds and by thousands, King David stood at the side of the gate. His fatherly compassion was articulated as he instructed the commanders to deal gently with Absalom. David’s own son had become an enemy. Absalom had orchestrated an ambush on David and his fighting men. David wanted Absalom brought to him unharmed.

In the midst of Absalom’s pursuit of David, the mule he was riding went under some of the thick branches of a great oak. Absalom’s head got wedged between the branches and the mule continued on leaving Absalom suspended. When Joab heard about Absalom’s vulnerable status, he violated King David’s request and took matters into his own hands by thrusting three javelins into the heart of Absalom while he was still alive in the oak (2 Samuel 18:14 ESV).

When the news of Absalom’s death was personally delivered to David, he went up to the chamber over the gate and wept. “And as he went, he said, ‘O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! Would I had died instead of you, O Absalom, my son, my son!’” (2 Samuel 18:33 ESV).

How do you deal with disappointments? People are fallible and will let you down at times. Occasionally, your own family members will disappoint you. There are times when you may disappoint others. Seasons of disappointment arise related to unfortunate circumstances that you find yourself in.

Find comfort in the fact that God is on His throne and nothing will thwart His will. If God allows a disappointment to come into your life, He will use it for your good and for His glory.

Riding HIS Wave,

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

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Sunday, May 24th, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category 2 Samuel, David, Grief.
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April 29th, 2015

My Rock and My Redeemer

“I am weary with my moaning; every night I flood my bed with tears; I drench my couch with my weeping. My eye wastes away because of grief; it grows weak because of all my foes.” Psalm 6:6-7 (ESV)

David was well acquainted with victory, despair, and grief. He had known the favor of God and the wrath of Saul. David combated his enemies while seeking to remain true to the Lord his God. Through seasons of adversity, he became weary with his moaning and flooded his bed with tears. Grief overwhelmed him as he drenched his couch with his weeping. He grew weak because of his foes. In the midst of his abiding pain, David revealed the solidarity of his faith in the Lord.

  • “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Psalm 16:11 (ESV)
  • “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” Psalm 19:14 (ESV)

Latch onto the Lord who will be a stronghold in times of trouble. Place your total confidence and trust in the Lord for He will not forsake those who seek Him. In God’s presence, you will receive fullness of joy. God will make known unto you the path of life. Outside of Him, you will not find life. God places pleasures at your right hand.

Maintain integrity by practicing moment-by-moment surrender to the Lordship of Christ. Submit your tongue to the Lord and yield your heart to His prompting. May the words of your mouth and the meditation of your heart be acceptable in His sight. The Lord is your rock and your redeemer.

Riding HIS Wave,

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

 

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Wednesday, April 29th, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category God's Provision, Grief, Psalms.
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September 9th, 2012

Grieving for the Lost

“‘As for you, son of man, groan; with breaking heart and bitter grief, groan before their eyes. And when they say to you, ‘Why do you groan?’ you shall say, ‘Because of the news that it is coming. Every heart will melt, and all hands will be feeble; every spirit will faint, and all knees will be weak as water. Behold, it is coming, and it will be fulfilled,’ declares the Lord GOD.” Ezekiel 21:6-7 (ESV)

Wrath was coming for the people of God and Ezekiel was the man given the unenviable task of proclaiming that impending reality. What a terrible message to have to proclaim! Can you imagine the people Ezekiel offended, frightened, or worried? Can you consider the weight Ezekiel must have felt bearing this heavy burden for his people? Of course Ezekiel grieved. Of course he was overwhelmed. Anyone who has this kind of message to proclaim and doesn’t feel grief doesn’t truly understand the message. The important lesson to learn from Ezekiel here, though, is that just because a message grieves you or is unpopular doesn’t mean that you don’t proclaim it! You have to proclaim it in spite of the possible offense for the sake of those who need to hear this life-altering truth.

Are you grieved for the future of those around you who do not know Christ? You see, we too have been given a message of impending wrath. The wrath of God is coming to account for the sinfulness of man, and without the wrath-bearing work of Jesus Christ to remove this wrath, those around you will have a very dark future. We must remember this reality and we should be broken over it, motivating us to spread the gospel or “good news” of Jesus. Yes, we were children of wrath, but God, abundant in mercy, made us alive in Christ Jesus and adopted us as His children! Wrath is coming, but we have hope in Christ. Now, we must proclaim, as Ezekiel did, the need for repentance and salvation alone in Jesus.

Chronological Bible Reading Plan: (Day 245:  Ezekiel 21-22)

Grace and peace,

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

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Sunday, September 9th, 2012 at 1:00 am
Category Evangelism, Ezekiel, Grief.
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May 24th, 2012

Dealing with Disappointment

“And the king ordered Joab and Abishai and Ittai, ‘Deal gently for my sake with the young man Absalom.’ And all the people heard when the king gave orders to all the commanders about Absalom.” 2 Samuel 18:5 (ESV)

While all the army marched out by hundreds and by thousands, King David stood at the side of the gate. His fatherly compassion was articulated as he instructed the commanders to deal gently with Absalom. David’s own son had become an enemy. Absalom had orchestrated an ambush on David and his fighting men. David wanted Absalom brought to him unharmed.

In the midst of Absalom’s pursuit of David, the mule he was riding went under some of the thick branches of a great oak. Absalom’s head got wedged between the branches and the mule continued on leaving Absalom suspended. When Joab heard about Absalom’s vulnerable status, he violated King David’s request and took matters into his own hands by thrusting three javelins into the heart of Absalom while he was still alive in the oak (2 Samuel 18:14 ESV).

When the news of Absalom’s death was personally delivered to David, he went up to the chamber over the gate and wept. “And as he went, he said, ‘O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! Would I had died instead of you, O Absalom, my son, my son!’” (2 Samuel 18:33 ESV).

How do you deal with disappointments? People are fallible and will let you down at times. Occasionally, your own family members will disappoint you. There are times when you may disappoint others. Seasons of disappointment arise related to unfortunate circumstances that you find yourself in.

Find comfort in the fact that God is on His throne and nothing will thwart His will. If God allows a disappointment to come into your life, He will use it for your good and for His glory.

Chronological Bible Reading Plan: (Day 137:  2 Samuel 16-18)

Pursuing God,

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

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Thursday, May 24th, 2012 at 7:00 am
Category 2 Samuel, David, Grief.
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April 29th, 2012

My Rock and My Redeemer

“I am weary with my moaning; every night I flood my bed with tears; I drench my couch with my weeping.My eye wastes away because of grief; it grows weak because of all my foes.” Psalm 6:6-7 (ESV)

David was well acquainted with victory, despair, and grief. He had known the favor of God and the wrath of Saul. David combated his enemies while seeking to remain true to the Lord his God. Through seasons of adversity, he became weary with his moaning and flooded his bed with tears. Grief overwhelmed him as he drenched his couch with his weeping. He grew weak because of his foes. In the midst of his abiding pain, David revealed the solidarity of his faith in the Lord.

  • “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Psalm 16:11 (ESV)
  • “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” Psalm 19:14 (ESV)

Latch onto the Lord who will be a stronghold in times of trouble. Place your total confidence and trust in the Lord for He will not forsake those who seek Him. In God’s presence, you will receive fullness of joy. God will make known unto you the path of life. Outside of Him, you will not find life. God places pleasures at your right hand.

Maintain integrity by practicing moment-by-moment surrender to the Lordship of Christ. Submit your tongue to the Lord and yield your heart to His prompting. May the words of your mouth and the meditation of your heart be acceptable in His sight. The Lord is your rock and your redeemer.

Chronological Bible Reading Plan: (Day 112:  Psalms 6, 8-10, 14, 16, 19, 21)

Pursuing God,

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

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Sunday, April 29th, 2012 at 1:00 am
Category God's Provision, Grief, Psalms.
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March 28th, 2008

Living the Life (5)

“Jesus wept.” John 11:35 (NIV) 

Jesus wept aloud when He stood over unrepentant Jerusalem in their failure to recognize Him as Savior. But when Jesus stood before the tomb of Lazarus, He shed a tear. Jesus’ expression of grief was not a loud lament but rather an intimate display of grief over the reality of the consequences of sin. We get a glimpse of the humanity of Christ as He empathized with Mary and Martha. Of course, Jesus knew that He was about to raise Lazarus from the dead.

  • “He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.” Isaiah 53:3 (NIV)
  • “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet was without sin.” Heb 4:15 (NIV)
  • “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.” Phil 2:5-7 (NIV)

Jesus knows grief by personal experience. Jesus knows what you are going through right now. You will never go where Jesus has not already been. Draw near to Him. Place your burdens upon Him. Trust Jesus with your life, your hurts, your disappointments, and your dreams. 

Pursuing God,

Stephen Trammell
Executive Pastor

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Friday, March 28th, 2008 at 1:00 am
Category Grief, Humanity of Christ, Humility, Incarnation, Life, Sympathy.
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