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June 27th, 2015

The Whole Duty of Man

“The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.” Ecclesiastes 12:13 ESV

After a very long discussion of how this world can offer nothing that truly satisfies a man, the Preacher of Ecclesiastes comes to this very wise and final conclusion: our responsibility to the Lord as His creation is to honor Him by being fully satisfied by Him.

God created in order to share with a people the fullness of His Being, meaning all His characteristics and attributes.  He wanted to show them His perfect love, peace, creativity, and provision so that in turn these people would respond in worship to Him, recognizing Him as the glorious God that He is.

Truly, this is why we exist: to glorify God and worship as we recognize our inability to be satisfied apart from Him.

Along the way, though, you and I have the tendency to get distracted and turn to created things to satisfy us in ways that only God can.  This distraction is the essence of sin: looking at our God, who is the perfection of everything we need, and saying to Him, “I would rather have this thing you created than you.”  We give the glory reserved for God to something He created, and we do it all the time.  How many times have you turned to created things to fulfill you in ways that you know only God can?  Why would we rob our God, who alone is worthy of our praise, of the glory He deserves?

The Preacher says you can search this whole world and try everything under the sun to find satisfaction, but none of it will truly satisfy.  So, quit looking down here for satisfaction that can only be found up there!  Turn your attention to the Lord.  Fear Him and keep His commandments, knowing that when you do, you will discover your ultimate purpose and be joyously satisfied in our infinite God.

Grace and peace,

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

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Saturday, June 27th, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category Creator, Satisfaction, Worship.
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January 22nd, 2015

Measure of a Moment

“‘Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements—surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it?’” Job 38:4-5 (ESV)

There are times when God has to remind us that we are not God. When we fail to remember that God is the Creator and we are the created, we position ourselves for a lesson on humility. It is possible to get so busy doing life that you forget the reality of who God is and what He has done. During seasons of adversity, it is possible to become so self-absorbed that you ignore the reality of God’s abiding Presence.

God had to remind Job of his personal limitations and the shortfall of his humanity. Job made some short-sighted assumptions about God that did not line up with God’s nature and character. Job was speaking from his own limited understanding about life and the origin of life. God intervened by speaking to Job and engaging him with some thought provoking questions.

Just after graduating from college, I was asked to preach one of my closest friend’s funeral. He died as a result of an aggressive form of cancer at age twenty-two. God placed the following passage of Scripture on my heart to share at Jimmy’s funeral.

  • “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9 (ESV)

Are you having a difficult time making sense out of some of the things going on in your life right now? Acknowledge God’s supremacy and His majesty. Entrust your life and your circumstances to His redemptive care. God fashioned you for His glory and He will accomplish His plan through you in the midst of your circumstances.

Riding HIS Wave,

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

 

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Thursday, January 22nd, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category Creator, God's Power, Job.
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June 27th, 2012

The Whole Duty of Man

“The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.” Ecclesiastes 12:13 ESV

After a very long discussion of how this world can offer nothing that truly satisfies a man, the Preacher of Ecclesiastes comes to this very wise and final conclusion: our responsibility to the Lord as His creation is to honor Him by being fully satisfied by Him.

God created in order to share with a people the fullness of His Being, meaning all His characteristics and attributes.  He wanted to show them His perfect love, peace, creativity, and provision so that in turn these people would respond in worship to Him, recognizing Him as the glorious God that He is.

Truly, this is why we exist: to glorify God and worship as we recognize our inability to be satisfied apart from Him.

Along the way, though, you and I have the tendency to get distracted and turn to created things to satisfy us in ways that only God can.  This distraction is the essence of sin: looking at our God, who is the perfection of everything we need, and saying to Him, “I would rather have this thing you created than you.”  We give the glory reserved for God to something He created, and we do it all the time.  How many times have you turned to created things to fulfill you in ways that you know only God can?  Why would we rob our God, who alone is worthy of our praise, of the glory He deserves?

The Preacher says you can search this whole world and try everything under the sun to find satisfaction, but none of it will truly satisfy.  So, quit looking down here for satisfaction that can only be found up there!  Turn your attention to the Lord.  Fear Him and keep His commandments, knowing that when you do, you will discover your ultimate purpose and be joyously satisfied in our infinite God.

Chronological Bible Reading Plan: (Day 171:  Ecclesiastes 7-12)

Grace and peace,

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

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Wednesday, June 27th, 2012 at 1:00 am
Category Creator, Satisfaction, Worship.
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January 22nd, 2012

Measure of a Moment

“‘Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding. 5 Who determined its measurements—surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it?’” Job 38:4-5 (ESV)

There are times when God has to remind us that we are not God. When we fail to remember that God is the Creator and we are the created, we position ourselves for a lesson on humility. It is possible to get so busy doing life that you forget the reality of who God is and what He has done. During seasons of adversity, it is possible to become so self-absorbed that you ignore the reality of God’s abiding Presence.

God had to remind Job of his personal limitations and the shortfall of his humanity. Job made some short-sighted assumptions about God that did not line up with God’s nature and character. Job was speaking from his own limited understanding about life and the origin of life. God intervened by speaking to Job and engaging him with some thought provoking questions.

Just after graduating from college, I was asked to preach one of my closest friend’s funeral. He died as a result of an aggressive form of cancer at age twenty-two. God placed the following passage of Scripture on my heart to share at Jimmy’s funeral.

  • “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9 (ESV)

Are you having a difficult time making sense out of some of the things going on in your life right now? Acknowledge God’s supremacy and His majesty. Entrust your life and your circumstances to His redemptive care. God fashioned you for His glory and He will accomplish His plan through you in the midst of your circumstances.

Chronological Bible Reading Plan: (Day 14: Job 38-39)

Pursuing God,

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

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Sunday, January 22nd, 2012 at 1:00 am
Category Creator, God's Power, Job.
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September 17th, 2009

Created on Purpose

“For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.” Col 1:16 (NIV)

God made you. You were His idea. Before God formed you in the womb, He knew you (Jer. 1:5). You are not an accident. God designed you and there is not another person just like you.

Why did God create you? Why are you here? You were created by God and for God. You were made for God’s pleasure. His redeeming love was demonstrated through the sacrifice of His one and only Son, Jesus. In Christ, you are God’s workmanship. You are God’s masterpiece.

All things were created by Christ and for Christ. As a Christian, you have the privilege of entrusting your life to Him. He knows what is best for you because He designed you. You were fashioned for His glory.

Regardless of what you endure throughout the seasons of life, you can anchor your life to the fact that God loves you and will accomplish His purposes through you. Your present circumstances will not stifle the activity of God. Christ will be formed in you in the midst of your challenges. Obstacles become opportunities for Christ to reveal His love and to extend His comfort.

Are you having trouble going to sleep at night due to the situation you face? Don’t count sheep, just talk to the Shepherd. Turn to the Shepherd and Overseer of your soul (1 Pt. 2:25). Christ is still the Great Physician.

Pursuing God,

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

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Thursday, September 17th, 2009 at 1:00 am
Category Comfort, Creator, Jesus.
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April 1st, 2008

The Frustrated Life (2)

“Jesus answered her, If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.’” John 4:10 (NIV)

A man was on the side of the road with the hood of his car propped open. Another man drove up, stopped behind the car, and stepped out to approach the scene. The stranger asked permission to take a look and then requested for the stranded driver to try the ignition. The car started and the driver shouted in relief. Then he asked the gracious man, “What is your name?”

The reply came gently, “My name is Henry Ford.”

Can you imagine the creator of the Ford Model T being the very one who showed up at just the right time to repair the car he invented? Little did the woman at the well know, but the Creator of the universe was sitting right in front of her. Had she known what we know by reading the account, the woman at the well would have been asking Jesus for a drink of living water.

As a child of God, you have direct access to the Creator and Sustainer of life. You have access to the living water that Jesus made available to the woman at the well. Pray through the following Scripture:

  • “O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.” Psalm 63:1 (NIV)
  • “We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true–even in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.” 1 John 5:20 (NIV)

Jesus is near. Now choose to draw near to Him. Allow His living water quench your thirst.      

Pursuing God,

Stephen Trammell
Executive Pastor

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Tuesday, April 1st, 2008 at 1:00 am
Category Creator, Frustration, Living Water, Sustainer, Thirst.
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