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December 6th, 2015

Gratitude for Spiritual Fathers

“For though you have countless guides in Christ, you do not have many fathers. For I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel.” 1 Corinthians 4:15 (ESV)

Within the family of God, our Heavenly Father has seen fit to bless us with men and women who care for us spiritually as, hopefully, our earthly parents cared for us physically. Now, I am not speaking here of every single pastor or spiritual teacher with whom you have ever crossed paths, but rather a specific person or persons who have singled you out particularly to invest in your spiritual growth. Can you think of such a person in your life? Have you sought out someone to pour themselves into you, asking you to “be imitators of me” (1 Cor. 4:16 ESV).

Think about the man or woman that the Lord has particularly placed in your life to both encourage and admonish you. Say a prayer of thanksgiving to the Lord for His provision, but also take some time today to actually tell that individual how much their ministry has meant in your life. You see, this relationship goes both ways, for as it is true that your spiritual “father” loves to care for you and see you grow in your walk, it is also true that in communicating his or her value to you, you serve to encourage them to continue to pour out their lives.

Discipleship and ministry are not easy things to give your life to. They require countless hours of answering tough, life-altering questions, fighting for the purity of loved ones, and walking graciously through valleys of failure. These men and women who have signed up to fight the good fight need encouraging to continue as you needed them to help direct your path toward Christ. Today, return the favor and minister to those who have so graciously ministered to you.

Grace and peace,

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

 

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Sunday, December 6th, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category 1 Corinthians, Discipleship, Mentoring.
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September 25th, 2013

Adding Value

“Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem thirty-one years. He did what was right in the eyes of the LORD and walked in the ways of his father David, not turning aside to the right or to the left.” 2 Chronicles 34:1-2 (NIV)

Can you imagine an eight-year-old child becoming the President of the United States of America? That’s hard to fathom. Yet, in the sovereignty of God, Josiah became the king of Judah when he was the tender age of eight. God enabled Josiah to reign for thirty-one years.

How does an eight-year-old rule his kingdom? He doesn’t do it by himself. Josiah surrounded himself with people who could help. He willingly brought people around him who could do what he couldn’t and who could exercise gifts that he may not personally have had. Josiah became an effective king by being teachable. Josiah allowed others to speak into his life.

You need four people in your life to help you reach your God-given potential. You need a “Paul” who will mentor you. You need a “Timothy” to invest your life in. You need a “Barnabas” to encourage you and to bring out the best in you. And you need a “Nathan” to speak the truth in love to you.

Are you teachable? Do you allow God to stretch you and mold you and grow you? Are you willing to allow others to get close enough to you in order to learn from them?

Ask God to bring a Paul, a Timothy, a Barnabas, and a Nathan into your life. Be willing to be a Paul, to be a Timothy, to be a Barnabas, and to be a Nathan in someone’s life. Seek to add value to others as you allow the life of Christ to be expressed through you.

Pursuing God,

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

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Wednesday, September 25th, 2013 at 1:00 am
Category Josiah, Mentoring, Teachable.
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December 6th, 2012

Gratitude for Spiritual Fathers

“For though you have countless guides in Christ, you do not have many fathers. For I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel.” 1 Corinthians 4:15 (ESV)

Within the family of God, our Heavenly Father has seen fit to bless us with men and women who care for us spiritually as, hopefully, our earthly parents cared for us physically. Now, I am not speaking here of every single pastor or spiritual teacher with whom you have ever crossed paths, but rather a specific person or persons who have singled you out particularly to invest in your spiritual growth. Can you think of such a person in your life? Have you sought out someone to poor themselves into you, asking you to “be imitators of me” (1 Cor 4:16 ESV).

Think about the man or woman that the Lord has particularly placed in your life to both encourage and admonish you. Say a prayer of thanksgiving to the Lord for His provision, but also take some time today to actually tell that individual how much their ministry has meant in your life. You see, this relationship goes both ways, for as it is true that your spiritual “father” loves to care for you and see you grow in your walk, it is also true that in communicating his or her value to you, you serve to encourage them to continue to poor out their lives.

Discipleship and ministry are not easy things to give your life to. They require countless hours of answering tough, life-altering questions, fighting for the purity of loved ones, and walking graciously through valleys of failure. These men and women who have signed up to fight the good fight need encouraging to continue as you needed them to help direct your path toward Christ. Today, return the favor and minister to those who have so graciously ministered to you.

Chronological Bible Reading Plan: (Day 333:  1 Corinthians 1-4)

Grace and peace,

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

 

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Thursday, December 6th, 2012 at 1:00 am
Category 1 Corinthians, Discipleship, Mentoring.
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September 25th, 2011

Adding Value

“Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem thirty-one years. He did what was right in the eyes of the LORD and walked in the ways of his father David, not turning aside to the right or to the left.” 2 Chron 34:1-2 (NIV)

Can you imagine an eight-year-old child becoming the President of the United States of America? That’s hard to fathom. Yet, in the sovereignty of God, Josiah became the king of Judah when he was the tender age of eight. God enabled Josiah to reign for thirty-one years.

How does an eight-year-old rule his kingdom? He doesn’t by himself. Josiah surrounds himself with people who can help. He willingly brings people around him who can do what he can’t and who can exercise gifts that he may not personally have. Josiah becomes an effective king by being teachable. Josiah allows others to speak into his life.

You need four people in your life to help you reach your God-given potential. You need a “Paul” who will mentor you. You need a “Timothy” to invest your life in. You need a “Barnabas” to encourage you and to bring out the best in you. And you need a “Nathan” to speak the truth in love to you.

Are you teachable? Do you allow God to stretch you and mold you and grow you? Are you willing to allow others to get close enough to you in order to learn from them?

Ask God to bring a Paul, a Timothy, a Barnabas, and a Nathan into your life. Be willing to be a Paul, to be a Timothy, to be a Barnabas, and to be a Nathan in someone’s life. Seek to add value to others as you allow the life of Christ to be expressed through you.

Pursuing God,

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

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Sunday, September 25th, 2011 at 1:00 am
Category Josiah, Mentoring, Teachable.
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April 15th, 2008

Potential Essentials (1)

“Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem thirty-one years. He did what was right in the eyes of the LORD and walked in the ways of his father David, not turning aside to the right or to the left.” 2 Chron 34:1-2 (NIV)

Be Teachable.

Can you imagine an eight year old child becoming the President of the United States of America? That’s hard to fathom. Yet, in the sovereignty of God, Josiah became the king of Judah when he was the tender age of eight. God enabled Josiah to reign for thirty-one years.

How does an eight year old rule his kingdom? He doesn’t by himself. Josiah surrounds himself with people who can help. He willingly brings people around him who can do what he can’t and who can exercise gifts that he may not personally have. Josiah becomes an effective king by being teachable. Josiah allows others to speak into his life.

You need four people in your life to help you reach your God-given potential. You need a “Paul” who will mentor you. You need a “Timothy” to invest your life in. You need a “Barnabas” to encourage you and to bring out the best in you. And you need a “Nathan” to speak the truth in love to you.

Are you teachable? Do you allow God to stretch you and mold you and grow you? Are you willing to allow others to get close enough to you in order to learn from them?

Ask God to bring a Paul, a Timothy, a Barnabas, and a Nathan into your life. Be willing to be a Paul, to be a Timothy, to be a Barnabas, and to be a Nathan in someone’s life. Seek to add value to others as you allow the life of Christ to be expressed through you.

Pursuing God,

Stephen Trammell
Executive Pastor

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Tuesday, April 15th, 2008 at 1:00 am
Category Barnabas, Encouragement, Josiah, Mentoring, Nathan, Paul, Teachable, Timothy.
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