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December 19th, 2015

Declare the Whole Counsel of God

“…for I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God.” Acts 20:27 (ESV)

The Ephesian Church was in danger. Paul speaks to the elders of the church and suggests to them that when he leaves, wolves will enter and try to devour the church. Paul’s concern, though, is limited, knowing that he has done all he can to prepare them by preaching to them the full counsel of God’s word. He did not choose to leave portions out, thinking that they would be too hard for them to digest or handle. No, he boldly proclaimed all of Scripture, knowing that even the hard truths were necessary for this church’s success.

In America today, we face similar dangers as that of the Ephesian Church, yet many of our leaders have shied away from preaching the full counsel of God, choosing instead to focus on the more acceptable aspects of Scripture. The problem, though, that arises when you only teach a partial gospel is that when difficult times come or false teaching is presented, the people do not know how to respond and are likely either defeated or led astray. Certainly no pastor intends for this to happen, but when parts of God’s Word and, thus, His character are ignored, the Church is ill-prepared to accomplish the purpose God has set before it.

My friends, may we commit to be a people who teach the full counsel of God. May we not shy away from topics such as God’s wrath and His coming judgment even as we proclaim His sacrificial love. May we teach people how to be better citizens or our planet, yes, but may we be more concerned with teaching them how to embody the fullness of Christ and the sacrifice such embodiment demands. God revealed Himself fully in His Word; who are we to question which aspects of Him are acceptable and which are not?

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Mobilization Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
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Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Saturday, December 19th, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category Acts, God's Word, Scripture.
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June 12th, 2015

Worth Treasuring

“My son, keep my words and treasure up my commandments with you; keep my commandments and live; keep my teaching as the apple of your eye; bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.” Proverbs 7:1-3 (ESV)

What do you treasure? What do you keep close to your heart? You cannot pursue worldliness and godliness simultaneously. While living in the world, you can bring honor to God by keeping His words and treasuring up His commandments. Value God’s Word by keeping His commandments.

The life God blesses is the life fully surrendered to God’s Word. Keep His teaching as the apple of your eye. Bind them on your fingers and write them on the tablet of your heart. Value God’s Word by aligning your life with God’s revelation.

  • “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (ESV)
  • “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12 (ESV)

Become a student of God’s Word. Read your Bible daily and seek to connect with a small group Bible study. Grow in your understanding and application of God’s Word by sitting under anointed preaching each week. Commit to a consistent intake of God’s Word and develop your spiritual muscles.

Cultivate an appetite for knowing and obeying God’s Word. Share what you are learning with others so that they can benefit from your spiritual maturation. God’s Word is worth treasuring and worth sharing.

Riding HIS Wave,

Stephen Trammell
Lead Pastor
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Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Friday, June 12th, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category God's Word, Proverbs, Treasure.
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June 6th, 2015

Store Up God’s Word

“With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.” Psalm 119:10-11 (ESV)

What guides your decision making process? What is your moral compass? How do you know if your decisions line up with God’s will? As you seek the Lord with all your heart, He will make His will known to you. God is a God of revelation. His desire is for you to know Him personally and to obey Him instantly. Passionately pursue God’s agenda. Focus your life on accomplishing His will. Practice moment-by-moment surrender to His Lordship and respond to His prompting.

God has given you His Word. As you read and feed on the Bible, God will unveil His will. You will discover what God loves and what God hates. You will begin to discern what God has for you to join Him in. God invites you to join Him in His activity so that you can experience His love and benefit His kingdom.

Choose to meditate upon God’s Word. Read through a few chapters of the Bible and slow down on the verses that speak into your life. Ask God to illuminate His Word as you read. Meditate on what you sense God is saying to you and then apply that truth in practical living. Obey what God shows you.

Seek the Lord with all your heart and demonstrate obedience as you hide God’s Word in your heart. Internalize God’s Word so that you can live a life of instant obedience. Hide God’s Word in your heart and embrace a lifestyle of moral purity. God’s way is always the best way!

Riding HIS Wave,

Stephen Trammell
Lead Pastor
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Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Saturday, June 6th, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category God's Word, Obedience, Psalms.
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November 25th, 2014

Feeding on God’s Word

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” Colossians 3:16 (ESV)

Is God’s Word at home in your heart? Are you reading and feeding on God’s Word? Your daily intake of God’s Word will help you grow spiritually and develop relationally. God’s Word will help you know the nature and character of God and His plan.

Henry Blackaby shared in a message at the Gideon Convention the following insight: “God is the center of His own activity and He invites us to join Him in His activity.” As you read God’s Word, you come to learn how to detect the activity of God. Constant intake of God’s Word increases your awareness of His activity and heightens your sensitivity to His redemptive activity.

  • “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Ps. 119:105 (ESV)
  • “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” 2 Tim. 3:16-17 (ESV)

Do you have room for God’s Word? You must place a high value on spending time in God’s Word. Don’t rush your daily reading. Slow down and meditate on God’s Word. Be discipline to journal what God is saying to you through His Word. Seek to write down specific application steps that you will incorporate in your day. Align your life with God’s Word and embrace His agenda. Make room for God’s Word to take root and to bear fruit through your life and your lips.

Drawing Near,

Stephen Trammell
Lead Pastor
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Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Tuesday, November 25th, 2014 at 1:00 am
Category Bible, God's Word, Spiritual Disciplines.
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September 23rd, 2014

Be Receptive

“’As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.’” Matthew 13:23 (ESV)

Have you noticed how you can read the Bible during a given season that you are in and then read the same passage of Scripture at another season of life and get something radically different from the very same passage? It has so much to do with your level of receptivity. I have noticed in my own life that when I am going through a season of brokenness, God’s Word captures my heart at a different level. When I am longing for God’s comfort, the Book of Psalms comes alive for me. When I am in need of direction and insight for a decision I need to make, Proverbs just delivers with clarity. If I am simply wanting to become more like Christ in how I treat others, reading the Gospels develops in me a new perspective on viewing others through the eyes of Christ.

The condition of your heart directly affects the level of revelation that takes root in your life. When your heart resembles the hard path, the thorny ground, or the rocky ground, your level of receptivity to God’s Word diminishes exponentially.

Here’s the good news: your heart can resemble good soil. Your heart can be tender and receptive to God’s Word and yield a hundred, sixty, or thirty times what was sown. Your intake of God’s Word can be beneficial, productive, and life changing if the condition of your heart is right.

Drawing Near,

Stephen Trammell
Lead Pastor
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Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at 1:00 am
Category God's Word, Heart, Receptivity.
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April 25th, 2014

Spiritual Food

“About this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food.” Hebrews 5:11-12 (ESV)

How long have you been a child of God? When did you have your conversion experience? Recount the moment you turned from your sin and confessed Jesus as Lord of your life. Now take a look at your life now compared to then. How much have you grown spiritually since the day of your salvation? What has changed over the years related to your spiritual maturity?

As you grow spiritually, you develop an appetite for the meat of God’s Word. You move from the elementary truths of God’s Word to the deeper things of God. There is a clear process of movement from milk to meat. If you have been a follower of Christ for several years, then your appetite ought to give evidence to the level of your spiritual maturity.

If you are slow to learn, then it is time to examine your level of teachability. When you are teachable, you receive, believe, and apply God’s Word. Your teachability enables you to experience progress in your spiritual journey. Feeding on God’s Word becomes a delight instead of a duty.

What is your level of spiritual maturity? What is keeping you from reaching your God-given potential? God has designed you for physical and spiritual growth.

Drawing Near,

Stephen Trammell
Lead Pastor
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Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Friday, April 25th, 2014 at 1:00 am
Category Discipleship, God's Word, Spiritual Maturity.
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September 28th, 2013

Be Responsive

“Tell the king of Judah, who sent you to inquire of the LORD, ‘This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says concerning the words you heard: Because your heart was responsive and you humbled yourself before the LORD when you heard what I have spoken against this place and its people, that they would become accursed and laid waste, and because you tore your robes and wept in my presence, I have heard you, declares the LORD.”2 Kings 22:18-19 (NIV)

At the age of twenty-six, Josiah encountered the reading of the Book of the Law. Though he was a king, Josiah allowed the Word of the Lord to impact his life. Instead of seeking to get God’s Word to conform to his life, Josiah conformed his life to the Word of God.

  • “But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty, or thirty times what was sown.” Matt. 13:23 (NIV)

Do you read the Bible? When you read the Bible, are you allowing God’s Word to take root in your life? Are you tender towards God and sensitive to what He speaks into your life? Jesus wants us to move from being hearers of the Word only, to being doers of the Word.

Is your heart responsive to God’s Word? How do you respond? Have you allowed God’s Word to affect you emotionally and intellectually? Strive to have a consistent daily intake of God’s Word. A healthy daily discipline is to read four chapters of the Bible each day. In one year, you will have read through the entire Bible.

Pursuing God,

Stephen Trammell
Lead Pastor
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Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Saturday, September 28th, 2013 at 1:00 am
Category God's Word, Josiah, Responsive.
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May 1st, 2013

Wholesome Thinking

“Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking. I want you to recall the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets and the command given by our Lord and Savior through your apostles.” 2 Peter 3:1-2 (NIV)

The Bible was written over a period of 1,400 years by forty human authors under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. The Old Testament is made up of thirty-nine books and the New Testament is made up of twenty-seven books. The sixty-six books are God’s revelation to us. God has revealed Himself to us through His Word so that we can know His plan and experience His love. The common thread throughout the Bible is God’s redemptive love. God pursues us with His everlasting love. In Christ, we are reconciled to God.

In his second letter, Peter writes to remind his readers of the revelation they have received from God through the holy prophets and through the apostles. The message of Christ has been conveyed. Peter reminds them of this in order to produce unmixed and uncontaminated thinking. In Christ, right thinking produces right behavior.

Wholesome thinking involves knowing God’s will and obeying God’s will. To be unmixed in your thinking is to operate your life in alignment with God’s purpose and plan. God reveals His truth so that you can live out His truth. God’s reveals His agenda so that you can fulfill His agenda. Recall what you have learned. Recite the Bible verses you have memorized. Apply God’s truth in your daily decisions. Prepare for the future by obeying God’s Word today.

Are you obeying what God has already revealed to you? Are you walking in the light God has provided? Is your thinking pure, unmixed, and uncontaminated? Where there is purity there is clarity.

Pursuing God,

Stephen Trammell
Executive Pastor
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Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Wednesday, May 1st, 2013 at 1:00 am
Category God's Word, Thought-life, Transformation.
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December 19th, 2012

We Must Declare the Whole Counsel of God.

“…for I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God.” Acts 20:27 (ESV)

The Ephesian Church was in danger. Paul speaks to the elders of the church and suggests to them that when he leaves, wolves will enter and try to devour the church. Paul’s concern, though, is limited, knowing that he has done all he can to prepare them by preaching to them the full counsel of God’s word. He did not choose to leave portions out, thinking that they would be too hard for them to digest or handle. No, he boldly proclaimed all of Scripture, knowing that even the hard truths were necessary for this church’s success.

In America today, we face similar dangers as that of the Ephesian Church, yet many of our leaders have shied away from preaching the full counsel of God, choosing instead to focus on the more acceptable aspects of Scripture. The problem, though, that arises when you only teach a partial gospel is that when difficult times come or false teaching is presented, the people do not know how to respond and are likely either defeated or led astray. Certainly no pastor intends for this to happen, but when parts of God’s Word and, thus, His character are ignored, the Church is ill-prepared to accomplish the purpose God has set before it.

My friends, may we commit to be a people who teach the full counsel of God. May we not shy away from topics such as God’s wrath and His coming judgment even as we proclaim His sacrificial love. May we teach people how to be better citizens or our planet, yes, but may we be more concerned with teaching them how to embody the fullness of Christ and the sacrifice such embodiment demands. God revealed Himself fully in His Word; who are we to question which aspects of Him are acceptable and which are not?

Chronological Bible Reading Plan: (Day 346:  Acts 20-23)

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, December 19th, 2012 at 1:00 am
Category Acts, God's Word, Scripture.
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June 12th, 2012

Worth Treasuring

“My son, keep my words and treasure up my commandments with you; 2 keep my commandments and live; keep my teaching as the apple of your eye; 3 bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.” Proverbs 7:1-3 (ESV)

What do you treasure? What do you keep close to your heart? You cannot pursue worldliness and godliness simultaneously. While living in the world, you can bring honor to God by keeping His words and treasuring up His commandments. Value God’s Word by keeping His commandments.

The life God blesses is the life fully surrendered to God’s Word. Keep His teaching as the apple of your eye. Bind them on your fingers and write them on the tablet of your heart. Value God’s Word by aligning your life with God’s revelation.

  • “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (ESV)
  • “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12 (ESV)

Become a student of God’s Word. Read your Bible daily and seek to connect with a small group Bible study. Grow in your understanding and application of God’s Word by sitting under anointed preaching each week. Commit to a consistent intake of God’s Word and develop your spiritual muscles.

Cultivate an appetite for knowing and obeying God’s Word. Share what you are learning with others so that they can benefit from your spiritual maturation. God’s Word is worth treasuring and worth sharing.

Chronological Bible Reading Plan: (Day 156:  Proverbs 7-9)

Pursuing God,

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

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Tuesday, June 12th, 2012 at 1:00 am
Category God's Word, Proverbs, Treasure.
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