Archive for the ‘Relationship’ Category

June 29th, 2015

Value What God Values

“Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.” Proverbs 31:30 ESV

At our church, we have a saying: behavior that is praised is multiplied. The core of this adage communicates that if we want to encourage hearts of service in our people, then we should applaud those who serve, thereby suggesting to our people that this is the kind of behavior that we desire to see in everyone who attends Champion Forest Baptist Church.

While this nugget of wisdom proves true in the interaction of a church body, it also proves true in the relationships between men and women. Women, who desire to be desired by men, will follow the example of women who are praised to earn that for themselves. For instance, if a young girl dreams of dating another young boy in her class at school, she will watch the kind of girls that boy is attracted to and seek to replicate that behavior in an effort to win him over.

The question for men today is, “What kind of behavior are we encouraging?” Are we implicitly suggesting to women that in order to be valuable they must look and act like some magazine cover? Or are we affirming in them the values established by God? Do we love women who display strength and dignity?  Do we affirm women whose children rise up and call her blessed? Do we applaud a woman who dresses herself with strength, reflecting the purity that God has called her to? We must value what God values.

We need men who desire godliness in a woman; not godlessness. We also must encourage our women to seek the approval of God above the approval of man, knowing that any man who makes her call into question her devotion to the Lord is not worth her time or effort.

May we encourage in our marriages and in our young people a healthy perspective, teaching each other to value and praise what God has established as praiseworthy.

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 Monday, June 29th, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category Proverbs, Relationship, Value.
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February 16th, 2015

The Lord Our God

“‘I will dwell among the people of Israel and will be their God. And they shall know that I am the LORD their God, who brought them out of the land of Egypt that I might dwell among them. I am the LORD their God.’” Exodus 29:45-46 (ESV)

Moses received specific instructions related to how God would commune with His people. God established the sacrificial system to provide atonement for the sins of the people. God ordained the priesthood so that Aaron and his sons could serve at the tent of meeting. Every detail of the Tabernacle and the ongoing service within the sacrificial system was articulated by God to Moses.

Why would the Creator of the universe go to such lengths to make a way for His creation to encounter Him personally? God took the initiative to enable His people to worship Him. God affirmed His desire to dwell among them and to be their God. He would remind them of His redemptive act of bringing them out of Egypt that He might dwell among them and be the Lord their God.

God’s love compels Him to initiate relationship. God created us so that we can know Him personally and intimately. Sin is the barrier that separates lost people from our holy God. There is nothing they can do on their own to remove the barrier. God took the initiative to close the gap between sin and righteousness.

  • “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Cor 5:21 (ESV)

Jesus makes it possible for us to know the Lord our God. Jesus was the only acceptable sacrifice for our sin. Jesus took on the full wrath of God for our sin, paid our sin debt in full, and removed our sin. What are you doing with the privilege of being forgiven?

Riding HIS Wave,

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

 

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Monday, February 16th, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category Atonement, Relationship, Tabernacle.
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June 29th, 2012

Value What God Values

“Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.” Proverbs 31:30 ESV

At our church, we have a saying: behavior that is praised is multiplied. The core of this adage communicates that if we want to encourage hearts of service in our people, then we should applaud those who serve, thereby suggesting to our people that this is the kind of behavior that we desire to see in everyone who attends Champion Forest Baptist Church.

While this nugget of wisdom proves true in the interaction of a church body, it also proves true in the relationships between men and women. Women, who desire to be desired by men, will follow the example of women who are praised to earn that for themselves. For instance, if a young girl dreams of dating another young boy in her class at school, she will watch the kind of girls that boy is attracted to and seek to replicate that behavior in an effort to win him over.

The question for men today is, “What kind of behavior are we encouraging?” Are we implicitly suggesting to women that in order to be valuable they must look and act like some magazine cover? Or are we affirming in them the values established by God? Do we love women who display strength and dignity?  Do we affirm women whose children rise up and call her blessed? Do we applaud a woman who dresses herself with strength, reflecting the purity that God has called her to? We must value what God values.

We need men who desire godliness in a woman; not godlessness. We also must encourage our women to seek the approval of God above the approval of man, knowing that any man who makes her call into question her devotion to the Lord is not worth her time or effort.

May we encourage in our marriages and in our young people a healthy perspective, teaching each other to value and praise what God has established as praiseworthy.

 

Chronological Bible Reading Plan: (Day 173:  Proverbs 30-31)

Grace and peace,

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

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Friday, June 29th, 2012 at 1:00 am
Category Proverbs, Relationship, Value.
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February 16th, 2012

The Lord Our God

“‘I will dwell among the people of Israel and will be their God. 46 And they shall know that I am the LORD their God, who brought them out of the land of Egypt that I might dwell among them. I am the LORD their God.’” Exodus 29:45-46 (ESV)

Moses received specific instructions related to how God would commune with His people. God established the sacrificial system to provide atonement for the sins of the people. God ordained the priesthood so that Aaron and his sons could serve at the tent of meeting. Every detail of the Tabernacle and the ongoing service within the sacrificial system was articulated by God to Moses.

Why would the Creator of the universe go to such lengths to make a way for His creation to encounter Him personally? God took the initiative to enable His people to worship Him. God affirmed His desire to dwell among them and to be their God. He would remind them of His redemptive act of bringing them out of Egypt that He might dwell among them and be the Lord their God.

God’s love compels Him to initiate relationship. God created us so that we can know Him personally and intimately. Sin is the barrier that separates lost people from our holy God. There is nothing they can do on their own to remove the barrier. God took the initiative to close the gap between sin and righteousness.

  • “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Cor 5:21 (ESV)

Jesus makes it possible for us to know the Lord our God. Jesus was the only acceptable sacrifice for our sin. Jesus took on the full wrath of God for our sin, paid our sin debt in full, and removed our sin. What are you doing with the privilege of being forgiven?

Chronological Bible Reading Plan: (Day 39:  Exodus 28-29)

Pursuing God,

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

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Thursday, February 16th, 2012 at 1:00 am
Category Atonement, Relationship, Tabernacle.
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September 30th, 2008

Family Spats (2)

“The LORD God said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.’” Gen 2:18 (NIV)

God created us for relationship.

The first “not good” in the Bible is connected to aloneness. God created us for companionship. We do better together. God designed us to be relational, not robotic. God’s desire is for us to be rightly related to Him and rlghtly related to each other.

God created Eve to complete Adam. Adam transitioned from “me” to “we” and from “mine” to “ours” in response to God’s gracious creation activity. God knew what Adam needed most! Adam needed companionship. As you read God’s Word, you will discover that the Bible is the story of God’s relationship with His creation and their relationship with each other.

  • “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Cor 5:21 (NIV)
  • “Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble.” 1 Peter 3:8 (NIV)

Satan is anti-relationship. Satan is anti-companionship. Satan is anti-family. The devil does not want you to be in a right relationship with God and he does not want you to be in a right relationship with others. Don’t allow the enemy to keep you from enjoying a loving relationship with God and with others. You are made for relationship. If you are battling aloneness, ask God to bring some life-giving relationships into your life.

Pursuing God,

Stephen Trammell
Executive Pastor

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Tuesday, September 30th, 2008 at 1:01 am
Category Companionship, Conflict Resolution, Family, Relationship.
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May 5th, 2008

Growing Through Depression (5)

“The LORD said, ‘Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by.’ Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.” 1 Kings 19:11-12 (NIV)

God’s revelation and relationships are antidotes to depression.

God has chosen to reveal Himself to us through His Word. As you read the Bible, you discover God’s purpose and plan for your life. You come to know the heart of God for world redemption and you gain insight into God’s nature and character. The ultimate revelation of God is His Son, Jesus. Jesus is God incarnate. Jesus became flesh, lived a sinless life, and died to purchase our salvation. God’s Word is nourishment for your soul.

God has provided the way for us to walk in relationship with Himself and to walk in relationship with other believers. God revealed Himself to Elijah as a gentle whisper. God wanted to teach Elijah to be sensitive to His abiding Presence.

Elijah had chosen to leave his servant. As a result, his depression escalated in proportion to his isolation. One of Satan’s most effective tools is that of isolation. He wants to remove you from relationships because God designed you for relationships. In fact, the first “not good” in the Bible is where God said that it was not good for man to be alone.

It’s time for a spiritual checkup. What are you currently doing for refreshment? What adjustments do you need to make in order to get more rest? Are you having a consistent intake of God’s Word? If you read four chapters each day, you will read through the entire Bible in one year. Do you have a life-giving friend? Ask God to help you in these four specific areas to help you grow through depression.

Pursuing God,

Stephen Trammell
Executive Pastor

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Monday, May 5th, 2008 at 1:00 am
Category Depression, Provision, Relationship, Revelation.
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