Archive for the ‘Mountaintop Experiences’ Category

October 28th, 2015

The Problem with Miraculous Mountains

“And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus. And Peter said to Jesus, ‘Rabbi, it is good that we are here. Let us make three tents, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.’” Mark 9:4-5 (ESV)

What an incredible event! Can you imagine experiencing what Peter experienced on this mountain? Can you imagine how you would react if you were to see Moses, Elijah, and Jesus all in their glorified form? Peter wanted to build a memorial. He wanted to stay there indefinitely and just revel in the miraculous moment. Isn’t that exactly how we react to incredible, life-changing encounters with God? When we experience the Lord in this way, we want to stay there forever, and when we have to leave we immediately begin to long for the next mountaintop experience. Reacting in this way, though, completely misses the point of these impactful moments. These moments aren’t meant to be ends unto themselves; rather, they are meant to be launching pads for ministry, motivating and encouraging us to continue our ministry as disciples. Jesus didn’t let Peter build the tents because if he had, Peter would have missed all of the ministry He had for him in the valleys between the mountains.

May we not miss the ministry Christ has for us in our desire to experience the Lord in new and exciting ways. When the Lord reveals Himself to us so profoundly, the purpose is always to better enable us to accomplish the mission of the Church in building the Kingdom of God. Be thankful for these special moments, but don’t allow the pursuit of them to become distractions. Seek the Lord while He may be found, but when you find Him, serve Him.

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, October 28th, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category Mark, Mount Transfiguration, Mountaintop Experiences.
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October 28th, 2012

The Problem with Miraculous Mountains

“And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus. And Peter said to Jesus, ‘Rabbi, it is good that we are here. Let us make three tents, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.’” Mark 9:4-5 (ESV)

What an incredible event! Can you imagine experiencing what Peter experienced on this mountain? Can you imagine how you would react if you were to see Moses, Elijah, and Jesus all in their glorified form? Peter wanted to build a memorial. He wanted to stay there indefinitely and just revel in the miraculous moment. Isn’t that exactly how we react to incredible, life-changing encounters with God? When we experience the Lord in this way, we want to stay there forever, and when we have to leave we immediately begin to long for the next mountaintop experience. Reacting in this way, though, completely misses the point of these impactful moments. These moments aren’t meant to be ends unto themselves; rather, they are meant to be launching pads for ministry, motivating and encouraging us to continue our ministry as disciples. Jesus didn’t let Peter build the tents because if he had, Peter would have missed all of the ministry He had for him in the valleys between the mountains.

May we not miss the ministry Christ has for us in our desire to experience the Lord in new and exciting ways. When the Lord reveals Himself to us so profoundly, the purpose is always to better enable us to accomplish the mission of the Church in building the Kingdom of God. Be thankful for these special moments, but don’t allow the pursuit of them to become distractions. Seek the Lord while He may be found, but when you find Him, serve Him.

 Chronological Bible Reading Plan: (Day 294:  Matthew 17; Mark 9)

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, October 28th, 2012 at 1:00 am
Category Mark, Mount Transfiguration, Mountaintop Experiences.
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August 14th, 2009

Our Mission

“Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’” Matt 28:18-20 (NIV)

The Great Commission is our mission.

I live in awe of the reality that God would choose someone like to me to be adopted into His family, to be included in His redemption story, and to be empowered for His redemptive mission. If you have turned your life over to Jesus Christ and allowed Him to become the Lord of your life, you to have been adopted, included, and empowered by God and for God. Your life has true meaning and your life matters to God and directly impacts the population of heaven.

You have been given authority by Jesus to make disciples of all people groups. Now that’s something worth giving your life to! Don’t get distracted by materialism and the pursuit of prestige. Don’t allow your passion for God and His redemptive activity to be dissolved by the pursuit of worldly pleasures. Laser focus your life on that which moves the heart of God. Give your life to influencing people for Christ. As you go, make disciples. Maximize every opportunity that God gives you to make Jesus known. You may be the only Jesus others see.

Reveal God’s love to every person you come into contact with. Be an irresistible influence for Christ on this broken planet called earth. Reveal the grace you have been given by God to others. Reveal the mercy you have received through the atoning work of Jesus on the cross. Reveal the hope to others that you have come to know firsthand.

Pursuing God,

Stephen Trammell
Executive Pastor
(This devotional was originally posted in ’07 or ’08. I’m taking a break from writing for a season of personal renewal.)
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Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Friday, August 14th, 2009 at 1:00 am
Category Joy, Mission, Mountaintop Experiences, Reveal, Soulwinning.
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August 13th, 2009

Mountaintop Experiences

“After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light.” Matt 17:1-2 (NIV)

God moments are difficult to transfer.

If only life was a perpetual mountaintop experience. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be on a constant spiritual high and never come down? Peter, James, and John had a once in a lifetime experience with Jesus on the top of a mountain. Jesus was transfigured before them. Peter wanted to build three shelters in order to stay on the mountaintop and live in the radiance of Jesus’ glory.

Jesus used the experience to teach Peter, James, and John the necessity to come down the mountain to meet the needs of people in the valley. In other words, God surprises us with mountaintop experiences to reveal His glory so that we can go into the world to reveal God’s glory to others.

Consider the terrain of your spiritual journey. Can you recall the mountaintop experiences you have had with God? Did God reveal His glory to you in those moments so that you would stay in the moment? No! God gave you those special glimpses into His nature and character so that you could go into the valley of life to connect with people in desperate need of God’s salvation.

God moments can be difficult to transfer to others. Often, the God moments are for you to be encouraged and strengthened personally. The experience should motivate you to go into the world to declare the message of reconciliation to a world alienated from God.

Pursuing God,

Stephen Trammell
Executive Pastor
(This devotional was originally posted in ’07 or ’08. I’m taking a break from writing for a season of personal renewal.)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/stephentrammell

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Thursday, August 13th, 2009 at 1:00 am
Category Great Commission, Mountaintop Experiences, Pentecost, Reveal.
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May 30th, 2008

Reveal (4)

“After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light.” Matt 17:1-2 (NIV)

God moments are difficult to transfer.

If only life was a perpetual mountaintop experience. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be on a constant spiritual high and never come down? Peter, James, and John had a once in a lifetime experience with Jesus on the top of a mountain. Jesus was transfigured before them. Peter wanted to build three shelters in order to stay on the mountaintop and live in the radiance of Jesus’ glory.

Jesus used the experience to teach Peter, James, and John the necessity to come down the mountain to meet the needs of people in the valley. In other words, God surprises us with mountaintop experiences to reveal His glory so that we can go into the world to reveal God’s glory to others.

Consider the terrain of your spiritual journey. Can you recall the mountaintop experiences you have had with God? Did God reveal His glory to you in those moments so that you would stay in the moment? No! God gave you those special glimpses into His nature and character so that you could go into the valley of life to connect with people in desperate need of God’s salvation.

God moments can be difficult to transfer to others. Often, the God moments are for you to be encouraged and strengthened personally. The experience should motivate you to go into the world to declare the message of reconciliation to a world alienated from God.

Pursuing God,

Stephen Trammell
Executive Pastor

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Friday, May 30th, 2008 at 1:00 am
Category Conceal, God Moments, Mountaintop Experiences, Reveal.
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