Archive for the ‘Speech’ Category

August 26th, 2015

A Futile Rebellion

“In his days, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up, and Jehoiakim became his servant three years. Then he turned and rebelled against him. And the LORD sent against him bands of the Chaldeans and bands of the Syrians and bands of the Moabites and bands of the Ammonites, and sent them against Judah to destroy it, according to the word of the LORD that he spoke by his servants the prophets. Surely this came upon Judah at the command of the LORD, to remove them out of his sight, for the sins of Manasseh, according to all that he had done, and also for the innocent blood that he had shed. For he filled Jerusalem with innocent blood, and the LORD would not pardon.” 2 Kings 24:1-4 (ESV)

Jehoiakim sought to rebel against the rule of Nebuchadnezzar over the people of God and bring about freedom by his hand. The problem that Jehoiakim faced, however, was that he was not simply rebelling against the rule of a foreign king; he was rebelling against the prophecy of God Himself. His failure to acknowledge the Lord’s sovereign hand over his people was the problem of the majority of the kings in this time. They rejected the dictate of the prophets and, therefore, rejected the authority of the Lord, which is why they were in danger of falling in the first place. They did not rely upon the Lord to guide their reigns, seeking glory for themselves alone. The wise move for Jehoiakim would simply have been to fall on his face in repentance before the Lord, since only this kind of response would have led his people into freedom.

How do you respond in times of hardship before the Lord? Do you try to take matters into your hands, organizing plans for victory in your own strength and by your own hand? Or do you seek the Lord, asking Him to be your great defender? If it is true that we exist for the glory of God, then we must in every circumstance rely fully upon Him for His deliverance, knowing that when He acts He will receive the full credit. The Lord wants to be the defender of His people; may we seek Him to be and give Him the glory when He shows Himself faithful.

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Mobilization Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
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Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category 2 Kings, Glory, Speech.
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July 28th, 2014

Monitor Your Mouth

“Put away from you crooked speech, and put devious talk far from you.” Proverbs 4:24 (ESV)

Have you ever said something that you wish you could retrieve? We have all been there. If only we could have thought about what we were going to say before we said it. Let’s use the word THINK as an acrostic to give us some insightful questions to ask before we speak.

Is it True? Now that’s a great question for us to consider before speaking. What would our world look like if everyone only spoke the truth? Instead of spreading lies and infusing suspicion, everyone would operate based on integrity and truth.

Is it Helpful? Consider your words. Are they beneficial to others? Does your conversation add value to the lives of other people? Let’s commit to speak words that bless and build others up.

Is it Inspiring? God has sealed you by the Holy Spirit so that you can be a vessel of honor. Your life is designed by God to inspire others to come to a saving relationship with Jesus Christ and to mature spiritually. Do your words encourage others to reach their full redemptive potential?

Is it Necessary? Sometimes silence is the best option. When we are about to say something that is not necessary, maybe that’s a good time to hit the pause button.

Is it Kind? I remember hearing Dr. Jerry Vines, pastor emeritus of First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, Florida, say that “a Christian never has the luxury of being unkind.” Before we speak, we might want to ask the question, “Is it kind?” Will our words reflect the heart of Jesus? Will our words demonstrate the value that God places on others?

Drawing Near,

Stephen Trammell
Lead Pastor
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Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Monday, July 28th, 2014 at 1:00 am
Category Heart, Purity, Speech.
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June 30th, 2013

Monitor Your Mouth

“Put away perversity from your mouth; keep corrupt talk far from your lips.” Proverbs 4:24 (NIV)

Have you ever said something that you wish you could retrieve? We have all been there. If only we could have thought about what we were going to say before we said it. Let’s use the word THINK as an acrostic to give us some insightful questions to ask before we speak.

Is it True? Now that’s a great question for us to consider before speaking. What would our world look like if everyone only spoke the truth? Instead of spreading lies and infusing suspicion, everyone would operate based on integrity and truth.

Is it Helpful? Consider your words. Are they beneficial to others? Does your conversation add value to the lives of other people? Let’s commit to speak words that bless and build others up.

Is it Inspiring? God has sealed you by the Holy Spirit so that you can be a vessel of honor. Your life is designed by God to inspire others to come to a saving relationship with Jesus Christ and to mature spiritually. Do your words encourage others to reach their full redemptive potential?

Is it Necessary? Sometimes silence is the best option. When we are about to say something that is not necessary, maybe that’s a good time to hit the pause button.

Is it Kind? I remember hearing Dr. Jerry Vines, pastor emeritus of First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, Florida, say that “a Christian never has the luxury of being unkind.” Before we speak, we might want to ask the question, “Is it kind?” Will our words reflect the heart of Jesus? Will our words demonstrate the value that God places on others?

Pursuing God,

Stephen Trammell
Executive Pastor
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Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Sunday, June 30th, 2013 at 1:00 am
Category Heart, Purity, Speech.
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August 26th, 2012

A Futile Rebellion

“In his days, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up, and Jehoiakim became his servant three years. Then he turned and rebelled against him. And the LORD sent against him bands of the Chaldeans and bands of the Syrians and bands of the Moabites and bands of the Ammonites, and sent them against Judah to destroy it, according to the word of the LORD that he spoke by his servants the prophets. Surely this came upon Judah at the command of the LORD, to remove them out of his sight, for the sins of Manasseh, according to all that he had done, and also for the innocent blood that he had shed. For he filled Jerusalem with innocent blood, and the LORD would not pardon.” 2 Kings 24:1-4 (ESV)

Jehoiakim sought to rebel against the rule of Nebuchadnezzar over the people of God and bring about freedom by his hand. The problem that Jehoiakim faced, however, was that he was not simply rebelling against the rule of a foreign king; he was rebelling against the prophecy of God Himself. His failure to acknowledge the Lord’s sovereign hand over his people was the problem of the majority of the kings in this time. They rejected the dictate of the prophets and, therefore, rejected the authority of the Lord, which is why they were in danger of falling in the first place. They did not rely upon the Lord to guide their reigns, seeking glory for themselves alone. The wise move for Jehoiakim would simply have been to fall on his face in repentance before the Lord, since only this kind of response would have led his people into freedom.

How do you respond in times of hardship before the Lord? Do you try to take matters into your hands, organizing plans for victory in your own strength and by your own hand? Or do you seek the Lord, asking Him to be your great defender? If it is true that we exist for the glory of God, then we must in every circumstance rely fully upon Him for His deliverance, knowing that when He acts He will receive the full credit. The Lord wants to be the defender of His people; may we seek Him to be and give Him the glory when He shows Himself faithful.

Chronological Bible Reading Plan: (Day 231:  2 Kings 24-25; 2 Chronicles 36)

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, August 26th, 2012 at 1:00 am
Category 2 Kings, Glory, Speech.
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June 30th, 2011

Monitor Your Mouth

“Put away perversity from your mouth; keep corrupt talk far from your lips.” Prov 4:24 (NIV)

Have you ever said something that you wish you could retrieve? We have all been there. If only we could have thought about what we were going to say before we said it. Let’s use the word THINK as an acrostic to give us some insightful questions to ask before we speak.

Is it True? Now that’s a great question for us to consider before speaking. What would our world look like if everyone only spoke the truth? Instead of spreading lies and infusing suspicion, everyone would operate based on integrity and truth.

Is it Helpful? Consider your words. Are they beneficial to others? Does your conversation add value to the lives of other people? Let’s commit to speak words that bless and build others up.

Is it Inspiring? God has sealed you by the Holy Spirit so that you can be a vessel of honor. Your life is designed by God to inspire others to come to a saving relationship with Jesus Christ and to mature spiritually. Do your words encourage others to reach their full redemptive potential?

Is it Necessary? Sometimes silence is the best option. When we are about to say something that is not necessary, maybe that’s a good time to hit the pause button.

Is it Kind? I remember hearing Dr. Jerry Vines, pastor emeritus of First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, Florida, say that “a Christian never has the luxury of being unkind.” Before we speak, we might want to ask the question, “Is it kind?” Will our words reflect the heart of Jesus? Will our words demonstrate the value that God places on others?

Pursuing God,

Stephen Trammell
Executive Pastor
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Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Thursday, June 30th, 2011 at 1:00 am
Category Heart, Purity, Speech.
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July 28th, 2010

Monitor Your Mouth

“Put away perversity from your mouth; keep corrupt talk far from your lips.” Prov 4:24 (NIV)

Have you ever said something that you wish you could retrieve? We have all been there. If only we could have thought about what we were going to say before we said it. Let’s use the word THINK as an acrostic to give us some insightful questions to ask before we speak.

Is it True? Now that’s a great question for us to consider before speaking. What would our world look like if everyone only spoke the truth? Instead of spreading lies and infusing suspicion, everyone would operate based on integrity and truth.

Is it Helpful? Consider your words. Are they beneficial to others? Does your conversation add value to the lives of other people? Let’s commit to speak words that bless and build others up.

Is it Inspiring? God has sealed you by the Holy Spirit so that you can be a vessel of honor. Your life is designed by God to inspire others to come to a saving relationship with Jesus Christ and to mature spiritually. Do your words encourage others to reach their full redemptive potential?

Is it Necessary? Sometimes silence is the best option. When we are about to say something that is not necessary, maybe that’s a good time to hit the pause button.

Is it Kind? I remember hearing Dr. Jerry Vines, pastor emeritus of First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, Florida, say that “a Christian never has the luxury of being unkind.” Before we speak, we might want to ask the question, “Is it kind?” Will our words reflect the heart of Jesus? Will our words demonstrate the value that God places on others?

Pursuing God,

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

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Wednesday, July 28th, 2010 at 1:00 am
Category Heart, Purity, Speech.
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May 8th, 2009

When You Speak

“If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 4:11 (NIV)

Words have the power to build up or tear down. Words can inspire or discourage creativity. As a follower of Jesus Christ, your calling is to continue the ministry of Jesus on this earth. You are an ambassador for Christ (2 Cor. 5:20). Your conduct and your communication will indicate the health of your love relationship with Christ. When you speak, you have the opportunity to be an irresistible influence for Christ. Your speech has the potential to impart life to a person who has been searching for meaning and purpose in life. The way you interact with others can bring them into a living connection with Jesus.

Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Peter exhorts us to remember that when we speak, we are speaking the very words of God. Consider the weight of your words. The manner in which you converse with others is of vital importance. Your speech gives clear evidence of that which is in your heart (Luke 6:45). If your speech becomes toxic and demeaning, then your heart has become hard and indifferent. If your speech is gentle, considerate, and life giving, then your heart is tender and teachable.

Does your daily conversation bring praise to God? As God listens to the words that come from your lips, does He smile? Let’s be conscientious about the words we speak. Our words have immense power. Maybe that’s why James says we ought to be quick to listen and slow to speak (James 1:19). When we do speak, let’s be cognizant of the privilege of speaking the very words of God. Being God’s voice in a noisy world is an awesome responsibility to behold.

Pursuing God,

Stephen Trammell
Executive Pastor

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Friday, May 8th, 2009 at 1:00 am
Category Speech, Witness.
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April 2nd, 2009

Restoring Ruptured Relationships

“All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and creatures of the sea are being tamed and have been tamed by man, but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.” James 3:7-8 (NIV)

Doing life requires restraint. There are countless temptations used of Satan to entice us to compromise our Christianity. His goal is to get us to drift from our devotion to God. One of Satan’s favorite tools is an unbridled tongue. He knows that our words can do more damage than our actions alone.

Have you ever said something you deeply regretted? Have you had one of those moments when you spoke before you had time to really think through and process what you were going to say? Ouch! It is impossible to retrieve words once spoken. If only we could snatch them out of the air before they made contact with the tympanic membrane of someone’s ear. If you have ever allowed words to slip and wound someone, then embrace this great word from God on how to respond.

  • “If you have been trapped by what you said,  ensnared by the words of your mouth, then do this, my son, to free yourself,  since you have fallen into your neighbor’s hands: Go and humble yourself;  press your plea with your neighbor!” Prov 6:2-3 (NIV)

Has God placed someone on your heart  that you have  wounded with your words? Are you willing to go to them in humility in order to apologize and ask for their forgiveness? God will honor your obedience to His word. God will make a way for you to experience restoration. Restoration is God’s specialty! Don’t delay. Make things right!

Pursuing God,

Stephen Trammell
Executive Pastor

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Thursday, April 2nd, 2009 at 1:00 am
Category Restoration, Speech, Tongue.
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February 20th, 2009

When Your Heart Speaks

“The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.” Luke 6:45 (NIV)

Did you know that your mouth will tell on your heart? Whatever is in your heart will eventually come through your mouth. The words you speak reveal what’s in your heart. If your heart is impure, then your words will give evidence of that impurity. If your heart is gentle and compassionate, then your words will unveil that reality.

How’s your heart? Evaluate the words you speak and you will get a clear indication of the condition of your heart. Jesus identified the heart connection to the words we speak. Jesus explained that whatever we store in our heart will come out.

The writer of Proverbs reminds us to guard our heart, for it is the wellspring of life (Prv. 4:23). The condition of your heart determines how you treat others, how you speak to others, and how you think of others. If your heart is cold and indifferent, then your compassion for others will be minimal. If your heart is warm and tender, then your interaction with others will be saturated with the love and kindness of Christ.

Do your words build others up or tear them down? Do your words build bridges or erect walls? Does your speech draw others to Christ or repel them from Christ? It’s a matter of the heart!

Pursuing God,

Stephen Trammell
Executive Pastor

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Friday, February 20th, 2009 at 1:00 am
Category Heart, Motives, Speech.
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October 3rd, 2008

Family Spats (5)

“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” Eph 4:29 (NIV)

Our words have such power. With our words we can encourage and comfort or we can shatter hearts and dreams. God wants our words to benefit others.

  • “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” Prov 15:1 (NIV)
  • “The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life, but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.” Prov 15:4 (NIV)

Let’s talk about the wheel of conflict. Now, let’s imagine that conflict enters your path. You experience hurt feelings which may lead to anger. Someone has wounded you. You have a choice to make. You can flee and withdraw which leads to isolation and unresolved conflict. Or you can choose to face the conflict. Once you make that decision, two more options arise: fight or invite. You can go head-to-head with that person and launch a verbal assault and fight. Or you can take the better option: invite the person into dialogue. Simply say, “Let’s talk.” In fact, practice saying that right now. Then be willing to extend or receive forgiveness. When you respond to conflict this way, you experience growth in your relationship. The very conflict that could have destroyed the relationship actually takes the relationship to the next level based on how you respond.

Would you be willing to allow the wheel of conflict to roll in a healthy direction? Ask God to give you the wisdom to make proper decisions to navigate through the tunnel of conflict and come to the place of healing, restoration, and growth for His glory.

Pursuing God,

Stephen Trammell
Executive Pastor

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Friday, October 3rd, 2008 at 1:01 am
Category Conflict Resolution, Family, Growth, Speech.
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