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November 13th, 2015

Stay Awake

“Therefore stay awake–for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning–lest he come suddenly and find you asleep. And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake.” Mark 13:35-37 (ESV)

Jesus is coming again! What an incredible message of hope for us as believers. He has not forgotten us, nor abandoned us. He will come again to finish what He started, and He won’t be coming on a donkey this time! This message of hope for believers is also a challenge to prepare the way of the Lord, continuing the proclamation of the gospel and the building of His kingdom in His temporary absence, for while this truth is a message of joy for us, for those who do not believe, the reality is far more sobering. The coming of Christ will secure a future of wrath for those outside of His grace, meaning that because we are uncertain of when He will come, we should do everything we can to prepare everybody we can until we hear that trumpet sound.

Dear Christian, are you awake to this reality? Or has the urgency of the second coming of Christ disappeared having been distracted by the business of your day to day schedule. Do not be found sleeping on the job. God has given you a purpose in your time here to proclaim His goodness, calling those around you to join in worship. Don’t forsake this glorious purpose and eternal glory for temporary pleasures and vain rewards. Be on guard and stay awake, knowing that at any moment the Lord could return to reclaim His creation fully.

Grace and peace,

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

 

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Friday, November 13th, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category Alert, Mark, Second-coming of Christ.
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November 13th, 2012

Stay Awake

“Therefore stay awake–for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning–lest he come suddenly and find you asleep. And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake.” Mark 13:35-37 (ESV)

Jesus is coming again! What an incredible message of hope for us as believers. He has not forgotten us, nor abandoned us. He will come again to finish what He started, and He won’t be coming on a donkey this time! This message of hope for believers is also a challenge to prepare the way of the Lord, continuing the proclamation of the gospel and the building of His kingdom in His temporary absence, for while this truth is a message of joy for us, for those who do not believe, the reality is far more sobering. The coming of Christ will secure a future of wrath for those outside of His grace, meaning that because we are uncertain of when He will come, we should do everything we can to prepare everybody we can until we hear that trumpet sound.

Dear Christian, are you awake to this reality? Or has the urgency of the second coming of Christ disappeared having been distracted by the business of your day to day schedule. Do not be found sleeping on the job. God has given you a purpose in your time here to proclaim His goodness, calling those around you to join in worship. Don’t forsake this glorious purpose and eternal glory for temporary pleasures and vain rewards. Be on guard and stay awake, knowing that at any moment the Lord could return to reclaim His creation fully.

Chronological Bible Reading Plan: (Day 310: Mark 13)

Grace and peace,

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

 

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Tuesday, November 13th, 2012 at 1:00 am
Category Alert, Mark, Second-coming of Christ.
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December 7th, 2008

Finish Strong

“Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8 (NIV)

In his book, Finishing Strong, Steve Farrar reminds us, “You’ve got an enemy who hates your guts and will do anything to keep you from finishing strong.” The enemy we combat is the devil. Peter depicts the enemy as a roaring lion on a mission to devour. Your identity in Christ has positioned you in opposition to the devil and his agenda. You are on the devil’s radar.

God has empowered you to walk in victory. God has equipped you with spiritual armor to combat the enemy. You are not powerless. You are not without hope and without help.

  • “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” Eph 6:10-11 (NIV)
  • “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” Eph 6:13 (NIV)

God wants you to finish strong. God wants you to cross the finish line of life with integrity. You cannot run this race without God’s provision. Your flesh is too weak. Your flesh craves impurity, compromise, and sin. The only way to finish strong is through daily surrender to the Lordship of Christ and through daily detection of the real enemy. Be self-controlled and alert! Put on the full armor of God! Stand!

Pursuing God,

Stephen Trammell
Executive Pastor

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Sunday, December 7th, 2008 at 1:00 am
Category Alert, Detection, Devil, Enemy, Lordship.
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