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July 20th, 2015

There is Hope!

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.” (Isaiah 9:6-7 ESV)

At the end of chapter 8 of the book of Isaiah, things look pretty grim for the people of Judah. Isaiah proclaims that “they will look to the earth, but behold, distress and darkness, the gloom of anguish. And they will be thrust into darkness” (Isaiah 8:22 ESV). As terrible as that may seem, though, the Lord offers a glimmer of hope for their future, proclaiming that while judgment is coming presently, in a latter time a Messiah will be born to bring about a new Kingdom and everlasting peace.

The message of the Messiah centrally is that in the midst of darkness, disease, and despair, just when all hope seems lost, God will redeem His people through the anointed work of Christ! Sin and its affects will not have victory over those who see the work of this “Prince of Peace” and turn to Him alone for salvation; rather, they shall be victorious and reign with Him in an eternal Kingdom defined by justice and holiness.

When you feel discouraged or without hope, remember the promise of Isaiah 9: Joy has come in Jesus. Our obligation now is to spread that joy to those who are still without hope.

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, July 20th, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category Hope, Isaiah, Messiah.
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July 20th, 2012

There is Hope!

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.” (Isaiah 9:6-7 ESV)

At the end of chapter 8 of the book of Isaiah, things look pretty grim for the people of Judah. Isaiah proclaims that “they will look to the earth, but behold, distress and darkness, the gloom of anguish. And they will be thrust into darkness” (Isaiah 8:22 ESV). As terrible as that may seem, though, the Lord offers a glimmer of hope for their future, proclaiming that while judgment is coming presently, in a latter time a Messiah will be born to bring about a new Kingdom and everlasting peace.

The message of the Messiah centrally is that in the midst of darkness, disease, and despair, just when all hope seems lost, God will redeem His people through the anointed work of Christ! Sin and its affects will not have victory over those who see the work of this “Prince of Peace” and turn to Him alone for salvation; rather, they shall be victorious and reign with Him in an eternal Kingdom defined by justice and holiness.

When you feel discouraged or without hope, remember the promise of Isaiah 9: Joy has come in Jesus. Our obligation now is to spread that joy to those who are still without hope.

Chronological Bible Reading Plan: (Day 194:  2 Chronicles 27;  Isaiah 9-12)

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, July 20th, 2012 at 1:00 am
Category Hope, Isaiah, Messiah.
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January 15th, 2009

Parenting the Messiah

“When he was twelve years old, they went up to the Feast, according to the custom. After the Feast was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it.” Luke 2:42-43 (NIV)

Can you imagine what it would have been like to parent the Messiah? How would you embrace the responsibility of parenting the Son of God? Joseph and Mary were devoted to God and faithful to the task. Jesus was unique in that He was the Son of God and was born of a virgin. It is important also to remember that Joseph and Mary had other children (Mt. 13:55-56).

If you have ever been separated from your children by accident, you know the terror of the experience. Your heart drops to your feet and your mind begins racing. You frantically search for your child until he or she is found. Your terror cascades into refreshing comfort. The restoration of your valued possession brings instant relief.

Jesus was left behind. As the massive caravan moved a day’s journey away from Jerusalem, Joseph and Mary realized that Jesus was not in their company. Luke tells us, “After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions”(Luke 2:46 NIV). That must have been the longest three days of their lives up to that point.

Your parenting is not always going to be flawless. You will make mistakes along the way. You may experience some delays and detours along the way. However, you must position your parenting for impact. Ask God for wisdom to make decisions that will benefit your children and add value to their upbringing. Depend on God’s provision of grace to fill in the gaps where you may fall short. Only God can provide the way for you to parent your children His way!

Pursuing God,

Stephen Trammell
Executive Pastor

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Thursday, January 15th, 2009 at 1:00 am
Category Growth, Maturation, Messiah, Parenting.
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January 8th, 2009

Holy Spirit and Revelation

“It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.” Luke 2:26 (NIV)

The Holy Spirit is not an object, but rather the third Person of the Trinity. God the Father created us. God the Son redeemed us. God the Holy Spirit sealed us. As one of my pastor friends likes to say in reference to salvation, “God thought it, Jesus bought it, and the Holy Spirit wrought it.”

Simeon received revelation from God by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had personally seen the Lord’s Christ. God the Holy Spirit communicated this truth to Simeon.

  • “The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.” 1 Cor 2:14 (NIV)
  • “But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit.” Jude 1:20 (NIV)

The Holy Spirit points us to Christ. As followers of Jesus, we are indwelt by the Holy Spirit and enabled to discern the things that come from the Spirit of God. Our role, as Simeon demonstrated, is to be sensitive to the prompting of the Holy Sprit.

Pursuing God,

Stephen Trammell
Executive Pastor

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Thursday, January 8th, 2009 at 1:00 am
Category Anointed One, Holy Spirit, Identity, Messiah, Revelation.
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January 7th, 2009

Anticipation

“Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him.” Luke 2:25 (NIV)

Simeon was a religious man. He was righteous and devoted to God. The Holy Spirit was upon him. He lived with a strong sense of anticipation of the consolation of Israel. Simeon believed that the Messiah would come to restore Israel. He believed firmly in the promises of God.

Do you live each day expecting God to do what He said He would do? Is your life marked by the anticipation of God accomplishing His plans? You do not exist to just take up space on this planet. God wants to do a great work in your life so that He can do a great work through your life. Anticipate His activity. God is working to bring people into a growing relationship with Jesus. Anticipate God’s invitation for you to join Him in His redemptive activity. There is a place for you on God’s team.

Simeon lived with such a passion to see the Christ. He anticipated the fulfillment of God’s promise. He was waiting with expectancy for the consolation of Israel.

What moves you? What makes you come alive to the things of God? Recapture your passion to join God in His redemptive activity.

Pursuing God,

Stephen Trammell
Executive Pastor

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Wednesday, January 7th, 2009 at 1:00 am
Category Anointed One, Anticipation, Expectation, Messiah.
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