Archive for the ‘Future’ Category

July 26th, 2015

That You May Tell The Next Generation

“Walk about Zion, go around her, number her towers, consider well her ramparts, go through her citadels, that you may tell the next generation that this is God, our God forever and ever. He will guide us forever.” Psalm 48:12-14

As people who have experienced the provision and protection of the Lord, we have a responsibility to proclaim to those who come after us the legacy of our God. Our generation should pray and hope that generations after us will avoid the mistakes we made in turning our worship to created things and keep their focus on the only worthy object of worship, Christ. The way they know of His goodness is by our declaration. We have a responsibility to shout the good news of Jesus.

How are you entrusting God’s faithfulness to you in the generation coming after you? Statistics show that a significant number of students who grow up in the church will not stay faithful between the ages of 18-22. We cannot afford to lose them. We must fight for them. We must entrust the love of the Lord within them.

Paul gave his life to the Church, but he also gave his life to Timothy to build and instruct him for the future of the Church. A large responsibility of parents in the nation of Israel was teaching their children the miraculous works of God for their people, so that their generation would not turn to a false hope in times of trouble. Time and time again in scripture we see this call to entrust the wisdom given to us in the next generation. The question is, “Are you entrusting?”

Take a moment and pray for the generations that are coming after us. Further, commit to disciple and mentor someone in younger generations, entrusting to them your knowledge of the Lord.

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Pastor of Mobilization & Young Adults (Online Devotional Guest Author)
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Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Sunday, July 26th, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category Discipline, Future, Generations.
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June 3rd, 2014

Releasing the Past

“Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13-14 (ESV)

Don’t allow your past to prevent you from doing something great for God in the future. Everyone has a past. Everybody has pollution at some level in their past. We have made decisions we regret, said hurtful words we regret, and have had impure thoughts. We have caused pain in the lives of others and we have also been the recipient of pain from others. Living in a fallen world becomes evident by looking into the rearview mirror.

Paul enjoyed the favor of God. While participating with God in the redemptive process, Paul also encountered the trauma of severe persecution. His rearview mirror included scenes of immense failures and tremendous successes. Paul understood the vital importance of releasing the past and embracing the future.

Memory has power. Satan uses memory to immobilize us. God uses memory to remind us of the depth of His love. God wants to do something great through your life in spite of your past. God factored in your sin before you were even born. God made provision for your sin and your success by allowing Jesus to pay your sin debt in full.

Find a private place of solitude. Take out a notepad and ask God to reveal unconfessed sin in your life. In the quietness of the moment, begin to write down what God reveals to you. Specifically confess each sin by agreeing with God that you have broken His heart and missed the mark. Now receive God’s cleansing for your sin and release the past.

Drawing Near,

Stephen Trammell
Lead Pastor
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Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014 at 1:00 am
Category Forgiveness, Future, Past.
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July 26th, 2012

That You May Tell The Next Generation

“Walk about Zion, go around her, number her towers, consider well her ramparts, go through her citadels, that you may tell the next generation that this is God, our God forever and ever. He will guide us forever.” Psalm 48:12-14

As people who have experienced the provision and protection of the Lord, we have a responsibility to proclaim to those who come after us the legacy of our God. Our generation should pray and hope that generations after us will avoid the mistakes we made in turning our worship to created things and keep their focus on the only worthy object of worship, Christ. The way they know of His goodness is by our declaration. We have a responsibility to shout the good news of Jesus.

How are you entrusting God’s faithfulness to you in the generation coming after you? Statistics show that a significant number of students who grow up in the church will not stay faithful between the ages of 18-22. We cannot afford to lose them. We must fight for them. We must entrust the love of the Lord within them.

Paul gave his life to the Church, but he also gave his life to Timothy to build and instruct him for the future of the Church. A large responsibility of parents in the nation of Israel was teaching their children the miraculous works of God for their people, so that their generation would not turn to a false hope in times of trouble. Time and time again in scripture we see this call to entrust the wisdom given to us in the next generation. The question is, “Are you entrusting?”

Take a moment and pray for the generations that are coming after us. Further, commit to disciple and mentor someone in younger generations, entrusting to them your knowledge of the Lord.

Chronological Bible Reading Plan: (Day 200:  2 Kings 18; 2 Chronicles 29-31; Psalms 48)

Grace and peace,

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

 

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Thursday, July 26th, 2012 at 1:00 am
Category Discipline, Future, Generations.
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June 3rd, 2010

Releasing the Past

“Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Phil 3:13-14 (NIV)

Don’t allow your past to prevent you from doing something great for God in the future. Everyone has a past. Everybody has pollution at some level in their past. We have made decisions we regret, said hurtful words we regret, and have had impure thoughts. We have caused pain in the lives of others and we have also been the recipient of pain from others. Living in a fallen world becomes evident by looking into the rearview mirror.

Paul enjoyed the favor of God. While participating with God in the redemptive process, Paul also encountered the trauma of severe persecution. His rearview mirror included scenes of immense failures and tremendous successes. Paul understood the vital importance of releasing the past and embracing the future.

Memory has power. Satan uses memory to immobilize us. God uses memory to remind us of the depth of His love. God wants to do something great through your life in spite of your past. God factored in your sin before you were even born. God made provision for your sin and your success by allowing Jesus to pay your sin debt in full.

Find a private place of solitude. Take out a notepad and ask God to reveal un-confessed sin in your life. In the quietness of the moment, begin to write down what God reveals to you. Specifically confess each sin by agreeing with God that you have broken His heart and missed the mark. Now receive God’s cleansing for your sin and release the past.

Pursuing God,

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

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Thursday, June 3rd, 2010 at 1:00 am
Category Forgiveness, Future, Past.
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December 27th, 2008

Your Future

“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” Jer 29:11 (NIV)

God has plans for your life. Where are you currently in relation to God’s plans? Have you had some bumps along the way? Have you experienced any delays or detours? God factored in your response to His plans before you were ever born. God knew how you would navigate the path He has for you. Remember, nothing catches God by surprise. God sees the totality of your life from beginning to end. He knew when you would be born and where you would live and even the personality you would express. God’s plans always prevail.

  • “But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.” Psalms 33:11 (NIV)
  • “Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.” Prov 19:21 (NIV)

You can anchor your life in God’s plans. His plans are to prosper you, to give you hope and a future. Your future goes beyond this present life. Your future includes eternity. God’s plans stand firm forever. Where Satan puts a period, God puts a comma. God’s purpose prevails.

You may not know what tomorrow holds, but you know who holds tomorrow!

Pursuing God,

Stephen Trammell
Executive Pastor

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Saturday, December 27th, 2008 at 1:00 am
Category Future, God's Agenda, Hope.
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