Archive for the ‘Value’ Category

June 29th, 2015

Value What God Values

“Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.” Proverbs 31:30 ESV

At our church, we have a saying: behavior that is praised is multiplied. The core of this adage communicates that if we want to encourage hearts of service in our people, then we should applaud those who serve, thereby suggesting to our people that this is the kind of behavior that we desire to see in everyone who attends Champion Forest Baptist Church.

While this nugget of wisdom proves true in the interaction of a church body, it also proves true in the relationships between men and women. Women, who desire to be desired by men, will follow the example of women who are praised to earn that for themselves. For instance, if a young girl dreams of dating another young boy in her class at school, she will watch the kind of girls that boy is attracted to and seek to replicate that behavior in an effort to win him over.

The question for men today is, “What kind of behavior are we encouraging?” Are we implicitly suggesting to women that in order to be valuable they must look and act like some magazine cover? Or are we affirming in them the values established by God? Do we love women who display strength and dignity?  Do we affirm women whose children rise up and call her blessed? Do we applaud a woman who dresses herself with strength, reflecting the purity that God has called her to? We must value what God values.

We need men who desire godliness in a woman; not godlessness. We also must encourage our women to seek the approval of God above the approval of man, knowing that any man who makes her call into question her devotion to the Lord is not worth her time or effort.

May we encourage in our marriages and in our young people a healthy perspective, teaching each other to value and praise what God has established as praiseworthy.

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, June 29th, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category Proverbs, Relationship, Value.
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March 17th, 2014

Loving Your Neighbor

“If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself,’ you are doing well.” James 2:8 (ESV)

We are by nature self-absorbed, self-centered, and self-focused. When anything happens around us our first question is: How will this affect me? In many ways, we act as though the earth really does rotate around us. The reality of our fallen nature pops up from time to time like a groundhog trying to catch a glimpse of daylight.

Jesus acknowledges the presence of our self-love. We truly love ourselves. As one of my colleagues would often say, “Sometimes you just have to be good to yourself!” We have no problem being good to ourselves do we? We value comfort. We value pleasure. We value looking good and feeling good and sleeping good.

As we begin viewing others from God’s perspective, we will begin to value others the way God values them. The resulting choice will be to love others as we love ourselves. In other words, we will begin to treat others the way we want to be treated. We will love others with the same kind of love that we desire to receive.

James identifies that we are doing right when we love others as we love ourselves. Longing to do right is not enough. Putting our faith in action by loving others brings honor to God.

Do you love others as much as you love yourself? Ouch! That’s a painful question.

Drawing Near,

Stephen Trammell
Lead Pastor
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Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Monday, March 17th, 2014 at 1:00 am
Category Love, Obedience, Value.
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March 16th, 2014

Redefining Wealth

“Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him? But you have dishonored the poor man. Are not the rich the ones who oppress you, and the ones who drag you into court?Are they not the ones who blaspheme the honorable name by which you were called?” James 2:5-7 (ESV)

What is your definition of rich? As you view those in your circles, whom would you identify as rich? In our materialistic culture, we tend to rank wealth based on the acquisition of possessions or the accumulation of exorbitant funds. If only we could operate from God’s perspective.

God defines richness based on faith and not funds. In God’s economy, the poor in the eyes of the world are made rich in faith and inherit the eternal riches of God treasure by faith in Jesus. God is the equalizer. God elevates the poor. God can also easily dissipate the rich in the eyes of the world.

Maybe we just need to reflect on life from God’s perspective. Maybe we need to contemplate what true wealth is. You can be rich as far as the world’s standards are concerned and yet be destitute in God’s economy. Forsaking God’s offer of eternal life would keep a person in total desperation regardless of his or her earthly assets.

Calculate the value you currently place on others. Do you allow their social status to dictate how you treat them? Do you allow their appearance to formulate your view of them? What if you began to view others from God’s perspective?

Drawing Near,

Stephen Trammell
Lead Pastor
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Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Sunday, March 16th, 2014 at 1:00 am
Category God's Economy, Value, Worth.
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March 15th, 2014

Seeing Others Through the Cross

“For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in,and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, ‘You sit here in a good place,’ while you say to the poor man, ‘You stand over there,’ or, ‘Sit down at my feet,’ have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?”James 2:2-4 (ESV)

The corporate worship setting is sacred. When we gather with fellow believers to express our love to God in corporate worship, we are obeying God and demonstrating a reverence for His glory. The worship environment is conducive to encouraging each other and edifying the body of Christ. However, the corporate setting for worship can also be an environment where discrimination seeps in.

Making a judgment about one’s appearance based on their attire is condescending to the very one Christ died for. For us to give preferential treatment to those endowed with financial prowess would be tragic in the eyes of God. For us to consider withholding our love, affirmation, acceptance, and inclusion of those less fortunate would break the heart of God. We become the judges when we start ranking human beings and attaching varying levels of worth based on externals.

Preferential treatment misrepresents the character of God. We need to embrace God’s perspective on those He created and sent His Son to die for. God took the initiative to establish our value through the atoning work of Jesus on the cross. Every person matters to God. As followers of Jesus Christ, we are to place the same value on others that God does. We are to see others through the saving work of Jesus on the cross.

Is there anyone you are currently looking down on? Have you minimized the value God places on others? Let’s be reminded of where we were when God found us in our sin.

Drawing Near,

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

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Saturday, March 15th, 2014 at 1:00 am
Category Cross, God's Perspective, Value.
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June 29th, 2012

Value What God Values

“Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.” Proverbs 31:30 ESV

At our church, we have a saying: behavior that is praised is multiplied. The core of this adage communicates that if we want to encourage hearts of service in our people, then we should applaud those who serve, thereby suggesting to our people that this is the kind of behavior that we desire to see in everyone who attends Champion Forest Baptist Church.

While this nugget of wisdom proves true in the interaction of a church body, it also proves true in the relationships between men and women. Women, who desire to be desired by men, will follow the example of women who are praised to earn that for themselves. For instance, if a young girl dreams of dating another young boy in her class at school, she will watch the kind of girls that boy is attracted to and seek to replicate that behavior in an effort to win him over.

The question for men today is, “What kind of behavior are we encouraging?” Are we implicitly suggesting to women that in order to be valuable they must look and act like some magazine cover? Or are we affirming in them the values established by God? Do we love women who display strength and dignity?  Do we affirm women whose children rise up and call her blessed? Do we applaud a woman who dresses herself with strength, reflecting the purity that God has called her to? We must value what God values.

We need men who desire godliness in a woman; not godlessness. We also must encourage our women to seek the approval of God above the approval of man, knowing that any man who makes her call into question her devotion to the Lord is not worth her time or effort.

May we encourage in our marriages and in our young people a healthy perspective, teaching each other to value and praise what God has established as praiseworthy.

 

Chronological Bible Reading Plan: (Day 173:  Proverbs 30-31)

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, June 29th, 2012 at 1:00 am
Category Proverbs, Relationship, Value.
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March 17th, 2010

Loving Your Neighbor

“If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself,’ you are doing right.” James 2:8 (NIV)

We are by nature self-absorbed, self-centered, and self-focused. When anything happens around us our first question is: How will this affect me? In many ways, we act as though the earth really does rotate around us. The reality of our fallen nature pops up from time to time like a ground hog trying to catch a glimpse of daylight.

Jesus acknowledges the presence of our self-love. We truly love ourselves. As one of my colleagues would often say, “Sometimes you just have to be good to yourself!” We have no problem being good to ourselves do we? We value comfort. We value pleasure. We value looking good and feeling good and sleeping good.

As we begin viewing others from God’s perspective, we will begin to value others the way God values them. The resulting choice will be to love others as we love ourselves. In other words, we will begin to treat others the way we want to be treated. We will love others with the same kind of love that we desire to receive.

James identifies that we are doing right when we love others as we love ourselves. Longing to do right is not enough. Putting our faith in action by loving others brings honor to God.

Do you love others as much as you love yourself? Ouch! That’s a painful question.

Pursuing God,

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

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Wednesday, March 17th, 2010 at 1:00 am
Category Love, Obedience, Value.
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March 16th, 2010

Redefining Wealth

“Listen, my dear brothers: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him? But you have insulted the poor. Is it not the rich who are exploiting you? Are they not the ones who are dragging you into court? Are they not the ones who are slandering the noble name of him to whom you belong?” James 2:5-7 (NIV)

What is your definition of rich? As you view those in your circles, whom would you identify as rich? In our materialistic culture, we tend to rank wealth based on the acquisition of possessions or the accumulation of exorbitant funds. If only we could operate from God’s perspective.

God defines rich based on faith and not funds. In God’s economy, the poor in the eyes of the world are made rich in faith and inherit the eternal riches of God treasure by faith in Jesus. God is the equalizer. God elevates the poor. God can also easily dissipate the rich in the eyes of the world.

Maybe we just need to reflect on life from God’s perspective. Maybe we need to contemplate what true wealth is. You can be rich as far as the world’s standards are concerned and yet be destitute in God’s economy. Forsaking God’s offer of eternal life would keep a person in total desperation regardless of his or her earthly assets.

Calculate the value you currently place on others. Do you allow their social status to dictate how you treat them? Do you allow their appearance to formulate your view of them? What if you began to view others from God’s perspective?

Pursuing God,

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

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Tuesday, March 16th, 2010 at 1:00 am
Category God's Economy, Value, Worth.
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March 15th, 2010

Seeing Others Through the Cross

“Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in shabby clothes also comes in. If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, ‘Here’s a good seat for you,’ but say to the poor man, ‘You stand there’ or ‘Sit on the floor by my feet,’ have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?” James 2:2-4 (NIV)

The corporate worship setting is sacred. When we gather with fellow believers to express our love to God in corporate worship, we are obeying God and demonstrating a reverence for His glory. The worship environment is conducive to encouraging each other and edifying the body of Christ. However, the corporate setting for worship can also be an environment where discrimination seeps in.

Making a judgment about one’s appearance based on their attire is condescending to the very one Christ died for. For us to give preferential treatment to those endowed with financial prowess would be tragic in the eyes of God. For us to consider withholding our love, affirmation, acceptance, and inclusion of those less fortunate would break the heart of God. We become the judges when we start ranking human beings and attaching varying levels of worth based on externals.

Preferential treatment misrepresents the character of God. We need to embrace God’s perspective on those He created and sent His Son to die for. God took the initiative to establish our value through the atoning work of Jesus on the cross. Every person matters to God. As followers of Jesus Christ, we are to place the same value on others that God does. We are to see others through the saving work of Jesus on the cross.

Is there anyone you are currently looking down on? Have you minimized the value God places on others? Let’s be reminded of where we were when God found us in our sin.

Pursuing God,

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

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Monday, March 15th, 2010 at 1:00 am
Category Cross, God's Perspective, Value.
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June 11th, 2009

Valued by the Shepherd

“‘I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.’” John 10:11 (NIV)

Your value is not determined by your portfolio. Your value is not determined by your performance. Your value is not determined by your personality. Your value is determined by what God has done on your behalf. Before you could do anything with God or for God, in His mercy and grace, God decided what to do with you and for you.

Your value was established before you were born. Then, God provided a tangible demonstration and validation of your value when He became man.

  • “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14 (NIV)
  • “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 (NIV)
  • “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Cor 5:21 (NIV)

Is the Lord your shepherd? Have you allowed Him to be the shepherd and overseer of your soul? Now think about your value in God’s economy. You are the apple of God’s eye. You are His treasure. Look around! Do you see other people in your weekly routine? Guess what? God values them, too.

Pursuing God,

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

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Thursday, June 11th, 2009 at 1:00 am
Category Good Shepherd, I am sayings, Value.
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April 1st, 2009

Measuring Your Value

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” John 10:11 (NIV)

Because He is the Good Shepherd, you are valued.

Your value is not determined by your portfolio. Your value is not determined by your performance. Your value is not determined by your personality. Your value is determined by what God has done on your behalf. Before you could do anything with God or for God, in His mercy and grace, God decided what to do with you and for you.

Your value was established before you were born. God knew you before He formed you in your mother’s womb (Jer. 1:5). God chose to provide a tangible demonstration and validation of your value by becoming man (John 1:1,14).

Is the Lord your shepherd (Ps. 23)? Have you allowed Him to be the shepherd and overseer of your soul? Now think about your value in God’s economy. You are the apple of God’s eye. You are His treasure. Look around! Do you see other people in your weekly routine? Guess what? God values them, too.

Communicate God’s love to others. Show them how much the Good Shepherd loves them by emulating His personal touch. Slow down and show how much you care about others. Let them see the Shepherd’s heart inside of you. God values those you interact with each day.

Pursuing God,

Stephen Trammell
Executive Pastor

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Wednesday, April 1st, 2009 at 1:00 am
Category Good Shepherd, Jesus, Value.
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