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October 21st, 2015

The Master of the Wind

“And they went and woke him, saying, ‘Master, Master, we are perishing!’ And he awoke and rebuked the wind and the raging waves, and they ceased, and there was a calm. He said to them, ‘Where is your faith?’ And they were afraid, and they marveled, saying to one another, ‘Who then is this, that he commands even winds and water, and they obey him?’” Luke 8:24-25 (ESV)

If you have ever been on small boat in the midst of a torrential storm, then surely you know the reaction of the disciples in this passage is not a melodramatic one. Waves crashing over the sides, flooding the decks, and knocking people off of their feet would cause anyone to worry. These men were frightened and justifiably so. In their fear, they run to their “Master,” Who for some reason is sleeping in the midst of this chaos and beg Him to save them. In response, Jesus stands up, calm and composed, and demands the elements reflect His nature rather than allowing His to be affected by them.

The Lord is our firm foundation. He is the calm and hope we need in times of great distress. He does not grow weary by circumstance nor worry about the future, for He establishes the circumstance and directs the future. He is sovereign over all things, and we must place our faith in that sovereignty, trusting that when times become difficult or our burden seems to large to bear that we have a Master, Who calms the seas by simply speaking over them “Peace, be still.”

How do you react in times of stress? Do you worry and run to the Lord in fear? Or do you remember the God you serve and take comfort in the knowledge that He is in control of all things and will work those circumstances for the good of those who love Him?

Grace and peace,

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

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Wednesday, October 21st, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category Luke, Security, Sovereignty.
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June 26th, 2014

Shaped By His Hand

When they heard these things, all in the synagogue were filled with wrath. And they rose up and drove him out of the town and brought him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they could throw him down the cliff. But passing through their midst, he went away. Luke 4:28-30 (ESV)

Jesus communicated to His hearers in the synagogue that a prophet is not accepted in his hometown. He was implying that many would miss the fact that He was the Messiah and forfeit the benefits just as many in Israel did not enjoy the benefits of the ministry of Elijah. The people were so furious with Jesus that they tried to throw him down the cliff. Jesus’ popularity in His hometown was not very positive!

Your identity is not based on what people say about you. Your identity in Christ is based on what God says about you. You are shaped by God’s hand. Your destiny is determined by the loving provision of your Heavenly Father. In the midst of opposition and being misunderstood, you can stand firm in the security of your identity in Christ.

  • “‘You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.’” John 15:16 (ESV)
  • “‘If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.’” John 15:18 (ESV)

Find a place of solitude and begin to eliminate the voices of falsehood and tune in to the voice of Truth! Speaker and author, Beth Moore, likes to say, “God is who He says He is. God can do what He says He can do. I am who God says I am. I can do all things through Christ. God’s Word is alive and active in me. I’m believing God!”

Now listen for God’s voice and allow Him to affirm your identity in Christ. Remember who you are in Christ!

Drawing Near,

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

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Thursday, June 26th, 2014 at 1:00 am
Category Identity, Jesus, Security.
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February 10th, 2014

Authentically Sealed

“In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.” Ephesians 1:13-14 (ESV)

If you believe, you will receive. At the moment of conversion, you receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit. It is an instantaneous experience, not a subsequent event. The indwelling presence of Christ, the Holy Spirit, comes to live inside of you. Having believed on the gospel of Jesus Christ, you were marked in Christ with the seal of the Holy Spirit.

The seal speaks of authenticity. The seal speaks of identification. You belong to God. You are His creation. You became His child and were adopted into His family when you placed your faith in Jesus alone for salvation. You were marked with a seal. That seal is the Person of the Holy Spirit.

Did you notice the Trinity in these two verses? God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are expressed in verses thirteen and fourteen. Look closely and you will see “Christ” and then “Holy Spirit” and then “God” which form the Trinity, which means three in one.

God created you. Jesus redeemed you. The Holy Spirit inhabits you. Your conversion is the real deal which has been sealed.

Drawing Near,

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

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Monday, February 10th, 2014 at 1:00 am
Category Holy Spirit, Security, Trinity.
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October 21st, 2012

We Know the Master of the Wind!

“And they went and woke him, saying, ‘Master, Master, we are perishing!’ And he awoke and rebuked the wind and the raging waves, and they ceased, and there was a calm. He said to them, ‘Where is your faith?’ And they were afraid, and they marveled, saying to one another, ‘Who then is this, that he commands even winds and water, and they obey him?’” Luke 8:24-25 (ESV)

If you have ever been on small boat in the midst of a torrential storm, then surely you know the reaction of the disciples in this passage is not a melodramatic one. Waves crashing over the sides, flooding the decks, and knocking people off of their feet would cause anyone to worry. These men were frightened and justifiably so. In their fear, they run to their “Master,” Who for some reason is sleeping in the midst of this chaos and beg Him to save them. In response, Jesus stands up, calm and composed, and demands the elements reflect His nature rather than allowing His to be affected by them.

The Lord is our firm foundation. He is the calm and hope we need in times of great distress. He does not grow weary by circumstance nor worry about the future, for He establishes the circumstance and directs the future. He is sovereign over all things, and we must place our faith in that sovereignty, trusting that when times become difficult or our burden seems to large to bear that we have a Master, Who calms the seas by simply speaking over them “Peace, be still.”

How do you react in times of stress? Do you worry and run to the Lord in fear? Or do you remember the God you serve and take comfort in the knowledge that He is in control of all things and will work those circumstances for the good of those who love Him?

Chronological Bible Reading Plan: (Day 287:  Matthew 13; Luke 8)

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, October 21st, 2012 at 1:00 am
Category Luke, Security, Sovereignty.
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June 26th, 2010

Shaped By His Hand

“All the people in the synagogue were furious when they heard this. They got up, drove him out of the town, and took him to the brow of the hill on which the town was built, in order to throw him down the cliff. But he walked right through the crowd and went on his way.” Luke 4:28-30 (NIV)

Jesus communicated to His hearers in the synagogue that a prophet is not accepted in his hometown. He was implying that many would miss the fact that He was the Messiah and forfeit the benefits just as many in Israel did not enjoy the benefits of the ministry of Elijah. The people were so furious with Jesus that they tried to throw him down the cliff. Jesus’ popularity in His hometown was not very positive!

Your identity is not based on what people say about you. Your identity in Christ is based on what God says about you. You are shaped by God’s hand. Your destiny is determined by the loving provision of your Heavenly Father. In the midst of opposition and being misunderstood, you can stand firm in the security of your identity in Christ.

  • “‘You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit–fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.’” John 15:16 (NIV)
  • “‘If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.’” John 15:18 (NIV)

Find a place of solitude and begin to eliminate the voices of falsehood and tune in to the voice of Truth! Speaker and author, Beth Moore, likes to say, “God is who He says He is. God can do what He says He can do. I am who God says I am. I can do all things through Christ. God’s Word is alive and active in me. I’m believing God!”

Now listen for God’s voice and allow Him to affirm your identity in Christ. Remember who you are in Christ!

Pursuing God,

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

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Saturday, June 26th, 2010 at 1:00 am
Category Identity, Jesus, Security.
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February 10th, 2010

Authentically Sealed

“And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession–to the praise of his glory.” Eph 1:13-14 (NIV)

If you believe, you will receive. At the moment of conversion, you receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit. It is an instantaneous experience, not a subsequent event. The indwelling presence of Christ, the Holy Spirit, comes to live inside of you. Having believed on the gospel of Jesus Christ, you were marked in Christ with the seal of the Holy Spirit.

The seal speaks of authenticity. The seal speaks of identification. You belong to God. You are His creation. You became His child and were adopted into His family when you placed your faith in Jesus alone for salvation. You were marked with a seal. That seal is the Person of the Holy Spirit.

Did you notice the Trinity in these two verses? God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are expressed in verses thirteen and fourteen. Look closely and you will see “Christ” and then “Holy Spirit” and then “God” which form the Trinity, which means three in one.

God created you. Jesus redeemed you. The Holy Spirit inhabits you. Your conversion is the real deal which has been sealed.

Pursuing God,

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

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Wednesday, February 10th, 2010 at 1:00 am
Category Holy Spirit, Security, Trinity.
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