How To Share God’s Good News With Others! pt.4

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15.10.04 How To Share God’s Good News With Others, pt.4 (Rom 8 The Msg) – TAH

Do you realize the opportunity you have been given to reach those who have not yet received the Jesus Who has received them? Pastor Timothy reminds you how your union with Christ means your participation with Jesus Christ, our Lord, in this present evil world. God has called you to participate with Him in sharing Himself with others so others can walk with us even as we all struggle together worshiping our Father in the Spirit! As a child of God, Father, Son and Spirit, you have the empowerment of the Spirit to see lives joyously transformed as people are informed by His light of love in this world, in and through you!


In this very practical message, be reminded HOW to share God’s grace graciouslyHow TO share, and how NOT to share, the Good News with those struggling in the LGBT communityBe reminded of a better image you and everyone should have in mind about our present trials and painsUnderstand how to point people to the real intent and subject of scripture so that scripture reading becomes less burdensome and more joyful and hopeful as they meet Jesus there…, Grasp an often overlooked “cure” for depression if other medical, biological and spiritual reasons can be ruled out… plus LOTS more!


1.) grab a pen or pencil,

2.) download this worksheet: How To Share God’s Good News With Others- TAH (fill in the blank),  (or use the one you have already printed out), and,

3.) fill-in-the-blanks as you prepare to teach what you are learning to others who can teach what their learning to others!

Here is part 1 if you are wondering:

Here is part 2

Here is part 3

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Is God Here?

How we think about God is important. Whether we think of Him as good, bad, or indifferent surely has an impact on how we relate to Him and to each other. What we believe about the character and nature of God will always affect the way of our being. And it is my opinion that what we believe about the character and nature of God as Father, Son, and Spirit is most important. Triune God is Love… and love does what love is… God is love so God does love. A good exercise is to take I Cor. 13:4-8 and replace the word “love” with “God.” God is patient, God is kind… get the idea? Beautiful isn’t it.

Well I believe that the second most important thing for us to ponder is the location of the Father, Son, and Spirit. Where are they in relation to us? Are they distant? Are they away somewhere in the Cosmos? Or… could it be that the angel of the Lord in Matthew 1 was right- that his name is Emmanuel- which means God is with us? You know it!

Recently my family visited a church service to attend a friend’s ordination. It was a happy and joyful time. There was a great deal of prayer and blessing for this person who was being ordained to the ministry of the Gospel of Jesus.OB100013

You know the old saying don’t you, “Eat the meat, and spit out the bones.” Well in any church service, you may have to spit out a bone or two because all church services are led by humans who are not yet fully human. So, during the service one of the pastors involved in the ordination referred to our collective prayers as “being on a conference call with Jesus.”

My jaw hit the floor. How could we be on a conference call with Emmanuel? What need of a conference call does the Indwelling Christ have? You see… statements like this assume an absent Jesus. When we pray to invite the Holy Spirit, Jesus, or the Father we are operating as though God is not with us.

Friends, it is crucial that we live and move through our daily lives in the truth that Jesus is indeed Emmanuel- God with us. I for one find great comfort in knowing he is always with me because he is good, he is kind, he is gentle, and he is LOVE!

~Bill Winn

How To Share God’s Good News With Others! pt.3

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Are you suffering in either a small or great way? 

Do you know anyone who is suffering?

How do we understand suffering in the Light of the God Revealed in Jesus? 

In this message, understand the place of suffering in sharing God’s Good News with others and be sure, again, to:

1.) grab a pen or pencil,

2.) download this worksheet: How To Share God’s Good News With Others- TAH (fill in the blank) , or use the one you have already printed out, and,

3.) fill-in-the-blanks as you prepare to teach what you are learning even in the middle of your suffering!

Here is part 1 if you are wondering:

Here is part 2

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What If?

PigWhat if God wanted to do something new – something that contradicted the Bible? God wouldn’t do that, you say? Peter might disagree with you. The Holy Spirit gave him a vision and told him to eat unclean food, and then showed him that uncircumcised Gentiles were therefore meant to be a part of the community of God. He had to admit that God was doing something new that contradicted what the Bible said. Every piece of sacred scripture that Peter had in his possession said that this was impossible.

It took a while for the church to come around, didn’t it? Even Peter appears to have wavered back and forth on the issue in the years that followed. That wild-eyed liberal, Paul, just wouldn’t let it go, though. He kept pushing Christianity to be more inclusive, more oriented to grace, and more acknowledging of the universal nature of Christ’s work.

So how do we know when it is God who is doing something new instead of us just going off the deep end?

  1. God’s new works are works that expand our perception of how broad, and wide, and deep the inclusive love of Christ really is.
  2. God’s new works may contradict rules, commands, and ethical restrictions in the Bible, but they are in harmony with the underlying principles of those rules: principles such as love, freedom, and inclusion.
  3. God’s new works start small, like mustard seeds, and slowly grow until almost everyone understands them. Some will see it right away and some will fight against it.

Here are some other examples of people who have been treated like unclean Gentiles by the community of God until the Holy Spirit intervened: slaves, immigrants, people of color, women, gay people, lesbians, and the transgender. For all these groups there was a time – and in some places there is still a time – when they were treated as unworthy of full participation in the community and the Bible was used to prove it so.

Thank God that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are free to do something new.

~ Jonathan Stepp

How To Share God’s Good News With Others! pt.2

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How do we proclaim God’s Good News clearly, as we should? 

How do we let our conversation be always full of grace and  seasoned with salt (tasty!), so that we may know how to answer everyone?

How can we be wise in the way we act toward others and make the most of every opportunity when sharing Jesus? 


This message gets into the practical basics of thinking about and sharing the Good News, so take part by:

1.) grabbing a pen or pencil,

2.) downloading this worksheet: How To Share God’s Good News With Others- TAH (fill in the blank) , and,

3.) filling-in-the-blanks as you prepare to teach what you are learning!


(Here is part 1 if you are wondering:


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Abandoning Abandonment

hand reaching for the clouds courtesy of fully-caffeinated blogspotA human’s best chance of finding God is to look in the very place where they abandoned God”~ Meister Eckhart

Think back to the last time you screwed up in a relationship.  If you really think about what happened, you’ll probably find (as I do) that in that moment, you decided it was all up to you, and that you had to do something, to fix something, to make something happen.  The instant you decided to take control, you “abandoned” God.

Abandoned in this case doesn’t mean that you don’t believe in God, but rather, it means that you decided God wasn’t acting fast enough or that maybe you thought God expected you to handle this one on your own. And it flopped: you felt terrible and you made someone else feel terrible.

This idea of “abandoning abandonment” doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t take any action or make use of opportunities that are presented. We often must push on a door to see if it will open. The abandonment I’m talking about often involves other people, and it frequently includes judging and strong opinions. It is in these moments when we believe our words will fix someone that we have abandoned God.

In that moment when you realize that you screwed up, there’s where you must look for God.  In the moment right before you took control, during the seconds immediately prior to you saying whatever helpful (unasked for) advice you decided was necessary, God was there, offering a different way. When you chose to handle it yourself, you abandoned the guidance that was there to help you choose differently.

Rather than being discouraged, by recognizing that in an instant you can choose differently by participating with the Holy Spirit in that situation, you are empowered: “And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives” (Romans 6:4 NLT). Christ’s resurrection (which includes us) brings us into intimate fellowship with the Father, Son, and Spirit.  Relationship has its privileges, and instead of looking at our participation with the Father, Son, and Spirit as being relegated to theological beliefs, we can view our participation as moment-by-moment guidance that only requires us to attune ourselves to the gentle whispers of the Holy Spirit.

This receptivity becomes cultivated through times of quiet contemplation and silence, so that when the heat of the moment arises and you and I are tempted to “take care of it” or tell someone how to live/believe the “right way,” we have the discipline to step back a moment. Instead of abandoning the wisdom and patience of God, we embrace our faith in a God who transforms other people (and us) through loving patience. Cultivating attention to our ever-present God helps us abandon abandonment and instead participate through loving restraint in God’s transformation of those we love. Who knows – we may even be transformed ourselves!

~by Nan Kuhlman

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Some Things (Jesus!) Come Before Other Things!

Christ Before All Things

If you’ve ever felt puzzled because you do not understand the Scriptures correctly, perhaps much of that confusion can be cleared up after listening to this Gospel message.

In “Some Things (Jesus!) Come Before Other things”, understand better the “Foundation” of scripture in order to get the fuller meaning of things and topics built on that Foundation! In this message Pastor Timothy Brassell of New Life Baltimore takes you to The Word, Jesus, and through His written word teaches you how to read, hear and understand all of scripture more accurately. This message especially helps you understand the three movements in scripture that will help you stop pitting one scripture against another. It will also help clarify some of the apparent contradictions you see in the bible and hear in sermons.

Check it out and experience the eye-opening transformation that happens when you’re truly able to understand the biblical word of God in Light of THE Word, Jesus! Truly Jesus “is before all things, and in Him all things hold together” even bible reading!




Bring light

toddlerfeetThere’s nothing quite like spending a couple of years on the heels of a toddler to peel back the facade of society when it comes to kindness. Toddlers are the ultimate rule-breakers – it’s just how they seem to have been created to learn about the world. As a parent, it’s a wild ride as we tag along, ready to scoop them up in cases of real danger, but letting them learn for the most part that which they need to learn from experience.

As a third time parent, I am concluding that the world is not an entirely friendly place to young children or their parents. There are so many things to break (I’ve had one toddler of my mine remove all the keys from my laptop and another pull over and therefore destroy our flat screen TV), and so much peace to interrupt (a man trying to read his Kindle in the children’s section of the Library yesterday got up visibly upset that my 2-yr old, despite my gentle encouragement, wasn’t quite able to obey the “quiet” rule and was chattering happily as she looked at a book). Going to museums, arboretums, restaurants, movies (and with older children, one cannot just avoid those places entirely)…all are nerve-wracking with a 2-year old who does not understand that a roped off area is not a place to play or that running away from Mom in a crowd or a new place is not the greatest game ever invented.

I’m not surprised to see the look of tension and anxiety on the faces of most parents of toddlers I encounter in similar situations. I sincerely hope that when I am well past this stage myself, I remember what it’s like to be in their shoes, and I remember to be kind. Because it is the kindness of individuals in these situations that has made all the difference as I have walked this toddler path for the third time now.

Toddlers aside, it seems that kindness is becoming a lost commodity in our society. Nowhere is this more evident than on social media where egos clash and people are more concerned with being right than being kind. On the topic of religion and its application particularly, I am sure I am not alone in having seen a tremendous amount of ugliness on all sides.

In his famous sermon, “Sinners in the Hands of Angry God,” 18th Century preacher Jonathan Edwards said, “The God that holds you over the pit of hell, much as one holds a spider, or some loathsome insect over the fire, abhors you, and is dreadfully provoked: his wrath toward you burns like fire; he looks upon you as worthy of nothing else, but to be cast in the fire; he is of purer eyes than to bear to have you in his sight; you are ten thousand times more abominable in his eyes, than the most hateful venomous serpent is in ours.”

With this idea of God still alive and well, is it any surprise that people have treated each other the way they have, and continue to do so? Too often Christians relegate those with whom they disagree to the ranks of Edwards’ “loathsome insects” about to be devoured by fire.

The great news, however, is that you are not a loathsome insect in the eyes of God, and neither is your neighbour, whatever his beliefs may be, or his life may look like.

No one has the kind of patience and understanding for my toddler as I do, as her mother who knows and loves her, and no one has that for us in the way that God does. But be assured that he does have that for you, and for your neighbour. He knows and he understands each of us because he has never left us and never will. All he really asks as we begin to grasp his unconditional, unfailing love for us is that we begin to reflect some of it into the lives of our neighbours. We really do have the power to bring light or darkness into each other’s lives. Bring light!

~ by Jeannine Buntrock

Grace’s Gift

DSCN0243I hated my old picnic basket, the one I received as a wedding gift nearly thirty years ago. It was a weird shape, and the handles were flimsy so it had to be carried like a wicker bundle. Needless to say, I often chose to use shopping bags to carry my table service and other food items to our annual family reunion, held on the same day at the same place for over ninety years. One of my cousins noticed my array of shopping bags, and I told her how much I hated my old picnic basket with its crazy shape and impractical handles. Almost a year later, I received a message on Facebook from this cousin, saying that she had found a picnic basket at a yard sale for a $1 and she asked me if I wanted it, attaching a picture for my review. It was perfect! Nice oblong shape, sturdy handles – I was in love! I asked her if I could pay her for it, and she declined, saying it was a gift.

My next thought was that I should buy something for her, to pay her back for her thoughtfulness. As I thought about this knee-jerk reaction to a gift, I realized that this is often how we behave when we receive something wonderful. We try to take the grace of the gift and turn it into a transaction.

How many times have we tried to do this with God’s blessings? We attempt feebly to “earn” the gifts through our offerings, our church attendance, or our church service. While it is right and good to gratefully acknowledge the gifts and blessings showered on us, we can diminish the joy of the giver when we attempt to change the grace into a transaction. When I immediately wanted to pay my dear cousin back, I was taking away some of her joy in giving me something I really wanted (and kind of needed). When we try to pay God back through obedience or service, we take away some of the Divine joy that was part of the grace given. While obedience and service are ways that we can show our love to the Father, Son, and Spirit, they are more meaningful when they spring from a heart filled with joy and devotion.

I love my new picnic basket, and I took it this year to our annual family reunion. My cousin was there, and I think she knows the joy of making me feel special and blessed by her thoughtfulness. Grace’s gift requires no repayment, just a willingness to allow someone else to give to you and experience the joy of grace.

~by Nan Kuhlman


A couple of years ago I built a forge in our back yard. I wanted to have a shelter over the area where I do my blacksmithing and I really wanted to do most of the work by hand… the way things were done in the 18th and 19th centuries. So I chopped down a tree in my yard and set out with a broad axe and an adze to hew two large beams to be the main supports for my shelter. The beams were 18 feet long 5 inches wide and 10 inches tall. It was a lot of work.Forge T and H

During the course of chopping out the beams, I injured myself a bit. I felt a slight discomfort in my right knee and thought little of it. A few days later, I knelt down and was nearly unable to get up. The pain was intense and I wound up seeing a doctor about it only to find out that I had injured something called the iliotibial band. It is just a ligament or something that passes over the knee. Had I not discovered the extent of the injury and followed a physical therapy regimen right away the injury could have become more severe and maybe even permanent.

Kneeling down days after the injury aggravated my wound and sent a very powerful message to my brain, “Something is wrong… something is wounded.” You see poking the wound let me know that there was a need for healing.

Well a good friend of mine recently had a similar experience. He was hanging out with a group friends and people he generally admired. During the course of the day someone said something that was quite innocent but it caused him great emotional pain. He was hurt and a bit angry. After talking it over with one of his buddies, he decided to go talk to the offending person about the incident.

The person who had offended him was older and wiser so my friend’s expectations that the conversation would go well were fairly high. After hearing him out the older wiser man said, “I poked a wound didn’t I?” My friend was a little surprised and what followed was an apology and a lengthy discussion of the deeper issue and what might be necessary for healing. It was beautiful!

Hebrews 12:15 tells us to avoid the bitter roots that can grow deep and cause us years and maybe even a lifetime of pain. When a tree is but a seedling, it is easy to pluck it from the ground. Once the tree is left to grow for only a year or two, more effort will be required to remove it. If we let the tree grow for decades, professional help may be required to extract the tree that has now put down roots dozens of feet deep into the ground.

Our souls are much like this. Some things we want to grow deep such as the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ or the love in our marriages and families. Bitter roots can only do great harm and must be plucked as soon as we are aware of them. You see the Father, Son, and Spirit want so much more for us than to be hobbled by bitter-root wounds and pain.

So if someone inadvertently touches a wound in you I sincerely hope there will be a person there to help you see that this is not always a bad thing. Sometimes Holy Spirit will send someone to poke our wounds to remind us that they are still there and need the gentle healing that only the Father, Son, and Spirit can give.

~Bill Winn


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