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Easter Hope

RefugeGod is our refuge and strength . . . therefore we will not fear, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea. ~ Psalm 46

Notice what the Psalmist does and does not say: he says that God is our refuge and strength but he does not say we will live in a world without earthquakes, tsunamis, disaster, pain, and death.

This Easter week we do not put our hope in the magical thinking of a “health and wealth gospel” which promises escape from pain and perpetual postponement of death. We put our hope in God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, who is the God of refuge and strength in the midst of pain and death. The God who – in the person of Jesus – shares with us in pain and death and walks the road to the cross ahead of us so that we may share in his resurrection.

May Easter Hope give you peace and quiet confidence in the midst of your struggle: our God is with us no matter what happens.

~ Jonathan Stepp

 

You Are Looking For Jesus Of Nazareth!

Mark 16-6-7

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This message proclaims that you have solidarity with God in even your darkest hour because of God in Christ! In Christ Jesus has joined us in our dying – Indeed in Christ, God died! – uniting us to Himself in His Resurrection. Therefore, you can live NOW IN HOPE for your human life because:

When Jesus Christ lived, he lived your life, our life. When Jesus died, he died your death, our death. When Jesus rose and ascended to his Father, you rose, we rose, and all humanity mysteriously and truly ascended to his Father in Him!

Indeed, you are looking for Jesus, Who promised to draw all men to Himself! You, we, truly do live in Jesus The Resurrection and The Life! So, do you live in Him???? 🙂

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Christmas: God’s Plan and Response For Man!

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In this Message on the 4th week of Advent, and heading toward Christmas, the Gospel of Jesus Christ is proclaimed to those gathered in worship at New Life Fellowship of Baltimore. The special emphasis of this message is that just as the Head, Jesus, was born into this world 2000 years ago as God’s Plan and Response for humanity, His Body, the Church, follows Him today, participating with Him in his ongoing work of redemption in this present world!

Check it out and be assured and unafraid as you GO with Jesus into our world, proclaiming Him in word and deed!

 

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Why Jesus’ Church Fellowships More And More!, pt.4 (or WHO Baltimore Needs!)

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In pt. 4 of this Gospel Series, Timothy Brassell of  New Life Fellowship of Baltimore, Proclaims the GOOD NEWS of The God Revealed in Jesus Christ with a new message entitled, “Why Jesus’ Church Fellowships MORE And MORE!” pt.4 (WHO Baltimore needs!).

As you grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ learn:

  • How much the current Baltimore troubles and the book of Hebrews in scripture have in common!
  • That the one way forward in the middle of the current passion and protest in Baltimore, MD. is for the body of Christ to BE the Body of Christ!
  • How to think out and share Christ-centered responses to current pressing questions such as: What does Baltimore need? and Who does Baltimore need? and Where is God in all of this?
  • the importance of remembering that behind every law and system is the person or persons who created or promotes those laws or systems!
  • What it means that we are made in the image of God and why this is important for addressing Baltimore’s current issues and the issues in your city, and even in all the world!

Also get Gospel insight and learn:

  •  More about the myths and idols concerning marriage, singleness, sex, celibacy and family life and be reminded that ANYTHING we idolize WILL kill us!
  • That in God’s Grace we have been given various forms of living in relationship but these are ONLY ways of living in Christ now in our present form but are NOT fully the end goal for our lives in relationship!
  • Why we all struggle so much and how WE CAN LIVE MORE IN THE RECONCILIATION worked out it in the entire human life of Jesus!
  • What process God uses to strengthen families in the world, bringing the future family of God into the present!

Hear in this message that ___________________ in Christ is the goal of Christ no matter your station in life or your current status as the Father’s Child. You CAN receive every day as a gift and receive it BEST by _______________ !  And that it isn’t ____________ that is wearing you out but ______________!

Tune in and participate by filling in all the blanks! 🙂

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Why Jesus’ Church Fellowships More And More! pt.3

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 In pt. 3 of this Gospel Series, Timothy Brassell of  New Life Fellowship of Baltimore, Proclaims the GOOD NEWS of The God Revealed in Jesus Christ with a new message entitled, “Why Jesus’ Church Fellowships MORE And MORE!” pt.3.

In this message you’ll:

  • Hear the Truly Good News in two awesome quotes that will fill your soul with God’s Goodness – one VERY OLD and one more recent!
  • Learn more of what the Church actually is and reconsider thinking of it the way the Apostle Paul does!
  • Have THREE MODERN MYTHS about the Church exposed in the Light of what the Church actually is!
  • Start to learn the place and importance of marriage, singleness and friendship as they relate to the Church and be challenged by missionary Gracia Burnham’s statement that “The point isn’t to grow old with your mate. That’s not the point. The point is …”

Tune in to hear the rest of that statement and MUCH MORE!

The Opening of the Triune Life

Trinity FlameWhat is it, exactly, that God has done in the cross and resurrection of Christ? One very beautiful way to understand salvation is to see that God has opened his own self to include humanity in his life. The cross and the resurrection are what the opening of the Triune Life looks like when expressed in time and space.

Reaching back to some of the most ancient theology of the Church (from the Second Century), Miroslav Volf paints an image of what has happened in the passion and resurrection which we are celebrating during this Easter season:

When the Trinity turns toward the world, the Son and the Spirit become, in Irenaeus’s beautiful image, the two arms of God by which humanity was made and taken into God’s embrace (see Against Heresies 5.6.1.). That same love that sustains nonself-enclosed identities in the Trinity seeks to make space “in God” for humanity. Humanity is, however, not just the other of God, but the beloved other who has become an enemy. When God sets out to embrace the enemy, the result is the cross. On the cross the dancing circle of self-giving and mutually indwelling divine persons opens up for the enemy; in the agony of the passion the movement stops for a brief moment and a fissure appears so that sinful humanity can join in. We, the others – we, the enemies – are embraced by the divine persons who love us with the same love with which they love each other and therefore make space for us within their own eternal embrace. ~ Exclusion and Embrace, Abingdon Press: 1996. pp. 128-129

In light of this amazing opening of God’s life to her enemies, we are stunned to realize that the one who says “love your enemies” has, herself, gone ahead of us in this task. God does not call us to love our enemies while she carries on hating hers. God invites us to believe in the possibility of a new world where we and those whom we hate can be reconciled. That’s why we call it the good news (gospel) of God.

~ Jonathan Stepp

Why Jesus’ Church Fellowships More And More! pt.2

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In this Gospel Message Timothy Brassell of  New Life Fellowship of Baltimore, Proclaims the GOOD NEWS of The God Revealed in Jesus Christ through his Part 2 series entitled, “Why Jesus’s Church Fellowships MORE And MORE!” pt.2. He explores the Church in the Light of Jesus  by reading through Hebrews 10: 19-39, including comments and discussion with the congregation!

In this message you’ll learn some Church “basics” and things you can consider if you’re interested in being Jesus’ disciple or encouraging others to be His disciples, including:

  • The main positive of the Church in this world AND some of the challenges the Church faces as it stands for and against this world!
  • Who and what your main enemy is and why you absolutely CAN BE COURAGEOUS AND NOT AFRAID!
  • The fatal error in the old phrase which says “I think, therefore I am!”
  • The fact that as you take part in and with Jesus there is definitely Some One to say YES to, and some one to say NO to!
  • What Heaven REALLY is!
  • That the “The Church may have a building but that is not its place. The building may be the Church’s location, but it’s space is in ….”

Listen in as the rest of that last sentence is given and clarity is shed about the Church’s Life, including one major myth we have about Church!

Behold and Be-Held! Jesus Makes Everything New!

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 In This Easter Resurrection Message Pastor Timothy Brassell of  New Life Fellowship of Baltimore, Proclaims the GOOD NEWS of The God Revealed in Jesus Christ through his message entitled, “Behold and Be-Held! Jesus Makes Everything New!” . In this message he shows through 1 Cor 15 that at the root of and core of our being is the risen Lord Jesus and He seizes and summons us to participate with him as He leads and guides in our day and in our humanity!

Hear in this message that:

  • Our celebrations during the Easter Season are not the Resurrection, but neither is our sadness and anxiety! JESUS is the Resurrection and our current celebrations and sadness point to Him!
  • You don’t have to feel pressured to prove Jesus rose but, as THE RESURRECTION and THE LIFE, Jesus creatively makes Himself known! Your role is to trust and obey Him as you witness to Him in the power of the Spirit at His direction!
  • The Resurrection is NOT primarily about life after death or our personal, me-centered salvation! Rather, it is about something ENTIRELY NEW and far more extensive = Life AFTER “life after death” and the entire cosmos!
  • Because of the way Jesus Revealed Himself in His Resurrection, He is not only alive as Lord but alive as God of Everyone and Everything! This means:
    • You must face the realization of being met by Him and challenged to be who you are in him in His grace!
    • Jesus not only has the right to be your Savior and the Center of your world but has the right to take you into the Center of His world!
    • You can experience freedom as His Father’s child ONLY under His Lordship and Mastery!
    • You get to take the Holy Spirit more seriously than your own frail humanity, though we all still live in the “already but not yet”.
    • You do not have to be afraid of the dark in any form or shape because when Jesus rose, YOU rose with Him THEN as an overcomer!
  • There is a challenge, promise, warning and question Easter brings to you, and the most important question in life is not your question but Jesus’ question to you, which is…….

….you’ll have to listen in to hear the answer and MUCH more of God’s Good News!

 

 

 

Why Jesus’ Church Fellowships More And More! pt.1

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(We had a few audio problems while recording this message and apologize, but it is still in good enough shape to hear!)

https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/15-03-08-why-jesus-church-fellowships-more-and-more-pt-1-heb-10-tah.mp3

In this season of Lent, Pastor Timothy Brassell of  New Life Fellowship of Baltimore, Proclaims the GOOD NEWS of The God Revealed in Jesus Christ through his message entitled “Why Jesus’s Church Fellowships MORE And MORE!” pt.1. He explores Hebrews 10: 19-39 , posing the question to the congregation: “How can this Lenten Season perspective be VERY helpful to us as we hear about the subject of Fellowship?” He shows that God has shared HIS fellowship with US, through Jesus Christ and in the Holy Spirit. So God is a Union and Communion of persons TOGETHER, and that must be who and what His Church is like!

Hear in this message:

  • YOU are who YOU are in JESUS CHRIST and NOT what others say about you OR what you have!
  • What the fundamental cause of our transgressions against each other is!
  • Why Prayer and Scripture reading is vitally important!
  • Why we MUST begin with JESUS CHRIST and not any other or anything else!

Listen to this interactive message, as Pastor Tim poses these questions to the congregation:

  • What are the reasons you been told as to why you need to attend Church?
  • Why is meeting together important and encouraged MORE AND MORE?

The Mystery of Faith

ResurrectionEvery Sunday we proclaim the mystery of faith: Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again. During this Easter season the proclamation that Christ is risen takes on special significance for us, of course.

There is an interesting text in the scriptures that ties to this proclamation. In fact, this text was the Epistle reading on Easter Sunday this year. St. Paul tells us:

If you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is . . . for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory. ~ Colossians 3:1, 3-4

Do you hear how the liturgy echoes the scripture? The Christ who died is now raised and he will be revealed again someday. But the scripture offers us an even deeper dimension: we also have died – with Christ – and we also have been raised with Christ, and we also will be revealed in glory when he comes again.

The mystery of faith is not only that something amazing happened to Christ. The mystery of faith is that we are bound up in, included in, and a part of what has happened Christ. His death is our death and his resurrection is our resurrection.

This is the power of the story of Jesus: the revelation that God the Father loves you as much as she loves her son Jesus Christ. God did not hide God’s face from Jesus or abandon him to the grave. By the mystery of faith you can therefore know that your life is hidden with Christ in God and that the Father will never abandon you.

~ Jonathan Stepp

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