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Perspective On Your Present Sufferings and Future Resurrection!

Suffering with Christ

Because of God – Father, Son and Spirit’s involvement in our real human lives as revealed in Jesus, and the fact that Jesus himself did not get out of sharing in our humanity without suffering, we will suffer with Him as we participate in and from Jesus.

As I like to say by analogy, sin was us missing the mark in relationship with God and rejecting him was like forcing our heads through a knothole. In undoing the mess we made, Jesus took on our humanity and pulled it back through the dark knothole, literally!, undoing the mess we made. As you can imagine, or maybe even know by experience, being pulled back out of a situation in which you’ve been stuck HURTS TOO!

This is what we see, hear and feel in Jesus as he is facing the supreme point and pain of getting us out of our stuckness, when he says in Luke 22:42, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” You might remember that the context of these words shows that an angel was sent to strengthen Jesus and he was in “great anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.”

This expectation of having to suffer with Jesus and share in his pain is important and is actually one way of relieving the suffering that is to be experienced by us in our participation with him. How is it relieving? Well, when you are told about something in advance, it is not as shocking to you when it occurs and, in some way, though not fully, you are more prepared for it, at least mentally. As a former human resources director, I remember that nothing was more fearful for people in the workplace than “fear of the unknown!”

One consideration for your suffering as a Christian is definitely the same reason Lazarus, Jesus’ friend, suffered:

John 11: “Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. (This Mary, whose brother Lazarus now lay sick, was the same one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair.)So the sisters sent word to Jesus, “Lord, the one you love is sick.” When he heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.”

Ultimately, your participation is with Christ and in his sufferings as one who trusts him and is being saved! Consider this awesome union with Jesus Christ we have, from the Father and by the Spirit, and receive encouragement from these words penned by George MacDonald in this light:

“But oh, my friends, what shall I say about this wonderful message? Think of being sick for the glory of God! of being shipwrecked for the glory of God! of being drowned for the glory of God! How can the sickness, the fear, the brokenheartedness of his creatures be for the glory of God? What kind of God can that be? Why just a God so perfectly, absolutely good that the things that look least like it are only the means of clearing our eyes to let us see how good he is. For he is so good that he is not satisfied with being good. He loves his children so, that except he can make them good like himself, make them blessed by seeing how good he is, and desiring the same goodness in themselves, he is not satisfied. He is not like a fine, proud benefactor, who is content with doing that which will satisfy his sense of his own glory, but like a mother  who puts her arm round her child, and whose heart is sore till she can make her child see the love which is her glory. The glorification of the Son of God is the glorification of the human race, for the glory of God is the glory of man, and that glory is love! Welcome sickness, welcome sorrow, welcome death, revealing that glory!”

2 Timothy 2: Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel, for which I am suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But God’s word is not chained. 10 Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory. 11 Here is a trustworthy saying:

If we died with him,
    we will also live with him;
12 if we endure,
    we will also reign with him.

Have a glorious Easter weekend (especially if you’re suffering!), Participating in Your Share of the Sufferings of Jesus Christ, and in Hope of Your Future Resurrection and Glorification in Him!

 – tjbrassell

*picture courtesy of michaelkrahn.com

The God Who Goes Before

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Full Message:https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/16-10-30-the-god-who-goes-before-joshua-3-4-tah-guest-stonesifer.mp3”

Theological Theme: God – Father, Son and Spirit’s presence and power does not negate our responsibility to obey in faith; rather, it makes possible our faith response.

Christ Connection: God told Joshua and the Israelites to set up memorial stones to remember what God had done to bring them into the promised land. On the night He was betrayed, Jesus told His disciples to remember the sacrifice He was going to make to save us from our sins. When Christians eat the Lord’s Supper, we remember God’s plan to ultimately destroy sin through Jesus’ death and resurrection.

Missional Application: God calls us to recount His mighty works in Jesus Christ, by the Spirit, and in our lives so that others will know He is powerful.

*picture courtesy of pinterest.com

The Godly Meaning Of The Bronze Serpent

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Part 1, 25 mins :https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/16-10-23-the-godly-meaning-of-the-bronze-serpent-part-1-numbers-21-tah.mp3”

Part 2, 25 mins :https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/16-10-23-the-godly-meaning-of-the-bronze-serpent-part-2-numbers-21-tah.mp3”

Full Message:https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/16-10-23-the-godly-meaning-of-the-bronze-serpent-numbers-21-tah.mp3”

Theological Theme: God our Father sent His Son Jesus to become sin in order to conquer sin.

Christ Connection: Just as the Israelites looked upon the bronze serpent lifted high on the pole and were healed, so also we look with faith upon Jesus Christ, who was lifted high on the cross, and experience Salvation from our sin.

Missional Application: Because Christ has become sin for us, getting rid of it, God the Holy Spirit empowers us to share with others that they, too, can and should look upon Jesus, receiving his love shown deepest on the cross, and receive spiritual healing.

*picture courtesy of markglogg.eu

 

Jesus Is The Tabernacle Of God The Trinity

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Part 1:https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/16-09-04-jesus-is-the-tabernacle-of-god-the-trinity-part-a-exodus-25-40-tah.mp3”

Part 2:https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/16-09-04-jesus-is-the-tabernacle-of-god-the-trinity-part-b-exodus-25-40-tah.mp3”

Full Sermon:https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/16-09-04-jesus-is-the-tabernacle-of-god-the-trinity-exodus-25-40-tah.mp3”

 

Theological Theme: The tabernacle was built so it would be possible for our holy, unique and one-of-a-kind relational God to dwell among a sinful people.

Christ Connection: God instructed the Israelites to build a tabernacle so that He could dwell with them. God wants to be with His people. For this reason, God the Father later sent His Son, Jesus, to “tabernacle,” or dwell, with us.

Missional Application: As the people in whom God, Father, Son and Spirit dwells, we are called to manifest His glorious presence in the world in which we live.

*photo courtesy of slideshare.net

So Why Not Say You’re Gay, or…?

 

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…Black, White, Asian or Hispanic??? Or Republican, or Democrat? Or why not say you’re a Millennial, Boomer, or a Gen X’er??? (After all everyone else calls themselves by their age, too?) Why not call yourself ESFJ, or INTJ – for those familiar with the Myers Briggs personality inventory?

Because, simply put but complexly true, according to Jesus Christ and the God Revealed in Him, you are not any of those things! You certainly may exhibit some of those traits but…

 Your old life is dead. Your new life, which is your real life—even though invisible to spectators—is with Christ in God. He is your life. When Christ (your real life, remember) shows up again on this earth, you’ll show up, too—the real you, the glorious you. Meanwhile, be content with obscurity, like Christ.

– Colossians 3:3-4 (The Msg)

According to Jesus, from the Father and through the Holy Spirit in the Apostle Paul, that’s why you shouldn’t identify as just any old “thing”, or even as your own thing! So if you’re struggling with your identity, it is probably because you’ve forgotten, or never knew the Truth God points out  through this scripture:

1.) Your identity is not in some thing (your sexual attraction, your skin color, your political party or age), it is in Someone outside yourself, namely, in Jesus Christ, in God. You’re going to have to look outside yourself in the first instance to discover your identity! You should receive and look to Jesus because your real life is hidden in him. Your true humanity is hidden in him. He is your life! (By the way, what largely remains hidden to you now is the glorified humanity Jesus has for you; the humanity that will never die and is incorruptible. What isn’t hidden is all of the other stuff revealed and witnessed to about Jesus in the bible!)

2.) If you’re going to receive who you really are, you’re going to have to follow Jesus and let him show and tell you. Because he is a Person and you are a person, that means discovering your identity is not static but dynamic, or relational and active. Identity is not a thing that can be discovered in isolation from others (as in “I’m a hermit”). Your identity is a discovery that comes in relationship with Jesus and the God Revealed in Him.

3.) One of the greatest and common places Jesus is pleased to meet you is in the scriptures! Perhaps you, personally, are having more clarity about your identity through the scripture just quoted. It wouldn’t surprise me! This Relational God – Father, Son and Spirit is the one who inspired and left us these books we call the bible through which he would encounter us and witness to himself! If you like reading books, he left you quite a few to catch up on! Lol! If you are getting clarity about your identity through the scripture notice that we went to a passage through which God has been pleased to witness to himself (though He’s NOT the bible!) Through that passage he was pleased to speak to you not only about who he is but also about who you really are!

4.) Notice also that this isn’t a scripture only about you, it’s about every one of us! Because of who we are speaking of, Jesus, the God/Man and One who created and sustains every single person, your fellow human beings also have their identity in Him! Jesus is literally the One Human for all! Pointedly, this means you should seek to see your neighbor also for who they are in Jesus who represents all humans in his humanity, namely, your brother or sister, or neighbor in Christ!

Imagine for one moment how transformed our world would be if we referred to all others as “brother” or “sister” or “neighbor” “in Christ” rather than the things I noted in my first few sentences? Can you see the difference that would make in our treatment of each other? Can you sense the other-centered love in humility that could thrive, and the self-centered pride that could die? Wow!!!

By the way, none of this means that you become Jesus or that he becomes you! No! He will still be Jesus and you will still be distinctly you. It does mean that Jesus intends to share with you his awesome and glorified human nature so you can relate with God and each other in a way that partakes of the divine nature, as one made in the image of his image in Jesus (2 Cor 4:4)! His life reveals what it really means to be human and those who trust him get to participate in that!

Here’s the link to a GREAT read through which I was encountered by God – Father, Son and Spirit and got stirred to write this article:  http://www.livingout.org/why-not-say-you-re-gay-

As author Jonathan Berry writes in his last paragraph:

“We’re often warned of the dangers of identity theft in an increasingly digital age. As a Christian I feel passionately that I don’t want to allow myself to be robbed of the enjoyment of these great blessings, by falsely embracing any other identity. In his letter to Christians in Rome, Paul urges his readers not to “conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2). For me, a really important aspect of that mind-renewal process involves ditching any unbiblical labels and securing my true identity as being in Christ.” (underline emphasis mine!)

Amen!

– tjbrassell

*photo courtesy of rhemafromgod.blogspot.com

 

The Triune God of Our Relationships

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Part 1:https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/16-08-28-the-triune-god-of-relationships-pt-1-exodus-20-12-21-tah.mp3”

Part 2:https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/16-08-28-the-triune-god-of-relationships-pt-2-exodus-20-12-21-tah.mp3”

Full Sermon:https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/16-08-28-the-triune-god-of-relationships-exodus-20-12-21-tah.mp3”

 

Theological Theme: God the Father’s law reflects God’s intention for human flourishing in society.

Christ Connection: As the sinless Savior, Jesus is the only One who has kept the law perfectly. He demonstrated His love for others by laying down His life in their place.

Missional Application: Because we have experienced God’s great love toward us, we are called to love and seek the good of our neighbors in the Grace and Power of the Spirit.

*photo courtesy of tourguidepastor.wordpress.com

Breaking News: Jesus Is Renewing T/His Church! pt.7

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https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/16-08-07-breaking-news-jesus-is-renewing-t-his-church-part-7-acts-2-42-47-tah.mp3”

As Hugh Halter has written:

“From the beginning of time and throughout the scriptures, God’s people patterned their lives around celebration, feasts, social gatherings, levity, story-telling, eating, drinking, laughter, and listening…

…Remember, when teaching about the gospel of the kingdom, our living metaphors are that of a wedding feast, a banquet, and a supper. It’s time to include this in our own spiritual formation.

That’s what this message is about as a congregation literally throws a party for the community!

*photo courtesy of santabanta.com

The Father Loves And Likes You Fest 2016!

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Thursday, October 13, 2016 – Beginning

Message One: GCI Norfolk Pastor Calvin Simon “May I Have This Dance?”https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2016/11/16-10-13_sermon1_calvin-simon_may-i-have-this-dance_john-14-15.mp3”

Message Two: GCI National Ministry Coordinator Jeff McSwain “Slaying Grace”  https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2016/11/16-10-13_sermon2_jeff-mcswain_slaying-grace_john15.mp3”

Friday, October 14, 2016 – Morning Seminars

Seminar One: GCI National Ministry Coordinator Jeff McSwain                                  “Reading Scripture With Jesus As Your Lens”

https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2016/11/16-10-14_seminar1_jeff-mcswain_reading-scripture-with-jesus-as-your-lens.mp3”

Seminar Two: GCI Baltimore Timothy J. Brassell                                                       “Proclaiming The God Revealed In Jesus”

https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2016/11/16-10-14_seminar2_timothy-brassell_proclaiming-the-god-revealed-in-jesus.mp3”

Seminar Three: GCI Richmond Pastor Bill Winn                                                               “Spiritual Versus Secular?”

https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2016/11/16-10-14_seminar3_bill-winn_spiritual-versus-secular.wav”

Friday, October 14, 2016 – Evening Messages

Message Three: GCI Regional Pastor Paul David Kurts “You Will Do Greater Things”https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2016/11/16-10-14_sermon3_paul-david-kurts_you-will-do-greater-things_john14.mp3”

Message Four: GCI Richmond Pastor Bill Winn “I Am In You”https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2016/11/16-10-14_sermon4_bill-winn_i-am-in-you_john14.mp3”

Saturday, October 15, 2016 – GCI Intern 15 Min. Messages

Message Five: GCI Intern Cory O’Neal “The Way, The Truth, and The Life”  “https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2016/11/16-10-15_sermon5_cory-oneal_the-waythe-truth-and-the-life_john14.mp3”

Message Six: GCI Intern Cara Garrity “Sitting In Broken Places With Christ”  “https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2016/11/16-10-15_sermon6_cara-garrity_sitting-in-broken-places-with-christ_john14.mp3”

Message Seven: GCI Intern Corey Lewis “Bearing Witness To God In The World”  “https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2016/11/16-10-15_sermon7_corey-lewis_bearing-witness-to-god-in-the-world_john17.mp3”

Message Eight: GCI Intern Eddie Lowe “Do Not Let Your Hearts Be Troubled”  “https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2016/11/16-10-15_sermon8_eddie-lowe_do-not-let-your-hearts-be-troubled_john14.mp3”

 

Sunday, October 15, 2016 – Conclusion

Message Nine: GCI Baltimore Timothy J. Brassell  “God Speaks And Acts In A Trinitarian Way”                                                   https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2016/11/16-10-16_sermon9_timothy-brassell_god-speaks-and-acts-in-a-trinitarian-way_john16-17.mp3”

Breaking News: Jesus Is Renewing T/His Church! pt.5

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https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2016/10/16-07-17-breaking-news-jesus-is-renewing-t-his-church-part-5-jonah-1-psalm-139-tah.mp3”

As Hank Coates has written: “Jonah, the Prophet who ran away, is the Lord’s. And the Lord won’t let Jonah go. And the Lord gets what the Lord wants. And what the Lord wants is that all people come to know his saving love that stands on the side of the oppressed, makes the crooked straight, and releases the captives from their chains.”

That’s what this message is all about as a local Church heads “outside the walls”, witnessing in Word and Deed to God, Father, Son and Spirit – The Lord! Check it out!

*photo courtesy of shainadomatilia.wordpress.com

Breaking News: Jesus Is Renewing T/His Church! pt.4

 

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https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2016/10/breaking-news-jesus-is-renewing-t-his-church-part-4-exodus-3-4-tah.mp3”

This message of Good News is proclaimed to a congregation on mission with Jesus “Outside the Walls “of their Church bldg., literally.

The Gospel proclaims God, Father, Son and Spirit as the God who calls human beings to participate with Him in a special and gracious way that He provides in the power of the Holy Spirit. It reminds every member of Jesus’ Body that, even like God’s great leaders such as Moses, we can often keep giving God excuses as to why we don’t follow through on what He says. In the Light of His provision and grace Revealed in Jesus and in the power of the Spirit, our Father’s command comes to us through the Apostle Paul all the same, “See to it that you complete the ministry you have received in the Lord.”

Check it out!

*picture courtesy of buildingabrandonline.com

 

 

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