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Deborah, God’s Woman of Wisdom

Deborah - Judges 4-5

Part 1, 26min.:https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2017/06/16-12-11-deborah-gods-woman-of-wisdom-part-1a-judges-4-5-tah-guest-vinson.mp3”

Part 2, 26min:https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2017/06/16-12-11-deborah-gods-woman-of-wisdom-part-1b-judges-4-5-tah-guest-vinson.mp3”

Full Message:https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2017/06/16-12-11-deborah-gods-woman-of-wisdom-judges-4-5-tah-guest-vinson.mp3”

Theological Theme: Faithfulness is expressed in using our gifts for God our Father’s purposes, trusting in Him for victory, and giving Him glory for whatever we accomplish.

Christ Connection: Deborah was the chosen leader of God who not only rescued her people but also ruled with wisdom. Her life points forward to Jesus Christ, the Wonderful Counselor whose kingdom is marked by justice and righteousness.

Missional Application: God the Holy Spirit (as God’s Gift of Himself to us), empowers us to participate with him through the use of various gifts in the service of edification (of those who belong to His family) and in evangelism (of those who do not know Him).

*picture courtesy of lzymtn.com

Breaking News: Jesus Is Renewing T/His Church! pt.3

Spiritual Gift 2

https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2016/08/06-12-16-breaking-news-jesus-is-renewing-t-his-church-part-3-matthew-3-11-eph-4-tah.mp3”

This message of Good News leads to an attempt of a congregation to participate with Jesus as he inspired the Apostle Paul to write in Ephesians 4 :7-13 (The Message):

“Is it not true that the One who climbed up also climbed down, down to the valley of earth? And the One who climbed down is the One who climbed back up, up to highest heaven. He handed out gifts above and below, filled heaven with his gifts, filled earth with his gifts. He handed out gifts of apostle, prophet, evangelist, and pastor-teacher to train Christ’s followers in skilled servant work, working within Christ’s body, the church, until we’re all moving rhythmically and easily with each other, efficient and graceful in response to God’s Son, fully mature adults, fully developed within and without, fully alive like Christ.”

 

*picture courtesy of made2bcreative.com

How To Share God’s Good News With Others! pt.6

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In the POWERFUL conclusion to this series, where it is proclaimed that you are CALLED, EMPOWERED and SENT by the FATHER, through JESUS THE SON, and IN THE SPIRIT, understand:

  • How to be a faithful steward of time in this hectic world to which you are sent!
  • How to be the best steward of gifts and talents and experience God’s best even through discouraging personal weaknesses that can distract you!
  • How to organize money and maximize its impact in participation with Christ in this world that’s trying to consume it all!

You won’t have time to sleep on this one cause you’ll be either glad or mad! hahaha

Then:

1.) get this NEW and UPDATED WORKSHEET you’ll want to keep for review: goroncy-a-theology-of-mission-share-God’s-good-news copy 2 , and…

2.) grab a pencil or pen

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

 

Here is part 1 if you are wondering: https://trinityandhumanity.com/2015/09/14/some-things-jesus-come-before-other-things/

Here is part 2 https://trinityandhumanity.com/2015/09/21/how-to-share-gods-good-news-with-others-pt-2/

Here is part 3 https://trinityandhumanity.com/2015/09/28/how-to-share-gods-good-news-with-others-pt-3/

Here is part 4  https://trinityandhumanity.com/2015/10/05/how-to-share-gods-good-news-with-others-pt-4/

Here is part 5 https://trinityandhumanity.com/2015/10/19/how-to-share-gods-good-news-with-others-pt-5/

 

Photo courtesy of: http://www.lifeway.com

 

You Only Have Strengths, Not Weaknesses!

Regarding the way that the Father has decided to live in us, through Jesus and by the Holy Spirit in our Adoption is noted plainly in 1 Cor 12:4-11!

4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5 and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; 6 and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. 7 To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 8 To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses.

1st – did you notice the Trinitarian way in which God gives Himself to us in verses 4, 5, 6? “The Same Spirit”, “The Same Lord”, “The Same God”? Yes, the Trinity is all up in this Gift thing; this giving of Himself to us in Special and Distinct ways FOR THE COMMON GOOD!

And if the Father, Son and Spirit has given himself to you in a Special and Distinct way (or ways), doesn’t that mean that if you have the gift of the utterance of wisdom, it is not a weakness for you not to speak in various kinds of tongues if God has not shared that with you?

(Think of how much more the Church would participate in the unity it already has in Christ if we really understood and embraced that truth?! Wowsa! Revolutionary Change!)

Are you getting my point though?

Because He who has adopted us has chosen to live in us in a certain way and he is the very definition of strength, aren’t we strong if he lives in us in the way he has given himself to us? That couldn’t be weak! And if he has chosen to live in me as he sees fit, and not in some other way, how could not having a particular gift be a weakness for me? It couldn’t possibly be a weakness because it has not even been given to me to be weak with!!

To understand this truth is to understand that:

1.)    You are many times unnecessarily demanding too much of other people (like your spouse, pastor, denominational leaders, peers, etc.), and you are the cause of your own disappointment because of failing to understand that no one outside of God the Trinity is fully endowed with the traits of God the Trinity!

2.)    You are many times too susceptible to the negative “I am not’s” of the adversary because he has subtly convinced you (and me) that not to be gifted in certain ways is a weakness (he is up to his same tricks “you can be like God!” – onmi-competent!) At its worst, not having a particular gift at the choosing of the Spirit is simply a “non strength” (as I heard Pastor Gordon Smith say once.)

3.)    You MUST gather with other believers regularly to be encouraged and receive their ONLY strength/s in the Spirit (which makes each believers “non strength/s” irrelevant!!!)

It would be the STRONG Church of the Father’s’ Dance and Dream if each believer obeyed Jesus and showed up in the believing community participating with everyone else in the Gift/s of the Spirit’s choosing! Then would arise the saying “Church, STRONG – Hulk, puny!” Ha-Ha!

So, in the gift of exhortation shared with me, “Get with the believing community as often as you can, in the Spirit’s grace, and participate in the obedience and gifting of Jesus in the Spirit (a gifting discovered in the community and confirmed by the community!)” In doing this you will experience the truth of being only strong and not weak, and you would encourage others to do so. You will experience more of the “I am’s” and less of the “I am not’s”. By being responsive to Jesus in His responsibility over the Church you’ll promote less of the negative energy that perverts community, and your believing community really will be strong and not weak!

The only possible weakness appears to be our blinding sin of faith (in something other than Jesus!) that keeps you and I from participating in his obedience as often as we should! But thank the Father he has adopted and embraced us in Jesus and the Spirit in such a way that he will never let any of us go! Now that’s our Greatest Strength! Ha-Ha!

~ Timothy J. Brassell

Embracing Your Specialness is a MUST!

Why? Because Jesus, the Son of God made flesh, accepted His Specialness from within our humanity, and he shares his life with you – with all of humanity!

And believe me, my brother and my sister, there is no more compelling reason than that! When Jesus revealed the Love of God in His own human body he also revealed in word and in deed that he was permanently related to, and united with, God the Father and God the Holy Spirit! (John 16:4-15).

Think of how special the relationship is between Jesus, His Father, and the Holy Spirit! Good Gravy!!!

Can there be anything more unique, beautiful, distinct and lovely than that? Hardly! I mean this One God declares that His Triune Relationship IS LOVE, not that They simply have love (even though They obviously do! 1 John 4:7-16).

I mean the Father is so Special that he not only has a Distinct name, “Father”, but is so Awesome and Worthy of the most fitting responses that Jesus did (and does!) everything this Special Father asks of him in his human flesh! (John 5:19-30).

The Son is so Special, Unique and Exclusive that He not only has a Distinct name also but when the Father wanted to adopt and include all of humanity into the Life of the Trinity, he chose only His Son to become Incarnate and pull it off! (Matt 1:18-23. Eph 1:3-10).

The Holy Spirit not only has a Distinct name, too, but is so Specialized, Select, and Earmarked that Jesus said it was important for him to high tail it from earth in his human body for a temporary time in order that the Spirit would be here with us in a Special way to help us know the Father and Son better! (John 16).

Think, especially, of how Special Jesus must have considered His Human Life, (in Relationship to His Father in the Spirit) that he did not sin at all in body, mind or spirit! Hebrews 4:15.

Do you HONESTLY think Jesus could have pulled off this tremendous feat if he did not believe that he was the Special One of the Father?

Do you really believe that Jesus would have attempted and effectively healed others in all kinds of ways if he hadn’t embraced how Special he was? How could Jesus have resisted the Evil one, evildoers and death unless he knew without a doubt how Special he was? Isn’t that what he in essence said in his human flesh, to the Evil one? (Matt 4:1-11) And how could he have possibly embraced the humility of becoming human forever and served those lower than himself if he had not embraced his Matchless, Special, and Unique Personhood? (Phillipians 2:1-11) (I am honestly being brought to tears as I write and reflect on this! Good Gravy! How Beautiful and Special he is that I can literally experience his personal presence while writing of him and reading words in scripture!!)

Think of how nurtured, supported, encouraged and uplifted people were in the presence of Jesus because he embraced his Specialness, his Uniqueness, his Distinct Splendor? (Wowsa and Good Gravy! – I am tasting it right now!!! Ha-Ha!)

AND, this Jesus shares his life with you??? With me???  YES! That is the earth-shaking Good News of the Gospel!!

Did you notice that this Specialness and Novel Life of Jesus doesn’t occur apart from but in Distinct and Mysterious  Union/Inclusion with Everyone and Everything around Him? Jesus is so Special that He is not everyone else and They are not Him, but he is never without them! And if He couldn’t live without Embracing his Specialness, how are you going to REALLY live without embracing yours?!

This is too much for me! I must stop writing now and go relate more personally with this Special One in my own Specialness! Ha-Ha! You, me, we, are so in union with this Special One, Jesus, that scripture makes the following statements in various verses taken from Colossians 1:

13 God rescued us from dead-end alleys and dark dungeons. He’s set us up in the kingdom of the Son he loves so much, 14 the Son who got us out of the pit we were in, got rid of the sins we were doomed to keep repeating. 15 We look at this Son and see the God who cannot be seen. We look at this Son and see God’s original purpose in everything created. 16 For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible, rank after rank after rank of angels – everything got started in him and finds its purpose in him. 17 He was there before any of it came into existence and holds it all together right up to this moment…. 19 So spacious is he, so roomy, that everything of God finds its proper place in him without crowding. 20 Not only that, but all the broken and dislocated pieces of the universe – people and things, animals and atoms – get properly fixed and fit together in vibrant harmonies, all because of his death, his blood that poured down from the Cross…  22 But now, by giving himself completely at the Cross, actually dying for you, Christ brought you over to God’s side and put your lives together, whole and holy in his presence. 23 You don’t walk away from a gift like that! You stay grounded and steady in that bond of trust, constantly tuned in to the Message, careful not to be distracted or diverted. There is no other Message – just this one. Every creature under heaven gets this same Message…. 26 This mystery has been kept in the dark for a long time, but now it’s out in the open. 27 God wanted everyone, not just Jews, to know this rich and glorious secret inside and out, regardless of their background, regardless of their religious standing. The mystery in a nutshell is just this: Christ is in you, therefore you can look forward to sharing in God’s glory. It’s that simple. That is the substance of our Message. 28 We preach Christ, warning people not to add to the Message. We teach in a spirit of profound common sense so that we can bring each person to maturity. To be mature is to be basic. Christ! No more, no less.

Quoted from Colossians 1:13-17, 19-20, 22-23, 26-28, The Message Bible

~ by Timothy Brassell

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