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Nehemiah Prays!


Part 1a: 23min


Part 1b: 24min


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Main Passage: [Nehemiah’s Prayer] Nehemiah 1:1–2:8

Nehemiah cried out to God in prayer on behalf of his people for God to restore them in the promised land. As we read the story of Nehemiah, we are reminded that we follow a God who forgives and redeems and who supplies whatever we need to accomplish His purposes. As Christians, we believe God will bring His kingdom and restore our world, and we pray and act with confidence in His promise. –  The Gospel Project

Theological Theme:

Prayer is motivated by concern for God – Father, Son and Spirit’s glory and care for His people.

Christ Connection:

Nehemiah believed God would keep His promise to bring His people back home, and this is why he prayed and took action the way he did. As Christians, we believe God will keep His promise to restore the world as a home for His people. Jesus is the One who prays to the Father on our behalf, and He is the only way to salvation. He IS our Salvation!

“As Jesus prays for those the Father has given him, he is fulfilling the will of his Father (John 17). Our prayers, too, are part of the great sweep of God’s plan for his people. God’s sovereignty does not rob history of significance; to the contrary, it is God’s plan that gives human history meaning. We do not know how to pray as we should, in the light of God’s purposes. But for that very reason his Spirit who dwells in us makes intercession according to the will of God (Rom. 8:27).”

Missional Application:

Jesus, through the Holy Spirit, and in participation with him, calls us to embrace the burden of seeking our Father’s glory and caring for God’s people and then to pray and take action as we engage in His mission.

Have you ever wondered why Jesus told the disciples to pray for their needs, after He told them that God knew all their needs before they even asked? This sounds strange unless you understand that in prayer God enlists us as participants in the work He is doing, as a part of the outworking of His sovereign providence in creation. Sam Storms puts it well, “Never be deceived into thinking that God will give you apart from prayer what He has promised to give you only through prayer.”  Prayer is the means to accomplish God’s will. God has designed the universe in such a way that He will act and intervene when we ask according to His will. Through prayer, we become an instrument to bring about God’s appointed end. The chief end of God is to display His glory to all of creation. When we pray, we join Him in that mission. For this reason, all prayer should be motivated by a concern for God’s glory and care for His people. – The Gospel Project

God-Father-Son-and-Spirit’s Great Reversals in Esther!


Part 1a: 20min


Part 1b: 20min


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Main Passages:  Esther 6:6-11; 7:3-10; 9:1-2

“In the story of Esther, we see how God’s good purposes for His people led to a radical reversal. The humble were exalted, those who were condemned received salvation, and those who expected to suffer defeat instead triumphed in victory. When we read God’s Word, we are reminded that God is often at work to bring about His purposes even when His people do not realize it. God calls us to look beyond earthly appearances and strength and to honor and trust Him for final victory.” – The Gospel Project

Theological Theme:

In saving His people, God [Father, Son, and Spirit] turns the tables on His enemies.

Christ Connection:

In Genesis 3:15, God promised that the serpent who struck the Seed of the woman would in turn be crushed itself. In the story of Esther, we see how Haman’s plans to strike God’s people backfired and ended with his own demise. Likewise, in the cross and resurrection of Jesus, we see how the evil done to Christ was the way in which evil was overcome and defeated.

Missional Application:

God, through His Holy Spirit, calls us to look beyond earthly appearances and strength and to honor and trust Him for final victory.

“God’s providential hand is usually hidden from us. However, if you take the time to reflect on your life, you will see His fingerprints all over your journey. Usually, God’s hand is most evident when we encounter great reversals, like those seen in the Book of Esther. It’s hard to ignore when God exalts the humble. It’s hard to take credit when one is given salvation but deserves judgment. It is hard to miss the hand of God when an entire people group are facing certain defeat but walk away in victory. The same God who providentially works in your life is the same God who has providentially worked throughout history. The same God who promised that Eve’s Seed would crush the head of the serpent in Genesis 3 is the same God who derailed Haman’s plans to destroy God’s people, because through them would come One greater than Esther, a Savior and Advocate who would deliver God’s people from certain death. All throughout redemptive history, God turns the tables on His enemies and saves His people.” – The Gospel Project

“In a world from which God appears to be absent he is nonetheless present.” – J. Gordon McConville

Jesus Calls YOU For Such A Time As This!


Part 1a: 25min


Part 1b: 25min


Full Message:


Main Passage: Esther 4

“From Esther’s story in the Bible, we learn how to seek the Lord even during those seasons of life when His hand of providence seems to be hidden. We learn to see ourselves as playing a role in God’s sovereign plan for the world, and we gain the courage to accept the risk of following God, no matter the cost. As God’s people, we are to find and fulfill our purpose today—for such a time as this—a purpose that must align with God’s greater plan to bring salvation to the ends of the earth. ” – The Gospel Project

Theological Theme:

The Lord God – Father, Son and Spirit is working His plan even when we cannot see Him.

Christ Connection:

The command to kill all the Jews threatened the fulfillment of God’s promise of a Messiah-King who would bring the blessing of Abraham to the world. Even though His involvement in the story of Esther seems hidden, God the Holy Trinity was at work, creating and implementing a plan to rescue His people and set the stage for the coming of His Son Jesus Christ.

Missional Application:

God through His Holy Spirit, calls us to find and fulfill our purpose within His greater plan to bring salvation to the ends of the earth.

“He who does not know Christ does not know God hidden in suffering… God can be found only in suffering and the cross.”  –Martin Luther (1483-1546)

“The King who never dies is Jesus himself, who, like Esther, was raised up at just the right moment in history (Rom. 5:6; Gal. 4:4), ‘for such a time as this’—or as Paul elsewhere says, ‘when the fullness of time had come’ (Gal. 4:4).”  –Elyse Fitzpatrick

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Deborah, God’s Woman of Wisdom

Deborah - Judges 4-5

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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).

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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

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When Faith In God Fails

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Theological Theme: Our Lord Father disciplines and redeems the faithless for the glory of His name.

Christ Connection: When Israel was tempted in the wilderness, the people failed to trust the Lord and faced 40 years of wandering. When Jesus was tempted in the wilderness for 40 days, He remained faithful. Through His obedience, He became the representative who pleads for all humanity before the Lord.

Missional Application: God the Holy Spirit calls us not to conquer the nations but to take the gospel to them no matter the obstacles, knowing that His power and wisdom is greater than our own.

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Jesus is the Ultimate Atonement and Sacrifice, Part 1


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Theological Theme: The burnt offering was for the removal of the people’s guilt before God; the grain offering restored Israel to serve God and neighbor, and the fellowship offering was for the reconciliation between God the Father and His people.

Christ Connection: Because of Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice, we celebrate the removal of our guilt before God, the freedom to serve God on His mission, and the restoration of our relationship with God – Father, Son and Spirit.

Missional Application: Because we who share in Christ’s life have been freed from our guilt, God the Holy Spirit calls us to serve Him by serving others.

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Only The Childlike Will Enter God’s Kingdom


George MacDonald wrote, Do you think you love your children better than He who made them? Is not your love what it is because He put it into your heart first? Have you not often been cross with them? Sometimes unjust to them? Whence came the returning love that rose from unknown depths in your being, and swept away the anger and the injustice? You did not create that love. Probably you were not good enough to send for it by prayer. But it came. God sent it. He makes you love your children.”

This message of God’s Good News proclaims how God – Father, Son and Spirit – puts his love into us, growing us up into being childlike, so that we may share in it with him, and with others, in his Kingdom!

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The Father Loves And Likes You Fest 2016!


Thursday, October 13, 2016 – Beginning

Message One: GCI Norfolk Pastor Calvin Simon “May I Have This Dance?””

Message Two: GCI National Ministry Coordinator Jeff McSwain “Slaying Grace””

Friday, October 14, 2016 – Morning Seminars

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

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

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

Friday, October 14, 2016 – Evening Messages

Message Three: GCI Regional Pastor Paul David Kurts “You Will Do Greater Things””

Message Four: GCI Richmond Pastor Bill Winn “I Am In You””

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

Message Five: GCI Intern Cory O’Neal “The Way, The Truth, and The Life”  “”

Message Six: GCI Intern Cara Garrity “Sitting In Broken Places With Christ”  “”

Message Seven: GCI Intern Corey Lewis “Bearing Witness To God In The World”  “”

Message Eight: GCI Intern Eddie Lowe “Do Not Let Your Hearts Be Troubled”  “”


Sunday, October 15, 2016 – Conclusion

Message Nine: GCI Baltimore Timothy J. Brassell  “God Speaks And Acts In A Trinitarian Way”                                         ”

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