RoyCochran.com & Third Chair Newsletter September 2017

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Third Chair . . . the expression of LOVE overflowing the hearts of Roy & Christine Cochran

 

 

In a culture that can be preoccupied with NEW and YOUNG, who would believe that we are experiencing our BEST, most FULLY-ALIVE and ENJOYABLE season in ministry EVER in our 50's? What if EVERYONE could continually be experiencing the LOVE of their heavenly Father? 

I'd love to INVITE you to our next gathering called LIVING LOVED - Experiencing Father's Love, to communicate with you a little bit of the "WHY" behind the "WHAT" we at Third Chair are up to with Party for the Soul, Artist Table and Living Loved 2 Day Encounters and to invite YOU to join together with us. What Father has invited us into is SO MUCH BIGGER than the two of us.

The place we start and finish in Third Chair ministry is with the declaration that "Love Looks Like Something." So, if God is LOVE, can LOVE be made manifest, can He be experienced, can He be seen and felt at our in our daily lives, in our conversations, in our relationships, in our workplaces & in our gatherings? Our heart's desire is to see EVERYONE we know EXPERIENCING God loving them. Once you are Living Loved, loving others comes naturally. "The world will know that you are my followers by your love for one another."

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Living Loved 2 Day Encounter ~ Experiencing the Father's Love

• San Diego November 10-11, 2017  

• Los Angeles November 17-18, 2017

Friday Evening • Saturday Morning • Afternoon • Evening

This is a intimate, curated 2-Day Event, in which your entire being will be ushered into the Presence of Your Heavenly Father by a team of anointed creatives and communicators that have set the Table for you to feast. You can expect dance, creative artistic expressions, worship and a Biblical and Experiential revealing of the Heart of the Father. 

This weekend, "Revealing the Heart of the Father" is part one of a Series of 3, we will be offering in your area.

 

Featuring:
Leonard & Lesley Hays teaching-impartation-ministry (Fatherheart Ministries)
Roy & Christine Cochran worship-ministry-impartation (Third Chair)
Bradley & Joanie Rapier dance-impartation (Groovaloos)
Thomas Clark - Live Performance Artist (TomClarkStudio)
The Living Loved Team

Your place at the Table awaits! Seating is limited to this Experience provided by your team at Living Loved! We can't wait to watch Him do all He has planned for you!

 

The "WHY"

Let's give this scripture from Galatians 4 a second look.

And so that we would know for sure that we are His true children, God released the Spirit of Sonship into our hearts - moving us to cry out intimately, 'My Father! You're our true Father!" [Galatians 4:6] TPT.

When Holy Spirit REVEALS this to your heart, EVERYTHING CHANGES!

"Now we're no longer living like slaves (or orphans) under the law, but we enjoy being God's very own sons and daughters! And because we're His, we can access everything our Father has - for we are one with Jesus Christ. Before we knew God as our Father and we became His children, we were unwitting servants to the powers that be, which are nothing compared to God. But now that we TRULY KNOW Him and UNDERSTAND how deeply we're loved by Him, why would we, even for a moment, consider turning back to those weak and feeble principals of religion, as though we were still subject to them? " [Galatians 4:7-9] TPT.

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These LIFE ALTERING scriptures are ones that I have known for over 30 years. I heard them taught. I believed or agreed that these scriptures were truth and so according to these scriptures I took the positional, biblical truth, I am a son and Jesus, by saving me, allowed me to call God, Father. I would say that I "believed" this , . . For me, agreeing with a scripture verse is still a different thing than God releasing a Spirit of Sonship INTO MY HEART! For me, agreeing with a scripture verse is still a different thing than TRULY KNOWING God as Father in my heart and TRULY KNOWING how DEEPLY I AM LOVED BY HIM. (Remember the verse, "If you confess with your mouth AND believe IN YOUR HEART, you will be saved." Could believing in your intellect, agreeing in your head be DIFFERENT than believing in your heart? I wonder.)

I was SAVED but somehow was still living life as an orphan.

I "believed" but didn't KNOW. I had prayed the prayer. I knew I was saved. I knew there was a change. Holy Spirit had been received. I was leading thousands of people into His Presence in worship, but I was still an orphan hearted, saved, pastor who had a "measure" of knowing Jesus loving me. I'm discovering that agreeing with scripture can happen in your head and not quite make it down into one's heart. You could say that "you believe" and mean it but the revelation and reality of the TRUTH needs to find it's way into our hearts. That's when transformation happens.

It's like the fullness of the love we are to live in was just out of reach or even veiled from my heart. I had all the scriptural evidence to believe that it was true, to understand it was mine, to believe it by faith, to have momentary touches with it, but yet for the vast majority of my everyday life, it remained a hope not a reality. I lived as a servant, saved by grace. Grateful for the sacrifice of Jesus to save me from hell. I thought that's just the way it is with the things of faith. You hope for them but they mostly remain unseen, like it says in Hebrews 11. We live by faith not by sight. I really didn't understand that Jesus's sacrifice made a way for me to not only be saved but to actually live as a SON, like Him, to experience the love of His Father, just like Him. Jesus was a servant of all; the Name above all names; the King of Kings and our Savior; our wonderful Counselor. The WAY He did this was LIVING AS A LOVED SON BY HIS FATHER. He was (and is) the Son of God. I was living the christian life as a servant WITHOUT knowing the most essential power source Jesus had, which was LIVING LOVED by His Father as His Son. This is how we can be "saved" but continue to live with an orphaned heart.

 This, by the way, isn't a new challenge for those of us who believe. Immediately after Jesus said to His followers, "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes next to the Father except through union with me. To know me is to know my Father too." Phillip says, "Lord, show us the Father, and that will be all we need!" [John 14:6]TPT Jesus was the exact image of His Father, so we could know what the Father looked and acted like. But Jesus was not the Father. He was one with the Father but also said that the Father was greater than Him. That He would go to sit at the right hand of the Father. That He only did what He saw and heard His Father doing. The same yet different. Yep, it's mystical. But it will completely transform your life when you are able to receive the Love of the Father that Jesus spoke of and paid for. Jesus is the WAY, the Truth and the LIFE. One one come to the Father but through Me. This scripture speaks of a pathway and a destination. I was enjoying a relationship with Jesus and with Holy Spirit but really didn't know how to connect with the Father. My head understood that the Father loved me. I did know all the scriptures that told me everything about Father's love I quoted above and more. They just never found a place in my heart. 

"Found" live art by Tom Clark

"Found" live art by Tom Clark

Over the last 10 years of our lives, this kind of orphaned christianity Christine & I were living is being beautifully transformed to KNOWING God as Father, to KNOWING how deeply I am loved, allowing Jesus to bring me into the heart of His Father, to EXPERIENCING the Spirit of sonship IN MY HEART. Christine and I are so excited and honored to be leading men & women deeper into this Good News. A loving relational experience with ALL THREE members of the TRINITY. We believe Father has invited us to lovingly, through relationship, share this love of the Father, our identity as sons and  daughters, this perspective of the centrality of the heart primarily with the Artist Community. They are the best storytellers in the world! Somehow, this reality of the Gospel that Jesus lovingly paid the price to bring us into, is foreign to so many people both in the church and outside. Once their hearts experience the Father's Love, everything they create will carry HIs Love; their songs, their movies, their books, their plays, their shows, their art ALL infected with LOVE. Their art will actually be the manifestation of them experiencing the Love of the Father as sons & daughters, experiencing the love of Jesus and experiencing the love of the Holy Spirit.

Let me conclude with this: All of you who would identify yourselves as Christ-followers, do you believe Jesus when He prayed this in John 17, starting in verse 20,

"And I ask not only for these disciples, but also for those who will one day believe in Me through their message. I pray for them all to be joined together as one even as You and I, Father, are joined together as one, I pray for them to become one with us so that the world will recognize that You sent Me. For the very glory that You have given to Me, I have given to them, so that they will be joined together as one and experience the same unity that we enjoy. You live fully in Me and now I live fully in them so that they will experience perfect unity, and the world will be convinced that You have sent Me, for they will see that You love each one of them with the same passionate love that You have for Me... You are my righteous Father, but the unbelieving world has never known You in the perfect way that I know You! And all those who believe in Me also know that You have sent Me! I have revealed to them who You are AND WILL CONTINUE TO MAKE YOU EVEN MORE REAL TO THEM, so that they may experience the same endless love that You have for Me, for Your love will now live in them, even as I live in them." [John 17:20-26]TPT

Christine & I invite you to JOIN US in Living Loved & communicating this good news through Third Chair Ministries.

Our ministry is called Third Chair(Story Behind the Name) We invite you to join us in loving the Story-tellers. These are the ones who can creatively tell the ancient story of a God Who has loved, Who loves today and Who will continue to love each one of us personally. And His love will heal you, set you free to be the REAL you. His love is unconditional but comes alive in relationship.

When I encountered LOVE, my life was changed. Come partner with us. Come help us set a table. Come help us open a door. Come help us connect artists to this LOVE so that they might tell their stories of their encounter with LOVE that can change people's lives forever. 

For the record, Third Chair does not work EXCLUSIVELY WITH ARTSTS. Many of our events, Party for the Soul & Living Loved 2 Day Encounters are for EVERYONE! Building relationships with Artists has been and continues to be a beautiful lane Father has invited us into but this road we are walking on is open to EVERYONE! 


Join Together with Third Chair 

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TODAY would be an AMAZING time for you to PARTNER with us!

You can join together with us to Love & Encourage more and more people through your generous donation. By partnering together with us MONTHLY, you will make it possible to create pathways for men & women to experience the Love of the Father, to step into their identities as loved sons & daughters, to have their hearts transformed by LOVE. 

Third Chair Ministries relies wholeheartedly upon the provisional generosity of God through HIs people, like you, who support us. Please consider partnering with us TODAY to help meet our annual ministry budget. Third Chair's budget currently needs an additional $9,500 pledged by year end. Your generous Monthly pledge or Single gift partners with our efforts resulting in hearts being transformed by the Love of God. Giving is so much more than charity. It's a spiritual action that is a response to your heart connecting to His. Thank you for your prayers and support.


The "WHAT"

Events that Connect People to LOVE

 Artist Table • Party for the Soul • Living Loved 2 Day Encounters

Artist Table

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On September 18th, about 40 artists from different backgrounds, different artistic disciplines and different circles of influence came together at a table in a backyard in Carlsbad, California. They enjoyed great conversation, a beautiful setting, a delicious meal, some original music and some storytelling. 

So what was different about this dinner party? Well, it's not often that 40 artists from all over Southern California get together from different disciplines, however I'd say what was unique was how present LOVE was.

It's a Beautiful Truth that the Father, Son & Holy Spirit invite us, You and I, into community with them. They invite us to THEIR TABLE to feast on being loved. To be included in their ONENESS. A place where the Body and Blood of Christ has paid for our place at the table. The Artist Table is a unique gathering where uniquely designed men & women who have devoted themselves to God and to their craft can dine together, feel part of a unique tribe, share their hearts & gifts with one another and specifically experience being loved for the unique individuals God created them to be in this world. Their struggles and strengths can have commonalities with the general public, however their uniquenesses and the very nature of devoting themselves to their art can also create a lonely place where friends, family, and sometimes even the church, may find it difficult to understand them. The life of an Artist may seem to be extravagant or even self indulgent to many who are fulfilling their live's callings in more practical work spaces. To the artist, NOT BEING AN ARTIST would be denying WHO God made them to be. Artist Table celebrates their weirdness, their uniqueness, their extravagance, their weaknesses and their ability to be ministers of beauty made in the image of their Creator. It was an honor to serve these Artists, to love these artists, to encourage and connect with these artists. Here are a few responses some of them sent me.

"Amazing party last night Roy. Thank you so much for inviting us! Your dreams are being fulfilled. Privileged to hang with you two."

"Hey Roy!!! Thank you sooo much for last night at Artists Table. Wow!!! The entire experience was compelling and oh-so special."

"Last night was a gift."

"Thank you for inviting me to the Artist Table. Couldn't believe who I was sitting next to. So inspired. So encouraged. So honored."

"Hey Roy. Artist Table last night was beyond anything I had imagined it would be. Visually and aesthetically, the food (wow) the servers, not just their professional manner but also their uniforms, the flowers on the table. The songs and players and the words from Christine and her sister. I could go on and on. You and Christine are IT! I made some new friends and reconnected with a few oldies. Well worth the drive from Los Angeles just for that!"

"Good morning! I thought this quote was interesting in little of last night at Artist Table. 'May your offering be worship even in the midst of your doubts about your calling and ability.' Roy, God made you for this."

"Dear Roy, Christine and family, Thanks again for such a wonderful and rich evening. Thank you for inviting me!

"Hey Roy, I was really blessed last night at Artist Table. I felt that it was the Lord's timing and His encouragement came through every conversation I had. I loved every connection I made and I hope to never miss one of your events. I can see why everyone says you and your family are such a blessing and a force for the kingdom."

"Still reeling from such an extraordinary evening. Thank you for including us. The Father's extravagant love expressed through the Cochran family is the talk of the town! We need more of THAT talk at this time on our planet. XOXO!

"I've been meaning to tell you and Christine Thank You for the Artist Table. It was off the chain."

 We've included a few visual moments from our time together at Artist Table. Thank you to everyone who was part of this extraordinary evening.


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 Living Loved 2 Day Encounter Experiencing the Father's Love

• San Diego November 10-11, 2017  

• Los Angeles November 17-18, 2017

Friday Evening • Saturday Morning • Afternoon • Evening

This is a intimate, curated 2-Day Event, in which your entire being will be ushered into the Presence of Your Heavenly Father by a team of anointed creatives and communicators that have set the Table for you to feast. You can expect dance, creative artistic expressions, worship and a Biblical and Experiential revealing of the Heart of the Father. 

This weekend, "Experiencing Father's Love" is part one of a Series of 3, we will be offering in your area

Experiencing Father's Love - Nov 2017

Opening the River of Love - Feb/Mar 2018

Becoming Sons and Daughters - April 2018

 

Party for the Soul


RoyCochran.com & Third Chair Newsletter July 2017

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A little over 30 years ago, I walked into a gathering in San Diego that would forever change my life. The artists who were playing were really good, but in the midst of those songs being sung, I was experiencing something so much bigger than just the music.

It was living there in the music. In the midst of that crowd I was connecting with something or someone I was searching for my entire life . . . the love of God.

Today, thirty years later, my wife Christine & I are making a way for people to discover the encounter of God loving them through the arts, through the creative people who:

sing, write songs, books, movies, poetry, who dance, who make films, who paint, who capture photos, who produce concerts, theater shows, who act, who are technical artists, visual artists, musical artists, worship artists, who tell stories that flow out of their hearts that are overflowing with love, the love they are receiving from God. Sometimes that Love comes directly into your heart & mind, at times it comes through the written word, at times it comes through people, at times it comes through beauty and at times it comes through nature.

Our ministry is called Third Chair. (Story Behind the Name) We invite you to join us in loving the Story-tellers. These are the ones who can creatively tell the ancient story of a God Who has loved, Who loves today and Who will continue to love each one of us personally. And His love will heal you, set you free to be the REAL you. His love is unconditional but comes alive in relationship. Unfortunately, it's also a story that has become distorted in today's culture. It's also a story that has been misrepresented in so many ways. It's also a story that at times, somehow has mistakenly been connected to fear, shame & control. But . . . in the midst of some of these broken stories, the real story is this: God is Love. God Loves you. God wants you to EXPERIENCE Him loving you. 

When I encountered LOVE, my life was changed. Come help us set a table. Come help us open a door. Come help us connect artists to this LOVE so that they might tell their stories of their encounter with LOVE that can change people's lives forever. 


Now, like never before, we need your support.
You can help us encourage more and more artists
through your generous donation.


Coming in THREE weeks!

Party for the Soul -
Art & Love Summer Fest #2

Saturday, August 12

2pm-6pm

4985 Via Marta, Carlsbad, CA



Party for the Soul, June 24, 2-6pm

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Saturday, June 24, 2-6pm
Party for the Soul

Carlsbad, California


Chef Sean

Our beloved chef from The Grove Gatherings is throwing down some amazing gourmet food for YOU at Party for the Soul! 

Menu: Pork Loin Balsamico
Cinnamin Apples • Garlic Mashed Potatoes • Dessert

BYOB  - Bring Your Own Beverage that will pair up with Chef Sean's menu and a maybe a little more to share.


This just in . . . 

Tom Clark's Painting will be auctioned off at Party for the Soul!!

Be ready to take home a one of a kind original painting by Tom Clark made right before you eyes!


Let us know you are coming!

RSVP on Evite • Facebook Events
or roy@roycochran.com
sorry . . . if you've received more than a couple invites from us. We are still scrambling a bit to get the word out. Please be encouraged to bring a friend who might need a Party for their Soul. 


Click on Party for the Soul for more details on each of the guest ARTISTSsharing at the party. Also learn more about how you can help us help Syrian Refugees living here in San Diego through our friends at Light & Color Arts who bring love, encouragement and resources directly into the lives of these families.

The first NEW GROWTH that is sprouting out of our hearts is a Summer Series of Art & Love we are calling Party for the Soul. We plan to host 3 parties this Summer starting in two weeks on June 24th. Party for the SoulWe are throwing a PARTY for your soul, for your heart. 

It is written "Laughter is like medicine for the soul" & "the JOY of the Lord is my strength." 

We believe that everyone who attends these Parties will experience God loving them THROUGH the people and artists who are presently being LOVED by God. Loved people, love people, right? Come over and BE LOVED and come over and BE LOVE to others. Great people make great parties! Please come make this party GREAT!

In keeping with BEING LOVE to others we are raising some cash to express love to some Syrian Refugee families living here in San Diego who are struggling in their new life here. Our friends at Light & Color Arts work "hands on" every week being LOVE to these Syrian families. We are coming along side them and LOVING these families.

If you'd like to get in on this, you can also express love by giving towards Party for the Soul either at the event or right here online.  click GIVE

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Party for the Soul

Hey friends,
Just a quick note to say Hello and Thank you! There is so much to communicate of all the love Father, Son & Holy Spirit is pouring into our hearts. It's wonderful. It's disruptive. It's life-giving. It's hard to explain and it's changing us from the inside out in beautiful ways.

We are so excited about how He's loving us. We are Living Loved and it's actually changing us and those of you who walk with us know what we are talking about. 

We can only describe this season of the last two years as a winter. A season where He actually CAUSED us to lay down in His green pastures of rest. A season He CAUSED us to learn how to receive from Him. A season of Father teaching us about RESTFUL INCREASE while we squirmed around detoxing from DOING to feel loved. It's been an unusually long season for Christine & I where Father has been deepening our roots into His heart and revealing fresh mysteries of His love towards us through this somewhat still time. (Ephesians 3) 

We sense He is moving us into a spring season. A season where our expanded, deepened root system has an increased capacity to LOVE that was not present before our winter that will support the new leaves & branches of His expression of love. This increased capacity to love is directly proportionate to us BEING loved by HIM through the winter and now into the spring.

The first NEW GROWTH that is sprouting out of our hearts is a Summer Series of Art & Love we are calling Party for the Soul. We plan to host 3 parties this Summer starting in two weeks on June 24th. Party for the SoulWe are throwing a PARTY for your soul, for your heart. 

It is written "Laughter is like medicine for the soul" & "the JOY of the Lord is my strength." 

We believe that everyone who attends these Parties will experience God loving them THROUGH the people and artists who are presently being LOVED by God. Loved people, love people, right? Come over and BE LOVED and come over and BE LOVE to others. Great people make great parties! Please come make this party GREAT!

 

In keeping with BEING LOVE to others we are raising some cash to express love to some Syrian Refugee families living here in San Diego who are struggling in their new life here. Our friends at Light & Color Arts work "hands on" every week being LOVE to these Syrian families. We are coming along side them and LOVING these families.

If you'd like to get in on this, you can also express love by giving towards Party for the Soul either at the event or right here online.  click GIVE

 

Come September, we hope to launch our first Gathering that will love musicians, visual artists, technical artists, actors, film makers, dancers, songwriters, AKA Artists. We are calling it  The Artist Table, a dinner gathering with a focus on their interior life, their creative life and how one feeds the other. 

These are really the FIRST FRUITS of ThirdChair ministries. We are so honored and deeply grateful for the love & support you have poured into us, especially throughout our winter. You were and remain a critical part of His Love and Care for us. Thank you.


We are in our 10th year of the crazy life of living by faith that Father will support us financially through you, empowering us to focus all our time and energy into the lives of hundreds of people.
Christine brought a beautiful correction my way the other day. I was trying to explain to someone how we live and mentioned that we live on "support" through donations from people in whom God has put it in their heart to do so. Christine corrected my statement by saying," Roy, we haven't been living on support from people, we have been living on Love from people. Love has been what we have lived on for the last 10 years."
She is so right! So thank you for those of you who have been loving us through the years. Your "love" is making a way for us to share Father's love with so many people.
Thank you for your love.
Roy & Christine

Strengthening & Encouraging the Spiritual Lives and Creative Work of Artists

Pictured below here are just a few of the people whose lives are being impacted through your donations. It's humbling AND exciting to see Father's favor on our expression of love called ThirdChair. This really doesn't reflect half of the lives & expressions we are connecting with. Thank you for partnering with us. Thank you for encouraging us. Thank you for walking with us. Click on each picture for info about each photo.


Donations

We invite you to prayerfully support this work of connecting artists to their hearts and destinies. 

Where transformative expressions of ART flow out of the hearts of Artists Living Loved.

 

BECOME A MONTHLY SUPPORTER.
Our Monthly Supporters are the backbone of our ministry, ThirdChair. You allow us to Love, Mentor and walk with Artists, Curate Gatherings & Pioneer fresh opportunities for Artists to communicate God's Love in our world.

Make a generous SINGLE gift to RoyCochran.com &ThirdChair.

 

*note that the cut-off day for each month's gifts is the 25th. Gifts made after the 25th will not be received by ThirdChair ministries for 30 days.
Please make ALL DONATIONS through The Grove from my website www.roycochran.com/donate and not through The Grove site. We have made a few changes and it's best to simply give through our site. Thank you. Please call me if you experience ANY difficulties in giving to us. contact me

Thank you for the time you've invested in reading our news letter and to allow us to share this exciting invitation to minister to artists with you. Love, Roy & Christine


Third Chair Plans for 2017

• Weekly Mentoring

PASTORING, COACHING, OPENING DOORS, CHALLENGING, DREAMING WITH WORSHIP LEADERS, MUSICIANS, SINGER/SONGWRITERS, VISUAL ARTISTS, FILM MAKERS, PHOTOGRAPHERS, PASTORS, TECHNICAL ARTISTS, AUTHORS, PRODUCERS AND DREAMERS.


• The Artist's Table

A GATHERING FOR ARTISTS TO COME TO A TABLE WITH ONE ANOTHER, SHARE A MEAL, SHARE SOME STORIES AND ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER INTO THE LIFE AS AN ARTIST AND AS SOMEONE GROWING IN THEIR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.


• Artist's Living Loved Gathering

PARTNERING WITH FATHERHEART SPEAKER LEONARD HAYS, WE HOPE TO INVITE ARTISTS TO GET AWAY FOR 3 DAYS AND SOAK INTO A FRESH REVELATION OF SONSHIP SPECIFICALLY CURATED TOWARDS THE HEARTS OF HIS SONS & DAUGHTERS WHO'S UNIQUENESS IS FOUND IN THEIR ARTISTRY. Boston/NewYork •Nashville•Southerncalifornia are the likey locations this year.


• Worship Conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil 2017

WE HAVE BEEN INVITED BACK TO BRAZIL TO SPEAK TO THE HEARTS OF THE WORSHIP LEADERS & SONGWRITERS OF THAT COUNTRY. OUR GREAT FRIEND, PRODUCER, WORSHIP LEADER & SONGWRITER, ANDRE AQUINO HAS BEEN CONNECTING HIS COUNTRY WITH WORSHIP ARTISTS SUCH AS KIM WALKER SMITH, JESUS CULTURE, BETHEL MUSIC & JOHN MARK MCMILLAN TO NAME A FEW. WE ARE HONORED TO COME ALONG SIDE THIS MOVEMENT.


• Refreshment Retreats at Chateau Cochran

MANY OF YOU KNOW THAT AT ANY GIVEN TIME THERE IS USUALLY A GUEST OR TWO STAYING AT OUR HOME FOR 2-4 DAYS. MANY OF THEM ARE COMING IN OFF A TOUR, SOME ARE FRIENDS WHO ARE IN TOWN OR IN COUNTRY AND DESIRE SOME EXTENDED TIME WITH US. WE HAVE SEEN SO MUCH BREAK-THROUGH, ENCOURAGEMENT AND REFRESHMENT COME IN THESE TIMES. WE HAVE A DESIRE TO EXPAND AND EXTEND THE EXPERIENCE BY BUILDING A UNIQUELY STYLED GUEST HOUSE IN OUR LARGE BACKYARD.


• Creative Workspace

WE HOPE TO PROCURE A SPACE AND DEVELOP A CO-WORKING COMMUNITY OF ARTISTS, DESIGNERS, PHOTOGRAPHERS, ILLUSTRATORS, FILMMAKERS, WRITERS, MUSICIANS AND MORE WHO BELIEVE THAT WE CREATE BETTER TOGETHER IN AN ENVIRONMENT BRIMMING WITH CREATIVITY.


• Songwriter's Woodshed

WE HOPE TO BEGIN GATHERING AND WRITING SONGS TOGETHER WITH BOTH LOCAL SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SONGWRITERS AND ENCOURAGE THEIR CRAFT THROUGH NATIONALLY KNOWN SONGWRITERS I AM IN RELATIONSHIP WITH. PARTNERED WITH 3CATNIGHT STUDIOS, RECORDING SUPPORT IN A WORLD CLASS STUDIO IS PART OF THE BENEFITS SONGWRITERS WHO BELONG TO THIS COMMUNITY WILL ENJOY.


• ThirdChair House Shows  

WE HOPE TO SEE 2017 FILLED WITH MANY HOUSE SHOWS FEATURING LOCAL AND NATIONAL ARTISTS SHARING THEIR GIFTS WITH US IN AN INTIMATE SETTING. WE CURRENTLY HAVE 2 VENUES AND ARE LOOKING TO DISCOVER A COUPLE MORE VENUES WE CAN BRING AND SHARE BEAUTIFUL EVENING FILLED WITH STORY-TELLING, SOME FILLED WITH SONGS OF WORSHIP

Merry Christmas 2016 RoyCochran.com & ThirdChair

It's our desire that each of you reading this update would actually be experiencing BEING LOVED! Be it being loved by your spouse, being loved by your kids, being loved by a friend, being loved by a significant other, being loved by a neighbor, being loved by a parent, how about being loved by YOURSELF. You DO know that you were created and designed to be loved and to impart love?

You all have probably heard it said that GOD IS LOVE. You may or may not agree with that declaration depending on if have or have not encountered being loved by God. Not just agreeing with that statement to be true but to actually EXPERIENCE God loving you. 

I have growing relationships with hundreds of artistically gifted people all over the world. Some create and share their talents in the church, some do not. Some are people who have a relationship with God and go to church and there's a growing number who have a great relationship with God are currently not attending a church on the weekend. Some might not even identify themselves as a christian. Some of them say that our time together in a coffee house is like "church" for them, that they feel a connection with God; that our conversations about Him as a Father, as a Creator, about their uniqueness & significance and how they are beginning to pay attention to their own hearts. About how their lives as artists, as creative people and about how they might express what is in their hearts through their artistic expression. Why do you suppose that is? I believe its about LOVE. I believe it's about RELATIONSHIP. I believe it's about our HEARTS.

Why is it, you think, that so many people believe that having a relationship with God is primarily about changing your behavior to gain acceptance from God, that you have to first pledge allegiance to His set of laws to get Him to love you. Many of you know there is so much more to the story of God loving us even while we ignored Him. There is never a time in history that God is not loving us. The challenge is to discover WHY so many of us cannot receive His love. Distortions of His love for us, people in relationship with Him living loveless, legalistic lives who can seem to have a quest to get everyone around them to believe as they do can be so harmful  and destructive to culture. Getting back to the story of a mysterious simple love that came at such an incredible cost is what the human heart will respond to. Jesus said all of scripture, doctrine and laws are summed up in this: Love God with everything you have and Love others as you Love yourself. How far some of us have drifted through the years away from this kingdom reality. I believe THAT is the Christmas Story. Love came towards us and now it's our move . . . to respond. What might that response look like? Maybe it's as simple as saying in your heart, "yes God, I want to know what it's like to have you love me." Truth be told I continue to respond that way even after 30+ years of relationship with Him, I still find my heart saying, "yes God, I want to know what it's like to have you love me . . . reveal to my heart what that looks like for us."

I believe it is significant that scripture says that God has chosen to make His preferred habitation IN OUR HEARTS, not in buildings, not in the heavens separated from the children He created in His image, but IN OUR HEARTS. That is the place He loves to love you. That is the place He loves to speak with you. I am finding that most of us let our head's talk ourselves out of living from our hearts. We tend to live through what our head's can agree with, what is logical, what we can understand and control, truth be told. 

So, it REALLY IS our desire that each of you reading this update would actually be experiencing BEING LOVED! That you would experience God loving you as a Good Father/Parent loves their children; that you might dare to believe in your heart that God sees you first and foremost as His child Whom He desires to have a loving relationship with and that you would have the grace to LOVE the YOU Whom He created. You are significant! 


Generous People Leave A Legacy Of Significance.

Don't you find that to be true? People generous with their resources, generous with their time, generous with their money, generous with the doors they can open just seem to have large, significant lives. Seems the more they share, MORE comes into their hands. We believe this is a "GOD" paradigm. 

So many of you fit this description. You are generous people. Some of you have partnered with us financially in ThirdChair. If you are not already supporting our ministry, WE REALLY NEED YOUR CONTRIBUTION at this time. I believe it's a BEAUTIFUL thing that we NEED each other.

So we humbly & unashamedly ask that you would consider joining us and help us with a MONTHLY gift. We are solely dependent on the gifts from people like you who invest with us into the hearts & lives of creative people. Or please consider a generous Year End Contribution to Roy Cochran.com/ThirdChair. All donations are of course, tax deductible. 

Donations

We invite you to prayerfully support this work of connecting artists to their hearts and destinies.

 

BECOME A MONTHLY SUPPORTER.

OUR MONTHLY SUPPORTERS ALLOW US TO MENTOR ARTISTS WEEKLY, CURATE ARTIST GATHERINGS & PIONEER NEW EXPRESSIONS FOR ARTISTS TO COMMUNICATE GOD'S LOVE.

 

MAKE A GENEROUS YEAR END SINGLE GIFT TO THIRD CHAIR.

THESE GENEROUS SINGLE GIFTS HAVE HISTORICALLY COME AT JUST THE RIGHT TIME TO KEEP US GOING. 

Joey O'Connor support video 2016

Please listen to a brief encouragement from Joey O'Connor, President of The Grove Center for the Arts & Media.

All donations must be received by the 25th of each month for them to reach us on the 1st. 

Please make ALL DONATIONS from my website www.roycochran.com/donate .  We have made a few changes and it's best to simply give through our site. Thank you. Please call me if you experience ANY difficulties in giving to us. contact me


Strengthening & Encouraging

the Spiritual Lives and Creative Work of Artists

Pictured below here are just a few of the people whose lives are being impacted through your donations. It's humbling AND exciting to see Father's favor on our expression of love called ThirdChair. This really doesn't reflect half of the lives & expressions we are connecting with. Thank you for partnering with us. Thank you for encouraging us. Thank you for walking with us. 

Photos: Trevor & family with Father Heart Leaders from Overseas, Mako Fujimura at a Culture Care Conference, Garden Echo, Guitar Legend Arnie & Holly Vilches, Artist Thomas Clark, Father Heart Ministries Das & son, Illuminator Stephen Proctor & Christine, Henry Haney and his new guitar from ThirdChair, Rick Sainz from Red Seal & I, Party for the Soul, Chris Falson, United Pursuit comes to the OC, Gary & Bridget from the Horizon Praise Band, Rusty & Maryann Lawrence LoveLooksLikeSomething, Cara Sullivan at 3CatNight Studios, Andrew Moberly 3CatNight Studios, Keith Felch-owner of 3CatNight Studios, British Worship Leader Lucy Grimble & bass player Charlie Thornton, Canadian singer/songwriter Eles Theissen, Abide Night of Worship at the Ruckle's, Amy Pearl & Jay Huzil album release show, Capitol Records Building, Studio A, singer/songwriter/producer Paul Clark mastering his latest record on vinyl at Capitol Records, Executive Producer of the movie Restored Me Alan Chua & I, Simon Matthews from FatherHeart and his family in England, Julian Wiggins producer/composer/creative director of the upcoming Cirque style show about the Love of the Father while we were in England, Danny O'Callaghan leading with Joe Urquhart at David's Tent in England, tour curator from St.Mary's in England, St. Mary's sanctuary.

Third Chair Plans for 2017

• Weekly Mentoring

pastoring, coaching, opening doors, challenging, dreaming with Worship Leaders, Musicians, Singer/Songwriters, Visual Artists, Film Makers, Photographers, Pastors, Technical Artists, Authors, Producers and Dreamers.


• The Artist's Table

A Gathering for Artists to come to a table with one another, share a meal, share some stories and encourage one another into the life as an artist and as someone growing in their relationship with God.


• Father Heart Gathering for ARTISTS

Partnering with FatherHeart speaker Leonard Hays, we hope to invite ARTISTS to get away for 3 days and soak into a fresh revelation of Sonship specifically curated towards the hearts of His sons & daughters who's uniqueness is found in their ARTISTRY. 


• Worship Conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil 2017

We have been invited back to Brazil to speak to the hearts of the Worship Leaders & Songwriters of that country. Our great friend, producer, worship leader & songwriter, Andre Aquino has been connecting his country with worship artists such as Kim Walker Smith, Jesus Culture, Bethel Music & John Mark McMillan to name a few. We are honored to come along side this movement.


• Cirque du Soleil style Show about the Love of the Father

That's right! This show is currently being developed and the people who say "they MUST be part" are some of the who's who in this industry including Cirque Star, Erica Lenz. ThirdChair is involved at a producers level connecting with the hundreds of Artist relationship we have developed through the years, story development through the unique lens of looking at the FatherHeart of God and communicating this without words in a Cirque du Soleil styled world class show in Las Vegas, and in ministering to the cast and crew of this show. 


• Creative Workspace

We hope to procure a space and develop a co-working community of artists, designers, photographers, illustrators, filmmakers, writers, musicians and more who believe that we create better together in an environment brimming with creativity.


• Refreshment Retreats at Chateau Cochran

Many of you know that at any given time there is usually a guest or two staying at our home for 2-4 days. Many of them are coming in off a tour, some are friends who are in town or in country and desire some extended time with us. We have seen SO much break-through, encouragement and refreshment come in these times. We have a desire to expand and extend the experience by building a uniquely styled Guest House in our large backyard.


• Songwriter's Woodshed

We hope to begin gathering and writing songs together with both local Southern California Songwriters and encourage their craft through nationally known Songwriters I am in relationship with. Partnered with 3CatNight Studios, recording support in a world class studio is part of the benefits songwriters who belong to this community will enjoy.


• ThirdChair House Shows  

We hope to see 2017 filled with many house shows featuring local and national artists sharing their gifts with us in an intimate setting. We currently have 2 venues and are looking to discover a couple more venues we can bring and share beautiful evening filled with story-telling, some filled with songs of worship