& 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.


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.

"My Heart is in your hands" live art Tom Clark

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