2019 Spring Update - part 5 Life, family, ministry Third Chair

It’s Tax Time: Consider investing in us

Many of us “invest” a portion of what God brings into our lives. We would so welcome any gifts you would make at this time. We are experiencing a season described in John 4:35.

John 4:35-37 The Passion Translation (TPT)

35 As the crowds emerged from the village, Jesus said to his disciples, “Why would you say, ‘The harvest is another four months away’? Look at all the people coming—now is harvest time! For their hearts are like vast fields of ripened grain—ready for a spiritual harvest. 36 And everyone who reaps these souls for eternal life will receive a reward. And those who plant spiritual seeds and those who reap the harvest will celebrate together with great joy! 37 And this confirms the saying, ‘One sows the seed and another reaps the harvest.’

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Our Invitation to YOU

More and more people are coming to our gatherings and inviting others who they believe NEED to come and connect. We are sowing good seed. We are seeing and experiencing fruit. We would love to invite you to join us in setting a table for these sons & daughters who are creatively & spiritually alive. As you can imagine, setting a table for anywhere from 50 to 150 people has it’s expenses. We have found that CONNECTIONS and CREATIVITY help keep these expenses to an “loaves & fishes” minimum. We would love to invite you to pray about helping us set a table for these artists to have an encounter with the love of God.

Here are some ways you can invest in us

with either a single investment or a monthly investment.

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Underwrite a Gathering:

This gift covers everything at an Artist Guild Gathering - food & beverages & all the additional “stuff” for 50 people! An artfully prepared meal by our in-house chef! Please keep in mind that many from the ARTIST community are not necessarily financially “happening” yet. Your gift allows everyone a place at the table, including YOU!


One Time Gift - $750 (click here) or

Gift of $62.50 pledged monthly ( = $750 annually) - (click here)


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Cover Coffee for One-on-One Mentoring meetings

This gift sets the table for a one-on-one conversation with Roy and an artist. THESE conversations are powerful! These conversations are regular. Roy drives all over Southern California to make these conversations available and provide a safe place to talk about their creativity, their spirituality, their challenges, their identity. You can help cover coffee & gas.



Gift of $20 pledged monthly (click here) for ONE YEAR of mentoring twice a month ($10 x 24 meetings)

One Time Gift - $240 (click here) for ONE YEAR of mentoring twice a month ($10 x 24 meetings)


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Pray about investing with us monthly.

Let’s face it, living by faith can be tough for us all. Whether you are a teacher or in construction, a doctor or in law enforcement, any vocation we step into is because we believe God will join us there and we will become a point where our co-workers can become exposed to the overflow of God loving us. We look at our work the same way - that all of us are involved in “sacred work”. All of us have opportunities to RESPOND or WORSHIP God in our own unique way. Giving is one of those ways we can worship. We are honored to steward every offering that comes in top fuel our efforts. Doors that continue to open to us need finances to step through them. We trust that God stirs the hearts of His people and provides for us all. Pray about investing into Christine & I through Third Chair and the hundreds of lives God touches through our ministry. THANK YOU !!!

To all of you who are supporting Third Chair with your monthly financial gifts. Every dollar we receive seems to go SO FAR. God is encouraging us through you. It’s nothing short of miraculous how we can follow Father where He leads us, all He invites us into and how He provides through you, His kids who pass along His provision where He directs. It’s not a small thing He is doing - teaching us all how to follow Him into areas larger than we believe we are capable of entering into. We are simply and truly grateful.


Thank you! Your investment financially allows us to invest our lives totally to this work of sowing into the lives of people.

Third Chair News Autumn 2018 from Roy & Christine

“love” by Maria Sainz

“love” by Maria Sainz

He is loving you RIGHT NOW

So WHEN did that reality stop wrecking us?
When did it become a truth to believe versus a wonder to walk in?
When did we reduce our expectation of a relational encounter with the Love of God just to our weekly sung worship service?

God IS loving you RIGHT now!

 

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I know most of you reading this AGREE with the truth that God is loving you because God is love, right? This truth lives in your head. God's invitation to us is a RELATIONSHIP where love is given and received by both parties. 
How or why have our hearts grown numb to that transformational invitation?
What happened? What IS happening?
When did we begin to believe THIS kind of relationship with God is rare?
I hope you are experiencing Him loving you most everyday in a variety of creative, transformational pathways into His presence. But . . . there are still some questions I continue to wrestle with in my own relationship with God. I’m detangling from some older mindsets & practices of what I thought it meant to be an “evangelical christian”, what I would call my “religious ones”. Discovering new and ancient biblical practices & perspectives that lead me into “relational encounters” with God and people, those I’m continuing to embrace.

Author, Wayne Jacobsen puts it this way: Relationship Not Religion! We are passionately committed to help people discover the joy and freedom of relational Christianity. It is our firm conviction that Jesus’ death on the cross was to prepare for each of us a dwelling place in the heart of a loving Father and to free us to the kinds of relationships that can share his life with other believers and with the world.

By relational Christianity we mean:

  • A personal friendship with Father, Son and Spirit. These are not just words to describe Christianity, but the very way he has called us to live.

  • Healthy relationships with other believers. Many today think fellowship is nothing more than attending the same service together, when it is meant to be so much more.

  • Friendships with people in the world, so that as God displays his character through us they might come to know the love of God for themselves.

Third Chair is all about setting a table for this kind of Relational Christianity to flourish. The people group that we have relationship, experience, history and a God-given love for are creatives.


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The WHY of Third Chair

Third Chair began with an invitation.

God simply whispered this invitation into Christine’s and my heart. “WILL YOU JOIN ME?” The Father showed us that His kids who were creatively gifted by Him, storytellers, make-believers, dreamers, film makers, worship leaders, authors, dancers, painters, photographers, technical artists, musicians, composers, producers, singers and so many more creative types … God desires these uniquely made sons & daughters of His to be LOVED better, to be invited into MORE, to be strengthened and encouraged into a deeper RELATIONSHIP with Him & others He’s loving, to be INSPIRED to use their God-Given Artistry to carry the overflow of Him Loving them. And that He would infuse His Love into every one of their artistic expressions that was created out of their hearts, the place He makes His dwelling place.

Then He wonderfully clarified His invitation. He said, “I don’t want you to do this FOR Me.” I’m simply letting you know that I AM doing something about this, with this tribe, in your region. “DO YOU WANT IN, WILL YOU JOIN ME?

This invitation carried no judgement, no pressure to accomplish this task, no commission to “fix” anything or anyone. He simply invited us to join HIM in what HE was doing. He also showed us how it was no coincidence that our experience, our history, our relationships ALL fit beautifully into this invitation. He LOVES Christine and me, deeply, transformatively, relationally. Him loving me continues to wreck me in the best possible ways. The overflow of His love simply spills into our relationships with these artists.

At Third Chair, we set a table. Invite people over. Holy Spirit breathes life into the table conversations, the creative story-telling, the invitation for deeper relationship with God and other artists. It’s powerful. It’s beautiful. It’s simple. It’s Supernatural. It’s Love. It’s bigger than us because it’s His. We were simply invited to join Him.

I know our ministry is unique. Many friends (and family) often ask, “tell me again what you are doing?” I believe “MINISTRY” isn’t something you DO. Ministry is something you become. Friends YOU are the ministry. You are the Church. And when you are living in the overflow of the Trinity LOVING you, YOU become GOOD NEWS to everyone around you.

God is inviting you to join Him in being loved and loving others. It all starts with responding to His invitation of love. Then your life becomes a new adventure!


Our Invitation to YOU

More and more people are coming to our gatherings and inviting others who they believe NEED to come and connect. We would love to invite you to join us in setting a table for these sons & daughters who are creatively & spiritually alive. As you can imagine, setting a table for anywhere from 50 to 150 people has it’s expenses. We have found that CONNECTIONS and CREATIVITY help keep these expenses to an “loaves & fishes” minimum. We would love to invite you to pray about helping us set a table for these artists to have an encounter with the love of God.

Here are some ways you can join us!

Hosting at our Gatherings:

• assist our chef cooking & presenting

• setting the table, chairs, sound, “vibe”

• welcome / registration contact: roy@roycochran.com

 

Underwrite a Gathering:

This gift covers everything at an Artist Guild Gathering - food & beverages & all the additional “stuff” for 50 people! An artfully prepared meal by our in-house chef! Please keep in mind that many from the ARTIST community are not necessarily financially “happening” yet. Your gift allows everyone a place at the table, including YOU!

One Time Gift - $750 (click here) or Gift of $62.50 pledged monthly (=$750 annually) - $62.50 (click here)

 

Cover Coffee for one-on-one Mentoring meetings

This gift sets the table for a one-on-one conversation with Roy and an artist. THESE conversations are powerful! These conversations are regular. Roy drives all over Southern California to make these conversations available and provide a safe place to talk about their creativity, their spirituality, their challenges, their identity. You can help cover coffee & gas.

Gift of $20 pledged monthly (click here) for ONE YEAR of mentoring twice a month ($10 x 24 meetings)

One Time Gift - $240 (click here) for ONE YEAR of mentoring twice a month ($10 x 24 meetings)

THANK YOU !!!

To all of you who are supporting Third Chair with your monthly financial gifts. Every dollar we receive seems to go SO FAR. God is encouraging us through you. It’s nothing short of miraculous how we can follow Father where He leads us, all He invites us into and how He provides through you, His kids who pass along His provision where He directs. It’s not a small thing He is doing - teaching us all how to follow Him into areas larger than we believe we are capable of entering into. We are simply and truly grateful.


Highlights of What Love Looked Like

through Third Chair over the Summer.

Party for the Soul - August 18, 2018

What is Party for the Soul? Location: Chateau Cochran, Carlsbad, CA

Artist Guild - May 14, July 23, September 10, 2018

What is Artist Guild? Location: Thomas Clark home/studio, San Juan Capistrano, CA

Our next Artist Guild is November 12, 2018

at the home/studio of artist, Thomas Clark in San Juan Capistrano

 

Rheanna Downey Album Pre-Release - August 24, 2018

Location: Chateau Cochran, Carlsbad, CA


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At Third Chair, 

we are setting a table for Artists in Southern California and around the world inviting them:

• to grow and be part of a relational Community with other artists,

• to be inspired Artistically

• to be invited to grow deeper Spiritually

• into an environment to experience & respond to the Love of God individually.


*In our next Newsletter we’ll give you the Cochran family update. Till then, we pray that you are Living Loved by God every single day. And that His love will continue to beautifully transform you, to set you free from the wounds that seek to hold you back and to actually become GOOD NEWS to all those around you and to our world.

Third Chair News April 2018 from Roy & Christine

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All You Need Is LOVE!

Christine & I AND our growing Third Chair community would like to say HI, give a word of encouragement and let you in on our latest plans for a Southern California Gathering for Storytellers, Dreamers and Offbeat Creative People who have a voice in the culture of Arts, Entertainment and Worship Arts we are calling the Artist Guild  beginning May 14, 2018.


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All You Need Is LOVE!

A word of encouragement
(ok... a few words)

 

Can't you here the Beatles singing that declaration? ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE, LOVE... LOVE is all you need.

Love has become a common word in our culture, in our language, used to describe a myriad of things that we like, enjoy, desire, have intense feelings for, have deep affection for. We use the word LOVE to describe how we feel about our spouse and about In & Out Burgers. We LOVE this and we LOVE that. We LOVE how that car handles on the road. We LOVE how that concert sounded. We LOVE those SHOES! On and on we could insert countless things we LOVE and because of that, the word LOVE can easily not carry the weight it's intended to.

God is LOVE. The LOVE of God can be poured out into our hearts.The Bible says that the Father LOVES us with the same LOVE in which He LOVES Jesus. He says that we can identify His REAL followers/children by their LOVE for one another. The word LOVE is used over 500 times in the Bible. I can go on & on, but here's the deal, the original word used when describing God's LOVE is a completely different word than we use. (For a brief description see 1 Corinthians 13:4-8)

I'll TRY to keep this short.

Question: Do you think that someone who does not knowthe LOVE of God can LOVE people? Yes? . . . So do I. 

Question: Do you think that God's LOVE carries something different than the LOVE we people are capable of expressing apart form Him?

The reason I ask these questions is to get us to examine and come to understand that LOVE that is connected to God carries LIFE!The weird thing is I've seen God's LOVE carried by an atheist towards someone God was loving and I've seen people who know God say and do things completely apart from the LOVE of God, in the Name of God. 

Our hope, desire and prayer for you today and everyday would be this: that YOU would experience this LOVE of God personally in your heart.That you would knowHim LOVING you. This is REALLY different than simply BELIEVING that God Loves you. (Though it can start there). We Love because He first Loved us. Find a place to be in His Presence. A place where your mind can be quiet. Ask God to come express His LOVE to you in your heart. To bring you His peace. To bring you His comfort. To bring you Himself.

We are coming to KNOW that LOVED people, LOVE people. And I qualify that LOVE as God's Life-Giving LOVE. It's important that we are in a place of continually being/receiving God's LOVE because THAT's the ONLY way we can genuinely LOVE others with this LOVE of God. A LOVE that brings, carries and imparts life. 

And THAT kind of LOVE is ALL YOU NEED!


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Artist Guild

A Southern California Southern California Gathering for Storytellers, Dreamers and Offbeat Creative People who have a voice in the culture of Arts, Entertainment and Worship Arts beginning May 14, 2018 in San Juan Capistrano, CA.

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guild  noun

  1. an association of craftsmen or merchants, often having considerable power.
    • an association of people for mutual aid or the pursuit of a common goal.

The Artist Guild is gathering a community of artistically gifted people overflowing with the love of God in Southern California. We plan to meet every other month on a Monday night as that is usually the ONLY evening many artists are not working.  

This "guild" will be marked by conversation, inspiration, spiritual intimacy and artfully prepared delicious food. There will be a diversity of Artists from many artistic disciplines who have a voice in the culture of Arts, Entertainment and Worship Arts. 

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More than simply a "gathering" we hope to build an association of men & women who will encourage and support one another and who will share a common goal of "becoming" the Good News and expressing that Love in and through all of our artistic expression reaching all over the world.

Artist Guild is an Invitation Only Event. If you or someone you know would benefit from belonging touch a group, please contact me about that.

roy@roycochran.com


The Latest with the Cochran's

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My days have been filled with pouring the overflow of God's love into the hearts and minds of creative people. There is no end to the dreams this tribe has for expressing their creativity about faith, hope & love into a world desperate for authenticity, beauty and real love. Third Chair ministries is my full-time delight.


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The amazing Christine is simply love made manifest. She infects every environment she steps into with the love of God overflowing her heart. Whether it's her customers in line at Sprouts, a friend's parent she is caring for or those in our community, she brightens up the room everywhere she goes.


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My son Connor is in his 2nd year of college aiming towards busness finance. He is living local and going to Mira Costa College. Working as a pizza delivery driver covers his expenses and his love of attending EDM concerts. This one has big plans for a large life. 


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I really don't know ANYONE quite like my son Trevor! He is SO out of the box when it comes to life, spirituality and creativity. He inspires and challenges me. He continues to build his video business, MAP FILMS creating video stories for small businesses, ministries, weddings & bands. 


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This is Sadie the Bernese Mountain Dog. This is what she does 18 hours a day. She is a LOVE machine! It's difficult to take her out for walks as we are literally stopped ever 50 feet by people who want to hug her. She is 7 this year and we love having her be part of our family.


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Join in on the joy of

bringing LOVE into

people's lives!

Partner with us today by making a decision to invest into the beauty of LOVE. 

Third Chair ministries is dependent on God providing for us through people like you who make a donation. Join the growing group of men & women who make a monthly donation. Third Chair is a 501C3 non-profit organization. Your donation is tax deductible.

 

 

ThirdChair & RoyCochran.com News Jan•Feb•Mar 2018

Without LOVE I am nothing . . . 

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Hello Friends,

I know it's been awhile since last I wrote. You know when God starts moving things around in your heart in a significant way, I'd highly recommend you slow down or stop your outward activity. I think the bible calls it "Waiting on the Lord". When His transformative Life is at work in your heart, your "WHY's" can change. And when your "WHY" shifts, it most likely will affect "WHAT" you are doing.  At least I think it should, right? Our WHY's are becoming clearer and clearer. There is a powerful LOVE in our HEART for a group of people that the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit have shared with us that continues to grow and displace other reasons. It's a Father's love that simply wants all of His incredibly unique and diverse kids back and to have a loving relationship with them.

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A Kingdom Perspective on "GOING" into all the World with LOVE.

What would you do if you found yourself having a powerful voice of Love in one of these seven spheres of influence? What if God had been preparing you to be a witness of His love within the conversations and relationships that made up one of these influential areas?  If you look at this list to the right, you can see how powerful each one of these spheres of influence are in culture. What if we saw each one as a mission field? A people group not to conquer but to love, a love that transforms hearts. We have a heart for the people who make up # 7, Arts & Culture/Celebration/Entertainment. 

Christine & I are honored to have discovered that God has invited us to join Him in bringing His love into the extremely powerful sphere of influence that Arts & Entertainment have in our culture as well as into the culture of our churches through worship. That Father has actually given us FAVOR, a good reputation and an influential voice is humbling, exciting and so life-giving. 

We know that traditionally and historically, the church will "send" missionaries to other countries to bring relationship and presence to the Gospel message and become the GOOD NEWS to that people group. Not to conquer them or westernize them and their cultural behaviors but to invite them into a relationship where they experience God loving them, transforming them, delivering them and healing them, inviting them into His family in the midst of their culture. 

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As I started with, when your heart changes, it will always lead to changes in your actions, in your values and beliefs. Your can change your mind. You can change your behavior. Only God can change your heart. Jesus taught us & modeled for us that this kind of transformation in people's lives comes through the love of God overflowing the sent one's hearts into the hearts of those they were sent to. It was never about just believing the RIGHT doctrines. It's not about just teaching them to change their behaviors to "act" like Jesus. It seems for Jesus, it has always been about having relationship with His Father. He said, "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father but by Me." His life, sacrifice and powerful resurrection were ALL His response to His Father's love for Him & Their shared love for us SO THAT we might accept the invitation for a real relationship with them. That experiencing "THEM" loving us, our hearts will be transformed by their love. "We love because He first loved us."

In a weird way, Christine & I are missionaries to a people group scattered all over the world, hiding in plain sight on many of our stages, platforms & screens, in galleries, studios and most likely Coffee Houses. And this people group actually carry one of the most powerful spheres of influence in the WORLD! We are being embraced by them. I know it's because they are experiencing God loving them through us.

Does that make some sense to you about those Third Chair is called to walk with and reach out to? We are confident that the Father is also calling men & women out to "GO" into each of these 7 Spheres of Influence. What if "Go into all the World . . . " also meant to go into the lives of the people in all the World. That's where their hearts are!

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You want to join us? There's plenty of room!

As with all effective missionary work, longterm relationship is critical, both with the sending, support team and the people they are loving. We have been walking in this invitation for 10 years now as full time missionaries. We are seeing huge new doors opening up in the lives of people operating in the Arts & Entertainment world as well as in the lives of people operating in the area of worship in the church. 

There are exciting things forming up both now and on the horizon. We have walked with and been well loved by a very small contingent of faithful financial partners who continue to partner with us. With the shift and increase of what we are seeing in 2018 & 2019, we can see a much larger company of men & women to join us who will love and sow into these lives with us. Now is the time!

Won't you please join us in bringing the transformative love of God into the hearts and minds of these artists, storytellers, film makers, dancers, visual artists, worship leaders, songwriters, technical artists, aka artists, the creatives?

Upcoming Third Chair Events 

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We are VERY excited to announce we are returning to Orange County with an Artist Gathering we are simply calling ThirdChair Gatherings!. We are excited that we will be partnering with a few Universities and Communities of Faith who have a focus on worship and the arts. Having a diversity of experience, age and creativity is a high value for Third Chair in these gatherings. Dates will be published asap and we hope to begin a regular rhythm of ThirdChair Gatherings beginning in May of this year! We hope many of you will be a regular part of THIRD CHAIR Gatherings.

Look for Party of the Soul to happen again this Summer 2018. Scattered throughout the year will be Third Chair House Concerts when artists are in town. Look for the Third Chair Facebook Page to be a place where we publish upcoming events & gatherings.

RoyCochran.com & Third Chair Announces LIVING LOVED event is FREE

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In case you didn't hear the news, We have made LIVING LOVED - Experiencing the Father's Love a FREE Event!

3 MORE DAYS until Living Loved - San Diego

Register TODAY! Seating is limited.

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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. 

Featuring:
Leonard 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)

Southern California Worship Team - Rheanna Downey, Justin Hoeppner, Gina Stockton, Norm Stockton, Joe Urquhart, Roy Cochran

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!

roy@roycochran.com for Info