Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Revival and Reinforcement of the Remnant on the Corner of Lincoln and Main in Belvidere, Illinois

  Kopp Disclosure

(John 3:19-21)


Revival and Reinforcement of the Remnant on the Corner of Lincoln and Main in Belvidere, Illinois


Increasing intimacy with God by grace through faith in Jesus by the book as enlightened by the Holy Spirit who never contradicts Jesus and Holy Scripture is being confirmed by revival and reinforcement of the remnant on the corner of LIncoln and Main in Belvidere, Illinois.

With a renewed for all and reborn for some passion for worship, soul-winning, nurture, and mission, our family of faith is being transformed in a Romans 12 kinda way from a local small "c" church into a regional complement to the capital "C" Church that salts, shines, leavenates, and heavenates to advance the Kingdom and honor Jesus alone in a Romans 1:16-17 kinda way.

A solid core of believers in the first in person worship service in the chapel (7:20 a.m.) complemented by a noticeably growing attendance in the second in person worship service in the sanctuary (9:50 a.m.) along with a slow, steady, and solid increase in online worshippers has prompted our undershepherd to say, "I don't know what's going on but I know Someone is going on because, like the parable of the wheat and tares in Matthew 13, we're experiencing the supernatural blessings of God because our worship is dominated by people from all parts of the region who are being drawn together by the Holy Spirit in a Matthew 18:20 kinda way.  I have never been a part of more meaningful and regenerating worship in my entire life and ministry since we began overcoming the CCP COVID-19 challenge in a Psalm 46 and Romans 8:28 kinda way back in March 2020.  I don't want to get in the way as we are joining together to prepare ourselves as His bride for His return!"

A new children's ministry will soon be announced that will include gospeling, tutoring, and socialization exercises.  Parents keeping their baptismal promises are returning slowly with their children while the growth of our adult educational opportunities is staggering with four classes on Sunday with over 10 in each class and a Tuesday morning Bible study led by our senior pastor Peder Carlson that is growing.

Our Compassion Closet is now distributing over 40 food boxes on Thursdays to the tune of generous support around 40K a year.  What a joyful and consistent crew of Matthew 25 servants!

We're also pleased to announce one of our more recent family members is helping us to remember our global responsibilities with "Build a Dream" that is "breaking the cycle of poverty in El Vaquero, Mexico; bringing Carey Nieuwhof to mind: "Churches that become passionate about people outside their walls will be far more effective than churches that are passionate only about keeping the few people they have inside their walls."  Take a look at Matthew 22, 25, 28, and Acts 1-2 for more context from the Lord on that.

When I asked Wayne, the ministry's visionary, to share the prompting of our Lord for beginning this ministry, he said, "People often ask me how I became involved in Build a Dream.  For me, it started at just responding to a simple request for volunteers to help build a house locally...But God had other plans that soon took me to a remote region of Mexico to build another house...and my eyes were opened to poverty that I could not walk away from.  Jesus taught me to not just love others but to help them as I am able.  Opening my heart to these good people has taught me what the true love of Jesus is about.  Dedicating my heart to Jesus means dedicating my heart and life to helping and loving these good people and their children.  And as Jesus wept, I have shed many tears alone in my comfortable accommodations over the unfairness of having so much while others have to little."

If you would like to contribute to Build a Dream - a 501(c) (3) organization - email or ask me to introduce you to Wayne or come on Sunday and talk to him after worship or after the Sunday School class now meeting in our chapel.  Remembering Wayne's love for Jesus compelling him to love like Jesus at the genesis of this ministry, you can also check out Build a Dream: El Vaquero

We are encouraging our revived and reinforced remnant to invite, welcome, include, and love like Jesus with grace, love, mercy, and forgiveness.

 We don't want you to miss out on what God does supernaturally among women and men of authentic faith in Jesus by the book as enlightened by the Holy Spirit who never contradicts Jesus by the book.

 Our highest goal, greatest ambition, and most fervent prayer is to know Father God, Savior Jesus, and Holy Spirit and make Him known.

 You are invited and will be welcomed, included, and loved for Christ's sake alone.

 Please share this good news!!!

Blessings & Love!





Friday, October 2, 2020

How Christians Will Vote on November 3

  Kopp Disclosure

(John 3:19-21)


How Christians Will Vote on November 3

Exceptions to the rules are called exceptions to the rules because they occur so infrequently that they are called exceptions to the rules; which means it’s prudent to play by the rules while acknowledging rare exceptions.

A rule for Christians is the sanctity of all human life from womb to tomb.

Because Christians want to honor Jesus by the book as enlightened by the Holy Spirit who never contradicts Jesus by the book, Christians would never vote for anybody who doesn’t respect, protect, and advocate the sanctity of all human life.

That’s why every Sunday morning worship service on the corner of Lincoln and Main begins, “Before you were born, God knew you.  Then God made you.  He knit you together in your mother’s womb.  God loves you so much.  So He sent His Son Jesus to save you.  Now God wants you to be His.  Let us worship God!”

I don’t know how anyone who claims to love Jesus as Lord and Savior could ever vote for anybody who doesn’t respect, protect, and advocate the sanctity of all human life.

That would require a passive-aggressive pathology on steroids and shameless hypocrisy rivaling the irenic protestations of Islamofascistnutball savages.

Actually, I know how some people that pretend to be Christians do that.

Generally speaking with no evidence to the contrary, Democrats have no perceptible morality and Republicans have no practical spine.

I am convinced too many baaaaaaah-baaaaaaaahing Democrats and Republicans would vote for satanos itself if that lying, deceiving, damning and beastial murderer were their party’s nominee.

Christians have one primary identity.


Christians are followers of Lord and Savior Jesus as enfleshed in Jesus, explained in the Bible, and enlightened by the Holy Spirit who never contradicts Jesus by the book.

While the bumper sticker infuriates the unbelieving and unsaved, it’s the decision-making axiom for Christians: “God said it.  We believe it.  That  settles it.”

Getting back to why Christians could never vote for anyone advocating, enabling, and sentencing babies to death by abortion, I’ll give my three reasons why I will never vote for anyone who is anti-life as in anti-Christ.

First, foremost and always, I don’t see one WORD offered by Jesus and Holy Scripture that would advocate, enable or sentence babies to death by abortion.

God said it.

We believe it.

That settles it.

My next two reasons are very personal.

A surgeon and friend founded one of the greatest heart hospitals in America.  He let me stand in the observing physician’s spot next to the anesthetist during a few open heart procedures back In the early 80s. I was overwhelmed by the art as well as finely honed skills of the surgeon and his team.  I’ll never forget when he said, “I never thought much about abortion until one day after heart surgery on a newborn to save her life when I went down a few floors in the hospital and saw trash baskets filled with the body parts of the unborn.  It seemed tragically ironic, hypocritical and barbaric to be saving babies on one floor and slaughtering them on another.”

Then there’s my involvement with Special Olympians.  About 15 years ago when she was headed home to Jesus in a victory over death with a life cut short by cancer, I promised Muffet Flott that I would be Bill’s guardian after the rest of the family joined her in heaven.  With the support of my wife and sons, I agreed.  In the years since that covenant, I have learned so much about the rainbow-colored diversity and beauty of God from Special Olympians.  I have experienced more Christianity among Special Olympians than any other secular or religious organization.  Tragically and aggravatingly, I also know God knows you know there are people running for political offices that would have ended the lives of those predestined Special Olympians in the womb if they had the chance because they would have been considered inconvenient, require patience. cost too much money, judged burdensome or some other from-the-pit-of-hell rationalization bringing Nazis to mind.

Unless anyone can prove by the example of Jesus, explanations of Holy Scripture, or enlightenment of the Holy Spirit who never contradicts Jesus by the book that God doesn’t want us to respect, protect, and advocate the sanctity of all human life from womb to tomb, I don’t see how anyone who claims to be a follower of Jesus could ever vote for an abortionist which is an ugly-in-itself euphemism for baby killer.

Here’s the point.

Christians are supposed to be Christians in all things at all times in all places with all people.

A person who says Jesus is their personal Lord and Savior prays and labors to act like it/Him.

“Imitate me,” Paul wrote, “as I also imitate Jesus” (1 Corinthians 11:1).

We’re supposed to enflesh the example of Jesus in our lives if we have enthroned Him in our heads, hearts and guts as personal Lord and Savior.

Paul put it this way in Peterson’s translation-paraphrase of Romans 12:2: “Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking.  Recognize what He wants from you, and quickly respond to it.  Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.”

Simply, to be a Christian is to think then act Christianly.

Christians are not animals.

We don’t reflex mindlessly.

We are at the highest order of creation – imago Dei – which allows us to reflect on situations with people and things, reflect not reflex with Jesus as our focus and filter and then act accordingly.

    Paul explained, “So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things above, where Christ is…Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things” (Colossians 3:1-2).

    Again, I like how Peterson translates and paraphrases Paul: “So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it…See things from His perspective.”

    When it comes to November 3, we must shed our idolatries, temptations and  lusts and pledge allegiance to God for the welfare of our country: “If my people, who bear My name, humble themselves, pray and seek My face, and turn from their evil ways, then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and then heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14).

    The message of redemption from Genesis through Revelation is clear and categorical: “Return to God and God will restore you.  If so, so.  If not, not.”

    I think of my buddy Cliff Mansley who blurted out just before a big vote on something distinguishing authentic Christians by the book from posers whose “faith” is only coincidental to Jesus by the book, “Vote for Jesus!”

    That’s the issue before Christians on November 3.

    Will we vote Christianly or will we vote like pagans?

    Let me put it another way.

    When you enter that voting booth, will you be a woman or man of God?

    A woman/man of God is someone who belongs to God and seeks to please God in all things at all times in all places with all people.

    A woman/man of God doesn’t wear those proverbially different hats for different situations as in sometimes Christian when somewhere with some people that aren’t women/men of God.

    Being a woman/man of God isn’t a part-time job.

A woman/man of God, as Paul wrote to Timothy, runs away from people that dishonor the WORD enfleshed in Jesus, explained in the Bible, and enlightened by the Holy Spirit who never contradicts Jesus by the book and runs toward people that pray and labor to honor Him in all things at all times in all places with all people: “But you, man of God, flee – run away and reject – from unwholesome passions and ignorant disputes and false teachings/teachers and the unGodly and pursue – run toward and embrace – righteousness, Godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness.  Fight the good fight of the faith” (Read 1-2 Timothy).

In short, think and act Christianly.

Unlike some people who leave their Christianity behind after the benediction and act like everybody else when they get back to their jobs, school, family, friends, and politics, a woman/man of God hears and heeds the apostle: “Whatever you do, in word or in deed do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him” (Colossians 3:17).

A woman/man of God doesn’t have one foot in the boat and one foot on the dock.  They are all in for Jesus!  They walk on water with Him!

A woman/man of God has only one Master and it’s not Caesar.

A woman/man of God prays, lives, votes, and everything else “in the name of Jesus” because, as that little phrase with eternal consequences means, Christians know they belong to Jesus and are beholden to Jesus by confession (what  they say), conduct (what they do), countenance (how they appear), checkbook (how they manage what God has entrusted to them), and chums (who they hang out with).

Again and again and again until it sinks in, Paul was emphatic about God’s expectation for a woman/man of God: “So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that above, where Christ is…Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things” (Colossians 3:1-2).

A woman/man of God has heaven on her/his mind.

A woman/man of God is praying and laboring for their lives and family and country and all of the below to honor God and have heavenly priorities with Jesus as the Master and Bible as the manual.

Jesus was blunt: “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you” (Matthew 6:33).

A woman/man of God always puts God first in themselves and family and country and all of the below.

Election day is not an exception to that rule.

The highest goal, greatest ambition, and most fervent prayer of people that think Christianly is to enthrone Jesus.

Christians by definition must seek to honor Him with our votes with Jesus by the book as the lens through which to see who gets our votes. 

If we go into that voting booth with anyone other than God on our minds, we’re as heathen and unbelieving and unsaved as too many Democrats, Republicans and the rest of those living in darkness under the spell of the unholy trinity of satanos, Antichrist and false prophecy.

William Falk, editor-in-chief of The Week, just wrote on September 4, “Historian Henry Adams once defined politics as the ‘systematic organization of hatreds.’…Voters are largely driven by what they’re against, rather than what they’re for.”

True for too many folks.

Not Christians.

We’re for Jesus.

For Christians – women/men of God – it’s that simple.

Are we for God or not?

So here’s how Christians will vote on November 3.

Christians will look at every candidate for every office, what they have said and done, and compare it to what Jesus says His followers should say and do.

Whoever lines up with Jesus gets our votes.

Yes, it’s that simple…if we’re voting Christianly.

If not, we can go to hell.

Yes, it’s that simple…if we’re consciously Christian.

Neither souls nor countries can be saved without Savior Jesus as Lord.

I’ve been told our votes don’t matter; especially in a state like Illinois.

Well, let’s clear up that nonsense right now.

Our votes matter to God!

The only election results that count in the end are God’s.

Cliff was right.

Christians can only vote one way, truth, and life because no one honors the Father unless they’re honoring the Son Jesus by the book as guided to vote by the Holy Spirit who never contradicts Jesus by the book.

Who you vote for isn’t your own business.

Even a 12 year old knows that: “I must be about my Father’s business” (see Luke 2:49).

Christians don’t vote for Democrats or Republicans.

Christians don’t vote fo anyone that isn’t trying to honor Jesus by the book.

Cliff was right.

Women/men of God vote for Jesus.

They vote for the person who best represents the principles and priorites of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Women/men of God will have no hesitancy to say who they voted for on November 3.

Women/men of God don’t want their ballots kept secret.

Women/men of God want everyone to know they’re voting for Jesus on November 3.

No exceptions!

So do your homework before November 3.

Go to Jesus by the book as guided by the Holy Spirit and assess all of the candidates by His standards before your spirit is polluted by people propagandizing in the spirit of Antichrist that would destroy our exceptional republic so deeply rooted in Holy Scripture.

It’s the only Christian thing to do.

Joshua 24:14-15: “Therefore, fear the Lord and worship Him in sincerity and truth.  Get rid of the gods your fathers worshiped and worship the Lord. Choose this day who you will worship.  As for me and my family, we will worship the Lord.”

Blessings & Love!