Monday, May 16, 2022

YOU IS OR YOU AIN'T

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(John 3:19-21)

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YOU IS OR YOU AIN'T

 

I really, really, really care about the souls of people and where those souls will spend eternity.

The privilege to share the gospel of existential relief and eternal life by grace through faith in Jesus is humbling.

Moretheless, I don't care about "opinions" if they clearly and defiantly contradict WORD as enfleshed in Jesus, explained in Holy Scripture, and enlightened by the Holy Spirit who never contradicts Jesus by the book.

For example, there's no such thing as an "inactive" church member.

You is or you ain't.

That phony baloney BS was invented by posers and fainthearts to keep unfaithful friends and family on the mailing list and maybe squeeze a few bucks out of 'em to prop up their dying churches and enable the preacher to lie at their funerals, get their babies done (Rare, Medium, Well?), and throw elaborate nuptials while enlisting a holy man at minimum wage.

Make no mistake about it.

You is or you ain't.

Et the first sign you is is regular worship; unless, you know, you're homebound or not housebroken.

If you is, beginning with worship, you are a steward of your time, talent, and treasures in/through/for Jesus.

Our franchise settled that nonsense years ago; and we settled it a few years ago on the Corner of Lincoln and Main.

Membership in the Kingdom is qualified, first and foremost and always, by worship.

Ergo, if a person is worshipping, we have all of the time in this world for them.

We know they are serious about God.

We want to hear from them as we worship and work and witness together.

If not, they are not qualified for leadership, service, or discussion concomitant to anything in the life and ministry of the church; and they go to the back of line as we spend precious moments with people who really love Jesus and pray and labor to love Jesus by loving like Jesus with grace, mercy, and forgiveness wrapped in agape.

We pray and work not to entertain to enable to fuel counterfeits.

Blessings and Love!

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Sunday, May 1, 2022

Two Dreams and WORD for the Anointed

KOPP DISCLOSURE

(John 3:19-21)

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Two Dreams and WORD for the Anointed


This is a follow-up to the recent column on gossipers that generated so much feedback from pastors and other politicians.  Several folks, especially a handful of Jesus-loving-Bible-believing-berufed pastors that I have been counseling, have asked for specifics on how I have handled irregulars, irascibles, and irreconcilables.  Well, while I'm still scratching the surface of my relationship with Jesus by the book after 48 years and counting with more energy and enthusiasm than ever because of the new wineskin entrusted to us on the Corner of Lincoln and Main, I guess I have picked up a few pointers on surviving a vocation with a shelf life akin to a running back in the NFL.  So here are two dreams and WORD for the anointed along with some touchstones.


Paraphrasing Jesus in Matthew 7:15 within the context of Romans 16:17-18, Titus 3:1-11, and Jude, Luther said bad guys fueled by poneros (the evil one) appear as "angels of light" to confuse, puzzle, trick, and deceive us into believing they are good guys.

They are sneaky bastards.  

Before the previous sentence freaks you out, look up the word.

There are authentic Christians by the book as enlightened by the Holy Spirit who never contradict Jesus by the book and there are posers aka sneaky bastards that are not really His children.

Read Matthew 7:16 for more on that.

It's easy to distinguish them.

Good guys build bridges, relationships, friendships; and families; and are notoriously encouraging, graceful, merciful, and forgiving with exclamation points of agape.

Bad guys tear down, pick apart, burn bridges, fracture families, separate, segregate, distance, degrade, denigrate, devastate, and destroy.

Good guys pick each other up.

Bad guys use the weak and vulnerable to pull others down.

Denise Frangipane: "Satan is a master of illusions.  He plays upon our weaknesses and exaggerates our problems."

When I encounter the bad guys, I keep a few things in mind that I've learned over the years:

1. Trying to be rational with the irrational is illogical.

2. Don't get into tinkling contests with skunks.

3. Sometimes it's better to talk to God about some people than to talk to some people about God.

4. Francis Frangipane: "How do we defeat the enemy?  Victory begins with the name of Jesus on our lips.  It is consummated by the nature of Jesus in our hearts."

5. People that mess with the anointed/called/presbuteros are in deep trouble sooner or later, usually sooner than later, and definitely in the end; or as Martha Young counseled me so many years ago, "You love 'em and let God judge 'em; and love 'em enough to tell 'em that God is gonna judge 'em."

6. I often read Psalms 62, 91, and 116 along with Romans 8:28.  There are so many Biblical promises and encouragements.

7. I often go to YouTube and listen to Martin Luther King, Jr.'s last sermon on April 3, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee; especially the last few minutes that begin, "Well, I don't know what will happen now..."

Two dreams come to mind.

Mine was about wrestling with the enemy itself.  I moaned and whined at first and my wife heard me talking in my sleep.  She said I sounded afraid.  I was.  Then I said to myself in the dream, "You're being such a _____!  Don't you remember Ephesians 6:10-20, James 4:7-8 and 1 John 4:1-6?"  Reminded never to underestimate poneros and its witting and unwitting accomplices, Jesus is kurios of all.  The enemy is no match for Jesus and the anointed.

The other dream wasn't mine.  A friend shared it with me about seven years ago.  He was walking along a dirt road with the cross in the distance.  The road was lined on both sides by rocks, weeds, thick brush and dark woods inundated by slimy, squirming, slithering, and shouting demons.  We agreed the message was to keep our eyes on Jesus in order not to fall into danger.  Along with Hebrews 12, I recalled my visit to Mamshit National Park in the Negev Desert near Dimona, Israel back in the early 80s.  Among the ruins of the 2K year old Nabatean city of Mamshit is a tall column with a weather-beaten but deeply carved and remarkably beautiful and preserved cross at the top; bringing the words of an old hymn to mind: "In the cross of Christ I glory, towering o'er the wrecks of time...When the woes of life o'ertake me, hopes deceive, and fears annoy, never shall the cross forsake me...Bane and blessing, pain and pleasure, by the cross are sanctified...Peace is there that knows no measure, joys that through all time abide."  In short, Jesus wins sooner or later, usually sooner than later, and definitely in the end.  Within the context of Matthew 10 and John 10, we talked of our ultimate victory in/through/for Jesus that causes our irrepressible strength, calm, and serene sanity to live happily ever after and through the meantime.

During a late night prayer on April 23 concentrating on the assaults of two pastors - a woman that has modeled a reconciling heart and conciliatory head in an increasingly apostate ecclesiastical franchise and a man that inherited a dysfunctional staff and leadership only coincidental to Jesus - along with my grief over posers that will be left behind if the rapture comes in our lifetime and leaders that entertain, enable, and ergo fuel demon oppressed or even possessed lunatics that especially bring Romans 16:18 to mind, WORD came to me.

Distraction.

Irregulars, irascibles, and irreconcilables are distractions from our purpose to worship, gospel, and serve in a Matthew 25 kinda way.

They are so navel-gazing and selfish and drain our energies, emotions, and sometimes even enthusiasm.

Devilish distractions.

If we can keep reminding ourselves that irregulars, irascibles, and irreconcilables are not part of the family pero poison, pollution, dilution and witting or unwitting assassinating instruments of darkness - DISTRACTION - our resolve to resume our purpose will be rekindled.

Yes, we are Luke 15 kinda people.

There must always be a way back home for everyone.

It doesn't happen unless some folks turn on LIGHT to see through darkness blurring their vision.

1 John 1:5-10.

Our responsibility is to keep shining with the reflected radiance of Jesus that will incarnate James 4:7-8 into our lives and ministries.

Resolution will defeat distraction.

When in battle, Navy Seals say, "Drink water and drive on!"

Here's a paraphrase in the battle for souls: "Never forget that you are baptized in/through/for Jesus!  So keep on' keepin' on!  Gotta save one more!"

Or as we say at the end of most worship services on the Corner of Lincoln and Main as a charge before the benediction, "If you want to stand strong, stand with Jesus!"

Matthew 16:18.


Blessings and Love!


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Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Gossipers May Not Go to Hell - That's for Him to Judge - Pero They Bring a Lot of It Into the World and Betray Their Real Master Which Means They Have an Even Bigger Problem Than Breaking the 9th

 

 KOPP DISCLOSURE

(John 3:19-21)

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Gossipers May Not Go to Hell - That's for Him to Judge - Pero They Bring a Lot of It Into the World and Betray Their Real Master Which Means They Have an Even Bigger Problem Than Breaking the 9th


Gossip breaks the 9th.

God doesn't like it because it insults Him and injures His.

See the attached for some hints about the sources of gossip, exaggeration,...and who is behind it all.

A story from Scotland comes to mind.

A young pastor visited a young woman in her home every Friday afternoon.

A notoriously vicious woman in the church began to spread a rumor aka lie that the young pastor was having an affair with the young woman; because, after all, he was visiting her every Friday afternoon in her home.

That notoriously vicious woman went all around the church and even into the community and spread the rumor that the young pastor was having an affair with the young woman.

Worship attendance dropped.

The pastor's reputation was tarnished and more and more and more people believed the notoriously vicious woman whose energy to spread the bad news was relentless.

Even people that should have known better entertained and enabled her and, therefore, fueled her crusade.

People said they'd never go back as long as "that young man who was sleeping with that young woman every Friday" was the pastor.

Well, after several months of this, the young woman that the young pastor had been visiting every Friday afternoon died.

She had terminal cancer.

The young pastor had been going to the young woman's house every Friday afternoon to pray with her, share the sacrament, and prepare her for eternity by grace through faith in Jesus.

When the notoriously vicious gossip heard about it after ruining the pastor's reputation and hurting the church that she said she loved, she rushed to the church and said to the pastor, "I am so sorry.  I didn't know.  Is there anything that I can do to make up for what I have done?"

The pastor replied, "Yes.  Take your feather pillow, go to the top of the hill next to the church cemetery, cut it open, let the feathers fly in the wind, and then go pick up all of the feathers and put them back into the pillow."

"I can't do that," she protested, "because those feathers have flown all over the place."

The pastor smiled sadly and said, "And so it is with the lies that you have been spreading."

"But I thought I was serving God because I thought you were...," she tried to explain.

 The pastor interrupted, "I have known you for a long time.  You have often confused serving God with serving yourself.  You were not serving God.  You were serving the author of lies."

Then the pastor prayed with her.


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Thursday, April 7, 2022

For My Wife and Others That Hate My Beard

 KOPP DISCLOSURE

(John 3:19-21)

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For My Wife and Others That Hate My Beard


I've often said to my parents, sister, and children, "Along with you, God's best gift to me, except for Jesus who is my Lord and Savior, is Leslie."

Of course, no one is pure and perfect in every way; which, just to remind mainliners, is why Jesus came to save us by grace through faith.

O.K., before continuing, some important context to understand what follows is "Bearded Desire" available via the archives of The Belvidere Republican or http://www.koppdisclosure.com

For more context, read Numbers 6, watch Ragni and Rado's rock musical Hair, and listen to CSN&Y's Almost Cut My Hair.

I don't get it.

Why do people, especially women proving there are gender distinctives despite what they're saying in the White House or mainline denominations or faculty lounges, feel they have the right to diss hairstyles and other stuff?

Maybe Will Smith is on to something.

I have a button on my denim: "Gandhi would have smacked you in the head!"

O.K., I get it intellectually.

Too many people want to control us according to their bigotries aka pathologies.

I'm going through some crap in the church because some people, again, sorry, women, can't restrain themselves from moving through Ross' stages of significant loss in ways that make them look, again, sorry, hysterical.  It makes men really look forward to a woman like Harris bumping off 46: "Listen, guys, this is significant!"

Transferences.

People are miserable about something in their lives and transfer their disappointments and angers and whatevers to somebody else under the guise aka lie that they're promoting some kinda auto-suggested righteousness coincidental to Jesus by the book.

Reminds me of the shrink from the Netherlands in one of my worthless degree programs (see 1 Corinthians 1 for more on that with The Cotton Patch Version being really cool): "The problem people in church and life are usually constipated.  That's why they dump on you."

Still, don't forgive me ladies, 99.99% of the real men that I know never go up to a woman and say, "Your roots are showing...I didn't know blue, green, and pink were natural hair colors...Your perfume could knock over a bull at 50 paces...Have you ever considered shaving?...Do you need 50 bucks to buy some jeans without holes in 'em?...I don't like tuna casseroles...Does anyone with an IQ over 10 watch The View?...Can't you come up with somebody better than Harris or Hillary to be the first female P?...Don't look now but your rose tat is turning into a long stem rose...Do you really think you look good in those evolved Danskins?"

Moretheless, I like God's approach.

Diversity.

Rainbows (within Biblical standards) and other expressions of diversity with Romans 12 and 1 Corinthians 12 in mind.

Faithfully real women and men don't need people to look like them or dress like them or even listen to their kinda music...though rap rhymes with...

We're like divinely designed snowflakes - individually beautiful in our own way.

Back to my long and unkempt beard if you've read and watched and listened to the recommended for context, I'm a libertarian amended by Biblical Christology and rebel against anybody telling me what to do except for, you know, Jesus by the book as enlightened by the Holy Spirit who never contradicts Jesus by the book.  

That includes my...

So if you really want me to trim it, your only chance is to shut up.

Besides, who gave you the right to tell me what to do with my...?

I guess it's my major problem with too many pulpiteers, pewsitters, and other politicians that have a revised navel-gazing-their-standard version of the Bible: "So woman/man created God in the image of woman/man.  In the image of woman/man, woman/man created God."

I just threw out my scissors.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Handling Truth

KOPP DISCLOSURE

(John 3:19-21)

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Handling Truth

If you haven’t seen A Few Good Men, skip down to the 11th paragraph.

Directed by Rob Reiner, released in 1992, and starring Jack Nicholson, Tom Cruise, and other cinematic icons, I don’t know many people that haven’t heard if not understood one of the most famous lines of all time uttered by Jack Nicholson’s Marine Colonel Nathan Jessup: “You can’t handle the truth!”

Assuming you’ve seen it and aren’t down at the 11th paragraph, you know the preface.  First Lieutenant Jonathan James Kendrick played by Kiefer Sutherland carries out an illegal though standard operating procedure “Code Red” on “substandard” Marine Private William Santiago as ordered by Colonel Jessup.  The intention of the hazing by peers as ordered is to elevate the soldier’s performance.  It goes wrong, Santiago dies, two Marines involved in the hazing are put on trial for murder, and Navy Lieutenant JG Daniel Kaffee is drafted to defend the Marines; and during his investigation, Lieutenant Kaffee discovers Lieutenant Kendrick had ordered the Code Red because he had been ordered by Colonel Jessup.  In other words, Kaffee’s goal evolves to expose Jessup of instigating the crime and bringing him to justice.

O.K., if you’ve seen it, you know what prompted that famous line that most have heard if not understood.

Colonel Jessup believes the procedure is necessary for national security: “Son, we live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns.  Who’s gonna do it?  You?  You, Lt. Weinberg?  I have a greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom.  You weep for Santiago and you curse the Marines.  You have that luxury.  You have the luxury of not knowing what I know, that Santiago’s death, while tragic, probably saved lives.  And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives.  You don’t want the truth because deep down in places you don’t talk about at parties, you want me on that wall.  You need me on that wall.“

He goes on, “We use words like honor, code, loyalty.  We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something.  You use them as a punchline.  I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it!  I would rather you just said ‘thank you’ and went on your way.  Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon and stand a post.  Either way, I don’t give a damn what you think you are entitled to!”

As you recall if you’ve seen it and aren’t down to that 11th paragraph, Kaffee presses Jessup and the Colonel admits that he ordered the Code Red, is arrested on the spot, the Marines are discharged dishonorably instead of incarcerated for life and maybe getting the death penalty, Kaffee gets kudos, and most viewers feel good about the cute and cuddly Tom, I mean Kaffee, bringing down the surly, serious, furious, Shiningish, Joker-faced totally B-A-not-yet-femininized Jessup Jack.

O.K., confession time.

Kaffee was right about Jessup not following the rule of law.

Pero Jessup was right about people not being able to “handle the truth” about living in a dangerous world requiring - let’s say something Biblical - shepherds/sheepdogs to protect people/sheep from wolves/evildoers.

While I won’t hazard the percentage, lots of people can’t/won’t handle the truth.

Churches sing “Blest Be the Tie that Binds” and “They’ll know We Are Christians by Our Love” while camping out with their little tribes supporting ecclesiastical pyramid schemes to fuel bloated bureaucracies in total defiance of our Lord’s high priestly prayer in John 17.

Putin is evil and Zelensky is not Washington, Lincoln, or Churchill as he enables abortion and turns a blind eye or worse to human trafficking and other evils in Ukraine.

People are so fed up with the aforementioned not to mention CCPC19 hyperbole, hysteria, and histrionics that they are turning off the evening news from left, right, up, down, and all around as “Liar, liar, pants on fire” plays in their heads.

O.K., here’s the truth.

Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life; and unless we receive Him as Lord and Savior, we will not live forever in heaven and not get along with each other by going to each other through Him with grace, mercy, and forgiveness wrapped in agape (John 14).

Ask yourself as you look at 46, Putin, Zelensky, EU, NATO, your favorite religious franchise, local school board, Congress, Supreme Court, marriage, family, and even local church that should know better as it pretends a faith rarely more than coincidental to Jesus by the book as enlightened by the Holy Spirit who never contradicts Jesus by the book, “Why haven’t I heard any of ‘em bringing Jesus into any of their conversations, deliberations, pontifications, platitudes, procedures, and decisions? Come to think of it, what does it mean that I haven’t heard any of them mention Jesus by name?”

So there it is.

He is excluded.

That’s why everything is so messed up in your/our…

It’s true.

Everyone but the remnant of people in our world that know Jesus is the answer to everything that divides us and is destroying civilization can’t/won’t handle that truth.

So here it is.

The truth.

Most people in our world in government, education, marriages, families, even churches that should know better, and all of the below don’t really believe in Jesus as Lord; for if they did, they’d be saved.

Jesus weeps.

He wants to save us.

That’s the truth that must be confessed and “handled” or we will continue on this path to mutual destruction.

Matthew 23:37-39.

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