Saturday, September 24, 2022

Miracles

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(John 3:19-21)

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Miracles

46 says the pandemic is over.

O.K.

While I’m not sure if this is more cognitive dissonance or China concentrating more on Taiwan than cooking up something else to mess with us, beggars can’t be choosers and I’m up for any kinda good news.

I spend a lot of time with hurting people with pastors among ‘em.

While I’ve got feelings too and every day’s not a hot fudge sundae, I’ve been blessed with an extraordinarily faithful staff and leadership core like never before after over four decades of praying for it; and considering how it happened, it’s miraculous.

As I tell pastors in divided churches not to boast but to point to the miraculous for them, “Our church is not divided.  They’re gone!”

In short, our worship over the past three years and especially last six months has been more warm and wonderful and respectful to Him and His than ever and our mustard seed is about to bear unprecedented fruit.

Already happening.

So I’m gonna ramble on a bit about some recent miracles in my/our life and ministry, again for emphasis, not to boast but to point to the miraculous available to anyone with Matthew 5:3 humble fidelity.

Pero first, a preface.

As Tug McGraw said to the Mets in 1973, “Ya gotta believe.”

Do you believe, as the angel explained to Mary about a virgin birth being a mere trifle for an omnipotent and sovereign God (Luke 1:26-38), nothing is impossible with God?

Luther often reminded us to let God be God.

The miraculous is commonplace for God.

So anything is possible for anyone with humble faith in God as long as it meets this summarial Biblical qualification articulated so well in The Shorter Catechism of the early 17th century, “Prayer is an offering up of our desires unto God, FOR THINGS AGREEABLE TO HIS WILL, in the name of Christ, with confession of our sins, and thankful acknowledgment of His mercies.”

Certainly, we could exegete that pregnant sentence to distraction; so I’ll focus on one thought concomitant to the miraculous available to anyone.

Agreeable to His will.

In other words, if we petition or intercede about anything or anyone to God and it is agreeable to His will, it’s gonna happen sooner or later, usually sooner than later, and definitely in the end.

Some quick recent examples.

The manufactured pandemic hurt many people; yet in a miraculous Romans 8:28 kinda way, faithful people and churches have endured, overcome, and been miraculously blessed.  Our family of faith lost posers and gained women and men of faith with an authentically personal relationship with Jesus as Lord and Savior for a reinforced remnant with exponentially better attitudes, affections, and allegiances.  

Don’t get me wrong.

We’ve had our challenges as some sleeper cells and spiritually oppressed to possessed spies slipped in and attempted to pollute us (read Jude for more on that).  But we endured, overcame, exorcised, and have enjoyed the miraculous in worship, work, and witness as testimony to Psalm 91, Matthew 16:18, James 4:7-10, and 1 John 4:1-6.

Though the CCPC19 and those oppressed to possessed by the Jezebel spirit did their worst to divide and destroy us because they could not manipulate and control us, our finances have taken a very, very, very positive turn.  For example, on September 18, I prayed God would bless churches like ours that are not pure and perfect in every way and know we need Jesus to save us by grace through faith; and we received a large five figure check to cover some major repairs, were named in the will of someone that left our church for a more faithful church many years ago, and got another check for our Matthew 25 Compassion Closet.

The checks came in on September 19!

I am going to pray more specifically and try to make sure it’s for things agreeable to His will; knowing if they are…

Hallelujah!

    Then in a recent memorial service in our sanctuary, a real troublemaker showed up; so I prayed right after reading Psalm 23 that God would keep me from the distraction so I could pay tribute to the resurrected saint in thanks to God for his eternal life in heaven by grace through faith in Jesus.  From that moment on, I was literally blinded to her; and when my wife mentioned miscreants that showed up, I said I didn’t see them either.  Really, I didn’t see her or them.  God blinded me to her and them because my prayer to focus on him and Him was agreeable to His will.  The only people that I saw were the faithful saints and resurrected saint’s family.  God honored my prayer to focus on him/his and Him/His.

Here’s the point.

God is not dead.

God is alive and active to those that ask Him, seek Him, and knock on His door; and He will come through specifically in time as requested if the petition or intercession is agreeable to His will (take a look at Matthew 6:25-34 and 7:7-12 for more context).

It’s true.

God honors people that honor Him (1 Samuel 2:30).

That’s when miracles are commonplace…like they are increasingly in churches that want to be faithful like one on the corner of Lincoln and Main in Belvidere, Illinois.


 
Blessings and Love!

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Thursday, September 15, 2022

God Save the Queen

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God Save the Queen


I’m always surprised to hear what I’ve never said; acknowledging I’ve said a lot of things that are often received like salt on an open wound.

I live for it.

Read Matthew 5:13-16.

Anyway, when it comes to the Queen and her royal family, even members of my own family seem as upset with me as the people that left our family of faith on the Corner of Lincoln and Main when we took the church away from them and gave it back to Jesus or Muslims that want to fatwa-Rushdie me because I’m not shy about saying their idol was a perv and Christians would never treat women, gays, and infidels like they do.

Compelled by the first half of the big ten in Exodus 20 and commandingly complementary references throughout the Bible, I’ve never been into idolizing any royal family even in churches that I’ve served as an undershepherd to the Good Shepherd for three reasons.

First, we fought a war to get away from them.

Second, go back to the paragraph about Exodus 20 and the Bible that condemns – yes, categorically condemns even damns without excuse or exception – idolatry of any kind because it distracts from the attention, affection, and allegiance due God alone.

Psst. That second reason is why brass plaques and pictures of deceased big givers and even some pastors in churches are so repulsive Third, while I wouldn’t expect people with Bibles not bigger than their favorite parts to pick this up, God cares a lot about poor people and seems really pissed off by people that keep too much for  themselves.

Psst. The New York Post which has about as much credibility to me as the New York Times which is why I read both in my search for intersecting truth reported on 9/13/22 that King Charles III has a list of daily demands that should make even the most idolatrous a tad  nauseous: “…from ironing his shoelaces to putting toothpaste on his toothbrush…His pajamas are pressed every morning…the water temperature has to be just tepid [which fits in a Laodicean kinda way]…He reportedly even brings his own toilet seat and Kleenex Velvet toilet paper wherever he goes…”

Like Queen like Prince trumps like Father like Son.

O.K., I could go on and on and on about the idolatry thing or that family’s lack of confession when it comes to their colonialistic savagery throughout history and that the Queen was nothing more than a meaningless monarch apart from being a ceremonial tourist attraction with  cartoonishly blinding pastel attire…but I’ve already got enough former faith-poser members and  Muslims scheming to ambush and assassinate me…so I’ll get to the point.

The Queen is no more nor no less loved by God than you, me, or anybody else in a John 3:16-17 kinda way.

Gospel.

The Queen is no more nor no less saved for eternal life in heaven than you, me, or anybody else by grace through faith in Jesus in a John 11:25 kinda way.

Gospel.

So God save the Queen…and He will just as He will save you, me, and anybody else by grace through faith in Jesus.

 
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Thursday, September 1, 2022

Casino Comes to Rockford

                

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(John 3:19-21)

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Casino Comes to Rockford

With every head bowed and eye closed, have you ever gone to a casino or played the lottery?

Please don’t tell anybody…but I have.

Proving Hans Luther was right when he disputed Martin’s call to monasticism as not coming from God which later proved right as Martin renounced it and said Christians have a duty a la the great commission of Matthew 28 to go out into the world and share Jesus, there have been a few times when I felt all the stars were aligned right in a Christian kinda way…and I bought a lottery ticket…and really thought I was going to win…maybe because I pledged to give a bundle to the church…even pay off some old voluntary-apportionment-not-mandatory-tax per capita to the denomination as long as they don’t give it to baby killers or apostates practicing neo-abomination of desolation in their sanctuaries…pay off any outstanding debts of anyone related to me or nice to me…help pastors with churches insisting they take a vow of poverty…send Leslie to Hawaii because she’s always wanted to go…after I bought a new Ping driver and played a round at Pebble Beach.

I was wrong.

Both times.

It’s kinda humiliating.

You stick that lottery ticket into the machine and it says, in effect, “You’re a Loser!”  I know it says “Not a Winner” but synonyms are synonyms.

Parenthetically, ever look at people in those gambling joints?

Kinda sad.

Some play because they have nothing better to do while others play because it’s their only shot at a procrastinated retirement plan.

Then there was the time during a iron pony ride that Paul gave a Benjamin to me to play Black Jack.  

Gone in 5 minutes.

I felt bad about that…because he said smart people do O.K. at it.

Beatles song comes to mind: “I’m a…”

Robert De Niro was right in Casino – a great movie in exposing the underbelly and collateral criminality and debauchery surrounding gaming though it contradicted just about every ethic in Christendom – “In the casino, the cardinal rule is to keep them playing and to keep them coming back.  The longer they play, the more they lose, and in the end, we get it all.”

Of course, here’s what my dad said when I told him about the odds against winning the lottery: “Do you know the odds if you don’t buy a ticket?”

Point kinda made while some logic still sounds stupid.

I’ve had enough to do in my life and ministry like trying to encourage pastors and their denominations – especially mine – to remember Jesus in a John 14 kinda way; so I haven’t gotten involved in speaking up about the inevitable damages when a casino comes to town.

I know it’s kinda good for the economy.

So is doing business with China.

It starts out real well and then…

Back to gambling, I know some people with more money than they know what to do with it – If they asked me, I could go up to those reasons why I bought a couple of tickets – and they like the action.

As long as they use more of their money on doing good Matthew 25 kinda stuff, I look the other way like most of us even in churches that say they love Jesus while looking the other way at Godless politicians, school boards, and…

It just seems like such a waste of money.

On the other hand, I smoke cigars.

Now read Romans 3:21-26.

 
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Monday, August 22, 2022

Ask Your Pastor

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 Ask Your Pastor

My relationship with the Flott family goes back to 2006 or within a year of my arrival on the Corner of Lincoln and Main as undershepherd to the Good Shepherd.

It began when Bill, a Special Olympian of renown with a world golf championship in 1995 under his belt, cornered me at a welcoming meet and greet: “I hear you play golf.  Let’s play sometime.”

I said, “Yes, I do; but I play very early in the morning because my days are always very busy.”

He said, “I’ve got my habits.”

I said, “You’ll have to change your habits if you’re going to play with me.”

He did.

Then he tested me.

He got up late one morning, rushed out to tell me that he had to eat breakfast, and that he’d be ready to go in 15-30 minutes.

I said, “We’ll play again sometime.”

Bill has not been late for a tee time since then.

It wasn’t long before mom (Sue), dad (Fleming), and sister (Muffet) sensed along with my wife and sons that Bill and I got along rather well.

For those that understand charismata or gifting within the context of Romans 12 and 1 Corinthians 12, they knew/know that I knew/know Bill is like a brother, son, and friend.

Unlike preaching, I have never had to raise my voice with Bill to get my point across to him.

Muffet, who was to be Bill’s guardian when Sue and Fleming went home to Jesus, was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2006.

During one of several hospital visits to pray with her and prepare for a confident, peaceful, and positively anticipatory transition to eternal life by grace through faith in Jesus, Muffet asked if I would be Bill’s guardian after mom and dad joined her in heaven.

With the agreement of my wife and sons, I agreed.

Muffet went home to Jesus in early 2007 with Fleming joining her in 2011.

The relationship with Sue, Bill, and our family have deepened over time; sharing all holiday meals together; and as Sue has had increasing health challenges with the days left not being as many as those left, we have been preparing for the inevitable.

The obvious providence of God in this relationship has not been without a vocational disturbance.

Unlike some pastors and church staff members that abuse relationships for personal gain, I have had meetings with the Flott’s family lawyer and financial manager to make sure that there is no financial reward – like being named as a beneficiary in a will – for me.  My only concern is a trust that will insure Bill continues to have his needs met and I can still provide for the rest of my family.

Another annoyance has been to hear of church members that were/are jealous of the time that I spend with Sue and Bill; which, lately, has been fed by some very sick and selfish former members to divide our family of faith because our leadership took the church away from them and gave it back to Jesus.

What really pisses me off is I have a notorious reputation for being available to anyone anywhere at any time with the only request that I be asked.  Even the assassins know that’s true.  They lie about this like other things because we don’t share the same Father.

I have never denied my time and whatever charismata entrusted to me that could be emotionally, intellectually, or spiritually helpful to anyone anywhere at any time unless counseled that the request is coming from someone that is irregular, irascible, insidious, and irreconcilable.  Still, I will meet with such miscreants…with my wife and at least one or two elders.

Why am I telling you about this?

Two reasons.

First, if you want time with your pastor, ask him for some time.  If he is truly called to be a pastor, he will make time for you sooner than later.  Don’t assume he knows your need if you have not asked him for time to tell him about it.  You know what it means to assume.

Second, if your pastor is spending significant time with others, that doesn’t mean he cares any less for you.  It just means, like Muffet to me, he’s been asked to help.  If you haven’t asked for help, it’s not your pastor’s fault.  Take a look in the mirror!

Now read Luke 11:5-13.


Blessings and Love!

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Saturday, August 6, 2022

Response to Rent-a-pastor

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(John 3:19-21)

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First Presbyterian,

It's Emily Greer from Fash.com. I have a new customer Ann Graham who needs a good wedding officiant pro near Rockford, so I thought you'd be interested in this referral. :)

View the customers details to see if you're interested, then contact Ann directly.

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Dear Emily,
 
Thank you for your kind invitation.
 
I am sharing this with my bishop and ecclesiastical superiors that may have someone in mind for you and, at minimum, will be glad to be alerted to this religious initiative.
 
Frankly, or Shirley if you prefer, this is the first request of this kind that has ever come to me.
 
Over the years, I have had people come to me as a "L'il Abner Marryin' Sam" with the promise of taking our Lord seriously apres inviting Him to the wedding.  Pero if the couples that said that were authentic about it, we'd be up to four or five Sunday worship services.
 
So while the evangelistic opportunity is tempting, the time investment juxtaposed to spiritual reward and honorarium seems minimal to me.
 
I guess I'm saying I'm no longer interested in being rented for a religious service when someone doesn't have a serious intent to include the Lord in their lives after the liturgy.
 
However, there was a time when I was up for a quick $500 or more and trust there will be someone out there with more bills to pay and time to spend.
 
Blessings and Love!
 
 



Blessings and Love!

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Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Thank you!

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(John 3:19-21)

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Dr. Kopp:  I hope you are well. 

I was a student at Wake Forest in the late 1980’s and attended First Presbyterian from time to time and wanted to let you know that your sermons inspired by the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart.  I was so thrilled to locate your current sermons on YouTube this week.

I just wanted to send you a quick note to let you know I am thankful for you and your faithfulness. 

Have a great day!

Take care. 

Warmly,

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Brother,

Thank you for taking the time to tell me that our Lord spoke to you through me in spite of me.

While I have been around for a while, I feel as if I'm just scratching the surface of my relationship with Jesus by the book as enlightened by the Holy Spirit who never contradicts Jesus by the book.

Pero I'm scratching...and I am more energized and excited for sharing Jesus than ever before.

It hasn't been without challenge...my sins...and the sins of those that prefer religion over a personally saving relationship with Jesus by the book.

Miraculously, our Lord used CCPC19 to rebirth our family of faith on the Corner of Lincoln and Main with an awesomely reinforced remnant with the opportunity to be rather than play capital C church.

If you've been listening in, you've been catching the drift.

Anyway, in the midst of it all, I have been increasingly targeted by...sleeper cells of the dark side.

I was feeling a little discouraged and massively betrayed; especially by people for whom my heart and energies had been poured out yet they were so easily seduced by the JS.  Indeed, I had baptized their children, married 'em, buried 'em, and been used to bring emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and even physical healing into their lives.  Not me!  Him!  I just carried the message and passion to point to Him!  

Then I get a note from you, a funeral last Tuesday when people that I have never known/met made a point of encouraging me in contradiction to the oppressed/possessed trying to destroy what we are doing because we took the church away from them and gave it back to Jesus, the P of Rockford Renewal Ministry showing up last Sunday because God told him to come and encourage me to keep on keepin' on, a local pastor that sniffed out migrating miscreants and has pledged loyalty to Jesus over cheap temporal ecclesiastical gain, a reborn staff with good leaven mixing in to make better, letters and emails and texts out of nowhere in consonance...that have drown out the nasties in a Matthew 16:18 kinda way.

Even a thickhead like me is starting to feel God's favor like never before because, well, uh, I am a Psalm 91 and Romans 1:16-17 kinda way.

Anyway, I just want you to know our Lord has used you with others in a most recent overwhelmingly overflowing way to encourage me for what I believe will be the most fruitful years of my life and ministry to the praise and glory, laud and honor, of Jesus alone.  

Thank you.

Thank you, Jesus.

Blessings and Love!

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