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  1. Denny Cooper

    Private War

    http://yourpainhasapurpose.blogspot.com/2017/08/the-private-war.html?m=1
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  3. Back after a wilderness. God is always, always good!

  4. Denny Cooper

    The Greatest Of Gifts

    “By grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.” - Ephesians 2:8 Faith is the greatest of all gifts. To believe in The One He sent...its not lip service friends, but it speaks loudly to the observer. Faith is such a beautiful silent witness. It's a new life and way and hope and truth and it is forged by God's purposed humility upon a heart throughout the life of His children. There aint no prayer for a sinner good enough to compel God to act. Children, your name was known long before you ever arrived on this earth. He knows you, knew you and always will. I sit here right now with very little. I never was a man of great means. I never had faith in myself and have cried more than most men I know. Lots of self inflicted pain here believe that. I always took the long roads home because I never wanted to stand still. I've always ran. Always. But in my days now, at 44, I have no more run left in me. At the end of the day, and at my last breath I know it will not be love on my lips, but faith in my heart that will lead me to the The Father. This walk with Jesus is a liquid, organic and spiritual experience. The ways God speaks in the lives of those He has called is downright ridiculous miraculous and awe inspiring. It has quelled fear and trembling within me enough times to know His leading me through despite myself in this life is such an act of His power and love. We are individually loved so much that words will never impart how it is He saves us. He saves me daily, and I can assure you, I will never feel worthy enough, or grateful enough. I am such a loser in this lost world. I can hardly go a day without doing something that drives me to prayer and petition. I hardly ever have more than 20 bucks on me. But I have faith. This can never be shaken or taken. I believe that Jesus is God's Son, who died and rose on the 3rd day for forgiveness of sins, for life eternal, in whose name I call upon, believe in and run to. I can be stranded upon an island in the middle of nowhere, but He will be there. I can be facing the dagger of my enemy, He is my shield. I can be covered in tears over many lost years, but He is my redeemer. I can have nowhere to run and nowhere to go but I'll never alone. I have faith. I have hope. I have love. Who said, you can't have it all.
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    It’s Never Too Late To Obey God

    amen! glad I read this today
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    Waters and Rocks

    The seamless and beautifully woven patterns nestled sweetly in Scripture are a powerful testimony unto the Author and the greatness of His goodness. The Word of God has always been alive and powerful. I am amazed how God Almighty Yahweh can speak in the present from scripture written in the past to an individual at a specific time and place in the future. Try wrapping your head around that. Fear, is the beginning of wisdom. I was watching a documentary on the Exodus and its supported evidence in archeology. It made me think about how Moses entrance into the promised land was overtaken by God's will, in that he took credit for that which was not his own doing: bringing forth water from the rock to quench the thirst of a famished people. Enter here God's seamless masterpiece - Jesus IS the Rock and HE is the source and the water. Mankind cannot ever take credit for what comes from God. Its just that simple. For in these moments it is His glory and honor at stake in a world that He seeks to not know Him. He wants to be your water. He wants to be your rock. He wants you to know that life giving water comes from the rock and He is both. This speaks volumes to me individually. You see, all of my life I have loved rocks and the water. I have collected rocks all of my life, and in a moment like right now, I believe the reason for that to be Him, that I would later see God in all things. I have always loved being on the water as well- it has been the leading reason for every place that I love to this day and the place that I live. I will be along the Ohio River tomorrow and often thereafter for this is where I believe He has always sought me, and I Him. So many rivers and streams are lacking thousands of stones today for this reason. And at the end of the day I truly believe that it is not because I choose to see God in my life that I do, I believe that He made that choice for me. Despite the trials and tribulations I brought upon myself, in my quiet places where I would so often seek answers from a God I knew not that day, He would find me then and now. This means that He loved me then, and it is so important for us to come to that reckoning. The greater we see sin, the greater we see His love. It makes us sin less to know that He wouuld love us when in purpose and action, we resided so far away from Him. It makes the journey to God one that increases in rightousness and fortitude towards obedience, because in so many little ways, upon or waters and rocks - He loved us first.
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    Islam the Beast? A modern perspective.

    for me Nate, I think of Jesus definition of Antichrist "Who is the liar, if not the one who denies that Jesus is the Messiah? This one is the antichrist: the one who denies the Father and the Son..." Islam fits this definition to the tittle by denying the Father by replacing Him with Allah, and denying that His Son even exists, reducing our Salvation in Christ to being just another prophet leading one to Allah. Roman Catholcism does attempt to replace but is not in denial of Father and Son - I too believe these wheels were set in motion when "two nation lie within your womb" was spoken by Gabriel to Rebeccah. This working of darkness I believe will see its violent and final fulfillment all that Islam is and does. The allegiance required by Islam is both political and religious, and a danger to humankind whom Satan wants complete reverence from. As time marches on, I am certain that the Holy Spirit will ensure those seeking Jesus heart will not be mislead into this ideology. Thank you for the dialogue
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    Islam the Beast? A modern perspective.

    I believe that the "mark" will ultimately be something spiritually discerned as opposed to physically manifest - again Nate, this is guesswork based upon how the term mark is used in the bible. I never want to make the assumption that this is some divinely revealed truth when it comes to Islam and the Beast - but in its simplicity and considering world events, the appearance of the 12th Iman would give great weight and percieved credibility to the eschtological views held by the majority of Muslims and the prophecies they carry regarding the Madhi.
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    Worship Service?

    wow! Amen. great message written here. I at times compare the ekklesia in the book of Acts to what is now considered church. It is the presence and power of Holy Spirit that guided the early believers to be salt and light in daily living, and not just members of a once a week assembly. It's dynamics and power and growth were all drien by The Father, through the Son, and it was pure and beautiful...we can have this same level of experience and purpose today. May the will of God be our purpose.
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    Islam the Beast? A modern perspective.

    In a world at the mercy of massive deception, people are often led astray when the key ingredients of Spiritually driven wisdom (Rev 13:18) is lacking, and chaos replaces the peace that resides in Godly wisdom. This notion can certainly be relative to the mark of the beast - 666. What is 666? Chi Xi Stigma, and is not a number when viewing the entomology of John's vision and subsequent Revelation of Jesus Christ written so long ago. Let us take a more insightful view of what John saw and wrote that serves as a marker and warning for us today. In light of the many perspectives and interpretations, please read the following article with prayer and discernment. This is not a God breathed message, but a rational and realistic synopsis of the time and place and subsequent prophecy that is being fulfilled at this hour. Rev 13:18 starts with the phrase, 'Hode este sophia' or 'here is wisdom...' It is the colloquial way of saying, Here is a riddle. And if there ever was a riddle in the history of humanity, this is it. It is the mother of all riddles. But what is a riddle? A riddle is a phrase that can be read in more than one way and open to varied interpretation that are often guesses as opposed to accurate answers. Grammatically, it is called an amphiboly. Revelation 13:18 "Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number [is] Six hundred threescore [and] six." If we dismiss the fact that this is a riddle and simply apply the most rudimentary grammar to the phrase, then we will conclude that we are talking about a number, and that we must count the number. And that answer will then reveal The Beast. This has not so far revealed who or what "The Beast" is. And that is because the concept of numbers is only one half of the riddle. It is the half that humanity has been trying to re-explain (like a hamster on a wheel) for nearly two millennia, chasing our tails without clear resolution, and that is because, the phrase also means something else! And therein lays the riddle... But, if it is not counting a number, then what is it? Well let's start by dissecting those to operative terms, count and number that cause the current interpretation of the phrase, and provide the only opportunity for the amphiboly to exist in the riddle in the first place. Count, in the original Greek is the word is psephizo. It means literally, 'To cast a pebble into an urn, as to vote.' Or simply, to determine or decide. When not talking of numbers, the most common use of the word is 'to decide'. Number, in the original Greek is the word arithmos. Arithmos means, 'a number, any number, some number, or a multitude. When referring to people, the word is more correctly translated as 'multitude'. "Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number [is] Six hundred threescore [and] six..." Here is the answer: Let him that hath understanding determine the multitude of the beast; for it is a multitude of men, and [this] multitude is chi xi stigma. But what is chi xi stigma? In Greek, it means the numbers 600, 60 and 6. But John was told in Rev 1:19 [to], "...Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter" So John wrote what he saw. What John saw was not 666 as it is written here. What he saw was, Chi Xi Stigma. There is a copy of that fragment of text in the Codex Vaticanus that dates from 340AD. And shows what the Chi Xi Stigma looks like in original handwritten Greek - compared to "In the name of Allah" That phrase, (Chi Xi Stigma) is a multi-lingual palindrome. A palindrome is a word that read the same backwards and forwards. The Bible has a few of them that have had significance in prophecy throughout the ages. But to my knowledge, this is the only multi-lingual palindrome in existence. The two languages are Greek and Arabic. Which is fascinating because the word that Chi Xi Stigma spells in Arabic didn't even exist when John wrote Revelation, and I believe it is a very explicit example of the true and prophetic nature of the revelation itself: Chi Xi Stigma spells out in Arabic the word Bismallah. And Bismallah means, In the Name of Allah. "Here is a riddle. Let him that hath understanding determine the multitude of the beast: for it is a multitude of a men; and his multitude [is] in the name of Allah..." And what is the significance? Islam is the only distinctly anti-Christian religion to have ever existed on this planet, and that John saw "In the name of Allah" - today is a time for discernment and caution. Turn on the TV or browse international headlines. What Islam is doing has been foretold and spoken. If Islam is the beast, The Mahdi will be"Anti-Christ" In light of this perspective now, think about how this interpretation ads weight to these scriptures: Revelation 20:4 - Then I saw the thrones, and those seated on them had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their testimony of Jesus and for the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or its image, and had not received its mark on their foreheads or hands. At the time of this book being written, beheading was not at issue - today, they are being performed in large numbers by...Islam. John 16:2 - They will expel you from the synagogue. The time is coming when those who kill you will think that they are doing a service to God. "Fight and slay the pagans [Christians] wherever ye find them and seize them, confine them, and lie in wait for them in every place of ambush" (Surah 9:5) Fighting is prescribed for you, and ye dislike it. But it is possible that ye dislike a thing which is good for you and that ye love a thing which is bad for you. But God knows, and ye know not. (Quran 2:216-217) Islam is true and blatant, anti-Christ. Inside the Dome of the Rock we read: "God is only One God. Far be it removed from His transcendent majesty that He should have a son." This is the tenant of Islam, to deny Jesus as above Muhammad, and to relegate him to being just another prophet pointing to Allah as the way. Where this Islamic shrine is today is where Hebrew's associated Abraham's intended sacrifice of Issac was, it is where Solomon's Temple was, and where of all things, Muslims believe Muhammad ascended into heaven. However, in John 3:13 we read " No one has ascended into heaven except the One who descended from heaven--the Son of Man." May Yahweh be found true, though every man a liar. I say that to say this: Islam is of man, and a lie. In fact, it is a lie built upon a precept to destroy Christianity alone. It exists as a geo-political ideology, which does not co-relate to a Kingdom not of this world. It does not turn the other cheek, it is not peace but submission. It is not love but hate. Nowhere in the Quran does it ever say "Allah loves you". Allah is not God, it is only a god to a godless mislead and deceived nation. Genesis 25:23 says "And the LORD said to her, Two nations are in your womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from your bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger." This struggle continues to its complete fulfillment in our day, this time of the coming of the Lord. May we find rest in His power strength and might, for the beast that has risen from the sea has came to kill, seek and destroy. Riding on the White Horse and leaving death behind him, just as it needs to occur for all things to be fulfilled and reconciled into Christ Jesus.
  11. Denny Cooper

    Getting in Sync

    There are many things that are moved by faith in prayer and Holy Spirit power. I can understand your eyes looking upon the hearers, wanting them to become doers. At the end of the day, your faithfulness in adherance to your calling will be blessed and purposed. There may have been members of a congregation that you have effected in ways you may never even fathom - your faith may have helped thousands come to the feet of the one who is worthy. If your words can encourage others to take ahold of Truth and Life on a relationship as opposed to a religious basis - your duty has been fulfilled in Christ Jesus. Keep on in the faith
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    The Body of Christ

    "For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness." Romans 12:4-8 There is no competition or comparisons necessary when measuring faith and its accompanying works within believers, for the measure of faith given is from above, and the purposes for the vessels we become are also divinely originated. Whether it be the measure of wisdom, prophecy, ministry or teaching, each one in the Body of Christ plays a finely orchestrated song that in symphony will bring joy to the heart of our Father. Is not the calling of our Sovereign Father to His Son an act of grace on His part? Is not the fact that we have faith in what others cannot ever see a gift in itself? I am realizing more and more that my greatest works in Christ Jesus will only be parallel to the measure of faith and grace I have been given. Is it any wonder why the Bible's greatest self-proclaimed sinner, Paul, was utilized by God in such an way that it has shaped our own faith and walk? For as the scripture above states: "Having then different gifts according to the grace that is given us..." Does this mean then that the greater our sins the higher our calling? Certainly not, but in reasoning on Biblical accounts and my own experiences, to those whom have been forgiven much...these love much in return. We have been shown such mercy and compassion, patience and deliverance in this life, that it increases the measure of faith that we have had since coming into our Lord because of His awesome qualities. The more we get to know Him, our love and faith abound. We remain and shall always be a clay vessel unworthy of the hands that have shaped us into being. Knowing this, today I reflect on the gift of God's mercy in my life by instilling a saving and growing faith within me. It keeps me from being who I was, and striving always to be who I am in His name and for His kingdom to come; for His will to be done.
  13. Denny Cooper

    Anything but ministry...

    Ephesians 6:12 Battle not against Flesh and Blood Dennis Cooper For our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens. Ephesians 6:12 Make no mistake about these days we live in, dear family in Jesus our Lord; This is war, and the enemy we face has had millennia to observe his target and craft his agenda. The fact that we will have fleshly struggles and ourselves to overcome is a given, and to apostle Paul a normal expectation in this life. The real battle lies within the unseen forces that act as a moving snare and prey to our walk in following The Way. It is spiritual in nature and laden with an evil intent that we dare to dwell upon, for the adversary is hungry as a lion and wise as a serpent in seeking to accuse us of failure in sin before our God. Stumbling blocks are going to be in our path and will come in forms too discreet to always be realized. We should then prepare for tribulation accordingly — for these are the fires that refine our walk, test our faith and in the end, build strength. We are in bondage and chains and influence every day in some way or another until Lucifer is taken out of the way. We are right at this moment being observed by the dark nature of this air we breathe — lest we forget, our adversary is the prince of the air and the ruler of this world. When taking Jesus high upon a hill in his effort to tempt Him, he showed our Lord the ALL the kingdoms of this world. They belonged to Satan then and now and are at His disposal always. The devil knows those who belong to God and could care less about the wicked and evil ones who have already chosen the way they shall go. How important it is to worship in Spirit and Truth, for as this battle rages on in the heavenly and invisible realms, we still have a mission that requires Holy Spirit to complete. James 1:27 says it so plainly — "The pure and undefiled religion before God our Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their tribulation and to keep yourself without spot from this world." Distraction from our purpose is a direct attack on Jesus Christ's ministry through us. For as we may well feel we are barely getting through each day without battle scars, there is some fatherless boy out in the cold who was not helped today because we were too busy trying to keep our head above water. Is it really a joyful victory if all we are doing in this life is not being misled or overcome by Satan, while the poor and afflicted, the abandoned and abused, are overlooked because we are busy in our own personal battle? What hope is there for those in the darkness if it is taking every ounce of energy we have to keep our light held on high? If we are receiving God's Holy Spirit, then we should well be able to be giving of ourselves and our resources for His Kingdom advancement regardless of Satan's advances. For if Satan is able to just keep us silent, he is by and large winning the war of words. Our lips bear fruit, and they are powerful for He is powerful. The solution to this problem has already been spoken: "But seek first the kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you..." (Matthew 6:33) and "Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes" (Ephesians 6:10-11). You see, in the armor of God, we are not only equipped to battle with the sword of truth, our feet are readied to proclaim the Gospel of truth to the captives. As we battle the invisible nature of this age, our aim and intent is to defend the truth, proclaim the truth and be a constant vessel for His will, come what may. I know that there are those who are doing their best just to live holy and blameless, but being upright by and large is an act of our willingness to be willed of God, and not a marker of how good we are at working hard to be good enough. We carry a sword and a light my dear family, and neither will be effective without God's Spirit within us and around us. We are carrying a message and a purpose for such a time that we have never seen. Try to find one Scripture where Jesus was worried about His mission, and then know He is within you for the same reason today. Be about our Father's business always, just as Jesus was. Seek first His Kingdom — and leave the rest to The Best. God's perfect will is that all come to a knowledge of repentance and that He not lose one of His belongings. To be equipped for ministry is to be prepared for battle, because that is what our ministry is: an answer to the seducer and deceiver and accuser of our family in the Lord and these things are supernatural completely. If Satan is able to keep us busy with overcoming ourselves in this life, He is also then keeping others from receiving life and light through us. You can scan and read and look up verse after verse in the bible but know it can ALL be summed up in such a short and sweet word that has already been spoken: Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
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    ...and upon this rock..."

    To be clear, Peter was not the founder of any chosen denomination of Christianity, namely, the Catholic church. If we can historically look at the fruits of this religion, the answer as to if this is God's vehicle of salvation can be found among the blood of those martyred by its sword. On the low end, that dark ages saw 50 million killed by the papacy, and upwards of 150 million slaughtered is estimated by some historians. I say the word slaughtered, for this term bears the hallmarks of how so many believers were killed, as sheep led to the resting place where each cry from the ground reaching God's ears has been heard, and the accounting thereof will be swift and just. The Catholic church has done in the name of mammon what it has also done in the name of our Lord, and there is no sharing of these two. They are two masters that have cancelled each other out, and those professing a Catholic church as God's holy and chosen religion - they are none of His. There is a sweet simplicity when looking at scripture where Jesus identifies not just who but how His church, His called out ones, would be gathered and identified. Matthew 16:17 gives us the answer: "Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by My Father in heaven." The Rock that His church would be built upon would be of those who hear from the Father, and not just from men. You see, prior to this encounter, Jesus was asking His disciples who they thought He was. "And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some Elijah; and others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets..." The answers given to Jesus were of and from men; simply hearsay from what was going around about His identity at the time. However, when Peter responded "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God..", Jesus called Peter blessed. Blessings come from God alone, who supplies richly to those putting full faith in His word, and Peter was truly blessed on this occasion, for He received this response from the Father, this complete revelation of Who Jesus was. Yes, among the many ideas and thoughts of who Jesus our Salvation was, the true identity of Jesus church was found only in the one follower who answered correctly, and this came not from men, but from God Himself. The Rock that Jesus church was to be built upon was those whom hear from The Father. This supernatural accounting cannot be reckoned by man, but only received from God Himself. Matthew 7:24 supports the meaning behind Jesus words when it says "Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them is like a wise man who built his house on the rock...." The church that rests upon the Rock is made of individuals who have ears and hear, to those who have eyes and see. A foundation built upon any other is likened to a house being built upon sand, or rather, humanity and its interpretations and ideologies that largely have selfish and fleshly intents. The idea that we hear from the Lord is only capable if it is coming from the Lord. The beauty of this arrangement is its motive: Life eternal, God glorified, His name lifted, our Sins forgiven, grace and mercy received and understood, fear cast out, a purpose now defined, a message for the lost when we find, that we have been found, by God's voice from above. This is the Rock that we rest upon - that all good things come, from The Father.
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    Was Jesus God?

    In a nutshell, Jesus was not God the Father, But God The Father was, Jesus Christ. Jesus is God's spoken and written Word made in the flesh and manifest as man - literally as Emmanuel - God with us, as Christ our Salvation, as Messiah our Savior and as a sheep lead to slaughter. What God speaks and has spoken shall come to be, for Jesus is the Word of God, and He is alive. He is the Sword of Truth that divides and conquerors and gathers His own as the day draws near. Jesus is the creative power of God made alive, walking on the very Earth He created, and they knew Him not. He was not just some Jewish prophet and teacher or wiseman, He was the very one who made the hearts of those He came to save.He was more than God's spokesman, He was His voice. God spoke things into existence, for just by His spoken words the worlds were created. What He says comes to be, for He cannot lie or think of deceit. Jesus was God's logos - God's eternal words in action. When God speaks it is the voice of Jesus, and what God hears it is the voice of His Son. We will never fully understand in the flesh, what is perfected and existing in the Spirit. Much of our walk with the Lord is putting faith in God's understanding of us, and not our perception of Him, for He remembers that we are dust, and simply clay to the potter.
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