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Random Thoughts

1. I’m excited for the BLING BLING (Fixing Your Finances) beginning this weekend. Invite as many people as you can to attend this series!

2. I had a great date night with my wife last night. My wife is my best friend. I’m so blessed to have her in my life!

3. I’m spending the day with my family. It’s my day off, so I’m going to play with my kids, relax, hang with my wife and we are going on a family date night tonight. We are also making cookies tonight for dessert and putting ice cream inside of the cookies. THE BOYS ARE EXCITED ABOUT THAT. After the kids go to sleep, Tiffany and I are going to watch a movie. It’s going to be a great day!

4. I’m ready for football season to start!

5. Michael Vick, what were you thinking?

6. 3 of our staff members and several of our church family get back from Haiti today. I can’t wait to hear what God did through them and in them in Haiti.

7. I’ve been fighting a summer cold all week! Actually, the entire Cooper house has been fighting it! YUCK!

8. I’m watching cartoons with my kids right now.

9. God has been WAY better to me than I deserve.

10. SEE YOU THIS WEEKEND!

BLING BLING

I’m really excited for our new series that begins this weekend. God is really going to help so many people fix their finances. Here are some things that I’m believing God to do in your financial life through this series.

1. That your thinking about finances will change. MOST people have wrong thinking about finances and wrong thinking ALWAYS leads to wrong actions. Let me give you one example of wrong thinking: When I make more money, my financial situation will get better. WRONG THINKING!

2. That you get aggressive about getting out of debt. I know some of you will find this next statement shocking, but you don’t have to have credit card debt, a car payment or student loans. Tiffany and I began our marriage with all three but quickly made a decision that we were not going to be slaves to debt, so we put together a plan and got ourselves out of debt. One of the reasons we were freed up to start People’s Church is because we didn’t have any debt besides our home. BESIDES YOUR HOME, YOU CAN BE DEBT FREE. Tiffany and I even have a plan to pay off our house so that we can live a debt free life.

3. That you develop a generous heart. One of the greatest joys of life is being generous. Tiffany and I love to give, and we want you to experience the same joy that we have. It really is more blessed to give than to receive.

4. That you would stop spending more than you earn. Unfortunately, most Americans fall into that category, but with God’s help, we are going to see your financial life transformed through this series.

5. That you would experience a stress free life when it comes to the area of finances. I know some of you think I’m crazy when I say this, but it can really happen. You can get to a healthy place financially where you’re not stressed out because something breaks down or an accident happens, or you’re constantly worrying about how you’re going to retire. GOD IS GOING TO HELP SO MANY PEOPLE THROUGHOUT THIS SERIES!

6. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE INVITE AS MANY PEOPLE AS YOU CAN TO OUR NEW SERIES BLING BLING!

10 Interesting Facts About Me Pt. 2

6. I was voted homecoming king my senior year in high school and my senior year in college. My senior year in college, I hurt my back during pre-game warm ups (I played college football) and had to ride in the seat of the golf cart. The young lady had to stand up in the back of the golf cart in her nice dress. I lost all my cool points as I sat down and she stood up!

7. I first met my wife, Tiffany, at college my senior year. We met at chapel in the hallway (our college had a chapel service everyday). Tiffany asked me out to the girls ask guys out event that the school was putting on. This event was awesome because all the guys got to figure out which girls had a crush on them!

8. I went oversees for the first time when I was 22. I went to Uganda, Africa, and preached in front of a crowd numbering over 15,000 people. This experience was a very life-changing experience for me and my ministry.

9. I played high school football in Wewoka with James Thrash. James is a 10 year veteran receiver in the NFL. He plays for the Washington Redskins. He used to start for the Eagles and catch balls from Donovan McNabb. It’s hard to believe someone from Wewoka High is in the NFL! GO JAMES!

10. I wanted to be a sports broadcaster on ESPN before I surrendered to God’s call on my life for full-time ministry. I would have been a great broadcaster :)!

10 Interesting Facts About Me Pt. 1

1. I was born in Culver City, California, but raised in Wewoka, Oklahoma. My parents were both native Oklahomans but went to California for a few years.

2. I was vocal music president my senior year in high school. I’M NOT LYING! I can’t sing, but I guess I could lead the choir :)! I took vocal music because it was an easy A!!!

3. I only made 3 B’s in high school and the rest were all A’s. I know you’re thinking of course you made good grades because you took classes like vocal music. All I have to say is you better back off :). I made under a 20 on my ACT and graduated college with mostly B’s and C’s, so I’m not as studious as I appeared in high school.

4. I committed my life to Christ at a Fellowship Of Christian Athletes event on a Thursday night after football practice. I only came for the free pizza and ended up getting free grace, mercy, love and forgiveness through Christ. I’ll never forget that night as long as I live!

5. I preached my first sermon at the age of 17 to my youth group.

Weekend Update

1. I had a blast this weekend! I served in the parking lot ministry and in the kids’ department at People’s Church. It was great seeing up close and personal how these ministries make such an impact on people’s lives. I want to say a HUGE THANK YOU to all of our volunteers. You all are making it happen.

2. Justin, our Student Ministries Director, did a great job speaking this weekend. I didn’t get to hear it because I was in the kids’ area, but my wife told me he hit it out of the park and he was super funny.

3. Here are some funny comments I or my wife received because I was serving in different ministries this weekend. One person said, “I don’t like pastor in the parking lot parking cars.” This person was going to come and remove me from the parking lot :). Another person said to me, “Pastor, are we short handed in the parking lot ministry? I can take your place.” Someone else said, “Pastor, sorry I’m late to the parking lot ministry today. I can take your spot now.” He thought I was filling in for him because he was late. The funniest comment I received was in the 3 year old kids classroom. One boy said, “You’re the guy on the TV. Why do you scream on the stage?” The volunteers in the classroom and I started cracking up. I really don’t think I scream, but I do get passionate while speaking :).

4. It was great serving the community on Saturday morning by landscaping Northeast Academy. I will never forget the smell of that dirt :)! Thank you to everyone who helped make this happen.

5. I can’t wait for this coming weekend. I’m beginning a new series titled BLING BLING….Fixing Your Finances. This series is going to help so many people. One of my passions is to see people get financially free! INVITE EVERYBODY YOU KNOW, AND YOU DON’T MISS THIS SERIES FOR ANYTHING!

Random Thoughts

1. Yesterday, some of our leadership team came up with some ideas that I think will take our church to the next level. I’m so excited about the near and distant future!

2. I’m ready for football season to start. I will be in a few fantasy leagues for sure! Fantasy football is my thing!

3. Some of our church family is headed to Haiti today and on Sunday after church for a week of ministry. I’ve been on several missions trips, and they absolutely change your life and perspective. Please be praying for the Haiti team!

4. Tomorrow from 8 AM to 4 PM, People’s Church is converging on Northeast Academy and cleaning up the outside and doing a landscaping overhaul. It’s fun serving our community!

5. I’ve got to get back to the gym. I’ve been off for three weeks because of vacation, and this week because of laziness, and on top of that I haven’t eaten right for three weeks. So I’ve picked up a few extra pounds, and I feel kind of sluggish. I’m hitting it hard again starting on Monday. My goal is to shed 5 to 7 pounds!

6. God is doing some cool things in my heart, and I’m excited about it!

7. I love my wife! She’s such a super woman! I’m a very blessed man!

Areas I AM Growing In

1. I’m learning how to operate our church like a church of 3500 to 4000. I try to operate our church like it’s double the size. Learning to operate People’s Church like a church of 3500 to 4000 is one of the most stretching changes that I’ve had to make, but I’m doing it!

2. I’m learning how to operate the entire church through two executive pastors and not do it myself. One pastor is over music, media, technology and creativity. The other pastor is over the staff and operations of the church. Basically, one is over the weekend experiences and the other is over day to day operations. I’m not there yet, but I’m learning how to delegate power and not just responsibility (thanks for that life changing thought Craig).

3. I haven’t been to a staff meeting in 3 or 4 weeks. I did this on purpose. First of all, I was gone for two weeks, and secondly, I wanted to allow my executives to run the operations without me. I won’t go to a staff meeting until August. My goal is to meet with the executive team once a week and have them run the entire staff meeting without me. I will probably go to staff meetings once a month to do a teaching and vision casting time. This is a huge step for me, but I know I need to do it for a few reasons. 1. I have capable and sharp executives who I have been investing in, and it’s time to turn them loose. 2. I’m going through one of those stirring times in my heart when I know I need to stream line what I’m doing. I need to BE EVEN MORE FOCUSED ON WHAT I DO AT PEOPLE’S CHURCH. 3. If I don’t do it, I will eventually bottle neck what God is doing at People’s Church. I REFUSE TO BE THE BOTTLE NECK! LORD, PLEASE CONTINUE TO GROW ME AS A LEADER!

4. I’m learning how to better utilize my personal assistant. I’m not sure what all that is going to consist of, but I know I need to do a better job. I’m still dealing with too many details and need to do a better job working through her so that I can do what I do best.

5. Blogging family thanks for praying for me and my growth as a leader. I know God wants to do so many great things through People’s Church, and I want to get out of the way and allow Him to do it.

Who’s Got Your Back?

One of the things that’s a vital part of People’s Church’s DNA is loyalty. When you read through the New Testament, you can’t escape how much unity in the church is emphasized. Loyalty breeds unity. On our staff and amongst some of our key volunteer leaders, we don’t always agree on everything. Our staff disagrees and even argues, in a Christ like way :), about certain decisions, but we all know when we leave the room we’ve got each others’ backs. THAT’S A GREAT FEELING TO KNOW THAT THERE IS LOYALTY AMONG THE TEAM AND LEADERS. It sure makes me sleep good at night!

I strongly believe loyalty is a two way street. I don’t just expect the staff to be loyal to me, I am loyal to the staff. I will never sell out one of our staff members when a church person disagrees with them to me (unless it’s illegal, immoral, etc. and thank God that’s not happened yet). I have their backs in front of church people, and if needed, I correct them behind close doors. I realize that trust is key to a healthy working environment, and trust is established when loyalty is present. Matter of fact, I have rarely had people come to me and complain about a staff member because we have created a culture of loyalty and I communicate it in the messages that I speak.

This is a vital subject for you and your team to wrestle with and answer (your team may be volunteer leaders). Unity is a major key to having God’s blessings on your church so get serious about tackling the subject of Who’s Got Your Back? IT WILL MAKE YOU OR BREAK YOU!

Extreme Focus

I don’t know all the reasons why, but I’ve always been a person of extreme focus. I’m very committed to doing a few things very well. I’ve never been one to chase after the latest church fad. I’ve never been one to chase after the new business adventure because someone told me it would make me lots of money. I’ve never wanted to spend my time learning how to play a new sport like golf (nothing wrong with that by the way). I’m just a very focused person, and I must admit, sometimes to a fault. Here’s some things focus has done for my life.

1. My life is very simple. Because of focus, I don’t have a complex life. My life is very predictable week after week and month after month. I dislike a complex and overly busy schedule. I stay in control of my schedule and don’t let others control it.

2. I say “no” to a lot of good things and most of the time, I don’t feel guilty about it. I know what I want to accomplish with my life, and if it doesn’t fit into those parameters I usually say “no.”

3. I get to eat dinner with my family and spend the evening with them 5 or 6 nights a week. My family is a priority in my life and schedule, so part of my obsession when it comes to focus is to guard my family time.

4. I normally stay in my strength zone. I don’t do counseling, weddings, funerals, very many appointments or make very many hospital visits. These things get done with excellence by some of our staff members and a host of volunteers. I focus my time on prayer & studying the Bible, teaching, vision development/vision casting and leadership development (in and outside of our church). I CAN’T DO IT ALL, AND I DON’T PRETEND LIKE I CAN.

5. Focus has allowed me to achieve certain goals in life because I’m not easily side tracked. I see the goal or what I believe God wants to accomplish through me, and I run like a horse with blinders on to reach it.

6. It allows me to spend time with God almost every day. I say almost because sometimes I squeeze God out of my schedule (sorry God, I know I shouldn’t ever do that), but the vast majority of time I have a daily time with God that’s not focused on message prep. This daily time with God is just for my relationship with my Heavenly Father to be enhanced. It’s a daily time for me to get close to God and allow Him to speak to me. I’M NOTHING WITHOUT GOD! I’M FOCUSED ON KNOWING MY SAVIOR IN A MORE INTIMATE WAY!

HOW’S YOUR FOCUS?

Weekend Update

1. Can you believe it, it didn’t rain this weekend! If you have been watering your lawn every other day over the last 2 months, I think your watering strategy is very interesting to say the least :)!

2. Over 20 people gave their hearts to Christ this weekend.

3. There was a great energy in the services this weekend.

4. Terry Kelly did a great job leading worship in all 5 services. I really love Terry and his heart for worship. We go way back and share a lot of very good memories together. THANKS AGAIN TERRY!

5. We have been promoting Super Saturdays the last several weeks. If you attend on Sundays, I want to encourage you to make the jump to Saturday nights. You’ll love sleeping in on Sundays. Remember August 11, 18 and 25, we will be have all kinds of special events after the second Saturday night service, including pony rides, a petting zoo and a cookout. INVITE A FRIEND AND MAKE THE JUMP!

6. This weekend is our last weekend of “10….The Count Down Begins.” We’re going to be exploring the subject of “Hairy Arms And Golden Cows.”

7. The last weekend of July we’re beginning a brand new series titled “BLING BLING”. I’m really excited to share God’s Word with you and watch God revolutionize your finances. YOU CAN BE FINANCIALLY FREE! PLEASE DON’T MISS ONE WEEK OF THIS SERIES BECAUSE GOD’S WORD IS GOING TO HELP YOU FIX YOUR FINANCES!

8. This coming up Saturday from 8 AM to 4 PM our church family is going to be invading Northeast Academy and cleaning out their entire flower beds and landscaping the entire place. This is a great opportunity for us to make a great impact in our community! SEE YOU THERE!