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Baby Girl

Please be praying for my daughter, Caris. She’s been sick, and as a result, she’s not sleeping well at night. Tiffany took her to the doctor on Monday, and we found out she had an ear infection and a fever along with one or two other small issues.

I’m really enjoying having a daughter around the house. It’s totally a different feeling than my spit fire sons. My boys are awesome, and I love them so much, but my daughter just has daddy’s heart in a different way. I don’t think she’ll be able to date until she’s 18. I really mean 21 :).

I want to encourage you not to get so busy doing life that you neglect your family. Be sure to make your family a top priority. Your greatest ministry is in your home.

Make it a great Wednesday!

Loving Jesus

My personal relationship with Jesus has been incredible. The last few months have been a great time of spiritual growth. I’ve been reading through the Book of Acts in my daily devotionals. I’m amazed at how radical the early church Christians were. It’s easy to take for granted how the early church was running for their life but still boldly proclaimed Christ wherever they went. They really understood that the real purpose of life is to share the love of Christ with as many people as possible. My prayer is that God would use the Cooper family as an incredible light no matter where we are.

As I’m talking about being a light for Christ, it reminds me of what two of our first time guests said to me this past Sunday. I went over to talk to this gentlemen and lady, and they told me the reason that they came to People’s Church was that they saw my family in a restaurant and just knew that there was something different about us (I sure hope I wasn’t picking my nose while they were watching me and my family). They told me that they almost came up to talk to us because we just seemed so different – I didn’t ask them, but I don’t think they thought we were weird different :). At the time, they didn’t know that I was the Senior Pastor of People’s Church. They ended up seeing a billboard and put two and two together.

There are two very important lessons we learn from this:

1. We are called to be light for Christ no matter where we are.

2. Don’t pick your nose in public because you don’t know whose watching you :).

Weekend Update

We had a great weekend at People’s Church. We had 1450 in attendance and somewhere around 40 to 50 people who committed their life to Christ. I will get the total number of people who committed their life to Christ from the office this morning. We had people make a commitment to Christ in EVERY service. You all have such a passion to see people connect with a loving Savior. Thank you for inviting your friends and family to experience God’s grace and mercy. You’re making an eternal difference.

I am so proud of you all. You have made our Saturday night services a huge success. Thank you so much for your faithfulness to attend and serve on Saturdays. Not only have we started two more services for people to surrender their life to Christ, you all have freed up seats in the auditorium and kid’s areas on Sundays for more people to connect with God. YOU ALL ARE AWESOME! If your schedule allows, would you commit to attending the Saturday night services? It will tremendously help us as we gear up to reach many, many people for Christ throughout the spring. I think you will really love attending Saturday nights and sleeping in on Sunday mornings. I love being your pastor!!!!

Books

I’m very much into reading books. I’m always growing and learning. Right now I’m reading The Seven Practices Of Effective Ministry by Andy Stanley and The Difference Maker by John Maxwell. Both are great reads. I wish I would have read Andy Stanley’s book before I planted People’s Church. It would have kept me from a lot of headaches. At least I’m learning some things that our team can implement into our ministries to take us to the next level.

I finished up my weekend message yesterday. I really think it’s going to help a lot of people. Waiting is one of the most difficult issues we deal with in life. Think about all the things you are or have had to wait for (job, promotion, degree, spouse, car, house, salvation of a loved one, friend, and the list goes on and on). This weekend we’re going to learn how to properly wait on and also receive all that God has for us. You don’t want to miss this weekend because WE ARE ALL WAITING ON SOMETHING!

Today is my family day and family date night! I’m PUMPED UP TO HANG WITH THE FAMILY! SEE YOU THIS WEEKEND!

Worry

Yesterday, Channel 9 News came to People’s Church to interview me about the subject of worry. They are airing a story on Monday, February 19th, on worry. They asked me to talk about the subject of worry from a Christ follower’s/pastor’s point-of-view. The interview got me thinking about why we worry. Jesus addresses the cause and the cure of worry in Matthew Chapter 6. The primary cause of worry is not trusting God. We worry because we try to be self-reliant instead of God-reliant. Humanity was not designed to operate independently from God. God created us to be dependent on Him; so when we try to deal with the problems and pressures of life on our own, worry starts to creep in. The thing that we often times forget is that Matthew 6:27 reminds us that worry is useless. Worrying can’t add a single hour to our lives. Worrying can’t change our circumstances. Worrying can’t change people. Worrying doesn’t accomplish anything positive in our lives. Let’s commit together not to worry, and instead, let’s trust God. God is always faithful to meet all of our needs when we put Him first.

Study Day

Yesterday, I forgot to blog. My Tuesdays are spent with my staff. I have an executive meeting first thing in the morning, and then, a staff meeting with my directors following my executive meeting. Then, our directors have a staff lunch. My Tuesdays are dedicated to encouraging, correcting and equipping my staff.

Today is a study day for me. I have a brief outline of what I’m going to talk about this weekend. I will begin to develop my thoughts and do some research to enhance my message. Hopefully by the end of the day I’m 80 percent done with my message. My title this weekend is “Are We There Yet?”

Don’t forget that it’s Valentine’s Day. Be sure to do something special for the one you love!

Monday Morning Blues

I’m tired this morning. Last week was an exceptionally busy week, plus I had an exceptionally busy weekend. I also didn’t sleep well on Saturday night, and that is definitely a factor of why I feel tired this morning. I also spoke last night for a pastor friend of mine in the Oklahoma City metro area to help his church raise funds to pay off their land and to move forward with building their new facility. It’s always an honor to partner with other churches to help them accomplish the great commission.

This morning I’m spending some time with my family. My boys love for me to do what they call “The Claw” to them (this means grab their belly and tickle them with one hand). They learned this from their grandpa, and now, it’s their favorite game with their daddy.

Well, I better get back to playing with my boys and get ready to head to the gym and then to a lunch appointment.

Herbert

Wow, another Friday is here.

My wife and I were talking last night about how quick the year is already flying by. Today, I have to attend a meeting with several other pastors. I’m looking forward to fellowship and gleaning things from them that will help me be a more effective pastor.

Tonight, we are going on our family date. My boys, especially my oldest son, love Friday family dates. I have to admit, I think I love family date night more than he does. I love my family so much. They are the wind beneath my wings. Have a great Friday!

Hello Bloggers!

I’m finally blogging because my pastor friends are trying to get me up-to-date. I’m one of the most computer and technologically illiterate persons on the planet earth, but thanks to the help of some great people on our staff, I’m blogging. I know some of you can’t believe it, but here I go.

On my blog you will hear me talk about a variety of issues. I will basically be sharing what’s on my heart. It may be about my wife, kids, church, leadership, hobbies, friendships or my personal relationship with Christ.

Thursday is a fun but busy day for me. It’s the day I finish up my weekend message and email it to the office. This weekend is going to be a fun, kick-off weekend for my brand new series called Go Mo Go. Throughout this series, we’re going to be learning and applying lessons from the life of Moses. Moses was an incredible leader, but was just like us; he faced fears, inadequacies, made mistakes and was mightily used by God. This weekend I’m going to be talking about “Mo’s Anatomy.” Grey’s Anatomy can’t touch Mr. Mo!

The main reason my Thursday is going to be so fun is because it’s my date night with my lovely wife, Tiffany. I can’t wait to take her on a date and leave the kids at home with a babysitter.

I hope my first blogging experience was as enjoyable for you as it was for me :)

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