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this Journal, I am trying something new. With a lot of photos, the load time for
the Journal gets excessive. So, all the photos are thumbnail versions of larger
photos. To view the full photo, click on the thumbnail.
I want to apologize that I have fallen behind on my journal.
Several reasons contribute to the delay. The first is that I am putting time into
a new website aimed at mainline Christianity to promote church growth, revival,
and the training of young evangelists. The website is being promoted by Kingdom
Company. For those who do not know of Kingdom
Company, they are the largest distributor of audio/visual equipment and supplies
to the church in the US. As such, they have a massive contact list.
new website, Kingdom Insight,
is a social networking site, similar to FaceBook, dedicated to the coming harvest
of the US, and the subsequent difficult times we are facing. The goal is to help
equip the saints, and to strengthen the church. What is new, in my estimation,
is that this website is focusing on making the case to the mainline church for
street preaching as the central method that the Lord ordained to reach the world.
The street preaching has been the "bad boy" of ministries for a long
time simply because no one in the church as a whole understand what it is and
what it is supposed to do. Hopefully this will be an avenue for us preachers to
plead our case to the church as a whole.
There is much more to the site
than this little blurb. I invite you all to go online and take a look at Kingdom
Insight. In particular, we are looking for street preacher friendly people
to add content to the site. At the moment, while I am not alone, I am pretty much
the torch bearer for our kind of ministry.
Please, feel free to join and
to post in those areas that interest you. The website began being promoted nationally
last week. Unlike Jed's website, BroJed.org
or my website, BroCope.com, Kingdom Insight
is set up to handle photos, videos,
focus groups, personal
blogs, and miscellaneous notes.
We have great hopes that the website will go a long ways to being able to have
inroads to the mainline churches.
For a number of days over the last 3 weeks, I have
had to fight off a pernicious attack on the Campus
Ministry, USA Bulletin Board. It began on Tuesday, Feb 17th. When I went to
the board to perform my webmaster duties, the main page was gone, replaced by
close to a thousand profane and perverse posts. The attacker used a script that
posted the same posts hundreds of times. Taking advantage of a weakness I did
not know of, the script actually destroyed the BB's main page.
made changes to recognize the pattern of behavior and to block the posting script,
but the attacks continued three or four more times. In the end, I spent more than
7 days revamping my code to prevent the "denial of service" attack.
These were days that I could not go out on campus.
end is not yet. The changes I made to the BB seem to have been too restrictive,
and some of the regulars are not able to post. I will have to go back in and make
some more changes to loosen up the restrictions for people that I know and can
Bro Cope Show
The coming week is Spring Break at Penn State,
and I will be able to get caught up on a number of projects in addition to Kingdom
First, I have found a place to film a pilot for a
TV show. The Penn State Diner has agreed to let me tape a TV show, which at this
time is tentatively going to be called "The Bro Cope Show" (for lack
of a more creative alternative, although suggestions would be welcome). I am hoping
to shoot the first show on Wednesday March 25, or Thursday March 26th evening.
This show will go out on a 24/7 internet channel being developed by Kingdom Company,
and possibly a couple of free standing stations that I know of.
format of the show will be talk and interview, with an occasional Bible study
or Bible debate. For the first show, I will be sending out a letter outlining
the purpose for the show, and inviting all of the Christian groups to attend and
to bring up their objections to my methods. It is my hope that I will be able
to educate the Penn State students to the wisdom of God manifested in the confrontational
method that I use on campus.
1Co 1:21 For
after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God
by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
the future, I will be doing topical shows, interviewing preachers, addressing
current events, and challenging the various world views that array themselves
against the knowledge of God.
This endeavor has been on my
heart for quite some time, and now I am being pressed in the Spirit to attempt
it. My hope is that I can use footage from my normal preaching to augment answers
to questions and to bring a wider acceptance in the church to what God wants to
do through the street preachers. Consequently, I am hoping to be able to interweave
this task with my preaching commitment.
After 32 years of preaching,
my burden to educate the church has become very heavy. It is my understanding,
as I have said before, that the Lord has already begun the judgment of the church,
which precedes the judgment of the world. We all can see great judgment looming
over the US, as we see the birth pangs coming on us. But the judgment of the world
comes after the judgment of the church.
1Pe 4:17-18 For
the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first
begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And
if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?
the church is completely ignorant of that judgment, what it is, what the standard
will be. According to Peter, that judgment is
difficult. Think about the sentence "the righteous scarcely be saved".
That indicates a very high standard of judgment, not a low one.
project will be the most challenging thing I have ever undertaken. Will it succeed?
Only God knows. But I am compelled to try. I want to produce something that might
be called Jeremiah meets Bill O'Reilly. Some of the Fox News people have the confrontation
down, they just don't have it rooted in the truths of God. Most of the commentators
that try to present the news from a Christian perspective are so worried that
they might offend that they come off as smarmy, vapid, and vacuous. What the world
needs is the boldness of the prophetic utterance coupled with the wisdom of God.
Am I that person? I hope so.
project represents a new financial commitment on my part. I will be buying some
new equipment, (lights, microphones, and a new computer to edit the video), but
for now, I will use what I have. I will need to upgrade in order to get something
better than Youtube posts. I project the cost to be about $6,000 to acquire a
good camera, some sensitive mikes, directional mikes, and some umbrella lights
to light the PS Diner's back room.
For the most part,
with the exception of driving up to Mansfield, PA to work with Kingdom on their
projects, I have not traveled. I have preached at every opportunity at Penn State.
The reason I have not traveled is because the support has not been there. When
the Lord does not supply my needs to travel, I look around to see if there is
something for me to do locally. This project is what I have come up with. If any
of you are impressed by the Lord to help to fund this, please donate with a note
to apply it to the "show project".
In April, my
plans are to travel out to Missouri to spend a couple of weeks traveling and preaching
with Jed in the central part of the US. I anticipate that this trip will cost
me about a $850 dollars for 4 weeks. Could some of you help out with special donations
to cover this trip?
My address is:
N Atherton St., Apt 1
Port Matilda, PA 16870
Campus Ministry Bulletin Board over the years, I have posted thousands of times
on the issues that surround this kind of ministry. Many times it has been suggested
to me that I "write a book". With the Kingdom Insight project, again
the subject has arisen. Currently there are over 62,000 posts archived on our
server in Minnesota. In order to preserve this body of work, I have started a
project to download these posts and to store then on another machine. That will
give me access to the posts, and will enable me to begin editing and consolidating
my work as "the dreaded webmaster" of The Campus Ministry's website.
project will be lower key after I get the bulk downloaded. I hope to be able to
spend some time this summer compiling my work, along with taping and editing segments
for The Bro Cope Show, or whatever it will be called.
If any on my mailing list have special skills, I could
use some help on some of these projects. Up till now, I have been trying to do
it all by myself. It would be nice if I had a wife and maybe a couple of live-at-home
children to help out, but I don't. Unlike most on the campus circuit that have
preaching partners and wives, I am alone. That is another reason why this journal
has taken 3 weeks to be written.
Here are the skills I am looking
(1) If any of you have skills in editing videos, I could
use a hand. I have bunches of segments, but no time to spare to edit them.
If any have graphic artist skills, I need promotional materials for the show designed.
I have a source to print the posters, but am pretty challenged when it comes to
(3) If any have public relations experience,
the show will have to be promoted once it actually exists.
I have a large need at times for people who are internet savvy to do some online
All of these would be volunteers, since I am trying
to do this on a shoe string.
atheist, oh those faithful atheists, were out to withstand the Gospel. The weather
was clear but cold, but that did not stop a small crowd from forming. The main
issue of the day was the mindlessness of atheism. I like to continually point
out how the atheist's philosophy ultimately and logically ends up in nihilistic
You see, atheists will tell you that they can not believe in anything
that can't be sampled by the 5 senses. This is called materialism, and I have
gone over this before in my journal. The reason that atheism results in nihilistic
despair is because of their insistence that they can not believe in anything that
does not have a material existence. But most of what we know, about 99.9999%,
we have not acquired through sampling the material existence of anything. Almost
the entirety of our knowledge we have learned from secondary sources, not primary
A primary source is someone who does experiments, makes measurements,
and determines empirically what he is trying to document or understand. A secondary
source is from any other source other than the one doing the experiments. Almost
all of our knowledge comes from second hand sources. To the atheist, or at least
one who is true to his beliefs, they would have to reject everything that they
have personally determined by their own research.
When the Christian refers
to things that have happened in history from the Bible, the atheist simply rejects
it out of hand because it is a secondary source. Yet when we question their beliefs
system, they assert absolutes based upon knowledge that they did not personally
determine. That means that all of their beliefs are based in faith. They have
trusted the source as to the truth value of what is told them. That is faith.
It is a very fun thing to challenge the atheists using their own arguments.
This day I was pointing out that they use logic, their minds, their memories,
their thoughts to prove that God does not exist. They reject the existence of
the supernatural, yet they use supernatural means to try to argue their beliefs.
that I mean that logic has no material existence. Logic has no color, no taste,
not texture, no odor, and makes not sound. If it has no material existence, then
it must be immaterial. Two other words that can be used are "natural"
and "supernatural". Logic exists, but not as a property of any matter.
It exists outside the material or natural realm. Therefore it is supernatural.
It's very existence is a proof that the material realm is not all that there is.
an atheist were true to his philosophy, he could not know anything unless he did
the original research. And even then it would require the use of something that
can not be tested materially in order to make any conclusions from the research.
Oh, those mindless atheists, trying to use a supernatural thing like logic to
disprove the existence of the supernatural. That is like using water to prove
wetness is a figment of our imagination.
was cold and rainy, and I could not gather a crowd. This was one of those days
when we preach "to every creature". I was preaching to the squirrels.|
While the students of Penn State boast that they
are "party animals", we Christians opt for the straight and narrow.
But that does not mean that we can't have any fun. No sirree! We, here at the
Bro Cope homestead, are "picnic animals". Today was our traditional
midwinter picnic. Every year since about 1988, we pick one weekend in the middle
of winter to go outside, braise some barnyard animals, and ruminate on what it
was like for those 40 years in the wilderness.
came about so long ago because Gary and Karen's children would get really rambunctious
after several months of being cooped up inside. There is nothing better than a
winter picnic to cure cabin fever. In the early days, we would have snow sculpting
contests for the kids, complete with all kinds of prizes. For the oldsters, we
would heat cider on the fire, and stand real close to the flames. Before too long
all the girls would wind up in the house, while we hardier guys would huddle around
the fire pit, spitting, talking about chain saws and carburetor, and doing other
Today, almost all of the kids are grown, so
no more snow sculpting. But just the same, we had another wonderful picnic. Here
is a small sample of the festivities. These thumbnails are links to full scale
picnic spread in front of the dinner bell
and Karen Cattell, faithful servants of God
red head in the middle is Rebekah Cattell
and Karen - the daughter Karen did not have
animals and guys cooking
atheists set up to do their own evangelism table down by College Avenue. Gary
and I thought about heckling them, but decided not to aid them in any way.
it was a very quiet day at Willard. No debates, no crowds.|
was a surprisingly eventful day. The weather was cold, but that did not dissuade
the atheists. They showed up in force. I began to talk on the evidence in geology
that showed that catastrophe is a better explanation than uniformitarianism for
what we see in the geologic record. Of course the knee jerk reaction was to simply
ridicule what I was saying. Then the fellow standing off to my left lifted up
his voice. He identified himself as a geology major and stripped them of their
defense by telling them that many in geological science are acquiescing to the
fact that all fossils were laid down under catastrophic flood conditions. Surprisingly
they were stunned into silence for a while.|
before too long, they began to encircle me and march around me like the Israelites
circling the city of Jericho. The ambient noise level got a little loud, and the
speech professor gesticulating in the picture to the left came out to read us
the riot act. His students were giving their speeches but could not be heard over
the noise. In order to avoid any problems with the administration, I shut down
fellow I am talking to here came out of the crowd to question my methodology.
Since I had quieted down to assuage the professors anger, we had a quiet and very
productive talk about my methods. His objection was that I was apparently driving
people away from God. He was surprised when I said, "Yes, I know. I intend
to do that."
he exclaimed. Then I went on to explain that the heart of man is deceitful above
all things and desperately wicked, and men can not know the state of their own
heart. The place where most people are at is where they think themselves basically
good people that God loves and won't send to Hell. This is the most dangerous
of any place to be. Not only is that person headed for Hell, but they are deceived
into thinking they are not in danger.
Jesus said to the Church of Laodicea
in Re 3:15-16 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold
nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and
neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
can deal with hot, obviously, and He can deal with cold. But He can not deal with
all those in the middle - those who believe they are good enough for God, those
with no sense of danger. As a preacher my job is to move people. Hot or cold is
not in my power to determine. The Bible says that as a man thinks in his heart,
so is he. My preaching does not establish where a man's heart is at.
it can do is to force the man to make the choice that is already in his heart.
Free will. Even God normally does not override a man's free will. If God does
not do it, how can my preaching do what God does not do? The preaching
does not turn people off, as he suggested. All the preaching can do is to expose
where a person's heart is at, and then move that person further along the path
that was already in their heart.
With that explanation, he shook my hand,
and thanked me for my preaching.
stood with us today. He is from Kenya. Several weeks ago, he told me that he feels
called to preach. While he hasn't preached yet, he is faithful to work the crowd
and to defend his faith. In the picture to the left, he is witnessing to the main
antagonists from the atheist club. And then on the right, he is praying for one
of the main atheists. Imagine that!!!
Gary told me that he prayed for all
of them today, Could a break through be near if the atheists allow us to pray
for them. Further on down in this journal, I am seen praying for another atheist,
was rainy and cold, but nevertheless, it was pretty productive. First Ed A, a
friend from Williamsport came down with his son to work the crowds. He was a cute
little fireball, happily passing out tracts to the students. What coed could refuse
a tract from him? His father, Ed, is right behind him.|
top story of the day was that I was able to overcome with the atheists! I began
to lay out from physical evidence what we do know that agrees with the Biblical
story. I started with the fact that there are millions of mammoth and mastodon
fossils above the Arctic circle. There actually is an entire island made up of
bones from these great animals.
How much grass does an elephant require
per day? Three hundred pounds each day.
did all those millions of mammoths and mastodon eat above the arctic circle, where
the only thing that grows is lichen? This is about where they quieted down. What
about the 10 foot ferns found under the ice in Antarctica? Or the coal deposits?
brought up the mammoths that have been found flash frozen in Alaska and Siberia,
standing on all four feet. And the rock ice that covers large areas in Alaska
and Siberia. Rock Ice is an interesting phenomenon that can only be explained
by jets of clear pure water being ejected into the stratosphere, freezing, and
then falling back to earth like hail, only with very little dissolved air in the
ice. I also talked about the fact that before all the oil, coal, and natural gas
was trapped underground (by a catastrophic flood), the carbon now locked up was
in the ecosystem. That points to the fact that the earth was once very very lush.
This is also born out by fossils of gigantic trees and plants. There is one petrified
tree that has been found that is a half mile in diameter and could have been several
I had started to tape that session, but the rain made me turn
off the camera. I could have kicked myself when I was able to bring the entire
atheist clan to silence. I wish I had it on tape.
preached once but was not able to draw a crowd. I left early and drove 2 hours
to Mansfield, PA to speak at a Kingdom Builders meeting. The message was given
as an addition to a message I gave last month that the Judgment of the church
has already begun. The links to that message are:
Judgment of the Church has begun, Part 1
Judgment of the Church has begun, Part 2
Judgment of the Church has begun, Part 3
Judgment of the Church has begun, Part 4
Judgment of the Church has begun, Part 5
Judgment of the Church has begun, Part 6
message I gave was entitled "What the church needs to know"
the church needs to know, Part 1
the church needs to know, Part 2
the church needs to know, Part 3
My burden is for the church.
If they knew what is coming down the pike, they would be trembling. Many people
in the church are saying the same things as I have concerning our times. I heard
a prophecy from the Orthodox church warning those in the Orthodox church to lay
aside a month's worth of food because something catastrophic was soon to happen.
A couple of weeks later I received this warning from David Wilkerson:
Pastor predicts imminent catastrophe
And yesterday I received
It is time to draw together and strengthen
ourselves in the Lord. All those who put their trust in the Lord will not be ashamed.
All who trust in the world will be abandoned. The Lord is shaking the earth:
12:25-27 See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if
they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape,
if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven: Whose voice then shook the
earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only,
but also heaven. And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those
things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot
be shaken may remain.
- Penn State University
very quiet day. I preached but the weather was cold, so I could not gather a crowd.|
- Penn State University
some reason the atheists like to circle around me when I am preaching. They are
somewhat like the Indians circling a wagon train. Today's debate against was on
the subject of the mindlessness of atheistic thought|
- Penn State University
above when Sel was praying for the atheists? In these shots, Pat, one of the atheists,
asked me to pray for him. The first shot is when he asked me, and the second was
the prayer. His request was for a test he was going into. No, not a spiritual
test, a classroom test. When he asked me he reminded me of a testimony that I
had related to them many months ago.
Years ago I was witnessing to my brother
about the fact that God can aid us in school. I told Lyle about how the Lord aided
me in my work. Many times I would get to a point in a problem that I could not
solve, and the Lord would give me the answer. The most dramatic was one time that
the teleprocessing network for Fidelity Bank in Philadelphia would crash about
tree times a day. When it did, all banking stopped in all 240 branches. The computer
would have to be rebooted to get every thing up and running.
say that when the system crashed, my bosses would become very interested in my
work. You see, I was the system programmer responsible for the teleprocessing
network. For weeks my feet were in the fire. I would sit all day researching the
problem without success. My bosses were getting more and more agitated for the
solution. But the solution was not readily forthcoming.
After several weeks
of failure, I was concerned for my job. The natives were restless. I finally got
to a place where every avenue had been tried, and there were no more to try. I
gave up. I crossed my arms, leaned back in my chair, and prayed, "Okay Lord,
I can't find it. You're going to have to show me". I quieted my mind, and
began to think on other more pleasant things.
About 4-5 minutes went by,
when suddenly the Lord, through the Spirit, said "Look at this listing".
I looked at where the Spirit had indicated. Then He said, "Look over here".
Again I looked. Then He said, "Look at this place in the core dump"
(The actual contents of memory at the instant of the crash.) Like a flash bulb,
the answer became more than clear. There is was in the core dump.
listing was a listing of a main program that called a subroutine. The second listing
was the subroutine. The main program had defined one of the fields being passed
to the subroutine as 64 characters long. The subroutine had defined that same
field as 32 characters. What was happening was that when the main program called
the subroutine, it passed it 64 characters, but when the subroutine passed the
information back, it had been truncated to only 32 characters. What the Lord showed
me in the core dump was the 32 characters I was expecting to see followed by 32
spaces. The chopped off data then caused the main program to fail.
that to tell you about my brother.
My brother was attending a very prestigious
Ivy league school. He had a test in a subject that had run out of books before
he was able to get one. The test was on the book, which he did not own. He was
very worried. I related the story I just wrote and told him that the Lord could
help him in the test. I explained how the Holy Spirit is able to bring back anything
we have heard, read, or thought.
Joh 14:26 But the Comforter, which is
the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things,
and <b>bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto
I continued to explain that by trusting Him, we enable this
principle to work in our lives. I instructed Lyle to not get anxious while taking
the test. If there is a question he does not know, skip it, and say a prayer for
the answer. I told him emphatically to not start to worry or to fear, but just
to let his request to be know, then to quiet his brain and trust. Anxiety and
fear blocks our ability to discern the answer. I told him just to skip the question,
relax, and move on. Within a couple of minutes the answer would "pop"
into his mind, when he wasn't "listening" for it. He agreed to try it.
He really didn't have much choice since he could not buy the book.
days later, Lyle came into my room, lit up like a Christmas tree. He said, "It
worked!! And guess what".
I said "What?".
"I passed the test!! And guess what else".
I said "What?".
said, "I got the highest score in the class!! I got a 100%"
had worked exactly as I told him it would. He got a 100 in a test on a book he
did not won. Not bad!
And all that to tell you about Pat. He remembered
the testimony and asked me for prayer for his test. I instructed Pat in how to
take the test, and prayed for him. Since the test was on Thursday, and on Friday
Spring Break began, I won't know the outcome till the week of March 16th. Pat
is very near to salvation. I believe he will be the first atheist to be converted.
A couple of weeks ago he commented that we Christians are so much nicer than his
atheist "friends". His name is Pat when you pray.
- Penn State University
Break begins tomorrow. Today the campus is almost deserted. We did not preach.
Instead I began to get caught up on back work.
All of the week of March
9th-13th, I will be working on my backlog. Back t preaching on the 16th.
I apologize this journal is so long.
See you next week,
Once again please consider supporting my ministry. If you can't support
me yourself, would you be able to give me any contacts you have of churches that
might be open to my ministry as I travel? Any help you could offer would be much
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