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- the 31st
I got out to campus a little late today. I had a troubled night
sleeping, and when I finally did get to sleep, I slept past my normal time of
getting up. For the last couple of weeks, I have been deeply troubled in my spirit.
I am not sure why, but it is not a foreboding, nor a rebuke, nor an instruction.
As close as I can identify it is a deep sorrow over the state of the church and
the masses of people who march lock stepped to destruction. My spirit has been
calling out to the Lord day and night that He would pour out His spirit, power,
and glory on the world.
The Glory, though, is the main thing. The purpose
of the Glory was clearly framed in John 17:22-23: "And
the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as
we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and
that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou
hast loved me.
That the world may know. Is not that the one thing
we want to happen above all others? It is the glory that will do that. And it
is the glory that my heart has been greatly burdened for. We have the promise
of it. Joh 17:20 "Neither pray I for these alone, but
for them also which shall believe on me through their word" It is
in my understanding the one thing that is missing in our preaching. And it is
promised to come.
Isa 60:2 For, behold, the darkness
shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise
upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.
But as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD.
Hab 2:14 For the earth shall be filled with
the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.
join me in this one prayer request. "Above all things, Lord, pour out your
Spirit, your power, and your Glory, even as you did on the day of Pentecost, that
the world may know."
On to the day.
It was a pretty quiet day.
I spoke about the scientific repercussions caused by a change in the speed of
light. In particular, I wanted to talk about a geological structure that covers
most of the continents. That is undulating layers of rock. The explanation for
the undulations in the currently accepted paradigm of plate tectonics is that
the supposed movement of the crustal plates caused the layers across thousands
of miles of the continents. When the plates collided, the shock waves caused the
rock layers to buckle for thousands of miles.
To me, that is not very plausible.
The speed of the plates was not in the thousands of miles an hour, but feet per
millennia. I don't see how shock waves could have been generated strong enough
to buckle solid consolidated rock up to a mile thick for thousands of miles. And
all that without crushing and breaking the layers in the process. I believe there
is a more plausible explanation.
We have evidence that the speed of light
is not a constant. The speed has been measured for over 350 years, and the measurements
have been consistently decreasing until 1970. Here is a great presentation on
the evidence. Youtube
The implications of the change in the speed of light are many, but the one I centered
on was the effect it would have on the size of atoms.
If the speed of light
changes, then the equation E=MC**2 dictates that the mass of atoms must also change
in the other direction. A decrease in the speed of light would produce an increase
in the rest mass of the particles that make up the atom (protons. neutrons, electrons).
The increase in the mass of the protons and electrons would effect the overall
size of every atom. The increased mass would produce an increase in the electrical
charge in the particles. That increase would force the electrons to orbit the
nucleus at a higher energy level. That higher energy level would mean that the
overall size of the atom would be larger.
Such a change, even though minuscule
at the single atom level, would cause a large amount of expansion over a continent.
The accumulation of the expansion would be expressed as if the "skin"
of the continent were too large for the continent. It would look like a sharpei
dog, whose skin is a couple of sizes to big for the body. That would be a better
explanation of the undulating hills than plate collisions. Undulating hills are
all over the world, where the supposed collisions are centered at only a few locations
on the globe. The ubiquitous atheist club didn't buy it, but I can sense a draining
off of their confidence in the face of my arguments
Toward the end of the
day, someone asked me what I thought of the atheists. I singled out one fellow
and told him that I thought he would be saved, and become a mighty preacher, confounding
those believers in bogus science. I thought I would get a rise out of him, but
I was surprised by his response. He said, "That would be nice. I would like
it if God revealed Himself to me." Like I said above, they seem to be opening
- Sep 1
I have to admit that I don't remember anything about Tuesday.
I preached but nothing stuck with me. Some days are like that. We joke that some
days we preach to the squirrels and the bricks.
- Sep 2
Gary did all the preaching today, but it was an unusual day
anyway. When I got to Willard building, someone told me that there was another
group on campus over in front of the Hetzel Union Building. I told Gary I was
going to check them out, and made my way over there.
There was a huge crowd.
I approached a young man who offered me a tract. I declined and introduced myself
as the fellow who had pioneered preaching at Penn State in 1977. He directed me
to their leader, a fellow named Shawn Holes. I went over to him and asked if I
could take his picture.
Shawn thought I was a professor that he had talked
to last year, and said that we had disagreed on every thing. I said, "I don't
think so." He asked me my name and I said, "Bro Cope".
said, "Bro... Brother... you're a believer?"
I guess I have someone
on campus who looks like me.
Well, we spent a few minutes talking. I shared
my vision for Penn State, and he shared about his vision. He was heading up a
group of 6 young preachers, taking them out on the road to learn how to preach.
Holes on the right
with two of his preachers
Holiness unto the Lord
crowd was huge - panorama
all directions - panorama
His home base is Lake Placid, NY. While he offered to let me preach, I declined.
I knew that since the students see me all the time, my preaching would probably
lose the crowd. I believe I have found a preacher of the same spirit. We seemed
to have one of those instantaneous connections, at least from my perspective.
have been considering what the Lord would have me do this school year. I have
been considering focusing on my area more. There are 14 state universities in
Pennsylvania that seldom see a preacher. I also am feeling lead up into the New
York area. I suspect this connection is the Lord's way to direct me north, east,
northeast, and southeast. I have made several new contacts with preachers in this
area. This coming week, I am going to preach at Loch Haven University on Thursday
and Friday. The week after next, I will be going up into New York to preach at
Cornell, and in Ithaca Commons.
There was some press in The
Daily Collegian the next day.
After a while, I went back over to Willard
rejoicing in the Lord. When I got there, a student who regularly hangs out with
the preachers called me aside and said. "Bro I want to open my heart to God,
but I don't know how"
We went aside from the other students and talked
for about a half an hour. He was under very strong conviction. He kept rubbing
his eyes and saying "This is so hard. Is it supposed to be this hard?"
told him that God had begun to call to him, and that his thoughts would more and
more be drawn to think about God. I made sure that he didn't think that he was
saved yet. I told him he was just being awakened by God. When he comes to the
point where he is willing to submit himself to God's will, THEN he would be saved.
I asked him if he would allow me to pray for him. He agreed, and I prayed
that the Lord would reveal Himself to him and give him the grace that he would
need to surrender to God. He thanked me for my prayer. I am looking forward to
seeing him this coming week. I will be spending Tuesday and Wednesday at Penn
- Sep 3
I drove up to Mansfield last night. There was supposed to be
a meeting of the Kingdom Communities steering group. I was under the impression
that I would be getting a chance to prepare local pastors for my role of preacher.
I held off going to Mansfield State because I wanted to lay some foundation first.
But as circumstances would have it, I didn't get to speak Thursday night. So....
- Sep 4
The first thing in the morning, a car full of us scouted the
immediate environs for prospects for the Christian community we have been talking
about since spring. We spotted several locations that would have been good, and
one that would be just about perfect. Our desire is to have it set on the top
of a hill, visible from all around.
The next step is to see if the tracts
are for sale. Our plans are to build a self contained, self-sufficient community
of about 120 people. The community will be built like a castle - in a square,
with residences in the walls, and an enclosed courtyard. I'll post more about
this undertaking as things start to take shape.
told some people I was going to go out on campus at Mansfield State. Three people
wanted to go with me, Jean, Katy, and Pat. It was the first time for Jean and
Katy, but Pat had gone out preaching with Jed in years gone by.
began to form immediately, and the police were right behind. They took me aside
and began to try to intimidate me. As soon as we began, I took out my IC recorder
and turned it on to record. The first officer asked me if I was going to record
the conversation. I said "Yes".
told me to turn it off, and I said "No. You are about to break the law, and
I am going to get it on tape." He countered by insisting I needed his permission
to record, and I stood strong again. I told him that if we were on the phone,
I would need permission, but anything that happens out in the public can be recorded
because in a public setting there is no expectation of privacy. One by one, the
officers tried to argue that what I was doing was wrong. The first officer said
I was using profanity. One argued the "No one wants to hear you" argument.
Another tried to cite the schools speech code. Another tried to plead tumult.
The first officer insisted I needed a permit to speak on campus. I told him I
had already checked with a man associated with the university and was told that
since the university was a state school, they supported free speech. As it turns
out, the man was one of the university's trustees. We had had dinner a couple
of days before.
Each argument I stood against. They began to waiver. At
one point I told them I was backed by a panel of lawyers who are not loathe to
sue police who violate Constitutional guarantees. "I will own your house".
As they wavered, I pressed harder. Finally I said I would compromise. I said I
would not use those words they thought were profane (whore, whoremonger, sissy,
queer, masturbation), and when I was done preaching I would look into getting
that piece of paper they said they needed. Then I said, "Unless you intend
to arrest me now, I am going to go back and finish preaching." Their response
was "Well, okay then". I turned and walked back to the bench where I
was preaching. They set out to intimidate me, but it was I that intimidated them.
rest of the day was wild. The crowd varied between 50 and 75. At first they were
rather well behaved, but then as the central issue came around, living a holy
life, the debate became quite heated. I kept looking for the officers to return,
but they didn't. A couple of times they walked by, but paid no attention to the
The topics discussed ranged all over the place, but the one
issue that always draws the students ire is the subject of being able to cease
from sin. I think the reason it is so controversial and stirs the students so
badly is because, if it is possible to stop sinning against God, then no one has
any excuse whatsoever for continuing to sin. If it were true that sin was inescapable,
then they could rest in their delusion that God could not judge them.
if it were true that sin was not escapable, then it would be unjust for God to
send anyone to Hell for doing only that which they had to do. If it were impossible
to sin, that is. But truly, God can bring us to the point where we cease from
sin. If it is impossible to stop sinning, then it would mean that sin is more
powerful than God. And if sin is more powerful than God, then indeed Satan won
the battle in heaven. No, a God who is all powerful is able to set us free. Sin
is not more powerful than God.
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for the summer. Mine were not an exception to that rule. I am a looking at a very
hard winter. Please help out if you can.
My special thanks go out to those
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