Teachings by Beverly D. Kopp 


"TRANSITION TIME"   BY:  Beverly D. Kopp

Have you noticed the movement in the Body of Christ at large?

Much change is upon for the repositioning of Father's sons and daughters for this end time harvest of so many people.  Jesus and HIS church, you, me, us-- we are getting ready for the tidal wave of increase in power, glory, finances and everything we need to get this harvest in .  

Transition can be confusing, frustrating and you may even feel some turbulence as you being to move into the next phase and season of your life and ministry.


There is a way being made for this new day, its the highway.  When we take the highway it's faster, usually no detours or delays but sometimes getting onto the highway  there may be some crowding, some congestion and you may have a red light for awhile, but then "suddenly", there is movement, you accelerate, you settle in for the distance that you need to go, and  your speed even increases.  Where you once walked now you are jogging and even running.


Genesis 12-- In verse one The Lord said "go for yourself, for your own advantage, away from your country, from your relatives and from your father's house to the land that I will show you."  "And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you with abundant increase of favors and make your name famous and distinguished, and you will be a blessing, dispensing good to others."  So this time was a time of letting go, a process of moving out and into the unknown.  Today we have the Holy Spirit Who shows us the things to come, He is our helper, the One Who gives us strength and goes with us wherever Father has an assignment for us.

Its a time of leaving all you know, your city, your job, even your church.  Maybe you have lived there all your life, but you know in your heart that its time to go, and that you are being released in this new season, phase and place. 

I have heard two stores recently that when The Lord released a Pastor and his wife from 20 years of ministry their house sold in three days and the people who bought it had never even seen the house!  Since then their ministry has grown and expanded to several different areas of ministry and they are reaching more people than they ever could if they would of stayed in the same place.  The other story is of a husband and wife ministry team who had heard for two years that they were to move from one state to another.  After two years of "hesitating"  they obeyed.  Their house and land sold in three weeks, they made more money on their house than they ever thought, they left debt free and now they too are reaching more people in this new place.

He will lead us one step at a time and show us  what to do.  I see an excitement for soul winning today that seemed to have been lost the last years.  We are going to see churches raised again, people trained and sent out in large numbers again, an increase in missions, and a hunger and thirst for HIS presence like never before.

Many times our ministry assignment is for us to be trained for something in the future, all the time keeping the attitude "if this is all I ever do, I will do it for You Jesus my Lord." 

So if you sense change, you just may be in transition.  The purpose of the Pastor of the Local Church is to raise up ministers and know where they are called to go.

Pastors are spiritual parents and have a great responsibility to teach as well as train and make ready every disciple.

So follow The Precious Holy Spirit today, find a good WORD church based on Bible Doctrine not man's doctrine and tradition.

You may just find yourself in "transition",  I know my family and I are.



 "The Hour of the Local Church"     Beverly D. Kopp


From the prophetic signs happening every day, it seems Jesus is soon to return.  That is why there is such an urgency about each member of the Body of Christ finding his or her place and remaining  faithful, so we can all be productive in God’s plan and His Kingdom.

The local Church is the hub from which all ministry gifts are to function and the center out of which they are to flow.  In the local church, we find what is needed to build the charter of Jesus Christ in us.
Each member of the Body of Christ, a living organism not an organization, should discover his or her gift and calling, as they connect to the local church that God has designed and placed them.  

Submission is vital for our success. Submission is to get under the mission or vision of the Pastor of the church God has placed you in. The Local church is a family, designed by God. The Pastor is the Spiritual Father of that Body, his wife is the Spiritual Mother of that Body.  You are the family for that Body that HE has put together, all being adopted into that family.  All have come from different backgrounds, religions, ethnicity, even other cities.  As we join our church family we are one in the Spirit where unity is.

4 Aspects of the Local Church:

1.  A Place of Love;
A place where the abused, rejected, fatigued, hurting people can come to find people who understand, forgive, love and accept. They need a place of safety, refuge and protection.

2.  A Church based on The Word of God:
Jesus is the Head of the church, He has placed local Pastors as HIS under-shepherds.
Ephesians 5:23– He has designed the church in a special order so that He may give commands or directs thru HIS Word and thru HIS Spirit to reach HIS people.
A WORD Church is a local church that establishes the Bible as its doctrines and regulations, rather than the traditions of men.

3.  A Teaching and Training Center:
Teaching gives us instruction and training provides hands on experience.  We need both to be successful at what we are given to do.

4.  An Outreach Center
Matthew 28:18-20
Reaching people for Jesus, we have been commissioned to go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature.  By Training believers we will be equipped to go into the community.
The Church– Those called out ones, the remnant of God, those born again Who make us HIS Body.  The coming together to edify, encourage and comfort each other We come together to hear from Our Lord, Our King, The One Who saved us!  We come together to be refreshed, loved, forgiven, accepted and where Our Lord is exalted as King through praise and worship.

You and I are the Church.


"The Reality of Being Bullied"

by Jennifer Kornowski

My heart felt like a racehorse running to catch up; just breathe, just breathe. It’s going to be all right, I would tell myself.  Beads of sweat rolled down my face. I could see them, all of them, eyes of hatred looking down my face. As is, I was some kind of evil, I knew it wasn’t them but the evil spirits working behind them, using them as a tool. Manipulating them as puppets. The devil knows us well; studying us throughout our life, waiting to use his wild schemes against us. Psalm 21:11 says: “For they intended evil against thee: they imagined a mischievous device, which they are not able to perform.” In this case the devil knew the calling of God on my life and had plans of stopping it, even at a young age. The devil will try everything to get us to stop. As a child the Lord set me apart from my peers; I was different. I didn’t fit in and I wasn’t supposed to, but nonetheless they found a weakling, what they thought was a weakling anyways, to taunt on the playground. “Hairy Terry!” “Hairy Terry!” they shouted. “You’re so fat and ugly!” It got louder and louder in my ears. Recess became a playground for the enemy, they thought they defined who I was, but I knew better, God has defined who I am. In fact God has defined who we all are. Genesis 1:27 says that God created man in his own image.  He created us with a purpose, with a vision. All those hard years from elementary to high school played a big part of who I am today. They molded and shaped me. There was girl that was transferred into my grade named Jennifer. I remember how much more bigger she was then me seeing as though I always seemed to be the bigger girl for my grade, I think she made a choice in her life of be the bully instead of being bullied on because I never remember anyone picking on her. She had hatred towards me; many times I became her target. One day in our P.E. class she thought of a perfect plan to humiliate me, she pulled out some unclean, stained underwear, I’m not sure where she got them from, and lifted them high up in the air for all the girls to see, at that point they became my underwear, which of course was a lie, but it gave those girls in that changing room a reason to laugh and taunt. I remember feeling so alone, not an uncommon feeling for me to experience. I guess all those times of eating my lunch in the girl’s bathrooms on the toilet to avoid the humiliation of sitting by myself prepared me for that moment. I figured if I could disappear then there was no room for mocking, so the girl’s bathroom became my fortress for lunchtime. It got to the point where Jennifer became aggressive, aggressive enough to threaten to kill me in front of my science class, of course she was smart enough to do this when the teacher walked out. She announced to the class that she indeed was going to kill me. The words came out slow and sharp.  Did I really just hear her say that, and if so, why is nobody standing up for me? It’s as if the class is frozen in time. I was smart enough to let my parents know about this because I needed their prayer of agreement with this one. We prayed and agreed that the Lord’s protection would be on me. Two weeks passed by and sure enough someone found a knife in her backpack. The knife was without purpose but intended to take my life. That it did not. In fact, satan has not been able to get anywhere with me. Were my adolescent years easy? No, of course not! It was a time of finding out what I was made of. What are you made of? When the road gets tough, are you going to quit? Are you afraid of standing up for the true Son of God? The Lord is looking for people who are clean and spotless, does that mean we can’t make mistakes? No, but if there’s things in your life that you know shouldn’t be there, then get them removed and do it quickly. Too many of us get comfortable and stagnate; we love the Lord but we forget that He wants to use us in an ongoing ministry, that means we are to be ever evolving and changing. We should be going from glory to glory, not decreasing in our lives, but increasing!   As a Pastor’s kid or “P.K.” as all of us church people like to say, the Lord has given us P.K.’s a gift, we are chosen to be in the role that we are in, but in this role there’s a lot of persecution, for the body of Christ there’s a lot of persecution, especially if we are serving Him in His will for our life. P.K.’s can tend to be in a rough place continually, why? you may ask…  Well, there’s a lot of reasons why, but here’s a few…

 

  1. There’s a high level of expectation on us. Our parents are our Pastors, therefore we are also in the spot light, our lives are public for all to see. The mistakes we make tend to define us unfortunately, which comes with a lot of pressure. Pressure to do things perfectly, we shouldn’t feel this way but we do. I’m just being honest with you. As an example: One time I watched a movie that some Christians may think is okay to watch. I remember a girl my age getting offended in our church because she felt it wasn’t okay to watch this movie and she held it against me. In her eyes my actions were wrong, but really she was judging me. As believers we can all tend to be critical and judgmental with one another, God has more grace with us then we give to others sometimes. We need to remember to give things to God, and pray for one another. James 5:16 says: “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”

  2.  The second reason why we P.K.’s can tend to have a rough time is because we get to see what I like to call the  “Behind the Scenes” in the body of Christ. It’s like a play, you go enjoy yourselves, listen and learn, but there’s a lot of unseen moments behind the stage. From the viewer’s stand point, the play could be going great, no speed bumps in the road, but in order for the show to go on, the stage crew behind the scenes are working non-stop, running around getting everything the actors need in order for the show to succeed. This is how ministry works. The congregation come and get fed the Word of God every week, but in order for that Word to go forth and penetrate their lives, there’s a lot of intercession and hard work studying the Word of God, for their benefit, by the Pastor. Each congregation is different, therefore the Pastor and his team which in many cases could be the Pastor's Kids’s or Associates and so on, do their best to let God move through them to provide exactly what that particular congregation needs. A good Pastor will give you a vision and tools to provide you and your family to make you successful in the calling that God has for you. Of course the enemy does not want you succeeding in your full potential, but again that’s why your Pastor is there to help you. Unfortunately, in some cases, the Pastor does everything he can do to help God’s people in the congregation but some can tend to get offended, let the offense bubble up inside of them and leave the church. This is hurtful to see this happen over and over again in the body of Christ, especially for a P.K. In my case I grew up with some of the people in our congregation, they became a part of my family for years, and all of the sudden they just decide to make the wrong decision and listen to the enemy, let him in and destroy the foundation of who they are.  Not all the time do people leave because of offense, (which in most cases they are offended just because they took something that was said the wrong way from either their Pastor or a church member), they leave because of other reasons with I don’t have time to get into right now. This is why God’s people need to learn to listen to the Holy Spirit and take heed to his Word.  Malachi 2:16 says: ”Therefore take heed to your spirit, that ye deal not treacherously.” Basically, take heed to your spirit so that you won’t be deceived, especially in these last days.

 

I had mentioned to you a little before about the teasing and taunting and how that molded and shaped me. What the devil meant for bad turned out good! Hallelujah! It built within me character. With that being said, I had and still have a deep intimate relationship with the Lord. He is what got me through those rough years, and continues to get me through them. Instead of reacting to the situations that I have mentioned already, such as the teasing at school and hurtful situations that would occur in the church setting, I’ve learned and am continually learning that walking in God’s love is the key to overcoming anything in our lives. It’s the key to freedom my friends; freedom from the hurt, freedom from the pain, freedom from the chains of the past. God’s loves gives us the ability to take control of who God made us to be and succeed in every part of our lives. I mean really, how do you think I got through all the junk that’s happened to me? Just standing around and waiting for it to happen? Ha!  Only if it were that easy. God never said it’s going to be easy. It’s a choice you have to make, you choose to put your shoes on, you choose to brush your teeth, you choose to walk in God’s love.  Am I perfect at it? No, but I can tell you with being open to God helping me make that choice, it’s much easier on my part.  If you make the wrong choice and let the unforgiveness define you, it will choke the gifts that the Lord has given to you.   In fact, it can get to the point of becoming lukewarm instead of being hot for the Lord, and sooner or later, you will fall into the ditch instead of being on the straight and narrow path. Matthew 7:13-14 says: “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leads to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads unto life, and few there be that find it.”

I am thankful that I decided to go down this right path, the unpopular path among Christians, I decided not to settle. How many lives has the Lord been able to touch using me?  How many lives has the Lord been able to touch using you? If not many, you might want to take a look at what your doing wrong, because we should be working together to touch people.  We are here to minister to this world.  We are a body and we cannot function well when one part of the body isn’t functioning right. If your hand is broken you cannot play the piano.  If your eyes cannot see, there is no direction. Catch my drift? Make sure you are helping the body of Christ, not crippling it. We cannot teach others how to get over their unforgiveness if we haven’t gotten over ours. The gifts and talents are there, but we need to be willing to make changes in ourselves to see the fruit of them. Trust me, it’s worth it. Let the Lord do a work in you.  Let Him give you a testimony of freedom!