Tribute to Greg Coopwood
This past week we lost a significant person in the Kingdom when Gregory Coopwood went home to be with the Lord Wednesday morning January 14th.
Although we often say in Christiandom that the Lord loved him more; our human hearts have difficulty understanding the will of God. This is the struggle that is exhibited throughout the Word of the God. As a pastor too often we encounter believers that regardless of how much scripture they quote or attend church fail to comprehend or understand the sovereignty of God. Moreover, we give the devil credit for too many incidents in our lives.
The key to coming to grips with sudden tragedies is to first understand what God says in his Word.
Isaiah 55:8-9 (KJV) For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
We have to believe that God says all things will work for the good.
Romans 8:28 (KJV) And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Romans 8:32 (KJV) He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
Even though we can’t see it all the time God is working in every situation.
God is the giver and the taker of life; we have to stop empowering the enemy.
Job 1:21 (KJV) And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.
This past week we not only lost a great Evangelist and leader at my church, we lost a true friend and encourager. In these times where members are hopping from church to church and Christians are being controlled and manipulated by the Spirit of Korah, it’s such a blessing to have an individual that was a true blessing to their Pastor.
Greg was indeed a pleasure to pastor. He was committed, compassionate, accountable (I always knew where he was), correctable, a server, and a true evangelist that rarely came to church alone.
There is but one word to sum up this great man of God, “Love.” My eulogy for him was entitled “Endless Love.” Think about this, if every church had ten of these individuals our problems with outreach and church growth would be solved. You don’t replace such an individual as Gregory Coopwood you merely step it up.
Thanks my brother for your years of dedication and service to the Kingdom of God.