God is Good
“Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.” – Psalm 34:8
As a church, we’ve tasted and seen that the Lord is good. In May we celebrated People’s Church’s 20-year anniversary!! We have been remembering God’s faithfulness and how much He has moved in our church. In 2002, when Tiffany and I sold our home and moved from Springfield, MO, to start People’s Church in Oklahoma City, OK, we had no church staff experience, no building to meet in, and no people, but God has proven to be faithful. Everything hasn’t always been easy, but God has been so good! We’ve seen God’s goodness as we moved out of the AMC Theater into our 16,500 square foot facility on 50 acres. We’ve seen God’s goodness as we added 42,000 square feet to our Oklahoma City campus. We’ve seen God’s goodness as we launched our Midwest City campus. We’ve seen God’s goodness at the Northwest campus. We’ve seen God’s goodness at our Indianapolis campus. We’ve seen God’s goodness as we started the first church behind bars in Oklahoma at the Mabel Bassett Correctional Facility. God has already begun to pave the way and open doors for our upcoming Edmond campus launch. Only heaven will know all the souls that have been saved, marriages that have been restored, people who have been set free, and lives that have been changed. We’ve seen God’s goodness year after year as we’ve stepped out in faith, served others, dreamed big, and trusted God with everything we had.
As with any God sized dream, it has not been without trials and tribulations. We’ve faced problems, pain, disappointments, heartbreak. Loved ones and friends have been lost. It’s even been more challenging in recent years with a health pandemic and a fear pandemic. We’ve faced political and racial tensions, and we’ve seen inflation in gas prices and the stock market. Things we expected to happen may not have happened. Things we did not expect happened. Even now, life can be hard and full of challenges. And yet, GOD IS GOOD! God has been SO faithful. He will continue to be good and faithful because that is who He is. God cannot go back on His word!
“I will remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” – Psalm 27:13
Church family, we can remain confident that we will see MORE of God’s goodness right in our life and in our church. This is not just a saying, it’s the truth: the best is yet to come! Because when life is hard, God is still good! As Paul says, “despite all these things overwhelming victory is ours through Christ,” (Romans 8:37). In the midst of all of the hardship, we will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living!
Somebody ought to declare with your pastors that EVEN when the economy ebbs and flows, God is still good. EVEN when our health fails, God is still good. EVEN when the worst of life happens, God is still good. Church family, no matter the EVEN when, may we never forget that GOD IS STILL GOOD! And God has called each of us to tell others about his goodness! As a church, we will declare the goodness of God to a lost, hurting and broken world. That’s our calling! We will not be moved by what is happening around us. Our faith will not be shaken. We will do what God has called us to do: declare his goodness to a world who desperately needs him. We will see MORE changed lives because we will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living!
Pastors Herbert & Tiffany Cooper