My Apology

The thought crossed my mind this morning, as I was saying my prayers to our dear Lord, that I have been kind of hard on you folks as of late, what with the self analyzation posts I have been authoring as of late. What with Covid and the physical limitations that my wife has getting around, plus other family related realities, we don’t get out that much anymore, so Christian fellowship is extremely limited, and for me, personally, you folks are my Church, the group of brothers and sisters that I actually converse with. And although it obviously does have its limitations, it provides for me, a means by which I can stay connected to other Christians, which is something that I do personally need. I don’t believe that Christians are meant to live in isolation.

And I must confess, that this blog I maintain is sometimes used by myself, to help figure out difficulties that I both infrequently and frequently encounter. And, unfortunately, that puts some of you folks, who are among my “regulars”, on the receiving end of my murmurings.

The first thing I would like to do is thank you for your patience with me. It doesn’t take much imagination on my part to comprehend how at times I can be a bit of a pain in the butt. Tom’s post this morning, where he shared with us some of the family related challenges he faces, reminded me that we all face challenges that we seldom share with one another on this blog medium. And because it is a public forum, one does in fact, have to exercise some common sense restraint.

I usually try to mask personal particulars and just focus on the resulting issues, but as you have probably noticed, sometimes I am more successful at doing this, than others.

I don’t want to name names, because I don’t want to miss anyone, but the group of “regulars” that I normally converse with, are essential to my well being on a number of different levels. I know we all have our own little quirks and idiosyncrasies but I can’t help but appreciate the accommodation that you often extend to me and I just wanted you all to know that. I obviously don’t have to tell you that I am far from perfect, the Lord knows I’ve given you more than ample examples of that in the past, but the acceptance you extend to me is sincerely appreciated and I do cherish the extended friendships that have developed over time.

So, my apology to all of you for imposing myself on you at times. One thing that I have learned, is that in spite of our differences, who we are and what we have in common, far exceeds anything that divides us and the only one who deserves credit for that is Jesus.

Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!

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  1. Good morning! Your blog is my favorite and I try to never miss it. Your style and personality always shine through and I find myself always nodding yes, yes, someone else is like me. You encourage me tremendously. Persevere and be encouraged. Take care.

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  2. I can only speak for myself, of course, but I haven’t felt upset or wounded by anything on your blog. On the contrary, your writings have made me think and led me to deeper prayer and Bible study. I am grateful for you and your blog. Thank you!

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  3. Bruce, this post is a gift! There is so much fake out there and if there’s one thing I appreciate about the bloggers that I follow and who follow me is authenticity and honesty. I do NOT ever want anyone to think that I have it all together or that I have all the answers. When I write more of an exhorting post, I want people to know that it has been applied to me first. The best preachers, teachers, writers etc are the ones who have applied what they are writing. I do appreciate your efforts in writing against the NAR and the lie that is circulating that Christians are not to judge, hold each other accountable. God most certainly will judge the unbeliever, but as for the believer, Matthew 18 tells us how to approach each other in times of correction, discipline etc.

    I know at the beginning of the year I took blogs more personally than I should have. For me, I was (and am) tired of Covid, politics etc. Instead of getting upset about things, I am learning that it’s okay not to respond. It’s okay to just let it go.

    God cares about our sanctification and no place is holiness an exercise in sanctification than online!! My goodness it can be difficult and I have allowed myself to become frustrated to the point that Nathan was like “no more.” Each of us process things diffidently. Some of us are verbal processors (whether oral or written communication) and others are internal.

    I am thankful for your blog, Bruce! I am thankful that you are in tune with the Spirit and share yourself whether in frustration, honest self-reflection and mostly sharing what the Lord is reaching you through His Word! Jesus loves you and Peggy and so do I. Thank you for your love, friendship and prayers for Nathan and! Y’all are in our prayers too!

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    • Mandy, Mandy, what a little fire cracker you are, and I mean that in the most complementary way. You wear your heart on your sleeve and I love you for that. I was so proud of you for being out there fishing with Nathan. I am so glad you have each other. It is amazing how Jesus can mend misunderstandings, broaden our ability to appreciate where others are and modify our feelings into a more rounded perspective and I am talking about both of us. Not to worry, we can sometimes bump heads (evidently sheep do that), but we’re still in the same flock! You’re a blessing Mandy. God’s grace, peace and blessings to you and Nathan as well. Thank you!

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  4. I always find your blog interesting and informative, Bruce. You expressed your appreciation beautifully, and I think I can say for myself and others that we appreciate you, too. We ARE a part of the Body of Christ, and it’s a blessing to be able to communicate here. Granted, it’s not the same as a face-to-face gathering, but I think Paul would have enjoyed getting his letters to the churches as quickly as we can post, like, and respond to one another on line. 😉

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    • Hi Annie, funny you should mention that because both you and Paul where in my thoughts during my prayers this morning. The Apostle Paul because he was sometimes necessarily critical, and you because I sometimes wish I could be more like you. I marvel at how different we can be, yet of the same vine. I have no idea how it all fits together but it surely does and I am thankful for our unity and our complementary differences. Amazing when you stop to think about it. You’re a wise and special lady and I thank you. Blessings!

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  5. Bruce first of all I salute you for being courageous and coming forward on where you feel you have fallen short. We are all unique and have our own way of saying things, based on this your style is forthright and truthful in my opinion. I would say you are not alone in feeling like you could do better, goodness knows I have lost count on my score, haha. But praise the Lord for His Grace, as repentant sinners we are redeemed by it often – Hallelujah! It is obvious that you are seeking God and doing your best to serve Him, in this I am blessed by your ministry and your valuable comments on my blogs. Keep persevering brother!

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    • Hi Alan, thank you for the kind words. Funny how we can get a picture painted in our minds of someone we have never actually met. When I think of you the word “steadfast” immediately comes to mind, because your witness and sharing seems to be constant without hardly any noticeable deviation, a sure solid word. There are those we teach and those we learn from and in my mind, you would be of the latter. I love your humility and gentleness. Blessings brother and you keep persevering too! You are a blessing.

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  6. echo echo – Amen or O Man! You got a witness Bruce. I love you My Brother and The Brothers and Sisters in our Online Congregation too! It is sometimes necessary to think out-loud. This medium allows for that in written form. Honesty, self-examination, exhortation proclamation and defense are part of it. Press On!

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  7. Such an honest blog. And I’m sure I speak for more than just myself when I say that no apologies are needed 🤗 It’s been a rough year + for all of us, in different ways.

    I’m a hermit and the isolation eventually started affecting me too, so I can only imagine how much worse it could be for someone more gregarious or used to face-to-face Christian fellowship.

    And I’m sorry to hear you/yours have been having a difficult time. We can only pray that things continue to get better. And again, no apologies needed! 😊 Take care, my friend!

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  8. No aplology needed. The way look at it. Not every post is for me. I listen to Bluegrass Gospel as my favourite music and I I understand that some people detest it. I know Biblical truth should not be like that. But some topics are like that. Sometime you are on the mood for that and sometimes not. I loved your tabernacle stuff but now I am on character studies in The life of David and Saul.

    Our diet should vary.

    I have a book I will pass on you you when I am finished reading it that will actually provide you with some material for your blog. Hopefully!

    It is called “How to Enjoy the Boring Parts of the Bible”. I was angry when I saw title. But then bought it. We love the Bible. And respect it. So for someone to have a title like that offends us. But HE loves the Bible too and wants people to learn to read through the hard parts. Ie 1 Chronicles with all the genealogies. Etc.

    I believe you will enjoy it. In Christ. Your fellow labourer. Wayne On Mon, Jun 14, 2021 at 10:04 AM Reasoned Cases For Christ wrote:

    > Bruce Cooper posted: ” The thought crossed my mind this morning, as I was > saying my prayers to our dear Lord, that I have been kind of hard on you > folks as of late, what with the self analyzation posts I have been > authoring as of late. What with Covid and the physical limi” >

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    • Hi Kim, thank you for the kind words. Hope you’re enjoying your Alaskan summer! Your hours of sunlight must be getting pretty long about now! God’s grace, peace and blessings on you and yours.

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  9. We are all imperfect, and all still learning and growing, Bruce. Relationships take patience and give and take. Even on-line. The wordpress community is a source of help, encouragement, and joy to many of us. When I think of the patience my regulars have with me too, I am deeply grateful and appreciative! Many blessings on you and yours!

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  10. I have in no way felt abused by anything on your blog. It may have caused some uncomfortable self reflection as it hits close to home, but never in an unkind or abusive way.

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  11. Thanks for your thoughts here, Bruce. God in His Word exhorts us to rejoice in Him always, in all circumstances. And I do kick up my heals at being saved totally by His grace. But life does get tough sometimes. Better we show some honesty and transparency with each other than being phony “Stepford” believers. That was one of my thoughts when I published today’s post. I went to a fellowship for many years where the deal was to feign absolute peace and joy within the four walls of the church building, but on the outside marriages and families were struggling and sometimes falling apart. People dropped away and were replaced by others who also thought they had to be spiritual automatons. Part of our job as Christians is to encourage, uplift, and help each other, but how can we do that if everyone has on a phony smiley face all of the time, or at church anyway.

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    • Couldn’t agree with you more, and when we share with one another, from a reality perspective, I find that everyone is lifted. I didn’t think you would mind me using your sharing as an example. Sincerely appreciated Tom. Blessings!

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  12. Your sincerity comes through above all else, Bruce. We each put a great deal of ourselves into our own blogs; that’s what makes them genuine. I’m a newer follower of RCFC (Reasoned Cases For Christ), but everything I’ve read seems true to your purpose—apologetics. At least you engage with your readers and stay true to your niche! Me thinks you are too concerned. Preach on, brother! 🙏❤️

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    • I don’t think you can ever be too concerned but I hear you David and I thank you for letting me know how you see what I do, from your perspective. That helps and is encouraging. Blessings brother.

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      • Hi David, I thought about that too and you’re right, one can be too self conscious to speak what sometimes needs to be said, especially in a written format where some of the vital nuances can be missing. I hear you. It can indeed be a difficult medium, which impresses me all the more, when I read the New Testament. Blessings!

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  13. Hey Bruce! I’ve also been among those who enjoy your candor in writing as you do. It’s refreshing & encouraging to the likes of me who tends to read too much politics & news these days. Keep it up as you are & I’m fine with that.

    bhp

    On Mon, Jun 14, 2021 at 6:05 AM Reasoned Cases For Christ wrote:

    > Bruce Cooper posted: ” The thought crossed my mind this morning, as I was > saying my prayers to our dear Lord, that I have been kind of hard on you > folks as of late, what with the self analyzation posts I have been > authoring as of late. What with Covid and the physical limi” >

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    • Thank you Bruce, sometimes I think I am pressing my luck, but you folks are a pretty accommodating bunch and it’s nice to know that ruffling some feathers is the oddity and not the norm. Blessings brother and thank you!

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  14. Bruce, from my end, I have not sensed any of that! The Word is sharper than a two edged sword, so when we do have things that come up, problems, life issues, it’s then that the Word can best guide and direct us toward a soothing balm of healing from the Great Physician.

    On a personal basis, may you continue to find strength, peace, and even joy, in the middle of hard times!

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  15. I’ve told you before, Your’s is my favorite blog! I often come here for inspiration when I don’t know what to write about. (Oh no! I may have let my secret out!) Blessings, Bruce!

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