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“Enter the Wilderness”

Hey cooperthefam! Cooperthejoe here to wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.  So 2016 has been a pretty busy year… show after show we’ve been gaining new ground and reaching out to new hearts and it’s been an honor to meet and play for you. We have played in some new places and have also seen some familiar faces. (I’m talking about you Mckenzie fam!). From local shows like Parsons and Paris, TN to travel gigs like Fort Wayne, IN. Oh, did we forget to mention? Coopertheband played at Sweetwater! (Insert excited scream here). There has been a fair share of goofiness and goodies (mainly a plethora of fried Oreos), and we are making lots of friends along the way. We’ve also been writing and although it hasn’t been easy, it has been a blast and the we’re cranking out lots of new tunes. Maybe you’ve heard a song or two at one of our shows?

Also, side note. I would like to recognize our Keyboard player Patricia (formerly Taylor) Rhodes. As you may know, she has tied the knot with an incredible (and super handsome) man, Spencer (sorry fella’s). We wish her and her husband the best of luck as they enter their new life journey.

Unfortunately, we won’t be seeing much of Trish in upcoming endeavors, as she will be on an extended hiatus while her new husband is in med school. Speaking of the future, we have BIG plans for the new year so please stay tuned! We’re talking new merch, a new album (maybe 2?), and PLENTY of shenanigans. Come by one of our shows sometime to hear new music. It’s a new season, we’re running through new territory, and representing his kingdom. We are now entering the wilderness. Come join us on the adventure.



an unbreakable armor.

“Don’t worry about this Philistine,” David told Saul. “I’ll go fight him!”

“Don’t be ridiculous!” Saul replied. “There’s no way you can fight this Philistine and possibly win! You’re only a boy, and he’s been a man of war since his youth.”

But David persisted. “I have been taking care of my father’s sheep and goats,” he said. “When a lion or a bear comes to steal a lamb from the flock, I go after it with a club and rescue the lamb from its mouth. If the animal turns on me, I catch it by the jaw and club it to death.  I have done this to both lions and bears, and I’ll do it to this pagan Philistine, too, for he has defied the armies of the living God!  The Lord who rescued me from the claws of the lion and the bear will rescue me from this Philistine!”

Saul finally consented. “All right, go ahead,” he said. “And may the Lord be with you!”

Then Saul gave David his own armor—a bronze helmet and a coat of mail.  David put it on, strapped the sword over it, and took a step or two to see what it was like, for he had never worn such things before.

“I can’t go in these,” he protested to Saul. “I’m not used to them.” So David took them off again.  He picked up five smooth stones from a stream and put them into his shepherd’s bag. Then, armed only with his shepherd’s staff and sling, he started across the valley to fight the Philistine.

1 Samuel 17:32-40

armor is an essential thing to a soldier.  it is the armor that protects a soldier and keeps him alive during battle.  so it’s interesting that david refused the armor of a soldier.  he was going out to face a man that no one else in the entire nation would face, even with their armor and weapons.

no.  it wasn’t the armor of a soldier that david wore.  it was the armor of God.

david realized that it wasn’t the armor of men that he needed to achieve victory.  it was by faith, his shield and defense, that he was able to walk out onto the battlefield… a faith that he knew his God was bigger than even giants.

every day we face our own giants.   take on an unbreakable armor, the full armor of God, and be strong.  stand firm in faith, holding the Good News in your heart.

A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.  Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.  For we’re not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.

Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm.  Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness.  For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared.  In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil.  Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Ephesians 6:10-17