Love is the constant theme.

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Christopher B. Copas


For all of God’s Children—

And to all those who seek the Shofar:

May He shine upon your soul forever.

May there never be a curse to sever.

May He fill your hearts and minds with joy unencumbered
Until there is no pain left to measure or endure.

May you never fear to fail or fall.

May all your days be prospered in full.

May you never have to walk alone.

May you never take the hard way home.

May you never choose to let love go.

May you always cleave to the Rock, as the avalanche rolls.

For this is what it means to behold the Power of God. . .


There awaits for us an Infinite Place––
Where there is no chill or fever or strain;
Where there is no memory of suffering or pain––
Not even a trace;
Of a Place that is free from blemish and blame;
Where all who try to torture and scar––
Shall utterly cease . . . to the utmost star.
No sudden storm, or solar flare from aeons afar;
No fatal tsunami at the end of the shore;
No tears or fears to shed or discard;
To rest in peace forever and ever
Inside of an Age that cannot be marred.

To unite with the One who transcends time;
To abide beneath the Shadow of His Holiness and Light—
Where there is no doubt or tempest or strife;

Where there are no nightmares to dread or affright;
Where there is no angst, no unwanted life;
When all alas is overcome;
When all that remains . . . is to love, and be loved.

For Heaven is a chain unshackled
Where all rejoice relentlessly
In the glorious resplendence of His Manifold Majesty;
Where there is no darkest hour before that brightest dawn;
Where every spirit is imbibed with a brand new song;
Where there is no need to cast one’s stone;
Where all who love and are loved belong.

For Heaven is a Place of belonging.

This is His Kingdom on earth to be;
This is what we all should seek;
Where friendships never crumble;
Where the bond shall never break;
Where none shall ever faint or stumble;
Where none again shall ever forsake;
Where there is no dungeon, and no demon to battle;  

Inside of that Place
Where love does not abate;
Where there is no prejudice;
Where there is no race;
Where all is justice;
Where there is no hate;
Where every life is precious;
Where every soul is saved.


For the alexin of our final cure—
Shall forever then and there endure.

It heralds that truth which lives so well;
Is soon to come, shall deep be felt.

For in time this truth shall solemnly tell—
As instilled within us, it shall always dwell;
No matter where or when or what or how
The end of all war—
And the spite of wars spell.

Unto that day we fervently cleave
As we labour for the Harvest of those who did not reap;
As each shall be rewarded according to their seed;
When all our ancient enemies—
Shall henceforth then no longer be.

Yet the anvil of justice shall remain in the balance—
With the hand that refrains in tender loving-kindness;

To plow from the earth all poison and pestilence—
When every sin shall be consumed—
From the bleeding womb of wars dark bloom;
When the Voice of a thousand oceans
When the Power of a million high tides
When the Almighty Author of every heart’s devotion
Shall declare all secret wrong from right—
And quell the troop of terror by night.
He shall rap and tap at ole death’s door—
No more shall mankind lie;
Surcease of sorrow, with peace forevermore—
All the nations shall thus abide.

For that star-spangled sun shall in a zillion splendours rise;
Then all will know what the other intends;
A perfect earth, no secret or sin;
A whole new world that never shall end;
Every man, woman and child their gifts shall bring;
For love and truth
Shall twine remain;

For love and truth
Shall always win;
When the end of all tears shall thus commence;
The old world shall be rent,

And fade away fast;
The new world will reign,
And forever shall it last;
When the fatal beast of bloody war—
Shall bleed itself
And cry no more.

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying; neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. (Revelation 21:4)


Christopher B. Copas


  1. Beautiful!

    “One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord All the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple.

    For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; In the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock” (Psalms 27:4-5, NKJV).

  2. A dear friend of mine accompanied her husband on a business trip to Japan. She really looked forward to it.

    But the first day she came down with a nasty flu and couldn’t get out. Naturally this infuriated her so she prayed the 23rd Psalm over and over. Falling asleep she ‘saw’ demons all around her making her sick. They hated the Psalm and left then and there.

    She got up feeling just fine and had a wonderful week in Japan.

    Leaving aside that nobody really knows what viruses are, I just want to tell the power in that Psalm and remind everybody how the Psalms helped Jesus and His family and apostles. On the cross, He prayed the Psalms.

    Thank David for writing a poem like that to accompany us on our journey to paradise.

    • If not for the angst and the tears of King David — many of the Psalms that we cleave to and adore would have otherwise never been written.

      Imagine going without those words — and we just might catch a flickering glimpse of his nearly incalculable influence and impact in our lives.

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  4. BLESSED are they that love with all their strength: for to be BELOVED they shall not fear.

    BLESSED are they that comfort throughout all things: for they shall always be adored.

    BLESSED are they that do not offend: for there is no greater gift (that man can choose) than that of a bridled tongue.

    BLESSED are they that are loyal forever: for there is no greater memory than the legacy of trust.

    BLESSED are they that faithfully respond: for they shall never be forsaken.

    BLESSED are they that endure till the end: for they have proven themselves worthy.

    BLESSED are they that hear and listen: for theirs is the wisdom of angels.

    BLESSED are they that always forgive: for theirs is the power of mercy.

    BLESSED are they who speak and think no lie––who do not contrive, who wear no disguise: for theirs is truth eternal.

    BLESSED are they who never conceal the good deeds of others, who visit the sick, and honour their Fathers: for they shall be nurtured by many generations.

    BLESSED are they that defend the innocent: for they shall each be known as the saviour of a nation.

    BLESSED are they that endeavour their all: for theirs indeed is the highest height of Heaven.

    BLESSED are they who give the gift of life: for there is no greater title than to be called “Mother”––than to be called “Father.”

    BLESSED are they who bestow an act of good in the violent face of evil: for by their love they shall overcome hate.

  5. We are pilgrims and strangers on this earth. Our vision should be toward our heavenly home. It is not as afar off as we might think.

    It is our faith and hope that gets us to our final destination. We live for the promises of God, and our sights are on what is above, not what is below.

    We are to be known by the love we share, and the acts of love we do.

    Thank you, Christopher, for putting the feelings into words so eloquently.

  6. Christopher, Thank you for your beaitiful poem. It reminds of things we may forget whille living in this world day to day…. It takes a constant focus on the Lord our God, His word & His promises, etc. for me to feel real joy here on this earth!…All our Father really wants is for His children to trust in Him & believe, hear Him speak to us & follow His ways. He is always with us!……Because He loved us first that we can love Him…..yes, it’s all about love! Blessings to you, my brother in Christ!

  7. In celebration of a glorious name, and the precious embodiment thereof:

    Like a trillion ton diamond in the sky—
    Your star that shines forever—
    Shimmering and bright.

    Elle means “she” in French, and stands for “a ray of sun; a shining light; God’s promise; God is my oath.”

    Many blessings to you gracious Elle!

    And thank you for personifying the majesty of your name.

  8. Christopher, Thank you for your beautiful comment. It is a divine moment when we take the time to appreciate God’s creation in one another!

  9. Feeling like I’m in the anteroom to where it’s at!

  10. Lord bless you Christopher – you have a “gift” .

  11. To Brother York:

    I know that the Lord is very pleased with you, and with the love that you have for your dear and precious wife.


    Many blessings to you and your family.

  12. Some questions:
    1) What was the rule that decide who goes into rich or poor families, different races and their blood relationships with ie. parents mainly?
    2) Where do our souls come from?
    3) Did we had our nature of personality before being human?
    4) Why do our souls exist? And why some chosen to be animals but not human? Wouldn’t it be unfair?
    5) How do our souls exist?
    6) When do our souls exist?

    • 1. there is no rule. this is God’s sovereign decision cooperating with man’s will

      2. our souls come from God. Everything we have comes from him.

      3. no, before we were physically conceived, we did not exist

      4. our souls exist so that we can communicate and respond to the created world

      5. our souls live because God breathed life into us

      6. our souls exist from the time we are in the mother’s womb until forever…in this life, and the next one

      • Thank you for your answer. I didn’t expect the answers would be so straightforward yet simple, anyway, I will try to spend time in order to finish the bible, even if I can only read a few pages per day. Maybe from that, I will learn more.

      • I want to add something, by cooperating with man’s will, I don’t really get that. Do you mean it is randomized where lives be trapped into this or that body? What about animals? It would be unfair if they don’t get a chance to be human, right?

        Also do our nature of personality comes from mainly fate or DNA or God’s decision or….?

        • 1, man;s will. we choose our circumstances also. we can either work hard to succeed and marry well, or we can choose to not work hard , fail, and marry a poor man.

          2. animals have a different spirit nature than man. they cannot sin. they operate on instinct.

          it is good to hear you are reading the bible. someday, you will understand more.

          • Thank you for your answer again~

            I had not touched the bible for many years, due to the lack of interest although I had a strong desire to learn more about God, so it is kind of like a paradox. But this time, I will make sure I will read the entire bible the first time so I will be more knowledgable in readiparticle lovely articles next time. Personally, I am very thankful with the help of your site and especially you, the author whom made me realized once again from the situation between being an uncertain atheist to deepening my faith in Christianity, eventually I feel for it. It had pretty much changed my life positively.

            Many blessings are to you from the Lord!

            • you are a very intelligent young woman. with proper study you will begin to understand many things. I pray God uses you for his glory at that time.

  13. Genesis 2:7, “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, & breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; & man became a living SOUL” (some bibles say,” living being”). We are triune beings: soul, body, spirit. Our body is our tabernacle, housing our soul, which is all that we are physically & our spirit. Our soul is blood, mind heart, etc, perfect when 1st created.. After the fall of Adam & Eve, it became the seat of passions, emotions, etc & SIN. God created man in His image, God is not physical so He created in us, spirit, because He is Spirit. After the fall, man’s spirit DIED. If you accept Jesus died on the cross & He bore your sin & that He is your Saviour, your sin is covered, your spirit is now alive & indwelled by the Hloy Spirit… God created all, animals, etc. & decides who does what. Read Genesis 1:1-31, then the whole book! There are divine mysteries, things beyond our understanding, these things create faith, hope & trust, in the unseen of God’s plan. ..Blessings!

  14. I wanted to add to my above comment. Our soul dies when our body dies, no more flesh & blood. Our soul is our “fleshy’ nature, ashes to ashes,.dust to dust & our breath returns to God. But our spirit, has eternal life IF you are “born again”…if you are not “born again”, that is, believing in the Lord Jesus Christ as your savior, you will not get into the Kingdom of God…We are in perilous times. God wants ALL of His children to be with Him, If anyone is not ‘saved’, then accept Jesus as your Savior, that He laid down His life for you. He is longing for you to be saved & have eternal life. He loves You!!

    • This is the pure and simple message the Lord want’s us to preach before anything else, and the one that is to save lives; and coming from a heart as pure as yours, then it can’t fail to do so…Perfetto!…Bless you dear (ab) Elle!

  15. To Perfectionist Gal:

    I greatly admire your profound curiosity and genuine thirst for the truth.

    It shows that you care beyond the shadow of a doubt.

    Answer #1

    When it comes to the subject of wealth, I am reminded of the following passage:

    (17) Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not high-minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy.

    (18) Command them to do good, to be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate;

    (19) Securing for themselves a good foundation against the Age to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life. (1st Timothy 6:17-19)

    Likewise — true wealth is in the eye of the beholder.

    There is prosperity that is preordained, as well as a time of testing.

    Most wealth that is preordained must eventually be earned.

    Otherwise it is a gift, and should be shared as it has thus been bestowed — according to the integrity and the needs of the recipient.

    Nevertheless — too much money can pervert the way of justice, and blind us from the truth.

    For whatsoever one sows — the same also shall one reap. (Galatians 6:7)

    Some of us have to wait longer than others before we are rewarded.

    For those that are unable to take care of themselves, it is ultimately up to the very fortunate and privileged among us to ensure their security and peace of mind.

    For unto whom much is given — much is equally required. (Luke 12:48)

    If there is a need that we are capable of fulfilling — then we are solemnly commanded to meet that need. (Deuteronomy 15:7-11, Matthew 5:42)

    As for our various ethnicities and appearances:

    It took hundreds of sacred unions to make each of us who we are.

    Thus, our DNA is obviously no accident.

    Love is the final decider.

    Answer #2

    Because the Bible sometimes refers to “a spirit” as “a soul”. . . I will do the same here.

    Our souls come directly from God our Father.

    The soul is our breath of life, and our bottom line.

    It is that which remains after all is said and done.

    It is an unrelenting energy that never dies or wanes.

    The soul is pure understanding, and (when separate from the flesh) unparalleled freedom.

    It is the flame of the Divine.

    The soul can live without the body — yet the body cannot live without the soul.

    Answer #3

    Before I formed you in the womb I knew you.
    Before you were born I set you apart . . . (Jeremiah 1:5)

    Answer #4

    To love, and to be loved.

    In so far as animals are concerned, one might consider this:

    Most birds have absolute freedom. We (in the flesh) do not.

    Even for animals that have a captive home, all of their basic needs are constantly and faithfully fulfilled. Yet because they are captive — they are also safe, and do not worry. For they live without fear — which is more than can be honestly said for many of us.

    When it comes to our Heavenly Father, it is invariably a fair trade.

    Answer #5

    By the eternal grace of El-Elyon.

    By the everlasting love of the Father and His Angels.

    Answer #6

    This might be rather difficult for some of us to fathom.


    When Hashem literally breathed into Adam, he became a living soul. (Genesis 2:7)

    The soul is therefore eternal — because it came from the Great I AM.

    Thus, there is no “when” — because it came from God.

    Best Always,
    Christopher (-CBC-)

    • Hi Christoper,

      Just to clarify a couple of things if I may. Adam became a living soul (nephesh) only after God breathed the breath of life (ruach) into him. Ruach is the spirit that sustains life. When Adam died, his soul returned to the ground and his spirit (ruach) returned to God. (Eccl. 12:7) The soul, therefore, is not eternal, and scripture makes this clear (Ezekiel 18:4)

      Also consider, that if a soul or spirit (not interchangeable) is eternal and consigned to heaven or hell at death, then judgement would have been exercised, thereby completely negating the whole purpose of the resurrection to judgement, which is what we are to put our hope in.

      Blessings to you.

      • Dear Richard:



        The spiritual or immaterial part of a human being or animal, regarded as IMMORTAL.

        Apparently you missed the beginning of my answer:

        Because the Bible sometimes refers to “a spirit” as “a soul”. . . I will do the same here.

        Thus, the soul that I am referring to is therefore eternal.


        What good does it profit a man if he should gain the whole world but forfeit his soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? (Matthew 16:26)

        The Greek word for “soul” is “psuche” — which (in Matthew 16:26) means:

        That which exists after the body is dissolved.

        You also mentioned Ezekiel 18:4, which concerns Yah’s prohibition of vicarious atonement. (Exodus 32:32-33, Deuteronomy 24:16, 2nd Kings 14:6, 2nd Chronicles 25:4, Jeremiah 31:30).

        The meaning of “soul (nephesh)” in Ezekiel 18:4 (and 18:20) is far different than its meaning in Matthew 16:26. For one is temporal, while the other one is not.

        Thank you for your interest.

        Kind Regards,
        Christopher (-CBC-)

        • Hi Christoper,

          Thank you for your reply.

          You said: “The spiritual or immaterial part of a human being or animal, regarded as IMMORTAL” Yes, regarded as, but scripture makes clear that it is not immortal, and even if it were, that would mean that it existed before we received it, and that it could never be destroyed at any stage of it’s existence. So accepting the scriptural meaning of “soul” (and not the perpetrators of the idea; Greek phliosophers), we can discard the idea of a “soul” as being a spirit entity that survives death and is immortal, because scripture affirms that it can die.

          Since there is no scriptural basis to interchange “spirit” with “soul”, then it is a matter of acknowledging that “ruach” is a temporal spirit, since it returns to God at death. Furthermore there are no semantic grounds for attaching different meanings to the Greek equivalents: soul : psuch/psyche…spirit : pneuma, thus the intended meanings apply throughout scripture.

          But let’s get to the crux of the matter, and that is the blessed hope which lies in the resurrection of the physical body for those who have
          died in Christ, whom will receive a glorified body, as will those who are alive in Christ at his return.

          If it is true that humans possess an immortal soul or spirit that departs from the body at death, and is assigned to heaven or hell by God as judgment, then what is the purpose of the resurrection of the body for those who have fallen asleep in Christ, knowing that their soul or spirit has already been judged, and is fully awake in heaven….and of course, what is the purpose of the second resurrection to judgement, because again, everyone will already know their destiny, with the wicked in particular, well into serving their “sentence” in hell, before Jesus has actually declared them guilty!…Need say more!

          Hope this serves as an example of the folly in accepting scholarly arguments and pagan ideas that most of us have accepted or will accept without question, but originate from the original great apostasy
          that pervades “the Church” to the core.


  16. Richard, Via. ringrazio dal profundo del coure! Some how I missed your comment…very sweet!

  17. Richard, Via ringrazio dal profundo del coure! Some how I nissed your comment…very sweet!

  18. Sorry about the typo’s…in a hurry to attend a prayer feast for a young missionary family on their way to Africa & prayers for our country… blesssings

    • Elle, Merci!…You-a pray-er for-a spaghetti?…Thank you for your sweet comment two! :)….Grazie ancora e benedizioni!


  19. Richard & Christopher, I was about to address the issue of soul, spirit, etc, as mentioned above until I saw your last comment, Richard. I completely agree with what you have said. There really is nothing to add! Perfetto e benedioni a voi!…Elle

    • Thanks Elle…The bulk of popular doctrine is really a tangled mess, which becomes increasingly apparent the more you try to harmonize it’s component parts. The idea of an immortal soul originated with Plato and Socrates, and was conveniently adopted by Catholicism through Tertullian who later incorporated this idea into the concept of eternal punishment as a means of procuring loyalty to the church. “Hell” was never used in the earliest manuscripts, and the whole concept of eternal punishment should be abhorrent to anyone who seriously considers the perfect loving, just and merciful nature of our Heavenly Father…..Blessings to a kindred spirit!!

  20. To Richard:

    In terms of your final sentence and benediction to Elle — I agree wholeheartedly.

    Otherwise, it all boils down to an issue of multiple scriptural semantics.

    Here are five biblical examples of “psuche” — the Greek word for “soul”:

    (1) The “eight souls” composing the family of Noah. (1st Peter 3:20)

    (2) The physical or tangible life. (John 13:38)

    (3) Your argument — which distinguishes from the spirit. (Hebrews 4:12)

    (4) Something to be distinguished from both body and spirit — which Elle has affirmed. (1st Thessalonians 5:23)

    (5) That which exists after physical death — which I have affirmed. (Matthew 10:28 & 16:26)


    Let me finish this “uninvited challenge” with an example that I hope we can each agree on:

    Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

    Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart; and ye shall find rest unto your souls. (Matthew 11:28-29)



    • Hi Christopher,

      Thank you for your response and sorry if you perceived this to be an uninvited challenge, but it was not intended to be as such.

      Thank you for the verses you kindly cited, and although familiar with them, it has to be said that the “soul” where mentioned maintains it’s inherent nature of perishabiibilty, as in the case of Adam who became a living soul, which as we know was the complete person; i.e; body mind and emotions…and the spirit in :1 Thes. 5:3 is the Holy Spirit (pneuma hagion) specific to believers, whom this verse is referencing.

      Where the contention is that “soul” is an eternal spirit entity, then Matthew !0:28 to complete the verse, suggests that it is perishable by virtue of “fearing him who can destroy both body and soul in Gehenna” (not Hell).

      But the issue remains:: if our hope lies in the resurrection of the physical body, which is to be glorified and be domicile on earth in Israel/Jerusalem under the rule of Christ, then why would we need a soul or spirit that is to live in a heavenly realm….so again, I propose: how can a spirit existence in heaven equate with a physical existence on earth; and in which way can judgement in the resurrection be viable, if it has already occurred is spirit form?

      Perhaps time for all of us to determine the nature of our eternal existence!
      Just my thoughts Christoper, so need need to respond….and I concur with your closing thoughts.

      Blessings to you!

  21. One more time, if I may — for all those interested.

    When examining Ezekiel, Chapter 18, one immediately observes that when the author wrote of sin, the soul is in the form of an object, or “it.” (Ezekiel 18:4 & 20) Yet in the very same chapter, when the author focused on obedience and/or righteousness, the form is then rendered as an actual person, or “he.” (A few examples are: Ezekiel 18:9, 17 & 19, etc.)

    Which beckons the following question, and thus the seeming imbroglio:

    Is the soul “a person” capable of eternity? Or is the soul merely “a thing” that comes and fades with the flesh?

    The problem lies in the fact that the word “nephesh” is utilized 754 times in the Hebrew Bible, and in many different contexts.


    And therein lies the ostensible confusion.

    Thus, it is quite understandable that we would each have more than one interpretation.

    Consequently, some believe that the soul is “only” an object (or something that we “have”), while others believe that the soul is the subject (or that which we “are”) — and is therefore eternal.

    Not only is this my belief, for I know it to be true — because the soul is the breath of life, whose Source is none other than Almighty God Himself. Therefore, it is impossible for the soul (or “the spirit”) to die, because of Him whom it came from.

    Just as one cannot “kill” the breath, one also cannot “kill” the soul, because the soul and the breath are one. For both are from God, and are therefore eternal.

    For even though the breath can be “removed” — it cannot be “extinguished.”

    And the same, alas, for the soul.

    Now for the end — I hope!

    The final controversy (to this author) can be laid to rest with the true interpretation of Matthew 10:28.

    Here is the verse in question:

    Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear Him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. (Matthew 10:28)

    You will notice (above) that Jesus did not use the word “kill” when speaking of the soul in the Name of our Father, even though He utilized the phrase “cannot kill” in the very same verse — when speaking of the soul in relation to one’s enemies.

    The words of Jesus were very carefully and judiciously chosen, and for a very good reason.

    God is not the “killer” of anyone’s soul. And since no one can “kill” their own soul, or anyone else’s for that matter, this certainly reaffirms to me that the soul is indeed eternal. Because Hashem, in His own inherent and everlasting mercy — has made it utterly impossible for anyone’s soul (or “spirit”) to perish.

    Which leads me to my final point:

    That the correct translation of “destroy” in Matthew 10:28 is “to punish” — not “to kill.”

    Be well, and take good care.

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