Sharing the Love of Christ in the New Year (February 2017)

Sharing the Love of Christ in the New Year.

As we turn the pages into 2017, some things remain the same while other things are new. Our nation has a new President, the stock market has crested 20,000 for the first time and the New England Patriots are once again Super Bowl champions. But, some things never change- taxes due in April, colds and flu virus’ abound and the needs of the homeless seem to never end.

Winter time for the poor and homeless is a difficult time of the year.  The lack of shelter, food and adequate clothing can be a scourge. Many things you and I take for granted are luxury items for those whose heads rest on the pavement at night.

God has not forgotten them. He cares deeply about those who are less fortunate- the poor, the homeless, the drug addict, the prostitute and those who have lost their way into poverty and destitution. Isaiah echoes God’s heart for them, writing in Isaiah 58:7, “Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter-when you see the naked, to clothe him…?” This verse is convicting but more so reflective of God’s passion for those who find themselves in dire straits. God’s challenge has spanned human history not only as a reminder of His great love but a reminder of an opportunity for each of us who claim faith to be an agent for God in a most crucial way.

It seems to me that Isaiah’s call is an incredible way to see how God uses believers to not only bless those who are homeless, but for God to also bless those who act in his name. For many years we have had a group of saints who faithfully assemble every Friday morning at 6:30 am  to prepare pancakes and sausages to be served at our community breakfast. Hundreds attend this breakfast that now has the reputation of being the best breakfast in town. More importantly, their weekly faithfulness brings God’s touch to those in need and it also allows those of faith a unique moment to engage in a deep passion of God’s. When we assist on God’s behalf, it stirs heaven for both the recipient and the actor. To this point, Isaiah writes in verse 58:8, “then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.” Reaching out to those in need creates a partnership for those who God cares for deeply but it also allows those of faith an unique moment to engage in a deep passion of God’s.

I hope in this new year of 2017, you will consider partnering with us to bless, feed and clothe the poor and the homeless. Our work is impossible without your provision. That provision not only gives someone a clean pair of socks, something to eat or a hot cup of coffee, but it opens up their soul to God. A new thing occurs through your actions as God’s Kingdom touches them.

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Jim Chapman
Pastor, CEO

 

The King will answer and say to them, 

‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’  

Matthew 25:40

 

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