Faith Without Works is Dead

First of all, I would like to thank each one of you soldiers of the cross for being so faithful over the years, the new soldiers also. If God was not working through you, none of this would be

possible. Lives are truly changed here. I am a living witness to what God can do for those who turn to him. The good Lord spoke to my heart in 1997 and told me that I was forgiven. I haven’t been the same; I am redeemed. So many peoples lives have been changed, by Jesus Christ, through this ministry. We don’t only speak the Word, but we practice the Word of God. We truly believe the words in the book of James 2:17 which tells us, faith without works is dead. A faith without works is not real faith at all. It is only a matter of words. James is not saying that we are saved by faith plus works. To hold such a view dishonors the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ. James is emphasizing, we are not saved by faith of words alone, but by the kind of faith which results in a life of good works. In other words, works are not the root of salvation, but the fruit. They are not the cause, but the effect.

My spirit tells me that we are saved by faith alone, but not by faith that is alone. DO I HAVE A WITNESS? We are here to preach the Word, to teach the Word, to proclaim the message of the Lord to sinful people. Speak it so it can be heard and understood, it will bring faith and eternal life to those who believe. Our main purpose is to bring glory and honor to the Lord or savior, Jesus Christ. My prayer is that you all will continue to serve with us here at Christ Body in any way God leads you. We want to continue to be God’s hands, love and compassion extended to a lost, broken and hurting world. Brothers and sisters, we belong to God for service. We glorify God as creator, we magnify Christ as savior.

Follow the Holy Spirit as leader. Honor life by living it with the Lord. Remember soldiers, do what you can, where you are, with what you have. Do not pray for tasks equal to your power, pray for powers equal to your tasks. Read James 2 14-18. Soldiers, please pray for God’s anointing over Christ’s Body Ministry, and the new chapter in Pastor John’s life. Pray that God will continue to pour out his Spirit on Reverend Jim, he is truly called by God for this purpose. Last of all, pray that God would have favor in my life. I’ve been here for 20 years. Pray that the good Lord would use me until he takes me home. To God be the glory. May God richly bless all of you.

Pastor Bruce Carter

 

God Loves Change

God Loves Change

God loves change. He particularly delights when the hearts of sinners are changed into holy believers. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come”(2 Cor. 5:17).

One day, God will also change-out this sinful world with a new creation. “But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare…but in keeping with His promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness” (2 Peter 3:11,13).

For many of us, change can be scary. Most of us love to be comfortable. Part of our human nature is to settle in-meaning that we prefer comfort, love routine and a way of life that is predictable and easy. There is nothing wrong with times of ease, relaxation and peace. Even God took a day off!

But a lack of change can also be very deadly to our soul. Many of our daily guests at Christ Body live lives which desperately need to change. They walk a deadly tight rope between sobriety and despair. However, meaningful change can be very daunting when you live on the streets, lack education or work skills and are afflicted with an addiction or mental health change. Often, it is much easier to give up

At Christ’s Body, we love to be God’s agents of new holy change. Often this change is small but very significant. This summer at Christ Body, we will be ushering in new programs designed to serve our guests more effectively. On Tuesdays, we will be hosting a select group of community organizations that offer a wide range of recovery, housing and assistance programs. This new day of “connection” will provide a great opportunity for our guests to connect with other helping organizations and move forward. On Wednesdays, we will be offering pastoral care and spiritual growth and discipleship programs, such as daily Bible studies, men and women’s discipleship groups and other Christian-based drug and alcohol recovery programs. On Thursdays, we will have a hygiene day with haircuts, foot care and medical services. In all of this, our goal is to serve our guests well and possibly, to bring into their lives some change that will make their way better. Most importantly, our hope is that their change will lead them to know that “I am the Lord” (Ezekial 36:38).

Finally, over the years, Christ Body has worked to be lean and nimble and able to change in order to meet our mission, which is to feed, clothe and share the Gospel 365 days per year with Denver’s poor and homeless.  Thank you for your prayers and ongoing support of our ministry.

The Blind Begin to See

 

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It’s my pleasure to introduce to you Deb Butte. Deb is our Director of Programs and Respite Care here at Christ Body. Deb did her undergraduate work at the University of Nebraska and her Masters in Counseling at Denver Seminary. Deb also served as a missionary in Eastern Europe. She has been married for 24 years to Brent and has two adult boys. Deb has been with Christ Body since 2005. ~~Pastor Jim Chapman

Clerance is a funny guy. The first day he came, he had me laughing. But Clerance’s story isn’t funny. He went to college on a football scholarship but as he aged, partying became more important than living. Although partying promises a fun escape from responsibility and an air of “cool” Clerance now states, “I was killing myself”.

Here are some words from Clerance:

“Deb Butte, our Respite Care Manager has helped me. I came here from the ER at Denver Health. I did not know how I got here but I am very thankful that I did. It probably saved my life. My health was very bad. My physical disabilities were due to drinking and drugs which caused me to be homeless and I didn’t even care. I could have died out there. Now I know that there is a different life, free of those demons. Christ’s Body has helped me get my medicine, my documents, a place to live but mostly has provided me a place to get myself together. They have helped me stop using alcohol and drugs and now I want to live! I can now see what it has done to me and how a lot of people I know have died because of it. Thank you for your help and showing love to me. This is my last chance and I will give it my best shot.” – Clerance

When Clerance came to us he thought it was still 2015. He lost two years in an alcohol fog. He says, “I thought I was having fun – what was I doing?”.

Every Tuesday night I have “Group Nite” with our Respite Guests. We have dinner together, do a Bible Study and then participate in some kind of activity with one another. One night at dinner I asked, “What is something you enjoy that many people wouldn’t know is true about you?” Clerance’s response was “being sober”. “People would never believe that this is how I WANT to live. It’s harder…. you don’t get to avoid things… but I want my kids to be proud of me and I like caring about people. I didn’t care about people when I was drunk”.

When Clearance and I read about Jesus together … He recognized Jesus’ message is simple. Clerance sees Jesus as a “DUDE”; in charge, not intimidated, with a plan. That’s someone Clerance can follow, and now having space and encouragement to try out some of Jesus’ instructions, he’s learned he likes it.

I like it too and that’s why I love this job. I get to see the blind begin to see, the lame begin to walk and the sinner get redeemed. Thank you for your part in allowing me to walk among these “eternal beings” and encourage them to truly live.

Yes indeed, It is good when you truly obey our Lord’s command, “You must love and help your neighbors just as much as you love and take care of yourself.”

James 2: 8

 

Ed & Pam

Congratulations to our Ed & Pam!

Feeding, Clothing & Sharing the Gospel 365 Days a Year in Denver, Colorado.

Since 1990, this nonprofit 501(c)3 organization has been supported by the tax deductible donations of volunteers, churches, businesses, groups and foundations.

Thanks to The Turbo Press, Inc. for adding color to our newsletter each month!

We appreciate your support!!!

Can you carry a tune?

We are in need of “musicians” to lead us in song on these dates for our church services at Christ’s Body:
May 21; June 4, 18; July 2, 16, 30; Aug. 6; Sept. 3, 17; Oct. 1, 29; Nov. 5; and December 3, 17, 31.

Come help the deaf begin to hear…like our Deb.

Visit us at 850 Lincoln Street, Denver, CO. christsbody@outlook.com

303-860-1272

Generations Working Together

For years, Christ Body has thrived on volunteers from different generations. Older and younger adults, male or female, Christ Body has been richly blessed by their spirited service to the homeless.

They have brought to life Matthew 25:40- “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”

God’s Kingdom is best pushed forward when believers of all ages, gender and ethnicities work together. The Apostle Paul talks about this spirit of mutual cooperation in his letter to the Corinthians. This should be a natural thing for Christians. “Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.”(1 Corinthians 12:27). 

What Paul envisioned was a beautiful tapestry made up of God’s people working together to enlarge and grow God’s Kingdom-and it’s particularly poignant when believers serve the poor, homeless, widows and orphans.

The takeaway for those who offer their time here at Christ body is this; as we work together serving the homeless, we do so as if we were directly working for God. As we do our work, our differences fade away and we in turn become the Church, bringing glory to God and moving His Kingdom forward. But there is another point too- our guests at Christ Body see God in us, and they are drawn to him by our service.

Many of our daily guests face a desperate life-for some its life and death. Yet, even with these challenges they face, I cannot tell you how many sincere “thank you’s” we receive each day from individuals who appreciate our care for them.

My hope is that each guest who comes to Christ Body will not only see believers from every generation serving God, but they will walk away with their soul stirred. We would love for you to join our inter-generational team at Christ Body. Here’s what we need: first, your prayers. Our work moves forward as we pray for God’s favor and leading. Second, we can always use volunteers each week to serve food, clean and give out clothing. Finally, our work thrives through your financial support and gifts.

Blessed Easter.

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Jim Chapman
Pastor, CEO

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Our Wednesday Prayer Meeting at noon in the sanctuary is growing. Join us to lift up our shelter, our guests and nation. We also pray for whatever the needs are of those in attendance. We have folks who work/live in Denver pray with us.

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Christ’s Body is in need of someone willing to sponsor the meat of one steer per quarter. We are so thankful for the group that provide it in the past, but they are unable to continue.

We are also in need of toothbrushes, little soaps and shampoos if you have any from your recent travels. It never ceases to amaze us how God provides through so many to keep this ministry going!

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Great Improvements happening here at CB. The after of the new upstairs office paint.

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Feeding, Clothing & Sharing the Gospel 

365 Days a Year in Denver, Colorado.

Since 1990, this nonprofit 501(c)3 organization has been supported by the tax deductible donations of volunteers, churches, businesses, groups and foundations.

Thanks to The Turbo Press, Inc. for adding color to our newsletter!

We appreciate your support!!!

Jesus said: I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and whoever lives by believing in me will never die.                

John 11:25-26

The Noticer

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March is Spring Break Month.

Lots of volunteers helping out this month.

We are so thankful!!

Christ’s Body Ministries

The Noticer March 2017

Greetings friends. I hope our March newsletter finds you well.  Thank you for your ongoing support and prayers for our ministry.  We could not do this work without your partnership and prayer.  In this month’s edition, I have asked our newest staff member Liz Furman to share with you her initial observations. I think you will enjoy her fresh perspective and enthusiasm.

In Christ, Pastor Jim

First let me just say, I am in awe of John and Kathy Moorhead who did so much for this ministry for so long. They took a fledgling shelter and turned it into a place God used to change eternity for many struggling people, and handed it off to his successor in the black financially.

The next thing I noticed is how amazed I am at the people who give monthly to this ministry (churches~individuals~businesses~from in-state and out), send money every month to help the people who come to CB. We are thankful for the gifts sent, gifts that allow us to help in JESUS name.

Another thing that blows me away, are the faithful volunteers who come every week, or every other week, but they come regularly. Watching them build relationships with the guests is awesome. They are being used of God to change the future for many hurting people.

Then there are the first time volunteers who come hesitantly to help with a meal, or come with their college friends to give their spring break to something bigger than themselves. Many shared that they are awed at how much they get out of serving.

Several discovered this isnt a scary place to be. They’re tentative at first, but they get talking to these people and wellI have a hunch the volunteers get as much out of it as the guests.

I was afraid I wouldnt be very good at this job because I am a firm believer that we are where we are in life because of the choices we make. While I still believe that, I have to wonder, after hearing the stories of some of the folks here, if presented with the same circumstances might I be sleeping right next to them in their under the bridge homes.

Another amazing thing that brought me up short, was how quickly I would fall in love with the people who live and work here~the residence staff. And the ones working here who were formerly residence staffers. Not to mention the incredible Deb, Sarah and Pastor Bruce (who sings like a bird!). They are humble and dedicated. I so respect the work they do, and am thankful God is allowing me to join them, arms linked, to shine the light of Christ into a dark world. And it is DARK!

The last thing I wasn’t expecting was what a pleasure it is to work with such a man as Jim Chapman. He’s one of my husband’s best friends, and now I know why. Here at Christs Body there’s never a dull moment, and that’s not always a good thing. Jim deals with personalities and circumstances I don’t think even he expected. He is a godly man, doing work that matters for eternity. God placed Jim here for such a time as this, to share the truth. What an opportunity. What a huge responsibility, and what an amazing man God has called to this challenge. Just as his predecessor before him, in a different, but equally amazing way.

I am so blessed to get to work here. And while I LOVE running our little family motel near Yellowstone in the summers www.theblackbearinn.com (you really should come, it is in paradise), I am surely going to miss the folks I’ve met, and grown to love here at Christs Body. I look forward to the fall when I can come running back.

I would like to ask you to consider praying with us on Wednesdays at noon here in the sanctuary, if you live or work in the city. We pray for the ministry, the folks who come and for God to make a way for us to grow this vital work in His Name. We ask for protection for all who work or volunteer here. We lift our country, its leaders and all Americans to know and love Jesus Christ. If you cant come in person, would you join us in prayer?

One last thing. If you are one who helps us to shine Christs love in any capacity, financially, donations of food or clothing, prayer, or time, I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart. I havent seen people shining Christs light more brightly in a long time. Keep it up! And may God richly bless you for listening to His call to help many who struggle. If you are one who God is nudging to join, please answer the call. You will be blessed.

God Speed,

Liz Cowen Furman

Office and Volunteer Care Coordinator~ Philippians 4:13. (for Petes Sake).

Christ’s Body, Inc.

Jim Chapman

Pastor CEO

PO Box 18834

Denver, CO 80218

christsbody@outlook.com

303-860-1272

 

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Address: 850 Lincoln Street Denver, CO 80203
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 18834 Denver, CO 80218
Phone: 303-860-1272
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