july 2020 Newsletter
Pastor Jim Chapman
I grew up in a small back water town in California. The good folks of Yucaipa, California knew how to throw a great 4th of July party! It was held every year in the city park. Everyone in our town went to it. There was food, ice cream, games and of course, fireworks. We were proud to be Americans and we celebrated our freedom! That past time has built into my heart a great love for our country and the worldly freedoms I enjoy.
There is a greater, eternal freedom found in Scripture. Paul writes in Galatians 5:1, that “for freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery”. What a great message. Every human has a serious problem, slavery to sin. We can’t help it. We are born with it. Jesus was all about lifting this bondage of sin from the lives of those who would believe in him. I love the story of the blind man in John 9. Jesus told his disciples that the blind man would be healed to demonstrate the powerful work of God in his life as a witness to this new freedom! The man’s sight would be a dramatic display of freedom from a lifelong physical bondage. It also meant new spiritual life in Christ, vanquishing sin.
Jesus was all about spiritual freedom. Paul hits on this in Galatians 5:1. Without Christ, humans are under a yoke of slavery to sin. There is no human antidote to this sin problem. True spiritual freedom from sin only flows from a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Through this relationship, God moves in and brings the believer true freedom and a changed life. I can relate to it. Like the blind man, I can see anew.
On July 4th, 2020, our nation will celebrate its 244th birthday. Freedom has been a cherished and noble idea embedded deeply into the American enterprise since our nation’s start. But it's flawed and temporal as every other human effort. The only freedom that I can truly bank on is that given to me freely from Jesus. It breaks my yoke to sin!
We want to break the yokes of sin this summer at Christ’s Body Ministries. We serve a desperate, hope-starved community of homeless individuals. Many of them are plagued by illness, sin, brokenness, and hopelessness. We want to bring them the great news that their sin can be gone forever if they trust in Jesus Christ! Pray for us this summer and pray for those who will have ears to hear.
freedom to move about
God not only frees us from the bondage of sin, He gives us freedom to change things up and move in His kingdom work. That is why it is never dull to work in ministry! God has led us in our new outreach efforts to work with another homeless day shelter located in Arvada. Look forward to next month's newsletter to see how we are coming alongside other ministries to touch more people in need around the metro area...
Last month Chick fil-A donated sandwiches to our mobile outreach. Handing out sandwiches at camp is a delight! It's easy to start a conversation about God with guests by simply sharing aloud the many ways that God has shown up through different people today.
It is a blessing to see how God provides and continues to work in many ways as we minister to our guests who are living in the homeless camps. Take a look at some new happenings...
what's new this month
We are now able to offer shoes to our guests at camp! Having a variety of items gives us more time to share a conversation, encouragement and prayer.
our guests asked and god provides
Since the start of our mobile outreach our volunteers and staff have been able to hand out over 500 copies of the New Testament! We are grateful to be able to provide the Word to our guests and encourage them in it.
larry hands out copies of the new testament (photo, left)
We are so excited to say that our pancake breakfast crew is back in action! This crew of faithful volunteers is coming in early morning, rise and shine style, to get pancakes and sausage prepared so that we can take them out to the homeless camps around Denver each Friday morning.
Comprised of nearly 30 guys, our pancake crew comes from a local men’s group who has been helping with the Friday morning breakfast for over 15 years. “It’s rewarding to hear from guests how appreciated it is to have hot breakfast every week” says Jim and Russ, pictured below. It is true, this pancake breakfast and worship has been the talk of the town for years!
Not only does this unique group of folks meet weekly to serve at Christ’s Body Ministries, but many meet almost daily to walk laps in Wash Park. Monthly, several members help with Family Promise as well. It is much different than making or serving pancakes though - this crew is helping move homeless families and their belongings into host churches for shelter or moving families into transitional housing programs from host churches as well.
Russ, rundall, scott and jim smile with masks on
The four gentlemen pictured above are our customary pancake baking crew as of late. But in addition to these amigos, there are many other members of this group who have faithfully come to cook, serve breakfast and visit with guests for years. As a result of COVID-19, our dine-in and worship service has been postponed. In the meantime, we’re grateful that our pancake crew is sustaining the weekly breakfast by stocking the van or food truck with hot breakfast so that we can continue to minister to our guests.
We miss seeing you ALL and hearing your voices of encouragement that you have handed out to our guests for so many years. Thank you for your many years of service! We look forward to serving with you here at Christ’s Body soon.
how did i get here?
A note from our Director of Administration and Volunteers, Tiffany Beckford
God works in amazing and subtle ways sometimes. I came to a saving faith when I was 33 years old. There were many experiences in my life before I came to Jesus that finally led me to my knees. I would call my breaking a gentle one if I compare mine to others. God knows our weaknesses, as we are fearfully and wonderfully made by Him, so that we can come to Him hopefully in the most painless way possible. Sometimes strength can make this process more difficult. Luckily for me, I really have an aversion to being uncomfortable and went to my knees easily when it was my time to come to Jesus.
tiffany will tell you that jesus loves us all
It was after my second child was born that I became overwhelmed with motherhood responsibilities. This is a little late in the parenting game to change your mind, so I had to figure out a way to deal with my anxieties as a fairly new mom. My two boys were twenty months apart in age and I was keenly aware that it would be impossible for me to keep them both safe on my own. If I turned my back for a second, they were into something, usually something potentially physically harmful to themselves. Nevermind the harm that could come to them outside our home! My anxieties ran deep and became all consuming for me in a very short time. I remember thinking ‘So what if the worst happened, what if one of them dies? Does it really mean anything if everyone dies eventually anyway?’ I also thought, ‘If there isn’t anything after this life, then it really doesn’t matter…’ This line of thinking brought me to the realization that I really needed to know if God was real.
My parents had taken me and my brothers to church when we were young, but stopped when we were teenagers. I knew that I didn’t have a grasp on what the Bible said because I never studied it after the age of twelve. I really didn’t understand Jesus’ role at all. God had put some key people in my life, one being my best friend in high school who was a pastor’s daughter. I reached out to her when I was struggling with my anxieties as a new mom and of course she talked me through some scriptures and suggested I find a church. My problem was I didn’t know where to start looking for a church and was worried about getting involved in one that might lead me down a path I didn’t want to go. Second key person was my sister-in-law, who was a solid Christian, that I also reached out to at this point. She suggested I go to Community Bible Study where I could go and be taught what was in the Bible without belonging to a church while I tried to figure out where to go to church.
Not long after attending this Bible study, I was well on my path of salvation, found a church and wholeheartedly followed after Jesus. I have been serving in Bible studies in many capacities after my first year of being a follower of Jesus. He allowed me to work in my first church as a Sunday school coordinator so I could work there with children. By that time I had three boys. Even after we moved to our current house in Golden from Castle Rock, I found another CBS and am still serving in that ministry.
For the past six years I led an After School Bible study for kids and that is how God led me to work at Christ’s Body Ministries. A friend that helped lead that Bible study knew Liz Furman, who was at the time, working with Jim Chapman at CBM. They were looking for someone who wanted to work part-time, and I was looking to make a change from preschool teacher to possibly owning a breakfast restaurant. At decision time, God led me to feeding people, not in a restaurant setting, but at Christ’s Body Ministries. Since coming to work here three years ago, I have witnessed God at work in countless ways. It is an honor and a blessing to work where you can actually see the dramatic work that He does on a daily basis. I hope to never lose the awe of witnessing His hand on this ministry.
robert at camp with chick fil-a in hand
verse OF THE MONTH -
THE GREAT LOVE OF THE FATHER
“For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery”-Galatians 5:1 (ESV)