October 2019 Newsletter
Pastor Jim Chapman
Waiting can be very hard.
I practice the art of fly fishing. There are times when it appears certain water is fishless. Yet, I have learned over time that the margin between fishing success and failure is the ability to wait, change baits and location. Every persistent fisherman knows that waiting is synonymous with fishing!
Scripture repeatedly teaches that spiritual maturity is based on our ability to wait on God. Often, this is not an easy path to follow. I love the verse in Isaiah which states that "they who wait upon the Lord will renew their strength"(Isaiah 40:31). Most of us live urgent lives, demanding quick answers and decisions. The idea of patiently waiting for God to move in our lives is often a foreign concept.
Waiting upon God is a spiritual discipline grounded in a perspective of faith and trust. Every great biblical saint and hero went through some sort of waiting process. For all of them, God was forging more faith and trust in their lives.
To this point, the OT prophet Habakkuk found himself trying to make sense of his nation's impending destruction at the hands of the Babylonians in 600 BC. He found himself perplexed at the idea that God would allow a ruthless enemy the right to destroy God's people.
To him, it was a spiritual dead end. In Habakkuk 2:3-4, God comes to him with these words: "For the vision and answer awaits its appointed time. If it seems slow; wait for it. It will surely come; it will not delay. But the righteous shall live by his faith" (Habakkuk 2:3-4).
That last line is key. Waiting produces a refined life of faith and trust. It also produces righteousness in us as we wait for God's timing to occur in our lives. It will bring us a "God" perspective.
At Christ's Body, we are engaged in a new process to buy property in our neighborhood and to build a new facility in the next several years. It’s tempting to run ahead of God, making good decisions that may not be the direction God would have us go. We are learning that the practice of waiting a bit for God brings about a necessary margin that allows His work to occur. Without this margin, our project (as well-intended as it may be) becomes our effort.
Perhaps in your life right now, you are facing a situation where there is not an answer or clear direction. This impasse may not be a dead-end but instead a cul-de-sac in which God will show you his way if you wait upon Him. And, along the way, you may discover a new fount of faith, trust and righteousness springing up in your life.
Please come and pray with us! Tuesdays: We meet regularly every Tuesday from 12:00-12:30 and invite anyone who feels called to join us. We specifically pray for the church. We are a church to the homeless and we lead many of our guests to the Lord.
We're On The Same Team
Christ Body Ministries (CBM) Staff, Jerry Johnson, and Sterling Copeland had the opportunity to visit our brothers at a long term resident program called Harvest Farm. Harvest Farm Director Seth Forwood was gracious enough to host the CBM staff to a tour of the 100-acre farm and rehabilitation center for men.
As the residential program at CBM continues to expand and grow, this was an opportunity to learn and experience what other programs do across the state.
At first glance, the residential work that is done at Harvest Farm and Christ’s Body Ministries could not appear more diverse. Harvest Farm has more men, in a rural setting, and a 20-year history. There are even cows on the property as part of their work therapy! At Christ’s Body, we have fewer resident candidates, but an urban location in the heart of Denver, and a residential program which is newer, but growing daily.
Where the methods may look different, the goals are still the same. Christ’s Body and “The Farm” both desire to help individuals break the cycles of addiction and homelessness. Above all, true-life change begins with a foundation of the knowledge and saving love of Jesus Christ. We are reminded that our organization’s names don’t have to be the same for us to be On the Same Team.
Anyone who has been down to Christ’s Body Ministries knows that our building is old, dated, and in dire need of an upgrade. God has blessed us with an opportunity to participate in an architecture “charrette” that took place at the end of September. The charrette is a time where many professional architects along with General Contractors and other building professionals get together to help CU Denver architect graduate students complete a building project for a non-profit.
We benefited by getting a rendering of a new building that they could build in the future and minimal cost. We were one of three non-profit organizations chosen by Housing Colorado to participate in the Charette program.
Christ’s Body Ministries now has a rendering of a new building that we are hoping God will supply for His ministry in the next few years. We are excited to start venturing down this road of possible expansion and being able to serve the homeless more effectively.
We're changing a few things
For the next few months, we will be doing something a little different. We are changing the format of our mailings. The purpose of this change is in an effort to expand our ministry and to continue to be good stewards of donor funds.
We will be mailing out a donor letter instead of our regular newsletter that some of you currently receive. There will be a donation envelope in that mailing like we send in the newsletter.
You can always read the newsletter online and we will continue to send it to you in your email.
Christ’s Body Ministries would like to extend a special thanks to a couple of our homeless volunteers who come every day and help out where needed. James and Valentine are two of those volunteers who took the time, on this day, to paint our crosses on the front of our building.
Thanks for your help guys!