THE POWER OF A NEW LIFE
A note from our CEO,
Pastor Jim Chapman
I love it when I feel good!
There is nothing better or more satisfying than a good night’s rest. Unfortunately, those nights are far and few between nowadays. There are just days when I don’t feel very chipper. It's probably due a bit to my diet, lack of sleep, stress or just simply the aging process. Oh, to be 21 again and dunk a basketball without sore knees!
On a regular basis, I work out at a community gym. Many of my compatriots are “seasoned” citizens. We are all trying to find the fountain of youth! What is very apparent though is the aging of my body. My body from my 30’s and 40’s is starting to sag a bit in places it shouldn’t, with many more wrinkles appearing. Unfortunately, it's a futile business trying to preserve my tone, no matter how many sit-ups and barbell curls I do.
Scripture urges us to invest more time into a spiritual gym. Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 5:17, that “if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold the new has come.” Christ is after my heart. He wants to shape it into a new life. He’s the power source to make it happen. The good news too is that this new life will never fade or age out. I have followed Jesus for more than 47 years. I can tell you that there is nothing better than to lean into Jesus, and let Him infuse a new life into my tired and aging body.
At Christ’s Body, we are imagining and creating new ways in 2021 for us to be more effective ministers to the homeless. We want to bring this new life in Christ to the streets, to those who we minister to, as the ultimate solution. Imagine with me for a moment a “Caravan of Care”- an entourage of outreach vehicles that would include a shower trailer, food van and a clothing vehicle. They all would be mobile, deployable to any homeless camp or site in Colorado. This caravan could give us amazing opportunities to be the caring hands and feet of Jesus towards those who are sick, alone or marginalized!
Imagine this: outreach teams visiting every homeless person in Colorado with words of the Gospel and a sandwich and water bottle. We might also throw in a sleeping bag and blanket! What a difference that moment might make in the life of a homeless person. It would bring new life to them. We hope to make this a reality in the summer of 2021!
We would love it if you considered jumping in with us in 2021. Imagine 2021 and God’s promise to be bringing new life to many in need.