Monthly Archives: May 2018

31 May 2018

Meet Thomas and Curtis!

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A Couple of Classic Crusaders!

Meet Thomas. I’ve known him for at 12 years. He’s a real “character” who loves the Lord a lot. He’s always got a joke, or a word of wisdom for me. Recently, we were talking about the Lord and Thomas was quick to point out, “Hey look, you either serve him or you don’t.”

Then we got to talking about a lot of folks on the streets, and what they ought to be doing. “They’ve got to be doing something for themselves, ” he said. “You can’t just sit around do nothing and expect that good things will happen.”

And maybe there’s one quality that has helped Thomas to make his way on the streets of Uptown all these years. The quality: confidence in talking to anyone. “I’ve learned not to be scared to talk to anyone at all, ” he says. “I’m going to tell anyone I talk to exactly what I feel.”

Thomas has got a place of his own… now. He’s blessed. He also says, “I’m not perfect, I make a lot of mistakes. But life goes on.”

And then there’s Curtis. We’ve also known him for many years. He stayed at Cornerstone, and volunteered in the kitchen many years ago. Since then, he’s lived a lot of life—and who knows exactly where he’s been? Only the Lord and himself. But Curtis ended up back with us for a few weeks. He even had an old car, that barely ran, but it did run. And so he asked me to help him out with some gas, so he could “get away” for a change of pace.

I was happy to help him. “But why,” you might ask? I mean, who knows what Curtis might be up to?

And I guess my answer would be, “Why not?” I mean, doesn’t he deserve a “change of pace.” And if I (or anyone at CCO) can help at times…I mean, why not?

I’m sure I’d be thankful for any such help …. if I were in need…and needing a change of pace.

I mean, Curtis, is and has been living his life for the past 77 years. And I for one, am glad to know him.

Thanks for stopping by. Chris

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23 May 2018

Who wants be Nothing?

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Oh yeah, Jesus does!

Here is an excerpt from my book: Hope you are blessed… and challenged by it! I know I am… all the time!

He Made Himself Nothing

“[Jesus] made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.” (Philippians 2:7, NIV)

So here’s Jesus. He was God. He is God—the Creator of the whole universe. You can’t any higher or better, or more perfect than God!

So when he accepted God the Father’s decision to send him into our world to save us, he had to turn himself into nothing, by comparison. How difficult was that?

It was like he became a magician. He disguised himself, cloaked himself in the clothes and the manner of a servant. He became like the lowest of the low here on earth. He didn’t want to draw attention to himself, so he chose to hide himself amongst the poor and neglected.

The King James Bible translates this verse as “he made himself of no reputation.” This seems to imply that it took some “work”, and that it was a process.

Jesus had to choose to fly under the radar. While he was growing up and as a young man before he began his ministry, he must have had to “fight off ” often the inclination to raise his voice when face-to-face with sin and injustice.

Still, maybe it wasn’t too hard for Jesus to become like the poor. Why? Because he made them. Because he cares for them deeply. To him, they are just as important as anyone else.

So how do these observations speak to us?

They relate to all of us who are constantly wishing to be “somebody,” even in our service for the Lord. Many of us work hard at building ourselves “a good reputation.” We have a tough time imagining ourselves doing just the opposite—working hard at “becoming nothing.”

But maybe, just maybe, as we begin to see that this becoming as “the least” is indeed very pleasing to our God … well then, maybe we’ll be making more efforts towards imitating his son’s example.

And maybe we’ll begin to understand that this “becoming nothing” isn’t a bad thing. On the contrary, it’s a good thing!

Excerpt from ‘Discovering Jesus in the Least‘ by Chris Ramsey
Chapter 13, New Testament Teaching on Service to the Least (Part 1), Page 73
Copyright © 2017 Chris Ramsey.

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17 May 2018

You never know what God has in mind?

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For Eve and Veronica: Their “chance” meeting evolves into 7 Years of Friendship!

Veronica stopped by the food pantry a few days ago, and she asked if I could say “Hi” to Eve, one of our caseworkers. And then she started telling me how their relationship had begun, and flourished over the past few years.

It all started when Eve Haycock had to pick up her son, Uriah, from school seven years ago. She ran into a hard-working Grandmother named Veronica Smith who was also picking up her grandson, Damon, from school. After a few encounters, Eve sensed that Veronica was having a “rough” go of it. By this Eve meant that she was having a hard time “making ends meet,” especially with having to help provide for Damon.

It wasn’t long before Eve was insisting that Veronica make use of our food pantry and our free-store for clothing. “Everybody needs help sometimes, ” she said. “And you should never deny your kids because of your pride.” Eve also helped Veronica get a school-backpack for Damon.

Veronica said that she was so thankful to Eve for helping her through some “trying” times. She said that Eve really went the extra-mile, and because of her caring she became a close friend. “She has such a big heart,” says Veronica. “She’s so good with kids. She’s nice, but she’s firm. And whoever she’s working with, she makes you feel comfortable and welcome.”

Eve has been a long-time employee of Cornerstone… and a much-beloved caseworker to the single women. She has been a wonderful example of caring and compassion for those less fortunate. And she just can’t help herself, when she’s working with her clients. “The way she talks,” says Veronica, “she just makes you want to be more than you ever thought you could be.”

I’d say we need a few (or a lot more!) more Eve’s. Because you never know what God has in mind.

Thanks for stopping by. Chris

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14 May 2018

Helping kids to bless their moms!

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A great example: caring means sharing!

On Sat. May 12, Cornerstone was blessed to have some folks from Grace Presbyterian Church in Winnetka, IL come and work with many of our CCO families—children in particular—and help them prepare for Mother’s Day. They did this by bringing lots of “potted plants and flowers” for the children to give to their mothers. They also had a number of other smaller type gifts (like jewelry, etc.) which they helped the kids wrap up real nice and pretty.

But the part I thought was really “cool” was that they had a table with cards and crayons, along with some friendly assistance as to what the kids themselves would want to tell their mothers.

To me, this was a great example of bringing some “love” into our shelter. For these folks not only gave of themselves—their time and gifts—but they brought so much joy to the kids: They were teaching and aiding our kids how to have fun and joy in giving a gift to their moms.

And oh yeah, I could tell from the smiles and the laughs from these ‘”caring” adults that they were genuinely touched just engaging with our kids.

And oh yeah, I think I saw Jesus right in the middle of everyone that had been brought together. And he had a big smile on his face.

Be blessed. And yes, let us all be thankful for our mothers and everything that they done for us.

Thanks for stopping by. Chris

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