By Dr. Brad Strait, Lead Pastor of CCPC

As a pastor, I am proud of our Cherry Creek Team.

I know that pride can puff us up, but it can also be a way we express deep gratitude for others. We have an amazing staff at this church, and amazing leadership in our deacons and elders. We have a congregation who cares and is involved with ministry. Humbly, without Jesus, we all know that we accomplish nothing that endures. But he uses people, and I am blessed to work alongside so many amazing people. I am proud of you, and so thankful.

In Matthew 25:34-40, Jesus tells of the great Day of Judgment. As he welcomes his Kids into heaven, they are confused at his pride and thankfulness.

34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

Whatever done for the least of these brothers and sisters, you did for Jesus. In this past month, we have as a church brought carloads of food to an inner-city church’s foodbank and community kitchen. We have delivered notes of encouragement and hand-knit prayer blankets to retirement communities with our love. We have supported numerous missionaries trying to live in a world where everything is changing. We have provided 60 home-made baby quilts to Inner City Health clinic, Denver Rescue Mission, and Hope House. We have helped people who have lost their jobs by covering rent and helping them get new jobs. And many more things for the “least” of these.

When it seems like Covid has pulled the plug on so many things, just know that the church of Jesus goes on. A woman showed up at our building this week and waited patiently in the hall for someone to notice her (the church is still mostly closed). Al Johnson, our Director of Missions, happened upon her. “Have you been helped?” he asked?

“No, but I want to help you.” She handed him a $100 check and told him that, when passing through a few months before, Cherry Creek had given her help and food. She wanted to say, “Thanks!” And to pass it on to someone else.

Amen. Cherry Creek, keep it up. I am so blessed as a pastor. And Jesus is still on the move.

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

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