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The Real Grinch

(Who Tries to Steal Christmas)

Taking a little liberty from the Dr. Seuss legacy, I’d like to ask, have you ever heard of Whoville? It’s the fictitious town that is “terrorized” by a Scrooge-of-a-man by the name of the Grinch. He is constantly on a warpath, an adversarial mission, to eliminate, do away with, the concept of Christmas in the little town beneath the mountain on which he lives. Spoiler alert: As the story unfolds, he grows tender towards the idea of Christmas after encountering a little girl who is brave enough to face him down. The end finds him completely turned from foe to friend as the townsfolk celebrate a renewed liberty towards the holiday.

“Get real,” you may say! I’m glad you encouraged me! There is a reality behind this children’s story that carries a weight that is of eternal importance. In case you were not aware, there is a real adversary to the message that Christmas seeks to convey. Once allowed, the message of Christmas is transformational and powerful in a life-changing way. This adversary, this antagonist, is worlds worse than Dr. Seuss could ever imagine and he is totally nonfiction. He was the one responsible for the temptation of Eve in the garden of Eden. His curse included God’s statement in Genesis 3:15. “I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” This scripture is referred to by scholars as the “PROTEVANGELION.” This Greek word defines the Bible’s very first reference to the gospel message. Satan is declared a defeated adversary even from the very beginning of the Bible.

Now, turning to the last book of the Bible we read, “And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born” (Revelation 12:4). This is a symbolic reference indicating Mary as the mother, and Jesus as the baby. The dragon is the mortal enemy.

Praise God for Christmas, the Christ child is born! However, there is someone in the universe who is very unhappy about the arrival of our Great Redeemer. You guessed it–none other than Satan, Lucifer, the fallen angel himself. He patiently awaits the arrival of the Messiah, knowing his opponent will ultimately be his Conqueror. He pounces at the very moment that Christ is born as we see clearly in the Christmas story. Herod, under the influence of Satan, was the one who called for the death of every baby boy born in Bethlehem. (Isn’t it amazing the consistency and accuracy of the flow of the Bible? It’s awesome to know the end of the story!) Satan, the real Grinch, is at war to this very day making every effort, hurling every insult, and destroying every semblance of godliness wherever he is permitted to do so.

Is there a prevailing Protagonist? Yes! Here He is! “And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. [11] And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death” (Revelation 12:10-11).

Jesus succeeds in opposing all the assaults and resistances of the Enemy! He even prevails in and through the lives of those who are 100% dedicated to Him. All who are serious about the Gospel call are those who, armed with the Gospel message of Christmas, are victorious at the end of the day!

The Gospel of Christmas is literally focused like a laser beam in Acts 2:38. Take a moment and read it for yourself. If you comply, and receive the Promise, you will find that all the old Grinch, Satan himself, can really do is make a lot of noise and scare a few fainthearted souls. He is indeed the powerless loser! Jesus is victorious and He reigns supreme. His Spirit is alive and well today!

Pastor Don Haymon II

Thank you for joining Calvary’s December series “Joy to The World” on Sunday mornings and “The Blessing of A Silent Night” on Tuesday’s. Please mark your calendar with the many other highly enjoyable and life-impacting events you’ll find at http://www.cacdenver.org.

Saturday, All Leadership Calvary Church Security Training

Church Security Training Session

Proverbs 22:3 (KJV)

“A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.”

Our amazing church security staff is hosting a training session for anyone* serving in any official capacity to the church organization; and, for anyone who just wants to come and learn.

“The Security Guard Use of Force Continuum and Colorado Law.”

This course is provided by Mike A. Gargaro, who spent 30 years as a Denver Police officer and Detective. He is also the founder of Covenant Community Services Inc.

Course Description:

Saturday, September 28, 8:00 AM.

This 4 hour course covers the limitations and liabilities of those providing security for church organizations. It delves into the law and possible criminal and civil charges a security person or person of authority serving in an official capacity could face when using force against someone else.

We will find out in the boundaries of law where concealed carry fits and where force can be used as well as levels of appropriate force and to what degree force should be used in which situations.

This course is intended to be the first step in training anyone serving in any official capacity to the church organization.

We are asking for $15/person to help cover the cost of the course.

If you are planning on attending, please RSVP to Shane Gibson, Ariel Gibson, or leave a voicemail on the CAC administrative line, 303-758-5900. Please respond ASAP.

*this includes Calvary Academy Staff, Sunday School Staff, Student Leadership, Ushers & Security Team

Thank you for reading and participating!

Announcing 2019 Colorado UPCI Campmeeting!

If you speak Spanish, it all starts Tuesday night, June 18 at 7:30 PM, at Douglas County Fairgrounds in Castle Rock. (There will be no Tuesday midweek Life Night assembly at Calvary). Wednesday through Friday, English speaking services begin at 7:30 PM. Please make plans to join families from all over Colorado for this Camp.

Please see the poster above for further details, including times and dates of the morning services.

The CAC Choir has been honored with an invitation to sing at the Wednesday evening service so all choir members, please to be at the Fairgrounds at 6:30 for rehearsal.

I look forward to seeing all Calvary families at the 2019 UPCI Campmeeting!

Pastor Haymon

Happy Mother’s Day 2019!

LESSONS FROM JESUS’ MOMS:

Matthew 1 records the 28-generation genealogy of Jesus’ ancestors. There are 4 women included. Counting Mary, we can learn the following lessons from Jesus’ moms on this special day, dedicated to Mothers.

Tamar: Endeavor to Always Trust God With My Future

Rahab: God’s Redemption is Limitless

Ruth: Commit My Whole Life To God

Bathsheba: Always Use My Authority to Influence People For God

Mary: Serve However God Desires

Announcing Don Haymon III’s Administrative Pastoral Appointment

This Dad’s heart is full. Here are the comments we shared in tonight’s service before the prayer of blessing.

Thank you, CAC Denver, for your resounding support and affirmation!

Acts 6:3-4 (KJV)

3Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.

4But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.

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On a regular basis, my son, Don, and I sit down for a heart to heart. This past week we talked about the Call of God on his life and his willingness to step up and lead in ministry responsibilities like never before. He is answering that call by accepting the position of Administrative Pastor of CAC. His desire is to specifically relieve me of the business and administration portion which tend to distract from my Senior Pastoral role.

Bro. Don III has a pure heart for God and God’s people & kingdom. He is ready to be tasked with ministry from the big-picture (e.g., strategy and organization) to the small details (e.g., budget line items and members’ meeting agendas). He has a God-given passion to follow the vision that God has given me as his pastor and wants to help see that vision carried out in all areas of the church. His qualifications come from Spiritual equipping through theology college courses, CAC MIT course certification and a lifetime of sound doctrine preaching. He has been working behind the scenes for several years with Bro Hammann (worship services) and Sister Kelly (Music) and myself (handling monthly administrative meetings) and is now going to assume the added responsibilities of office work that was previously handled by my secretary. He leads with humble, loving diplomacy and is in 100% submission to pastoral authority.

In business, he’s gifted in administration, organizational strategy, and communications.

His business career started 7 years ago at Castle Rock School of Music. God has blessed him to move from retail, to manager, to instructor and now he owns his own studio company and has 40 private students (with a waiting list.).

God has blessed his business so much that he can now schedule his work to accommodate this call from God to give even more time supporting ministry needs of CAC.

I am a blessed man that he is my son, son in the gospel and a true helpmeet to me in ministry and we at CAC are blessed to officially add him to the team.

Please be respectful. Endeavor to limit business contact to busines hours. Let church be church!

If it is administrative/office or church service/event logistics, he is your man.

If it is spiritual, counseling or pastoral, Talk to God first and then I am your man. 😇

Pastor Donald Haymon II

June 2018 CAC Unboxed Kid’s Prayer Meeting Reflection

God is moving at Calvary Apostolic Church and revival is sweeping across our city, nation and world. Monday night’s Kids Ministry prayer meeting was no different. After a baptism and Holy Ghost infilling of one of our children on Sunday night, why not!? Please allow me to share some reflection of the prayer meeting.

As children, parents, uncles, aunts, grandparents, Kids Ministry volunteers and Calvary Academy staff started to gather, an undercurrent of travailing prayer began to build in the Youth Center. After several minutes we started a focus prayers following the Kids Ministry core values. Together we prayed that God would change us inwardly, “Lord help us…”

Love kids. “It’s easy to love our own children, but to show that same love those children in our church, in our communities sometimes far from our thoughts. Help us to not see them as a nuisance, but to see them through Your eyes and embrace each in love.”

Help kids grow. “Lord, our children need to be engaged in the work of God, right now. We don’t want to push them aside hoping that they will catch the vision and heartbeat of living for God later in life. To do that allows the World to engage and teach them freely, and we refuse to let that happen. Let us not keep them on the bench, but make them active participants in the work of God.”

Serve kids. “Kids have needs too. Their needs are so very different than our own, but that doesn’t lower the priority of their needs. May we be mindful and observant to the children around us in our church and in our community. Help us to see the need… and meet that need.”

Go get kids. “CAC was built on reaching kids all around us and moving forward it should be no different. Help us not to overlook the children in our neighborhoods or our branch ministry. Lead us to hungry and hurting children. Help us to lead them to Your love.”

Each focused prayer’s energy built on the next and magnified God’s presence.

Our final prayer, turned to pray for our children. The children present gathered in the altar area. The men gathered in front of them, laying hands upon them the men spoke blessings over them. The ladies gathered behind the child and interceded for each child. God began to move on our children. Heartfelt prayer began and tears were streaming down their faces. It was so powerful!

At the conclusion of that powerful prayer, Brother John Peyton asked if he could speak. He recalled over the years holding many children in his arms when they were babies, but today those same children are grown and not currently in church. Those children grew up in Apostolic homes with Godly fathers and mothers. So why are they not here today?We need to be mindful that the Devil is out for our children, and we will lose them if we don’t love them…truly love them as a church body, not just as individual families. Lord give us heart to love and reach the kids You have placed in our path!

Oh what a wonderful time in the presence of an awesome and amazing God. I look forward to next Kid’s Ministry prayer meeting.

-Ray Cuellar, CAC Unboxed Kid’s Director & Pastoral Caregiver

Immediate Focus Items for CAC!

SUPPORTING OUR BISHOP FROM BURMA!

Dear CAC family, below is a direct copy-and-paste to you, raw and unfiltered as I received it from Bishop Ral Buai. Naturally, English is not his first language but, as you know, he is very powerful in his message! We are still rejoicing over this last anointed weekend of services at CAC. TONIGHT, Bishop Buai will be delivering his testimony and his vision for the future of the work of God in Burma

Here is your quick heads up that at tonight’s service we will be collecting a special love offering to send with him to bless the operations of the apostolic movement and vision in Myanmar!

Begin copy and paste direct message from Bishop Buai to Pastor Haymon:

As you may aware, our humble petition to your great church will produce a good result for the kingdom of God. Our most need help is the Bible School 8 months to feed 65 students. The UPCI is designated 5500 for the whole 8 months but it is barely enough for 3 months.

You know Dr. Anna and Henry (VP of Burma) have a dream to build a new building for the Bible School.

As I told you verbally, my ŘAV4, is too small for the countryside traveling. I can sell for 18 thousand US dollars. To add about 8000 dollars could buy Prado used suv so that I can travel to the hills region of our Church. I am praying the Lord will do a miracle.

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Dear brothers and sisters of CAC, whatever blessing you are able bring to contribute, whether small or great, will be a blessing.

Thank you in advance!

UNIQUE, TIME-SENSITIVE PRISON MINISTRY OPPORTUNITY. 

Four of the most important minutes of your entire week if you just listen to this audio track. God is opening doors in the Denver Women’s Correctional facility like never before. Feel free to reply to this email for more information and to be added to the Facebook Event Group. We’ll have application forms available in tonight’s CAC worship service.

Women’s Prison Ministry message here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/zsyahhllb63qnxo/PrincessWithinPrisonAppeal.MP4?dl=0

Download application here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/klgz91awvbwm05g/0900%2001%20A%20Volunteer%20Application%202017-04-01.pdf?dl=0

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Rev. Don Haymon II 

Senior Pastor

Calvary Apostolic Church

5900 East Yale Ave

Denver, Colorado 80222

303-877-2891 (Cell)

deh2@cacdenver.org

www.cacdenver.org

Services: Sun 10a & 6:30p, Tue 7:30p

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