Praise God, CAC has the beautiful distinction of being “the friendliest church in Denver,” while being the senior apostolic church in the metro area, even in the State of Colorado. God has been good to constantly send His approval, blessing, and Presence, which is more than enough to unite the serious and the mature in their worship and walk with God.
I will forever be grateful for our amazing congregational gathering on Tuesday evening, April 5th. Wow! Depth and spiritual guidance on every level!
I would like to go on record with my deep gratitude to my father for once again bringing us his outstanding message: “Pentecost At The Crossroads.” Thankfully, it is recorded online for those who may have missed the service. I recommend that you do what I did, go back and listen to the archive, accessible via our church website. At the first part, while I was away preaching to our youth breakout, he said, “Your pastor is not on trial.” That phrase has been resonating with me ever since I heard it. I fully know that those were some seriously God-gifted words.
I can hardly imagine the misery of attending a church where the pastor is on trial, whether in a formal legal sense or in a quietly personal unspoken sense. Talk about uncertainty! Talk about division! Talk about confusion! Yikes. Sounds like a place that needs to “pray through!” I can say that I’d not long want to worship, work, or walk with God in such an environment.
The main reason I so deeply appreciate those words, “your pastor is not on trial,” is because they resonate with true New Tetament principles which are not popular in our generation. Here are a just a few embedded in the Rock of God’s Logos:
1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 (KJV) And we beseech you, brethren, to know [perceive, pay attention to] them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you;
 And to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be at peace among yourselves.
1 Peter 5:5-6 (KJV)
Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.
 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time
Hebrews 13:17 (NCV)
Obey your leaders and act under their authority. They are watching over you, because they are responsible for your souls. Obey them so that they will do this work with joy, not sadness. It will not help you to make their work hard.
Truly, to put a God-ordained pastor on trial is to arrogantly strip God of his position as the Final Judge and attempt to take it upon ourselves–a position for which none of us has passed the Bar.
THIS IS WHY CAC ENJOYS LASTING HOLY GHOST POWER AND UNCOMMON LONGEVITY…. OUR JUDGE IS JESUS! We wholeheartedly and collectively defer judgment to him who alone sees everything!
2 Corinthians 5:10 (ESV)
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.
CAC, as your senior pastor for nearly 20 years, it is my distinct and sobering honor to stand ready to give account to God. I think what Elder Haymon really had in mind was giving everyone a “joy boost” in recognizing the correct accountability direction. As saint, you get the joy of a clean and profitable record of account given to God; as pastor, I get the amazing joy of continued peace, strength, and cooperation by the most exciting and wonderful congregation in the world!
In a few closing words, it is on balance to acknowledge that times, places, people, and situations may arise that attempt to defy logic and agreement. Our approach in those times is the most crucial ingredient to a successful navigation back into peaceful waters. Once again referring to the wise counsel of Elder Haymon’s message last Tuesday night, “the most important thing we can do is pray!” Why do we seem to default so easily to the almost cliché idealism of prayer? The reason is simple: God is the only One to whom we should carry our grievances, our concerns, and anything that could stir strife among the Body of Christ. Think about it, a growing church will keep a pastor’s schedule extremely full if he has to spend time and go to the effort of going “on defense.” (This is not to say that I do not love chatting and communing with God’s people. I would say there are very few pastors who are more approachable than I!) Take your burdens to the Lord and leave them there!
As for a bit of housekeeping… Don’t forget that tonight, Friday, May April 8, at 7:00 PM, is a mass choir rehearsal with Bro. Mark Yandris. Whether you can or cannot sing, if you have even the slightest interest or have been engaged in the past, feel free to join in this joyful group of happy and anointed singers!
I am excited to hear the new songs and experience the refreshing presence of the Lord this coming Sunday morning and Sunday night with Bro. Yandris. Revival is here!
Don’t forget the youth Carwash fundraiser tomorrow in the CAC main driveway, from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
May God bless each of you, your households, and your livelihoods.
Yours for the best present and future we can possibly imagine, in Jesus Christ,
Pastor Don Haymon