CAC Friday Communique – CAC Finished Roof!

Greetings from Tulsa, Oklahoma!

The CAC YouthONE group is having a wonderful and spiritually strengthening experience at the PEAK Conference. Thank each of you who helped make it a reality. The preaching has been superb, as has the clean and energetic fellowship among fellow Apostolic youth from across the nation.
For today’s Communique, I have the privilege of sharing the personal viewpoint of our Safety Coordinator, Bro. Tom Schirmer. With extensive experience, he has willingly availed himself to the daunting task of overseeing the scope of our insurance underwriting process following the damaging rainstorm last week.
With the enthusiasm and faith of a true, Holy Spirit-filled saint of God, he recounts the memories and opportunities that accompanied the catastrophic and damaging storm.
Don’t forget, Saturday is a MAJOR CLEANING WORK DAY at CAC. We need the support of all saints, especially in the absence of so many young people, who will be on the road home from Tulsa. Work begins at 8:00 AM.
Bro. Timothy Spell is our weekend guest, bringing our minds into even clearer focus as we launch 2011 Mile High Conference Revival week! Pray for souls to be saved as our guest ministers obey the leading of the Holy Ghost in their message delivery. (See www.MileHighConference.org for the daily schedule).
Thank you for being the most special and beloved group of saints on planet earth! What a joy each of you are to your pastor. My wife and I love you very dearly!
Now, for the testimony by Bro. Schirmer:

It’s Thursday, exactly one week after the roof project began and the catastrophic flood occurred. A week ago, Brother Sam Kelly ran through the sanctuary praying that his heroic efforts to save the lives of countless musical instruments weren’t in vain. While he carried the lifeless bodies of water-logged keyboards to safety, water poured from the suspended speaker cluster and projection equipment. An epic downpour flooded the church and school within minutes. A challenging, but much anticipated, roofing project had instantly become an unimaginable loss that could threaten the Mile High Conference. The extent of the damage became more apparent over the next day.

Many times during an emergency, people panic and fear is overwhelming. I’ve always known that fear was contagious in these events, but I never knew the same could be said of faith and courage. I had the joy of seeing the church body feed off the strength of one another. Under a devastating attack, everyone helped as if we were one. When one failed and couldn’t go forward, two were quickly with him. It clearly wasn’t just us helping each other. As hard as it was to see at the time, God has been comforting and encouraging us this entire time.

I know how liability claims work in these situations. Help is hard to come by and the only source of money is reluctant and painfully slow in taking responsibility. Typically, more time is spent blaming and pointing fingers than in moving forward. There is a long road ahead of repairs, decisions and tedious work. But there’s one amazing, indisputable fact. We should not be where we are today. We should not look like we do. I looked at a church this evening that looks brand new (at least on the outside, see attached finished roof). The list of repairs before the conference is down to five items and they will be complete in plenty of time. Everything will be in place for a wonderful revival and the future looks brighter than it ever has at CAC. We’ve made new friends that we never would have known otherwise. We’ve had our knowledge strengthened yet again that God is always working for our good. With Him we will always prevail, make it through the storm and somehow be better for it. Once again, everything really is going to be alright. Let’s celebrate, keep our eyes on the Lord and see what He’s got planned next!

Bro. Tom signs off by saying:

…….That’s an update, Sir! I hope some of us give you something you can use or at least help inspire you! So looking forward to your return! (look at that photo…..you have to see it in person…..that color and material is more beautiful than any roof I’ve ever seen!) Thanks – Bro Tom


Now, (drum roll….!), check out the beauty of our new roof!

CAC Friday Communique – July 15, 2011 (Rain Damage Update)

The enemy planned evil against us but God used those same plans for our good. (Genesis 50:20)
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Dear CAC,

Good morning!

My precious, Godly grandmother, Sis. Pearl Haymon, speaking at our 1973 sanctuary dedication service, wisely said, “God has A Way, A Time, and a People.”

His ways are higher than ours; He has an acceptable time; and He has a peculiar people.

Yesterday, we may have sustained the worst natural disaster in our 55-year existence. During sanctuary roof replacement, an uncommonly flooding downpour hit our neighborhood. Where the roofing material had been removed, (about 50% was exposed), rainwater poured into the sanctuary. One restoration specialist estimated that the damage, repairs, and replacements may all tally higher than $50,000. Aren’t we thankful for insurance? The roofing contractor has excellent liability insurance, as does the general contractor, to say nothing of our own church coverage. From this vantage point, replacement for all of our equipment, fixtures, and instruments (those beyond repair) is fully assured! As I type this message, a crew of over 20 restoration professionals are working around the clock to make the rain water extraction as immediate as possible.

When I arrived on the scene, shortly after the storm, we already had a faithful crew of saints working feverishly to begin the salvaging process.

At our initial meeting with the restoration contractor, we had the following CAC lineup of leadership in the room: Tom Schirmer, Safety Coordinator; Dominick Porquis, Facility Director; Sam Kelly, Music Director; Chad Monteith, Communications Director; Ray Cuellar, Pastor’s Administrative Leader; and Lucas Guth, Security Coordinator. Our restoration contractor verbally marveled at our orderly emergency response. Just a few minutes ago, I met the night foreman, Todd, a nice gentleman from Dallas, TX, who told my wife and I, “As a restoration company, we NEVER arrive on the scene of a crisis to find such calm, organized people, each taking their share of the work; kids laughing, and everyone working as a team!”

May I share the scripture that immediately flashed through my mind? It goes like this (Jesus praying for believers):

That they may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me….I in them, and thou in me, that they may be perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou has sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.” (John 17:21,23)

Think about it: We have crews of strangers walking the halls of prayer, working in the place where we worship, and passing our tract rack–prime candidates for receiving the message of salvation that is clearly displayed, and sensing the Holy Spirit of God in His dedicated house!

Dear saint of CAC, the enemy has a plan to kill, steal, and destroy; but I declare, God used those same plans for our good!

Please pray for our witness to be all that it should be! “The church that prays together, connects everything to a soul.” (An upcoming church Bible lesson, Lord willing!)

We’ll not only survive, but we’ll come out on top, in Jesus’ Name!

I hope you enjoy the photos I’m sharing along with this message. They are somewhat self-explanatory. (Thanks, Jen Monteith, for sharing the cartoon captioned photo!)

A great big THANKS to everyone who showed up, in rapid response to our initial call for help. We must’ve had 30 – 40 CAC members gathered at one point!

A few announcements:

Tonight’s 8:00 PM church-wide prayer meeting has been changed in location, to your place of residence. 🙂

Music practices are cancelled for this Saturday.

Location of Sunday services is pending restoration progress. Stay tuned. (If you are not receiving the CAC announcements via text message on your cell phone, please email your name and number to Chad Monteith at cwm@cacdenver.org).

Quick report on Terry McClimans: He’s been moved to a private room at Craig hospital and his progressing very nicely! For now, NO VISITORS PLEASE. Let’s allow him ample time to transition into his new quarters and rehab program.

Last but not least, Congratulations to Shawn and Maria Robertson on their new son-in-law! (Their eldest daughter, Danielle, was married last night!)

May our Lord and Savior bless and comfort you as you remain in His hands.

Your loving shepherd under the Great Shepherd,

Rev. D. E. Haymon II
Pastor
Calvary Apostolic Church of Denver
5900 E. Yale Ave, Denver, CO 80222
“Denver’s Apostolic Holiness Witness Since 1956”
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Pastor’s S.O.A.P. Bible Journal for this week (Mat 26 – Mark 2)

 
  Matthew 26:23    He answered, “He … will betray me.”
  Observation: Judas was only 51 days from having his name in the foundation of that City not made with hands. If he could have held on for just 1,224 more hours, what a different end there would be to his story. Instead, he ended up in a potter’s field-despite Jesus’ giving him one last chance. Jesus said, “Whoever dips with Me…” (see Mt. 26:23). What if he hadn’t done it? What if, at that point, he had yielded? His whole life’s ending would have been different and God would have counted only the surrender, not the struggle. Instead, the enemy entered his heart and the power in the unsurrendered clay became death and destruction.Application: Tragic endings are worsened (is that really possible?) by just-missed opportunities that could have been avoided by simple faith in God.  Every personal initiative should always stand the test of approval by those in authority and should consistent with God’s agenda.  “I have spoken it, I have purposed it,” says the Lord!Prayer: Jesus, my dear Lord God Almighty:  Help me keep my heart guarded from fits and starts, false impressions, and prideful dissolusionment!  I want always to be tender to your correction and guidance.
  Matthew 27:25    And all the people answered …”let his blood be…on our children!”
  Observation: Talk about “play now, pay later!”  The Jews were victims of short-sightedness.  Peter diagnosed it as a malady in which people “are blind, and cannot see afar off.”  Living only for the moment, defering the penalties to our own children smacks of serious character flaws.  The list of flaws is long, but it includes selflishness, impatience, pride, and a lack of love for our own offspring.Application: We’ll stand out when we determine to take responsibility in the present.  Pay now, play later!  In patience we certainly possess our souls.Prayer: Heavenly Father, I need your vision.  Please let me see that my actions today will have consequences in future generations.  My own children may be lost because of my foolishness!  I pray for Your wisdom to make decisions in the light of eternity.
  Matthew 28:20    “Behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
  Observation: The book of Matthew ends with a promise.  Jesus’ presence is not confined to the pages of the gospels and the history they contain.  He promised to be WITH.  Naturally, Matthew was aware of the “rest of the story.”  Interestingly, his book whets the appetite of the earnest reader by leaving them on a high note, with so much to look forward to as the Bible continues.  The best is yet to come!  Not long after this moment in time, Jesus returned in the rushing mighty wind of the Spirit on the Day of Pentecost!Application: Take God’s promises seriously.  They may seem like “cliff-hangers,” unfinished and unfulfilled.  There’s more!  Matthew 28:20 is not THE END.Prayer: Thank you Jesus, for testing our patience and our earnestess to press on in the unfolding saga of our lives lived for You!  This may seem like a Matthew 28:20 moment, with so much promised, but so much yet to be fulfilled.  Lord, find us praying and tarrying until You blow in and turn our world upside down!
  Mark 1:25             “But Jesus rebuked him, saying … come out of him!”
  Observation: Jesus rebuked him.  Who?  The man with the unclean spirit?  He was the only visible presence to the human eye.  No, Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit.  He looked straight at the man, spoke in his direction, but commanded obedience and departure from the spirit within him.  Put yourself in the place of the observer.  It took a strong measure of “other-world,” spiritual discernment.  Jesus walked, slept, spoke, ate, and existed in the physical world, but he was ever aware of the unseen spiritual dimension that most humans miss entirely.Application: There’s more.  See that wall? See that book?  See that window?  See that person?  There’s more.  Jesus Christ dwelling inside the believer, by His Spirit, yearns for us to be aware of the unseen, yet profoundly real world of the spirits.Prayer: Lord, impress upon me that “this is not all there is.”  So much awaits the vision of the prayer warrior, the Bible student, the soul-winner, the Spirit-filled.  Open my eyes and let me respond in keeping with your perfect will.  Work miracles, cast out devils, heal the sick, speak to the lost, love the sinner; Lord do it through me, your willing, surrendered, and spiritually discerning disciple.
  Mark 2:12             “We never saw anything like this!”
  Observation: Just because it’s never been done doesn’t mean it CAN’T BE.  The amazed crowd were baffled to the point of giving God glory, because their sense of sight had been challenged with a miracle!  Something new!  Something fresh!  Something never seen before!Application: It’s easy to settle in for the journey after receiving the Holy Spirit.  It’s so comfortable to simply find a predictable spot, out of sight, away from the action, excusing ourselves because “we’re the Spirit-filled, Jesus-name baptized.”  Don’t waste your life, and please don’t hide your gift in the dirt.  What if you could be a part of something that Denver has never seen before?  You can!  You will, if you join CAC in earnest prayer for continuing revival, and engage in the battle.Prayer: Lord, get me unsettled and tired of the same ol’ same ol’!  If I’ve grown accustomed to the comfort zone with my talent safely hidden in the ground, WAKE ME UP BEFORE YOU TAKE IT AWAY!   I’m wide-eyed and ready to see your glory manifest like never before!

CAC: The Demands of Spiritual Warfare & Victory

Sharing a timely and important message from a great saint of God at CAC, Jay Liew:

When I was growing up as a boy, there were many memories of me watching European soccer with dad. I always remembered the stylish way the French played and the dirty way the Italians played. I always remembered dad telling me that, and I loved the French teams. The French had the one of the best teams in the world from the early 80’s until 2006. On July 9th 2006, something inexplicable happened. The French had the best team in the World Cup held in Germany. They had the best player in the world, Zinadine Zidane. It was the final game and the venue was Berlin, the opponent was those nasty Italians. On the 110th minute of the game, Zidane head-butted the Italian Materazzi and, Zidane was promptly dismissed from the game. Materazzi had verbally insulted Zidane (who has Algerian heritage) for 110 minutes. They were 10 minutes away from the end of the game and a penalty shoot-out. The French ended up losing the game on the penalty shoot-out without their best player.

I woke up this morning stirred to the core of my soul with a series dreams. I cannot help but recalling the vivid images of the prior night’s service when the pastor called out families of the church to the front. We have been in the middle of a mighty move of the Spirit of God for some time. At the same time, our church has gone thru some trials with very untimely deaths of beloved saints of God and other issues that I do not personally know and have no need to know. All I know when I woke up this morning is, my adversary, Satan is out to devour me and my family. If I were Satan, that is what I would be doing. This church is arguably the best church in the region. I was making a comment to Brother Anthony just last week, telling him that this is unbelievable how many first time faces I am seeing. For months now, we have come into our services with brand new faces. Even our highly esteemed visiting preachers have noticed the phenomenon. With all of that in mind, Satan is doubling his efforts against the foundation of our church and our families. He is and will be working on us.

If I were Satan, I would not care if a church dresses holy. I would not care if families do not have Hollywood in their houses. I would not care if they ran through the brick wall on their worship services. I would not care if they are at church on Superbowl Sunday, but if they are making a difference in lives of sinners, that is when I have to intervene. This church is doing just that. We are making differences in lives of people around us, and we are in the crosshairs of Satan’s scope.

I cannot help but to compare the state of Israel during David’s era and Solomon’s era. In Solomon’s era of peace, the nation of Israel fell into a state of disrepair. The kingdom was divided, and those states dabbled in idolatry until they finally succumbed to the captivity of Assyria in the North and to Babylon in the South. Peace was supposed to be a blessing, but it turned into a curse. In David’s era of blood and war, when he was going things right he had more opposition and enemies than I would care to know. Lord, how are they increased that trouble me! Many are they that rise up against me. All throughout these sacred songs, there were many about his enemies. And in these times, Israel has never seen more prosperity and blessings.

The worship was different. David worshipped in the tent of David while Solomon worshipped in his grand temple. The grand temple which had the Spirit of God in its inaugural service was nothing more than a shell when it was destroyed by the Babylonians. They built another temple, Zerubbabel’s temple. Again, the Spirit of the Lord was initially there but again a mere shell when this time, the Romans destroyed it. The worship of David was entirely different. It is very interesting that in this tent, there was absolute liberty in worship. The ark was not obscured by veils. The king which was not Levite, was offering up burnt offerings and wearing priestly garments and dancing before the ark of covenant. When David died, the tent went with him along with all the liberty in worship. After the death of David, the Lord longed for this tent more than the temple. He longed for true worship and was not happy with the worship in those temples. In fact, it was a stench to his nostrils. As a result, the Babylonians and Romans did not destroy those temples. The Lord did it. He will not restore those temples but he will restore the tent of David. (Amos Chapter 9).

This is where our church comes in. This is the restored tabernacle of David. We are not manufacturing the move of the Spirit, and the Spirit of the Lord is just overwhelming us like a tsunami. This is why Satan is after me and my family just like he was after David. This is the last thing that Satan wants to see. Because of this, we have had our shares of trials. The watchman was on the tower last night and he was sounding the alarm. He was calling families to the front. If you were not called, think again! I often hear the analogy of saints as sheep and that a sheep is dumb. We are in the middle of an all out war now, and there is no room to be dumb. We have to be wise as a serpent and not be ignorant to Satan’s devices. If you are in this church, you are in a war zone! There is no neutral zone and there will be no peace with the devil. There are other churches that are at peace right now but CAC is not one of them. I was talking to my wife yesterday night as we passed a mega church in Parker. She was mentioning that her friends go to church there and it was so convenient because they can choose any of 3 services during the weekend and they are all the same. That reminds me of those grand temples that were built.

The infraction of Zidane, cost his team a possible title. That was just a game. My friends, this is more than a game. When I was single, the scripture that said; what does a man gain, if he gains the whole world and loses his soul… applied to myself. Now, I have to look at it in a new perspective. What does a man gain, if he gains the whole world and loses his family’s soul. The events that happed last night should not be taken lightly.
As I was pondering in my bed over all the trials that our church has gone thru, the Lord gave me a vision. In the vision, I saw Sis. Sandy Ortel in her chariot of fire. I saw Bro. Sam Kelly in his chariot of fire. I saw Sis. Mary Parsons in her chariot of fire. I saw Bro. Hardy in his chariot of fire. It may seem like trials to me, but when I saw those chariots, everything took on a whole different meaning. No matter what the devil throws at me, I will always be reminded of Psalm 3.

Lord, how are they increased that trouble me! many are they that rise up against me.
Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah.
But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.
I cried unto the LORD with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah.
I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the LORD sustained me.
I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about. Arise, O LORD; save me, O my God: for thou hast smitten all mine enemies upon the cheek bone; thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly.
Salvation belongeth unto the LORD: thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah.

Give up? Go on!

Joseph of the Old Testament had a roller coaster ride of a life. Actually, to him it probably seemed like the “Bottomless Coaster” in the un-amusement park of life.

When one carefully counts his experiences, dividing them into positive and negative events, we find that he had twice as many negative experiences as positive. The negatives screamed out, “Give up!” The positives told him, “Go on!”

Joseph succeeded as the major player in God’s plan and purpose for His nation of Hebrews, saving millions of souls from cruel bondage by simply tuning out the “Give Ups” and cranking up the “Go Ons.”

Which are you listening today?

Rev. D. E. Haymon II
Pastor
Calvary Apostolic Church of Denver
http://www.cacdenver.org
5900 E. Yale Ave.
Denver, CO 80222

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From Intention To Fruition

Hello, CAC and the blogosphere (if you’re viewing this on WordPress.com)!

As I shared with Rev. Tim Spell, “the path between intention and reality is paved with goals.” Just yesterday, I challenged the Calvary Academy high school with this homework: In one week, bring the first and last name of at least one individual who doesn’t know the true, Apostolic plan of salvation to whom you’ve offered to share the Search For Truth Bible study series.

Classroom training is a great place to develop intentions. But imagine the surprise when saints come to the Judgment and find out that their intentions are nowhere to be found! Our eternal rewards or penalties will have nothing to do with intentions. Only realities, accomplishments, goals set and completed will be deemed worthy of judgment by the Almighty Judge.

” … they were judged every man according to their works … ” –Revelation 20:13

My challenge to you, dear reader, is this: Transfer every good intention into a goal. Put it on your calendar. Now, walk that road with patience, prayer, and Godly counsel! Your “mark” is closer than you think!

“I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” –Philippians 3:14 (ESV)

Looking forward to a great weekend of truly Apostolic worship and the Word.

THIS SUNDAY IS FRIENDS AND FAMILY DAY: Service at 2:00 PM, with pre-service prayer (in the prayer rooms) at 1:30 PM.

We’re also looking forward to the Nesbitt & Everette wedding tomorrow at 1:00 in the CAC sanctuary. Everyone is welcome.

May the Lord richly bless your day and your hearts as you prepare for the next goal!

You’re loving shepherd under the Great Shepherd,

Pastor Don Haymon II

Offspring of Thanks

Psalm 95:1–6 (KJV)

1O come, let us sing unto the Lord: Let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.

2Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, And make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.

3For the Lord is a great God, And a great King above all gods.

4In his hand are the deep places of the earth: The strength of the hills is his also.

5The sea is his, and he made it: And his hands formed the dry land.

6O come, let us worship and bow down: Let us kneel before the Lord our maker.

If, as Cicero once said, “Thanks is the parent of all other virtues,” then I propose that her firstborn is Love, her second born is Faith, and her third born is Hope. Her firstborn grandchild is Sacrifice, born of Love; her second born grandchild is Grace, born of Faith; and her third born grandchild, born of Hope, is Courage.

Got Thanks? This comparative genealogy allows us to watch and listen for those unmistakeable family members of Thanks in our hearts and in the spirit surrounding our dinner tables today. May we each see overwhelming evidence of Thanksgiving in our lives, on this particular Thanksgiving holiday.

Thanksgiving is worthless without thanks-living!

Happy Thanksgiving from Pastor Haymon and family! We’re so very thankful for our friends, family, and the CAC congregation today.

Think & Thank

(Pastor’s Weekly Meditation for Thanksgiving Week 2010)

In old Anglo-Saxon, to be “thankful” meant to be “thinkful.” Thinking of one’s blessings should stir one to gratitude. Also, thinking of the consequences of unthankfulness should shake us into a refreshed attitude of gratitude.

Think about it: A lack of Thanksgiving is the linchpin, the cornerstone, the foundation of disastrous evils. Read it for yourself in Romans chapter one. A basic outline of the outcome of unthankfulness (1:20-32) goes like this: The first and second indictments—inexcusable ignorance and ingratitude combine to result in people who are not only thankless, but refusing to worship their Creator. Notice the trend in the next four charges: insolence—claiming themselves to be wise without God, they become fools instead; idolatry—exchanging God’s glory for idols resembling mere people, birds, animals, and snakes; immorality—they are guilty of gross sexual deviancy; and the final disastrous evil indicted is incorrigibility—embracing and endorsing wicked deeds.

It’s interesting that even William Shakespeare once said: “I hate ingratitude more in man than lying, vainness, babbling, drunkenness, or any taint of voice, whose strong corruption inhabits our frail blood.”

On the other hand, full-blown, heart-embedded Thanksgiving results in the deepest satisfaction and the richest blessing, even to the tune of miracle-working power.

When we give Thanks, we have a choice: Deep, meaningful gratitude or shallow, meaningless clichés. It’s way too easy to say “Thank you” and not mean a word of it. Let’s make a covenant for this 2010 week of Thanksgiving. Every time you are about to “Thank,” stop and “Think.” Ask yourself, can I substitute those words with the definition: “I’m conscious of benefit received?”

Where do I go for thankfulness? Is there a specific source or origin? If gratitude, thankfulness, and appreciation are so important, where can I “get some?” Perhaps the following devotional by J. A. Broadus will help you Think and Thank:

Thanks quells brooding. We are all prone, in certain moods, to complain of our lot. Everyone has at some time or other imagined that he or she has a particularly hard time in this world. It is to be hoped that in other moods we are ashamed of ourselves for such brooding. But how to prevent its recurrence? A valuable help will be the habit of thankfulness to God. Then if a brooding spirit arises, in the middle of some complaining sentence we will suddenly express thankfulness and perhaps laugh at ourselves for the folly of such brooding.

Thankfulness soothes distress. Those who are greatly afflicted—and not accustomed to being thankful—sometimes find the memory of past joys only an aggravation of present sorrow. It is otherwise with those who have learned to be habitually thankful. For these, the recollection of happier hours is still a comfort.

Thankfulness helps to allay anxiety. Notice what the apostle says to the Philippians: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God… will guard your hearts and your minds” (Phil. 4:6–7). Notice that we are to prevent anxiety by prayer as to the future with thanksgiving for the past.

Thankfulness cannot fail to deepen penitence. “God’s kindness leads you toward repentance” (Rom. 2:4). When we are in the habit of thankfully recalling the kindnesses and mercies of our heavenly Father, we perceive more clearly and lament more earnestly the evil of sin against him, and what is more, this will strengthen us to turn from our sins to his blessed service.

Thankfulness brightens hope. “I love to think on mercies past, And future good implore.” If we have been accustomed to set up milestones of God’s mercy on the path of life, then every glance backward will help us to look forward with more of humble hope.

Thankfulness strengthens for endurance and exertion. We all know how much more easily and effectively those work who work cheerfully, and the very nutriment of cheerfulness is found in thankfulness as to the past and hope as to the future.

Happy Thinking and Happy Thanksgiving!

I CANNOT CALL YOU FRIEND! – CAC Friday Communique for 8/27/2010

Greetings, Fellow Harvesters of CAC!

In response to requests for this poem–which we read at Tuesday PM’s service–I’m posting it here for you.

Don’t forget, although this is a 5th Sunday month, SERVICES ARE AT NORMAL TIMES, 10:00 AM & 6:30 PM. (We traded this one for the breather after MHCR 2010).

I CANNOT CALL YOU FRIEND!
–Author Unknown…
My friend, I stand in judgment now.
And I feel that you are to blame somehow.
On earth I walked with you day by day.
But never did you point the way.
You knew the LORD,
In His truth and His glory.
But never did you share the story!
My knowledge then was very dim.
You could have lead me safely to Him.
You taught me many things,
This is true.
I called you friend,
And I trusted you.
But I have learned,
And now it is too late
You could have kept me from this fate,
We walked by day,
And talked by night,
And yet you showed me not the light.
You let me live and love,
AND DIE,
You knew I would never live on high.
Yes, I called you friend in life,
I trusted you through joy and strife.
And yet on coming to this end, —
I CANNOT CALL YOU
MY FRIEND!

This is a wake-up call. Let’s make it a weekend of communicating the things of God to those who call us their friend.

God bless His devoted Harvesters!

Sincere shepherd-love,

Pastor D. E. Haymon II

Curb Appeal

Greetings, CAC!

I just ended a very interesting phone call with a stranger named Elizabeth. She has lived in Denver for 13 years, presently residing in our church neighborhood.  Tearfully, she told me that her father passed away six weeks ago, leaving a huge void in her life.  She said that she was raised conservative Baptist, but in recent years has re-dedicated her life to the Lord.

The purpose of her call was to get information on our church, because she is looking for a church home.  She asked me to give her a brief background statement, which I did as succinctly as I know how, including the new birth message of Acts 2:38, and the infilling if the Holy Ghost as evidenced by speaking in other tongues.  I told her that following, adhering to, and teaching the same doctrines that founded the Early Church, is where we get “Apostolic” in our church name.  She was very receptive and seemed to show great interest.

As we were concluding our conversation, she confirmed our service schedule, indicating strongly that she’d be our guest Sunday, then she dropped the lines that are still ringing in my ears: She said, “I was out for a walk this morning and passed your church, taking notice of the care you give for your exterior.  Oh, I know it’s not all about what’s on the outside, but it is obvious that your church cares.”  Her closing words were, “The way you keep everything so nice and neat is a testament to all who pass by, that someone really cares.”

Folks, is that not a perfect statement of holiness!?  It’s meaning is exponentially powerful in its pronouncement, coming from a complete stranger.  

It’s true. We show that we care by our “curb appeal,” both personally and corporately. Remember my statement that the lost “don’t care how much we know until they know how much we care?”  We have the only saving gospel, we baptize in the only Name “whereby we must be saved,” yet, if we stick our nose in the air and avoid the hurting, hungry, wounded neighbor, we hold the truth in unrighteousness.

How many people have recently passed your way, only to lose you upon a sea of sad, lonely faces? Do something about it. Spiff up your outward radiance of Holy Spirit boldness, shine your Light, let love flow!

“But in your hearts set Christ apart as holy and acknowledge Him as Lord. Always be ready to give a logical defense to anyone who asks you to account for the hope that is in you, but do it courteously and respectfully.” 1 Peter 3:15 (AMP)

WEEKEND WARRIORS
Another spiritually dynamic weekend is upon us.  Even if you haven’t during the week, make it a point to befriend someone new, inviting them into your life, your circle of concern, your fellowship.  It’s not too late to get the word out about a church that is the friendliest and most welcoming in metro Denver, who’s doors open to the public Sunday at 10 & 6:30.

If it helps, feel free to say, “We keep a pretty nice yard, too!”  🙂

A great big thanks to Sis. Rebekah Rathgeber and her team for their devotion to our flowerbeds and to the Men’s Ministry (led by Bros. Dominick and Russ) for the regular attention to lawn care.

We’re a blessed church to have such teamwork and unity as to keep a balance between internal and external beauty.  Let’s keep it that way, on every level, and in every Ministry!

With shepherd love,

Pastor Don Haymon II

Don’t forget:

Tonight at 7:30 PM: YouthONE Fellowship
Saturday at 8:00 AM: Men’s Coffee and Bible Study, followed by a few hours of painting and miscellaneous remodel finishing.
Sunday, 10:00 AM & 6:30 PM: Worship and Evangelism