Pastor’s Friday Update: Confidence.

CONFIDENCE… A WORD THAT CAN BE TRACED TO LATIN ROOTS MEANING: “ASSURANCE BASED ON INSUFFICIENT GROUNDS.” WHAT A REVELATION! FAITH, TRUST, ASSURANCE IN GOD DEFIES LOGIC AND SCIENTIFIC FACTS! WE SIMPLY TRUST GOD, EVEN WHEN THROWN IN THE FIERY FURNACE, THE FURIOUS, CRASHING WAVES OF THE SEA, AND/OR THE LION’S DEN! OUR CONFIDENCE IS IN THINGS NOT SEEN AND THINGS HOPED FOR. GOD WILL NEVER FAIL US!

May you be encouraged to step out in faith today, as you consider this short Bible passage:

Hebrews 10:35 (KJV)
“Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward.”

Noah had insufficient grounds to build the ark; Moses had insufficient grounds to raise his rod over the Red Sea; David had insufficient evidence to sling the smooth stone at Goliath; Gideon’s 300 men had insufficient grounds to break their clay pots and yell, “The sword of the Lord!” Today, you’ll have many opportunities to encounter the hesitation of the flesh over insufficient grounds to act, speak, or decide. Be not afraid and keep a tight grip on your confidence in Almighty God!

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Here are a few snapshots of the latest CAC news:

  
My sons, and CAC representatives, Don and Jared, arrived safely in Athens to be greeted by a thoughtful entourage. The local church is excited for their ministry during their annual Youth Crusade. They will be hosting music workshops, leading worship, and ministering the Word. Both are engaging in street evangelism as they invite the general public to join the services. Please pray for a mighty Holy Ghost outpouring through this weekend. Pray for the participating churches to be edified and for souls to be saved!

  
Thank God for worldwide revival, also happening right here in Denver, Colorado! Such a deep move of the Spirit accompanied Sis. Veri Branco’s baptism on Thursday! Congratulations to she and her family on Jesus’ Name revelation and baptism! We love this precious family. You’ll find them a delight, if you haven’t yet had the opportunity to meet them.
 

If you haven’t received an invitation email, or if you want to start a new personal CAC profile, please click on the graphic above to be directed to our new self-service membership portal. (Be sure to use the “sign up” button on the bottom of the screen.) We are making every effort to make your online connection with CAC, including contribution records, attendance records, as well as all registration records, as close as a few clicks away! Once you have completed this sign-in process, you’ll be set! Only when you change phone numbers, addresses, or download contribution statements, etc., will you need to log back in. Naturally, anytime you wish to confirm or compare your records with the CAC administration offices, it’ll be quick and easy. Thank you for your participation and cooperation in bringing your personal CAC records up-to-date! 
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BAKE SALE ALERT! 🙂 The Unbound Youth Ministry of CAC will be fundraising this Sunday with a tantalizing assortment of baked goods. Come ready to worship, hear the Word, and take home a tasty treat in support of our awesome youth group!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TODAY (FRIDAY, 4/15) TO BRO. TOM SCHIRMER! You are loved and admired by your CAC family.

PRAYER FOCUS: It remains urgent that we hold baby Joseph Sala before the Lord in prayer. Currently hospitalized and in critical care, he’s needing the stabilizing hand of the Lord to steady his cardiovascular system and bring peace to his family. God has already worked many miracles surrounding his situation for which we’re so very grateful.

Both Bro. Bill Mellott and Sis. Linda Appenfelder are recovering well from their respective surgeries this week. Sis. Melissa Avant and Sis. Melissa Reed are recovering nicely from their respective surgeries last week. (Whew! It’s been an active couple of weeks for medical needs! God is coming through and demonstrating His amazing power to heal and deliver.)

Can hardly wait to see you on Sunday, along with a friend who’s never been to CAC before! 🙂

I pray God’s best and richest upon CAC as we move onward and upward in God-sent prayer and revival!

Pastor Haymon

A quick Pastor Haymon update… Forward!

 Can you imagine the misery of trying to worship freely and deeply in a church where the pastor is constantly judged, criticized, and put to task for his words and decisions?

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;
[13] 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.
[6] Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time

One more…

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

Rev. Wade Bass, CAC Midweek Guest Speaker, 3/15/16, 7:30 PM

You’ll not want to miss this extraordinary opportunity to hear an outstanding preacher of the gospel grace our pulpit. Rev. Wade Bass, Ocala, FL, is a highly sought-after speaker throughout the Pentecostal ranks. Bring a guest. Mark your calendar and don’t let anything interfere with your attendance!

CAC Chaplaincy Prayer, 3/16/16

 Regardless of level or interest, anyone who cares to fulfill the compassion exemplified and expected by Jesus Christ is welcome to join. The fields are white and there’s lots of work to be done! The army of CAC chaplains is growing and being dispatched as our churchwide vision for every soul advances. Remember the Great command and the Great commission summed up: We love Jesus Christ so much that we love souls enough to rescue, equip, and repeat.
Prayer and vision casting for CAC chaplains, past, present, and future. Wednesday, March 16, at 7:30 PM.

Prayer Pattern in Your Hand!

 Matthew 6:9-13  After this manner therefore pray ye: 

PRAISE: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 

PURPOSE: Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 

PROVISION: Give us this day our daily bread. 

PARDON: And forgive us our debts, 

PEOPLE: as we forgive our debtors. 

PROTECTION: And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: 

PRAISE! For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

THE DIFFERENCEI got up early one morning and rushed right into the day;
I had so much to accomplish that I didn’t take time to pray.

Problems just tumbling about me, and heavier came each task;

“Why doesn’t God help me?” I wondered. He answered: “You didn’t ask.”

I wanted to see joy and beauty – but the day toiled on, gray and bleak;

I wondered why God didn’t show me, He said: “But you didn’t seek.”

I tried to come into God’s presence, I used all my keys at the lock

God gently and lovingly chided: “My child, you didn’t knock.”

I woke up early this morning and paused before entering the day;

I had so much to accomplish that I had to take time to pray.

Estes Park Men’s Conference, 2/25-27

Men of Calvary Apostolic Church… This is your invitation to join my sons and I, and a few other good men, for an apostolic conference in the mountains. Hosted by the CO District UPCI, this conference promises to be a wonderful time to pause, reflect, and be 100% sure that you reaching your potential as a Spirit-filled man of God. I’m acquainted with the speakers who are highly acclaimed pastors and veterans of the faith.

I have reserved a cabin with limited capacity. If you would like to join us, please let me know ASAP. We will also provide transportation to any and all who would like to carpool. The cost, including lodging and registration for conference services is $120 for age 16 & up; $90 for 15 & under. (I regret that my initial pricing, announced in church service, was based on rooms no longer available). Meals are $34 each day. More info at http://www.ymcarockies.org.

God bless you, your households, and your walk with Him.

Pastor Haymon