Health Update: Mystery & Majesty

Psalms 26:2 (KJV) Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; try my reins and my heart.

Reins? What in the world could the Bible be talking about? The first place we look is the original language, Hebrew. In 1611, as the English translators encountered this Hebrew block of words, where we see reins, they saw, right there in the mix, the word “kidneys.” Kidneys! Ancient writers, quite unaware of the complex anatomical wonders within, were aware that kidneys were a very vital part of a healthy system. They also knew that kidneys were deeply internal, responsible for well-being and healthy external responses in real life. Whereas, in modern language, we use the words heart, mind, or interior self, one of the best words to describe such for King David was the word,  kilyâh, kidneys in English. Today, we join the heartcry of the Psalmist and say, “Examine me, GOD, from head to foot; order your battery of tests. Make sure I’m fit inside and out!”

Quick review and update on my health:

Mysteriously, at least a week ago, an infection began to creep into my renal (kidney, UT) system; exact origin, no one is certain. Subtly, the infection spread to my bloodstream by the time I made it to the emergency room. Thankfully, antibiotics were very effective in reversing the infection. In order to get a full handle on my initial symptoms, fever, rigors, pain, it took a couple of days of quite serious care in the acute section of Castle Rock Adventist hospital. For nearly a month, I will continue to be on a moderate dosage of antibiotics to fully eradicate my system of this bug!

As of today, however, I am feeling like a new man! Praise be to God! Thank God for His wondrous healing power and thank each of you for your prayers. (Here’s a snapshot of the men of CAC gathered around praying for the handkerchief delivered to my bedside).

  
I owe a great debt of gratitude to an entire section of CAC who most closely monitored my welfare. My wife and daughter did not leave my bedside for a moment during my 60 hours of hospitalization.  
My parents and sons were constantly attentive as was my precious mother in law. I deeply appreciate the concern of my dear friends, the Dan Hammann family. What a blessing Bro. Hammann is at all times, but especially during periods of my absence from worship services. He helps guide worship services smoothly and with anointing, insuring that attention remains where it belongs: Worshiping the King! Thanks, Bro. Dan, from the bottom of my heart. Also, I would like to thank my sons for their constancy and vigilance in worship leadership. There is an inexhaustible list of others who deserve to be named in this communication, however, for the sake of space, I must hasten to a close. 

Mysteriously, it may be that God truly has tried and tested my kidneys. Majestically, they are healing up nicely! More importantly, I insist that my innermost self maintain a constant dwelling place under the scrutiny of God’s attention, on the operating table, as it were, under the bright surgical lights of His observation and care. I pray never to allow any “infectious dark spots” in my innermost being to deceptively become secretive and elusive to the gaze of my loving Surgeon Jesus Christ! To be sure, such infections quickly turn deadly! 

Psalms 90:8 (KJV)
Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, our secret sins in the light of thy countenance. 

You will notice the progression of sin: initially allowed to lie dormant, unknown to the host, its influence creeps ever so elusively into the spiritual “system.” It cannot be hidden forever. Eventually, sin will generate a spiritual feverishness, usually manifested in a critical spirit, a resentment, or discontentment toward God, church leaders, or others in His body of believers. That’s right! Early warning signs should light up when our relationships with one another are suffering. The progression can be slow and downright scary. In the wake of conflict, offenses are incurred, anger is aroused, and relationships are broken. The infected, barring spiritual confrontation and a call to true repentance, most likely ends up alone, disconnected, on a dead end road to self-destruction. This does not need to happen to any of us!

We have an amazing ER and Acute Care at Calvary Apostolic Church! We pray to serve God in the capacity of not only a military outpost, a center of spiritual development and learning, but also a hospital of recovery! Isn’t it amazing that we serve a majestic, miracle-working God?!

Collectively, individually, regardless, we owe our wonderful Savior an immeasurable debt of gratitude for His spotless, incorruptible healing blood! Its healing forgiveness reaches to places unknown and impossible to observe by the human eye. 

Hebrews 9:13-15 (MSG)

[13] If that animal blood and the other rituals of purification were effective in cleaning up certain matters of our religion and behavior,

[14] think how much more the blood of Christ cleans up our whole lives, inside and out.

[15] Through the Spirit, Christ offered himself as an unblemished sacrifice, freeing us from all those dead-end efforts to make ourselves respectable, so that we can live all out for God.

Again, please receive my heartfelt gratitude for your prayers. I can hardly wait to be back in church with my wonderful Calvary Apostolic Church. The miraculous, the mysterious, as well as the Majestic all await us in His presence!

Pastor Haymon

  

Only Place of Safety: God’s Glorious Church!

In light of recent violence and terrorism attempts, (yes, attempts, mind you! See Matt 10:28),  I stand even more resolutely by the statements made in last Tuesday evening’s Bible study, “there is no better place to be on earth than in the Body of Christ!” As expected, the popular and mass media is jumping on board an ever-escalating attempt to confuse, distract, and discourage those who would rightly turn to the Only Source of hope!

We will not be deceived. God is still on the throne! If you hear someone say, “God is not fixing this world,” the the best response is, “He already has, to those with Holy Spirit vision!” The most spectacular rescue made to this world was when Jesus gave himself as a sacrifice on Calvary.

“In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross.” (Colossians 2:15)

Below, I am sharing the slides from last Tuesday for your study and in preparation for advancing this beautiful Truth even further this Sunday.
(Please scroll all the way to the bottom of this message for important announcements).

      

I can hardly wait to see you and your family on Sunday! God is moving among his people… He is moving among anyone and everyone who will simply let him!

Now, for a few “housekeeping” logistics…

Pease click this link to be sure that the CAC administrative office has all of your most recent and up-to-date contact information. We are trying to be sure that we have this in order as we approach the conclusion of 2015.

Don’t miss our annual Watchnight Service at CAC, Thursday, December 31 at 9:00 PM. It will include The Lord’s Supper, Men’s and Women’s Footwashing, and New Year’s Prayer. (Childcare provided). We’ll also share in the experience of Pastor’s State of the CAC Vision for 2016.

God Bless You and Yours, forever in His care,

Pastor Don Haymon II

I’m Grateful For My Local Church!

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I love my church where I serve, but I’m also very grateful for the local church in general. In all its beauty and flaws, I can’t imagine culture surviving without it.

The Thanksgiving/Christmas holidays are here and I’m offering this article as an encouraging reminder to all of us who serve in a local church. A reminder that even on the tough days, there is no greater privilege. And even in the difficult seasons there is no greater joy. Regardless of the days or seasons, God’s faithfulness is constant as He reaches and blesses the world in and through His Church!

The points in the article are based on a foundation of scripture. There is much I could choose, but two of my favorites are in the book of Ephesians.

Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the chief cornerstone. 21 In Him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22 And in Him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by His Spirit. –Ephesians 2:19-22

10 His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, 11 according to his eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. 12 In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence. –Ephesians 3:10-12

 

Why I’m Grateful:

1. The Church, through Jesus Christ, is the hope of the world.

I was filled with the Gift of the Holy Ghost at the tender age of nine. My life was changed and God immediately charted my life course. Through youth, ordination to the ministry, marriage, college graduation, and beyond, the local church has been a vortex of blessings and stability along the charted course.

This is my personal story, and Jesus provides salvation, purpose and hope for everyone who will say yes to Him. My gratitude is great toward our God who so loved the world that I, we — might have eternal life in Him. The local church is God’s chosen conduit for love’s greatest redemptionstory!

2. The Church gives more than it takes.

The local church is the only organization I know that will provide all that it offers, for free, for anyone, for as long as they want. You do not have to pay to receive what the church has to offer. That is amazing.

The Church is the body of Christ (the people) and they freely give so that others may receive the good news of Jesus Christ. I’m grateful for the bride of Christ! I serve alongside some of the most amazing, generous and selfless Christians I’ve ever known at Calvary Apostolic Church of Denver. They give so much of themselves so that we may reach the lost, care for the least, and raise up leaders for the next generation to have a brighter future.

3. The Church serves as a moral compass in a time when many have lost their way.

My “kids” will one day be married and have children of their own. These are complicated times to raise kids, much more so than when (not long ago) mine were little. Choosing between what appears to look or feel right and what is truly moral and Biblical, though perhaps not as clear as it once was, is even more crucial to discern.

I’m grateful that we have The Scriptures to point the way, to make clear what is right, and help keep us on track. I’m thankful for all the hard working pastors and teachers, who are diligent to teach the Word as it stands, and to speak the truth in love.

The local church is a safe place to ask questions, seek truth, and discover the path to “life to the full.” (John 10:10)

4. The Church makes a big difference in the lives of the next generation.

The more kids the better, and you can’t have too many teens! Healthy churches love kids of all ages, and kids help make churches healthy. Kids can be “messy” – life is messy, but it’s family at it’s finest. That’s a good thing. We learn better in community.

It’s crucial to be integrated into a church that does its best to teach parents about raising great kids to be mature young adults. From sermons to Parent Teacher Fellowship to LIFE groups, such training is eternally helpful. Since 1980, the K-12 ministry of Calvary Academy provides a “greenhouse” to directly nurture and prepare strong contributors for today and tomorrow; it’s hard not to be thankful for that!

5. The Church reminds us of what is important and what really matters.

I attended a memorial service recently at another wonderful local apostolic church. Though there was much human sorrow, there was also heavenly hope and joy. These moments always remind me of what really matters.

The person who passed away unexpectedly and young by comparison, was a precious mother and wife and a graduate of Calvary Academy. They told stories about how great a contributor to the ministry of the local church she was. They talked about how they will miss their great friend who served selflessly, made them laugh and was always there for them. They talked about how her faith never wavered, and that now she is home with Jesus. A life well lived. Her legacy carries on with honor.

I’m so very grateful today for the local church. As a shepherd under the Good Shepherd, I will not rest until “practicing the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into Christ, who is the head. From him the whole body grows, fitted and held together through every supporting ligament. As each one does its part, the body grows in love.” Eph 4:15–16.

Happy Thanksgiving, and thank you for reading!

Sincerely,

Pastor Don Haymon II

Live Stream Of Sis. Nesbitt’s Homegoing

  
Greetings, in the transforming name of Jesus,

Memorial services will be viewable tomorrow via these two sources:

-Go to this link on any computer or device: 

https://hangouts.google.com/call/q2rxte7t4y544ycsak3dtfe6caa 

-On Periscope (via a Periscope account) : @cotr_gadsden

The family of Sis. Kimberly Nesbitt thanks you for your continued prayers and outpouring of concert and support. 

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PS-if the link is viewed on a mobile device, it may require downloading the Google app. However, it should work on any PC/Mac

Shoutout From Maryland

  God has extraordinarily commissioned Pastors Sean and Ron Libby to establish and lead Christian Life Center, a church that shines a bold light in the spiritual darkness across our nation’s Capitol. Anyone who loves apostolic truth, apostolic holiness, and the apostolic Acts 2:38 salvation mandate can rest assured that the Baltimore and Washington beltways have a City Set Upon A Hill in CLC!   

  

 We are honored to share the Acts 2:42 leadership protocol with the Libby’s and their great leadership team. Sessions continue tonight and tomorrow. We culminate, by God’s help and grace, on Sunday in the regular worship services with the ministry of the Word. CAC of Denver, we appreciate your prayers for us and your faithful commitment at home during our absence.   

  

CAC: What’s Happening Next?

Please examine the following CAC event ads and answer the questions beneath each for your own assurance of readiness!

  • Have you signed up to participate in a CAC Harvest Fest time slot or a festive activity?
  • Are you praying that drive-bys and the entire CAC neighborhood become aware of the outward focus and care of your church?
  • What better way to spend Halloween?
  • Are you planning to make this fun event a priority and bring some friends with you?

  • What areas does Psalm 15 point out where Men can test themselves against a man of true integrity?
  • Did you know that this is the grand finale for this year’s Men’s Resolution Bible studies? Also, that Pastor Haymon will be teaching this session?
  • Will you help make this 100% participation by showing up?
  • Will you bring a friend?
  • Is 600 hot wings enough for the Men’s Group?
  • Who will bring a free-will donation to offset the cost?

  • Wasn’t last Tuesday night’s assembly a wonderful time of heart-to-heart sharing? (Thanks, Gibson family! The 165 zucchini bread loaves you baked for the church, Sis. Ginny, were amazing!)
  • Have you invited a non-church friend to any of the above upcoming fellowship and worship service events?
  • Do you have any non-church friends?
  • If not, are you looking for someone today to whom you can live out the love of Jesus?
  • If so, do all your unchurched friends know you’re an Apostolic believer in the Acts 2:38 gospel?
  • Whether they do or do not yet know, when’s the last time you showed true friendship?
  • Have you forwarded this email to any of them?

Yours for the city-wide prevalence of a Jesus-built Church,

Pastor Haymon

Thriving Apostolics in Greece: Crossroads UPCI 

 Missionary Sim Stickland and his family came to Greece some 30 years ago. Since then, dozens of apostolic churches have been established by his visionary leadership. He is a true, modern-day apostle to the whole region. In Athens alone, there are four churches in the metro area which have been planted by the grace of God, through the leadership of this great man of God. 

  
The red pin marks the location of the headquarters international church, “Crossroads.” There are nearly 20 nationalities represented as Spirit-filled saints and lay-leaders in this church. 

Downtown Athens with my sweetheart. 
   
Dinner with our hosts, Bro. & Sis. Strickland. 


Church main street entrance. 

    
A few men who were able to attend the newly formed Men’s Fellowship. 

 
Sunday AM worshippers. A full house! Powerful, attentive worship! Great preaching by Evangelist Brian Norman. 

New converts and miracles are a constant in the experience of the apostolic believers here – as they should be everywhere!