Thursday’s Thoughts from Pastor David
In the summer of 1986 I served as a Chaplain on the cardiology floor (11th floor) of the Baptist Hospital, now called Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
One of my responsibilities was to go room to room and check in on patients, see how they were doing, pray with them and their families and offer any other kind of spiritual counsel and support.
I entered one room and saw the patient sitting upright in his bed as he was flanked by two gentlemen, who happened to be family members.
I introduced myself as being one of the “Ministers” in the hospital and we engaged in some friendly conversation for about five minutes. After a slight pause in our dialogue, the patient looked at me quizzically and said, “You’re awfully young to be one of the “Administrators” of the hospital.” (I was 23 years old at the time!)
We met in 1983 and slowly, but surely we became good friends over the years.
And then I got divorced and as is usually the case, sides have to be taken and friendships, relationships come to an abrupt end.
Our friendship of fifteen years was one of the casualties… There were certainly no hard feelings on my part. There probably were no hard feelings on his side either. This is just the way things go. I wish it was otherwise…
About four of five years ago, after a fifteen year moratorium of silence, I reached out via email to let my friend know I still cared about him and his beautiful family. I cannot tell you how much my heart skipped when he responded and wanted to catch up by phone.
The first Thursday after the Fourth!
Hope you had an exhilarating time celebrating our country’s two hundred and forty-first birthday!!
USA USA USA!
Here’s our question of the day?
How spiritually fit are you to face the daily obstacles, people, issues, dysfunctions and challenges which greet you?
I love Paul’s description of the Armor of God in his letter to the church in Ephesus.
Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.”
(Ephesians 6: 13-18)
How is your spiritual armor holding up these days?
- Belt of Truth
- Breastplate of Righteousness
- Shoes of Peace
- Shield of Faith
- Helmet of Salvation
- Sword of the Spirit = Word of God
May this upcoming weekend be an opportunity to prepare these six crucial pieces of armament to be at the ready for those things you will be facing in the days ahead.
Speaking of “facing”… Did you notice in the Armor of God there is nothing to protect your back?
That could mean a couple of things:
- God always has your back… Or
- Never turn and run away from the problems facing you! You have more than enough armor to face and defeat that which you are facing! Full steam ahead! Fear not! Go get ‘em!
Don’t forget Paul’s sage advice – Put on the WHOLE armor of God. Not a couple of select piece! Not just one piece! Put on the WHOLE armor of God!
See you Sunday…
All suited up!
Grace and peace,
Laugh often and Fear not!
The ABC’s of Being a Blessing…
Here’s 26 things or ways to be a blessing to the people around you!
In Genesis 12, Abraham is told he blessed! So that he may be a blessing to others.
We are blessed!! Not just for ourselves, but rather so we can be a blessing to others.
Below are the notes from my sermon on Sunday, with the link to the video below… The sermon (of course) expounds on the notes below…
Be a blessing!!
Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together! (Psalm 34: 3)
Build someone up
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. (Ephesians 4: 29)
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The first Thursday of February and of all things it’s Groundhog Day!!
I went outside this morning at 5:15 am and did not see my shadow.
That can mean only one thing!!
Sunrise is still one hour and twenty-six minutes away…
I have a friend…
Okay, let me be a little more specific.
I have a friend who is a Pastor of a large church in Houston, Texas.
He’s an incredible preacher who lives out his faith in extraordinary ways.
As with all Pastors, he does a have one flaw.
He loves to drive fast, becoming increasingly impatient with anyone driving slower than him.
Ok, you’re right… That’s two flaws. But who’s counting?
His commute to and from church can be grueling, especially with all of those “slow” drivers clogging up the streets and freeways!
Thursday’s Thoughts from Pastor David
This Thursday’s Thoughts has me very worried!!
I am worried no one will read it.
I am worried I will make grammatical errors.
I am worried I won’t get it done in time.
I am worried about how I look as I write.
I am worried about the safety of the Loch Ness Monster.
I am worried about the recent sighting of Big Foot.
We look forward to the beginning of fall this month as the ninth month of the year begins ushering in cooler temperatures bringing with them a crispness in the air…
This weekend is Labor Day Weekend!
Shouldn’t it be called “Rest Day Weekend” since we are supposed to take a “day off from laboring?”
My mind got to thinking about “labor” the other day and we will address the issue of “labor” this Sunday at church…
“What are we laboring for?”
“What are we laboring against?”
“What are we laboring to…?”
I love Thursdays!!
It’s that time again for Thursday’s Thoughts from Pastor David
I was serving a church in Augusta, Georgia (they have a nice little golf tournament there every year), and I went away for a week for a conference.
Upon my return, one of the wisest elderly ladies I have ever met, Mrs. Berry asked me how the conference went.
I went into detail the people I met, the objectives of the course, the joy of “getting away” and the overall satisfaction of a fulfilling conference.
I concluded my comments with Mrs. Berry with this statement.
“It was a mountain top experience…”
The pregnant pause, the smile on Mrs. Berry’s wrinkled face slowly stretching from ear to ear and the twinkle in her eighty plus year old eyes piercing my very heart brought my soul and mind to a quick stop.
The follow up was hearing her sweet southern accent drawl out this next statement which has stuck like tar to my heart for the last twenty-five years.
“David… just remember… nothing ever grows on the mountain top… Everything always and only grows in the valley…”
Our family had the complete privilege and joy of spending ten days together on a much anticipated Hawaiian vacation on the island of Maui. Our family was celebrating two 2016 mileposts – Julie turning a half a century and our fifteenth wedding anniversary!
Two days after our arrival the Dendy family arrived at slip #55 at the harbor to embark on a snorkeling adventure on the “Maui Magic.” We bounded on to the boat around 7:30 in the morning full of anticipation. Fresh fruit and muffins found their way on to my plate before the boat launched. My typical gregarious self was in full motion in meeting the awesome crew and other passengers. After getting our instructions and making sure the other forty passengers were safely on board, off we went to the island of Molokini!
About halfway to Molokini, my wife Julie asked for me to look for something underneath my seat. I bent my head over to look and quickly realized I would not be able to fulfill her request.
Thursday’s Thoughts from Pastor David
Next time you read Thursday’s Thoughts from Pastor David it will be August!
Here we are on the cusp of a new month as we say goodbye to July.
How do you say, “Goodbye?”
Are you good at saying, “goodbye?”
Some people are…
Some people aren’t…
Sometimes we have to say goodbye long before we wish.