Grace and Peace,
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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Thursday’s Thoughts from Pastor David
Alert! Alert! Alert!!
This is the Thursday before Mother’s Day!!!
You still have time to shop…
Mother’s Day is an interesting day.
Typically, it is the third highest attended Church service outside of Christmas Eve and Easter.
I could talk about that for days!
Forgive my digression…
Mother’s Day is an interesting day.
Wrapped in this day is the full gamut of emotions.
Where do you find yourself on this emotional roller coaster as Mother’s Day Sunday, May 14th approaches?
Your Mom is still alive and the two of you have incredible relationship and you cannot wait to celebrate her role and her love in your life.
Your Mom has passed away, perhaps this is the first Mother’s Day without her, and the two of you had the most incredible relationship and although Mother’s Day will be bittersweet, the overwhelming emotion is one of gratitude and love.
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!
The Thursday before Christmas…
Growing up I always had the impression Mary and Joseph were frantically searching for shelter in Bethlehem and at the last moment when Mary’s contractions were one minute apart, they found the stable and upon entering the stable Mary immediately gave birth while the cows lowed, the goats bleated and the sheep baaah’ed (is that even a word?).
Where such an idea found root and blossomed in my brain, only to bloom for the last 53 years is beyond my comprehension.
But, today I am trying out some new “mind-bending” techniques without the use of herbal, organic supplements (legal or otherwise!).
No subject invites more push back, more dissension and more consternation than that of the topic of “Forgiveness.”
Everyone seems to be offended these days.
College students are offended that they have to pay for college. Hourly wage earners are offended they are not making $15 an hour. Democrats are offended by Republicans and vice versa. Protesters are offended by the opposition’s second amendment right to offer an opposing view. School districts are offended by students wearing T-Shirts that say God Bless America. And coffee drinkers the nationwide are offended by plain red Starbucks Coffee Cups. Just to be clear… It is not Starbucks responsibility to wish people a Merry Christmas. The responsibility is ours! People are offended because the pastor wears a robe. People are offended because the Pastor wears his shirts tucked out.
The last Thursday of the month of October…
Hard to believe two Thursdays from now we will have elected a new president…
Can you imagine taking a job where less than 50% of the people hiring you voted for you to get the job? Crazy!
Years ago I built a swing set.
I bought all the necessary hardware in a “kit” and then purchased the “lumber” to complete the project.
The directions on the kit suggested with “two” people working together the project could be completed in 2-4 hours.
Piece of cake!
I can do this all by myself!
I had set aside the whole Saturday for the project as the kids waited eagerly.
You know where this story is going don’t you…
After four hours I had the crossbeam attached to the hardware for the four legs…
The kids were no longer waiting.
The kids were no longer eager.
I was all alone in the abysmal abyss of my backyard with my “NSFW” (Not Safe For Work) thoughts…
As Three Dog Night sang so long ago and yet, whose words ring and rang so true,
“One is the loneliest number…”
Reluctantly and despairingly, I called my friend Steve Offutt for help.
He asked me, “What tools do you have?”
I laughed out loud!
Thirty minutes later Steve arrived with all of Home Depot in the back of his truck.
He assessed the situation.
Looked at the lumber and the kit, looked at me, looked at the lumber and the kit, looked at me and then a huge smile creased under his dark mustache as he removed his baseball cap scratching his bald head.
All I could muster was, “That bad?”
Steve chuckled and confidently said, “Let’s get started!”
I thought to myself, “Let’s get started? I started four and a half hours ago! How about “Let’s continue!!!”
Six hours later the project was completed.
If I ever meet the engineers who said it would only take 2-4 hours it will be an NSFW encounter! HA!
A special shout out to my friend Steve for helping me out!
Ecclesiastes states the obvious which is so often ignored…
9 Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. 10 For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! 11 Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? 12 And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken. (Ecclesiastes 4: 9-12)
Do you have difficulty asking for help?
Isn’t it easier just to do it by yourself?
Is it true, two are better than one?
Ecclesiastes has some wise words for you, for me, for our relationships, for our workplace, for our church.
Let’s come together this Sunday as the body of Christ, as the community of faith, as the fellowship of believers, as the Church!
Otherwise, Three Dog Night’s song will ring oh so true:
One is the loneliest number…
Grace and peace,
Laugh often and Fear not!
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.
28 Years of Being the Reverend
Twenty-eight years ago on this day, August 28, 1988 in the presence of family and friends at the Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church in Augusta, Georgia, with the Reverend Dr. G. Daniel McCall preaching, I was ordained in the Presbyterian Church of the United States of America as a Minister of Word and Sacrament.
I have been known as the Reverend David W. Dendy for the last 28 years…