I ran into a friend of mine yesterday I hadn’t seen in a long time.
We have a very unusual relationship.
He’s been my best friend.
He’s also been my worst enemy…
We stood face to face and acknowledged one another.
Yesterday our relationship was somewhere between friend and tolerable acquaintance.
He looks much younger than I remember even though the gray around his temples would suggest otherwise.
His compassionate eyes still have that sparkle but they also looked tired and lost, longing for something of which I wasn’t quite sure…
I inquired, “How ya doing?”
His response of, “You know…” left me wanting to scream, “No! I don’t know!”
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
It’s Maundy Thursday!
The Thursday before Good Friday…
The Thursday before Easter…
The Thursday of the Last Supper…
The Thursday that changed the course of human history.
Make no mistake…
Maundy Thursday is the most historic day in human history!
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…?”
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…
I am pleased to announce the publishing of “25 Days of Christmas” – A 100 word daily devotional, counting down the days until the birth of the Newborn King!
Below is the brief description found on the Amazon website…
Christmas is the most special time of the year!
Anticipation, thoughtful preparation and joyful expectation all play a role in having a better understanding of the Christmas story.
“25 Days of Christmas” offers a unique look at unpacking the Christmas story. Author and Pastor David Dendy took on the challenge of using only one hundred words per day in this twenty-five day devotional adventure in diving into the depths of the biblical Christmas story.
Get ready to be challenged and inspired in this thought provoking daily devotional discipline that will offer the reader an opportunity to prepare fully for the arrival of the newborn King!
It is available in Kindle ($2.99) or Paperback $5.50).
Thank you for your continued support and may you see God in magnificent and meaningful ways in the New Year of our Lord 2016!
Grace and peace,
Laugh often and Fear not!
“And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth.” (Luke 2: 6)
“I can’t believe it’s time for Christmas. I’m not even ready…” (Overheard at a party from an exhausted Mom)
When was the time for Mary to give birth?
Was it an opportune time?
“And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” (Luke 2: 12)
We have all heard about how God will show us a “sign” by the opening of a “door.”
A dear friend was going through a rough time about twenty years ago.
At his wits end, he finally drove himself to the “Funny Farm.” (His words…)
The gate to the “Funny Farm” was closed.
Next day at church?
Jesus changed his life!
Laugh often and Fear not!
“And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.”
Consider the idea of my heart being an “Inn” in which Jesus wishes to dwell.
Consider the idea of Jesus wanting to birth an incredible blessing in my “Inn.”