I can see clearly now… Well almost!

Eyeglasses and eye chart

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!)

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Best Friend, Worst Enemy…

Bald Eagle in mid-air flight over Homer Spit Kenai Peninsula Alaska Winter

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…

SeeingGodatWorkEveryDay…

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!”
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Suit up!

Armor of God

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?

  1. Belt of Truth
  2. Breastplate of Righteousness
  3. Shoes of Peace
  4. Shield of Faith
  5. Helmet of Salvation
  6. 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:

  1. God always has your back… Or
  2. 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!
David!

www.daviddendy.com

ABC’s of Being a Blessing

Blessed to be a Blessing

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!!

http://mvpclv.sermon.net/main/main/20954929

Adore God
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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TEAM

there-s-no-i-in-team-but-there-are-5-in-individual-brilliance-2

Once again Thursday has arrived and you know what that means!!!
Thursday’s Thoughts from Pastor David!!

 Did you happen to see the NBA basketball game on Mother’s Day between the Golden State Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs?
Neither did I…
But…

Here’s what happened!
The San Antonio Spurs were pummeling the Warriors by 25 points at one point in the game.
Making the greatest and largest comeback in a Western Conference Finals in what seems like forever, the Warriors eventually won the game 113 – 111.

Stephan Curry of the Warriors had 40 points!
Kevin Durant of the Warriors had 34 points!
I think it goes without saying, these two guys pulled off the victory for the Warriors.
Or did they?

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Crimson Tide

Red as crimson

Thursday’s Thoughts from Pastor David

Today is the National Day of Prayer!
Always the first Thursday of the month of May in the USA…

What will your prayer be today?
For peace?
For security?
To get through the day without an argument?
For serenity?
For God to take away the excruciating pain of grief and loss?
For our world leaders, praying common sense, rationality and less ego would win the day?
To understand the pain?
Healthcare for all?
For someone to “pay” for what they have done to you?
For God to bring about reconciliation with someone you love who is now estranged?
For assurance?

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Who will roll the stone away?

Moving Stones

Thursday’s Thoughts from Pastor David

It’s the Thursday after Easter!
Listen to Mark’s take on what happened the first Easter morning….

When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?”And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back—it was very large. (Mark 16: 1-4)

 What a haunting question women asked themselves that day – “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?”

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Second Chance

God of Second Chances

It’s Thursday, March 9th!
Four days into my 55th year of life and I am still kicking it pretty good!

Do you remember one of the earliest accounts of the first Easter morning?
A couple of Mary’s and Salome came to the tomb where Jesus was buried. Seeing the stone had been rolled away, the women entered the empty tomb, only to see an angel sitting there. The angel told them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.” (Mark 16: 6-7)

In these verses lie the most powerful two words in all of scripture.

Do you immediately recognize the two I am talking about?

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