Love, Monica!

Monica Love

Two days ago I had the wonderful privilege of officiating a wedding for some good friends of mine from Iowa in Zion National Park located in Southern Utah.

Zion National Park is beyond spectacular as it attracts the third most visitors of all the National Parks.

Before I left Zion yesterday, I stopped by the gift shop at the Park entrance and picked up a couple of items. At the cash register I had the distinct joy of meeting… Monica!

She was all “tatted” up. Even though she had on a crew neck long sleeved shirt, her tattoos oozed out everywhere… Some sort of flowery vine serpentined around her neck. Ink was present on all ten digits on her hands.

As I am wont to do when I meet people with tattoos, I always inquire about the stories behind the tattoos. Body art always has a story to tell and most of the time such tales are revealing and fascinating.

Standing at the register didn’t afford me much time, but I did offer, “Tell me about your tattoos on your hand…” (See accompanying photo!)

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Extra, Extra, Extra Onions

Carls Jr Hamburger

My first “paycheck” job was at the hamburger restaurant chain “Carl’s Jr.” founded by Cark Karcher back in the 1940’s (originally a Hot Dog stand), in Los Angeles.

It was the summer after my junior year in high school and there I was putting frozen hamburgers on the grill, submerging French fries into 48,000 degree grease, making burgers, running a cash register, cleaning the dining area. I had it going on! All the while wearing my ultra-cool “brown and orange” polyester uniform with the classic Carl’s Jr. hat.

One day, my friend Fred and I were in charge of making the hamburgers. The order came back, “Famous Star (name of one of the hamburgers), with extra, extra, extra onions!”

I asked the cashier, “Extra, extra, extra onions?” She vigorously nodded her head in the affirmative. I looked at Fred. Fred looked at me. No words needed to be exchanged. We were going to give this lady, EXTRA, EXTRA, EXTRA ONIONS!

And so we did… I bet we piled ten to twelve rings of large raw onions on this lady’s hamburger. The burger was “stacked” with the extra onions. We could barely get the wrapping around the burger it was piled so high.

We wrapped the burger, placed it on the tray along with the large fries and medium drink.

We looked on with a great deal of satisfaction as the lady who ordered extra, extra, extra onions picked up her tray and headed to the dining room.

About five minutes lady, the “extra, extra, extra onions” lady appeared at the counter with her “half-eaten” sandwich laying on the wide-open wrapper with a very discouraging and yet sheepish smile on her face. I asked her, “May I help you?”

Her reply made me and Fred laugh out loud…

“You forgot the hamburger!”

And sure enough… we had forgotten to place the hamburger on the bun!

What made Fred and I laugh even more was this lady had eaten half her sandwich before she realized there was no burger!


How’s your day going so far today?

I am just wondering… are you so focused on the “onions’ of life, the “extras” of life, the “condiments” of life that you have forgotten to feast on the burger (the main thing) of life?

Happens to me all the time!

There’s an old saying, “Keep the main thing, the main thing.” Easier said than done.

I don’t know what the main thing is for you, but for me, it is “seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.” (Matthew 6: 33) and “loving one another.” (John 13. 34).

When I start focusing on all the “EXTRA, EXTRA, EXTRAS”, that is when I miss out on the burger of life and end up having nothing but a mouthful of bad breath…

Enjoy your burger today…

Laugh often and Fear not!



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!!

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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Labor of Love


Hello September!!
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…?”

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“25 Days of Christmas” Now Available on Amazon

25 Days of Christmas Cover

Merry Christmas!!

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!

#10 “Shoulders” – 25 Days of Christmas


For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given…
(Isaiah 9: 6)

Did you look at the sonogram of your baby in utero?
Boy or Girl?
Did you want to know ahead of time?

What did you picture?
His eyes?
Her nose?

His smile?
Her laugh?
Healthy, hearty ten fingers, ten toes?

How about the shoulders?
Do you think of the baby’s shoulders?
How wide will they be?
Did you even envision the shoulders?

Neither did I…
But God did…

This Jesus to be born?
“…and the government shall be upon his shoulder…” (Isaiah 9: 6)

Laugh often and Fear not!


What does your Billboard say?

Driving home from Reno, Nevada last week my eyes were drawn to a tattered vintage billboard on the opposite side of the road. As I approached from its backside, it was obvious that years ago six telephone pole type timbers had been securely placed vertically into the ground for support. Ten horizontal slats of wood had been meticulously placed across those six timbers to hold up the twenty or so four by eight pieces of plywood that would make up the billboard.

Much like the billboard pictured above, there were two or three pieces of plywood missing from this once proud billboard that in its heyday brilliantly advertiased to passing motorists a certain product or upcoming destination.

In fact, on this particular billboard the paint was so faded and other coverings for the billboard in more recent days were so tattered that it was literally impossible to figure out what the billboard was advertising.

With faded paint, torn coverings and missing pieces, this billboard had lost its primary purpose: capture a driver’s attention and create a memorable impression.


Seeing this billboard along the highway along with many other billboards which were newer, more vibrant, and more colorful, with clear, concise and memorable messages, my heart was stirred to ponder, “What does my “Billboard” say?”

The scriptures are pock full of allusions to the fact that our life is a light for all to see, pointing people to Jesus who is in turn the Light of the world. We are subsequently called to live a life that shines bright the joy of Jesus, capturing the people’s attention around us and creating a memorable impression of said such joy…

Which leads me to ask myself (I’ll let you listen along), “What does the billboard of my life project, say, communicate and convey? Am I capturing the attention of those that pass me by on a daily basis with a memorable impression of the love of God?”

I wonder…

Do you wonder the same thing?

Or am I alone in this???

Here’s the paradoxical good news:
First, no matter how tattered the current condition of our billboard may be, God has an amazing ability to restore, regenerate and recreate a beautiful memorable message for all to see.
Secondly, no matter how tattered the current condition of our billboard may be, God has an amazing ability to speak to those who pass us by through our brokenness and “tatteredness.” How amazing is that!!

So, fellow billboards, straighten up and stand tall! I look forward to our paths crossing and my attention being captured by your memorable, unique and beautiful billboard!

Praise be to God! (That would be a good Billboard!)

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.” (Matthew 5: 14-15)

Laugh often and Fear not!

Shut Up and Dance with Me…

Recently, my two hip hop, up to the minute, music loving children, Faith and Joshua compelled me to watch on YouTube the song, “Shut and Dance with Me” by Walk the Moon.

My reaction was immediate!
I loved it!

A good looking young man makes his way out on to the dance floor in a rather shy and unassuming way.
He’s looking to fit in.
He’s ready to have fun.
He’s not tardy to the party.
He’s ready to dance…
But there’s hesitation in his moves…
His eyes dart back and forth between all the women who are available to dance…
None seem interested…
His confidence is starting to tank…
All eyes are on him…
And then…
And then…
There she is!
She’s moving right toward him with bright red Chuck Taylor sneakers
Her short sassy hair parted on the side and her bright, shiny lipstick are an exact match to her red sneaks.
Their eyes lock.
He cannot believe that she would be interested in him.

Listen to these lyrics…

A backless dress and some beat up sneaks,
My discothèque, Juliet teenage dream.
I felt it in my chest as she looked at me.
I knew we were bound to be together,
Bound to be together

She took my arm,
I don’t know how it happened.
We took the floor and she said,

“Oh, don’t you dare look back.
Just keep your eyes on me.”
I said, “You’re holding back, “
She said, “Shut up and dance with me!”
This woman is my destiny
She said, “Ooh-ooh-hoo,
Shut up and dance with me.”


Whether we realize it or not…
We are on the dance floor of life.
Our eyes may dart back and forth looking for the perfect dance partner.
There are tons of potential suitors trying to catch our eye.

But there is only one Lord of the Dance.
God approaches us with outstretched arms…
He’s not tardy to the party…
His smile lights up your universe…
Your heart starts to beat a million miles an hour…
The God of the universe wants to dance with you..

We begin to backpedal..
We start to make excuses…
“I’m not good enough…
I don’t know how to dance…
Pick someone else…
Why would you want to dance with me?…
I’m too scared…
I’ll make a fool out of myself…”
And the list of excuses goes on and on…

I can’t help but laugh out loud as I see God draw near and with a hearty infectious laugh that brings the rest of the known world to a “slap your knee” moment, reaches out, takes your arm, ignores your excuses and shouts to the top of the mountains….

“Shut Up and Dance with Me!”

And you do…all night long…laughing and dancing night after night..for the rest of eternity!

And David danced before the Lord with all his might. (2 Samuel 6:14)

Laugh often and Fear not!

And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith (Hebrews 12: 1-2) –

Dendy Paraphrase – “Dance this life with your eyes fixed on Jesus!!

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He Didn’t Let Go…

My friend’s only son lives on the other side of the country.
The son is learning a new trade, a budding occupation, a skill, the ropes by being an apprentice in his desired field.
The son left his home state for this new venture several months ago.
Sure the father and the son talk on the phone, just about every day.
Sure they Facetime now and then.
Sure they exchange emails.
Sure they do a lot of things to keep the connection of Father and Son alive and well.
It’s all good!

But not really…
For the father there is no substitute for being in the physical presence of the one and only son.
The distance can only be erased by a ride on a 757 jet, a Hertz rental car ride and a pulling in the driveway…

The father gets out of the car…
The son quickly moves from the couch to the door,
from the door to the porch,
from the porch to the front step,
from the front step to the driveway..
closing the gap.

With bursting anticipation the father spreads his wingspan wide…
With homesick pride the son imitates the father to perfection…

The embrace is thunderous…
The smile from ear to ear is as wide as the Pacific Ocean…
The longing, loving arms of the father and the son wrap around each other like a vice grip…

The moment lasts a long time.
The Father relaxes his grip…
The Father takes a deep breath…
The reality of the moment is too much…
The father is reduced to tears
The son follows his lead with rivers being created on his strong cheekbones
This is the unconditional love of the father for the son
This is the amazing love of the son for the father

My friend tells me this story…
He’s reduced to tears once again as he says,
“I went to let go of the embrace in the driveway…But my son…my son…

He didn’t let go…He didn’t let go”…


I love the Son (Jesus)
The Son loves me…
Many times I have gone to let go of His strong, tender, loving embrace

Hear me loud and clear…

He didn’t let go…He didn’t let go…
And He never will…
And that my dear friends…reduces me to tears

“…for God Himself has said, “I will never, never let go of your hand: I will never never forsake you.” (Hebrews 13. 5)

Laugh often and Fear not!