Thursday’s Thoughts from Pastor David Dendy

Thursday’s Thoughts 8-17-17

Jesus loves the little children,

All the children of the world.

Red, brown, yellow, black and white,

They are precious in His sight.

Jesus loves the little children of the world…

 

“Do we not all have one father?

Has not one God created us?

Why do we deal treacherously

each against his brother so as

to profane the covenant of our fathers?” (Malachi 2: 10)

 

There is neither Jew nor Greek,

there is neither slave nor free, 

there is no male and female,

for you are all one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3: 28)

 

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And those are my thoughts for this Thursday…

 

Grace and peace, 
Laugh often and Fear not!
David!

 

Rev. David W. Dendy

Pastor, Mountain View Presbyterian Church

8601 Del Webb Blvd.

Las Vegas, NV 89134

www.mviewpc.org

Thursday’s Thoughts 8-10-17

 

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!)

 

I chuckled a little bit and clarified, “No sir. I am one of the ‘Chaplains’ in the hospital.”

 

His blank, deer in the headlights look alerted me to the fact he did not have the foggiest idea of the meaning of the word “Chaplain”. His two male family members were equally dazed in their confusion as to who this young man was standing at the foot of their family member’s bed.

 

Once again, I nervously chuckled, a little dazed myself as to how to explain my role and position. I tried once again. “I’m sorry sir. I am one of the ‘Pastors’ in the hospital.” As for his response, please refer to the previous paragraph.

 

At this point my chuckling to myself was reduced to a near panic attack as sweat popped out on my forehead, back of my neck and everywhere else pores allow moisture to seep through.

 

With mind racing, heart beating rapidly, and sweat pouring, I offered one last stab, “Sir, I am one of the ‘Preachers’ in the hospital.”

 

And with that, his eyes widened, his hands flew up in the air and he shouted, “I see who you are now!!” I think in my peripheral vision I saw his two male family members slap their knees in acknowledgement. I did not chuckle to myself. I laughed out loud at the joy of finally being on the same page with this gentleman!

 

Have you ever been in a position where you don’t see clearly at first?

Maybe you aren’t seeing clearly after two or three attempts.
Perhaps, life right now seems awfully fuzzy and out of focus altogether.

 

Fear not! You are in good company…

 

Some friends brought their blind friend to Jesus one day and begged Jesus to heal him. Jesus led the sightless man out of the village, spit on his eyes and asked him, “Well? Do you see now?”

 

I love the blind man’s response. “Well, yes I do. But the men I see look like trees walking.”

Sight slightly restored, the man still had trouble seeing.

Have you ever felt the touch of Jesus only to be left still seeing not so clearly?

Me too!

 

And here’s the kicker…
The man doesn’t leave Jesus.
And Jesus doesn’t leave the man.

Jesus touches the man’s eyes once again and “Voila”… the man sees clearly!

 

Perhaps Thursday’s Thought for the day is…
Don’t leave Jesus. Jesus has no plans to leave you.

If we stick with Jesus and allow His hands to continue to touch the eyes of our heart, we will start to see clearly!

Otherwise, we will live the rest of our days with a deer in the headlights look, not seeing the Savior for who he is. 
I’m sticking around. How about you?

 

Grace and peace, 
Laugh often and Fear not!
David!

 

Ps – This Saturday, August 12th at 2:00 pm we will hold a memorial service for Alice Revelle who passed away this week. Please remember her husband Don in your prayers.

 

Also, this Sunday is our second annual Hawaiian Day! Come on out with your best Hawaiian attire! Kona Ice will be serving shave ice as well!

 

Rev. David W. Dendy

Pastor, Mountain View Presbyterian Church

8601 Del Webb Blvd.

Las Vegas, NV 89134

www.mviewpc.org

Thursday’s Thoughts 8-3-17

 

The first Thursday of August, 2017.
Would someone mind telling me, “Where has the year gone?”

 

This Sunday, the 23rd Psalm will be the focus at MVPC!

 

A group of business professionals was gathered for their monthly luncheon. As was their custom once each year, they invited their pastors to join them. After the meal they had scheduled a famous actor to provide some entertainment as people were enjoying coffee and dessert. The actor stood before them dramatically reciting lines from famous plays and poetry. At one point he invited requests from those in attendance. One elderly priest rose and spoke. “Would you recite for us Psalm 23?” The actor, a bit surprised by the unusual request, finally agreed. “Father,” he said, “I’ll agree to your request under one condition. After I recite the psalm, I’d be honored if you would then recite it too.” Reluctantly, the elderly priest agreed.

 

So the actor presented a stunningly beautiful recitation of Psalm 23, to which people responded with enthusiastic applause. Then he turned to the priest and said, “Okay, Father, your turn.” So the priest rather hesitantly stood and began reciting the famous psalm. “The Lord is my shepherd. There is nothing I shall want.”

 

When he finished, there was no applause, just hushed silence. The people, so moved by his simple recitation, were sitting with tears running down their faces. After a few moments the actor rose and spoke. “Ladies and gentlemen, I spoke to your ears. But this man has spoken to your hearts. And here’s the difference. I know Psalm 23. But this man knows the Shepherd.”

 

We all know the 23rd Psalm.
The question is, “Do we know the Shepherd?”

 

How beautiful to bask and revel in this truth – “The Good Shepherd knows us and loves us!”

Let me invite you to read the 23rd Psalm in such a way so as to lead you into knowing the Shepherd.

 

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
3 He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.

4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.

5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
forever.

 

Here’s another translation from “The Message”:

 

1-3 God, my shepherd!
I don’t need a thing.
You have bedded me down in lush meadows,
you find me quiet pools to drink from.
True to your word,
you let me catch my breath
and send me in the right direction.

4 Even when the way goes through
Death Valley,
I’m not afraid
when you walk at my side.
Your trusty shepherd’s crook
makes me feel secure.

5 You serve me a six-course dinner
right in front of my enemies.
You revive my drooping head;
my cup brims with blessing.

6 Your beauty and love chase after me
every day of my life.
I’m back home in the house of God
for the rest of my life.

 

 

Have a blessed Thursday!

 

Celebration of the Lord’s Supper will be this Sunday, August 6th.

Sunday, August 13th is our 2nd Annual Hawaii Day – Come dressed in your favorite Hawaiian attire!

 

Grace and peace,
Laugh often and Fear not!
David!

 

Rev. David W. Dendy

Pastor, Mountain View Presbyterian Church

8601 Del Webb Blvd.

Las Vegas, NV 89134

www.mviewpc.org

Thursday’s Thoughts 7-27-17

 

This is the last time we will celebrate a Thursday together in the month of July in the year of our Lord 2017…

 

Some people think Presbyterians aren’t worth much.
O, how I beg to differ.

Rearrange the letters in the word PRESBYTERIANS and guess what we get?

BRITNEY SPEARS!

That has to be worth something!!

 

If we stick with the singular word of PRESBYTERIAN, guess what we get then?

BEST IN PRAYER!

Now, I have you hooked!

 

A PRESBYTERIAN is BEST IN PRAYER! (of course it takes a lot of rearranging to get us to be the best in anything!)

 

Here’s another one for you today.

How about the word LISTEN???

 

Do a little rearranging and once again, guess what???

 

TENSIL!! Just kidding…

 

How about LITENS? Ummm no…

 

Here we go folks…

 

SILENT…

 

There’s a reason why God gave us TWO ears and ONE mouth.
Perhaps we are called to use them proportionately in our listening and talking.

To be listen we must be silent.

Turn off the Twitter Tweets…

Shut down the Social Media…

Mute our mouths…

Tighten our Traps…

Open the Ears…
and…

LISTEN!

We just might be amazed at what we hear, understand and discover…

 

“And all the assembly fell silent, and they listened to Barnabas and Paul as they related what signs and wonders God had done through them among the Gentiles.” Acts 15: 12

 

“The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.” Exodus 14: 14

 

 

Grace and peace,
Laugh often and Fear not!
David!

 

Rev. David W. Dendy

Pastor, Mountain View Presbyterian Church

8601 Del Webb Blvd.

Las Vegas, NV 89134

 

www.daviddendy.com

www.mviewpc.org

Thursday’s Thoughts 7-20-17

It’s Thursday!

Have you seen this conversation?

 

What does the Interrupting Cow have to do with anything?
Come out this Sunday and find out!!

 

Grace and peace,
Laugh often and Fear not!
David!

 

Pastor, Mountain View Presbyterian Church

8601 Del Webb Blvd.

Las Vegas, NV 89134

 

www.daviddendy.com

www.mviewpc.org

Thursday’s Thoughts 7-13-17

We are so excited to be welcoming Father William Miller to MVPC this coming Sunday,
July 16!

He will be preaching at both services! (“Are You Gonna Eat That?”)

Please note that Father Bill’s Last Howlelujah Book Tour event will also take place on Sunday, July 16 at 5:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall at MVPC!
A free dinner will be served and a Love Offering will be taken, with the proceeds going to the Animal Foundation of Las Vegas (credit or cash accepted).

Father “Bill” is a noted writer, innovator, public speaker, motivator and teacher. He is the author of The Gospel According to Sam: Animal Stories for the Soul, and The Beer Drinker’s Guide to God: The Whole and Holy Truth about Lager, Loving and Living.

Both books will be available for purchase after each service on Sunday, and are available online or through any bookstore. You can follow Father Bill (and all of his furry companions) on his website: www.fatherbill.net as well as on Facebook: www.facebook.com/williammillerauthor.

We hope to see you all at either of the MVPC Sunday services and at the Last Howlelujah Book Tour event at 5:30 pm!

Grace and peace,
Laugh often and Fear not!
David!

Pastor, Mountain View Presbyterian Church
8601 Del Webb Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89134

www.daviddendy.com
www.mviewpc.org

Thursday’s Thoughts 7-6-17

 

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 pieces! 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!

 

Pastor, Mountain View Presbyterian Church

8601 Del Webb Blvd.

Las Vegas, NV 89134

 

Cell: 832-585-3562
www.daviddendy.com

www.mviewpc.org

Thursday’s Thoughts 6-29-17

 

It’s the last Thursday of June 2017.

That can only mean one thing…
Time for Thursday’s Thoughts from Pastor David!!

 

Here we go!

 

What role do “symbols” play in your life?

 

We come across powerful images and symbols each and every day which strike chords of emotion, reason, attitude, pride, joy and sometimes anger.

Take a minute or two to focus on each of the following symbols…

 

The American Flag

 

The Cross

 

Wedding Rings

 

The Bread and the Cup of the Lord’s Supper

 

Wristbands which say, “Laugh Often and Fear Not”

 

Peace sign

 

The Heart

 

Pick a few of your own that have special meaning in your life…

 

Let me ask the question again…

What role do these symbols play in your life?
Does one or more play more of a role than the others?

 

This Sunday we will explore the meaning of a few of these symbols as we celebrate the Lord’s Supper together.

See you Sunday!

 

 

 

Grace and peace,
Laugh often and Fear not!
David!

 

Pastor, Mountain View Presbyterian Church

8601 Del Webb Blvd.

Las Vegas, NV 89134

 

Cell: 832-585-3562
www.daviddendy.com

www.mviewpc.org

Thursday’s Thoughts 6-22-17

Thursday’s Thoughts from Pastor David!

 

We are in the midst of Vacation Bible School this week at Mountain View Presbyterian Church where we are learning about being Superheroes for God!

I am hanging out with over 70 Children this week…

 

That is over 70 Children of God

while at the same time about 40 of those children are true children under 11 years of age, while the other 30 or so are children of God over the age of 11.

 

It’s amazing how much children over 11 no longer do what children under 11 do so spontaneously and so joyfully.

 

I was teaching a crazy song about “Who’s the King of the Jungle” which included hand motions and making gorilla sounds. Yes, I know the Lion is the king of the jungle, and not the gorilla! I didn’t make up the song!!

 

Which group of children sang enthusiastically along the most?

The under 11 children

or

the over 11 children?

 

Why do we lose our “childlikeness” as we grow older?

 

Why are we being convinced and brainwashed our “childlike” behavior is seen as “childish?”

 

Check out what Jesus said to the disciples…

Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray.

The disciples rebuked the people, 14 but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”

15 And he laid his hands on them and went away. (Matthew 19: 13-15)

 

What is it about little children where the kingdom of heaven belongs to them?
Answer?
Their childlikeness… not their childishness…

 

Here’s a good post it note for us…

 

 

Which column would you like to fall into?
Me too..

For to such belongs the kingdom of heaven!

Heaven here and heaven there!

Count me in…

 

Grace and Peace,

Laugh often and Fear not!
David!

Pastor, Mountain View Presbyterian Church
8601 Del Webb Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89134

702-341-7800

www.mviewpc.org

 

 

 

 

Thursday’s Thoughts 6-15-17

 

It’s the Thursday before Father’s Day!

Father’s Day is this Sunday, June 18th… (You still have time to buy that ugly tie!)

 

What do you think about your Father?

Was he or is he loving, kind, considerate, rough, rugged, sweet, available, distant, cold, warm, huggable, feared, apathetic, abusive, alcoholic, athletic, best friend, worst enemy, disciple of Jesus or something else?

What words would best describe your father?

 

Abram whose name would later be changed to Abraham is considered the Father of our Faith.

I love how God told Abram to go to a land that God would show him, leaving his family and friends behind and then in the next few lines the scriptures say this,
“So Abram went…” (Genesis 12: 1-4)

 

Abram didn’t argue, fuss, complain, fight, disagree, protest, file a petition, start a movement (#iamnotgoing) and he didn’t even voice his displeasure on Facebook.

He just went… obediently and faithfully.

 

Furthermore, Abram who had no children at his advanced age, along with his wife Sarah, who was rather advanced herself, was told he and Sarah would have children galore!
“Abram believed God and it was counted unto him as righteousness.” (Genesis 15: 6)

 

Father Abraham has lots to teach us…

 

What I love about our Father in heaven is when He told Abraham to leave everything behind, God went on to say, “I will bless you… so that you may be a blessing.” (Genesis 12)

 

Are you feeling blessed today?

Make sure you take the blessing to bless someone else.

The blessing is not ours to hold on to.

The blessing is ours to share.

Be blessed to be a blessing…

 

Grace and peace,
Laugh often and Fear not!
David!

 

Pastor, Mountain View Presbyterian Church

8601 Del Webb Blvd.

Las Vegas, NV 89134

 

Cell: 832-585-3562
www.daviddendy.com

www.mviewpc.org

Thursday’s Thoughts 6-8-17

 

In my neck of the woods today, Thursday, June 8, 2017 marks the end of the 2016-2017 academic school year!
Woohoo!
Let the summer break begin… in a few hours!

 

Here’s something to ponder for the women and the men…

 

What makes a man a man?

When does a boy become a man?
How does a boy know when he becomes a man?
Who tells him?
What is the established criteria?

Does the Bible say anything about what it means to be an authentic man?

 

Feel free to respond with your own Thursday’s Thoughts about this topic.

 

Come on out to MVPC this Sunday to find out the answer to these very important questions!
Have a very blessed day wherever this email finds you…

 

Grace and peace,
Laugh often and Fear not!
David!

PS – MVPC will have a congregational meeting this Sunday, June 11th after the second service to elect the Nominating Committee.

Pastor, Mountain View Presbyterian Church

8601 Del Webb Blvd.

Las Vegas, NV 89134

 

Cell: 832-585-3562
www.daviddendy.com

www.mviewpc.org

Thursday’s Thoughts 6-1-17

 

Good morning June 1st!!

 

Summertime, and the livin’ is easy
Fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high
Oh, your daddy’s rich and your ma is good-lookin’
So hush little baby, Don’t you cry…

 

No crying here on this First Thursday in June!

Although, the only cotton I see is on the shirt I am wearing…

 

This Sunday we celebrate the Day of Pentecost!

Let’s get the timeline down…

 

Jesus is crucified and buried

3 days later He is Risen! He is Risen indeed!

 

Jesus walks around teaching, laughing, healing, praying, cooking and hanging out with the disciples for how many days?

40!

 

At the end of the 40 days – Jesus ascends into the heavenly kingdom!

 

Now the disciples once again find themselves alone…

Jesus promises the coming of the Holy Spirit, but the disciples are going to have to wait.

For how long?

10 days!!

 

And then, 50 days after the resurrection of Jesus, the Holy Spirit came rushing in like that of a mighty wind!

On the day of Pentecost the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity arrives and fills the hearts and minds of the disciples and all those who place their lives, their trust, their faith in the Triune God!

 

And here we are still inhaling the breath of God through the Holy Spirit.

 

Our theme of the day for this Sunday is “Breathing in the Breath of God.”

 

What are you breathing in these days?

What are you breathing out these days?

I would like to propose that which you are breathing in will be directly related to what you will be breathing out in your life.

 

If you are breathing in fear and distrust, your life will be filled with fear and distrust and as you exhale such things you will spread fear and distrust.

So, let me ask again….

What are you breathing in these days?

What are you breathing out these days?

 

If we are breathing in the Holy Spirit, check out what we will be breathing out…
Love

Joy

Peace

Patience

Kindness

Goodness

Faithfulness

Gentleness

Self-Control

 

That doesn’t sound too bad does it?

Sounds pretty refreshing to me…

 

See you Sunday at MVPC!

Wear something RED to celebrate the Fire of the Holy Spirit!
Can’t wait to smell your breath!

 

Grace and peace,
Laugh often and Fear not!
David!

 

PS – MVPC will have a congregational meeting on Sunday, June 11th after the second service to elect the Nominating Committee.

 

Pastor, Mountain View Presbyterian Church

8601 Del Webb Blvd.

Las Vegas, NV 89134

 

Cell: 832-585-3562
www.daviddendy.com

www.mviewpc.org

Thursday’s Thoughts 5-25-17

 

The last Thursday in the Month of May!!

 

What has been your experience of friendship?
Positive?
Negative?
Overjoyed?
Extremely disappointed?

You have lots of friends?
You have a few friends?

 

Have you ever heard the phrase – “If you want a friend, be a friend…”?

 

Here’s what the dictionary had to say about the word – Friend

 

Friend
frend / noun

1. a person whom one knows and with whom one has a bond of mutual affection, typically exclusive of sexual or family relations.

 

How would you define friend?

 

If you made a list of your Top 10 Friends who would be on it?
Would Jesus make the Top 10 list?

 

Jesus has a large number of names attached to him:
Messiah

Lord

Anointed One

Lion of Judah

The Resurrection and the Life

Prince of Peace

(You get my drift…)

 

But have you ever thought of Jesus as “friend?”

 

Jesus certainly thinks of you as His friend.

 

12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.

13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.

14 You are my friends if you do what I command you.

15 No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing;

but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. (John 15: 21-15)

 

 

Jesus calls us “friend”…

I love how Jesus goes on to say, “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”

 

This Memorial Day weekend we celebrate our “friends” who laid down their life for us…

Of course, every day we celebrate our friend Jesus and the way He laid down his life for us so that we may enjoy everlasting life and freedom in him.

 

 

Grace and peace,
Laugh often and Fear not!
David!

 

Pastor, Mountain View Presbyterian Church

8601 Del Webb Blvd.

Las Vegas, NV 89134

 

Cell: 832-585-3562
www.daviddendy.com

www.mviewpc.org

Thursday’s Thoughts 5-18-17

 

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?

 

Basketball is a TEAM sport.

Let me propose this…

The Warriors would not have won the game without Ian Clark.

Ian Clark came off the bench and played for four minutes of the forty-eight minutes the team played.

Ian Clark only took one shot.

Ian Clark only made one shot.

His shot was worth…

3 points.

 

Take away his shot, his only shot, his only made shot and the Warriors lose.

Add his shot, his only shot, his only made shot and the Warriors make history in winning 113 – 111.

 

There’s an old saying – “There’s no I in TEAM”

TEAM is a great acronym which stands for:
Together
Everyone
Achieves
More…

 

On the flip side, my sarcastic side of me loves the image above.

“There’s no I in TEAM but there are 5 in Individual Brilliance”

 

Now back to the serious conversation at hand…
Are you a TEAM player or do you prefer “Individual Brilliance?”

 

I love what the Preacher says in the book of Ecclesiastes…

 

9 Two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their labor:
10 If either of them falls down,
one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls
and has no one to help them up.
11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
But how can one keep warm alone?
12 Though one may be overpowered,
two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. (4: 9-12)

 

Whose team are you on?
Or are you going at it alone?
With whom have you aligned yourself with so that the cord of three strands won’t be quickly broken?

Or do you prefer relying on your “one” strand?

The scriptures say, “With God all things are possible!” (Matthew 19: 26)

What impossible things would you like to achieve “with God?”

 

“They” say you only have one shot in life.
As you team up with God, the only shot you have just may be the only shot you make to allow the TEAM to achieve a great victory!

Team up with God, team up with some friends, team up with some co-workers, team up with your family…

Take a shot…

And enjoy the sweet smell of Victory!

 

Grace and peace,
Laugh often and Fear not!
David!

 

Pastor, Mountain View Presbyterian Church

8601 Del Webb Blvd.

Las Vegas, NV 89134

 

Cell: 832-585-3562
http://seeinggodatworkeveryday.com

www.mviewpc.org

Thursday’s Thoughts 5-11-17

 

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.

 

Your Mom is still alive and the two of you have a “so-so” relationship. As Mother’s Day approaches so does your blood pressure approach a new high as every Hallmark Card talks about how great your Mom is, where in reality for you, you would welcome a card that simply stated, “Thanks for being an okay Mom. I know it was a struggle for you and the current state of affairs still shows the struggle.” (I was going to try and make a rhyming poem out of that, but it just didn’t feel right.)

Your Mom has passed away and you did not have a good relationship with her at all. The thought and the very existence of Mother’s Day brings on a certain kind of empty feeling. You don’t feel great. You don’t feel bad. You just feel bland, like a mouth full of Pablum.

 

Perhaps you are a Mom and the idea of your children rallying around you at home, at church, at a local park or restaurant brings more joy to your heart than you can imagine.

Perhaps you are a Mom and the idea of your children rallying around you at home, at church, at a local park or restaurant brings more angst and heartburn to your heart than you can imagine.

 

There are beautiful, faithful, outgoing, incredible women who for whatever reason have no children at all to rally around them this Mother’s Day.

Some of these women will feel cheated. Others will feel fortunate. Some will stay out of the limelight this weekend for they have grown weary of staring into the blank, empty, confused stares of those who have asked, “How many children do you have?”, only to endure the awkward silence afterward when you say, “I don’t have any children.”

 

I think by now you get the point… The full range of emotions which “Mother’s Day” evoke can run long, deep and wide.

 

As for me personally, having been adopted and now having a relationship with my birth mother, I have a double blessing in which to celebrate.

My birth mom, Betty Jean Padgett gave me “Breath!”

My Mom, Judy Dendy gave me “Life!”

I wouldn’t have one without the other!

 

Whether our Mom’s are dead or alive.
Whether our relationship with our Moms are/were great or indifferent.
One thing stands true…

We wouldn’t be here without them…

 

To the Ladies, I give God the utmost praise for the outpouring of His creativity in creating you and unmatched value you bring to our world and to our lives!
Praise God from whom all blessings flow…

 

And a quick shout out to my Moms…
“I love how we don’t have to say that I’m your favorite child!”

 

 

Grace and peace,
Laugh often and Fear not!
David!

 

Pastor, Mountain View Presbyterian Church

8601 Del Webb Blvd.

Las Vegas, NV 89134

 

Cell: 832-585-3562
http://seeinggodatworkeveryday.com

www.mviewpc.org

Thursday’s Thoughts 5-4-17

 

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?

 

The other day was a tough day, all of the following happened on the same day which meant it was a day bathed in prayer…
A friend’s boyfriend died… (He was only 40 years old)
A friend lost his job…

A friend’s significant other said, “Time for you to move out…” (After two and half years)
I officiated a funeral for one of our members who was part of America’s Greatest Generation

 

Lots and lots of prayer,
Conversation with God,

Uniting our hearts with God’s…

 

I love this passage from Isaiah…

“Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord:
though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red like crimson,
they shall become like wool. (Isaiah 1: 18)

 

Would you be willing to offer a prayer of thanksgiving today?
A prayer thanking God that though our lives become crimson stained with cynicism, doubt, anger, hate, jadedness, sin, lust, hurt, pride, envy, and more,
God with one word,
one stroke of the pen,
one wave of His gentle hand,

one nod of His grace filled head,

one wink of His loving eyes,

one beat of his merciful heart,

we are restored,

we are reconciled,

we are renewed,

we are forgiven

and in a moment

we become pure,

we become righteous,

we become whole,

we become white as snow,

as the crimson tide of sin rolls away into the sea of forgetfulness…

 

Thank you Lord Jesus!

 

Grace and peace,
Laugh often and Fear not!
David!

 

Pastor, Mountain View Presbyterian Church

8601 Del Webb Blvd.

Las Vegas, NV 89134

 

Cell: 832-585-3562
http://seeinggodatworkeveryday.com

www.mviewpc.org

Thursday’s Thoughts 4-20-17

 

Good afternoon on the last Thursday in the month of April of 2017!
Come Monday it will be the month of May!

 

Here is the question of the day!

What does it take for you to “BELIEVE” something is true?

 

Do you believe something because someone else says it’s true?

 

Do you have to see empirical evidence in order for you to believe?

 

Does the character of the person telling you something determine whether or not you believe?

 

If it is in print or on the internet it has to be true, right?

 

In the gospel of Mark, Jesus is raised from the dead and guess what?

No one believed it…

 

The women believed because they saw Jesus in person.

The two men on the road to Emmaus believed because they saw Jesus in person.

But when the women and the men told their friends and the disciples – no one believed them.

 

Why is that?

 

Jesus is risen!
The Holy Spirit is a dynamic, massive moving force in our lives!
Do you believe that?

What keeps us from believing?

 

What do we believe and what do we not believe?

I love the man in Mark 9 who cries out,

 

“I believe, help my unbelief!”

 

Come on out to MVPC on Sunday morning as we talk about what it takes for us to believe…

 

Grace and peace,
Laugh often and Fear not!
David!

 

Pastor, Mountain View Presbyterian Church

8601 Del Webb Blvd.

Las Vegas, NV 89134

 

Cell: 832-585-3562
http://seeinggodatworkeveryday.com

www.mviewpc.org

Thursday’s Thoughts 4-20-17

 

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. 2 And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. 3 And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?”4 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?”

 

It’s a question which rings loud and clear in our hearts and minds to this day.
We run up against very large stones in our lives.

Stones which impede our progress.

Stones which threaten to undo us.

Stones which are imposing.

Stones which seem immovable.

Stones which seem impassable.

And we cry out… “Who will roll away the stone for us?”

 

Two thousand years later… the question bounces around our minds… “Does God still move stones?”

 

Come on out this Sunday to MVPC and discover the wonder of –“ He still moves stones!”

 

Grace and peace,
Laugh often and Fear not!
David!

 

Pastor, Mountain View Presbyterian Church

8601 Del Webb Blvd.

Las Vegas, NV 89134

 

Cell: 832-585-3562
http://seeinggodatworkeveryday.com

www.mviewpc.org

Thursday’s Thoughts 4-13-17

 

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!

 

There are 300 prophecies in the Old Testament which foretell of the Messiah, the Anointed One coming to save the human race.

On Maundy Thursday, Jesus has fulfilled about 297 of them…

But now it is decision time.

Will Jesus go through what Jesus needs to go through in order to save humanity?

 

In the garden of Gethsemane this historic meeting of Son and Father takes place.

Three times Jesus pleads, “Take this cup from me…” (aka… Is there any other way the salvation of humanity can be accomplished?)

Each time the Father gently says, “No…”

 

Now decision time is upon Jesus.

Does he go forward with the Father’s plan or does the Son go his own way, out of harm’s way and live a relatively normal life in exile?

 

Listen to the words of the Son…
“And he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed,42 saying, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” 43 And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him.” (Luke 22: 41-43)

 

“Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done…”
And the rest is history.

The soldiers arrive…

Judas betrays with a kiss…

Jesus is arrested and tried over and over and over and over again…

The mob has gathered…

Their voices unite – “Crucify Him, Crucify Him!”

Pilate washes his hands…

Jesus carries the cross…

Jesus is crucified…
Jesus is buried…

The disciples and the women mourn…

The stone is removed (not for Jesus to get out, but for us to look in and see the empty tomb)

He is risen!
He is risen indeed!

Humanity forgiven…

Humanity saved…

The creation reconciled with the Creator…

 

All because of the decision which took place on Maundy Thursday.

Jesus chose to die for you

Jesus chose to die for me

Jesus chose us…

So we could have life and life eternal!

 

Maundy Thursday, the most historic day!

Thank you Jesus!

 

Grace and peace,
Laugh often and Fear not!
David!

 

Ps – Come out tonight to MVPC for our special Maundy Thursday service at 7:00 pm. You will not want to miss it!

 

Good Friday – MVPC worship service at 12:00 pm (Noon) and 7:00 pm.

 

Easter Sunday: 8:00 am – Traditional Service

9:30 am – Traditional Service

11:00 am – Contemporary Service

 

 

Pastor, Mountain View Presbyterian Church

8601 Del Webb Blvd.

Las Vegas, NV 89134

 

Cell: 832-585-3562
http://seeinggodatworkeveryday.com

www.mviewpc.org

Thursday’s Thoughts 4-6-17

 

It’s the first Thursday of April!
Next Thursday will be Maundy Thursday of Holy Week…

 

If you grew up in the United States of America (like I did), somewhere along the way in your matriculation you took American History.

And if you remember taking American History, you might remember studying World War II.

You might also remember our involvement in WWII began with the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

On the European front you might also recall the Americans basically came to the rescue and saved Britain from defeat along with the rest of the Allied powers.

America to the rescue!!!

 

And then you might recall graduating from high school and moving on with your life.

I went off to college and took a history class on WWI and WWII during my sophomore year in college.

In studying WWII we read a book which basically confirmed everything I had already learned in high school.

“America to the rescue!!”

 

After reading that great book, we read another book about WWII by a British author.

(Imagine big breath of silence, mouth agape in disbelief and eyes wide in patriotic panic.)

This British author basically said, “The Brits to the rescue!! And oh, by the way… some Americans came along and offered a little bit of assistance.”

 

The lesson learned?

It’s all about PERSPECTIVE!

 

This Sunday, we will take a look at Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem.
“Jesus to the rescue!!”

 

Each gospel writer has their own perspective.

On Palm Sunday (this Sunday) we will take a fascinating look at the Triumphal Entry from a PERSPECTIVE you might not have ever taken before.

Come on out!
It will be a great day!

 

Furthermore, MVPC will be celebrating our Confirmation Class of 2017 as they join the church on Sunday! Eight young people will be confirming their faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

“Jesus to the rescue!!”

 

Whatever your PERSPECTIVE, please join us on Sunday as we shout, “Hosanna, Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” (in other words… Jesus to the rescue!”)

 

 

Grace and peace,
Laugh often and Fear not!
David!

 

Pastor, Mountain View Presbyterian Church

8601 Del Webb Blvd.

Las Vegas, NV 89134

 

Cell: 832-585-3562
http://seeinggodatworkeveryday.com

www.mviewpc.org

Thursday’s Thoughts 3-30-17

It’s Thursday and it’s time to get controversial!

Isn’t that a great introduction!

Aren’t you fired up about whatever the topic at hand is going to be?

 

The photo art attached to this email says, “One Way Jesus”…

 

Does such a photo offend you?

Does the claim, “Jesus is the only way to God!” rankle your open minded, ecumenical spirit just a bit?

 

We might protest to such a narrow viewpoint with, “All roads lead to God…”

We might simply walk away from someone advocating such a skewed and narrow point of view.

 

And yet, this is exactly what Jesus says in the 14th chapter of John…
“I am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me”, Jesus.

 

If we disagree with Jesus, then what do we believe about how and what avenues are open to us in pursuing a relationship with God?

Surely, our religion, our understanding of God has a much broader appeal than there only being “One Way!”

 

If that is the case (i.e.. There are many ways to God, many roads to the same mountain top), then why does Jesus have to die?
If there are many ways to the same loving God, then why would God make His Son go through all the torture, all the shame, all the pain of crucifixion if there was another way possible?

That would seem like an extreme example of child abuse to send your only son to the gallows, so to speak, all the while knowing there was another way to get around the cross.

 

So….

What’s your take?
Is it possible to have a relationship with God outside of Christ?

 

Come on out on Sunday morning at MVPC where this will be our theme of the day!

 

Thank you again for a marvelous 25th Anniversary celebration last week! What a wonderful day to celebrate God’s everlasting faithfulness!

 

Grace and peace,
Laugh often and Fear not!
David!

 

Pastor, Mountain View Presbyterian Church

8601 Del Webb Blvd.

Las Vegas, NV 89134

 

Cell: 832-585-3562
http://seeinggodatworkeveryday.com

www.mviewpc.org

Thursday’s Thoughts 3-23-17

It’s Thursday!
And you know what that means!
I have thoughts…

 

When was the last time you dreamed?

Do you have dreams for your life, your family, your church, your business?

Have you stopped dreaming because, well… it just seems useless at this point?

 

The prophet Joel uttered these words from the Lord,

“And it shall come to pass afterward,
that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh;
your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
your old men shall dream dreams,
and your young men shall see visions.” (Joel 2: 28)

 

I love how Joel says we will “dream dreams…”

When God’s Spirit is poured out on us we cannot help but to dream dreams.

 

This Sunday MVPC is celebrating 25 years of being a Presbyterian Church in Las Vegas!

The dream I live lives within the dream one hundred and fourteen people had back in 1992.

 

They dreamed of establishing, building, and launching a church which would proclaim Jesus as the Light of the World.

They dreamed of people coming together to pray, to worship, to fellowship to grow in the grace and saving knowledge of God.

They dreamed of a place where the brokenhearted, the downcast, the shamed, the frightened, the heavy laden could find solace, rest, rejuvenation and regeneration.

They dreamed…

And because of their dream,

We live out our dreams within their dream.

 

Dreams within a dream!
Praise the Lord for MVPC!
Praise the Lord for the past, present and future of MVPC!
May we boldly go forward reaching out, reaching in and reaching up as we continue to Laugh often and Fear not in the mighty grace of God!

Dream on!

 

Grace and peace,
Laugh often and Fear not!
David!

 

Pastor, Mountain View Presbyterian Church

8601 Del Webb Blvd.

Las Vegas, NV 89134

 

Cell: 832-585-3562
http://seeinggodatworkeveryday.com

www.mviewpc.org

Thursday’s Thoughts 3-16-17

 

Have you ever been mocked?

 

Have you ever been made fun of?

 

Me too…

 

Here’s the good news:

So was Jesus!

 

We live in this world of “Might is Right” and the quicker we can get the upper hand the better.

We work hard to get ahead,

to gain the advantage,

to stay ahead of the curve,

to find the chink in our competitor’s armor,

to exploit our opponent’s weakness

to win at all costs.

 

And yet, we worship a savior who showed us “might is right” is an antiquated way to operate.

To be mocked and flogged,

To be beaten and spit upon,

To be harassed and harangued,

To be on the receiving end of the battering ram,

That is the place to serve,

to love,

to offer a hand,

to thrive,

to live life abundantly.

 

Next time you see Christianity being dragged through the mud,

Next time you see Jesus mocked and flogged in the media,

Next time you are mocked or made fun of for loving and following Jesus,

Take a deep breath and smile,,,

You’re just like Jesus!

 

Who has believed what he has heard from us?
And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
2 For he grew up before him like a young plant,
and like a root out of dry ground;
he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,
and no beauty that we should desire him.
3 He was despised and rejected by men,
a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief;
and as one from whom men hide their faces
he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

4 Surely he has borne our griefs
and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
smitten by God, and afflicted.
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his wounds we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned—every one—to his own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.

7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,
yet he opened not his mouth;
like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,
so he opened not his mouth.
8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away;
and as for his generation, who considered
that he was cut off out of the land of the living,
stricken for the transgression of my people?
9 And they made his grave with the wicked
and with a rich man in his death,
although he had done no violence,
and there was no deceit in his mouth. (Isaiah 53: 1-9)

Thursday’s Thoughts 3-9-17

It’s Thursday, March 9th!
Four days into my 55th year of life and I am still kicking it pretty good!Don’t forget to spring forward and set your clocks ahead one hour on Saturday night!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. 7 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? How are you at giving people a “second chance?”How about giving a fifth, fortieth, or ninetieth chance to someone? More than likely, we have been conditioned by the old adage: “Fool me once, shame on you! Fool me twice, shame on me! No one likes to be fooled. No one likes to be considered a fool. And yet… read the above verses once again… This gem is found in verse 7…Once you discover it, it’s like finding the toy in a box of cracker jacks, or finding a twenty dollar bill stuff in the pocket of an old pair of jeans you just happened to put on for the day. Listen to what the angel says, “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.” Did you catch it? Let me spell it out, just in case you missed it… “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.” Did you see it that time? “And Peter”

 

Remember how Peter denied Jesus three times?

Remember how much Peter messed up when Jesus needed him and his support the most?

 

The angel is this most wonderful messenger from the throne of God saying, imploring, shouting, “Go tell the disciples”, long pause, extra long pause, super extra long pause, “and Peter”, make sure you tell Peter he is still on the team, make sure you let Peter know that God still loves him, treasures him, cherishes him and wants him to play on the team.

 

And oh, what Peter did with his second chance!!

Wrote two books of the New Testament!
Preached on Pentecost Sunday where 3,000 people were saved in one day.

The list goes on and on!
Peter is eventually crucified upside down, because he did not consider himself worthy of being crucified right side up like Jesus was…

 

It’s not everyday someone gives you a second chance, much less someone who gives you a second chance every day.
In Jesus, Peter found both!
You can too…

 

May we be a people who offer the same second chance to others as Jesus did with Peter…

 

But, go tell his disciples… And Peter…

 

 

Grace and peace,
Laugh often and Fear not!
David!

 

Pastor, Mountain View Presbyterian Church

8601 Del Webb Blvd.

Las Vegas, NV 89134

 

Cell: 832-585-3562
http://seeinggodatworkeveryday.com

www.mviewpc.org

Thursday’s Thoughts 3-2-17

The first Thursday in March!

 

My thought for the day is to hear your thoughts…

 

How would you answer the following question in twenty five words or less?

 

Why Jesus?

 

I am looking forward to your responses…

 

Grace and peace,
Laugh often and Fear not!

David!

 

Pastor, Mountain View Presbyterian Church

8601 Del Webb Blvd.

Las Vegas, NV 89134

 

Cell: 832-585-3562
http://seeinggodatworkeveryday.com

www.mviewpc.org

Thursday’s Thoughts 2-23-17

The last Thursday for the month of February!!

Crazy how fast the year is passing by…

 

The thought of the day or perhaps a better phrase would be;

The questions of the day:

 

When facing the “Giants” in your life, what is your default position?

Do you lean toward, “I can’t!”

or

Do you lean toward “I can!”?

 

This Sunday at MVPC we take a look at the twelve spies who went into the Promised Land.

Their report said there were “Giants” in the land.
“We looked like grasshoppers!”, they shouted.

 

Two spies said, “We CAN take the land!”

Ten spies said, “We CANNOT take the land!”

 

Guess which side prevailed?

 

In dealing with the “Giants” of your life,

Is it better to have the odds be in your favor

or

Is it better to have the odds be against you?

 

Come on out to MVPC this Sunday to find out all these answers and more…

Grace and peace,

Laugh often and Fear not!
David!

 

Pastor, Mountain View Presbyterian Church

8601 Del Webb Blvd.

Las Vegas, NV 89134

 

Cell: 832-585-3562
http://seeinggodatworkeveryday.com

www.mviewpc.org

 

Thursday’s Thoughts 2-16-17

Thursday’s Thoughts from Pastor David …
Here’s the challenge for the week!
Can you go one week without complaining?
Your health and life are dependent on it!
Come find out why at MVPC this Sunday!

Grace and peace,

Laugh often and Fear not!
David!

 

Pastor, Mountain View Presbyterian Church

8601 Del Webb Blvd.

Las Vegas, NV 89134

 

Cell: 832-585-3562
http://seeinggodatworkeveryday.com

www.mviewpc.org

Thursday’s Thoughts 2-9-17

It’s the Thursday before Valentine’s Day!!
Men!
You have been put on notice! I have given you a “five days” heads up! Get the gift today! Don’t wait until next Tuesday…

When was the last time your found yourself wandering around the desert?

Maybe it’s a spiritual desert…
Perhaps an unemployment desert…

Could be an emotional desert of uncertainty and confusion…

Certainly the Israelites knew all about wandering around the desert.

They did it for forty years…

After two years God instructed them to do one thing to help…

Institute the Passover.

Schedule the Passover on a certain day of a certain month and do it year after year…

When was the last time you found yourself wandering around in the desert?

God has an answer for you that worked thousands of years ago and it still works to this day.

It is so simple…

The answer lies in the word, concept and action of “scheduling!”

This Sunday at MVPC we will be discovering the power of scheduling and how such a simple tool can draw you nearer to God whether you are wandering or just wondering in the desert landscape of life.

See you Sunday!

(Put it on your schedule – Church this Sunday, February 12th!!)

Go get ‘em!

Grace and peace,
Laugh often and Fear not!
David!

Pastor, Mountain View Presbyterian Church

8601 Del Webb Blvd.

Las Vegas, NV 89134

 

Cell: 832-585-3562
http://seeinggodatworkeveryday.com

www.mviewpc.org

Thursday’s Thoughts 2-2-17

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!

 

On one particular evening commute back home, my friend was getting ready to host the Elders of his church for dinner at his home.

The Church Chef had prepared about 8 pans of delicious lasagna for the feast.

All 8 pans, which were filled to the brim were delicately placed in the back of his Ford Explorer (SUV).

 

Guess how fast my friend drove home that night?

Not so much!!

 

In fact he was shocked by how impatient the other drivers were around him…

Honking, Five Finger Waves (minus four), scowling looks, yelling and more.

 

His reaction was classic and predictable:

 

“Don’t these people know what I have in my trunk!?”

 

Well…

They don’t.

 

As we drive through life today and encounter other drivers be it at school, work, home, neighborhood or even out on the street, let’s remember one thing in particular:

We don’t know what other people have in their trunk of life.

 

Perhaps that will give us pause and cause to be a little more patient, a little more loving, a little more understanding…

 

This Sunday at MVPC we will be discovering the essence of “Community.”

Strong community building starts with the “junk in our trunk” and a willingness to love and accept others who have a little bit more or a little bit less “junk in their trunk.”

 

I will see you Sunday…

Drive carefully and if you see me on the way please understand why I am driving so slowly…

I’ve got a lot in the trunk…

Jesus says, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30

For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

 

Grace and peace,

Laugh often and Fear not!
David!

 

Pastor, Mountain View Presbyterian Church

8601 Del Webb Blvd.

Las Vegas, NV 89134

 

Cell: 832-585-3562
http://seeinggodatworkeveryday.com

www.mviewpc.org

Thursday’s Thoughts 1-26-17

It’s the last Thursday of the month of January 2017!

Where did the month go?

 

Our subject today is Prayer.

Our subject this Sunday is Prayer.

 

What is your take on prayer?

Is prayer like walking up to an ATM and withdrawing what we want?

When do you pray? Morning? Noon? Night? In between?

 

Do you pray the Lord’s Prayer?

If someone was to dissect your prayers what would be the common theme?
Thanksgiving?
Intercession?
Things you need?

Others?

You?

 

If God knows everything ahead of time, what good does it do us to pray?

Can our prayers change God’s mind?
How many people would it take to pray together before God’s mind and heart would change on a certain matter or issue?

 

How many prayers are in the Bible?

How many times do you think the word or the form of the word Prayer/Pray/Prayers is mentioned in the Bible?

 

What good does it do to pray?

What is the point?

 

I would love to hear your answers to any or all of the above questions…

I’ll be praying for you while you decide how to respond…

 

Grace and peace,

Laugh often and Fear not!
David!

 

Pastor, Mountain View Presbyterian Church

8601 Del Webb Blvd.

Las Vegas, NV 89134

 

Cell: 832-585-3562
http://seeinggodatworkeveryday.com

www.mviewpc.org

Thursday’s Thoughts 1-19-17

It’s the Thursday before the inauguration of the 45
th
President of the United States of America.
It’s the Thursday after Novak Djokovic lost in the second round of the Australian Open! (UGH!)

It’s the Thursday before the Green Bay Packers advance to Super Bowl LI – (I was at Super Bowl VII – Miami’s undefeated season! – Beat Washington 14-7)

It’s the Thursday before David Dendy preaches about Volunteering

All that to say… Today is Thursday and that can only mean one thing!!

Time for:

Thursday’s Thoughts from Pastor David

 

Think of a football stadium…

Not the Cowboys stadium. No one is there…
How about Lambeau Field… where the mighty Packers of Green Bay, Wisconsin play.

 

It’s Sunday afternoon about noon on the West coast.

The Packers are just about ready to kick off against the Atlanta Falcons.

(Now, I know the game will actually be played in Atlanta, but stick with me here…)

 

Where will you be when Mason Crosby the kicker of the Green Bay Packers kicks the ball into the end zone of the Atlanta Falcons to start the game?

Where will you be when Aaron Rodgers throws a perfect strike to receiver Jordy Nelson for a touchdown?

Where will you be when the sound of the helmets crashing like thunderbolts echo of the storied stadium walls?

Where will you be?

 

You have lots of choices…

  1. The Tailgate Parties taking place across the street from the stadium in some homes which have been transformed into Packer Backer Party Houses, complete with taps built into the wall, oversized big screen HDTV’s, in the coziness of heated rooms along with watching the game on TV and seeing all the commercials.
  2. The Parking Lot – Tailgate parties with brats, ribs, hamburgers and dogs will dot the parking lot as the smoke and the aroma of these animals sizzling on the grill will fill the air. You will be able to hear the distant roar of the crowd, but you will be outside the stadium, not inside. You will know the game is going on, but you will have to rely on secondhand “sound” to let you know how the game is progressing.
  3. The Stands – You’ve got your seat snuggled right next to a stranger on a bleacher made of aluminum. Ninety percent of the stands in Lambeau Field are not “seats” in the sense of chairs with backs and side arms with cup holders. Just a bare piece of metal to sit on in sub-freezing temps. You will see the game. You will hear parts of the game. The players will typically look much smaller forty to fifty yards away from your seat than they would up close. The referee will have to be amplified through the speaker system in order for you to hear about all the penalties that will be charged against the Falcons! Binoculars would be a great asset.
  4. The Sidelines – Talk about up close! You’re on the sidelines. You can hear the crushing hits and the trash talk. The players are right there in your face, breathing hard with waves of what looks like smoke shooting out from their mouths. The play calling and the coach’s sending in designed plays will be right in front of you. You can turn around and see all the people in the stands.

 

Where would you like to be?

Which place suits you?

Where will you be?

The Parties across the street?
The Parking Lot?

The Stands?

The Sidelines?

 

Oops!

I left out one more place you could be…
ON THE FIELD!!!

On the field you are PLAYING THE GAME OF FOOTBALL!

On the field you get to hit, tackle, run, catch, throw, block, and talk trash!

On the field, the players are life size, with real faces and eyes and ripped arms.

On the field you get to run an offensive play against a defense.

On the field you get to run a defensive play to keep the opposition from scoring.

On the field you get to experience the game of football like no one else!
Wow!

 

Where would you like to be?

 

And so it is with the Christian life.

There’s a game of eternal significance going on and today…

The Thursday after the Green Bay Packers’ stunning victory over the Dallas Cowboys
I am wondering…
I am wondering…

In this game called the Christian Life, where are you?

 

If it was up to me to share with you where I think you should be, I could sum it up in four words…

GET IN THE GAME!!!

 

 

Grace and peace,

Laugh often and Fear not!
David!

 

Pastor, Mountain View Presbyterian Church

8601 Del Webb Blvd.

Las Vegas, NV 89134

 

Cell: 832-585-3562
http://seeinggodatworkeveryday.com

www.mviewpc.org

Thursday’s Thoughts 1-12-17

It’s Thursday!

Again!!!

Have you ever been this excited to experience a Thursday!!??

 

Our topic today is “Magnify.”

 

I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify him with thanksgiving. (Psalm 69:30

)

 

The telescope and the microscope both do the same thing – magnify…

 

Is there a difference between the two?

 

Here’s a thought to ponder today…

As we “magnify” the Lord are we called to be “Telescopes” or “Microscopes”?

 

That’s my Thursday thought for the day…

 

I would love to hear your response…

 

 

Grace and peace,

Laugh often and Fear not!
David!

 

Pastor, Mountain View Presbyterian Church

8601 Del Webb Blvd.

Las Vegas, NV 89134

 

Cell: 832-585-3562
http://seeinggodatworkeveryday.com

www.mviewpc.org

Thursday’s Thoughts 1-5-17

epiphany

This is the first Thursday of the year 2017!

Wow!!!
Can you believe it?

 

Have you ever had an “Aha” moment?

 

I was a Hospital Chaplain at the Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, North Carolina during the summer of 1986.

I walked into a gentleman’s room on the 11
th
floor (Cardiology floor) and introduced myself. The conversation went something like this:

 

David: Good morning! My name is David Dendy and I am one of the ministers here in the hospital. I wanted to drop by and see how you were doing today.

 

Patient: Well, that is mighty kind of you. Thank you for dropping by…

 

At this point the amiable and wonderful conversation we were having lasted about 5-6 minutes. All of a sudden he looked at me and said:

 

Patient: You sure are awfully young to be one of the “administrators” of the hospital. (I was 23 at the time!)

 

David: Oh I’m sorry. I am not one of the administrators, I am one of the “Ministers” here in the hospital.

 

Patient: Blank Stare!

 

David: Um… Um… Um… I am one of the “Chaplains” in the hospital.

 

Patient: Continued Blank Stare!

 

David: Um… Um… Um… I am one of the “Pastors” here in the hospital.

 

Patient: Triple dog dare blank stare!

 

David: Um… Um… Um… I am one of the “Preachers” here in…

 

Patient: Blurting out in a loud voice, “Oh! Now I know who you are!!!”

 

Ah, the beauty of the “aha” moment, when everything goes from the muddy waters of confusion to the crystal clear waters of clarity!

 

I love how Webster puts it:

 

Definition of epiphany

plural

epiphanies

  1. 1capitalized : January 6 observed as a church festival in commemoration of the coming of the Magi as the first manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles or in the Eastern Church in commemoration of the baptism of Christ
  2. 2: an appearance or manifestation especially of a divine being
  3. 3a (1) : a usually sudden manifestation or perception of the essential nature or meaning of something (2) : an intuitive grasp of reality through something (as an event) usually simple and striking (3) : an illuminating discovery, realization, or disclosure b : a revealing scene or moment

 

Tomorrow is the day of Epiphany!

 

What “aha” moments did you have in 2016?

 

What “aha” moments will you discover in 2017?

 

I have been reading through the book of John this week and I have had an amazing amount of epiphanies, “illuminating discoveries”!

 

The epiphanies have been so profound in regards to Jesus, I have almost found myself blurting out in a loud voice,

“Oh! Now I know who you are!!!”

 

 

 

Grace and peace,

Laugh often and Fear not!
David!

 

Ps – SAVE THE DATE FOR MVPC – Sunday, March 29
th we will be celebrating our 25th
Anniversary! Make sure you will be there!

 

Pastor, Mountain View Presbyterian Church

8601 Del Webb Blvd.

Las Vegas, NV 89134

 

Cell: 832-585-3562
http://seeinggodatworkeveryday.com

www.mviewpc.org

Thursday’s Thoughts 12-29-16

the-myth-of-sisyphus-nicci-bedson

The last Thursday of 2016!

Here we go!!!

Has anyone ever accused you of being “insane”?!

Me too!
The definition of insanity has been described to me with these immortal words…

“Doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result.”

 

Such a strong definition reminds me of

the Greek mythological figure named Sisyphus who was condemned to repeat forever the same meaningless task of pushing a boulder up a mountain, only to see it roll down again, over and over and over again.
Evidently the word Sisyphus finds its root in the word “sisyphe” –

repetition of the same meaningless task.

 

Toward the end of WWII the story is told that the concentration camps in Germany were trying to conserve their bullets. In addition to trying to conserve, the camps were becoming overrun with prisoners. The leaders of the camp came up with a most brilliant and yet insidious plan to rid the camp of prisoners and yet at the same time conserve on their munitions.

A group of prisoners were told to move a very large mound of dirt from one side of the camp to the other side of the camp. Once the prisoners had accomplished the task they were told to once again move the mound of dirt back to its original location. This insane inducing “Sisyphean” task repeated itself over and over again until the prisoners, finding absolutely no meaning in their work, started throwing themselves into the electric fence that surrounded the camp only to be killed by electrocution on the spot.

Mission accomplished. Prisoner population reduced. Munitions conserved.

The Myth of Sisyphus lives on…

 

I am told of those who make New Year’s Resolutions only 8% actually follow through.

This speaks to just how difficult it is to make a change in our lives.

 

Will the Myth of Sisyphus live on in 2017 for you?

I am also told those who write down their goals for the New Year have a 42% chance of fulfilling them.

 

Jesus said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” (Revelation 21: 5)

 

It’s going to be a New Year in a few days.

Do you want the New Year to be just that – NEW?

Or…

Do you want 2017 to be the repeat of 2016 and 2015 and 2014…
Will the Myth of Sisyphus live on in 2017 for you?

 

Jesus said to write down these words – “Behold, I am making all things new…”

 

I am writing it down and looking forward to the New Year where new things, new achievements, new habits and new behaviors will allow the New Year to be filled with the promise of Jesus!

How about you?

 

Grace and peace,

Laugh often and Fear not!

David!

Pastor, Mountain View Presbyterian Church

8601 Del Webb Blvd.

Las Vegas, NV 89134

 

Cell: 832-585-3562
http://seeinggodatworkeveryday.com

www.mviewpc.org

Thursday’s Thoughts 12-22-16

mary-and-joseph

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!).

 

What if Mary and Joseph arrived a week, two weeks or even a month before the birth of the Newborn King?

What if they had kind of “set up shop” in the stable?

What if… (we don’t have enough time to pose all of the “what if” questions crossing my mind this morning…)

My bottom line question on the this Thursday before Christmas is…

What were Mary and Joseph doing two days before the birth of Jesus?

 

I can only speculate…

This is only conjecture…
This is pure fantasy thinking…

Here’s my best guess:

They had no cell phones (How smart am I!!!)
They had no computers…
They had no friends with them…
They had no family… (strange no family is mentioned in the Biblical account even though they were in Bethlehem for a census)

They had no home…

They had no job…

This list could go on and on… Let’s just stop now… You kind of get the idea of the number things they did not have.

 

But… (I love my “buts!”)

They had shelter…
They had food…

They had clothing…

and most importantly…
They had each other and they had God!

 

It’s the Thursday before Christmas…

I don’t know what you are doing,

I don’t know what you don’t have,

I don’t even know what you have,

But,

Perhaps you have someone you love and/or someone who loves you…

And better than that is the fact you have a God who has you…

 

So… today

I propose

You spend some time with the loved ones you have

And spend some time with the One who has you and holds you in the hollow of His hand

And maybe that alone would be all you need to “do” today

And maybe, just maybe that’s all Mary and Joseph were doing two days before the birth of the Newborn King…

 

 

Grace and peace,

Laugh often and Fear not!
David!

 

Ps – Christmas Eve services at MVPC (Mountain View Presbyterian Church) will be held at 4:00 (Contemporary), 6:00 (Traditional) and 10:00 (Communion will be served).

Invite a friend! Looking forward to seeing you! Merry Christmas!
Also, all year end giving will be credited toward your 2016 giving as long as all gifts are received by December 31

st and/or postmarked by December 31st

. Thank you for your generous contributions which helps spread the good news of the grace and love of Jesus!

 

Pastor, Mountain View Presbyterian Church

8601 Del Webb Blvd.

Las Vegas, NV 89134

 

Cell: 832-585-3562
http://seeinggodatworkeveryday.com

www.mviewpc.org

Thursday’s Thoughts 12-15-16

resized-love-came-down

Ten more days until Christmas!!

 

When was the last time you read the Christmas story from Luke’s perspective?

Well…

Here is it…

 

Luke 2 English Standard Version (ESV)

 

The Birth of Jesus Christ

 

2 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This was the first registration whenQuirinius was governor of Syria. 3 And all went to be registered, each to his own town. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. 6 And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. 7

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.

 

The Shepherds and the Angels

 

8 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,

14

“Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”

15 When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger.17 And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. 18 And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. 20

And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

21

And at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

 

There are two fascinating verbs describing Jesus which are both used twice.

Let me give you a minute to find them.

 

 

 

 

 

Found them?

 

Here they are:

1. Wrapped
  1. lying/laid (same root verb)

 

Here they are in context:

  1. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger…
  2. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger…

 

Here’s the Thursday Thought for the Day in relation to this amazing, insightful, clever, and mind blowing observation:

 

Wrapped presents don’t move, they just lie there…

 

A wrapped Jesus won’t move either. He will just lie there as well.

But…

But, what happens if you unwrap Jesus?

 

Get ready to move!

Jesus is on the move to shake and bake, bless the distressed, comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable!

 

Maybe that’s why so many people leave Jesus securely wrapped… under the tree…away in a manger…where He cannot move… where He will just lie there and look adorable…from afar…

 

Jesus…

Wrapped or Unwrapped?
Ball is in your court…

 

 

Grace and peace,

Laugh often and Fear not!
David!

 

Pastor, Mountain View Presbyterian Church

8601 Del Webb Blvd.

Las Vegas, NV 89134

 

Cell: 832-585-3562
http://seeinggodatworkeveryday.com

www.mviewpc.org

Thursday’s Thoughts 12-8-16

I received another letter this week…

 

This one is from my friend Patrick Hill in Uganda.

 

It has really thrown me and Julie for a loop.

My concern is that it will probably throw you for a loop too…
I will share it with you on Sunday.

 

Meanwhile, exciting happenings around the church…

 

Sunday, December 11th:

 

8:30 and 10:30 am – Children’s Pageant! Lighting of the Joy candle on the Advent Wreath

 

10:30 am – Celebrating the Sacrament of Baptism for Cole Hudson Vanderwerf, son of Mike and Amy Vanderwerf (Grandson of Tracy Vanderwerf).

 

Scripture: Revelation 21: 1-5

Sermon Title: All Things New (Finishing up the “The Bible in 90 Days”)

 

3:00 pm – The DIY Messiah presented by the combined choirs of Mountain View Presbyterian Church and the Green Valley Presbyterian Church with orchestra

 

5:00 pm – Annual Christmas Dinner in the Fellowship Hall (Tickets required)

 

Thursday, December 15th:

 

7:00 pm – Service of Solace – A time to remember, celebrate, mourn and honor those we grieve. The Service of Solace takes place in the Sanctuary

 

 

Please don’t forget our Christmas Eve schedule!
This year, Christmas Eve falls on December 24th!!

We will hold three worship service opportunities – 4:00, 6:00 and 10:00 pm (Communion at 10:00 pm)

 

Theme of the day for Christmas Eve – In the word “Christmas” you can find three words which are straightforward and are not jumbled up. These three words will change your life! Be there!

 

Sunday, December 25th – Christmas Day! Merry Christmas!! –

 

10:00 am – One worship service on Christmas Day

 

Sunday, January 1st – Happy New Year!

 

10:00 am – One worship service on New Year’s Day

 

And by the way…

That letter I received will be the topic of our sermon on Sunday! It’s a doozy…

 

Grace and peace,

Laugh often and Fear not!
David!

 

Pastor, Mountain View Presbyterian Church

8601 Del Webb Blvd.

Las Vegas, NV 89134

 

Cell: 832-585-3562
http://seeinggodatworkeveryday.com

www.mviewpc.org

Thursday’s Thoughts 12-1-16

hands-of-grace

 

I received this letter earlier in the week from a high school friend of mine from Orange, California…

November 29, 2016

The Reverend David W. Dendy
8601 Del Webb Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89134

Dear David,
I don’t know if you remember me or not but this is YdNed DiVad. You used to call me Yid the Kid. That nickname has carried with me all my life. Thanks David!
I moved to Orange from the old country in 5th grade and we had Mr. Smith together along with Doug Fields and Felicia Beatty. Do you remember them?

Anyway, for some odd reason you came to my mind the other day and I set out on a search to find you. There you were on Facebook. I googled you and there you were again. A pastor? Really? You? You were always a nice guy and I can see you as a pastor. The pastor at my church is kind of crazy, so I can see where you might fit that mold. LOL!

I looked at your website and see that you are teaching on Grace this upcoming weekend. That is what really served as the impetus for my writing. I know that we have not communicated in over 35 years since we graduated from Orange High together back in 1981. I hope you will indulge me as I tell you about my best friend in the whole wide world. Her name is Grace Charis. Do you remember her? She was in the same class as us. She went to California Elementary School, Yorba Junior High School and Orange High School with us. Do you remember her?
Let me tell you about her, in case you have forgotten who she was.

When I moved to Orange our family moved to Elizabeth Drive. We were the 8th house on the left off of Shaffer Street and Grace’s house was next door. She was house number seven. Manicured lawn, beautiful roses and the tall magnolia tree whose bloom was so fragrant always greeted me when I walked past her home. Cars were always parked in the garage, never in the driveway which had a nice gentle slope up from the street.
The Charis family were great neighbors. Mom and Dad were Ruth and Joseph respectively but we always called them Mr. and Mrs. Charis. One time I called him Joe and he gave me a squint like Clint (Eastwood) and scared me so bad even to this day I call him Mr. Charis with sincere deference. Their two sons who were a few years older than me were Joshua and Timothy. Two very strong biblical names they lived up to with their fierce competitiveness in sports and yet very gentle in the way they would play with us younger kids on the block. Both tall and strapping they were the envy of every young boy as the girls were always gazing at them and wanted to be in their presence. Smart, respectful, Godly, and kind in every way the Charis brothers were the talk of the block and had the respect of every parent, kid, teacher and adult.

And then there was Grace.

Oh Grace. She was the youngest of the Charis kids and protected by her older brothers Joshua and Timothy. Hurt Grace and you were in for a hurtin’. Be nice to Grace and you were in. Be mean to Grace and you were out. When the brothers weren’t around you had to be careful of the over protectiveness of Mr. Charis. And when Mr. Charis wasn’t around well then, Mrs. Charis was always close by.

Attractive, I guess as attractive as a mom could be back then, nice, great cook – she always made the best oatmeal cookies with raisins, just the way I like them. Her eyes were warm and deep brown and the way she would raise just one eyebrow at an extreme angle would always catch me off guard. If I said something that didn’t make sense she would stop, cock her head, look at me and then the eyebrow would go up. It wasn’t scolding, it wasn’t demeaning, it was more of an invitation, a moment for you to clarify yourself, rethink your position or just shut up and be quiet.

Smocked in her apron which always adorned her dress, I never did see Mrs. Charis in pants or jeans or even shorts for that matter. Hair up, I don’t think I ever saw it down, gentle smile, warm voice that always spoke encouraging words she was the favorite mom on the block. On the warm summer days, lemonade was her specialty. She was the quintessential lady. Warm, fresh baked oatmeal cookies on the tray, Lemonade in the tall glass pitcher, all were welcomed at the Charis home. She was the next best thing to Mrs. Cleaver.

Forgive my digression… back to Grace.

Everyone loved Grace. There were 13 of us kids on the block and six of us were about the same age, four boys and two girls. Three on three basketball, three on three football, three on three whiffle ball, kick the can, freeze tag, flashlight tag, hide and seek, riding bikes, swimming in the pool in my backyard, doing cannon balls and flips off the diving board and throwing the Frisbee were our seasonal activities.
Of the two girls Grace was always picked first for the teams. She was a boy’s girl. Athletic, fast runner, competitive like her older brothers, she could mix it up with the best of us boys. She was a little taller than I was in elementary school, but then again most girls were. Don’t call Grace a tom-boy though. Like her mother, Grace could give you a look that would make you rethink, reconsider or simply redact your previous positional statement.

Grace was cute. Short hair in a pixie cut that was never longer than touching her shoulders. Light brown hair that shimmered and shined bright in the Southern California sun, freckly face, brown, almost black eyes that drew you in and a smile that was wide and bright, all which looked so appropriate on her dark olive skin that tanned so easily.

But what was most striking about Grace were her hands. The Hands of Grace.

Over the years the strangest thing about the hands of Grace was that they always fit into my hands just perfectly. They were never too big, nor were they ever too small for my hands. They seemed to grow with me, never oversized, never undersized.

Always with fingernails painted and polished the hands of Grace were always open as if in a receiving position. Never once did I ever see a clinched fist. The hands of Grace never hit or slapped anyone or anything. Oh, but how they could pat.

In times of personal failure, during the time my parents divorced, there was Grace with her hands open to receive and give a hug. In the midst of my tears of sadness, the hands of Grace would pat my back, stroke my hair, rub my shoulders, cup my face, dry my tears, hold my hands ever so gently and squeeze my forearms with great strength that offered the security of a friend that would never abandon, would always remain by my side.

The hands of Grace never demanded my perfection. Never required me to be perfect. Were always open to receive me just as I am, never as I should have been. It was as if there was nothing I could do to make Grace love me more and there was nothing I could do to make Grace love me less. Grace was always there. The hands of Grace were always there to affirm, encourage, confirm, forgive and accept. She was so consistent over the years. I could always count on Grace.

David, over the years the saddest thing happened. I took for granted the hands of Grace.

Grace was always around. Always there. Always available. Always…

And my heart began to wander. In the most bizarre twist of feelings, I began to believe I didn’t deserve the grace of Grace. I wanted to earn my love. I wanted to take credit for my successes. I needed better defined boundaries. I needed the absolutes. Grace’s world had too many colors, I began to prefer black or white with no gray for things that were in between.

Grace and I went steady for years. All the way through high school. But then I went away to college and then my hands let go of the hands of Grace for over 16 years. I even got married and I loved my new life of absolutism. Knowing exactly what was right and what was wrong. Drawing well defined lines and knowing who was on my side and who was not. The cause and effect of such absolutism filled me up with self-righteousness. I knew what was right and when I did what was wrong there was always someone close by who was glad to tell me and point out my faults and deficiencies. I was glad to tell others of their deficiencies. I loved being held “accountable” and holding others accountable and this kind of sick cycle went on for 16 years before the whole charade came tumbling down.

I got divorced and where were the hands of Grace when I needed them? I felt the sting of the slap of solitude, I felt the punch in the stomach of the clenched fists of fundamentalism, I suffered the abandonment of friends letting go of my hands never to hold my hands again. I felt the backhanded smacks of friends who were so disgusted, so disappointed, so mad at my failure that their look alone into my eyes turned my broken heart to stone.

Oh David, how I longed for the hands of Grace.

And then the day arrived. It was a party. A gathering of church friends and there she was. Brown hair still shimmering and shining, the deep brown almost black eyes and that dark tan. But the thing my mind wondered the most about were her hands. Did they look the same? Have they changed?

Our eyes met, she tilted her head and she looked like her mother for just a moment and I was wondering if she was going to tilt her eyebrow at me. But the creases surrounding her mouth began to increase and her smile was as wide and bright as ever and it seemed that she floated over to me and then she reached out, and with her arm extended, her gait came to a stop and I looked down and there they were… the hands of Grace.
I thought my heart would burst. I thought the hands of Grace had been lost forever and right there before my wide open eyes were the hands of Grace… Open, warm to the touch, receptive, strong and soft all at once, fingernails painted and polished and before I knew what I was doing I reached out and grabbed her hands and our fingers interlocked and her hand was not too big or too small, it was just right!! Like it always was.
We began to talk, awkwardly at first, there was just so much to catch up on. I didn’t want to let go of her hands and she didn’t, wouldn’t, perhaps couldn’t let go of mine. As we conversed it was as if she simply met me where I was and I never felt so secure and at peace in my whole life.

Long story short David, we married later that year and I have been holding on to the hands of Grace ever since. I can’t tell you how many times I have stumbled, tripped and fallen since we married, but with each misstep, with each” two steps forward one step back” I find the hands of Grace catching me, supporting me, steadying me, holding on to me in a way that assures, and affirms.
Today my heart soars, my mind rests, my body relaxes, my soul rejoices… all because of the hands of Grace.

I saw your reservation for the 35th reunion on Facebook. I was looking forward to seeing you at the 35th reunion this past summer. For some reason, you weren’t able to make it. You mentioned something about being in Hawaii.

It’s been a long time and I doubt much has changed since we last saw each other on that warm June afternoon when we received our diplomas in 1981.
But one thing has changed David. Yes, my hair color has changed, my weight has changed and my sense of style has changed, but what has changed the most David are my hands.

Once calloused, once rough to the touch, once judgmental and cynical, once clenched closed, just wait until you see them for what they are today… open, warm to the touch, receptive and yet reaching out.
You see… the more I held hands with Grace, the more our hands rubbed together, the more our fingers interlocked, the more my heart was touched by the hands of Grace… well… the more I became like Grace.
Now… my hands get to hold other’s hands,
now… my hands get to soften other’s hands,
now… my hands of grace get to be graceful and gracious toward others.

My hands, my very life would not be the same without Grace, without the touch and the love of the hands of Grace.
I cannot wait for you to meet her David.
With the Hands of Grace,

Yid the Kid
YdNed DiVad

(Editor’s Note to the reader… You all know who YdNed DiVad is… It’s simply David Dendy spelled backwards… And this is my creative and yet true story of God’s grace in my life…
The Hands of Grace are a beautiful thing to hold and behold…)

Grace and peace,
Laugh often and Fear not!
David!

Pastor, Mountain View Presbyterian Church
8601 Del Webb Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89134

Cell: 832-585-3562
http://seeinggodatworkeveryday.com
www.mviewpc.org

Thursday’s Thoughts 11-24-16

thanksgiving
It’s the fourth Thursday of the month of November!
You know what that means….
THANKSGIVING!!
I give great thanks for all of you! How blessed am I…
I thought I would share with you the text of the Proclamation which set this day apart 153 years ago… Here you go….
Washington, D.C.
October 3, 1863
By the President of the United States of America.
A Proclamation.
The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequalled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union. In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the United States the Eighty-eighth.
By the President: Abraham Lincoln
William H. Seward,
Secretary of State
Grace and peace,
Laugh often and Fear not!
David!
Pastor, Mountain View Presbyterian Church
8601 Del Webb Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89134
Cell: 832-585-3562
www.mviewpc.org

Thursday’s Thoughts 11-17-16

blackboard-priorities
One more week until Thanksgiving!!

I love this time of the year as the weather cools, the shadows get longer as the days get shorter.

Anticipation fills the air as the season of Thanksgiving, Christmas and the New Year are quickly approaching.

It’s going to be busy for the next 50 days.

Let me encourage you to stop right now and think about what you value most during this time of the year.

Friends?

Family?

Food?

Football?

Faith?

Next, take a look at your calendar…

Does your calendar reflect what you value?

Typically what happens when January 5th arrives we all sit down on the couch and exhaustingly say, “Whew, I sure am glad that’s over with…”

Here’s a great tip…

Don’t prioritize your schedule.

Schedule your priorities.

By scheduling your priorities, we can all have a more holistic and healthy approach not only to the holidays but also to life!

I hope worship this Sunday is one of your priorities.

I know it is for me!

I’ve got it scheduled…

As we continue our 90 Day trek through the Bible, this Sunday we will take a look at the prophet Haggai and how we can get our priorities in line.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! (Psalm 100: 4)

Grace and Peace,

Laugh often and Fear not!

David!

An important ps…

If you haven’t had an opportunity to schedule your priority of giving back to God through our Annual “Fearless Generosity” Stewardship Campaign, please take some prayerful time to consider your 2017 financial pledge to MVPC. Pledge cards are available at the church.

If you have already done so, Thank you thank you thank you!!!

Pastor, Mountain View Presbyterian Church

8601 Del Webb Blvd.

Las Vegas, NV 89134

Cell: 832-585-3562
http://seeinggodatworkeveryday.com

www.mviewpc.org

 

Thursday’s Thoughts 11-10-16

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“Dem bones, Dem bones, Dem dry bones…

Now hear the word of the Lord”

 

The great African-American Spiritual “Dem Bones” describes the scene of the Valley of the Dry Bones which Ezekiel envisioned.

Ezekiel is confronted by a valley of dry bones while the Lord asks a most fascinating question, “Can these bones live?”

I love Ezekiel’s answer, “O Lord God, you know.” Perhaps a more modern phrase might say, – “God only knows!”

 

Ezekiel speaks the word of the Lord to the dry bones and in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye the rattling of bones begin a rhythmic cadence as the bones start connecting together

Toe bone connected to the foot bone

Foot bone connected to the heel bone

Heel bone connected to the ankle bone

Ankle bone connected to the shin bone

 

You get the idea…

Before long a whole army of people stand before Ezekiel, clothed in sinews, muscles and flesh.

And there they stand…

Motionless…
Lifeless…

Heartless…

Emotionless…
Spiritless..
Laughless…
Tearless…

Hopeless…

Empty, void of all things living…

 

Until…

Until…
Ezekiel speaks the word of the Lord and the word of the Lord breathes life into them.
And in an instant the lifeless army is as alive as you are sitting there reading this post.

 

A prophecy for the people of Israel who claim their bones are dry and their future is hopeless, the Lord God Almighty says, “Not so fast!”

And with one breath of the Lord the people come alive.

 

Feeling hopeless?

Feeling emotionless?
Tired?

 

As the ol’ African American spiritual proclaims,

“Now hear the word of the Lord…”

And begin to come alive, breathe deep, live fully, laugh often and fear not…

For you have the breath of the living God flowing through you.

 

“And I will put my Spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land.

Then you shall know that I am the Lord; I have spoken, and I will do it, declares the Lord.”

(Ezekiel 37. 14)

 

May God “speak life” into you this day and may God use you, like Ezekiel, to speak life into the hearts and lives of those you meet…

 

 

Grace and peace,

Laugh often and Fear not!
David!

 

Pastor, Mountain View Presbyterian Church

8601 Del Webb Blvd.

Las Vegas, NV 89134

 

Cell: 832-585-3562
http://seeinggodatworkeveryday.com

www.mviewpc.org

Thursday’s Thoughts 11-3-16

cubs-w-flag

Finally!

The Chicago Cubs can “Fly the W” as the winner of the 2016 World Series!

Congratulations as the longest drought in championship history is now over.

 

Last night, during the epic Cubs-Indians game 7, there was much discussion from all the broadcasters on one subject and one subject alone: Managing

 

Should Joe Maddon, manager of the Chicago Cubs have used a certain pitcher in the previous game? Who should Terry Francona, manager of the Cleveland Indians substitute for certain players?

Will Maddon put in this pitcher or that pitcher in the next inning? Will Francona pitch to this batter or intentionally walk that batter?
The second guessing, the analysis, the evaluation and the judgment of the managers last night by the broadcasters was endless.

Endless of course until the Cubs secured the victory and were able to “Fly the W!” (A tradition when the Cubs win a game is to fly a flag with the letter W on it)

 

Interesting how the Owners of each respective team were rarely, if ever mentioned.

Honestly, I cannot even tell you who the owners are of each team.

 

The focus of the conversation was on the Managers.

 

This Sunday, November 6
th
, is Stewardship Sunday at MVPC where we, as a congregation will have the honor, privilege, joy and blessing of offering to God our 2017 financial commitment card as an act of worship.
God, the owner of this world and all of creation and Lord of our lives and hearts has entrusted all these aforementioned items into our care as “Managers.”

 

We are not the owners!

We are the managers!

 

God has provided us with all the necessities of life as the owner.

How will we be “stewards”? In other words, how will we be managers of said resources?

 

Do we manage life or does life manage us?

Do we manage our finances or do our finances manage us?
Do we manage God or does God manage us?

 

Here is what I have learned over the years about being a “Steward” (Manager) of God’s resources…

 

  1. It is better to give than receive (very scriptural – Acts 20: 35)
  2. Giving back to God 10% of my income (tithing) has been the best managerial decision of my life. (Gen. 14: 19-20 / Gen. 28: 20-22 / Malachi 3: 10-12 / Hebrews 7: 1-2)
  3. God can do more with my 90% than I can do with my 100%. (See number 2) When I keep all the money to myself, I always seem to run out. When I give away 10% God always stretches my 90% in to more than enough.
  4. Malachi 3:10 – “Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.” It is the only place in all of scripture where God says, “Test me…” Let me encourage you to put God to the test and give 10% and watch the blessings pour down!
  5. “Give until it hurts” – We have all heard this line before. Here is the truth I have experienced – The only time I hurt is when I don’t give. I have never hurt by giving of my resources, my time, my talents and my energies.
  6. Giving is a great way to be “God-like.” John 3: 16 – For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him will not perish but have everlasting life.

 

I could go on and on…

 

Let me encourage you to pray and after praying, be bold.

As our Stewardship Theme has been this fall, let us be “Fearlessly Generous” in our commitment to God and watch God pour out blessings which will simply and profoundly take our breath away…

 

As a church, as a community of faith, as a body of believers let’s do one thing this Sunday

 

FLY THE W!!

 

Grace and peace,

Laugh often and Fear not!

David!

 

 

Pastor, Mountain View Presbyterian Church

8601 Del Webb Blvd.

Las Vegas, NV 89134

 

Cell: 832-585-3562
http://seeinggodatworkeveryday.com

www.mviewpc.org

Thursday’s Thoughts 10-27-16

2betterthan1

 

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?

 

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…

That’s it!
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!
David!

 

Pastor, Mountain View Presbyterian Church

8601 Del Webb Blvd.

Las Vegas, NV 89134

 

Cell: 832-585-3562
http://seeinggodatworkeveryday.com

www.mviewpc.org

Thursday’s Thoughts 10-20-16

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When was the last time you tried an experiment?

 

When was the last time you tried an experiment on the 20
th
of October?

 

Think of this experiment as a prescription…

 

A prescription for what, you may ask…

 

A prescription to cure a veritable plethora of ailments!

Without arguing with one another, how about try the experiment as prescribed and then you tell me what ailments are cured.

 

Here’s the prescription:

 

Read Psalm 23 five times a day for seven days… (very simple!)

Fine Print – Do not read it five times in a row. If your doctor prescribed for you to take a medication five times a day, you wouldn’t take all five pills at breakfast. (Would you?) Try reading the 23
rd
Psalm twice in the morning, twice in the afternoon and once in the evening (or whatever way you would like to divide it up – just spread it out).

 

Do this for one week, seven days, 168 hours and then let me know what ailments it has cured for you.

I do believe this is one of the best experiments and most holistic prescriptions you will ever take…

 

Here’s Psalm 23 for you:

 

The Lord Is My Shepherd

 

A Psalm of David.

 

23

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

2

He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.

3

He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.

 

4

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.

 

5

You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.

6

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
forever.

 

This Sunday at MVPC (Mountain View Presbyterian Church), we will be taking an in-depth look at the famous Psalm which assures us with this opening line: The Lord is my Shepherd.

 

See you Sunday!

 

Grace and peace,

Laugh often and Fear not!
David!

 

Pastor, Mountain View Presbyterian Church

8601 Del Webb Blvd.

Las Vegas, NV 89134

 

Cell: 832-585-3562
http://seeinggodatworkeveryday.com

www.mviewpc.org

Thursday’s Thoughts 10-13-16

nehemiah

I was recently visiting with a very good friend of mine who was sharing with me what life was like 18 years ago…

 

“David, I will never forget May of 1998. I was lying on the floor of the guest bedroom of a friend of mine who had offered me a room to live in. I had lost my job, lost my career, lost my home and lost my family. I was lying there curled up into the fetal position crying my eyes out. I thought to myself, ‘I was voted Most Likely to Succeed in High School’… What a joke! Look at me now…”

 

What happens when the walls of our life fall down?

What happens when that in which we found security, safety, refuge, strength, love and care comes a tumbling down all around us?

 

We don’t have to look too far to see how we rebuild the walls of our lives through the example and model of Nehemiah.

 

Come check out this Sunday at MVPC (Mountain View Presbyterian Church) where we will look at how to rebuild the walls of our lives!

See you there!

 

By the way…

 

You know my friend…

 

His name is….

 

David Dendy!
“… Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, and we will no longer be in disgrace.”
(Nehemiah 2:17)

Grace and peace,

Laugh often and Fear not!
David!

 

Pastor, Mountain View Presbyterian Church

8601 Del Webb Blvd.

Las Vegas, NV 89134

 

Cell: 832-585-3562
http://seeinggodatworkeveryday.com

www.mviewpc.org

Thursday’s Thoughts 10-6-16

davids-face

 

I love my name!
Do you?

My namesake is David…

David, son of Jesse…

Shepherd boy
Slayer of Goliath

King David

Slayer of ten thousands…
Fugitive
Adulterer

Psalm writer

 

I love my name…

Do you?

 

David went through a number a “spiritual heart check ups!”

When was the last time you went through a check up of the heart?

 

This Sunday we will take a look at David and his heart…

 

“For the Lord sees not as man sees;

man looks on the outward appearance,

but the Lord looks on the heart.” (1 Samuel 16: 7)

 

Grace and peace,

Laugh often and Fear not!
David!

 

Pastor, Mountain View Presbyterian Church

8601 Del Webb Blvd.

Las Vegas, NV 89134

 

Cell: 832-585-3562
http://seeinggodatworkeveryday.com

www.mviewpc.org

Thursday’s Thoughts 9-29-16

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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.

I am worried I am going to drown in a rain storm while living in Las Vegas.

I am worried I am going to die in a wing suit flying over the Swiss Alps at speeds exceeding 185 miles per hour.

I am worried I am not going to get the lead role in the next Jack Reacher movie.

I am worried about my upcoming tryout with the Golden State Warriors basketball team. I am worried Steph Curry won’t return my phone calls even though we are best friends because we went to the same college.

Please don’t pray for me.

Please worry for me!!!

 

I once knew a lady who told me she worried about everything. After a bit of pressing, I made the statement, “None of the things you worry about happen…”

Her response was an instant classic… “Exactly!!! That’s why I worry about everything! So it won’t happen!”

 

In all seriousness, worry robs the body, the mind and the heart of joy and peace. Worrying leads to high stress, depression, the speeding up of the aging process and a debilitating effect on our physical bodies.

 

Are you a Worrier?

I thought I would share some quotes on worry for us today…

 

“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.”
– Leo F. Buscaglia

 

“Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.”
– Swedish Proverb

 

“If you want to test your memory, try to recall what you were worrying about one year ago today.”
– E. Joseph Cossman

 

“People become attached to their burdens sometimes more than the burdens are attached to them.”
– George Bernard Shaw

 

“Our fatigue is often caused not by work, but by worry, frustration and resentment.”
– Dale Carnegie

 

“If you ask what is the single most important key to longevity, I would have to say it is avoiding worry, stress and tension. And if you didn’t ask me, I’d still have to say it.”
– George F. Burns

 

“When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened.”
– Winston Churchill

 

“Worry is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.”
– Arthur Somers Roche

 

“That the birds of worry and care fly over your head, this you cannot change, but that they build nests in your hair, this you can prevent.”
– Chinese Proverb

 

“Worry is like a rocking chair: it gives you something to do but never gets you anywhere”
– Erma Bombeck

 

“There is a great difference between worry and concern. A worried person sees a problem, and a concerned person solves a problem.”
– Harold Stephen

 

“People get so in the habit of worry that if you save them from drowning and put them on a bank to dry in the sun with hot chocolate and muffins they wonder whether they are catching a cold.”
– John Jay Chapman

 

“The reason why worry kills more people than work is that more people worry than work.”
– Robert Frost

 

“I never worry about action, but only about inaction.”
– Winston Churchill

 

Of course my favorite two quotes on Worrying are as follows:

 

Do not be

anxious

about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

The Apostle Paul

(Philippians 4: 6)

 

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27

Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Jesus

(Matthew 6: 25-34)

 

 

This Sunday we look at Gideon as we continue our 90-day trek through the Bible.

Gideon went from being a Worrier to a Warrior…
Will you do the same?

 

 

Grace and peace,

Laugh often and Fear not!
David!

 

Pastor, Mountain View Presbyterian Church

8601 Del Webb Blvd.

Las Vegas, NV 89134

 

Cell: 832-585-3562
http://seeinggodatworkeveryday.com

www.mviewpc.org

Thursday’s Thoughts 9-22-16

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It’s THURSDAY!!! I had a conversation today with someone this morning which replicated a conversation you have probably had a thousand times. Me: Good morning! How are you?You: Oh, can’t complain…
Me: Yeah, it doesn’t do any good. No one listens. No one cares!You: (Laughter) – Yep, pretty much… So… Let me offer this:”Good morning!
Welcome to Thursday’s Thoughts. How are you?
I am listening and I do care…”

 

Listen to this little synopsis of the book of Exodus…

The Hebrew people were enslaved for 400 years in Egypt.
Moses, called by God demands of Pharaoh (King of Egypt), “Let my people go!”

Pharoah says no nine times in a row, despite nine plagues utterly destroying the whole country, except where the Hebrew people are living.

The tenth plague, killing of all first born, is just too much for Pharaoh and he lets the people go.

 

The Hebrew people are then chased by the Egyptians across the Red Sea, which Moses has parted, and then the sea comes crashing down on the pursuing Egyptian army, setting the Hebrew people finally and ultimately free.

 

They are now on to the Promised Land!

Not too long into the journey, guess what?

The people began to complain, grumble, grouse, whine!

“Oh we had it so much better back in Egypt where we could eat vegetables… (Seriously? How much better could that be?!!)

 

Moses, the leader of the people, now had to deal with about 600,000 complaining people.

As we are wont to sometimes say, “Bless his heart!”

 

Here’s a definition of the verb “Complain”

 

com·plain

 

kəmˈplān/

verb

  1. express dissatisfaction or annoyance about a state of affairs or an event.

“local authorities complained that they lacked sufficient resources”

synonyms: protest, grumble, whine, bleat, carp, cavil, grouse, make a fuss;

state that one is suffering from (a pain or other symptom of illness)

“her husband began to complain of headaches”

state a grievance

“they complained to the Pastor about his hair, his shorts and his windy, long sermons”

I do believe there is nothing inherently wrong with a legitimate “complaint.”

Where is the line between “complaining” and “whining”?

Here’s a definition of “whining”

whine

[hwahyn, wahyn]

verb (used without object), whined, whining.

  1. to utter a low, usually nasal, complaining cry or sound, as from uneasiness, discontent, peevishness, etc.:

The puppies were whining from hunger.

  1. to snivel or complain in a peevish, self-pitying way:

He is always whining about his problems.

 

In the Dendy family we have a saying which we say to our children as illustrated in the cartoon below…

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Of course, Julie and I as the adults get a big kick out of this.

Of course, Faith and Joshua as the children, do not!

 

Do you know of people who are “Whiners”?

People who have perfected the language of “Whinese”?

 

My wife Julie, used to work for a consulting company whose policy was the following:
“Do not offer a complaint without offering a solution to solve that which you are complaining about.”

 

Basically, the company was smartly and wisely saying, “Don’t whine and be a part of the problem. Get involved and become an active part of the solution.”

 

Inactive, Monday morning quarterbacking, passive aggressive, distant complaining is simply and profoundly just “whining”!

 

Here’s the real ending to the story of the Hebrew people wandering in the desert for 40 years.

The whiners and the complainers never saw the Promised Land.

 

I don’t know about you, but I want to see the Promised Land!

I love the Apostle Paul’s advice to the Philippians whom he wanted to see reach the Promised Land:

“Do all things without complaining and disputing, 15 that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, 16 holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.” (Philippians 2: 14-15)

 

See you Sunday!

I’ll be speaking English

because I don’t speak Whinese…

 

Grace and peace,

Laugh often and Fear not!
David!

 

Pastor, Mountain View Presbyterian Church

8601 Del Webb Blvd.

Las Vegas, NV 89134

 

Cell: 832-585-3562
http://seeinggodatworkeveryday.com