Thursday’s Thoughts from Pastor David Dendy

Thursday’s Thoughts 7-19-18

 

Happy Thursday to you!
Novak Djokovic just won the Gentlemen’s Tennis Championship at Wimbledon on Sunday!
France just won the World Cup on Sunday!
Jordan Spieth just finished at 1 over at the Open Championships at Carnoustie, Scotland today! (The British Open)
And I am just six days removed from officiating the memorial service for a three year old little boy named Zachary who drowned in his backyard pool.
That reality weighs much heavier on my heart and mind than the aforementioned sporting events.
 
This Sunday I am preaching on the following verse from the 23rd Psalm:
“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.” (Psalm 23: 4)

 
I don’t know if you are aware of this fascinating fact.
You have something in common with every other person who is living and has lived on the planet earth.
You and I are going to die.
Each of us reading this note today will one day face walking “through the valley of the shadow of death.”
Even though David, the Psalmist states, “I will fear no evil” in regards to walking through the valley of the shadow of death, I cannot help but wonder if we will or if we do “fear.”
 
I have witnessed many other types of deaths in my ministry…
The death of faith
The death of relationships
The death of hope
The death of self-esteem and self-confidence
The death of joy
The death of purpose
The death of a marriage
The death of love
 
I am sure the list could keep on going…
I have personally experienced the aforementioned list myself.
How about you?
 
There’s one word from verse 4 in the 23rd Psalm which is easily overlooked…
“through”…
 
The good news, yes, the good news is these deaths we experience, we are fortunately by God’s great grace going “through” these deaths, as if going through a shadow.
And where there is a shadow, there is a Light!
The Light of Jesus!
 
The bad news, yes, the bad news is when we experience these deaths sometimes we get stuck in the shadow.
And being stuck in the darkened shadow we are unable or perhaps unwilling to move “through.”
 
Take stock today and look around…
Are you stuck in the muck?
Or?
Are you just passing “through?”
 
Whichever position you find yourself in, you can “fear not” because of this amazing trifecta:

  1. The Good Shepherd is with you
  2. The Good Shepherd’s rod of God’s word will guide you
  3. The Good Shepherd’s staff of the Holy Spirit will draw you close to God so you may walk through to the other side…

 
There is light, life, abundant life, and eternal life on the other side of the shadow!
 
Wherever I see you, be it
Approaching the Shadow
In the Shadow
Moving through the Shadow or
On the other side of the Shadow
 
Fear not!
You are in good company!
The Good Shepherd is with you…
 
 
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 7-12-18

 

 “He leads me in paths of righteousness, for his name’s sake.” (Psalm 23: 3)
 
Remember reading this classic poem by Robert Frost?
Check it out below…
 
The Road Not Taken 
By Robert Frost
 
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
 
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
 
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
 
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
 
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Jesus is known as the “Righteous One” (1 John 2: 1)
When I follow Jesus, He leads me down paths, byways, highways and roads less traveled by which are “righteous.”
He does so for “his name’s sake.”
His reputation and His name are at stake for which road He leads us on.
The “righteous one” cannot lead me down paths which are “unrighteous.”
If He did what would that suggest for “his name’s sake”?
 
Listen to what Jesus says:
“Enter through the narrow gate. 
For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction,

and many enter through it.
But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life,

and only a few find it.” (Matthew 7: 13-14)
 
Lots of roads will be diverging today for you to choose to travel upon.
Some will be broad and some will be narrow.
Some will be easy to take and some will be difficult to navigate.
 
Let me encourage you to let Jesus lead you through the narrow and less traveled road.
I do believe that will make all the difference!
 
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Ps: Please remember the Spendlove family in your prayers. On Saturday we will hold a memorial service for Zachary Spendlove, age three at 11:00 am in the Sanctuary at MVPC.
 
Pss: The Christmas in July meeting will take place upstairs in the Educational Wing on Saturday at 1:00 pm. 
This is a chance for anyone and everyone to meet and discuss ideas for decorating our entire church (inside and outside) for Christmas. We need people with woodworking, sewing, crafting, and deco-rating skills as well as great ideas. All ages are welcome!  After we get ideas, we can get groups going which will culminate on December 1 when we have an all church decorating “party.”
 
 
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 7-5-18

 

 The day after the 242nd birthday of the United States of America!
Last night I watched the “Red rockets red glare” and the “Bombs bursting in air”.
They “gave proof through the night, that our flag was still there”…
Two hundred and forty-two years later!
 
Last night I sang the “Star Spangled Banner” for the one millionth time…
I got chill bumps while singing, like I do EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.
A friend of mine shared this remembrance of her dad singing the Star Spangled Banner rather loudly at some event:
When I was young I would say “Dad, that’s embarrassing when you sing it that loud”. 
And he’d say “it’s embarrassing when you don’t “.

 
Last night, as I watched the fireworks my heart was moved to tears of joy as my mind drifted into imagining every community which has watched fireworks over the last 242 years celebrating our independence and freedom.
From the town squares in Georgia to the circle in Orange, California.
From the seascapes of Florida to the rocky beaches of Oregon.
From the plains of Texas to the lakes of Minnesota.
From the urban sprawls to the rural country villages and “one-stoplight” communities.
From the freeways to the highways.
From the Poconos to the Sierras.
From the wheat of Kansas to the corn in Iowa.
From the potatoes in Idaho to the quays of the Mississippi River.
From the mountains of Alaska to the Mall of Washington, D.C..
From the volcanoes of Hawaii to the granite of New Hampshire.
From the Grand Canyon of Arizona to the “Show Me” state of Missouri.
From shore to shore and from border to border,
The great people of the United States of America have been proclaiming, “Freedom!” for two hundred and forty-two years! 
Wow!
 
Last night, I came home and gazed at the ninety-five crosses which don our entry way wall.
Those ninety-five crosses have come from all over the world.
From Belfast to China.
From Jerusalem to Egypt.
From Nepal to Germany.
From Mexico to India.
From the Isle of Patmos to the island of New Zealand.
From Scotland, the home of Presbyterianism, to Guatemala.
As far as the east is from the west, that is how far those crosses have travelled.
 
Last night my heart was moved to tears of joy as my mind drifted into imagining every community which has looked at the Cross over the last 2,000 years celebrating our independence and freedom in Christ.
“For freedom, Christ has set us free.” (Galatians 5: 1)
Wow!
 
Freedom in the United States of America.
Freedom in Christ, the world wide.
May we take neither for granted!
 
 
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 6-28-18

 

 Can you picture it in your mind?

Art Garfunkel, high forehead, wild and wiry hair stretching in all directions, sitting on the piano bench, maybe he’s wearing jeans, donning a wide blue and white striped crew neck shirt, his hands ever so gently placed on the well-worn keys. He leans forward ever so slightly and begins to play the intro to the song you have heard a million times. You pause from whatever you are doing and your mind halts, shifts gears and takes you back however many years it is to the place where you first heard this song. Your heartbeat slows, your blood pressure lowers, and in a bizarre and peculiar way time stands still for just a nanosecond right as the intro comes to a close and you hear Art Garfunkel breathe out the words ever so softly and yet powerfully which you know by heart –
“When you’re weary, feeling small”…
You know this song by heart. Imperceptibly your mind gauges if there is anyone nearby, hoping and yearning for the opportunity to let these words become your own in song, out loud, allowing your heart to just “let it out, loud and proud!”

“When tears are in your eyes, I’ll dry them all
I’m on your side, oh, when times get rough
And friends just can’t be found”

And now comes the tagline… the line you have been patiently waiting for, the line you have used in context and out of context for the last forty-eight years, five months and twenty-eight days…
“Like a bridge over troubled water”

Not just any bridge. Not just some bridge. Not an “other” bridge. No. Heavens no!
YOU are the bridge. You were the bridge. And… You will always be the bridge! Not a passive bridge, but rather an active, living, breathing bridge that spans the troubled waters, not confined to geographical boundaries or borders… No! Wherever you are, you are the BRIDGE that will lay down…over the troubled water.
I will lay me down
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down…

 
It’s just You, Art, the piano and a cymbal as the rest of the world dissolves and disappears as you become the bridge over your friend’s, your family’s, and your neighbor’s troubled water.
This goes on for two verses… Just Art, the piano, the cymbal and You.
And then verse three arrives, like you knew it would. The crescendo is building. The song is about to explode. You can no longer contain yourself. Neither can the band! The drums kick in. The bass boosts. Even Paul Simon sidles up to the piano ready to let his harmony do just that… harmonize with Art’s melody… Here it comes and you know the beginning of the final verse…
“Sail on silver girl
Sail on by”

 
And now it is a runaway train of melody, harmony, music, chill bumps, drums, bass and you… Your memories, your feelings, your laughter, your tears, your hopes, your dreams, your failures, your successes, your “what if’s”, your “I should haves”, your regrets, your accomplishments… all wrapped up in a bundle as verse three hits the mountain top.
“Your time has come to shine
All your dreams are on their way
See how they shine
Oh, if you need a friend
I’m sailing right behind”

Yes and more Yes!
You need a friend?
I am sailing right behind. 
Don’t you fear.
I am right here… at the ready…
At the ready to lay down
Any time
Any where
Any how
Any who

I am ready to lay down
“Like a bridge over troubled water
I will ease your mind
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will ease your mind”

The last note is a high note…
A lasting note…
A promised note…
“I will ease your mind…like a bridge over troubled water.”
Thank you Paul Simon for writing…
Thank you Art Garfunkel for playing the piano and singing.
Thank you…
 
By the way…
This is Jesus writing and speaking to you today.
“Come to me all of you who labor and I will give you rest.”
“I will lead you beside and over the still waters”
I am the Bridge. 
I will always lay me down
To ease your mind
To relieve your guilt
To hold your heart
To accept your imperfections
To love you… always and forever.
Like a bridge
Over troubled waters
I will lay me down…
 
 
 
 
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 6-21-18

 

 The longest day of the year!!!
 
Extra, Extra, Extra Onions!
 
My first “paycheck” job was at the hamburger restaurant chain “Carl’s Jr.” founded by Cark Karcher back in the 1940’s (originally a Hot Dog stand), in Los Angeles.
 
It was the summer after my junior year in high school and there I was putting frozen hamburgers on the grill, submerging French fries into 48,000 degree grease, making burgers, running a cash register, cleaning the dining area. I had it going on! All the while wearing my ultra-cool “brown and orange” polyester uniform with the classic Carl’s Jr. hat.
 
One day, my friend Fred and I were in charge of making the hamburgers. The order came back, “Famous Star (name of one of the hamburgers), with extra, extra, extra onions!”
I asked the cashier, “Extra, extra, extra onions?” She vigorously nodded her head in the affirmative. I looked at Fred. Fred looked at me. No words needed to be exchanged. We were going to give this lady, EXTRA, EXTRA, EXTRA ONIONS!
 
And so we did… I bet we piled ten to twelve rings of large raw onions on this lady’s hamburger. The burger was “stacked” with the extra onions. We could barely get the wrapping around the burger it was piled so high.
We wrapped the burger, placed it on the tray along with the large fries and medium drink.
 
We looked on with a great deal of satisfaction as the lady who ordered extra, extra, extra onions picked up her tray and headed to the dining room.
About five minutes lady, the “extra, extra, extra onions” lady appeared at the counter with her “half-eaten” sandwich laying on the wide-open wrapper with a very discouraging and yet sheepish smile on her face. I asked her, “May I help you?”
Her reply made me and Fred laugh out loud…

“You forgot the hamburger!”
 
And sure enough… we had forgotten to place the hamburger on the bun!
What made Fred and I laugh even more was this lady had eaten half her sandwich before she realized there was no burger!
 
SeeingGodatWorkEveryDay..
How’s your day going so far today?
 
I am just wondering… are you so focused on the “onions’ of life, the “extras” of life, the “condiments” of life that you have forgotten to feast on the burger (the main thing) of life?
Happens to me all the time!
 
There’s an old saying, “Keep the main thing, the main thing.” Easier said than done.
 
I don’t know what the main thing is for you, but for me, it is “seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.” (Matthew 6: 33) and “loving one another.” (John 13. 34).
When I start focusing on all the “EXTRA, EXTRA, EXTRAS”, that is when I miss out on the burger of life and end up having nothing but a mouthful of bad breath…
 
Enjoy your burger today…
 
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 6-14-18

 

I am of the age where I grew up watching The Partridge Family (a Family Band) on my family’s RCA console TV.
The main star of The Partridge Family was David Cassidy who played Keith Partridge, a teenage idol and heartthrob, both on the TV show and in real life.
 
As a teenager I knew David Cassidy was popular, but until just the other night, I had no idea just how popular he was worldwide.
David Cassidy performed in front of six (count em – SIX) sold out shows at the famed Wembley Stadium in 1973, in one weekend, a feat which has never been matched.
 
In a three-year span from 1971-1973, David Cassidy appeared on the cover of Tiger Beat Magazine thirty-four (count em – 34) times.
A charismatic, talented, gifted singer and songwriter, Cassidy worked tirelessly for years, a trait he picked up from his Broadway, good looking, charismatic, talented and gifted singer father, Jack Cassidy.
 
My interest in David Cassidy reached a fever pitch this week as the documentary “David Cassidy: The Last Session” was aired on A&E TV this week.
My particular attraction to this documentary found its roots in two people who are not named David Cassidy.
 
John Marks is the Executive Producer of this tragic and yet touching documentary. John and I were classmates together at Davidson College. A gifted, smart, intelligent, sensitive, writer, actor with a great sense of humor elevated only by his sharp cutting sarcasm (a weapon only used when needed in extreme circumstances), John produces a film on David Cassidy worth watching and worthy of the lessons of life found therein.
 
Secondly, Teri Cotè is featured in the film as she has been David Cassidy’s drummer in his band for years.
About fifteen years ago one evening I boarded a plane heading back to Medford, Oregon (my home airport at the time). As I got ready to sit down on my preferred “aisle” seat, there in the window seat sat a striking young lady with blue jeans, black leather motorcycle boots, a leather vest with a tank top on underneath.  I thought to myself, “I don’t even know this lady and I can already tell, she is one cool chick.” I sat down and within seconds we introduced ourselves to one another and before I knew it, there I was sitting next to the drummer for David Cassidy. Teri is an amazing lady whose love and care for David Cassidy, along with her bandmates is overwhelmingly evident in documentary. By the way, Teri Cotè is the best drummer in the whole wide world!! I have been privileged and honored to stay in touch with Teri over the last fifteen years.
 
Both John and Teri are in the film. John as “The Producer.” Teri as “The Drummer.” My heart skipped a beat in seeing both of them on the TV screen! (Yes, I have always been a little starstruck with Hollywood!)
 
David Cassidy being Jack Cassidy’s son had it tough.

David’s meteoric rise in fame and popularity surpassed anything Jack could have dreamed for himself and David was a mere twenty-three years old.
As David Cassidy points out in the documentary, he only needed, desired, cherished, wanted one thing in life… His father’s blessing!
 
Even though David’s father died in 1976, and David would live for another forty-two years, he lived out the rest of his life trying to get his father’s blessing.
 
He never got it…
 
I was forty-three years old when I was taking my father back to the airport after a weekend of my children getting baptized.
I knew this moment was coming. 
My hands were sweating.
My heart was pounding.
My throat constricting.
 
Finally, I asked the question of my father, of which I had not known the answer for forty-three (count em – 43) years, “Dad, are you proud of me? I need to know. Because I am forty-three years old and I don’t know if you are proud of me.”
 
My dad’s response was quick and tender, “Oh son… Yes, David, I am very proud of you.”
 
Knowing firsthand my father’s blessing was like the weight of the universe being lifted off my shoulders!
 
My dad lived for another four and half years after that day we rode to the airport together. Much to his credit, for the rest of his life he ended every conversation with these words, “Son… I’m very proud of you!”
 
The scriptures tell us we are “blessed to be a blessing…”
On this Father’s Day weekend, I’m passing the blessing on down to my children.
How about we all do the same!
 
Not only will they live in peace…
They will rest in peace…
 

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 6-7-18

It’s the first Thursday of June!!
 
Do you remember how God made the world in six days?
 
Day 1: The heavens, the earth, light and darkness.
Day 2: Heaven
Day 3: Dry land, the seas, and vegetation.
Day 4: The sun, the moon and the stars.
Day 5: Living creatures in the water, birds in the air.
Day 6: Land animals and people.
 
Do you remember what God did on Day 7?
I’ll type it in here for you…
“So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done
in creation.” (Genesis 2: 3)
 
Do you remember the 10 Commandments?
Specifically, do you remember Commandment #4?
I’ll type it in here for you…
“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. 11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy. (Exodus 20: 8-11)
 
We keep the Sabbath holy by… Resting!
 
Do you remember what Jesus was recorded doing on the day before His triumphal entry in to Jerusalem on Palm Sunday?
I’ll type it in this box for you…
 
 
 
 
 
There’s nothing wrong with your computer…
You read it right.
Jesus did “NOTHING.” 
Jesus rested!
 
Do you remember as a kid, your parents or a friend telling you to do something.
Do you remember your response being, “Make me!”
I remember… unfortunately.
 
Do you remember the 23rd Psalm?
Do you remember the 2nd
 sentence?

I’ll type it in here for you…
“He makes me lie down in green pastures.” (Psalm 23. 2)
 
How’s your rest going these days?
How’s your sense of relaxation, keeping the Sabbath day Holy and taking time off?
 
I am wondering if the Good Shepherd (Jesus) is going to have to “make” you lie down in the green pastures of His rest, relaxation and respite.
Do you remember what true rest feels like?
I wish I could type it in here for you…
 
Rest in the green pastures…
Try it out!
It will make all the difference in the world!
 
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 5-31-18

 This Sunday we begin a summer sermon series on the 23rd Psalm…
 
Read this beautiful Psalm several times before Sunday and let the words, the imagery, the promises and the hope found therein sink deep into your soul…
 
The Lord Is My Shepherd
A Psalm of David.
23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
    He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
    for his name’s sake.
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.
You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
    all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
    forever.
 
Can’t wait to see you Sunday!
 
 
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 5-24-18

 

 For us in Las Vegas, today, Thursday, May 24th is the last day of school!!
Congratulations to all of our students for making it through another great year of school!
 
Have you ever thought about the meaning of the word  “Compare.”
Here’s the definition….
 
com·pare
kəmˈper/
verb

  1. estimate, measure, or note the similarity or dissimilarity between.

“individual schools compared their facilities with those of others in the area”

synonyms: contrast, juxtapose, collate, differentiate
“we compared the data sets”

 
If you didn’t know the exact definition as defined by the dictionary, you most certainly have felt its impact.
When we come out on “top”, comparison can feel great!
When we come out on the “short end of the stick”, comparison can sting worse than a hornet!
 
Have you dealt with being “compared” to some thing or some one lately?
Me too…
 
How are your vacation plans “compared” to all your Facebook friends?
How is your car “compared” to everyone else?
How is the shape of your body “compared” to all the models on TV?
How is your fashion “compared” to all those who attended the Royal wedding last Saturday?
How is your spirituality “compared” to mine?
 
That last question was a little unfair wasn’t it?
And that’s the point!
Comparison in our world is unfair, unjust, unreliable and frankly unreal!
 
Behind the vacation smiles and from behind the steering wheels we have no idea what kind of financial debt some people have placed themselves in to “have it all.”
No matter the shape of your body or the fashions you wear intended to cover up or show off your physical body, they will never cover up the internal emotional and mental scars some of us have been carrying around for years.
And when it comes to “spirituality”… don’t even get me started. 
No one and I mean no one knows fully the spiritual state of another human being.
 
And here comes the good news…
When we compare ourselves to God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit…
There is no comparison!
And that is exactly the point.
And that is exactly the joy!
There is no comparison. 
We are fully and completely and undeniably and unconditionally loved and accepted for who we are!
We are no longer held captive to the comparison of who we should be, who we ought to be, or even who we better be.
We just get to be…
You get to be you.
I get to be me.
 
In the great words of the late Brennan Manning – “Jesus comes to us and says, ‘I have a word for you… I dare you to trust that I love you just the way you are and not as you should be, because you’re never going to be as you should be.'”
 
God loves me…
God loves you…
There’s no comparison!
 
“Jesus loves me this I know.
For the Bible tells me so.
Little ones to him belong,
They are weak, but He is strong!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me…
For the Bible tells me so…”
 
 
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 5-17-18

 

Remember this fun game as a child?
We would use our hands to form the church
and the steeple
and all the people…
 
“Here’s the Church…
Here’s the Steeple…
Open the doors

And see all the people.
Close the doors
The people pray…
Open the doors
And the people go away”
 
Is this cute little game responsible for generations believing the “Church” is a building?
A place where we go to, like a Museum?
A destination where an event takes place at a certain time and place?
A certain location which has a specific address like 8601 Del Webb Blvd.?
 
The scriptures never talk about the church being a building.
The scriptures are quite clear – “You are the body of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 12: 27)
 
You are the Church!
Yes, together, we collectively worship at a certain place and time.
But when we leave, we are still the Church.
 
As many people have said long before me…
“Don’t go to Church.
BE the Church!”

 
Let’s give that a shot this week…
Be the Church all week long!
 
 
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 5-10-18

 

 It’s the Thursday before the celebration of Mother’s Day!
Where would we be without “Moms!?”
For all the amazing women in the world, let me offer one of my favorite passages in all of scripture:
Proverbs 31: 10-31
 
The Woman Who Fears the Lord
10 An excellent wife who can find?
    She is far more precious than jewels.
11 The heart of her husband trusts in her,
    and he will have no lack of gain.
12 She does him good, and not harm,
    all the days of her life.
13 She seeks wool and flax,
    and works with willing hands.
14 She is like the ships of the merchant;
    she brings her food from afar.
15 She rises while it is yet night
    and provides food for her household
    and portions for her maidens.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
    with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.
17 She dresses herself with strength
    and makes her arms strong.
18 She perceives that her merchandise is profitable.
    Her lamp does not go out at night.
19 She puts her hands to the distaff,
    and her hands hold the spindle.
20 She opens her hand to the poor
    and reaches out her hands to the needy.
21 She is not afraid of snow for her household,
    for all her household are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes bed coverings for herself;
    her clothing is fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is known in the gates
    when he sits among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them;
    she delivers sashes to the merchant.
25 Strength and dignity are her clothing,
    and she laughs at the time to come.
26 She opens her mouth with wisdom,
    and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
27 She looks well to the ways of her household
    and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children rise up and call her blessed;
    her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women have done excellently,
    but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,
    but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
31 Give her of the fruit of her hands,
    and let her works praise her in the gates.

 
 
 
 
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 5-3-18

 

 How about a little dose of LOVE on this first Thursday in the month of May!
Today is also National Prayer Day!
 
Have you ever said to someone, “I love you…”?
 
There’s only one acceptable response, right?
“I love you too!”
 
This raises the question, what is the way of love?
 
Listen to what the Apostle Paul says about love…
 
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogantor rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.
13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13: 1-13)
 
Let’s make it our aim, to “LOVE” today!
 
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MVPC’s first Mission Trip has been scheduled to Metlakatla, Alaska for August 2-11, 2018.
We have a number of people who have expressed an interest in going on this great opportunity to share God’s love.
An “Informational/Organizational” meeting will be held this Sunday after each service in the Chapel (Esther room) upstairs in the Educational wing.
See you there! 
 
 
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 4-26-18

 

 It’s the last Thursday in the month of April!
The first Thursday of April was my wife’s birthday!
The last Thursday of April is my sister’s birthday!
 
Remember the disciple of Jesus named Thomas?
What adjective usually goes before his name?
That’s right – “Doubting”
 
He will forever be known as the “Doubting Thomas”.
All because he said he wouldn’t believe Jesus had resurrected Himself from the dead unless he could see the nail prints in his hands and feet and touch them firsthand.
 
Thomas’ statement doesn’t seem all that unreasonable to me…
Maybe I should be called “Doubting David.”
 
Here’s Jesus’ response to Thomas upon seeing him face to face, “Jesus said to him, ‘Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.'” (John 20: 29)
 
How about you?
Do you have to see to believe?
Or do you believe in order to see?
 
 
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 4-19-18

 

 It’s the first Thursday after Tax Day in the USA!!
 
Here’s a little “theology” for us to chew on for today…
It’s called:
 
The Substitutionary Atonement Theory
How is it that Jesus can die in place of us?

“Since Jesus is God, He is perfectly righteous and holy. God’s perfect righteousness and holiness demand that sin be punished (Ezekiel 18:4), and Jesus’ perfect righteousness and holiness qualified Him to bear the punishment for the sins of those who will be saved (Romans 6:23). Jesus is the only person who never committed a sin; therefore, the punishment He bore when He died on the cross could be accepted by God as satisfaction of His justice in regard to the sins of others.
 
If someone you love commits a crime and is sentenced to die, you may offer to die in his place. However, if you have also committed crimes worthy of death, your death cannot satisfy the law’s demands for your crimes and your loved one’s. You can only die in his place if you are innocent of any wrongdoing.
 
Since Jesus lived a perfect life, God’s justice could be satisfied by allowing Him to die for the sins of those who will be saved. Because God is perfectly righteous and holy, He could not act in love at the expense of justice. By sending Jesus to die, God demonstrated His love by acting to satisfy His own justice (Romans 3:26).” – Carl Ruvulo – “A Believer’s Guide to Spiritual Fitness”
 
Special thank you to Carl Ruvulo for this great theological insight!!
 
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For all MVPC members!
Tonight – April 19, 2018 we have a very special program at MVPC!!
 
At 7 pm in the Sanctuary there will be a presentation commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, featuring Award-Winning Author of “Women of Valor: Polish Resisters to the Third Reich” Joanne D. Gilbert, M.ED.

Inspired by Anne Frank’s spirit, Joanne Gilbert’s books and public-speaking presentations are dedicated to bringing light to Holocaust History by celebrating the heroes and heroines of the Holocaust. Please join her in honoring their lives by sharing their remarkable true stories. Together, we will bring light to the darkness.

Free and Open to the Public
 
 
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 4-12-18

 

Here we are, twelve days into the month of April and I am still basking in the afterglow of the glorious and redemptive act of the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.
From the cruel cross to the emancipated empty tomb, this is where we find the great juxtaposition of history.

 

One man’s (Jesus) willing pursuit and achievement to take on the sin of the world on the Cross – 
our grief, 
our loss,

our misconceptions,

our futile chasing after significance,

our dysfunction,

our abandonment of all things godly,

our internal struggle of shame,

and the list goes on and on (Believe me! My personal list goes on for another three or four pages… and that would be the Reader’s Digest version)

 

Jesus’ cross bearing of our sins leads to one surprising conclusion – The Empty Tomb!

Our futile chasing after significance,
Our dysfunction,

Our abandonment
Our “fill in the blanks”…

Leads to the unbelievable conclusion of an empty tomb…

 

The tomb should be filled with the bones of broken promises, empty promises, failed promises, shattered dreams and yet…

We find the tomb empty.

We find the tomb clean (as a whistle).

We find the tomb missing all of our failed pursuits.
We find the tomb EMPTY!

 

And yet, because of the emptiness we find the tomb full of promise!

The promise of no longer being weighed down by futile failures.

The promise of no longer being saddled with broken dreams and promises.

The promise of the beautiful aroma of joy and life!

The promise of freedom – for freedom Christ has set us free!
The promise of experiencing pure love, pure adoration, pure joy, pure freedom for the very first time…

 

Do as the disciples did on that first Easter Sunday.

They ran to the empty tomb because they couldn’t believe that it would be empty.

And then do what the women did on the that first Easter Sunday –

Run!
Run from the empty tomb with the joy of new life!

Run from the empty tomb filled with the joy of knowing God loves you!
Run from the empty tomb basking in the afterglow of God’s pursuit of you and your heart which knows no bounds, no limitations, no obstacles!

 

Here we are twelve days into the month of April!
Here we are twelve days after the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus!
Here we are twelves days later and I am still running…

How about you?
Won’t you run with me…

 

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 4-5-18

 

 The first Thursday after Easter!
 
We go back a week to take a look at “The Cup” from which Jesus drank a week earlier (The Thursday before Easter!)
While in the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus prays – “And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, ‘My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.'” (Matthew 26: 39)
“The Cup” of which Jesus speaks are those life situations, skills, idiosyncrasies,  circumstances, and calling which has been placed in our path of life with which we must confront, deal with, live with, embrace, and drink.
“The Cup” Jesus is about to partake of is one of betrayal, arrest, torture, trial, dehumanizing defeat, crucifixion, and death. 
Jesus prays that “this cup” would pass him by with one incredible caveat – “not as I will, but as you will.”
God’s will was for Jesus to drink the cup of death which would lead to forgiveness and salvation.
Willingly, lovingly and joyfully Jesus raised the Cup and drank the whole Cup all the way to the bottom!

I came across this piece written by Matthew W. 
Part of what he wrote follows:

Well-renowned priest and author Henri Nouwen writes, “Holding the cup of life is a way of looking critically at who we really are, accepting our various skills, inadequacies and differences from others, and rejoicing in our radical singularity.”
I recently visited a vineyard and took an informal class on drinking wine. The sommelier taught us how to properly hold a wine glass, how to smell the aroma, how to cleanse the palate, and how to best taste the wine presented and enjoy the full experience. It takes all five senses to fully enjoy a good glass of wine. You have to know what you’re drinking, and you have to be able to talk about it.
Holding the cup of life means looking critically at the lives we are living. Just living our lives is not enough. We have to process, reflect, contemplate, discuss, and form opinions about it, just like wine tasting. This is living: looking deeply into our lives at the things that make us human—a living, breathing being with a body, soul, and spirit, in all our uniqueness and imperfections.
It takes great courage and can be terrifying. But don’t run, as this will be your first inclination. Confront it. Hold the cup. Ask Christ for more revelation, more truth, and more resolve.
 
What “Cup” are you holding today?
Will you embrace the Cup?
Will you drink deeply of the Cup?
Will you drink it all the way to the bottom?
 
I raise my “Cup” with you as a sign of solidarity and unity that we, as brothers and sisters in Christ – We do not drink alone!
 
 
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 3-29-18

It’s the last Thursday of the month of March 2018.
It’s the last Thursday before Easter 2018.
That can only mean one thing…
It’s Maundy Thursday!

Not Monday Thursday…
It’s Maundy Thursday! The day of Jesus’ “Last Supper” with the disciples.
Maundy comes from the Latin word “mandatum” which means commandment or mandate.

Jesus commanded His disciples and us during the Last Supper to “do this in remembrance of me.”
The “doing this” is the breaking of bread which symbolizes the body of Christ and sharing that with one another as an act of worship. Also, included in the “doing this” is the sharing of the “Cup” of wine which symbolizes the blood shed for us by Jesus.
During the Last Supper Jesus also tells the disciples to wash one another’s feet as an example of humility in serving one another.

Later on, Jesus “commands” the disciples to “love one another as I have loved you.”

 

Maundy Thursday in my opinion is the most important day in history.

This was the day of decision.

 

Jesus knows He has been called to sacrifice Himself by taking on the Sin of the world, past, present and future.
Jesus has told the disciples on three occasions when He arrives in Jerusalem He will be arrested, tortured, crucified, buried and then resurrected three days later.

Jesus is fully aware of His mission of redemption and resurrection.

 

Yet, Jesus still has to follow through.
The Mission will not be complete unless Jesus is sacrificed like the Paschal Lamb for the sins of the world.

 

On this Thursday night, Jesus withdraws to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray.
He invites a few of the disciples to join Him, only to discover they fell fast asleep after He told them to remain awake and keep watch.

 

Jesus’ intense and stressful prayer basically says this:
“Abba, Father… is there a Plan B? Can the forgiveness of sins, the redemption of the world be done any other way?”
The silence of the response is the confirmation this is the only way.

Jesus then goes on to say, “Then, not my will but Your will be done.”

Jesus rises then to gather the disciples to go meet His accusers.
Within moments Jesus is confronted by Judas Iscariot and a host of soldiers who arrest Him as the journey to the Cross just became a reality.

 

Thank you Jesus for making the decision to die on our behalf, so that we would find forgiveness, experience the new life of forgiveness and enjoy the freedom of life with you!

 

Tonight at MVPC we will be holding a Maundy Thursday service at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary.

You will have the opportunity to experience several “stations” tonight. (All voluntary)

 

You may experience Communion.
You may experience the washing of your feet.
You may experience the washing of someone else’s feet.
You may experience the renewal of your baptism vows or be baptized for the very first time.
You may experience sitting or kneeling before the Cross in prayer.

You may experience lighting a candle in memory or in honor of someone you hold dear.
You may experience the ringing of a hand bell in memory or in honor of someone you hold dear.
You may experience the power of prayer by writing down a prayer or two to be read under the Cross.

 

Most of all, I hope you experience the love of the Holy Spirit moving through the sanctuary as we worship together in love.
Just like Jesus mandated so many years ago…
Thank you Jesus!

 

 

ps – Our Holy Week Worship Schedule is as follows:
Maundy Thursday (That’s today!!) – 7:00 pm

Good Friday (That’s tomorrow!!) – Noon and 7:00 pm
Easter Sunday (That’s this Sunday – April Fools Day!!) –

8:00 am (Traditional Worship)

9:30 am (Blended Worship [Traditional and Contemporary] )

11:00 am (Contemporary Worship)

Easter Sunday’s sermon will be “No foolin’, Jesus is the Tomb Raider”

Can’t wait to see you all three days!

 

pss – If you are “able bodied”, meaning you have no trouble walking, would you please consider parking in the Community Center parking lot on Easter Sunday morning? This will provide some extra room for our guests as well as ample parking for our wonderful folks who less “able bodied” than others. Thank you so much!!

 

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 3-22-18

 

It is the last Thursday before Holy Week!

That can only mean one thing!!!
This Sunday is Palm Sunday!!

 

This is the Sunday where Jesus comes riding into Jerusalem on a donkey and “high fives” everyone, by slapping his palm against everyone else’s palm.
Thus… Palm Sunday! (Don’t worry about laughing out loud wherever you are! Our world needs a dose of laughter today!)

 

Let’s talk about peace!

 

Peace is something everyone wants, yet few seem to find.
What is peace? It can be defined as “tranquility, harmony, or security.” Depending on the situation, it could mean “prosperity” or “well-being.” The word peace is found 361 times in the English Standard Version of the Bible. There are different types of peace, including false peace, inner peace, peace with God and peace with one another.

 

What kind of peace are you experiencing today?

Within the complexities of life, personality, personal history, stress at work and home, news of school shootings, murder and violence, political divide, international tensions – where do you find your peace?

Is Jesus the first person you turn to in times of trouble or is Jesus more of a last resort?

 

On this Palm Sunday the people shouted, as Jesus entered Jerusalem, “Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna!”, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”

 

The fact that Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey signified that he was entering the gates as a king in “peace.”
Had he ridden in on a horse, he would be signifying he was coming in as a warrior king to overtake, and overthrow by violent means.

 

Jesus, the Prince of Peace is the very essence of peace as He makes His grand entrance into Jerusalem.

By the way…
Do you know what the word “Jerusalem” means?
“City of Peace…”
How about that!

The Prince of Peace riding into the City of Peace, to bring peace to our broken world.

Yet, He would be tried and killed for such a mission five days later.

Is the “City of Your Heart and Life” a place of Peace?
What do we shout when Jesus comes riding into our presence?
Do we experience “peace” in His presence?
As followers of Jesus do we bring peace to those we encounter?
As followers of Jesus am I at peace?

Peace be with you!
May the Peace of Christ on Palm Sunday (and every day!) reign in your heart!
Peace out!

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 3-15-18

 

It’s Thursday!

Try getting your heart and mind wrapped around this concept…

UNITY

 

Unity is such an interesting word.

There are many words within the word “Unity”

There’s “U” as in You…
There’s “I” as in Me…
There’s “tiny” as in Unity is NOT a tiny issue…
There’s “nu” as in, Unity might be a “new” concept for “U”.
There’s “tun” as in there’s a “ton” at stake on this matter of Unity.
There’s “nity” as in to achieve Unity we are going to have to get down to the “nitty” gritty.
There’s “ty” as in to begin working toward Unity there has to be something greater, bigger, better, supernatural, spiritual that “ties” us together.
There’s “tin” as in Tin takes a high polish and is used to coat other metals to prevent corrosion. Unity coated relationships shine bright by taking a high polish and are not easily corroded.
There’s “nit” as in Unity will never happen if we are constantly “nit picking” – looking for small or unimportant errors or faults in others, especially in order to criticize unnecessarily.
And last, but certainly not least there’s “nut” as in most people think we are “nuts” to even pray about unity in the world in which we live…

Jesus’ prayer in the garden of Gethsemane is the most profound and at the same time the most simple – “that they may be one…”

O that we could be One…
One people – people of God
One race – the human race
One language – the language of love, care, grace, mercy, gentleness
One Father – the Lord God Almighty and we the children who call Him Abba!
One Savior – The One who lovingly gave it all so that we could have it all.
One Life – The abundant life Jesus offers to us.
One Goal – to be the answer to Jesus’ prayer…

That we would be one…

Amen…

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 3-8-18

I’ve got some news to share with you today!

It’s the first Thursday after the most progressive day of the year, March 4 (March Forth!)

It’s also the last Thursday before we get extra progressive by springing forward with our clocks by one hour this Saturday night.

Don’t forget to “spring forward” or else you will be an hour late for church.

I’ve got some more news I want to share with you today…

Here comes trouble!

I wish I didn’t have to be the bearer of such bad news.
Somehow, some way this grand idea has been washed into our brains – if we believe in God, if we trust our lives with the Almighty, if we go to church, pay our taxes, don’t kill anybody, keep our “noses” clean… THEN everything will be okay.
No problems and best of all – NO TROUBLE!

Call it what you will – Trouble comes in all forms…
difficulty, bother, inconvenience, worry, concern, anxiety, distress, stress, strife, agitation, harassment, hassle, unpleasantness problem, misfortune, difficulty, trial, tribulation, trauma, burden, pain, woe, grief, heartache, misery, affliction, vexation, suffering…
Should I keep going?

No one has a “trouble free” life. That’s reality and that’s life.
Here comes trouble!

I’ve got some news I want to share with you today…
I am so honored to be the bearer of such good news.

God gives us a “Helper!”
The Holy Spirit comes along side of us, so we don’t have to face TROUBLE all by ourselves.

Here’s the best part – The Holy Spirit whispers in our ears the encouraging words of Jesus –
“In the world you will have tribulation (Trouble!). But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16: 33)

Now that’s some good news!!

Grace and peace,
Laugh often and Fear not!
Pastor 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 2-22-18

 

The last Thursday of February 2018!
Weren’t we just talking about it being the first Thursday of the month a few weeks ago?
Where does the time go?

 

Last week we looked at what would we do if we had 24 hours to live?

 

This week I am wondering what you would do if you actually experienced “peace” in your life for more than 24 hours…

Jesus is called the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9: 6)

In John 14 Jesus says,

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.

Not as the world gives do I give to you.

Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”

 

Three times in the last few verses of John 20, Jesus says, “Peace be with you…”

 

Every now and then I feel like I am having a “peace filled” day, only to have it shattered by…
Parkland High School shooting – 17 shot dead.

A false rumor swings by to say hello…
Civilians killed in a suicide attack…
Children molested and abandoned…

The “Twins”, Worry and Panic, stop by for an unexpected visit only to push away my friend “Common sense.”

The list of “disruptors” to “peace” goes on and on.

 

At the end of the day I will trust in the Prince of Peace of whom Paul says, “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4. 7)
My heart and mind needs to be guarded by the One who stands at the door of my heart and mind offering peace, where all others offer only discord and chaos.

Yes, Lord, I will take some of that “peace.” In fact, if You don’t mind, I need a lot… each and every day.
May your “peace” reign in our hearts today!

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 2-15-18

 

Here’s a provocative thought for “Thursday’s Thoughts.”

 

If you were told you had 24 hours to live, what would you do in those last 24 hours?

 

I look forward to your provocative answers…

 

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 2-8-18

 

It’s the Thursday before Valentine’s Day!
Men!! I am giving you fair warning…
Church!! Valentine’s Day is also Ash Wednesday! (MVPC worship service at Noon and 7:00 pm)
Which means next Tuesday is Fat Tuesday!

Wow!
A plethora of holy days approaching…

 

Fragrance, Scent and the Aroma of Grace

 

Scent is one of the most powerful of the five senses, warning us of danger, triggering cherished memories and even helping us to find our true love…

 

Researchers suggest on a global scale the perfume/cologne industry in 2018 will be worth a whopping 45.8 billion dollars.

 

The world also makes a big statement – “Scent matters.”

 

What kind of perfume or cologne do you wear?
How often do you wear it?
Every day? Once a week? Just on hot dates? First thing in the morning?

 

Fragrance, Scent and Aroma played a large role in the Bible as Jesus was twice anointed with very expensive perfume. Each anointing brought criticism as the anointing was perceived as a waste of money, since poor people could have benefitted from the sale of the perfume.

 

In John 12 as Jesus was being anointed by Mary, the gospel writer says, “The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.”

 

Which raises the question for us today.
What do we smell like?

What aroma do we carry around with us?
When we walk into a room, the room is filled with the fragrance of…???

Love?

Sarcasm?

Judgment?

Superiority?

Elitism?

Humility?

Love?

Grace?

Laughter?

Fun?

Party Pooper?

 

 

As the perfume/cologne of God’s grace, faith, mercy, and love is poured upon our souls and as we walk about this earth what “fragrance, scent and aroma” do we allow the world to smell?

 

Let’s make it our aim this week to allow our “aroma of grace” to be an attractive scent which helps others find their true love – God!

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 2-1-18

 

It’s the first day and the first Thursday of February – a tremendous twofer!!

 

Have you ever been delayed?

In Traffic?
On an airplane?

By a phone call?
By a friend?
By a text message?
In receiving an answer to a prayer request?

 

Have you ever heard of God’s timing being perfect?
Never late and never early?
Do we really believe God is always on time?

 

This Sunday at MVPC we look at the resurrection of Lazarus.

Lazarus is sick.
He is about to die.
His sisters mount a charge to get the word to Jesus, who will no doubt come running and save Lazarus and ultimately heal Lazarus…

 

The word gets to Jesus…

Jesus calls for the chariots!
“Get the horses ready!”, he shouts!

On a trail of blaze and glory, Jesus high tails it to where Lazarus lays sick.

 

Arriving just in the nick of time, Jesus saves the day!
Lazarus is healed!
Everyone goes home happy!
End of story!! Woohoo for Jesus!

Jesus to the rescue – Just in time!

 

Except…
That isn’t how the story goes at all.

Jesus doesn’t come running at all.

There are no chariots at all.

No horses blazing at all.

Jesus delays…
Lazarus dies…
Sisters disappointed…

 

What’s the point?
The point is Jesus is about to do something great!

All because of his delay…

 

Feeling that God’s hand in your life is delayed these days?
Well… maybe God is about to do something great…

Just in the right and perfect time…

 

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 1-25-18

 

The last Thursday of January 2018 is upon us!!

 

Give and Take

 

Over the years I have found the Bible and the Dictionary to be two of the best resources available to us…

Check out these definitions of Give and Take –

 

Givefreely transfer the possession of (something) to (someone); hand over to.

 

Takedispossess someone of (something); steal or illicitly remove.

 

Now check out what Jesus says in John 10: 10 – The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

 

I find the contrast to be stark.

 

The thief comes to take.

Jesus comes to give.

 

The thief’s goal is to dispossess us.

Jesus’ goal is to give us life and life abundantly.
Let’s make sure we never confuse the two…

 

How about us?
In the week ahead as we encounter different people from all walks of life will we be a “taker” or a “giver?”

 

Give and Take…

Jesus made His choice.

What’s ours?

 

 

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 1-18-18

 

It’s the third Thursday of 2018!!!
Where has the year gone!?

 

Does the number 24601 spark any particular feelings, memories or remembrances?

At first glance that number reminds me of the childhood cheer we used to say after Little League games… “2 4 6 8 who do we appreciate… (then yell the opposing team’s name)”.
Perhaps it’s the population of a town nearby.
Maybe it’s a statistic that represents the number of people who bought iPhones in the last hour…

Or maybe it’s a label…

For Jean Valjean in the play/movie Les Miserables it is his prison number. In prison Jean Valjean has no name, no identity, no sense of personhood. For nineteen winters strong his captor, his corrections officer, his personal nemesis and pursuer Javert has called Jean Valjean not by his God given name but rather by this number… this label.

Then Jean Valjean is set free and then breaks parole. Soon he has an incredible redemptive encounter and becomes a successful businessman, a strong, caring, loving and faithful follower and practitioner of the Christian faith. His life changes in all ways.

But not in the eyes of Javert. Jean Valjean is still prisoner 24601 and Javert pursues him for year upon year as Prisoner 24601 who broke parole and who has not changed, who cannot change, who will not change… after all you are what you are and you can never change.

What label do you carry around?

What label hangs around your neck? What label have you allowed yourself or others to tattoo on your forehead? Athlete? Nerd? Neat freak? Overweight? Obsessive Compulsive? Loser? Divorced? Single? Adulterer? Lakers fan? Workaholic? Alcoholic? Successful? Type A personality? The list could go on and on.

What is sad about labels is that over time we learn to accept them. The label becomes the lens in which we see ourselves. Although the “bling” on these labels has tarnished and spoiled we continue to wear them and try to polish them and live with them and dress them up because after all I am what I am and I can never change.

Is that what we believe? Is this what we practice? Is this how we live out our lives?

The scriptures tell us that in Christ “We are a new creation! The old has passed away. Behold! The new has come… For freedom Christ has set us free!” (2 Corinthians 5 and Galatians 5)

In Christ the labels slip off! In Christ you are free! Free! Do we even begin to understand what that means? I wonder myself sometimes…

We have been made new! We don’t have to stand where we have fallen… Yesterday is a closing door and we don’t have to live there anymore.

In Christ these new labels never tarnish, never fade…Child of God, Son and Daughter of the King, Forgiven, Freed, Redeemed, Saved, Loved, Accepted…

In Christ we are no longer a number or a label. We have been claimed and redeemed by name.
“Fear not! For I have redeemed you; I have called you by name. You are mine” says the Lord.

 

And perhaps this is the best label of all… I am the Lord’s

 

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“Fear not! For I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name. You are mine” says the Lord.
(Isaiah 43. 1)

 

 

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 1-4-18

 

The first Thursday of the New Year 2018 has arrived!!!

How are those New Year’s resolutions holding up?

 

A theme the Lord has put on my heart for the New Year 2018 is “JOY!”

 

JOY

noun: joy

  1. 1.

a feeling of great pleasure and happiness.

“tears of joy”

synonyms:
delight, great pleasure, joyfulness, jubilation, triumph, exultation, rejoicing, happiness, gladness, glee, exhilaration,
exuberance, elation, euphoria, bliss, ecstasy, rapture;
enjoyment, felicity, joie de vivre, jouissance;
 
literary jocundity
“whoops of joy”
pleasure, source of pleasure, delight, treat, thrill
“it was a joy to be with her”

 

 

We will be taking a look at JOY this Sunday…

 

Nehemiah 8:10 says this: Then he said to them, “Go your way. Eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions to anyone who has nothing ready, for this day is holy to our Lord. And do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

 

I wonder if your life is full of joy…

The Fruit of the Spirit is love, JOY, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

 

May the New Year be a year of joy for you!

I cannot wait to see you on Sunday! What a joy it will be!
I haven’t seen most of you all year!

 

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 12-21-17

“Why?”

 

This strange yet sterling star leads the Wise Men every step of the way.

 

They are traveling from the East.

Bethlehem would appear first.

 

And yet, the star bypasses Bethlehem and leads them to Jerusalem to meet the jealous and insecure King Herod first.

 

I only have one question…

 

Why?

Why would the Star lead the Wise Men to the bad guy first?

Why would such leading lead to such destruction?

Why would the “roundabout way” be “the way” to the newborn king?

 

Forgive me.

I guess I really had four questions…

 

I only have one answer…

I don’t know.

 

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I cannot wait to see you this Sunday, Christmas Eve at one of our three worship services…

He’s on His Way – The Aftermath will be our theme for this great celebration of the Newborn King!

 

Sunday, December 24th – Christmas Eve worship schedule:

10 am (Hand Bells, Chancel Choir, Praise Team, Children’s sermon)

5 pm (Chancel Choir, Praise Team, Children’s sermon, Candle Lighting)

10 pm (Special Orchestra, Communion and Candle Lighting)

 

See you then!

 

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 12-14-17

The Empty Chair… by David Dendy

 

“The Empty Chair” sits vacant at every home this Christmas.
It sat there all alone in my house and it sits all alone in yours.
The difficult part about dealing with “The Empty Chair” is that it used to be filled…
Filled to overflowing perhaps…
Filled with sounds of laughter…
Filled with striking smiles and twinkling eyes…
Lips that curled a certain way right before busting out laughing and even crying…
Eyes that narrowed in keen observation, eyes that softened and moistened upon saying “good-bye”…
Eyes that lit up with a joy uncontainable upon seeing your face…

The Empty Chair used to be filled..
Filled with hands that you used to hold and stroke and hands that used to hold yours…
Hands that had wedding rings and diamond rings and mood rings and turquoise rings…
Hands that had dug in the dirt, changed the oil, baked the birthday cakes and
Hands that you just knew you would hold forever and ever…

The Empty Chair used to be filled…
Filled with a voice that was so unique you could pick it out as “that” one and only voice in a crowded mall.
The voice that made your heart sing every time that voice uttered your most precious name…
The voice that read you bedtime stories, Bible stories and the “funnies” on Sunday morning…
The voice that would command, direct, whisper and shout.

The Empty Chair used to be filled…
Filled with someone you loved or still love…
They are no longer at the table
Not necessarily because they don’t want to be..
They may just not be able…

The Empty Chair they used to fill is empty because…
They have passed away, never again to see you another day…
They have ventured off to another land, promising to one day return and hold your hand…
They are imprisoned either literally or figuratively which by either case hurts none the less…
They are hurt beyond compare and the only way they know to respond is to hurt you back by filling the empty chair with just “air.”
They might be on vacation and will return next year to fill The Empty Chair.

The Empty Chair used to be filled by…
Our husband, our wife, our granddad, our grandmother, our mother, our father, our son, our daughter, our significant other, our friend, our uncle or aunt, our brother or sister…

It is always this time of the year that The Empty Chair makes the loudest noise.
It’s Christmas and we celebrate with all the smiles and with all the joys.
And yet, The Empty Chair is not a seasonal chair…
It sits empty all year long right in front of you, right there.

It is with sadness and it is with glee that we celebrate and tolerate The Empty Chair.
The Empty Chair is a blessed curse,
Some days are better and some days are worse.
Our memories of those who once filled The Empty Chair fill our heart
Do not let the memories evaporate would be a good place to start.
Instead, take one step or more
And walk across the dining room or living room floor
And sit, sit tall or sink right in The Empty Chair
And absorb the spirit of the one who is no longer here and no longer there
And praise God above for the love you are able with family and friends to share
Because, one day your spirit will be all that is left to fill The Empty Chair…

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If anyone is grieving the loss of a loved one this Christmas season, I invited you to attend

MVPC’s Service of Solace tonight at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary.

 

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

Today is Thursday, December 7th… the 76th anniversary of the “day that will live in infamy…”

 

Only 18 days left until the celebration of the Newborn King!!

 

Which leads me to this today…
Just about the best definition of Anticipation I know.

 

Enjoy the “Anticipation” of the Advent season as we wait and wait and wait with great expectation the arrival of the Newborn King!

 

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This Sunday, King and Rene Umoren celebrate the sacrament of baptism with their son Cassiel King Umoren at the 10:30 service.

On behalf of the Umoren family everyone who attends second service is invited to gather in the Fellowship Hall afterward for a catered luncheon to celebrate Cassiel’s baptism.

 

Ravae Bennett passed away this week after a long bout with Alzheimer’s. Please keep Linda Bennett Staresinich and her family in your prayers.

Please note the following upcoming memorial services:

Nadine Hill on Tuesday, December 12 at 11:00 am.
Marion Stedman on Sunday, December 17 at 1:00 pm.

Please keep the Hill family and Stedman family in your prayers.

 

We celebrate our new members who will be joining the church this Sunday!

 

This Sunday we continue our sermon series “He’s On His Way” with the theme being – “Anticipation”.

 

Mark your calendar – Service of Solace 
Thursday, December 14th at 7:00 pm.

If you have suffered any type of loss over the last year or so, this service is designed with you in mind. Please plan on attending.

 

This Sunday we light the candle of Peace for the Advent Wreath. 
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. 

Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; 

do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 

And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4: 4-7)

 

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 11-30-17

 

It’s the last Thursday of November 2017!

 

Can you believe we are in the last thirty-one days of 2017?

 

Jesus is coming soon! He will be here before we know it!

Preparing for the coming of the Messiah, the Newborn King is one of the great traditions of the Presbyterian Church. It is not much different than preparing for a newborn baby coming into our family and into our home.

 

Prepare him room…

                How fun it is to decorate the nursery and supply the room with the crib, the rocker, the changing table, and of course the stuffed animals.

                What kind of room will I prepare for the Newborn King? The next twenty-five days will be chock full of activities – office parties, family gatherings, church services and functions. Where will we carve out the time to make room for Jesus? If we are not intentional about it, those great intentions will be lost in the wave of other activities.

 

Choose a Name…

                When we found out Julie and I were having a baby girl, we had the best time trying to figure out what name would we grace this little girl with. We finally arrived with the name Faith!

                The name of the Newborn King is Jesus, but He is also called – Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. What name will He be for you? Do you need an extra dose of “Peace” this Advent Season? Do you need something “Mighty” to happen? Choose a name!

 

Announcements…

                When I was born I weighed in at 9 pounds and 10 ounces. I arrived as a toddler! These days, families send out baby announcements to extended family and friends with all the details of the latest arrival.

                What would your announcement say to others about your Newborn King Jesus? Would you marvel at the size of His arms of love? Would you rave about the sound of his gracious voice? Would His eyes of tranquility mesmerize you?

 

Snuggling…

The most important thing a newborn needs is touch! How fun it is to snuggle and smell the newness of life with a newborn baby. To feel the warmth of this bundle of joy against our chest is one of the best feelings in the world.

                How about we do the same with Jesus this Christmas… Hold Him close… Squeeze Him up against your body and smell the richness of his unconditional love, grace and mercy. Is there any sweeter experience…? I think not.

 

 

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 11-16-17

 

The last Thursday before Thanksgiving is upon us!

May our heart be full of gratitude for the multitude of blessings God has showered upon us!

 

I cannot wait to see you this Sunday as we explore the Feeding of the 5,000!

It is the only story (pre-Palm Sunday) in which all four gospel writers include in their narratives.

Something special must be going on if John, Luke, Mark and Matthew felt the need to include this miraculous story in their account of the life and ministry of Jesus.

 

How do you go about feeding five thousand people?

I don’t know!

Neither do the disciples.

Andrew has a brilliant idea. He brings a boy to Jesus who has two fish and five loaves.
Then Andrew comes to his senses – “But what are these among so many?”

 

Then Jesus says, “Well, have everyone sit down…”

And do what?, we ask…

 

Jesus blesses the little offering of two fish and five loaves and the rest is history!

All because one little boy gave his lunch to Jesus.

 

Imagine Jesus coming to you today and saying, “I need your lunch.”

 

Oh, we may protest a little… 
It’s not much Jesus. It’s just a peanut butter and honey sandwich.

“I need your lunch”, Jesus persists.

Seriously Jesus, it’s just one of those Oscar Mayer Lunchables from the grocery store.
“I need your lunch”, Jesus patiently says with outstretched hand.

 

I wonder what is in your lunch which Jesus plans to use to perform an unbelievable miracle…
Is your lunch your time?

Is your lunch your money?

Is your lunch your life?

Is your lunch your talents and skills?

Whatever “little” you have, Jesus can stretch it into “much, much more than you can ever imagine!”

 

Whenever you’re ready to turn over your lunch, Jesus is ready to do the miraculous.

What’s in your lunch?

 

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 11-9-17

It’s the second Thursday after the Dodgers lost the World Series! 
Not that I’m fixated on that…

 

Jesus walks up to a man who has been a paralytic for thirty-eight years and asks:
“Do you want to be healed?”

Is that the most ridiculous question you have ever heard??
Of course he wants to be healed!
Or does he?

Hmmm….

Maybe it’s not such a ridiculous question after all…

 

How about you?

Think about this for a moment or two…
Your dysfunctions, your hurts and foibles, your pain, your emptiness, your voids, your unhealthy views on a myriad of subjects, your misunderstandings of God and all things spiritual…
These have paralyzed you…
And Jesus walks up to you and asks:

“Do you want to be healed?”

 

Before you answer with a resounding, “Come on Pastor! Of course I would want to be healed!! And while you’re at it Pastor, how about you ask Jesus to heal you of your pain from the Dodgers losing the World Series!”

 

Being healed will lead to a different life completely…

Some of us prefer the “old” life over the “new” life.

Which will you prefer?
How will you answer the question, “Do you want to be healed?”

 

I cannot wait to see you Sunday!

 

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November 11th – Saturday at 3:00 pm – Ben Lesser, holocaust survivor and author of the book, “Living a Life that Matters” at MVPC. Come on out!

 

November 12th – Sunday – In honor of Veteran’s Day our American Heritage Girls Troop will be selling Wreaths to be placed on the gravesites of our Veterans at the Southern Nevada Veterans Cemetery in Boulder City. Wreaths cost $15.00

 

November 12th – Sunday from 4:30-6:00 pm – New Members Class in the Chapel

 

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 11-2-17

 

It’s the first Thursday after the Houston Astros won the World Series over my beloved Los Angeles Dodgers!

Way to go Astros!!

 

Thus…. My brain is fried and I have no thoughts worth sharing! LOL!

 

This past Sunday was “Pastor Appreciation Sunday” at MVPC. Wow! How blessed am I to serve the amazing people of MVPC! The cards and well wishes I received were overwhelming. I love serving each of you as the Pastor of MVPC. May we continue to journey together in love and partnership as we serve our Lord Jesus Christ for a very long time!

 

This Sunday is a big day for the great people of Mountain View Presbyterian Church here in Las Vegas.

 

Officially it’s called, “Stewardship Dedication Sunday.”

 

Unofficially it’s called “The Day of Great Trust Sunday.”

 

In our Presbyterian tradition we find great value in returning to God a portion of the resources God has given to us.

In “plain speak” – Presbyterians believe it’s important give back to God the money He already gave us.

 

And so on this Sunday, we as a congregation will come forward during worship and place our “trust” in God by pledging a certain dollar amount which we plan on giving to the Church in 2018.

 

Why a day of great trust?
As “stewards” (managers of what God has given to us) it takes great trust in God to give something away.

As “stewards” (managers of what God has given to us) we give away our money to the church, one of God’s chosen instruments to do His will and work.

As “stewards” (managers of what God has given to us) we give away our time, the most precious commodity we have to serve the Lord in order to serve others.

As “stewards” (managers of what God has given to us) we give away our talents, those special skills and abilities uniquely given to us by God to serve the world in which we live.

 

Any time we give away something, great trust is involved.

 

So, on this Sunday we pledge to give away a lot of things in the upcoming year, trusting God:

to provide,

to love,

to care,

to administrate,

to share,

to bless,

to overwhelm us with his creative blessings,

to do more than we could ever imagine…

 

All the trust involved is worth the risk… God is faithful!

 

I cannot wait to see you on Sunday!

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Here’s a few important items upcoming:

 

Saturday – November 4th – All day at the Church (8:30 – 4:30) The Alpha Retreat!! Going to be great!

Sunday – November 5th  – “The Day of Great Trust Sunday” – 8:30 and 10:30 Worship Services

 

Sunday – November 5th – Pet Blessing – 4:00 pm at the Police Memorial Park (Behind the Police Station on Cheyenne – 3250 Metro Academy Way
Las Vegas, NV 89129) Bring your pet and or a photo of your pet and we will have a wonderful service of blessing…

 

Below is our final Stewardship Insert:

 

Living Each Day as a Steward!

The Steward’s Lifestyle

 

What do people who live a faithful steward’s lifestyle look like?   Can you tell by their appearance that they’re faithful stewards?   Do they do certain things that would identify them as faithful stewards?  Maybe they serve Thanksgiving dinner every year to those who are in need.  Perhaps they serve as ushers or lay leaders, sing in the choir, or care for little ones in the nursery once a month in their churches.

These certainly are laudable acts of service but the word “lifestyle” suggests that more is involved.  If you look closely you will see that faithful stewards are different because they are “new creations” (2 Corinthians 5:17). They have “put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness” (Ephesians 4:24).  As “new creations” we seek God’s will, and sporadic acts of service become part of daily life, namely the steward’s lifestyle.

The Lifestyle of Witnessing

As stewards of God’s grace, we have been called and chosen to be his mouth, feet, and hands to help seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10).  The Apostle Paul tells us, “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us” (2 Corinthians 5:20).  We have a great privilege and responsibility as Christ’s ambassadors. “…As servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God…it is required…that [we] be found trustworthy” (1 Corinthians 4:1-2).  With the Holy Spirit working in and through us, we can faithfully and boldly proclaim the Gospel to those around us.  Paul tells us that we should witness to our faith so that “the sharing of [our] faith may become effective for the full knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ” (Philemon 6).

The Lifestyle of Serving

We are reminded by the words of Matthew 20:28, “Even as the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many,”that the life of Jesus was one of total sacrifice.  By this remark, Jesus makes it clear that he wants to develop a servant spirit in his disciples and us.  He said in Matthew 20:26, “…whoever would be great among you must be your servant.”  Since Jesus put himself in submission to the will of his Father, how much more should we be willing to submit to our Father’s will!  Being conformed to the image of God, we take on the role of servants.

 

The concept of serving rather than being served is not a natural one.  We have an inborn desire to want to be served ourselves and to have our own needs met rather than to see to others.  It is our nature to want to be “number one.”  God’s love changes our mindset from wanting to please ourselves to a desire to serve others.  Seeing others as our brothers and sisters in Christ helps us follow God’s command to love our neighbors as ourselves (Mark 12:31).

The Lifestyle of Giving

The Apostle Paul wrote to the Church of Corinth: “…see that you excel in this act [giving] of grace also” (2 Corinthians 8:7).  God’s will for us is not only that we should be saved, but also that we should be sanctified—live a faithful Christian life.  In Christ, we can stop putting our self-interests first and seek to be giving and sharing people.  We live each day as stewards because we are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.  In faith, we want to give and serve generously and cheerfully, witnessing to friends and neighbors as God gives us opportunity.

Love is what motivated God to give.  He didn’t give leftovers; he gave his best.  He gave what we need—his own Son.  Through faith, we begin to understand God’s tremendous love for us, and we are compelled to share with others the love of God that fills our hearts.  The more fully we understand how richly God has blessed us, the deeper will be our love and gratitude to him and the greater will be our desire to respond in generous giving of all that we have to offer.

 

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 10-26-17

It’s the last Thursday of the month of October…

MVPC is enjoying a time of reflection, prayer and practice of being good “stewards” (managers) of the resources God has provided.

Please take a look at our second installment on the theme of “Living Each Day as a Steward!”

 

Living Each Day as a Steward!

The Steward’s Purpose

 

“What is your purpose in life?”  This is a challenging and puzzling question.  It is obviously a question many people are trying to answer.  We tend to focus our purposes on our ambitions, goals, dreams, and vocations for this life.  However, as Christians viewing this world as a transitory place, we find fulfillment as we make our purpose one with Christ, who 
“What is your purpose in life?”  This is a challenging and puzzling question.  It is obviously a question many people are trying to answer.  We tend to focus our purposes on our ambitions, goals, dreams, and vocations for this life.  However, as Christians viewing this world as a transitory place, we find fulfillment as we make our purpose one with Christ, who 
“died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised” (2 Corinthians 5:15).

Our purpose is not to live for ourselves, but for Christ.  The book The Stewardship Life lists four aspects of that purpose of those who live each day as Christ’s stewards:

  1. Glorification of God
  2. Extension of the Kingdom
  3. Relief of human ills
  4. Salvation of the steward’s own soul

Glorification of God “’God first in all things’ is the watchword of the Christian life. ‘So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do allto the glory of God’ (1 Corinthians 10:31).  Stewardship can have no higher aim, and it must certainly have no lower.  He who thinks of his own glory in his serving is not a good steward.  As we serve, let it be ‘by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ’” (1 Peter 4:11).

Extension of the Kingdom  “The importance of performing our stewardship tasks for the extension of the kingdom of God, either directly or indirectly, appears in the Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard (Matthew 20:1-16), teaching that those take part in the work of the kingdom of God will be rewarded.  No man can be a true servant of God and ignore or neglect God’s Kingdom of grace on earth.”

Relief of human ills    “As to man’s stewardship duty to serve his fellow man for the Lord’s sake, we need only quote Peter: ‘As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace’ (1 Peter 4:10).  In obedience to this command a good steward will not only feed the hungry, clothe the naked, give shelter to the homeless, he will especially show to his neighbor that highest of all charitable considerations—a sincere concern for the salvation of the other’s soul.”

The salvation of the steward’s own soul   “And to point out that man finally also owes it to himself to be a faithful steward, we refer to Paul’s admonition: ‘Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling’ (Philippians 2:12).”

 

Glorifying and Serving God

Through the reading and studying of God’s Word, we learn about God and come to know God.  His Word not only gives us life and salvation, it transforms us into his image, taking from us the desire to be conformed to the pattern of the world (Romans 12:2).  As our minds and hearts are taught and nourished by the Holy Spirit we find true joy and fulfillment in carrying out God’s purposes for our lives.

Thomas Carlyle wrote, “The man without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder … a waif, a nothing, a no man.”  We need purpose in order to have meaning for our lives.  If we don’t have meaning, life does not have value or hope.  In Christ, we have purpose, meaning, and hope.

As people who live each day as stewards, we thank God that he has given us the faith and wisdom to understand that he is both our source of life and our purpose for living.  We realize that we exist only because God wants us to existOur purpose is to give him glory, honor, and service.

 

 

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Upcoming activities and events at MVPC

 

10/27 – Tomorrow night – Dinner and a Movie at MVPC (Fellowship Hall) – Dinner starts at 5:00 pm with the movie “The Shack” to follow.

 

10/29 – Worship at MVPC – “The Woman at the Well” will be our focus as we continue our study on the book of John.

 

11/1 – Memorial Service for Susie Scott (2:00 pm) in the Sanctuary

 

11/5 – Stewardship Dedication Sunday – A great day of offering up ourselves along with our financial pledges for 2018. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

 

11/23 – Thanksgiving Day

 

12/24 – Christmas Eve takes place on a Sunday this year. Our worship times for Christmas Eve will be 10 am / 5 pm / 10 pm

 

12/25 – Christmas Day (60 days away from celebrating the birth of the Newborn King!

 

I cannot wait to see you on Sunday!!

 

 

 

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 10-19-17

 

It’s Thursday!
Here are my thoughts…

 

“For God so loved the world,

that he gave his only Son,

that whoever believes in him

should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3: 16)

 

It’s probably the first verse we ever memorized.

It’s the hope diamond of the scriptures.

It’s the prize in the box of Cracker Jacks.

It’s the crux of the gospel message.

If you’ve forgotten about it – return here…

If you’ve lost hope, this is the grand reminder…

If you’ve ever wondered about God’s motive, rest and relax in the nest of John 3: 16

 

This will be our emphasis for this Sunday at MVPC.

 

Couple of thoughts…

 

  1. Check out the verbs… Underline them.. I’ll give you a hint. There’s only five.
  2. There’s a promise here worth latching on to…

 

I can’t wait to see you on Sunday!
It’s going to be big!

 

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 10-12-17

It’s Thursday, October 12th – The Original Columbus Day.

It’s also my Mom’s birthday!
I won’t tell you her age. 
She was born in 1940.

 

Jesus’ first miracle was performed at a wedding party in Cana.

He turned the water into wine.

The hosts of the party had run out of wine pretty early into the party.

Not good!

Mary, the mother of Jesus simply says to her Savior Son, “They have no wine…”

 

How’s your “party” going these days?
Wine still flowing?
Wine just dribbling out?
No wine at all?

Have you run dry or more applicable, have you been dry for awhile now?

 

Let me lay it out there for you…
As of tonight (Wednesday night)…

As of this writing…

I am running out of wine…
I am tired, exhausted and still reeling a bit from the “shooting.”

 

Part of me feels like I am letting everyone down.

Another part of me feels disappointed in myself – How could you  let yourself run out of wine?!

 

I am going to do what Mary, the mother of Jesus did.
“Hey Jesus! I’ve run out of wine…”

 

Can’t wait for Jesus to repeat this age old miracle.
Maybe he will blow me away just as he did the guests of the party 2000 years ago.

He blessed them, no… he lavished them with 180 gallons of wine!

 

I’m ready Jesus.
Take the water

And

Turn it into wine…

 

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 10-5-17

The first Thursday of the month of October in the year of our Lord two thousand seventeen is off to a rough start here in Las Vegas.

I wrote these words for our Las Vegas Prayer Service this past Monday night, but would like to share them again with you today…

Then It Was Me

First, it was the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, but it wasn’t me, I don’t live in Oklahoma City…

Then, it was Columbine, but it wasn’t me, I don’t live in Denver…

Then it was the Twin Towers, but it wasn’t me, I don’t live in New York…

Then it was Virginia Tech, but it wasn’t me, I don’t live in Blacksburg, Virginia

Then it was Sandy Hook, but it wasn’t me, I don’t live in Connecticut…

Then it was Charleston, but it wasn’t me, I don’t live in South Carolina…

Then it was Paris, but it wasn’t me, I don’t live in France…

Then it was the Pulse Nightclub, but it wasn’t me, I don’t live in Orlando…

Then it was London, but it wasn’t me, I don’t live in England…

Then it was Las Vegas, but it wasn’t…
oh wait a second…
Then it was Las Vegas, and then it WAS me,
I live in Las Vegas…

 

We have a lot to talk about this Sunday!

I hope you will be there as we affirm God is still God.

We are still not God…

And yes, we can still Fear not!

Not a whole lot of laughing often going on right now…

But that will not deter us from moving forward as

God’s people,

God’s children,

God’s beloved as we shine a light of love and hope

to a darkened world yearning and pleading for a speck of light in the midst of this terrible tragedy…

Let’s come together this Sunday to stand together, arm in arm, step in step to shine bright!

By the might of God’s conquering love, grace and tender care

We are…

#VegasStrong!

 

Grace and peace,
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 9-28-17

 

It’s the last Thursday of September!

Here are my thoughts…

 

Jesus prayed this amazing prayer to his Father…

20 “I do not ask for these only,

but also for those who will believe in me through their word,

21 that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you,

that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.”

 

It’s better if you read the whole prayer… John 17: 1-26

But, check out this line in verse 21…

 

“…that they may all be one…”

 

I’ve talked about this hundreds of times…

 

How can we be ONE?

 

I was at a meeting a couple of weeks ago where there were a number of pastors and leaders of churches.
Over the last twenty nine years as a pastor I have never looked forward to these types of meetings. They were so divisive.
Conservatives on this side of the aisle…

Liberals on the other side of the aisle…

No one ever crossed the aisle to talk, to pray, to chat, to comfort, to listen or even to shake a hand.

The division, the chatter, the self-righteousness, the holier than thou, the Bible brow beating, and the sideway glances were just too much.

I went to these meetings in silent protest of it all.

 

And yet… at this meeting a couple of weeks ago, my wife Julie called me and asked, “How’s the meeting going?”
My response just about sent her into apoplectic shock, “It’s going really well! I am having a great time!”

After a minute of muted silence, Julie finally regained her breath, “David, you have never said that before in talking about these meetings!”

“I know, right?” was my simple, almost flippant response. But it wasn’t flippant because, it was so true.

 

What made this meeting different?

Be assured, with this group of people the theological difference of views is probably immense.

And yet, be assured of this…
Listen closely…

This meeting was different because the members of this meeting have decided,

made the intentional choice to know, believe and practice the fact

that there are more things which unite us than divide us.

 

That’s why I loved being with these people at this meeting…

We were living out the answered prayer of Jesus!
We were One!

We are One!

Wow!!

Praise the Lord!

This Sunday, the universal Church has the privilege, joy, honor and pleasure of becoming ONE around the world through the celebration of World Communion.

This Sunday, we, along with every other church in the whole, wide world will gather around the Lord’s Table and hear these beautiful words…

 

23 For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. (1 Corinthians 11: 23-26)

 

And there will be great joy for one simple reason…
We will be living out the answered prayer of Jesus!

We will all be ONE!!

 

See you Sunday!

“…that they may be one…”

 

Let’s do this!

 

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 9-21-17

It’s the last Thursday of Summer 2017!!

Tomorrow we get to experience the Autumn Equinox…

Here’s the thought of the day…

 

“What are you seeking?”

 

I would love to hear your answers.

What are you seeking in this life?

See you Sunday as we explore this great question. Your answers would assist me a great deal for Sunday’s Sermon!

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Don’t forget! Tomorrow we have our partnership dinner with the Thai-Laotian Presbyterian Church at MVPC. The festivities start at 6:00 pm! Come on out!

 

Big shout out to the great people of MVPC!! In response to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, you have donated over $10,000! Wow! Together with a $5,000 from the Mission Committee we are sending two generous donations down to Texas and Florida to help in the relief effort! Praise be to God!

 

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 9-14-17

It’s the first Thursday after 9/11, 2017…

 

“…In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God… In Him was life and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it… And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us….” John 1. 1-5, 14

 

If you don’t have these verses underlined, highlighted and dog eared in your Bible, go ahead and take a minute to do so right now. I’ll wait for you to return…

 

Go ahead…

 

Seriously, Go!

Right now!

Do it!

 

Alrighty then…

Let’s move forward!

 

In preparation for Sunday’s message, “Being Incarnational” please meditate on these verses…

Take a few minutes or a few hours to think about, pray over, ruminate through your mind these verses…

 

In the beginning was the Word… (the Word means “logos” – The Word is Jesus, the second person of the Trinity)

 

And the Word was with God…

 

And the Word was God…

 

He was in the beginning with God…

 

In him was life and the life was the light of men…

 

The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it…

 

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us…

 

See you Sunday!

 

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 9-7-17

 

The first Thursday of September!

What a great time to begin thinking about our “Purpose.”

Have you ever thought about your purpose on this earth?

 

In the early days of the Presbyterian Church a learning tool called the Westminster Shorter Catechism offered this as the first question:
What is the chief end of man?

 

Please remember this learning tool was crafted before “inclusive language” existed.

Basically, it was asking and is still asking to this day, “What is our purpose on this earth?”

 

What is your purpose?

To achieve?

To succeed?

To reign?

To control?

To criticize?

To keep the status quo?

To accomplish?

To please?

To relinquish?

To complain?

To cheer?

To encourage?

To love?

To offer?

To climb?

To go?

To laugh?

 

I love the Westminster Shorter Catechism’s answer:
“To glorify God and enjoy Him forever.”

 

That is a great purpose!

How about we try it our for awhile?

 

This Sunday at MVPC we start our study on the Gospel of John.

John only has 21 chapters and we will start at the end of chapter 20 for this is where John states his purpose for writing the book:

“Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book;

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but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” (John 20: 30-31)

 

Can’t wait to see you this Sunday!

Also, this Sunday at MVPC we will continue to receive a special offering for the relief efforts in Houston due to Hurricane Harvey.

Please make your checks out to MVPC with a note “Hurricane Harvey Relief Effort” and we will then send one big check down to our sister church Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church, Houston, Texas in the next week or so. Thank you for your outpouring of love in helping those in need!

 

 

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 8-31-17

 

The last Thursday of the month of August!

Labor Day weekend is this weekend.

If you are traveling, be safe!

If you are not traveling, be reckless!!

 

This weekend at MVPC we will be celebrating the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper…

 

Listen to Paul’s words…

 

23 For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

27 Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord. 28 Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup.

 

 

Have you ever noticed or read verses 27-28?

27 Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord. 28 Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup.

 

Let’s take some time to examine ourselves between now and Sunday as we get ready to partake of the bread of life and the cup of salvation.

How am I doing these days spiritually?

How have I been doing lately in seeking out and discerning God’s will for my life?

What have I been reading lately in God’s word that is specifically speaking to me?

How have I been a light to the world and loving to my neighbors as of late?

What are some things in my life which I need to repent of?

 

The list could go on and on… But you get the idea.

 

Also, we will take a look at “the blood of Jesus” this Sunday. What does it mean when Jesus says that this cup is the new covenant in my blood?

Come find out on Sunday!

See you then!

Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts
For the next two Sundays MVPC will be accepting financial donations to assist in the relief effort for the victims of Hurricane Harvey. We will collect those donations and then send one check to the Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church (MDPC) in Houston, Texas. I have a 22 year history with this church and they are already on the front lines of meeting the overwhelming needs of those affected by Hurricane Harvey. MDPC is in the heart of the affected area. Thank you for your generosity!!

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 8-24-17

 

Good morning world!!

 

What a glorious day we have on the second to the last Thursday of the month!

 

If someone were to approach you and ask, “Who are you?”

 

How would you go about answering?

 

Perhaps you would say…

 

“I am God’s gift to humanity!”

 

“I am a humble, quiet, and proficient gambler.”

 

“I am hilarious! Just stick around for a few more minutes and you will see for yourself firsthand!”

 

“I am a husband, father, brother, son, as well as a Pastor, tennis player, hacker at golf and more!”

 

“I am a child of God…”

 

Starting the second week of September, I will start preaching through the Gospel of John. We will finish on the last Sunday in May.

An incredible adventure awaits us!!

My heart is racing just at the thought!

 

In the Gospel of John, Jesus states who He is on seven occasions, which we will explore this Sunday.

Check these out…

 

Jesus says, I am:

 

The Bread of Life – chapter 6

 

The Light of the World – chapter 8

 

The Door of the Sheep – chapter 10

 

The Good Shepherd – chapter 10

 

The Resurrection and the Life – chapter 11

 

The Way, the Truth and the Life – chapter 14

 

The True Vine – chapter 15

 

That’s who Jesus is…
By the way…

Who are you?

 

 

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 8-17-17

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)

 

We are all one in Christ Jesus…

We are all one in Christ Jesus…

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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 (11

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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 12

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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

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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