Thursday’s Thoughts from Pastor David

Thursday’s Thoughts 7-4-19

 

 

Happy Fourth of July!!

Forty years ago in the summer of 1979, a high school friend of mine, Brian was selected to be a part of an All-American band. His excitement for being selected to the band which would be traveling all over Europe was superseded by the rare opportunity the band would have to go behind the “Iron Curtain” to visit some of the Eastern Bloc countries.

Pulling back the “Iron Curtain” and visiting the Soviet Bloc countries did not disappoint!

While visiting Czechoslovakia he struck up a conversation with a 17 year old girl. In hushed tones the conversation soon turned to the subject of Christianity.

Read more:  https://daviddendy.com/freedom-for-granted/

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We will be celebrating the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper this Sunday.

Last Sunday we began the sermon series – “Laugh Often and Fear Not”
Last week we learned the value of “Laughter is the Best Medicine” – “A joyful heart is good medicine!” (Proverbs 17: 22)
This Sunday we turn our attention to “Fear Not”.
We will be taking a deep dive into the life of Gideon and how he “faced his fears” rather than running from them.
“Facing Your Fears” is our theme for the day!
What fears do you find yourself running from? 
What fears do you need to face?

Can’t wait to see you Sunday!

Grace and Peace,
Laugh often and Fear not!

David

Rev. David Dendy
Pastor, Mountain View Presbyterian Church
8601 Del Webb Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89134
702-341-7800
www.mviewpc.org
www.daviddendy.com

Thursday’s Thoughts 6-27-19

 

It’s the last Thursday of June!
Boats are on my mind today…

Boats fascinate me!

Talk to any boat owner and they will tell you there are two great days in the life of owning a boat…
     The day you buy it…
         And…
               The day you sell it!!

I am not a boat owner but I have friends who have chosen this precipitous path in life. 
Sail boats and Row boats are foremost on my mind today. 

There seems to be a fundamental difference between the two.
Sail boats are completely dependent on the wind to propel them forward to their appointed destination.
Row boats, on the other hand, are completely dependent on the strength of the person pulling the oars to propel them forward to their appointed destination (while facing backwards I might add!!).

Read more:  https://daviddendy.com/sailboats-and-row-boats/

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We had a fantastic “Tuesday Town Hall” meeting this past Tuesday.
We had over 110 people come out for great food and wonderful discussion about our renovation plans at MVPC.

This Sunday we have a Congregational meeting after the second service to vote on pursuing a loan with the Synod of the Pacific or the Presbyterian Loan and Investment Program.
To secure a loan using our property as collateral, we need the congregation to approve.

Also, at this congregational meeting the Session (Elders) would like the congregation to vote on the “Terms of Call” (salary package) of Pastor David. Any time there is a proposed change in the Pastor’s salary it must be approved by the Congregation.

Can’t wait to see you Sunday!

Grace and Peace,
Laugh often and Fear not!

David

Rev. David Dendy
Pastor, Mountain View Presbyterian Church
8601 Del Webb Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89134
702-341-7800
www.mviewpc.org
www.daviddendy.com

Thursday’s Thoughts 6-20-19

 

 A couple of weeks ago, Julie and I spent a few days of vacation down in Carlsbad, California. 
Every day we took a walk along the beach. 
Each time my eyes would be drawn to the surfers and the body surfers doing what I used to love to do… “Riding Waves!”
Read more at www.daviddendy.com/riding-wavesGrace and Peace,
Laugh often and Fear not!
DavidRev. David Dendy
Pastor, Mountain View Presbyterian Church
8601 Del Webb Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89134
702-341-7800
www.mviewpc.org
www.daviddendy.com

Thursday’s Thoughts 6-13-19

 

 

It’s the second Thursday of the month and the smell of Baseball is in the air along with popcorn, peanuts, hot dogs, beer and the Las Vegas Aviators!!
I am so glad you mentioned baseball!!

Our family used to  live in Dubuque, Iowa – the oldest city in the state of Iowa.
About 22 miles to the west is the town of Dyersville – Home to the movie site of “Field of Dreams”, starring Kevin Costner, Ray Liotta and James Earl Jones.
One Memorial Day weekend we took the family along with my mom and sister out to Dyersville to see the site. At the souvenir stand we bought the Blue Ray edition of the movie.
Popcorn in hand, the whole family watched the movie together. Scenes from the movie were filmed on the University of Dubuque campus and we shouted and pointed at the TV when Kevin Costner comes walking out of the very building where I used to work in day in and day out.
The basic premise is a farmer upon hearing a voice in the cornfield saying, “If you build it, he will come”, plows under part of his cornfield to build a baseball field – a “field where dreams come true.”
(To read more click on the link
 https://daviddendy.com/field-of-dreams/  )                       
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This Sunday is Father’s Day! 
 

Next week is Vacation Bible School at MVPC! 
Check out the decorations throughout the church!
Pray for our volunteers and children during this great week of learning more about God and how we live that out day by day!

On Sunday we conclude our study on John 11 as Jesus shouts, “Lazarus, Come out!”
To all the fathers out there, this Sunday we will listen as God shouts out, “Dads, Come out!”

Can’t wait to see you Sunday!

Grace and Peace,
Laugh often and Fear not!

David!

Rev. David Dendy
Pastor, Mountain View Presbyterian Church
8601 Del Webb Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89134
702-341-7800
www.mviewpc.org
www.daviddendy.com

Thursday’s Thoughts 5-30-19

 

 The last Thursday in the month of May! 
Crazy!

What keeps you from getting intimately involved in the lives of other people?

Could one factor be the stark reality that people stink? 
They’re smelly…
They’re messy…
They’re odorous…

Come out this Sunday as we tackle this tough issue!
One request before you arrive!
Put on some deodorant!!

Grace and Peace,
Laugh often and Fear not!
David

Pastor, MVPC
8601 Del Webb Blvd 
Las Vegas, NV 89134
www.mviewpc.org
702-341-7800
www.daviddendy.com

Thursday’s Thoughts 5-23-19

 

Thursday’s Thoughts from Pastor David
Always good to know on holiday weekends the true origin of such days…
HEADQUARTERS GRAND ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC
General Orders No.11, WASHINGTON, D.C., May 5, 1868

  1. The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet church-yard in the land. In this observance no form of ceremony is prescribed, but posts and comrades will in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit.

We are organized, comrades, as our regulations tell us, for the purpose among other things, “of preserving and strengthening those kind and fraternal feelings which have bound together the soldiers, sailors, and marines who united to suppress the late rebellion.” What can aid more to assure this result than cherishing tenderly the memory of our heroic dead, who made their breasts a barricade between our country and its foes? Their soldier lives were the reveille of freedom to a race in chains, and their deaths the tattoo of rebellious tyranny in arms. We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance. All that the consecrated wealth and taste of the nation can add to their adornment and security is but a fitting tribute to the memory of her slain defenders. Let no wanton foot tread rudely on such hallowed grounds. Let pleasant paths invite the coming and going of reverent visitors and fond mourners. Let no vandalism of avarice or neglect, no ravages of time testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undivided republic.
If other eyes grow dull, other hands slack, and other hearts cold in the solemn trust, ours shall keep it well as long as the light and warmth of life remain to us.
Let us, then, at the time appointed gather around their sacred remains and garland the passionless mounds above them with the choicest flowers of spring-time; let us raise above them the dear old flag they saved from his honor; let us in this solemn presence renew our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among us a sacred charge upon a nation’s gratitude, the soldier’s and sailor’s widow and orphan.

  1. It is the purpose of the Commander-in-Chief to inaugurate this observance with the hope that it will be kept up from year to year, while a survivor of the war remains to honor the memory of his departed comrades. He earnestly desires the public press to lend its friendly aid in bringing to the notice of comrades in all parts of the country in time for simultaneous compliance therewith.
  2. Department commanders will use efforts to make this order effective.

By order of
JOHN A. LOGAN,
Commander-in-Chief
N.P. CHIPMAN,
Adjutant General
Official:
WM. T. COLLINS, A.A.G.
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Remember…
All gave some, 
Some gave all!

Ps – This Sunday at MVPC we will be offering a very special Memorial Day Worship Service. 
We will offer two identical worship services at 8:30 and 10:30
Can’t wait to see you Sunday!

Grace and Peace,
Laugh often and Fear not!

David!

Rev. David Dendy
Pastor, Mountain View Presbyterian Church
8601 Del Webb Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89134
702-341-7800
www.mviewpc.org
www.daviddendy.com

Thursday’s Thoughts 5-9-19

 

It’s the Thursday before Mother’s Day!
That’s right!!!
This Sunday!!!
It’s been the second Sunday of May since President Woodrow Wilson (fellow Davidson College student!!! Go Step Curry and the Warriors!!!) declared it as a national holiday to honor Mothers in 1914. One hundred and five years ago!!!

One of the joys of being a member of a family is watching your children mimic and mock some of your tendencies and sayings!

O the joy!!!

My teenage children, Faith and Joshua upon getting ready to go somewhere as a family love to shout out in their deepest voice possible, “We’re going to be LATE!!!”

Do I really say that?
YES DAD!!! ALL THE TIME!!

Well… we are going to be late. 
I do not like being late!
Doesn’t mean I am on time all the time. Just means I don’t like being late.

Do the angels ever shout out in a loud, booming voice, “Hey God!! We’re going to be LATE!”

Does God ever show up late?
Many times the events around us scream out, “Where was God?” “Why didn’t God show up?
Events like:
The STEM school shooting in Denver, Colorado…
The Synagogue shooting in Poway, California…
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte campus shooting…
And of course, if you live in Las Vegas like I do… October 1st will be forever etched on our collective memory as the worst mass shooting in American history.

Mary and Martha have a brother named Lazarus. All three of them are good friends with the Savior Jesus.
Lazarus is sick. I mean VERY sick!
M&M (Mary and Martha) send word to Jesus to come quickly to heal Lazarus.
Upon hearing the request, the scriptures tell us, “Jesus stayed two days longer”.

Can’t you just hear the disciples, “Hey Jesus! Hurry up! We’re going to be LATE!”
And yet…
When Jesus finally gets it in gear and arrives at the village of Mary, Martha and Lazarus… 
Lazarus is dead.
Not only is Lazarus dead, he’s been dead for FOUR days!

Martha and Mary shout out to Jesus, to his face, “You’re LATE!!”

Have you ever shouted out to God, “YOU’RE LATE!”
Me too…

This Sunday we will be talking about the mysterious “timing” of God’s arrival into our lives and events.
See you Sunday!
And Oh, by the way…

Don’t be LATE!!!

 

Grace and Peace,

Laugh often and Fear not!

David!

ps – By the way… Jesus went ahead and raised Lazarus from the dead!!

 

Rev. David Dendy
Pastor, Mountain View Presbyterian Church
8601 Del Webb Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89134
702-341-7800

Thursday’s Thoughts 5-2-19

 

The first Thursday of the month of May!
It’s the National Day of Prayer today…
Take time to pray today!
Take time to pray every day!

Today I am thinking about the Birds and the Bees!!
From where I sit this morning I have witnessed two amazing phenomenas of nature…

The first one being a big oblong looking bumble bee flapping its little paper thin wings as fast as it can to stay suspended in mid-air. 

The second one watching a big bird (eagle, albatross, hawk, owl – it was big!!!) soar and I mean soar higher and higher in ascending circles without flapping its wings at all. 

Each of these two creatures were flying…
One using its own energy…
The other using the wind, the thermals and the air beneath its wings to propel it into higher orbit…

I believe the bird could soar all day long.
I believe the bee could fly for a long time before it would grow tired and have to land and rest.

All that leads me to ask this question…
Are you more bird or more bee when it comes to flying and soaring in the will of God?

Do you flap and flap and flap to create the life before you?
Or…
Do you spread your wings and let the power of God below you lift you up?
Or…
Do you feel the need to do a little of both (because God can’t be expected to do all the work!!)?

Watching this big bird soar today also reminded me that if there are no thermals, no winds and no updraft – the bird does not soar. 

The bird can only soar on that which God provides. 
The bird cannot manufacture the wind.
Neither can we…

We cannot manufacture God’s will, intentions or power.
Sometimes, ummmm…. Correct that. 
EVERY time we need to wait on the Lord.
Then and only then…
Will we soar!

“… but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles…”(Isaiah 40:31)

Grace and peace, 
Laugh often and Fear not!

David!

Rev. David Dendy
Pastor, Mountain View Presbyterian Church
8601 Del Webb Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89134
702-341-7800
www.mviewpc.org
www.daviddendy.com

Thursday’s Thoughts 4-25-19

 

 

The first Thursday after Easter and the last Thursday of the month of April!
On Easter Sunday, Christians all over the world celebrated the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
Out of the belly of death (after being digested for three days), Jesus arose out of the depths and out of the tomb to life once again!

There’s only one person who has stayed dead longer than Jesus to come back to life.
That would be Jesus’ good friend Lazarus.
Lazarus was dead in the tomb for FOUR days!

Jesus arrived at the tomb encasing the dead body of Lazarus and told the mourners and family members to remove the stone.
The response was overwhelmingly negative…
Let me paraphrase…
“Oh Jesus… Don’t do that. Lazarus has been dead for four days and his decomposed body will stink to the high heavens! Can’t you just say a prayer instead?”

The stone was removed and the door was opened to the tomb and listen to what Jesus says (no paraphrasing this time!)

Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face.
Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.”
 (John 11: 43-44)

This is an amazing story!
But did you notice one very important factor of this story that is most times overlooked?
After Lazarus is raised, comes out of the tomb, what does Jesus say next?
“Take off your grave clothes and let him go.”

It’s as if being raised from the dead wasn’t the real miracle here.
Something else had to take place as well.
“Take off the grave clothes!”

This is when the real work and miracle begins.
If Lazarus keeps walking around in grave clothes, he’s still just as good as dead.
Who takes a man seriously walking around wrapped in grave clothes?
How could Lazarus accept new life still “entombed” with grave clothes?

And there’s the “Aha” moment for me!
I have been raised to new life in Christ!
And so have you!! 
Woohoo!! Praise God!!!
But…. (and that’s a big but!!)
What grave clothes am I still clinging on to and what grave clothes are still clinging on to me?
What clothes am I still bound to which are suitable not for life but rather for death?

Well…
Come on out this Sunday and let’s shout together – “Take off the grave clothes!”
Let’s discover new life with Grace clothes, not Grave clothes!
Time for a new wardrobe!!

Grace and Peace,
Laugh often and Fear not!

David!

Rev. David Dendy
Pastor, Mountain View Presbyterian Church
8601 Del Webb Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89134
702-341-7800
www.mviewpc.org
www.daviddendy.com

Thursday’s Thoughts 4-18-19

 

What is the most important day of the year?
Your birthday?
Your anniversary?
Christmas?
Easter?
The day School ends?
The day School begins?
All Fridays!!!?

For the last twenty years or so, today, that’s right – TODAY, “Maundy Thursday”, the Thursday before Easter has always and will forever be for me be the most important day of the year.
“Maundy Thursday” (Maundy means mandate) is the day in which Jesus ate the “Last Supper” with His disciples.
On this Thursday Jesus gave us three mandates:
1. Love one another as I have loved you.
2. Do this in remembrance of me (The celebration of the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper).
3. Wash one another’s feet.

Those are important mandates, but those alone is not what makes Maundy Thursday the most important…

It’s what happens after supper, in the Garden of Gethsemane which has had me mesmerized for years.
It’s the conversation Jesus has with Abba, His father… God.
Listen in…
“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)

Did you hear that???
Jesus prays  – “If it all possible, can this upcoming event, my death by crucifixion, be bypassed? Is there another way this can be done? Hey Dad… is there a Plan B?”
Jesus goes on to pray, “Not my will, but your will be done.”

Three times Jesus pleads and prays to the Father these words.
The answer becomes clear and the decision is made.
Jesus is going forward with sacrificing His perfect life, so our sins would be forgiven and we would have the opportunity to be in an eternal relationship with God the Father, Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit.

That’s why today, Maundy Thursday is the most important day. 
The Day of Decision.
Jesus decides to move forward with the crucifixion which ultimately leads to the Resurrection.

Thank you Jesus for yielding your will to the Father’s…

May our prayer be the same today – “Not my will, but Your will be done.”

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

Ps –
Our dearly beloved friend and sister in Christ Eleanor McDowell, at the tender age of 95 passed away this week. 
Her Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, April 23rd at MVPC at 10:00 am.

Also, our Holy Week Services are as follows:
Maundy Thursday – 7:00 pm (Preceded by a Soup Supper starting at 5:30)
Good Friday – Noon and 7:00 pm
Easter Sunday – 8:00, 9:30 and 11:00 am (All three services will be the same)

Rev. David Dendy
Pastor, Mountain View Presbyterian Church
8601 Del Webb Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89134
702-341-7800
www.mviewpc.org
www.daviddendy.com

Thursday’s Thoughts 4-11-19

 

This Sunday is Palm Sunday!
There is a huge misconception about the origin of Palm Sunday.
Many people have incorrectly assumed that Palm Sunday is called such due to people placing palm branches down on the road as Jesus made His triumphal entry into Jerusalem.

The truth is that, not everyone had palm branches to place on the road in honor of Jesus’ entry.
However, everyone did have “palms” as in the “palm of their hands!” 
With Jesus making the Triumphal entry everyone began “high-fiving” each other, therein hitting each other’s “palms” as they high fived.
Therefore… the name “Palm Sunday”!
Now you know!!

And if you believe all of that I have some nice real estate in the Everglades I would like to sell you!

Here is what I have always found fascinating about Palm Sunday. 
But first, let’s go back to the birth of Jesus…

The shepherds are out in their fields tending to their sheep when the angels arrive to tell the shepherds about the birth of the newborn king. The angles proclaim:
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased.” (Luke 2: 14)

Fast forward to the Triumphal entry.
Listen to what the people say as Jesus enters Jerusalem on a donkey:
“Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest.”

Did you notice what I have found fascinating!!??

Well…
Here you go!

How is it that at the birth of Jesus we have “celestial” beings (angels) shouting, “Peace on earth” (earth being terrestrial) while at the Triumphal entry we have “terrestrial” beings (humans) shouting, “Peace in heaven!” (heaven being celestial)?

An age old question that I have pondered for years!
Now, you get to ponder it!
Have an amazing Thursday!

Ps: Holy Week Schedule at MVPC
Thursday, April 18th – Maundy Thursday Worship Service at 7:00 pm
Friday, April 19th – Good Friday Worship Service at 12:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Sunday, April 21st – Easter Sunday Worship Service at 8:00, 9:30 and 11:00 am

Grace and Peace,
Laugh often and Fear not!

David!

Rev. David Dendy
Pastor, Mountain View Presbyterian Church
8601 Del Webb Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89134
702-341-7800
www.mviewpc.org
www.daviddendy.com

Thursday’s Thoughts 4-4-19

The first Thursday in the month of April!
Do April showers really bring May flowers?
If that’s the case what do May Flowers bring?
Pilgrims!!

I have thoroughly enjoyed “The Real God” sermon series.
Last week we talked about the Love of God.
We took a dive into the phrase, “Perfect love casts out all fear…”

The reason perfect love casts out all fear is that perfect love is constant, reliable, stable, available, steady.
What would the opposite of that be? 
A love that “flip flops”!!!
A love that is sometimes “flip” and at other times “flop”. 
Perhaps you have run into someone whose love, affection and adoration changes as quickly as the temperature.
With each interaction, you just never know what you are going to find or receive. This leads to “fear!”
And therein lies the problem… We never know if the love being offered is “flip” or “flop”?

Last Sunday we came to this glorious conclusion: “Flip Flops Fuel Fear!”

This week we look at the “Faithfulness of God!”

Guess what “Faithfulness Fuels?”
Come on out on Sunday to find out how we end this declaration: “Faithfulness Fuels _______________”!

Can’t wait to see you Sunday!

Grace and Peace,
Laugh often and Fear not!

David!

Rev. David Dendy
Pastor, Mountain View Presbyterian Church
8601 Del Webb Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89134
702-341-7800
www.mviewpc.org
www.daviddendy.com

Thursday’s Thoughts 3-28-19

 

It’s the last Thursday of the month of March in the year of our Lord 2019!
Wow!
One fourth of 2019 is almost over. 
In fact… After Sunday it WILL be over.
That means on Monday it will be April 1st!
Most of us will be celebrating April 1st as April Fool’s Day.
But…
Did you know April 1st is National Atheist Day here in the good ‘ol USA?
There’s even Biblical support for this found in Psalm 14: 1…
“The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.”!!!!
 
Alrighty then, let’s move on, shall we?
 
This Sunday we continue our “Real God” sermon series. 
Last week we used a ladder as a great prop in showing how God’s justice is used to make things right. 
And oh boy… did God ever make it right by bridging the gap between heaven and earth through the cross Jesus bore!
 
On Sunday, March 31st we look at “The Love of God!”
 
God loves you!
Let that sink in for a moment…
 
“For God so LOVED the world that He gave His one and only son that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life!” (John 3: 16)
God loves you.
God loves me.
God loves us!
Wow!
 
So… here’s the deal!
The sermon title for Sunday is… (drum roll please!!!)
 
“FOR THE LOVE OF GOD… NO MORE FLIP FLOPS!!”
 
Here’s what I need you to do for Sunday…
WEAR FLIP FLOPS!!!
 
Break out your best pair!
Your most colorful pair!
Your most worn pair!
Go out and buy a brand new pair!
Wear your Golden Knights pair!
Whatever you got… Wear em!!
 
MVPC will be flip flopping all over the place on Sunday!
Can’t wait to see you then! (You still have time for a pedicure!!)
 
ps – Monday, April 1st marks my four year anniversary of being your Pastor! How blessed am I!!!! Thank you for the privilege, honor and joy of serving you, and serving God as we have discovered “Laughing Often leads to Fearless Living!”
 
 
Grace and Peace,
Laugh often and Fear not!

David!
 

Rev. David Dendy
Pastor, Mountain View Presbyterian Church
8601 Del Webb Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89134
702-341-7800
www.mviewpc.org
www.daviddendy.com

Thursday’s Thoughts 3-21-19

 

 

The first Thursday of Spring!!
Here in Las Vegas the temperature is supposed to rise to a whopping 60 degrees today…
Not very “Springy!” (For Las Vegas!)

This Sunday we continue our sermon series titled, “The Real God: How He Longs for You to See Him.”
Our topic for Sunday will be “God’s Justice.”

When you think of “Justice” what images come to mind?
A judges gavel?
The scales of justice weighing evenly as the blinded statue lady holds them in her hand?
Perhaps what comes to mind is the “lack” of justice in our world?
Does the idea of “getting even” stick with you in regards to “Justice?”

Deeply ponder this quote from A.W. Tozer about justice…

“Justice embodies the idea of moral equity, and iniquity is the exact opposite; it is in-equity, the absence of equality from human thoughts and acts.
Judgment is the application of equity to moral situations and may be favorable or unfavorable according to whether the one under examination has been equitable or inequitable in heart and conduct.”

The goal of “Justice” is to “make right.”
I love the prophet Micah’s take on justice as he lays it out in chapter 6 of his book,

“He (God) has told you, O man, what is good; 
and what does the Lord require of you
But to do justice, and to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6: 8)

God has made us “right” through Jesus Christ!
Through Jesus Christ what relationships, what things, what matters do you need to “make right”?
Pray about justice, think about justice and as Micah commands, “Do justice…”
And as we “do justice”, don’t forget to also love kindness and walk humbly with our God!

See you out there as we do, as we love and as we walk!

Grace and Peace,
Laugh often and Fear not!

David!

Rev. David Dendy
Pastor, Mountain View Presbyterian Church
8601 Del Webb Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89134
702-341-7800
www.mviewpc.org
www.daviddendy.com

Thursday’s Thoughts 3-7-19

The first Thursday of March!
The Thursday before Daylight Savings Time!
Don’t forget to Spring Forward and move your clocks one hour AHEAD this Saturday night…

Our topic this Sunday is the Holiness of God.

To be “holy” means to be set apart,  unique, separate.
God is certainly “separate” in His Holiness, an amazing kind of “otherness.”

What about us?
Compared to the world around us, what makes us “holy”, separate, unique and “other”?

Are we any different? Do we behave any different? Do we live out our lives any differently?
What makes us “holy?”

Thoughts for Thursday!

Grace and Peace,
Laugh often and Fear not!

David!
 
Rev. David Dendy
Pastor, Mountain View Presbyterian Church
8601 Del Webb Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89134
702-341-7800
www.mviewpc.org
www.daviddendy.com

Thursday’s Thoughts 2-28-19

 

 

Today is the last Thursday of the month of February 2019!
It is also the last day of the month of February 2019!
It is also my much older cousin Stephen’s 56th birthday today! Happy Birthday Stephen!

Today’s thoughts surround the idea, thought, and theology of God’s sovereignty.

The dictionary defines “sovereignty” like this:

  •  Sovereign = adj. (1) above or superior to all others; chief; greatest; supreme (2) supreme in power, rank, or authority (3) of or holding the position of ruler; royal; reigning (4) independent of all others (5) excellent; outstanding – n. (1) a person who possesses sovereign authority or power; specific, a monarch or ruler
  • Synonymous meaning = ruler, ultimate authority, “in control,”

What do you know, think or feel about God being sovereign?
What questions does it raise for you?

This Sunday we will be talking about the Sovereignty of God as we continue “The Real God – How He Longs for You to See Him” sermon series.

In regards to the Sovereignty of God…

A.W. Tozer says this:

“God’s sovereignty is the attribute by which He rules His entire creation, and to be sovereign God must by all-knowing (omniscient), all-powerful (omnipotent) and absolutely free.
The reasons are:
Were there even one datum of knowledge, however small, unknown to God, His rule would break down at that point. To be Lord over all creation, He must possess all knowledge. And were God lacking one infinitesimal modicum of power, that lack would end His reign and undo His kingdom; that one stray atom of power would belong to someone else and God would be a limited ruler and hence not sovereign. Furthermore, His sovereignty requires that He be absolutely free, which means simply that He must be free to do whatever He wills to do anywhere at any time to carry out His eternal purpose in every single detail without interference. Were He less than free He must be less than sovereign.”

 

C.S. Lewis says this:

“The sovereignty of God is that which separates the God of 
the Bible from all other religions, truth claims, or philosophies.

When we say God is sovereign, we declare that by virtue of His creatorship over all life and reality, and His all-knowing,
all-powerful, and benevolent rule, that He is in fact the Lord of all lords, King of all kings, and in absolute control of time and eternity.

Nothing will come into my life today that He did not either allow or decree for my ultimate good.”

The Bible says this:

The God I worship . . .

•       . . . is before allthings.                                 Colossians 1:17, Psalm 90:2   
                                                                           Revelation 1:8, 1 Timothy 6:16

•       . . . created all things.                                             Genesis 1:1, John 1:3,  
                                                                                                  Colossians 1:16

•       . . . upholds all things.                                 Hebrews 1:3, Colossians 1:17

•       . . . is above all things.                                Ephesians 4:6, Isaiah 45:5-12

•       . . . knows all things.                                      Isaiah 46:10, Psalm 139:4,6

•       . . . can do all things.                                       Jeremiah 32:27, Luke 1:37

•       . . . accomplishes all things.          Isaiah 14:24 & 46:10, Ephesians 1:11

•       . . . rules over all things.                 Daniel 4:34-35, 1 Chronicles 29:11-12

•       . . . is in control of all things.                                  Job 42:2, Romans 8:28

  • earthly kings                                          Proverbs 21:1, Revelation 19:16
  • human events                                              Daniel 2 & 7, Psalm 33:9-11
  • good angels                                      Colossians 1:15-16, Revelation 4:8
  • Satan & bad angels                Job 1:6, Ephesians 1:21, Philippians 2:10
  • human decisions                                  Ephesians 1:11, Romans 8:29-30                                                                                                  Acts 2:23; 13:48

Lastly…

What do you have to say about this?

 

See you next month!

Grace and Peace,
Laugh often and Fear not!

David!

Rev. David Dendy
Pastor, Mountain View Presbyterian Church
8601 Del Webb Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89134
702-341-7800
www.mviewpc.org
www.daviddendy.com

Thursday’s Thoughts 2-21-19

 

Hello Snowy Las Vegas!!
Wow!
Wherever you are receiving this email, please know this… I opened my blinds this morning to behold four to five inches of snow on my back deck! 
Crazy!!

Have you ever been in a gathering where someone shouts out, “God is Good!”?
And the people respond, “All the Time!”
And then the originator of the shouting, shouts once again, “All the Time!”
And the people respond with more enthusiasm, “God is Good!”

If you have never experienced the whole, “God is Good, All the time. All the Time, God is Good” antiphony, then this Sunday is your opportunity!!

Do you believe God is Good? All the Time?
This is not a rhetorical question.
How many people have I run into over the years, who would not, cannot, and will not affirm such a statement.
Somewhere along the way, someone has told them, God is not good. 
Somewhere along the way, someone has told them, they are not good.
Somewhere along the way, someone has told them they are not good and that there is no way a good God would love them, accept them and/or love them.

Somewhere along the way, someone lied to you, lied to me!
Hear the GOOD news!!!
God is good!
We are lovable!
God does love us, forgives us, accepts us and extends His goodness, His good favor, His good grace to us over and over and over again.

I am wondering if you have ever believed the lie that God is not good and neither are you?
Let me implore you this day…
Don’t believe the lie and begin to experience the goodness of God!

We’ll talk more about this important subject and matter on Sunday!
Can’t wait to see you then!
 

Grace and Peace,
Laugh often and Fear not!

David!

Rev. David Dendy
Pastor, Mountain View Presbyterian Church
8601 Del Webb Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89134
702-341-7800
www.mviewpc.org
www.daviddendy.com

Thursday’s Thoughts 2-14-19

Hello Friends in Christ,
Here’s something to chew on as begin our new sermon series “The Real God – How He Longs for you to See Him” this Sunday.

“What comes to mind when we think of God is the most important thing about us.” – A. W. Tozer

What does come to mind when you think of God?
How’s your “vision” of God? 
Is it 20/20? Or is it a little distorted?

This Sunday we begin this great new adventure!
Can’t wait to see you on Sunday!
Who knows? Maybe Elvis will show up again!

Grace and Peace,
Laugh often and Fear not!

David!

Rev. David Dendy
Pastor, Mountain View Presbyterian Church
8601 Del Webb Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89134
702-341-7800
www.mviewpc.org
www.daviddendy.com

Thursday’s Thoughts 2-7-19

 

“It’s been a rough week…”
That has been my response all week long when people innocently ask, “How are you?”
If someone was expecting the typical, “I’m fine, how are you?”, well… they were in for a big surprise.

On Monday, a dear friend, Jim McManmon – brother in Christ, active Church member, husband to Roberta, father to Sean and Erin, grand-daddy to Maya, brother and lover of life, friend to all… took his own life…

So… yes… it’s been a rough week.
For everyone…

I wish I had magical words that in a paragraph of 50 words or less would explain away and answer all the “why” questions each of us raise and make all of us feel better in less than 90 seconds of reading and then we could go on our way, back to our normal routine.

But…

That’s not going to happen today.
I am wondering if you can do what I and many other have been doing all week…

 

Just sit with it…
Sit in the presence of the reality that a person you adored took his own life.
Sit with the word “suicide” stuck in your throat, unable to say it out loud without wincing and weeping.
Sit with the blankness that comes to mind when you shout, “Why Jim, Why?”
Sit with the tears that run down your face at the pain of it all.

It’s hard isn’t it?
We live in a society where a pill, an app, a quick fix is always at the ready.
What happens when there isn’t?
We sit!

And as we sit, know this from the lips of Jesus,
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”
May you… May I be comforted by the One who can comfort us during such a rough time, a rough day, a rough week…

We will hold a Memorial Service for Jim McManmon on Saturday, February 9th at the Mountain View Presbyterian Church at 4:00 pm (8601 Del Webb Blvd. Las Vegas, NV. 89134).
I hope to see you there…
Until then…
Please sit still…

 

Grace and peace, 
Pastor David

Pastor, MVPC
8601 Del Webb Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89134
702-341-7800
www.mviewpc.org
www.daviddendy.com

Thursday’s Thoughts 12-20-18

Twas the Thursday before Christmas, and all through the house
Chaos reigned, presents weren’t bought and I felt like a louse!
The commercial focus of the season reeked of “Get us something to please us!”
Instead of honing in on the newborn baby named Jesus.

So let’s take a moment, a little time to hear the tale
About the heavenly Lord God Almighty being born as a little male

The Shepherds were all out in the fields where they lay
When along came a host of Angels telling them, “Here, you can no longer stay!”
Go into Bethlehem, the quiet, quaint little town
To discover a baby boy whose glow would turn any frown upside down.

Goodbye to the sheep and away they went with great haste
On the cutting edge of the greatest event in human history they wanted to taste.
Arrive they did at the little impromptu manger
Father, Mother and child… no fear, no danger

The Shepherds described the Angels in the sky, in the heavenly crease
Of how they proclaimed, “Glory to God, on earth let there be peace!”
On Mary and Joseph and little Jesus they did shower
The witness of the heavenly host’s power

Soon it was time to return to their field
Where they protected their sheep, serving as their shield
But in their heart of hearts nothing would be the same
Sharing the story, the birth, the love of the Savior they could not tame

And to this day, we continue to hear the Shepherd’s story
Of God becoming a baby, giving up the heavenly glitz and glory
So our hearts, our lives and our future could be seized

By the One with whom God is very well pleased…

Merry Christmas!

 

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

Ph#: 702-341-7800
www.daviddendy.com
www.mviewpc.org

Thursday’s Thoughts 12-6-18

 

December 6th!
The first Thursday in December 2018!
The day before the 77th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Nineteen days before the celebration of the birth of the Newborn King!
Twenty-six days before the beginning of the New Year 2019!

Eighty-nine days before David Dendy’s 56th birthday!! Wow!

Three days before we light the “Peace” candle on the Advent Wreath.
Peace is our theme this Sunday.
Three hundred and sixty-one times this word “Peace” is mentioned in the Holy Scriptures.
Almost one for every day of the year…

Peace…
Do you have it?
Does your life lack it?
Will our world ever achieve it?
What is it?

The better question is, “Who is it?”
Isaiah prophesizes the Newborn King would be the “Prince of Peace”!

When the angels announced his birth to the shepherds they proclaimed, they shouted, their trumpets trumpeted, ““Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”
When Simeon took hold of the infant Jesus, his soul sighed with relief, ““Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your word…”
When the multitudes beheld Jesus making His triumphal entry into Jerusalem they shouted, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”
When Jesus was less than twelve hours from being crucified He comforted the disciples with these words, “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.”

May the God of peace hold you in the hollow of His hand this day…

So…
On this Thursday before the second Sunday in Advent, I say to you:
Peace out!

Grace and Peace,
Laugh often and Fear not!

David!

Ps: The Memorial Service for Ruth Ann Kennedy will be held Friday, December 7th at 11:00 am at MVPC

Rev. David W. Dendy
Pastor, Mountain View Presbyterian Church
8601 Del Webb Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89134

Ph#: 702-341-7800
www.daviddendy.com
www.mviewpc.org

Thursday’s Thoughts 11-29-18

 

 

Have you ever taken the time to take a deep look at the lyrics of this beautiful song, “Still, still, still?

 

Still, still, still
One can hear the falling snow
For all is hushed
The world is sleeping
Holy Star its vigil keeping
Still, still, still
One can hear the falling snow

Sleep, sleep, sleep
‘Tis the eve of our Saviour’s birth
The night is peaceful all around you
Close your eyes
Let sleep surround you
Sleep, sleep, sleep
‘Tis the eve of our Saviour’s birth

Dream, dream, dream
Of the joyous day to come
While guardian angels without number
Watch you as you sweetly slumber
Dream, dream, dream
Of the joyous day to come

 

The birth of the newborn king is quickly approaching. The snow is falling. The Angels are pursing their lips ready to blow the trumpets announcing the arrival of the Prince of Peace. Heaven itself is about to burst with the good news of the Word of God becoming flesh in the personhood of Jesus! Mary can feel the Braxton hicks contractions. Joseph is getting the hot water boiling over the open fire. The cows are lowing, the sheep are getting restless and the goats are bleating. The whole world is about to change forever and…

And what does this song suggest we do?
Be still…

You have to be still to hear the snow fall…
You have to be still to sleep…
You have to be still to dream…

I am wondering if you will take the opportunity, the privilege and the joy of being still these next few weeks so that you may hear… sleep… and dream of the new life found in the newborn king!

 

What would the next 26 days look like if you would take 5 minutes a day to be “still”?

I’m up for the challenge!
How about you?

 

Grace and Peace,

Laugh often and Fear not!

David!

 

Rev. David Dendy
Pastor, Mountain View Presbyterian Church

8601 Del Webb Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89134

702-341-7800

www.mviewpc.org

www.daviddendy.com

Thursday’s Thoughts 11-22-18

 

 

How thankful I am for all of you!
“Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!”

 

Here are some great words from President Lincoln…

 

Washington, D.C.
October 3, 1863

By the President of the United States of America.

A Proclamation.

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God.

In the midst of a civil war of unequalled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union.

Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom.

No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People.

I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the United States the Eighty-eighth.

By the President: Abraham Lincoln

William H. Seward,
Secretary of State

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving!!

 

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

Ph#: 702-341-7800
www.daviddendy.com
www.mviewpc.org

 

Thursday’s Thoughts 11-15-18

 We interrupt this program for this special announcement…
 

 

 

Please return now to your regularly scheduled programming!

Please schedule this interruption at least 10 more times today…
Have a blessed Thursday!!

Grace and Peace,
Laugh often and Fear not!
DavidRev. David W. Dendy
Pastor, Mountain View Presbyterian Church
8601 Del Webb Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89134Ph#: 702-341-7800
www.daviddendy.com
www.mviewpc.org
 

Thursday’s Thoughts 11-8-18

 

 

It’s the first Thursday after Election Day 2018!
Here’s the best news you will hear all day…
One year from now…
No! Make that 10 years from now…
No wait!! Make that 20 years from now…
Now, wait just a darn picking minute…
Make that 100 years from now…
Jesus will still be King of Kings and Lord of Lords!
As the political landscape of our country changes, 
The Lordship of Jesus Christ never changes!
He is the same yesterday, today and forever! Hallelujah!

Consecration Sunday is this Sunday, November 11th at MVPC!
In response to the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ, we will come together as the people of God and prayerfully and joyfully offer up to God our 2019 financial pledge and prayer pledge!

Attached to this email you will find a copy of what the MVPC Estimate of Giving card looks like.
Please take the time to look it over (You may want to print out a copy) before this Sunday.
Also, please take the time to pray over your commitment.

During our time of worship as we come before God during the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper we will offer up to God ourselves as living sacrifices (Romans 12) and offer up to God our prayerfully considered Estimate of Giving card for 2019 (1 Corinthians 16).

This Stewardship Season at MVPC we have been asking the question, “What percentage of my income is God calling on me to invest in the cause of Christ at MVPC?”
Thank you ahead of time for your faithful prayers and your listening heart as we respond in faith to God’s calling.

I cannot wait to see you this Sunday as we worship, pray, partake in the Lord’s Supper and offer up to God our financial pledges.
Also, don’t forget to join us after worship in the Fellowship Hall for our Consecration Sunday Brunch!

Thank you again for being a part of the Mountain View Presbyterian Church!
I am honored to serve you and serve our Lord as the Pastor of MVPC!
May we continue to:
Laugh Often and Fear Not!
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

Ph#: 702-341-7800
www.daviddendy.com
www.mviewpc.org

Thursday’s Thoughts 11-1-18

 

Hello November!
Good-bye October!

The first Thursday of the eleventh month in the year 2018…
November will have five Thursdays… (Don’t forget… the Fourth Thursday is Thanksgiving!)

Last night, I sat in my driveway dressed up as “Captain America” while passing out candy to anyone who came by saying “Trick or Treat!”

Can you imagine trying to explain the tradition of Halloween to an Alien?
Captain America: “Well… you see… there’s this one day out of the year where children are encouraged to dress up in a costume and walk around the neighborhood and knock on people’s doors asking for candy. And guess what? People actually give the kids candy. Lots of candy. Boatloads of candy.”

Alien: “What happens if they come back the next day?”

Captain America: “No Candy!”

Another interesting fact of the practice of Halloween is the wearing of “Masks”… 
Some children, teenagers and even adults who approached my house were unrecognizable due to the wearing of a “mask.”

From Storm Troopers to Panda Bear heads to Spiderman to Jason (from Friday the 13th movie) to a simple white mask with a smile on it… people were completely disguised!

All of which raises this question…
With Halloween being over… tell me… will you be wearing a “mask” today?

Yesterday was for fun.

Today is for real.

I am wondering if the people you encounter today will experience the true you, the real you, the authentic you, the transparent you?
Will they experience you “unmasked?”

One of the beautiful and magnificent traits of God is He loves you just as you are and not as you should be (mask), because you are never going to be as you should be.

No masks needed with God.

And…
No masks needed with each other…

 

“For freedom Christ has set us free…” (Galatians 5: 1)

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

Ps – Don’t forget to turn your clocks back one hour on Saturday night!

If you forget you will be awfully early to church!

 

Rev. David W. Dendy
Pastor, Mountain View Presbyterian Church
8601 Del Webb Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89134

Ph#: 702-341-7800
www.daviddendy.com
www.mviewpc.org

Thursday’s Thoughts 10-25-18

 

It’s the last Thursday of October…
Very reflective morning spent in the backyard watching the hummingbirds, the bees and the birds feed off the blooms of the flowers against the south wall.
I am not sure how all this works, but these hummingbirds, bees and birds are enjoying the nectar of the flowers and somehow pollen gets all over the hummingbirds, bees and birds.
The hummingbirds, bees and birds then take flight…
Along the way, the pollen on these hummingbirds, bees and birds “cross pollinate” onto other plants and flowers, providing much needed nourishment, allowing those other plants and flowers to grown and flourish.

Got me thinking…
What are we feeding on these days?
What are we covering our bodies with these days?
As we take flight from home to work to yoga to the smoothie bar to the “Cheers” bar to the school to the kids to the church to the gym to the dinner table to the bedroom back to work to yoga to the smoothie bar to the… (You get the idea!)
With what are we cross pollinating the world?

We are not much different than the hummingbirds, the bees and the birds.
What we feed on, what we ingest, what we nourish our bodies and souls on, what we intake and what we cover ourselves with…
Will most positively be spread, dumped, pollinated, drizzled, poured, showered, sprinkled and offered to the people whose paths we cross.

I am reminded of the Apostle Paul’s wise counsel…
The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. (2 Corinthians 9: 6)

Like the hummingbirds, the bees and the birds,
Let’s feed off the nectar, flower and fruit of the Holy Spirit:
Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Let’s then take flight and cross pollinate the world…
What the worlds needs now is the pollen of the power of the loving Holy Spirit…
Get those wings ready…
Fly away… fly away… fly away…

 

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

Ph#: 702-341-7800
www.daviddendy.com
www.mviewpc.org

Thursday’s Thoughts 10-18-18

 

 

Good morning world!!
It’s the first Thursday my son Joshua has experienced as a teenager!!
It’s going to be a great day!!!!!

This Sunday we continue our series on Spiritual Disciplines.

Evangelism will be the topic of the day.

When you just read that last sentence did you yell out loud like the guy in the accompanying picture: “Oh No! Not Evangelism!”?

What is it about “Evangelism” that makes our skin crawl, our throats dry, our armpits sweat, our heart palpitate wildly, and the fluid in our brain to drain out the pores of our feet?

Well, I am wondering if you would be willing to come to MVPC on Sunday morning and let’s tackle this subject head on in a way that will reduce our fears, calm our pulse rate, allow our deodorants to work and keep our brain fluids intact and working normally as we fulfill Jesus’ great commission to: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28: 19-20)

Come on out and find out how the Spiritual Discipline of Evangelism turns us into “Aromatic Angels!”

Ps – Don’t forget to wear your favorite NFL, College, High School colors for our “Football Sunday” theme this Sunday!

Also, Sunday night at 6:00 pm we have Sections 6.3 and 6.4 getting together for dinner in the Fellowship Hall. Can’t wait to see you there!

Oh and one more thing…

Don’t forget to Laugh Often today!
And “Fear 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

Ph#: 702-341-7800
www.daviddendy.com
www.mviewpc.org

Thursday’s Thoughts 10-11-18

Worship wars!
Ever heard of such a thing?
Guess what? This may shock you!
This type of war only takes place in the Church!!

 

How does worship take place in the first place?
What is worship?

Have you ever worshiped in vain as Jesus warns us about?
Do you worship in Spirit and in Truth as Jesus encourages?

How often do you worship? Once a week in a church or everyday?
Is your worship private or public? Can it be both?

 

Do we have the right to criticize how other people worship God? (I hope you know the answer to that one!!)

 

Tonight at MVPC we have the opportunity to worship…

 

MVPC is hosting its first nationally recognized Christian recording artist, Ryan Stevenson!
When: Today… Thursday, October 11th
Where: MVPC, 8601 Del Webb Blvd. Las Vegas, NV, 89134 
702-341-7800
How much: $10 (Can buy tickets on www.mviewpc.org or at the door)
What time: 7:00 pm
Why: To glorify God and enjoy an intimate setting to lift up our praise through song!

Can’t wait to see you there!

 

I will be worshiping tonight!
I hope you will be too!

Come on out and worship on a Thursday night…

Ps… Just to let you know… There will be no “wars” tonight!!

 

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

 

Ph#: 702-341-7800
www.daviddendy.com

www.mviewpc.org

Thursday’s Thoughts 10-4-18

 

 

Love, Monica!

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monica’s face lit up and she beamed as she said, “Well, I have a traditional Native American teepee…” That’s as far as she got before I interjected, “Tell me about the LOVE written on each finger.” Monica enthusiastically moved on to the subject of love.

My mind was racing as I saw the number 13.

“Tell me about the number 13.”

Her answer was quick and direct – “Oh… that’s my favorite number.”

I placed two fingers on her two fingers inked with the numbers 1 and 3 and looked into her eyes and made one more inquiry…

“Do you know where LOVE is talked about the most in the Bible?”

Her eyes narrowed, her brows furrowed, there was a pause in the air, and time came to a standstill there in the Book Store and then she uttered, “No…”

I couldn’t help but offer a big smile and a twinkle in my eyes as I patted her two fingers with mine and said, “First Corinthians, Chapter… (insert pregnant pause)… Thirteen!”

I laughed out loud.
She smiled out loud.
Monica replied, “No way…”
“Way, Monica!”

“I am going to have to check up on that and make sure you’re telling me the truth”, she countered.

I pulled up the Bible app on my phone and let her read 1 Corinthians 13 for herself. Oh the look on her face was priceless!

I began to walk away and we both laughed in spite of ourselves!
I think I smiled the whole way on the three hour drive home…

The timing could not have been orchestrated better by God…
What the world needs now, is Love, Monica!

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or 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…
13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love
.

Love always!
 
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
 

Ph#: 702-341-7800
www.daviddendy.com

www.mviewpc.org

 

Thursday’s Thoughts 9-27-18

 

 

On the 27th day of the ninth month in the year of our Lord two thousand and eighteen, I pray with great urgency that the presence of God, the grace of God, the love of God, the mercy of God and the abundance of the compassion of God will dwell richly in your heart this day…

 

I ran across a new definition of Prayer which I wanted to pass on to you this day by Dr. Ralph Martin:

 

“Prayer is, at root, simply paying attention to God.”

 

Let that quote percolate…
On that quote, let’s meditate…

With this in mind, let’s open our heart to pay attention to God this day…

Whether it be through

talking,

listening,

giving,

receiving,

being loud,

being quiet,

running,

walking,

lying down,

standing up,

earbuds in,

earbuds out,

being active,

being still

Let us be attentive to the One who pays attention to us…

It will make all the difference in your 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

 

Cell: 702-341-7800
www.daviddendy.com

www.mviewpc.org

Thursday’s Thoughts 9-20-18

 

 

Check out this quote from the late, great theologian, pastor, author and educator R. C. Sproul in responding to the question, “Why do so many Christians neglect the study of God’s Word?”

 

“Here then, is the real problem of our negligence. We fail in our duty to study God’s Word not so much because it is difficult to understand, not so much because it is dull and boring, but because it is work. Our problem is not a lack of intelligence or a lack of passion. Our problem is that we are lazy.”

 

What do you think of Sproul’s reply?
Are we lazy?
Are we indifferent?

What are we?

 

How would you respond to the question, “Why do so many Christians neglect the study of God’s Word?”

 

This Sunday at MVPC we will talk about the vital importance of Spiritual Discipline #1 – “Bible intake…”

 

Have an amazing day, watching and waiting for God’s abundance of blessings, learning opportunities and crazy adventures!

 

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

 

Cell: 702-341-7800
www.daviddendy.com

www.mviewpc.org

Thursday’s Thoughts 9-13-18

 

It’s a question that will linger on for our generation for many years…
Where were you on 9/11?

I was in Cleveland, Ohio consulting with Grace Church for a capital campaign when I came inside the church and watched on a little black and white TV the horrific events of that day.
On another Tuesday, September 11, 2018 (two days ago), I once again found myself in a church, the Korean Presbyterian Church in Reno, Nevada for a Presbytery meeting. 
The Church, along with eyes on the cross is a comforting place to find one’s self on such a day and on such an anniversary..

 

I thought I would share this story for you today in the wake of the 17th anniversary of September 11, 2001.

The Rev. Dr. Toby Nelson was one of the first clergy “boots on the ground” after the 9/11 attacks. 
I share his reflections with you this day…

 

Today is September 11th…

Today is the 17th anniversary of the worst terrorist attack on US soil.  For the first time, I was able to go back to visit the World Trade Center Museum.  I was accompanied by a dear friend, Mike Kurti, a pilot with American Airlines who flew on 9/11 and was forced to land his jumbo jet in Vancouver B.C.  I prepared myself to visit the Museum by stealing up my inner life, but I failed to keep the buried memories in their dark place.

Outside the Museum is an enormous pool surrounded on four edges with the names of almost 3,000 people who were killed on that day.  Upon entering the Museum, we descended 70 feet into the darkness to the basement floor.   The basement looked a lot different now than when I worked there, 17 years earlier.  Overhead spotlights featured one exhibit and then drew me to the next… and the next.  Featured displays included pictures of hundreds of missing loved ones, parts of a hijacked plane, a crushed fire truck, personal ID cards and more faces. I wished my insides could be displayed so that I could view them from a distance.

I entered the basement with numb feelings as my soul tried to protect itself from the terrible memories that I have suppressed for all these years.  However, the displays masterfully penetrated my layers of mental defenses and released unwelcome memories.  Dreaded feelings followed. Wandering from one exhibit to another made me disoriented.  My vision blurred, tears began to flow and streamed down my cheeks, but they could not cleanse these awakened memories.

Years ago, the bottom of the basement used to be filled with twisted I-beams.  When I think of it, my insides are still twisted, flinching, gasping, groaning and sighing. 

As we turned another corner, we found… the Cross.  Back then, it was buried under a mountain of rubble.  When it was finally uncovered, it was a perfectly shaped Cross made of 20,000 pounds of I-beams.  Now it was bathed in light. 

I lingered at the Cross for a long time, remembering how it gave hope and inspiration to a thousand police, fire and steel workers.  I had been near it many times in the past, but this time it was close enough to touch.  When I touched the cold hard steel, I felt its resolve and comfort.

 

 

For nine months I worked at Ground Zero and talked with hundreds of workers. I asked their reactions to the terrorist attacks and to the presence of the Cross.  Collectively they expressed my own belief that
 
When evil takes its best shot at us,
    and it did;
When we suffer loss because of that evil,
    and we do;
When we ask the question “Why?”
    And we have;
We will find the Cross at the bottom of the rubble.
The Cross stands silently and proclaims the bold message.
The Cross overcomes acts of evil with acts of faith, hope and love.
 
The most vivid memory that I recall was getting lost one night at Ground Zero.  It was a big site, about 25 city blocks.  Every time I arrived there, the landscape had changed. For example, one night a building was standing and the next night it was gone.  Even the cranes moved around as they chipped away at piles of debris.  It was confusing, so one time when I arrived I had to ask a police officer for directions. 

    “Do you ever get lost around here?” I asked.

    “Nope,” he said confidently.  He raised his arm and pointed to a distant spot across the rubble field. 

     “See that Cross across the Pile?” he began.  After a few moments, I spotted the Cross a thousand feet away. 

     Then he said, “When you find the Cross, you always know where you are.” 

 

 

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
 

702-341-7800
www.daviddendy.com

www.mviewpc.org

 

Thursday’s Thoughts 9-6-18

 

 

Do the numbers 249 and 116 mean anything to you?
How about adding in the number 36?

 

What if I started this note with this intro:

Today, the first Thursday in the month of September, in the year of our Lord 2018, is the 249th day of the year.
That means we only have 116 days left in the year 2018.
That also means this is the 36 week of the year 2018.
In turn this means we only have 16 weeks left until the year 2019…

 

With these mind numbing numbers being  juggled through our cerebral cortex, does the opening two lines of this note mean something now?

Most of us are probably sighing, “Whatever David!”

 

This Sunday we take a look at our Vision for MVPC which envelopes the saying on the photo attached.

 

Love God
Love People…

It’s what we do

 

I love the last line – “It’s what we do.”

 

Of course, such a line raises an important question?
Is that what we do?

 

Since this is the 249th day of the year, how have we loved God for 249 days?
How have we loved people for 249 days?

Did we take any days off?
Did God take any days off from loving us?
Do we know of anyone who took time off from loving us?

 

Whatever our answer may be, let’s take a look at the homestretch of 2018…

We have 116 more days to love God!
We have 116 more days to love people!
Let’s do this!

Ready?

Set?

GO!!!

 

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

 

702-341-7800
www.daviddendy.com

www.mviewpc.org

Thursday’s Thoughts 8-30-18

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 In light of recent events….

Be Kind…

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
 
702-341-7800
www.daviddendy.com
www.mviewpc.org

Thursday’s Thoughts 8-23-18

 

Thursday’s Thoughts from Pastor David!
 
Here’s something to chew on for the time being…
 
Where is HOME for you?
 
What is HOME for you?

How would you define HOME?
 
Now let’s take those three questions and replace the word HOME with the word HEAVEN…
 
Where is HEAVEN for you?
 
What is HEAVEN for you?
 
How would you define HEAVEN?
 
I can’t wait to see your 6 answers!!
This will be the topic of our discussion for this Sunday at MVPC…
“and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” (Psalm 23: 6)
 
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
 
702-341-7800
www.daviddendy.com
www.mviewpc.org

Thursday’s Thoughts 8-16-18

 

 Two questions to ponder for the day…

1. Who’s got your back?
2. Who’s back do you have?

If the answer to either question is less than one hundred,

then come out to MVPC this 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
 
702-341-7800
www.daviddendy.com
www.mviewpc.org

Thursday’s Thoughts 8-9-18

 

 Pastor David is on vacation this week. 

Pastor David would like to invite you to “Come to the Table” this Sunday at MVPC where he will be taking an in-depth look at Psalm 23: 5…

“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.”
‭‭
“Come to the Table” this Sunday and experience an overflowing cup of grace! 

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
 
702-341-7800
www.mviewpc.org

Thursday’s Thoughts 8-2-18

The first Thursday of the month of August in the year of our Lord 2018!

Wow!!

School starts in eleven days here in Las Vegas!

Wow!

Vacation Bible School at MVPC will be 80% over after high noon today!
Wow!

The Dodgers are going to win the World Series!
Wow!

The first NFL preseason football is one week from today!

Wow!

The New York Jets will win the Super Bowl!

Wow!

Jesus loves us!
Wow!
When we are Shipwrecked, Jesus rescues us from our loneliness, our worries, our struggles, our troubles and when we are powerless (Vacation Bible School teachings this week)!

Wow!

There is nothing you can do to make God love you more and there’s nothing you can do to make God love you less!
Wow!

If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough – Meister Eckhart (1260-1328)

Wow!

You have actually read through this much of Thursday’s Thoughts…
Wow! And Double Wow!

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2: 8-10)

Wow!

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29: 11)

Wow!

The “Elvis Mass” will be at MVPC on February 10, 2019!

Wow!

Laugh often and Fear not!

Wow!

 

Lots of “WOW” today…

What and where are the WOWs for you 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 7-26-18

 FREE MONEY!!!!!
 
I watched a video on YouTube where a guy stood on street corners and other locales in the Boston area trying to give away “free money.”
He simply stood there with a fistful of dollars and asked people if they would like some money.
“Free money! Free money! I am trying to give away money to anyone who wants it”, he would shout.
 
In the edited version of the video I watched not one person took him up on the offer.
Lots of lookers but no takers…
 
The gift of salvation is not free.
It cost the Son of God his very life…
But the good news is that the death and subsequent resurrection of Jesus has set us free.
The gift of salvation is free to anyone who is willing to say, “Yes… I would like that.”
 
But how many of us simply walk on by, muttering to ourselves, “I am sure there is some kind of catch. Some sort of strings attached. I’ll take him up on the offer when I have more time on my hands.”
 
What free gifts (I know that is redundant to say “free gift”, but you get my point!) will we pass on today?
The gift of a compliment from someone who admires a certain quality about us?
The gift of encouragement?
The gift of a smile?
The gift of laughter? (I don’t have time for that! I’ve got serious business to take care of!!)
The gift of a nap?
The gift of God’s arms wrapped around us, holding us, offering warmth, security, grace and love?
 
Lots of lookers…
How many takers?
 
 
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” 
(Romans 6. 23)

 
 
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 7-19-18

 

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.
 
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
 
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!
 
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
 
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