Thursday’s Thoughts from Pastor David

Thursday’s Thoughts 8-6-20

It’s the first Thursday of the month of August!
Woohoo!!

Three things for you today!

  1. Winnie Campbell is turning 100 years old on August 22nd (Saturday) Due to the social distancing protocols, we cannot see Winnie in person and she cannot see us. So, here’s the deal, the opportunity to make her day a memorable one: Let’s all send Winnie a Birthday card!! Can you imagine the delight on her face after receiving millions of cards! Let’s do this MVPC!! Here is her address:
Winnie Campbell
Acacia Springs
Room 131
8630 W Nevso Dr Las Vegas, NV 89147

 

  1. MVPC Open House next Monday (8/10) and Tuesday (8/11) at 10:00 am and 6:00 pm – To reserve your spot go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mvpc-church-tour-tickets-115411253165

 

  1. Just recently the Clark County School District implemented a plan that called for all schooling this fall to be done through “Distance Learning”, meaning no child/student will be physically going to a school building. All instruction will take place “online” (through the computer). A closer look at the plan shows this potentially puts a strong strain on families where in the household both parents work and especially in households which are single parent families.  The question arises, “Where will the children go during the day?” while the parent/parents are at work?

 

In a great effort to meet the upcoming needs of these families, the Session of MVPC under the direction of Elders John Bull, Dian Ward and Chris Kirschman formed a committee to see how we, MVPC can respond.

 

Last night at a Special Called Session Meeting, the Elders of MVPC unanimously voted to implement the “MVPC Distance Learning Center (MVPC DLC)”

 

Starting Monday, August 24th, MVPC will open her doors with paid Facilitators and Staff to welcome students from K-12 into our newly renovated Educational Wing to allow these students a safe place to do distance learning.

 

More details will be forthcoming, but please know of our church’s great desire to meet this urgent need among our families.

If you are interested in more details about the “MVPC DLC” please email Chris Kirschman (Director of Family Ministries at MVPC) at chris@mviewpc.org or call Chris at 702-341-7800

 

This is a very exciting opportunity for our Church to minister to and meet the needs of our young families!

 

I applaud the Session for making this bold move forward!

 

 
What a great way to start our month!!
Let’s go get ‘em!!
 
 
Grace and Peace,
Laugh often and Fear not!
David!
 

Pastor, Mountain View Presbyterian Church
8601 Del Webb Blvd.
Las Vegas, Nevada 89144

702-341-7800
www.mviewpc.org

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Thursday’s Thoughts 7-30-20

Good morning MVPC!
Woohoo!
Here we go!
Let’s get this day started…
 
Today is the 212th day of the year.
We have 154 days left until the year 2021
We have been apart from one another (sheltering in place) for 144 days.
In the year 2020 we have been unable to gather together for worship or any church activity for 68% of the year!
These numbers and percentages will only increase in the days ahead!
 
Here is some truths I know…
Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever! (Hebrews)
Jesus is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords! (Philippians)
Jesus is true to His promise – I will never leave you nor forsake you! (Matthew)
You and I are children of God, children of the light, children of the Way, the Truth and the Life. (John)
Nothing can separate us from the love of God through Christ Jesus. (Romans)
Nothing can snatch us out of God’s hand! (John)
God’s grace is sufficient for us! (Corinthians)
 
These truths I hold near and dear to my heart and mind this day! I hope you will too!

Here are a few more truths…
We will gather together again for worship, fellowship, study, laughter and praise!
We will get through this pandemic!
We will continue to be witnesses of God’s love, grace, mercy, and care!
 
Here is some more good news…
 
MVPC has received a wonderful gift in excess of $200,000 from the Delbruegge family!
One of the amazing aspects of an estate gift is that all of us have the privilege of giving, supporting and loving the mission and vision of the church long after we have passed from this earth into the heavenly kingdom.
Let me encourage you to pray, think and ultimately get it into writing your desire to support the Mission and Vision of MVPC in the years to come.
Julie and I have MVPC in our estate plan. I hope you will too!
 
Our whole church renovation (Sanctuary Stage, Upstairs Educational wing, Coffee Bar and Bookstore, and the painting of the whole church) was made possible from an estate gift to the church!
Estate gifts are the gifts that truly keep on giving!
 
Last night at the monthly Session meeting of the Elders of MVPC, it was unanimously voted to take over 10% of the Delbruegge estate gift and form a Benevolent Fund Team.
The Benevolent Fund Team would be responsible with disbursing these monies to help those (MVPC Members and Members of the Las Vegas Community) who have been greatly affected by the shut down of businesses and other outcomes from the pandemic.
 
Here’s where you come in…
If you would be interested in serving on the Benevolent Fund Team please respond to me and let me know.
Great opportunities are in our future due to this beautiful gift and through your participation to see it used to glorify God!
 
Have a Terrific Thursday!
We only have 22 left for 2020!

Grace and Peace,
Laugh often and Fear not!
David

Pastor, Mountain View Presbyterian Church
8601 Del Webb Blvd.
Las Vegas, Nevada 89134
702-341-7800
www.mviewpc.org

Thursday’s Thoughts 7-16-20

Thursday’s Thoughts from a Farmer’s perspective…
 

A visiting Pastor was attending a men’s breakfast in Farm County. He asked one of the impressive older farmers in attendance to say grace that morning. After all were seated, the older farmer began.

“Lord, I hate buttermilk.

The Pastor opened one eye and wondered to himself where this was going. Then the farmer loudly proclaimed, “Lord, I hate lard.”

Now the Pastor was worried. However, without missing a beat, the farmer prayed on, “And Lord, you know I don’t care much for raw white flour.”

Just as the Pastor was ready to stand and stop everything, the farmer continued, “But Lord, when you mix ‘em all together and bake ‘em up, I do love fresh biscuits. 

So Lord, when things come up we don’t like, when life gets hard, when we just don’t understand what you are sayin’ to us, we just need to relax and wait ‘till You are done mixin’, and probably it will be somethin’ even better than biscuits. Amen.”

Grace and Peace,
Laugh often and Fear not!
David

Pastor, Mountain View Presbyterian Church
8601 Del Webb Blvd.
Las Vegas, Nevada 89134
702-341-7800
www.mviewpc.org

Thursday’s Thoughts 7-9-20

The first Thursday after the 244th birthday of the USA!
 
Just as I am…
 
Just as I am, without one plea,
But that Thy blood was shed for me,
And that Thou bidst me come to Thee,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.
 
Just as I am, and waiting not
To rid my soul of one dark blot,
To Thee whose blood can cleanse each spot,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.
 
Just as I am, though tossed about
With many a conflict, many a doubt,
Fightings and fears within, without,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.
 
Just as I am, poor, wretched, blind;
Sight, riches, healing of the mind,
Yea, all I need in Thee to find,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.
 
Just as I am, Thou wilt receive,
Wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve;
Because Thy promise I believe,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.
 
Just as I am, Thy love unknown
Hath broken every barrier down;
Now, to be Thine, yea, Thine alone,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.
 
Just as I am O Lord…
O Lamb of God, I come, I come…
 
Thank you Lord Jesus for receiving me, loving me, accepting me just as I am…
 
Grace and peace,
Laugh often and Fear not!
David!

Pastor, Mountain View Presbyterian Church
8601 Del Webb Blvd.
Las Vegas, Nevada 89134
702-341-7800
www.mviewpc.org

Thursday’s Thoughts 7-2-20

The first Thursday of the month of July in the year of our Lord 2020.

The last Thursday before the two hundredth and forty-forth birthday of the United States of America!

How many 4th of July birthday’s have you celebrated?
Probably less than 244!!
 
During World War II, the Saturday Evening Post featured the “Four Freedoms” painted by Norman Rockwell on each of its covers in February and March of 1943.
The paintings were also used as posters to inspire the American people to buy war bonds for the cause of “freedom.”

The posters helped raise 132 million dollars for the war effort.
 
President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave a speech in 1940 which is sometimes referred to as the “Four Freedoms”.
Norman Rockwell took those ideas and came up with these four paintings.  
 
Here is what Norman Rockwell offered:

In the father’s hand is the local newspaper whose headline reads, “Bombing Kill… Horrors hit…”
The headline speaks of the air Blitz on England by the German forces in 1940 and 1941.
 
I wonder if Rockwell was alive today and was commissioned to design four paintings by President Trump, what would those paintings look like today…
 
The Apostle Paul writes to the Church in Galatia these words:
 
“For freedom Christ has set us free…” – Galatians 5: 1
 
Freedom FROM
Racism…
Fear…
Bullying…
Prejudice…
Greed…
Social Media comparison and envy…
Judgment from people who will not take the time to sit down and talk, visit, listen and understand

Freedom TO
Accept one another regardless of skin color…
Love one another unconditionally based on our common humanity and nothing else…
Speak ideas, opinions, thoughts, viewpoints without being cancelled, humiliated, shamed…
Embrace the new and different…
Let go of practices and traditions which are harmful to others…
 
Freedom OF
Conscience…
Worship…
Speech…
Moving in and about our neighborhoods…
Living a life full of love, grace, mercy and care…
 
What kind of “Freedom” are you looking for and desiring these days?
“For freedom Christ has set us free!”
 
Happy Fourth of July!!
 
Grace and Peace,
Laugh Often and Fear Not!
David!

Pastor, Mountain View Presbyterian Church
8601 Del Webb Blvd.
Las Vegas, Nevada 89144
702-341-7800
www.mviewpc.org

Thursday’s Thoughts 6-18-20

The Thursday before Father’s Day!
 
Prison officials in late April had the idea to bring in a large number of Mother’s Day cards for the inmates to send to their moms.
The prison officials offered to pay for the postage.
The huge stack of cards were placed on a table and within the hour they were all gone.

Building on their success the prison officials repeated the offer with Father’s Day.
The huge stacks of cards were placed on a table.
Two days later…
Not one card was taken…
 
I cannot remember when I first heard the above story.
Obviously, it has stuck with me…
 
As far as Church attendance goes these three holidays bring out church members in record numbers.
The Top Three:

  1. Easter
  2. Christmas
  3. Mother’s Day

 
Father’s Day doesn’t even break into the Top 40! (Remember there are only 52 weeks a year!)
 
“Hey Mom! What do you want to do for Mother’s Day?”
Mom: I want to go to church with my family!
 
“Hey Dad! What do you want to do for Father’s Day?”
Dad: I want to sleep in, read the news and play golf.
 
Attendance records and experience seem to show on these two respective days, Mom and Dad get what they want.
 
Guess what?
On this Father’s Day!
Dads can do all three and still take advantage of worship online!
We start at 9:00 am! (Available any time after that for your worship and viewing pleasure!)
 
When you think of your dad, what three words come to your mind?
For me…

  1. Provider
  2. Quiet
  3. Trapped (There was so much in my dad that never got expressed)

 
For the dads… What three words come to the mind of your children when they think of you?
 
Have a blessed day, knowing that our Father in Heaven has nothing but the greatest and most amazing unconditional love for you!!
 
Grace and Peace,                                                             
Laugh Often and Fear Not!
David!

Pastor, Mountain View Presbyterian Church
8601 Del Webb Blvd.
Las Vegas, Nevada 89134
702-341-7800
www.mviewpc.org

Thursday’s Thoughts 5-21-20

Today’s Thursday’s Thoughts wrestle with:
 
The Dimmer Switch
 
I have used this analogy hundreds of times in hundreds of conversations. Yesterday, I saw a victim of the very thing which has led to the hundreds of conversations above.
 
The powerful underlying question is…
 
“Who is in control of the “Dimmer Switch” of the light bulb of your life?”
 
I am convinced God has made all of our lives to shine with the brightness of a 500 Watt Light Bulb. 
 
However, I am also convinced most people live their lives with the brightness of 60-100 watts. 
 
Why?
 
Most people have allowed someone and it could be anyone to have control over the “Dimmer Switch” of their lives.
 
How many relationships have I seen where one “spouse/significant other/family member” has complete control of the dimmer switch and for reasons not all together completely clear to me or to anyone else in the universe, this person holds the dimmer switch down to a level which the person in question barely makes a glimmer.
 
How many people have I seen hold down the “Dimmer Switch” on their own lives because someone told them, “Don’t shine too bright. Don’t be a bright and shining star. You’re making everyone else around you look bad. You’re nothing. You’re a nobody.” And the list goes on and on.
I ran across this quote years ago which is worth sharing today and tomorrow and the next day…
 
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.

We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” (Marianne Williamson – excerpt from Return to Love…1992)

 
Here’s my twofold word for the day…
 
1. Get your hand off the Dimmer Switch and let God turn it up. Don’t settle for 60 or even 100 watts. Shine bright my friend… Shine Bright!!
 
2. If someone else has their hand on your “Dimmer Switch”… slap their hand so hard that it makes their head spin. You’ve got some shining to do!
 
Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8. 12)
 
Turn it up!
Light up the world!
Let the light of God shine bright through you today!!

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ONLINE COURSE!
David Dendy has developed an online course titled:
“Come to the Table – A Four Course Meal on How to Laugh Often and Fear Not!

Check it out at: www.daviddendy.com/come-to-the-table
 
Have a blessed day!
 
 
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

Thursday’s Thoughts 5-14-20

The second Thursday of the month of May brings with it happy celebrations for the life of Faith Louise Dendy who is celebrating 15 years of life today!!
In honor of this special occasion I thought I would share with you Psalm 139 where David celebrates that God “knitted” him together in his mother’s womb!
So too we celebrate God’s master knitting skills!!
HAPPY 15TH BIRTHDAY FAITH!!
 
PSALM 139
Search Me, O God, and Know My Heart
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.
139 O Lord, you have searched me and known me!
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
    you discern my thoughts from afar.
You search out my path and my lying down
    and are acquainted with all my ways.
Even before a word is on my tongue,
    behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.
You hem me in, behind and before,
    and lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
    it is high; I cannot attain it.
Where shall I go from your Spirit?
    Or where shall I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
    If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
If I take the wings of the morning
    and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10 even there your hand shall lead me,
    and your right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
    and the light about me be night,”
12 even the darkness is not dark to you;
    the night is bright as the day,
    for darkness is as light with you.
13 For you formed my inward parts;
    you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
    my soul knows it very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
    intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
    the days that were formed for me,
    when as yet there was none of them.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
    How vast is the sum of them!
18 If I would count them, they are more than the sand.
    I awake, and I am still with you.
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart!
    Try me and know my thoughts!
24 And see if there be any grievous way in me,
    and lead me in the way everlasting!
 
 
MEMBER MILESTONES:
Today from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm there will be a visitation for Marge Redman at the Palm Mortuary at 7400 W Cheyenne Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89129
We give great thanks and glory to God for Marge Redman and how God uniquely knitted her together and for the wonderful promise that Marge is now in the arms of God!
Praise God!
 
 
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

Thursday’s Thoughts 5-7-20

The first Thursday of the fifth month of the year of our Lord two thousand and twenty!
 
This Sunday is the second Sunday of the fifth month of the year of our Lord two thousand and twenty!

You know what that means don’t you????

Mother’s Day is this Sunday!
 
Join us online at 9:00 am for Worship where we will be taking a look at Proverbs 31: 10-31 – “The Woman who Fears the Lord” (see below)
Proverbs 31 is one of my all time favorite passages in Scripture!
We will be celebrating the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, so have your bread and juice (or wine) ready!
 
From 10:00-11:00 join us live and in person for the first ever MVPC Mother’s Day Parade!!!
Drive on over to 8601 Del Webb Blvd and show off the “Woman” of your life whom you love and adore!
 
We will be practicing safe social distancing procedures…
Also, the “Blue Offering Bucket” will be made available! Thank you for your continued support of MVPC during this trying time!!
 
Don’t forget to send a quick 5-10 second video to chris@mviewpc.org on what makes/made your Mom so special! (Deadline – Today at 6:00 pm)
 
May the Lord continue to bless you and keep you!

Here’s 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.

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A visitation for Marge Redman who passed away last week will take place on Thursday, May 14th

between 10:00AM and 2:00PM at Palm Mortuary 7400 Cheyenne Avenue Las Vegas.
 
 
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

Thursday’s Thoughts 4-30-20

The last Thursday of the month of April!!
Will the quarantine be lifted tomorrow?
For those of us in Nevada, we will find out later today.
 
Either way…
in person worship is still a ways off for MVPC.
I was talking to a member yesterday who is truly enjoying our online worship service as he sits at home watching while drinking a Bloody Mary!
That made me chuckle!
Yes! There are some benefits to “at home” worship!
 
Thank you to all of you for your patience, creativity and support during this Pandemic.
 
This Sunday we are looking at the Parable of the Ten Virgins!
At first glance it looks like an episode right out of “The Bachelor!”
 
Of course it isn’t, but it is a parable that has a deeper meaning (as they all do!) which speaks to our “readiness” to meet the “Bridegroom” of the Church, which is Jesus!
 
We will all meet Jesus someday…
For some of us it will be sooner rather than later.
For others it will be later rather than sooner.
Either way… the question is, “Are we ready? Are we prepared? And What are we doing in the in between time?”
 
See you Sunday!
Or more likely…
You will see me 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

Thursday’s Thoughts 4-23-20

Hello MVPC and Friends!!
 
The day will arrive where we will warmly worship while actually sitting next to each other in the sanctuary!
 
Until then…
Enjoy the worship experience in your own home on your TV or laptop or phone. (9:00 am Sunday / www.mviewpc.org – Click on Facebook Live or YouTube tab)
 
We are thrilled we still get to come together even when we are apart.
 
Yes! We will come together again.
Be thinking about what that will look like for you.
 
Our Elders are already thinking about the ways and means of how we will come together…
It will look different for sure…
 
Weekly worship occurrences we took as commonplace will now have to be rethought…
 
Greeters at the front door…
Welcoming and greeting each other at the beginning of worship…
Where we sit in Church.. no more cramming an extra person or two into a pew… we may have to be spaced out (as in social distancing!!)
Passing the plate for the Offering
Passing the Friendship Clipboard
The taking of Communion
The Choir – standing so close together
The Pastor standing at the back of the church after service hugging and shaking the hands of all who depart worship to go into all the world…

We might all have to wear masks…
 
I don’t know exactly what it will look like, but I do know this…
 
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?
Shall tribulation,
or distress,
or persecution,
or famine,
or nakedness,
or danger,
or sword?

37 No,
in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
38 For I am sure that neither death nor life,
nor angels nor rulers,
nor things present nor things to come,
nor powers, 
39 nor height nor depth,
nor anything else in all creation,
will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8: 35, 37-39)

 
And that my friends…
Is Worth Knowing!!
 
 
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

Thursday’s Thoughts 4-9-20

Good Maundy Thursday to you on what seems to be the 4,592nd day of isolation, quarantine and sheltering in place!

Holy Week Schedule:

Today – 4/9/2020

                MVPC Maundy Thursday Worship Service Live Streaming at 7:00 pm
                Go to www.mviewpc.org and click on the Facebook Live or YouTube tab
                To best prepare for this service, please have these items with you at home:

      1. Bread
      2. Grape Juice / Wine
      3. Candle
      4. Wash Cloth
      5. Cup  of Water

 

Tomorrow – Friday 4/10/2020

MVPC Good Friday Worship Service will be Live Streaming at 7:00 pm
Go to www.mviewpc.org and click on the Facebook Live or YouTube tab
To best prepare for this service, please look over these Seven Last Words of Christ:

 

  1. Luke 23:34: Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do. (Forgiveness)
  2. Luke 23:43: Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise. (Salvation)
  3. John 19:26–27: Woman, behold your son. (Says to disciple) Behold your mother. (Relationship)
  4. Matthew 27:46 and Mark 15:34: My God, My God, why have you forsaken me? (Abandonment)
  5. John 19:28: I thirst. (Distress)
  6. John 19:30: It is finished. (Triumph)
  7. Luke 23:46: Father, into your hands I commit my spirit. (Reunion)

 

Easter Sunday – Sunday 4/12/2020

                MVPC Easter Sunday Worship Service will be Live Streaming at 9:00 am

                Go to www.mviewpc.org and click on the Facebook Live or YouTube tab
                To best prepare for this service:

                                Get up early      

                                Take a shower for once!

                                Shave (face, armpits, legs, toes, ears, eyebrows)

                                Put on your Sunday best (Whatever “best” is for you, I will leave that up to your interpretation!)
                                Put on your Easter Hat, Easter Bonnet, Easter Tie…

                                Watch the Live Stream at 9:00 am

At 10:00 am make your way over to 8601 Del Webb Blvd. in your CAR for our
Easter Extravaganza Drive Through
  1. Gives us a chance to see you in your Sunday best with a clean shaven face!
  2. Gives us an opportunity to take your photo while you are in your car under a special Easter banner we have made!
  3. Gives you a chance to lift up to God your offering
  4. Gives the Pastor a chance to remember what you look like!
  5. Gives you a chance to remember what the Pastor looks like! (Especially if you haven’t seen him since Christmas 2019! LOL!)
  6. Please know during the “drive-thru” – No one on the Church staff will have physical contact with you or your vehicle. All Church Staff will be wearing “masks” and keeping the appropriate social distancing. This is for the safety of all involved on this Special Easter Day!
  7. There will be plenty of eye contact and verbal contact!
  8. Practice the following saying over and over until you have it down: “He is Risen! He is Risen indeed!”

 

Have a blessed rest of the week!
I will see you “online” tonight and Friday night and Sunday morning!
I can’t wait to see you in person during the Easter Sunday Drive Through…
 
 
Grace and peace,
Laugh often and Fear not!
David!
 
Pastor, Mountain View Presbyterian Church
8601 Del Webb Blvd.
Las Vegas, Nevada 89144702-341-7800
www.mviewpc.org

Thursday’s Thoughts 4-2-20

The first Thursday after an epic April Fool’s Day!!

Yesterday marked my Five Year Anniversary as the Pastor of MVPC!

What an honor it is and has been to serve each of you as your Pastor.

Weare certainly going through some tough times with stay at home orders, isolation, sheltering in place, Las Vegas basically shutting down and the Pandemic of Covid-19.

Our new banner in front of the Church says, “Apart, but Not Alone!”
Yes, we continue to be apart from one another physically, but we hold on to the good news that we are the body of Christ being held together through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Here’s a list of a few things we are doing to stay connected…

  1. Worship on Sunday morning – Go to www.mviewpc.org and click on the Facebook Live or YouTube box and connect with us on Sunday mornings at 9:00 am
  2. I am offering a video daily devotional. You can go to www.daviddendy.com and click on the “Blogs” section or you can go to www.mviewpc.org and click on Resources and then click on Pastor David’s Blog
  3. Every day at 6:00 am and 5:00 pm (Pacific) I am leading a Community Prayer Group on Facebook Live. We have over 700 people who have joined the group. To find the Community Prayer Group go to: www.facebook.com/groups/commprayergroup

Due to the Governor’s order of staying at home until April 30th continue to check us out on Sunday morning as we live stream until we notify you of something different.

This Sunday is Palm Sunday and we will be celebrating communion on Sunday. So… here’s the deal. Get your bread out! Get your grape juice or your wine out! And let’s partake of the Bread of Life and the Cup of Salvation together this Sunday at 9:00 am!

I would be remiss if I did not offer this…
Part of the beauty of the body of Christ is our coming together for corporate worship and fellowship and study!
I greatly miss the “being together” with all of you!
The day will come when we gather together! When that day arrives I cannot guarantee I will be doing back flips down the center aisle, but I will try!

 

Grace and Peace,
Laugh Often and Fear Not!
David!

Pastor, Mountain View Presbyterian Church
8601 Del Webb Blvd.
Las Vegas, Nevada 89144702-341-7800
www.mviewpc.org

Thursday’s Thoughts 3-26-20

Good morning MVPC!!
I am not sure what day of quarantine and self-isolation we are on, but it seems like it’s been an eternity!
 
I miss you and I can’t wait for the day for us to come back together as one body, under one roof worshiping and celebrating God and life together!
 
A few matters of importance to share with you today:
 

  1. The Session (Elders) met last night via Zoom and voted to stay in compliance with the Governor’s orders of not gathering in large groups. Therefore we will not have “corporate” worship together on Sunday, March 29th and Sunday, April 5th (Palm Sunday). We are leaving Easter Sunday open as a possibility to return to worship.

 

  1. In the Presbyterian Church we are considered a “Connectional Church”, meaning we have local churches everywhere around the country as well as sharing governing bodies across the nation. One thing the larger Church body asks of each Church member of a local church is to pay a “Per Capita” in the amount of $46 per member. MVPC is therefore charged by the Presbytery of Nevada $46 per member.
    With a membership nearing 500, our portion to pay to the Presbytery is around $20,000.  To date, we have received about $3,000 from our membership for the Per Capita. Last month we sent a check off to the Presbytery in the amount of $18,000 (10% discount for early payment). Therefore, to date we are $15,000 in the “red”. Would you please take time this week to pay your “per capita”. For a household of two members, you would pay $92. On your check write “Per Capita” in the Memo line.  Thank you very much for your cooperation and participation!

 
 

  1. MVPC is full of generous people who are more than generous with their time, talent and treasure! On the financial side we average anywhere from $12,000 to $18,000 in weekly offerings. With the recent shutdown and the inability of being able to worship in person our finances have taken a huge hit. The Session has decided to keep all of our employees employed during this time. We are very grateful for their wisdom and courage.
    MVPC continues to operate on the financial generosity of her people. If you typically drop a check in the offering plate on Sunday morning please consider a couple of alternative ways to give to God during this time of sheltering and isolation. Online giving through our website: https://www.mviewpc.org/give-2/
    Once you are there you have two options. You can either click on the “Give Online” button and fill in the prompts or you can click on the “Venmo” app. If you download the Venmo app on to your phone, you may make contributions to the Church by searching for “@MViewPC”. Type in the dollar amount you would like to give and push pay and you are good to go.

 
If you are simply waiting until we gather together again for worship to share your pledge or contribution we thank you ahead of time for your faithful and generous giving!
 

  1. God loves a cheerful giver and I have found that to be so true with each of you at MVPC! Thank you for your generosity in allowing MVPC to be the Church God has called it to be.

 
Be safe!
Stay healthy!
Keep your distance!!!
 
I can’t wait to see your smiling faces again soon!
 
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

Thursday’s Thoughts 3-19-20

Day Four of the Quarantine!
At least for parents who have children in school!
Some of us have lost jobs, lost retirement savings, lost investments, lost clients…
Lots of loss…

One thing we hold on to is that we are never lost with Jesus.
Yes! Hard times are in store for us.
Yes! Some of us will have a harder adjustment than others.
All of you are in our prayers!!
 
Jesus holds on to us even in the darkest of days or predictions.
He Never Lets Go!
 
This Sunday we continue our Sermon Series on The Seven Signs (Miracles) of Jesus.
Number six in our series is Jesus healing a blind man from birth.
 
Check out the full story below…. (If you want to have some fun… Get the family together and act out the story!!)
 
Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind
As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him. We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” Having said these things, he spit on the ground and made mud with the saliva. Then he anointed the man’s eyes with the mud and said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). So he went and washed and came back seeing.
The neighbors and those who had seen him before as a beggar were saying, “Is this not the man who used to sit and beg?” Some said, “It is he.” Others said, “No, but he is like him.” He kept saying, “I am the man.” 10 So they said to him, “Then how were your eyes opened?” 11 He answered, “The man called Jesus made mud and anointed my eyes and said to me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash.’ So I went and washed and received my sight.” 12 They said to him, “Where is he?” He said, “I do not know.”
13 They brought to the Pharisees the man who had formerly been blind. 14 Now it was a Sabbath day when Jesus made the mud and opened his eyes. 15 So the Pharisees again asked him how he had received his sight. And he said to them, “He put mud on my eyes, and I washed, and I see.” 16 Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for he does not keep the Sabbath.” But others said, “How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?” And there was a division among them. 17 So they said again to the blind man, “What do you say about him, since he has opened your eyes?” He said, “He is a prophet.”
18 The Jews did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight, until they called the parents of the man who had received his sight 19 and asked them, “Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see?” 20 His parents answered, “We know that this is our son and that he was born blind. 21 But how he now sees we do not know, nor do we know who opened his eyes. Ask him; he is of age. He will speak for himself.” 22 (His parents said these things because they feared the Jews, for the Jews had already agreed that if anyone should confess Jesus to be Christ, he was to be put out of the synagogue.) 23 Therefore his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.”
24 So for the second time they called the man who had been blind and said to him, “Give glory to God. We know that this man is a sinner.” 25 He answered, “Whether he is a sinner I do not know. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.” 26 They said to him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?” 27 He answered them, “I have told you already, and you would not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become his disciples?” 28 And they reviled him, saying, “You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses. 29 We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where he comes from.” 30 The man answered, “Why, this is an amazing thing! You do not know where he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes. 31 We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him. 32 Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a man born blind. 33 If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.” 34 They answered him, “You were born in utter sin, and would you teach us?” And they cast him out.
35 Jesus heard that they had cast him out, and having found him he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” 36 He answered, “And who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?” 37 Jesus said to him, “You have seen him, and it is he who is speaking to you.” 38 He said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him. 39 Jesus said, “For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and those who see may become blind.” 40 Some of the Pharisees near him heard these things, and said to him, “Are we also blind?” 41 Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no guilt; but now that you say, ‘We see,’ your guilt remains.
 
This a great story worth further exploration!

Check us out live on Facebook and YouTube on Sunday morning at 9:00 am.
I will miss seeing all of your wonderful faces on Sunday.
This too shall pass and we will once again be joined together hand in hand or elbow to elbow!
 
May God richly bless you and open your eyes in a glorious way this week to see His mighty handiwork!
 
 
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

Thursday’s Thoughts 3-12-20

The word “pall” is defined as “a dark cloud or covering of smoke, dust, or similar matter.”
 
For the last few weeks the world has been living under the pall of the Coronavirus.
For the foreseeable future we will continue to live under this pall.
 
Not one facet of our world as we understood it a month ago has been left untouched or unscathed.
The National Basketball Association has suspended it season.
The Houston Livestock and Rodeo Show (The World’s Largest) has been cancelled.
Conference after conference has been cancelled in Las Vegas.
The Indian Wells Tennis Tournament in California which attracts over 450,000 people over a two week time frame has been cancelled.
“March Madness” – one of my favorite seasons of the year where the NCAA hosts its National Basketball Championship will still play its games, but with no fans in the stands.
A friend of mine’s church in the Seattle area which attracts over 4,000 people on the weekends has cancelled its services for the next two weeks. This Church resides in “King County”. King County just released a policy that said, any group or gathering of people over 250 people will cease and desist from meeting.
 
We are all “Living Under the Pall” of the Coronavirus.
 
The Elders of MVPC met last night to prayerfully discuss the precautions and actions we need to take as a Church body to ensure everyone’s safety, health and well-being.
The meeting carried with it a tone of “heavy heartedness” as we faced the reality that certain changes need to be put in place which will directly affect the way we “normally” experience life at MVPC.

Knowing the Coronavirus can survive on plastic, paper and other hard surfaces and can be passed to others through the touching and handling of food, paper products and other objects, the Elders of MVPC have unanimously decided to enact the following on a temporary basis:
 
Suspension of Celebrating the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper

No passing of the Friendship Pad
 
No food or drink will be served in the Fellowship Hall after each service
 
The Offering Plates will be placed at the back of the church and you may place your offering in the offering plate as you enter or exit worship
 
No Worship Bulletin will be printed and handed out
 
Greeters will not be shaking hands but rather enthusiastically greeting people with the nodding of the head and elbow taps
 
No printed “Messenger” will be available in the Narthex
 
All “Sign Up” sheets will be removed from the Narthex
 
No Bookstore
 
Children who normally come into worship for the Kid’s Konnection will instead go straight upstairs instead of coming into worship. If you wish to have your child remain with you in worship you may do so. There will be no Kid’s Konnection
 
This Sunday is “Golden Knights” Sunday. Feel free to wear your best Golden Knights attire, but there will be no “Watch the Game” party in the Fellowship Hall after Church
 
All “mid-week” classes will go on as scheduled.
 
If you are not feeling well – have an incessant cough, fever or other signs of sickness please stay home and worship with MVPC online via Facebook or YouTube.
 
As mentioned before, these decisions were made with a heavy heart and prayerful mind.
 
I am reminded of the scripture: “I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go into the House of the Lord.’” (Psalm 122)
I am still glad to go to the House of the Lord!
I am still glad to worship our God!
I am still glad God watches over each of us and offers to us His divine protection.
I am still glad to Laugh often and Fear not!
I am still glad to have you as my brother and sister in Christ!
For the time being, life at MVPC will be a little different, but please know this…
The heart, the love, the grace and the care which lies at the core of MVPC will never change!
 
We will get through this!
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

Thursday’s Thoughts 2-27-20

The last Thursday of February, 2020.
Two months of 2020 are almost in the books.
Two days into the Lenten Season and here is my thought for the day.
 
It comes from Psalm 46: 10
 
“Be still and know that I am God.”
 
How about scheduling some time between now and Sunday to “be still and know that God is God.”
 
What would that look like for you for some “down time”?
Jesus did it all the time.
If it was important for Jesus, it is important for us…
 
Be still
And
Know
that
God is God!

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

Thursday’s Thoughts 2-20-20

Lots of “2’s” in today’s date!
Lots of zeros too!

I’ll keep it short today! (Applause breaks out over the land!!)

Jesus encounters a man at the pool of Bethesda who has been a paralytic for thirty-eight years.

Jesus asks him a simple question,
which I find ridiculous, profound, hopeful, problematic and on the surface, quite obvious.

“Do you want to be healed?”

How do you think the  paralytic answered the question?

So let me ask you the most ridiculous, profound, hopeful, problematic and on the surface, quite obvious question…

“Do you want to be healed?”

I have found most people don’t want to be…
How about you?

See you Sunday!
 

Grace and Peace,
Laugh Often and Fear Not!
David!

Pastor, Mountain View Presbyterian Church
8601 Del Webb Blvd.
Las Vegas, Nevada 89144

702-341-7800
www.mviewpc.org

 

Thursday’s Thoughts 2-13-20

The Thursday before Valentine’s Day!!

Buy the roses!
Eat the Chocolate!
Wear the jewelry!
Make the dinner reservations on Open Table!
Or…
You can buy a card, sign your name, tell your loved one you love them and then say, “It’s the thought that counts!”
This is a well-tested recipe for disaster on Valentine’s Day!!
 
If your loved one says, “Don’t get me anything, I’m good. I know you love me.”
Do not fall for this!!
Yes, those were the words that came out of their mouth, but that is not what they are saying!!
Should the aforementioned words be spoken, run! Run as fast as you can to:
Sees Chocolate
Kay Jewelers – “Every Kiss begins with K!!” (Or Every Kid begins with a Kiss!!)
Hallmark Store
 
Whatever you do, do not think you are off the hook or else… you will be placed on a hook!!
 
This Sunday we look at the second sign (miracle) of Jesus – The Healing of the Official’s Son.
 
Last week during the miracle of Jesus turning the water into wine at the wedding feast Mary simply told the servants in reference to Jesus, “Do whatever he tells you.”
And they did!
 
This week Jesus is going to tell an official whose son is ill to go back home and he will find his son healed.
Here’s the kicker, “The man believed the word Jesus had spoken…”
 
Do we believe the words Jesus speaks?
 
Well… let’s talk about it on Sunday!
Can’t wait to see you…
 
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Member Milestones:
 
Rob Hybarger’s Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, March 21st at 11:00 am at MVPC.
Susan Neiry’s Memorial Service will be held at the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery on Friday, February 21st at 12:40 pm.

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 2-6-20

Hello February 6th!!

I was invited over to someone’s home years ago (1985!) while in Seminary for what was dubbed a “light dinner” to be served at 7:00 pm.

After the host and some five or six invited guests sat in the living room surrounding the coffee table which had a few crackers and slices of cheese adorned with about ten grapes, it took me about forty-five minutes to realize what I was seeing before me was in fact the advertised “light dinner.” I quickly grabbed one of the last of three crackers and fought off another member of the party for the last slice of cheese.

Some fifteen minutes later, the “dinner party” was over and I was being escorted out the door along with the other guests.
Where did I go next you might ask?
Did I go home and go to bed? NO!
Did I head off to the library to study more deep theology? NO!
Did I make my way back to my apartment to watch a little TV? NO!
Where did I go?

I went straight to Wendy’s!
I pushed so hard on the doors leading into the restaurant they screeched to the widest opening possible!
Small children and an elderly lady with a walker were quickly mowed down in my attempt to get to the counter!
Before the Wendy’s worker could say, “Welcome to…”, I was placing my order for a double cheeseburger, with large fries, bowl of chili, large Coke and the classic Wendy’s Frosty!
I was so hungry!!

I haven’t thought about that “dinner” invitation for years until I read the story of the Wedding Feast where the hosting family of the wedding party were about to run out of wine early on during the weeklong festivities.
We all know the story.
Jesus takes about 160 gallons of water and turns it into wine.
Love this man!!

The wedding guests were overwhelmed with the generosity of the hosts of the party, seeing they had saved the best wine until last!
How often do we think of Jesus as the “Master Vintner”?

What is most remembered about that story is Jesus turning the water into wine.
What I am beginning to remember most about this story is how he miraculously saved “face” for the hosting family.
Had the party run out of wine so early on would have been a disaster.

For years people would have been writing blogs, talking around the well (water cooler) and putting this disastrous scenario into their stand up comedy routines!
Remember the time when Bob and Stephanie got married and they ran out of wine! That’s when the real “whining” began! HA! HA! HA!!

The compassion of Jesus went out to the hosting family and he “turned” not only water into wine, he also turned the party around from devastation to delight and dancing!
That’s our Jesus!
He’s the Master of Turns…

Come out this Sunday to find out more about how “He Turns…”

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Member Milestones:

  1. Elder and long time member of MVPC, Rob Hybarger unexpectedly passed away on Tuesday (2/4) evening at his home in Colorado. Please pray for his wife Jane and their family. A memorial service for Rob will be scheduled for some time in March or April.
  2. Memorial Service for Bill Manning will be held this Saturday, at 10:00 am at MVPC. Please continue to pray for his wife Andrea.
  3. Memorial Service for Hannabel Moore, mother of MVPC Elder Bonnie Moore and Betty Moore and wife of Clint Moore will be held on Sunday after church at 1:00 pm. Continued prayers are greatly appreciated.
  4. Memorial Service for Charles Ray Zander, father of MVPC member Linda Southwell will be held on Tuesday, February 11th at 11:00 am. Thank you for your prayers.
  5. Member Shirley Klein passed away on Tuesday morning (2/4). No memorial service has been scheduled yet. Prayers for continued peace for her daughter Karyn.
  6. We celebrate the Sacrament of Baptism with Bobby Lum’s family as his son Jonathan along with his wife Anne bring their son, Cody Susumu Lum before God and the congregation on Sunday.
  7. We celebrate with Connor Klingenberg on being awarded the highest honor and rank from the Boy Scouts of America  – Eagle Scout! Way to Go Connor!!

The beauty of the Church community is we celebrate!
We celebrate life from births and baptisms to deaths and mourning and everything in between.
It’s what makes us a family of faith, a body of believers – celebrating the whole circle of life together as God’s children!

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 1-30-20

Good morning MVPC!

This Sunday we take a look at the Parable of the Good Samaritan!The parable tells of a man brutally robbed and left  on the side of the road injured and helpless.
Two “Men of the Cloth”, a Priest and a Levite walk toward the injured man but cross the road to the other side and avoid the man completely.A third man approaches the scene, a Samaritan – an enemy of the Jewish man in the ditch.The Samaritan helps the man, cares for him, takes him to an inn and pays for his stay.

The term “Good Samaritan” has stayed with us ever since.
For those of you who travel with campers or RV’s, you just might be a member of the “Good Sam Club”, the name taken from the parable.

Parables told by Jesus are always addressing or answering a question.
We know the story.
But, what question is Jesus answering?
You can find out if you read Luke 10: 25-37 or you can wait until Sunday!

See you then!!

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Carolines on Broadway!

David Dendy’s performance at “Carolines on Broadway” Comedy Club in New York City can be found at:

https://youtu.be/CSOnI5BMrUw

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Member Milestones

Bill Manning passed away on Sunday, January 26th.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, February 8th at 10:00 am at MVPC.
Please continue to pray for his wonderful wife, Andrea!
 
A memorial service for Susan Neiry will be held at the Southern Nevada Veterans Cemetery on Friday, February 21st at 12:40 p.m.

Bonnie Moore’s mom, Hannabel Moore passed away this week. Please pray for Bonnie and her sister Betty as well as their dad, Clint who was married to Hannabel for 64 years!

 

Grace and Peace,
Laugh Often and Fear Not!
David!

Pastor, Mountain View Presbyterian Church
8601 Del Webb Blvd.
Las Vegas, Nevada 89144

702-341-7800
www.mviewpc.org

Thursday’s Thoughts 1-23-20

This will get your Thursday morning off to a thoughtful start…

Have you ever asked yourself, “How many times should I forgive?”

Typically such a question comes toward the end of our breaking point in dealing with someone or a group of people over extreme pain, inconvenience, ill will, and/or brokenness which has been inflicted upon us by the aforementioned person or group.

“How many times should I forgive?” implies forgiveness or at the very least an attempt to forgive has taken place.

Read more: https://wp.me/paLJR8-I2

This will be our subject matter this Sunday as we continue to explore, “Principles from the Parables.”
Forgiveness is by far the most controversial subject matter I have ever dealt with in the Church over the last thirty-one years of ministry.
This Sunday will not disappoint…

Stand Up Comedy Debut at Carolines on Broadway:
As many of you know, I had the amazing privilege of performing a stand up comedy routine on the historic stage of “Carolines on Broadway” Comedy Club in Times Square, New York City on Monday, January 20th.
It’s been a long time since I have experienced the nervousness I felt just before walking up on stage at Carolines.
As I made my way toward the stage, I had the overwhelming feeling and experience that I was not walking up there alone. I carried with me hundreds of people from MVPC and friends around the country who sent their prayers, thoughts, and messages with me. As I grabbed the microphone and made my introductory remarks, please know this, “I was not alone on that stage!” By God’s grace, power, and love God was with me and you were as well! What a blessing to know I was not alone!

My “set” went without a hitch and people laughed in all the “right” places and they even laughed in places I didn’t think would get much of a laugh. It was a “rush” I have rarely experienced.
I cannot wait to see you on Sunday!

Member Milestones:

Wilma Elgort passed away on Monday, January 20th. Details on Memorial Service times will be forthcoming.

Susan Neiry passed away on Saturday, January 18th. Details on Memorial Service times will be forthcoming.

 
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 1-16-20

On Monday, January 20th, the United States of America has set aside this day to honor and remember the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr.
On August 28, 1963 in Washington, D.C., Dr. King shared with the world his “Dream.”
Do you have a dream?
I would love to hear and have you share your dream with me!
 
Here’s part of Dr. King’s Dream…
 
I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.
 
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.”
 
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
 
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
 
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation
where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
 
I have a dream today.
 
I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists,
with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification; one day right there in Alabama, little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.
 
I have a dream today.
 
I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.
 
This is our hope.
 
This is the faith that I go back to the South with.
With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope.
With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood.
With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together,
to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.
 
This will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with a new meaning,
“My country, ‘tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing.
Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim’s pride,
from every mountainside, let freedom ring.”
 
And if America is to be a great nation this must become true.
So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire.
Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York.
Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania!
 
Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado!
Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California!
 
But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia!
Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee!
 
Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi.
From every mountainside, let freedom ring.
 
And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring,
when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet,
from every state and every city,
 
we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children,
black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics,
will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual,
“Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”
 
Live the Dream…
 
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

Thursday’s Thoughts 1-9-20

The New Year always seems to prompt us into self-evaluation and assessment…
The dawn of the New Year found in the early days of January propel us to take a hard look in the rear view mirror of 2019 and make some shifts, changes and actions which will prohibit that which we see in the rear and side view mirrors from being witnessed in the front windshield of our life for the New Year ahead.
 
I was talking with a woman yesterday on the phone who is in her late forties.
The year ahead proves to be ambitious, full of new adventures, challenges and goals.
Her voice was full of energy as she told me of her hopes and dreams.
“Maybe I am having some sort of mid-life crisis but I want to make sure I leave a stamp on this world. I want to give my life in such a way that is meaningful, impactful… creating a legacy of sorts.”
 
I have no doubt she will successfully fulfill her hopes and dreams.
When she does, the lives of hundreds of thousands of children and their prospective families will be forever changed for the good!
 
The subject of our emphasis and message this Sunday will be Jesus’ parable of the Ten Talents where three men were given three different amounts of money by their master and each one was commanded to invest the money and increase the value.
The Master goes away and upon his return he discovers the first two men invested their money in such a way so as to yield a great gain.
However, the third man buried his treasure and the master became very upset with him.
 
One of the meanings of the parable is convincingly clear!
If you use what God has given you, you will be rewarded, while not using what you have been given, you will lose.
 
It’s very hard to please God by playing it safe and burying that which God has given to us…
 
How’s your stamp these days?
The incredible and amazing gifts which God has given you… How are you using them? How are you investing them? Have you buried them?

This Sunday we take a look at “How to Invest Your Life” from our Principles from the Parables sermon series.
The Parable of the Talents found in Matthew 25: 14-30 will be the source of our discussion, message and inspiration.
 
Have an amazing day!
Can’t wait to see you on Sunday!
 
Grace and Peace,
Laugh Often and Fear Not!
David!
 
Pastor, Mountain View Presbyterian Church
8601 Del Webb Blvd.
Las Vegas, Nevada 89144
702-341-7800
www.mviewpc.org

Thursday’s Thoughts 1-2-20

The first Thursday of the month of January…
The first Thursday of the New Year 2020
The first Thursday of the decade…

Here’s my prayer for:
The Moment
The Hour
The Day
The Week
The Month
The Season
The Year
Lifetime…

Would it?
Could it?
Be yours…?
 

If this becomes YOUR prayer…
Get ready!
It’s going to be an incredible ride!
Happy New Year!

Grace and Peace,
Laugh Often and Fear Not!
David!

Ps – Thank you John Wesley for sharing your “Covenant Prayer” with us!

Pastor, Mountain View Presbyterian Church
8601 Del Webb Blvd.
Las Vegas, Nevada 89144
702-341-7800
www.mviewpc.org

 

Thursday’s Thoughts 12-26-19

The Thursday after Christmas…
Boxing Day…
The Day after…
Six more days until 2020…
 
One of the delights of Christmas Day is the giving and receiving!
 
I love to give!
I am learning how to receive! Yes… “Learning” as in, it is a continual learning curve for me to receive the unconditional love of family and friends. The learning curve of receiving kind words, generous outpourings of gifts, time, energy and love all directed at me.
Who am I to receive such love?
And then it hits me… As much as I love to give those very same things to others, millions of “others” love to do the same!
Why would I want to deny anyone the joy of giving?
So… I am learning to receive…
Receive with a grateful heart
Receive with a humble heart
Receive with honor
Receive with grace
Receive with joy
Receive with laughter
Received with acceptance
Receive with no strings attached
Receive…
 
It’s the most recognized saying of Jesus…
It’s the most quoted words of Jesus…
It’s the most memorized verse in the Bible…
It’s the most displayed verse at NFL football games…
It’s the most profound verse in the Bible…
John 3: 16
 
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
 
God loved!
God gave!
We believe!
We RECEIVE eternal life!
 
May this Christmas season and the New Year 2020 be the time where we joyfully receive this most precious gift!
 
Merry Christmas!
Laugh often and Fear not!
David!

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End of Year Giving
 
How generous are the people of MVPC!!
Thank you for your loving support of the ministry God has put before us at Mountain View Presbyterian Church!
Just a reminder for the end of the year giving 2019.
To receive 2019 credit, all financial gifts to MVPC must be:
1. If sending in by mail – Postmarked by December 31, 2019
2. If paying online through our website – must be done by 9:00 pm on the evening of December 31st (The credit card processing company is based on the East coast, three hours ahead of us)
3. If dropping by the church office, please do so by 1:00 pm on December 31st.  Church office closes at 1:00 pm
 
Once again, thank you for your 2019 giving! It has been a banner year!
Thank you for your 2020 Financial Pledges as well. May the year 2020 be an incredible year of blessings for you, MVPC and our community!

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 12-19-19

If the Federal Government decreed the whole country to be registered, with each citizen having to be registered in their home town, where would you go?
 
Many of the traditions we hold so dear this time of the year; putting up the Christmas tree, decorating the tree, outdoor lights, baking of goodies, going to church on Christmas Eve and the exchanging and opening of presents find their roots in a place we call “Home.”
 
Many of us will go “home” this Christmas.
Joseph went home to Bethlehem.
Amazing things happened.
 
Where’s the amazing place you call “home” this Christmas season?
 
Grace and peace,
Laugh often and Fear not!
David!
 
(Taken from “25 Days of Christmas” an interactive devotional book written by David Dendy)

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 12-12-19

I love to sing!
Whether I am any good at singing is beside the point.
I love to sing!
As a young person growing up, I sang in the Church Choirs from third grade through High School Graduation.
During my public school education, I sang in the School Choirs from Elementary School through High School Graduation.
During my Davidson College education, I sang in the Davidson College Chorus through College Graduation.
Somewhere along the way, I learned to sing the “tenor” part in the Hallelujah Chorus written by George Frideric Handel.
Last night my daughter, Faith performed at the Palo Verde High School Winter Concert. The third to last song in the program was the Hallelujah Chorus.
The Choir Conductor was generous and professional in inviting anyone who had ever sung the Hallelujah Chorus to come up on stage to sing.
I chose to stay in my seat because it had been hundreds of years since I sang this favorite song of mine. I just knew I would not remember all the words or even the tenor part in full.
My voice has dropped a little bit in the last thirty-five years since I last sang the Hallelujah Chorus in a performance. I really did not want to embarrass myself or my daughter by getting up there and perhaps become a distraction from the students who had worked so hard to perform this majestic piece.
The Hallelujah Chorus began as it always does and then something majestic happened in my own heart.
Word for Word…
Note for Note…
Pause for Pause…
Emotion for Emotion
Heartfeltness for Heartfeltness…
I sang every word, hit every tenor note, paused when I was supposed to pause, came in when I was supposed to come in and my heart was marvelously moved to parts unknown as these words and notes coursed through every vein in my body and soul.
It is traditional to always stand during the Hallelujah Chorus.
Evidently, King George II stood in admiration of the debut performance of the Hallelujah Chorus in Handel’s Messiah and ever since, audiences the world wide have stood as the choir proclaims, “King of Kings and Lord of lords and He shall reign forever and ever. Hallelujah! Hallelujah!”
Last night, the audience did not stand.
I did not stand…
That will be the last time I do not stand when the people are singing their hearts out to the “King of Kings and Lord of Lords.”
The King of Kings deserves such respect and honor and dignity.

During this Christmas Season, I hope there is another opportunity to hear the Hallelujah Chorus.
If I do, you will see me do the one thing I failed to do last night…
Stand!

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

(I have provided the words below…
Maybe we can stand while we read the words…)

Hallelujah Chorus
George Frideric Handel

Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
For the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
For the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
The kingdom of this world
Is become the kingdom of our Lord,
And of His Christ, and of His Christ;
And He shall reign for ever and ever,
For ever and ever, forever and ever,
King of kings, and Lord of lords,
King of kings, and Lord of lords,
And Lord of lords,
And He shall reign,
And He shall reign forever and ever,
King of kings, forever and ever,
And Lord of lords,
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
And He shall reign forever and ever,
King of kings! and Lord of lords!
And He shall reign forever and ever,
King of kings! and Lord of lords!
Hallelujah!
Hallelujah!
Hallelujah!
Hallelujah!
Hallelujah!

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 12-5-19

Hello  MVPC!

Join me in the “LUKE24 Challenge”!

Read a chapter a day in the Gospel According to Luke during the first 24 days of December.

On Christmas Eve you will have read the entire book of Luke and have a deeper and more spiritually enlightened view and understanding of the life and love of Jesus on Christmas Day!

Today we are on Chapter 5!!

You better get moving!!

I love a good challenge!

This is a good one!!

#LUKE24 #laughoftenandfearnot

Here is the calendar of events for December!
 

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 11-21-19

It’s the third Thursday of November, which can only mean one thing!!!
Thanksgiving Day is next Thursday!!
Woohoo!!
 
I cannot wait to see you on Sunday morning!
Rare is the case where I miss two Sundays in a row.
I am longing to be back in my home church – MVPC!!
 
The sermon title is: A Few Things I Learned about Christianity from my Trip to Israel
Get ready for a great worship experience!
 
Here are my Thursday’s Thoughts!!
 
Do you prefer using GPS or Road Signs?
 
When trying to get to a destination by car do you prefer using GPS or Road Signs?

I am a faithful, addicted, user, proponent, and stock-holder in the modern miracle of GPS!

I love it when satellites are triangulated for my purposes of finding the nearest Starbucks or In-N-Out burger joint! GPS, not Road Signs is all about me in the convenience of my own car while my XM radio blasts my favorite channel!

Last Friday night I flew from Las Vegas to New Orleans. I arrived at the brand new New Orleans airport around 1:30 am on Saturday morning. After retrieving my checked bag it was now closer to 2:00 am. Exhausted, I made my way to the new Rental Car Shuttle Bus pickup area with three other weary souls. We stood almost huddled together in the 47 degree temperature while the wind whipped around us. We just knew the Shuttle Bus would appear any moment. Other shuttle buses came and went. One of my freezing colleagues tried to stop one of the “Parking Lot” buses to inquire if the Rental Car Shuttle Bus was coming. The Parking Lot bus didn’t even slow down and blew right past him, prompting him to raise his middle finger high in the breezy air. The middle finger quickly retreated into a balled fist. I guess the middle finger was cold. 
Read more… – https://daviddendy.com/?p=2690&preview=true
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Quote of the Day:

You don’t stop laughing
because you grow older…
You grow older
Because you stopped laughing
          Maurice Chevalier
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We have had a tremendous start to our Annual Stewardship Campaign at MVPC.
If you have returned your 2020 Financial Pledge Card, I say, “Thank you thank you thank you!!”
If you have not had a chance to turn your 2020 Financial Pledge Card in, please do so before December 8th as we plan for 2020!
It’s going to be a great year ahead thanks to your faithful giving, faithful service and faithful love of God and MVPC!

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 11-14-19

After an exhausting day of travel from Las Vegas to San Francisco to Tel Aviv, Israel everyone on the Journey of Faith Tour from MVPC was ready to go to bed and begin the adventure of a lifetime the next day.

We began our tour in the town of Joppa, a beautiful seaside community rich in Biblical history.

Jonah left on his journey to Tarshish, instead of Nineveh from this Mediterranean seaside port.

The apostle Peter had a vision where God’s love and grace would be poured over everyone, not just the Jews. Within a day or two, Peter followed the vision to Joppa where Cornelius, a Roman centurion was converted to Christianity.

And so our walking tour of this hilly, coastal town began. Up and down steps and corridors we went on a fascinating adventure, learning more and more of this ancient town.

After an hour or so we returned to the bus which was situated right next to the large “Clock Tower” in downtown Joppa.

All forty-one of us boarded the bus, the front door and the back side door of the bus closed. Traffic was heavy and we needed to vacate our curb parking spot quickly.

As the bus lurched forward Russell from the back of the bus uttered, “Where’s James? James is not here!”

I shouted to the front of the bus, “We’re missing one! James is not on the bus?”
Of course, the classic, rhetorical question was raised over and over, “Well, where is he?”

No one knew…

We found a phone number for James and our bus driver, Miki called him. “Where are you?” James, being in a foreign city with a foreign language had no idea where he was.

Miki left the bus, leaving the forty of us behind in search of James.

Twenty minutes later Miki and James came strolling down the street together. A huge sigh of relief was offered as the two were spotted from the eighty eyes which were peering through every window on the bus.

As James boarded the bus, everyone started clapping.
The lost sheep had been found and reunited with the flock.

Jesus offers this great parable in Matthew 18 – “What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? 13 And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. 14 So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.”

Jesus, the great shepherd, just like Miki the bus driver, leaves everyone behind when it comes to searching out the one lost sheep.

I don’t know where you are today as you read this.
I wonder if you know where you are as you read this.

Wherever you are, know this…
Jesus is searching you out.
Jesus is combing the streets,
the alleyways,
the highways,
the byways
the nooks,
the cranny’s,
to bring you home, to reunite you with the flock.

And when He does, do you know what happens next?
That’s right…

The angels, the saints and all of heaven above applauds!
Just like we did when James boarded the bus!

Welcome home!
 
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 10-31-19

“Give until it hurts…”

Have you ever heard this phrase before?
It usually comes from Pastors, Preachers and Priests during Stewardship Season when it is time for the congregation to pledge their money to the church.
I guess it is supposed to mean, “Give money to God” and give in such a way so as to make you “wince” at the incredible amount you are giving because your bank account is taking a major hit.

Would that be fair to say?
Sure it is!
I said it…. LOL!

Here is my take…

I have never hurt from giving…

The only time I hurt is when I do not give.

Let me say that little nugget one more time…

The only time I hurt is when I do not give.

Should I say that one more time?
I will spare you…

When I give:
My time
My love
My heart
My service
My money
My care
My gifts…

When I give those attributes, resources, gifts and commodities I do not hurt.
In fact just the opposite takes place:
I find great joy!!

I will tell you when I do hurt.
When I DO NOT give:
My time
My love
My heart
My service
My money
My care
My gifts…

When I selfishly hold on to those attributes, resources, gifts and commodities like a football running through the Oakland Raiders defense, then I am guaranteed of one thing and one thing only:
Hurt
Pain
Regret
Distress
Heartache
Grieved
Sad

Ok, those were seven things!
You get the point…

My hope for all people is to experience the joy of giving on all fronts of life!
I am reminded of Anne Frank’s great quote:
“No one has ever become poor from giving.”

This Sunday at MVPC, we will talk about the joy of giving as we celebrate our Consecration Sunday, by offering to God our 2020 Financial Commitment Cards as an act of worship and gratitude during our celebration of the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper.
We have been asking the question: What percentage of my income is God calling me to give back to Him?

I am honored and thrilled to give back to God in such a way that does not hurt but rather elicits great JOY!

See you Sunday!
Laugh often and Fear not!
David!

Ps – Do not forget to turn your clocks back one hour this weekend! Otherwise you will be awfully early for church!

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 10-24-19

It is the Thursday after the “Don’t Stop Believin’ – A Journey Worship Experience with Jonathan Cain”!!
MVPC is still basking in the afterglow of a marvelous worship experience of singing Journey songs and hearing a wonderful testimony from Journey band member, Jonathan Cain.

A special shout out to all of our volunteers who made the day run so smoothly with their warm hospitality, bright smiles, and “can do” attitude!
The Praise Band offered an amazing array of musical talent as they showcased their God given musical gifts and skills!
Way to go MVPC!!

I love the Fall Season here in Las Vegas!
We get marvelous fall colors; red, yellow, orange, brown! All right here in Las Vegas!

The above photo was found right down the street from Mountain View Presbyterian Church, here in Las Vegas… On my computer screen!!

One thing I love about the “Fall Season” are the “True Colors” being shown on the trees.
For most of the year the color of the leaves on the trees are covered by the green chlorophyll.
In the Fall, the green chlorophyll fades away and the true colors of the tree are made manifest!

The “Fall Church Season” is one of my favorite times of the year!
At Mountain View Presbyterian Church (MVPC), we offer the people of God an opportunity to show their “true colors” as we invite the people who call MVPC, “home” to offer a “financial pledge/commitment” for the upcoming year 2020.
We are asking everyone this great question, “What percentage of my income is God calling me to give back to Him?”
Please prayerfully consider how God is moving you to show your “true colors” in the coming days.

What “true colors” the body of Christ at MVPC have been shown year after year!
MVPC continues to show the “true colors” of generosity, love, gratitude, joy, sacrifice, laughter and fearlessness over and over!!

2019 was no different!
I have a feeling 2020 will be another banner year of MVPC shedding the “green chlorophyll” of dreaded, compulsory, tight fisted, clenched jaw giving and instead offer their “True Colors” of joy, delight, cheerful, faithful and generous giving unto the Lord!

“It is more blessed to give than to receive…” Acts 20: 35
“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9: 7

Sunday, November 3rd at both worship services at MVPC we will have the privilege of showing our “True Colors” with our 2020 Financial Pledge.
Thank you for being the amazing, incredible, wonderful, generous church you are to further the great work of God in building up the Kingdom here in Las Vegas!

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

Ps – Pledge cards will be made available on Sunday, October 27th and Sunday, November 3rd as well as being available in the Church lobby.

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 10-17-19

See you Sunday!!

Additional Parking – If you are able – 

Please park across the street at
Sun Shadows Community Center
or on Sungold Street.

Laugh often and Fear not!
David!
 
P.S. Don’t forget the concert later on Sunday at 3 pm featuring Mykola Suk and chamber orchestra celebrating the 250th birthday of Beethoven!

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 10-10-19

Today is October 10th
 
You might write that down as 10/10…

Ever wonder what the tenth (10) chapter and the tenth (10) verse of some of the books of the Bible say?
I knew this is exactly what was on your mind this tenth day of the tenth month.
Here are some selected readings…
 
John 10: 10 – Jesus says, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”
 
Romans 10: 10 – “For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.”
 
Hebrews 10: 10 – “And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”
 
Revelation 10: 10 – “And I took the little scroll from the hand of the angel and ate it. It was sweet as honey in my mouth, but when I had eaten it my stomach was made bitter.”
 
Proverbs 10: 10 – “Whoever winks the eye causes trouble, and a babbling fool will come to ruin.”
 
Jeremiah 10: 10 – “But the Lord is the true God; he is the living God and the everlasting King. At his wrath the earth quakes, and the nations cannot endure his indignation.”
 
I particularly like John 10: 10!
                Are there some things, people, practices in our lives which are only there to steal, kill and destroy?
 
Do we trust, believe, accept and revel in the theology Jesus came to the earth to give us life and allow us to have it abundantly?
                What are the things, people, practices in our lives which allow Jesus to give us an abundant life?
 
Choose wisely this day, 10/10!
 
Laugh often and Fear not!
David!
 
Ps – I would not advise printing out this email and then eating it as John did in Revelation 10:10. It may taste as sweet as honey, but it will also make your stomach bitter.
 
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MVPC Member Milestones
 
Marj Scull Memorial Service – Saturday, October 26th at 11:00 am
Grant Facer Memorial Service – Thursday, December 5th at 11:00 am

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Sunday Preview
 
Scripture: 1 Peter 4: 1-11
Sermon: Holy Stewards – A steward is a manager. God has entrusted to us many gifts of which we are stewards. How are we doing with the gifts we manage? Let’s take a look together on Sunday!
 
Football Sunday! Wear your team’s favorite colors! Professional, College, High School – show off your team loyalty!
 
Church Wide Picnic – Immediately following Church on Sunday we will “picnic” together at Mountain Crest Park. (Show Map) Come on out! MVPC will provide Burgers, Hot Dogs, Condiments, Drinks. You bring your favorite dish!
 
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Humor of the Day
 
Late one night a burglar broke into a house and while he was sneaking around he heard a voice say, “Jesús is watching you.” He looked around and saw nothing. He kept on creeping and again heard, “Jesús is watching you.” In a dark corner, he saw a cage with a parrot inside. The burglar asked the parrot, “Was it you who said Jesús is watching me” The parrot replied, “Yes.” Relieved, the burglar asked, “What is your name?” The parrot said, “Clarence.” The burglar said, “That’s a stupid name for a parrot. What idiot named you Clarence?” The parrot answered, “The same idiot that named the rottweiler Jesús.”
 

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 10-3-19

The first Thursday in the ten month in the two thousandth and nineteenth year of our Lord!
How about that!
 
I imagine if the two of us sat down across from one another in our most comfortable chair, with our most satisfying beverage (Mountain Dew!) and
Turned our phones off,
Turned the radio off,
Turned the computers off,
Turned the TV off,
 
And simply relaxed, trusted and began to share the number of times we have personally suffered…

In between the hugs we would offer each other,
the box of Kleenexes we would go through,
the salt stained cheeks where tears have cascaded down,
the seemingly endless moments of silence where there are just no words to describe the pain,
and the number of questions we would ask one another,
I have a feeling we would be sitting across from one another until next Easter.
 
Today, I could go into details.
Today, You could go into details.
 
Today, we won’t.
No need.
A sympathetic gaze into each other’s eye,
A simple nod of the head
And
We know…
And
We know…
 
We have both been through the proverbial “ringer.”
No one is exempt.
No one gets a free ride.
 
What the heart, mind, body and soul can endure is beyond remarkable.
It is downright miraculous.
 
As we would conclude our time together,
sitting across from one another,
still sipping on our favorite beverage,
still wiping the tears,
there would be a turn,
a turning point,
a watershed moment,
an aha moment,
a moment of better clarity,
perhaps even a moment of a chuckle, a giggle, or flat out fall on our face laughter.
 
All because,
through age,
through wisdom,
through maturity,
through changes in perspective,
through our loving and saving knowledge and relationship with Jesus,
we would know, understand, appreciate and even embrace
the experience of knowing,
“Our suffering is purposeful.”
 
Christ suffered.
We suffered.
Christ was glorified.
We will be glorified through our suffering for Christ!
 
It’s been nice visiting with you.
I have enjoyed your company more than you know.
I have been blessed by your presence.
I have been bolstered by your witness.
I have been encouraged by your acceptance of me.
Cheers…
 
Thank you!
Laugh often and Fear not!
David!
 
Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good?
14 But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, 
15 but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, 
16 having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. 
17 For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil. (1 Peter 3: 13-17)

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 9-26-19

 

The last Thursday of the ninth month of the year!

The first Thursday of the Fall season!!

I feel a chill in the air already! Get your coats and ear muffs out!!

Check out these verses below which we will be studying this Sunday:

“Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives, when they see your respectful and pure conduct. Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious. For this is how the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves, by submitting to their own husbands, as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord. And you are her children, if you do good and do not fear anything that is frightening. Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered. Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. For “Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit; let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.””
‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭3:1-12‬ ‭ESV‬‬

It’ll be a great Sunday!! Come on out!
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MVPC Member Milestones
 
A memorial service for Marj Scull will be held on Saturday, October 26th at 11:00 am at MVPC.
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Upcoming Events
 
Sunday, October 6th – World Communion Sunday

Sunday, October 6th – Pet Blessing at Police Memorial Park at 4:00

Sunday, October 13th – Football Sunday / Church Picnic
Wear your favorite team colors and/or jerseys.
Picnic after church at Mountain Crest Park. Invite friends…

Sunday, October 20th – Don’t Stop Believin’ – A Journey Worship Experience with Jonathan Cain from the band Journey!

 

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 9-19-19

 

Today’s date is a major palindrome!!
 
First off, do we know what a palindrome is?
A palindrome is anything that is spelled the same forward and backward.
For instance:
DAD, MOM, WOW, BUB, BOB, RACECAR and for my very favorite: Yreka Bakery
 
So…
Today’s date and pretty much all week these dates in September have been a palindrome…
 
Today’s date is 9/19/19
Today’s date backwards is 9/19/19
See how that works?
 
What does that have to do with our most recent study of 1 Peter?
Nothing!
Other than… God is the same yesterday, today and forever…
Therefore God is the same forwards and backwards (Not necessarily in spelling though!)
 
Last Sunday we took at a look at our “living hope in Jesus Christ!”
Our hope is built not on uncertainty but rather on “certainty!”
The certainty of Jesus being resurrected from the dead.
The certainty of our inheritance be kept for us in heaven, guarded by God in heaven and thus our inheritance is undefiled, uncorrupted, unstained!
 
We also learned our various trials (and all of us go through incredible trials), those trials are not meant to destroy us but are meant to build us up, strengthen our character and our resolve to follow Jesus.
 
What’s in store for this week?
We will look at 1 Peter 2…
 
Check these verses out…
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession,
that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” (1 Peter 2: 9-10)
 
What does it mean to be a Holy Nation?

What is the difference between Grace and Mercy? (Can you answer that one?)
 
See you Sunday!!

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MVPC Member Milestones
 
Please to announce the engagement of Renny Fransz and Debbie Pick!!
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Sunday Preview
 
Scripture: 1 Peter 2
Sermon: Holy Nation
 
Our Annual Stewardship 2020 Commitment Sunday is November 3rd
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Humor of the Day
 
A man is talking to God. “God, how long is a million years?”
God answers, “To me, it’s about a minute.”
The man continues with his curiosity, “God, how much is a million dollars?”
God accurately answers, “To me, it’s a penny.”
The man chewed on this thought for a few minutes and then inquired, “God, may I have a penny?”
God smiled, “Just a minute.”

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 9-12-19

 

Everyone remembers where they were on Tuesday, 9/11/01!
But do you remember where you were on the Thursday after 9/11?

On Monday, September 10, 2001 I had flown from Houston, TX (my home) to Cleveland, Ohio, rented a car and checked into the Hampton Inn Hotel.
On Tuesday, September 11, 2001 I was consulting with Grace Church in Cleveland, Ohio, helping them raise a few million dollars for an expansion project.
I drove into the parking lot around 8:50 am for a 9:00 am meeting.

I remember hearing on the radio a report of someone flying a plane into the World Trade Center.
My first thought was, “What idiot flew his plane into the World Trade Center? How can you not see those two huge, tall buildings in the middle of New York City!?”

As I got out of my car and headed toward the church office, a gentleman came out of the office and said, “Did you hear about the plane flying into the World Trade Center?” I responded, “Was it a Cessna?” He replied, “No, I think it was more like a Learjet, one of those private jets.”
Hmmmmm? How weird is that? Those were about the only two thoughts that meandered through my mind at that moment.
Read more… https://daviddendy.com/thursday-after-9-11/
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This Sunday we begin our sermon series on 1 Peter!
Our first take will focus on “Holy Hope!”
I “HOPE” to see you there this Sunday!
Until then, have an amazing 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 9-5-19

 

The first Thursday of September 2019!
The first Thursday after Labor Day (Hope you had a day off from your Labor!)
The first Thursday of September 2019 before 9/11/2019…(Has it really been 18 years? Why are the images and visceral feelings still so real and raw?)

Second chances!
Have you ever given one?
Have you ever been offered one?

How many chances do you offer before you think yourself an idiot for opening yourself up to disappointment once again?
How many chances have you received before you think yourself an idiot for “blowing it” again and desiring just one more to get it right “this time”?

I am grateful beyond belief we have a God who offers more chances than we can number.

I am wondering what you and I are doing with our “second chances”…

God wipes that slate clean and today… today we can begin anew:
To start a new adventure…
To mend a few fences…
To build some lasting relationships…
To extinguish some bridges we set afire…
To alter our mindset…
To adjust the lenses of our hearts to see the beautiful…
To change the world by first changing my world!

God does this with great love over and over and over and over again…
God allows the second chances of life to make a powerful impact on the world.
Just look at:
Moses
Samson
Rahab
David
Jonah
Zacchaeus
Paul
The Woman caught in adultery
Peter
You and me…

It’s not every day you find someone who will give you a second chance, much less someone who will give you a second chance every day!
In Jesus, you can find both!

See you Sunday as we will discuss the Gospel of Second Chances!
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HUMOR OF THE DAY

In surgery for a heart attack, a middle-aged woman has a vision of God by her bedside. “Will I die?” she asks. God says, “No. You have 30 more years to live.”

With 30 years to look forward to, she decides to make the best of it. So since she’s in the hospital, she gets breast implants, liposuction, a tummy tuck, hair transplants, and collagen injections in her lips. She looks fabulous!

The day she’s discharged, she exits the hospital with a swagger, crosses the street, and is immediately hit by an ambulance and killed.

Up in heaven, she sees God. “You said I had 30 more years to live,” she complains. “That’s true,” says God. “So what happened?” she asks. God shrugs, “I didn’t recognize you.”
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MVPC Member Milestones:

Marj Scull passed away Tuesday night, September 3rd at the age of 87. No date for a Memorial Service has been set yet.

Matt Borg’s mom, Barbara Borg passed away Wednesday, September 4th on her 77th birthday.

We received word that long time visitor of MVPC Evelyn Delbrueggge passed away on July 16th at the age of 89.

Please remember these families in your prayers.
  
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 8-29-19
 

The Thursday before Labor Day!!

I love Labor Day weekend as it signals the end of summer and the beginning of fall.
Football season bursting out of the tunnel onto the gridiron…
World Series rounding third base…Temps cooling down to the 90’s (in Las Vegas!!)
Crisp air brushing up against our faces…
Leaves on the trees starting to show their true colors…
School crossing guards in neon green vests dot the intersections…
Backpacks test the strength of the backs of children from ages five to eighteen…
 
There’s something about this weekend that signals “newness” on the horizon!
What “new” things will be on your horizon this fall?
New commitments…
New relationships…
New battles…
New diagnoses…
New troubles…
New discernments…
New skills in problem solving…
New understandings…
New revelations…
New experiences…
 
Be on the lookout for the “new”!
Jesus says, “Behold, I am making all things new…” (Revelation 21: 5)
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This Sunday, September 1st we will delve into the last sermon of the eight part “Laugh Often and Fear Not” sermon series.
Read Daniel 6
What a great story of Daniel in the Lion’s Den!
Fear not… even when you find yourself thrown into the Lion’s den.
See you on 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

Thursday’s Thoughts 8-22-19

Put on your “Thinking Cap” because it is that incredible and magnificent time of the week again for “Thursday’s Thoughts from Pastor David!”
Is this not
The Highlight,
The Pinnacle,
The Zenith,
The Summit,
The Peak of your week!!???
 
Of course it is!!
Without a shadow of a doubt!
With bated breath you have been waiting for these
Words of Wisdom
Nuggets of Truth
Ingots of Intellect
Boulders of Building Blocks
Pearls of Personal emPowerment!!
 
Do such declarations make you cachinnate!!??** 
I bet it does!
 
Have you ever been laughed at?
I think I just was…
 
Read more…
https://daviddendy.com/?p=2628&preview=true

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There will be a Memorial Service for Fay Fisher on Thursday, August 29th at
11:00 am at MVPC.
Please keep Fay’s husband Phil in your prayers.

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 8-15-19

It’s the first Thursday in the first week of children going back to school in Las Vegas, Nevada!!
Woohoo!!
 
My children walk to school.
When I was a child, I walked to school. (Yes!!! Up hill both ways, snow blizzards, pelting rain, horrific hail, slippery sleet and fabulous fog!!)

How many footsteps have walked the trail my children walk!
How many footsteps have preceded the steps I walk in life!
 
Wherever we walk, we leave a footprint.
Imagine being able to see all the footprints of all the people who have gone before us.
 
We walk the path of joy…
We walk the path of sadness…
We walk the path of love…
We walk the path of broken hearts…
We walk the path of break out smiles and laughter…
We walk the path of tears cascading down our cheeks as we cry uncontrollably…
We walk the path of _____________ (You can fill in the blank here)
 
When I think of “footprints” and walking through life, I cannot help but think of the great poem:
“Footprints in the Sand”
 
FOOTPRINTS IN THE SAND by Mary Stevenson
 
One night I had a dream.

I dreamed I was walking along the beach
with the Lord..

Across the sky flashed scenes from my life..
For each scene, I noticed two sets of
footprints in the sand,
one belonging to me, and the other to the Lord..
 
When the last scene of my life flashed before me,
I looked back at the footprints in the sand.
I noticed that many times along the path of my life
there was only one set of footprints.

I also noticed that it happened at the very lowest
and saddest times in my life.

 
This really bothered me 
and I questioned the Lord about it:
“Lord, you said that once I decided to follow you,
you’d walk with me all the way.

But I have noticed that during the most 
troublesome times in my life 
there is only one set of footprints.

I don’t understand why 
when I need you most you would leave me.”

 
The Lord replied:
“My precious child, I love you and would
never leave you.
During your times of trial and suffering,
when you see only one set of footprints, it was then
that I carried you.”

 
As you look back on your life, whether you see one set of footprints or two, or maybe you see five or six set of footprints of those who surround you with love and support, the good news is the Lord walks with us, no matter where we go, no matter what we encounter every step of the way!
Praise be to God!!

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 8-8-19

 

 

This Sunday at MVPC we will continue our “Laugh Often and Fear Not” sermon series.
We will be taking a look at one of my favorite passages around the command, “Fear not.”
In the Apostle Paul’s second letter to his dear friend in ministry Timothy, he writes this:
“…for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” (2 Timothy 1: 7)
What fascinates me about this passage is the opening line.
“For God gave us a spirit not of fear…”
If God did not give us a spirit of fear, then who did?
I would be very curious to hear your response on this great question.
That question will be the focus of our message on Sunday!
Can’t wait to see you then!
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This Sunday, August 11th is Hawaiian Sunday!
Come on out in your best Hawaiian garb! We will have Kona Ice selling Hawaiian Shave Ice as well as good ol’ fashioned pork BBQ!
Aloha!!
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Last night (Wednesday) around 8:43 p.m. MVPC Church Member Fay Fisher peacefully passed away with her husband, Phil Fisher of 42 years by her side as well as MVPC Parish Nurse Launa Ismail at Spring Valley Hospital’s ICU. 
I had left the hospital about 15 minutes before Fay passed away. Before leaving I had the privilege of sharing and reading the 23rd Psalm to Fay as well as offering on behalf of MVPC our gratitude for all she had done for our church. “Well done good and faithful servant!” 
No immediate word on a service here in Las Vegas. A memorial service is being planned for the family back in Ohio. 
Fay was a great addition to the MVPC family over the last 20 years. She will be greatly missed! 
Praise God for His great promise of eternal hope, glory and rest!__________________________________________________________________
Today we celebrate the life of Audrey Krikorian and the witness of the resurrection of Jesus Christ with a memorial service at Palm Mortuary (1600 S. Jones) at 3:00 pm
On Saturday we will do the same with a memorial service for Brad Shultis at 11:00 at MVPC.
Please remember these families in your prayers.
“…though we die, yet shall we live again” – Jesus
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 8-1-19

 

 

Thursday’s Thoughts from Pastor David

The first day and the first Thursday in the month of August 2019!!!
We have four more Thursdays this month!
Wow!
August is going to rock!!

The future?
What do you think about it? Positive? Full of possibilities? Don’t think much about it because it’s “down the road a ways?” Obsessed by it?

What do you feel about it? Gloom? Despair? Excited? Ecstatic?

What do you know about it? Nothing? Nothing new under the sun, history will just repeat itself?

I am fascinated by the description of the Godly woman found in Proverbs 31!
In regards to our Sermon Series of “Laugh often and Fear not!”, verse 25 has special significance…

“Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come.”

Another translation offers this:
“She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.”

I love the latter translation as it handles our theme of “laugh often” and “fear not” in the same sentence!

Well, let me ask you again?
The future?
Do you laugh at the days to come?
Do you laugh without fear of the future?

If so, why?
If not, why not?

Cannot wait to tackle this topic this Sunday at MVPC!
See you there!
 

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 7-25-19

 

 The last Thursday in the month of July is upon us!
 
Today I am wondering about what “Giants” you face.
 
A “Giant” would be defined as: 
anyone, 
any thing, 
any obstacle, 
any problem, 
any pressure,
any pain 
which keeps us, 
holds us back from moving forward in life freely, joyfully and unencumbered. 

Got any “Giants” which need to be slayed?
 
Let me offer a few Giants I have personally encountered as well as some Giants I have seen others cower from:
 
There is the Giant of:
 
Resentment
Broken Relationship
FEAR
Loneliness
Guilt and Shame
Discouragement
Jealousy
Disease
Depression
Abuse
Hopelessness
Addiction
Pride
Doubt
Loneliness
 
And then there is my favorite Giant – 
The Giant who yells into my ear morning and night, “You are not good enough!”
Perhaps you’ve heard that Giant’s clarion call in your own ear as well.
 
Maybe you have run into one or two of these?
Maybe you still do…
Maybe, just maybe you wonder, “What will it ever take to slay these Giants!?”

Let me ask this…
What is your plan to slay these Giants?
 
Here’s the good news – Giants can be slayed!
 
David, the Shepherd Boy shows us how to slay Giants.

Here’s the eternal lesson from David’s slaying of Goliath!
 
“Know who you are and know whose you are” and the Giants will come tumbling down!

Listen to David’s words as he faced the Goliath Giant of Gath:
For the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give you into our hand.” (1 Samuel 17: 48)

How many Giants we battle on our own. 
I love how David turns the battle over to the Lord.
Yes, David still acts and still RUNS toward the Giant Goliath, but he does so knowing full well, “the battle is the Lord’s.”
 
As we will discuss this Sunday in our Laugh Often and Fear Not sermon series, “Fearlessly Facing the Giants” can be accomplished and victory can be ours when we offer the battle cry:
For the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give you into our hand.”
 
I love what Max Lucado says about Giants:
“Focus on giants – you stumble!
Focus on God – your giants tumble!”

 
I can’t wait to see you on Sunday!
We will be slaying a few Giants that day!!
 
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 7-18-19

It’s Thursday!
 
Have you ever wondered what happens when the proverbial “honeymoon” is over? 

Recently I had a conversation with a friend who met me with downcast eyes, 
defeated, slumping posture and a tone of voice which emanated sadness. 
In describing his current situation he declared, “The honeymoon is over.” His…
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This Sunday we have the honor of hearing about the great work God did with our Youth Mission Team in San Francisco last week!
 
Next Tuesday, July 23rd we have our second Town Hall meeting! 
This meeting will focus on “Programming” for MVPC!
Dinner will be served at 6:00 in the Fellowship Hall.
The Town Hall meeting will take place in the Sanctuary at 6:45
See you there!!
 
The Verse of the Day:
“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15: 13)
 
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 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/__________________________________________________________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

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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!

4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 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 89134702-341-7800
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.”
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“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.

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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