Dave Lenehan's Weekly Thoughts

Dave Lenehan is the Operations Manager for the Event Production Department at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. Prior to his coming to Liberty in 2015, he spent 25 years on staff with Capital District Youth for Christ in the Albany, NY area and served as a volunteer youth leader for middle and high school student ministries at his local church. Dave has been married to his wife Janet for nearly 32 years and they have three sons, all of whom reside in the Lynchburg area.

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    Dust Off The Sword

    Written by Dave Lenehan You’ve got to admit that swords are cool.  Maybe it’s because we don’t see them in use on a daily basis (and that’s probably a good thing). Perhaps it’s because our first memory of seeing or even holding a sword likely has a cool story to go along with the blade’s cool factor (watching Braveheart, Gladiator, Lord of the Rings or Narnia included). When I was in high school, I won newspaper Carrier of the Year from our local Cape Cod Times  through Parade magazine; that award carried with it an all-expense-paid trip to Spain for 10 days.  I had only flown a few times in my life and never out…

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    A Bike Shop & A Sand Dune

    As you go through this first semester of the school year, be on the lookout for ways you can show the love and care of Jesus to others.  It might be a conversation, a cup of coffee or a slice of pizza, an hour under the hood of their car…just be sure you respond.  You might not come up with something as revolutionary as the Wright Flyer, but in the life of that person you reach out to, you might just be the agent of change they need.

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    Reunion Tours and Dandelions

    Written by Dave Lenehan   I think we all have a favorite band that we would love to see embark on a reunion tour.  Many have asked Sir Paul and Ringo to relive the Beatles.  Many of the rock bands of the 70s and 80s continue to have immense success with all new tours.  The production trade mags attest to that. Christian music fans finally experienced the long-awaited dcTalk reunion during the band’s special boat cruise last year. Now there are rumors of Cruise Part II coming up this summer. One band I’ll never forget that held a brief reunion tour a few years ago was the ska band Five Iron…

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    Going to See the Big Guy… Maybe?

    Written by Dave Lenehan   “Going To See the Big Guy, Maybe.”  Sounds like an odd thing to say, doesn’t it?  I didn’t see it on a sign or in front of a church or at a flea market next to an old Texaco sign.  Those odd words are the epitaph on a veteran’s grave marker at the National Cemetery at Otis Air National Guard base on Cape Cod, Massachusetts.  My Dad Roger is buried in the same section (45) as this man. How did I come across such an strange collection of last words?  When I visit my Dad’s gravesite, I like to walk around his section and read…

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    A Bindi

    Written by Dave Lenehan   We might call it a pebble, a piece of dirt, a thorn or a pine needle.  The Aussies – at least according to former Newsboy frontman Peter Furler – call it a “bindi.”  It is a tiny, sharp-needled seed usually found on the beach in Australia.  Used as slang, the word means that little pointy, prickly thing that sometimes gets stuck in our foot walking on the beach or in our shoe just walking around the neighborhood.  And while its actual size is usually small, it feels like a 6-inch thick arrow tip with spikes sticking out of it.   No matter how much you…

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    Sewn Into God

    Written by Dave Lenehan   If you’ve ever studied either of the apostle Paul’s letters to the Corinthians, you know they are PACKED with incredible theology, encouragement, insight and tools equipping us as followers of Christ.  As I’ve been reading them again recently, I encountered some incredible passages from a fresh perspective.  2 Corinthians 5:4-7 is one of those sets of verses.  Read what Paul pens to his beloved church…remembering that this is actually Paul’s third letter to Christians in Corinth…his actual second one having been lost in history: “For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed…

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    Your Pastor

    Written by Dave Lenehan   My uncles Richard and John did it. My cousins Peter and Roger and my nephew-in-law Alex did it, too.  I’ve sat under the teaching of over a dozen more who’ve done it.  Even a couple of students who were involved in our church’s student ministry eventually did it. The common “it” factor? They all answered God’s call to become pastors. From the many conversations that I’ve had with pastors – friends and relatives alike – I know that being a pastor of any sized congregation or ministry is one of the most difficult, demanding, troublesome, often thankless yet most rewarding, inspiring, encouraging and fulfilling “jobs”…

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    Wearing Fruit

    Written by Dave Lenehan   “I can’t wait to see what the Lord is going to do now that we’ve lost this one.” Those were the words of a woman living in the Houston, TX area after losing everything when her apartment complex was destroyed by Hurricane Harvey.  She had moved to Texas from New Orleans.  Guess where she was in August of 2005? In the path of Hurricane Katrina, where she lost pretty much everything when her apartment there was destroyed.  She said that the people of Houston helped Katrina survivors out so much that she decided to move there to really see what they were like.  Now she’s ready to…