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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    The Most Important Week

    Written by Dave Lenehan   The most important week in all of history started with a celebration parade: “The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!” (John 12:12-13, ESV) Toward the end of the week, the words of our Lord Jesus brought salvation to each one of us. “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever receives the one I send receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.” (John 13:20) The…

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    Jesus’ Inner Circle Is You & Me

    Written by Dave Lenehan   If you stop and take a brief but close look at Jesus’ disciples, you realize that they weren’t much different from you and me.  Four of them were fishermen, one was a hated tax collector. Some of the others, like Thaddeus and Bartholomew, we’ve been given very little information about at all.  But Jesus knew these 12 would build His Kingdom and set in motion the Gospel message.

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    We’ll Pray For You

    Written by Dave Lenehan   “I’ll be praying for you.”  You heard that from someone before, right? Of course. We all have.  And my guess is that most of us have said that to someone, usually someone close to us when they’ve shared a matter, a need that they wanted us to bring before God in prayer. “Yes, I’ll pray for you.”  The problem is, we don’t always do it, do we? I’m pointing my fingers at myself when I ask that question, because loads of people have asked me that question and too often I have only thought about praying for someone, for that request, right then at that…

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    How I Handle Sin

    Written by Dave Lenehan   There’s always two sides to every story.  One side typically is the truth. The other is at most a big fat lie or at the least, a long stretching of the truth.  I think the same can be said about how we approach our sin.  When I’ve sinned, do I go right to God, confess it all, repent and seek his forgiveness…or do I sort of push it aside, not really tackle the issue and start convincing myself that it was not really a big deal? The final hours of Jesus life on Earth give us an interesting insight into that internal battle.  It’s played…

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    Preaching to Yourself

    Written by Derek Levendusky   From Dave Lenehan: My friend and ministry colleague Derek Levendusky holds a myriad of God-given talents. He’s Pastor of GraceLife Church in Avon, NY. He’s a singer, songwriter, guitarist/pianist, seminar speaker, wrestling coach, Dolphins fan (don’t hold that against him), father of six and husband of an amazingly talented woman of God. We’ve shared scores of incredible ministry experiences together, seeing God move in the hearts of young people at concerts, worship events and youth conferences. I am honored to call him a friend and to have served alongside him for close to two decades. Derek takes up Weekly Thoughts pen today.   At GraceLife…

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    Remembering Billy Graham

    Written by Dave Lenehan   This week we are mourning, remembering, and honoring a man who brought the Truth of the Gospel of Jesus to millions of people over many decades.  You likely have a memory moment from Rev. Dr. Billy Graham.  Maybe it was a crusade you attended where you surrendered your life to Jesus.  Perhaps you met Rev. Graham or heard him speak in another setting and God deeply moved you.  While my memory is not spiritually significant, it had an impact on me as a boy that I will always remember. Rev. Graham was going to speak in Massachusetts and was visiting historic Plymouth. Since we lived…

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    What Do We Do?

    Written by Dave Lenehan   Her name was Rachel Scott.  When you were in high school, you may have participated in an anti-bullying program called Rachel’s Challenge.  It is being used by hundreds of schools across the country.  Rachel, a believer, was one of 12 students and a teacher gunned down at Columbine High School in Colorado on April 20, 1999. Rachel’s funeral was broadcast on national television.  Prayers for the students and their families poured in from around the globe.  While many other tragic school shootings have taken place since then, Columbine still has an impact on lives today, partly through Rachel’s story and that of other Christian students…

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    The Greatness of a Cupbearer

    Written by Dave Lenehan   “Now I was cupbearer to the king.” Great story, bro. Thanks for sharing. Now before you get concerned that this edition of Thoughts is going all sarcastic on you, let me explain.  Those seven words don’t even make up a full verse in the Bible, but they are the words of Nehemiah.  They set the stage at the end of chapter 1 for what God does for Nehemiah and the nation of Israel throughout the rest of the book.  God uses Nehemiah’s high position of king’s cupbearer to give him an audience with the king where he shares the burden and sadness that he has been carrying about…

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    Why A CROSS?

    Written by Dave Lenehan   When you drive on Interstate 81 South from PA, MD or WVA into VA, you’ll likely see two significant roadside crosses. The first is a giant truss cross at Open Door Baptist Church in Clear Brook, VA that is best seen at night as it’s lit with all sorts of amazing colors (maybe a future EP employee?). The second is a set of three wooden crosses further down 81 near Strasburg, VA in the Shenandoah Valley. As you’re zipping by at 70 mph, it’s easy to miss them, but they do stand out from the trees and fields along the side of the highway. When…

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    My Anchor

    Written by Dave Lenehan Growing up along the shores of Cape Cod, our family was blessed to always have some sort of boat on hand for fishing and shell-fishing.  We started with a dark green 8-foot wooden row boat, then graduated to an 8-foot aluminum boat.  A few years later, we had our first of two 18-22 foot motorboats that we used to cruise through the Cape Cod Canal and make for the open ocean for more fishing.  It was an incredible privilege.  Our boats were certainly not the yachts you might think of when you think of Cape Cod, but they brought us hours of fun and pounds of…