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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    Even the Pharisees Got Grace

    I would not have done well with the Pharisees.  After my second or third encounter with them, I would have lost it. I would have, in my Dad’s words, “blown my stack.”  Anger, rage, yelling, frustration, high blood pressure would have all poured out at the same time.  As I read through the Gospels, I lose patience with the Pharisees – one of several main Jewish religious groups of Jesus’ day – in a hot minute. But, Jesus does not.

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    “Genesis thru to the Maps”

    Comedian, singer and former member of the Bill Gaither Trio Mark Lawry always has a slightly different way of remembering experiences in his life.  He’s a good ole southern boy with a zany sense of humor, particularly about family and church. In of his comedy shows, he talked about his mom, a woman who was a great example of a Christ-follower.  According to Mark, she would often share the Gospel message with anybody, pretty much anywhere.  He said that his mom once got into a spiritual discussion with another woman at a grocery store.  In Mark’s words, she shared the Gospel, “from Genesis all the way through to the maps!” …

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    Bottom Line For God

    You are an important part of the Kingdom. How you serve God and why your serve Him starts with having the right heart to serve. As church techs, technical artists, or technical leaders—whatever title we wear—God needs our hearts in the right place.

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    God’s Pruning and Appointing

    Yes, God’s pruning is usually painful. It often involves us giving up something that we’ve held onto dearly for too long.  What He trims out of us – bad habits, bad decisions, poor relationships – opens us up to then be more fruitful for Him.

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    Bragging on God

    Sometimes, I just have to brag on God.  Yes, I agree that we should always be telling about the amazing wonders God is doing in our lives and those around us. No argument there.  But, today, I just need to brag a bit more through three recent stories. A friend of ours is a student here at Liberty and is from India. He hasn’t been back home to see family and friends for over two years.  He told me recently that while he was on a weekend tour with the Liberty worship choir LU Praise, he stayed in a local host home.  While there, the host couple asked him about…

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    Are You Afraid?

    Have you ever been afraid of something? I mean really afraid? When I was a kid, I spent a night at my Grandma Lenehan’s house.  My grandfather had passed away a few years before, so it was just her.  There was a kitchen, dining and living rooms and two bedrooms on the first floor, with a bathroom in the middle. The night I visited Grandma, I had to sleep in the living room. I don’t remember why, but that’s where Grandma told me to sleep. After I laid down, I closed my eyes and tried to sleep.  It was dark enough, but I kept hearing strange noises. Creaking, grunting, bumping, more creaking. …

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    I’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…

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    Take Me To Your Leader

      Written by Dave Lenehan   In 1996, the Christian band The Newsboys released their sixth studio album, Take Me to Your Leader. The title track and accompanying video played off of the success of an alien/space theme with matching retro space uniforms, spaceship looking set pieces and a moonlike landscape (but with flowers and water).  The lyrics, written by Newsboy Peter Furler and long-time collaborator, satirist and fellow musician Steve Taylor, point out that how we live as followers of our leader, Jesus, can truly make an impact on those who interact with us.   “He says: I don’t know why you care I don’t know what’s out there I don’t know how…

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    Without Jesus?

      Written by Dave Lenehan   Over the holidays, we got together with our former church small group. We hadn’t been together for months and, as you might guess, a lot had happened in our combined lives over time. We gathered at one of our host homes to catch up on life and pray together.  As each couple seated around the table shared one or two stories of a wayward adult child or other relative, it would have been easy to get weighed down with the heaviness of the conversation.   You know those stories.  You’ve heard ones of someone close to you who has totally walked away from or…

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    The Greatest Gift

    Someone asked me recently, “what was the best present you’ve ever received?” I thought for a few minutes. A few gifts I received as a kid first came to mind. But they weren’t it. Then it struck me: the scooter!