• Blogs,  Dave Lenehan's Weekly Thoughts

    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…

  • Blogs,  Vic Stanley

    My Father. . .

    Written by Victor Stanley Jr.   My father is a quiet man, and I’m like him in that way. My father is a pensive man, and I’m like him in that way. My father takes his time before he speaks, I am trying to be more like him in that way. My father is a humble and gentle man, and Lord knows He has a lot more work to do in me before I’ll be like my father in that way.

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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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    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…

  • Poetry,  Vic Stanley

    Jesus Wept

    Written by Victor Stanley Jr.       I puts it all together Me and these hustler’s that used to ball together Can no longer weather these storm together My solution to dissolve these problems is a different type of solvent All men will soon stand in awe when The Lord stand before all them Christ they rejected demands their respect and They used to stand chest out on their own two feet I was just like them, Jesus was foreign to me, Now I spend life with holes worn through jeans Humbled to my knees Praising this King More than a 180 I used to worship my disease Drone…

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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.

  • Poetry

    I Wonder What You Bleed…

    Written by Evan Meinke   There is nothing worse than to have the desire to cry and finding the inability to. Everything gets bottled up, pressurized, and you just desire to die along with those you view as wretched in your community. This is where we found you at. He was the only one who believed in you. We don’t know a whole lot about your mother who bore you, the woman who conceived you. We do know some of your cousin. He really believed that you could change the world, and that you truly were everything you claimed to be. But it is interesting that at the end of…

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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…