• Beatitudes,  Guest Contributors,  Series

    Blessed Are The Poor In Spirit Pt. II

    I want us to remember that the Beatitudes, including poverty of spirit, are not some special sort of Christian ethic or a list of rules that we must keep in order to “go to heaven.”  Instead, they are supernatural attributes that flow from the people of God because they are being transformed by the grace of God. 

  • Blogs,  Dave Lenehan's Weekly Thoughts

    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…

  • 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,  Dave Lenehan's Weekly Thoughts

    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…

  • Blogs,  Dave Lenehan's Weekly Thoughts

    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”…

  • Blogs,  Vic Stanley

    Acts 4

    In Acts chapter 4 we see these things take shape. The healing of a lame man in chapter 3 leads to opposition in chapter 4. Specifically, I believe that in chapter 4 we see Jesus’ words in Matthew 10 play out in a powerful way. Thus, Acts 4 should encourage us to press on in our mission to carry the Gospel to the nations.

  • Blogs,  Dave Lenehan's Weekly Thoughts

    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…

  • Blogs,  Dave Lenehan's Weekly Thoughts

    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…