Passion for God’s House

John 2:17 NLT, “Then his disciples remembered this prophecy from the Scriptures: “Passion for God’s house will consume me.”

In our society today we have a passion for a lot of different things. Sports, education, media and movies, food, and many other things that bring us pleasure. Jesus was known, from the beginning of His ministry, for His passion for God’s House.

Here is a fulfillment of a prophecy,” Passion for God’s House will consume me.” This begs the question, “Does a passion for Gods House consume us?”. If we are passionate about things of this world, how much more should we be passionate about the things of God.

We should be passionate for God’s house in the following areas:

1. Passionate to GO to God’s House.

Are we faithful to His House or do we let other things keep us away? We must be careful that we don’t let things keep us from corporate worship.

2. Passionate to PRAY for God’s House.

How often do you pray for your church?  If we belong to a church then we should pray for the church, its pastors and leaders. There is no greater way to impact the church than to pray for it. Prayer equals power.

3. Passionate to GROW in God’s House.

There is an old saying that says we should bloom where we are planted.  Are you planted and blooming in church? It is difficult to mature spiritually apart from the church. Now, this doesn’t mean that it is the church’s job to make you grow. You have to feed yourself. But growth happens at a greater pace when you are linked with other believers. Being taught and ministered to. You grow when you are feeding yourself at home and then blooming in a Bible teaching congregation.

4. Passionate to SERVE in God’s House.

If you belong to a church, are you serving in that church? Everyone is called to ministry. We must use our giftings to serve others. People who are passionate for Gods house serve in God’s House.

5. Passionate to BUILD God’s House.

When is the last time you invited someone to church? It is not solely the pastor’s responsibility to build God’s House, it is everyone’s. The pastor equips the saints for the work of the ministry and the saints minister. It means that every church member is a builder. Building by inviting and building by serving.

We all need to grow in these areas. Find where you are lacking and work diligently to grow in passion for God’s House. In a couple of weeks this will be a part of our Commit to Jesus. Series. “I am Committed to God’s House.”


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Sometimes, Church Hurts Kindle Version Free

I am running the Kindle Version of my book, Sometimes, Church Hurts, for free through this weekend. It is available on Amazon.

Here is the description of the book:

Have you had a Christian friend turn on you? Has your church experience been tainted by painful relationships with other believers?

When Jesus instituted His church nearly 2,000 years ago, He declared that the gates of Hell would not prevail against it. While the enemy has never been able to overcome the church of Jesus Christ, he has still presented many challenges to it. Though the church was birthed in unity, division has marred many houses of worship. The reason? The church is centered on relationships and relationships can have problems. The church has been aptly described as a family, yet every family has its struggles and so it is with the family of God. Anytime there are problems in church, people get hurt.

Out of a burden for today’s church, Danny Cheney seeks to make you aware of the need for forgiveness and reconciliation. Drawing on nearly two decades of pastoral experience, he gives insight into how to find healing from church hurts. Having pastored three churches that had been through major division, Danny has seen first-hand the wounds that believers endure in the House of God. Through these experiences, he has found that the Scriptures give us all the answers to the problems churches and believers face. In Sometimes, Church Hurts, you will discover truths that will help you heal fractured relationships while also finding healing for your deepest wounds. This honest and challenging book addresses the issues that many churches and believers face today and helps us realize, Sometimes, Church Hurts.

If this interests you, get it for free on Kindle, or it is also available in paperback here.


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Becoming Sluggish

In our journey through life it is easy for us to slow down or become “sluggish”.  Life has a lot of hardships and demotivators.  One day we can be on top of the world and the next day find all of our dreams dashed on the rocks.  The tendency when life deals us these cards is to slow down and quit pressing forward.  A few years back, there was a company that specialized in demotivating sayings that I believe every one of us have thought at one time or another.  One saying goes, “CHALLENGES – I expected times like this – but I never thought they would be so bad, so long, and so frequent.”  Another that is written is, “DOUBT – In the battle between you and the world; bet on the world.”

This is often how we feel, and we dwell on things such as this, but the truth of the matter is God thinks of good things toward us not bad.  Thoughts of a future and a hope.  When life hands us sour grapes we have to press on and not become sluggish.  Not to slow down but rather to press forward full speed ahead.  The enemy of our souls wants us to quit and give up, but God wants us to stay on track and press forward.  Hebrews 6:12 says, “that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.”

Do not become sluggish!  Imitate those who have experienced hardship but still pressed on.  Imitate those who have faced disappointments and frustration but kept going and did not become sluggish.  When the going gets tough we must grow closer to God not farther away.  Press on!


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The Cloud of Witnesses Available Now

For years, I haven’t been much of a fiction reader. Honestly, I get too engrossed in them and because I can’t put them down, I stay up too late at night trying to see what happens next. I don’t like suspense.

But then, I started reading a different kind of fiction. I guess you could call it less suspenseful and more geared toward learning. A hybrid of fiction and non-fiction. Many would call it an allegory. Authors like Andy Andrews and the late, Og Mandino who write this type of fiction have had a heavy influence on my life and the way I live. Their writings have helped me immensely and it was while reading their books that I got an idea for my own book.

Andy Andrews and Mandino’s books are geared toward business and leadership. It got me to thinking that there are few books that describe what true success looks like for a pastor or ministry. In fact, many of the church’s leadership books are based on business principles. While we can glean from business leadership, there are so many lessons found in Scripture that show us what true success looks like. Success not in the worldly sense, but success in God’s eyes.

With that in mind, Cloud of Witnesses was born. It was planted as a seed around five years ago while reading the book The Traveller’s Gift by Andy Andrews. The idea stayed with me until I wrote the first chapter in January 2021. Then I did not write another word for a year. But deep down, this idea kept nagging me until, I finally began writing again after reading Adorning the Dark by Andrew Peterson. This book encouraged the readers to adorn the world with creativity, writing, and the arts. Despite our doubts and hang-ups, Peterson challenges his reader to spread the light in the world.

So, I laid aside my doubts and began writing again. Cloud of Witnesses is a first person fiction set in a small Texas town where Pastor John Watkins is struggling to build a church.


Well, let me just share with you the description written on the back of the book:

Learn the Secrets to True Success. It’s more simple than you think.

Hull Christian Church is a dwindling church in a dying community. Two years in, Pastor John Watkins is out of answers and his leadership struggle is evident to his twelve parishioners. He is ready to give up when an unknown visitor prays over him at the end of a church service then vanishes without anyone seeing him. A few weeks later, this mysterious man appears in John’s office and sets the course for the future of this young pastor’s ministry. The mystery deepens as John Watkins is introduced to ancient wisdom, millennia old, and he is given seven secrets to true success; proven laws that have been passed down through time. Watkins has tried everything else to no avail, will these secrets work even in this small struggling church?

In this book, pastors and leaders will discover the secrets of true success. The Cloud of Witnesses will challenge and encourage the reader. Whether you are a pastor or a member of a local church, this book will give you insight into the life and heart of a pastor.

This book is certainly geared toward pastors, but I would encourage any Christian or church leader to read it. The principles set forth in this allegory are Scriptural and for every believer, not just pastors. However, this book speaks specifically to pastors about our mindset of success. It will challenge all of our thinking.


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Raising the Bar in Parenting

On Sundays, we have been in a sermon series about the Gold Standard and raising the bar in different areas of our lives. (Holiness, Marriage, Relationships, and Parenting) This Sunday morning, I shared about expectations and standards we can use in raising our kids and grandkids. If you read through these lists, you will find they are not your common standards that have been set.

Many people live their life hoping their kids will get a good education, excel at sports or some other extracurricular activity, and have a good job. While those are good things, it is a low bar to be set. You can have a great athlete who is arrogant or immoral. When they are done playing sports or done with their education, what do you have then? Are they good people? Can you be proud of the way they live and the decisions they make?

The greatest goal for our children should be their relationship with Jesus Christ. Check out these lists and see if any of these resonate with you. You can download the PDF Version here.


The Standard I Am Raising For My Kids by Danny Cheney

  • I want my kids to love Jesus and Serve Him.
  • I want my kids to be responsible and be a positive influence on others.
  • I want my kids to live moral lives.
  • I want my kids to be known for their honesty, even if it hurts.
  • I want my kids to love other people and respect those in authority.
  • I want my kids to have a love for the Word of God.
  • I want my kids to learn to pray and know that they can take anything to their loving Heavenly Faither.
  • When my kids are raised, I want them to choose, on their own, to follow Jesus and go to church for the rest of their lives.

The Noticer Returns by Andy Andrews listed these things for the Gold Standard for our kids.

  • To be divinely guided
  • To possess great wisdom, understanding, common sense
  • To have a grateful spirit
  • To have a joyful spirit
  • To be responsible
  • To be a person of good morals, character
  • To have a great and abiding faith
  • To be humble
  • To be hardworking
  • To be honest
  • To have respect for authority
  • To have servant’s heart
  • To accept the role of a leader

What we should teach our kids by Landon Coleman:               (http://www.landoncoleman.com)

  • How to support their church through “tithing.”
  • The importance of making eye contact and speaking clearly.
  • How to practice spiritual disciplines.
  • The importance of taking care of your possessions.
  • How to read and enjoy books.
  • The importance of saying “thank you.”
  • How to apologize and how to forgive.
  • The reality that sin always has consequences.
  • How to be a good friend, especially to the friendless.
  • The supreme value of knowing Jesus and being known by Jesus.

Let’s raise the bar in leading our kids.



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The Spirit-Filled Life from my Grandma’s Bible

I found these notes in my Grandma’s old bible:

Joel said, “I will pour our my Spirit on all flesh.”

Sinner’s verse – John 3:16  – For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

Christian’s verse – Luke 3:16 – John answered, saying to all, “I indeed baptize you with water; but One mightier than I is coming, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

The believer who is baptized in the Spirit will have or be:

1.  Fruit of the Spirit

2. Sensitive to the Spirit of God

3. A desire for perfection (maturity)

4. Easy to get along with

5. Humble man or woman of God

6. Soul-winner

7. Praising Jesus under every circumstance

8. Walk in humble obedience to the will of God

9. Jesus will be real to you, nearer than any other person

These are the results of a Spirit-filled life.  How do we line up?

Here are another couple of quotes from her Bible:

“People say God stopped His supernatural works in the first century. I’ve never heard anyone say the devil stopped his.”

“Would God expect us to go up against a supernatural enemy (devil) without supernatural weapons to fight him?”


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Life Begins

Last week, I visited my parents in Houston. One afternoon, my mom showed me an old loose-leaf notebook with recipes in it. It was a small black notebook that held recipes from my grandparents. Seemingly out of place was a quote from the great poet, Tennyson and a hand-written page containing, what I am assuming was thought from my grandfather.

On this page, written in red ink, he expounded on where life begins. It resonated with me, because it was as if it was written just for me. He has been gone a long time and I am not sure when this was written, but it was certainly for me in 2022. (Maybe it is written for you as well)


Life Begins

Of all the stupid, silly, useless, inexcusable habits – Regret is the tops.

Check up on yourself sometime and you’ll be astonished how much time is wasted in trying or wishing to undo something that is all finished beyond recall.

Regret is an enemy, and a very persistent one, as well as, a great time consumer.

Regret is useless – you can’t make things unhappen.

The only thing that binds you to an unhappy or unfortunate past is your own regret. Nobody else is going to care much about it.

The past is a closed chapter. The future is full of opportunities and possibilities, no matter whether you are forty or eighty.

Life begins at the very moment you cease to live in the past.


This is a challenge to all of us. The choices we have made in the past, are in the past. You cannot undo bad choices, but you can make a decision to make good choices in the future.

Philippians 3:13-14, “13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead, 14 I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God’s heavenly call in Christ Jesus.” CSB

If you are always looking back, you will never see what is ahead. Press on. Move forward. Let go of regrets and live.


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POEM – The Glory of God

This week, I finished the book, The Garden of God by Andrew Peterson. It was a great read on trees, of all things, and the lessons that they teach us. It was a book that caused me to think, as the author related the life of the trees and how they are all the Garden of God. I wrote this after finishing the book.


On the inside, something I have missed
Not noticing on earth, God’s glorious kiss

In my heart, yearning for so much more
Eden’s garden, near Heaven’s shore

All too often, I overlook the glory of God
Along the path of life, everywhere foot does trod

It is evident that He is everywhere
Yet life goes on, as if we do not care

Perhaps the busyness, makes us look past
All the creation, God has graced us with

The water flowing and falls many feet below
It runs so much more, after winter’s snow

Though winter is long and the cold is blight
Though our sins are as scarlet, He does make them white

Winter gives way to spring when it all shall bud again
Flowers bloom, the grass will grow, when we get spring’s rain

Why do I miss the forest in the midst of all the trees?
But in the thicket, I feel the Spirit’s gentle breeze.

God is present and in all things good.
I cannot help but be grateful, like I always should.

-Danny Cheney-


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