Simple Prayer

In my devotional reading, I stumbled upon a great verse in Psalms.  It is a simple prayer that David prayed in the midst of his declaration.  Psalm 68 is a psalm of praise to God.  It declares God’s provision of deliverance and victory.  It is an offering of worship for an all-powerful God who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we could ask or even imagine. 

As David recounts God’s power and justice, he prays, “Summon your might, O God. Display your power, O God, as you have in the past..”  (Psalm 68:28 NLT)

I like that wording, “summons your might”.  A summons is a calling by an authority to show something.  The Psalmist prays, “God You have the authority to summons, show us your power.”  As I read that portion of Psalm 68 I couldn’t help but think about how powerful a simple prayer can be.  “Summons your power, the power by which you have worked for us.”  David was praying, “Lord, show us your power, the power, you have worked so many times before.”

This ought to be the cry of our heart.  A cry for God to reveal Himself in the power of the early church.  The power that is revealed in the words of the Holy Scriptures.  My prayer is as David’s, “O God, we need your power.  You have worked it before, work it again.”


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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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The Mask

I have shared this before, but as I continue to watch the lives of hurting people, it is more relevant today than ever. Most of us have a mask we wear. Hiding what is really lying on the inside of our hearts. To be free, we must remove the mask and the only way we can be free is through Jesus Christ. He heals what is behind the masks we wear.

I read this poem on Sunday. I pray it ministers to you today and causes you to think. Let Jesus have all the pain you are carrying on the inside. Cast your cares on Him for He cares for you.

The Mask
Please don’t ask
What’s behind the veil
No one can really tell

What am I hiding?
Why am I crying?
What is it that I cannot tell?
The Mask
Please don’t ask

What I am covering up?
Why I have had enough
Enough of the pain
Why is it always the same?
My sin holds me down
In it I am going to drown

The Mask
Since you had to ask
Shows me all smile
When behind it all the while
Is my hurt, my toil, my shame
On the inside is nothing but pain

The Mask
Please don’t ask
I can’t take it off
It’s all my fault
I drowned my pain with sin
I can’t get free within
The Mask

The Mask
It only hides the void in my soul
I need someone else to take control
Is there a savior? is there a God?
Who on my soul will not trod?
But take my pain, take my hurt
Take my sin and give me some worth

The Mask
Jesus I ask
Take my life, take all of me
Heal my pain so I can finally see
This person behind the mask

-Danny Cheney-


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Resolutions That Should Never Expire

Of course, it is the first day of 2022 and I know we are all thinking about the resolutions we should be making for the new year. I believe, however, that resolutions are outdated, and we would be better off forming new habits.

I have always heard it said, “New Year, New You”, but honestly, you are the only you that you will ever have. My goal should not be a new me, but a better me. In studying for my first sermon of 2022, I came across a list of perpetual new year’s resolutions that will make all of us better people. To be frank, these are not a pick and choose list of resolutions. Every one of these should be a must in our lives. No options. Our world would be a better place if we all would all just follow these ideas for a better you, and a better me.

PERPETUAL NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS

Call up a forgotten friend. Drop an old grudge and replace it with some pleasant memories.

Vow not to make a promise you don’t think you can keep.

Give a soft answer.

Free yourself of envy and malice.

Make a geniuine effort to stay in closer touch with family and good friends.

Resolve to stop magnifying small problems and shooting from the lip. Words that you have to eat can be hard to digest.

Find the time to be kind and thoughful. All of us have the same allotment: 24 hours a day.

Give a compliment. It might give someone a badly needed lift.

Think things through.

Listen more.

Apologize when you realize you are wrong. An apology never diminishes a person. It elevates him.

Try to understand a point of view that is different from your own. Few things are 100 percent one way or another.

Lighten up. When you feel like blowing your top, ask yourself, “Will it matter in a week from today?”.

Avoid malcontents and pessimists. They drag you down and contribute nothing.

Don’t discourage a beginner from trying something risky. Nothing ventured means nothing gained.

Walk tall, and smile more. You’ll look 10 years younger.

Don’t be afraid to say, “I love you”. Say it again. They are the sweetest words in the world.

(SOURCE: Ann Landers, as quoted on Pastors.com, http://www.cse.fau.edu/~mahesh/quotes/newyear.html.)

There you have it. Let’s all make the world a better place in 2022. HAPPY NEW YEAR!


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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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Legacy

“He reigned in Jerusalem eight years, and to no one’s sorrow, departed.” II Chronicles 21:20

Will you be missed when you are gone?  Are you leaving a legacy or will anyone be sad when you pass away?

I know this sounds like a cruel question, but I only intend to provoke thought.  What am I doing with my life that is affecting others for the good, so that I will be missed when I am gone?  Imagine being a king for 8 years and no one being sad when you died.  Jehoram had eight years to make a difference in the kingdom but lived contrary to God’s ways.  The result in the end was a painful death and no one caring that he died.

Our lives are short and we must leave a mark on the world in which we live.  If we are not doing something to impact those around us, we will slip into eternity unnoticed.  The endeavor of our lives should be to touch as many lives as we can and leave a legacy behind us.  Beginning with our family, our church, our neighborhood and our world.

I challenge you, decide today, to begin living different!  Live passionately for others!  Give your life away and see what God can do through you.  In the end, you will be missed!

Together, let’s make a difference in the world we live.  Let’s join together and touch the lives of those around us.

Happy 20th To A Man of God

Happy 20th To A Man of God

Sonya and I are blessed to be the parents of such a fine man. God has called him and set him apart for His work. He has grown into a man of God. Josh is a great youth pastor and loves each of those in his ministry. Even more, he is a great son who loves his family. We thank God for Josh everyday. Every parent should have a kid as easy to raise as this guy. Happy birthday, Son! We are proud of you!

Encourager or Fire-Fighter

Are you an encourager or a fire fighter?

Years ago, after watching the old Disney Classic, Third Man on the Mountain, our son Josh asked about being a rock climber

“Are you going to do this with me, Dad?” was his heart felt question.

I replied that it would take a lot of training in order to prepare ourselves for that type of adventure.  “Well, wake me up at five every morning and WE will start exercising.”

I then replied, “In our neck of the woods there aren’t any places to climb rocks.  The only hills we have are overpasses.”  (We lived in Southeast Texas at the time.)

“Well, I am going to do it any way.” was his reply. I finally concluded the conversation by saying that we would find a place around there that we could do some rock climbing.

The dreams of a ten year old boy cannot be easily quenched.  All it took was viewing a movie about rock climbing to spark his interest in the sport.  A dream was planted in his heart.  A dream that had him pretending that our backyard oak tree was the Citadel in the Swiss Alps.  The dream took precedence over logic, but isn’t that what dreaming is all about?

All too often people let their dreams die because no one will encourage them but rather their fire is put out.  Many people never try anything for God because someone told them that they couldn’t do it.  What dream have you laid down?

What we need in the body of Christ is encouragers, not firefighters.  People who will fan the flames of the dreamer and encourage them to go for it.  Our young people need to hear us telling them to dream of being all they can be for Christ. 

Firefighters are usually those who have no dreams or have let their dreams die.  An encourager is someone who believes that anything can be accomplished.  Many a church is not flourishing today because the fire has long been put out.  Dreamers are cast aside as people that are crazy.  Dreamers are people that intimidate those who cower at the obstacles.  All dreamers need to accomplish their task, is an encourager.

It was said of Barnabas, “When he came and had seen the grace of God, he was glad, and encouraged them all that with purpose of heart they should continue with the Lord.”  (Acts 11:23)

Could it be that some are not following the Lord today because their God dreams were not encouraged?  Note that Barnabas encouraged them that they should continue with purpose of heart. 

Parents, encourage your children to dream big.  Christians, encourage fellow believers to pursue the things that God has laid on their hearts even if it seems impossible to you.