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Dave Goffeney
Sacramento-Davis, CA
I live for and through Jesus, I have an amazing wife and three fun, crazy kids.
Interests: Sports, teaching-learning the Scriptures, Watching movies with my wife, Reading parts of books, Going to the train museum with my kids, Mowing the yard (because I get to see tangible results)
Recent Activity
My wife Kyra and I were both blown away by the love and community we have in our life group. We sent out an email last week, asking for prayer as we set off for South Africa in less than a week. We have quite a few 'needs' as we prepare for a six week trip with our (almost) three-year-old triplets, but we got some real perspective tonight. Our group surrounded us and prayed over us; thanking God for our friendship and acknowledging His sovereignty over every facet of the trip. Through a few tears, hugs, and laughs, we considered... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2010 at Wise Guy
Thanks Drew, I appreciate your insight. Giving people opportunities to sort of 'prove' their faithfulness seems like a good principle. It's good to see potential though, but to have expectations in their right place, and the ultimate focus on Jesus, is really needed.
Toggle Commented Jun 29, 2010 on "Leadership Lesson from the World Cup" at Wise Guy
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I'm sure the theme of disappointing, 'could have been', sports stars has been there throughout the ages, but it seems especially present throughout the World Cup. Wayne Rooney (who I really cheer on as a big England Fan), has not come close to meeting the lofty expectations placed on him as a young star. Ronaldinho, who was supposed to rival Pele as one of the best ever to play the game did not even make the squad this year for Brazils World Cup Team. While Landon Donovan has overcome huge expectations that crashed last time in 06, it has not... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2010 at Wise Guy
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10If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small. Faith that is real lasts through all sorts of adversity. Consider the REAL Lord Jesus, and respond to Him in faith, trusting that He is Sovereign over all things. Looking to Romans 8, especially Romans 8:28-38, reminds us to live in light of reality in every circumstance. When my faith in Santa waned, I forced myself to 'just believe', but I wouldn't have really trusted that through a real tragedy. We couldn't expect such a 'faith' to last. I am learning that the ambiguous statement, "just have more... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2010 at Wise Guy
Bern, the sassiness cracks me up. Like Kevin, i've always seen you as a really 'to the point' kind of guy (as evidenced by your above blog). Looking out for Sociopaths in the group/congregation you lead is a must. I appreciate your insights as a pastor and leader.
Toggle Commented Jun 24, 2010 on "Scoffers MUST go!" Proverbs 22:10 at Wise Guy
Thanks so much for the comments guys: Spud, I definitely hear you... I really do pray for discernment regarding where somebody is coming from. Also, how we follow has so much to do with how well we can lead. Kevin, I've always taken you as somebody who doesn't B.S., so i'm a little surprised... I would ask though about speaking up, vs. just being willing to let somebody go. As i've had conversations with guys who just seemed to not get it, so I eventually decided to just stop meeting with him...and there is weirdness whenever I see him. Josh and Dan, it has been fun to grow alongside both of you in this area. This year I had a girl say, "I pretty much disagree with everything you say from up front (and this is a Christian), but I like the other stuff at CRU", and I was ok with her assessment...mostly because she was just wrong.
Toggle Commented Jun 23, 2010 on "Scoffers MUST go!" Proverbs 22:10 at Wise Guy
10Drive out a scoffer, and strife will go out, and quarreling and abuse will cease. If you are a leader of anything (home, work, church, ministry, etc.) this is an absolutely necessary lesson to take heed of. Most leaders tend to spend more time with people who stir up strife, rather than with those who have the heart to see positive growth/change. There have been a few critical times in my ministry when i've been faced with this decision: Spend time with the disgruntled, in order to "win them over", or invest my time in people who are teachable and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2010 at Wise Guy
Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgement. Sadly, this has hit me right in the gut over the past few years, and especially over the past few weeks. I have seen so many of my dear friends, brothers, falling by the wayside because of hidden sin and the failure to live in dependance on God, through The Holy Spirit. We NEED people to remind us of the seriousness of sin, and we NEED to be turned to the gospel. By ourselves, we justify stupid decisions and say, "don't be a fanatic...just toe the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2010 at Wise Guy
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27He who restrains his words has knowledge, And he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.28Even a fool, when he keeps silent, is considered wise; When he closes his lips, he is considered prudent. The World Cup is my favorite sports-event! I love the cultural diversity expressed in the stands and the fact that the World's best are competing against one another and every move matters...for good or bad. As always, one of the most important elements is whether or not players can keep their cool. I played a little city-league soccer last night myself and found... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2010 at Wise Guy
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“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight”. This has hit me right between the eyes lately. It seems that wisdom is knowing and understanding that which is real…is True. So much of my failure comes from failing to live in light of the reality of God’s glory…from not knowing the Lord and fearing/revering Him accordingly. I can’t help but to think that when I actually enter into His glory once and for all, completely unhindered by sin or it’s effects, I will see the folly of failing to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2010 at Wise Guy
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0An excellent wife, who can find? For her worth is far above jewels. We got to go to a wedding last night and it was a great chance to celebrate the love of two dear friends and the covenant they're entering into. I also got to really think through the incredible gift that I have in my wife, which is the greatest experience of God's grace in my life. I've had to travel a lot recently and have realized all the more how much I love my dear family. I do love my wife more than I can express! It... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2010 at Wise Guy
"He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the LORD." I had to write a little something about the Most evident reminder of God's Grace in my life...my relationship/marriage with Kyra. While We are appart for the first time on this day, our anniversary, and I had a long, crazy day...and am writing on my iPhone because I don't have Internet otherwise, I need to shout for the world to hear how I my love ha only grown stronge & deeper after 8 years. I got ready today in the same house I got ready... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2010 at Wise Guy
The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, But the prayer of the upright is His delight (Proverbs 15:8) I've been considering the reality of prayer a lot lately, so my eyes have been opened to how much the Bible talks about coming before the Lord and asking Him for provision in life. I'm simply going to put a couple of other verses that speak to this. The reality is this: God is a loving Father who provides for His Children (as we'll see in Matthew 7. With that, He is also the almighty Creator of everything... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2010 at Wise Guy
Thanks Brian. Your blog has such solid, thought provoking stuff and I send people your way all the time. In fact, it's been a part of the additional new staff development i've had my team going through...and i'm thinking of having them all go raid Somali Pirates for Spring Break (Go check it out for anybody who'se confused: http://brianbarela.typepad.com/the_necessary_things/2010/05/pursue-experience-above-training.html
Toggle Commented May 10, 2010 on "Steady Goes It" Proverbs 10:5 at Wise Guy
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5He who gathers in summer is a son who acts wisely, But he who sleeps in harvest is a son who acts shamefully. This is one of the many passages in Proverbs that is not very comfortable for me. I tend to be the kind of guy who likes to work hard when it's time to work, then relax when it's time for that. It usually doesn't end up working that way though. I typically end up staying busy all the time, then scrambling to get the 'really important things' done right before it's due. I'm finding that consistent, steady... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2010 at Wise Guy
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25Let your eyes look directly ahead And let your gaze be fixed straight in front of you. Rather than talking about how I have dropped the ball with my "daily" blog for three weeks, I'm going to focus on what lies ahead. I'm getting back in the saddle of writing nuggets of truth from what I am reading in Proverbs. It's incredibly important to remember landmark events in life, but we can get too caught up in the past, rather than considering what lies ahead of us. Throughout the Bible there are many times where the people of Israel are... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2010 at Wise Guy
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2From the fruit of his mouth a man eats what is good, but the desire of the treacherous is for violence. In certain contexts I can be pretty clear-headed, but the sinful state of my heart comes out when I am in situations where it cannot be as easily hidden. Last year was incredibly stressful for us and I almost lost it one day at a paint store. I was driving around town all day before turning into a store where a guy and his girlfriend were in a heated conversation. As I turned into a spot next to them... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2010 at Wise Guy
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8Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you; reprove a wise man, and he will love you. Have you ever taken the time to give somebody some insight, then walked away feeling like you've been abused a little? You lovingly and respectfully give a little helpful tip, or a word of exhortation, then you get the sense that you're words weren't wanted or appreciated. That's what's being talked about here. I admit that i've had this happen quite a few times to me, especially early in my ministry. I used to speak into anybody's life who would listen... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2010 at Wise Guy
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3yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, 4if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, 5then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God. I've been reading in both James and Matthew lately, and 2 places this charge to ask God come up. God is God, and we must approach Him as such (not as some majic gene, or as one option amongst many 'gods'. He is also a loving Father we can/should approach Him boldly...asking in confidence. I still fail to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2010 at Wise Guy
Hey Beth, i'll definitely check out what you wrote. Thanks for the insights...and I agree, it's a pretty convicting/frightening thing to consider the 'power' we have.
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8Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute 9Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy. Both Spiderman and Robinhood defend those who don't/can't defend themselves. Spiderman, one of my favorite super heroes, said, "With Great Power comes great Responsibility". While there are many facets to positions of leadership & authority, this is one of them. Speaking up for the mute, the widows, the orphans, etc. is a charge to all leaders. If you have a role of influence, will you use that for personal gain, or for the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2010 at Wise Guy
For sure! I needed to hear it too... :).
Toggle Commented Mar 27, 2010 on "No place like Home" Proverbs 27:8 at Wise Guy
Thanks for chiming in Bern. I agree fully! Tyler, glad to hear...Piper has to be the most emotional guy i've ever seen. I'm humbled too by the desire to focus on how the gospel meets 'felt needs' and try to 'convince' people to trust Jesus... Instead, understanding Justification and the double-exchange of forgiveness from our terrible sinful nature and actions AND we're called sons/daughters of the most Glorious God and given the identity of Jesus. From there, all things fall into perspective.
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8Like a bird that strays from its nest is a man who strays from his home. Spring Break has been great for me and the family. While i've had to plan a lot for our South Africa Summer Project, and tackle a few other things, i've been home most nights. I've gotten to wrestle with the kids, then eat dinner before putting songs (Kany West, Nursery Rhyms, and Worship Songs...all scattered), then praying and putting them to bed. While i'm called to provide for my family (1 Timothy 5:8), I am also called to be a family man. In fact,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2010 at Wise Guy
25Like cold water to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country. We have an opportunity to carry cold water throughout a thirsty world, but we also have an opportunity to bring deadly poison. A thirsty person will likely drink gasoline if he's given a compelling enough argument and told that it taste better than he can imagine. Are you drinking from the gospel you preach? Are you giving false, shallow hope that is tearing nations apart and dragging the image of the real Jesus through the mud? Consider the gospel... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2010 at Wise Guy