Sowing Seeds of Faith Blog


Tragedy at Smith Mountain Lake

by: Larry Davies | August 30, 2015

Smith Mountain Lake, near the Blue Ridge Mountains is on the southwest corner of the Lynchburg District of the United Methodist Church, my district. At least ten churches large and small from our district are part of the Smith Mountain Lake community. Danville and Roanoke Districts also have churches located in this scenic resort and […]

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Pornography: Hearing from a Victim

by: Larry Davies | August 20, 2015

Jared Fogle, famous as the weight-loss pitchman for Subway restaurants was recently convicted for buying and selling child pornography and soliciting sex with minors. Hundreds of other people, not so famous are regularly caught, convicted and jailed for sexual crimes. The stories are often front page news but what about the victims? Their stories are […]

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“God’s Invitation” Conclusion

by: Larry Davies | August 13, 2015

Last week we learned that God provides opportunities for us to be the church in a big way. Our response should be to say ‘yes’ to the invitation with faith knowing that serving God is more important than our occupation, our family or even our very lives. We say yes trusting God for answers, resources […]

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God’s Invitation

by: Larry Davies | August 6, 2015

Frequently, in meetings with other church leaders, I’m told: “There is little hope for our church to have any influence in our community much less the world. We are small and only getting smaller. We can hardly pay pastor much less help anyone else. We have few young people. No money to pay staff salaries. […]

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Peacemaker

by: Larry Davies | August 1, 2015

Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification. — Romans 14:19 God promises that those who make peace will be blessed: “Blessed are the peacemakers.” (Matthew 5:9) But to make peace, a person must be at peace. A person who is filled with turmoil will inject that […]

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A Tale of Hospitality

by: Larry Davies | July 27, 2015

Mell (my wife) and I were attending a conference at a large hotel. The session ended early so we wandered through the lobby looking for a restaurant. At the entrance of one restaurant, the greeter said: “We’re closed now but should be open in 30 minutes.” “We were hoping to eat an early lunch.” I […]

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Fred Brown and Cooking

by: Larry Davies | July 27, 2015

Just before graduating high school, I secured a summer job at a local hotel to work in maintenance, which means, I cut grass. But two days before school ended, the hotel decided to hire someone else. I went home upset, almost in tears and swore: “I’m going job-hunting and not coming back until I get […]

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80 Ain’t What It Used to Be!

by: Larry Davies | July 27, 2015

Recently, I drove to Virginia Beach early on a Sunday morning to watch an ordination service… for my mother! My 80 something mother was ordained as an assistant pastor in charge of Women’s Ministry at Beach Fellowship Church. Let me repeat that… My 80 something mother was ordained as a pastor. For the first time […]

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That Didn’t Hurt!

by: Larry Davies | July 4, 2015

Playing around sewing machines was a dumb thing to do, even for a four-year-old. Too much running and not enough looking eventually causes accidents and mine was a big one. The table for holding fabric was just above my eye level and I ran into it hard, fell backwards and started screaming. Blood was spurting […]

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Ten Books for Summer – Part 2

by: Larry Davies | June 23, 2015

“Ten Books for Summer” has become an annual tradition. I read a lot and love to recommend books to others. So, why not share? Here are the second five of my ten favorite books for summer of 2015. They are not always religious but they are interesting. The list is in no particular order. With […]

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