Sowing Seeds of Faith Blog

Becoming A Tough Encourager

by: Larry Davies | April 19, 2018

Years ago, before becoming a pastor, I was perilously close to being fired.                                                          My job as a manager began with such promise. I moved the family from Richmond to Virginia Beach for what seemed to be the opportunity of a lifetime. I was in charge of a thriving metropolitan automobile dealership. At first, everything […]

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Praying for… Me?

by: Larry Davies | April 10, 2018

Dear God, Please:   Teach me.   Keep me.   Hold me.   Help me. I want to be better than I was yesterday. Amen.           — Christian Today   This is a good prayer… for me. But should prayer ever be about me? Shouldn’t I be more concerned about the needs of others? When airline attendants review safety instructions before […]

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The Clerk and a Bag of Mulch

by: Larry Davies | April 3, 2018

I needed a bag of mulch at the discount store but the cashier discovered a hole in the bag so someone was sent to bring us another. Meanwhile, we waited. Then, another item was missing a price tag so once again someone was sent to find the correct price. We waited some more. While we […]

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Serving God: Clipping & Dipping — Tweet, Tweet, Tweet

by: Larry Davies | March 28, 2018

Years ago, during my Monday morning quiet time with God, I was mentally rehashing the events of Easter Sunday and the spirit of enthusiasm blowing through our growing church, I was feeling good – maybe a little too good – a little cocky.   Lord, here I am; use me! Use me to be the […]

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Church Fire Leads to Miracle Rebirth

by: Larry Davies | March 22, 2018

One Friday morning, years ago, Tabernacle United Methodist Church in Amelia County, Virginia burned to the ground. All that remained were cement steps leading to a few charred posts. Church members and bystanders could only stand and stare in shock; like witnessing the death of a beloved family member. A church building represents ministry to […]

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Jesus Angry! Conclusion

by: Larry Davies | March 14, 2018

A man was standing at a busy intersection wearing a sign: “I cheated. This is my punishment.” When interviewed he said, “I’m wearing the sign as punishment for being unfaithful.” He added: “I thought she was kidding.” After a pause, he hung his head and said: “She wasn’t kidding! In order to make things right, […]

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Jesus… Angry!

by: Larry Davies | March 6, 2018

“How would you describe Jesus in one or two words?” I asked a group of youth. They chimed in quickly with words such as: love, goodness, humble, pious, kind, caring, devout, meek and gentle.   “How would you describe Jesus physically?” They mentioned long hair, pale skin and a constant smile, like a hippie from […]

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Give it Away?

by: Larry Davies | February 20, 2018

Recently, Mell and I moved from a three-story house full of furniture, mementos and stuff to a small condominium less than half the size. So, in addition to the normal stress and strain of moving we also faced a serious dilemma of how to reduce our possessions by more than 50%.   How do you […]

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Korea: Ministry to the Poor

by: Larry Davies | February 19, 2018

How can South Korea be so rich as a nation yet have so many who are poor, especially the elderly? Nearly 50% of South Korea’s elderly live in poverty. Centuries-old traditions of children looking after parents delayed the emergence of Medicare and Social Security options. Non-profits and churches often fill the gap between family and […]

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New Year, Psalm One & John Wesley

by: Larry Davies | January 4, 2018

One question as we begin a new year: “How can I strengthen my relationship with God?” Psalm one gets straight to the point: “Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers. But they delight in the law of the Lord, […]

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