Devotions


War Over the Thermostat?

by: Larry Davies | February 26, 2015

We had a thermostat problem and it was getting out of hand. Actually, we had a thermostat war!! Does this sound drastic? Well, let me prove my point. One dictionary defines “war” as “An armed conflict between two parties.” We definitely had two parties who were armed and dangerous. • One group wants the temperature […]

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Only $7.43? A Prayer for Lent

by: Larry Davies | February 20, 2015

Earlier, I wrote about a missed opportunity to help a mother buy $7.43 worth of baby food. I blew it but learned valuable lesson. However, helping someone in poverty isn’t easy. There are many strategies to consider: Financial, Emotional, Mental, Spiritual, Physical Health, Support Systems, Relationships/Role Models, Knowledge of Hidden Rules and Coping Skills. One […]

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Only $7.43 – Health Care for the Poor

by: Larry Davies | February 14, 2015

Recently, I wrote about a missed opportunity to help a mother buy $7.43 worth of baby food. I blew it and I have learned so many valuable lessons from my mistake. But getting involved with helping people in poverty is not easy. “Bridges Out of Poverty” defines poverty as being without resources: Financial, Emotional, Mental, […]

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Only $7.43 – Education and Beacon of Hope

by: Larry Davies | February 3, 2015

Recently, I wrote about a missed opportunity to help a mother buy $7.43 worth of baby food. I blew it. But getting involved with helping people in poverty is not easy but there are many practical ways individuals and churches can volunteer their time or provide donations. One effective long term strategy for fighting poverty […]

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Only $7.43 – Taking Next Steps to Help Those in Poverty

by: Larry Davies | January 29, 2015

The preacher was a gifted speaker whose heart was clearly loving and open to the most difficult problems. He had great affection for not only that congregation but the community in which they lived. One Sunday he spoke from his heart about a dilemma he felt with great sorrow. With candor he asked the question, […]

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Only $7.43 – Becoming Proactive in Helping the Poor

by: Larry Davies | January 24, 2015

Recently, I described a missed opportunity to help a mother buy $7.43 worth of baby food. There are no acceptable excuses. I messed up. But getting involved with helping those in poverty is not easy. Improving financial resources alone is no guarantee. In fact, improving financial resources alone can actually complicate matters. Often, for every […]

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Only $7.43 – Understanding Poverty

by: Larry Davies | January 19, 2015

Last week, I described a missed opportunity to help a mother attempting to buy $7.43 worth of baby food in a grocery store. There are no acceptable excuses. I messed up. $7.43 serves as an ongoing reminder to be more vigilant for opportunities to help someone in need. “Thank you so much for ‘Only 7.43.’ […]

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Only $7.43

by: Larry Davies | January 9, 2015

The following true story more than any other reminds me to be alert for opportunities God continually gives to help others in need. I blew it. I missed a valuable opportunity and learned a critical lesson. Over the next few weeks, I hope to share some of those lessons learned and offer ways that we […]

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Psalm One & John Wesley

by: Larry Davies | January 1, 2015

January can be an opportunity given by God to start over. One question guides me: “How can I strengthen my relationship with God this year?” Psalm one gets straight to the point when it comes to our relationship with God. Every day, we make choices. Will those choices be good or not…? “Oh, the joys […]

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I Want to Fly

by: Larry Davies | December 27, 2014

There is a parable about a wild goose shot down by a local hunter. Only wounded in one wing, the goose landed safely in a barnyard. The chickens were quite startled by this sudden visitor from the sky. After becoming more comfortable with the stranger, they began to ask about what had been seen but […]

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