10 Books for Summer 2018

by: Larry Davies | May 22, 2018

“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 my favorite books for summer of 2018. They are not always religious but they are interesting. With each book there is information provided by followed by, “Why I […]

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The Church & Playing Fair

by: Larry Davies | May 18, 2018

A young woman named Sarah comes to a church service for the first time. No one knows who she is or why she’s there. She tentatively takes her place in a back pew. Is she looking for something to help her struggling faith? Maybe she needs answers to face turmoil in her life?  The pastor […]

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Smashed Down by a Wall?

by: Larry Davies | May 1, 2018

“We need three strong volunteers,” I said to the congregation for our Sunday children’s message. Hesitantly, (I have a reputation for embarrassing folks.) three men came forward. I placed them side by side and announced: “You are to be a wall. No matter what I say or do, you must not let me through. Do […]

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Dreaming Big & The Prayer of Jabez

by: Larry Davies | April 24, 2018

Diane Sawyer, former co-anchor for, “Good Morning America” talked in Guidepost magazine about meeting Catherine Marshall, the famous author. Expecting a typical pep talk, Diane was not prepared for what Catherine had to say: “You have set goals, but I don’t think you set them high enough. I think you should take those goals and expand […]

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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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