Devotions


Shark Tank

by: Larry Davies | October 17, 2017

I had a dream where one of the “Shark Tank” investors (I think it was “Mr. Wonderful) had me on the show and asked: “If I wanted to invest a million dollars in a church, why would I choose yours?” I found myself stammering: “Why are you asking?”   He said: “I want to invest […]

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Responding to God’s Invitation: Sri Lanka

by: Larry Davies | October 11, 2017

God challenged a church I served in 2004 to think bigger and miracles followed. In December, a Tsunami devastated parts of Asia. We raised money and accepted several projects including sponsoring a ship full of rice to Sri Lanka. Then I was asked: “Would you go with us to Sri Lanka? You could see the […]

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Responding to God’s Invitation

by: Larry Davies | October 3, 2017

Church leaders tell me: “There is little hope for our church. We are small and only getting smaller. In response last week, I shared a parable Jesus told about sending invitations to a great feast and the people invited didn’t come. In other words, we the church receive an invitation to God’s feast and we […]

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God’s Invitation to a Feast

by: Larry Davies | September 28, 2017

When I visit other churches, leaders tell me: “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 the pastor much less help anyone else. We have only few young people. People who attend church are […]

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Better Health? Better Choices!

by: Larry Davies | September 20, 2017

I started regularly video-taping a short message about upcoming events at our church to post online. Feedback was mostly positive except for one “friend” who suggested I purchase a tripod and film future messages from above so people would not see the sags and wrinkles around my chin and neck.   “What?” I thought. “What […]

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In the Midst of Harvey and Irma: Remembering David and Ferris

by: Larry Davies | September 14, 2017

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma caused catastrophic damage to areas throughout Texas, Louisiana and Florida as well as the Caribbean Islands. In addition, our church also experienced the loss of two faithful leaders, David Brumbaugh and Ferris Belman who made a difference in our church and our community. As we prayed, raised funds, sent needed supplies […]

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God’s Comfort & Hurricanes

by: Larry Davies | September 7, 2017

The news has been traumatic this week. The devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey is still being felt in Texas and Louisiana. Hurricane Irma is blowing through the Caribbean Islands as I write and expected to strike Florida by the time you receive this column. The lives lost, the families forced to live in shelters, the […]

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42 and Charlottesville

by: Larry Davies | August 28, 2017

A few years ago, I watched the movie “42” about Jackie Robinson, one of the first African-American Major-League Baseball players. In one scene, the opposing coach was taunting Jackie as he came up to bat. His loud racist remarks were vicious and cruel. Frustrated, Jackie swung the bat at a bad pitch, hit a fly […]

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Charlottesville & North Korea: What’s a Christian to Do?

by: Larry Davies | August 13, 2017

This week’s news took place in North Korea and Charlottesville, Virginia. One event features the blustering of two volatile leaders which threatens nuclear devastation while another vividly displays the racial hatred and animosity still infecting our local communities. In Charlottesville, a rally drew white nationalists from around the country to protest the removal of a […]

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Hospitality: A Parable of Two Restaurants

by: Larry Davies | August 8, 2017

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. However, another restaurant in this hotel is serving lunch now. […]

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