Rev. Choi and Giving Thanks

by: Larry Davies | November 21, 2015

Thanksgiving has somehow retained the simplicity of enjoying good food with family. We have the opportunity to slow down and be thankful. We can express our thanks to each other and to God. For me, Thanksgiving often offers extra time for reflection and prayer. One prayer, written by Rev. Choi, Il-Do, founder and leader of […]

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Korea: Prayer Testimonies

by: Larry Davies | November 14, 2015

“I was a student in college when I first became a Christian but as I started teaching, I stopped attending church. When I got married my husband was away a lot. I was living in a different neighborhood, had a child and I felt so lonely. I decided to go back to church but didn’t […]

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Korea: The Churches

by: Larry Davies | November 7, 2015

Jesus said: “Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means ‘rock’), and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it. And I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven.” – Matthew 16:18 What surprised me when our group of […]

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Korea: “This Is My Story”

by: Larry Davies | November 1, 2015

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine! Oh what a foretaste of glory divine! Heir of salvation, purchase of God, born of his Spirit, washed in his blood. “Blessed Assurance” by Fanny Crosby is beloved in Korea. Our group of 34 American pastors sang the hymn in Korean as our way of saying “Thank you!” for the […]

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by: Larry Davies | October 19, 2015

Do not be anxious about anything. – Phil. 4:6 Comforting words as I board a flight bound for Seoul, South Korea. Leaving family behind produces anxious moments but I look forward to the experience of learning from my Korean brothers and sisters. Bishop Young Jin Cho leads a group from our area every year. It’s […]

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Thomas Dorsey: The Kind of Person We Become by Tim Richards

by: Larry Davies | September 22, 2015

Tim Richards is a writer, pastor and friend. He began writing for his local newspaper more than twenty years ago and has written for multiple newspapers since, including the St. Louis Post Dispatch. His weekly column presently appears in papers throughout his home state of Missouri as well as in Colorado and North Carolina. You […]

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Popeye and Spinach Theology – Conclusion

by: Larry Davies | September 19, 2015

When Popeye the Sailor needed help, there was always a can of spinach nearby to provide a supernatural fix. It’s tempting to think of God as the can of spinach, ready to provide answers. “Spinach Theology” is only good when a miracle follows. What happens if there is no miracle? Some people leave the church […]

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Popeye and Spinach Theology

by: Larry Davies | September 12, 2015

I grew up watching, Popeye the Sailor Man cartoons. Each episode usually centered on someone, namely Brutus messing with Popeye’s girl, Olive Oyl. Popeye would take the harassment for a while but the bad stuff kept piling on and he would get madder and madder until, at some point Popeye would cry out: “That’s all […]

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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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