Devotions


Angry Jesus – Conclusion

by: Larry Davies | March 28, 2015

A TV Newscast showed a man standing at a busy intersection wearing a large sign that said: “I cheated. This is my punishment.” When interviewed the man said, “I’m wearing the sign as punishment for being unfaithful. I thought she was kidding.” After a pause, he added: “She wasn’t kidding!” Later he said, “In order […]

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Angry Jesus

by: Larry Davies | March 21, 2015

“How would you describe Jesus in one or two words?” I asked the youth in our Bible study. They chimed in quickly with love, goodness, humble, pious, kind, caring, devout, meek and gentle. “So, what do you think Jesus would actually look like?” They mentioned long hair, pale skin and a constant smile, like a […]

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Easter: You Forgot Me!

by: Larry Davies | March 14, 2015

I assumed my daughter was with someone else. Following worship services, we were going with a group to lunch. When I arrived, a funny sensation began forming in the pit of my stomach. I tried to remain calm but in the rush to gather up my materials and drive to the restaurant, I’m embarrassed to […]

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Problems: From Friends to Peace

by: Larry Davies | March 6, 2015

Every morning, Mell and I read “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young. The devotions provide a framework to help us share our daily encounters with God and discuss and pray about what God is doing in our lives. But recently as we read our devotion, we had a different reaction: “Make friends with problems in your […]

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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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