Devotions


God Can… God Has…

by: Larry Davies | December 6, 2016

Before any church meeting there is a devotion where someone reads an excerpt from a book or tells a story. Lisa Boatwright however, had something else in mind. She brought an old cardboard box filled with slips of paper and asked each of us to take one and write a statement about something God can […]

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10 Books for Christmas and 2017 – Part 2

by: Larry Davies | November 29, 2016

Here are the second five books of “Ten Books for Christmas.” I read a lot and love to recommend books to others. So, why not share? Here are my favorite books for Christmas and the new year approaching. They are not always religious but they are interesting. The list is in no particular order. With […]

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Faith of A Widow

by: Larry Davies | November 17, 2016

Jesus told a story about a widow and two coins, that I studied, preached and taught for years but until recently, missed part of what Jesus was teaching. Here is the story: While Jesus was in the Temple, He watched rich people dropping gifts in the collection box. Then a poor widow came by and […]

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A Gift, A Flag — Encouragement

by: Larry Davies | November 9, 2016

Recently, I received a surprise package containing a large American Flag. I had no clue why I would receive such a beautiful gift in the mail. There was a certificate inside: “This is to certify that the accompanying flag was flown over the United States Capitol at the request of Senator Tim Johnson of South […]

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Church: Boring or Life Changing?

by: Larry Davies | October 27, 2016

Some people describe church as boring. At times, maybe, but the following stories happened to real people in the church I serve. Similar stories could be told by most any church. Boring? No way! A woman was devastated when she unexpectedly found herself in the middle of a divorce. She had all the emotions of […]

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Giving and Tithing by Brian Lamb

by: Larry Davies | October 20, 2016

Brian Lamb is a long-time member of Fredericksburg UMC who felt called to ordained ministry and is currently attending seminary and working as a Youth Pastor at a nearby church. Recently Brian shared his thoughts on giving and tithing. His struggles and blessings, match many of our struggles and blessings so I received permission to […]

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Rudeness and Our Children

by: Larry Davies | October 6, 2016

The bright red finish and the cardboard license plates were clear indicators that the car in the fast-food restaurant parking lot was brand new. The owner likely panicked when he saw me park beside his new toy. Quickly he ran out and moved the car and parked it again at an odd angle that blocked […]

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Jerks and Forgiveness

by: Larry Davies | September 29, 2016

Imagine driving to work, minding your own business. Suddenly, someone runs a stop sign and with squealing tires, zips in front of your car, forcing you to slam on the brakes and swerve out of the way. You are a nervous wreck but the jerk in the other car never seems to acknowledge his mistake […]

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Breaking Cycle of Guilt

by: Larry Davies | September 25, 2016

On our first visit, after a few moments, she began to weep. “I’m so sorry.” For the next hour, I heard a sad story of mistakes, misunderstandings and family disagreements. None of them seemed all that serious, but her speech was tortured with words of guilt and hurt. “Will God ever forgive me?” she asked. […]

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Preacher Pride

by: Larry Davies | September 14, 2016

“Are you the preacher?” the voice asked over the phone. “Yes, I am.” I replied. “Why do you ask?” “A few weeks ago, I was a visitor in your church and heard your sermon. Could I ask a few questions?” “Sure.” I said with a smile, expecting a compliment. “You told a story about a […]

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