Devotions


Town Hall Meeting with President Obama – Conclusion

by: Larry Davies | July 22, 2016

In the midst of a crisis of violence, ABC News invited three people from our church to attend a National Town Hall meeting where President Obama was asked questions by people from around the country. We didn’t get a chance to ask our questions but came away knowing we were meant to be there. The […]

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Town Hall with President Obama

by: Larry Davies | July 17, 2016

It all started with an email from ABC News: “In the aftermath of the tragic events that have shaken the country over the past two weeks, ABC News would like to invite you to participate in a unique broadcast: a town hall with the President of the United States that will air nationwide on Thursday, […]

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Saying “Hello” to Fredericksburg

by: Larry Davies | July 1, 2016

This first week in July where we celebrate the birth of our nation is an interesting time for me to begin as pastor of Fredericksburg United Methodist Church. Fredericksburg UMC has existed almost as long as America itself. In the introduction to, Fredericksburg United Methodist Church, describes FUMC as a church in the midst of […]

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Saying Good-Bye to Lynchburg

by: Larry Davies | June 22, 2016

Larry’s gotta go, his time is up, we know… Larry’s got to go away… Fredericksburg is glad, but Lynchburg’s really sad Bless you each and every day. (Written by Nancy Johnson as part of a Good-bye Roast) If getting roasted is a compliment, then I am one fortunate pastor. Two songs and one poem plus […]

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Orlando & The Church

by: Larry Davies | June 15, 2016

Last week, I shared Facebook responses to the question, “Why don’t people go to church?” There were two answers from Mike and Susan and others. Most of the comments fell in these general categories: We preach morality but seldom live it. Hypocrites. We focus on converts for our church rather than caring about others. Selfish. […]

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Why Aren’t They Coming to Church Anymore?

by: Larry Davies | June 8, 2016

Several years ago, I posted a question on Facebook: Why are so many people, especially young people walking away from church and/or God? I received many answers. Here are two examples: Mike – I either was always saved or getting saved, until I learned how to fake it! It wasn’t until I was in my […]

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Mistake Becomes Precious Memory

by: Larry Davies | June 2, 2016

Rev. Ronna L. Swartz was to lead a communion service for the leadership team of an upcoming Emmaus Walk. Holy Communion is always an important part of Emmaus and she wanted to do her part to make the service meaningful. Several people on the team experienced particularly difficult situations so Rev. Swartz wanted to offer […]

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A Perspective Lifter

by: Larry Davies | May 21, 2016

The United Methodist Church I serve and love is going through difficult times. Delegates from all over the world gathered recently to set policy and direction for the church. Meeting every four years, General Conference is the leadership body that speaks for our church. For ten days, delegates tried to resolve important issues. In the […]

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Remembering Bishop Cho

by: Larry Davies | May 14, 2016

For the last four years, our Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church made up of over 1100 churches has been led by Bishop Young Jin Cho. Bishop Cho will be retiring later this year. As his tenure comes to an end, I have been asking myself: what was Bishop Cho’s greatest contribution to our […]

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Foolishness or Courage?

by: Larry Davies | May 5, 2016

It takes a lot of courage, to put things in God’s hands, To give ourselves completely, our lives, our hopes, our plans. To follow where God leads us and make His will our own. But all it takes is foolishness, to go the way alone! — Anonymous Courage and Foolishness: The difference between the two […]

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