Devotions


Facing the High Dive

by: Larry Davies | April 19, 2017

Telling my dad, “I want to jump off the high diving board at the adult pool,” sounded brave spoken from the safety of the ground. But, as I joined the line climbing the endless steps necessary to reach the diving area my ‘fearless’ words sounded like the dumb bragging of the eight-year-old boy, I was. […]

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Learning from Doubting Thomas

by: Larry Davies | April 12, 2017

Thomas was a disciple of Jesus. We know him as “Doubting Thomas.” Why? Thomas asks probing questions. His questions and doubts ultimately provide answers for us. Shortly after Jesus death, the disciples were hiding, fearful of being arrested as a follower of Jesus. Their leader and savior brutally executed. Soldiers were likely searching for other […]

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Daddy, You Forgot Me!

by: Larry Davies | April 6, 2017

I thought my young daughter was with someone else. Following worship services, we were going with a group to lunch. When I arrived at the restaurant, a funny sensation formed in the pit of my stomach. I tried to remain calm but something was wrong. “Where’s my daughter?” I asked. “Have any of you seen […]

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Church Hospitality? Take Mom’s Advice by Rev. Dr. Robb Almy

by: Larry Davies | March 27, 2017

The Rev. Dr. Robb Almy serves as Pastor with me at Fredericksburg United Methodist. Previously, Robb was director of a church coaching and consulting ministry called ChurchIngenuity.Com where he also publishes a blog. Holy Week and Easter often means more people will consider attending a nearby church, maybe for the first time. They will be […]

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A Prayer for Lent

by: Larry Davies | March 22, 2017

I am frequently asked the meaning of the season called Lent: Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and covers a period of approximately six weeks before Easter Sunday. The traditional purpose of Lent is preparation through prayer, penance, repentance of sins, giving, atonement and self-denial. During Lent, many Christians commit to fasting or giving up certain […]

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Upward Basketball at Fredericksburg UMC

by: Larry Davies | March 14, 2017

With adoring fans screaming, the players ran to the middle of the basketball court, as their names were shouted over the loudspeaker: “Number 12, Brittany, No 5 Mark, No 2 Anthony, No 11 Elizabeth, No 1 Andrew.” Normal sounds for a basketball game except these players were 5 and 6 years old. The setting is […]

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Lent: Breathe Life Into the Church

by: Larry Davies | March 6, 2017

One dark stormy night, I dreamed God placed me in a church preparing for Sunday worship. God had me walk up and down the aisle among hundreds of people. They all looked – gulp – they all looked dead! There were all kinds of people: children with crayons in their hands, teenagers sitting among friends, […]

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Lent, Sandi Patty and Coming Back to Church

by: Larry Davies | February 28, 2017

I was in and out of churches for many years before becoming more serious about my Christian walk in the 1980’s. During the 45-minute drive to and from work, I listened to Christian teaching tapes and to popular Christian artists to learn more about my faith and deepen my relationship with God. One of my […]

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Teach Me How to Pray – Conclusion

by: Larry Davies | February 23, 2017

Last week’s column about prayer raised more questions than answers: Is God listening? How do we recognize God’s answers? Block out stresses? How do I make time? How much time? What if I’ve messed up, feel unworthy? When people pray for healing, what aren’t they healed? How can I pray for guidance? How can we […]

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Teach Me How to Pray

by: Larry Davies | February 17, 2017

“Does God answer prayers?” I asked. “Of course! Yes! Always!” People usually answer. “Then, why don’t we pray more frequently?” After a long silence, there are the usual excuses: “I’m busy! No time! God’s too busy! I don’t know what to say! I’m not worthy! I don’t know how!” Our reasons may sound different but […]

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