Devotions


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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Retreat for One

by: Larry Davies | April 28, 2016

Jesus said, “You are the light of the world.” (Mat. 5:14) I believe Jesus is referring to each of us as the light but also the church can be the light. There are many creative ways to be the church. Here is one of my favorite examples: One hot summer Friday evening, seventy-eight single adults […]

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Ten Books for Summer 2016 Part 2

by: Larry Davies | April 14, 2016

“Ten Books for Summer” has become an annual tradition. I read a lot and love to recommend books to others. So, why not share? Here are the second five of my ten favorite books for summer of 2016. They are not always religious but they are interesting. The list is in no particular order. With […]

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Ten Books for Summer of 2016

by: Larry Davies | April 12, 2016

“Ten Books for Summer” has become an annual tradition. I read a lot and love to recommend books to others. So, why not share? Here are my favorite books for summer of 2016. They are not always religious but they are interesting. The list is in no particular order. With each book there is information […]

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