Laura Ellis: Walk for Suicide Prevention

by: Larry Davies | August 26, 2016

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide and to reaching out to people with mental disorders and those impacted by suicide. The signature event for raising funds and increasing awareness are: “Out of the Darkness Walks for Suicide Prevention.” The walks produce millions for suicide prevention programs, unite […]

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Two Tragedies: A Christian Response

by: Larry Davies | August 17, 2016

Years ago, the peace and tranquility of our area was shattered by two tragedies. The first was a suicide. She was well known and loved so the news was a devastating surprise. We will never know what drove her to end her life but we know the awful impact her suicide has on friends and […]

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Popeye and Spinach Theology – Conclusion

by: Larry Davies | August 4, 2016

When Popeye the Sailor needed help, there was always a can of spinach nearby to provide a supernatural fix. It’s tempting to think of God as the can of spinach, ready to provide answers. “Spinach Theology” is only good when a miracle follows. What happens if there is no miracle? Some people leave the church […]

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Popeye and Spinach Theology

by: Larry Davies | July 27, 2016

I grew up watching, Popeye the Sailor Man cartoons. Each episode usually centered on someone, namely Brutus messing with Popeye’s girl, Olive Oyl. Popeye would take the harassment for a while but the bad stuff kept piling on and he would get madder and madder until, at some point Popeye would cry out: “That’s all […]

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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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