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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$7.43 Conclusion: Mission and Miracle Linked

by: Larry Davies | February 10, 2017

I learned an important lesson, when I missed out on helping a young mother purchase $7.43 worth of baby food. That mistake guided me through the years to be on the lookout for opportunities God provides to help others. Are there risks involved? Certainly! Becoming more proactive in helping those struggling with poverty is never […]

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Poverty and $7.43 – Part 4

by: Larry Davies | February 2, 2017

The preacher was a gifted speaker whose heart was clearly loving and open to the most difficult problems. He had great affection for the congregation and the community in which they lived. One Sunday he spoke from his heart about a dilemma he felt with great sorrow. With candor he asked the question, “Why are […]

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$7.43 and Poverty: Getting Involved – Part 3

by: Larry Davies | January 24, 2017

This series on poverty started over a missed opportunity to help a mother buy $7.43 worth of baby food. There are no acceptable excuses. I messed up. But getting involved with helping those in poverty is not easy. Improving financial resources alone is no guarantee. In fact, improving financial resources alone can actually complicate matters. […]

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Poverty and $7.43 – Part 2

by: Larry Davies | January 18, 2017

Last week, I described a missed opportunity to help a mother attempting to buy $7.43 worth of baby food in a grocery store. There are no acceptable excuses. I messed up. $7.43 serves as an ongoing reminder to be more vigilant for opportunities to help someone in need. “Thank you so much for ‘Poverty and […]

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