Jerks and Forgiveness

by: Larry Davies | September 29, 2016

Imagine driving to work, minding your own business. Suddenly, someone runs a stop sign and with squealing tires, zips in front of your car, forcing you to slam on the brakes and swerve out of the way. You are a nervous wreck but the jerk in the other car never seems to acknowledge his mistake […]

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Breaking Cycle of Guilt

by: Larry Davies | September 25, 2016

On our first visit, after a few moments, she began to weep. “I’m so sorry.” For the next hour, I heard a sad story of mistakes, misunderstandings and family disagreements. None of them seemed all that serious, but her speech was tortured with words of guilt and hurt. “Will God ever forgive me?” she asked. […]

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Pushing Buttons, Waiting and Faith

by: Larry Davies | September 11, 2016

We are all placed on earth and called by God for a purpose. But, what is our purpose? How do we find out? What do we do in the midst of searching for our purpose? How will we know that what we’re feeling is our God given purpose? Questions, questions, questions! A Biblical example of […]

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Comfort by Computer

by: Larry Davies | September 2, 2016

I was a little slow entering the computer age, but it didn’t take long to see the potential. One benefit was learning how to use a Bible study program. I happened to be teaching a lesson on “comfort” which called for looking up examples in the Bible. So I searched through the program for the […]

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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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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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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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Will it Take Six Strong Men to Bring You Back?

by: Larry Davies | March 5, 2016

A newspaper ad displayed a photograph of six men carrying a coffin through the doors of a church. The caption read: “Will it take six strong men to bring you back?” Will it take six strong men to bring you back? The ad made me feel uncomfortable but the question was a good one. A […]

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