Sowing Seeds of Faith Blog

Halloween: Confession of a Potato Cheater

by: Larry Davies | October 31, 2010

I came to the church Halloween gathering as a gesture of support for our youth group trying so hard to reach out to neighborhood children and families. But then, I had to play in those silly youth games. First, I was blindfolded and told to smell, feel and taste various gross objects such as smelly […]

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Blockbuster Video and the Church – Answers

by: Larry Davies | October 30, 2010

Richmond Hill is a retreat center located on a hill overlooking downtown Richmond, Virginia. According to the brochure, the Sisters of the Visitation of Monte Maria came to Richmond in 1866 at the end of the Civil War to pray for the healing of the city. They moved into two of the city’s older mansions […]

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Blockbuster Video and the Church – Readers Respond

by: Larry Davies | October 28, 2010

Last time, I wrote about: “Blockbuster Declares Bankruptcy.” What happened? Companies like Netflix made it more convenient to receive movies. Other companies like Amazon made it even easier providing movies downloaded directly to your computer or video recorder. Blockbuster slow to adapt reacted with too little, too late and eventually dwindled in size and influence. […]

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Blockbuster Video and the Church

by: Larry Davies | October 26, 2010

The newspaper headline surprised me: “Blockbuster Declares Bankruptcy.” What happened? How did a company that was once a central part of our culture become irrelevant? Movies always played an important role in my life. I grew up in rural Arkansas where they had only one Movie Theater. It wasn’t unusual for me to spend most […]

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Kicking Cats – Conclusion

by: Larry Davies | October 22, 2010

In the last devotion, Jim was angry at his wife so he yelled at Larry who threatened his top sales person, Robin, who turned and insulted her receptionist who went home and punished her son who in a fit of rage — kicked his poor innocent cat. Do you get the picture? Wouldn’t Jim be […]

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Kicking Cats – Part 1

by: Larry Davies | October 21, 2010

First: Thanks to special effects, no cats were actually harmed during the writing of this column.  Second: The ‘Kicking Cats’ story is not original but it’s so good, I’m using it anyway to make a point. The steering wheel has never been gripped tighter as Jim drove to work on Monday morning. Jim was angry […]

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Jerks and the Secret of Sturdy Faith

by: Larry Davies | October 19, 2010

Imagine driving to work on a busy highway, minding your own business. Suddenly, to your right, someone runs a stop sign and with squealing tires, zips in front of your car, forcing you to slam on the brakes and pull off to the side of the road. As you try to calm your nerves, the […]

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Baptism at the River

by: Larry Davies | October 17, 2010

Several years ago, three men on our softball team who were now regularly attending church approached me with a proposition. “Larry, we want to be baptized and join the church,” said Rick, one of the men. The others nodded in agreement with obvious intensity. “That’s great!” I responded with equal enthusiasm. “I’ll make the arrangements […]

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Funeral: Clues from A Worn Bible

by: Larry Davies | October 15, 2010

When asked to do a funeral, I often look for clues to help me say something personal others would easily identify with. Recently, one family who lost their mother knew exactly what to give me: her Bible. Lucy Smith’s Bible was full of notes, encouraging letters and cards, recipes and other clues that told me […]

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Scams, Con Artists & Jacob – Conclusion

by: Larry Davies | October 13, 2010

I described succumbing to the lures of an internet scam which made me feel vulnerable, embarrassed, ashamed and angry. “How could I be so stupid and not be more suspicious? Why would someone want to harm our ministry in such a way?” Now, I’m beginning to understand how Jacob’s brother, Esau felt in the Bible […]

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