Sowing Seeds of Faith Blog

Response to "Empty Churches"

by: Larry Davies | February 27, 2011

Response to WSET-TV story – Empty Churches. Over two days last week, WSET-TV aired a two-part special on the church called: Empty Churches. If you missed the stories, here is the web address: Part 1: Part 2: Part one featured two of our United Methodist Churches as mostly empty on Sunday morning. Part […]

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Becoming a Tough Encourager

by: Larry Davies | February 25, 2011

Despite my best efforts, sales were off and I was perilously close to being fired.                                                          Many years ago, I was hired as General Manager of an automobile dealership. My job began with such promise. At first, everything seemed fine and our sales were beginning to improve. But it wasn’t long before old problems reappeared and sales […]

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Hang in There: Bad Habit – Good Theology

by: Larry Davies | February 22, 2011

“Have mercy on me, O God, because of your unfailing love. Because of your great compassion, blot out the stain of my sins.  Wash me clean from my guilt. Purify me from my sin.” (Psalm 51) I have a confession to make. I mean well, but I have a bad habit. People come to me […]

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Prayers in the Midst of a Storm

by: Larry Davies | February 20, 2011

This past week, in our leadership group that meets every Thursday morning, I shared what I believed was the most significant moment for me as a leader during the past year. The lesson was about “Leadership in Turbulent Times.” Our churches face huge challenges today and we must face those challenges boldly as the church […]

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Ruth: A Love Story and More – Part 2

by: Larry Davies | February 18, 2011

Last time, you read about a Father and his two sons who were killed in Alaska. The mother, Naomi, wanted to go back home to Virginia but what would she do with her two daughters-in-law? One stayed behind but Ruth was determined to stick by Naomi’s side. Living in Virginia was difficult for Ruth at first, until […]

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Ruth: A Love Story and More – Part 1

by: Larry Davies | February 15, 2011

Bad news travels quickly in a small town. There was a tragic accident in a remote area of Prudhoe Bay near the village of Deadhorse, Alaska. A father named Eli and his two sons were among those killed. After the funeral, Eli’s wife, Naomi took stock of her situation and decided to go back home […]

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Light in the Closet?

by: Larry Davies | February 13, 2011

“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all […]

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Breaking the Peanut Butter Habit

by: Larry Davies | February 11, 2011

My son, Stephen, loved peanut butter sandwiches. Actually love is too mild. He — LOVED peanut butter sandwiches. Every meal, he wanted a peanut butter sandwich: not a peanut butter sandwich with jelly; just a (well you get the picture.) We traveled to restaurants having to carry a paper bag that contained — you guessed […]

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10 Wishes from a Pew Sitter

by: Larry Davies | February 10, 2011

Sometimes the most important thing we can do is listen and reflect. Thom Schultz of Group Publishing wrote “10 Wishes from a Pew Sitter” and I can’t say that I totally agree with it but I found these comments all stimulate discussion about how to be the church. Suppose you could have a group of your […]

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Spring, Snakes and Psalm 23

by: Larry Davies | February 8, 2011

There are snakes all around us…             “You prepare a table for me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil.” Psalm 23:5 “Snow is melting, the sun is shining…and spring is here at last!” Are you ready? Spring may be about sunshine and beauty but for me it just means […]

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