Sowing Seeds of Faith Blog

“Oops!” and Calculators

by: Larry Davies | September 27, 2011

                                                                    “Oops” is one of those extraordinary sounds that can stir up joyous laughter and gut-wrenching fear all in the same historic moment. For example:             During the cold winter night a light rain covers the ground, which soon freezes. Early the next morning you step out with two dogs eager to do their […]

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Producing Fruit

by: Larry Davies | September 26, 2011

Early this morning as I was praying and reading my morning devotions, I came across this verse and a story by Joni E. Tada.   John 15:8 – This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.   Joni writes of a visit with a friend who grows […]

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Vital Congregations and Volunteer Help

by: Larry Davies | September 23, 2011

Third Annual Clergy Retreat about Vital Congregations The clergy of the Lynchburg District met together for 24 hours in Blackstone this week to explore how we could better become Vital Congregations. This will be the theme of our 2011 Charge Conferences and a new way to measure our congregations effectiveness for the next several years. Clergy […]

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by: Larry Davies | September 20, 2011

                                                                         Children have a way of asking the most interesting questions. Many years ago, I was busy studying when my then eleven-year-old son, Stephen, walked into the office and asked: “Dad, how did you ever become a minister?”             “I received a ‘call’ from God, son.”              He obviously wasn’t satisfied: “What does […]

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The Church in the Midst of Crisis

by: Larry Davies | September 18, 2011

It’s been a difficult week for me personally and for many of the clergy and churches on our district. Several of our clergy and their families face or have recently faced surgery and severe illness. There seems to have been more funerals within our churches recently. Several churches are sincerely questioning their ability to survive […]

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Welcoming Newcomers

by: Larry Davies | September 16, 2011

Top 10 Learnings about Welcoming Newcomers — By Keith Anderson – From Leading Ideas   Churches often define their success in welcoming newcomers by the number of people who become members of their church. At Redeemer we have shifted our focus to improving the quality of our welcome, and it feels like maybe we’re on […]

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Worry and Trust

by: Larry Davies | September 13, 2011

                                                         Worry is like a rocking chair…”It will give you something to do, but won’t get you anywhere.” Worry is like a disease that infects everyone yet no one seeks a cure. Worry is considered a legitimate past time, almost an honor, but worry is still a sin: a dangerous sin that can ruin […]

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Remembering September 11

by: Larry Davies | September 11, 2011

September 11 – What do you remember?   An elementary school student wrote shortly after the terrorist attack: “Dear God: We hope there will be no war and no more plane crashes because we don’t want anybody to get hurt again!”   Encouragement: Following September 11, I remember the continual encouragement we all tried to […]

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Remembering September 11

by: Larry Davies | September 9, 2011

September 11, 2001: If you ask any American, they can tell you where they were and what they were doing on that fateful day. Ten years have gone by… How will you remember? What have we learned?   Wayne Pratt: “I was on my way home after spending an overnight shift at Easton Hospital for […]

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Words Hurt; Words Heal

by: Larry Davies | September 6, 2011

            Words can hurt! Our family moved to a new area as I entered the seventh grade. During the first week of school, I decided to try out for the chorus. Since I already participated in our church choir singing sounded like a great way to make friends and have fun. But as I timidly […]

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