Sowing Seeds of Faith Blog

Struggle Produces Good Fruit

by: Larry Davies | September 30, 2012

“This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” (John 15:8)   I recently read a column written by Joni E. Tada. She describes a visit with a friend who grows several rare varieties of grapes on the hillsides behind his house. She was surprised that the […]

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Vital Congregations: Do Not Be Afraid

by: Larry Davies | September 23, 2012

This week has been a valuable lesson for two reasons: Our annual clergy retreat and the Service of Celebration for Bishop Cho.   Approximately fifty pastors from all over our district participated in our fifth annual clergy retreat as we struggle to become Vital Congregations. Each year, the level of trust seems higher and clearer. […]

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Love, Listening and Encouraging

by: Larry Davies | September 16, 2012

When was the last time you talked to someone who was struggling with their faith or was not a Christian and listened? For many, it has been a long time.   Trish is recently divorced and a single parent. She’s to busy holding down a job and raising two children to think about God. Trish […]

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Struggling with Prayer

by: Larry Davies | September 9, 2012

Prayer… What is the first word that comes to your mind when you describe prayer?   One word for me is… struggle!   Prayer does not come easily or naturally for me. I continually struggle to be disciplined and patient about my prayer life.   But after twenty-six years of being a minister here is […]

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Journey UMC: Sailing into Deep Waters

by: Larry Davies | September 2, 2012

“Others went out on the sea in ships; they were merchants on the mighty waters. They saw the works of the Lord, his wonderful deeds in the deep.” (Psalm 107:23-24)   I’m not sure I truly appreciated or even understood Psalm 107 and the two verses above until recently. Going out on a boat or […]

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