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Sowing Seeds — Surfing for God

You don’t hear much about it anymore but during the 1960’s and early 70’s there was nothing cooler than surfing for someone my age. Surfers ... Read more

by Larry Davies, Sunday, August 14, 2022 10:00 am

Columns

Sowing Seeds — Don’t hesitate: Take a ‘walk across the room’

“What if you knew that by simply crossing the room and saying “hello” to someone, you could change that person forever? Just a few steps ... Read more

by Larry Davies, Friday, August 5, 2022 12:31 pm

Columns

Sowing Seeds — Evangelism? Not Me!

My home church supported a mission ship sailing to poorer countries offering free books, and other supplies. They also sponsored students who volunteered to do ... Read more

by Larry Davies, Saturday, July 30, 2022 9:51 am

Columns

Sowing Seeds — Popeye has helped create ‘spinach theology’

This is a repeat but it’s one of my favorites. What do you think? I grew up watching, Popeye the Sailor cartoons. Each episode usually ... Read more

by Larry Davies, Saturday, July 23, 2022 6:07 pm

Columns

Sowing Seeds — Prayer can provide an audacious miracle

I  was at a clergy meeting talking to one of the pastors. I mentioned experiencing a tough day, struggling with a few personal issues that ... Read more

by Larry Davies, Saturday, July 16, 2022 10:51 am

SOWING SEEDS

An audacious miracle led to major life changes

The following Bible story is not one people usually remember, yet it is this story from Chapters 6 and 7 of 2 Kings in the ... Read more

by Larry Davies, Sunday, July 10, 2022 10:09 am

Columns

Sowing Seeds: Prayer, care and share

Transitions are seldom easy, but the right transitions directed by God enable you to find fulfillment and be in ministry for others in meaningful ways. ... Read more

by Larry Davies, Friday, July 1, 2022 10:57 am

Columns

Sowing Seeds — Comfort during strife

Last week, I said goodbye to two churches I dearly love and prepared to go to another church I look forward to serving. Somehow, I ... Read more

by Larry Davies, Thursday, June 23, 2022 4:59 pm

Columns

Sowing Seeds: Fishing – The rest of the story

My life was falling apart. I even considered quitting ministry. Peter after failing Jesus was ready to quit being a disciple and go back to ... Read more

by Larry Davies, Friday, June 17, 2022 4:36 pm

SOWING SEEDS

Sowing Seeds — Fishing

Before I became a pastor, Zig Ziglar, the famous motivational speaker, signed one of his books and added this from the Gospel of John: “I ... Read more

by Larry Davies, Sunday, June 12, 2022 10:45 am

SOWING SEEDS

21 Empty Chairs

Garfield the cartoon cat is sitting in a comfortable chair and sees the dog, Odie at the window looking in. Garfield says to himself, “Poor ... Read more

by Larry Davies, Sunday, June 5, 2022 9:46 am

SOWING SEEDS

Sowing Seeds — Trinity

Recently, I received a letter from Trinity MacDonald, a student at Virginia Tech who attends one of our churches. Growing up, the world wasn’t very ... Read more

by Larry Davies, Sunday, May 29, 2022 9:14 am

Columns

Sowing Seeds — Rounding the bases

Have you ever battled for control over your own life? Many of us fight that battle every day. Our opponent is not someone in our ... Read more

by Larry Davies, Friday, May 20, 2022 10:01 am

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Sowing Seeds —We earn it?

There is an old commercial about an investment firm featuring British actor John Houseman in his immaculate 3-piece suit, a gold watch dangling from his ... Read more

by Larry Davies, Sunday, May 15, 2022 9:30 am

Columns

Sowing Seeds — Something cut me to the soul

Inspired by a mission trip; Sara Groves wrote the following song: I saw what I saw, and I can’t forget it I heard what I ... Read more

by Larry Davies, Thursday, April 28, 2022 5:08 pm

Columns

Sowing Seeds — A church fire and Easter

One Friday morning, I received an emergency phone call about a fire at Tabernacle United Methodist Church in Amelia. I drove out there immediately. To ... Read more

by Larry Davies, Saturday, April 23, 2022 12:27 pm

Columns

Holy Week and ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’

Every year about this time I look through my oldies music and listen to a Rock Opera popular during my teenage years: “Jesus Christ Superstar.” ... Read more

by Larry Davies, Friday, April 15, 2022 10:37 am

Columns

Sowing Seeds — It’s your church, It’s God’s church

Mike Abrashoff is the author of “It’s Your Ship” — Before Mike took command of the USS Benfold, he saw the opportunity to do something ... Read more

by Larry Davies, Sunday, April 10, 2022 10:12 am

SOWING SEEDS

Day by day, more aware

Author and Consultant, Patrick Lencioni asks six questions to guide any organization seeking purpose. I would think any individual or church could ask the same ... Read more

by Larry Davies, Sunday, April 3, 2022 3:20 pm

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Sowing Seeds — ‘20/20’ and God’s Love

“20/20” featured a story about Mary who confessed to murdering Matthew, a pastor in Tennessee. According to the media, this was no ordinary murder. Why? ... Read more

by Larry Davies, Sunday, March 27, 2022 10:15 am

Columns

Sowing Seeds — The narrow door and humility

Flannery O’Connor wrote about Mrs. Turpin, a lady sure of her heavenly destination who does not hesitate to share this fact with others. Flannery shows ... Read more

by Larry Davies, Thursday, March 17, 2022 10:50 am

Columns

Dream big! Act small

As a pastor, I encourage churches to dream big dreams toward making a difference in people’s lives. I also emphasize the importance of forming good ... Read more

by Larry Davies, Thursday, March 10, 2022 3:04 pm

SOWING SEEDS

Love the Lord

Recent statistics regarding the spiritual state of our country are alarming: 96% of Americans polled say they believe in God, 41% attend church, 13% of ... Read more

by Larry Davies, Sunday, February 27, 2022 11:25 am

Columns

Sowing Seeds: No pain? No gain!

Zig Ziglar used to say: “There is no elevator to the top. You’re going to have to take the stairs.” I learned that in sales, ... Read more

by Larry Davies, Friday, February 18, 2022 5:39 pm

SOWING SEEDS

Stairway to Heaven

Some dormitories at Virginia Tech are grouped in quads: four buildings in a square with a grassy area in the center. That grassy area was ... Read more

by Larry Davies, Sunday, February 13, 2022 8:00 am

SOWING SEEDS

Are you the Messiah?

Events this week seemed especially conflicted and depressing: Ukraine – Threat of invasion with potentially dire consequences. Pandemic – Lots of uncertainly. Is the end ... Read more

by Larry Davies, Sunday, February 6, 2022 10:15 am

Columns

Greatness as a No. 2: Dan Abrams and Robb Almy

Sometimes the hardest number to be in life is two: second string, second clarinet, vice president or assistant pastor. You are quite literally a heartbeat ... Read more

by Larry Davies, Saturday, January 29, 2022 4:27 pm

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