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Larry Davies, Author at Farmville

SOWING SEEDS

Offering seeds of encouragement and hope

The stranger who entered the church was young and new to the community, struggling with her faith and her identity while facing serious problems. She ... Read more

by Larry Davies, Friday, April 16, 2021 6:00 am

SOWING SEEDS

Remembering the real meaning of Easter

If you walk through Walmart and look for Easter, you will find candy — lots and lots of candy. If you read the newspaper ads, ... Read more

by Larry Davies, Friday, April 9, 2021 6:00 am

SOWING SEEDS

I saw what I saw…

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

by Larry Davies, Friday, April 2, 2021 6:00 am

SOWING SEEDS

Are we working as cathedral builders?

An older man was hiking in the woods with a young friend when they stumbled upon a big, angry bear. Both men took off running, ... Read more

by Larry Davies, Friday, March 26, 2021 6:00 am

SOWING SEEDS

Who can you be a servant for today?

Before the pandemic changed everything, there was a once-a-year ritual for United Methodist pastors and leaders called Annual Conference. Several thousand people gather in a ... Read more

by Larry Davies, Friday, March 19, 2021 6:00 am

SOWING SEEDS

Jesus was much more than a really nice guy

She was in high school, the same age as my daughter, when I became her pastor. She went out of her way to welcome my ... Read more

by Larry Davies, Friday, March 12, 2021 6:00 am

SOWING SEEDS

Give up your way, take up a cross and follow Jesus

I read about a helicopter ride for pastors and church leaders. The concept is to fly over the community and gain a new perspective while ... Read more

by Larry Davies, Friday, March 5, 2021 6:00 am

SOWING SEEDS

If we could do things over, what we would do differently?

If you had it to over, what would you do? This question was asked in a survey of older people. Of the many answers given, ... Read more

by Larry Davies, Friday, February 26, 2021 6:00 am

SOWING SEEDS

Life lessons from Mary Ann

My favorite character on the old TV sitcom “Gilligan’s Island” was Mary Ann played by Dawn Wells. She was wholesome and down to earth, always ... Read more

by Larry Davies, Thursday, February 18, 2021 6:00 am

SOWING SEEDS

Some tips on how to overcome anxiety

It was a stressful day. Later, feeling anxious and concerned, unable to sleep, I started praying and searching through scripture. I searched Google for prayers ... Read more

by Larry Davies, Friday, February 12, 2021 6:00 am

SOWING SEEDS

Aprons and the rice pastor

Wearing an apron is a practical symbol of service. Jesus wrapped a towel around him similar to an apron to wash the disciples’ feet. If ... Read more

by Larry Davies, Friday, February 5, 2021 6:00 am

SOWING SEEDS

We need a desire to follow and a trust in God’s path

“My Lord God I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain ... Read more

by Larry Davies, Friday, January 29, 2021 6:00 am

SOWING SEEDS

Church full of dead people

I dreamed God placed me in a church during Sunday worship. I walked up and down the aisle among lots of people. They all looked ... Read more

by Larry Davies, Friday, January 22, 2021 6:00 am

SOWING SEEDS

COLUMN — Dona nobis pacem

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace: where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, ... Read more

by Larry Davies, Friday, January 15, 2021 6:00 am

SOWING SEEDS

Goodbye to 2020

Here is an anonymous posting on social media — “Observations for 2020” 1. The dumbest thing I ever bought was a 2020 planner. 2. I ... Read more

by Larry Davies, Friday, January 8, 2021 6:00 am

SOWING SEEDS

COLUMN — Experiencing clown communion on Christmas Eve

Christmas has passed. We lit our candles, opened our gifts and celebrated the birth of Jesus. Because of the threat of COVID-19, many of us ... Read more

by Larry Davies, Thursday, December 31, 2020 6:00 am

SOWING SEEDS

Sending a message of peace from the moon

The year 1968 was difficult. The Vietnam war was raging. Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy were assassinated. Riots occurred at the Chicago Democratic ... Read more

by Larry Davies, Thursday, December 24, 2020 6:00 am

SOWING SEEDS

Lessons on spiritual leadership

EDITOR’S NOTE: This column is continued from the article by Larry Davies in the Friday, Dec. 11 edition. Thanks to my less than inspired leadership, ... Read more

by Larry Davies, Friday, December 18, 2020 6:00 am

SOWING SEEDS

Properly leading a choir is harder than it looks

Recently, during worship, I interrupted the director just as she was about to lead the choir. “Excuse me. I’m sorry to interrupt, but do you ... Read more

by Larry Davies, Friday, December 11, 2020 6:00 am

SOWING SEEDS

‘I pray for snow and a hamster’

A few years ago, our children’s ministry set up a Christmas tree. Next to the tree, they provided markers and paper that could be folded ... Read more

by Larry Davies, Friday, December 4, 2020 6:00 am

Columns

Lessons from Ed about giving thanks

I like Thanksgiving. It’s a time of food and family togetherness. People come together from all over to gather, eat, share family memories, watch football ... Read more

by Larry Davies, Thursday, November 26, 2020 6:00 am

SOWING SEEDS

COLUMN — A bag of mulch and a message

I just wanted a bag of mulch at the discount store, but the cashier discovered a hole in the bag, so someone was sent to ... Read more

by Larry Davies, Friday, November 20, 2020 6:00 am

SOWING SEEDS

God can turn failure into great success

“Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something ... Read more

by Larry Davies, Friday, November 13, 2020 6:00 am

LIFESTYLES

The little church that could

While obsessed with a worldwide pandemic and Election Day worries, it’s helpful to remember that God is still in control and often provides the best ... Read more

by Larry Davies, Friday, November 6, 2020 6:00 am

SOWING SEEDS

Confessions of a potato race cheater

A few years ago, I participated in a Halloween gathering at church to support our youth group. As a part of my participation, I was ... Read more

by Larry Davies, Friday, October 30, 2020 6:00 am

SOWING SEEDS

God can work miracles through us

Drayton wrote about tense moments he experienced while waiting for his wife’s surgery. “It was 10 o’clock at night and Robin was outside looking at ... Read more

by Larry Davies, Friday, October 23, 2020 6:00 am

SOWING SEEDS

The old-fashioned, fire-engine-red water pump

In my office, there is an old-fashioned, fire-engine-red hand water pump given to me by a dear friend. I have seldom used one, but there ... Read more

by Larry Davies, Friday, October 16, 2020 6:00 am

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