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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

7 days ago by Larry Davies.

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

2 weeks ago by Larry Davies.

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

3 weeks ago by Larry Davies.

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

4 weeks ago by Larry Davies.

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

1 month ago by Larry Davies.

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

1 month ago by Larry Davies.

‘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

2 months ago by Larry Davies.

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

2 months ago by Larry Davies.

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

2 months ago by Larry Davies.

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

2 months ago by Larry Davies.

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

3 months ago by Larry Davies.

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

3 months ago by Larry Davies.

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

3 months ago by Larry Davies.

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

3 months ago by Larry Davies.

Ministry also includes the sparrows

One morning following Easter during my quiet time with God, I was mentally rehashing all the wonderful things that happened. I was feeling good – ... Read more

3 months ago by Larry Davies.

Some continued thoughts on prayer

Last week’s message about prayer raised more questions than answers. Is God listening? How do we recognize God’s answers? How do we block out stresses? ... Read more

4 months ago by Larry Davies.

Prayer is a key to our relationship with God

“Does God answer prayer?” I asked. “Of course. Yes. Always,” people usually answer. “Then, why don’t we pray more frequently?” After a long silence, there ... Read more

4 months ago by Larry Davies.

Make friends with problems

“Make friends with problems in your life. The best way to befriend your problems is to thank Me for them. This simple act opens your ... Read more

4 months ago by Larry Davies.

Learning about trust in the dentist’s chair

If asked to name three scary movie scenes: • A flock of birds sitting, waiting, staring — ready to attack: Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” • ... Read more

4 months ago by Larry Davies.

Blessed are the peacemakers

The Republican and the Democratic parties recently completed their conventions nominating their candidate for president of the U.S. From the speeches you would think that ... Read more

5 months ago by Larry Davies.

What will you do with your field?

Our leadership group discussed a devotion called, “The Field” written by Bishop Schnase. We were asked to imagine ourselves receiving the gift of a field ... Read more

5 months ago by Larry Davies.

A bright cross and pruning

I was angry? Why angry? I was attending an evening class at a retreat center along with other church leaders. The speaker was teaching how ... Read more

5 months ago by Larry Davies.

COLUMN — The English teacher and buried treasure

My 10th-grade English teacher, Ms. Comstock, lived and breathed literature, drama, and the theater. At one time she had been a successful actress. When we ... Read more

5 months ago by Larry Davies.

We have the capacity for great courage

I was a young boy walking home from baseball practice and noticed a shortcut through a neighbor’s backyard. There was a chicken coop, but I ... Read more

6 months ago by Larry Davies.

Psalm 23 from a shepherd’s viewpoint

Years ago, I took chaplain training at a nearby hospital. One of my first patients was a middle-aged woman who had been in the hospital ... Read more

6 months ago by Larry Davies.

Christians are not perfect

I was looking for something that would help me come to grips with what has been going on in the year 2020. I came across ... Read more

6 months ago by Larry Davies.

Can’t we hypocrites get along?

There was an article in The Washington Post about residents fighting at a retirement community in Orlando, Florida. It all started in 2016 when one resident ... Read more

6 months ago by Larry Davies.

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