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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

3 days ago by Larry Davies.

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

1 week ago by Larry Davies.

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

2 weeks ago by Larry Davies.

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

3 weeks ago by Larry Davies.

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

1 month ago by Larry Davies.

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

1 month ago by Larry Davies.

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

1 month ago by Larry Davies.

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

2 months ago by Larry Davies.

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

2 months ago by Larry Davies.

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

2 months ago by Larry Davies.

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

2 months ago by Larry Davies.

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

3 months ago by Larry Davies.

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

3 months ago by Larry Davies.

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

3 months 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

3 months 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

4 months 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 months 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

4 months 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

4 months 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

5 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

5 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

5 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

5 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

5 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

6 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

6 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

6 months ago by Larry Davies.

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