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Larry Davies, Author at Farmville

SOWING SEEDS

Prayer is a crucial tool in battle of good vs. evil

The novel “This Present Darkness” by Frank Peretti is about a struggling church deciding whether to keep their new pastor. The pastor asked a church ... Read more

by Larry Davies, Friday, July 23, 2021 6:00 am

SOWING SEEDS

Why should I go to church?

As we would say in the south, I was raised right. My family attended church off and on. Being a Navy family, we moved frequently, ... Read more

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

SOWING SEEDS

Teachers exhibit duty, honor and grace

Anyone in the military, looking at this title, “Duty, honor, grace,” would be tempted to correct me. The more familiar phrase is “duty, honor, country.” ... Read more

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

SOWING SEEDS

How do we react when we stumble?

For a children’s message I wanted to illustrate Job from the Bible losing his family and his possessions. I said, “At any time, your calm ... Read more

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

Columns

Why I am so passionate about serving

Our church along with others support a group of aid organizations and churches in New Mexico and in El Paso, on the border with Mexico. ... Read more

by Larry Davies, Thursday, June 17, 2021 3:43 pm

SOWING SEEDS

The impossible dream is alive in each of us

Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Even during tragedy and disappointment, God is in control. If you learn to trust God, you will ... Read more

by Larry Davies, Friday, May 21, 2021 6:00 am

SOWING SEEDS

In search of the impossible dream

My favorite song within my favorite play, “Man of La Mancha.” is “Impossible Dream.” The story is loosely based on “Don Quixote” by Miguel Cervantes ... Read more

by Larry Davies, Friday, May 14, 2021 6:00 am

SOWING SEEDS

Reconciliation and healing puts old hurts behind us

Years ago, I visited someone who after a few moments began to weep. “I’m so sorry.” For the next hour, I heard a sad story ... Read more

by Larry Davies, Friday, May 7, 2021 6:00 am

SOWING SEEDS

Believers reach out to suicidal person

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is part two of a series on a person contemplating suicide. Years ago, someone sent me several emails. No one ever wants ... Read more

by Larry Davies, Friday, April 30, 2021 6:00 am

SOWING SEEDS

How can we help those contemplating suicide?

Years ago, I received an email. “Please pray. I know God is my Savior. I know nothing is impossible, but I am overwhelmed. I know ... Read more

by Larry Davies, Friday, April 23, 2021 6:00 am

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

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