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Larry Davies, Author at Farmville

SOWING SEEDS

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

by Larry Davies, Friday, July 31, 2020 6:00 am

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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

by Larry Davies, Friday, July 24, 2020 6:00 am

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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

by Larry Davies, Friday, July 17, 2020 6:00 am

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Our flag is still the same flag

This July 4 has been unusual in so many ways. COVID-19 is causing unbelievable hardship medically and economically. We must take a deep hard look ... Read more

by Larry Davies, Friday, July 10, 2020 6:00 am

Columns

God is our bridge over troubled water

In the spring of 1969, Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King were gone – brutally killed. Racial tensions were erupting across the U.S. The war ... Read more

by Larry Davies, Thursday, July 2, 2020 5:54 pm

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Fathers deserve honor too

Father’s Day recognizes someone who is often overlooked. The first observance of Father’s Day is believed to have been held in 1910 through the efforts ... Read more

by Larry Davies, Friday, June 26, 2020 6:00 am

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A prayer for guidance

For months, the COVID-19 pandemic has turned our world upside down and still continues even as businesses and churches reopen. The risks to our health ... Read more

by Larry Davies, Friday, June 19, 2020 6:00 am

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Listen to the children

A few years ago, several fifth graders were given the opportunity to answer the question, “What do I know about God?” After reading their answers ... Read more

by Larry Davies, Friday, June 12, 2020 1:48 pm

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Was blind, but now I see

Within the first verse of “Amazing Grace” is the phrase: “I once was lost, but now am found; was blind but now I see.” Many ... Read more

by Larry Davies, Friday, June 5, 2020 6:00 am

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Remember those missing in action

This week, we celebrate Memorial Day, a time to remember and honor those who died defending our country. Years ago, Jan Reger reminded me to ... Read more

by Larry Davies, Friday, May 29, 2020 6:00 am

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Dream big, but 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, Friday, May 22, 2020 6:00 am

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How good is your team?

Years ago, before becoming a pastor, I was perilously close to being fired. My job as a manager began with such promise, moving the family ... Read more

by Larry Davies, Friday, May 15, 2020 6:00 am

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Growing stronger in crisis

I have a confession. I have really struggled to write this article. A post on Facebook describes my dilemma. “My most useless purchase of 2019? ... Read more

by Larry Davies, Friday, May 8, 2020 6:00 am

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Unconditional love knows no bounds

Two friends, Bob and Allison Harbick live nearby. A few years ago, doctors began treating Allison for a brain tumor. Surgery and therapy were largely ... Read more

by Larry Davies, Friday, May 1, 2020 6:00 am

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Adapting to conference call worship services

The phone pings start at 8:50 a.m. announcing who is attending worship. Ping – Ron and Sally, ping – Barbara, ping – Doug and Maren, ... Read more

by Larry Davies, Friday, April 24, 2020 6:00 am

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Jesus guarantees hope for a brighter future

On the Monday following Easter, a restaurant owner must lay-off three employees that he can no longer afford because of the coronavirus crisis. On the ... Read more

by Larry Davies, Friday, April 17, 2020 6:00 am

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Celebrate, ask, leave, meditate = CALM

As the coronavirus crisis deepens, so do our challenges as we hear the steadily worsening news. How do we live with the reality of social ... Read more

by Larry Davies, Saturday, April 11, 2020 6:00 am

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In crisis, cling to hope

Crisis is just a term until it impacts you. Coronavirus, for many, is inconvenient shortages of toilet paper or spending long days and weeks staying ... Read more

by Larry Davies, Friday, April 3, 2020 6:00 am

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Be still and listen to God

The threat of COVID-19 looms over everyone causing enforced isolation for some and for others, the stress of working and serving in the equivalent of ... Read more

by Larry Davies, Friday, March 27, 2020 6:00 am

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Coronavirus and the Church

We’ve been exposed to a harsh new word over the past few weeks – the coronavirus or COVID-19. Thousands of people all over the world ... Read more

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

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Prayers and poverty

How can we better understand what it means to live in poverty? A church leader sent a list of prayer requests of guests served at ... Read more

by Larry Davies, Friday, March 13, 2020 3:00 pm

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A Widow’s gift

Jesus watched people dropping gifts in the collection box. Then a poor widow came by and dropped in two small coins. “I tell you the ... Read more

by Larry Davies, Sunday, March 8, 2020 6:00 am

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Preparing for Lent

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and covers a period of approximately six weeks before Easter Sunday. The traditional purpose of Lent is preparation through prayer, ... Read more

by Larry Davies, Thursday, February 27, 2020 10:22 am

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Too busy to listen

I was attending a leadership retreat where we were asking: “Are we doing too much busy work and not enough faith work?” If you want ... Read more

by Larry Davies, Thursday, February 20, 2020 11:19 am

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Shoveling snow became community event

Years ago, our neighborhood was blasted with approximately 18 inches of snow: the worst storm in many years. I was stranded at home, but it ... Read more

by Larry Davies, Thursday, February 13, 2020 11:00 am

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Worry and softball

Jesus says, “Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:34) As Christians, ... Read more

by Larry Davies, Sunday, February 9, 2020 10:38 am

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When there is no light, follow God

And I, I’m glad I didn’t know The way it all would end The way it all would go. Our lives are better left to ... Read more

by Larry Davies, Thursday, January 30, 2020 11:03 am

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