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Leadership and the cockroach letter

On a dinner flight, the man opened his meal. Right on top of the salad he saw an enormous cockroach. When he got home, he ... Read more

2 days ago by Larry Davies.

Column – What’s going down

The song on the radio was an old sixties hit, “For What It’s Worth” by Buffalo Springfield. Stephen Stills wrote it as part of a ... Read more

6 days ago by Larry Davies.

What’s going down

The song on the radio was an old sixties hit, “For What It’s Worth” by Buffalo Springfield. Stephen Stills wrote it as part of a ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Larry Davies.

One tornado, two churches – Part 2

Early one Saturday morning, Cordelia Alexander awoke to the sounds of a concrete truck and men talking. The sounds coming from just outside her bedroom ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Larry Davies.

One tornado, two churches

I read an ad that said, “95% of our daily decisions could be made by most anyone. It is the other 5%, the crucial 5% ... Read more

1 month ago by Larry Davies.

Heaven and hell

Ship of fools or lifeboat to heaven? Did you hear about the man traveling from New York to Atlanta on a business trip? Upon arrival, ... Read more

1 month ago by Larry Davies.

The $10 challenge

A church giving away $10 bills? Whoever heard of such a thing? Especially in September when most churches are having stewardship campaigns to raise more ... Read more

1 month ago by Larry Davies.

Riding a dead horse

Bill Dettmer wrote: “The tribal wisdom of the Dakota Indians, passed on from one generation to the next, says that when you discover you are ... Read more

2 months ago by Larry Davies.

How do we prepare for the return of Christ?

A church member emailed asking about end times. One sentence stuck with me: “Most Christians do not have an appropriate understanding and appreciation for the ... Read more

2 months ago by Larry Davies.

God comforts us so we can comfort others

We all occasionally suffer. Some hurt more than others, but all of us experience pain in different ways at different times. We also helplessly witness ... Read more

2 months ago by Larry Davies.

Persistent prayer is a part of our relationship with God

We pray about something important or painful. We desperately need an answer. We hope for a response of comfort and understanding, but no answer comes, ... Read more

2 months ago by Larry Davies.

Angry man at Costco provides a lesson

A recent news article covered the violence and anger increasingly prevalent on airplanes. There were more than 3,400 reports of “unruly” passengers on flights. As ... Read more

3 months ago by Staff Report.

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

3 months ago by Larry Davies.

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

3 months ago by Larry Davies.

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

3 months ago by Larry Davies.

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

4 months ago by Larry Davies.

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

4 months ago by Larry Davies.

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

5 months ago by Larry Davies.

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

5 months ago by Larry Davies.

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

5 months ago by Larry Davies.

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

6 months ago by Larry Davies.

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

6 months ago by Larry Davies.

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

6 months 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

6 months 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

7 months 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

7 months 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

7 months ago by Larry Davies.

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