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Larry Davies, Author at Farmville

SOWING SEEDS

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

by Larry Davies, Friday, September 25, 2020 6:00 am

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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

by Larry Davies, Friday, September 18, 2020 6:00 am

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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

by Larry Davies, Friday, September 11, 2020 6:00 am

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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

by Larry Davies, Friday, September 4, 2020 6:00 am

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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

by Larry Davies, Friday, August 28, 2020 6:00 am

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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

by Larry Davies, Friday, August 21, 2020 6:00 am

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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

by Larry Davies, Friday, August 14, 2020 6:00 am

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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

by Larry Davies, Friday, August 7, 2020 6:00 am

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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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