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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

10 Lessons My Father Taught Me

By Dennis A. Davis
June 15, 2014

1. To be led by the Spirit of God, not by circumstances. My father’s life verse was, “Let the peace of God rule in your hearts” (Colossians 3:15, KJV). When I sought his counsel, he always asked, “Does the peace of God rule in your heart?”

2. To believe God for the impossible. With $100 in the building fund, my father dug a hole in the ground for footings and a basement for a new church. That project was completed miraculously.
I have often said, “You can have $1 million without God, and it is not enough; but $100 and God are all you need.” I grew up watching my father believe God for the impossible.

3. To love the church. When I was 4, I went into the ministry with my father as we visited people. Because he loved the church, I grew up loving the church, so I put my boy — who is in the ministry today — in ministry with me when he was 3.

4. To give. My father put 10 pennies in my small hand and taught me to count them. He would extract one and say, “This belongs to God.”
When I was 4, my father was raising money to buy cement for a new church at $1 a sack. I had accumulated 100 pennies. I know, because I counted them every day. I struggled with giving my life’s saving, but I put my hand up and said I would buy one sack.

5. To respect spiritual leaders. Every morning I heard my father pray during family devotions: “Dear God, bless those who have the rule over us in the Lord.” Then he would call the names of those in leadership.
When I was 16, our district superintendent visited in our home. I thought God had arrived, because I had heard my father pray for him every day.

6. To abstain from criticizing. I grew up with a positive attitude toward the church and people because I never heard a critical word in our home. When I entered the ministry, I was taken aback with the attitudes of some people. I would rather have my child be a little naïve, than to grow up with a cynical spirit and critical attitude.

7. To care for people. He was a friend and encourager of those who might be overlooked. One day my parents visited in a run-down house, where they found an elderly man on a pallet, neglected and unkempt. My parents would take food, and my mother would play her accordion and sing.
One day while they were singing, a big tear rolled out of the edge of the man’s eye. I stood in that room, as a little boy, and watched a miracle of love and grace occur.

8. To be a person of integrity. My father worked at saving money, so he could give a little more for the work of God. Never did he say or do anything that was not truthful and absolutely honest even though his integrity cost him at times.

9. To work. After I completed the seventh grade, my father met me in front of the school and took me to an orchard, where he had arranged a job for me. He not only taught me the value of work, he was an example of a person who worked hard.

10. To put family first. When I was a teenager, my father told me, “This whole town could go to hell, but there is one guy who will not and that is you.” I grew up knowing that my father loved God and loved his family more than he loved anything in this world.

From the June 18, 2000, Pentecostal Evangel

DENNIS A. DAVIS has pastored and served as president of Northwest University (Assemblies of God) in Kirkland, Wash.




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