Pastor Larry Treadway Has written Devotionals for a time where you may need a Word from the Lord to help boost you through the week, and you do not know where to begin.

Building Bridges

“And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation.” (2nd Corinthians 5:18)


Two brothers lived on adjoining farms, but they had a deep quarrel. They had often shared their resources, but that practice stopped; and there was nothing left but bitterness. One morning a brother (we will call John) answered a knock at his door. It was a carpenter. The carpenter asked if there was any work to do.


John said that there was something he could do. He took the carpenter to where the two properties met and showed him how the other brother had taken a bulldozer and created a creek where the meadow used to be. John said, “I know he did this to make me angry. I want you to help me get even by building a big fence so I won’t have to see him or his property ever again.”


So the carpenter worked hard all day. When the carpenter reported back to him, John noticed there was no fence. The carpenter had used his skill and built a bridge over the creek instead of a fence. When John’s brother saw the bridge and was quite moved that his brother would do such a thing. The two brothers met in the middle and embraced. They saw the carpenter packing his tools and asked him to stay a while and do more work. The carpenter replied, “I’m sorry, but I have other bridges to build.” Does he have one to build in your life?


Reconciliation is simply building bridges to bring people back together. We Christians have received reconciliation through Christ building the bridge of the cross to bring people back to God. We have also been given the ministry of reconciliation to persuade men to come back to God.


As we begin a new year, are there any bridges you desperately need to build?


Bro Larry


Staying in the Game

“Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one received the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it.” 1st Corinthians 9:24

Years ago when my children were young, I was president of the local Little League which handled the little league teams, minor league and tee ball. Tee ball was for the 5 & 6 years-olds who were not old enough to play in the other leagues and they played by hitting the ball off of a tee.

My oldest daughter Natalie was six years old and wanted to please her dad by applying to play on a tee ball team. On the final practice a few minutes before her first game they were throwing the ball back and forth. She held out her glove and the ball bounced up and hit her in the mouth causing a bloody lip. Immediately, she was ready to quit the team. Since she had gone through all of the practices, I encouraged her to remain on the team.

The coach then placed her in left field. For those who may not be familiar with the left fielder position in children and youth baseball, it is the location you place the kids that are not very good. I know because I played left field in Little League. It is also a place where few balls are hit meaning less activity and the possibility of the player causing many costly mistakes. While in left field, she watched the birds fly overhead, picked the daisies and paid no attention to the game until occasionally when a ball was hit beyond the infield in her direction. Then everyone would yell, “Natalie, get the ball and throw it in!”

Modern day Christianity is much like that. A person is in for the easy practices, but when something happens and hits them in the mouth, they are out. Or they stay in left field where there is little action and not much is expected of them.

But, the Bible teaches us that God did not save us to be passively engaged, but to be actively engaged. Paul explained it one way as a race that all (everyone) was expected to run. Are you all in and are you persevering to stay in the game?

Bro. Larry


The Evangelism Ripple Effect

“And He saith unto them, follow me and I will make you fishers of men.” Matthew 4:19


Our church cancelled our Fall revival as did most churches due to COVID. And churches who have revivals most likely will not have much success in reaching the lost. Our thoughts even with our current situation should be, “what can I possibly do to affect the lost people in my family or community? After all, God didn’t call me to be a Billy Graham!”


Most of you are still venturing out into public with jobs, school, shopping, and visiting families and friends as much as possible. There is still an opportunity to witness for our Lord. Even though you may seem like you are not a professional soul-winner, your effectiveness can go beyond what you may imagine.


In the 1800’s, a Sunday school teacher named William Kimball went to see one of his pre-teen students who worked at local shoe store to tell him about Christ. The young boy was saved. His name was Dwight L. Moody. Then the ripple effect began…

  • Moody was preaching a crusade in Liverpool, England and influenced a local pastor name F.B. Meyer (many of us still have his teaching books in our libraries today).
  • F.B. Meyer came to America and while preaching at the Northfield Bible Conference, a struggling young minister named J. Wilber Chapman was influenced to greater service in evangelism.
  • Chapman became a powerful evangelist and recruited a young baseball player name Billy Sunday.
  • Sunday became one of the greatest evangelists America has ever known. Mordecai Ham was converted at one of his crusades.
  • Then, in 1934, Ham preached a crusade at Central High School in North Carolina and a student named Billy Graham gave his heart to Jesus.


I believe you know the rest of the story.


You may not be a Billy Graham. Few people would ever come close. But we all have an opportunity to be a William Kimball and play our part in influencing others even if it’s a twelve year old, like D.L. Moody. Let the ripple effect begin in your life and ministry. It is impossible to calculate the effects of sowing a seed of evangelism in someone’s heart.


Bro. Larry


My Heavenly Home

“In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” John 14:2-3


In 1964, singer Dionne Warwick recorded a song, “A House Is Not A Home.” The lyrics say that an empty house – no matter how beautiful – is not a home if the one we love isn’t there. Most can relate to that. A house is empty when the one you love leaves or passes away.


This was brought to my mind: we have a ninety-four old lady at our church named Norma. For her ninetieth birthday, she requested the church throw her a birthday party which was done. She spoke of the fact that as a child she always dreamed of owning a doll house. Many of us searched high and low to come up with a three-foot-tall doll house. She is only a little over four-feet tall. Four years later, for the most part, the house remains fairly empty. It was difficult to locate the properly-sized furniture and contents to place in the house. It just isn’t the same as it would be if the contents were there.


Prior to Jesus’ death He told His disciples that He was going away to a place that He would prepare for them. He described it as “His Father’s house.” The good news is that is also prepared for all who accept Jesus as Savior and Lord. This house will not be empty. Much of the information about this place is found in the book of the Revelation.


If you do not go with me to that eternal home, there will be a place prepared for you that will be empty. We can’t take our money, houses, or other possessions with us to Heaven but we can take the souls of our friends, family, and others we cross path with in this world.


Bro. Larry


God’s GPS

“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6

As my thoughts go toward Noah on the Ark bobbing around in the world’s ocean for a year during the time of the great flood, he had no idea where he was headed following the flood. Noah had no smart phone equipped with Google Maps or even a GPS. He had no idea he would land on a mountain called Ararat (in modern day Turkey). How far had he drifted in that year? Where all had his ship floated?

Most would say that Noah and the Ark drifted subject to the currents of the sea, going wherever the winds of chance took him. My opinion was that he was sailing according to God’s GPS (God’s Global Positioning System). I believe that and because of that belief, I can’t see my God as a god of chance. As I have been preparing a teaching series on “An Unlimited God,” I see more and more how He is in control if I allow Him to be. He charters my path but allows me as a free moral agent to make my choices. He has laid them out, but I may choose to take my own path in life. When I do, I find myself going in the wrong path.

Later in sea navigation, ship captains discovered they could follow a path my keeping their eyes on The North Star. This keeps you focused on which way North is so you will know what direction you are going.

Sometimes the world seems like an ocean tossing us around in life. This is one reason we need a spiritual North Star. We have one. In fact, our North Star called himself, “The Bright and Morning Star” in Revelation 22:16. By His immoveable presence in our life, we are able to charter our present and future course.

Today, the skies are dark and the winds are rough as we ride through the Coronavirus and face the winds of racism and riots, and not even looking much now at the morality around us. We need to know that our GPS (The Bright and Morning Star) will be our guide through the sea of life to our destination as we land safely in our heavenly harbor for eternity.

Focus in on Jesus and stay the course.

Bro. Larry


Jesus Loves Me

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

I love to hear the stories of how our Christian songs and hymns originated. The story of how the song came about that we often sing to our children, “Jesus Loves Me,” is said to have happened this way:

Sisters Anna and Susan Warner lived on Constitution Island on the Hudson River across from the Military Academy at West Point. Their life was consumed with teaching the Bible to the cadets. In the meantime, they wrote a few books, one of which was “Say and Seal.” In the book they told of a fictional boy name Johnny Fox who was dying. His Sunday school teacher, John Linden, comforted him by taking him into his arms, rocking him, and making a little song that went like this, “Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so . . . “ Later, composer William Bradbury, read the words of the little song and together music for the lines and “Jesus Loves Me” was born as a children’s hymn.

The song has as strong of a foundation of faith as any other song today. It’s simple but true. Whether we are young or old, healthy or dying, prosperous or in poverty we can take assurance with fact that, “Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so.” 

Take fact that God loved us even before we loved him. “But God commended His love for us, that while we were yet sinners, he died for us.” Romans 5:8

Bro. Larry

P.S. Don’t forget to pray for schools returning to classes. Not all are going in person and not all at the same time. But, there are many reasons to pray for the safety of the students as well as school personnel and parents.


Jesus Is Enough

“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.” John 14:6

A few years ago, my wife and I went on a food program (she doesn’t like for me to refer to it as a “diet”). The plan basically had the philosophy that if God made it, it was good but if man made it then it was bad for you. It was built on the concept that the additives in food are not usually good for you.

There are preservatives in bread and cheese to make them resistant to the growth of mold. We find food coloring in margarine to make it look more like butter, artificial sweeteners in soft drinks to make them calorie-free, and fillers in meat products to give them more volume. These seem good and well. Much of the time there comes a point where adding to something can actually subtract from it. This is true of the Gospel (the death, burial, and resurrection that brings faith in Jesus; 1st Corinthians 15:1-4).

There is a growing movement to return to natural or organic foods. There is a return to pure cane sugar and other natural sweeteners that reduce the artificial stuff. There are documents that state that butter is healthier than margarine. And on it goes.

Many want to add to their faith in Jesus Christ other ingredients like membership to a certain church of denomination, a worship style, along with many do’s and don’ts. The Bible teaches do’s and don’ts but not when it comes to the faith that brings salvation. The Bible is very clear that Jesus was and is enough. “For no other foundation can no man lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ” (1st Corinthians 3:11).


  • Jesus is enough to be our Savior
  • Jesus is enough to be sufficient
  • Jesus is enough to be our security


Have faith in Jesus. Trust Him with your heart and life. If you do not know Him as your Savior and Lord and are interested in a discussion as to how to receive salvation, call 615-672-3530.

Bro Larry


Truth by the Numbers

“Pilate saith unto him, ‘What is truth?’” John 18:37-38

Truth today is debatable by many. There are many different opinions on the COVID-19 virus and it’s difficult to know what to believe. Views on politics are so varied that some even claim “fake news” to benefit their own party.

Some claim truth is only relevant to the circumstance or the person. In other words, what is true for you may not be true for me. Before Jesus’ crucifixion Pilate asked the question to Jesus, “What is truth? He did not know that truth stood in front of Him – His name is Jesus! That truth is still available today and can be seen in the Holy Bible.

  • There is one Bible – canonized in history.
  • There are 66 different books in the Bible.
  • There were 40 different authors of wide-ranging backgrounds whom God inspired to write.
  • The Bible was written over a 1,600 year period.
  • There are 5,366 known manuscripts of the New Testament.
  • There are more than 25,000 archeological discoveries that validate Scriptural accounts.
  • In 1948, fragments of the Old Testament (known as the Dead Sea Scrolls) which were produced at least 100 years B.C. were discovered. Before that time the oldest O.T. text was dated 900 A.D.
  • Among 184,540 words for comparison among various manuscripts, only 400 words are disputed by biblical scholars. The disputed words deal with minor spelling or grammatical difference, but they do not change the meaning of any teaching or doctrine.
  • Even though the Old Testament was written over hundreds of years before Christ, Isaiah 53 prophesied the death of Christ 700 years before He was born.
  • Jesus fulfilled 300 of the prophecies. Experts say the probability of just 8 of the 300 coming true is 1 in 10^7 (1 in 10,000,000).
  • The strongest evidence that the Bible is true is the countless number of lives that have been transformed by it.

Read and study it for yourself. Learn more about the Bible and connect to others through personal studies and worship service at your local church.

Bro Larry


God Loves You

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16


When I stop to think of that, I am in absolute amazement. It is hard not only to comprehend such a thought as to how God could do this but it is also difficult to understand why God would. I know me better than anyone – including my wife – and I wouldn’t have done such for me. I did not deserve salvation. A Holy God should have not even thought of me or even looked upon me.

The Christian faith says God died because He loved us. “But,” you say, “God can’t die.” That is true. He is eternal (yesterday, today, and forever). But He went ahead and died anyway, didn’t He? God became human and dwelled among us and humbled Himself to death, even death on a cross. (paraphrasing, John 1:14).

Above all, He did it because He loves us.  Why is it so difficult to understand such a love by such a God? Why would He bother? When I look back on all the loving friendships, energy, time, prayers, compassion, teaching and preaching that has been expended on me, there are times when I wonder why anyone would bother with me, much less God.

Putting it all together and adding to it the unexplainable splendor and majesty of God, why wouldn’t His love of us, His dying for us, be difficult to swallow? But, He does love us and He did die for us. That is the heart of life’s story. And rather than believe it is too good to be true, let’s choose to believe it is too good not to be true.

Bro. Larry


DANGER: Out of Commission

“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you.” Matthew 28:19-20

Have you ever anticipated something only to be disappointed because it was out of commission, down for repairs, or temporarily closed? When Donna and I were dating, I had told her little brother and sisters about an amusement park I went to quite often as a kid. We loaded the car and went south to Chattanooga. As we were getting close to the location of the park, I stopped at KFC to get a picnic lunch for us all to be eaten at the picnic area of the park. As I drove into the parking lot anticipating the rides and attractions, there was a closed sign. The park was closed for a year to make renovations. It was “out of commission.” My wife’s sister reminds me of the mistake of not checking ahead of time.

The above verse is what we refer to as “The Great Commission.” It is where Jesus told us to go and make disciples. You’d be hard pressed to meet a dedicated Christian who doesn’t say the greatest work on earth is evangelism. But most of us simply give lip service to evangelizing and discipling. Statistics show that while the American population has grown 9.7% from 2010-2020, nationwide church attendance has dropped by four percent. Somehow there is a disconnect between the priorities we claim to hold and the actions we take. There is little winning of souls in most churches and may have not won a soul to Christ in years. Much of the time we are distracted by good projects while overlooking the most important – winning the lost to Jesus.

It appears, that the church may be out of commission which is a result of many Church members being out of commission. We are not carrying on “The Great Commission” as intended.

Bro. Larry