Davon's church

Grace Hospice
Cincinnati, Ohio 45212

About Davon
  • Education: Bachelor’s degree in Bible from Mid Atlantic Christian University in Elizabeth City, North Carolina; Master's of Arts in Religion from Cincinnati Christian University in Cincinnati, OH
  • Experience: Served as preaching minister from 1995 to 2016; serving as hospice chaplain since September 2016
  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: I don’t have a lot of time to edit my sermons. Most of them are just copies of my notes. If something doesn’t make sense, it probably did to me when I preached it. Also, don’t overanalize my sermon notes. I know that they are probably not homolitically sound, but I was trained to be a youth minister originally.
  • One of my favorite illustrations: A holier than thou woman attended church every Sunday. Everytime that she shook the preacher’s hand on the way out the door she would say, "You really gave it to them this morning, preacher!" One Sunday morning there was a snow storm and no one came to the service except this woman and the preacher. The preacher thought to himself, "This is my opportunity!" And so he started to preach on gossip and any other sin this woman committed that the preacher knew about. When this woman shook the pr
  • Family: My wife, Crystal, and I have been married since June 27, 1998. I grew up near Indianapolis, Indiana and have lived and ministered in North Carolina ,Virginia, Louisiana, Indiana and now Ohio. My wife Crystal grew up near Charlotte, North Carolina. Crystal is part of a preacher’s family. On March 8, 2000 we welcomed twin boys into our family- Alexander and Andy. We know that the Lord has a sense of humor because we welcomed another set of twins- Zach and Zane on April 2, 2004.
  • What my parents think of my sermons: I don’t know, they haven’t heard too many of them. The ones they have heard they have appreciated.
  • What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: She thinks they are fine. However, she wishes that I would quit bugging her about how they were. Since taking the hospice chaplaincy ministry I preach less so I hope she enjoys it more when I preach (here's hoping anyway)
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: Think of being a guest in a family home and visiting in the living room. Preach to people like you would talk to people in their living room. You might get excited in someone’s living room; you might get upset in someone’s living room; you might get frustrated in someone’s living room; you might get loud in someone’s living room; you might get happy in someone’s living room. However, you will never act like a red faced lunatic who yells for 30 minutes in someone’s living room because they wil
  • Books that have had an impact: Dr. Lynn Anderson: They Smell Like Sheep; Rick Warren: The Purpose-Driven Church; The Holy Bible
  • Hobbies: Basketball; reading (mainly history); playing board games; fishing; collecting coins; traveling; hiking
  • If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: To Christians I would preach on 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18. They are my favorite verses and they give me direction for each day. To unbelievers I would preach on 1 Corinthians 15.
  • Something funny that happened while preaching: During my college years for practical ministries I had to preach in local congregations. On the second sermon that I ever preached, a man sat down on the second row at quite a distance from everyone else. It was a Sunday evening service so the faithful few were there. At the first sentence that come out of my mouth this gentleman in the second row fell asleep and started to breath heavy. I quit preaching after 7 to 8 minutes because I thought I was so boring! After the service some people c
  • What I want on my tombstone: Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances
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  • Faith Hath Made Thee Whole

    Contributed on Nov 29, 2019

    Let’s look at this account from several different angles (Adapted from Robert Shannon's book, "Christ Above All")

    HoHum: There was a shipwreck off the coast of Evanston, Illinois, many years ago. The students of Northwestern University came to the rescue. One student, Edward Spenser, personally saved the lives of 17 persons that day. Years later a reporter was writing a follow up story on the event, and more

  • Love The Church

    Contributed on Nov 23, 2019

    Jesus will give us the same 3 gifts he gave to the Asian churches in these letters: Affirmation, correction and promise (From Matt Proctor's book, "Victorious" Chapter 5 "Love the Church Honestly")

    HoHum: Matt Proctor- Several years ago, two of my nephews accompanied their mom on a visit to a friend’s house. Ben was 8, Brian was 6. Their mother’s friend was a very neat lady- a place for everything and everything in its place. Though childless, she did have a few toys and handed Ben and more

  • The Blessing Of A Burden

    Contributed on Nov 23, 2019

    Let’s talk about the blessing of a burden (From Craig Groeschel's book, "Weird: Because Normal Isn't Working")

    HoHum: Charley McCardle- a man I stayed with in the hospital until he died and gave me a burden to go into hospice work WBTU: Blessings come in many shapes, colors, and sizes. It’s natural to give thanks for good things: “Thank you, God for blessing me with good health.” “I’m so grateful- I got more

  • I Hope It Flu Away

    Contributed on Nov 9, 2019

    What is sickness meant to teach us? Material adapted from J.C. Ryle at:

    HoHum: Note placed on workers desk after he came back from sick days: I heard you caught a cold; I hope it Flu away WBTU: The human body is a frail and complicated machine. From the sole of the foot to the crown of the head there is not a part of us which is not liable to disease. When I think more

  • He Touched Me

    Contributed on Nov 9, 2019

    By touching we are an aid in healing, caring, and converting Material adapted from Robert Shannon's book, Christ Above All

    HoHum: In Stockholm, Sweden, a lady was pinned beneath a streetcar. She was seriously injured and bleeding badly. A crowd collected. They tried to move the streetcar, but it was too heavy. There was nothing to do but wait for the heavy equipment to come. She was in great pain. She was losing more

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  • Eat Twinkies Together

    Contributed on Nov 23, 2019

    A Harvard study of 7,000 people found that the most isolated people were 3 times more likely to die than those with strong relationships. Reporting on the study, John Ortberg writes that “people who had bad health habits (such as smoking, poor eating habits, or alcohol use) but strong social ties more

  • Lego Theology

    Contributed on Nov 23, 2019

    Matt Proctor- Several years ago, two of my nephews accompanied their mom on a visit to a friend’s house. Ben was 8, Brian was 6. Their mother’s friend was a very neat lady- a place for everything and everything in its place. Though childless, she did have a few toys and handed Ben and Brian a more

  • You Think We Listen!

    Contributed on Feb 17, 2019

    An engineer and a professional counselor meet for their 20th college reunion. The engineer says, “I’m surprised to see you looking so young. I’d have thought listening to people’s problems all day would have more

  • Baksheesh

    Contributed on Oct 27, 2018

    Donald Barhhouse says, “One of the first words learned by the traveler in India is “baksheesh.” Multitudes of begars hold out their hands and say this one word. Preaching through an interpreter, I had occasion to speak of salvation as the gift of God. I emphasized the word. It is a gift. I more

  • Forgiven

    Contributed on Jun 3, 2018

    HoHum: Not far from New York City there is a cemetery where there is a grave which has inscribed upon the headstone just one word- “Forgiven” There is no name, no date of birth or death. The stone is undecorated. Just one word- “Forgiven”, more