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Sikeston minister pens book to bridge denominations

Sunday, June 5, 2011

SIKESTON -- Although he is listed as the author, Dr. Jim Davis gives the credit to a higher power.

"It's God's work," said Davis. "It's not really mine."

The book "Won to be One" focuses on breaking down fractures and denominations amongst Christians, laying out Biblical verses that Davis said shows God's will is for all the people to be unified, not divided.

"Jesus wants us to be in complete unity," said Davis. "He said 'a house divided against itself will fall.'"

Davis, president of The Christian Academy of Sikeston and part-time pastor of the First Christian Church of Matthews, said he was purely inspired by scripture. "This is not something that I've dreamed up -- it's all in the Bible," said Davis.

With all the denominations, Davis said he believes that people are "intentionally not doing the express Biblical will of Jesus."

According to Davis, the 87-page book is 20 years in the making, drawn from more than 600 pages of notes, observations and illustrations. Those primarily came from his work statewide with several denominations as the associate conference council director for the Missouri Conference of the United Methodist Church.

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