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Romans 8:39
Neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation... 
Monday, April 23, 2018

Little Pencils
“I'm a little pencil in the hand of a writing God, who is sending a love letter to the world.” --- Mother Teresa
Sunday, April 22, 2018

Romans 12:9
Love must be sincere... 
Sunday, April 22, 2018

Walking On Water...For A While
I believe a great number of Christians can identify with the disciple Simon Peter. He was quick to speak, and quick to act concerning Jesus Christ. When he saw Jesus walking on the water nothing would suit him until he walked on the water with Jesus.
Saturday, April 21, 2018

Luke 6:31
Do to others as you...
Saturday, April 21, 2018

John 15:5
“I am the vine; you are the branches...
Friday, April 20, 2018

Titus 3:5
He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy... 
Thursday, April 19, 2018

Disrupters
This week, Dr. Spence talks about those who disrupt our lives--for the better.
Thursday, April 19, 2018

A Perfectly-Unperfect Christian
The older I get, (and hopefully wiser) I am learning that yes, I am a Christian. But that doesn’t mean I don’t fall short. I am not perfect.
Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Isaiah 58:10
And if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed... 
Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Be The Difference Concert Held For Foster Care Awareness
“Be The Difference” hosted by Least of These Carolinas with contemporary Christian singer, songwriter and actor Matthew West was held Saturday, April 14 at Bethlehem Church in Gastonia. Also performing was singer Leanna Crawford.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018

John 1:14
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us... 
Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Proverbs 27:17
As iron sharpens iron... 
Monday, April 16, 2018

Encountering Christ
When we have an encounter with Jesus together it is a holy moment, a transcendent experience that takes us out of this world and into the world of the spirit. These moments can give us a revelation about God and help us grow closer to each other and the Lord.
Sunday, April 15, 2018

John 11:40
Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you ...
Sunday, April 15, 2018

When We Pray
This week, Dr. Spence talks about prayer and especially the concepts expressed in the "Our Father," the Lord's Prayer.
Saturday, April 14, 2018

1 John 5:5
Who is it that overcomes the world... 
Saturday, April 14, 2018

1 John 4:12
No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another... 
Friday, April 13, 2018

Matthew 24:35
Heaven and earth will pass away... 
Thursday, April 12, 2018

Proverbs 22:6
Start children off on the way they should go... 
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

2 Timothy 1:7
For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid... 
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Psalm 95:6-7
Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker... 
Monday, April 09, 2018

Mean Old World
Many today feel that the church is no longer important in a world based on science and technology where we it seems we are becoming more and more alone with our electronic devices.
Sunday, April 08, 2018

Proverbs 16:9
In their hearts humans plan their course... 
Sunday, April 08, 2018

I Can Only Imagine
Mark 7:24-31 tells the story of Jesus leaving His country and entering the borders of Tyre and Sidon. While He was there, an unidentified mother comes with a request that only Jesus can fulfill.
Saturday, April 07, 2018

Revelation 1:8
"I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God... 
Saturday, April 07, 2018

James 4:7
Submit yourselves, then, to God...
Friday, April 06, 2018

Hebrews 13:2
Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers... 
Thursday, April 05, 2018

Proverbs 11:25
A generous person will prosper... 
Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Galatians 6:9
And let us not grow weary of doing good... 
Tuesday, April 03, 2018

A Great Day To Be A Fisherman!
Recently, one of my church members, Heath Jackson, invited me to go fishing. I was brought up trout fishing, which meant you were constantly on the move from place to place in the creek. With experience and wisdom, you learn to fish where the trout are located in the creek.
Monday, April 02, 2018

Proverbs 19:20-21
Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise... 
Monday, April 02, 2018

Wondering At Dawn
At Easter we look more closely at the miracle that changed the world forever. We know the details of Jesus’ arrest and crucifixion through eye witness accounts in the gospels. We may cringe at the horror, but we can understand what happened. We know what people did to Jesus.
Sunday, April 01, 2018

1 Corinthians 15:3-4
For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received... 
Sunday, April 01, 2018

Proverbs 10:12
Hatred stirs up conflict...
Saturday, March 31, 2018

A Different Attitude
Last weekend, three teenagers apparently did a very foolish thing: they used spray paint to deface buildings, signs, etc. in downtown Lincolnton, along Clark Creek Road and Startown Road--doing damage to businesses, a church and a school.
Friday, March 30, 2018

Psalm 91:2
I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge... 
Friday, March 30, 2018

Mark 10:45
“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served... 
Thursday, March 29, 2018

What Wondrous Love Is This?
This week, Dr. Spence reflects on Jesus's sacrifice--his death on the cross and resurrection that provided for the salvation of mankind.
Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Psalm 62:7
My salvation and my honor depend on God... 
Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Hebrews 10:35-36
So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded... 
Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Psalm 84:11
For the LORD God is a sun and shield... 
Monday, March 26, 2018

Lazarus Testimonies
This week as I was studying for Palm Sunday, the Holy Spirit opened the scriptures for me to see something I have never seen before in the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem one week before he was crucified.
Sunday, March 25, 2018

1 Peter 2:24
“He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross... 
Sunday, March 25, 2018

The Easter Experience
A few days ago I took my college yearbook out to recall a time that was filled with late night study sessions and research papers due in seemingly every class. Some of the teachers and classmates I had forgotten over the years and with a quick turn of a page a memory came to my mind about a class or a conversation with a particular person.
Saturday, March 24, 2018

Ecclesiastes 3:11
He has made everything beautiful in its time... 
Saturday, March 24, 2018

Luke 16:10
"Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much...
Friday, March 23, 2018

Living Last Supper Performance March 25
Please join us as the St. Luke's United Methodist Church of Hickory Theater Ministry offers their FREE live performance of "The Living Last Supper" at Emanuel Reformed Church in Lincolnton on Sunday, March 25 at 4 p.m.
Thursday, March 22, 2018

John 7:38
Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said... 
Thursday, March 22, 2018

Ephesians 4:26-27
“In your anger do not sin” ... 
Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Psalm 68:19
Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior... 
Tuesday, March 20, 2018

1 Timothy 6:8-9
But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that... 
Monday, March 19, 2018

Ministry Moments
Every month, Christian Ministry makes a real difference in the lives of many. Executive director Mitzi Williams shared a few ministry moments this week, illustrating how your contributions matter and how people’s lives are changed for the better.
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Sunday, March 18, 2018

What A Friend
On my way to work this week I stopped to get something to drink at a convenience store. I sat in my car finishing a phone call when someone came out of the store saying “The clerk needs you – we have trouble inside.” 
Sunday, March 18, 2018

1 John 4:7-8
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God... 
Sunday, March 18, 2018

One Born Every Minute
How many of you have received a phone call from a bogus company wanting your personal information? They are called “scams,” and these scammers are hoping to defraud you out of your money.
Saturday, March 17, 2018

Isaiah 1:18
“Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord... 
Saturday, March 17, 2018

James 1:19
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this... 
Friday, March 16, 2018

The Cure For Our Snake Bites
This week, Dr. Spence compares a passage from the Old Testament with one from the New--and comments on its importance to our understanding of what Jesus did for us in suffering for our sins and overcoming the consequence.
Thursday, March 15, 2018

Luke 3:11
John answered, "Anyone who has two shirts should share....
Thursday, March 15, 2018

Psalm 18:2
The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer...
Wednesday, March 14, 2018

James 5:16
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other... 
Tuesday, March 13, 2018

2 Timothy 2:15
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved... 
Monday, March 12, 2018

Colossians 2:7
Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him...
Sunday, March 11, 2018

Don't Give Up
“Stick a fork in me because I’m DONE!” Have you ever heard that phrase? This is the cry from many in our struggle to do good. We try to grow up in Christ, but somehow we keep making the same mistakes. When we will ever change? Maybe it’s just too hard to grow. DONE.
Sunday, March 11, 2018

Are You Willing To Be Half Right?
Have you ever considered what your last request before you die? What would you want done, or said about you by others?
Saturday, March 10, 2018

Proverbs 2:7
He holds success in store for the upright...
Saturday, March 10, 2018

Ephesians 4:11-12
Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers...
Friday, March 09, 2018

Remembering Billy Graham
This week Dr. Spence comments on the legacy of the late Rev. Billy Graham.  Known as "America's pastor," he preached the gospel around the world.  His memory is one of service to the cause of Christ.  Can the same be said of us?
Thursday, March 08, 2018

John 12:26
Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am... 
Thursday, March 08, 2018

Psalm 56:8
You keep track of all my sorrows... 
Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Matthew 17:20
He replied, "Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you... 
Tuesday, March 06, 2018

James 1:5-6
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously... 
Monday, March 05, 2018

On Suffering
Why does God allows people to suffer? When I was young I used to think about that all the time because I saw so much suffering in the world.
Sunday, March 04, 2018

Jeremiah 17:10
I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind...
Sunday, March 04, 2018

Life Without Texas Pete
A few years ago, I had the privilege of going on a mission trip to Absecon, New Jersey. Our church had partnered with a church plant in an area where Southern Baptists churches are few and far between.
Saturday, March 03, 2018

Matthew 5:14
You are the light of the world... 
Saturday, March 03, 2018

Romans 13:10
Love does no harm to a neighbor... 
Friday, March 02, 2018

Proverbs 5:21
For your ways are in full view of the LORD...
Thursday, March 01, 2018

Matthew 25:35
I was hungry and you gave me something to eat...
Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Matthew 28:19
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations... 
Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Ephesians 3:20
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than... 
Monday, February 26, 2018

Small Stuff
It’s funny how little things can seem like such a big deal. Some things that are a big deal to one person are just small stuff to someone else. You might say it is a mountain, and another might say it is a mole hill.
Sunday, February 25, 2018

When Too Quick Can Be Too Costly!
I read about an owner of a large furniture store who was successful but oppressive on all the people that worked for him. He hardly ever associated with any of his employees and remained by himself in his office.
Saturday, February 24, 2018

Matthew 5:16
In the same way, let your light shine before others...
Saturday, February 24, 2018

Matthew 6:25-26
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink...
Friday, February 23, 2018

Galatians 2:20
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me... 
Thursday, February 22, 2018

A Lenten Season Attitude Adjustment
This week, Dr. Spence talks about seeing others as God sees them.
Thursday, February 22, 2018

John 6:37
All those the Father gives me will come to me... 
Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Psalm 56:4
In God, whose word I praise — in God I trust and am not afraid... 
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Senior Citizen?
Last Wednesday was the first Community Lent Service at noon at First Methodist Church in downtown Lincolnton. We had a great turn out, and a holy time with the imposition of ashes on Ash Wednesday. It reminded us that we are dust and to dust we shall return. 
Sunday, February 18, 2018

Matthew 20:28
Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served...
Sunday, February 18, 2018

Truth About Commercials
Now that the Super Bowl is over, I am surprised how people were just as interested in watching the commercials as they were in actually watching the game.
Saturday, February 17, 2018

2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come...
Saturday, February 17, 2018

Lamentations 3:22-23
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed...
Friday, February 16, 2018

Stepping Stones
What we see as obstacles may in truth be opportunities for greater understanding if we allow God to direct our lives.
Thursday, February 15, 2018

Romans 8:28
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those...
Thursday, February 15, 2018

Psalm 34:8
Taste and see that the LORD is good...
Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Jeremiah 29:11
"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD...
Tuesday, February 13, 2018


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