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Real Truth
In God’s infinite wisdom he has information known only to him. The Lord loves for us to use our intellect to seek out wisdom from him, but if the pursuit becomes to obtain knowledge just for the sake of knowing, it becomes meaningless.
Monday, June 26, 2017

Father's Day For God
On Father’s Day we remembered and honored our earthly father and our heavenly father. My earthly father was Bill Currie, a hardworking man. He was a sportscaster for WSOC-TV and the NC Tar Heels for many years in the 60’s and early 70’s.
Sunday, June 25, 2017

How To Live Like A Rooster
Growing up in the country gave me the opportunity to experience life among farm animals. I’m not saying that I milked the pigs or slopped the cows (I believe I have that backwards) on a daily basis, but I do know the difference between a hen and a rooster, even though I refer to both of them as “chickens.” 
Saturday, June 24, 2017

About Communities
This week, Dr. Spence talks about the various communities of which we are a part.  Does what you do in each community reflect your love of God?
Thursday, June 22, 2017

Down To The Details
It was a busy day for me with grocery shopping and errands to run.  I arrived home later than expected and to my horror discovered one of my rings missing.  A treasured jewel, the diamond ring once belonged to my late mother.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

A Rich Life
A rich life is not one in possession of the riches of this world, but one that abounds with the riches of Christ; it’s the abundant life promised by the Father in John 10:10: “I came that they may have life and have it more abundantly.”
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

It's True: Life Is Good
How often do you think Jesus walked along the Jordan River and thought of standing by Samuel as he prayed for Israel?
Monday, June 19, 2017

I Touched Him
It’s a big world with a lot going on, yet it seems like the only thing going on is what did the president say yesterday? Did he tweet anything last night? What is he going to do today?
Sunday, June 18, 2017

Would You Pass The Breathalyzer Test?
Hank Williams Sr. wrote a song, “Your Cheating Heart Will Tell On You!” I guess Hank had suffered a broken heart and had found out by how the other person acted. Hank made a good point, the way people act will eventually show what they are thinking.
Saturday, June 17, 2017

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

A Personal Solution To A Worldwide Problem
This week, Dr. Spence discusses issues discussed at the International Rotary Convention--among them the problem of modern day slavery.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

See Visions And Dream Dreams
I am no stranger to seeing visions and dreaming dreams.  Twenty years ago a small group of us were sitting in a funeral home chapel in Hickory while Rev. Reggie Longcrier shared the visions and dreams God had given him.
Sunday, June 11, 2017

Keeping Our Focus On God
In an effort to change with the times to attract members, meet financial needs and keep up with what's happening, the church runs the risk of losing its focus on what's really important.  This week, Dr. Spence talks about maintaining the church's reason for being.
Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Heaven Is A City
While we were on holidays, we spent some time in Melbourne and it was interesting to reflect on city living. I've lived in many towns but never a city, but today's verse tells me one day I will.
Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Be The Mountain
When I was a child we sometimes played a game called "King of the Mountain." All that was needed was a small hill or mound of dirt to climb on.
Tuesday, June 06, 2017

A Building Of God
After retirement, we moved to a new community and built a new house. When the foundation and framework appeared, I saw a blessing from God that I wanted to acknowledge. Using a marker, I inscribed cement bases and wood studs with Bible verses.
Monday, June 05, 2017

What's On Your Spiritual Report Card?
School will be out this week and report cards are coming for our youth. Many will celebrate and some will be disappointed. This can be a happy time for families or one of frustration.
Sunday, June 04, 2017

Unifying Your Purpose With God's Plan
This week, Dr. Spence talks about unifying our purpose with that of our Heavenly Father--doing His will.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Hard Places
The bible is filled with vivid details about the people we consider heroes of our faith. God exposed their humanness to us, but also His love for them that never faltered.
Monday, May 29, 2017

A Real Memorial Day
Today I want to celebrate the life of First Lt. Weston Lee who died on April 29, 2017 in Mosul, Iraq from injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated during a patrol.
Sunday, May 28, 2017

When A Recipe Goes Haywire
Now that I have officially turned into the male version of the famous cook, Paula Deen, I am trying out new recipes upon my family and friends.
Saturday, May 27, 2017

The Beauty Of Words
Have you ever discovered the true beauty of words that say so much with such simple elegance? The Hymn, “God Moves in a Mysterious Way,” written by William Cowper is just that, elegance of words.
Friday, May 26, 2017

Let It Rain
Storms do more than bring gloomy days. The winds prune the trees. In fact, fires (started by lightning) are a natural part of the circle of forest life. Rain has many benefits as well; all are a part of Gods grand design.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Food Not Fit For Fish
I believe it is a good thing, from time to time, to go to new places and see new things. A few years ago, my church sponsored a cruise called, “Salt and Light.”  The idea comes from the Scripture in Matthew 5:13-14, when Jesus described His followers as “Salt and Light.”
Saturday, May 20, 2017

First...
This week, Dr. Spence talks about 'firsts'--including your first steps in trusting God for direction in your life.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

I Am A Worry Wart
I knew I was getting a speeding ticket when the police officer asked, “Do you know how fast you were going?” 
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Trying Not To Sing The Blues (But I Am Humming Them!)
Have you ever had one of those times in your life when everything seemed to be against you? I have found that these periods of bad times begins when things look bright and shiny.
Saturday, May 13, 2017

On Being Sought By God
This week, Dr. Spence comments on how God seeks to bring us into salvation and His purpose for our lives.
Wednesday, May 10, 2017

New Hope For Today
Do you dare to have new hope in your life today? Every day we are faced with possibilities for change and growth, but the older we get, the more our past experience creates boundaries around what we think is possible for us.
Sunday, May 07, 2017

The Bright Idea Of Motherhood!
Proverbs 1:8 tells us, “My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother.” In a few days (May 14) we will be celebrating Mother’s Day in our great country. Children will be calling their mothers, sending cards, e-mails, text messages and flowers to let their mothers know how much they mean to them.
Saturday, May 06, 2017

Take My Hand, Precious Lord
Sometimes during our worst moments, when we are most distraught, most saddened by the burdens of life...is when God reaches us in a way that might not have been possible during our better times.  This week, Phil Campbell shares a story in our Refiner's Fire column.
Thursday, May 04, 2017

A High Voltage Love
We can witness to others through examples that are familiar to all involved. I enjoyed witnessing to my fellow workers in this manner many times.
Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Words That Worry Me
We all have them in our lives, certain words that worry us and make our lives miserable. It makes no difference how old you are, once you learn any language, you are going to hear some things that trouble your soul and rob your life of joy.
Saturday, April 29, 2017

Changes
This week Dr. Spence talks about the changes we encounter in life and how God uses them to help us develop in our walk with Him.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

My Case For Christ
I just cried all the way through the movie “The Case for Christ” about a woman who becomes a Christian, and loses her life to find it. It was so close to my story, and I’m sure I’m not the only one. I share it now to encourage others in similar struggles.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Soup For The Selfish Soul
“Some people create their own storms, then get upset when it rains.” I recently saw this quote on Instagram, and with so little words, it spoke greatly to me. At first I thought, man, good thing I’m not a selfish person.
Monday, April 24, 2017

Walk Into The Impossible
Knowing that the stone was there, knowing that the tomb had been sealed up… the three women must have believed, or at least hoped in the back of their minds, that God would work a miracle “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance?” they asked each other.
Sunday, April 23, 2017

When Death Catches Up With You
I have lived a blessed life when it comes to physical illness. If you don’t count the detached retina on my right eye, and the new lens to remove the cataract from the same eye, I have skated through life without much damage.
Saturday, April 22, 2017

Former Inmate Blesses Exodus Homes & Exodus Church
Tomson Truong is a Chinese man who was incarcerated for the past six years in N.C. for a drug related conviction. The last two and a half years he served time at Catawba Correctional Center in Newton where he met the Rev. Reggie Longcrier who is the Chaplain of the prison.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

God's Invitation
The Bible is filled with passages which speak about "whoever" or "anyone who." In the KJV we read "whosoever." The most well-known being John 3:16.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

What Do I Render?
Don't you just hate tax season and all the record keeping that goes with it? I have files and papers lying all over the place while I try to organize what's deductible and what's not.
Monday, April 17, 2017

Who Is This?
Have you ever seen the movie “The Never Ending Story”? In it, a little boy is fascinated by a story book and magically dives into it, coming up in the story and becoming part of it. This is how I like to read the Bible – I dive into the story so I can put myself there with the characters.
Sunday, April 16, 2017

Raw Oysters With Texas Pete
The definition of a habit is an, “involuntary pattern of behavior acquired by frequent repetition; manner of conducting oneself.” When I was a child, my family lived in Newport News, Virginia. I was between the ages of 4-and-5 years-old, but I can still remember a few things about the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Saturday, April 15, 2017

Sometimes Endings Are Also Beginnings
This week, Dr. Spence talks about Easter--the ending that was the crucifixion and the beginning that is the resurrection.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

All Is Forgiven
I offer this message in the memory of my late husband Michael Smith. We were married for 26 years and April 15th will be the 10th anniversary of his passing. Michael left a legacy of forgiveness that has touched many lives.
Sunday, April 09, 2017

When Opportunity Knocks (Or Kicks!
I imagine all of us look at successful people in various professions, and tell ourselves, “I can do that!” 
Saturday, April 08, 2017

God's Truth For All Ages
This week, Dr. Spence talks about the different viewpoints of those in different stages of life on earth, and how all have an important part to play.
Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Is The Lord Your Shepherd?
The 23rd Psalm is one of the most beloved passages of scripture because it describes our relationship with the Lord. When I first became a Christian, this passage helped me draw closer to God, I taught it to my children, and now I am teaching it to my grandchildren.
Sunday, April 02, 2017

A Strange Place For A Crown
Over the past 29 years I have written hundreds of  newspaper articles from a variety of places. Most of time I am sitting in my office trying to craft words into sentences that will hopefully make the reader smile and think at the same time.
Saturday, April 01, 2017

Traditionalist Or Adventurer?
Some people seek new adventures in life while others seek the stability of known experiences.  This week, Dr. Spence says both are valid viewpoints--especially if a close relationship with God is at the center of your life.
Thursday, March 30, 2017


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