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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

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 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

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

He's A Well In A Well
As we proceed towards the cross during Lent we continue to examine ourselves and our relationship with the Lord. How important in this relationship? How close are we to Jesus in our everyday life?
Sunday, March 26, 2017

When You Are One With The Opossum
Things like this are bound to happen from time to time. I feed my cat inside our screened porch, and over time the cat has pushed out a piece of the screen so she can come and go as she pleases.
Saturday, March 25, 2017

Sharing Your Faith
Some Christians with a genuine desire to carry out the edict to share their faith with others say they have difficulty opening that kind of discussion.  This week, Dr. Spence gives some tips on sharing your faith.
Thursday, March 23, 2017

Look For Your Angels
An angel gave Jesus the strength to walk into his destiny at the cross. He knew exactly what was coming. When he turned the water into wine, he knew what was coming. He knew they would beat him.
Sunday, March 19, 2017

Stay Off The Fence!
I heard about a police officer who was patrolling a certain street and pulled behind an old pickup truck. The officer noticed the truck was swerving back and forth across the yellow line in the middle of the road. 
Saturday, March 18, 2017

Church Events March 17-24
Fish Fry, Anniversary Sunday, Special Music Guests, Lenten Services, Blood Mobiles and More!
Thursday, March 16, 2017

Easter Baskets, Pop-Top Foods, More At Ministry
With Easter on April 16, Christian Ministry of Lincoln County is revving up efforts.
Thursday, March 16, 2017

Desire Peace
Let’s face it; sometimes we love a good debate. We love to debate sports, politics, and even religion. Often those debates require us to take sides. Sometimes, we get so fired up that we no longer act in a manner that is pleasing to God.
Thursday, March 16, 2017

This week Dr. Spence talks about joining.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Humble Pie
One thing you should know, however, is that humble pie has a short shelf life. If you stash away the leftovers and nibble on it for days or serve up the stale and spoiled pie to someone else, the consequences can be toxic.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Live Like A Favored Child
So often as Christians we act like God's hired men. We know that God has forgiven us, but now we seem to think we have to work in order to be acceptable to God.
Monday, March 13, 2017

Giving Up Expectations
What if we give up expectations for Lent? What are expectations, and why would we want to give them up? 
Sunday, March 12, 2017

Replacing Fat With Muscle...Really?
There is nothing like a success story to encourage others as they face their own challenges in life. A challenge that I have battled my entire adulthood is my weight.
Saturday, March 11, 2017

What Kind Of Lent?
I gave my life to Christ in 1992 and for the first seventeen years of my walk with Christ I belonged to nonliturgical churches that did not celebrate Lent.
Sunday, March 05, 2017

When The Road Is Not Taken
I’m not the first person to observe the literal or proverbial, “fork in the road,” but now is my time to comment on it!
Saturday, March 04, 2017

On Making Your Dream A Reality
This week, Dr. Spence talks about becoming what you want to be by giving up things that keep you from realizing your goal.
Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Be Still
This week the flu got me, and I hate being sick! I would guess that most of us have either been sick with the flu recently or know someone who was.
Sunday, February 26, 2017

The Shark Tank
I have discovered that most of the ideas for new products have come about through a need for something that doesn’t exist.
Saturday, February 25, 2017

Are You Listening?
Many Christians major contact with God is spent in prayers making requests.  This week, Dr. Spence says we also need to communicate by listening.
Thursday, February 23, 2017

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