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Matthew 17:20
Sharing scripture is a great way to continue meditations and focus on your Bible studies.
Tuesday, May 22, 2018

James 1:5-6
Be inspired and encouraged with this inspirational way to start your day!
Monday, May 21, 2018

1 Peter 3:4
You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within... 
Sunday, May 20, 2018

The Danger of Meeting Your Hero
I have always heard that it is not a good idea to meet your hero.
Saturday, May 19, 2018

Pick Your Pet Carefully
Why is it that we can forget what we should remember and remember what we should forget? I don’t know if it is human nature to dwell on past events that bring more pain than comfort.
Saturday, May 19, 2018

James 1:13-14
When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” 
Saturday, May 19, 2018

Proverbs 2:6
For the Lord gives wisdom... 
Friday, May 18, 2018

Deuteronomy 31:8
The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you,,,
Thursday, May 17, 2018

What You Do Matters
You've no doubt heard the phrase (also a song) "Let others see Jesus in you."  Your witness in actions you take may mean more than you realize.  This week, Dr. Spence talks about how what you do may have a big impact on others and their relationship to God.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Mark 12:30
Love the Lord your God with all your heart... 
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Matthew 16:24
Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me...
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

James 1:12
Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial...
Monday, May 14, 2018

Revelation 21:4
Enjoy this great inspirational way to begin your day!
Sunday, May 13, 2018

Ephesians 2:8-9
All around the world people are reading, listening to and sharing scripture.
Saturday, May 12, 2018

Hebrews 4:12
A lot of people love sharing scripture on social media. Feel free to share any of our Bible verses.
Friday, May 11, 2018

Sometimes, having been forgiven our sins by God through the grace of Jesus Christ, we forget the mercy we've been shown and judge others harshly.  This week, Dr. Spence tells us, don't be too hard on others--or on yourself.  For the believer, there is forgiveness.
Thursday, May 10, 2018

2 Peter 3:9
Sharing scripture is a great way to continue meditations and focus on your Bible studies.
Thursday, May 10, 2018

Psalm 56:8
Be inspired and encouraged with this inspirational way to start your day!
Wednesday, May 09, 2018

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Enjoy this great inspirational way to begin your day!
Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Colossians 3:23-24
All around the world people are reading, listening to and sharing scripture.
Monday, May 07, 2018

What Have You Requested?
A great deal of life is made up of asking for things from people or doing things for people. 
Sunday, May 06, 2018

Cherish the Moment
“Cherish your time together. Love each other. Don’t let anything come between you. Life is short."
Sunday, May 06, 2018

Acts 4:12
Enjoy this great inspirational way to begin your day!
Sunday, May 06, 2018

Matthew 6:33
All around the world people are reading, listening to and sharing scripture. We hope you enjoy this great inspirational way to begin your day!
Saturday, May 05, 2018

Count Your Blessings
What's wrong?  We're often quick to name things that aren't what they should be.  But perhaps we should ask ourselves, what's right?  This week, Dr. Spence suggests that a good exercise that may improve your life is counting your blessings.
Wednesday, May 02, 2018

1 John 4:4
You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them... 
Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Luke 6:37
Do not judge, and you will not be judged... 
Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Philippians 1:6
Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you... 
Monday, April 30, 2018

Poison Into Medicine
A fence runs down the side of my driveway dividing my property from my neighbor, and on their side a robust patch of poison ivy grows through the fence every year. I am extremely allergic to poison ivy so every time I get out of my car I am threatened by its presence.
Sunday, April 29, 2018

Matthew 18:20
For where two or three gather in my name... 
Sunday, April 29, 2018

A Strange Way To Steal!
I remember a story about an evangelist who was invited to preach at a neighboring church. He stood up in the pulpit and with a warm smile upon his lips he asked the congregation to raise their hands if they had ever told a fib, or a little white lie.
Saturday, April 28, 2018

Proverbs 21:2
A person may think their own ways are right... 
Saturday, April 28, 2018

Matthew 6:3-4
“But when you give to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing... 
Friday, April 27, 2018

Galatians 6:2
Carry each other's burdens... 
Thursday, April 26, 2018

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

Revelation 21:4
He will wipe every tear from their eyes... 
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

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

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.

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

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