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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

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

3 John 1:4
I have no greater joy than to hear...
Monday, February 12, 2018

I Won't Let You Fall
One of the greatest inventions in my life time has been the smart phone and earbuds because with them I can surround myself with inspirational music as I go through my day.
Sunday, February 11, 2018

John 3:16
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son... 
Sunday, February 11, 2018

What Pickle Juice Can't Cure
Even though I have lived a healthy life, I have experienced types of sickness. Some sickness has been brought on by bad decisions on my part, while other sicknesses have been contacted through viruses and other germs floating around in the air. 
Saturday, February 10, 2018

Psalm 103:12
As far as the east is from the west... 
Saturday, February 10, 2018

2 Thessalonians 3:5
May the Lord direct your hearts...
Friday, February 09, 2018

About The Future
This week, Dr. Spence talks about the future--how it can be both intimidating and encouraging and how our trust in God can shape our expectations.
Thursday, February 08, 2018

Hebrews 12:14
Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy... 
Thursday, February 08, 2018

Isaiah 55:8-9
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways... 
Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Isaiah 6:8
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? 
Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Revelation 21:4
He will wipe every tear from their eyes... 
Monday, February 05, 2018

Two Questions
One of the greatest stories in the Bible is in Daniel about Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and their refusal to bow down to King Nebuchadnezzar’s golden image even as they were tied up and thrown into the fiery furnace.
Sunday, February 04, 2018

Ephesians 2:8-9
For it is by grace you have been saved...
Sunday, February 04, 2018

More To Cake Than Meets The Eye
Over the past few months I have been practicing my baking skills with cakes and pies. Let me tell you, there is more to a cake than meets the eye!
Saturday, February 03, 2018

Hebrews 4:12
For the word of God is living and active... 
Saturday, February 03, 2018

Mighty Rolo Reverses His Life Through Prison Ministries
In this article, you will hear a true testimony of how Robert Addington a.k.a. "The Mighty Rolo" challenged the system and has come to make a complete reversal in his life, with God, through Prison Ministries.
Friday, February 02, 2018

2 Peter 3:9
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise... 
Friday, February 02, 2018

Psalm 56:8
You keep track of all my sorrows... 
Thursday, February 01, 2018

Letting God Choose The Moment
Get ready, get set...but wait for God's calling, then go.
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Many reasons in life can cause us to become exhausted. But what about prayer?
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks... 
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Colossians 3:23-24
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart... 
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Acts 4:12
Salvation is found in no one else... 
Monday, January 29, 2018

A local couple contacted me last year after losing their grandson to a drug overdose. They were shattered, and for five months they could barely function because of their broken hearts. Everywhere I go I meet people who have been shattered by the brokenness that addiction is causing in our community.
Sunday, January 28, 2018

Psalm 37:4
Take delight in the Lord...
Sunday, January 28, 2018

A Recipe For Disaster
Being a newlywed can be considered on the job training. A person has to learn how to compromise on issues like what type of mayonnaise to buy (Duke’s); or what type of snacks, cleaning detergents, etc. to purchase and what to watch on television.
Saturday, January 27, 2018

Romans 8:38-39
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons... 
Saturday, January 27, 2018

Hebrews 4:16
Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence... 
Friday, January 26, 2018

Counting Your Blessings
There's a song that goes, "Count your blessings instead of sheep."  Evening prayers may be the one time when some of us take the time to thank God for our many blessings.  Difficult as things may be at times, if we take time to count them, most will find that we are more blessed than we realized.
Thursday, January 25, 2018

Romans 10:17
Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message... 
Thursday, January 25, 2018

John 14:27
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you...
Wednesday, January 24, 2018

1 Corinthians 6:19
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit... 
Tuesday, January 23, 2018

John 15:13
Greater love has no one than this... 
Monday, January 22, 2018

Get Up
We could make a long list of the problems that plague humanity but laziness, blame, and dependency come to mind here. Some people just can’t seem get their act together. They continue to lay on their mat, miserable, waiting for someone else to solve their problems and make their life better.
Sunday, January 21, 2018

Hebrews 12:1
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses... 
Sunday, January 21, 2018

Dragons Or Lions...Take Your Pick!
As long as I can remember, I have always been active. Even as a child, I played sports while I was in school, and tried to join or belong to every group that would have me.
Saturday, January 20, 2018

Psalm 100:5
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever... 
Saturday, January 20, 2018

James 1:2-3
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever... 
Friday, January 19, 2018

2 Chronicles 7:14
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves... 
Thursday, January 18, 2018

John 5:2
“Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word... 
Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The Urgency Of Now
Rev. Dr. T. Anthony Spearman, president of the North Carolina NAACP, was the featured speaker for one of the MLK Day events--a worship service at Tucker's Grove UMC Sunday afternoon.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

John 11:25
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life... 
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Hebrews 11:6
And without faith it is impossible to please God... 
Monday, January 15, 2018

The Soul Force Of Christ
How can we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.? Let us remember that he was a Baptist preacher who lived the gospel in a way few have ever done.
Sunday, January 14, 2018

John 16:33
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace...
Sunday, January 14, 2018

Who Would'a Thunk Beauty Stunk?
When my daughter attended community college and was about to complete her course work for a degree in cosmetology, she asked me for a favor.
Saturday, January 13, 2018

Matthew 11:29
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me... 
Saturday, January 13, 2018

Isaiah 41:10
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed... 
Friday, January 12, 2018

Romans 10:9
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe... 
Thursday, January 11, 2018

Hebrews 13:5
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content... 
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

John 1:12
Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name... 
Tuesday, January 09, 2018

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