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Jackie D.

Psalm 100:5
Be inspired and encouraged with this inspirational way to start your day!
Thursday, July 27, 2017

All Other Ground Is Sinking Sand
A favorite song says, "On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand."  We live in a dying world; yet we believe in eternal life.  It is important, Dr. Spence says this week, that we live as much like Christ as we can--for that is our hope and salvation and the message we should share with others.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Colossians 3:12
All around the world people are reading, listening to and sharing scripture.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

James 1:2-3
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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

2 Chronicles 7:14
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Monday, July 24, 2017

John 5:24
All around the world people are reading, listening to and sharing scripture. Enjoy this great inspirational way to begin your day!
Sunday, July 23, 2017

Imperfect But Forgiven
The idea of being in prison is horrifying to most people, but for many men and women it is the best thing that ever happened to them.
Sunday, July 23, 2017

A Recipe To Forget
One Saturday morning we were making breakfast and all we had in the kitchen was onions, cheese, milk, eggs, and some hotdogs. You can call this a recipe for disaster. We decided that we would make a creation that we called “The Hotdog Omelet.”
Saturday, July 22, 2017

John 11:25
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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Romans 15:13
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Friday, July 21, 2017

2 Corinthians 5:21
All around the world people are reading, listening to and sharing scripture. We hope you enjoy this great inspirational way to begin your day!
Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Times They Are A-Changin'
This week Dr. Spence talks about dealing with change by holding on to the constant love and direction of God.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Hebrews 11:6
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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

John 16:33
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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Matthew 11:29
All around the world people are reading, listening to and sharing scripture. We hope you enjoy this great inspirational way to begin your day!
Monday, July 17, 2017

Isaiah 41:10
All around the world people are reading, listening to and sharing scripture. We hope you enjoy this great inspirational way to begin your day!
Sunday, July 16, 2017

WiFi Wilderness
This week I am on vacation in Washington State on my sister Margaret’s land where nature declares the glory of God in every direction. Sky scraper evergreens stand against the blue sky, wildflowers carpet the landscape, and a cool breeze brings earthly fragrances of delight.
Sunday, July 16, 2017

Romans 10:9
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, July 15, 2017

Hebrews 13:5
All around the world people are reading, listening to and sharing scripture. We hope you enjoy this great inspirational way to begin your day!
Friday, July 14, 2017

2 Corinthians 5:17
All around the world people are reading, listening to and sharing scripture. We hope you enjoy this great inspirational way to begin your day!
Thursday, July 13, 2017

Looking In The Mirror
This week, Dr. Spence suggests that assessing your personal situation is important--but even more important is asking God's direction for your life.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Matthew 11:28
All around the world people are reading, listening to and sharing scripture. We hope you enjoy this great inspirational way to begin your day!
Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Hebrews 12:2
All around the world people are reading, listening to and sharing scripture. We hope you enjoy this great inspirational way to begin your day!
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

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!
Monday, July 10, 2017

Swimming Backwards With God
I like to swim, but one thing I could never do was the back stroke. I would sit by the pool and wonder, “How do people do it?” It seemed impossible to me. I tried and tried but it was too hard.
Sunday, July 09, 2017

Just Behind The Green Velvet Rope
Several years ago our children were all preteens and we took a vacation to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. As we approached the first store that sold glass items I told my kids in my sternest voice, “Do not touch anything, keep your hands to yourselves!” We went from shop to shop without touching or breaking anything until we reached the Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum.
Saturday, July 08, 2017

Thank God For Those Who Prepare For The Banquet
This week, Dr. Spence reflects on the July 4th banquet at First Baptist last Sunday and the banquet yet to be in Heaven.
Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Rejoice No Matter What
We all go through things in life. Trouble comes in our health, our finances, our jobs, our families, and our relationships. One principle I promote in ministry is that life is 10% what happens to us, and 90% how we respond to it.
Sunday, July 02, 2017

Blame It On The Dinosaur
My wife and I have been blessed with eight beautiful grandchildren, and believe it or not, not one of them makes a mistake! I love talking to them, holding them, and just spending time with them. I am always excited to see them, and they always seem excited to see me.
Saturday, July 01, 2017

Let Others See Jesus In You
This week, Dr. Spence talks about sharing your faith by letting others see it at work in your life.
Thursday, June 29, 2017

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


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