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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

Isaiah 40:31
But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength... 
Monday, January 08, 2018

Pretzel Parable
Jesus used parables as simple examples to reveal deep truths, and recently my eyes were opened about the amazing diversity in the body of Christ in an unusual way.
Sunday, January 07, 2018

Ephesians 2:8
For it is by grace you have been saved..... 
Sunday, January 07, 2018

Old Wives Tales, Hoot Owl's, And Sleepless Nights
I heard an old wives tale that if a hoot owl hooted outside your bedroom window three nights in a row, you were going to die, or you were going to lose someone you love.
Saturday, January 06, 2018

Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart..... 
Saturday, January 06, 2018

Matthew 28:19
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations..... 
Friday, January 05, 2018

1 Corinthians 16:13-14
Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith..... 
Thursday, January 04, 2018

1 Peter 4:10
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received..... 
Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Colossians 3:12
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved..... 
Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Mark 11:24
Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer..... 
Monday, January 01, 2018

God's Good Gifts
The holidays are over and the New Year is here. Here we go again! Clean the house, take the tree down, pack up the Christmas decorations, send thank you cards/texts/emails, and get back to a normal schedule. I don’t know about you, but I’m exhausted!
Sunday, December 31, 2017

Numbers 6:24-26
“‘“The Lord bless you and keep you..... 
Sunday, December 31, 2017

When Manners Meet Dessert
As we begin a, “New Year,” I believe it is a safe assumption that we all want to improve on our habits. Most people will want to lose weight, save money, use time wisely, and have a positive outlook on life.
Saturday, December 30, 2017

Psalm 139:23-24
Search me, God, and know my heart..... 
Saturday, December 30, 2017

Romans 2:11
May the God of hope fill you with all joy..... 
Friday, December 29, 2017

Matthew 2:12
And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod....
Thursday, December 28, 2017

Matthew 2:11
On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary....
Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Luke 2:17-18
When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them.....
Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Advent: Christmas Day
The word Christmas begins with Christ.
Monday, December 25, 2017

Luke 2:11-14
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.....
Monday, December 25, 2017

Joy To The World
Do you remember your favorite Christmas present? Was it a toy truck or a special baby doll? Was the best present ever a bike, a piece of jewelry, or maybe a new TV? Sometimes we can’t even remember what we got, but the feeling we remember is priceless.
Sunday, December 24, 2017

Fourth Sunday In Advent - December 24
Week 4 - Greatest sermon ever preached was delivered by angels.
Sunday, December 24, 2017

Luke 2:15
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven.....
Sunday, December 24, 2017

John 1:9-10
The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world....
Saturday, December 23, 2017

Luke 2:8-9
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby......
Friday, December 22, 2017

Matthew 1:20-21
Make sharing scriptures a day-to-day experience.
Thursday, December 21, 2017

All: Verses From The King James Bible
I read a verse that was posted on Facebook today by a friend that I have read before.  It is Jeremiah 29:11-13.
Thursday, December 21, 2017

When Magic Fudge Makes You Miserable
As the Christmas season is full swing, I have started to bake for my family and friends. One thing that I have learned about baking is you can’t be afraid to make a mistake when trying to create desserts that are on the cover of food magazines. 
Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Isaiah 9:6
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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Isaiah 7:14
Sharing scripture is a great way to continue meditations and focus on your Bible studies.
Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Hebrews 11:1
Be inspired and encouraged with this inspirational way to start your day!
Monday, December 18, 2017

Light Of The World
Christmas is a beautiful time of year. Everywhere we see colorful lights declaring the holiday season. Riding through neighborhoods or special light festivals in this area is a tradition for many at this time of year.
Sunday, December 17, 2017

Third Sunday In Advent - December 17
Week 3 - The angels appear to shepherds.
Sunday, December 17, 2017

Matthew 11:28
Enjoy this great inspirational way to begin your day!
Sunday, December 17, 2017

Don't Drive A Crooked Hoss!
Since Christmas time is upon us, the radio stations are starting to play Christmas music. One song that I have heard for a number of years but have never really listened to all the words is, “The Grinch Theme Song.”
Saturday, December 16, 2017

Matthew 6:33
All around the world people are reading, listening to and sharing scripture. 
Saturday, December 16, 2017

Isaiah 53:5
Make sharing scriptures a day-to-day experience.
Friday, December 15, 2017

It All Began As Something Very Small
The birth of Jesus was not big news to most of the world.  Except for a few shepherds, most of humanity knew nothing about the miracle that was happening in Bethlehem.  But that inconspicuous beginning would change the world forever.  This week, Dr. Spence reflects on how small beginnings can cause great things given God's help.
Thursday, December 14, 2017

Micah 7:7
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Thursday, December 14, 2017

1 Peter 5:7
Sharing scripture is a great way to continue meditations and focus on your Bible studies.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Ephesians 2:8-9
Be inspired and encouraged with this inspirational way to start your day!
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Joshua 1:9
Enjoy this great inspirational way to begin your day!
Monday, December 11, 2017

Waiting For A Friend
Advent is a season of waiting for Christ to come again. It is a good time to ask ourselves who Christ is to us today. Who are we waiting for?
Sunday, December 10, 2017

Second Sunday In Advent - December 10
Week 2 - We're given a glimpse of Mary and Joseph before Jesus is born.
Sunday, December 10, 2017

Philippians 4:7
All around the world people are reading, listening to and sharing scripture.
Sunday, December 10, 2017

Easier Said Than Done
I guess we have all heard the statement, “Easier Said Than Done,” when it comes to getting something accomplished that seems difficult. I have found that I can settle someone else’s problems easier than getting my own house in order! 
Saturday, December 09, 2017

Romans 5:8
Make sharing scriptures a day-to-day experience. 
Saturday, December 09, 2017

John 14:6
A lot of people love sharing scripture on social media. Feel free to share any of our Bible verses.
Friday, December 08, 2017

Philippians 4:8
Sharing scripture is a great way to continue meditations and focus on your Bible studies.
Thursday, December 07, 2017

"On The First Day Of Christmas...."
When exactly does Christmas begin?  Some say the season begins with Thanksgiving.  Some complain that stores display Christmas merchandise before Halloween.  But for Christians, when does Christmas begin?  That's the topic of this week's REFINER'S FIRE from Dr. Spence.
Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Romans 12:2
Be inspired and encouraged with this inspirational way to start your day!
Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Manger Scene Reveals True Meaning Of Christmas
The Christmas tree on the Courtsquare in downtown Lincolnton has been the subject of some controversy.  Then there's the old clock, recently restored, bringing back memories of Lincolnton's history.  But the manger scene is for some of us the most important display.
Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Romans 1:16
Enjoy this great inspirational way to begin your day!
Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Hebrews 11:6
All around the world people are reading, listening to and sharing scripture.
Monday, December 04, 2017

Waiting To See
For those of you in churches that celebrate Advent, you know that this is a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas. The word “advent” means the coming of a notable person, thing, or event. For Christians it ushers in a season of waiting for Christ to come – again.
Sunday, December 03, 2017

Preparing To Celebrate Christ's Birth - Advent Meditations
Four weeks before Christmas begins the "Advent Season" and ends with the Christ Child's birth. The first Sunday in Advent this year is December 3
Sunday, December 03, 2017

Ephesians 2:10
Make sharing scriptures a day-to-day experience.
Sunday, December 03, 2017

When Helping Can Really Hurt
I had just arrived at home from a long day of work. I noticed my wife’s car was gone, which meant she was with it. Most days my wife greets me at door with a hug and asks me about the events of my day. Today, no hug and no greeting!
Saturday, December 02, 2017

Philippians 4:12
A lot of people love sharing scripture on social media. Feel free to share any of our Bible verses.
Saturday, December 02, 2017

Psalm 143:10
Sharing scripture is a great way to continue meditations and focus on your Bible studies.
Friday, December 01, 2017

2 Corinthians 12:9
Be inspired and encouraged with this inspirational way to start your day!
Thursday, November 30, 2017

On Using The Gifts God Gave You
Christmas began with the most valuable gift ever given to mankind--Jesus.  This week, Dr. Spence talks about using the other gifts God gave you to be a blessing to others and to serve God's purpose for your life.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Psalm 18:30
Enjoy this great inspirational way to begin your day!
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

1 John 3:18
All around the world people are reading, listening to and sharing scripture.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Acts 20:35
Make sharing scriptures a day-to-day experience.
Monday, November 27, 2017

Jesus Is The Reason
It’s Christmas time! The next month will be a whirlwind of family gatherings, office parties, community events, and many church activities. Most people are busy decorating, cooking, shopping, and trying to get it all done. Christmas time can be the most wonderful time of the year, so let’s all take a deep breath – we can do this!
Sunday, November 26, 2017

1 Peter 5:6
A lot of people love sharing scripture on social media. Feel free to share any of our Bible verses.
Sunday, November 26, 2017

Stuck With Vince
Do you live with any regrets? Most of us can probably look into our past and wish we would have done or said something differently that would have changed our present relationship with someone.
Saturday, November 25, 2017

Ezekiel 36:26
Sharing scripture is a great way to continue meditations and focus on your Bible studies.
Saturday, November 25, 2017

"We Gather Together To Ask The Lord's Blessing..."
This week, Dr. Spence talks about the gathering of friends and family for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and the hope many have for mending relationships during the season.
Friday, November 24, 2017

1 Chronicles 16:8
Be inspired and encouraged with this inspirational way to start your day!
Friday, November 24, 2017

Proverbs 2:6
Sharing scripture is a great way to continue meditations and focus on your Bible studies.
Thursday, November 23, 2017

Matthew 25:21
All around the world people are reading, listening to and sharing scripture.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Hebrews 6:10
Make sharing scriptures a day-to-day experience.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Luke 6:38
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Monday, November 20, 2017

Psalm 100:4
Enjoy this great inspirational way to begin your day!
Sunday, November 19, 2017

The Book
Studying the Bible for himself over 500 years ago led Martin Luther to conclude that much of what he had been taught was man-made religion to support the traditions of the Catholic Church.
Sunday, November 19, 2017

1 Corinthians 10:24
Sharing scripture is a great way to continue meditations and focus on your Bible studies.
Sunday, November 19, 2017

1 Peter 3:15
Be inspired and encouraged with this inspirational way to start your day!
Saturday, November 18, 2017


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