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Church Events June 24-30
Food Fundraisers, Health Fair, Concerts, Blood Drive, Worship In The Park and More! Send Us Your Church Event Information And We Will Add It To Our Weekly Church Events Column For FREE!
Friday, June 23, 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

Punto Victoria Church Holding Health Fair Saturday
Punto Victoria Church in the Colonial Village Shopping Center in Lincolnton will be holding a Health Fair this Saturday (June 24th) 9 AM - 1 PM.
Wednesday, June 21, 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

Boger City UMC Holding Annual Summer Lunch Program
The program began today, June 19 and will continue Monday-Friday until August 11. The lunch will consist of a sandwich, vegetables, fruit and milk for Lincoln County children ages 18 years old and younger.
Monday, June 19, 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

Christian Ministry To Do "Christmas In July"
Our ‘elves’ are looking for new toys, so pass on the word in your church, club groups or in your neighborhood. We will be collecting the new toys from now through the end of July.
Friday, June 16, 2017

Church Events June 16-23
VBS, Ivan Parker Concert and More! Send Us Your Church Event Information And We Will Add It To Our Weekly Church Events Column For FREE!
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

Church Events June 9-16
Fundraisers, Free OTC Medicine Give Away, Blood Drive, Concerts, VBS and More! Send Us Your Church Event Information And We Will Add It To Our Weekly Church Events Column For FREE!
Thursday, June 08, 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

Heart 2 Heart Trio Performing This Saturday
The members of Heart 2 Heart, Deana Kiser, Rhonda House and David Kiser, are performing many concerts at local and area churches.
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

Christian Ministry Releases Food-Packer Schedule
Volunteers from five local churches will be packing food for Christian Ministry this month. The soup kitchen continues to need more volunteers during the week and LINC Home Meals program needs drivers. If you can help please give them a call.
Friday, June 02, 2017

Church Events June 2-9
Movies on the Lawn, Blood Drives, Praisefest, Benefit Auction, Homecoming and More! Send Us Your Church Event Information And We Will Add It To Our Weekly Church Events Column For FREE!
Thursday, June 01, 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

Great Gospel Music Coming To Summer Praisefest June 3
Are you ready for some great gospel music? The annual Summer Praisefest is coming up this Saturday, June 3, from 12:30 p.m. until 4 p.m., at the Ranlo Church of God. Doors open at 12 p.m.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Comedy Magic & Ice Cream Sundae Sunday At Emanuel Reformed Church
Dr. Keith Brown, a professional magic entertainer with over 20 years of experience delighting audiences around the country will bring his comedy magic routine to Emanuel Reformed Church in Lincolnton June 4 at 5 p.m. with an ice cream sundae social after his performance.
Tuesday, May 30, 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

Church Events May 26 - June 2
Country Breakfast, Gospel Concert, Homecoming, Movies on the Lawn, and More! Send Us Your Church Event Information And We Will Add It To Our Weekly Church Events Column For FREE!
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

SLCA Students Raise Money For Make Your Mark Ministries
SouthLake Christian Academy presented a donation of $7,230 to the Charlotte location of Make Your Mark ministries on Sunday, May 14. SLCA students raised the money during a four-day school event called “Missions Week” (April 10-13).
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Churchmen To Perform May 27
The Churchmen are from Collinsville, Va. The group has been around for nearly 30 years now. Their albums include Crown of Thorns, I’ll Be Long Gone, Mercy Road, Travelling Through, On the Journey Home, The Drifter, The Tie That Binds and Follow Me.
Tuesday, May 23, 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

Church Events May 19-26
Mobile Food Pantry, Homecoming Service, Concert, Support Group and More! Send Us Your Church Event Information And We Will Add It To Our Weekly Church Events Column For FREE!
Friday, May 19, 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

Summer Praisefest Coming Up June 3
Are you ready for some great gospel music? Then you don’t have long to wait. According to Bill Ward of Stanley, the annual Summer Praisefest is coming up on Saturday, June 3, 12:30-4 p.m., at the Ranlo Church of God.
Sunday, May 14, 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

Church Events May 12-19
Fundraisers, Concerts, Homecomings and More! Send Us Your Church Event Information And We Will Add It To Our Weekly Church Events Column For FREE!
Friday, May 12, 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

Joyaires, Bledsoes To Perform May 13
The Joyaires gospel group from Harriman, Tenn. will perform a free concert May 13 at Living Word Ministries in Lowesville. Also on the bill that Saturday night at 6 p.m. are the Bledsoes, another famous family gospel group, based out of Dobson.
Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Stamp Out Hunger Efforts Are May 13
The annual “Stamp Out Hunger” campaign is coming up on Saturday, May 13 and Christian Ministry is calling on volunteers of all sorts to help make this year’s “Stamp Out Hunger” a success.
Tuesday, May 09, 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

LINC Meals Program Not In Danger
The LINC home meals program is not in danger of losing its funding. Angie Pooley, who co-ordinates the LINC meals program for Christian Ministry of Lincoln County reassured the public that rumors to this effect are untrue.
Friday, May 05, 2017

Church Events May 5-12
Fundraisers, Revival, Concerts, Homecomings and More! Send Us Your Church Event Information And We Will Add It To Our Weekly Church Events Column For FREE!
Friday, May 05, 2017

National Day Of Prayer
The National Day of Prayer is observed the first Thursday in May each year.  This year's observance included a number of events in our area; among them an early morning prayer session on the Courtsquare.
Thursday, May 04, 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

LINC Meals Program Seeks Drivers
Drivers are needed monthly for Lincolnton routes on the first, third and fifth Fridays and on the fifth Tuesdays and in the West Lincoln area on the third Thursday. Substitutes are also needed for Lincolnton routes. Team co-ordinators and packers are also needed.
Wednesday, May 03, 2017

National Day Of Prayer Thursday (May 4th)
Thursday (May 4th) is the National Day of Prayer. Many--perhaps most--are unaware that the US has a law requiring the President to proclaim a National Day of Prayer each year on the first Thursday in May.
Tuesday, May 02, 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

Brymer Retiring At Christian Ministry
This week, Susan Brymer begins her final month in the job she has held for longer than either of her predecessors--Executive Director of Christian Ministry of Lincoln County.
Monday, May 01, 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

Church Events April 29 - May 5
Relay For Life Talent Show, Youth Group Luncheon, Concert, Revival and More!
Friday, April 28, 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

Christian Ministry Meets Souper Bowl Goal
Christian Ministry of Lincoln County has exceeded its goal for its recent “Souper Bowl.” The annual fundraiser ties in with the Super Bowl football event, and it raises monies for Christian Ministry’s soup kitchen.
Saturday, April 22, 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

Church Events April 22-28
Blood Drives, Fundraisers, Concerts and More! Send Us Your Church Event Information To
Friday, April 21, 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

Church Events April 14-21
Egg Hunts, Sunrise Services, Easter Services, Blood Drives and More! Send Us Your Church Event Information To
Thursday, April 13, 2017

Church Members: Christian Ministry Needs You!
With Easter looming large on the near horizon, Christian Ministry is calling on volunteers. The local Christian relief organization is in need of more volunteers for packing food.
Wednesday, April 12, 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

Church Events April 7-14
Craft Sale, Concerts, Palm Sunday Services, Lenten Services and More!
Thursday, April 06, 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

Emmaus Road Quartet To Perform April 8
Emmaus Road began its musical work 14 years ago. The group travels round the country, sharing its call to ministry. They’re veterans of the top 30 gospel chart as recognized by The Christian Voice.
Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Restored By The Blood Of The Lamb, April 8
A free Easter play written and directed by Dotheia Jolly will be presented April 8 at 3 p.m. at North Lincoln High School.
Tuesday, April 04, 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

Church Events April 1-7
Blood Drives, Cantatas, Lenten Services and More!
Friday, March 31, 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

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