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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

When You Are One With The Opossum
Things like this are bound to happen from time to time. I feed my cat inside our screened porch, and over time the cat has pushed out a piece of the screen so she can come and go as she pleases.
Saturday, March 25, 2017

Church Events March 24-31
Blood Mobile, Country Breakfast, Pinewood Derby, Concerts, Luncheons, Lenten Services and More!
Thursday, March 23, 2017

Christian Ministry Honoring Pop Stroup On Friday
The ministry has a special volunteer who helps on the dock every day and the Ministry will be celebrating his 91st birthday on Friday. Stop by and wish him Happy Birthday! The Ministry is also collecting Easter Tracts and items for the Easter Baskets plus many other needs.
Thursday, March 23, 2017

Sharing Your Faith
Some Christians with a genuine desire to carry out the edict to share their faith with others say they have difficulty opening that kind of discussion.  This week, Dr. Spence gives some tips on sharing your faith.
Thursday, March 23, 2017

Golden Valley Crusaders Perform This Saturday
The Golden Valley Crusaders of Casar will perform this Saturday at 6 p.m. at Living Word Ministries in Lowesville.
Thursday, March 23, 2017

Look For Your Angels
An angel gave Jesus the strength to walk into his destiny at the cross. He knew exactly what was coming. When he turned the water into wine, he knew what was coming. He knew they would beat him.
Sunday, March 19, 2017

Stay Off The Fence!
I heard about a police officer who was patrolling a certain street and pulled behind an old pickup truck. The officer noticed the truck was swerving back and forth across the yellow line in the middle of the road. 
Saturday, March 18, 2017

Church Events March 17-24
Fish Fry, Anniversary Sunday, Special Music Guests, Lenten Services, Blood Mobiles and More!
Thursday, March 16, 2017

Easter Baskets, Pop-Top Foods, More At Ministry
With Easter on April 16, Christian Ministry of Lincoln County is revving up efforts.
Thursday, March 16, 2017

Desire Peace
Let’s face it; sometimes we love a good debate. We love to debate sports, politics, and even religion. Often those debates require us to take sides. Sometimes, we get so fired up that we no longer act in a manner that is pleasing to God.
Thursday, March 16, 2017

This week Dr. Spence talks about joining.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Messiah UMC Celebrates 47th Anniversary This Sunday
The speaker for this Sunday’s anniversary celebration will be Rev. Angela Pleasants who has served for the past year as the district superintendent for the Catawba Valley in the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Humble Pie
One thing you should know, however, is that humble pie has a short shelf life. If you stash away the leftovers and nibble on it for days or serve up the stale and spoiled pie to someone else, the consequences can be toxic.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Crouse UMC Famous Fish Fry & Oyster Stew Night, March 18
The famous “Fish Fry & Oyster Stew” fundraiser will be held Saturday, March 18 from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the church fellowship hall at Crouse United Methodist Church.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Live Like A Favored Child
So often as Christians we act like God's hired men. We know that God has forgiven us, but now we seem to think we have to work in order to be acceptable to God.
Monday, March 13, 2017

Giving Up Expectations
What if we give up expectations for Lent? What are expectations, and why would we want to give them up? 
Sunday, March 12, 2017

Christian Ministry Seeks Help With Easter Baskets
Christian Ministry of Lincoln County needs your help with its Easter basket gifts. Because their clients come in only once a month Easter baskets will be given out starting next week. Small items to fit in plastic eggs, small toys, and basket bags are most needed.
Saturday, March 11, 2017

Replacing Fat With Muscle...Really?
There is nothing like a success story to encourage others as they face their own challenges in life. A challenge that I have battled my entire adulthood is my weight.
Saturday, March 11, 2017

Church Events March 10-17
Upward Celebration, SNAP Food Giveaway, Benefit Bake Sale/Singing, Gospel Concerts, Lenten Worship Services and More!
Thursday, March 09, 2017

New Vision Ministries Wild Game Supper Helps Support Mission Team
New Vision Ministries presented their 7th Annual Wild Game Supper on Friday, March 3 at the church. Guest Speaker for the event was hunter Von Ramsey.
Monday, March 06, 2017

What Kind Of Lent?
I gave my life to Christ in 1992 and for the first seventeen years of my walk with Christ I belonged to nonliturgical churches that did not celebrate Lent.
Sunday, March 05, 2017

When The Road Is Not Taken
I’m not the first person to observe the literal or proverbial, “fork in the road,” but now is my time to comment on it!
Saturday, March 04, 2017

Church Events March 3-10
Spring Revival, Lenten Services, Upward Celebration and More!
Friday, March 03, 2017

On Making Your Dream A Reality
This week, Dr. Spence talks about becoming what you want to be by giving up things that keep you from realizing your goal.
Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Christian Ministry Seeks Pop-Top Foods
Christian Ministry is seeking canned foods with pop-tops to give to the homeless. Also in much need is soup, corn, canned beans (not green beans), macaroni and cheese, help in the soup kitchen, and men's t-shirts in all sizes. A client is in need of men's shoes in a size 12.
Monday, February 27, 2017

Be Still
This week the flu got me, and I hate being sick! I would guess that most of us have either been sick with the flu recently or know someone who was.
Sunday, February 26, 2017

The Shark Tank
I have discovered that most of the ideas for new products have come about through a need for something that doesn’t exist.
Saturday, February 25, 2017

Church Events February 24 - March 3
BBQ, Handbell Festival, Country Breakfast, Gospel Concert, Blood Drives, Community Lunch, Brain Injury Support Group, Ash Wednesday Services, and More!
Thursday, February 23, 2017

Are You Listening?
Many Christians major contact with God is spent in prayers making requests.  This week, Dr. Spence says we also need to communicate by listening.
Thursday, February 23, 2017

Grown Up Love
What if God flipped the script on Valentine’s Day? What if Valentine’s Day was a day to show extraordinary love for the unlovable people in our life? This occurred to me as I was shopping for a Valentine’s Day card for my husband Neil.
Sunday, February 19, 2017

A Bad Marriage Of Good Words
A, “word crafter,” is a person who puts words together for a maximum benefit to the reader or the listener. The desire is to put a subject in the best light possible while being honest and truthful at the same time.
Saturday, February 18, 2017

Fear Not
This week, Dr. Spence talks about fear of the unknown--and how to face that fear with help from God.
Friday, February 17, 2017

Church Events February 17-24
Fun, Food, Fellowship, Blood Drives, Concerts and lots more coming up at area churches.
Friday, February 17, 2017

West Lincoln Methodist Charge Helping Prom-Goers
Got a new or gently used prom dress that you could donate to this worthy cause? Just drop it off at Hebron UMC between now and March 11.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Did you see the Super Bowl Sunday night? Every year the Super Bowl is an exciting event for our country, but this year it was especially important to me because some people that I love are die-hard Atlanta Falcons fans.
Sunday, February 12, 2017

How To Tell A Tall Tale
I was away from my office when my secretary called me with some bad news. She said a police officer had called from another state to report a car fatality with someone in my family, and the police officer was still on the phone to personally talk with me.
Saturday, February 11, 2017

Church Events February 10-17
Bread of Life Food Giveaway, Valentine Sweetheart Dinner & Silent Auction, Pre-School Registration, Gospel Concerts and lots more coming up at area churches.
Thursday, February 09, 2017

Bread Of Life Food Giveaway Feb. 11
Recipients must be residents of Lincoln County and complete a short form for a 50 pound food box.  If a family currently qualifies for Food Stamps or Lincoln County Christian Ministry assistance, the family automatically qualifies for a food box.
Thursday, February 09, 2017

House Renovated For Homeless Man
According to Christian Ministry Executive Director Susan Brymer, a dedicated band of the ministry’s volunteers has recently been engaged in renovating a home in downtown Lincolnton for a homeless man named Amos.
Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Making Changes
Life is such that we must all make changes from time to time.  As we grow older, we can't do the things we once did--and our interests also change.  This week, Dr. Spence talks about making changes in your life as directed by the Holy Spirit.
Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Jay Stone Singers To Perform Feb. 11
The Jay Stone Singers of Hope Mills will perform a free concert, Feb. 11 at 6 p.m. at Living Word Ministries in Lowesville.
Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Living In The 90%
I am delighted to be a weekly columnist with the Lincoln Herald, sharing a word of encouragement and hope for those of you reading this today. Let me introduce myself!
Sunday, February 05, 2017

Why Did The Chicken Cross The Road?
Recently, I have been considering getting a new pet, a chicken. Before you laugh, this is just not any type of chicken, but a pure bred chicken with a bloodline that goes back to biblical times.
Saturday, February 04, 2017

We R Forgiven Is Back!
Yes, folks, We R Forgiven is back! The Stanley-based gospel quartet returned to the local worship scene in a mighty big way, this past autumn, and it enjoyed much success with a Jan. 29 concert.
Friday, February 03, 2017

Church Events February 3-10
Church Pre-School Registration, Blood Drives In Our Readership Area, And Don’t Forget Souper Bowl Donations At Local Churches For The Soup Kitchen At Christian Ministry.
Friday, February 03, 2017

Different--Yet The Same
This week, Dr. Spence talks about showing respect for those from different cultures and religions, while letting the example of Christian life create a testimony that may help lead them to Christ.
Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Food Supplies Low At Christian Ministry
Food box supplies are low, volunteers are needed during the week in the soup kitchen, LINC Meals needs volunteers, and Feb. 5 is “Souper Bowl of Caring” to benefit the Soup Kitchen.
Monday, January 30, 2017

The Pirates Of Western North Carolina
When I was a kid I wanted a metal detector. You know, one of those machines that you could carry with you to exotic and strange places to look for lost treasure.
Saturday, January 28, 2017

Volunteers Blessed By Ramp Recipient In Lincolnton
Jeff Grigsby, member of First Baptist Church in Lincolnton, recently heard from his friend Bryson Brooks about a local man who was very ill and having difficulty getting down the steps of his home for doctor appointments.
Friday, January 27, 2017

Church Events January 27 - February 3
Concerts, Breakfast, Lunch, Fun, Fellowship and More at our area churches!
Friday, January 27, 2017

New Pastor Reaches Out To Community
Rev. Susan Walker is the new pastor of Emanuel Reformed Church of Lincolnton. She has hit the ground running in her new assignment, and is excited about the future.
Thursday, January 26, 2017

Because He Lives
Most Christians are familiar with the song "Because He Lives" written and made popular by Bill and Gloria Gaither.  This week, Dr. Spence shares the story behind the song.
Wednesday, January 25, 2017

A Day Of Opportunities
Life is a series of days filled with events and challenges. Some days bring life- changing occurrences and other days produce less dramatic incidents.
Wednesday, January 25, 2017

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