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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
We hope you enjoy this great inspirational way to begin your day!
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

2 Chronicles 7:14
Be inspired and encouraged with this inspirational way to start your day!
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

Take A Journey Through Israel
Beginning Wednesday, July 26 and for the next five weeks pastor Johnny Sawyer of Ranlo Church of God will take you on a virtual journey through Israel from his recent trip there. The sessions are free and open to the public.
Saturday, July 22, 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
Be inspired and encouraged with this inspirational way to start your day!
Saturday, July 22, 2017

Christian Ministry Releases Food-Packing Schedule
They pack quite a bunch. They’re the volunteer food-packers from local churches that make a difference by helping Christian Ministry of Lincoln County on a regular basis.
Friday, July 21, 2017

Romans 15:13
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 21, 2017

Church Events July 21-28
Concerts, Youth Conference, Country Breakfast and more!  Send Us Your Church Event Information And We Will Add It To Our Weekly Church Events Column For FREE!
Thursday, July 20, 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
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 19, 2017

Amantha Mill To Perform July 22
Amantha Mill will perform July 22 at 6 p.m. at Living Word Ministries. The Boone-based band is a big favorite on the regional gospel music circuit. Amantha Mill is known for its gospel bluegrass stylings.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

John 16:33
All around the world people are reading, listening to and sharing scripture. We hope you enjoy this great inspirational way to begin your day!
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

Laundry Room Needs Volunteers
Did you know the ministry has a laundry room? Yep, according to executive director Mitzi Williams, its use is for any clients (mostly the local homeless) that need to wash their clothes.
Saturday, July 15, 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

Church Events July 15-21
VBS at numerous churches, Blood Drives, Concerts, 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, July 14, 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

Church Events July 8-14
Movies on the Lawn, Produce Stand, Blood Drives, Concerts, 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, July 07, 2017

Methodist Circuit Riders Topic For Next Eastern Lincoln Historical Meeting
Rev. Tony Matthews, of Bethel United Methodist Church, will discuss Methodist Circuit Riders for the Eastern Lincoln Historical Society on Monday, July 10 at 6 p.m. at the Rock Springs Campground Meeting Arbor located in the center of the campground.
Friday, July 07, 2017

Ministry Sees Changes, Smooth Transition
The last six months have brought many changes to the Christian Ministry family including Mitzi Williams as the new executive director, Angie Pooley as the new administrative assistant and Emily ‘Mimi’ Rhyne as the new LINC co-ordinator.
Thursday, July 06, 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

Recent Risen Church Benefit A Success
Risen Church is making a difference in the lives of local people. And one such way was a recent benefit concert held for Greg Pressley. According to event organizer Tré Vaughn, himself a performer at the concert, Pressley is fighting cancer.
Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Mylon Hayes Family To Perform July 8
The Hayes family is a complete family that ministers on a full-time basis. Its members are parents Mylon and Wendy Hayes, married 22 years now, and their twin sons, Connor and Bailey, 18, and daughter Kennedy, 14
Tuesday, July 04, 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

Church Events June 30 - July 7
Greg Pressley Benefit Concert, Country Breakfast Fundraiser, 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!
Thursday, June 29, 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

Business Blitz Still Ongoing
Want to know how you or your business can make a difference in the lives of the local needy? Stop by Christian Ministry’s offices in the former Coca-Cola Bottling facility at 207 S. Poplar St. in Lincolnton.
Thursday, June 29, 2017

Exodus Volunteers Win Governor's Medallion Award For Volunteer Service
Ruth and Harold Shuford are founding members of Exodus Missionary Outreach Church in Hickory, and have volunteered at Catawba Correctional Center in Newton for the past 23 years.
Wednesday, June 28, 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

Southern Raised To Perform Saturday
Branson-based Southern Raised will perform Saturday, June 24 at 6 p.m. at Living Word Ministries. The quartet will you show you how they praise God in song and why they’re one of the top-rated Christian bands in the whole country.
Friday, June 23, 2017

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

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

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 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

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


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