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Isaiah 6:8
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send...
Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Ministry Releases Numbers For August
Emergency services helped 1,936 individuals; some 764 families were helped with food and 65 families with utilities/rent. Fifty-four showers were taken, and 263 families were helped with furniture/household items and personal items. The LINC Home Meals program delivered 1,615 meals. The soup kitchen served 3,590 meals to 2,824 individuals. 
Monday, September 16, 2019

Hebrews 13:5
Keep your lives free from the love of money...
Monday, September 16, 2019

Building Your Rock
Some of the most well-known passages in the Bible can be found in Matthew during the Sermon on the Mount where Jesus went up on a mountainside to teach his disciples many important lessons.
Sunday, September 15, 2019

Proverbs 2:7
He holds success in store for the upright...
Sunday, September 15, 2019

A Myth Or A Lie?
When I was a child, I would stay up late at night on the weekends to watch the series “In Search of,” when it discussed various myths. Take for instance the legend of Big Foot.
Saturday, September 14, 2019

Colossians 2:7
Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him...
Saturday, September 14, 2019

Food For Thought
There's an old song, "Let Others See Jesus in You." Among other places, you'll find it in the Baptist Hymnal.  This week, Dr. Spence reminds us that it's also important that we see God in others.
Friday, September 13, 2019

2 Timothy 2:15
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved...
Friday, September 13, 2019

Upcoming Church Events
Lots of Fun, Food and Fellowship coming up with family reunions, concerts, fundraisers, homecomings and Daniels Lutheran 245th Anniversary!
Thursday, September 12, 2019

Ephesians 2:8
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith...
Thursday, September 12, 2019

Shireys, Gospel Truth Trio To Perform Sept. 14
The Shireys, from West Columbia, S.C., and the Gospel Truth Trio, of Gaffney, S.C. will perform a free concert Sept. 14.
Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Isaiah 40:31
But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles...
Wednesday, September 11, 2019

John 8:12
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said,“I am the light of the world...
Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Luke 10:16
“Whoever listens to you listens to me; whoever rejects you rejects me...
Monday, September 9, 2019

When Bad Things Happen
In 1981 Rabbi Harold Kushner wrote the classic bestseller “When Bad Things Happen to Good People” after his son Aaron died of progeria, a fatal disease that makes children age rapidly and die in their teenage years as an elderly person.
Sunday, September 8, 2019

Ephesians 2:8-9
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith...
Sunday, September 8, 2019

Christian Ministry Seeks Bedsheets, Food, Clothing
The ministry’s emergency services needs sheet sets in all sizes, including twin, double, queen and king-sized varieties. The clothing closet needs help, too.
Saturday, September 7, 2019

Isaiah 53:5
But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities...
Saturday, September 7, 2019

Lessons From A Razor
One of my least favorite things to do every morning is to shave. I dislike it so much that I grew a beard in order not to shave. However, I grew tired of the beard because it got long and grey and my grandchildren started calling me, “Santa,” and, “HoHo,” so I went back to shaving.
Saturday, September 7, 2019

Turning Away Fear With Love
"A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you." (John 13:34)
Friday, September 6, 2019

Joshua 1:9
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous...
Friday, September 6, 2019

Upcoming Church Events
Lots of Fund, Food and Fellowship coming up with family reunions, concerts, fundraisers, homecomings and more!
Thursday, September 5, 2019

Matthew 6:25-26
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink...
Thursday, September 5, 2019

Philippians 4:7
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding...
Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Teaching Myself -- With Chickens
A little over three weeks ago I was sitting on a beach just outside of Nags Head, a beautiful part of the Outer Banks in North Carolina. While listening to the waves crash and roll under my chair, I was reading an article related to hatching chickens.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Matthew 5:16
In the same way, let your light shine before others...
Tuesday, September 3, 2019

James 5:16
Therefore confess your sins to each other...
Monday, September 2, 2019

Work For The Lord
This week I saw an article about a 2018 Gallup poll that found 85% of people do not like their jobs for six reasons - the salary, the hours, their co-workers, the company culture, lack of advancement opportunities, and just not liking the duties themselves.
Sunday, September 1, 2019

Numbers 6:24-26
The Lord bless you and keep you...
Sunday, September 1, 2019

Christian Ministry Thanks Fundraiser Supporters
Thank you to all those who came out to Salem Lutheran and United Church of Christ last Sunday for the annual ice cream social. The proceeds benefit Christian Ministry’s soup kitchen. This year, we received more than $3,000, and we are so very grateful to all those who came out to support us.
Saturday, August 31, 2019

Mark 11:24
Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer...
Saturday, August 31, 2019

Lessons From A Dream
Just about every morning I wake up and remember bits and pieces of dreams I had the night before. Some dreams are great memories of my past.
Saturday, August 31, 2019

2 Corinthians 12:9
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you...
Friday, August 30, 2019

Upcoming Church Events
Lots of Fund, Food and Fellowship coming up with a Mud Dodge Ball Tournament, Homecomings, Movie Nights, BBQ Fundraisers and more! 
Thursday, August 29, 2019

1 Corinthians 16:13-14
Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith...
Thursday, August 29, 2019

"Cool Event" Is Big Success For Christian Ministry
Sunday’s “Cool Event” ice cream social was a big hit with the local public. Ronald Lineberger, with his butter-pecan ice cream, was this year’s winner of a homemade pottery prize and over $3,000 was raised for the soup kitchen!
Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Acts 20:24
However, I consider my life worth nothing to me...
Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding...
Tuesday, August 27, 2019

The Touch On The Spider's Web
My favorite novel from my time at Appalachian State was “All the King’s Men” by Robert Penn Warren. The theme of this novel is the “great spider web theory.” If the spider web is touched at any point, the touch echoes throughout the web.  Any decision or interaction has an impact on future events and touches countless others.
Monday, August 26, 2019

James 5:16
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other...
Monday, August 26, 2019

Keep On Living
I just returned from a trip to San Diego to visit my son James, and every day we had fun. One day James planned for us to go kayaking in the ocean. I have never been kayaking because they look so flat and unstable. Is a kayak really a boat?
Sunday, August 25, 2019

Psalm 18:2
The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer...
Sunday, August 25, 2019

When A Cricket Turns Into A Bat!
I remember it as though it happened yesterday, but this took place years ago. It was 4:15 a.m. in the morning when I was awakened by a high-pitched sound in my bedroom. I figured it was a cricket, a big one with strong lungs.
Saturday, August 24, 2019

Luke 3:11
John answered, "Anyone who has two shirts should share...
Saturday, August 24, 2019

Antioch Methodist Homecoming August 25
Former members, friends and relatives of Antioch Methodist Church, Crouse, N.C. are invited to the annual homecoming on Sunday, August 25. Guest speaker at the 11 a.m. worship service will be Rev. Jan Heermans.
Friday, August 23, 2019

1 Corinthians 2:9
However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard...
Friday, August 23, 2019

Area Church Events Aug. 23-30
Lots of Food, Fun and Fellowship coming up in our area with homecomings, concerts, fundraisers, memorial services and more!
Thursday, August 22, 2019

Amantha Mill Returns To Living Word, Aug. 24
Boone-based Amantha Mill will perform a free concert at the church at 6 p.m. Amantha Mill is a longtime favorite on the regional gospel music scene.
Thursday, August 22, 2019

Philippians 4:12
I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty...
Thursday, August 22, 2019

Alexis Area Church News
One Alexis area church has a new name; another, a new pastor; and another is celebrating 150 years.
Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Back-To-School Block Party Has Over 400 Visitors
It was estimated that over 400 adults and children attended the South Gastonia Church of God Back-to-School Block Party last week. Over 150 book bags with supplies were given out to the kids who are heading back-to-school.
Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Annual Ice Cream Social Is Aug. 25
Aug. 25 brings the annual “Cool Event” ice cream social at Salem Lutheran and United Church of Christ at 3410 Startown Road in Lincolnton. This is a benefit fundraiser for the ministry. The fun starts at 3 p.m. The public is invited to come out and enjoy homemade ice cream, served up in bowls handcrafted by local potters. Tickets are $15 each.
Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Ephesians 2:10
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works...
Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Psalm 139:23-24
Search me, God, and know my heart...
Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Ephesians 6:11
Put on the full armor of God...
Monday, August 19, 2019

The Circle Of Life
I recently went to see the newest version of “The Lion King” and was reminded how much I love the song “The Circle of Life” which comes during a celebration as a new baby lion is presented by his proud parents to the world.
Sunday, August 18, 2019

Hebrews 11:6
And without faith it is impossible to please God...
Sunday, August 18, 2019

What's For Supper?
Numbers 11:5-6 says, “We remember the fish which we used to eat free in Egypt, the cucumbers and the melons and the leeks and the onions and the garlic, but now our appetite is gone. There is nothing at all to look at except this manna.” (NAS)
Saturday, August 17, 2019

Romans 1:16
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God...
Saturday, August 17, 2019

2 Timothy 1:9
He has saved us and called us to a holy life...
Friday, August 16, 2019

Upcoming Church Events
Lots of Food, Fun and Fellowship coming up in our area!
Thursday, August 15, 2019

Romans 12:2
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind...
Thursday, August 15, 2019

Philippians 4:8
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble...
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

James 1:19
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this...
Tuesday, August 13, 2019

1 John 4:7-8
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God...
Monday, August 12, 2019

God Is Still Good
My son turns 30 this week and I remember how much I wanted to shield him and his sister  from the harsh realities of this world. I dreaded the day when my children would realize what kind of world this is with crime, senseless violence, murder, war, and injustice.
Sunday, August 11, 2019

1 Timothy 6:8-9
But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that...
Sunday, August 11, 2019

Ministry's Emergency Services Efforts Help 1,907 People
Christian Ministry just released its stats and facts for the month of July. It helped 640 families with food, 63 families with utilities and/or rent, 227 families were helped with furniture and household items and personal items, LINC Home Meals program delivered 1,619 meals, and the ministry’s soup kitchen served 3,610 meals to 3,027 people.
Saturday, August 10, 2019

A Public Place For A Private Event!
A few years ago my wife and I went on vacation to Daytona Beach, Florida.  One of the jobs everybody has to do when they arrive at their vacation destination is to go to the grocery store to buy supplies for the duration of your time away from home.
Saturday, August 10, 2019

Ephesians 4:26-27
“In your anger do not sin” Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry...
Saturday, August 10, 2019

John 7:38
Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said...
Friday, August 9, 2019

Upcoming Church Events
Lots of Food, Fun and Fellowship, Rock Springs Camp Meeting, Concerts, Back-To-School Events and more!
Thursday, August 8, 2019

Unpleasant Conversations
By now you may have grown tired of hearing the reports about the tragedies in El Paso and Dayton, but Dr. Spence reminds us that only by considering the problems we are facing can we hope to solve them.
Thursday, August 8, 2019

Psalm 100:4
Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise...
Thursday, August 8, 2019

Gospel Greats Heart 2 Heart To Perform Aug. 10
Cherryville-based Heart 2 Heart will perform a free concert, Aug. 10 at 6 p.m. at Living Word Ministries in Lowesville. They have placed on the gospel charts many times and appeared on television. Sharing the bill will be the Johnson Edition from South Carolina.
Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Psalm 143:10
Teach me to do your will, for you are my God...
Wednesday, August 7, 2019

St. Luke's Episcopal Welcomes Carolina Blue Aug. 9
Invite your friends and neighbors to this wonderful concert as St. Luke’s opens their doors and arms to the community welcoming everyone into their church home on Friday, August 9 at 6 p.m. in their Parish House at 315 N. Cedar St. in Lincolnton.
Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Luke 16:10
"Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much...
Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Matthew 25:21
“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant...
Monday, August 5, 2019

Watching Out For Others
This week, Dr. Spence uses the occasion of the start of school next week as a reminder that watching out for others is important.
Sunday, August 4, 2019

What's Your Story?
When we are gone all that will remain will be our story told through the lens of those who remember us. Our story is the legacy we leave for our family and friends. For God’s people it contains our common spiritual heritage that knits us together in the Body of Christ.
Sunday, August 4, 2019

1 Chronicles 16:8
Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name...
Sunday, August 4, 2019

My Kingdom For A Belt
I have always underestimated the role of the belt in a man’s wardrobe. I have worn a belt since I was a child and I thought that it was just for looks. 
Saturday, August 3, 2019

Ezekiel 36:26
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you...
Saturday, August 3, 2019

Matthew 25:40
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these...
Friday, August 2, 2019

Upcoming Church Events
Lots of Food, Fun and Fellowship, Rock Springs Camp Meeting, Homecomings, VBS, Concerts, Back-To-School Events and more!
Thursday, August 1, 2019

1 Corinthians 10:13
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind...
Thursday, August 1, 2019

Camp Meeting Time Is Underway At Rock Springs
Camp Meeting at Rock Springs got underway this week. Here is the schedule for worship and events through August 11.
Wednesday, July 31, 2019

1 Peter 5:6
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand...
Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Acts 20:35
In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak...
Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Hebrews 13:16
And do not forget to do good and to share with others...
Monday, July 29, 2019

He Cries With Us
This week someone from the community who knows me as a pastor called to cry out in pain in the middle of a horrific family tragedy. He needed someone to listen and be present with him in his sorrow.
Sunday, July 28, 2019

Ecclesiastes 3:11
He has made everything beautiful in its time...
Sunday, July 28, 2019

Fiddle Playing Kitty
After months of debate, my wife and I adopted a kitten from a local animal shelter. I am convinced that is one of the best decisions we have ever made!
Saturday, July 27, 2019

1 Peter 2:24
“He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross...
Saturday, July 27, 2019

Pine Ridge Boys To Perform This Saturday
Spartanburg’s own Pine Ridge Boys return to Living Word this Saturday. Also on the bill are the Citizens of Glory, all the way from California.
Friday, July 26, 2019

Alive After Five With No Interruptions
It was a pleasant evening to say the least.  The band played, people listened to the music, visited with friends, and some danced.  The 'Men in Black' weren't there--and frankly, they weren't missed.
Friday, July 26, 2019

Luke 6:38
Give, and it will be given to you...
Friday, July 26, 2019

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