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James 3:13
Who is wise and understanding among you...
Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Wards, Exodus To Perform Oct. 19
The Wards of Waynesville and Exodus, a female trio from Alabama will perform a free concert on Oct. 12 at 6 p.m. at Living Word Ministries in Lowesville. 
Wednesday, October 16, 2019

John 6:37
All those the Father gives me will come to me...
Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Jeremiah 17:10
“I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind...
Monday, October 14, 2019

Beneficial Fire
This is the season for forest fires in California. Dry conditions coupled with high winds mean that the tiniest spark can start an inferno that burns uncontrolled for days or weeks, destroying everything in its path.
Sunday, October 13, 2019

Matthew 5:14
“You are the light of the world...
Sunday, October 13, 2019

"Amazing Race Against Hunger" A Big Success
Sunday’s “Amazing Race Against Hunger” was a big success for Christian Ministry. The event has raised more than $6,000 so far, and more funds are still coming in. Thanks to all the participants and donors to this worthy cause.
Saturday, October 12, 2019

Painted Into A Corner
Leonardo da Vinci was one of the most talented men in history. He was a great draftsman, an engineer, a thinker, and of course one of the most famous artists who has ever lived. Can you imagine being great at everything?
Saturday, October 12, 2019

Psalm 23:4
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil...
Saturday, October 12, 2019

Proverbs 5:21
For your ways are in full view of the LORD...
Friday, October 11, 2019

Upcoming Church Events
Fall VBS, Craft Fairs, Laps4Life, Praise & Pasta, Concerts, Homecomings, Luncheons and More!
Thursday, October 10, 2019

Learn--Then Move On
This week, Dr. Spence talks about learning from our experiences--good and bad--without getting stuck in the moment.
Thursday, October 10, 2019

John 14:23
Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching...
Thursday, October 10, 2019

Matthew 25:35
I was hungry and you gave me something to eat...
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Matthew 28:19
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations...
Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Hebrews 4:16
Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence...
Monday, October 7, 2019

What Do You Want Him To Do?
Jesus saw something in the thoughts of this man that must have led him to ask, “What do you want me to do for you?” 
Sunday, October 6, 2019

Hebrews 12:1
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses...
Sunday, October 6, 2019

All Tied Up With No Place To Go!
One goal that I had while growing up was to be famous. I didn’t know how I was going to accomplish this dream, but the thought of being well known and well-loved suited me to a tee. There was just one problem with this goal: I wasn’t good at anything.
Saturday, October 5, 2019

1 Corinthians 13:4-5
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast...
Saturday, October 5, 2019

BBQ, Pumpkin Patch, Fall Festival, Blessing Of The Animals, Homecomings, Race Against Hunger, 50th Anniversary Celebration Crouse Fire Department and More!
Friday, October 4, 2019

Matthew 5:16
In the same way, let your light shine before others...
Friday, October 4, 2019

John 14:27
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you...
Thursday, October 3, 2019

St. Luke's Episcopal Blessing Of The Animals Oct. 5
Our pets are a blessing to us, join us in blessing them! Bring your pet, or photo of your pet, to A Blessing of the Animals at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church on Saturday, October 5 at 3 p.m.
Thursday, October 3, 2019

Pray
This week, Dr. Spence talks about the importance of prayer.
Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Littles Gospel Group Performs Oct. 6 And Nov. 23
The Monroe-based Littles gospel group is coming to our area for two free concerts. They’ll be at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Maiden, this Sunday, Oct. 6, at 10:45 a.m. And the Littles will also perform another free concert on Nov. 23 at 5:30 p.m. at Living Word Ministries in Lowesville.
Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Matthew 6:25-26
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear...
Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Matthew 20:28
Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served...
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

LINC Meals Program Seeks Drivers
For more than a generation, this meals-on-wheels program has helped countless local elderly and shut-in residents by bringing hot meals to their doorsteps.
Monday, September 30, 2019

Psalm 27:4
One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek...
Monday, September 30, 2019

Keep Going
Even in the midst of our struggle, we haven’t lost everything. If we will seek God sincerely with our whole heart, we will find Him in the situation like a light at the end of the tunnel.
Sunday, September 29, 2019

Romans 15:4
For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us...
Sunday, September 29, 2019

Lessons From A Cookie
I took my wife out to lunch a few days ago to a Chinese restaurant in Hickory. It was a nice change of pace for lunch and the best part was that it was a buffet bar!
Saturday, September 28, 2019

Romans 8:31
What, then, shall we say in response to these things...
Saturday, September 28, 2019

Dallas Baptist Church Celebrating 140 Years
Come out and celebrate the 140th Anniversary of the founding of Dallas Baptist Church on September 29 at 10:30 a.m. Their guest speaker will be former associate minister, Rev. George Rossi. Stay after the service for a covered dish meal.
Friday, September 27, 2019

Lamentations 3:22-23
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed...
Friday, September 27, 2019

Upcoming Church Events
Fundraisers, Concerts and Homecomings!
Thursday, September 26, 2019

Community Is Important
This week Dr. Spence talks about the important of the community of believers to the well-being of individuals.
Thursday, September 26, 2019

Romans 8:28
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him...
Thursday, September 26, 2019

Elvis-Inspired Gospel Singer Dennis Cook To Perform
The Georgia-based Cook is well known for singing gospel tunes in Elvis’s famous style. Much honored throughout his gospel career, Cook was recognized as the 2015 Lighthouse Gospel Music Soloist of the Year. And in 2016, he won the Lighthouse Gospel Music Soloist and Male Vocalist of the Year honors.
Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Psalm 34:8
Taste and see that the LORD is good...
Wednesday, September 25, 2019

"Amazing Race Against Hunger" Is Oct. 6
Get on your marks, get set and go. Down to Christian Ministries, that is to stop by now and get your race packages for the “Amazing Race Against Hunger.” The annual fundraiser for the ministry’s LINC Meals home meal delivery program.
Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the plans I have for you...
Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Hebrews 12:2
Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith...
Monday, September 23, 2019

Progressive Healing
After the first touch Jesus asked him, “Do you see anything?” but He already knew the answer. He knew that the man’s sight was restored but it would take more to heal him completely.
Sunday, September 22, 2019

John 3:16
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son...
Sunday, September 22, 2019

Learning From Paint And Oil!
One of the biggest challenges I face as a pastor is to prepare as many as three messages every week. 
Saturday, September 21, 2019

Psalm 103:12
As far as the east is from the west...
Saturday, September 21, 2019

Crouse UMC Celebrates 111 Years Sept. 22
Come help us celebrate 111 years in mission and ministry to the world on Homecoming Sunday at Crouse United Methodist Church with Sunday School at 10 a.m. and Worship at 11 a.m. Plan to stay after worship for our traditional Homecoming Fellowship Covered-Dish “Dinner on the Grounds.”
Friday, September 20, 2019

Upcoming Church Events
Fundraisers, Family Reunions, Concerts and Homecomings!
Friday, September 20, 2019

2 Thessalonians 3:5
May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love...
Friday, September 20, 2019

Love One Another
"And now I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another." (John 13:34)
Thursday, September 19, 2019

Hebrews 12:14
Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy...
Thursday, September 19, 2019

Isaiah 55:8-9
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways...
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

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.
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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


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