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2 Corinthians 1:3-4
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ...
Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Joshua 1:9
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous...
Monday, September 17, 2018

Get Your Own Oil
People in eastern NC are suffering in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, and we need to help them recover. We should all be prepared for potential natural disasters because they can come any time.
Sunday, September 16, 2018

Philippians 4:7
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding...
Sunday, September 16, 2018

On Truth & Love
‘Truth without love is too harsh and love without truth is too soft.’
Saturday, September 15, 2018

So It Would Seem
I guess you could say that I am “Navigationally Impaired.” This means that I have no sense of direction, which is a real challenge when I have to travel outside of my regular domain.
Saturday, September 15, 2018

John 14:27
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you...
Saturday, September 15, 2018

John 14:6
Jesus answered, “I am the way...
Friday, September 14, 2018

1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just...
Thursday, September 13, 2018

John 10:10
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy...
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

John 8:12
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said...
Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Ephesians 2:8
For it is by grace you have been saved...
Monday, September 10, 2018

Seasons Of Life
I don’t know about you, but I’m glad summer is over because it is my least favorite time of year! I dread hot weather. In May I remind myself that no matter how bad it gets, at least I know that the season will change in three months.
Sunday, September 9, 2018

Ephesians 2:8
For it is by grace you have been saved...
Sunday, September 9, 2018

Go Figure!
I have always believed that a good memory is a terrible thing to waste, and a terrible memory is a good thing to waste. As a writer, I am dependent upon my memory, the good and the bad!
Saturday, September 8, 2018

Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding
Saturday, September 8, 2018

Matthew 28:19
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations...
Friday, September 7, 2018

Romans 8:18
I consider that our present sufferings...
Thursday, September 6, 2018

Matthew 25:35
I was hungry and you gave me something to eat...
Wednesday, September 5, 2018

1 Corinthians 13:4-5
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud...
Tuesday, September 4, 2018

2 Corinthians 12:9
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you...
Monday, September 3, 2018

God's Pay Day
As God’s people on Labor Day, let us reflect on the value of our work in His kingdom. God wants us to know that all of us are equally valuable to Him no matter how long we have been serving in the church.
Sunday, September 2, 2018

Mark 11:24
Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer...
Sunday, September 2, 2018

Here's Your Sign!
Signs are very important to our culture. I don’t know how our ancestors survived without them. If you get in your car and drive down any major highway, you are almost overwhelmed by the number of business, religious, political signs that cover the countryside.
Saturday, September 1, 2018

Ephesians 4:2
Be completely humble and gentle....
Saturday, September 1, 2018

Numbers 6:24-26
“The Lord bless you and keep you...
Friday, August 31, 2018

"Tell Me About Yourself!"
This week, Dr. Spence offers a tip on sharing with others.
Thursday, August 30, 2018

Ephesians 6:11
Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand...
Thursday, August 30, 2018

Philippians 2:13
For it is God who works in you to will...
Wednesday, August 29, 2018

1 Corinthians 16:13
Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith...
Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Galatians 5:14
For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command....
Monday, August 27, 2018

Slow Down For God
These days people rush around and no one wants to wait for anything. We always try to find the shortest line, we get frustrated if our fast food isn’t fast enough, and we multi-task to get things done quicker. We rush through what we are doing to get to the next thing sooner.
Sunday, August 26, 2018

Psalm 139:23-24
Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts....
Sunday, August 26, 2018

How Do You Get Thankful?
I remember an event that occurred at my church that I pastored while in seminary. The church did not have indoor plumbing. After a few months, I was discouraged by the church’s lack of desire to move into the twentieth century. 
Saturday, August 25, 2018

Micah 7:7
But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord....
Saturday, August 25, 2018

Philippians 4:8
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable....
Friday, August 24, 2018

Romans 12:2
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind....
Thursday, August 23, 2018

2 Timothy 1:9
He has saved us and called us to a holy life — not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace....
Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Romans 1:16
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God....
Tuesday, August 21, 2018

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.... 
Monday, August 20, 2018

Holiness Takes Time
I was talking with a friend this week and he said “Why does it take so long to change? Why can’t I just be transformed in an instant? I want to change but I don’t want it to take a long time.”
Sunday, August 19, 2018

Hebrews 11:6
And without faith it is impossible to please God...
Sunday, August 19, 2018

Gilligan's Island Is Sinking!
A few nights ago I was scrolling through the television lineup and came upon an episode of “Gilligan’s Island.” As I began to watch the show I was reminded of a conversation that I had years ago with one of my daughters. 
Saturday, August 18, 2018

Ephesians 2:10
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works...
Saturday, August 18, 2018

Philippians 4:12
I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty...
Friday, August 17, 2018

Psalm 143:10
Teach me to do your will, for you are my God... 
Thursday, August 16, 2018

1 Corinthians 2:9
However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard... 
Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Psalm 18:30
As for God, his way is perfect....
Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Romans 5:8
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this....
Monday, August 13, 2018

You Are Still Young Enough
Moses was 80 years old when God called him to go to the Pharaoh and say “Let my people go!” I wonder if he asked himself “Am I too old to do this?” 
Sunday, August 12, 2018

Hebrews 12:1
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses...
Sunday, August 12, 2018

What Replaces A Bad Habit?
Do you find it easy or hard to break a habit? Webster’s Dictionary defines a habit as an “Involuntary pattern of behavior acquired by frequent repetition; an addiction.” If a habit can be described as an addiction, then you know it is something that will take some effort to change. 
Saturday, August 11, 2018

Psalm 100:5
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever...
Saturday, August 11, 2018

Colossians 3:12
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved...
Friday, August 10, 2018

Jame:1:2-3
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters...
Thursday, August 9, 2018

Among Thieves
This week, Dr. Spence reminds us that when Jesus died on the cross for our sins, he was crucified between two common thieves.  It was symbolic of the reason He came--not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
Wednesday, August 8, 2018

2 Chronicles 7:14
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face...
Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Colossians 2:7
Enjoy this great inspirational way to begin your day!
Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Ephesians 6:10-11
All around the world people are reading, listening to and sharing scripture.
Monday, August 6, 2018

Proverbs 2:7
A lot of people love sharing scripture on social media. Feel free to share any of our Bible verses.
Sunday, August 5, 2018

Are You Prepared to Expect Delays
A few days ago, I was driving to a specific destination when I noticed one of those message signs on the side of the road. Its computerized message said, “Monday-Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. road work-EXPECT DELAYS.” 
Saturday, August 4, 2018

Psalm 27:4
A lot of people love sharing scripture on social media. Feel free to share any of our Bible verses.
Saturday, August 4, 2018

John 14:27
A lot of people love sharing scripture on social media. Feel free to share any of our Bible verses.
Friday, August 3, 2018

Understanding God
Even for the most studied Christians, understanding God--His will, His way, His very nature--is not an easy task.  This week, Dr. Spence continues his thoughts on understanding God.
Thursday, August 2, 2018

John 3:16
Enjoy this great inspirational way to begin your day!
Thursday, August 2, 2018

Romans 10:17
All around the world people are reading, listening to and sharing scripture.
Wednesday, August 1, 2018

1 Corinthians 6:19
Sharing scripture is a great way to continue meditations and focus on your Bible studies.
Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Proverbs 22:6
Enjoy this great inspirational way to begin your day!
Monday, July 30, 2018

Psalm 100:5
All around the world people are reading, listening to and sharing scripture.
Sunday, July 29, 2018

Being A Mature Child
Jesus said we must be like little children to experience the kingdom of heaven. What does this mean?
Sunday, July 29, 2018

When You Talk Tough
A man who boarded an airplane was directed to his seat which was next to a talking parrot. After the plane had taxied down the runway and was on its way to its destination, the hostess began to ask the passengers if they wanted something to drink.
Saturday, July 28, 2018

South Gastonia Church Of God Gets Elevator
Most folks go to church for an uplifting experience. And at the South Gastonia Church of God, members are now getting quite a literally uplifting experience indeed with a recently installed elevator for the use of its wheelchair-bound members.
Saturday, July 28, 2018

Colossians 3:12
Enjoy this great inspirational way to begin your day!
Saturday, July 28, 2018

James 1:2-3
All around the world people are reading, listening to and sharing scripture.
Friday, July 27, 2018

How Well Do You Know God?
It is important that we adapt ourselves to God's order, not try to envision Him in ours.  This week, Dr. Spence continues his discussion of understanding God's purpose in our lives.
Thursday, July 26, 2018

Psalm 103:12
Sharing scripture is a great way to continue meditations and focus on your Bible studies.
Thursday, July 26, 2018

2 Thessalonians 3:5
Be inspired and encouraged with this inspirational way to start your day!
Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Hebrews 12:14
Enjoy this great inspirational way to begin your day!
Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Isaiah 55:8-9
All around the world people are reading, listening to and sharing scripture.
Monday, July 23, 2018

The Serenity Prayer
The Serenity Prayer is familiar to people all over the world. Many people identify it as the prayer adopted by Alcoholics Anonymous in 1941 and widely used in other 12 Step programs since then. People who do not identify as Christian are comfortable using it as a prayer, and we see it everywhere. 
Sunday, July 22, 2018

Isaiah 6:8
Be inspired and encouraged with this inspirational way to start your day!
Sunday, July 22, 2018

How Are You Getting Along With Your Dog?
Have you noticed the amount of commercials on television that concern medical conditions? I didn’t know that many people in America were sick.
Saturday, July 21, 2018

John 3:17
All around the world people are reading, listening to and sharing scripture.
Saturday, July 21, 2018

Psalm 37:4
A lot of people love sharing scripture on social media. Feel free to share any of our Bible verses.
Friday, July 20, 2018

Taking Time To Know God Better
This week Dr. Spence talks about getting to know what God has intended for you.
Thursday, July 19, 2018

1 Corinthians 6:19
Sharing scripture is a great way to continue meditations and focus on your Bible studies.
Thursday, July 19, 2018

Colossians 3:12
All around the world people are reading, listening to and sharing scripture.
Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Proverbs 22:6
All around the world people are reading, listening to and sharing scripture.
Tuesday, July 17, 2018

James 1:2-3
We hope you enjoy this great inspirational way to begin your day!
Monday, July 16, 2018

Got Questions About The Bible?
Our personal use of the Bible is fading, so it is understandable that people may be very familiar with well-known passages like The Lord’s Prayer, but not know its connection to the Bible, or even what it means.
Sunday, July 15, 2018

2 Chronicles 7:14
Be inspired and encouraged with this inspirational way to start your day!
Sunday, July 15, 2018

The Coughing Dog!
I’m not sure what triggers memories to come to the surface of our minds from the almost forgotten events of the past. For the most part I am grateful for these memories because I can see the Hand of God at work in even the seemingly small events in my life.
Saturday, July 14, 2018

John 5:24
All around the world people are reading, listening to and sharing scripture. Enjoy this great inspirational way to begin your day!
Saturday, July 14, 2018

John 11:25
Be inspired and encouraged with this inspirational way to start your day!
Friday, July 13, 2018

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!
Thursday, July 12, 2018

Rescue
The boys soccer team that was trapped in a cave by floods in Thailand has been rescued.  This week, Dr. Spence talks about how God put in place a plan to rescue us.
Wednesday, July 11, 2018

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!
Wednesday, July 11, 2018

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!
Tuesday, July 10, 2018

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!
Monday, July 9, 2018


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