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Ephesians 4:32
Be kind and compassionate to one another...
Monday, November 30, 2020

Preparing To Celebrate Christ's Birth - Advent Meditations
Four weeks before Christmas begins the "Advent Season" and ends with the Christ Child's birth. The first Sunday in Advent this year is November 29.
Sunday, November 29, 2020

Psalms 27:1
The LORD is my light and my salvation...
Saturday, November 28, 2020

Upcoming Church Events
Upcoming events to put on your calendar include a Gospel Singing and more events in the weeks to come! Email your events to 
Friday, November 27, 2020

Romans 12:9
Love must be sincere...
Friday, November 27, 2020

Matthew 6:6
But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father...
Thursday, November 26, 2020

Christian Ministry Very Busy; Thanks Food Donors
Our thanks go out to all of those who donated food. Thank you to the Turkey Federation, which donated more than 130 turkeys. Thank you to the Boy Scouts of America, who collected more than two tons of food. And thank you to the Lincoln County School System, which collected more than 60,000 pounds of food.
Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Psalm 37:16
Better the little that the righteous have...
Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Thanksgiving Eve Worship Service
Cedar Grove Lutheran Church will host a Thanksgiving Eve Outdoor Worship Service Wednesday, November 25 at 7 p.m. in and around the Arbor. You may bring your own chair or use one provided.
Tuesday, November 24, 2020

1 John 3:18
Dear children, let us not love with words or speech...
Tuesday, November 24, 2020

John 1:29
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said...
Monday, November 23, 2020

Matthew 7:1-2
Do not judge, or you too will be judged...
Sunday, November 22, 2020

Thoughts On Thanksgiving
We gather together to ask the Lord's blessing. Thursday will be Thanksgiving.  It's going to be different this year as because of the pandemic many of our family gatherings will be replaced by phone calls and virtual visits.
Saturday, November 21, 2020

Proverbs 18:24
One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin...
Saturday, November 21, 2020

Upcoming Church Events
Upcoming events to put on your calendar include the No Cold Pets Project, Scouting For Food, Gospel Singing, Thanksgiving Eve Worship Service and more events in the weeks to come! Email your events to
Friday, November 20, 2020

Ephesians 3:20
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we...
Friday, November 20, 2020

Christian Ministry Releases First Donors' List
On Wednesday, executive director Mitzi Williams told The Herald that her organization has so far received more than $22,000 from local contributors. 
Thursday, November 19, 2020

Isaiah 41:10
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed...
Thursday, November 19, 2020

Romans 10:17
Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message...
Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Galatians 2:20
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live...
Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Daniel 12:3
Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens...
Monday, November 16, 2020

1 Peter 4:8
Above all, love each other deeply...
Sunday, November 15, 2020

Romans 8:39
Neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation...
Saturday, November 14, 2020

Upcoming Church Events
Upcoming events to put on your calendar include a prayer breakfast, BBQ Lunch, and more events in the weeks to come! Email your events to
Friday, November 13, 2020

Ephesians 6:11
Put on the full armor of God...
Friday, November 13, 2020

Knowing God
How do we know God?  Dr. Spence suggests that we know God through the Bible.
Thursday, November 12, 2020

John 11:40
Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe...
Thursday, November 12, 2020

1 Timothy 1:15
Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance...
Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Psalms 24:1-2
The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it...
Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Matthew 22:37-39
‭‭“Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart...
Monday, November 9, 2020

Matthew 16:24
Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me...
Sunday, November 8, 2020

Jeremiah 17:10
I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind...
Saturday, November 7, 2020

2 Thessalonians 3:3
But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you...
Friday, November 6, 2020

Upcoming Church Events
Upcoming events to put on your calendar include breakfasts, a bloodmobile, veteran’s celebration and more events in the weeks to come! Email your events to
Thursday, November 5, 2020

Christian Ministry Interviewing For Christmas
Christian Ministry is now interviewing local qualifying families for their Christmas needs from now until Dec. 23. People who want to sign up for Christmas food and/or toys can go to their Website to see what is needed for the interview.
Thursday, November 5, 2020

Luke 19:10
For the Son of Man came to seek...
Thursday, November 5, 2020

Psalms 121:1-2
I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from...
Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Isaiah 26:4
Trust in the LORD forever...
Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Mark 11:24
Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer...
Monday, November 2, 2020

Psalm 62:7
My salvation and my honor depend on God...
Sunday, November 1, 2020

Exodus 14:14
The LORD will fight for you...
Saturday, October 31, 2020

Psalms 34:18
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted...
Friday, October 30, 2020

Carolina Caring Encourages Ringing Of Church Bells Nov. 1
Churches around the country will be ringing their bells following Sunday services on the first Sunday in November to recognize National Hospice Month. Please join in this national tradition by ringing bells, handbells, or chimes on Sunday, November 1.
Thursday, October 29, 2020

2 Peter 3:8
But do not forget this one thing, dear friends...
Thursday, October 29, 2020

Ecclesiastes 4:12
Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves...
Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Psalms 19:1-2
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands...
Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Hebrews 10:23
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess...
Monday, October 26, 2020

Zephaniah 3:17
The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves...
Sunday, October 25, 2020

Seasons Pass
I have truly enjoyed writing this column for the Lincolnton community. L Town is quintessential small-town America with a personality and culture all its own. Your deep roots here and close-knit ties to each other are admirable in a world where many people do not know their neighbors. 
Sunday, October 25, 2020

Mount Zion Baptist Going Strong After 151 Years
Local gospel music veteran Sam Hovis is well known for singing God’s praises. And relatedly this week, Hovis sang the praises of his church, Alexis Baptist, and its sister church, Mt. Zion Baptist, both located in Alexis and just off of NC-27.
Saturday, October 24, 2020

Matthew 5:10
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness...
Saturday, October 24, 2020

Galatians 6:7
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked...
Friday, October 23, 2020

Upcoming Church Events
Upcoming events to put on your calendar include church Trunk-or-Treats, festivals and more events in the weeks to come! Email your events to
Friday, October 23, 2020

Psalms 19:7
The law of the LORD is perfect, refreshing the soul...
Thursday, October 22, 2020

2 Corinthians 7:1
Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves...
Wednesday, October 21, 2020

LSW Breaks Ground For Growing Academy
On Monday, October 13 a small crowd gathered as Long Shoals Wesleyan Academy broke ground for a new building to house their growing academy. 
Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Philippians 1:9-10
And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more...
Tuesday, October 20, 2020

James 1:3
Because you know that the testing of your faith...
Monday, October 19, 2020

Some Are Sicker Than Others
This week God has been showing me something about people and their struggles in life.
Sunday, October 18, 2020

Romans 12:2
Do not conform to the pattern of this world...
Sunday, October 18, 2020

Deuteronomy 7:9
Know therefore that the LORD your God is God...
Saturday, October 17, 2020

Upcoming Church Events
Upcoming events to put on your calendar include a fried apple pie and hot dog sale, several luncheons and concerts - plus more events in the weeks to come! Email your events to
Friday, October 16, 2020

2 Thessalonians 3:5
May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love...
Friday, October 16, 2020

Time alone forced by the current pandemic can either be a waste or a blessing.  This week, Dr. Spence talks about turning times of solitude into times for reflection on your walk with Jesus.
Thursday, October 15, 2020

Two Big Gigs For Faithful Voices, Oct. 18
Local gospel favorites the Faithful Voices have two big concerts coming up on Oct. 18.
Thursday, October 15, 2020

Christian Ministry Calls For Volunteers
Christian Ministry of Lincoln County is calling for volunteers. That’s the word this week from executive director Mitzi Williams. She said the ministry’s soup kitchen needs holiday coverage on Veterans Day, Nov. 11; Thanksgiving, Nov. 26 and 27; and Christmas, Dec. 25 and 28.
Wednesday, October 14, 2020

One On One With God
Life is never easy and always full of trouble
Monday, October 12, 2020

Born To Burn
I realize that 2020 has not been a banner year for most of us. I try to keep a positive attitude even in the middle of diverse circumstances, but current events have pushed me into a state of, dare I say, a negative thought?
Saturday, October 10, 2020

Job 19:25
I know that my redeemer lives...
Saturday, October 10, 2020

Upcoming Church Events
Upcoming events to put on your calendar include a BBQ Benefit and Old Fashioned Day at Howard’s Creek Baptist plus more events in the weeks to come! Email your events to
Friday, October 9, 2020

Jeremiah 29:13
You will seek me and find me...
Friday, October 9, 2020

Psalms 103:13
As a father has compassion on his children...
Thursday, October 8, 2020

Ephesians 4:32
Be kind and compassionate to one another...
Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Psalm 68:19
Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior...
Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Christian Ministry: Donations Are Down
Christian Ministry of Lincoln County is in need of help. That’s the word this week from executive director Mitzi Williams. She noted how this year’s season is very different, including how the ministry is missing out on funding due to cancelled fundraisers.
Monday, October 5, 2020

Yes Prayers
When I ask God to help me, I hope the answer will be yes. We may struggle to carry our burdens alone because we aren’t sure God can or will help us, but Jesus said we could ask God for help and never be disappointed.
Monday, October 5, 2020

Matthew 6:33
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness...
Monday, October 5, 2020

Let God Be God
It sounds simple--but our proclivity to follow our own chosen paths rather than look for God's direction makes it a continual chore.  Dr. Spence reminds us that with all the problems in the world today, it's very important that we seek the wisdom of God rather than defer to our own knowledge and understanding.
Sunday, October 4, 2020

Hebrews 11:6
And without faith it is impossible to please God...
Sunday, October 4, 2020

Revelation 21:4
He will wipe every tear from their eyes...
Saturday, October 3, 2020

Can You Take It With You...Yes You Can!
My wife and I have been in a continual furniture and other-things reduction for the past six years! We have drastically reduced our living space, which means we have drastically reduced our furniture and other items that we had collected over thirty-six years of marriage!
Saturday, October 3, 2020

Eastern Catawba County Hunger Walk
There won't be an Eastern Catawba County Hunger Walk this year--but Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministries (ECCCM) is asking all who can--especially residents of Catawba County--to help them meet a need that is more severe this year than usual.
Friday, October 2, 2020

Upcoming Church Events
Upcoming events to put on your calendar include a Community Breakfast at Bethel Baptist, a Yard Sale and a Pit Cooked Chicken Sale at McKendree UMC, a concert at Mt. Zion Baptist, Flu Shots at Dallas Baptist - plus more events in the weeks to come! Email your events to 
Friday, October 2, 2020

Romans 4:7-8
Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven...
Friday, October 2, 2020

Philippians 4:19
And my God will meet all your needs,,,
Thursday, October 1, 2020

Revelation 1:8
I am the Alpha and the Omega...
Wednesday, September 30, 2020

1 John 2:6
Whoever claims to live in him...
Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Luke 11:28
Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God...
Monday, September 28, 2020

God Moments
Every now and then we can have what I call “God moments” when everything else is drawn into the beauty of the Holy Spirit and the fullness of divine Love. 
Sunday, September 27, 2020

Galatians 6:9
And let us not grow weary of doing good...
Sunday, September 27, 2020

Matthew 28:19
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations...
Saturday, September 26, 2020

Don't Miss The Bus
Recently, I have been taking my lunch with me to work. It is cheaper to bring lunch than to go a restaurant each workday. It also saves time, because I can eat at my office and never have to leave the building. Finally, it eliminates one more time to be in public and to be exposed to the possibility of COVID.
Saturday, September 26, 2020

Christian Ministry Gears Up Now For Christmas
Christmas may be three months away. But according to Mitzi Williams, that time will pass in the blink of an eye, so it’s not too soon to start thinking about it. Christian Ministry of Lincoln County is beginning to gear up for its biggest time of the year and the annual Christmas angels charitable efforts for local children.
Friday, September 25, 2020

Galatians 5:25
Since we live by the Spirit...
Friday, September 25, 2020

Upcoming Church Events
Upcoming events to put on your calendar include the Yard and Hot Dog Sale at Roseland Baptist, Cow Pie Bingo hosted by Word of Life Lutheran, several gospel concerts plus more events in the weeks to come! Email your events to 
Friday, September 25, 2020

John 16:33
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace...
Friday, September 25, 2020

Ephesians 4:31-32
Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice...
Thursday, September 24, 2020

With arguments related to the coming election causing many to lose their tempers with those who have a different viewpoint, this week Dr. Spence suggests that kindness instead of anger and taking time to consider what God would have you do is a good idea.
Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Psalms 42:11
Why, my soul, are you downcast?
Wednesday, September 23, 2020

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