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My Bucket's Got A Hole In it
I don’t believe that Hank Williams had the COVID-19 in mind when he wrote the country classic, “My Bucket’s Got A Hole In It,” but you never know.
Saturday, September 19, 2020

Hebrews 13:2
Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers...
Saturday, September 19, 2020

Christian Ministry Needs New Or Used Backpacks
Can you donate a backpack to help Christian Ministry of Lincoln County? If you can, the many homeless clients served by the ministry would be very grateful. Also LINC Meal drivers are needed.
Friday, September 18, 2020

Proverbs 16:7
When people’s lives please the Lord...
Friday, September 18, 2020

Upcoming Church Events
Upcoming events to put on your calendar include the McKendree UMC Sunday Luncheon and the Daniels Lutheran Spaghetti Lunch, plus more events in the weeks to come! Email your events to
Thursday, September 17, 2020

The Bigger Picture
Sometimes even those who know that God is still truly in control become discouraged by the news of the day.  This week, Dr. Spence reminds us not to lose sight of the 'bigger picture.'
Thursday, September 17, 2020

Proverbs 19:21
Many are the plans in a person’s heart...
Thursday, September 17, 2020

Matthew 5:9
Blessed are the peacemakers...
Wednesday, September 16, 2020

1 Peter 1:13
Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober...
Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Romans 8:18
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing...
Monday, September 14, 2020

We Love The Same God
The reason I put my contact information at the end of every column is that I really do want to hear from my readers. Your calls, letters and emails are always welcome - even when you do not agree with me. 
Sunday, September 13, 2020

1 John 5:14
This is the confidence we have in approaching God:..
Sunday, September 13, 2020

Hotdog Omelets & Lasting Impressions
It seemed like a good idea at the time. Sherry and I were newlyweds living in Wake Forest while attending seminary. We were on a limited, and I mean limited budget while we were at school. We both worked jobs around town trying to make ends meet while adjusting to married life.
Saturday, September 12, 2020

Matthew 26:41
Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation...
Saturday, September 12, 2020

Hebrews 11:1
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for,,,
Friday, September 11, 2020

Upcoming Church Events
Upcoming events to put on your calendar.  Bethel Baptist Yard & BBQ Sale; Concerts – Heart 2 Heart, Faithful Voices; Homecoming at Bethel Baptist; Indoor & Virtual Worships; and More! Email your events to
Thursday, September 10, 2020

Psalms 84:11
For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor...
Thursday, September 10, 2020

A Personal Memory
This week, Dr. Spence shares a personal story that tells much about another time when some felt even more isolated than we may feel today in the 'stay at home' days of the pandemic.
Thursday, September 10, 2020

Galatians 5:14
For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command...
Wednesday, September 9, 2020

James 1:22-24
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves...
Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Christian Ministry Needs Volunteers; Other Help
Can you volunteer to help Christian Ministry of Lincoln County? A receptionist is needed between the hours of 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., and on Sunday, Sept. 13, the ministry’s soup kitchen needs volunteers to serve food. The ministry is also in need of pop-top canned-food items and laundry detergent.
Monday, September 7, 2020

Ephesians 4:2
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient...
Monday, September 7, 2020

May The Works I've Done Speak For Me
On Labor Day we pay tribute to American workers, and this year Labor Day is bittersweet as many small businesses struggle to survive in the COVID 19 pandemic. Essential workers continue to put themselves in harm’s way as first responders, educators, food service workers, health care professionals and other fields necessary in our daily life.
Sunday, September 6, 2020

Psalm 91:1
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High...
Sunday, September 6, 2020

When The Road Is Not Taken
I’m not the first person to observe the literal or proverbial, “fork in the road,” but now is my time to comment on it! The great writer, Robert Frost, referred to it in his epic poem, “The Road Not Taken.” 
Saturday, September 5, 2020

Hebrews 10:35-36
So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded...
Saturday, September 5, 2020

John 14:23
Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching...
Friday, September 4, 2020

Upcoming Church Events
Upcoming events to put on your calendar.  Email your events to
Friday, September 4, 2020

1 John 4:4
You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them...
Thursday, September 3, 2020

Looking Ahead
Being compelled by Christ’s love involves showing and sharing the love of Jesus with those in our communities and round the world. As we reflect upon what Christ has done for us, may we work together to heal the brokenness in our state, nation and world by proclaiming the gospel as we minister to others.
Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Matthew 11:28
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened...
Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Proverbs 31:30
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting...
Tuesday, September 1, 2020

LINC Meals Program In Urgent Need Of Drivers
Can you drive a vehicle and deliver meals to local elderly and shut-in residents? If so, Christian Ministry of Lincoln County needs you. Also, the ministry’s soup kitchen needs volunteers to serve on Sunday, Sept 13.
Monday, August 31, 2020

Philippians 4:9
‭‭“Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me...
Monday, August 31, 2020

Psalms 51:10
Create in me a pure heart, O God...
Sunday, August 30, 2020

Let Justice Roll
The prophet Amos was a shepherd called by God to confront Israel in 750 BC for turning a blind eye to injustice in their land. Biblical references to the word “justice” mean “to make right.”  Righteousness means “to do the right thing” 
Sunday, August 30, 2020

Bigger Is Not Always Better
It started out like every other day in the week. I had to get up, shower, and get dressed. I don’t know about the rest of the world, but I don’t spend a great deal of mental power doing these basic things.
Saturday, August 29, 2020

Acts 20:24
However, I consider my life worth nothing to me...
Saturday, August 29, 2020

Upcoming Church Events
Upcoming events to put on your calendar.  Email your events to
Friday, August 28, 2020

1 Peter 4:10
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others...
Friday, August 28, 2020

Finish Line Christian Center Has Breakthrough Event
Finish Line Christian Center in Mount Holly hosted a big event this past weekend that tied with the recent release of the movie, Breakthrough, the story of John Smith, who survived 15 minutes trapped beneath the surface of a frozen Missouri lake, five years ago.
Thursday, August 27, 2020

Romans 10:10
For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified...
Thursday, August 27, 2020

Faithful Voices Keeping The Faith
They’re spreading the gospel and keeping the faith. They’re the members of gospel group Faithful Voices, and they’ll be performing near you in the near future.
Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Psalm 56:8
You keep track of all my sorrows...
Wednesday, August 26, 2020

1 Chronicles 16:8
Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name...
Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Isaiah 54:10
Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed...
Monday, August 24, 2020

Fearless Faith
Sometimes an experience will change you and give you a revelation. When we live abundantly, we take advantage of new opportunities that give us deeper questions to explore. My life changed recently when I went tandem skydiving for the first time with my son. 
Sunday, August 23, 2020

Isaiah 55:11
So is my word that goes out from my mouth...
Sunday, August 23, 2020

Christian Ministry Thanks Volunteers, Supporters
It is perhaps one of the wettest summers North Carolina has seen. And whilst of course that’s mighty good for farmers, it’s not so good when you don’t have a roof over your head.
Saturday, August 22, 2020

An Ode To The Automobile
I have been thinking about all the automobiles I have owned over the years and how each one revealed something about my personality at that time in my life. 
Saturday, August 22, 2020

1 Corinthians 16:13-14
Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith...
Saturday, August 22, 2020

Romans 15:4
For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us...
Friday, August 21, 2020

“Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” (Psalm 42:11)  This week, Dr. Spence talks about hope, a gift from God in troubled times and a proper way of looking at the world.
Thursday, August 20, 2020

Upcoming Church Events
Bethel Baptist VBS continues; Daniels Lutheran Hot Dog Plate Sale; Antioch Methodist Homecoming cancelled; First Baptist holding inside and online services; gospel concert at Living Word; plus more upcoming events to put on your calendar.  Email your events to
Thursday, August 20, 2020

Proverbs 17:22
A cheerful heart is good medicine...
Thursday, August 20, 2020

Psalms 23:4
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil...
Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Matthew 6:3-4
“But when you give to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing...
Tuesday, August 18, 2020

1 Kings 18:37
Answer me, LORD, answer me, so these people will know that you, LORD, are God...
Monday, August 17, 2020

Skydiving With Jesus
This week was my son’s birthday and he asked “Hey mom I’m going to go skydiving for my birthday. It’s something I have dreamed of for years. Would you like to do it with me?” My stomach dropped.
Sunday, August 16, 2020

Proverbs 18:21
The tongue has the power of life and death...
Sunday, August 16, 2020

Upcoming Church Events
BBQ Lunch Fundraiser at Daniels Lutheran; Reading of God's Word; and more! Email  your church events to
Saturday, August 15, 2020

Crabs, Sand, And Fire Ants
Now that I am a grandfather, I can see my children as parents and dealing with the issues of parenthood that my wife and dealt with them. I always get excited to see pictures of my kids taking their families to vacation spots to enjoy their time together.
Saturday, August 15, 2020

1 Kings 18:37
Answer me, LORD, answer me, so these people will know that you...
Friday, August 14, 2020

1 John 2:15
Do not love the world or anything in the world...
Thursday, August 13, 2020

1 John 5:13
I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God...
Wednesday, August 12, 2020

John 1:1
In the beginning was the Word...
Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Exodus Homes Unveils New Mural Celebrating "Strength In Diversity"
Exodus Homes, a faith based United Way agency in Hickory that provides supportive housing for homeless recovering people returning to the community from treatment centers and prison has impacted our community significantly beyond the lives of their residents since their founding in 1998. 
Monday, August 10, 2020

Amos 5:24
But let justice roll on like a river...
Monday, August 10, 2020

Thank God For The YMCA
I am so tired of the COVID 19 pandemic and its restrictions! In the Exodus ministry where I serve in Hickory I am known as “the COVID 19 police” because I am the primary enforcer of all the new rules.
Sunday, August 9, 2020

Hebrews 12:11
No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful...
Sunday, August 9, 2020

What Is On Your Menu?
A few weeks ago my wife and I decided to do something different with our diet. Instead of being driven by compulsion or the ease of fast food, we wanted to eat and feel healthier.
Saturday, August 8, 2020

1 Corinthians 15:22
For as in Adam all die...
Saturday, August 8, 2020

Thoughts On Bishop Lowery
Bishop Franklin Lowery passed away last Sunday evening (August 2nd) after suffering a stroke.  This week, Dr. Spence remembers his friend and fellow pastor. 

Friday, August 7, 2020

Upcoming Church Events
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Friday, August 7, 2020

Luke 16:10
Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much...
Friday, August 7, 2020

John 8:12
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said...
Thursday, August 6, 2020

Jeremiah 17:7
But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD...
Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Proverbs 19:8
The one who gets wisdom loves life...
Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Galatians 6:2
Carry each other's burdens...
Monday, August 3, 2020

Greater Blessings
One of my favorite things to do is take a long hot bath. I look forward to these times of absolute peace and quiet, but I must work to make it happen because my hot water heater is small and doesn’t make enough hot water to fill the tub.
Sunday, August 2, 2020

Psalm 27:4
One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek...
Sunday, August 2, 2020

John 13:14
Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet...
Saturday, August 1, 2020

The Fear Of Losing Something You Love!
We have all experienced the feeling of fear and helplessness in misplacing or losing something that is important to us. I can’t tell you how many times I have misplaced my keys and began a process of looking for them that would make CSI look like amateurs.
Saturday, August 1, 2020

Matthew 5:14
You are the light of the world...
Friday, July 31, 2020

Making The Most Of "Re-Creation"
2020 has been a year like no other in our lifetimes.  We have been forced to forego many of the things we 'took for granted,' among them much of our day-to-day contact with friends and extended family.  This week, Dr. Spence talks about using this time of isolation for forging a closer relationship with God.
Thursday, July 30, 2020

Upcoming Church Events
Food Giveaway for Lincoln County residents who are SNAP eligible and/or clients of Christian Ministry; and the FBC Kids Sidewalk Chalk Event are coming up on August 1.  Email  your church events to
Thursday, July 30, 2020

Acts 2:21
And everyone who calls...
Thursday, July 30, 2020

Food Giveaway At Cedar Grove Lutheran
A Food Giveaway will be held at Cedar Grove Lutheran Church on Saturday, August 1 at 8 a.m. for the purpose of distributing surplus food items on behalf of Christian Ministry of Lincoln County and Second Harvest Food Bank.
Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Matthew 5:48
Be perfect, therefore...
Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Psalms 68:19
Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior...
Tuesday, July 28, 2020

John 14:21
Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me...
Monday, July 27, 2020

The Fourth Man
As soon as Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were thrown into the blazing furnace the king was astonished to see they were not alone in the fire in Daniel 3:24-25.
Sunday, July 26, 2020

Galatians 5:22-23
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control...
Sunday, July 26, 2020

We're Family
The COVID-19 pandemic has put new pressure on families and new opportunities as well.  It's the same with the church family, as Dr. Spence explains this week.
Saturday, July 25, 2020

Luke 6:35
But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back...
Saturday, July 25, 2020

There Is No "D" In Irish
What were the important lessons that you learned working on your first job? I had two jobs during my high school years, and I learned a number of lifetime lessons that stay with me to this day. My first job was a dishwasher at the Great Smokies Hilton in Asheville, N.C.
Saturday, July 25, 2020

Upcoming Church Events
Concert Saturday, July 25 coming up in Lowesville.  Please send your upcoming church announcements to us at
Friday, July 24, 2020

Matthew 5:16
In the same way, let your light shine before others...
Friday, July 24, 2020

Proverbs 27:17
As iron sharpens iron...
Thursday, July 23, 2020

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