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1 Peter 2:16
Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil...
Sunday, July 12, 2020

Psalms 91:1-2
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty...
Saturday, July 11, 2020

Matthew 19:24
Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle...
Friday, July 10, 2020

John 14:21
Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me...
Thursday, July 9, 2020

James 1:22-24
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves...
Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Christian Ministry Still Grapples With Restrictions
Starting this Saturday, July 11, Christian Ministry will be working in partnership with McKendree United Methodist Church to open a satellite office at the church, located at 3537 N. Maiden Hwy. just outside Lincolnton.
Monday, July 6, 2020

Matthew 5:6
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness...
Monday, July 6, 2020

Break Free
My son James is an artist and he is creating an outdoor mural in Hickory with three wild horses running together, and the piece shows the moment where they split and go in different directions.
Sunday, July 5, 2020

Proverbs 13:6
Righteousness guards the person of integrity...
Sunday, July 5, 2020

Would You Pass The Breathalyzer Test?
Hank Williams Sr. wrote a song, “Your Cheating Heart Will Tell On You!” I guess Hank had suffered a broken heart and had found out by how the other person acted. Hank made a good point, the way people act will eventually show what they are thinking. 
Saturday, July 4, 2020

Matthew 7:12
So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you...
Saturday, July 4, 2020

Psalms 90:12
Teach us to number our days...
Friday, July 3, 2020

Genesis 9:11
I establish my covenant with you...
Thursday, July 2, 2020

Philippians 2:5
In your relationships with one another...
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Psalms 55:22
Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you...
Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Ezekiel 36:26
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you...
Monday, June 29, 2020

Proud To Be An American
One of the things I like most about writing this column is hearing from you. Your emails, phone calls, and letters are precious to me. So many of you tell me that you send these articles to friends and loved ones as well as use them in your Sunday school classes and other small group ministry organizations. 
Sunday, June 28, 2020

Psalm 91:2
I will say of the LORD...
Sunday, June 28, 2020

Lessons From A Dragon!
As long as I can remember, I have always been busy. Even as a child, I played sports while I was in school, and tried to join or belong to every club that would have me. When I entered college, I discovered that the cost was the same for 12 hours per semester as 18 hours, I tried to take 18 hours every semester.
Saturday, June 27, 2020

1 John 4:12
No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another...
Saturday, June 27, 2020

1 John 5:5
Who is it that overcomes the world...
Friday, June 26, 2020

John 1:14
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us...
Thursday, June 25, 2020

The Church In Times Of Trouble
As the 'Safer at Home' period continues, Dr. Spence suggests that this pandemic serves as a test of our faithfulness--and an opportunity to do more to share God's message for our world.
Wednesday, June 24, 2020

2 Timothy 1:9
He has saved us and called us to a holy life...
Wednesday, June 24, 2020

James 1:19
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this...
Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Ephesians 4:11-12
So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers...
Monday, June 22, 2020

Came To Believe
The world is a crazy place today. COVID 19 has changed our lives. Protests across the country are causing us to question our views on racial justice and what we need to do to address the generational effects of racism in all its forms. People are hurting. Our country is divided.
Sunday, June 21, 2020

Matthew 7:7
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find...
Sunday, June 21, 2020

Christian Ministry's Urgent Appeal For LINC Meals
Christian Ministry’s LINC Meals program provides a vital service to many and they need your help. Co-ordinator Mimi Rhyne said Thursday that there is an urgent need for volunteer delivery drivers and food packers.
Saturday, June 20, 2020

Sinking & Don't Know It?
I have never tried to walk on water but I have had to step out on faith and believe that God would keep me from falling. I honestly believe most Christians have at one time or another taken this step of faith in their lives. 
Saturday, June 20, 2020

3 John 1:11
“Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good...
Saturday, June 20, 2020

Christian Ministry Satellite Offices Opening Soon
Christian Ministry will soon have satellite offices opening up. That’s the word this week from Mitzi Williams, executive director of Christian Ministry of Lincoln County. Williams spoke further about this and a new partnership for the organization.
Friday, June 19, 2020

Colossians 4:2
Devote yourselves to prayer...
Friday, June 19, 2020

Faith Of Our Fathers
This Sunday is Father's Day.  This week, Rev. Phillip Campbell, Minister of Music & Worship at First Baptist Church, offers memories of his own father for our Refiner's Fire column.
Thursday, June 18, 2020

Isaiah 1:18
“Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord...
Thursday, June 18, 2020

Matthew 6:14
For if you forgive other people when they sin against you...
Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Psalms 24:10
Who is he, this King of glory...
Tuesday, June 16, 2020

1 Peter 3:13
Who is going to harm you...
Monday, June 15, 2020

Don't Hate Your Neighbor
Right now, our country is divided, and it is difficult to talk about anything important without risking an argument with a friend or loved one. Politics, religion, racial justice, the environment, the economy, the up-coming election, and COVID 19 all are risky subjects. 
Sunday, June 14, 2020

Joshua 1:9
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous...
Sunday, June 14, 2020

Stanley Community Comes Together To Pray
Approximately 35 people gathered at the United Action of Stanley Churches (USAC) Welcome Center at 9 a.m. this morning, June 13, for a Prayer Walk
Saturday, June 13, 2020

When Things Remain The Same
Who can understand the nature of life? How do salmon know when to leave the ocean and return to the fresh water streams of their birth before they die? How do certain birds know the right time to fly south for the winter? How do stray cats know the right time to start a fight in early morning hours outside my bedroom window to wake me up? 
Saturday, June 13, 2020

Lamentations 3:22-23
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed
Saturday, June 13, 2020

1 Corinthians 6:19
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit...
Friday, June 12, 2020

1 Peter 4:16
However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed...
Thursday, June 11, 2020

Matthew 6:25-26
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink...
Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Psalms 121:1
“I lift up my eyes to the mountains...
Tuesday, June 9, 2020

1 Peter 1:3
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ...
Monday, June 8, 2020

Your Heart's Desire
God is always trying to teach us something. Your spiritual eyes can help you see Him in everyday life, and you never know when a “God moment” will appear to inspire your spiritual journey along the path of Christ.
Sunday, June 7, 2020

Isaiah 65:24
Before they call I will answer...
Sunday, June 7, 2020

Christian Ministry Makes Changes To How It Serves
The soup kitchen is open from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to give everyone time to eat. Weekend and holiday groups will still have the option to keep the dining room closed and use to-go boxes. 
Saturday, June 6, 2020

Working On My Last Nerve
Over the past few months of, “Shelter in Place,” most of us probably feel we are down to just a few nerves left before we start arguing with a cat and cross the mental border into, “LaLa Land.” To make matters worse, the situation in our country regarding social injustice and the demonstrations, that have turned violent and destructive, have left us mentally “rung out.” 
Saturday, June 6, 2020

Habakkuk 3:17-18
Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines...
Saturday, June 6, 2020

John 14:6
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life...
Friday, June 5, 2020

Philippians 2:13
For it is God who works in you to will...
Thursday, June 4, 2020

Ephesians 2:8
For it is by grace you have been saved...
Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Luke 8:16
No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar...
Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Hebrews 12:14
Make every effort to live in peace with everyone...
Monday, June 1, 2020

Speaking Truth With Power
On Pentecost Sunday we celebrate the day that God sent the Holy Spirit to the followers of Jesus and gave them power to share the gospel message in every language. He had poured out His Spirit to all at the same time to prov  
Sunday, May 31, 2020

Proverbs 2:8
For he guards the course of the just...
Sunday, May 31, 2020

Cold Soup & Other Strange Things
To say that we are living in “strange times” is a great understatement! The COVID 19 has changed the way we view what is normal. 
Saturday, May 30, 2020

Hebrews 4:16
Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence...
Saturday, May 30, 2020

Christian Ministry Concerned By Return Of Evictions
Do you know of someone that needs help with rent, utilities or food? Williams reminds you that Christian Ministry is here to help.
Friday, May 29, 2020

1 Thessalonians 5:15
Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong
Friday, May 29, 2020

Hebrews 9:28
So Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many...
Thursday, May 28, 2020

Romans 13:10
Love does no harm to a neighbor...
Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Romans 8:31
What, then, shall we say in response to these things...
Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Matthew 5:5
Blessed are the meek...
Monday, May 25, 2020

God's Plan Is Bigger
One of the most important things we learn in our faith experience is that changes come in our life according to God’s timing. Sometimes the change we are waiting for takes longer than we had anticipated, and we find ourselves waiting on God.
Sunday, May 24, 2020

Proverbs 21:3
To do what is right and just...
Sunday, May 24, 2020

Thank You Sir May I Have Another
Something that I have been working on my entire life is the ability to be patient. I don’t know if it is a medical issue, or just my personality, I hate to wait on anything! I have made some strides in the right direction, especially when it comes to red lights and stop signs, but I still have a ways to go.
Saturday, May 23, 2020

Proverbs 28:27
Those who give to the poor will lack nothing...
Saturday, May 23, 2020

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances...
Friday, May 22, 2020

Philippians 2:7
Rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant...
Thursday, May 21, 2020

John 15:7
“If you remain in me and my words remain in you...
Wednesday, May 20, 2020

1 Peter 5:7
Cast all your anxiety on him...
Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Be Rooted And Hang On
One of the great mysteries of life is our quest to know God, what He is like, and what He expects of us. Especially now, many people are looking for God in the world and wondering what he is trying to tell us in this worldwide pandemic.
Monday, May 18, 2020

Proverbs 2:6
For the Lord gives wisdom...
Monday, May 18, 2020

Deuteronomy 31:8
The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you...
Sunday, May 17, 2020

Curiosity Killed The Cat But Chocolate Cake Brought Him Back
Just about everybody has been affected by the isolation and drastic change of lifestyle in one way or another. Even my cat has not been acting the same as before concerning the, “Shelter in Place.”
Saturday, May 16, 2020

Mark 12:30
Love the Lord your God with all your heart...
Saturday, May 16, 2020

Christian Ministry Has Food Shipment Come In
They received food from the Second Harvest Food Bank, local stores and individuals in the community this week. Pisgah United Methodist Church is having a mobile food distribution this Saturday, starting at 8 a.m.
Friday, May 15, 2020

Ephesians 2:10
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works...
Friday, May 15, 2020

Pisgah UMC Food Drop May 16
In cooperation with Christian Ministries of Lincoln County and the Second Harvest Food Bank of Charlotte a Food Drop will be held at Pisgah United Methodist Church on Saturday, May 16 for USDA Qualified or SNAP recipients who are residents of Lincoln County.
Thursday, May 14, 2020

John 6:35
Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life...
Thursday, May 14, 2020

2 Corinthians 9:7
Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give...
Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Separate--But Together
Although we have entered Phase One of the reopening, regular church services are still not being held.  That separation from normal activities can create a separation in our minds and hearts.   Dr. Spence addresses that in this commentary.
Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Matthew 18:20
For where two or three gather...
Tuesday, May 12, 2020

John 1:5
The light shines in the darkness
Monday, May 11, 2020

For One More Day
“When you look into your mother’s eyes, you know that is the purest love you can find on this earth.” --- Mitch Albom, “For One More Day”
Sunday, May 10, 2020

2 Corinthians 6:2
For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.”
Sunday, May 10, 2020

A Tall Tale And A Little Dog!
A mother was having a difficult time with her young son named Johnny. It seemed that he had gotten into the habit of telling fictious tall tales to everyone he met. Johnny would make up grand stories about monsters in the basement, mice that would talk to him while he watched TV in the den and a magic genie that lived in his bedroom.
Saturday, May 9, 2020

Isaiah 55:11
So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty...
Saturday, May 9, 2020

Christian Ministry Remains Busy During Restrictions
The local charitable organization was very busy between March 2 and April 30 giving out 36,843 meals. This includes food boxes, soup kitchen meals, plates taken to shut-ins and food given to the schools to give out for Easter Sunday.
Friday, May 8, 2020

Matthew 5:44
But I tell you, love your enemies...
Friday, May 8, 2020

Psalms 59:16
But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love...
Thursday, May 7, 2020

1 John 4:7-8
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God...
Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Luke 10:16
“Whoever listens to you listens to me...
Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Psalm 119:11
I have hidden your word in my heart...
Monday, May 4, 2020

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