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Psalm 34:8
Taste and see that the LORD is good....
Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Christian Ministry Has Busy Autumn
Amazing Race Against Hunger is coming up Oct. 21, 2-3 p.m., in downtown Lincolnton. Walking and running participants will help raise awareness and money for the ministry’s fight against hunger.
Monday, October 15, 2018

Psalm 27:4
One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek....
Monday, October 15, 2018

Our Days Are Numbered
Sometimes I forget that my days are numbered. I feel so young and have so many things I want to do. Recently I was in Taco Bell with my grandsons and the cashier asked “Do you want the senior citizen discount?”
Sunday, October 14, 2018

2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come....
Sunday, October 14, 2018

Lamentations 3:22-23
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed....
Saturday, October 13, 2018

The Pause Button
I have always heard that, “necessity is the mother of invention.” Consider the person who invented the candle because he was tired of being in the dark.
Saturday, October 13, 2018

Church Events October 12-19
Fundraisers, Classes, Coat Drive and More!
Friday, October 12, 2018

Romans 8:31
What, then, shall we say in response to these things....
Friday, October 12, 2018

Off Balance
Uncertainty is a very off balance feeling. No one likes to feel off balance and certainly when you are not expecting it
Thursday, October 11, 2018

Romans 8:28
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those....
Thursday, October 11, 2018

Psalm 34:8
Taste and see that the LORD is good....
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

3 John 1:4
I have no greater joy than to hear....
Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD....
Monday, October 8, 2018

Living In The 90%
In John 10:10 Jesus says “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it more abundantly.” In this sense, abundant life means we will live fully in every situation.
Sunday, October 7, 2018

John 5:24
“Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me....
Sunday, October 7, 2018

Blessing Of Animals This Sunday
For most folks, their pets are a blessing. And their pets themselves can get a blessing on Sunday at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church at 315 N. Cedar St. in Lincolnton. The 2 p.m. ceremony is the annual blessing of the animals.
Saturday, October 6, 2018

A Bad Trip On Catnip
Before I get started, I want to go on record and say that I am not a medical doctor, pharmacist, veterinarian, or holistic healer, nor do I play any of these characters on TV or in real life. My interpretation on the following story is not based on any authority that comes from years of classroom study.
Saturday, October 6, 2018

John 11:25
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life....
Saturday, October 6, 2018

The Greatness of God
The greatness of God is such that it is beyond our comprehension.  This week, Dr. Spence talks about how God's plan for us continues to unfold.
Friday, October 5, 2018

Church Events October 6-12
Fundraisers, Fall Festival, Homecoming, Blessing of the Animals and lots more!
Friday, October 5, 2018

Romans 15:13
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace...
Friday, October 5, 2018

In The Beginning There Was Unity Presbyterian Church
Mundy House and the History Center of Eastern Lincoln County next meeting on Monday, October 8 from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. will focus on one of the oldest churches in North Carolina.
Thursday, October 4, 2018

1 Peter 2:16
Live as people who are free...
Thursday, October 4, 2018

Exodus Homes Exceeds Goal In Capital Campaign & Cuts Ribbon In New Building
On September 29, 2018 at the Exodus Homes Capital Campaign Community Celebration, a group of current residents and graduates of the program revealed that the campaign has raised $1,150,525 in gifts and pledges - $93,425 more than the base goal of $1,057,000.
Wednesday, October 3, 2018

2 Corinthians 5:21
God made him who had no sin to be sin for us...
Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Hebrews 11:6
And without faith it is impossible to please God....
Tuesday, October 2, 2018

John 16:33
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace...
Monday, October 1, 2018

Like John on the isle of Patmos, God reveals Himself and His purpose to each of us--if we are receptive.  This week, Dr. Spence talks about such personal revelations.
Sunday, September 30, 2018

I'm Glad You're Here
I am grateful for all of you who read this column faithfully and let me know how much it means to you.
Sunday, September 30, 2018

Matthew 11:29
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me...
Sunday, September 30, 2018

Voting For A Queen
When I was about 12- years-old and had a crush on a girl in my community. Strangely enough she did not care for me at all, I mean at all. To make matters worse, her mother and my mother were friends.
Saturday, September 29, 2018

Isaiah 41:10
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God...
Saturday, September 29, 2018

Romans 10:9
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe...
Friday, September 28, 2018

Church Events Sept. 29 - Oct. 5
Fundraisers, Singing, New Schedules, Classes, Coat & Blanket Drive and More!
Thursday, September 27, 2018

Hebrews 13:5
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have...
Thursday, September 27, 2018

2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come...
Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Hebrews 11:1
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for...
Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Matthew 11:28
Come to me, all you who are weary...
Monday, September 24, 2018

Dr. Spence reflects on the recovery underway from Hurricane Florence and compares that recovery to our long term recovery from sin as Christians.
Sunday, September 23, 2018

Be Transformed
I am blessed to serve in two ministries - Emanuel Reformed Church in Lincolnton and Exodus Homes in Hickory. They are not directly affiliated, but they both have important work to do in the body of Christ. This is a big week for Exodus Homes as we celebrate our 20th anniversary.
Sunday, September 23, 2018

Hebrews 12:2
Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith...
Sunday, September 23, 2018

Christian Ministry Has New T-Shirts
The T-shirts has the Christian Ministry logo on the front and their 40th anniversary date on the left sleeve. They are selling for $7.50 each.  Also check out what the food pantry and clothes closet needs are this week.
Saturday, September 22, 2018

The Difference Between Habit & Hobby
These past few months I have been baking like a honey badger jumps on a beehive. I have baked cakes, pies, cupcakes, and cookies. I don’t mind cooking meals, or the occasional casserole, but I love to bake sweets.
Saturday, September 22, 2018

Matthew 6:33
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness...
Saturday, September 22, 2018

Church Events Sept. 21-28
Fundraisers, Movie Nights, New Schedules, Homecomings, Reunions, Classes and More! 
Friday, September 21, 2018

Luke 10:16
Whoever listens to you listens to me...
Friday, September 21, 2018

Isaiah 53:5
But he was pierced for our transgressions...
Thursday, September 20, 2018

Ephesians 2:8-9
For it is by grace you have been saved...
Wednesday, September 19, 2018

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

Christian Ministry Seeks Soup Kitchen Help
The soup kitchen is a big part of Christian Ministry’s mission and they are covering the remaining dates of the year for help in the kitchen.  Plus news about the upcoming race against hunger and needs for the food pantry and clothing closet.
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

Upcoming Church Events
Classes, Fundraisers, Reunions, Homecomings and More!
Friday, September 14, 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

South Gastonia COG Pastor Celebrates 25 years
Gifts were given, powerful songs sung and many thanks given for all that Pastor Gilley and his wife have done for 25 years which has been through many ministries.
Wednesday, September 12, 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

Christian Ministry Thanks Summertime Helpers
The ministry was busy indeed, serving up 4,406 meals in the soup kitchen and helping 617 families and 2,182 individuals with emergency services. And 1,660 meals were delivered through the LINC Home Meals program.
Monday, September 10, 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

Upcoming Church Events
Classes, Fundraisers, Reunions, Homecomings and More!
Friday, September 7, 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

Christian Ministry's Soup Kitchen Needs Help
Christian Ministry will be closed this Monday, Sept. 3, in observance of Labor Day. However, the soup kitchen will be open, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Friday, August 31, 2018

Upcoming Church Events
Classes, Fundraisers, Reunions, Homecomings and More!
Friday, August 31, 2018

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

Christian Ministry Ice Cream Fundraiser A Big Success
The ice cream fundraiser was created by Salem Lutheran Church and is in their 12th year. It raised more than $3,000, and it all goes to support the soup kitchen at Christian Ministry.
Thursday, August 30, 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

Church Events August 24-31
Camp Meetings are winding up, last Summer Worship in the Park for the season, lots of church fundraisers and many historic homecomings!
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

Camp Meeting Continues At Tucker's Grove
Camp meeting season began with Rock Springs, then came Balls Creek, and now Tucker's Grove is closing out the season in our area.
Wednesday, August 22, 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

SGCOG Gives Away Book Bags At Back-2-School Party
South Gastonia Church of God held their second Back-2-School Block Party Saturday, August 18 from 11-2. One hundred and ten book bags (more than double last year’s total) filled with school supplies were provided for community youth for the new school year.
Monday, August 20, 2018

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