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Christian Ministry Donations Now Exceed $40,000
Christian Ministry of Lincoln County’s annual Christmas giveaway needs your help. The ministry is serving more than 500 local families and some 500 children. So far, $41,991.54 has come in from local donors but much more is still needed.
Monday, December 17, 2018

Isaiah 9:6
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given....
Monday, December 17, 2018

Third Sunday In Advent - December 16
Week 3 - The angels appear to shepherds.
Sunday, December 16, 2018

Matthew 1:23
“Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son.... 
Sunday, December 16, 2018

A Crazy Way To Enjoy A Gift!
Last year, my mother gave me a toy for Christmas. I’m not complaining, but I am in my mid-fifties, which is not all that old, but when you are getting the same type of gift that your 10-year-old nephew is getting, you feel a little foolish.
Saturday, December 15, 2018

2 Corinthians 9:15
“Thanks be to God.... 
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Christian Ministry's Christmas Sign-Up Nears Finish
More than 500 children, 585 families signed up so far.
Friday, December 14, 2018

Church Events Dec. 14-21
Christmas Breakfast, Christmas Concerts, Children’s Programs and More!
Friday, December 14, 2018

Romans 12:10
Be devoted to one another in love.... 
Friday, December 14, 2018

Luke 2:14
“Glory to God in the highest heaven.... 
Thursday, December 13, 2018

Luke 2:8-9
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby.... 
Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Free Concert At St. Luke's Episcopal Dec. 15
Americana recording artist Tokyo Rosenthal will headline a free concert with Lincolnton native and  songwriter Katie Henderson opening for him on Saturday, December 15 in a coffee house setting at St. Luke’s Episcopal Parish House.
Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Isaiah 7:14
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign.... 
Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Christian Ministry Releases Latest Numbers
Christian Ministry of Lincoln County just released its latest stats and facts. And if you paint by these numbers, it creates a compelling picture indeed. According to executive director Mitzi Williams, the ministry’s soup kitchen served up some 3,932 meals last month.
Monday, December 10, 2018

Matthew 25:40
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you... 
Monday, December 10, 2018

Opposing Prayers
I know many people who were praying fervently this week that it would not snow because they had special holiday plans and didn’t want them interrupted. I know many others who were praying just as hard that it would snow so they could stay home in their pajamas and binge watch football or movies.
Sunday, December 9, 2018

Second Sunday In Advent - December 9
Week 2 - We're given a glimpse of Mary and Joseph before Jesus is born.
Sunday, December 9, 2018

Ezekiel 36:26
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you.... 
Sunday, December 9, 2018

Christian Ministry Donations Now Exceed $30,000
Donations continue to come in for Christian Ministry of Lincoln County. Some $21,414.69 is the balance forward. The latest donors include churches, individuals, schools, businesses and families. It's not too late to get your donation in.
Saturday, December 8, 2018

What Is On Your Mind At Christmas Time?
When you think of Christmas, what comes to your mind? When I think of Christmas, my mind goes back to the first Christmas I can remember. I remember the gifts that I received, but that was not the most important part of Christmas.
Saturday, December 8, 2018

1 Chronicles 16:8
Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name....
Saturday, December 8, 2018

Peace
With all the activities of the Holiday season, it's easy to lose the focus on the great gift that started it all.  During this Holy Season, Dr. Spence urges readers to take time to reflect on that gift and on the promise with which it came: peace on earth.
Friday, December 7, 2018

Church Events Dec. 8-14
Christmas Bazaar, Christmas Concerts, Children’s Programs and More!
Friday, December 7, 2018

Luke 6:38
Give, and it will be given to you.... 
Friday, December 7, 2018

Deuteronomy 31:8
The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you.... 
Thursday, December 6, 2018

Mt. Zion Baptist's Christmas Drama Postponed
Moved to Dec. 23, due to anticipated wintry mix.
Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Mark 12:30
Love the Lord your God with all your heart.... 
Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Romans 8:39
Neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation.... 
Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Christian Ministry's Donations Now Top $21,000
The current total has increased from some $18,000 earlier last week to $21,414.69 as of Friday, Dec. 1. There is still time to make your donation. Give-out days for toys, clothing and more will be Dec. 19-20.
Monday, December 3, 2018

Romans 12:9
Love must be sincere.... 
Monday, December 3, 2018

Be A Living Sermon
Recently I heard a children’s message that highlighted the “Top 10 Things That Make Christmas Special.” 
Sunday, December 2, 2018

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 December 3
Sunday, December 2, 2018

Luke 6:31
Do to others as you would... 
Sunday, December 2, 2018

Keeping Traditions
Keeping the traditions of Christmas can sometimes cause stress and may to some seem monotonous.  During such times, it may help to pause and reflect on the true meaning of Christmas.  This week, Dr. Spence urges us to do just that--so that the joy brought to the world can be felt in our lives.
Saturday, December 1, 2018

A Reasonable Request
My dear wife brought something to my attention that I did all the time before we were married, but had almost stopped since we have been married. I have discovered that wives are good for that sort of thing. What was this gift that I no longer use you ask? It is mopping!
Saturday, December 1, 2018

John 15:5
“I am the vine; you are the branches... 
Saturday, December 1, 2018

Church Events Dec. 1-7
Country Breakfast, Children’s Christmas Shop, Christmas Musical, Lighting the Tree, and More!
Friday, November 30, 2018

1 Timothy 6:8-9
But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that... 
Friday, November 30, 2018

Christian Ministry's Donors Raise Some $18,000
Christian Ministry of Lincoln County is working hard to make Christmas brighter for its clients. Donations from generous local benefactors are still coming in. So far, a total of $17,859.07 has been raised.
Thursday, November 29, 2018

1 John 4:7-8
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God... 
Thursday, November 29, 2018

1 Peter 5:7
Cast all your anxiety on him... 
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Isaiah 1:18
“Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet... 
Tuesday, November 27, 2018

James 1:19
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this... 
Monday, November 26, 2018

A Leader For Christ
Pastors pray for leaders to emerge in our churches because we cannot do it alone. We need our members to partner with us as they grow in their walk with Christ.
Sunday, November 25, 2018

Luke 3:11
John answered, "Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none... 
Sunday, November 25, 2018

365 Chances To Improve!
One habit that I started a few years ago is the use of calendars. I buy several different types and hang them in my office and around the house. Over the years, I have had different themes that I have enjoyed looking at for 12 months at a time.
Saturday, November 24, 2018

Psalm 18:2
The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer... 
Saturday, November 24, 2018

Continue To Give Thanks
One of the hymns most often sung at Thanksgiving is "We Gather Together (to ask the Lord's Blessing)."  Post-Thanksgiving, Dr. Spence reminds us that both the gathering and the thankfulness are and should be an important part of our lives.
Friday, November 23, 2018

Church Events November 23 - 30
Fundraisers, Concerts and More!
Friday, November 23, 2018

Christian Ministry Thanks Its Supporters
Christian Ministry of Lincoln County is saying a big “thank you” to its many supporters. It’s a message especially appropriate during this time of the year, when countless Americans pause to give thanks.
Friday, November 23, 2018

James 5:16
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other... 
Friday, November 23, 2018

YMCA Prayer Breakfast
The Lincoln County and Sally's YMCAs held their annual Thanksgiving Prayer Breakfast Wednesday morning at the James W. Warren Citizens Center.  Dr. T. Anthony Spearman, who is president of both the NC NAACP and the NC Council of Churches was the guest speaker.
Thursday, November 22, 2018

2 Timothy 2:15
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved...
Thursday, November 22, 2018

Christian Ministry's Christmas Sign-Up Under Way
Christian Ministry of Lincoln County has begun its annual Christmas sign-up for clients.
Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Colossians 2:7
Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him...
Wednesday, November 21, 2018

YMCA Holds Annual Prayer Breakfast
The YMCA will hold its annual Thanksgiving Prayer Breakfast at the James W. Warren Citizens Center Wednesday morning (Nov. 21st).
Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Ephesians 6:10-11
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power....
Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Exodus Homes Honor Cards Now Available
The faith-based United Way agency provides supportive housing for homeless recovering people returning to the community from treatment centers and prison. The annual sale of Honor Cards is a primary source of funding for the organization.
Monday, November 19, 2018

Proverbs 2:7
He holds success in store for the upright....
Monday, November 19, 2018

Reflections On Thanksgiving
This Thursday is Thanksgiving, a day when most of us reflect on the blessings we have enjoyed. This week, Dr. Spence talks about giving thanks--and says it should be something we do every day.
Sunday, November 18, 2018

Seasoned With Thanksgiving
This week we are looking forward to all the delicious home-made meals that bring family and friends together at Thanksgiving. Recipes that have been passed down for generations have become family traditions and it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without them.
Sunday, November 18, 2018

Ephesians 4:11-12
So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers....
Sunday, November 18, 2018

Be Thankful And Get On The Good Foot
“Get, get, get, on…Get, get, get, on…Get, get, get on… The Good Foot!” The season of Thanksgiving is right upon us, and I would like to share a story about being thankful regardless of the circumstances of life.
Saturday, November 17, 2018

Colossians 4:2
Devote yourselves to prayer....
Saturday, November 17, 2018

Church Events November 16-23
Fundraisers, Craft Bazaar, Luncheons, Thanksgiving Service and More!
Friday, November 16, 2018

Proverb 18:10
The name of the Lord is a fortified tower....
Friday, November 16, 2018

John 12:26
Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am....
Thursday, November 15, 2018

Psalm 56:8
You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears....
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Matthew 17:20
He replied, "Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you....
Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Christian Ministry In Need Of Volunteers
Calling for volunteers as the ministry swings into high gear for the coming Christmas season. The ministry’s soup kitchen needs volunteers on Nov. 16 as the kitchen is experiencing a shortage of three to four staffers.
Monday, November 12, 2018

James 1:5-6
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault....
Monday, November 12, 2018

Trust And Obey
Today is Veteran’s Day, and as we consider the service and sacrifices made by our veterans, one thing we can be thankful for is their commitment to obedience. In the military, obedience is seen as an absolutely essential moral virtue, and soldiers have an ethical obligation to obey all lawful orders.
Sunday, November 11, 2018

Galatians 2:20
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me....
Sunday, November 11, 2018

A Needle In The Eye, And Other Good Things!
“Cross my heart, hope to die, stick a needle in my eye!” was part of a verbal promise made by countless kids growing up in America. The promise did not have to be earth shattering, but when you were 10 years old and someone wanted to know something personal about you, before you divulged the top secret information you would make them swear allegiance by quoting the above mentioned promise.
Saturday, November 10, 2018

Romans 12:9
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil....
Saturday, November 10, 2018

Philippians 2:3-4
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit....
Friday, November 9, 2018

Church Events November 9-16
Fundraisers, Craft Bazaar, Fish Fry, Concert, Veterans Day Service and More!
Thursday, November 8, 2018

Encourage Others--But Recognize The Snakes
Refiner's Fire is a weekly commentary by Dr. Spencer, pastor of Lincolnton's First Baptist Church.  It is shared with members through the church newsletter, The Informer, and shared by the Lincoln Herald with our readers.
Thursday, November 8, 2018

Romans 8:39
Neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation....
Thursday, November 8, 2018

Psalm 56:4
In God, whose word I praise— in God I trust and am not afraid...
Wednesday, November 7, 2018

1 Timothy 1:15
Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance....
Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Romans 14:22
So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God....
Monday, November 5, 2018

Changing Seasons
As the seasons change and we return to Standard instead of Daylight time, it's a reminder of the changes that our lives involve.  Dr. Spence reminds us that whatever changes may occur, there is one constant: God is with us each step of the way.
Sunday, November 4, 2018

Praying In His Will
One of the most important things we do as people of faith is pray. Prayer is central in our relationship with God and in many ways the quality of our prayer determines the quality of our relationship with Him.
Sunday, November 4, 2018

Psalm 115:14
May the LORD cause you to flourish....
Sunday, November 4, 2018

Herding Cattle With Bikes
A few days ago I was riding with a preacher buddy. We were only going to ride about 20 miles, so it was not going to be a long or difficult ride. We hadn’t been on the road but for a few miles, and I saw something that I have never seen while riding a bike. We ran into a small herd of cattle in the road!
Saturday, November 3, 2018

Ephesians 4:29
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths....
Saturday, November 3, 2018

Philippians 3:13-14
Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it....
Friday, November 2, 2018

Christian Ministry Swings Into Christmas Mode
Christian Ministry’s efforts are focusing on Christmas for the next seven-plus weeks. We have toy angels ready to go out, and we are collecting Christmas food. Families can start signing up for Christmas food and toys on Monday. Our give-out date is Dec. 20.
Thursday, November 1, 2018

Upcoming Church Events
Food Give-A-Way, Area Fall Craft Fairs, Faith and Learning Classes, plus lots more!
Thursday, November 1, 2018

James 3:13
Who is wise and understanding among you....
Thursday, November 1, 2018

John 6:37
All those the Father gives me will come to me....
Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Jeremiah 17:10
“I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind....
Tuesday, October 30, 2018

WLHS Junior Creates Prayer Garden For Hesed House
Kelton Towery, a junior at West Lincoln High School, recently completed his project to install a Prayer Garden at Hesed House. The garden will be dedicated November 11.
Monday, October 29, 2018

Matthew 5:14
“You are the light of the world....
Monday, October 29, 2018

Revelation Sunday
October 28 was Reformation Sunday. On this day, we remembered Martin Luther and how he “reformed” the church which means he changed it in order to improve it.
Sunday, October 28, 2018

Romans 13:10
Love does no harm to a neighbor....
Sunday, October 28, 2018

If Flying Is Safe, Why Am I So Concerned?
Out of all the modes of transportation that I have ridden, the airplane is my least favorite. I have been told it is because I am not in control and therefore that is why I (almost) panic every time I board a plane.
Saturday, October 27, 2018

Isaiah 1:18
“Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord....
Saturday, October 27, 2018


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