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Matthew 5:14
You are the light of the world...
Thursday, April 2, 2020

Faith for Troubled Times
COVID-19 is big news; God is bigger.  When the COVID-19 pandemic began, it wasn't big news; it is now.  The world changes, our lives change.  That's one reason it's important to seek shelter in the solid rock of our faith.  
Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Christian Ministry: "We're Still Here."
Christian Ministry wants you to know that it is still here for you. The LINC Home-Delivered Meals Program––an important arm of the ministry is coping and continuing to serve others during State-mandated virus-related restrictions.
Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Ephesians 2:8-9
For it is by grace you have been saved...
Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Deuteronomy 31:6
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them...
Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Matthew 25:40
The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one....
Monday, March 30, 2020

Jesus And The Pandemic Of Loneliness
We are all learning a new way to live with social distancing in the coronavirus pandemic. Today we must stay six feet apart from those around us.
Sunday, March 29, 2020

1 Chronicles 29:11
Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory...
Sunday, March 29, 2020

Church Services Online For Sunday March 29th
Many area churches will have their Sunday services online.  Here's a list of some of those we know about.
Saturday, March 28, 2020

Stanley Pentecostal Holds Drive-In Church Service
In the Gospel of St. Luke, we read of Jesus preaching from a boat, addressing crowds on the shore. And at Stanley Pentecostal Holiness Church this past Sunday, something rather similar occurred.
Saturday, March 28, 2020

The Corona Turkey
My church is not meeting for worship in large groups for the safety of my congregation and in obedience to the request of our government leaders. However, that does not stop us from worshipping as a church family.
Saturday, March 28, 2020

1 John 5:5
Who is it that overcomes the world...
Saturday, March 28, 2020

Exodus Homes Hangs On In Pandemic
Exodus Homes, a faith based United Way agency that provides supportive housing for homeless recovering people, is hanging on in the corona virus pandemic. Programs that serve homeless people are deemed an "essential service" and can remain open even under shelter-in-place orders.
Friday, March 27, 2020

Colossians 3:2
Set your minds on things above...
Friday, March 27, 2020

A Light In The Darkness
The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly changed our day-to-day lives.  Schools and some businesses are closed; some are ill and others living in fear of getting the disease.  It's at times like these that we most need a 'good news' story.  Here's one.
Thursday, March 26, 2020

In Times Of Trouble, Pray--And Surrender
With the celebration of Easter only a couple of weeks away, this week Dr. Spence applies the words of Jesus to our lives: "not my will, but Thine be done."
Thursday, March 26, 2020

James 4:17
“If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do...
Thursday, March 26, 2020

Christian Ministry's Williams: "Living In A Different Time"
Christian Ministry is taking steps to help local elderly and shut-in residents in our community that might need their services but cannot get to them. The ministry will start helping the elderly by taking boxes of food to them.
Wednesday, March 25, 2020

About Sunday
Churches throughout our area didn't let the COVID-19 pandemic stop their worship services Sunday.  Many used their Facebook page and streamed their service there.  Others with their own website used it to stream services, and others used YouTube.
Wednesday, March 25, 2020

2 Corinthians 12:9
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you...
Wednesday, March 25, 2020

2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come...
Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Christian Ministry Grapples With New Challenges
Like countless such entities, Christian Ministry continues to adhere to state-mandated changes to meet the needs of the community. LINC Home Meals are still being delivered, limited volunteers on site, not taking or giving out clothes, furniture or household items, but they are giving out food and financial help. The soup kitchen is giving out to-go plates.
Monday, March 23, 2020

2 Peter 3:9
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness...
Monday, March 23, 2020

Sunday Morning Coming Down
The headline is the title to a Johnny Cash song--a sad one.  It's both nostalgia and contrition. It was indeed Sunday Morning Coming Down this Sunday.
Sunday, March 22, 2020

Have A Breakthrough Not A Breakdown
We cannot change the fact that the world is facing a dangerous pandemic. We cannot change how it is affecting our lives. The 10% of what is happening to us is out of our control, but for God’s people it’s a good time to have a spiritual breakthrough and not a mental breakdown.
Sunday, March 22, 2020

1 John 4:21
And he has given us this command...
Sunday, March 22, 2020

The Difference Between Fearless & Reckless
It is amazing how one virus can change the entire world. When I first heard about the Coronavirus I was not concerned. It seems that every few years a new illness comes out on the world stage only to fade away from our memories after the scare is gone. I believe this one is different.
Saturday, March 21, 2020

Proverbs 16:9
In their hearts humans plan their course...
Saturday, March 21, 2020

Psalm 103:12
As far as the east is from the west...
Friday, March 20, 2020

1 Chronicles 16:24
Declare his glory among the nations...
Thursday, March 19, 2020

Christian Ministry Adapts, Makes Changes
As America continues to respond to COVID-19, Christian Ministry is also making changes.  Among them, the soup kitchen on S. Poplar St. is no longer serving meals inside.  They are handed out to-go to those arriving at the kitchen.
Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Romans 8:38-39
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers...
Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Joshua 1:9
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid...
Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Isaiah 58:11
The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs... 
Monday, March 16, 2020

In The Eye Of The Storm
At his inauguration as a first term president on March 4, 1933, Franklin D. Roosevelt was facing the challenge of leading our great nation during the peak of the Great Depression, a time of great economic crisis that began in the United States, but quickly spread throughout much of the world.
Sunday, March 15, 2020

Romans 10:10
For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified...
Sunday, March 15, 2020

Town Of Stanley Honors Cemetery Committee
Around here, folks know that preserving the past is a mighty important thing. And in Stanley, a dedicated bunch of volunteers has been recognized that have a mission to preserve the graves of the more-than 200-year-old Stanley Cemetery.
Saturday, March 14, 2020

Problems Underneath
This week, Dr. Spence shares a story about foundations--and how problems with our spiritual foundation may exhibit themselves elsewhere in our lives.
Saturday, March 14, 2020

Cough Syrup & Buttermilk
A “word crafter” is a person who puts words together for a maximum benefit to the reader or the listener. The desire is to put a subject in the best light possible, while being honest and truthful at the same time.
Saturday, March 14, 2020

1 Peter 5:6
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand...
Saturday, March 14, 2020

Christian Ministry Takes Precautions
Volunteering appreciated, but not if you’re sick
Friday, March 13, 2020

Mark 9:23
"If you can’?” said Jesus.
Friday, March 13, 2020

Luke 3:11
John answered, "Anyone who has two shirts should share...
Thursday, March 12, 2020

Matthew 6:6
But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father...
Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Psalms 1:1-2
Blessed is the one who does not walk in step...
Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Psalms 23:1-2
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing...
Monday, March 9, 2020

Get Serious
In this third week of Lent, we are getting closer to the miraculous resurrection of Jesus that proved life with God continues after physical death. Easter gives us hope for eternal life with Him, but it is also a reminder that we are not here long.
Sunday, March 8, 2020

Matthew 21:21
Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt...
Sunday, March 8, 2020

Christian Ministry Mourns Pop Stroup
Christian Ministry is mourning one of its own. “Pop” Stroup, a veteran of 16 years of helping the ministry, recently passed away. Since 2004, Pop was a daily volunteer at Christian Ministry. He would greet clients, volunteers and staffers as they went in and out of the dock.
Saturday, March 7, 2020

Fifty Shades Of Hay
The recent run of bad, rainy weather had me stay inside in my home. I don’t know about you, but the thought of having to stay inside and not working on my yard is a punishment to me.
Saturday, March 7, 2020

Galatians 5:22-23
But the fruit of the Spirit is...
Saturday, March 7, 2020

Upcoming Church Events
Wild Game Supper and Fish Fry, Country Breakfast, Concerts, Lenten Services and More!
Friday, March 6, 2020

Philippians 2:3-4
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit...
Friday, March 6, 2020

Ephesians 6:10-11
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power...
Thursday, March 5, 2020

2 Corinthians 9:8
And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times...
Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Ephesians 4:29
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths...
Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Psalm 33:12
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord...
Monday, March 2, 2020

Mark 10:45
For even the Son of Man did not come to be served...
Sunday, March 1, 2020

A Deeper Confession
Now that the season of Lent has begun, many people of faith are more willing to look at their sin and their need for forgiveness. It isn’t easy or pleasant to think about those things we have done or are doing that are outside of God’s will for us.
Sunday, March 1, 2020

When Bluegrass Turns To Brown Leaves!
For the past several weeks I have been practicing on my banjo. I take weekly lessons to help me learn everything from how to hold the banjo, read music, pluck on the strings, and tune the banjo.
Saturday, February 29, 2020

Matthew 24:35
Heaven and earth will pass away...
Saturday, February 29, 2020

I'll Try
This week, Dr. Spence talks about training for Christians.
Friday, February 28, 2020

Upcoming Church Events
Suppers, Concerts, Lenten Services and More!
Friday, February 28, 2020

Psalm 37:4
Take delight in the Lord...
Friday, February 28, 2020

Proverbs 2:7
He holds success in store for the upright...
Thursday, February 27, 2020

Montgomery Family To Perform Feb. 29
The Montgomery Family has been performing Southern gospel music and spreading the Word for nearly half a century now.
Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Luke 6:31
Do to others as you would...
Wednesday, February 26, 2020

James 5:16
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other...
Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Ash Wednesday & Lenten Services
Area churches are holding special Ash Wednesday services this Wednesday (Feb. 26th) and churches in Lincolnton and Dallas are planning joint Lenten services on the next several Wednesdays.
Monday, February 24, 2020

1 Corinthians 13:4-5
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud...
Monday, February 24, 2020

Christian Ministry Seeks Soup Kitchen Coverage
Like most such charitable organizations, Christian Ministry is a well-oiled machine. It relies upon a timetable planned long months in advance. That’s why the group is seeking volunteer coverage of its soup kitchen right now.
Monday, February 24, 2020

Lent?
For churches that celebrate the liturgical seasons of the church, this week is the beginning of Lent, the six-week period leading up to Easter. The word “Lent” actually means “spring”, the time of year when we see the renewal of life on the earth.
Sunday, February 23, 2020

1 Peter 1:14-15
As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had...
Sunday, February 23, 2020

Blind In One Eye, Can't Hear Out Of The Other
It happened all at once. One moment I could see out of both eyes, and the next moment I was slowly losing the vision out of my right eye. It was like someone was pulling a window blind over my eye. 
Saturday, February 22, 2020

John 15:13
Greater love has no one than this...
Saturday, February 22, 2020

Upcoming Church Events
Lots of Fun, Food and Fellowship coming up in the area!
Friday, February 21, 2020

Hebrews 4:12
For the word of God is living and active...
Friday, February 21, 2020

Be Still & Know
How well do you know God?  That's the subject of Dr. Spence's commentary this week.
Thursday, February 20, 2020

Romans 5:8
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this...
Thursday, February 20, 2020

James 1:5-6
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God...
Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Churchmen To Perform Feb. 22
The Churchmen will perform a free concert, Feb. 22 at 5 p.m., at Living Word Ministries in Lowesville. Also on the bill is gospel singer Adam Beard. A veteran of concerts at Living Word, Beard is another rising star in the world of gospel music.
Wednesday, February 19, 2020

John 10:10
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy...
Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Psalms 113:3
From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets...
Monday, February 17, 2020

Keeping It Real
Jesus tells us that our heavenly Father already knows what we need before we pray. This sounds good but what does it really mean? Do we really know what we need? How do we differentiate in prayer between what we want and what we need?
Sunday, February 16, 2020

Matthew 7:13-14
Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction...
Sunday, February 16, 2020

Christian Ministry Seeks Food Pantry Donations
This Valentine’s Day weekend, show your loved ones you care for them by donating to our food pantry or giving from your finances in honor of or in memory of someone you care about.
Saturday, February 15, 2020

Ephesians 5:25
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church...
Saturday, February 15, 2020

My Tongue Has A Mind Of Its Own
Whoever said that, “Life begins after 50,” must have had an unusual sense of humor! If you define “Life” as waking up with aches and pains, eating foods that don’t contain sugar, starch, carbohydrates, salt, or anything remotely related to taste, then that definition is a spot-on match.
Saturday, February 15, 2020

Upcoming Church Events
Lots of Fun, Food and Fellowship coming up in the area!
Friday, February 14, 2020

Slipping Away
Dr. Spence's commentary this week is directed largely at older Christians--who may have lost some of the zeal they had when younger.  It is appropriate for all Christians to remember that God has a plan for our lives.
Friday, February 14, 2020

Psalm 98:1-2
Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things...
Friday, February 14, 2020

James 1:12
Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial...
Thursday, February 13, 2020

James 3:13
Who is wise and understanding among you?
Wednesday, February 12, 2020

John 14:27
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you...
Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Matthew 25:35
I was hungry and you gave me something to eat...
Monday, February 10, 2020

Don't Worry
In today’s world we have a lot to worry about. Life is complicated, it’s always changing, and the future can seem so uncertain.
Sunday, February 9, 2020

John 1:14
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us...
Sunday, February 9, 2020

Christian Ministry Releases Latest Stats
Thanks a million. Yes, quite literally. Christian Ministry of Lincoln County gave out more than a million dollars in food last year––$1,230,982, to be exact––for local families to take home.
Saturday, February 8, 2020

Galatians 1:10
Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings...
Saturday, February 8, 2020














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