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Numbers 11:5-6 says, “We remember the fish which we used to eat free in Egypt, the cucumbers and the melons and the leeks and the onions and the garlic, but now our appetite is gone. There is nothing at all to look at except this manna.” (NAS)
Saturday, August 17, 2019

Romans 1:16
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God...
Saturday, August 17, 2019

2 Timothy 1:9
He has saved us and called us to a holy life...
Friday, August 16, 2019

Upcoming Church Events
Lots of Food, Fun and Fellowship coming up in our area!
Thursday, August 15, 2019

Romans 12:2
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind...
Thursday, August 15, 2019

Philippians 4:8
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble...
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

James 1:19
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this...
Tuesday, August 13, 2019

1 John 4:7-8
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God...
Monday, August 12, 2019

God Is Still Good
My son turns 30 this week and I remember how much I wanted to shield him and his sister  from the harsh realities of this world. I dreaded the day when my children would realize what kind of world this is with crime, senseless violence, murder, war, and injustice.
Sunday, August 11, 2019

1 Timothy 6:8-9
But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that...
Sunday, August 11, 2019

Ministry's Emergency Services Efforts Help 1,907 People
Christian Ministry just released its stats and facts for the month of July. It helped 640 families with food, 63 families with utilities and/or rent, 227 families were helped with furniture and household items and personal items, LINC Home Meals program delivered 1,619 meals, and the ministry’s soup kitchen served 3,610 meals to 3,027 people.
Saturday, August 10, 2019

A Public Place For A Private Event!
A few years ago my wife and I went on vacation to Daytona Beach, Florida.  One of the jobs everybody has to do when they arrive at their vacation destination is to go to the grocery store to buy supplies for the duration of your time away from home.
Saturday, August 10, 2019

Ephesians 4:26-27
“In your anger do not sin” Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry...
Saturday, August 10, 2019

John 7:38
Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said...
Friday, August 9, 2019

Upcoming Church Events
Lots of Food, Fun and Fellowship, Rock Springs Camp Meeting, Concerts, Back-To-School Events and more!
Thursday, August 8, 2019

Unpleasant Conversations
By now you may have grown tired of hearing the reports about the tragedies in El Paso and Dayton, but Dr. Spence reminds us that only by considering the problems we are facing can we hope to solve them.
Thursday, August 8, 2019

Psalm 100:4
Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise...
Thursday, August 8, 2019

Gospel Greats Heart 2 Heart To Perform Aug. 10
Cherryville-based Heart 2 Heart will perform a free concert, Aug. 10 at 6 p.m. at Living Word Ministries in Lowesville. They have placed on the gospel charts many times and appeared on television. Sharing the bill will be the Johnson Edition from South Carolina.
Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Psalm 143:10
Teach me to do your will, for you are my God...
Wednesday, August 7, 2019

St. Luke's Episcopal Welcomes Carolina Blue Aug. 9
Invite your friends and neighbors to this wonderful concert as St. Luke’s opens their doors and arms to the community welcoming everyone into their church home on Friday, August 9 at 6 p.m. in their Parish House at 315 N. Cedar St. in Lincolnton.
Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Luke 16:10
"Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much...
Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Matthew 25:21
“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant...
Monday, August 5, 2019

Watching Out For Others
This week, Dr. Spence uses the occasion of the start of school next week as a reminder that watching out for others is important.
Sunday, August 4, 2019

What's Your Story?
When we are gone all that will remain will be our story told through the lens of those who remember us. Our story is the legacy we leave for our family and friends. For God’s people it contains our common spiritual heritage that knits us together in the Body of Christ.
Sunday, August 4, 2019

1 Chronicles 16:8
Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name...
Sunday, August 4, 2019

My Kingdom For A Belt
I have always underestimated the role of the belt in a man’s wardrobe. I have worn a belt since I was a child and I thought that it was just for looks. 
Saturday, August 3, 2019

Ezekiel 36:26
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you...
Saturday, August 3, 2019

Matthew 25:40
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these...
Friday, August 2, 2019

Upcoming Church Events
Lots of Food, Fun and Fellowship, Rock Springs Camp Meeting, Homecomings, VBS, Concerts, Back-To-School Events and more!
Thursday, August 1, 2019

1 Corinthians 10:13
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind...
Thursday, August 1, 2019

Camp Meeting Time Is Underway At Rock Springs
Camp Meeting at Rock Springs got underway this week. Here is the schedule for worship and events through August 11.
Wednesday, July 31, 2019

1 Peter 5:6
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand...
Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Acts 20:35
In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak...
Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Hebrews 13:16
And do not forget to do good and to share with others...
Monday, July 29, 2019

He Cries With Us
This week someone from the community who knows me as a pastor called to cry out in pain in the middle of a horrific family tragedy. He needed someone to listen and be present with him in his sorrow.
Sunday, July 28, 2019

Ecclesiastes 3:11
He has made everything beautiful in its time...
Sunday, July 28, 2019

Fiddle Playing Kitty
After months of debate, my wife and I adopted a kitten from a local animal shelter. I am convinced that is one of the best decisions we have ever made!
Saturday, July 27, 2019

1 Peter 2:24
“He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross...
Saturday, July 27, 2019

Pine Ridge Boys To Perform This Saturday
Spartanburg’s own Pine Ridge Boys return to Living Word this Saturday. Also on the bill are the Citizens of Glory, all the way from California.
Friday, July 26, 2019

Alive After Five With No Interruptions
It was a pleasant evening to say the least.  The band played, people listened to the music, visited with friends, and some danced.  The 'Men in Black' weren't there--and frankly, they weren't missed.
Friday, July 26, 2019

Luke 6:38
Give, and it will be given to you...
Friday, July 26, 2019

"Though I Walk Through the Valley..."
Living a Christian life doesn't mean that we won't face hardships, times of uncertainty, darker hours.  It is these times that our faith in God's promise is most important.
Thursday, July 25, 2019

Upcoming Church Events
Godspell, Country Breakfast, VBS, Concerts and More!
Thursday, July 25, 2019

1 John 4:21
And he has given us this command...
Thursday, July 25, 2019

Hebrews 6:10
God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him... 
Wednesday, July 24, 2019

1 Corinthians 1:18
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing...
Tuesday, July 23, 2019

James 1:12
Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial...
Monday, July 22, 2019

Two Wrongs Don't Make A Right
One thing in life we can count on is life can be unfair. People will do us wrong for no good reason. Sometimes we get what we didn’t deserve. Why did they have to do that? 
Sunday, July 21, 2019

Matthew 16:24
Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me...
Sunday, July 21, 2019

Proverbs 16:3
Commit to the Lord whatever you do...
Saturday, July 20, 2019

WWJD?
There's a well-known saying, WWJD--What would Jesus do?  This week, Dr. Spence talks about keeping God's will as central to your everyday life and the daily decisions you make.
Friday, July 19, 2019

Upcoming Church Events
Back To School Bash, Sunday Luncheon, VBS, Concerts and More!
Friday, July 19, 2019

As Summer Sizzles, Christian Ministry's Need Go Up
As temperatures rise, so do the needs of Christian Ministry. Whilst it is true that winter is surely the hardest season for charities and their clients, both physically and fiscally, summer presents its own challenges.
Friday, July 19, 2019

Mark 12:30
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul...
Friday, July 19, 2019

John 1:1
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God...
Thursday, July 18, 2019

Deuteronomy 31:8
The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you...
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

1 Peter 3:15
But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord...
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Psalm 84:11
For the LORD God is a sun and shield...
Monday, July 15, 2019

Our Matchless Christ
This week I got a letter from a reader of this column named James Webber who worked for years as a truck driver. He used to read a newsprint magazine called “Highway News and Good News” in the 1970s published by the Transport for Christ ministry written for highway cowboys to encourage them in their faith.
Sunday, July 14, 2019

Matthew 18:20
For where two or three gather in my name...
Sunday, July 14, 2019

Going Out With My Boots On!
Have you ever wondered how our “old sayings” became “old sayings?” Take for instance, “You can’t have your cake and eat it too?” This sage old saying has never made any sense to me. Why would you want cake if you couldn’t eat it?
Saturday, July 13, 2019

Psalm 32:12
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord...
Saturday, July 13, 2019

Upcoming Church Events
Saturday Breakfast, Youth Spaghetti Dinner, Concerts, VBS and More!
Friday, July 12, 2019

Psalm 42:2
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God...
Friday, July 12, 2019

65th Annual Session GCMBA Held July 7-11
Springfield Memorial Baptist Church hosted the Gaston County Missionary Baptist Association (GCMBA) July 7-11 for their 65th Annual Session in Stanley.
Thursday, July 11, 2019

Philippians 1:6
Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you ...
Thursday, July 11, 2019

Mylon Hayes Family To Perform July 13
The Hudson-based family group will perform a free concert at the Lowesville church, coming up on Saturday, July 13, at 6 p.m. And sharing the bill will be the Rogers Family of Rutherfordton.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Luke 6:37
“Do not judge, and you will not be judged...
Wednesday, July 10, 2019

1 John 4:4
You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them...
Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Christian Ministry's Soup Kitchen Has Special Request
The group’s soup kitchen is in need of help from volunteers. If you can work a stove and cook a meal, then we need you! Our weekday supply of volunteer cooks––Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. ––has dwindled. And we need cooks to help serve those who come in every day for a hot, cooked meal.
Monday, July 8, 2019

Titus 3:5
He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done...
Monday, July 8, 2019

Take Your Own Inventory
Paul says in Romans 3:23 “for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” One of the most important things Jesus came to teach us was about our sin, and He wanted us to know that our sin is more than our outward behavior.
Sunday, July 7, 2019

John 15:5
I am the vine; you are the branches...
Sunday, July 7, 2019

Is This How It Ends?
It has been a long time since I have been a patient in an Emergency Room, and I wished it could have been even longer. But last Monday evening I was a patient instead of a visitor.
Saturday, July 6, 2019

Revelation 21:4
He will wipe every tear from their eyes...
Saturday, July 6, 2019

Upcoming Church Events
Service Time Changes, Youth Spaghetti Dinner, Concerts, VBS and More!
Friday, July 5, 2019

Romans 8:39
Neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation...
Friday, July 5, 2019

Proverbs 11:25
A generous person will prosper...
Thursday, July 4, 2019

Proverbs 21:2
A person may think their own ways are right...
Wednesday, July 3, 2019

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, July 2, 2019

Christian Ministry: Time For VBS Food Drives
Here’s a great idea for items for the food pantry - why not have a food drive sign-in at your VBS and ask for macaroni-and-cheese to be donated to Christian Ministry. Also the ministry's soup kitchen has been chosen by Bi-Lo for their community bag program through July.
Monday, July 1, 2019

Hebrews 10:35-36
So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded....
Monday, July 1, 2019

If Jesus Came To See You
This week one of the faithful readers of this column, Marie Jenkins, shared something with me she found in her keepsakes. I invite any of you to send me things you think would be edifying in this column.
Sunday, June 30, 2019

Psalm 62:7
My salvation and my honor depend on God....
Sunday, June 30, 2019

How Do You Do Misses Wiley
One of my favorite television shows is the, “Andy Griffith Show.” It is a series that can still make me laugh, cry, and think within the span of thirty minutes.
Saturday, June 29, 2019

Mark 10:45
“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served....
Saturday, June 29, 2019

Upcoming Church Events
Concerts, VBS and Lots More!
Friday, June 28, 2019

Psalm 91:2
I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and....
Friday, June 28, 2019

Farmhands Perform June 30 At Pleasant Grove UMC
The bluegrass gospel greats will present a free concert during that Sunday morning’s worship services and everyone is invited to a covered-dish lunch with the quartet immediately after the concert.
Thursday, June 27, 2019

1 John 4:12
No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another....
Thursday, June 27, 2019

1 John 5:5
Who is it that overcomes the world....
Wednesday, June 26, 2019

John 1:14
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us....
Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Isaiah 58:10
And if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed....
Monday, June 24, 2019

Anxious?
One thing I hear about everywhere I go is the disabling effects of anxiety in our community. “My anxiety is so bad right now”, or “my anxiety is getting worse” are very common themes.
Sunday, June 23, 2019

Proverbs 19:20-21
Listen to advice and accept discipline...
Sunday, June 23, 2019

No Cake I Can't Bake
Over the past few months I have baked enough cakes to make Paula Deen blush. It started out as a hobby, but it is now a border line obsession. 
Saturday, June 22, 2019

Galatians 6:9
And let us not grow weary of doing good...
Saturday, June 22, 2019

Church Events June 22-29
Country Breakfast, Cow Pie Bingo Fundraiser, VBS, Concerts and Lots More!
Friday, June 21, 2019

Proverbs 11:25
A generous person will prosper...
Friday, June 21, 2019


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