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

Return To Congregational Worship
Like many other churches, First Baptist will return to in-house live congregational worship this Sunday.
Thursday, May 28, 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

Sunday Services Update
More churches will return to indoor worship services this Sunday, but most are still opting for on-line and drive-in services.
Saturday, May 23, 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

National Day Of Prayer
The first Thursday in May is the National Day of Prayer.  This year, with the COVID-19 pandemic, it is being observed differently than in the past.
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

Your Personal Best
Hebrews 11 is called the “The Faith Chapter” and it describes many generations of men and women who followed the call of God in their life. It tells how they overcame danger, suffering, fear, loss, persecution, torture, and rejection with the miraculous divine power.
Sunday, May 3, 2020

Isaiah 6:8
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send?
Sunday, May 3, 2020

When A Good Snake Gets A Bad Name!
I have always loved the Old Testament. Maybe it is the stories of how God constantly reaches out to mankind, or the great miracles to prove to the world that God is who He says He is, that inspire and encourage me.
Saturday, May 2, 2020

Ephesians 4:26-27
“In your anger do not sin” Do not let the sun go down...
Saturday, May 2, 2020

John 10:11
I am the good shepherd...
Friday, May 1, 2020

Jeremiah 33:3
Call to me and I will answer you...
Thursday, April 30, 2020

Reminders From God
If you are like me, during this uncertain season of our life, we often wonder why God allows things like pandemics to happen. I have often had this same question in regards to cancer, as a few of you may know my dad’s recent Leukemia diagnosis.
Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Psalm 91:2
I will say of the LORD...
Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Romans 15:5
May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind.
Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Psalms 8:3-4
When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place...
Monday, April 27, 2020

Nothing New
I appreciate the readers of this column and thank you for the calls, emails, and letters I receive telling me what this column means to you and giving me ideas for future topics. This week a reader wanted to know if the COVID 19 pandemic is fulfilling biblical prophesy, or as some may say – is time “winding up?” 
Sunday, April 26, 2020

Colossians 4:6
Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt...
Sunday, April 26, 2020

Even Preachers Have Pity Parties
Have you ever felt sorry for yourself? If we are honest, and there is no reason not to be, we all have felt that at some point in our lives something or someone has wronged us and all we can do is feel sorry for ourselves.
Saturday, April 25, 2020

Isaiah 40:4-5
Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low...
Saturday, April 25, 2020

1 Peter 4:8
Above all, love each other deeply...
Friday, April 24, 2020

John 6:37
All those the Father gives me will come to me...
Thursday, April 23, 2020

When Anxious, Pray
This week, Dr. Spence urges Christians to pray during moments of anxiety.
Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Titus 3:5
He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done...
Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Romans 10:9
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe...
Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Matthew 28:19
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations...
Monday, April 20, 2020

Christian Ministry To Have Food Drop
There will be a mobile food drop––a distribution of food for those who need it––coming up on Thursday, April 30, 8-11 a.m. People will be asked for their names, addresses and household income information.
Monday, April 20, 2020

Insurance Agencies Unite To Help ECCCM
Three insurance agencies have united to help support the efforts of Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministry during the current pandemic.
Sunday, April 19, 2020

Where Is God?
Life is always difficult but today we have new things to worry about and trouble is present on every side. When we will be able to visit our loved ones in the nursing home again? Is it safe to go grocery shopping? Will my job still be there when all this is over? 
Sunday, April 19, 2020

James 4:8
Come near to God and he will come near to you...
Sunday, April 19, 2020

Stop This Ambulance & We Are Dead!
I have always loved learning new things, whether I was learning to play the banjo, white water kayak, bake, long distance bike ride, or anything else that aroused my interest, I am always willing to learn. Sometimes this has helped me, while at other times it has caused me some grief.
Saturday, April 18, 2020

Isaiah 53:5
But he was pierced for our transgressions...
Saturday, April 18, 2020

Seeing The Body Of Christ At Work
Thanks to Donna Heafner for sharing with the Lincoln Herald the following thoughts she wrote on her Facebook on Easter Sunday.
Friday, April 17, 2020

John 3:16
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son...
Friday, April 17, 2020

Daniels Lutheran Bread Of Life Food Giveaway April 18
Drive-up food distribution hosted by Daniels Lutheran Church, Christian Ministry of Lincoln County and Second Harvest Food Bank.
Thursday, April 16, 2020

John 3:36
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life...
Thursday, April 16, 2020

Staying At Home
This week, Dr. Spence has some suggestions for your time spent at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Psalm 34:8
Taste and see that the LORD is good...
Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Nahum 1:7
The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble...
Tuesday, April 14, 2020

It's A Personal Thing
On Sunday we celebrated the resurrection of Jesus – the miracle that demonstrated that physical death is not the end; the miracle where the Lord showed us that the body is a temporary dwelling for our spirit, we are forgiven of our sin, and we will live forever with him.
Monday, April 13, 2020

Philippians 2:5
In your relationships with one another...
Monday, April 13, 2020

ECCCM March Madness Was A Success
The March Madness Basketball Tournament never happened this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic; but the Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministry went ahead with its March Madness Food Drive--and it was a big success.
Sunday, April 12, 2020

Easter--A Little Different This Year
Like most other churches, First Baptist celebrated Easter quite differently this year.  There was no mass gathering, there was a sermon on the internet.  Members were at home, hopefully celebrating the resurrection with their families.
Sunday, April 12, 2020

Christian Ministry: A Wish Of Peace During Eastertide
Christian Ministry is wishing you the very best this Easter season. Its executive director, Mitzi Williams, talked about this and more, including the ministry’s continuing operations.
Sunday, April 12, 2020

The Real Meaning Of Easter
Mike Lasley, 62, of Stanley told The Herald on Holy Saturday all about the great personal significance the day and the season hold for him, and he spoke at length about his own spiritual journey and conversion to the ancient Faith, 13 years ago now.
Sunday, April 12, 2020

1 Peter 2:24
“He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross...
Sunday, April 12, 2020

Colossians 3:23-24
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart...
Saturday, April 11, 2020

The Side Effects Of Life!
Since I have been taking prescription medications for one thing or another, I have been paying closer attention to the commercials on television promoting specific medications.
Saturday, April 11, 2020

1 John 4:12
No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another...
Friday, April 10, 2020

Philippians 3:13-14
Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it...
Thursday, April 9, 2020

2 Timothy 2:15
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved...
Wednesday, April 8, 2020

South Gastonia Church Of God Has Drive-In Easter Services
Like many churches, South Gastonia Church of God is continuing its alternative services. On Palm Sunday, Bill Ward, a noted photographer, shared photographs with The Herald, showing South Gastonia Church of God’s drive-in service and distribution of palm branches.
Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Matthew 28:6
He is not here; he has risen, just as he said...
Tuesday, April 7, 2020

John 12:26
Whoever serves me must follow me...
Monday, April 6, 2020

Jesus Is A Way Maker
Usually this is a very busy week for Christians, with Holy Week services leading to Easter Sunday – the most important day of the year in our faith tradition. Church services are canceled due to the coronavirus, but this will not stop the celebration of Easter for us.
Sunday, April 5, 2020

Psalms 30:5
For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime...
Sunday, April 5, 2020

The Easter Feeling!
I want to share a story with you that doesn’t directly deal with the Easter season, but it has been on my mind recently and I hope that it brings you a blessing this holiday.
Saturday, April 4, 2020

3 John 1:4
I have no greater joy than to hear...
Saturday, April 4, 2020

Proverbs 22:4
Humility is the fear of the Lord...
Friday, April 3, 2020

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

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