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Psalm 143:10
Teach me to do your will, for you are my God.... 
Thursday, January 17, 2019

1 Corinthians 2:9
However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen.... 
Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Psalm 18:30
As for God, his way is perfect: The Lord’s word is flawless.... 
Tuesday, January 15, 2019

1 John 3:18
Dear children, let us not love with words or speech....
Monday, January 14, 2019

Meeting Jesus: Not Always What We Expected
The wise men who traveled from the east to see Jesus didn't arrive at the stable where the shepherds worshipped the savior.  They arrived later.  This week, Dr. Spence talks about their encounter with Christ and our own.
Sunday, January 13, 2019

Give God The Glory
My husband Neil and I are college football fans, especially Clemson! We watch every game and was a great year for our team because they were undefeated all year. We admire their coach Dabo Swinney and how he works with his student players.
Sunday, January 13, 2019

James 1:13-14
When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil.... 
Sunday, January 13, 2019

Chasing Shadows On The Wall!
While I was growing up I had a variety of pets. I have owned birds, fish, turtles, mice, snakes, dogs, rabbits, insects (ant farm, praying mantis, and honey bees), cattle, and cats. All of these creatures have certain personalities, some more than others, and they all need some type of assistance.
Saturday, January 12, 2019

Christian Ministry Annual Meeting Jan. 18
Annual Meeting at Emmanuel Lutheran Church at 7 p.m. Everyone is invited. The Soup Kitchen needs coverage on Jan. 21 and the ‘Souper Bowl of Caring’ is coming up the week before the Super Bowl (Feb. 3). See how you can help support this cause!
Saturday, January 12, 2019

Proverbs 2:6
For the Lord gives wisdom.... 
Saturday, January 12, 2019

Upcoming Church Events
Gospel Concerts and More are coming up during January at our local churches.
Friday, January 11, 2019

John 14:18
I will not leave you as orphans.... 
Friday, January 11, 2019

Hebrews 13:5
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have.... 
Thursday, January 10, 2019

John 1:12
Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name.... 
Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Isaiah 40:31
But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength... 
Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Exodus Ministries 15th Annual "Giving Back" Gospel Concert
The concert is their way of saying "thank you" for all those who have supported Exodus Homes, a faith based United Way agency that provides supportive housing for homeless recovering people returning to the community from treatment centers and prison.
Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Completing The Task: Nativity Scene Stored Until Next Fall
Sunday (Jan. 6th) was celebrated in some churches as the Epiphany.  It is perhaps appropriate that volunteers disassembled and stored the Nativity Scene that had been on the Courtsquare until next Christmas.
Monday, January 7, 2019

Ephesians 2:8
For it is by grace you have been saved.... 
Monday, January 7, 2019

Words Matter
This week in Bible Study we were sharing some of our favorite scriptures and how they would lead us in the New Year. It was interesting to see a theme develop as we shared passages and talked about why we chose them.
Sunday, January 6, 2019

Matthew 2:1-2
After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi[a] from the east came to Jerusalem.... 
Sunday, January 6, 2019

It Will Change Your Life!
I must admit that I have always been intrigued by fast talking salespeople. The ones who have just discovered the cure for something that before hand I didn’t even know was a disease. If you have trouble sleeping at night and you watch television, you will see all kinds of gadgets that will make your life better and even more exciting.
Saturday, January 5, 2019

Psalm 100:4
Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise.... 
Saturday, January 5, 2019

The Church: God's Ambassadors To The World
There's a hymn called "Let Others See Jesus In You."  This week, Dr. Spence talks about how God relates to the world through the church.
Friday, January 4, 2019

Upcoming Church Events
Country Breakfast, Gospel Concerts, Community Lunch and More are coming up during January at our local churches
Friday, January 4, 2019

Matthew 25:40
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one.... 
Friday, January 4, 2019

Christian Ministry Falls Short Of Goal
Christian Ministry’s annual Christmas fundraiser didn’t quite reach its hoped-for finish line. That’s the word Wednesday from executive director Mitzi Williams. “We fell short of last year’s total of $120,081 by $15,493,” said Williams, citing the final total of $104,588.64.
Thursday, January 3, 2019

Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the plans I have for you.... 
Thursday, January 3, 2019

Ezekiel 36:26
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you.... 
Wednesday, January 2, 2019

1 Chronicles 16:8
Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name.... 
Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Psalm 119:11
I have hidden your word in my heart.... 
Monday, December 31, 2018

Dan Korzep: New Pastor At Harvest Church
Dan Korzep disdains the title "Reverend," preferring instead his denomination's moniker "Teaching Elder."  He will be installed this Sunday evening as the new pastor at Lincolnton's Harvest Church on Lithia Inn Road.
Sunday, December 30, 2018

Something New
Someone recently asked me “Why do we celebrate the New Year? It’s just going to be the same old thing over and over again. Why does it matter?” I imagine if Solomon was here today he might ask that question because he felt the same way.
Sunday, December 30, 2018

Matthew 25:21
“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.... 
Sunday, December 30, 2018

My Resolution List In Reverse
Are you going to make any New Year Resolutions this year? I have never made it a big deal, but the new year is a good time to start with some new habits that should be helpful to yourself and others. 
Saturday, December 29, 2018

Philippians 2:8-10
And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death.... 
Saturday, December 29, 2018

Upcoming Church Events
Watch Night Service, Country Breakfast, Community Lunch and More!
Friday, December 28, 2018

John 14:27
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.... 
Friday, December 28, 2018

Luke 1:35
The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you.... 
Thursday, December 27, 2018

2 Corinthians 9:15
Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift.
Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Advent: Christmas Day
The word Christmas begins with Christ.
Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Luke 2:8-11
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.... 
Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Christmas Eve Services
Many local churches will be holding Christmas Eve services tonight.  Here is a list of a few that have notified us of their special services.
Monday, December 24, 2018

Magnify The Lord
After all the presents are open and we are sitting together enjoying fellowship with the ones we love, don’t forget to celebrate the birth of Christ – the real reason for the season.
Monday, December 24, 2018

Luke 1:35
The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you.... 
Monday, December 24, 2018

God's Love Rises Above
Recently I learned that the ocean floor has mountain ranges as big as the ones on dry land, and if we could drain the water way we would see rocky peaks as high as Mt. Everest and ranges as large as the Rocky Mountains.
Sunday, December 23, 2018

Fourth Sunday In Advent - December 23
Week 4 - Greatest sermon ever preached was delivered by angels.
Sunday, December 23, 2018

Psalm 72:10-11
May the kings of Tarshish and of distant shores bring tribute to him... 
Sunday, December 23, 2018

Zechariah 9:9
Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem.... 
Saturday, December 22, 2018

Humiliation Through Misinformation By Name Association!
I remember the humiliating event as if it had happened yesterday, even though it took place over 35 years ago. I was attending a Baptist college that helped young preachers (and old ones too!) in the preparation for ministry. 
Saturday, December 22, 2018

James 1:17
Every good and perfect gift is from above...
Friday, December 21, 2018

Christian Ministry's Donations Now Exceed $65,000
Christian Ministry of Lincoln County’s annual Christmas contributions continue to increase. Contributions continue to come in from local donors. But they’re still not as much as they were in 2017.
Thursday, December 20, 2018

Church Events Dec. 21-28
Blue Christmas Service, Christmas Concerts, Cantatas, Children’s Programs and More!
Thursday, December 20, 2018

John 1:14
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us... 
Thursday, December 20, 2018

A Child Is Born
This week, Dr. Spence reflects on the birth of Jesus as it changed forever the lives of those He touched and continues to touch.
Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Matthew 2:10
“When they saw the star.... 
Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Luke 1:30-31
But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary....
Tuesday, December 18, 2018

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


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