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home : religion February 17, 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

Upcoming Church Events
Lots of Fun, Food and Fellowship coming up in the area!
Friday, February 7, 2020

Remembering Our True Mission
This is a time of great turmoil in our nation and around the world.  With all the things happening, it would be easy for Christians to fall into the trap of concentrating on worldly affairs and become remiss in spreading the gospel.  Dr. Spence expresses a word of caution.
Friday, February 7, 2020

Psalms 127:1
‭‭“Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain...
Friday, February 7, 2020

Romans 1:16
For I am not ashamed of the gospel...
Thursday, February 6, 2020

John 11:25
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life...
Wednesday, February 5, 2020

God Speaks In Mysterious Ways
One Sunday in December (of 2019) as I was leaving the church my family and I attend I felt a nudge in my heart. It was not an unfamiliar nudge. 
Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Romans 12:1
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy...
Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Melodyaires To Perform Feb. 8
The Melodyaires will perform a free concert on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 5 p.m. at Living Word Ministries along with the Coffmans.
Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Psalms 56:3
‭‭“When I am afraid...
Monday, February 3, 2020

Spiritual Not Religious
Life is a mysterious journey where we cannot see where we are going. Like driving in thick fog, most of the time we can see what is right in front of us, but the road ahead is shrouded from view.
Sunday, February 2, 2020

Proverbs 10:12
Hatred stirs up conflict...
Sunday, February 2, 2020

The Mona Lisa Of Pain
It has been several months since I have been on my bicycle for a long distance ride. Over the course of last summer, I had ridden up to 50 miles on a couple of occasions, and I was in the best shape of my middle-aged life.
Saturday, February 1, 2020

Hebrews 10:24-25
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds...
Saturday, February 1, 2020

John 14:23
Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching...
Friday, January 31, 2020

Upcoming Church Events
Lots of Fun, Food and Fellowship coming up in the area!
Thursday, January 30, 2020

Matthew 6:19
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth
Thursday, January 30, 2020

Luke 6:37
Do not judge, and you will not be judged...
Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Deuteronomy 31:8
The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you...
Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Break On Through To The Other Side
I have lived a blessed life when it comes to physical health. I have never been admitted to a hospital or even had a broken bone, unless you count the time I knocked the nail off my big toe while I was moving some furniture.
Monday, January 27, 2020

Matthew 17:20
Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed...
Monday, January 27, 2020

Let It Go
Is a person, place, money, or things more important than God in your life? Is something hindering you from experiencing the kingdom of God now? You may think you can’t let it go, but with God all things are possible.
Sunday, January 26, 2020

John 15:5
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you...
Sunday, January 26, 2020

Christian Ministry Meets This Monday, Jan. 27
Christian Ministry’s annual meeting is this Monday, Jan. 27 in downtown Lincolnton at the Freedom Church. The annual meeting is a time of gathering information from the group’s member churches. The public is invited to attend.
Saturday, January 25, 2020

Isaiah 55:8-9
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways...
Saturday, January 25, 2020

Upcoming Church Events
Daniels Country Breakfast, Lowesville Gospel Concerts and more!
Friday, January 24, 2020

Psalms 121:1-2
‭‭“I lift up my eyes to the mountains where does my help come from...
Friday, January 24, 2020

Isaiah 43:2
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you...
Thursday, January 23, 2020

Philippians 4:8
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble...
Wednesday, January 22, 2020

1 Corinthians 13:6
Love does not delight in evil...
Tuesday, January 21, 2020

The Best Blessing
Have you ever caught yourself saying something that you have heard your entire life, but when you listen to the words, it is kind of confusing? I have always heard, “Well, you are not as young as you used to be!”
Monday, January 20, 2020

Golden Valley Crusaders To Perform, Jan. 25
The Golden Valley Crusaders will perform a free concert on Jan. 25 at 5 p.m. at Living Word Ministries along with The Griffins, a progressive Southern gospel group out of Spartanburg, S.C.
Monday, January 20, 2020

John 13:34
“A new command I give you: Love one another...
Monday, January 20, 2020

18 Inches To Peace
On your journey through life, how far is peace? Some of us would say that peace seems very far away. Life just won’t behave. It’s always changing. 
Sunday, January 19, 2020

Romans 8:28
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him...
Sunday, January 19, 2020

Colossians 2:7
Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him...
Saturday, January 18, 2020

Pass It On
Salvation is a gift from God--but it's not a gift just for us; it's meant to be shared with others.
Friday, January 17, 2020

Upcoming Church Events
Concerts, fundraisers, and more!
Friday, January 17, 2020

John 7:38
Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said...
Friday, January 17, 2020

Wavey Williams Making Waves In Gospel World
Every Sunday from 6 to 8 a.m., gospel music fans can tune in to WSGE 91.7 FM for “The Gospel Blend,” hosted by Deejay Wavey B. Williams. Since May 2017, Williams has been offering an inspirational mix of music and words of encouragement on WSGE from its studio on the Dallas Campus of Gaston College.
Thursday, January 16, 2020

1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just...
Thursday, January 16, 2020

2 Corinthians 5:21
God made him who had no sin to be sin for us...
Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding...
Tuesday, January 14, 2020

13-Week Divorce Support Group Starts Jan. 15 At Riverview Baptist
A 13-week support group for separated/divorced individuals (DivorceCare) beginning Wednesday, January 15. Cost for workbook. Child care provided through their scheduled Awana ministry. 
Monday, January 13, 2020

James 1:2-3
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters...
Monday, January 13, 2020

Revelation
Last week many churches celebrated “Epiphany” on January 6, twelve days after Christmas, to remember the day the Magi came to visit the baby Jesus with their gift of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Most scholars believe the magi were Gentiles. 
Sunday, January 12, 2020

1 John 3:18
Dear children, let us not love with words or speech...
Sunday, January 12, 2020

Christian Ministry Marks 43rd Anniversary
Christian Ministry is celebrating more than four decades of helping the less fortunate. The local charitable organization turned 43 on Friday, according to executive director Mitzi Williams.
Saturday, January 11, 2020

Hebrews 13:5
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have...
Saturday, January 11, 2020

A Song You Need To Know
Music is an important part of our lives. It seems that no matter where you go, you can hear music coming from somewhere.
Friday, January 10, 2020

Upcoming Church Events
Concerts, fundraisers, support groups and more!
Friday, January 10, 2020

Proverbs 5:21
For your ways are in full view of the LORD...
Friday, January 10, 2020

Isaiah 12:2
Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid...
Thursday, January 9, 2020

Wisecarvers To Perform, Jan. 11
The Wisecarvers have been nominated for a Dove Award, the highest honor in the gospel music world. The family group is steadily becoming known as one of the most dynamic in all of modern Christian music.
Wednesday, January 8, 2020

2 Timothy 1:7
For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid...
Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Christian Ministry Annual Meeting Is Jan. 27
Just a reminder that some important dates are coming up for Christian Ministry to save on your calendar. If you are interested in knowing more about us the meeting on Jan. 27 would be a great way to learn. Everyone is invited. 
Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Psalms 59:16
But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love...
Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Matthew 2:11
On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary...
Monday, January 6, 2020

Your Last 30 Seconds
Alex Trebek has been the host of the quiz competition TV show “Jeopardy” since 1984 and many of us have known him so long he seems like an old friend. Who hasn’t sat in front of the TV and tried to shout out the answers to the questions to see if we are “Jeopardy smart?”
Sunday, January 5, 2020

Matthew 2:1-2
After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem...
Sunday, January 5, 2020

Life Is Like A Banjo
A few weeks ago, I purchased a new banjo. I have owned several over the years, but this is the first new one I have ever purchased. I figured since it was new it wouldn’t have any bad habits attached to by the previous owner who may have messed it up with their bad playing!
Saturday, January 4, 2020

Hebrews 12:2
Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith...
Saturday, January 4, 2020

Upcoming Church Events
Concerts, fundraisers, support groups and more!
Friday, January 3, 2020

Philippians 4:7
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding...
Friday, January 3, 2020

Respect
With the events of this week and of the last month, it may seem more difficult than ever to get along with those who have different opinions, political persuasions or beliefs from our own--but the Bible tells us to love our enemies.  Dr. Spence's comments this week are most appropriate given the political turmoil in our country and what's happening in the Middle East.
Friday, January 3, 2020

Psalm 56:8
You keep track of all my sorrows...
Thursday, January 2, 2020

Isaiah 40:31
But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength...
Wednesday, January 1, 2020

1 Chronicles 16:8
Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name,,,
Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Luke 1:35
The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you...
Monday, December 30, 2019

Your Next Chapter
You may have heard the old saying “Everyone has at least one book in them” meaning we all have a story, and every year is another chapter. As we approach the new year it’s a good time to reflect on Chapter 2019.
Sunday, December 29, 2019

2 Corinthians 3:17
“Now the Lord is the Spirit...
Sunday, December 29, 2019

Old Wives Tales, Hoot Owl's & Sleepless Nights
I heard an old wives tale that if a hoot owl hooted outside your bedroom window three nights in a row you were going to die, or you were going to lose someone you love. Well, a hoot owl has been outside my window for about four weeks and I’m still alive and the only thing that I have lost is sleep!
Saturday, December 28, 2019

John 1:9-10
The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world...
Saturday, December 28, 2019

Upcoming Church Events
Concerts, fundraisers, support groups and more!
Friday, December 27, 2019

2 Corinthians 9:15
“Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!”
Friday, December 27, 2019

Isaiah 9:6
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given...
Thursday, December 26, 2019

Carolina Quartet To Perform Dec. 28 In Lowesville
Southern gospel favorites the Carolina Quartet will perform a free concert, Dec. 28 at 5 p.m. at Living Word Ministries. Also on the bill with the quartet will be the Fraleys of Bessemer City.
Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Advent: Christmas Day
The word Christmas begins with Christ.
Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Luke 2:11-14
Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you...
Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Matthew 2:10
When they saw the star...
Tuesday, December 24, 2019

St. Luke's Episcopal Candlelight Christmas Service
St. Luke's Episcopal Church will hold its traditional Candlelight Christmas Service at 11 p.m. on Tuesday, December 24. All are invited to this beautiful service which celebrates our Savior's birth.
Monday, December 23, 2019

Christian Ministry Ends Year On A Note Of Thanks
As we celebrate Christmas we want to take this opportunity to thank you for supporting Christian Ministry! Whether it was by giving of your financial support, giving of food or items, giving of your precious time or your coveted prayers, the ministry would not be here without you!
Monday, December 23, 2019

Matthew 1:20
But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said...
Monday, December 23, 2019














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