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Reflections on Thanksgiving
This Thursday is Thanksgiving, a day when most of us reflect on the blessings we have enjoyed. This week, Dr. Spence talks about giving thanks--and says it should be something we do every day.
Sunday, November 18, 2018

Seasoned With Thanksgiving
This week we are looking forward to all the delicious home-made meals that bring family and friends together at Thanksgiving. Recipes that have been passed down for generations have become family traditions and it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without them.
Sunday, November 18, 2018

Ephesians 4:11-12
So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers....
Sunday, November 18, 2018

Be Thankful And Get On The Good Foot
“Get, get, get, on…Get, get, get, on…Get, get, get on… The Good Foot!” The season of Thanksgiving is right upon us, and I would like to share a story about being thankful regardless of the circumstances of life.
Saturday, November 17, 2018

Colossians 4:2
Devote yourselves to prayer....
Saturday, November 17, 2018

Proverb 18:10
The name of the Lord is a fortified tower....
Friday, November 16, 2018

John 12:26
Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am....
Thursday, November 15, 2018

Psalm 56:8
You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears....
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Matthew 17:20
He replied, "Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you....
Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Christian Ministry In Need Of Volunteers
Calling for volunteers as the ministry swings into high gear for the coming Christmas season. The ministry’s soup kitchen needs volunteers on Nov. 16 as the kitchen is experiencing a shortage of three to four staffers.
Monday, November 12, 2018

James 1:5-6
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault....
Monday, November 12, 2018

Trust And Obey
Today is Veteran’s Day, and as we consider the service and sacrifices made by our veterans, one thing we can be thankful for is their commitment to obedience. In the military, obedience is seen as an absolutely essential moral virtue, and soldiers have an ethical obligation to obey all lawful orders.
Sunday, November 11, 2018

Galatians 2:20
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me....
Sunday, November 11, 2018

A Needle In The Eye, And Other Good Things!
“Cross my heart, hope to die, stick a needle in my eye!” was part of a verbal promise made by countless kids growing up in America. The promise did not have to be earth shattering, but when you were 10 years old and someone wanted to know something personal about you, before you divulged the top secret information you would make them swear allegiance by quoting the above mentioned promise.
Saturday, November 10, 2018

Romans 12:9
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil....
Saturday, November 10, 2018

Philippians 2:3-4
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit....
Friday, November 9, 2018

Encourage Others--But Recognize The Snakes
Refiner's Fire is a weekly commentary by Dr. Spencer, pastor of Lincolnton's First Baptist Church.  It is shared with members through the church newsletter, The Informer, and shared by the Lincoln Herald with our readers.
Thursday, November 8, 2018

Romans 8:39
Neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation....
Thursday, November 8, 2018

Psalm 56:4
In God, whose word I praise— in God I trust and am not afraid...
Wednesday, November 7, 2018

1 Timothy 1:15
Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance....
Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Romans 14:22
So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God....
Monday, November 5, 2018

Changing Seasons
As the seasons change and we return to Standard instead of Daylight time, it's a reminder of the changes that our lives involve.  Dr. Spence reminds us that whatever changes may occur, there is one constant: God is with us each step of the way.
Sunday, November 4, 2018

Praying In His Will
One of the most important things we do as people of faith is pray. Prayer is central in our relationship with God and in many ways the quality of our prayer determines the quality of our relationship with Him.
Sunday, November 4, 2018

Psalm 115:14
May the LORD cause you to flourish....
Sunday, November 4, 2018

Herding Cattle With Bikes
A few days ago I was riding with a preacher buddy. We were only going to ride about 20 miles, so it was not going to be a long or difficult ride. We hadn’t been on the road but for a few miles, and I saw something that I have never seen while riding a bike. We ran into a small herd of cattle in the road!
Saturday, November 3, 2018

Ephesians 4:29
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths....
Saturday, November 3, 2018

Philippians 3:13-14
Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it....
Friday, November 2, 2018

James 3:13
Who is wise and understanding among you....
Thursday, November 1, 2018

John 6:37
All those the Father gives me will come to me....
Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Jeremiah 17:10
“I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind....
Tuesday, October 30, 2018

WLHS Junior Creates Prayer Garden For Hesed House
Kelton Towery, a junior at West Lincoln High School, recently completed his project to install a Prayer Garden at Hesed House. The garden will be dedicated November 11.
Monday, October 29, 2018

Matthew 5:14
“You are the light of the world....
Monday, October 29, 2018

Revelation Sunday
October 28 was Reformation Sunday. On this day, we remembered Martin Luther and how he “reformed” the church which means he changed it in order to improve it.
Sunday, October 28, 2018

Romans 13:10
Love does no harm to a neighbor....
Sunday, October 28, 2018

If Flying Is Safe, Why Am I So Concerned?
Out of all the modes of transportation that I have ridden, the airplane is my least favorite. I have been told it is because I am not in control and therefore that is why I (almost) panic every time I board a plane.
Saturday, October 27, 2018

Isaiah 1:18
“Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord....
Saturday, October 27, 2018

John 14:23
Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching....
Friday, October 26, 2018

1 Corinthians 13:4-5
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast....
Thursday, October 25, 2018

Matthew 25:35
I was hungry and you gave me something to eat....
Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Proverbs 5:21
For your ways are in full view of the LORD....
Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Nurture Versus Nature
There is a theological frame work called nurture versus nature that is often misunderstood in Christian communities. Long hours are spent reflecting in theological communities discussing the importance of both but there is a clear distinction regarding both.
Monday, October 22, 2018

2 Timothy 2:15
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved....
Monday, October 22, 2018

Go And Sin No More
One of the central themes in the gospel is our sin and the Lord’s compassion towards sinners.
Sunday, October 21, 2018

Proverbs 5:21
For your ways are in full view of the LORD...
Sunday, October 21, 2018

How Not To Fall Off A Turnip Truck
I was at home eating lunch when my secretary called me with some bad news. She said a police officer had called from another state to report a car fatality with someone in my family, and the police officer was still on the phone to personally talk with me.
Saturday, October 20, 2018

Matthew 28:19
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations...
Saturday, October 20, 2018

Ephesians 3:20
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask...
Friday, October 19, 2018

Church Events October 19-26
Fundraisers, Blood Drives, Luncheons, Classes, Coat Drive and More!
Thursday, October 18, 2018

Matthew 5:16
In the same way, let your light shine before others...
Thursday, October 18, 2018

Proverbs 15:29
The LORD is far from the wicked....
Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Psalm 34:8
Taste and see that the LORD is good....
Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Psalm 27:4
One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek....
Monday, October 15, 2018

Our Days Are Numbered
Sometimes I forget that my days are numbered. I feel so young and have so many things I want to do. Recently I was in Taco Bell with my grandsons and the cashier asked “Do you want the senior citizen discount?”
Sunday, October 14, 2018

2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come....
Sunday, October 14, 2018

Lamentations 3:22-23
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed....
Saturday, October 13, 2018

The Pause Button
I have always heard that, “necessity is the mother of invention.” Consider the person who invented the candle because he was tired of being in the dark.
Saturday, October 13, 2018

Romans 8:31
What, then, shall we say in response to these things....
Friday, October 12, 2018

Off Balance
Uncertainty is a very off balance feeling. No one likes to feel off balance and certainly when you are not expecting it
Thursday, October 11, 2018

Romans 8:28
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those....
Thursday, October 11, 2018

Psalm 34:8
Taste and see that the LORD is good....
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

3 John 1:4
I have no greater joy than to hear....
Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD....
Monday, October 8, 2018

Living In The 90%
In John 10:10 Jesus says “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it more abundantly.” In this sense, abundant life means we will live fully in every situation.
Sunday, October 7, 2018

John 5:24
“Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me....
Sunday, October 7, 2018

A Bad Trip On Catnip
Before I get started, I want to go on record and say that I am not a medical doctor, pharmacist, veterinarian, or holistic healer, nor do I play any of these characters on TV or in real life. My interpretation on the following story is not based on any authority that comes from years of classroom study.
Saturday, October 6, 2018

John 11:25
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life....
Saturday, October 6, 2018

The Greatness of God
The greatness of God is such that it is beyond our comprehension.  This week, Dr. Spence talks about how God's plan for us continues to unfold.
Friday, October 5, 2018

Romans 15:13
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace...
Friday, October 5, 2018

1 Peter 2:16
Live as people who are free...
Thursday, October 4, 2018

2 Corinthians 5:21
God made him who had no sin to be sin for us...
Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Hebrews 11:6
And without faith it is impossible to please God....
Tuesday, October 2, 2018

John 16:33
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace...
Monday, October 1, 2018

Like John on the isle of Patmos, God reveals Himself and His purpose to each of us--if we are receptive.  This week, Dr. Spence talks about such personal revelations.
Sunday, September 30, 2018

I'm Glad You're Here
I am grateful for all of you who read this column faithfully and let me know how much it means to you.
Sunday, September 30, 2018

Matthew 11:29
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me...
Sunday, September 30, 2018

Voting For A Queen
When I was about 12- years-old and had a crush on a girl in my community. Strangely enough she did not care for me at all, I mean at all. To make matters worse, her mother and my mother were friends.
Saturday, September 29, 2018

Isaiah 41:10
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God...
Saturday, September 29, 2018

Romans 10:9
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe...
Friday, September 28, 2018

Hebrews 13:5
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have...
Thursday, September 27, 2018

2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come...
Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Hebrews 11:1
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for...
Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Matthew 11:28
Come to me, all you who are weary...
Monday, September 24, 2018

Dr. Spence reflects on the recovery underway from Hurricane Florence and compares that recovery to our long term recovery from sin as Christians.
Sunday, September 23, 2018

Be Transformed
I am blessed to serve in two ministries - Emanuel Reformed Church in Lincolnton and Exodus Homes in Hickory. They are not directly affiliated, but they both have important work to do in the body of Christ. This is a big week for Exodus Homes as we celebrate our 20th anniversary.
Sunday, September 23, 2018

Hebrews 12:2
Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith...
Sunday, September 23, 2018

The Difference Between Habit & Hobby
These past few months I have been baking like a honey badger jumps on a beehive. I have baked cakes, pies, cupcakes, and cookies. I don’t mind cooking meals, or the occasional casserole, but I love to bake sweets.
Saturday, September 22, 2018

Matthew 6:33
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness...
Saturday, September 22, 2018

Luke 10:16
Whoever listens to you listens to me...
Friday, September 21, 2018

Isaiah 53:5
But he was pierced for our transgressions...
Thursday, September 20, 2018

Ephesians 2:8-9
For it is by grace you have been saved...
Wednesday, September 19, 2018

2 Corinthians 1:3-4
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ...
Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Joshua 1:9
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous...
Monday, September 17, 2018

Get Your Own Oil
People in eastern NC are suffering in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, and we need to help them recover. We should all be prepared for potential natural disasters because they can come any time.
Sunday, September 16, 2018

Philippians 4:7
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding...
Sunday, September 16, 2018

On Truth & Love
‘Truth without love is too harsh and love without truth is too soft.’
Saturday, September 15, 2018

So It Would Seem
I guess you could say that I am “Navigationally Impaired.” This means that I have no sense of direction, which is a real challenge when I have to travel outside of my regular domain.
Saturday, September 15, 2018

John 14:27
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you...
Saturday, September 15, 2018

John 14:6
Jesus answered, “I am the way...
Friday, September 14, 2018

1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just...
Thursday, September 13, 2018

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