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1 John 5:13
I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God...
Wednesday, August 12, 2020

John 1:1
In the beginning was the Word...
Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Exodus Homes Unveils New Mural Celebrating "Strength In Diversity"
Exodus Homes, a faith based United Way agency in Hickory that provides supportive housing for homeless recovering people returning to the community from treatment centers and prison has impacted our community significantly beyond the lives of their residents since their founding in 1998. 
Monday, August 10, 2020

Amos 5:24
But let justice roll on like a river...
Monday, August 10, 2020

Thank God For The YMCA
I am so tired of the COVID 19 pandemic and its restrictions! In the Exodus ministry where I serve in Hickory I am known as “the COVID 19 police” because I am the primary enforcer of all the new rules.
Sunday, August 9, 2020

Hebrews 12:11
No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful...
Sunday, August 9, 2020

What Is On Your Menu?
A few weeks ago my wife and I decided to do something different with our diet. Instead of being driven by compulsion or the ease of fast food, we wanted to eat and feel healthier.
Saturday, August 8, 2020

1 Corinthians 15:22
For as in Adam all die...
Saturday, August 8, 2020

Thoughts On Bishop Lowery
Bishop Franklin Lowery passed away last Sunday evening (August 2nd) after suffering a stroke.  This week, Dr. Spence remembers his friend and fellow pastor. 

Friday, August 7, 2020

Upcoming Church Events
Email  us your church events!
Friday, August 7, 2020

Luke 16:10
Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much...
Friday, August 7, 2020

John 8:12
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said...
Thursday, August 6, 2020

Jeremiah 17:7
But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD...
Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Proverbs 19:8
The one who gets wisdom loves life...
Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Galatians 6:2
Carry each other's burdens...
Monday, August 3, 2020

Greater Blessings
One of my favorite things to do is take a long hot bath. I look forward to these times of absolute peace and quiet, but I must work to make it happen because my hot water heater is small and doesn’t make enough hot water to fill the tub.
Sunday, August 2, 2020

Psalm 27:4
One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek...
Sunday, August 2, 2020

John 13:14
Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet...
Saturday, August 1, 2020

The Fear Of Losing Something You Love!
We have all experienced the feeling of fear and helplessness in misplacing or losing something that is important to us. I can’t tell you how many times I have misplaced my keys and began a process of looking for them that would make CSI look like amateurs.
Saturday, August 1, 2020

Matthew 5:14
You are the light of the world...
Friday, July 31, 2020

Making The Most Of "Re-Creation"
2020 has been a year like no other in our lifetimes.  We have been forced to forego many of the things we 'took for granted,' among them much of our day-to-day contact with friends and extended family.  This week, Dr. Spence talks about using this time of isolation for forging a closer relationship with God.
Thursday, July 30, 2020

Upcoming Church Events
Food Giveaway for Lincoln County residents who are SNAP eligible and/or clients of Christian Ministry; and the FBC Kids Sidewalk Chalk Event are coming up on August 1.  Email  your church events to
Thursday, July 30, 2020

Acts 2:21
And everyone who calls...
Thursday, July 30, 2020

Food Giveaway At Cedar Grove Lutheran
A Food Giveaway will be held at Cedar Grove Lutheran Church on Saturday, August 1 at 8 a.m. for the purpose of distributing surplus food items on behalf of Christian Ministry of Lincoln County and Second Harvest Food Bank.
Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Matthew 5:48
Be perfect, therefore...
Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Psalms 68:19
Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior...
Tuesday, July 28, 2020

John 14:21
Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me...
Monday, July 27, 2020

The Fourth Man
As soon as Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were thrown into the blazing furnace the king was astonished to see they were not alone in the fire in Daniel 3:24-25.
Sunday, July 26, 2020

Galatians 5:22-23
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control...
Sunday, July 26, 2020

We're Family
The COVID-19 pandemic has put new pressure on families and new opportunities as well.  It's the same with the church family, as Dr. Spence explains this week.
Saturday, July 25, 2020

Luke 6:35
But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back...
Saturday, July 25, 2020

There Is No "D" In Irish
What were the important lessons that you learned working on your first job? I had two jobs during my high school years, and I learned a number of lifetime lessons that stay with me to this day. My first job was a dishwasher at the Great Smokies Hilton in Asheville, N.C.
Saturday, July 25, 2020

Upcoming Church Events
Concert Saturday, July 25 coming up in Lowesville.  Please send your upcoming church announcements to us at
Friday, July 24, 2020

Matthew 5:16
In the same way, let your light shine before others...
Friday, July 24, 2020

Proverbs 27:17
As iron sharpens iron...
Thursday, July 23, 2020

Psalms 16:8
I keep my eyes always on the LORD...
Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Proverbs 18:10
The name of the Lord is a fortified tower...
Tuesday, July 21, 2020

1 Corinthians 1:10
I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you...
Monday, July 20, 2020

It's Never Too Late
The Bible was written thousands of years ago but the problems it describes are just as real today as they were then. The human condition has not changed, and the need for God’s miraculous help is just as urgent today as it was back then. 
Sunday, July 19, 2020

Prayer Meeting On The Square Wednesday
Another Prayer Meeting on the Courtsquare is planned for this Wednesday (July 22nd).
Sunday, July 19, 2020

Isaiah 40:29
He gives strength to the weary...
Sunday, July 19, 2020

Shaved My Legs For This?
I have always been an extreme optimist when it comes to attempting new hobbies. Whether it has been learning the challenges of white-water kayaking, developing a system of robbing honey bees without getting stung, or attempting to play the banjo without ending up divorced.
Saturday, July 18, 2020

Isaiah 52:7
How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news...
Saturday, July 18, 2020

Proverbs 15:31
Whoever heeds life-giving correction...
Friday, July 17, 2020

Rescue The Perishing
The pandemic is raging, and there are many other problems.  If ever there was a time when we needed God's help, it is now.  In prayerful thought, Dr. Spence this week recalls a hymn that is very appropriate for these trying times.
Thursday, July 16, 2020

Upcoming Church Events
Daniels Lutheran Spaghetti Lunch for their building fund is coming up Sunday, July 19. Email the Lincoln Herald with your church announcements!
Thursday, July 16, 2020

Psalms 28:7
The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him...
Thursday, July 16, 2020

Mark 8:36
What good is it for someone to gain the whole world...
Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Matthew 6:7-8
And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans...
Tuesday, July 14, 2020

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

Prayer Service Planned
A unity prayer service similar to the one that was held in June on the Courtsquare is planned for this Monday afternoon at Atrium Health-Lincoln.
Monday, July 13, 2020

1 Peter 2:16
Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil...
Sunday, July 12, 2020

Psalms 91:1-2
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty...
Saturday, July 11, 2020

Matthew 19:24
Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle...
Friday, July 10, 2020

John 14:21
Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me...
Thursday, July 9, 2020

James 1:22-24
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves...
Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Christian Ministry Still Grapples With Restrictions
Starting this Saturday, July 11, Christian Ministry will be working in partnership with McKendree United Methodist Church to open a satellite office at the church, located at 3537 N. Maiden Hwy. just outside Lincolnton.
Monday, July 6, 2020

Matthew 5:6
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness...
Monday, July 6, 2020

Break Free
My son James is an artist and he is creating an outdoor mural in Hickory with three wild horses running together, and the piece shows the moment where they split and go in different directions.
Sunday, July 5, 2020

Proverbs 13:6
Righteousness guards the person of integrity...
Sunday, July 5, 2020

Would You Pass The Breathalyzer Test?
Hank Williams Sr. wrote a song, “Your Cheating Heart Will Tell On You!” I guess Hank had suffered a broken heart and had found out by how the other person acted. Hank made a good point, the way people act will eventually show what they are thinking. 
Saturday, July 4, 2020

Matthew 7:12
So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you...
Saturday, July 4, 2020

Psalms 90:12
Teach us to number our days...
Friday, July 3, 2020

Genesis 9:11
I establish my covenant with you...
Thursday, July 2, 2020

Philippians 2:5
In your relationships with one another...
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Psalms 55:22
Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you...
Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Ezekiel 36:26
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you...
Monday, June 29, 2020

Proud To Be An American
One of the things I like most about writing this column is hearing from you. Your emails, phone calls, and letters are precious to me. So many of you tell me that you send these articles to friends and loved ones as well as use them in your Sunday school classes and other small group ministry organizations. 
Sunday, June 28, 2020

Psalm 91:2
I will say of the LORD...
Sunday, June 28, 2020

Lessons From A Dragon!
As long as I can remember, I have always been busy. Even as a child, I played sports while I was in school, and tried to join or belong to every club that would have me. When I entered college, I discovered that the cost was the same for 12 hours per semester as 18 hours, I tried to take 18 hours every semester.
Saturday, June 27, 2020

1 John 4:12
No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another...
Saturday, June 27, 2020

1 John 5:5
Who is it that overcomes the world...
Friday, June 26, 2020

John 1:14
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us...
Thursday, June 25, 2020

The Church In Times Of Trouble
As the 'Safer at Home' period continues, Dr. Spence suggests that this pandemic serves as a test of our faithfulness--and an opportunity to do more to share God's message for our world.
Wednesday, June 24, 2020

2 Timothy 1:9
He has saved us and called us to a holy life...
Wednesday, June 24, 2020

James 1:19
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this...
Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Ephesians 4:11-12
So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers...
Monday, June 22, 2020

Came To Believe
The world is a crazy place today. COVID 19 has changed our lives. Protests across the country are causing us to question our views on racial justice and what we need to do to address the generational effects of racism in all its forms. People are hurting. Our country is divided.
Sunday, June 21, 2020

Matthew 7:7
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find...
Sunday, June 21, 2020

Christian Ministry's Urgent Appeal For LINC Meals
Christian Ministry’s LINC Meals program provides a vital service to many and they need your help. Co-ordinator Mimi Rhyne said Thursday that there is an urgent need for volunteer delivery drivers and food packers.
Saturday, June 20, 2020

Sinking & Don't Know It?
I have never tried to walk on water but I have had to step out on faith and believe that God would keep me from falling. I honestly believe most Christians have at one time or another taken this step of faith in their lives. 
Saturday, June 20, 2020

3 John 1:11
“Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good...
Saturday, June 20, 2020

Christian Ministry Satellite Offices Opening Soon
Christian Ministry will soon have satellite offices opening up. That’s the word this week from Mitzi Williams, executive director of Christian Ministry of Lincoln County. Williams spoke further about this and a new partnership for the organization.
Friday, June 19, 2020

Church Yard Sale
The Live Embers (senior group) from Dallas Baptist Church will have their annual yard sale fundraiser this Saturday (June 20th) at the church on W. Trade St. in Dallas.
Friday, June 19, 2020

Colossians 4:2
Devote yourselves to prayer...
Friday, June 19, 2020

Faith Of Our Fathers
This Sunday is Father's Day.  This week, Rev. Phillip Campbell, Minister of Music & Worship at First Baptist Church, offers memories of his own father for our Refiner's Fire column.
Thursday, June 18, 2020

Isaiah 1:18
“Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord...
Thursday, June 18, 2020

Matthew 6:14
For if you forgive other people when they sin against you...
Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Psalms 24:10
Who is he, this King of glory...
Tuesday, June 16, 2020

1 Peter 3:13
Who is going to harm you...
Monday, June 15, 2020

Don't Hate Your Neighbor
Right now, our country is divided, and it is difficult to talk about anything important without risking an argument with a friend or loved one. Politics, religion, racial justice, the environment, the economy, the up-coming election, and COVID 19 all are risky subjects. 
Sunday, June 14, 2020

Joshua 1:9
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous...
Sunday, June 14, 2020

Stanley Community Comes Together To Pray
Approximately 35 people gathered at the United Action of Stanley Churches (USAC) Welcome Center at 9 a.m. this morning, June 13, for a Prayer Walk
Saturday, June 13, 2020

When Things Remain The Same
Who can understand the nature of life? How do salmon know when to leave the ocean and return to the fresh water streams of their birth before they die? How do certain birds know the right time to fly south for the winter? How do stray cats know the right time to start a fight in early morning hours outside my bedroom window to wake me up? 
Saturday, June 13, 2020

Lamentations 3:22-23
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed
Saturday, June 13, 2020

1 Corinthians 6:19
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit...
Friday, June 12, 2020

1 Peter 4:16
However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed...
Thursday, June 11, 2020

Matthew 6:25-26
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink...
Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Psalms 121:1
“I lift up my eyes to the mountains...
Tuesday, June 9, 2020

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