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home : news : religion June 17, 2018

Why religions of the world condemn suicide and what they're doing about it

Mathew Schmalz, 

College of the Holy Cross

(The Conversation via AP) —  The recent suicides of fashion designerKate Spade and celebrity chef and writerAnthony Bourdain have reminded all of us that, even for the wealthy, life can become too painful to bear.


Friday, June 15, 2018


F-X Teens attend Illinois State Student Connection
BETHALTO, Ill. — Faith Exteme (F-X) Teens and Youth Pastors Jeff and Jami Hefner from Faith Community Worship Center attended the Student Connection Day at the Illinois State Camp Meeting at Bethalto, Illinois on Friday, June 8.  
Friday, June 15, 2018

A Simple Touch
For me, one of the most powerful stories from the ministry of Jesus comes near the beginning. In Mark 1, we are just getting introduced to Jesus and what he is doing. We’ve already seen that he can do some amazing, miraculous things. He’s already gathered a crowd for his preaching and teaching. In the midst of these early steps of ministry, Jesus encounters a man who has leprosy.
Friday, June 15, 2018

What comes next, after the Masterpiece Cakeshop decision?
The Pulitzer Prize-winning "Angels in America" has long been a touchstone for gay spirituality, so it wasn't surprising that actor Andrew Garfield celebrated winning a Tony Award in the play's revival with remarks mixing faith and politics.
Friday, June 15, 2018

Slight momentary affliction vs seemingly eternal pain
Satan has no mercy and shows no mercy. He is the author of lies and deceptions. There is no hesitation on his part to speak lies into our hearts when we are in the darkest moments of sickness, pain, grief, depression and loneliness. He enlists the aid of the world and our sinful flesh to embrace these lies and to act upon them.
Friday, June 8, 2018

To speak at Kincaid Church of God
Good friend and previous pastor of Kincaid Church of God, Pastor Larry Odam, will be at Kincaid Church of God this Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Larry Odam is currently a missionary serving around the world and has quite the story to tell.
Friday, June 8, 2018

Nauvoo home to growth of Mormon religion
For the Mormons, Quincy appeared to be a beacon of hope and safety during tumultuous times.
Friday, June 8, 2018

Pope Francis, Cardinal Sarah: Do the math on Europe
When it comes to Catholicism's future in Europe, it appears that Pope Francis has started to do the math.
Friday, June 8, 2018

Heart matters
TAYLORVILLE — For 2018 our congregation has begun a yearlong journey through the Bible. Some brave souls among us have committed to reading the entire Bible during this year.
Friday, June 1, 2018

'Wrath of God' falls on the Southern Baptist convention

During her years at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, April C. Armstrong kept a journal of her experiences as one of the few women earning a Master of Arts in Theology.

 

Friday, June 1, 2018

President Jimmy Carter seeks common ground at Liberty
It's hard for anyone -- let alone a former president -- to visit Liberty University these days without mentioning President Donald Trump.
Friday, May 25, 2018

Faith Bible Academy presents jr./sr. high awards
The Junior Senior High Awards Chapel was held on Wednesday, May 16 at Faith Bible Christian Academy in Rosamond.
Friday, May 25, 2018

Faith Grads
Friday, May 25, 2018

Methodist Church Honors Grads
Friday, May 25, 2018

Minister's Message
Mel Fisher had spent his life diving for buried treasure. In the late 1960’s he began a quest for the priceless treasure cargo of the fabled lost Spanish galleon “Atocha.” Every day, for more than sixteen years, Mel, his wife, his children, and his band of “Treasure Salvors” explored the waters off the coast of Florida, in search of riches.  It was said that he motivated his team and kept the dream alive by beginning each day’s hunt with the cry: “Today’s the day!”
Friday, May 25, 2018

Franklin Graham book shares lessons from his dad
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP)  Before the 2016 elections, Billy Graham's son went to the evangelist's mountain home, seeking advice before a 50-state tour to pray with Christian voters.
Friday, May 18, 2018

Faith Kids Honor Moms
Friday, May 18, 2018

Area Christian camp offering summer events
MT. AUBURN — Campers will experience the fun of learning with games, music and outdoor activities on the lake and on the trail.
Friday, May 18, 2018

The complex soul of the real General Robert E. Lee
Soon after the Army of Northern Virginia surrendered to Union forces, Gen. Robert E. Lee wrote to one of his spiritual advisers while wrestling with the pain of this great defeat, but also with a lesson that he had learned.
Friday, May 18, 2018

Faith Community holds Ladies Spring Banquet
Twenty ladies and girls from Faith Community Worship Center celebrated Mothers Day at their Annual Ladies Spring Banquet on Monday, May 6 at a local restaurant.
Friday, May 11, 2018

first communion
Friday, May 11, 2018

Minister's Message
Friday, May 11, 2018

Why does Congress have a chaplain?
House speaker Paul Ryan has reinstated Father Patrick Conroy as chaplain of the House of Representatives. Conroy, who resigned last week, later rescinded his resignation, daring the speaker to fire him instead.
Friday, May 11, 2018

Gospel Sing tonight
EDINBURG — Edinburg Baptist Church will be hosting a gospel sing at 6:00 p.m. on May 4, 2018.
Friday, May 4, 2018

Movies on Israel at House on the Rock Church
EDINBURG — In honor of Israel's 70 birthday Celebration, House on the Rock Church in Edinburg  will be showing "Israel indivisable the case for the ancient homeland" on May 16. 
Friday, May 4, 2018

The Lesters to perform in Tower Hill on May 12
TOWER HILL, Ill. — The Lesters, from St. Louis, Missouri, often called "St. Louis' First Family of Gospel Music," have been sharing The Word through song for four generations. With more than a 90 year history and numerous albums behind them, the group proudly brings the third and fourth generation to the stage for a sound that is 100 percent "pure Lester."
Friday, May 4, 2018

Minister's Message: "Troubles"
I recently watched a talk directed at ministers who work with junior high and high school students. As a part of the talk, the speaker invited 6-8 people on stage and gave them posters that said things like: school problems, secrets from parents, drugs, sexual identity, and addiction. 
Friday, May 4, 2018

When recruiting priests, doctrine of ten shapes demographics

The couples gathered for this Mass with Pope Francis knew a thing or two about marriage, since they were celebrating their 25th, 50th or 60th wedding anniversaries.

Still, the pope delivered a blunt homily on a painful family issue. The bottom line: Many Catholics do not want children.


Friday, May 4, 2018

Larry Norman helped create contemporary Christian music industry
When Larry Norman died in 2008, there was one thing the critics -- secular and religious -- agreed on: The controversial singer and music maven helped create the "Contemporary Christian Music" industry.
Friday, April 27, 2018

What the newly-born prince has in common with the Prince of Peace
Minister's Message
Friday, April 27, 2018

FBCA students present 'Murder at the Pie Auction'
Faith Bible Christian Academy of Rosamond will be presenting the wild pie baking free-for-all play, "Murder at the Pie Auction" by Michael Druce this Saturday, April 28, hosted at FBCA. The full 2-Act play is a comedy-murder mystery written for dinner theater to entertain the audience. There are some "bit" parts available for those adventurous to partake in audience participation.
Friday, April 27, 2018

Why conservative bastion chose liberal evangelical icon for its commencement
In a move that might surprise some, the conservative evangelical Liberty University has chosen the liberal evangelical icon Jimmy Carter to give its commencement speech this year. Based on my research into the history of evangelical higher education, however, the move makes perfect sense: The long-standing dream of conservative evangelical universities like Liberty is to be more than a niche school.
Friday, April 27, 2018

Israel marks 70 years as a country this week

JERUSALEM (AP) — Is Israel a success as it turns 70? As Israelis commemorate the milestone this week, satisfaction and a grim disquiet share the stage.


Friday, April 20, 2018

Faith Community Youth Perform At Regional Rally
Friday, April 20, 2018

Dixie Melody Boys to play in Tower Hill Apr. 28

TOWER HILL, Ill. — The popular Southern Gospel quartet, The Dixie Melody Boys will be featured at the Tower Hill Free Methodist Church, located at 204 North Erie in Tower Hill, Ill. on Saturday, April 28 during the 5 p.m. music worship event.


Friday, April 20, 2018

Children in church: Do they belong or not?

CHRISTIAN COUNTY — Yes, children DO belong. They are not the “FUTURE of the church”, they ARE the church NOW. As long as we think church is for adults, and children must first shed their innocence and childhood in order to be qualified as a church-member, then children will never belong:  “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder then, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these,” Jesus says famously in Luke 18. 


Friday, April 20, 2018

Larry Norman and the wars over 'Christian' music and art

When Larry Norman released "Upon This Rock" in 1969, its rock-star sizzle and blunt faith put the album in the soundtrack for millions of lives as the "Jesus Movement" revival surged onto the cover of Time magazine.


Friday, April 20, 2018

Billy Graham, Shirley MacLaine and 30 years of 'On Religion'
Through the decades, the Rev. Billy Graham was known for saying three words over and over: "the Bible says."
Friday, April 13, 2018

Pastor appreciation at FCWC
Jerry and Amber Thorpe were officially appointed Lead Pastors of Faith Community Worship Center on January 3, 2007, and have capably led the congregation over ten years. The Thorpes, along with their two children, Tyler, age 22 and Emily, age 15, are dedicated to the ministry of the church and are active in the the Taylorville Community.
Friday, April 13, 2018

KCOG to host Youth World Evangelism Rally
Churches of God from the Central Districts of Illinois will be coming together on Sunday, April 15 at 6:00 p.m. at the Kincaid Church of God for a Youth World Evangelism Action (YWEA) Rally.
Friday, April 13, 2018

FBCA students participate in IACS tournament
Faith Bible Christian Academy participated in the Illinois Association of Christian Schools Fine Arts & Academic Tournament in Schaumburg, Illinois on March 15-16. Several students entered artwork, tested in different academic subjects and acted in duets or a group performance.
Friday, April 13, 2018

Seeing others
Friday, April 13, 2018

Wanda Mountain Boys to perform in Pana
PANA — For the last 25 years the Wanda Mountain Boys have established themselves in the Gospel Music community in the Midwest community in the Midwest. The Quartet is continuing the tradition set forth by their founding members as they share their unique sound and style with congregations across Mid-America. 
Friday, April 6, 2018

Quarter auction at Kincaid Church of God
KINCAID — Kincaid Church of God (KCOG) will host its first ever Quarter Auction Fundraiser Thursday, April 12 at 6:30 p.m.  
Friday, April 6, 2018

House on the Rock Church to host movie night
EDINBURG — The House on the Rock Church, 314 N. Grant St. in Edinburg, will host a free movie night on Friday, April 20 at 6:30 p.m. The movie, “Charge Over You” will be shown and free popcorn and drinks will be served.
Friday, April 6, 2018

Young Europe headed into a post-Christian future
After years of worrying about Europe's future, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany put his hopes and fears on the record during a 2001 interview.
Friday, April 6, 2018

When you find the donkey, you'll find your destiny
TAYLORVILLE — In 1954 a milkshake salesman named Ray Kroc was traveling the country trying to sale his “Milk Shake Multi-Mixer.” Sales were plummeting, so it got Ray’s attention when a burger stand in San Bernadino California purchased eight of his multi-mixers.
Friday, April 6, 2018

Taylorville Southern Baptist Church opens its doors nearly 2 years after fire
TAYLORVILLE — In July of 2016, the Taylorville Southern Baptist Church burned, causing heavy damage and destroying most of the interior of the building. Caused by a heater in the Baptistry, the fire forced the congregation to relocate from their home church to a rented room on West Vine Street.
Friday, April 6, 2018

Faith Community Worship Center Holds Huge Easter Event For Kids
Friday, April 6, 2018

Minister's Message
Friday, March 30, 2018

Stations Of The Cross
Friday, March 30, 2018

The symbolism of a French officer's sacrifice and his heroism
Three years ago, a French police officer traveled to the Basilica of Sainte-Anne d'Auray near the Brittany coast, seeking yet another change in his already eventful life.
Friday, March 30, 2018

Visiting Memphis 50 years after King's assassination
Fifty years ago, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was killed while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. The civil rights leader’s shocking murder on April 4, 1968, marked one of the most significant moments in U.S. history.
Friday, March 30, 2018

United Methodists still waiting for the final shoe to drop

After decades of fighting about sex and marriage, the world's 12.5 million United Methodists are still waiting for a final shoe to drop.


Friday, March 23, 2018

Area teens invited to youth service
TAYLORVILLE — Youth Pastor Jeff Hefner invites teens from the community ages 12-19 years to attend the Saturday, March 24 Faith Extreme (F-X) Youth Ministry service at 7:00 p.m. at Faith Community Worship Center in Taylorville. 
Friday, March 23, 2018

Sisters of Faith attend "Joy" women's conference
DECATUR — Ladies gathered from throughout Illinois this past weekend to attend a "Choose Joy" Women's Conference at the GT Church in Decatur, Illinois. The conference was under the leadership of Mrs. Letha Witter from the Illinois Church of God Department of Women's Ministries and Mrs. Jordan Maples from the Illinois Department of Youth and Discipleship. 
Friday, March 23, 2018

Kincaid church to host community Easter egg hunt
KINCAID — This weekend at the Kincaid Park, Kincaid Church of God (KCOG) will be hosting their second Community Easter Egg Hunt from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 25, 2018.
Friday, March 23, 2018

Christ, our Passover lamb
TAYLORVILLE — So grateful to our God that He told His people to remember His Holy Convocations /Feasts, and celebrate them always. Passover is one of them. Most of the western church world call it Easter.
Friday, March 23, 2018

















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