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Blaming the body of Christ and your pastor
Now more than ever before, with everything going on in the world, we who believe, need to connect ourselves and be faithful to the body of Christ, the man or woman of God and our local assembly.

Connecting and staying connected is very important in your walk and relationship with God. I ask you today to evaluate yourself. How do you stay connected?

Friday, September 25, 2020

Fertility rates are almost always linked to faith issues
It was one of those happy social media pictures, only this time, the pregnant mother was celebrating with her nine children.

Los Angeles comedian and actor Kai Choyce was not amused and tweeted the photo with this comment: "this is environmental terrorism. ... In the year 2020 literally no one should have ten kids."

Friday, September 25, 2020

DMCC collecting names and monetary donations for Christmas military packages
TAYLORVILLE — Davis Memorial Christian Church will once again send military Christmas packages to local military citizens deployed overseas.
Friday, September 18, 2020

It will get better
TAYLORVILLE — Tired, weary, reluctant, frustrated, given up, burnout. We have experienced all of these emotions. And for good reason. Life can be a grind.
Friday, September 18, 2020

Bible reading downtown Sunday
On Sunday, September 13 from 2:00-3:00 pm, people from various churches or those who just want to help read from the Christian County area will meet on the courthouse lawn to read together theBible. This has been an annual event for the past several years. Anyone who has not been called to read or would like to participate is welcome to join in. Just bring a lawn chair and a Bible.
Friday, September 11, 2020

Headed in the right direction
When you’re in London, England, Dusseldorf, Germany is 357 miles to the east. Edinburgh, Scotland is 403 miles to the north. If you’re flying to Dusseldorf, you would not expect your airplane to land in Edinburgh. But that’s exactly what happened on March 25, 2019.

Someone from the aviation company operating British Airways filed the wrong flight path for Flight 3271 to Dusseldorf, sending the jet to Edinburgh. The pilots, cabin crew, and air traffic controllers thus assumed the plane was supposed to go to Scotland.

Friday, September 11, 2020

Kincaid Church of God honors Mike Summers
KINCAID — Sunday, August 30, 2020, Kincaid Church of God (KCOG) celebrated the faithful service of one of God's servant’s, Mike Summers. He and his wife, Sharon Summers have been committed members of KCOG since 1971 or 49+ years.
Friday, September 4, 2020

Minister's Message: Guard your heart
TAYLORVILLE — Scripture tells us of the return of Christ who ascended into Heaven following His resurrection from the dead. No one knows the date, however Jesus said we can know the season. It is spoken of as The Latter Days, The Last Days, That Day and more.
Friday, September 4, 2020

Christians uniting to fight injustices
Two authoritative religious bodies on Thursday called on Christians to band together to fight “sins” laid bare or aggravated by the pandemic, including racism and economic injustice.

The Vatican and the World Council of Churches, which is based in Switzerland, issued a joint document noting that the COVID-19 outbreak has drawn attention to "the scandalous gap between the rich and the poor.” The document declared that Christians are compelled to work to heal inequalities, including between men and women.

Friday, August 28, 2020

Last week, I took my daughter back to college to get settled before her junior year, and after dropping her off twice before and seeing her off for a mission trip and an internship over the years, I thought it would be relatively easy emotionally to say goodbye and head home.

After I said my goodbyes and drove away from campus and onto the highway, I found that I was wrong. Though leaving her the first time at college was far more difficult, leaving her for this third year wasn’t nearly as easy as I thought it would be. Thinking of not seeing her for a few months and knowing that I wasn’t there to protect her from life was tough, and I felt a real sadness take over during that drive back home.

Friday, August 28, 2020

Sticks and stones
Proverbs 12:18
18 Careless words stab like a sword, but wise words bring healing.

Proverbs 18:21
21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

Friday, August 21, 2020

Presbyterian Church resumes in-person worship
The First Presbyterian Church in Taylorville has resumed in-person worship services each Sunday at 10 a.m.

In addition, they are still offering recordings of the full service for those that wish to participate that way.

Friday, August 14, 2020

Rock solid
For many years a rock formation in the White Mountains of New Hampshire had stood large and proud. It was affectionately known as “The Old Man of the Mountain.” This 40-foot rock configuration had been naturally carved over time to resemble the profile of an old man’s face. The “Old Man” was first reportedly observed in modern times in 1805. Referring to the sighting, Daniel Webster (famous lawyer and politician) said, "Men hang out their signs indicative of their respective trades; shoemakers hang out a gigantic shoe; jewelers a monster watch, and the dentist hangs out a gold tooth; but in the mountains of New Hampshire, God Almighty has hung out a sign to show that there He makes men." Nathaniel Hawthorne later visited the site and then wrote about it in his short story “The Great Stone Face.”
Friday, August 14, 2020

Rooted and grounded
TAYLORVILLE — Have you noticed that so much in these days is “how you feel”, and less about truth? Scripture says “The root of the righteous yields fruit”. I must instantly feel good about something or reject it seems to be the noise of the day. Fruit takes time to be produced, but everything does have a result or fruit. Proverbs says “Guard you heart, for from it flow the issues of life”. According to the Apostle Paul, we are to be “rooted and grounded in love (Christ) and to be built up in Him”.
Friday, August 7, 2020

Rooted and Grounded
Have you noticed that so much in these days is “how you feel”, and less about truth? Scripture says “The root of the righteous yields fruit”. I must instantly feel good about something or reject it seems to be the noise of the day. Fruit takes time to be produced, but everything does have a result or fruit. Proverbs says “Guard you heart, for from it flow the issues of life”. According to the Apostle Paul, we are to be “rooted and grounded in love (Christ) and to be built up in Him”.
Saturday, August 1, 2020

Cornel west and Robert George keep fighting for tolerance
America is so divided that 50% of "strong liberals" say they would fire business executives who donate money to reelect President Donald Trump.

Then again, 36% of "strong conservatives" would fire executives who donate to Democrat Joe Biden's campaign.

Friday, July 31, 2020

"Context Matters"
TAYLORVILLE — We have all heard the warning – context counts. We likely have experienced having something we have said taken out of the larger context. We know from experience how easily this can change, shape, or influence how what is said or written is understood. Being able to express one’s self clearly and with as few words as possible is becoming a vital skill in our present day, but always is balanced with the importance of giving full context and nuance.
Friday, July 24, 2020

Goodman influenced by Baptist roots
To draw a bead on the unique artistry of S.G. Goodman, it helps to know that she claims the influences of power-chord guitar legend Link Wray and her southern Baptist roots in almost the same breath.
Friday, July 17, 2020

What it's all about
Our family recently returned from attending the funeral of my wife’s grandmother. Everyone she knew, whether they were actually related to her or not, called her Nanny Holder. She was 99 years old and was everyone’s grandmother. She was a pastor’s daughter, a pastor’s wife, a pastor’s mother, and a pastor’s grandmother. Much of her life was spent inside the walls of a church. And she was a person of great faith.
Friday, July 17, 2020

Catholic Church amasses $1.4 billion in virus aid
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Roman Catholic Church used a special and unprecedented exemption from federal rules to amass at least $1.4 billion in taxpayer-backed coronavirus aid, with many millions going to dioceses that have paid huge settlements or sought bankruptcy protection because of clergy sexual abuse cover-ups.
Friday, July 10, 2020

Notre Dame to be rebuilt without modern touches
PARIS (AP) — Notre Dame Cathedral will be rebuilt just the way it stood before last year’s devastating fire.
Friday, July 10, 2020

Fans who crack open baseball history books are sure to find photographs of Jackie Robinson stealing home and wreaking havoc on the basepaths.
Friday, July 10, 2020

Victory Boys to perform in Pana July 26
PANA — The United in Faith Church will host the Victory Boys on Sunday, July 26, 2020 beginning at 5 p.m. at 609 Fairgrounds Road in Pana. Weather permitting, the concert will be held outside and you are encouraged to bring your lawn chairs for outdoor seating. A free will offering will be taken.
Friday, July 10, 2020

Celebrating Liberty
Towering distinctly over New York Harbor, midway between the shores of New York and New Jersey, is the famous work of art known as the Statue of Liberty. “Lady Liberty” rises 305 feet out of the waters of the harbor with a stern face staring straight ahead, and her right arm outstretched to lift a burning torch. The massive statue was a gift from France to the United States and was officially inaugurated in October of 1886. The translation of her original name was, “Liberty Enlightening the World.” And for over 130 years now, that colossal statue has served majestically as a symbol for that very theme.
Friday, July 3, 2020

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