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This Christmas consider telling your children the real Santa Claus story
(THE CONVERSATION via AP) — Santa Claus will soon be coming to town, bringing gifts to children.
Friday, December 14, 2018


The Old Country Church
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — “There’s a place dear to me where I’m longin’ to be with my friends at the old country church. There with mother we went and our Sunday’s we spent with our friends at the old country church. Precious years of memories. Oh what joy it brings to me. How I long once more to be with my friends at the old country church.” — Old Country Church by Hank Williams Sr.
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Church renovation lifts Christmas spirit in Bethlehem
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — A historic renovation of the Church of the Nativity is lifting spirits in the biblical town of Bethlehem ahead of Christmas, offering visitors a look at ancient mosaics and columns that have been restored to their original glory for the first time in 600 years.
Saturday, December 15, 2018

God is making a difference
Pastor Bill Kerns
Davis Memorial Christian Church, Taylorville

TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville has been changed.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Bush 41's funerals offer blunt talk about life after death
During 60 years of friendship, George H.W. Bush went on countless trips with James Baker III, his secretary of state and a confidant so close that America's 41st president liked to call him his "little brother."
Friday, December 14, 2018

Christ, our rock
As Kim from the Breeze and myself communicated about this letter being in on time, we said “it has been a busy week” Indeed it has. Such a mess and so much destruction around our town and area, yet to this point, no life lost.
Friday, December 7, 2018

Christian Men's Fellowship Donates To Youth
Pictured is Jonathan Newlin (far right), Christian Men’s Fellowship co-ordinator, presenting a $500 donation to the Davis Memorial Christian Church youth group, and the youth minister Ashley Hughes (far left). Proceeds were derived from the C.M.F. annuak fish fry.
Friday, December 7, 2018

Amid church closings, Pope says not to be 'anxious'
It's a statistic tourists in Rome often hear while gazing at centuries of glorious architecture: The eternal city contains more than 900 churches.
Friday, December 7, 2018

Praying like an expert
Whenever I teach on prayer, one of the comments that I usually get goes something like this: “I don’t know how to pray. What should I say?”
Friday, November 30, 2018

Tim Lovelace at Tower Hill Free Methodist Church
As a Grammy and Dove nominated artist, this nationally sought after storyteller and musician has been described as the most versatile comedian on stage today. His award winning musical talents, coupled with his crystal clean humor, have people of all ages laughing their ribs loose!
Friday, November 30, 2018

Special Christmas concerts in Pawnee and Thayer
Pawnee United Methodist Church invites everyone to a special evening of Christmas music and ministry presented by the Dysart Family on Saturday, December 1 at 6 p.m. They’re located at 402 Sixth Street (corner of Sixth and Washington Streets), Pawnee, IL 62558. For more information, please call Pastor Chuck Kurfman at either 217-646-8174 or 217-691-5406.
Friday, November 30, 2018

Edinburg Community Choir to perform Dec. 9
The Edinburg Community Choir will present their Christmas cantata “Good News from Home” in the Edinburg United Methodist Church on Sunday, December 9 at 4 p.m.
Friday, November 30, 2018

World premier of 'Revival!' to be held this weekend at Museum of the Bible
An imaginative retelling of the gospel according to John the Apostle featuring original and contemporary gospel music will hold it's world premier Monday, Dec. 4 th at The Museum of The Bible, 400 4th Street SW, Washington, DC. The evening will begin with a VIP cocktail reception and red carpet, followed by performances featuring the film's stars in advance of the evening's 7:30 screening.
Friday, November 30, 2018

Holiday mystery: Where are all the Hanukkah movies?
In the last decade or two, cable television's holiday-movie season has expanded to the point that it starts soon after Labor Day and weeks before Thanksgiving arrives.
Friday, November 30, 2018

Do you want Jesus to return
TAYLORVILLE — I once asked the congregation if they would like to go to heaven. All shook their heads yes. When I asked if they wanted to go today, only a six year old boy after a moment of pondering shook his head yes.
Friday, November 23, 2018

The woman would would become St. Thea of Mississippi
The whispers began before Sister Thea Bowman reached Colorado for one of the final mission trips she would make before dying in 1990 at the age of 52.
Friday, November 23, 2018

KCOG Christmas Bazaar set for Saturday
KINCAID — Kincaid Church of God is proud and excited to announce that they will be their 2nd Christmas Bazaar, tomorrow morning, Saturday, November 17 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Due to the last year’s bazaar being so successful, the student ministries of Kincaid Church of God decided to host another one. This year, they will have almost 20 vendors available and many homemade delicious baked goods!
Friday, November 16, 2018

Giving Thanks at Faith Community Worship Center
TAYLORVILLE — Faith Community Worship Center will celebrate with a "Giving Thanks Service" on Sunday, November 18 at 10:00 a.m. The sanctuary and entrance hall will be beautifully decorated for the harvest to invite worshipers to thank God for His blessings in their lives during 2018. Musical theme for the day will be In Everything Give Thanks! with presentations by the F-X Student Praise Group and Drama Team and Children's group.
Friday, November 16, 2018

Deputy visits with DMCC youth
Friday, November 16, 2018

Jordan Peterson's secular approach to the soul, Part II
It isn't every day that a University of Toronto psychology professor is asked to officiate a wedding.
Friday, November 16, 2018

Having an attitude of thankfulness
TAYLORVILLE — What does it mean to have an attitude of thankfulness? Well, it means being thankful in all situations. It means having the ability to see past the bad and always find something good in every situation. So often we find ourselves engrossed in our daily routines, heads down, nose to the grindstone, so much so that we forget to look up and look around us to see God’s handiwork all around us.
Friday, November 16, 2018

'A new beat'
A habit I learned long ago was that if I hoped to deliver a good message I should listen to others who do the same. So, public speakers, preachers, politicians, authors, even celebrities – I try to listen as much as I can. Sometimes I find things to aspire to, to utilize, other times it is a good case of what not to do. But, as someone who regularly preaches the Word of God, I am particularly drawn to sermons. I read classic sermons, famous sermons, sermons for specific occasions, colleagues’ sermons and the like.
Friday, November 9, 2018

Honoring veterans at Faith Community Sunday
Veterans from all branches of Military Service, along with those men and women presently in any branch of the service will be honored Sunday, November 11 in the 10 a.m. service at Faith Community Worship Center. Guests from the community are invited to participate in the day.
Friday, November 9, 2018

Davis Memorial collecting for troops for Christmas
The Davis Memorial Christian Church in Taylorville has begun collecting items to send abroad to our military troops for Christmas.
Friday, November 9, 2018

The Chosen Ones to perform in Pana Nov. 17
Gospel music recording artists, The Chosen Ones, will appear on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 5 p.m. The concert will be held at Pana First Church of the Nazarene located at 1200 E. 6th Street in Pana.
Friday, November 9, 2018

Wanda Mountain Boys in Tower Hill Saturday
The Wanda Mountain Boys will be in concert at the Tower Hill Free Methodist Church on Saturday November 10 at 5 p.m.
Friday, November 9, 2018

Aretha Franklin 'Amazing Grace' to see the light
More than 46 years after it was shot, the Aretha Franklin concert film “Amazing Grace” will finally be released, ending one of the most tortured and long-running sagas in documentary film.   
Friday, November 9, 2018

Jordan Peterson and the power of modern morality
The YouTube seekers are out there, hundreds of thousands of them, clicking on links to philosophical and even theological debates that would shock those who believe cyberspace is about Donald Trump, cat videos and that's it.
Friday, November 9, 2018

Earthly protection for those seeking the divine
From the Vatican’s St. Peter’s Square to the Great Synagogue of Sydney, armed guards provide earthly protection for worshippers as they seek out the divine. And still an unexpected noise can send a spasm of fear through a congregation.
Friday, November 9, 2018

Faith Community provides opportunities to give
TAYLORVILLE — The Faith Community Worship Center (FCWC) has three ways you can help the community during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season.
Friday, November 2, 2018

Volunteers preparing for Church of God fundraiser
KINCAID —  Kincaid Church of God is preparing for another year of the season’s favorite treat - homemade peanut brittle -  right in their kitchen.
Friday, November 2, 2018

Outrageous acts of love
TAYLORVILLE — Interstate 10 (10 Freeway), also known as the “Santa Monica Freeway” or the “San Bernardino Freeway,” is a major east/west interstate highway in California. It stretches from the coast of Santa Monica on the Pacific Ocean to the border of Arizona.
Friday, November 2, 2018

Bishop to speak at FCWC
TAYLORVILLE — Bishop Jarrod and Barbara Barton will be guests Sunday at Faith Community Worship Center in Taylorville. Barbara and Jarrod Barton will bless the congregation with their singing ministry, and the instrumental talent of Bishop Barton. Reverend Barton will bring the morning message.
Friday, November 2, 2018

John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, Russia and Fatima
The world was buzzing with rumors about U.S.-Soviet talks as President Ronald Reagan flew to Italy for a global economic summit in the summer of 1987.
Friday, November 2, 2018

Pastor Appreciation
The Evangelical Free Church of Taylorville celebrated Pastor Appreciation Sunday on October 21 with a special service featuring guest speaker Dr. Frank Beaty from Bloomington, Illinois, and a potluck afterwards.
Friday, October 26, 2018

Trunk or Treat at Faith Community this Saturday
Faith Community Worship Center invites the community to their annual “Trunk or Treat” on Saturday, October 27 from 7 to 9 p.m. on the lighted church grounds and pavilion directly behind the FCWC sanctuary. Parking will be available upon entering the church driveway off Route 48 at South Spresser.
Friday, October 26, 2018

Davis Memorial collecting for troops for Christmas
The Davis Memorial Christian Church in Taylorville has begun collecting items to send abroad to our military troops for Christmas.
Friday, October 26, 2018

Truth
The prayer of Christ while in Garden of Gethsemane just before His crucifixion includes the following in John 17:17 “Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth.”
Friday, October 26, 2018

1,000 years of history shape Moscow-Istanbul clash
The great prince Vladimir had a problem in the year 986, while striving to build unity in the Kievan Rus, his network of Eastern Slavic and Finnic tribes.
Friday, October 26, 2018

It's all about the relationships
As is true with lots of ministers, I do a good number of funerals every year, and with that comes some time talking about the deceased with the family who is left behind. These families will talk about all kinds of things. They will talk about the person’s accomplishments. They will talk about hobbies and pastimes. They will talk about work and the way the [person provided for their family.
Friday, October 19, 2018

Preparing For Annual Missions Fundraiser
Trinity Lutheran Missionary Ladies are planning for their annual Used Treasures Sale on  November 3.
Friday, October 19, 2018

Kincaid Church of God revival continues Sunday
Revival continues on this week at Kincaid Church of God! Each service has been well attended, high energy, and an awesome presence of the Holy Spirit touching and changing lives in the Altar. This Sunday at KCOG, one of the churches favorites, Pastor Jimmy Russell returns! He will be preaching at both the 10:30 a.m. service and the 6 p.m. service at Kincaid Church of God.
Friday, October 19, 2018

Presbyterian outdoor worship service this Sunday
The First Presbyterian Church of Taylorville has two events coming up that they invite everyone to enjoy. On Sunday, October 21, they will be hosting an outdoor worship at Kiwanis Park, Lake Taylorville. The event begins at 10:00 a.m.
Friday, October 19, 2018

Faith Community hosts church of God camp out
Friday and Saturday, October 12 and 13 anyone traveling Route 48 approaching West Spresser witnessed a tent community on the 8.5 acres of Faith Community Worship Center that included canvas tents of every size and shape, and even tepees. The church was hosting the Illinois Church of God Boys Campout, under the direction of Daniel Maples, Illinois Director of Youth and Discipleship and the Illinois Youth and Discipleship Board members.
Friday, October 19, 2018

Probing the '81 percent of evangelicals love Trump' stat
For millions of American evangelicals, a recent Oval Office photo-op was a perfect example of the political realities they face.
Friday, October 19, 2018

Revival continues at Kincaid Church of God
Refocus, Refresh, Renew, Revive Revival continues to take place at Kincaid Church of God! Last week, Lead Pastor Jacob Skelton and Singer/Evangelist Big Mo, both did an amazing job preaching and the church experienced powerful services. And this weekend, the church expects to see more great things.
Friday, October 12, 2018

Minister's Message
There is more to being a Christian than just going to church. Yet, it still includes going to church. Let me expound on
Friday, October 12, 2018

Court convicts American pastor, allows him to leave
A Turkish court today convicted an American pastor of terror charges but released him from house arrest and allowed him to leave Turkey, a move that’s likely to ease the tensions between Turkey and the United States.
Friday, October 12, 2018

Pope accepts Washington cardinal's resignation
Pope Francis accepted the resignation today of Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl after he became entangled in two major sexual abuse and cover-up scandals and lost the support of many in his flock.
Friday, October 12, 2018

Giant leaps in faith: 1918, 1968 and just possibly in 2018
One of the most famous tales of World War I began when a fantasy fiction writer wrote a story in 1914 about British soldiers crying for help while facing overwhelming German forces near Mons, in France.
Friday, October 12, 2018

Faith and rejoicing in tough times
She was sick. She knew that she was going to die, but she refused to let it keep her down. She had fought it and beat it twenty years before. But this was a new kind, a new thing to worry about, and a new type of challenge. But that was okay. She had her faith, her belief in God that would get her through whatever she had to face and whatever situation she had to go through. She had great physicians that new her well. She and her husband had confidence in the oncologist and he worked hard at getting medications and chemotherapy to try to cure her.
Friday, October 5, 2018

Out of sight, out of mind? Follow the McCarrick money
The Cathedral of the Plains can be seen long before Interstate 70 reaches Victoria, with its Romanesque spires rising out of the vast West Kansas horizon.
Friday, October 5, 2018

Outdoor service this Sunday at Faith Community
Faith Community Worship Center in Taylorville invites the community to join them at an outdoor worship service at the church pavilion located directly behind the church sanctuary at 2:00 p.m. this Sunday, September 30.
Friday, September 28, 2018

Methodist church recognized for community service
C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation recently showcased their 53rd year of accomplishments that demonstrated that community action helps people and changes lives.  During the 2018 annual meeting some very special people and organizations were recognized as valuable community partners who enhanced the level of service to those in need.  According to C.E.F.S. Chief Executive Officer Kevin Bushur, “Without community partners like First United Methodist Church of Taylorville it would have been difficult to attain and achieve the agency outcomes and successes.”
Friday, September 28, 2018

Scott Parks new pastor at Old Stonington Baptist
On Aug. 19, Old Stonington Baptist Church called Scott Parks of Decatur as the church’s new pastor.
Friday, September 28, 2018

The silent sisterhood: Those who have lost unborn children
Priests who scan their flocks on Mother's Day will see lots of women smiling during the many blessings, hugs and kind words.
Friday, September 28, 2018

Pastor Appreciation Day Sunday
On Sunday, September 30, the congregation of the Kincaid Church of God will be honoring their pastoral team on Pastor Appreciation Day.
Friday, September 28, 2018

Wanda Mountain Boys to perform in Pana Sept. 29
PANA — The Wanda Mountain Boys will be in concert at the First Church of the Nazarene on September 29 at 6 p.m.
Friday, September 21, 2018

VCS library remodeled into STEM lab
TAYLORVILLE — As a part of the Vision Way Christian School Fund a Need project, the current VCS library was completely remodeled and made into a Maker Space and  STEM Lab.
Friday, September 21, 2018

Bishops, Satan and a 'spiritual 9/11' for Catholics
As point man for the inner ring of cardinals advising Pope Francis, Cardinal Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga of Honduras is sure that he knows a partisan political attack when he sees one.
Friday, September 21, 2018

A step in the right direction
TAYLORVILLE — I think we could safely say that we are losing our sense of direction in this age of advancing technology. That is not meant to be a commentary on this generation’s morals, or philosophy - although it might be true to some extent. The reality is we’re literally losing our sense of direction.
Friday, September 21, 2018













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