“You know whether a house is being restored or condemned by the size of the tools that are out front. If you see a crane and a wrecking ball, the house isn’t being restored, it’s coming down.” Those words penned by author and teacher, Paul Tripp*, recently caught my attention. We’ve all seen a version of both scenarios: A house marked as “condemned” that is ultimately torn down and a good ol’ “fixer-upper” that someone restores to its intended beauty. There is vastly different approach to both projects. Friday, October 23, 2020
Episcopal bishops in the 1980s were already used to urgent calls from journalists seeking comments on issues ranging from gay priests to gun control, from female bishops to immigration laws, from gender-free liturgies to abortion rights. Friday, October 16, 2020
The Apostle Paul spoke to Timothy about “perilous times” coming in what he called the latter days. Jesus warned of “deception” when teaching and being asked about His return. Seems to me, we are in that season. Friday, October 9, 2020
The Farm Hands, a well known bluegrass group from Nashville, Tenn., will be in concert at the United in Faith Church, 609 Fairgrounds Rd. Pana, Sunday Oct. 4, at 5:00 p.m. The concert will be outside. Guests may remain in their vehicle or sit in lawn chairs. A love offering will be taken. Friday, October 2, 2020
Over the weekend, one of my daughters came to me feeling pretty down, and we spent a few minutes talking through her discouragement. I know her well enough to know that part of what I need to do in those moments is a bit of cheerleading. I need to build her up. That’s not to say that I’m telling her things that aren’t true just to make her feel better. Rather, I’m reminding her of what is true about herself and her circumstances to help her see a broader view of what can be. And it always makes me feel valuable in her life to walk with her through moments like this. Friday, October 2, 2020
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
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
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 — 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
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
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
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
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
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