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home : news : religion September 18, 2018

Voters open to candidates who aren't very religious
NEW YORK (AP) — Religion's role in politics and public policy is in the spotlight heading toward the midterm elections, yet relatively few Americans consider it crucial that a candidate be devoutly religious or share their religious beliefs, according to a poll released Tuesday by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.
Friday, September 14, 2018


Stirring waters
TAYLORVILLE — In John 5, we find the account of a man who had been ill for 38 years lying by the pool of Bethesda (meaning 'House of Mercy'). Jesus approached him and asked if wished to get well. The man replied that in certain seasons an angel of the Lord stirred the water and whosoever was first into the waters was healed. He told Jesus that he had no man to help him into the water. So, of course Christ spoke to him and he was healed.
Friday, September 14, 2018

Louis Zamperini: The rest of the real-life 'unbroken story'
The lanky young evangelist from North Carolina was starting to attract media attention by the end of his 1949 tent revival in Los Angeles -- which means that professionals recorded his sermons.
Friday, September 14, 2018

Silence won't end Catholic crisis
After a week of headlines and dissent, Pope Francis delivered a sermon that -- once again -- offered silence as his strategic response to critics.
Friday, September 7, 2018

Former Iowa church to become homeless shelter for women
FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — A former church in the Fort Dodge area is being turned into a homeless shelter for women and children in six central Iowa counties.
Friday, September 7, 2018

When Labor Ceases
TAYLORVILLE — The Bible speaks of a time when all labor will cease.
Friday, September 7, 2018

Annual Labor Day Community Worship Service
The Annual Labor Day Community Worship Serive will be held on Sunday, September 2, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. The event will be held at the Edinburg Community Park Pavilion and hosted by Edinburg Christian Church
Friday, August 31, 2018

CAM announces new head pastor
The Board of Directors at Crossroads Apostolic Ministries (CAM) is pleased to announce the arrival of the church’s new head pastor, Reverend Curtis Franks. After discussion with the board and a weekend spent ministering at the church, Pastor Franks and his wife, Jessica, were voted in by church members on Sunday, July 15, 2018. The first Sunday the Franks were in service at CAM was Sunday, July 29, 2018.
Friday, August 31, 2018

This is a test....this is only a test
This is a test…this is only a test…” We hear these words on the television and on the radio every so often as they test the emergency broadcast system to make sure that their signal is getting out as it should. It may be annoying at times with that incessant buzzing sound, but if they did not run the tests, they would not know if the system was working. I believe that God also runs tests to see if we are still listening, still paying attention to what He wants us to pay attention to and to make sure that we are relying on HIM and not ourselves or others around us. It is a hard thing to be totally dependent on God for everything. After all, HE created us to be self sufficient, but He also created us to rely on HIM, to converse with HIM in prayer, to still in quiet and listen for his still small voice, and to see HIM all around us. BUT, HE never said life would be perfect, nor did HE say we would not have bad things happen in our lives or the lives of others around us.
Friday, August 31, 2018

'The Chosen Ones' at Edinburg First Baptist Church
On Sunday, September 9, starting at 6 p.m. the Family Singing Group, “The Chosen Ones” will perform at the Edinburg First Baptist Church, 416 N. Ricks Street for a concert blending traditional and progressive Southern Gospel Music with light Contemporary Christian Music.
Friday, August 31, 2018

Trying to go back to the 'Latter-Day Saints' future
No doubt about it: New York press lord Horace Greeley interviewing religious pioneer Brigham Young in 1859 was a face-off between giants.
Friday, August 31, 2018

FCWC Students Enjoy The State Fair
Friday, August 24, 2018

Annual Labor Day Community Worship Service Sept. 2
EDINBURG — The Edinburg Ministerial Association’s “Annual Labor Day Community Worship Service” will be held at the Edinburg Community Park Pavilion at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, September, 2, 2018.
Friday, August 24, 2018

"Perfectly Imperfect"
TAYLORVILLE — Glance in a magazine, watch a bit of television, even listen to ads on the radio – what do we see and hear all day, every day? We hear a subtle, implied message that we are not as we should be.
Friday, August 24, 2018

KCOG has successful blockparty
KINCAID — Another successful summer goes down in the books for Kincaid Church of God’s (KCOG) end of summer event, and this year they not only hosted a block party but also a vacation bible school. Their Game On: VBS took place last week, which included a special incentive for their participants.
Friday, August 24, 2018

The voice of an anguished dad in a catholic pew
It wasn't a normal Sunday in Catholic pulpits across America, as priests faced flocks touched by sorrow and rage after the release of a sickening grand jury report packed with X-rated details about decades of sexual abuse by clergy.
Friday, August 24, 2018

Endless Highway to perform in Tower Hill
Endless Highway will perform at the Tower Hill Free Methodist Church on Saturday, August 25 at 5 p.m. The public is invited to attend.
Friday, August 17, 2018

KCOG prepares for Summer Block Party Sunday
Kincaid Church of God (KCOG) continues to host one of their biggest events of the year – their annual summer block party.
Friday, August 17, 2018

What are you thinking?
“I really appreciate you saving my life.” This powerful expression of thanks came on January 19, 2018 from an actual pilot of a small airplane and was directed to a diligent air traffic controller. (True Stories of Air Traffic Control podcast-FAA.GOV) Another small plane was approaching quickly seemingly unaware of the impending danger.
Friday, August 17, 2018

151-year-old Stonington church sets new core values
As part of the initial work of a newly-formed “Ministry Team” of the Stonington United Methodist Church, a new Purpose Statement, Mission Statement, Core Values, and Vision Statement have been constructed, utilizing a great amount of input and discernment from the congregation. Together, these statements articulate the soul of this 151-year-old congregation. They’ve discerned this “soul” as their giftedness from God for all these generations.
Friday, August 17, 2018

Sipe's journeys through the hell of clergy sexual abuse
The last thing an America bishop wanted to see was a letter from the relentless A.W. Richard Sipe, who spent more than a half-century studying the sexual secrets of Catholic clergy.
Friday, August 17, 2018

Did Pope Francis offer sign of hope for LGBTQ Catholics?
Starting in the 1970s, New Ways Ministry leaders crisscrossed America urging Catholics to believe that somehow, someday, the Vatican would repent of what they saw as the church's dangerous doctrines on homosexuality.
Friday, August 10, 2018

Taylorville Churches to sponsor community event August 18
Friday, August 10, 2018

Christ, The Only Way
TAYLORVILLE — In John 14, the Lord Jesus is telling His disciples that He is going away to prepare a place for them, and says in Vs 4 “You know the way to the place where I am going.”
Friday, August 10, 2018

Can you be Christian and support death penalty?
Pope Francis has declared the death penalty “inadmissible.” This means that the death penalty should not be used in any circumstance. It also alters the Catholic Catechism, a compendium of Catholic doctrine, and is now binding on Roman Catholics throughout the world.
Friday, August 3, 2018

Hunger strike puts scrutiny on Mormon interviews
A Mormon man has launched a hunger strike to bring attention to a campaign calling on church leaders to bring an end to closed door, one-on-one interviews where youth are asked by adult lay leaders if they are following the religion's strict rules on sexual activity.
Friday, August 3, 2018

Pentecostal Church to hold Annual Rock -A-Block
The First United Pentecostal Church of Pana will host their 3rd Annual Rock-A-Block on August 11, 2018.
Friday, August 3, 2018

Taylorville Ministerial Assoc. Church Feud Sat.
The Taylorville Ministerial Association will hold their annual Church Feud tomorrow evening, Saturday, August 4 in the Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auditorium at 6 p.m. Enter through the lobby doors of the hospital.
Friday, August 3, 2018

'Church shop' wisely
It’s an incredible joy to be asked questions about my denomination (United Methodism), our history, beliefs, mission, uniqueness, etc. It’s also very common for people to be confused about, uninterested in, or even skeptical about Christian denominations.
Friday, August 3, 2018

Catholics face choices after fall of Archbishop McCarrick
Priests know what it's like to enter the pulpit facing scriptures that appear to have been torn from the headlines.
Friday, August 3, 2018

Movie night at Houst on the Rock Church Aug. 17
EDINBURG — The House on the Rock Church in Edinburg will be hosting a free movie night on Friday, August 17, 2018. They’ll be showing “God’s Country” at 6:30 p.m.
Friday, July 27, 2018

Morrisonville Baptist Bible school begins Sunday
MORRISONVILLE — The First Baptist Church of Morrisonville will hold Vacation Bible School July 29-August 2 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The theme this year is Camp  Moose on the Loose - Discovering God’s Forever Forgiveness.
Friday, July 27, 2018

A Simple Touch
TAYLORVILLE — Our family recently made a trip to the northeast United States, visiting several important historic sites along the way. One afternoon, we drove north from Boston along the coast, just to enjoy the scenery. I was hoping we would eventually get as far as Maine, since none of us had ever been that far north before. Along the way, however, we began to stop at a few of the rocky beaches found along the New England coast.
Friday, July 27, 2018

Parenting lessons from heroes of the Czech resistance
PRAGUE -- No matter what was happening outside their apartment walls, Kamila Bendova pulled her six children together every day and read to them for two hours or more.
Friday, July 27, 2018

Heaven is the presence of God in the company of others who have also responded to the call
When a family member or a friend passes away, we often find ourselves reflecting on the question “where are they now?” As mortal beings, it is a question of ultimate significance to each of us.
Friday, July 20, 2018

Edinburg Trinity Lutheran VBS starts Sunday
A summer kids’ event called Shipwrecked VBS will be hosted at Trinity Lutheran Church, 205 N. Campbell St, Edinburg from Sunday, July 22 to Thursday, July 26.
Friday, July 20, 2018

Teens Attend 'Rise Up' Student Camp
Friday, July 20, 2018

Kincaid church hosting block party for area kids
The Kincaid Church of God (KCOG) will host their annual Summer Block Party Sunday, August 19 from 10:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the church, 120 Market Street in Kincaid.
Friday, July 20, 2018

Confession is good for the soul
Dark secrets can and are detrimental to us all. The guilt of sin can haunt the mind. It can bring on psychological problems; undermine relationships and askew good judgement. It just makes life miserable.
Friday, July 20, 2018

When faith mixes with football flags, it seems, are ok on the field
History buffs probing the origins of the Cross of St. George will find themselves exploring a labyrinth of faith and legend in the late Middle Ages.
Friday, July 13, 2018

Minister's Message
A community can best be described broadly as a group of people living in the same area, or narrowly as a group of people sharing common attitudes, feelings, interests, or goals.
Friday, July 13, 2018

Faith Members Attend Youth Camp
Friday, July 13, 2018

'Either/Or?'
I’ve been reflecting of late on a phrase I often heard in my earlier years – “progress, not perfection”. The idea is pretty self-evident, right? We spend so much time focusing (and failing) to be perfect that we do not realize the progress we are making. It is also related to another phrase, one often given in the context of leadership – “the perfect is the enemy of the good”.
Friday, July 6, 2018

Evangelical Free Church to hold VBS July 15-19
The Taylorville Evangelical Free Church, 319 S. Washington Street, will hold Vacation Bible School (VBS) July 15-19.
Friday, July 6, 2018

Welcome
Friday, July 6, 2018

150th Celebration planned for Nokomis Methodist
The South Fork United Methodist Church of rural Nokomis will be celebrating their 150th anniversary. The celebration will begin on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.
Friday, July 6, 2018

Professor recording history of early black Mormons
A University of Utah history professor is creating a database to try to record the history of black Mormons who joined the faith from 1830-1930.
Friday, July 6, 2018

Cowden Free Methodist camp begins July 13-21
Dr. Bob and Jennifer Wilkerson will be the evangelists this year at the Cowden Free Methodist camp, July 13-21. Services are daily at 10:30 a.m. and each evening at 7:30 p.m. Sunday evening beginning at 6:00 p.m.
Friday, July 6, 2018

How to 'Bee' a perfect Christian in a niche-culture world
When newcomers arrive at a megachurch these days, they face an obstacle course of challenges -- from deciding how much to tip the parking-lot guy to tricking their normal children into looking like cherubs.
Friday, July 6, 2018

House on the Rock sponsoring movie night

EDINBURG — The House on the Rock church will have a free movie night, Friday, July 20 at 6:30 p.m. at 314 N. Grant Street in Edinburg. 

 

Friday, June 29, 2018

Faith group takes part in missions work
SEVIERVILLE, TN — Students from the F-X Youth Group, led by Senior Pastors Jerry L. and Amber Thorpe, traveled to Sevierville, TN June 19-22 for several days of hands-on missions work.  Students attending were Brandon Hefner, Carson Hefner, Taylor McArdle, Sierra Patterson, and Emily Thorpe
Friday, June 29, 2018

Faith group takes part in missions work
SEVIERVILLE, TN — Students from the F-X Youth Group, led by Senior Pastors Jerry L. and Amber Thorpe, traveled to Sevierville, TN June 19-22 for several days of hands-on missions work.  Students attending were Brandon Hefner, Carson Hefner, Taylor McArdle, Sierra Patterson, and Emily Thorpe
Friday, June 29, 2018

'Chosen Ones' at United in Faith

PANA — On Sunday, July 8, starting at 5 p.m. the Family Singing Group, “The Chosen Ones” return again to United in Faith Church, 609 Fairgrounds Rd. in Pana for a concert blending traditional and progressive Southern Gospel Music with light Contemporary Christian Music. This concert is part of United in Faith Church’s program of bringing music groups, especially Christian Music Groups, to the Pana community. 


Friday, June 29, 2018

The Vultures always come

Pastor Steve Switzer

Calvary Baptist Church

TAYLORVILLE — Looking eye-to-eye with a live vulture can definitely change your perspective in a significant way. You may have never had an “up close and personal” encounter with an uncaged vulture, but some friends and I not long ago had just such an experience. A team from our church recently took a trip to the beautiful country of Guatemala. During our trip, we took the time to tour a famous national cemetery in Guatemala City, which actually has a certain amount of worldwide fame. The history and atmosphere of this cemetery were beyond fascinating.


Friday, June 29, 2018

What Chris Pratt was really saying during the MTV awards
Everyone knows what the angelic nanny Mary Poppins meant when she sang, "A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down."
Friday, June 29, 2018

Mormons post questions asked during youth interviews
The Mormon church for the first time ever this week posted the list of questions lay leaders are supposed to ask youth during closed door, one-on-one interviews that have come under scrutiny because sexual questions sometimes arise.
Friday, June 22, 2018

Southern gospel group to perform in Tower Hill
Steve Hess and Southern Salvation are one of Southern Gospel music’s most exciting groups. This unique trio features great blend, outstanding voices, and music you can sing along with. When you hear the group live, you will be treated to a music filled event that is energetic fun and spirit filled.
Friday, June 22, 2018

Caring Corner thrift shop
The Caring Corner thrift shop located in the Morrisonville United Methodist Church is now in its eighth year.
Friday, June 22, 2018

Guest speakers at FCWC
Steve and Lee Ann Pruitt will be guest speakers Sunday at the 10 a.m. service at Faith Community Worship Center. Lead Pastors Jerry and Amber Thorpe invite the community to be blessed by their ministry.
Friday, June 22, 2018

Morrisonville churches' VBS July 8-12
Vacation Bible School, sponsored by several Morrisonville area churches, will take place from Sunday, July 8 through Thursday, July 12 from 6-8 p.m. The evening will be jam-packed with games, snacks, crafts, music, and Bible stories for children ages 4 through 6th grade. The theme is Shipwrecked, Rescued by Jesus, and the topics include loneliness, worry, struggle, disobedience, and powerlessness.
Friday, June 22, 2018

Local woman honored as Woman of Distinction
Barbara McKinney, a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Taylorville, was honored as a “Woman of Distinction” by the Springfield Diocesan Council of Catholic Women on Saturday, June 16 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield.
Friday, June 22, 2018

Christ is the answer
Jesus the Christ, the Messiah, the Son of God, our Redeemer, our Great High Priest, the Lover of our Soul, our Healer, our Deliverer, our Protector, our Mediator, our Advocate, the One who purchased us with His own Blood, the One who lives to make Intercession for us, the Bread of Life, Living Water, the Prince of Peace, the Mighty One, our King, the King of Kings, the Apostle of our Confession, the Captain of the Host, our personal Savior. Quite a list of attributes I would say.
Friday, June 22, 2018

Remembering the Rev. Fred Rogers - the real man
America was divided, tense and angry in 1969, when Fred Rogers faced a U.S. Senate subcommittee poised to grant President Richard Nixon his requests for deep budget cuts for public broadcasting.
Friday, June 22, 2018
























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