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Remember who your father is
Several years ago, a familiar transition was taking place in our nation’s capital as a new president was being sworn in to his position. Traditionally, the departing president will leave a special note of congratulations and encouragement for the incoming president. Something unique happened In this case as the departing president’s daughters left a special note for the incoming first-daughters. In an open letter that was published in the Wall Street Journal, Jenna and Barbara Bush wrote to Sasha and Malia Obama about what to expect in the days ahead as children of the President. (“Playing House in the White House” The Wall Street Journal, January 20, 2009)
Friday, June 18, 2021

The Byrds' Chris Hillman on fame, faith and music
The Byrds' classic "Turn! Turn! Turn!" didn't sound like anything else on the radio when it hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts in 1965.
Friday, June 18, 2021

Minister's Message: The Answer is "Christ"
TAYLORVILLE — Jesus said of Himself in John 14 “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father except through Me.” Luke wrote in Acts 4:12
Friday, June 11, 2021

Minister's Message
Sometimes Christians have this sense that because we’re following Jesus, life should be easy. In fact, we even take that a step further: we believe that difficulty in life can be a sign that we are not following Jesus closely enough. God must not be at work in our lives because we have somehow displeased him. We reason that if God was happy with us, he would bless us.
Friday, June 4, 2021

Communion Wars: Doctrine, Politics and Judgement
Archbishop Joseph Cordileone leads the Archdiocese of San Francisco, a symbolic city in debates about modern American culture.
Friday, May 14, 2021

Vatican online conference features Dr. Fauci, Pope Francis - and Aerosmith
The CEOs of vaccine-makers Pfizer and Moderna joined cardinals, academics and the lead guitarist of Aerosmith in opening a unique Vatican conference on COVID-19, other global health threats and how science, solidarity and spirituality can address them.

The three-day online conference, which began Thursday and ends Saturday with a virtual audience with Pope Francis, was planned well before the pandemic erupted last year.

Friday, May 7, 2021

Tyler Perry Offers Mini-Sermon During 2021 Oscars
It was just like one of those inspiring Tyler Perry movie scenes when a believer does the right thing and helps a struggler have a come-to-Jesus epiphany.

Perry was walking to his car after some Los Angeles production work when he was approached by homeless woman.

Friday, May 7, 2021

Happy Mother's Day
I begin by saying I bless all the Mom’s today in Jesus name. May this be a Happy Mothers Day for each of you. May the Grace of our God shine upon you, and may your heart be filled with His Peace.

Ephesians 6:1”Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 Honor your father and mother (which is the first commandment with a promise), 3 so that it may turn out well for you, and that you may live long on the earth.” Today, Sunday May 9th, we extend honor to every mom.

Friday, May 7, 2021

HOTR to host free movie May 21
EDINBURG — A free showing of the film “End of the Harvest” will be held at the House of the Rock Church on May 21, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.
Friday, April 30, 2021

Move Forward
Jessica Mesman tells of her grief of losing her mom when she was young. Initially, she was fine. Mesman writes,  “After coming home from the hospital without my mother, my mind goes dark.”
Friday, April 23, 2021

Prince Philip and his search for his Orthodox roots
The first nun the Bolsheviks threw into the abandoned mineshaft was best known as the Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna, the sister of the Russian Empress Alexandra.

After the 1905 assassination of her Grand Duke husband, Elizabeth became an Orthodox nun, giving away her wealth to build hospitals and orphanages. She was executed in 1918, along with others linked to her doomed brother-in-law, Tsar Nicholas II.

Friday, April 23, 2021

America's overlooked flock: The 'Nothing in Particulars'
While working on the 1985 book "Habits of the Heart," the late sociologist Robert N. Bellah met "Sheila," who described her faith in words that researchers have quoted ever since.
Friday, April 16, 2021

Flowers in the desert
Along the western coast of South America, there’s a vast desert that is unimaginably dry. In fact, the Atacama Desert in Chile is said to be among the driest places on earth. According to Reuters, the arid climate in the Atacama allows scientists to use the region as a way to gain insight about what life and living conditions might possibly be like on Mars. However, typically every five to seven years something amazing happens in this parched wilderness. A brief, uncommon period of rain will come across the desert, and seeds buried in the nutrient-scarce soil germinate and flower. And for a few weeks, the desert floor is carpeted with a beautiful landscape of vibrant blossoming plants. It’s referred to as the "desierto florido" (flowering desert). The spectacular colors of white, purple, and yellow, draw visitors and botanists from Chile and around the world. It truly is an amazing sight to behold.
Friday, April 9, 2021

The story behind 'I Love Jesus, But I Want to Die'
The first time Sarah J. Robinson tried to kill herself was eight months after she became a born-again Christian.
Friday, April 2, 2021

Minister's Message: Ginned up emotion
TAYLORVILLE — This Sunday, we Christians celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Others celebrate eggs, rabbits or something else, however the World over knows this is a special day.
Friday, April 2, 2021

FCWC to host Easter services, activities this weekend
TAYLORVILLE — The Faith Community Worship Center (FCWC) in Taylorville will host a candlelight Communion service at 6:30 p.m. on Good Friday, April 2, 2021. They believe in open Communion, that is, one need not be a member of the church to participate in Communion.
Friday, April 2, 2021

Bishop's new book provides steps to spiritual fitness
SPRINGFIELD — In Running for a Higher Purpose, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki, a marathon runner and hockey player, shares how running unlocks not only physical benefits but also profound spiritual wellbeing.
Friday, April 2, 2021

Carrie Underwood's faith shines on church hymns
Don’t get her wrong, Carrie Underwood loves to sing about getting revenge on the cheating ex and belting out ballads on award show stages in dazzling gowns. But Underwood’s spirituality has always been at her musical core.

The seven-time Grammy winner has always made hits that speak directly to her faith, from “Jesus Take the Wheel“ to “Something in the Water.“ Now she’s releasing her first album of gospel music called “My Savior“ on Friday, just in time for Easter.

Friday, March 26, 2021

Kincaid church to host farewell reception for pastor
On Sunday, March 28, 2021, the Kincaid Church of God (KCOG) will host a farewell reception for Pastor Jacob Skelton, his wife Susan and their two children, Lilly and Ian.

The reception will be held in the Fellowship Hall following the morning worship that begins at 10:30 a.m.

Friday, March 26, 2021

Spfld. Diocese announces modified dispensation
Bishop Thomas John Paprocki of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois announced that effective April 11, the general dispensation of the obligation to attend Sunday Mass and Holy Days of Obligation will expire and a modified dispensation will go into effect. The general dispensation has been in place since last March due to the coronavirus pandemic. Under the modified dispensation, most Catholics will be obligated to attend Mass, but others will continue to be dispensed from the obligation to attend Mass and Holy Days, including:
Friday, March 26, 2021

Still going
Just over a year ago, the state of Illinois went into lockdown to protect us from the coronavirus pandemic. For almost all of us, this was a new experience. We had never been through anything even remotely like this before, and we weren’t sure what to expect. Our churches wouldn’t be meeting in person the next Sunday, which was hard to fathom. Many churches were able to meet virtually, but for the first time, churches across the country would be empty on Sunday morning.
Friday, March 26, 2021

Catholic left seeks hope after Vatican bans same-sex unions
After a media firestorm ignited by a Vatican condemnation of same-sex unions -- because God "cannot bless sin" -- Catholic progressives immediately looked for hope in the words of bishops, President Joe Biden and even Pope Francis.

In his Sunday Angelus address after the March 15 ruling, the pope stressed that modern seekers want to "see Jesus" in acts of love, not persecution.

Friday, March 26, 2021

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