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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

Cries for help continue from Christians in Nigeria
Another day, with yet another funeral.

Catholics in Nigeria have buried many priests and believers killed in their country's brutal wars over land, cattle, honor and religion. But this was the first time Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of the Sokoto Diocese had preached at the funeral of a seminarian.

Friday, March 19, 2021

Minister's Message: Evil's gift of hate
TAYLORVILLE — Evil’s hatred targeted the Asian American community last night in Atlanta. It is obvious what the perpetrator committed was wrong. No one should debate this truth.
Friday, March 19, 2021

New Jerusalem Singer in concert
Friday, March 19, 2021

Old hymns and new anthems of the Covid year
It's a hymn that the faithful start singing whenever a Baptist church organist plays the opening chords -- because everyone knows it by heart.

All together now: "When peace like a river attendeth my way, when sorrows like sea billows roll; whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say, It is well, it is well, with my soul."

Friday, March 12, 2021

Free movie night March 19 House on Rock
A free showing of the film “Power of the Air” on March 19, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. at House on the Rock Church (HOTR), 314 N. Grant St., Edinburg, Ill.

A missionary from Africa comes to the United States and shares with a concerned Christian how he feels the church in America is being deceived and in great danger. The Christian is very convicted by what he hears, makes a significant change in his life, and then sets forth a plan to reach his city with the gospel.

Friday, March 12, 2021

Twelve diocesan schools can receive $15,000 in scholarships
Springfield — Student demand for Illinois’ tax credit scholarships is at an all-time high. This school year, 481 students in 30 schools across the Catholic Diocese of Springfield in Illinois received a scholarship to attend Catholic school thanks to about $1.4 million in donations.
Friday, March 5, 2021

Minister's Message: Get the picture
TAYLORVILLE — I was intrigued by the graduation tradition of a school not far from here, Lincoln Christian University. The account of their last graduation celebration on May 4, 2019 included this interesting detail: “In continuing with a long-time tradition, each seminary graduate was presented with a towel ‘to wash the feet of the world,’ reminding them of their call to serve.” (courtesy of Lincoln Daily News) According to the custom, each Graduate from the seminary receives a diploma and a towel during the commencement ceremony. The diploma marks the completion of an educational milestone; the towel signifies a lifetime of service to which graduates are committing themselves.
Friday, March 5, 2021

Above all, honor God
Seek first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness (Matthew 6), You shall love the Lord your God with all you heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind (Matthew 22), If you love Me, you will keep my commandments (John 14), If we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us of all unrighteousness (1 John 1).
Friday, February 26, 2021

Signs and wonders
This year, I’m using a devotional book called Sacred Space, and one of the recent daily entries included the text of Mark 8:11-13. (Mark 8:11-13 NIV) The Pharisees came and began to question Jesus. To test him, they asked him for a sign from heaven. He sighed deeply and said, "Why does this generation ask for a sign? Truly I tell you, no sign will be given to it." Then he left them, got back into the boat and crossed to the other side.
Friday, February 19, 2021

Stonington churches holding Easter sermon series
STONINGTON — First Baptist Church of Stonington and Old Stonington Baptist Church invite the community to be a part of their upcoming Easter Season Sermon Series, "Three Days Later."
Friday, February 19, 2021

Cathedral invites Evangelical to preach, triggers firestorm
Halfway between Norway and the North Pole, scientists have buried a million seeds and crop samples under a mountain in the Svalbard archipelago -- in case an environmental doomsday comes to pass.
Friday, February 19, 2021

Sacrifice
The Super Bowl ended this year’s football season. This event has become an unofficial American holiday. The viewership is exceedingly high, people eat junk food and many join others to watch the game.
Friday, February 12, 2021

LOVE IT OR HATE IT, CLERGY CAN'T IGNORE THE INTERNET
Even before the coronavirus crisis, this question haunted pastors: What in God's name are we supposed to do with the internet?

American clergy aren't the only ones wrestling with this puzzle. Consider this advice -- from Moscow -- about online personality cults.

Friday, February 12, 2021

Minister's Message: The Challenge
TAYLORVILLE — To say the least, Lenten season is not sexy.

Lent is a time when we prepare for Easter, the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection from death.

Friday, February 5, 2021

Everything pales in comparison
Justin Prom writes, “Jesus wants to show us that even the most powerful earthly relationship pales in comparison to the relationship you can have with God. When we do the will of God with love, we are not only serving God, but we become an important member of his family. The will of God is not anything grand and mysterious beyond our reach.”
Friday, January 29, 2021

It's the little things
On a lovely day in 1941, Swiss inventor George de Mestral took his dog out for a walk. When he arrived home, George noticed that both he and his dog were covered in sticky little thistle burrs. Fascinated by these very small, poky pieces of plant matter, George immediately began inspecting the burrs under his microscope.
Friday, January 22, 2021

Grace Baptist to offer reading class
The Grace Baptist Church in Taylorville will be offering a special reading class to encourage kids in kindergarten through second grade to fall in love with reading.  

The class is called “Need to Read” and it includes phonics games, snack time, and a Bible story. The class is a 10 week session and begins next Thursday, January 21st, and meet every Thursday till, March 25th. 

Friday, January 15, 2021

Sanctity of Human Life, Compassion services at Kincaid Church of God
The Kincaid Church of God (KCOG) will hold two special services on January 17, 2021 to honor the blessing God gives in human life.

A morning service at 10:30 a.m. will be held regarding the Sanctity of Human Life, followed by a Compassion Service at 6 p.m. This later service will have an emphasis for those who have been impacted by abortion.

Friday, January 15, 2021

In-person worship this Sunday at Mt. Auburn Methodist Church
The Mt. Auburn United Methodist Church will be holding in person worship on Sunday, January 17, 2021. Pastor Diwan Tiwade has been appointed to serve the church. Worship services will begin at 10:30 a.m. Masks and social distancing are still required.
Friday, January 15, 2021






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