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home : news : religion August 16, 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

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

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

'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

Welcome
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

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

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

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

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

Why religions of the world condemn suicide and what they're doing about it

Mathew Schmalz, 

College of the Holy Cross

(The Conversation via AP) —  The recent suicides of fashion designerKate Spade and celebrity chef and writerAnthony Bourdain have reminded all of us that, even for the wealthy, life can become too painful to bear.


Friday, June 15, 2018

A Simple Touch
For me, one of the most powerful stories from the ministry of Jesus comes near the beginning. In Mark 1, we are just getting introduced to Jesus and what he is doing. We’ve already seen that he can do some amazing, miraculous things. He’s already gathered a crowd for his preaching and teaching. In the midst of these early steps of ministry, Jesus encounters a man who has leprosy.
Friday, June 15, 2018

F-X Teens attend Illinois State Student Connection
BETHALTO, Ill. — Faith Exteme (F-X) Teens and Youth Pastors Jeff and Jami Hefner from Faith Community Worship Center attended the Student Connection Day at the Illinois State Camp Meeting at Bethalto, Illinois on Friday, June 8.  
Friday, June 15, 2018

What comes next, after the Masterpiece Cakeshop decision?
The Pulitzer Prize-winning "Angels in America" has long been a touchstone for gay spirituality, so it wasn't surprising that actor Andrew Garfield celebrated winning a Tony Award in the play's revival with remarks mixing faith and politics.
Friday, June 15, 2018

Slight momentary affliction vs seemingly eternal pain
Satan has no mercy and shows no mercy. He is the author of lies and deceptions. There is no hesitation on his part to speak lies into our hearts when we are in the darkest moments of sickness, pain, grief, depression and loneliness. He enlists the aid of the world and our sinful flesh to embrace these lies and to act upon them.
Friday, June 8, 2018

Nauvoo home to growth of Mormon religion
For the Mormons, Quincy appeared to be a beacon of hope and safety during tumultuous times.
Friday, June 8, 2018

To speak at Kincaid Church of God
Good friend and previous pastor of Kincaid Church of God, Pastor Larry Odam, will be at Kincaid Church of God this Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Larry Odam is currently a missionary serving around the world and has quite the story to tell.
Friday, June 8, 2018

Pope Francis, Cardinal Sarah: Do the math on Europe
When it comes to Catholicism's future in Europe, it appears that Pope Francis has started to do the math.
Friday, June 8, 2018

Heart matters
TAYLORVILLE — For 2018 our congregation has begun a yearlong journey through the Bible. Some brave souls among us have committed to reading the entire Bible during this year.
Friday, June 1, 2018

'Wrath of God' falls on the Southern Baptist convention

During her years at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, April C. Armstrong kept a journal of her experiences as one of the few women earning a Master of Arts in Theology.

 

Friday, June 1, 2018

President Jimmy Carter seeks common ground at Liberty
It's hard for anyone -- let alone a former president -- to visit Liberty University these days without mentioning President Donald Trump.
Friday, May 25, 2018

Faith Bible Academy presents jr./sr. high awards
The Junior Senior High Awards Chapel was held on Wednesday, May 16 at Faith Bible Christian Academy in Rosamond.
Friday, May 25, 2018

Faith Grads
Friday, May 25, 2018

Methodist Church Honors Grads
Friday, May 25, 2018

Minister's Message
Mel Fisher had spent his life diving for buried treasure. In the late 1960’s he began a quest for the priceless treasure cargo of the fabled lost Spanish galleon “Atocha.” Every day, for more than sixteen years, Mel, his wife, his children, and his band of “Treasure Salvors” explored the waters off the coast of Florida, in search of riches.  It was said that he motivated his team and kept the dream alive by beginning each day’s hunt with the cry: “Today’s the day!”
Friday, May 25, 2018

































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