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  • By Larry Rowley Knoxville First United Methodist Church

Vacation Bible School registrations for our community youth ages 3-years-old through fifth grade are available at First United Methodist Church and will be accepted up to July 24. It may be hot outside but it will be cool in Church. VBS runs July 24, 25, and 26 with a free light meal, for th…

  • By Kate Borgman Living Word Fellowship

The phrase in 2 Corinthians 10:12(MSG), “We’re not putting ourselves in a league with those who boast that they’re our superiors. But in all this comparing and grading and competing, they quite miss the point.”

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  • By Larry Rowley Knoxville First United Methodist Church News

It may be hot outside but it will be cool at the First United Methodist Church for Vacation Bible School. It is scheduled for the evenings of July 24, 25, and 26 with a free light meal for the families served from 5:30 to 6 p.m. VBS lasts till 8:30 p.m. Cokesbury’s Hero Central will be this …

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  • By Curt Swarm Empty Nest

In the Bible, Canaan is the land of milk and honey. Canaan Township, which includes Mt. Union, used to be Mississippi River swamp ground. In the early 19th Century, the swamp was drained, exposing some of the most fertile, flat, black soil in Iowa. You can see for miles in any direction. Cor…

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  • By Pastor Timothy Johnson Preachers Point

We all have days we will never forget. Some of those days contain life-changing events — weddings, births, deaths, the first day of school, the moment we met a particular someone, news from the doctor. These unforgetful days run the spectrum of emotion. There are days filled with joy, some w…

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  • Pastor Phillip Frankford Knoxville Apostolic Church

Ruth 2:16 And let fall also some of the handfuls of purpose for her, and leave them, that she may glean them, and rebuke her not. (KJV)

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  • By Nathan Bothwell Interim Pastor, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

May is here, and event calendars everywhere runneth over. It’s a time of celebration and ceremony. It’s a time for long robes and guest speakers. For many, it’s a time to dream new dreams and contemplate new challenges. It’s a busy time of year… and promising, too.

KNOXVILLE — Faith Baptist Church has a new lead pastor. Josh Spencer joined the church in February.

  • By Rick Cowman An Encouraging Word

Have you considered lately that what you think may not line up with what God thinks? Maybe it would be good if we thought about it? Romans chapter 12, and verse 2 says, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of Go…

KNOXVILLE — David Woodman has been named the new lead pastor at Community Foursquare Church.

  • By Larry Rowley First United Methodist Church

Our next Wednesday evening community Lenten Services will be March 29. Mark your calendars to join us in the church basement at 5:45 p.m. for a light meal. We will have a personal witness of faith between 6:30-7 p.m.

  • By Pastor Phill Frankford Apostolic Church

Tuesday morning Ryan slept in while I went to scout an area on the edge of a bean field near our campsite. Both of us had uneventful starts to the day, so after a late morning photo session on the edge of an old cemetery we decided to go on a scouting walk on the bluffs north of us and along…

  • Dr. James L. Snyder Family of God Fellowship

I remember my grandfather telling me that the older you get the faster time flies. Laughing at him at the time I thought it was another of his little stories he loved telling.

  • By Drew Raleigh Living Word Fellowship

“A new command I give you: … As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” John 13:34

  • By Tim Johnson Preachers Point

An older man taking a walk through the park decides to have a seat on a bench near the playground; there is already a young woman sitting at one end. Thinking he would start up some conversation, he says, "Lovely day. The sky is such a beautiful blue."

  • By Pastor Tim Johnson Preacher's Point

Have you ever wondered if we had no holidays would people be in debt? I know that is an exaggeration; however, just think about the money we spend on holidays that we would not spend if that day were not a special event on the calendar.

  • By Dr. James L. Snyder Family of God Fellowship

I have been pondering a delicate question this week. Why is it I can only do one thing at a time? If only I could do several things at a time, I could get more accomplished.

  • By Rev. David A. Weesner Knoxville First United Methodist Church

He was smiling from ear to ear. The journey home to Iowa from Akron, Ohio where I had attended a national church meeting included a two hour layover in Chicago O’Hare Airport on Saturday night. The airport was busy, even packed in places.

  • By Kate Borgman Living Word Fellowship

Our victory is secure and it's found in our faith in Jesus. He has overcome and because we are His, we too overcome every obstacle, battle, and circumstance as we fix our faith on Jesus and His promises!

  • By Larry Rowley First United Methodist Church

Wednesday, March 1 marks the beginning of a period of reflection and penance. In the Bible, sprinkling oneself with ashes has traditionally been a sign of one's sorrow for having committed sins. In the Christian tradition, Ash Wednesday also marked the beginning of preparation for the unders…

  • By Pastor Tim Johnson Countryside Baptist Church

As we go through the Christian life, we experience life. There will be good days; there will be bad days. As the Bible says, "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven ... A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance:" (Eccles…

  • Dr. James L. Snyder Family of God Fellowship

Nothing smells better in the morning than a fresh pot of coffee in the kitchen. The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage has it set so that at a certain time in the morning, the coffee begins brewing and we wake up to that wonderful aroma.

  • By Larry Rowley First United Methodist Church

Looking for opportunities for cool activities with your friends on the weekends? Calling all students in 7th to 12th grade, come be a part of FUMC Youth. They will be meeting on Sundays, from 4-6 p.m. at the church.

  • By Pastor S.W. Olson Knoxville Church of the Nazarene

On Valentine’s Day, and the days leading up to it, we are given a culturally acceptable platform to openly discuss love. Even though the concept defies any unified definition, it is seemingly universally desired. Love is often alluded to in the Bible. I Corinthians 13, traditionally known as…

  • By Andrew Schmidt Celebrate Church

Frank Laubach was a missionary who worked among Muslims at a remote village in the Philippines during the first half of the 20th century. While there he experimented with what he called “The Game with Minutes” in which he tried to bring God to mind for at least one second every minute. After…

“For in fact the body is not one member but many ... Now indeed there are many members, yet one body.” I Corinthians 12:14, 20

  • By James L. Snyder Family of God Fellowship

I do not like to complain (except on certain occasions when nobody is listening) but I am not too happy with the weather these days. I have never felt so cold before.

  • By Greg Hyatt St. John Lutheran Church

Corrie ten Boom, author of The Hiding Place and Tramp for the Lord, affirms God’s kind of forgiveness as stated in Psalm 103:11-12: “… as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.” Drawing from her Dutch heritage of being close to the sea, she pictur…

  • By Larry Rowley First United Methodist Church

Kids clothes getting too small but in good shape? Have household items or toys you now longer use? The Almost Free Shop, operated by volunteers, accepts donations during open hours on Monday 2-5 p.m., Tuesday 9 a.m.- Noon, and Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. All profits from the shop are given to chari…

  • Pastor Tim Johnson Countryside Baptist Sermons

A Christian heart is a generous heart. It is not in the Christian spirit to be greedy or selfish. Everyone would agree that being a giving, benevolent soul is the way Christ intends for us.

  • By Rev. James L. Snyder Family of God Fellowship

New Year's Day was filled with lots of excitement, plenty of grandchildren running around and enough food on the table to eliminate world hunger. Actually, it did eliminate my ravishing hunger, at least for the day.

  • By Pastor Phill Frankford Apostolic Church

It was the second day of my first ever out of state hunt. I was camped on the edge of the Rebel’s Cove WMA in Northern MO, spending the Saturday afternoon scouting new areas. My brother would be coming in Sunday afternoon and I wanted to have some good spots scoped out. Neither of us had set…

  • By Rick Cowman An Encouraging Word

As we begin this new year, I’d like for us to turn our thoughts to the subject of worship. It’s interesting how many different opinions there are out there about worship. Most of us will be attending a “worship service” this Sunday, so it’s important for us to understand what it means to worship.

  • By Pastor S.W. Olson Knoxville 1st Church of the Nazarene

As we exit the Christmas season and enter a new year, perhaps it would be helpful to contemplate the relationship between those two ideas. Now that the perennial celebrations have concluded, was there any meaningful purpose in them that we can now carry with us into 2017?

  • Dr. James L. Snyder Family of God Fellowship

Many things in life have me in a tangle of confusion. I try to put on a good face so that nobody knows how confused I am at the time. I think I get away with it, at least most of the time.

  • By Larry Rowley First United Methodist Church

The FUMC Basketball Academy for 3rd-4th grade girls and boys will be starting soon. This is a youth basketball skills and development program in a Christian environment with fun, fellowship and the teaching of basketball skills and good character.

A blood drive in Knoxville and another in Leighton have been added to the upcoming schedule of drives in the area.

  • By Rick Cowman An Encouraging Word

As we look forward to a new year, I have a question for you. It’s been a tradition in this column at the end of each year to ask a question, so here it is again: “What kind of year will 2017 be?” Or, perhaps I could ask, “What are you resolving to do differently in 2017 which will make this …

  • Dr. James L. Snyder

It hardly seems possible that another Christmas has come and gone. I think it comes quicker than it goes, but then that is just my opinion.

  • By Pastor Kristine Dohrmann Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

Being a pastor has many highlights. One of mine is reading the beginning verses to John’s gospel by candlelight during the Christmas Eve worship service.

  • By Rick D. Cowman An Encouraging Word

In recent weeks, we’ve spent considerable time discussing the need to get past the past events and hurts in our lives so we can face our future and experience God’s best. As we bring this series to a conclusion, we go back to the Apostle Paul’s words in Philippians chapter 3. Please take a m…

The cold weather has affected donations to the Salvation Army. Bell ringing will continue throughout the Christmas season at Fareway, Hy-Vee and Walmart. To volunteer to help, contact Merna Furney at (641) 842-3072 or (641) 218-8026. Of the donations to the kettles, 90 percent of the money r…

  • By Pastor Phill Frankford
    Apostolic Church

Luke 1:38 And Mary said, "Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her." (KJV)

  • By Timothy Johnson | Preacher's Point

As a retired law enforcement officer, I am still in the habit of looking for a motive. At the scene of a crime, there is often evidence of motive. When there is no indication of motive, we will try to develop a timeline to determine which event or sequence of events may have created a motiva…