God’s awesome light show

by Steve Dunford

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. (Psalms 19:1, KJV)

Picture of totality in West Frankfort

WEST FRANKFORT, IL –  From 11:45 a.m. until 12:45 P.M I monitored the sun every few minutes.  It was incredible to see the sun disappear by increments.

For the first time in all of our lifetimes, we were able to experience a total eclipse.

Again, there will be one on April 8,2024 crossing Southern Illinois

At 1:00 p.m. I was honestly surprised how much daylight there was.  The wind was starting to pick up.

Over the next few minutes by 1:10 p.m. the temperature began to drop by ten degrees.  The crickets started to chirp, and there was a dusk feel.

In the next ten minutes it was pitch black.  I was able to take a quick shot in totality without missing the show.  There was more of a spherical look than I expected.  It was one of the most incredible things I have witnessed in my life.

Images like we witnessed today, scream the majesty and power of an almighty God.

Feel free to share your experiences in your own words.



An Inward Inventory


by Dr. David Jeremiah

Here is an excerpt from an article from Turning Points magazine.  Please click on the link above for the full article.

If we could play a video of our waking hours over a single day, how happy would we be with our personal inventory management?

A century ago, rural America shopped at crossroads grocery stores or small-town general stores. The shelves of those stores were not always full; you couldn’t depend on what you needed being in stock. Inventory was managed with paper and pencil. Orders to suppliers might be called in by telephone or given in person to a traveling sales representative who stopped by periodically.

And then a man named Sam Walton came along. He had some retail store experience working for J.C. Penney, but opened his own retail store in Bentonville, Arkansas, in 1950. Walton’s Five and Dime is the store that gave birth to Wal-Mart (now Walmart) in 1962.

Sam Walton revolutionized retailing with one primary innovation: inventory and supply-chain management. He implemented the world’s first retail satellite communication system which connected all his expanding stores by voice and video. His stores were the first to make company-wide use of Universal Product Codes on products.

Homeless Man Asks Chick-Fil-A Manager For Food & Gets Told ‘No.’ But What Happens Next Is Stunning


MURFREESBORO, TN (Heather Laskin, GoShareThis.com.  Please click on the link above for the full story.  Here is an excerpt below.)

NOTE:  The world needs more feel good stories.  I will start sharing these more.

When I am out of the area, I love eating at a Chick-Fil-A.  I love the atmosphere of their stores, and the food is good and reasonable.

Truett Cathy’s business model was that he would not open his stores on Sunday.  When he opened his sixth store in the Atlanta area, skeptics said he would not make not opened on Sunday.

The rapid expansion of the chain is the rest of the story.  Read a touching story that happened in one of their stores.

Plane crash survivor talks about accident a year later


CARTERVILLE, IL – (Evie Allen – WSIL -TV.  Please click on link to read the full story.  Here is an excerpt)

WSIL Photo

A Williamson County plane crash survivor recalls a terrifying day.

A flight instructor explains how he survived a deadly plane crash at the Williamson County Airport.

“The Lord has done absolute miracles. It was a miracle from the very beginning.” says Todd Greiner.

One year ago Saturday, Greiner took off with student John Alleman on a fateful flight.

“People don’t appreciate what the Lord has done unless they appreciate how bad things were,” says Greiner.

On June 10, 2016, around 4:30 p.m., fight instructor Todd Greiner took off for a training flight with long-time pilot and friend, John Alleman.

The two performed what he calls an “engine out” maneuver, when he says something went wrong.

Deacon Michael Rowland Ministers at Parishes in Christopher, Sesser and Benton

Fighting hunger one plate at a time

Easter sunrise service going strong after 81 years

Sesser First Baptist Church pastor appointed to SBC post

by Steve Dunford 

Brother Tom DeWitt with his wife Naomi.

Brother Tom DeWitt with his wife Naomi.

SESSER, IL-  Tom Dewitt, pastor of the Sesser First Baptist Church. has been appointed to the committee on committees in the Southern Baptist Convention.

Here is the announcement by Southern Baptist President Steve Gaines in a press release.  This also explains the function of the committee:

Appointments to the Southern Baptist Convention’s Committee on Committees have been announced by SBC President Steve Gaines, pastor of Memphis-area Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova, Tenn.

The Committee on Committees will assemble in Phoenix just prior to the SBC’s June 13-14 annual meeting to nominate members of the Committee on Nominations who, in 2018, will nominate trustees for the boards of SBC entities.

The Committee on Committees has 68 members, two from each of the 34 states and regions qualified for representation on boards of SBC entities.

Gaines has named Randy Davis, president & executive director of the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board in Brentwood, to serve as chairman of this year’s Committee on Committees.

Bro. Tom had this to say about his appointment     “I am just honored to serve and be a part of advancing God’s kingdom through the SBC.”

Here is a personal note I would like to add.  I attended Sesser First Baptist for about a year.  Bro. Tom has a servants heart for the Lord.  He is a great preacher and pastor.

Thompsonville First Baptist Church to perform He’s Alive April 14th to 16th

Morthland ranked one of the top Christian Colleges in the US