Inclusivity: The Death Word of the Modern Era
Who among us wants to feel “excluded?” From the time we are children we want to be picked for “the team.” As teens, there is a longing to be part of a clique—the inner circle that sets you apart from the masses. 
10 Reasons to Oppose High Potency Marijuana Rescheduling
By Kathy Valente   |   06.25.24
Illinois Family Institute continues to highlight overwhelming evidence of the costs and consequences of legal high-potency marijuana, but too many of us are either dismissing or ignoring the ramifications. We simply do not understand what this policy means for families, communities, schools, workplaces, and roadways. And many who have lost loved ones to addiction or worse know all too well.
Shall We Legalize Prostitution in Illinois?
By Thomas Hampson   |   06.04.24
Why would Equality Illinois, a non-profit organization established to promote the civil rights of LGBTQ individuals, be involved in promoting the decriminalization of “sex work”. . . in other words, stop enforcing laws against prostitution? How does this help those who consider themselves LGBTQ?
Overshadowed’s Season Reveal
Overshadowed Theatrical Productions will hold its inaugural Season Reveal Event next month. Guests will enjoy refreshments, a special presentation, and a few surprises with this exclusive look at what’s coming in the next year at this beloved staple in the community. It will also be a chance to celebrate Overshadow’s 20th year as a theater.
Bills That Need Your Attention!
By Kathy Valente   |   05.20.24
This is the last week of session. They are scheduled to adjourn on Friday, May 24th. There are two new bills that just came to our attention. Please take the appropriate action.
Please Take Action on These Bills
By Kathy Valente   |   05.13.24
This week there will be lots of  rigorous floor debating, long speeches, and many specific questions. Please email your elected officials on these bills.
Please Let State Lawmakers Know What You Think About These Bills
By Kathy Valente   |   05.06.24
The Illinois General Assembly is scheduled to adjourn on May 24th, so our state lawmakers are in Springfield five days a week instead of three in order to pass their bills. Some of these proposals are still making their way through the process. Your emails and calls are critically important. Please don't give up!
How to Pray with Power
By Brandon Myers   |   04.08.24
Many, if not most (dare I say all of us), who belong to Christ need to pray more. We need to call upon the Lord with confidence that He cares more than we do. He knows more than we do. He has resources far beyond what we have, and He is far more just, wise, loving, and kind than any of us are. Prayer cannot be an afterthought for the believer.
Another Batch of Witness Slips to File
By Kathy Valente   |   03.18.24
To all those who have taken the time to let lawmakers know your position on the many bills that are moving through committees: THANK YOU! Sometimes it can get discouraging and you might think ‘it’s not even worth the effort.’...
Israel and Hamas: No Middle Ground. Christians, Where Do You Stand?
By Rev. Thorin Anderson   |   03.02.24
America is divided, but you already knew that.  There is no place for coming together in many of its disagreements.  The differences are polar opposites, and neither side is willing to yield ground.  This presents a very serious, if not existential, threat to the nation.  Abraham Lincoln, quoting Jesus Christ noted that, “A nation divided against itself cannot stand.”
Edwardsville HS: Installing Multi-gender, Multi-stall Bathroom
By Kathy Athearn   |   02.16.24
This September, Edwardsville H.S. will begin construction on its building to include multi-stall, unisex bathrooms... Doing so will force girls to share bathrooms with boys and vice versa – all in an effort to be more “inclusive” to transgender students. School Board officials decided to move forward with a bathroom remodel after HB 1286 was signed into law by Gov. Pritzker last year.
Securing Our Future
By Thomas Hampson   |   02.09.24
Our ability to protect children from sexual exploitation is declining every day.  The environment has become sexually saturated.  Prime-time programs on broadcast television promote casual sex, even for teens.  Pornography is impossible to avoid short of disconnecting all electronics.  Standards of dress and conduct have become eroticized.  Societal taboos about sexual experimentation have severely eroded, and internal inhibitions have steeply declined.
Repentance! Not Resolutions!
By Rev. Thorin Anderson   |   01.13.24
January first is often considered the time for “New Year’s Resolutions,”  “turning over a new Leaf,” or launching a new “self-help program.”  Such things may have some benefits but have generally been nothing more than filler for newspapers and TV shows during the slow time following the holiday season. However, because I see our country floundering and confused, divided and drifting, I have a recommendation: How about a change of hearts in America where, for starters, we make truth normative, and children loved? 
REMINDER: Matching Grant Will DOUBLE Your Gift!
By David E. Smith   |   12.20.23
As we go into the Christmas weekend, I wanted to send a quick email reminder out about the opportunity we have to rise up and recommit to fight for the biblical truth in the public square in 2024.
Wolves in Churches
By Calvin Lindstrom   |   12.02.23
In Acts 20, Luke records a powerful and poignant gathering of the Apostle Paul and elders of the church in Ephesus that took place in the town of Miletus. This would be the final time that Paul met with the leaders of this important congregation. Part of the purpose of this meeting was to give a crucial warning.
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