Religion

Appearances deceive

There once was a King of Judah to whom God gave a miracle when he healed him of his illness. His faithfulness was rewarded by God by healing his body and then extending his life. The scripture is found in 2 Kings 20: 1-21. His name was King Hezekiah. The part of his life I would like to focus ...

Bud’s Corner

Watch out for greed “Then he said to them, Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” Luke 12:15 Of all the sins mentioned in the Bible, greed is the one mostly to be feared. A greedy person is a selfish ...

Walking with God

Institutional services The following institutional services are arranged for and reported by United Churches of Lycoming County: Sunday: County Prison, 1:45 and 3:15 p.m., to be announced. HCR Manor Care South, 2 p.m., Pat Burket, State Road United Methodist ...

Anger at dead dad persists

Q: How can I forgive my deceased father for his cruel words and behavior? He treated me horribly when I was a kid, so my relationship with him was strained and distant until the day he died. I never worked things out with him in person, and now I’m struggling with feelings of anger, ...

Germans, Koreans, refugees

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Faith Matters is a column written by the social concerns committee of the United Churches of Lycoming County. The monthly feature will include local faith-based comment on issues facing us today. Opinions expressed in the columns are those of the writers and the social ...

Area church briefs

TODAY Baked steak supper LOGANTON — Albright United Methodist Church, 47 E. Main St., will hold a baked steak supper from 4-6 p.m. (Takeouts available only from 3:30-4:30 p.m.) Roast turkey dinner Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, 10275 Route 44, between Turbotville and ...

Trump moves leave some wary

NEW YORK (AP) — Mixed signals from the White House on gay rights and religious exemptions have put two constituencies on edge: LGBT advocates already wary of President Donald Trump and social conservatives determined to hold him to his campaign promises. Recent developments have left both ...

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David Barton, the founder and president of WallBuilders, a national pro-family organization that presents America’s forgotten history and heroes, with an emphasis on our moral, religious and constitutional heritage speaks at the Community Arts Center in Williamsport Tuesday night.

America built on God’s Word

Before he even spoke one word, the audience at the Community Arts Center rose in a standing ovation for David Barton, the speaker for “Make America Pray Again” on Tuesday. Barton is the founder and president of WallBuilders, an organization focused on educating people about the Godly ...

Who determines right or wrong?

You and I live in a sea of subjectivity. Our culture is obsessed with blurring the lines of truth and minimizing clear distinctions of right and wrong. Who defines evil and good? Does an organized government determine which acts are legal and illegal to commit? Some people believe that each ...

Walking with God

Institutional services The following institutional services are arranged for and reported by United Churches of Lycoming County: Sunday: County Prison, 1:45 and 3:15 p.m., the Rev. John Butler, Wings of Love Community Church, South Williamsport. HCR Manor Care South, 2 p.m., Marge ...

A rhyme in Time

Converter of hearts There is nothing hidden, That won’t be revealed, No, no secret we have, That is kept truly sealed. Society will try, To encourage us to fully keep, Thoughts hidden, Yes, in chasms dark deep. Jesus says though, I will take you as you are, Rich ...

Area church briefs

TODAY Free clothing exchange set Messiah Lutheran Church, 324 S. Howard St. in South Williamsport, will hold a free clothing exchange from 8-11 a.m. Bring what you have, take what you need. Park in the lot across the street and use the alley entrance. Clothes for all ages —  if you ...

National Prayer Breakfast: What does its history reveal?

On the morning of Feb. 2, more than 3,500 political leaders, military chiefs and corporate moguls meet for eggs, sausage, muffins — and prayer. The Washington, D.C. gathering, the 65th National Prayer Breakfast, is an opportunity for new friends and old associates, from 50 states and 140 ...

Some religious groups come out against Trump refugee order

Rabbi Joel Mosbacher had just finished the morning’s Shabbat service when he got an urgent message: Rabbis were needed at New York’s Kennedy Airport. People were being detained under President Donald Trump’s sharp travel restrictions on refugees. Would he come pray? By sundown, ...

IF: Tioga County gathering coming

MANSFIELD — Bringing together women from all denominations and walks of life to be equipped and empowered to make a difference in the world is the purpose of the IF:Gathering. Since 2015, the Church of the New Covenant, 310 Extension St., has hosted the local version, IF:Tioga County, where ...

Nothing in this world

In the “Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring,” there is a council formed, the Council of Elrond, which needs to decide what to do with the One Ring. The One Ring is known to be “the least of rings.” It looks like a simple gold band, subtle, unassuming; however, it is the One ...

Walking with God

Institutional services The following institutional services are arranged for and reported by United Churches of Lycoming County: Sunday: County Prison, 1:45 and 3:15 p.m., the Rev. Todd Baker, Elimsport Baptist Church. HCR Manor Care South, 2 p.m., Evangelist Dawn White, ...

Bud’s Corner

Generosity, the key to happiness The dictionary gives us the definition of a generous person. A generous person does not confine his noble mindfulness to the material world, but shows himself tolerant in spirit, lacking in prejudice and free from meanness. A generous person is one who ...

Give daughter time and space

Q: Just as we were looking forward to the freedom of an “empty nest,” our adult daughter decided that she needs to come back and “get her life together” before “moving on to the next step.” But we don’t know exactly what this means, and we have no idea how long she’s planning to ...

Area church briefs

SUNDAY-FEB. 6 Soup sale set Nisbet United Methodist Church, 155 W. Village Drive, is taking orders for its soup sale that will feature ham and bean, vegetable beef and chicken corn soup. Cost is $6 per quart. Call 570-322-1956 or 570-419-0497. TUESDAY Social conservative ...