Prayer is so important that one of Jesus’ disciples requested, “Lord, teach us to pray” (Luke 11:2-4 NIV). It was not enough to watch Jesus pray and just do as He did. Jesus also gave detailed instructions in Matthew 6:5-13. Prayer is important for many reasons; one is that it affects the qu…

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The days between the early buds of spring and the turning of the leaves in autumn were the only season my father and I had together. The medical community of that era could neither diagnose his illness, nor find a remedy for it. He lingered in the hospital for 28 days. Being a man of faith, …

Every year, when the month of Elul begins and the shadows of fall become visible, we think of the High Holy Days. Last year at this time, as the Hebrew calendar year of 5781 was approaching, we wished our loved ones, friends, and acquaintances a “Shana Tova Umetukah,” a Happy and Sweet New Year.

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Tammey Aichner, executive director of United Churches of Lycoming County.

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On Sunday, August 15th, Bishop Joseph Bambera, along with many other Catholic bishops in America, reinstated the Sunday Mass obligation for Roman Catholics in the Diocese of Scranton. There are many questions that flow from this, one of which is why are Catholics obliged to go to Mass every …

In order to understand Reform Judaism at its best, we can study the life of one person, Rabbi Leo Baeck.  Baeck served as a rabbi for the Jewish community of Germany before and during the Holocaust. As a prominent rabbi, he declined offers from Jews outside of Germany to help him escape the …

When I was younger, our school participated in the Presidential Fitness Challenge.

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As St. Paul often wrote at the outset and/or conclusion of his writings and sermons: “Grace, mercy, and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”

In Acts 12, King Herod decided to have James, the brother of John, killed because he belonged to the church. King Herod saw that this act pleased the crowd. Then Herod went after the bigger disciple, the one who brought three thousand souls to the Lord at the start of his ministry. Peter was…

This year could be titled, "The International Year of Grieving."

A few weeks ago, as I was in prayer, the Holy Spirit took me into a vision where I saw various coins being placed in a pocket that had holes in it.

Times like these in human history, when fear pervades and even the coolest and calmest of heads around us seem to not be so cool or calm anymore, we sense our vulnerability.

During this challenging year, I have found it encouraging and helpful to write out my prayers. For me, this is practicing the verse, "Casting all your care upon Him, for He careth for you" (1 Peter 5:7 KJV). By writing out these concerns, I am transferring those troubling issues to the Lord.…

Throughout the Bible, we are reminded by God that no matter what we face in this life, He will be with us.