Many people collect items that bring them joy or remind them of a time in life or a moment of strength. The symbol I enjoy is the anchor. I latched on to a scripture a few years ago that helps me hold on when the “storms of life” try to “blow me out to sea.” Hebrews 6:19 says this: “For we h…

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A dear friend of mine is going through chemotherapy treatments. Wednesday morning found her on my heart. After leaving the campus where I minister, I decided to pick up flowers and a muffin to take to her office. She wasn’t there. In fact, she was off receiving her treatment. I left the flow…

Luke 8:26-39 tells the story of Jesus and a distressed man. His name is “Legion.” He’d lost his real name, his given name, his family name a long time ago. Now he’s known only by a label: “Legion.”

Around this time, we are all beginning our resolutions for the new year. For many of us, it means that we will commit to lose those stubborn pounds gained over the holiday season. For others, it will mean reading more books or being kinder to those around us. Embarrassingly, my resolutions t…

Christmas has just passed, and I hope that people remembered the real reason for the season: the babe born in Bethlehem who changed the course of history forever. Jesus is part of your every day, whether you are a believer or not. We believers feel His impact on our lives because we recogniz…

Kwanzaa is celebrated in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, and other African countries. According to the History Channel, the name Kwanzaa comes from the phrase “matunda ya kwanza,” which means “first fruits” in Swahili. Families celebrate Kwanzaa in a variety of ways, but celebratio…

"Where I come from." This phrase was repeated by characters in a play I had the privilege to attend on opening night at Muncy Junior/Senior High School. It was titled “ANONymous” and paralleled the telling of Homer’s Odyessy.

The Lord has afforded to each of us the precious gift of time. We all get the same amount, 24 hours each day, even though as many say, we don’t seem to “have enough of it.” Just how are you and I spending our time, and is there room for improvement?

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You might have the tree, the gifts, and the menu planned. But for many, an essential part of the holiday is the music. Whether you want to listen to voices or join in singing, there are a variety of concerts, choirs, and sing-alongs all around the area this weekend. Music makes the holiday. 

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South Williamsport – A gift from his grandparents when he was three years old turned into a lifelong love for Matt McCarrier. He recalls receiving his first plastic blow mold holiday figurines 27 years ago. “My grandparents gave me a snowman and a Santa face when I was three years old,” said…

Advent greetings! This time before Christmas, Advent, is for the preparation of our hearts and souls to receive Christ Jesus, not to exhaust ourselves mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Christmas is to be a time of joy, love, and peace, not something to be dreaded because of …

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Food pantries, community shelters and churches are providing Thanksgiving meals to community members in need of fellowship, food, and friends over the holiday. Check out our list of local meals below: 

Faith-based institutions and nonprofit organizations will be eligible for grants to boost security at their facilities under a new law approved by the General Assembly and signed by the governor.

Over the past several years, there has been great interest and concern for people who are defined as religiously non-affiliated. My interest lies in the numbers of non-affiliated people in the United States who were identified in studies by the Pew Research Center.

He leaned over me for the um-teenth day in a row, needle in hand. He was poking my sore, sick body with one more injection of what was then an adult dosage of penicillin. As was my habit, I wailed loudly and then lay there listless and restless. My body of less than two years was filled with…

Women in northcentral Pa. join a worldwide initiative this Friday, known as World Community Day. Focusing on the message of global peace and justice, women of faith are called to reach beyond their Christian denomination to brothers and sisters who are Muslim, Buddhist, Jewish, or practicing…

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are recognized by all faiths as the most significant holidays observed by Jews. Days after praying and meditating for forgiveness by God and humanity, the “next” holiday begins. This holiday is Sukkoth (Tabernacles).