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Walking With God March 3, 2023

Walking with God for March 3, 2024
The following institutional services are arranged for, and reported by, United Churches of Lycoming County:
Sunday:
Lycoming County Prison, 1:45 and 3:15 p.m., Mr. Rick Douglas and Mr. Leon Sauder, River Valley Church, Williamsport.
Williamsport South, 2 p.m., Pastor Carol Johnson, Redeemer Lutheran Church, Williamsport.
Valley View Nursing Home, 2 p.m., Rev. Brad Walmer, New Covenant United Church of Christ, Williamsport.
We Care of Loyalsock, 2 p.m., Elder Sue Shuman, Elder Janet Lawrence, Minister Deriah Johnson, New Life Wake Up Ministries, Inc., Williamsport.
Williamsport North, 2:15 p.m., None scheduled.
Rose View Center, 2:15 p.m., Cancelled.
Leighton Place, 3 p.m., Mrs. Tracey Mulcahy, St. Paul-Calvary United Methodist Church, Williamsport.
Pre-Release Center, Men, 3:30 p.m., Mr. Don Slocum, Yokefellow Prison Ministry.
Pre-Release Center, Women, 3:30 p.m., Mrs. Gail Slocum, Yokefellow Prison Ministry.
Services during the week include:
Heritage Springs, 10 a.m., Tuesday, None scheduled.
Leighton Place, 2 p.m., Tuesday, None scheduled.
Hillside Senior Living, 2 p.m., Wednesday, Mrs. Carol Hetler, Eagle Mountain Word of Faith, Williamsport.
Presbyterian Home, 11 a.m., Thursday, None scheduled.
On the radio:
Radio Services are provided by the following congregations:
8:30 a.m. (Saturday) Jersey Shore Assembly of God, WJSA 96.3 FM.
9:30 a.m. (Sunday) Community Baptist Church, Montoursville, WJSA 96.3 FM.
9:00 a.m. (Sunday) Pine Street United Methodist Church, Williamsport, WWPA 1340 AM/101.7 FM., WILQ HD3.

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Walking With God March 3, 2023

March 1, 2024
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Walking with God for March 3, 2024
The following institutional services are arranged for, and reported by, United Churches of Lycoming County:
Sunday:
Lycoming County Prison, 1:45 and 3:15 p.m., Mr. Rick Douglas and Mr. Leon Sauder, River Valley Church, Williamsport.
Williamsport South, 2 p.m., Pastor Carol Johnson, Redeemer Lutheran Church, Williamsport.
Valley View Nursing Home, 2 p.m., Rev. Brad Walmer, New Covenant United Church of Christ, Williamsport.
We Care of Loyalsock, 2 p.m., Elder Sue Shuman, Elder Janet Lawrence, Minister Deriah Johnson, New Life Wake Up Ministries, Inc., Williamsport.
Williamsport North, 2:15 p.m., None scheduled.
Rose View Center, 2:15 p.m., Cancelled.
Leighton Place, 3 p.m., Mrs. Tracey Mulcahy, St. Paul-Calvary United Methodist Church, Williamsport.
Pre-Release Center, Men, 3:30 p.m., Mr. Don Slocum, Yokefellow Prison Ministry.
Pre-Release Center, Women, 3:30 p.m., Mrs. Gail Slocum, Yokefellow Prison Ministry.
Services during the week include:
Heritage Springs, 10 a.m., Tuesday, None scheduled.
Leighton Place, 2 p.m., Tuesday, None scheduled.
Hillside Senior Living, 2 p.m., Wednesday, Mrs. Carol Hetler, Eagle Mountain Word of Faith, Williamsport.
Presbyterian Home, 11 a.m., Thursday, None scheduled.
On the radio:
Radio Services are provided by the following congregations:
8:30 a.m. (Saturday) Jersey Shore Assembly of God, WJSA 96.3 FM.
9:30 a.m. (Sunday) Community Baptist Church, Montoursville, WJSA 96.3 FM.
9:00 a.m. (Sunday) Pine Street United Methodist Church, Williamsport, WWPA 1340 AM/101.7 FM., WILQ HD3.

God’s Wisdom and Human Foolishness

March 1, 2024
God’s Wisdom And Human Foolishness
   The Epistle Lesson tomorrow deals with the “foolishness” of the cross.
   After Jesus lived the life he lived, healing the sick, raising the dead, and fulfilling prophecy, he was tried and executed. He was executed on a cross and then buried. The High Priests and others who wanted him dead thought they had succeeded in their mission. But much to their surprise, Jesus was raised from the dead. Therefore, instead of quelling his ministry, they fueled it.
   When they realized that the Apostles picked up the message and carried it to the people, the High Priests again tried to silence it, but fueled it even more. In Acts, we read that the Apostles were arrested and ordered not to preach about Jesus Christ. However, when the Apostles were released from prison, they continued to teach. The High Priests called them back to court and said, “‘We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name…Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and are determined to make us guilty of this man’s blood.’ Peter and the other apostles replied: ‘We must obey God rather than human beings! The God of our ancestors raised Jesus from the dead—whom you killed by hanging him on a cross’” (Act 5:28-30 NRSV).
   Just prior to their arrest, Ananias and Sapphira were both killed for lying to the Holy Spirit. You would think that would shut down the movement, but it was not the case. We are told that the people were afraid. “Nevertheless, more and more men and women believed in the Lord and were added to their number” (Acts 5:14).
   Today we find that the cross has become the primary reminder of what Jesus did for us. He went to the cross, a tool of execution, yet through his death many have received life that is everlasting. The war between God and humans regarding sin was finally over. We remember his grace, the forgiving of our sins, and we have the hope of resurrection because of what Jesus did for us. The cross becomes a symbol of our salvation that we wear without embarrassment.
   The rest of the passage reminds us that the wisdom of humans is foolishness compared to God’s wisdom. Paul goes on to show us the reasons. All of what he says is based on the power of the cross.
   Paul then, referring to Isaiah 29:14, states “For it is written, ‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.’ For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation, to save those who believe” (1 Corinthians 1:19). In this case, he is speaking of the Apostles and himself.
   Paul continues, “Jews demand signs” (v. 22). Matthew records, “Then some of the scribes and Pharisees asked Jesus, ‘Teacher, we want to see a sign from you…no sign will be given…except the sign of the prophet Jonah, because just as Jonah was in the stomach of the sea creature for three days and three nights, so the Son of Man will be in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights’” (Matthew 12:38-42).
   1 Corinthians 1:22 states, “Greeks desired wisdom,” power, or the cross. Greeks worshiped wisdom, which we know through the philosophers. They loved to rationalize everything. Yet their wisdom did not hold a candle to God’s wisdom. There are many things we may never understand in this world. Some things cannot be rationalized or explained but need to be believed by faith. How strong is your faith?
-Rev. James Behrens, Retired Pastor from Susquehanna Conference United Methodist Church

Walking With God – week of Feb 25, 2024

February 22, 2024
Walking with God for February 25, 2024
The following institutional services are arranged for, and reported by, United Churches of Lycoming County:
Sunday:
Lycoming County Prison, 1:45 and 3:15 p.m., Pastor Greg Sanford, Community Baptist Church, Montoursville.
Williamsport South, 2 p.m., Rev. Jeff LeCrone, St. Luke Lutheran Church, Williamsport.
Valley View Nursing Home, 2 p.m., Mr. Kelly Erhard, Bethel United Methodist Church, Montoursville.
We Care of Loyalsock, 2 p.m., Cancelled.
Williamsport North, 2:15 p.m., Cancelled.
Rose View Center, 2:15 p.m., Mr. Jerry Webb, AME Zion Church, Williamsport.
Williamsport Home, 3 p.m., None scheduled.
Pre-Release Center Women, 3:30 p.m., None scheduled.
Pre-Release Center Men, 3:30 p.m., Mr. Scott Fisher and Mr. Charles Walker, River Valley Church, Williamsport.
Services during the week include:
Heritage Springs, 10 a.m. Tuesday, None scheduled.
Leighton Place, 2 p.m. Tuesday, None scheduled.
Hillside Senior Living, 2 p.m. Wednesday, None scheduled.
Presbyterian Home, 11 a.m. Thursday, None scheduled.
On the Radio:
Radio Services are provided by the following congregations:
8:30 a.m. (Saturday) Jersey Shore Assembly of God, WJSA 96.3 FM.
9:30 a.m. (Sunday) Community Baptist Church, Montoursville, WJSA 96.3 FM.
9 a.m. (Sunday) Pine Street United Methodist Church, Williamsport, WWPA 1340 AM/101.7 FM., WILQ HD3