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Counterfeit Authority :: Counterfeits

Presented on 3/25/2019 at Curwensville Alliance by Pastor Steve Shields

We all like to think we are “an authority” on something.

Get a bunch of people together and start talking about music and you’ll hear things like, “Clapton is overrated!” and “The blues are the only kind of music with any heart!” and “If it’s not hip-hop, it’s not worth producing!” The more they speak, it’s likely that you’ll realize it’s just a bunch of opinions; no one there is a real authority on music.

Get a bunch of guys together and you find a room full of authorities, on hunting, fishing, hockey, football — you name it. After a while, you realize it’s all a matter of posing. Guys are great at posing in that context.

Counterfeit authority. It’s all around us.

It’s even prevalent in spiritual matters. Most people tend to feel they are a spiritual authority.

Thinking Christians believe that Jesus is the only authority.

But are you looking to him?

This podcast speaks of our tendency to look to counterfeit authority, and leads us to look to genuine authority.

Counterfeit Knowledge :: Counterfeits

Presented at Curwensville Alliance by Pastor Steve Shields on 3/17/2019

One of my many embarrassing moments came my freshman year in college.

I am a fan of Beatles music. I have been since my childhood. I was ruining my brother’s vinyl LPs when I was barely tall enough to see where to place the needle on the record.

So my freshman year, I was sitting in one of the townhouse apartments listening to the Beatles with an upperclassman we called Monk, when he pointed to one of them and said, “John is my favorite Beatle.”

I laughed and said, “That’s George!” I went on, as freshmen sometimes do, and named each Beatle pictured on each of his albums. Showing him that he was wrong.

Then he got out a book on the Beatles — and it was I who was mistaken.

Being wrong wasn’t the problem. Laughing at him because I thought he was wrong…. that was embarrassing.

Getting the names of a couple pop musicians wrong is trivial. But there are other areas of life where, if we get it wrong, the consequences can be staggering.

This podcast addresses counterfeit knowledge and genuine knowledge, and speaks of how to tell them apart.

Clem Hoober: The Gift of Beauty

Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 3/10/2019

This week, Clem Hoober from the Orchard Foundation spoke about stewardship from God’s Word and from his own life.

Thanks, Clem, for sharing your heart and your skills.

If you’d like to contact Clem, his website is here:

Counterfeit Security :: Counterfeits

Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 3/3/2019 by Pastor Steve Shields

A few decades ago, a Christian author proposed that people have two basic needs — beyond the physical. Security and Significance. He went on to say these are often gender specific. Okay. Maybe. But we all know that, whatever your gender, you want to be secure. And whatever your gender, you want your life to have meaning.

And often, as we work to make our lives secure, we grab some counterfeits — things we think make us secure, but don’t really.

This podcast speaks of counterfeit security and shows us how to find genuine security.

Counterfeit vs Genuine Intimacy :: Counterfeits

Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 2/24/2019

There are two kinds of relationships: Deep ones and casual ones.

Have you ever wondered what makes the difference? It is similar interests? It is similar values? What about similar backgrounds? Similar outlooks?

All of those things play a role, but I believe that which makes a friendship deep is something called covenant.

This podcast speaks of genuine friendship — real intimacy — and offers the key to making it real in many contexts of life.

Counterfeit Morality :: (re-recorded)

Because the original recording was misplaced, this podcast was re-recorded. Recording in an empty sanctuary takes a little of the vibrancy away from the recording — but the material remains.

I grew up attending church faithfully. So I saw it’s weaknesses and I saw it’s strengths. One of the glaring weaknesses I saw in the church, early on, was its tendency toward being rule-focused. This led to what we called legalism and judgmentalism.

Ultimately, this counterfeit morality led to the dysfunction of hypocrisy.

While legalism is not characteristic of all church groups, I would guess that all of us have had a brush with it. For me, as I saw it, legalism was something that strictly belonged to the church. Outside of the church, people were accepting and non-judgmental.

How naive.

Counterfeit morality isn’t something that belongs to religious groups alone. Counterfeit morality has permeated society thoroughly.

You see it in politics, school systems, bowling leagues, sports and news shows.

Counterfeit morality is everywhere.

This podcast speaks about counterfeit morality, giving us a way to discover the meaning and source of genuine morality.

What Gives Life Meaning? :: Counterfeits

Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 1/27/2019 by Pastor Steve Shields

Have you ever fallen for a counterfeit? Counterfeit wisdom, meaning, morality, intimacy, security, knowledge, and authority.

I want to be honest with you.

When I look at them, I see how I have been – and continue to be – vulnerable to them.

I have accepted counterfeit wisdom many times throughout my life.

And it has caused me damage.

I’ve allowed myself be confused by the other counterfeits to a greater or lesser degree.

Today’s counterfeit – counterfeit meaning – is no exception.

Identifying and Replacing Counterfeit Wisdom :: Counterfeits

Presented by Pastor Steve Shields at Curwensville Alliance on 1/13/2019

Have you ever done something and thought, “What was I thinking”?

The common answer to that question is that you weren’t.

But there’s a strong possibility you actually were thinking.

You were just drawing from the wrong pool of wisdom.

Much of what passes for wisdom today is counterfeit. But how do you identify counterfeit wisdom? Is there some litmus test you can use?

This podcast addresses this question with practical answers.

Seven Counterfeits You May Own :: Counterfeits

Presented by Pastor Steve Shields at Curwensville Alliance on 1/6/2019

Several years ago, I received a phone call in the middle of the night from someone alleging he’d been to our church and was now stranded with his wife and daughters in Florida.

Pastor – I was in your church just a month-and-a-half ago. How can you not remember me?

I didn’t remember him.

He was quite convincing and told me of his visit to my church and that he needed money for bus tickets home.

And, because I am so bad at remembering names, I wired him $200.

Later, I thought to Google his name. And when I found it, I learned he was a scammer. He pretended to be one thing, but he was another.

When someone pretends to be someone else, that’s fraud. When something pretends to be something else, that’s counterfeiting.

In the weeks that are ahead, we’ll talk about seven counterfeits to which Christians often fall prey. This podcast outlines them as a preview of coming attractions.

A New Year of Living Water

Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 12/30/2018 by Pastor Steve Shields

In 1929, Coca-Cola introduced a great slogan: Coca-Cola, The Pause that Refreshes. Coke wanted people to think that their beverage was superior – more than that, refreshing.

I feel like the pause that refreshes in my life needs to include more than a beverage. It needs to have something living in it. Maybe living water.

Jesus spoke of living water — the water that refreshes.

And this living water changes our lives from being mundane, laborious, disappointing, and burdensome to being … refreshing.

When we are refreshed by the living water, our lives become refreshing.

In this podcast, I discuss Jesus’ presentation of the living water in John 4. I hope your new year is marked by such refreshment.
— Pastor Steve