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~2 Timothy 3:16

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It’s Going to Be Alright – Jesus is Lord :: Revelation

Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 8/18/2019 by Pastor Steve Shields

Couples who are standing beside the ashes of their home – watching the firetruck rolling up the hoses.

I’ve stood with them.

The newly widowed returning to an empty house.

I’ve walked with them.

Parents who have laid to rest what no parent should ever have to lay to rest.

I’ve wept with them.

And I’ve learned to say something that is very counter-intuitive: It’s going to be alright. Because Jesus is Lord, it’s going to be alright.

You would think that I would get smacked for saying such a thing. But it’s never happened.

My wife taught me to say that.

She said, “Steve – when I am scared or stressed out or having trouble believing the good, I just need you to hold me and say the words, ‘It’s going to be alright.’”

So I say it.

I say it, often, by faith.

I say it because Jesus says it.

I say it because it is true.

It’s going to be alright. Jesus is Lord.

This podcast explains how you can say that.

Who’s Praying for You :: BackToSchool

Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 8/10/2019 by Pastor Steve Shields

Who prays for you?

Who dedicates the largest time of time and effort in their prayer time for you? Maybe your dad? Your mom? Your spouse? Your children?

When you enter uncharted waters, you need someone to pray for you.

And that’s what a healthy church family provides.

This podcast is to help you realize that there are godly people who love you and pray for you.

What Jesus Says at Communion

Presented at Curwensville Alliance on August 4, 2019 by Pastor Steve Shields

The New Testament is packed full of information about that first communion — the Last Supper. Matthew treats is somewhat concisely, spending only 11 verses on the actual meal.

What does he tell us? He tells us that Jesus says three things to the disciples.

And, as this podcast indicates, he says the same kinds of things to us today.

Spirit-Driven Changes :: Transitions

Presented by Pastor Steve Shields at Curwensville Alliance on 7/28/2019

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been talking about making personal transitions that will help us become who God intends us to become.

In this podcast, Pastor Steve revisits each of them and notes the underlying factor in living out these transitions.

Transitioning from Avoiding Pain to Embracing God :: Transitions

Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 721/2019 by Pastor Steve Shields

How do you react to pain and to suffering?

I know – you react just like I do. You work to avoid it.

But having a mindset that wants to avoid pain and suffering at all costs can cause you problems when the inevitable pain and suffering comes into you life.

This podcast speaks to help us transition from avoiding pain and suffering at all costs to embracing God in the midst of suffering.

From the Everyday Kingdom to the Eternal Kingdom :: Transitions

Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 7/14/2019 by Pastor Steve Shields

We live in an everyday world, but as Christians, we are part of an eternal kingdom. The Eternal Kingdom should be where we set our hearts and minds. It’s from the Eternal Kingdom that we draw our basis for living.

But the Everyday Kingdom tends to push it out until we find ourselves not just living here IN this everyday world, but we live as though we are OF this everyday world. The Everyday Kingdom becomes our identity.

In this podcast, Pastor Steve works to help us transition from the Everyday Kingdom to reflecting the Eternal Kingdom.

From Shallowness to Depth :: Transitions

Presented at Curwensville Alliance Church by Pastor Steve Shields on 7/7/2019

I know you’ve done this. If you’re on social media, you’ve almost certainly done this.

You’ve looked as someone’s status and thought, “Wow — that person has the depth of a mud-puddle.” Their status, their comments, their complaints — they scream shallowness.

And, if you are a thinking person, you’ve seen some posts and thought, “Whoa — that’s some deep stuff there.”

No one wants to be thought of as shallow. All of us want to think we are deep. But are we?

As a Christian, how much spiritual depth do you have?

This podcast helps us see some symptoms of spiritual shallowness and invites us to transition into the deep.

From Pushing to Praying :: Transitions

Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 6/30/2019 by Pastor Steve Shields

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Are you someone who tends to PUSH your way through life? The answer might surprise you.

Frank Sinatra sang a song about high hopes. I learned it as a kid.

Just what makes that little old ant
Think he’ll move that rubber tree plant
Anyone knows an ant, can’t
Move a rubber tree plant

But he’s got high hopes,
he’s got high hopes
He’s got high apple pie, in the sky hopes

So any time your gettin’ low
‘stead of lettin’ go
Just remember that ant

Oops there goes another rubber tree plant

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My mom sang me that song when I was a child.

I tried to use it with my wife as an excuse why I am so persistent in my desire for that extra slice of pie — or whatever. My wife said, “Look — when you’re talking about moving a rubber-tree plant, that kind of persistence is a good thing. But when you push people — that’s something different.

She’s right — as usual.

Pushing is a problem.

This podcast looks at the life of Jacob and shows us how to transition from pushing to praying.
-Pastor Steve

From Envy to Contentment :: Transitions

Presented at Curwensville Alliance by Pastor Steve Shields on 6/23/2019

You may have read this in the news this week.

A 4-year-old boy wanted some candy hopped into his great-grandfather’s SUV. Along the mile-and-a-half journey, with eyes barely able to see over the steering wheel, Sebastian cruised the neighborhood streets before making a left turn onto a busy four-lane. He took out some mailboxes and did some damage to a tree. But in the end, he arrived at the candy store just in time to be greeted by the police.

I like stories like that. Until I think about what might have happened. And then, I kind of agree with the great-grandfather.

It could’ve been very serious.
He could’ve hit a car.
He wasn’t wearing a seat belt.
We could be talking about a funeral.

A car in the hands of a child is a scary thing.

It’s a dangerous thing.

In this podcast, I suggest to you that we allow something of that dangerous level in our lives – something that can kill.

That “something” is envy.

If we respond correctly to God’s word, we can transition from envy to contentment.

–Pastor Steve