Look Into the Mirror | Where to Look

Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 9/2/2018 by Pastor Steve Shields

What is WRONG with people?!

I ask myself that question all the time.

The Bible answers the question with clarity. And, if we apply the answer correctly, it can be transformational to our soul.

This podcast talks about looking at ourselves and seeing what is, what should be, and what will be.

Look to the Word of God | Where to Look

Presented at Curwensville Alliance Church on 8/26/2018 by Pastor Steve Shields

Recently, the media covered an incident involving Ben Affleck and his former wife, Jennifer Garner. According to reports, Ben was in crisis, and Jennifer was coming to help him. As she was entering the residence, the media noted that Jennifer was carrying what appeared to be a Bible.

Yeah.

A Bible.

Why?

Because when you are in trouble, the Bible is a great place to look.

In fact, it’s always good to look to the Word of God — whether you’re in trouble or not.

This podcast explains why and how we can do that.

Your Story | Bernie Knefley

Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 8/12/2018 by Rev. Bernie Knefley.

For years, the local paper ran a series of stories — stories about people in our area. Some of you have been featured in those stories.

When he was with us this week, Bernie Knefley spoke about the story you are writing.

If you missed him, here’s his message.

 

Look to the Son | Where to Look

Presented on 8/5/2018 by Pastor Steve Shields at Curwensville Alliance Church

Where do you look when you are in need? When you lack wisdom? When you struggle?

There are times I look to a friend. To a counselor. To a doctor. To a judge. I look to many people.

There are times I look to technology. To my smartphone. To Google. To my GPS.

But when I really need help from Someone who really knows me…. I look to Jesus.

This podcast unfolds this concept in helpful ways.

Look to the Father | Where to Look

Presented on 7/15/2018 by Pastor Steve Shields at Curwensville Alliance Church

When you are in trouble — when you have a need — where do you look?

  • If you were being falsely accused
  • If you wanted to turn your life around
  • If you were in need of wisdom
  • If you had done something you regret
  • If you needed encouragement

Who would you look to?

As Christians, we would agree that the person to look to is God.

This podcast talks about why we should look to him and how he can help.

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Tools for Resilience | Using the Tools

Presented by Pastor Steve Shields at Curwensville Alliance Church on 7/8/2018

I have a lot of tools. And I’ve used a lot of them. But I have tools that I have never used.

I have a gear-pulling kit. Never used it.

I have a hedge-trimmer. Never used it.

I have a 20 Amp 12 volt power supply. Never used it.

What’s that about?

Sometimes that’s how we are with the tools of grace that God gives us. 

We sit in a service, listen to a sermon, hear about what God gives us, put that teaching into our pocket, and walk away — never to implement what we’ve learned.

Over the past several podcasts, we’ve unfolded a number of tools that God has given us to make us resilient. Are you using them?

This podcast gives you good reasons to use the tools of resilience that God’s given you.

 

Tools for Resilience | Teachability

Presented by Steve Shields at Curwensville Alliance on 6/24/2018

Anyone who desires to influence others for their benefit will notice this: For some people, their greatest hindrance is their unwillingness to receive instruction.

Some people struggle to be teachable.

This is particularly troubling since teachability is an essential tool for resilience.

David Murray, professor of New Testament and Practical Theology, says that there’s one characteristic that separates the successful from the unsuccessful in every walk of life: teachability.

If you are going to be resilient, you’ll do well to consider your own level of teachability and to ask God to increase it.

This podcast tells you how.

Tools for Resilience | Hope

Presented at Curwensville Alliance Church on 7/1/2018 by Pastor Steve Shields

“Hope does not disappoint.”

What kind of statement is that? It’s ridiculous, unless the hope is in something solid. And when the hope is in something solid — that kind of hope is powerful.

If you are having trouble finding hope, you’re not alone. Sometimes, it’s hard to hope for our world, our  society, our families. But without hope, we will be disappointed. We’ll be despairing.

It’s our hope that you’ll find hope — and act upon it.

This podcast speaks about how to implement one of the three greatest things ever: Hope.

Tools for Resilience | Corporate Worship

Presented on 6/10/2018 at Curwensville Alliance by Pastor Steve Shields

When I was a kid, I took guitar lessons every Thursday night. Mrs. Crate required I discipline myself to practice – every day.

And that’s all I could see. The drudgery of practice.

The songs she taught me didn’t help. Go Tell Aunt Rhody, On Top of Old Smoky, Red River Valley…. Drudgery.

And the lesson time wasn’t a real treat. Lectures on better fingering and callous development. Drudgery.

Learning guitar required discipline on my part.

Discipline without direction is drudgery.

When I went to college, something happened. I had a roommate who played the guitar. I mentioned that I always wanted to play, and he said, “I’ll teach you.”

I said, “That will be drudgery.”

He said, “No, it won’t. I’ll teach you well enough that you can make a tape and send it to Laurel.”

Suddenly, I saw purpose in the discipline. I had a direction: Learn to play well enough to play for your girlfriend!

And I learned to play.

Seeing myself playing the guitar on the back porch for Laurel – that was a direction I wanted to head.

My roommate gave me a direction that took away the drudgery.

I wish I could do that for you, in terms of corporate worship. I wish I could help you see yourself after a decade of prioritizing corporate worship.

I can’t do that, but you can.

Look at Christians whose faith you admire. You can have that.

Look at that man of prayer you wish you were like. You can be that guy.

Look at that person who walked through the Valley of the Shadow of Death without fear. You can do that.

Look at that woman whose children respect and admire her. You can be her.

Part of making that happen is prioritizing corporate worship. 

This podcast talks about how we can do this.