The Destruction of Darkness :: Revelation

Presented by Pastor Steve Shields at Curwensville Alliance Church on 10/6/2019

Dr. Rob Reimer speaks about the need we have to empty our suitcase — the baggage we’ve picked up as fallen people living in a fallen world — so that we can experience the fullness of Christ’s presence. The Suitcase Analogy is central to his Soul Care material.

Some might note a parallel between us unpacking our suitcases to rid our lives of evil and God unpacking the suitcase of the cosmos so that his radiant glory can shine, unrestricted.

What will it be like to see that — the glory of God shining without shadow?

This podcast addresses the judgment of God as spelled out in Revelation 14-17, giving us hope for the future as we look forward to that glorious day.

This Man Is A Liar :: Revelation

Presented by Pastor Steve Shields at Curwensville Alliance on 9/29/2019

How would your life change if there was a liar close to you? Maybe in the workplace or your neighborhood or your family.

I can tell you, from experience, it would change dramatically.

Well — there is a liar in your life. Actually, he may not be in your life but he’s in your world interacting in ways that, if you don’t recognize him, you may well suffer.

This podcast speaks to us about how to respond to the liar — to the father of lies.

Timeless Signs :: Revelation

Presented by Pastor Steve Shields at Curwensville Alliance on 9/22/2019

Signs.

They can be pretty funny….

Or they can be pretty important…

There are signs in Revelation 12 — two of them.

This podcast speaks about these signs, seeing them as Timeless Landmarks given us by God.

The Lamb Will BRING IT :: Revelation

Presented by Pastor Steve Shields at Curwensville Alliance on 9/8/2019

Do you ever get bone tired — downright weary — of the evil that you see in this world?

Whether it’s across the ocean or in the next county or right down the road, for most of us, we long for injustice to come to an end. And we long for justice to flow like a river.

We long for God to do something.

This podcast talks about the reality that God will make straight what is crooked.

God shows us, in The Book of Revelation, that he will Bring It!

You Need Not Fear :: Revelation 4

Presented on 9/1/2019 at Curwensville Alliance by Pastor Steve Shields

When I was in college, I worked a summer job bagging charcoal. Occasionally, we’d talk about God and about the Bible — and inevitably, The Book of Revelation came up.

One of the guys said, “I read that. It’s just one nightmare after another.”

Really?

To the unrepentant, yeah, it would be a nightmare, but is that what Jesus intended us to get out of that text? It’s written to the church, not to the unrepentant.

In the opening chapter we are told that those who read it are blessed. I think that’s because reading this book gives the believer hope and confidence.

This podcast speaks of that hope as it is presented in the throne room of heaven.

Staying Clear of Danger Zones :: Revelation

Presented by Pastor Steve Shields on 8/25/2019 at Curwensville Alliance Church

You probably read about (or heard about) the Storm Area 51 event.

Area 51 is the name of a highly classified United States Air Force facility located in the Nevada Test and Training Range. When the USAF acquired the land in 1955, they used it to test the Lockheed U-2 airplane.

In response to the intense secrecy surrounding it, conspiracy theorists have conjectured that Area 51 is where our government hides UFOs we’ve recovered. If you watched the X-Files or the Will Smith movie, Independence Day, you are familiar with Area 51.

The reason Area 51 is in the news these days is because a Facebook Event called, Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us.

The thinking goes like this: We want to know what’s behind the fence. If a large number of people show up at Area 51 and all run onto the base, they can’t stop all of them.

So, on the third weekend of September, a couple million people say they’re going to storm Area 51.

When I looked on Facebook yesterday, there were 2,072,369 people planning to attend.

I think to most of them it’s just fun and games.

If you read the signs posted around Area 51, you see that being serious about entering this area is a serious matter. The signs are clear. The warning is dire. If you go into Area 51, you are entering a danger zone. “Use of deadly force authorized.”

Those signs are, in a sense, kind of what Revelation 2 & 3 are about. Area 51 signs warn hikers to be careful where they walk. Revelation 2 & 3 signs warn us regarding our walk of faith.

This podcast speaks about Seven Danger Zones the seven churches in Revelation were treading upon — and warns us to avoid them.

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.