Presented at Curwensville Alliance Church by Pastor Steve Shields on 10/20/2019
Most of us feel like we are overly aware of our shortcomings. And, indeed, self-condemnation is commonplace in the graceless culture in which we find ourselves.
But along side of this, the very same people who struggle with being overly critical with themselves often miss the real problems in themselves. It turns out that self-reflection isn’t being done with a well polished mirror, but with a fun-house mirror — giving distorted perspectives of every kind.
Robert Burns noted our failures at self-assessment with the words: O wad some P’wer the giftie gei us To see oursels as ithers see us.
If you’re struggling with that phrasing, this is what he meant: O would some Power the gift would give us, to see ourselves as others see us.
I’d like to one-up Rabbie and say that the Power has done so. But it’s even better. God, by his Spirit and his word gives us the ability to see ourselves objectively — as he sees us.
In this, there is a paradox, for he sees those who are in Christ as pure and holy — yet as needing to grow in our walk with him.
This podcast looks at Revelation 18, sees the End Time Kingdom, Babylon, and looks into our hearts to see if there are elements that need addressed there.
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.
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.