Trading Up :: Revelation 21

Presented on 11/24/2019 at Curwensville Alliance by Pastor Steve Shields

I am not good at wheeling and dealing. In fact, I generally lose more than I gain.

However, there’s one trade I have made that was well worth it. It was the day I traded my unrighteousness for Christ’s righteousness.

When we make that change, God unfolds a whole portfolio of blessing in our lives.

This podcast looks at Revelation and speaks to the concept of trading up.

History Has a Destiny :: Revelation

Presented on 11/17/2019 at Curwensville Alliance by Pastor Steve Shields

Have you ever wondered why your life doesn’t seem to have the meaning you once thought it did — or dreamed it would?

As strange as this may seem, the answer might be tied up in your view of The End Times.

The Bible teaches us that history is going in a specific direction — that history itself has a destiny. And we do also.

This podcast looks at how Revelation 20 ties into our own sense of meaning and destiny.

The Outcome of Evil :: Revelation

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.

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.