Living a Life You Can Treasure – 2nd Sunday of Advent :: PODCAST

Presented by Pastor Steve Shields at Curwensville Alliance on 12/10/2017

“I hate my life.”

Have you ever said that? Have you ever felt it? Sometimes teens say things like this. Sometimes adults do. Almost everyone feels this way, from time to time.

It seems that Mary might have felt this way, but in the midst of great upheaval, she showed that she loved her life. 

Mary treasured her life.

And we can too. This podcast speaks to this issue.

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Finding Goodness – 1st Sunday of Advent :: PODCAST

Presented by at Curwensville Alliance Church on 12/3/2017 by Pastor Steve Shields

If you read the news, you find lots of stories that might lead you toward despair. From international conflict to political one-ups-man-ship to corporate greed to abuses of every kind.

And when you’re confronted by that, you may wonder whatever happened to goodness. Where can you find it?

You can find goodness in a man named Joseph. And, looking into his life, you can find goodness in yourself.

Your sense of morality and your ability to do good come from God’s image in you and Christ’s redeeming death for you.

This podcast talks about how.

 

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ADVENT: Does Your Life Have Value? :: PODCAST

Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 12/18/2016 by Pastor Steve

Looking at the caller-id, when the phone rang this past week, I figured it was something important.

Pastor Steve, I was speaking to Cecil’s wife and she said his time is short. She was wondering if you would come over and see him.

Absolutely. I love my job and I love serving God by serving people in need. When I arrived, I asked his wife, “Why did you call me? What do you want me to do?” She was at a loss of words, so I said, “Did you call me to help him make his peace with God?” She said, “Yes.” And it wasn’t a “yeah” it was a “YES”.

Cecil didn’t look good, but he didn’t look as near to death as I’d expected. I saw no evidence of the congestion that is often evident in the hours before death. But Cecil hadn’t spoken for a while. His eyes were closed, and he wasn’t opening them. So I simply introduced myself and said, “Cecil, I am Rev. Shields. We’ve met before. I am here to help you make your peace with God.” To everyone’s surprise, he replied, without opening his eyes, “Okay.”

I explained that Christ is the One who makes peace with God possible. That Jesus had paid for our sins when he went to the cross. And that as we turn to him, trusting him, he changes our hearts and we find forgiveness of sin and release from shame. We find peace with God.

Then I prayed aloud, telling him, that if he agreed with what I was saying — if my words aligned with his thoughts, he should say them to God in the silence of his heart.

God, I know I’ve messed up. I have sinned. But I believe that Jesus died for me. I turn to him, asking for forgiveness. Please forgive me, because of Christ. Amen.

When I said the word, amen, Cecil said, “Thank you.”

I took my leave and when I arrived at home, there was a message on his answering machine from his son. Cecil had died in the time it took me to return home.

When things like that happen, it shows you the value of life — both the life of those you influence for Christ and the very life you live.

This podcast talks about finding meaning in life.

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