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.

Play

Got Peace? :: PODCAST

Presented at Curwensville Alliance by Pastor Steve Shields

You’ve probably heard the story of the NASA Space Pen. It goes like this:

NASA realized that typical ball-point pens would not work in zero gravity. The ink would not be moved toward the bottom the the pen without the aid of the earth’s gravitational pull. So NASA spent a decade and $12 billion engineering a pen that writes in zero gravity, upside-down, on almost any surface including glass, and at temperatures ranging from below freezing to over 300 C.

 

The Russians used a pencil.

The story is not true. But it’s fun.

It serves as an example of how we tend to complicate the simplest of things.

We do that with Christmas, with weddings, with our schedules, even with our entertainment. And when we do that, we struggle to have any sense of peace.

Would you say your life is marked by peace, or turmoil?

This podcast is designed to help you find some peace — peace from Jesus.

Play

Trusting a God Who Loves You Is Essential :: PODCAST

Presented by Pastor Steve Shields at Curwensville Alliance on December 5, 2016

“Repetition penetrates the dullest of minds.” This was a line that the professor of New Testament Greek repeated regularly to his students. He didn’t invent the concept, he just found a humorous way to communicate it.

Perhaps you could say that God invented it, because time and time again, he repeats himself — so that you and I can get it.

One of the things you see repeated throughout Scripture is the idea that God loves us.

awpink

This Advent podcast reminds us of this reality.

Play