Leave the Bitter; Take the Sweet :: New Years PODCAST

Presented by Pastor Steve Shields on 12/31/2017 at Curwensville Alliance Church

New Year’s Eve has always been an odd thing to me.

There’s no real holiday to celebrate, as on Independence Day or Christmas. It’s just a seemingly arbitrary demarcation we use to count our trips around the sun.

However, there is wisdom in marking the passing of time. 

Part of that wisdom is a matter of looking back and looking forward. Something we tend to do at New Year’s. Something we should do consistently.

When you look back at your life, I am sure you see some memories that are less-than-happy. And I am sure you see others that are sweet. Which of these do you want to mark your life, going forward?

In this podcast, I discuss leaving the bitter behind and taking the sweet ahead with you — into the future.
– Pastor Steve


PODCAST: The SINCE that Makes Christmas

Presented on 12/13/2015 by Pastor Steve Shields at Curwensville Alliance Church

Did you ever have one of those moments when something happened and you looked at a close friend and said, “This changes EVERYTHING”?

In 1954, a company called Regency released the first transistor radio. Since then, every age group has had access to its own music and identity. That word, “since” changed everything.

In 1981, a company called Hayes developed the first smart-modem. It allowed computers to send information over common phone lines at what was then pretty fast speeds. I remember people coming to my house to see this new thing called, “The Internet”. Since then, every computer sitting in everyone’s home is able to talk to other computers. That word “since” changed everything.

In 2007, a company called Apple released something called an iPhone. It puts the knowledge of the world at your fingertips. Since then, we have become the most connected society ever imagined. That word, “since” change everything.

There are events in human history that change everything.

The birth of Jesus is one of them.

This podcast speaks about how Jesus’ birth can move us to living grateful lives.

That SINCE His birth, every has changed.


PODCAST: How to Get to Where You Need to Be…

Presented 2/22/2015 at Curwensville Alliance Church by Pastor Steve

Ever been in a bad place? I don’t mean in a bad neighborhood. I mean in a bad place, spiritually speaking? Jonah knows what that’s like.

From the belly of the great fish, Jonah recognizes he’s the wrong place and takes steps to change that. His model can serve us when we aren’t where we need to be.