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.


PODCAST: The Benefit of Generosity

Presented 12/21/2015

I love the “Random Act of Kindness” movement that’s popped up from time to time over the past few decades. It’s great to be on the giving end or the receiving end of those. The only real problem I see with them is that they don’t truly satisfy. If you do a random act of kindness, you feel good as you plan it, as you perform it, and for a while afterward. But, like participating in a big fund-raising event, when the dust settles, you’re left with a disquieting feeling.

I think that feeling comes from the reality that “giving” is not something we should do ever now and again. Generosity is not defined by a moment in time. Generosity is a lifestyle. And the feeling that accompanies living a generous lifestyle is a lasting sense of satisfaction.

In this Christmas Podcast, Pastor Steve considers the life of Mary’s husband, Joseph, and introduces an understanding of living generously that helps satisfy body, soul, and spirit.


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.