Coping with Great Loss :: PODCAST

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

Mary Ann was light of Bob’s life. He was that dad — the one who doted on his daughter, and seemed to come alive when she entered the room. And why not? She was beautiful, gracious, and bright. When she moved to another state, he was sorry she’d left, but excited about what her future would be like.

And then the unthinkable happened. Mary Ann became sick and died — in a very short period of time. Bob was devastated. He was never the same. What parent would be the same after burying a child. But for Bob, it was different. His loss defined him — so much so that years later, his wife would say, “Our daughter died, and Bob’s not himself,” to new people they would meet.

I don’t judge Bob. I feel for him. My heart aches for him — not just because of his loss, but because that loss came to define who he was.

Pain can do that.

Pain can define who we are. But does it have to? 

This podcast addresses that question.


PODCAST: Where Do Christians Go Upon Death?

Presented by Pastor Steve Shields at Curwensville Alliance on 9/6/2015

Recently a friend of mine whose mother had died stopped by the house. “Steve,” he said, “Where’s my mom now?” Naturally, I knew he wasn’t asking where she was buried. He was asking a common question: “Where do Christians go when they die?”

This podcast addresses this important topic, explaining why God tells us about such things.


PODCAST: Are you afraid of dying?

Presented on 7/20/2014 at Curwensville Alliance by Pastor Steve

I’ve heard people say I am not afraid to be dead; I am simply afraid of dying. I don’t hear a lot of people who are not Christians say this. But Christians say it.

What if someone suggested to you that death, for the person trusting in Christ, was a holy event? Would you consider that person to be grim? Macabre? Morbid?

The Psalmist addresses this in Psalm 116 where he writes, as the King James phrases it, “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.” Wondering what that means? Wondering how to face death? Then this Podcast is for you.