Most of Us Have Been Exposed :: PODCAST

Presented by Pastor Steve Shields at Curwensville Alliance on 10/15/2017

What would you do if I offered you the latest smartphone for free, but when you got home, you found it was a cheap imitation that had no electronics inside its case? 

That’s a little of what Smith and Denton say churches have done to young people of the previous decade or so — they’ve given them religion, but it’s not the real thing. It’s an imitation that looks good, but doesn’t function at all.

They call it Moralistic, Therapeutic Deism

And it’s soaked into much of the church. Like an infection.

Most of us have been exposed. Some of us are vulnerable. Some — infected.

I’ve seen in at all levels, among both genders, throughout all age groups.

It’s as common as the common cold.

This podcast helps you identify it and inoculate yourself against it.

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Can You Really Believe in the EXCLUSIVITY of Jesus :: PODCAST

Presented by Pastor Steve Shields at Curwensville Alliance Church on 2/26/2016

One of the least popular teachings of Christian faith is the exclusivity of Christ. We, at least in the West, hate exclusivity. We’ve been taught that anything exclusive is wrong. Morally wrong.

But when it comes to the exclusivity of Jesus, one of the reasons people have trouble with this is because they misapply or over-apply the concept of exclusivity.

Jesus is exclusive – in that he is the only way to the Father (John 14:6). 
But Jesus is inclusive – in that anyone hears his call can come.

This podcast suggests that when we set aside the exclusivity of Christ as the only means of salvation, we not only go against the teachings of Scripture, we rob ourselves of a day to day blessing — a helpful one.

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God Calls Your Heart to His :: PODCAST

Presented by Pastor Steve Shields on 1/22/2017 at Curwensville Alliance Church

I resist change. This week, as I was preparing the YouVersion Bible App Live Event for this weekend, something about the event-creation software had changed. I felt like Dr. McCoy as he entered the new Enterprise: I know engineers; they love to change things.

Change is part of life. It cannot be avoided. Everyone knows this. So why, then, do we want to scream when someone changes something?

There are a number of reasons. We’re lazy and don’t like to learn new systems. We’re creatures of habit. We’re short-sighted. But another reason we resist change is because we’ve learned a pattern of leaning on the wrong things.

The problem with leaning on the wrong thing is that when it changes, you risk stumbling or even falling. But when you rely on God, you find a different sense of stability. You find security.

Good theology gives you an accurate picture of God. And it gives you a sense of being loved and being valued. It shows you that God draws you to himself.

If you are struggling with stability, you might do well to tune into this podcast — and lean on some good theology.

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