The Hazard of Contractual Faith :: PODCAST

Presented on 10/8/2017 at Curwensville Alliance by Pastor Steve Shields

Have you ever been angry with God? Disappointed? Wanting to walk away? You’re not alone. Pastors encounter this in others all the time. (And the honest ones will tell you that they struggle with it, themselves.)

I call it contractual faith.

I used to attend your church, but when my mom died, that was it. I had prayed and prayed that she’d get well. And I know that if we pray for anything in Jesus’ name… Well, mom died. God didn’t keep up his end of the bargain.

What do you do with that?

How you address this issue, for yourself personally, is very important. 

The reality is that the person speaking in the text above thinks that their faith is a contractual agreement between God and them. It’s not. It’s something other. Very other.

This podcast works to unpack this concept in a helpful and healing manner.
-Pastor Steve


“Where’s the Rewards, God?” :: PODCAST

Presented by Pastor Steve Shields at Curwensville Alliance Church on 3/26/2017

Often, you hear Christians express disappointment with life — or even with God — concerning a delivery that never arrived.

They thought that, if they had enough faith, God would deliver — that he’d give them the good life. Or if they served him enough, or obeyed him enough, or sacrificed enough — then God would pay them back.

That’s not the way Christian faith works, but a cursory glance at Christian faith could lead one to believe it should.

This podcast talks about rewards — and their place in Christian faith.


PODCAST: Fearless Living

Presented on 1/31/2016 by Pastor Steve Shields at Curwensville Alliance

This is one fearless guy.

Few of us would be brave enough (or insane enough) to run that course. And while it’s good to have a well-reasoned fear of events like this, it is a bad thing to make your life-decisions from the platform of fear.

Faith – it’s an important concept in our relationship with God, right?

For years, I believe the opposite of faith was doubt. But these days, I feel the opposite of faith is fear. Fear and mistrust go hand in hand. So if I am afraid, I probably am struggling to trust — maybe even to trust God.

Think of the places you are most afraid. I am afraid when I drive in the snow. Not because of myself. I trust my own driving. I am afraid because I don’t trust other drivers. If I trusted them, I’d have little fear. Lack of trust plays a major role in the life marked by fear.

The Bible teaches that perfect love casts out all fear. Why? Because love creates trust.

And when we trust, we can be fearless.

This podcast speaks about living fearlessly.