How to Get the Most Out of God :: PODCAST

Presented at Curwensville Alliance Church by Pastor Steve Shields on 10/22/2017

If you came here because of the title of this post to get some pointers on using God to your advantage, you’re going to be disappointed. And blessed.

Blessed like The Prodigal Son.

He wanted to use his father’s resources to honor his own selfish interests. And he found that it didn’t work. And on his way home to use his father as a source of employment, he met a father who’d been looking down the lane — awaiting his return. 

I like to think that it was at that moment that the son realized what was really important in life — the love of a father and the response of a child. 

Christians often talk about having a relationship with God. This is what we mean. You can’t used God as you would use any other resource. Instead, he offers you his heart of love and asks that you love him in return.

This podcast speaks of how this happens in our lives — the lives of prodigals.


Who Told You God what God Is Like? :: PODCAST

Presented at Curwensville Alliance Church on 6/18/2017 by Pastor Steve

Every now and then you still hear someone make a statement that begins with the words, “The God I believe in….” as though there are lots of different God’s and we get to pick one or we get to create one. It’s been a while since I’ve heard or read those leading words, so I am guessing people finally get it — we can’t decide what God is like any more than we can decide what any other being is like.

So the new question becomes, “How do we learn what God really is like?” And the answer some might give can be harmful to their health. Most people develop their perception of God based on their relationship with authority figures in their life.

And often, our earthly father plays a major role in this.

In this podcast, Pastor Steve looks at Mary’s perception of God, and suggests that we’d be wise to rethink the image of God we’ve developed through our relationships and look to a biblical model.

If we do this, chances are, we will be much healthier in the way we see ourselves, the way we relate to others, and the way we feel about God.


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.