PODCAST: Why All the DOs and DON’Ts in the Bible?

Presented by Pastor Steve Shields at Curwensville Alliance Church on 8/23/2015

As Protestants, we understand that the Bible teaches that the way to be saved from God’s wrath is by trusting in Jesus’ death on the cross to pay for our sins. It is by grace that we’ve been saved through faith, and this is not of ourselves, it is the gift of God, not by works, so none of us can boast (Ephesians 2:8-9). However, for some, there’s a disconnect that occurs.

If the way I am saved is not by my own good works, then why does the Bible seem to contain a lot of “dos and don’ts“?

That’s a legitimate question, isn’t it?

That’s the question this podcast addresses — What are all those dos and don’ts doing in the Bible and what do they mean to us? How should I respond to them as one who is saved by grace through faith?

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PODCAST: The Love of God in… Jonah?

Presented 2/16/2015 at Curwensville Alliance by Pastor Steve

Often, we miss the point of things that are presented to us. Take this video as an example.

Where were you, in the video, when you realized what they were selling? The end, huh? It’s that way with the Book of Jonah. The drama is so good that, like this commercial, it can eclipse the message.

This podcast clarifies the message of Jonah, showing the conflict between the way God loves and the way humankind loves.

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The story of Jonah is as important to our generation as it has been to any before.

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PODCAST: Effective People Look Back in Time

Presented 1/5/2014 at Curwensville Alliance by Pastor Steve

If you ever hit the big time, will it change you?

When a person becomes famous, whether in the business world, the sports world, or any other world, someone close by will say the words: Don’t forget where you come from. The very fact that people feel a need to say it demonstrates the reality: that when people get that big break, they forget what it was like before.

Christians need to hear the same words. Don’t forget where you come from. Why? Because Christians have received some great things: Forgiveness of sin, redemption, adoption, transformation — all of which come from grace. And that grace — the grace of God — is so powerful that it changes everything. It changes us. And there’s a danger that we will forget where we came from.

God addresses this in the Bible as he has Paul write to a young pastor named Titus, instructing Titus to remember who he was before he “hit the big time” of God’s grace. This podcast reminds us to look back as we help others walk the same path we are walking.

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