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


Remedies for Regret :: PODCAST

Presented on April 2, 2017 at Curwensville Alliance Church by Pastor Steve

Everyone has regrets.

  • Times we should have spoken up, and didn’t.
  • Times we should have remained silent, and didn’t.
  • Missed opportunities.

Regrets are part of life.

Everyone has regrets, but not everyone is controlled by their regrets. Some people seem to have found a way to live with their regrets — and to live beyond them.

This podcast speaks of where we can find remedies for our regrets.


Just a note on this podcast:

In it, I say that forgiveness is impossible without some acknowledgement of culpability. By that, I mean that forgiveness is impossible to receive if you won’t admit your fault. This is true.

However, forgiveness is possible to give, regardless of the heart of the one who has offended you. You can forgive someone who hurt you, whether they admit guilt or not. They could even be dead. And when you extend ANY forgiveness, you often find freedom that can be found in no other way — but that’s a different sermon. 🙂

However, as I say in the podcast, one cannot receive forgiveness for something one will not admit. It’s a logical impossibility. ~Pastor Steve 


PODCAST: What Kind of Heart Do you Have? What Kind do you WANT?

3/8/2015 at Curwensville Alliance by Pastor Steve

What kind of heard to you have?

A loving heart? A cheatin’ heart? An honest. A lying heart? A good heart? A cold heart? A warm one?


What kind of heart do you want?

Jonah had the wrong kind of heart, and in his gentleness, God helps him see that. Could God do the same for you and me?

This podcast talks about the kind of heart God wants to create in each of us.