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.


Trusting a God Who Loves You Is Essential :: PODCAST

Presented by Pastor Steve Shields at Curwensville Alliance on December 5, 2016

“Repetition penetrates the dullest of minds.” This was a line that the professor of New Testament Greek repeated regularly to his students. He didn’t invent the concept, he just found a humorous way to communicate it.

Perhaps you could say that God invented it, because time and time again, he repeats himself — so that you and I can get it.

One of the things you see repeated throughout Scripture is the idea that God loves us.


This Advent podcast reminds us of this reality.


PODCAST: LifeBuilding – Building a Life of Love

Presented on 6/26/2016 at Curwensville Alliance by Pastor Steve Shields

How do you feel about the humans?

The humans. That’s the phrase my family has often used to refer to people we don’t understand – as though we are from another place and we are here observing these… the humans.

How do you feel about the humans?

Do they ever make you crazy? Sometimes they do me. And I am not alone in this. In a small group context, someone recently remarked, “I love people — in theory”. Often you hear pastors say something that they know is silly: Being a pastor of people would be great – if it weren’t for all the people! It’s hard to love people, sometimes.

But what would you be without others? Do you remember that Tom Hanks movie, Castaway? Hanks is marooned on a desert island and he just about goes crazy. Wilson! Sociologists say that movie isn’t very far from wrong. So – you need people.

The question is, are you going to simply put up with them, or can you have a different kind of relationship with them? Can you love them?


This is the second sermon in our LifeBuilding Series. This podcast is called, “Building a Life of Love.”