LifeBuilding: A Life of Gratitude PODCAST

Presented on 10/3/2016 at Curwensville Alliance by Pastor Steve Shields

As a Christian, why do you do the things you do? Why do you go to church? Why do you give to the kingdom? Why do you teach children, lead a small group, or work in the nursery? Why do you help in the kitchen?

There are many answers people might give to these kinds of questions. This podcast suggests the best motivation for serving God. And, despite what some might think, it’s actually a choice you can make — the choice to build a life of gratitude.

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PODCAST: Parenting as a Ministry

Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 6/15/2014

There are a lot of different ministries given to people. I am in pastoral ministry. We might say that missionaries have ministries of church-planting or evangelism. Ministries such as these are specialized. We used to call them full-time ministry, but that term seems to imply that the rest are not full-time or at least not important.

I feel that every Christian has a ministry — or better, ministries. There are certain things in this world that God has for each of us to do; and each of us is just the right person to do them,

All God-given ministries are important and should be taken seriously. For example, a counseling ministry. I thank God for godly counselors in my life and in the lives of others. And the ministry of encouragement — wow — who doesn’t see how vital that role is?

In this podcast, I am talking about the importance of parenting as a ministry. As you listen to it, ask God to speak to your heart about, not just parenting, but how you “minister” in any relationship where you have influence.
~Pastor Steve

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