Leave the Bitter; Take the Sweet :: New Years PODCAST

Presented by Pastor Steve Shields on 12/31/2017 at Curwensville Alliance Church

New Year’s Eve has always been an odd thing to me.

There’s no real holiday to celebrate, as on Independence Day or Christmas. It’s just a seemingly arbitrary demarcation we use to count our trips around the sun.

However, there is wisdom in marking the passing of time. 

Part of that wisdom is a matter of looking back and looking forward. Something we tend to do at New Year’s. Something we should do consistently.

When you look back at your life, I am sure you see some memories that are less-than-happy. And I am sure you see others that are sweet. Which of these do you want to mark your life, going forward?

In this podcast, I discuss leaving the bitter behind and taking the sweet ahead with you — into the future.
– Pastor Steve

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When Worship Is Hard :: PODCAST

Presented on 8/6/2017 at Curwensville Alliance Church by Pastor Steve

There are times that it’s difficult to worship.

So what do you do?

When I was in college, a speaker addressed the student body with these words:

Pray when you feel like it.
Pray when you don’t feel like it.

Pray until you feel like it.

I was amazed by the response from some of my peers. Some, like me, said, “Yeah — he’s right,” and thought nothing strange about it.

But others were angry — some very much so — that he would be so heartless, instructing people who are struggling, spiritually, to pray.

I still don’t entirely understand what the uproar was about, but I do believe that if you hope to overcome your spiritual struggles, it would be wise to do something “spiritual” — like prayer.

Job faced struggles. And he prayed. More than that, he worshiped.

This podcast speaks of the heart of Job — a heart that worshiped when worship came hard. 

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PODCAST: Life’s Difficult Terrain

Presented 3/20/2016

The Bible is full of parallels. For example, many people have observed how the biblical story of the people of Israel seems to parallel their own life. It’s almost unnerving, when you take note of it.

And many of us have found ourselves identifying with biblical characters along the way. With Peter or with Martha or with David or with Mary.

This podcast suggests that Jesus’ journey from The Mount of Olives to The Temple Mount is a journey that our lives, in very small ways, parallel.

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As you listen, notice how important it is to have Jesus accompanying you on your own journey.

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