Most of Us Have Been Exposed :: PODCAST

Presented by Pastor Steve Shields at Curwensville Alliance on 10/15/2017

What would you do if I offered you the latest smartphone for free, but when you got home, you found it was a cheap imitation that had no electronics inside its case? 

That’s a little of what Smith and Denton say churches have done to young people of the previous decade or so — they’ve given them religion, but it’s not the real thing. It’s an imitation that looks good, but doesn’t function at all.

They call it Moralistic, Therapeutic Deism

And it’s soaked into much of the church. Like an infection.

Most of us have been exposed. Some of us are vulnerable. Some — infected.

I’ve seen in at all levels, among both genders, throughout all age groups.

It’s as common as the common cold.

This podcast helps you identify it and inoculate yourself against it.

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PODCAST: How to Trust God When the Way Is Dark

Presented on 5/29/2016 at Curwensville Alliance by Pastor Steve

Relationships are both the most rewarding and the most challenging parts of life. From casual friendships to the deepest love, the need for relationships seems to be etched into our very being.

The day before Jesus went to the cross was a dark day for his followers. And the day of his death was probably their darkest day.¬†Jesus saw it coming. He orchestrated his own execution in order to pay the price for our sins. In anticipation of that death, he spent some time helping his followers prepare their hearts. His words, recorded in John 14:1-6 are often read at funeral services — at our dark times.

They are words that talk about how we can have a relationship with God.

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In this podcast, Pastor Steve tries to help us see reasons to grasp Jesus for who he is — the Way, the Truth, and the LIFE! And to deepen our relationship with God.

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PODCAST: Are you at church for the Virtues, or something else?

Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 11/23/2014 by Pastor Steve Shields

Some time ago a thought occurred to me:

Many people in churches in America today are there because they love the values inherent in Christianity. They love the virtues. Their love for this is like no other love in their lives. They love virtue more than they love themselves — so they deny themselves, working hard to be virtuous. They love virtue more than they love their families — and when a family member goes awry, they struggle not to close the door on that person’s life. They love virtue more than they love Jesus.

Wait…. What? They love virtue more than they love Jesus?!

Yeah — they know about Jesus. Some of them even know him personally, but honestly, they are not coming to church for Jesus. They are coming to church for the virtues.

Here’s what’s striking:¬†When I shared this thought with other pastors, each of them responded like they had heard a familiar melody for the first time. You know what I mean, right? They immediately recognized what I was saying, even though they had never thought of it in those terms.

These pastors are not alone. When this sermon was presented at Curwensville Alliance numerous people felt like God was speaking to them about their lives.

Give it a listen and see what He might have to say to you.

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