PODCAST: Trust Issues?

Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 5/15/2016 by Pastor Steve Shields

You’ve heard people say it, right? “I have trust issues.” Sure you have. And if you’re like me, you sympathize, but a part of you wants to reply, “And… you think that makes you different than…who?” Struggling to trust is not unique to the few.

Almost everyone I know has trust issues. We’d like to think it’s because of the day in which we live. How can we not struggle to trust when we see so much evil around us. But it’s no more unique to our era than the concept is unique to you or me.

It’s said that the most often repeated command in Scripture is Fear not. Do you ever wonder why? Sure, there are the everyday reasons. Fear leads us backwards. Fear doesn’t accomplish anything extraordinary. Fear stifles. But perhaps there is a more basic reason. Maybe fear is the opposite of trust. Maybe the commonness of the command, Fear not, serves to remind us of the commonness of trust issues.


Part of Jesus’ mission was to show us the glory of God — filled with grace and truth. And in His statement, I am the good shepherd, Jesus gives us good reason to trust God. He helps us with our trust issues.

This podcast addresses this in ways I hope you find helpful.
~Pastor Steve


PODCAST: Counsel on Relating to Leadership

Presented by Pastor Steve Shields on 9/23/2015 at Curwensville Alliance Church

Whenever I think of leadership, eventually I think of the life of Moses. He was an incredibly effective leader. But my reason for thinking of him when leadership comes to mind is because his story shows, over and over again, how difficult leadership can be.

For example, when he confronted Pharaoh saying, “This is what the LORD the God of Israel says: ‘Let my people go,’” Pharaoh responded by punishing the people of Israel, making their work harder.

The people – slaves that Moses was leading to freedom – confronted Moses, asking him to stop it!

…and they said, “May the LORD look on you and judge you! You have made us obnoxious to Pharaoh and his officials and have put a sword in their hand to kill us.” – Exodus 5:21 (NIV2011)

That’s not mild resistance. It’s anger. It’s asking God to judge Moses – negatively.  Often, leaders are called upon to love people who curse them – or at best, hate what the leader is called to do.


How should this information influence the way we lead? Or the way we respond to leaders?

This podcast speaks of how to respond to leadership – godly leadership – from a biblical perspective.