You’re Welcome at the Table

Presented by Pastor Steve (with Jenna Witherite and Drew Stoddart presenting music) on 11/20/2017 at Curwensville Alliance

This week is Thanksgiving. A week where most of us share a meal with family and friends around a table.

There’s something about gathering around a table. It connects us in ways that little else can.

Maybe that’s why Jesus used a table.

Maybe that’s why Jesus invites us to a table.

This podcast speaks about God’s perspective on tables, and invites you to join Him there.

The special music is from Jenna Witherite and Drew Stoddart. 

used by permission ccli# 1841267

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Choosing Thankfulness :: PODCAST

Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 11/20/2016 by Pastor Steve Shields

“You’re welcome!” Those can be good words, spoken to you after you thank someone. Or they can be awkward words, spoken to you after you forget to say thank you.

You may feel the person who points out your need to say thanks is being rude, but that may not be the case. Their purpose may be to help you remember to be thankful. And, as this podcast suggests, thankfulness is healthy.

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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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