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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Who Told You God what God Is Like? :: PODCAST

Presented at Curwensville Alliance Church on 6/18/2017 by Pastor Steve

Every now and then you still hear someone make a statement that begins with the words, “The God I believe in….” as though there are lots of different God’s and we get to pick one or we get to create one. It’s been a while since I’ve heard or read those leading words, so I am guessing people finally get it — we can’t decide what God is like any more than we can decide what any other being is like.

So the new question becomes, “How do we learn what God really is like?” And the answer some might give can be harmful to their health. Most people develop their perception of God based on their relationship with authority figures in their life.

And often, our earthly father plays a major role in this.

In this podcast, Pastor Steve looks at Mary’s perception of God, and suggests that we’d be wise to rethink the image of God we’ve developed through our relationships and look to a biblical model.

If we do this, chances are, we will be much healthier in the way we see ourselves, the way we relate to others, and the way we feel about God.

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Can You Really Believe in the EXCLUSIVITY of Jesus :: PODCAST

Presented by Pastor Steve Shields at Curwensville Alliance Church on 2/26/2016

One of the least popular teachings of Christian faith is the exclusivity of Christ. We, at least in the West, hate exclusivity. We’ve been taught that anything exclusive is wrong. Morally wrong.

But when it comes to the exclusivity of Jesus, one of the reasons people have trouble with this is because they misapply or over-apply the concept of exclusivity.

Jesus is exclusive – in that he is the only way to the Father (John 14:6). 
But Jesus is inclusive – in that anyone hears his call can come.

This podcast suggests that when we set aside the exclusivity of Christ as the only means of salvation, we not only go against the teachings of Scripture, we rob ourselves of a day to day blessing — a helpful one.

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