Bringing Comfort to Our Hearts :: ADVENT

Presented for Curwensville Alliance on 12/20/20 by Pastor Steve Shields.

Where does comfort come from?

Comfort comes from Christ’s power! Unlike human power which has limits, His power is unlimited!

We can find comfort in His goodness. We can find comfort in His love. He comes to us, fights for us, makes us family and lives among us!

Listen as Pastor Steve guides us through finding comfort in Christ.

Living with Certainty in Uncertain Times :: ADVENT

Presented to Curwensville Alliance on 12/13/20 by Pastor Steve Shields.

In the Advent story, we can look at Joseph, the Shepherds and the Magi to see examples of those who lived with certainty in uncertain times.

What gave them certainty? Their hearts gave them certainty. Joseph had a just heart. The Shepherds had hopeful hearts. The Magi had hungry hearts.

How can we live with certainty? By cultivating a just heart, a hopeful heart and hungry heart.

In this podcast, Pastor Steve will lead you through how to live with certainty in uncertain times.

Peace :: ADVENT

Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 12/06/20 by Pastor Steve Shields.

Do you struggle to find peace? Where does peace come from? How can we have true peace?

Peace does not mean the absence of conflict. Peace also does not mean being the same. These are some common misconceptions of peace.

Rather, peace comes from the Prince of Peace. Peace comes through His advent, death and triumph.

But how can peace be yours this Advent Season? You will have to think with humility, view yourself with honesty and view others with grace.

Real God – Real Life – Real Christmas :: ADVENT

Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 11/29/20 by Pastor Steve Shields.

Disappointment. Has this year held one disappointment after another for you?

Disappointment is part of real life. Disappointment can lead to darkness and despair.

What is the remedy for disappointment? Advent!

In this podcast, Pastor Steve will lead you through how Advent is the remedy for disappointment.

Jesus is the Light to dispel disappointment. You can trust Jesus to understand what you do not understand. You can look to Jesus for unparalleled hope.

Living Well In Tough Times :: THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT

Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 11/22/20 by Pastor Steve Shields.

Do you feel like we are living in unprecedented times? You are not alone.

In this last podcast on The Sermon on the Mount, Pastor Steve will guide you through how Kingdom people can live well in tough times.

You can come in from the storm by entering into a relationship with God. You can live as a citizen of the Kingdom by building your life on Jesus’ words, and experience peace because you are His.

The Hidden Goodness of God :: THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT

Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 11/15/20 by Pastor Steve Shields.

The fallen world masks God’s goodness. The mask is made up of injustice, futility and life’s hardships.

Jesus unveils the face of God!

What do we see behind the mask? The Father who provides graciously. The Father who provides without discrimination. The Father who provides goodness.

In the kingdom we reveal the face of God. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus gives us The Golden Rule to follow. When we live by The Golden Rule, we pull down the veil. We show the face of God to the world.

Can Judgement Be Compassionate? :: THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT

Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 11/08/20 by Pastor Steve Shields.

Since there are different kinds of judgement, is it possible for judgement to be compassionate?

Jesus warns us about condemning judgement and judgement that is lacking self- awareness.

However, Jesus values redemptive (compassionate) judgement. Compassionate judgement is restorative not condemning. Compassionate judgment is self-aware not blind. Compassionate judgement is genuine not hypocritical.

There are dangers of judgement in general. When you judge, you reveal your own culpability, you potentially reduce your faith to rules, and you risk destroying relationships.

In this podcast, Pastor Steve outlines the value in redemptive judgment as it helps others as well as you. It keeps you aware of your responsibilities, your imperfections, and your own need for redemption.

Not To Worry :: THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT

Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 11/01/20 by Pastor Steve Shields.

Do not worry. These are the words Jesus gives us in the Sermon on the Mount.

Why would He say “Do not worry”? The things we worry about can be pretty small in the proper perspective. God has your back. Generally, worry is fruitless.

In this podcast, Pastor Steve outlines where worry comes from and how having a Kingdom perspective can free us from worry.

Treasure Hunting :: SERMON ON THE MOUNT

Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 10/25/20 by Pastor Steve Shields.

There is a difference in earthly treasure and kingdom treasure. Earthly treasure is fleeting and can be destroyed.

Kingdom treasure cannot be lost, gives a genuine sense of fulfillment, and cannot be exhausted.

In this podcast, Pastor Steve outlines the differences between earthly treasure and kingdom treasure. He shows how it is the King alone that gives lasting honor. The King alone is Light and is Worthy.

Forgiveness :: THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT

Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 10/18/20 by Pastor Steve Shields.

Forgiveness plays a vital role in the Kingdom. Forgiveness is as vital as the air we breathe. Forgiveness releases our hearts from bondage. Forgiveness also lets us display the King.

In this podcast, Pastor Steve will lead us through how forgiveness works in the Kingdom.

Kingdom people accept the reality that people are broken and hurting people hurt people. Kingdom people feel their feelings, and do not let injury define them. Kingdom people do not harm. Kingdom people give their grievances to God.