Breaking Free from Cynicism :: ADVENT

Presented for Curwensville Alliance on 12/27/20 by Pastor Steve Shields.

Where does cynicism originate? Cynicism is a defense mechanism, an easy way out and comes from the enemy.

When you allow cynicism in your life it can turn your heart bitter and lonely. Cynicism can also lead to conflict.

In this podcast, Pastor Steve walks us through the remedy for cynicism? You need to forgive those who have injured you, do the hard work of love, and walk close to the Shepherd.

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.

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.

Come and See :: Christmas Eve

Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 12/25/2019 by Pastor Steve Shields

Curwensville Alliance has been “traveling” a road to Christmas Eve.

A road labeled “The Season of Advent.”

As you travel this road, at the end, you find the Christ Child in the manger.

But the road goes on.

This devotional message, presented on Christmas Eve 2019, invites you to Come and See What God Has Done.

The God Who Came to Launch :: Advent

Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 12/22/2019 by Pastor Steve Shields

When you tell someone that you go to church, do you ever consider what that means to them? The answer to that question largely depends on how the view the church.

And how one views the church depends on what you think God came to launch.

In this Christmas podcast, Pastor Steve addresses what God came to launch — and what it means to you and me.

The God Who Came to Proclaim :: Advent

Presented by at Curwensville Alliance on 12/15/2019 by Pastor Steve Shields

If I said to you, “God came to love,” you’d know what I mean.

If I said to you, “God came to reach,” you’d probably know what I mean.

But if I said to you, “God came to proclaim,” what would you think I meant?

That’s what this Advent Podcast explains today.

The God Who Came to Love :: Advent

Presented at Curwensville Alliance Church on 12/8/2019 by Pastor Steve Shields — the Second Sunday of Advent

If Christmas speaks of anything, it should speak of love.

But what is love?

While our world spends a lot of time talking, singing, and writing about love, it often misses the mark that God establishes.

In this Advent podcast, Pastor Steve looks at Mary’s fiance, Joseph and uncovers the love of God in this carpenter.

The God Who Came to Reach :: Advent

Presented by Pastor Steve Shields at Curwensville Alliance on 12/1/2019 – the First Sunday of Advent

One of the most important concepts in Christian faith is that God wants us to know him — personally.

That’s a key reason that he came in the flesh. So that he could be one of us. So we could know him and he us.

This podcast explains how he knows us and how we can know him more deeply.

Why Did God Come Near, Anyway? :: Reflections at Advent

Presented by Pastor Steve Shields at Curwensville Alliance on 12/24/2018

What is the real meaning of Christmas? When you ask that, most people I know will answer with something like this:
– Jesus
– Love
– Giving
– Family

I like those answers, but I think sometimes we give them because that’s what we’ve heard.

If you want to know whether you honestly know the real meaning of Christmas, ask yourself these kinds of questions: Why was this Jesus, whose birth we celebrate at Christmas, born? 
Why did God come near?

This podcast of the Curwensville Alliance Christmas Eve Devotional addresses those questions.