I tried to use it with my wife as an excuse why I am so persistent in my desire for that extra slice of pie — or whatever. My wife said, “Look — when you’re talking about moving a rubber-tree plant, that kind of persistence is a good thing. But when you push people — that’s something different.
She’s right — as usual.
Pushing is a problem.
This podcast looks at the life of Jacob and shows us how to transition from pushing to praying. -Pastor Steve
Presented at Curwensville Alliance by Pastor Steve Shields on 6/23/2019
You may have read this in the news this week.
A 4-year-old boy wanted some candy hopped into his
great-grandfather’s SUV. Along the mile-and-a-half journey, with eyes barely
able to see over the steering wheel, Sebastian cruised the neighborhood streets
before making a left turn onto a busy four-lane. He took out some mailboxes and
did some damage to a tree. But in the end, he arrived at the candy store just
in time to be greeted by the police.
I like stories like that. Until I think about what might
have happened. And then, I kind of agree with the great-grandfather.
It could’ve been very serious.
He could’ve hit a car.
He wasn’t wearing a seat belt.
We could be talking about a funeral.
A car in the hands of a child is a scary thing.
It’s a dangerous thing.
In this podcast, I suggest to you that we allow something of
that dangerous level in our lives – something that can kill.
That “something” is envy.
If we respond correctly to God’s word, we can transition from envy to contentment.
Presented at Curwensville Alliance by Pastor Steve Shields on 5/5/2019
How do you feel about vulnerability?
I would guess your answer would depend, largely, on your experiences.
If someone has taken advantage of you and injured you, vulnerability may be something you avoid. If people have treated you with tenderness in difficult times, you may not be frightened by vulnerability at all.
My guess is that most of us are in the former group, not the later.
This podcast is designed to help us transition our perspective on vulnerability so that we can use it to our advantage and to glorify God.