June 2014 News and Notes from Curwensville Alliance Church
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Mahaffey Family Camp — July 18-27
Family Camp Mahaffey Family Camp begins on 7/18 and runs through 7/27. Please take every opportunity to participate in Family Camp this year. Highlights include Freedom Run (motorcycle day) on 7/18, The Penny Parade on 7/23, and Great Commission Women Day on 7/24. Pastor Steve will be at Mahaffey Camp for the duration of the camp time. A copy of The Mahaffey Camp Family Camp Brochure can be found by clicking here. See you there! We will have no evening services during Mahaffey Camp.
Two International Workers from Warren Alliance (Tom and Lois) will be speaking at Curwensville Alliance on 7/27 in both morning services.
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Helping Our IWs
Each year the Great Commission Women (GCW) collect items to give to International Workers at Mahaffey Family Camp. This provides for and encourages IWs while on Home Assignment. Several IWs specifically need school supplies. Please give to this project in the next month by placing items in the boxes under the lobby display. If you’d prefer to donate money, mark your offering envelope accordingly, and let the GCW do the shopping! We will be taking them to the Missionary Day at Camp (7/24). Questions? See Kay Rowles or Doris Hanes.
Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 7/13/2014 by Pastor Steve Shields
I’d like to say that, in all my dialogue with people concerning their deceased parents, I’ve never heard anyone say, “I don’t miss my dad.” But I can’t say that. Because I have heard that very statement.
“I don’t miss my father at all. He was not a good father. And I don’t miss him.”
With all due respect to the person holding that position, I would say that he does miss his dad. He misses what his dad should have been. And there’s a hole inside his heart for that very reason.
In this podcast, we look at how God the Father can fill that hole and heal our hearts through his presence, his validation, and his goodness.
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Presented at Curwensville Alliance Church on 7/7/2014 by Pastor Steve
Occasionally, in the back of my mind, I detect this thought — an ungodly thought — that God doesn’t really love me. It’s a thought that says that I don’t measure up and because of my failures, God would like to smack me. Hard. Now. Twice.
Now, before you say, “Steve, I never have that thought; what’s wrong with you!?” think. Think about your own thought talk. When someone approaches you with a ministry opportunity, how do you respond? With confidence? Or with reluctance based in your own feelings of inadequacy? That’s what I’m talking about. Or what about those times you reflect on a conversation where you said the wrong thing and really hurt someone you were honestly trying to help? When you think about that, do you think to yourself, “I am such an idiot! I should just keep my mouth shut! How can God put up with my stupidity!?” That’s what I’m talking about.
I was thinking about where that voice comes from. It doesn’t come from the pastor I had while growing up. He preached grace with clarity. Maybe it comes from teachers or youth leaders? Maybe I picked it up in the dorm at the Christian college I attended? (Late night freshman chats in dorms can be very good or very bad.) Maybe I picked it up at home?
I doubt it.
It was my wife who suggested something like this:
It came from the Garden, Steve. It’s exactly what the serpent suggested to Eve. “Did God really say…”
Immediately, when Laurel suggested this, I new she was right. It’s the enemy of our souls that makes us wonder if God really said what he said. It’s the enemy who wants to convince us we are unloved.
This sermon series on The Nature of Jesus is to help combat such lies when they come into your life. This message, in particular, is about Jesus’ gentleness — and how he cares for you. May God embroider the truth of his love on your heart as you listen.
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Presented at Curwensville Alliance Church on 6/29/2014 by Pastor Steve
Everyone knows that trust is essential to healthy relationships. I have to choose to trust my wife. She chooses to trust me. I trust those who lead our district and national offices, they trust us — the ones they lead. When that trust is violated or refused, the relationship suffers, and unless we’re willing to risk trusting again, there’s little hope.
The Bible teaches that we are to trust God. Without faith, or trust, it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). That makes perfect sense when you consider that what God desires isn’t faith for the sake of faith, but trust for the sake of a relationship. Relationships live and die on trust.
Many people, even Christians, have trouble trusting God. Oh — they will trust Jesus’ death to pay for their sins, but beyond that, they fear that God is out to make them miserable. When they receive a blessing, a thought — “just wait, something bad will happen now” — sprouts up in the back of their mind. And when they feel they are getting back on their feet, they secretly wonder, “When will God pull the rug out from under me?” This distrust is pagan. And it’s destructive.
Jesus gives us every reason to trust him. And in this podcast, we see him presenting a child as a object-lesson of his trustworthiness. If you’re wondering if you can really trust him, listen closely. ~Pastor Steve
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