Guarding Your Soul in an Election

This has been placed here at the request of various people at church and in the community.

Rock graciously gave permission for us to post this online. The sermon audio is at the bottom of the page.

First the Scripture text…

Philippians 3:20-21 (NIV) But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.

Selected Quotations from Rock’s Message
I want to remind you that no matter which candidate finally gains the presidency he will not be able to profoundly impact the spiritual strongholds that are the source and the sustenance of our national problems. Because, as Paul said, the weapons — the only weapons — that work in spiritual warfare are spiritual weapons. The anointing of the Holy Spirit. The power of the Holy Spirit. The sacred Scriptures. Prayer. Fasting. Discernment. Prophetic gifting. Those are the only things that work when you’re facing spiritual strongholds. And the last time I checked Washington doesn’t specialize in spiritual weaponry. They function with the inevitable compromise of political expediency.

And so…real change in this nation must originate with a God-empowered spiritual movement in the hearts of the only people through whom God can and will accomplish that, the Church. Real change will come from Spirit-led grass-roots efforts that “rush up,” not political decisions that “trickle down.” A good example would be the civil rights movement. It didn’t start in the halls of congress. It started in a pulpit in a church.  And that’s where spiritual change has to come from — from the people of God.


Dear friend, God is not Republican nor is he Democrat. To suggest he is either is blasphemy…. God is not liberal or conservative, though he has been accused of being both…. God is not a citizen of the United States of America. And the United States of America is not the kingdom of God; we are just one more sinful, fallen nation-state.


To attach God’s name to human political structures is to use his name in vain.


The fact someone disagrees with your political persuasion doesn’t make them evil — doesn’t mean they are the spawn of hell…. If you are eager to pronounce hell on somebody else, you are probably flirting with it yourself.


My President will not be elected in a few weeks. My President ascended to his throne a long time ago and declared that he is King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He’s already given his inaugural address — it’s called the Sermon on the Mount. And I live as a citizen of heaven waiting for his return when he will subject all things to himself. In the meantime, my beloved, beloved brothers and sisters, be Christian and don’t be heathen and know who you are and live like you’ve read the Bible rather than letting it collect dust on your nightstand. And don’t lose your soul in an election. Because when the election is over the work of the Church will remain.
-Rock Dillaman, 2008

Patterns of Renewal :: Patterns

The video of this week’s worship service is online now.

We had some technical problems this morning, but we’ve checked the gauges, twisted some dials, and cut a red wire that seemed to be doing nothing – so our edited version of this morning’s worship service is online. Thank you.

You can watch it on the website (right above here) or on our YouTube Channel.

ThruTheBible: What Was the Strange Fire?

Presented at Curwensville Alliance Church on 2/23/2014

At Curwensville Alliance we are reading through the Bible. This past week we’ve spent some time in Leviticus, a difficult book for most of us to relate to. This is likely the case with Nadab and Abihu.

In Leviticus 10, two sons of Aaron, Israel’s high priest, are killed by God for offering what the King James calls Strange Fire. That’s one catchy phrase, isn’t it? Strange Fire. Maybe that’s why the term has been so often capitalized upon by people wanting to put down anything different from what they have experienced or what they believe in.

But what is the strange fire?

This podcast attempts to answer the question in ways that speak to our hearts.

PS: I hope you’re listening to the morning services from Curwensville Alliance Church. They can be found by clicking here.

ThruTheBible: Cain & Abel, the hidden story

Podcast presented the evening of January 5, 2013 at Curwensville Alliance Church

In 2014, many people at Curwensville Alliance are going through the Bible — reading through it. Matt McCracken is doing a Q&A time with the material in Sunday School and Pastor Steve is preaching a sermon from the past week’s reading material on Sunday evenings.

This week we read the opening chapters of Genesis, John 1, and a Psalm. The message was from Genesis 4.

Genesis 4 begins with the story of Cain and Abel and their sacrifices. Many have questioned why God rejected what Cain brought. After all, it was what he had. And shouldn’t God accept what we have?

The answer can only be found if you dig a little below the surface and find the hidden story.

I thought about putting these on the main church website, but since they are teaching material more than sermons, I felt they might go well here on the Pastor’s Blog.

Enjoy the podcast.