God’s Promises Move Us From Darkness To Light :: ADVENT

Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 11/28/21 by Pastor Steve Shields.

Advent Season is upon us. Listen as Pastor Steve details how God’s promises move us from darkness to light.

Sometimes God’s promises are misrepresented by others which can injure your soul. But you can trust God’s promises.

God’s promises bring light to our souls. There is no more gloom because Christ is the Great Light. With Him there is relief from oppression. The Peace He brings ends conflict.

The essence of the promise is the Christ child. Christ is for us, He will lead us in peace, and He will act with zeal.


Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 11/21/21 by Pastor Steve Shields.

During this Thanksgiving season, let’s look at Colossians 2:6-15 to see the reasons Christ gives us to be thankful.

Christ gives us life. He makes us stronger. Our faith has substance in Him. Christ has power over all. Christ changes us, and He has removed our guilt and shame.

When you are thankful, you are made aware of what God has done. By reviewing the blessings God has given you, you can be thankful. And you can trust that God will be with you whatever is ahead.


Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 11/14/21 by Pastor Steve Shields.

We have made it to the 10th commandment. You shall not Covet.

Coveting is a deep concept. Coveting is a hunger gone wrong, a desire that is misdirected, out of bounds in terms of intensity, lacks regard for others and misses the point of living.

Coveting happens every day. Coveting is natural, but it is not okay! And it can happen with anything we desire.

Coveting is bigger than we think. It usually deprives another, and is connected to greed. Coveting often reveals misguided values, and it can indicate a dissatisfaction with God.

How do we break free from covetousness? By being joyful when others are blessed. Resist the lie that more is better. Redefine what brings meaning to your life.

By investing your energy in finding satisfaction in God, you can dismiss the lie that more is better, find meaning in something better – in God, and redefine the meaning of being alive!


Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 11/07/21 by Pastor Steve Shields.

This commandment applies broadly. Like the other commandments, they are about our common experiences.

False testimony is words without worth or said another way, they are worthless words.

What are the characteristics of worthless words? The words are often untrue, often lack justice, shameful and damaging to relationships.

How do we rid ourselves of worthless words?

Ephesians 4:29 speaks directly to us on how to rid our words of worthlessness. We need to ask these questions before we speak. Is it wholesome? Does it build up? Does it need to be said? Does it add value?


Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 10/31/21 by Pastor Steve Shields.

When you think of the commandment do not steal, you think automatically of taking something that doesn’t belong to you. But is there more to this commandment than that?

The Bible says that stealing is outright taking what does not belong to you. However, the Bible also says stealing is tricking someone out of something, depriving someone of something that is theirs, or kidnapping someone.

There are spiritual roots of stealing. The deeply rooted spiritual damage in theft includes creating mistrust, damaging reputation and not reflecting the image of God.

Stealing is a matter of the heart. Frequently, stealing is the result of small faith, and is born of greed. Stealing is an outgrowth of selfishness.

How do we counter these natural impulses? We trust God, honor God and imitate Him.