Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 6/25/23 by Pastor Steve Shields.
Do you have questions about life? Listen as Pastor Steve goes through Psalm 119:9-16 to show how the Bible has answers to those life questions.
We all face common problems in life. Too often we make life altering decisions that we later regret. We feel empty inside. The very fact that we feel like life is not all it’s cracked up to be tells us that there really is something more. We have a tendency to give up. We fail to embrace the joy that God offers us in life.
What does the Bible provide for these life problems? It protects you from regret. The Bible is the fulfillment of our longing because it points us to the One who can fill us. The Bible provides us with a life of joy.
How do we read the Bible? First, pick it up! Expect guidance to come from the text. Dig into the text. Cherish God’s word.
Got questions? Find answers. The spiritual climate of our world is at a place perhaps like never before, where you need to read and study the Bible.
Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 6/18/23 by Pastor Steve Shields.
Colossians 4:2-18 tells us to be intentional in our living for Christ. Are you intentional in your prayers? An intentional prayer is watchful regarding the kingdom. An intentional prayer is bigger than ourselves, and is focused on kingdom things, and the advancement of the gospel.
Are you intentional in your relationships? Intentional relationships show people God’s nature. Intentional relationships demonstrate wisdom. Intentional relationships act with grace.
Are you living with intentionality in the kingdom? Intentionality is simply doing kingdom work intentionally. Intentionality is simply prioritizing the advancement of the kingdom of God.
Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 6/11/23 by Pastor Steve Shields.
As we look in Colossians 3, we see three desirable instructions. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts. Let the message of Christ dwell among you. Let the supremacy of Christ oversee your life.
The key ingredient for these three instructions is thankfulness.
The peace of Christ rules in thankful hearts. The message of Christ dwells in thankful fellowships. The supremacy of Christ reigns in our lives when we give thanks.
How do you have thankfulness? You need to cultivate thankfulness in all of your life. Thankfulness enriches your worship experience. Thankfulness brings grace to your home life. Thankfulness influences every imaginable interaction.
Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 6/4/23 by Pastor Steve Shields.
Just as rocks litter the farmer’s field, rocks litter the fields of our lives. The rocks in our lives need to be removed and put to death. They provoke God to anger. They are not just boulders, but also include ordinary struggles. Everyone has them, but they need to go.
How do you get rid of the rocks from your life? Take off the old self. Being a Christian means seeing you’re on the wrong path and turning to the right. That’s repentance — turning your heart to trust Christ.
After you take off the old self, you need to put on the new self. Identifying as a Christian isn’t a matter of wearing a special shirt or cap. Rather, it is a matter of clearing the stones from your field.
A field fit for the kingdom is a field that knows who it belongs to. Chosen by God, extraordinary and extra-loved.
A field fit for the kingdom is a field that relates well with others. A field filled with compassion and kindness as well as humility. A field containing gentleness and patience, forgiveness and love.
Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 5/28/23 by Reverend Bernie Knefley.
Listen as Reverend Knefley speaks on memorials.
A memorial is something that keeps an event or a persons memory alive.
We have personal memorials to commemorate events in our personal lives. It could be a trophy buck hanging on the wall, or a hole in one golf ball sitting on the mantle. Family pictures even serve as memorials.
If you are not sure what your memorials are look at your mantle or what is hanging on your wall.
The Bible tells us in Matthew 6:21 that “Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.”
If you forget where you came from, you are doomed to repeat it.
We see memorials throughout the Bible. The Last Supper is a memorial that continues through today.
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