Being Spiritually Healthy and Spiritually Effective :: KINGDOM FOCUS

Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 02/25/24 by Pastor Steve Shields.

Listen as Pastor Steve discusses walls around Jerusalem from Nehemiah 7.

Walls allow people to thrive. They give you a place of shalom.

Walls allow faith to flourish. It’s hard for faith in God to flourish when dabbling in darkness.

Walls allow promises to stand.

There are doors and gates in the walls so we can be the light on the hill. These doors and gates allow us to love our enemies, be reconciled to those whom we’ve had quarrels, treat women and men with respect and dignity, be honest, forgive from the heart, give to those who are in need, let go of worry and trust your Father in heaven and build with an eye toward eternity.

Gates allow others to see the Kingdom. Ultimately, Jesus Himself is the gate to the kingdom.

Take a look at your own life at the walls and gates. Find a place of shalom. Discover the doors in your life and use them. Doors make it possible to live lives of light. Doors make it possible to understand the needs of others.

Staying The Course : KINGDOM FOCUS

Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 2/18/24 by Pastor Steve Shields.

Pastor Steve is once again in Nehemiah. Listen as he discusses how to stay the course.

There are three commitments that help us stay the course.

We need to avoid distractions. Distractions are often the tool of the enemy. We need to be committed to staying the course.

We need to address lies. Sometimes God expects you to confront lies.

We need to assess relationships. In the kingdom, genuine friends draw you closer to the King.

Am I staying the course? Which distractions tend to pull you off course? What kind of lies make you want to give in or frighten you? What friendships would you be wise to evaluate?

Crowding Out Toxicity :: KINGDOM FOCUS

Presented At Curwensville Alliance on 2/11/24 by Pastor Steve Shields.

Listen as Pastor Steve discusses how to crowd out toxicity.

How do you know if you are in a toxic environment? Here are some characteristics of a toxic environment. People don’t respect others. People won’t understand others. People don’t care about others.

There are several common problems leading to toxicity. Closing my eyes to the needs of others. Being unaware of the struggles of another. Being unaware of their shared brotherhood.

How do you create a healthy environment? Take a look at yourself. Take a look at the King. Live a life worth imitating.

Standing Against Lies of the Enemy :: KINGDOM FOCUS

Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 02/04/24 by Pastor Steve Shields.

The main tool the enemy uses is deceit.

Satan’s power is nowhere near equal to God’s because his power is limited by God. Satan’s pattern is one of deception. His hands may be tied, but his mouth spews lies. Satan knows the power of deceit.

Satan has three favorite lies. You can’t! Give up! Play it safe!

Know your enemy – the father of lies. Satan is NOT God’s equal and opposite. Exposing Satan’s lies disarm him. Your Kingdom work moves forward when you choose not the believe his lies.