What’s Hidden in the Manger? :: ADVENT

Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 11/27/22 by Pastor Steve Shields.

Why may the Goodness of God seem hidden to us?

Because we take it for granted. We don’t see it because it is always there, right in plain sight.

Because pearls don’t sit well before swine.

Because the enemy blinds us to God’s Goodness. We can be so focused on other things – even good things- that we totally miss God’s Goodness.

The manger is filled with compassion!

Compassion is an emotional word, and stands opposed to indifference. Compassion is an action word. Compassion is a connection word. Advent demonstrates that connection like little else.

Focus your eyes on what’s hidden in the manger. Make it your aim to let God define Himself. Fill your mind with truth about God’s Goodness. His compassion that reaches out to connect with us. His grace that shows us blessing when we deserve judgement. His patience that gives us one opportunity after another to turn to him. His loyal love that keeps all His promises to us. His faithfulness that doesn’t shift or fail or give up on us.

Walking In The Light :: ADVENT

Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 12/19/21 by Pastor Steve Shields.

Jesus is the light! He is light for everyone. He is a powerful light, but some do not recognize Him. He is a rewarding light as well as the glorious light.

Walking in the light with Christ is beautiful! It brings self awareness. Walking in the light helps us avoid danger as well as brings creativity and productivity. Light brings us life. Christ brings us eternal life.

Walking with Jesus is walking in the light. When we humble ourselves and follow Him, we expose the darkness in our life. When we read the Bible and learn His word, we can see the path ahead of us. When we interact with His people, we sharpen each other.

God’s Deliverance :: ADVENT

Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 12/12/21 by Pastor Steve Shields.

The passage in Luke 2:25-35 uses different words to describe deliverance including the consolation of Israel, the Lord’s Messiah, your salvation, a light of revelation and a sign.

What does Christ deliver us from? The darkness of others that we all have experienced through abuse, neglect, injustice, poor examples, disappointments, and everyday darkness.

Christ also delivers us from the darkness in our hearts as well as the darkness of the world.

God delivers us to the glory of His presence. He delivers us to wholeness as a new creation. God delivers us to our inheritance through restoration.

God’s Wisdom Moves Us From Darkness to Light :: ADVENT

Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 12/05/21 by Pastor Steve Shields.

Who are the Wise Men?

They are curious. They scanned the heavens looking for anything unusual, and God gave them a sign.

They are from the East, and they are wise as they pursued wisdom.

What does it look like to pursue wisdom? It is a journey of trust, worship and transformation.

Questions to ask yourself as you pursue God’s wisdom. Am I trusting God’s mercy? Am I worshiping in a sacrificial way? Am I cooperating with changes He is bringing to my heart?

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.

Breaking Free from Cynicism :: ADVENT

Presented for Curwensville Alliance on 12/27/20 by Pastor Steve Shields.

Where does cynicism originate? Cynicism is a defense mechanism, an easy way out and comes from the enemy.

When you allow cynicism in your life it can turn your heart bitter and lonely. Cynicism can also lead to conflict.

In this podcast, Pastor Steve walks us through the remedy for cynicism? You need to forgive those who have injured you, do the hard work of love, and walk close to the Shepherd.

Bringing Comfort to Our Hearts :: ADVENT

Presented for Curwensville Alliance on 12/20/20 by Pastor Steve Shields.

Where does comfort come from?

Comfort comes from Christ’s power! Unlike human power which has limits, His power is unlimited!

We can find comfort in His goodness. We can find comfort in His love. He comes to us, fights for us, makes us family and lives among us!

Listen as Pastor Steve guides us through finding comfort in Christ.

Peace :: ADVENT

Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 12/06/20 by Pastor Steve Shields.

Do you struggle to find peace? Where does peace come from? How can we have true peace?

Peace does not mean the absence of conflict. Peace also does not mean being the same. These are some common misconceptions of peace.

Rather, peace comes from the Prince of Peace. Peace comes through His advent, death and triumph.

But how can peace be yours this Advent Season? You will have to think with humility, view yourself with honesty and view others with grace.

Real God – Real Life – Real Christmas :: ADVENT

Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 11/29/20 by Pastor Steve Shields.

Disappointment. Has this year held one disappointment after another for you?

Disappointment is part of real life. Disappointment can lead to darkness and despair.

What is the remedy for disappointment? Advent!

In this podcast, Pastor Steve will lead you through how Advent is the remedy for disappointment.

Jesus is the Light to dispel disappointment. You can trust Jesus to understand what you do not understand. You can look to Jesus for unparalleled hope.

Come and See :: Christmas Eve

Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 12/25/2019 by Pastor Steve Shields

Curwensville Alliance has been “traveling” a road to Christmas Eve.

A road labeled “The Season of Advent.”

As you travel this road, at the end, you find the Christ Child in the manger.

But the road goes on.

This devotional message, presented on Christmas Eve 2019, invites you to Come and See What God Has Done.