Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 1/22/23 by Pastor Steve Shields.
Cynics are on a cyclethat starts with a disappointment, which leads to discontentment with life. Then they decide to protect themselves, which leads to a cynical spirit. Then a negative experience happens, which leads to disappointment, and the cycle continues.
Cynicism effects your faith. It causes some to jump ship. It causes some to stay put but to stop hoping. Disenchantment robs their faith of its enchantment. It causes some to erase the miraculous from their faith. They and their faith are dis-enchanted.
The use of enchantment is to speak of the opposite of mundane. Mundane is lacking interest or excitement or of this earthly world rather than a heavenly or spiritual one.
Our faith is enchanted. Our faith is founded on the supernatural. A virgin birth is not mundane. Our faith is enacted by the miraculous. The atoning work of Christ on the cross, and His resurrection is anything but mundane.
Our faith is of the Spirit of God. Communicating with God in Spirit and in truth is not mundane.
What factors contribute to disenchantment? Arrogance, ignorance and fear all contribute to disenchantment.
What steps can we take toward re-enchantment?
Drill down to what Christian faith is. Real Christian faith is found at the cross. At the cross, Jesus loved his neighbor as Himself, His enemies and His Father in heaven.
Look into your own heart. The problem of many who are disenchanted is not their lack of faith, but their abundance of arrogance.
Radically open your heart to wonder. Release God from your demands. Look for the miracles and expect them.
Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 1/15/23 by Pastor Steve Shields.
Have you ever had feelings of futility?
The definition of futile is having no constructive effect, achieving nothing of value.
Everyone experiences futility at some point. These futile feelings are rooted in the mundane.
When we look in Ecclesiastes 1, we see Solomon’s perspective on futility. You cannot escape futility through education, pleasure, wisdom or keeping busy. Instead, you find satisfaction when you make God central in all things.
Some questions to think about. Is the Lord central to my faith? Is the Lord central to my mission? Is the Lord central to my family?
Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 01/01/23 by Pastor Steve Shields.
God calls us to exercise control, but it can be tricky.
Control can become a problem depending on who is exercising the control in whose life? What is being controlled? When control is executed? Where control is taking place? Why control is happening? How control is implemented?
The engine behind control is often lust. Lust is a deep desire. Biblically, lust can be positive and negative.
Improper control (inappropriate desire) destroys relationships.
Keys for staying out of the control corridor. Know the One who is in control. Trust the One who is in control!
Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 10/30/22 by Pastor Steve Shields.
Pastor Steve begins a new sermon series using the analogy of five dangerous side roads we can take on our Christian walk.
The dangerous side roads are the Entitlement Interstate, Escapism Extension, Intrigue Intersection, Futility Roundabout and Control Corner.
The Entitlement Interstate is dangerous because it distracts you from caring about others, blinds you to personal responsibility, and makes you miserable.
So how do you avoid the danger of the Entitlement Interstate? The answers can be found in Philippians 2!
You can live a life of thanks for what you have received. You can value others highly. You can have the mindset of Christ. You can keep your eyes on the prize. You can recognize the holiness of the gift of salvation you have received.
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