Pouring Out Joy :: RELATIONSHIPS

Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 09/10/23 by Pastor Steve Shields.

Are you a joy sucker?

Listen as Pastor Steve shows the difference between joy pouring and joy sucking. Grace, gentleness and encouragement are joy pouring and criticism, insistence and demoralization are joy sucking.

Jesus’ heart overflows with joy. He poured out His joy at advent. He poured out His joy while teaching. He pours out joy at the end of the age.

How do we get joy to pour out? We receive, experience and apply God’s grace. We lay hold of the gentleness of Jesus. When we embrace the gentleness of Jesus it changes who we are. When we sincerely encourage others.

From Overfull to Overflowing :: Reflections at Advent

Presented on 12/9/2018 at Curwensville Alliance Church by Pastor Steve Shields

There are a lot of things in the holiday season that make me feel full.






And when they are concluded, I feel full


But I don’t feel overflowing.

Jesus said:

Whoever believes in me,
as Scripture has said,

rivers of living water

will flow from within them.”

That’s overflow.

How do I transition from feeling overfull to being overflowing?

That’s what this podcasts addresses.

From Overwhelmed to Overjoyed :: Reflections at Advent

Presented on 12/2/2018 at Curwensville Alliance by Pastor Steve Shields

Have you ever glimpsed yourself in a mirror as you walk by and think, “Is that how I look? Really? Is that how I REALLY look?”

We’ve all experienced that.

Looking at your reflection can give you a surprise.

When Paul is talking to the Christians in Corinth about their behavior at the Lord’s Supper, he tells them they should examine themselves. That’s a good thing to do on Communion Sundays. It’s a good thing to do anytime.

This Advent, Curwensville Alliance is talking about looking at your reflection, seeing who you are, and beginning a leg of the journey to get you from the person you see in the mirror to the person God wants you to be.

In this podcast, Pastor Steve talks about how to transition from being overwhelmed at Christmas to being overjoyed.