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.
Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 8/13/23 by Pastor Steve Shields.
Good communication is essential in healthy relationships! It is essential in marriage. It is essential in casual everyday relationships. It is essential in your relationship with God.
The Bible gives us some guidelines on communication. We are to communicate intentionally. We are to communicate simply. We are to communicate deeply.
The best commination comes from people who have been to the cross. It is at the cross that we learn the importance of intentional living. It is at the cross that we see the strength of simplicity. It is at the cross that we learn to value deep intimacy – deep communication.
Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 7/30/23 by Pastor Steve Shields.
Somewhere along the way, most of us learn that the most rewarding part of living is found in relationships. And somewhere along the way, most of us learn that the most difficult part of living is found in relationships.
People are in progress; so, be patient.
God places the responsibility upon the shoulders of the strong.
Bearing the failings of the weak requires sacrifice. A sacrifice of patience, repentance, requesting forgiveness, granting forgiveness, of moving on.
People are fragile; so, be gracious.
When we are ungracious, we damage people. Build people up, don’t tear them down.
People are difficult; so, be accepting.
Accepting isn’t receiving with resignation. Instead, accepting is receiving with hope.
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