Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 11/08/20 by Pastor Steve Shields.
Since there are different kinds of judgement, is it possible for judgement to be compassionate?
Jesus warns us about condemning judgement and judgement that is lacking self- awareness.
However, Jesus values redemptive (compassionate) judgement.Compassionate judgement is restorative not condemning. Compassionate judgment is self-aware not blind. Compassionate judgement is genuine not hypocritical.
There are dangers of judgement in general. When you judge, you reveal your own culpability, you potentially reduce your faith to rules, and you risk destroying relationships.
In this podcast, Pastor Steve outlines the value in redemptive judgment as it helps others as well as you. It keeps you aware of your responsibilities, your imperfections, and your own need for redemption.
Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 10/18/20 by Pastor Steve Shields.
Forgiveness plays a vital role in the Kingdom. Forgiveness is as vital as the air we breathe. Forgiveness releases our hearts from bondage. Forgiveness also lets us display the King.
In this podcast, Pastor Steve will lead us through how forgiveness works in the Kingdom.
Kingdom people accept the reality that people are broken and hurting people hurt people. Kingdom people feel their feelings, and do not let injury define them. Kingdom people do not harm. Kingdom people give their grievances to God.
Presented on 8/30/20 at Curwensville Alliance by Pastor Steve Shields.
Fidelity.What does that even mean? Always faithful. As followers of Jesus we should be what we’re suppose to be.
In this world distractions, deceptions and duplicity can keep us from being what we should be. In this podcast, Pastor Steve guides us through the verses that Jesus gave us in the Sermon on the Mount to help us be what we’re suppose to be.
You can guard your heart against distractions by getting rid of what causes you to stumble.
You can guard your heart against deception by looking to other citizens of the kingdom to help you see clearly.
You can guard your heart against duplicity by always letting your yes be yes and your no be no.
Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 8/16/20 by Pastor Steve Shields.
Is there a difference between “realizing a dream” and “making a dream come true”?
In this podcast, Pastor Steve discusses the human dream. Both the drive for self-perfection, and the drive to do away with rules. However, in the Sermon on the Mount Jesus states that He hasn’t come to abolish the rules but instead to fulfill them.
The concept of right and wrong is everlasting. God defines what is right and what is wrong.
God knows we cannot do this by ourselves; thus, Jesus fulfills it on our behalf.
Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 8/9/20 by Pastor Steve Shields.
Why would we want to influence others? We were created to influence. Influence is a part of interacting with others. Most importantly, Jesus calls us to influence others.
We are called to be salt and light, but we can surrender that ability if we don’t realize that we are to be salt and light to others. How do we not surrender our influence?
In this podcast, Pastor Steve will discuss how we keep from surrendering our influence. We need to remain salt and light by not neglecting our walk with Christ, not pretending and not being arrogant. We also need to stay connected to those we are called to influence. We need to stay in touch with the heart of the people we are to influence as well as never use influence to manipulate others.
Ultimately, we need to hone our influence skills so that we can be an ambassador of Christ and live our lives so others see God through us.
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