Podcasts from Curwensville Alliance
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Pastor Steve Shields is the pastor at Curwensville Alliance
Abraham and Isaac :: BIBLE STORIES
Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 6/13/21 by Pastor Steve Shields.
Have you ever struggled with the Bible story of Abraham and Isaac?
Have you ever wondered why God would ask Abraham to do something so out of character for God? Or wondered how God could ask something that is in conflict with the covenant made with Abraham? Or just totally wondered how God could ask something that seems beyond child abuse?
For Abraham, God’s leading is unmistakable. He knows with absolutely no doubt that God is asking him to go on this journey with Isaac. Abraham’s faith is unparalleled. He believes that if he goes through with the sacrifice that God will raise Isaac from the dead. God knows that Isaac will not be sacrificed.
The key to the story of Abraham and Isaac is on the mountain of the Lord it will be provided. This story speaks of God’s attention. God sees how the story unfolds. This story speaks of atonement. God provides the sacrifice needed here as well as the sacrifice needed to atone for our sins.
If you look, you can see that God provides what you need throughout your own journey. God sees you with eyes of compassion, and He acts just as He acted to prevent the sacrifice of Isaac.
The Birth of Laughter :: BIBLE STORIES
Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 6/6/21 by Pastor Steve Shields.
If you don’t know the story of the birth of Isaac, it’s one of the Bible classics.
In this story, you’ll discover that God seems to press the issue of the problem that Abraham and Sarah were struggling with.
Why would God do that?
In this podcast we discover how God turns sorrow to laughter.
Hagar & Ishmael :: BIBLE STORIES
Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 5/30/21 by Pastor Steve Shields.
When we hear the story of Hagar and Ishmael, we personally connect with different characters. Many identify with Sarai, but this isn’t a story about infertility. Many identify with Abram, but this isn’t a story about fathering a child. Many identify with Hagar, but this isn’t a story about slavery. Many identify this as a story of trust, but it is not a story about faith.
So what is the point of this story? This is a story of the love of God!
God gives Hagar and Ismael a lit of ink!
God shows up when Hagar is on the run. God gives her the confidence she needs to go back. God hears her misery with her situation, and He assures her that her son will be a fighter.
God promises that Ishmael will be okay even though Abraham sends Hagar and Ishmael away with meager provisions.
Hagar loses hope as the provisions are gone, and she cannot bear to watch her son die. But God hears her cries, and He responds!
The story of Hagar and Ishmael brings hope to us all. How? It means God loves us. It gives us hope that we can choose to love. God wants us to love as He loves. That means to show love to people who are outsiders, love people who are difficult, and want to provide for people who have a genuine need, whether they deserve it or not.
Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 5/23/21 by Rev. Bernie Knefley.
When we are feeling anxious who is really in control?
Paul told us to not worry but instead to pray about everything. So how do we not worry?
Change happens when we admit we are stuck. When we quit denying what everyone else can see.
Common signs of anxiety are feeling keyed up, on edge, restless, irritable, difficulty concentrating and angry.
There are also hidden characteristics that we may see as good qualities, but that really are just a way to hide anxiety in our lives. Those who are outgoing, punctual, helpful, talk excessively, overthink, and those who appear calm in all circumstances may be using these good qualities to cover over anxiety.
What does this all mean? Christ tells us to come to Him all who are weary and heavily laden, and He will give you rest.
We need to come to Christ, learn from Him, be still in His presence and wait for Him. We shouldn’t be looking to the world to solve our problems, but rather looking to Christ.
The Call & Covenant of Abraham :: BIBLE STORIES
Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 5/16/21 by Pastor Steve Shields.
Appreciating surprises requires at least two elements. A high level of trust and a high level of insight.
God involves Himself in our lives. He told Abram to go and leave behind his country, people and family. When Abram obeyed, he was accepting the uncertainty of the journey.
God told Abram to look at what He was doing. God told Abram to look at the stars in the sky and that his offspring would be that numerous.
The covenant that God made with Abraham overflows to us. You can trust God to go where he invites you to go. God always does the heavy lifting, just look. God gives us a purpose to show His nature to others.
Mothers, Covenants, Cities – Abundant Living
Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 5/09/21 by Pastor Steve Shields.
Salvation doesn’t come through what you can do in your own strength. Salvation comes through the promise of God. It is a gift to people who are barren of righteousness.
In this podcast, Pastor Steve will lead us through the passage in Galatians 4: 21-30 that speaks of Hagar and Sarah and the two covenants with them.
Those in Sarah’s family can live in freedom instead of fear. We needn’t fear judgment. We can be confident in our place with God.
Sarah’s family can live a life of adventure and a life that is extraordinary.
Sarah’s family lives a life of abundance. Not earthly abundance, but abundance of joy brought into our life by the grace of Christ.