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Pastor Steve Shields is the pastor at Curwensville Alliance

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Podcasts from Curwensville Alliance

Real God :: Real Life :: Real People

Pastor Steve Shields is the pastor at Curwensville Alliance

    Getting Rid of the Lids :: LIDS

    Getting Rid of the Lids :: LIDS

    Presented for Curwensville Alliance on 3/29/20 by Pastor Steve Shields.







    We have talked about the different lids in our lives over the last few months.







    These lids keep us from growing closer to God. Now what do we do?







    Take them to the cross!















    We all have lids in our lives that keep us from growing closer to God. To remove these lids, we need to take them to the cross.

    • 28 min
    The Lid of Fear :: LIDS

    The Lid of Fear :: LIDS

    Presented online on 3/22/2020 for Curwensville Alliance by Pastor Steve Shields







    Fear…







    If there is one thing that keeps you from moving forward in you life, it’s probably fear.







    It acts as a lid, holding you down. Maybe as the most effective of lids.















    When you look around at our world, do you ever feel afraid?







    In this podcast, Pastor Steve looks at King Saul and discusses how we can deal with fear.

    • 29 min
    The Lid of Hypocrisy :: LIDS

    The Lid of Hypocrisy :: LIDS

    Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 3/15/2020 by Pastor Steve Shields







    Hypocrisy — it shows up in a lot of different forms.







    There’s the good old double-standard: Dad – why do YOU get seconds on ice-cream and we don’t!!!







    There’s the issue of pretending, where you say, Well – I never do that. And then you get caught doing…that!







    And then there’s the issue of moral duplicity, where you pretend you’re doing something for one reason, but you’re really doing for another, self-serving reason.















    What we may or may not realize is that hypocrisy is a lid — something that holds us down and prevents us from being who God wants us to become.







    This podcast helps us identify hypocrisy in our own lives and deal with it from the counsel of Jesus in Matthew 6.

    • 24 min
    The Lid of Complacency :: LIDS

    The Lid of Complacency :: LIDS

    Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 3/8/2020 by Pastor Steve Shields







    Stagnant water is dangerous water.







    Stagnant sewer water can expose you to bacteria and parasites that have a negative impact the health of you and your family.







    “Clean” stagnant water doesn’t stay clean long, attracting animals and insects that carry dangerous diseases.







    Any stagnant water can produce mold and mildew within 24-48 hours







    Stagnancy. It’s bad for water and it’s bad for people.







    It’s especially bad in your spiritual life.















    Dealing with stagnancy (complacency) may require, among other things, a reset.















    This podcast addresses stagnancy — the lid of complacency — in our lives, helping us remove it.

    • 35 min
    The Lid of Indecisiveness :: LIDS

    The Lid of Indecisiveness :: LIDS

    Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 3/1/2020 by Pastor Steve Shields







    When I am making a purchase, I tend to do my homework.







    For examples, when I am buying tires I research them — to death. Which tire has the longest life? Which brand has the best warranty? What about traction? Will it do well in snow? What about noise? I hate unnecessary road noise. What about the cool factor? What about price? Value?















    And often, I find myself plagued with indecisiveness.







    When it comes to such things, indecisiveness can be an inconvenience. When it comes to life-choices — who to marry, where to go to college, employment choices, whether to follow Christ — indecisiveness in these areas can be troublesome to the point of problematic.







    This podcast explains how indecisiveness can be a lid, holding us back from being who God wants us to be.

    • 34 min
    The Lid of Arrogance :: LIDS

    The Lid of Arrogance :: LIDS

    Presented by Pastor Steve Shields at Curwensville Alliance on 2/16/20







    I was texting with my daughter-in-law the other day and she asked me my opinion on a theologian we have both been kind of checking out. The theologian, who I won’t name, is not from “our tribe”, so she asked, “What do you think about him?”







    My reply — typed and sent without a second thought — went like this: He doesn’t know what he believes.







    Afterward, I thought to myself, “Steve – you are so arrogant!!!”















    In those moments, and countless others, I see arrogance in my own heart.







    And I hate it.







    And chances are, if you have a genuine sense of self-awareness, you see arrogance in your heart as well.







    That arrogance can be a lid. It can hold us back from being who God wants us to be.







    This podcast talks about how to remove the lid of arrogance from our lives so that we can become the person God has for us to become.

    • 34 min

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