Lies Even Seasoned Christians Believe — Uselessness :: PODCAST

Presented at Curwensville Alliance Church by Pastor Steve Shields on 2/25/2018

Jim Marshall DT

While playing for the Minnesota Vikings, defensive end Jim Marshall did something embarrassing.

In a game against the 49ers, he recovered a fumble and ran it 66 yards — the wrong way — into his own end zone.

Because he thought he’d scored a touchdown for his team, he threw the ball away in celebration, only to have it go out of bounds, giving a safety for the other team.

Despite this error, Minnesota went on to win the game 27–22, with the victory provided by a touchdown return of a fumble caused by Marshall.

I am sure there are a lot of people who know Marshall’s pain.

And I am sure there are a lot of people who, upon failing so miserably, left the arena. They allowed their failure to be fatal.

Sometimes Christians can feel this way. We see our own failings as tragic, and retire from serving God.

They believe a lie that they are useless in the Kingdom.

This podcast speaks about this and gives insight into why failures don’t have to be fatal.


How to start a Men’s Ministry

I read a statistic recently that said less than 10% of churches in the United States have or can maintain a vibrant Men’s Ministry. I am pretty much in tune with such statistics and trends, but honestly, I was shocked at how low that number is.

Think of ten churches you know. Really. Stop. Think. Just think of the ten churches nearest your home. Now realize that all but one of them, if they are representative of the national average, have no meaningful men’s ministry.

This podcast is to help you find some rationale, motivation, and even permission to invest your resources into Men’s Ministry.

This is not a Seven Step Program to starting a Men’s Ministry, but rather, it’s the first step — answering the question, “Why should I start a Men’s Ministry?”

How to insert Bible verses into Word with Quickverse 10…

How do you insert Bible verses into Microsoft Word directly from Quickverse 10?

The short answer is…. you can’t. At least you can’t do it as easily as you could with Quickverse 2011. Back in those days, you typed the reference into Word 2010 and then right-clicked the text you’d typed and did this:

In version 10 of Quickverse, they lost this feature. Phone support encourages you to open Quickverse 10 and copy and paste to your word processor. Ugh — while that’s not labor intensive, it does wreak havoc on one’s stream of thought while writing.

The software writers at Quickverse know how to do this. It exists in Wordsearch. But it’s likely that the only way they will reinstitute it would be for people to request it.

So send your requests to Ask them to support “smart-tags or some equivalent of it in Quickverse.”

UPDATE: I just called QuickVerse support  (8.8.2014) and she told me that there is no intention of bringing this feature back, although she’s fielded innumerable calls requesting it. Further, there is no development being done at this time on QuickVerse. Somehow, this feels like it felt when Mattel owned QuickVerse.