PODCAST: Do You Miss Your Dad?

Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 7/13/2014 by Pastor Steve Shields

I’d like to say that, in all my dialogue with people concerning their deceased parents, I’ve never heard anyone say, “I don’t miss my dad.” But I can’t say that. Because I have heard that very statement.

“I don’t miss my father at all. He was not a good father. And I don’t miss him.”

With all due respect to the person holding that position, I would say that he does miss his dad. He misses what his dad should have been. And there’s a hole inside his heart for that very reason.

In this podcast, we look at how God the Father can fill that hole and heal our hearts through his presence, his validation, and his goodness.


PODCAST: Parenting as a Ministry

Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 6/15/2014

There are a lot of different ministries given to people. I am in pastoral ministry. We might say that missionaries have ministries of church-planting or evangelism. Ministries such as these are specialized. We used to call them full-time ministry, but that term seems to imply that the rest are not full-time or at least not important.

I feel that every Christian has a ministry — or better, ministries. There are certain things in this world that God has for each of us to do; and each of us is just the right person to do them,

All God-given ministries are important and should be taken seriously. For example, a counseling ministry. I thank God for godly counselors in my life and in the lives of others. And the ministry of encouragement — wow — who doesn’t see how vital that role is?

In this podcast, I am talking about the importance of parenting as a ministry. As you listen to it, ask God to speak to your heart about, not just parenting, but how you “minister” in any relationship where you have influence.
~Pastor Steve