Responding To Correction :: PODCAST

Presented on September 10, 2017 by Pastor Steve Shields at Curwensville Alliance

Have you ever seen someone doing something that was unproductive, offered a suggestion to help them, and been rebuffed? It happens to all of us. 

Do you know why that happens to all of us? Because all of us do it. None of us, by our own nature, like to be corrected.

This podcast speaks about how to overcome this tendency and become better in the process.

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Looking for Answers :: PODCAST

Presented by Pastor Steve Shields at Curwensville Alliance Church on 9/24/2017

Are you listening?

There are times when, because of our unwillingness to listen, God may just stop talking. I think he did it to King Saul.

Saul, the King of Israel, who had banished all mediums from the land, decided to consult with one. Saul himself had declared that all spiritists had to leave. So then, why, in 1 Samuel 28, did Saul visit a medium – a spiritist – to consult with the dead?

You know the answer, right? God had stopped talking to him.

1 Samuel 28:6 (NIV) 6He inquired of the LORD, but the LORD did not answer him by dreams or Urim or prophets.

And why would God stop talking to Saul? I think it was because Saul had stopped listening.

Indeed, there are times when, because of our unwillingness to listen, God may just stop talking.

This podcast addresses this reality, and shows us how to better listen.

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Retaining a Heart of Worship :: PODCAST

Presented by Pastor Steve Shields at Curwensville Alliance Church on 9/3/2017.

A couple of decades ago, I read these words from Fred Craddock.

Once in a while we have a seminarian who gives it up. Not suddenly but slowly; zeal cools, faith weakens, appetite for Christian enterprises disappears, the springs dry up, the soul is parched, and you can see it in eyes grown dull and flat. What happened? Did evil storm his citadel and take over? No. Did much study drive him to doubt? No. Did attractive alternatives to ministry turn his head? No. Nothing quite so dramatic. He simply made the fatal error of assuming that spending so much time talking about God was adequate substitute for talking with God. He lost his Doxology, and died.[1]

At first, you might be surprised by those words. But then, when you think it through, you realize the universality of this danger. If we lose our heart of worship, then, spiritually, we become very unhealthy.

In this podcast, I relay some of Jesus’ directives on retaining — or renewing — your heart of worship.
– Pastor Steve

[1] As One without Authority, Fred, Craddock, p. 135.

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