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.


Who Told You God what God Is Like? :: PODCAST

Presented at Curwensville Alliance Church on 6/18/2017 by Pastor Steve

Every now and then you still hear someone make a statement that begins with the words, “The God I believe in….” as though there are lots of different God’s and we get to pick one or we get to create one. It’s been a while since I’ve heard or read those leading words, so I am guessing people finally get it — we can’t decide what God is like any more than we can decide what any other being is like.

So the new question becomes, “How do we learn what God really is like?” And the answer some might give can be harmful to their health. Most people develop their perception of God based on their relationship with authority figures in their life.

And often, our earthly father plays a major role in this.

In this podcast, Pastor Steve looks at Mary’s perception of God, and suggests that we’d be wise to rethink the image of God we’ve developed through our relationships and look to a biblical model.

If we do this, chances are, we will be much healthier in the way we see ourselves, the way we relate to others, and the way we feel about God.


PODCAST: Resolutions of a Biblical Sort

Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 12/28/2014 by Pastor Steve

I’ve heard Christians say that making New Year’s Resolutions is wrong. They say, “I don’ t make New Year’s Resolutions,” with sort of a spiritual pride ringing in their voice. I’ve never been sure why they say that. Maybe it’s because such decisions should not be put off until a new year. Maybe it’s because they associate such resolutions with will-power, and they know we are powerless to live the Christian life by our own will. I am not sure what their rationale is, but I know this: I’ve said those very words, “I don’t make New Year’s Resolutions,” with an embarrassing rationale: I didn’t want to think about what things needed to change in my own heart and in my life.

The Bible never speaks about New Year’s Resolutions, but it does speak about changes in our lives. One such place it does so is in Titus 3.

This podcast addresses changes we should be adopting, whether it’s a new year or not. And, as does Titus, this podcast tells us where we can get the ability to do so.