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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What Is It That You Are Looking For? :: PODCAST

Presented by Pastor Steve Shields at Curwensville Alliance Church

We’re looking for something more.

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There are examples in society. Consider the never-ending interest in religion. In spite of the fact that atheism has a voice to speak into culture like never before, people are still seeking spirituality. You’ve read reports – and I’ve been reading them for three decades now – that the church is dying. It’s not. It’s changing. Not dying. Mark Twain once wrote a note to a friend who’d heard he was sick. In actuality it was a cousin of Mark’s – A James Clemens, who was sick. Twain wrote to his worried friend: “The report of my illness grew out of his illness. The report of my death was an exaggeration.” The death of the North American church is a bit of an exaggeration as well. People are looking for something more.

In fact, people who’ve not experienced God are finding themselves drawn toward him and his people – toward the church. They are looking for something more. Many, who are not interested in Christianity, are fascinated by other religions. They’re attracted to Buddhism. Islam. Hinduism. They are looking for something more.

Another example is the interest in occult practices. Through the years, I’ve known people who practice Wicca – pagan witchcraft. They, too, are looking for something more. Wicca isn’t making it for them. I know Wicca isn’t making it for them because I have met them – looking for something more – in my church.

Another example is the consistent success of television shows about mediums. They keep coming back. And people keep watching. Why? People are looking for something more.

This podcast suggests what we are really looking for, and tells us how to find it.

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