What about these Longings I Have? :: PODCAST

Presented by Pastor Steve Shields at Curwensville Alliance on Palm Sunday – 4/9/2017

Millionaires seldom smile. That’s what Andrew Carnegie said.

Why?

It’s probably because we are longing for something more — something beyond this world.

This Palm Sunday podcast speaks of our longings and addresses finding some satisfaction to things we long for most.

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SERMON: How Do I Slow Down?

Presented 6/2/2013

Screenshot_2013-06-04-17-19-01I remember being at the university on a December evening, kind of doing my time, finishing out a semester. I was ready to go — to get away from that place and move on to the next. Working the grave-yard shift in the Exxon station, the radio played a Simon and Garfunkel’s Homeward Bound. Although the life of Paul Simon was far different than my own, the longing he and Art Garfunkel expressed in their harmonious way touched me deeply inside. But what I longed for wasn’t home, as in our old farm or my love “waiting silently for me”. I wasn’t even engaged yet! Still, the longing was so profound, it felt like an ache.

Have you ever had that longing? I know you have. And when you sense it, you know that all your mind identifies to satisfy it isn’t really what your heart is crying out for. Your heart is crying for God.

Here’s the problem, though. As much we long for God, we sabotage our best intentions to find satisfaction in him. Television and the internet keep us from reading his word with any sense of contemplation or meditation. The demands of our tired minds override our need to talk to God in prayer with a need for sleep. And the schedules of work, sports, picnics, vacations, and parties pull us out of worship and small groups. And we find ourselves longing.

If we are going to be emotionally and spiritually healthy, we’re going to need to address the longing.

This podcast speaks about our need to decelerate — to slow down. Not so God can catch us, but so we can catch him.

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SERMON: Uncovering Our Longing

Presented 5/26/2013

Curwensville Alliance: Real God — Real Life — Real People.

This is the third in our sermon series investigating our Emotional and Spiritual Health.

This podcast addresses our longings. What are your longings? Not your pursuits or more shallow desires. What things do you long for deep inside?

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CS Lewis said, “If you asked twenty good men today what they thought the highest of the virtues, nineteen of them would reply, Unselfishness. But if you had asked almost any of the great Christians of old, he would have replied, Love. You see what has happened? A negative term has been substituted for a positive, and this is of more than philological importance. The negative idea of Unselfishness carries with it the suggestion not primarily of securing good things for others, but of going without them ourselves, as if our abstinence and not their happiness was the important point. I do not think this is the Christian virtue of Love. The New Testament has lots to say about self-denial, but not about self-denial as an end in itself. We are told to deny ourselves and to take up our crosses in order that we may follow Christ; and nearly every description of what we shall ultimately find if we do so contains an appeal to desire. If there lurks in most modern minds the notion that to desire our own good and earnestly to hope for the enjoyment of it is a bad thing, I submit that this notion has crept in from Kant and the Stoics and is no part of the Christian faith. Indeed, if we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.” —CS Lewis in The Weight of Glory

This podcast helps us address the questions of longing in the context of our emotional and spiritual health. Join us for more Sundays at 8 am and 10:45 am.

In order to benefit most from this series, you’ll want to attend every week. If you miss a Sunday, we’ll work hard to place the message online. Be sure to listen to it.

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