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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PODCAST: LifeBuilding – Building a Life of Prayer

Presented on 7/10/2016 at Curwensville Alliance by Pastor Steve Shields

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The events of the past few days – weeks – have influenced everyone who has seen, heard, or read the news. How does it make you feel?

Sad? Angry? Frustrated? Scared? All of the above? 

Here’s a feeling I’ve had that you might share: Helpless. Tragic incidents in our world often make us feel helpless. But here’s a question: Is a Christian really ever helpless? Sure – there are times that your hands may be tied. But are you, as a Christian, someone who can do nothing?

Never.

In fact, in this podcast, Pastor Steve suggests that it’s when you are most keenly aware of your inability to do anything to fix a situation, that you are most well-positioned to do the main thing.

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PODCAST: What Do Your Prayers Say?

Presented on 1/24/2016 at Curwensville Alliance by Pastor Steve Shields

 

I go to the doctor every year for a physical examination. She runs tests, pokes me, asks a lot of questions, gives me a report, and sends me on my way. It’s a good thing to do, because we are concerned about our physical well-being.

What would it be like to go in for a spiritual examination? What would it be like to have someone run tests, poke you, ask you spiritually probing questions, and give you a report? You can do that, with the help of the Holy Spirit, for yourself.

This podcast tells you a way to give yourself a spiritual examination.

 

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