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: Can you really talk to dead people?

Presented 10/27/2013

In the past decade my collection of channels on my television have featured some ghost-hunting shows. They are entertaining and dramatic. They bear the name: Reality Television, but, as many have observed, there’s very little that is real on Reality Television.

450px-Pikes_peak_highway_big_footRight along beside these shows are shows with people chasing down Sasquatch. They carry the same enthusiasm, but not the same attraction.

Did you ever wonder why?

I would guess that part of the reason is because we hunger for the supernatural. And living in the twenty-first century, we are deprived in that area. Much of our society has missed out on experiencing God, so the hunger runs deep.

The question these ghost shows and shows with supposed mediums bring up is this: Is there such a thing as a ghost?

This podcast answers the question from a biblical position, and gives answers as to what one might actually be seeing, when one “sees a ghost”.

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PODCAST: Séances, Mediums, Ghosts and Demons

Presented October 28, 2012

It amazes me, how many people tune into television shows where a medium is supposedly giving messages from the dead. And the interest in such things continues, regardless of gender, age, experience, or belief system.

As a result, several years ago I decided that I would periodically visit the subject of spiritism. I generally do this near Halloween since some people seem to make a connection there.

In this sermon, we look at several passages of Scripture, including one where a medium actually conjures up the dead and a conversation ensues. As we examine this incident and other passages, we’ll discover what the Bible says about mediums, ghosts, and demons.

~Pastor Steve

 

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