Retaining a Heart of Worship :: PODCAST

Presented by Pastor Steve Shields at Curwensville Alliance Church on 9/3/2017.

A couple of decades ago, I read these words from Fred Craddock.

Once in a while we have a seminarian who gives it up. Not suddenly but slowly; zeal cools, faith weakens, appetite for Christian enterprises disappears, the springs dry up, the soul is parched, and you can see it in eyes grown dull and flat. What happened? Did evil storm his citadel and take over? No. Did much study drive him to doubt? No. Did attractive alternatives to ministry turn his head? No. Nothing quite so dramatic. He simply made the fatal error of assuming that spending so much time talking about God was adequate substitute for talking with God. He lost his Doxology, and died.[1]

At first, you might be surprised by those words. But then, when you think it through, you realize the universality of this danger. If we lose our heart of worship, then, spiritually, we become very unhealthy.

In this podcast, I relay some of Jesus’ directives on retaining — or renewing — your heart of worship.
– Pastor Steve

[1] As One without Authority, Fred, Craddock, p. 135.


Remedies for Regret :: PODCAST

Presented on April 2, 2017 at Curwensville Alliance Church by Pastor Steve

Everyone has regrets.

  • Times we should have spoken up, and didn’t.
  • Times we should have remained silent, and didn’t.
  • Missed opportunities.

Regrets are part of life.

Everyone has regrets, but not everyone is controlled by their regrets. Some people seem to have found a way to live with their regrets — and to live beyond them.

This podcast speaks of where we can find remedies for our regrets.


Just a note on this podcast:

In it, I say that forgiveness is impossible without some acknowledgement of culpability. By that, I mean that forgiveness is impossible to receive if you won’t admit your fault. This is true.

However, forgiveness is possible to give, regardless of the heart of the one who has offended you. You can forgive someone who hurt you, whether they admit guilt or not. They could even be dead. And when you extend ANY forgiveness, you often find freedom that can be found in no other way — but that’s a different sermon. 🙂

However, as I say in the podcast, one cannot receive forgiveness for something one will not admit. It’s a logical impossibility. ~Pastor Steve 


PODCAST: Trust Issues?

Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 5/15/2016 by Pastor Steve Shields

You’ve heard people say it, right? “I have trust issues.” Sure you have. And if you’re like me, you sympathize, but a part of you wants to reply, “And… you think that makes you different than…who?” Struggling to trust is not unique to the few.

Almost everyone I know has trust issues. We’d like to think it’s because of the day in which we live. How can we not struggle to trust when we see so much evil around us. But it’s no more unique to our era than the concept is unique to you or me.

It’s said that the most often repeated command in Scripture is Fear not. Do you ever wonder why? Sure, there are the everyday reasons. Fear leads us backwards. Fear doesn’t accomplish anything extraordinary. Fear stifles. But perhaps there is a more basic reason. Maybe fear is the opposite of trust. Maybe the commonness of the command, Fear not, serves to remind us of the commonness of trust issues.


Part of Jesus’ mission was to show us the glory of God — filled with grace and truth. And in His statement, I am the good shepherd, Jesus gives us good reason to trust God. He helps us with our trust issues.

This podcast addresses this in ways I hope you find helpful.
~Pastor Steve