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.


PODCAST: Three Essential Resurrections

Presented at Curwensville Alliance by Pastor Steve Shields on 3/27/2016

If you’re going fishing, there are a few essentials you need. Maybe a fishing pole, or other apparatus to use for catching the fish. Maybe some kind of bait. And a license. It’s really hard to fish without those kinds of things. They are essentials.

Likewise, when it comes to the Christian Celebration of the Resurrection, there are some essentials. This podcast addresses three of them that we need to be aware of — and one we should experience right away.


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,┬ábecause 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.