When Worship Is Hard :: PODCAST

Presented on 8/6/2017 at Curwensville Alliance Church by Pastor Steve

There are times that it’s difficult to worship.

So what do you do?

When I was in college, a speaker addressed the student body with these words:

Pray when you feel like it.
Pray when you don’t feel like it.

Pray until you feel like it.

I was amazed by the response from some of my peers. Some, like me, said, “Yeah — he’s right,” and thought nothing strange about it.

But others were angry — some very much so — that he would be so heartless, instructing people who are struggling, spiritually, to pray.

I still don’t entirely understand what the uproar was about, but I do believe that if you hope to overcome your spiritual struggles, it would be wise to do something “spiritual” — like prayer.

Job faced struggles. And he prayed. More than that, he worshiped.

This podcast speaks of the heart of Job — a heart that worshiped when worship came hard. 

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PODCAST: Life’s Difficult Terrain

Presented 3/20/2016

The Bible is full of parallels. For example, many people have observed how the biblical story of the people of Israel seems to parallel their own life. It’s almost unnerving, when you take note of it.

And many of us have found ourselves identifying with biblical characters along the way. With Peter or with Martha or with David or with Mary.

This podcast suggests that Jesus’ journey from The Mount of Olives to The Temple Mount is a journey that our lives, in very small ways, parallel.

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As you listen, notice how important it is to have Jesus accompanying you on your own journey.

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PODCAST: Living In An Evil World

Presented on 11/15/2015 at Curwensville Alliance Church by Pastor Steve Shields

One of the most moving songs of the last century was written by Bob Thiele and George David Weiss and was popularized by Louis Armstrong.

I see trees of green, red roses too
I see them bloom for me and you
And I think to myself, what a wonderful world.

Who doesn’t love that song?

Indeed, this is my Father’s world, and it exhibits a goodness that cannot be measured or contained. However, when one looks at the world one must agree, there are terrible things that happen every day. There is such a thing as evil.

This podcast notes the truth that there is such a thing as good and there is such a thing as evil and speaks about how we can live with this tension.

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