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.

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Visible Outcomes of the Invisible War :: PODCAST

Presented on 8/13/2017 at Curwensville Alliance by Pastor Steve Shields

Christians are in a war. A spiritual war.

Ephesians 6:12 (NIV2011) 12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

This spiritual war has implications for the physical world.
And what we do in the physical worlds has implications in the spiritual world.

Worship — something we do in the visible world — has repercussions in the spiritual world that has outcomes in the visible world.

This podcast demonstrates this reality.

 

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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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