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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Heaven as a Pattern for Worship :: PODCAST

Presented at Curwensville Alliance Church on 7/9/2017 by Pastor Steve Shields

Where is the best place to learn a skill or a trade? For example, If you wanted to learn to make Italian food, where would you go? Lots of places, but if you’re a serious chef, you’ll probably consider Italy.

French food – Paris.

If you’re going to learn to speak Mandarin, your best bet would be to go to China. You can learn from teachers here in the States, but any International Worker will tell you that they really learned the language when they went to the source.

If you’re going to learn to drive heavy equipment, you don’t go to Perkins Family Restaurants to learn, right? No, you go where it’s already happening, and you learn there.

Are you seeing a principle emerging?

If you want to learn to do something,
look at people who are doing it and learn from them.

Let’s take that principle and apply it to worship.

Where does worship occur – I mean really great worship? You might think of a church you know or a choir you’ve heard or a worship band you know. “When we were at Willis’ church – man that worship was GREAT!”

I have a better idea: If we want to find good worship, let’s look into heaven.

After all, that’s the source, right?

And where would you turn in the Bible to get a picture of heaven? You can find glimpses of it in several Old and New Testament books. You can look to Isaiah – when the prophet finds himself before the throne of God. But the book of Revelation has, probably, the most descriptive passages on the subject.

In this podcast, we look at the opening verses of Revelation and see what we can learn about worship.

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