Doing, Doing, Doing :: PODCAST

Presented by Pastor Steve Shields on 11/7/2017 at Curwensville Alliance

A friend of mine — a man who oversaw a chain of retail stores along the east coast — once told me that when a young couple came to him, wanting to open a store together, he would often discourage them. 

You don’t want to do this, he would say.  

They, naturally, would object, saying they had the money, the location, the energy, and the skills. So why wouldn’t he want them to open a new store?

The answer: Because the effort the two of them would put into getting the store up and running would likely damage their relationship — perhaps even ruining their marriage. 

Sure, they would be doing lots of things together. But doing, doing, doing is not the same as being. And every relationship needs times of just being together.

Even your relationship with God needs this.

Perhaps this is one of the hidden faults owned by the older son in Jesus’ Parable of the Prodigal Son.

Perhaps all of us struggle with doing things for God instead of spending time with God.

This podcast addresses this issue.


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.


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.