Paradoxes in Worship :: PODCAST

Presented on 5/22/2017 at Curwensville Alliance by Pastor Steve Shields

You know what a paradox is, right?

A paradox is two things that seem mutually exclusive, but are not.

Have you ever noticed the paradoxes that accompany worship? For example, while worship is a personal experience, when it becomes about me personally, it is no longer worship.

Paradoxes can be frustrating to the logical mind — or they can be devices that cause us to think more deeply about life.

This podcast looks at three paradoxes regarding worship, and in so doing, helps us understand the nature of worship in our lives.


Get Out of Your PJs! :: PODCAST

Presented at Curwensville Alliance by Pastor Steve Shields on 3/5/2017

Have you ever thought about why people go to church? Why do you? Or why don’t you? Why church? 

Why do you get out of your PJs?

Some people attend out of routine. They might say, “It’s just what we’ve always done.”

Some people go to church because they like being around people. For all they care, we could be stuffing envelopes – they’re just happy to be with people.

Some people go to church out of guilt. They might say, “If I don’t go to church, God – or worse yet my mother – will be mad at me.”

Some people go because they think their kids need it. If you have those thoughts, you need to think a little more deeply.

This podcast explains some biblical benefits of getting out of your PJs and worshiping with other Christians.


PODCAST: The Gift of Response-ability

Presented 10/4/2015 by Pastor Steve at Curwensville Alliance

God’s word says we are to rejoice always, pray continually, and give thanks in everything. How do you do that?

How do you do that when you face hard times in life? Cancer? Death of a loved one? Losing a job? The “commands” seem unreasonable.

In this podcast, Pastor Steve helps us see that these “commands” aren’t so much “mandates” as they are “means” of being healthy. Rejoicing, praying, and giving thanks are as essential to remaining spiritually alive as breathing is to remaining physically alive.