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Greed: the love of possessing found in the list of seven deadly sins. What does the sinful love of possessing do to us spiritually? How can the Holy Spirit help re-orient our perspective? This week on Groundwork we turn to scripture to answer these crucial questions.

Mark 10:17-25 & Isaiah 58:7-10

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August 22nd, 2014

This week as we continue our study of the seven deadly dins, we’re discussing the deadly sin of greed – what this love of possessing does to us spiritually? Is having possessions a bad thing; should we just get rid of it all? How the Holy Spirit can help re-orient us to a better perspective? This week on Groundwork we turn to scripture to answer these crucial questions.

Mark 10:17-25 & Isaiah 58:7-10


August 15th, 2014

In nature the animal known as the sloth is a wonder of inactivity. If you see a sloth in a zoo, odds are it will be sound asleep wrapped around a tree branch. When it comes to the sin of sloth, a lot of people think that this is what sloth is: it’s laziness, it’s the couch potato, it’s having low energy in life.  But is that really what the sin of sloth is?  Or is it...Matthew 8:28-34 & Galatians 6:7-10


August 8th, 2014

Think about how many of the words that we use to describe anger have to do with heat or fire. An angry person, we say, is steaming, fuming, burned up, fried, hot under the collar. Their anger smolders until it boils over. They have a short fuse, then erupt like a volcano. All of those powerful, hot words are telling us that anger is extremely dangerous. Anger is the sin that will most quickly l...1 Samuel 18:6-11 & Ephesians 4:26-27


August 1st, 2014

The comedian Groucho Marx once said, “No one is ever completely unhappy over the failure of a friend.”   That’s pretty cynical and pretty harsh but really, haven’t we all sensed this in our hearts?   Let’s say you know someone who always succeeds at everything and gets lots of attention as a result.   If one day that person messes up, ...Genesis 4:1-8 & 1 Corinthians 12:7-11


July 25th, 2014

According to both the Bible and universal Christian tradition, pride is the first sin, the chief sin, and the root of most other sins. Ironically though, many people today think of it as more of a virtue than a sin. Shouldn't I take pride in myself? Don't I need a healthy self-esteem? Let's dig deeper into the nature of this sin: what it is, what it isn't, and how to combat it.<...Genesis 3:1-7, 1 Peter 5:4-5

How We Worship

July 18th, 2014

In one of his books – a book about the mission of the church, no less – theologian John Piper begins with this arresting statement: “Mission isn't the highest priority of the church; worship is. Mission exists because worship doesn't.” The most important thing Christians do isn't what they do for the world, it's what they do for God. The greatest thing Go...Psalm 98 & Colossians 3:16-17

There's more to worship than showing up at a service once a week. Did you see or hear anything beautiful lately? If so, how did you respond? Maybe you heard a stunning violin solo that brought you to your feet as you applauded enthusiastically and shouted “Bravo!” Maybe you saw a glorious sunset and it made you sigh audibly even as tears of joy formed in the corners of your eyes...Psalm 96 & Isaiah 6:1-7