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Envy

Envy is a sin that can easily hide under the surface in our lives. If we aren't careful there are messages in our media and culture ready to help us compare ourselves to someone else's standard of beautiful or successful. In those moments, have you ever wished someone would fail just so they'd know how you feel? If you’ve ever been tempted to feel that way, then you’re struggling with the deadly sin of Envy. Let’s talk about envy and how the Holy Spirit can help us battle it in our lives.

Genesis 4:1-8 & 1 Corinthians 12:7-11

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Envy

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