Is Laziness (Still) A Sin?

Sloth, or laziness, has a long history in the Church of being considered one of the "seven deadly sins." Yet laziness--like greed or envy--can be very difficult to pick out in ourselves. Who wants to admit that they are lazy? Furthermore, we can insulate ourselves from believing we are lazy by deceiving ourselves with what…

80-For-80 Initiative: 6/26-6/29

The 80-For-80 Initiative is 80 days of prayer for 80% of the church in Community Groups THURSDAY, 6/26 What to Pray for: Wise decision making for the future of Groups Ask for the Lord's wisdom and leading concerning groups Pray for humility and openness to learn as we discuss the future of groups in the coming…

The Cross and the “Cursing” Psalms

If we “tone down” the cry against injustice as something “primitive,” we cannot appreciate the cross—because there we see that the punishment for such cruelty is exactly what the Psalmist has called for. We see God’s “little one” being dashed to pieces. Yes, the punishment that human injustice and evil deserves is just as bad…

80-For-80: 6/24/14

The 80-For-80 Initiative is 80 days of prayer for 80% of the church in Community Groups What to pray for: Please pray for myself and Heather Pray that we should prioritize God in our new life stage as parents Pray that I would lead groups with wisdom and humility Pray for God's strengthening of our faith…

80-For-80 Initiative: 6/18-6/22

The 80-For-80 Initiative is 80 days of prayer for 80% of the church in Community Groups WEDNESDAY, 6/18 What to pray: CG Leaders, Howard & Debbie Kenworthy That they would be rooted in Christ, Connected in Community Engaged in Mission Scripture to Pray: "And though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see…

80-For-80 Initiative: Weekend, 6/13-6/15

The 80-For-80 Initiative is 80 days of prayer for 80% of the church in Community Groups Friday, 6/13/14 Who to pray for: CG Leaders, Mike & Melissa Tomasulo Pray that they would grow in their love for Jesus Pray for wisdom in leading their group Pray for their children to grow in the knowledge of the…

80-For-80 Initiative: 6/12/14

The 80-For-80 Initiative is 80 days of prayer for 80% of the church in Community Groups Who to pray for: CG Leaders, Bob and Amanda Blanton Pray that they walk in wisdom toward the outside world Pray that they would make the most of every opportunity for the kingdom Pray that their speech would be graceful…

80-For-80: 6/10/14

The 80-For-80 Initiative is 80 days of prayer for 80% of the church in Community Groups. What to pray for: Humility for CG leadership and CG pastor To follow God's leading in the matter of groups To be open to reason and various ideas from others To seek what's best for the church as a whole…

80-For-80 Initiative: 6/8/24

The 80-For-80 Initiative is 80 days of prayer for 80% of the church in Community Groups Who to pray for: Community Group Leaders, Steven and Shonda McManus For their growth in the knowledge of Christ For their family and marriage For their ministry, shepherding a CG Scripture to Pray:  "I pray that He would grant you, according to the…

80-For-80 Initiative: 6/7/14

The 80-For-80 Initiative is 80 days of prayer for 80% of the church in Community Groups Who to pray for: Group Leaders, Dennis and Ina Przywara Pray for the gospel to continually transform them Pray for their endurance in gospel ministry Pray for God's protection on their marriage Scripture to Pray: "Therefore I am rejoicing over…