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Digging deeply into scripture to lay the foundation for our lives. Groundwork is a half-hour weekly audio program that digs deeply into scripture as a foundation for our lives. Each week, pastors Dave Bast and Bob Heerspink cultivate our understanding of God’s Word by unpacking the richness of the Bible and applying it with insight for today’s world. Their casual conversation invites us to hear more of what God is doing in our lives. And on this website you can join the conversation, comment on past or future episodes, or exchange prayer requests with our prayer team.

Digging deeply into scripture to lay the foundation for our lives. Groundwork is a half-hour weekly audio program that digs deeply into scripture as a foundation for our lives. Each week, pastors Dave Bast and Bob Heerspink cultivate our understanding of God’s Word by unpacking the richness of the Bible and applying it with insight for today’s world. Their casual conversation invites us to hear more of what God is doing in our lives. And on this website you can join the conversation, comment on past or future episodes, or exchange prayer requests with our prayer team.
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Holland, MI

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Digging deeply into scripture to lay the foundation for our lives. Groundwork is a half-hour weekly audio program that digs deeply into scripture as a foundation for our lives. Each week, pastors Dave Bast and Bob Heerspink cultivate our understanding of God’s Word by unpacking the richness of the Bible and applying it with insight for today’s world. Their casual conversation invites us to hear more of what God is doing in our lives. And on this website you can join the conversation, comment on past or future episodes, or exchange prayer requests with our prayer team.

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English

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Groundwork c/o ReFrame Media 6555 West College Drive Palos Heights, IL 60463 800-879-6555


Episodes

I Belong: Therefore, He Watches Over Me

11/16/2018
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When life goes our way, it’s easy to see God’s hand in our situation and sing his praises. But when a miracle doesn’t come and trials continue, it’s even easier to question whether God is with us or if he even cares. Is it possible to be sure of God’s protection, even in the midst of the storms and struggles of life? The Bible says yes. Study the scriptures that support this promise and receive assurance that no matter your circumstances, God watches over you because you belong to Jesus...

Duration:00:24:57

I Belong: Because He Paid My Debts

11/9/2018
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Buying, selling, transferring ownership—this type of transactional language is second nature to us when we talk about our possessions. However, once we’re the object of such transactional language our defenses rise and our skepticism emerges. We all know there are very good reasons that one person should never have ownership of another. But God’s ownership is different. The Bible says because Jesus Christ paid for us with his blood, we belong to him. Discover why belonging to Jesus brings...

Duration:00:24:57

I Belong: Completely and Forever

11/2/2018
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Do you ever wish you were free to be yourself? Do you wish people would accept you exactly as you are? God does. God cares about your body and your soul, he cares about you in life and after death. If you belong to Christ, you belong to him forever. Unlike humanity’s fickle whim and popular trends, God’s acceptance of you will never change. He does not forget you. When our lives are owned by Jesus Christ, we find freedom. Does that seem impossible to you? Do you think the Christian religion...

Duration:00:24:57

The Tower of Babel

10/26/2018
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What is the purpose of the curious, yet familiar story of the Tower of Babel? It tells us the origin of nations and languages, but if we pay attention, we also discover that it teaches us a core truth about why we are the way we are. We learn that this effort to build a tower to the heavens speaks about our human motivations of pride and fear and our need for God. Furthermore, God’s intervention in this story points to God’s ultimate plan for all nations.

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The Flood

10/19/2018
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Many of us remember the story of Noah and the ark from childhood. We can picture nursery walls decorated with cute smiling little animals making their way to Noah’s ark. Our caregivers read from well-worn children’s Bibles with brightly colored pictures of a rainbow and told us about God’s promise never to flood the earth again. But we’ve all seen the news and heard stories of rainy seasons that continue to bring floods, devastating whole communities. Why does this keep happening after God...

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Cain and Abel

10/12/2018
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This well-known story of two brothers is the Bible’s first story of jealousy and murder. Why does the author of Genesis include such a gruesome story? Let’s study it to find out. Together we’ll discover God’s warning about anger and its relationship to sin and we’ll explore the connection between our actions and our motivations. Through our conversations we’ll also discover what the story of Cain and Abel communicates to us about worship, righteousness, faith, and God's grace.

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The Fall

10/5/2018
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Adam and Eve, a snake, and a tree—the most recognizable elements of the biblical story of original sin. It may seem like the purpose of Genesis 3 is to provide an explanation for humanity’s ugly side and the world’s brokenness; yet at its core, we’ll discover proof of God’s love for his people through it all. Looking back at the Fall also helps faithful believers identify and anticipate the ways Satan continues to sow his deceit and temptation in our lives, while reminding us that God...

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Creation

9/28/2018
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Religions and cultures of all kinds have stories and legends describing how they began. By design, these stories impart meaning, purpose, and identity rooted in a shared history. As Christians, we believe the Bible tells the story of all creation. There, as Genesis opens, God speaks and creates. Together we study our shared history to remember our identity and purpose as God’s created people.

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The Kingdom of God

9/21/2018
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What is life in God’s kingdom like? When will it finally and fully be reality? How do our beliefs about God's kingdom shape how we live today? The Bible reveals the reality of what life will look like in God's kingdom under the reign of Jesus Christ. But most Christians believe the kingdom of God is both already present and not yet fully realized here on earth. What more are we waiting for and how do we live as kingdom citizens now? Together we turn to scripture to discover what it means to...

Duration:00:24:57

Grace, Faith, and Becoming Holy

9/14/2018
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Salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ is one of the most crucial beliefs at the heart of Christianity, and it’s often referred to as “justification.” Together let's study scripture to discover the biblical foundations for this belief and why it’s not a “get out of jail free card." It's a call to sanctification, a call to holiness, and a call to stop living for ourselves and to start living for God.

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God's Salvation Plan

9/7/2018
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Even after the first humans fell into sin and displayed our propensity for selfishness, God willingly enters a covenant relationship with us and promises a plan of salvation. Yet God’s plan is completely unfathomable by human standards. Discover how Jesus’ humility, weakness, and human presence conquer death and accomplish God’s ultimate redemption of humanity.

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Knowing Our True Identity

8/31/2018
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As we seek to find answers for the events around us, we wonder about the nature of humanity. At our core, are we naturally good or prone to evil? More personally, our individual identity is intricately connected to our feelings of self-confidence and belonging, which leads us to ask: Who am I? What shapes my identity? Join Groundwork as we explore the nature of humanity through scripture to discover our true identity and learn the biblical foundations for our Christian belief that humans are...

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Who is God?

8/24/2018
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The Bible is about God, but who is this God? What does scripture reveal about God from Genesis to Revelation? Let's explore scripture to answer some basic questions about the person, nature, and character of our almighty God. We’ll discover the biblical foundations for core Christian beliefs in God as Creator, God's providence, knowing God through general revelation and special revelation, and the doctrine of the Trinity.

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God Answers Job

8/17/2018
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Job gets the opportunity many of us wish for: God breaks his silence and, in dramatic fashion, speaks directly to Job. The experience leaves Job humbled. See how God answers Job, and discover what God’s response teaches us about why bad things happen to good people. In its conclusion, the story of Job once again reframes our perspective and enables us to experience profound joy, yet it doesn’t minimize the reality of our suffering.

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Choosing Hope in Suffering

8/10/2018
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When we have every right to lament and despair, what is the source for our continued hope? After losing his children, his wealth, and eventually his health, Job is justified in his complaint. But even as Job expresses his grievances to God, he professes a steady faith and rising hope despite his suffering. Listen to Job’s laments, and find out what he declares is the source of his continued hope at a time when all hope seems lost.

Duration:00:25:00

Consoling the Suffering

8/3/2018
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Sometimes when we attempt to console suffering friends and loved ones with biblical truths, we do more harm than good. These are the times when our need to be right or our desire to protect what we understand to be truth gets in the way of compassion and love. If we aren’t careful, we undermine our own efforts to provide comfort and share God’s love at a time when people need it most. Studying the efforts of Job’s friends helps us be aware of where we might run into trouble. It also shows us...

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Is God Punishing Me?

7/27/2018
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So often when we experience times of suffering we long to know why and seek biblical explanations. Well-meaning individuals offer the best explanations they can form from their understanding of scripture. But just because an explanation is offered, does that mean it’s always right in every circumstance? As Job’s friends enter into his suffering, they too try to explain why bad things happen to good people. In their explanations, we recognize many of the same rationalizations and questions we...

Duration:00:24:57

Why, God, Why?

7/20/2018
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Why do we suffer? Does God cause bad things to happen? If not, why does he even allow them? If he can stop human suffering, why doesn’t he? How can we maintain faith in God when everything is going wrong? These are not theoretical questions; these are questions asked in the trenches of life, when the outlook is grim and hope is faint. The story of Job gives us a place to wrestle with one of life’s most difficult questions: the problem of suffering. It also reassures us that it’s possible to...

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Jesus, the Lamb

7/13/2018
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After describing Jesus as the Lion of Judah, the book of Revelation depicts Jesus a lamb. In his vision, John does not merely see a lamb, but a lamb “that has been slain.” This lamb bears the evidence of defeat. Normally, in competition we celebrate the victorious, not the defeated. Yet, as John shares his vision, we encounter all the creatures, elders, and angels gathered around the throne declaring the worthiness of this slain, defeated lamb. Why? His defeat is our ultimate victory, and...

Duration:00:24:59

Jesus, the Lion

7/6/2018
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Lions are fierce, powerful creatures. So when the Apostle John identifies Jesus as “the Lion of the Tribe of Judah” in his vision recorded in Revelation 5, we learn a great deal about the identity of Jesus Christ in history, in our present age, and in the coming future. Discover the significance of “the tribe of Judah” and why recognizing Jesus as a lion provides believers immense comfort in the storms of life.

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