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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

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.

Duration:00:24:57

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.

Duration:00:24:57

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...

Duration:00:24:57

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.

Duration:00:24:57

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...

Duration:00:25:00

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...

Duration:00:25:00

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.

Duration:00:24:57

The Fruit of Self-Control

6/29/2018
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When we think about having self-control in our lives, most of us probably think first about things like food, drinks, or sex. But self-control as God intends it touches more areas of our lives than just what we consume. So what is self-control and why is it considered a fruit of the Spirit? Does bearing the fruit of self-control mean Christians live boring, passion-less lives? Join us as we seek to understand self-control, how God intends for us to cultivate it, and what it means for how we...

Duration:00:24:56

The Fruit of Gentleness

6/22/2018
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It's more common for us to associate gentleness with weakness than with strength. Think about it: what images or words come to mind when you think about gentleness? Would you describe these images and words as strong and influential or meek and vulnerable? Yet, as followers of Christ, we are called to bear the spiritual fruit of gentleness. How do we do that without allowing others to take advantage of us? We study the life of Jesus, the best model of gentleness lived out. Recognizing the...

Duration:00:24:59

The Fruit of Faithfulness

6/15/2018
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You might say that remaining faithful depends upon our circumstances and what we need to remain faithful to. But both of those premises provide unstable foundations for a quality defined by words like "thorough," "steady," "loyal," or "steadfast." It is much better to place our trust and faith on a foundation that proves itself to be firm, stable, and steadfast: the faithfulness we find in God's own character. When we begin with God’s faithfulness to us, we discover a secure and fertile...

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The Fruit of Goodness

6/8/2018
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When we think being good is primarily about keeping rules and obeying, we inevitably encounter hypocrisy. So where do we find our inspiration to be good even in trying circumstances? Let's turn to scripture to define genuine goodness, understand why God's own character motivates us toward goodness, and determine what this spiritual fruit looks like in the life of a believer.

Duration:00:24:59

The Fruit of Kindness

6/1/2018
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Have you ever wondered why kindness is included on the list of spiritual fruits? Kindness certainly isn't exclusive to the Christian faith. Religious and non-religious individuals alike teach even young children to be kind. Examining scripture reveals that the Christian faith offers something truly unique, something that makes our kindness evidence of Christ and the Holy Spirit in our lives. That uniqueness also provides deep roots, making it possible for us to show kindness even in life's...

Duration:00:24:59

The Fruit of Patience

5/25/2018
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In a society that seems to value efficiency and prefer immediate gratification, how can we cultivate the spiritual fruit of patience? Studying God's patience with us grants us broader perspective on what patience is, what it looks like, why it matters, and what it requires from us.

Duration:00:24:59

The Fruit of Peace

5/18/2018
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In a world where conflict and strife are common daily experiences, many of us wish for peace. But what do we really long for when we wish for peace? How should we understand and experience true peace, the type of peace God offers? What does it look or feel like? Together let's turn to scripture to discern what it means to be a person who bears the spiritual fruit of peace.

Duration:00:24:59

The Fruit of Joy

5/11/2018
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There's a strong cultural need to be happy. In fact, many of us find ourselves uncomfortable and unsure what to say or do when we interact with someone who isn't happy. But the reality is there are times it's just not possible to be happy; times when physical pain, emotional pain, sorrow, or injustice are insurmountable in our lives. Yet, the Bible challenges us to "rejoice in the Lord always." If there are times it's not possible to be happy, are there also times it's not possible to be...

Duration:00:24:59