Seven Deadly Needs Series


You may have heard of the Seven Deadly Sins before, but what about the Seven Deadly Needs? These are just as dangerous to our relationships with God and others. In this 6-week Lenten series, we’ll explore the seven deadly needs and how to root them out of our lives.

Week 1: The Need to Be Right (March 5, 2017)

Rev. Elizabeth Ingram Schindler, Lead Pastor

We all know someone (surely not ourselves) who has to always be right, to have the last word in the conversation, to keep going until s/he wins an argument. What drives this? Often it is a desire for our ego to create a sense of self-worth from something external because we haven’t yet found our worth in our belovedness as children of God. But the need to always be right destroys relationships with others and, eventually, with God.

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Week 2: The Need to Know (March 12, 2017)

Leslie Moreno, Director of Youth Ministries

We tend to operate on the assumption that the more we know, the better off we’ll be. But the need to know can also keep us from trusting in the mystery of God. The goal isn’t necessarily giving up on knowledge, but giving up on the need to know.

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Week 3: The Need to Judge (March 19, 2017)

Rev. Elizabeth Ingram Schindler, Lead Pastor

It’s hard to deny our need to judge. We judge individuals and make judgmental comments about whole areas or groups of people (especially along lines of political divisions these days), most of whom we do not even know. When we judge others, we isolate ourselves from them and isolate ourselves from God. The opposite of judging, in God’s economy, isn’t acceptance but love.

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Week 4: The Need to Get Even (March 26, 2017)

Rev. Elizabeth Ingram Schindler, Lead Pastor

When we have been hurt, we often feel the need to get even, whether the injury was large or small. We may think that it’s only fair, or that we’re teaching another person a lesson, but what we’re actually doing is letting anger, frustration, and hurt put relationships at risk – and ignoring the call to discipleship. If we believe in God’s grace, it has to mean something in our lives – and it means we live in a particular way, as people whose only competition is in honoring one another.

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Week 5: The Need to Keep Score and Look Good (April 2, 2017)

Rev. Elizabeth Ingram Schindler, Lead Pastor

The need to keep score and the need to look good often come together in a package. Many of us have a little spot in our brains where we keep track of things: whether we are ahead of or behind other people in all kinds of areas… and we let this subconscious narrative of winning and losing motivate our actions and dictate our stress-levels. At the same time, we are so desperate to look good (beautiful, strong, ambitious) that we can hurt ourselves and others to keep up appearances. Our job as disciples is to share all things, to see beauty in all people.

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Week 6: The Need to Control (April 9, 2017 – Palm Sunday)

Rev. Elizabeth Ingram Schindler, Lead Pastor

Palm Sunday is a beautiful example of one of our most deadly needs, the need to control, which Jesus did not have. He rode right into the city that would release a common criminal to see him put to death. We generally want to control anything and everything in our lives, including God. God calls us not to control, but to surrender.

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