1. Sometimes, we get prayer dementia. We can’t remember what we were going to pray for, we can’t put the words together, and, frustrated, there is nothing we can do but sigh and groan.
  2. God gives his church a story that helps to make sense of this life.
  3. It would serve us well to embrace the beauty of our diversity within the unity of the body of Christ.
  4. We must also address the stigma surrounding addiction within so many churches.
  5. It is of the utmost importance that pastors teach their congregation that through faith in Jesus Christ, they are fortified against the machinations of the adversary.
  6. I’ve experienced firsthand the promise that God never leaves a congregation empty-handed.
  7. A pastor is sent to proclaim the unconditional grace of God, reminding us again and again that it is our Heavenly Father who reaches out to us in love through his Christ-won forgiveness, and not the other way around.
  8. Christ Jesus brings his word and presence to where you are and he is even willing to do so through the likes of your personally present pastor.
  9. God's faithfulness is constant and consistent. It knows no season. His love for us doesn't fade with the summer sun.
  10. Prayer is not just about asking for things. It's about receiving what has already been given to us in Christ.
  11. God cares about our real life where we actually are. He is present in the everyday.