1. Scent plays an important role in our memories and the story of Scripture
  2. Confession and absolution offer more than assurance, they gift real and genuine Divine promises.
  3. As much as we want the glory, riches, and knowledge of Dantes, what we need is Jean Valjean's candlesticks.
  4. Charles V, for all his power, his lands, and his riches, was ultimately unable to hinder the spread of the precious Gospel.
  5. Dyson demonstrated a pious persistence with Lewis, something we can emulate in our own friendships and conversations.
  6. We must also address the stigma surrounding addiction within so many churches.
  7. The issue is not the existence of so-called inner rings, but our desire and willingness to spend our lives in order to gain from an inner ring what is freely promised in Christ: hope, security, and identity.
  8. What if Jesus had said on the cross, “Earn it”?
  9. Jesus’s story in Luke 16 draws definitive attention to whom God helps — namely, God always comes close in order to help those who cannot help themselves.
  10. 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.
  11. While midnight might seem long, the mercy of God assures us that the morning will come.
  12. I’ve experienced firsthand the promise that God never leaves a congregation empty-handed.