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The third piece of armor Paul outlines in his letter to the church at Ephesus is shoes. Really, shoes! What does Paul have in mind here, or better yet, what is the Spirit’s intent in communicating the importance of shoes in one’s spiritual armor? I’m sure it’s not the newest Nike, Vans, Reebok, or Adidas that he has in mind. We, for the most part, in everyday use, buy shoes that look good. For anyone who has played sports, you know that wearing the correct shoes is really the first consideration

If you are like me, we need constant reminders of biblical truths. We often say “preach the gospel to yourself everyday.” The gospel is not just for unbelievers but for believers on a daily basis. You and I need a reminder to apply the gospel to our everyday circumstances. Other biblical truths we need reminding of are the attributes of God. There are many we can glean from scripture. In fact, A.W. Pink (1886-1952) wrote a short book which lists seventeen.

Prayer. It’s one of our ten ministry commitments. It’s the expression of our dependence on God, the privilege of our adoption as sons and daughters, the bold access we have to God’s throne, the power ordinary people have to move God’s mighty hand, the worry killer, and the unceasing activity of the obedient Christian. Yet for something so essential, it’s also something we struggle to do meaningfully and consistently. I know that in part because I know me. It seems like my prayer life flounders when I don’t consider why I should pray and how.

Note from Pastor Adam: With the birth of another year to serve Christ within the GCV family, it seems wise to use my opportunities with the pastoral word to provide some articles that I have found helpful in the pursuit of gospel relationships here in the church, especially in the Grace Group setting. This first one is a practical encouragement to be listeners and thoughtful questioners in a gospel group setting. Remember that Philippians 2:3-4 instructs you, “Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but