• This same grace that was extended to Paul, also extends to us in Christ in our suffering.  And while we may be tempted to wallow in self-pity and bring others into our suffering, through Christ we have the ability to encourage others while we pass through whatever we are going through. 


  • Prayerlessness is a fruit of a life that puts God at the periphery and self-effort at the center.  Prayerfulness is a life that puts God at the center and recognizes without His power nothing of true value is accomplished.  James 5:16 reminds us this way, “The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.”


  • Humility is a realistic view of ourselves in relationship to who God is.  It understands that ultimately we are dependent on Him for everything and will one day stand before Him and give an account.  Humility acknowledges God for who He is and understands who we are in relationship to who He is.