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Love for the Unlovable - by Michael Phillips
1 Corinthians - Part 23
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1 Corinthians 16:19-24
Nov 25, 2012 am - Several years ago, I met with a group of pastors committed to the Reformation and Revival of the Church. To promote these things, we met every couple of months to study, pray, and encourage each other in ministry. This is what we met for, and for the most parts, it's what we did. Except for one man. He came to the meetings to complain. He didn't complain about things in general, but one thing in particular: his church. The people were stupid, selfish, rude, lazy, stubborn, stingy, and uncooperative. He quit the church a year or two later, but long before he resigned the pastorate, he gave up on the people. How true his assessment of the church was, I can't say, but I can say this: He was part of the problem and not part of the solution! God has not called pastors to be frustrated! He has called us to be faithful. Not to accuse the people for whom Christ died, but to love them. My friend did not do this, but the Apostle Paul did. He founded the Church in Corinth, and for eighteen months, he stayed with them, preaching the Word of God, setting a good example, and caring for their souls with great wisdom and tenderness. Unlike most pastors, Paul was not permitted to stay anywhere ... More >>>

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