I'm reading through David Jeremiah's devotional this year. I love his work! He is timely, biblical and has experienced the biting benefits of suffering in the Christian life as a cancer survivor. He's clear, concise and down to earth not like most of the smug preachers I've met.

As most of you know, I serve at a church with first time converts. We have very few centuries- old Christians from the south and it is refreshing to see the zeal and wonder of new believers who come to Christ from various religions.

However, some of our new friends bring on a lot of religious baggage that they get to drop as they come into a relationship with the living God. They get to worship God himself and not man. It is a real revelation and break through if you come from this background. I just read some timely words from David today that can really apply to our church:

"Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification." Romans 14:19

"One of the best ways to edify your church is to build up you pastor. Church members tend to expect perfection from their pastors, but they aren't likely to get it. They've got to realize that imperfect humans serving other imperfect humans in and imperfect environment. Along the way, they'll make blunders. Blessed are those pastors who have supportive, patient, encouraging members to build them up." - David Jeremiah

Wait there is more:
"Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves."
Romans 12:9-10

"The third century bishop and preacher, Dionysius of Alexandria, once wrote a letter describing the suffering that swept through his city when a plague struck. 'Most of our brethren should love and loyalty in not sparing themselves while helping one another,' he wrote, ' tending to the sick with no thought of danger and gladly departing this life with them after becoming infected with their disease. Many who nursed others to health died themselves... The best of our own brothers lost their lives in this way - some presbyters, deacons, and laymen."
Awesome! Might I add another verse David?

"Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends."
John 15:13

Mr Bilson