Waiting on Jesus

1 Thessalonians 2:1-12

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Biblical Leadership: Separating the Wheat from the Chaff

1 You know, brothers, that our visit to you was not a failure.  2 We had previously suffered and been insulted in Philippi, as you know, but with the help of our God we dared to tell you his gospel in spite of strong opposition.  3 For the appeal we make does not spring from error or impure motives, nor are we trying to trick you.  4 On the contrary, we speak as men approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please men but God, who tests our hearts.  5 You know we never used flattery, nor did we put on a mask to cover up greed—God is our witness.  6 We were not looking for praise from men, not from you or anyone else.  As apostles of Christ we could have been a burden to you,  7 but we were gentle among you, like a mother caring for her little children.  8 We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us.  9 Surely you remember, brothers, our toil and hardship; we worked night and day in order not to be a burden to anyone while we preached the gospel of God to you. 10 You are witnesses, and so is God, of how holy, righteous and blameless we were among you who believed.  11 For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children,  12 encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.

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