by Marvin D. Patterson

The Heart of a Great Pastor
Marvin Patterson
1 Thessalonians 3:6-13

God looks over the millions of people and says 'Welcome to Heaven. I want the women to go with Saint Peter, and the men to form two lines. Make one line of the men that dominated their women on earth, and the other of men who were dominated by their women.'

There's much movement, but eventually the women are gone and there are two lines. The line of the men that were dominated is 100 miles long. The line of men that dominated women has only one man.

God gets angry and says, 'You men should be ashamed of yourselves. I created you in my image and you were all dominated by your mates. Look at the only one of my sons that stood up and made me proud. Learn from him!'

He turns to the man and says, 'Tell them, my son. How did you manage to be the only one on that line?'

The man says, 'I don't know, my wife told me to stand here.'


As we continue our study in this chapter, we see that Paul is celebrating the victory that he has seen in the lives of these believers at Thessalonica. He, along with Silas, and Timothy had planted this church on his second missionary tour. This church had survived the attacks of Satan, and the criticism of Paul by these Jews known as the Judaizers. They had claimed that Paul was a false prophet, but Paul bore his heart to them and they could not deny that he was indeed a man of God.

In this passage Paul continues to show that his heart was a heart full of love and compassion as he continues to instruct and challenge these believers to maintain the course in the midst of persecution!


1- The Love of Paul for the Believers

6 But now when Timotheus came from you unto us, and brought us good tidings of your faith and charity, and that ye have good remembrance of us always, desiring greatly to see us, as we also to see you:

Paul says that when he was left at Athens, he had sent Timothy to check up and see how the church ...

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