*** Pastors, I love you! ***

The title of this blog may surprise you, but if you have a pastor, ask yourself this question honestly: “When is the last time that I expressed my appreciation and my brotherly love to my pastor?”

I know that all of you who read this blog do not necessarily have a pastor or a local church. I also know that some of you have been hurt, sometimes even by a pastor. Nevertheless, I want to encourage you to look beyond your past experiences and to ask God for all His grace to go forward.

Pastors are human like we are. They are Christians like any other Christian. They are saved by the same grace and are even prone to the same struggles, to the same doubts, to the sames fears as all other Christians. Didn’t the Apostle Paul write: ” … conflicts on the outside, fears within … ?”

Pastors are part of the body. Sometimes they are identified under the wrong name of “Pastoral body”, yet it is a myth to believe that they are so far apart! They simply have a special function in the body, with this divine call “take care of my flock.” Someone has said that being a pastor is the finest vocation and the most difficult occupation.

I remember I once read in a forum that the pastor should be “the church carpet on which you wipe your feet when arriving!” And whoever wrote this really meant it, alas …

Before I devoted myself full time to developing Top Chrétien, I was the pastor of several churches for a dozen years. My wife, Muriel, and I experienced the joys of birth but also the sadness of funerals. Some events will remain forever etched in my memory, as the death of Christopher or Malvina … As I write these lines, I still cry thinking about the pain of their relatives at their premature death.

I also remember those who left the faith and the guilt that invaded me at that time: “And if I had not been a good pastor …?”.

I remember some difficulties, divisions in the body of Christ, which unfortunately leave scars on the heart that are difficult to heal. However, I also cannot help but remember the wonderful moments, such as the conversion of an unsaved husband, the homecoming of a prodigal son, the baptisms in the Spirit, healings, deliverances, souls saved … What grace to be a pastor in moments like these!

So pastor, it’s true, you’re not perfect! And I’m not either! Besides, who would be? If such a person exists, I do not believe that his vocation is to be a pastor!

Pastor, I love you and I tell you: “Be courageous!”

Your friend,

Eric

*** Are you a blessing? ***

I received this testimony from a young Swiss woman via Facebook. It really encouraged me, especially the post script, and I wanted to share it with you because it illustrates what the Holy Spirit does behind the computer screens.

I am a 17 year-old Swiss student. I have known Top Chretien for quite some time, and I regularly read the Thoughts for the Day and the messages for leaders. I have also been watching the MonEglise.net programs for several months. I truly wanted to thank you. I have always loved worship and that’s what drew me to MonEglise.net. I have tremendous experiences, and every week I can hardly wait until the next broadcast.

I don’t always listen to the preaching, but when I do, I find the teachings to be of good quality and well-adapted. I truly believe that God can do great things through your work and the work of your team, regardless what certain people may say. The Internet is an excellent means of evangelism, but also simply a means of getting together, and I find that you make magnificent use of it! We also clearly see your passion for God, and that, that’s fantastic. :-D

I would sincerely like to encourage you to continue all the work that you do, in spite of the difficulties, and, especially, in keeping simplicity. That’s all, I don’t know if one day you will read this message, but I really wanted to encourage you and to thank you! Finally, and briefly, my goal was to particularly encourage you for MonEglise.net, even if the other things are also great!

PS I know that God loves watching you :-) and seeing the impact that this has on us, it’s fantastic. :-D

I didn’t know this young student, but when I shared this testimony with my Swiss friends, they told me that they knew her very well and that she had a very difficult health issue. I would also like us to pray for her and tell her how much we appreciate her whole heart for the Lord and her spirit of encouragement. Go ahead, young woman, God is going to move in your life, he is already doing it, because you are a blessing!

Why not imitate this young woman, and develop a spirit of encouragement by telling those who bless us how much we appreciate what they do for us? It’s good to be blessed, but it’s even better to be a blessing! There is more joy in giving than in receiving…