It’s Been Wild and Crazy

The last couple weeks have been an absolute blur.

I need a scapegoat and I choose the weather. We’ve had some GORGEOUS days even hitting 85+ a couple days, and we’ve had some COOL days in the upper 40s low 50s. But I don’t think the weather is a good scapegoat. I’ll think I’ll just man-up and say I’ve been off the charts busy.

I’ve been busy with things for my pleasure: a day trip to NYC with a couple of teenagers that worship with me in Gettysburg, a friend came into town and we went on a hike, etc. etc.

But I’ve also been busy in spiritual matters as well. It seems that almost daily I’ll receive an e-mail, text or call about a tough Bible question. I LOVE it! I’ve heard from several old friends that I thought had zero interest in spiritual things, as well as some others I’ve studied or am studying with now.

One thing that I am trying to work on exceptionally hard at the moment is working with individual teenagers much better. My primary role here in Gettysburg is not the teens, but I feel I can be useful to this group. We’ve had our ups and downs over the past several weeks, but things took a huge step in the right direction last night praise to God for that! But we still have a long way to go to get to where we need to be. But with the help of God, parents and other individuals we can start making progress in this area.

As for things I’ve been teaching lately. In the Bible Fundamentals class on Sunday morning we’ve been looking at key prophecies in the Old Testament with the primary focus being on the Messianic psalms and prophecies. This past Sunday we looked at Psalm 22 and Isaiah 53, both chapters about the suffering of the Messiah, and it never gets old looking at those texts. I read Isaiah 53 and I feel like scum. Its impossible for me to read the text and not feel inadequate, but then I always get to verse 10 and am cheered me up, “it was the will of the LORD to crush Him; he has put him to grief”–ESV. What an amazing plan!

Sunday morning I taught a sermon on “Learning Fom Jesus’ Questions” in the book of Luke. Of course we didn’t look at every question Jesus ever asked, but we looked at some directed to his disciples and enemies. We specifically concentrated on Jesus’ teaching method. Often, even when He was speaking to a large audience he found a way to force individual audience members in a physical situation to teach a spiritual lesson. So we looked at the physical situation that Jesus question put them in and the spiritual lesson he taught. You can check out the PowerPoint slides here.

I’d be lying if I said everything was smooth sailing at the moment. The past week presented challenges that tested my patience, faith, endurance, wisdom, humility and other areas. These challenges come with the nature of the work, but I hope they don’t come around often! Things are moving in the right direction and fully trust that the decisions made will be for the benefit of many. I’m thankful to have seen progress in such a short time. I’m thankful for my brothers and sisters in Christ. May we always have the mind in us which was in Christ Jesus, “Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the intersts of others.”

God bless

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