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April 27, 2010

Negligence

I’ve neglected to keep my blog updated.

I’m going to try to update more frequently, but i make no guarantees. My time is consumed with many other things and I often forget to post some thing, any thing. But today I’m making time to post about some thing.

One thing that is new since my last post is that I’ve been booked to hold a gospel meeting for the brethren in Lock Haven, PA on September 17-19. I’m excited about the opportunity. It’s a small congregation in the middle of the state near-ish to Penn State University. Now, I need to come up with possible series to present and start preparing. Yes, I know it’s a long time away, but I remember growing up that Bruce Hall would always preach his series before ever presenting it at a gospel meeting. I think he would say that we were his guinea pigs. Sorry Gettysburg, you’ll be my guinea pigs.

Also, next weekend I’ll be speaking for the group in Albany again. Some of you may not know, but I spent last September working with this group. I have grown to love them and am excited to be with them again even if it is just for one Lord’s day. The reason I’ll be speaking is because several of us from the PA/NJ/NY area are going camping and hiking in the Adirondaks. Not to bore you guys with the details, but we’ll be staying with Tim Wells on Thurs and Sat night in Albany and camping out on Friday night and hiking Saturday. I’m super excited about the trip. It’ll be short, but edifying and fun.

This past week, I was able to attend a lectureship in Exton, PA with many of the preachers in the Northeast. We looked closely at some topics in 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus. I found the lectureshp to be very helpful. Especially, a lecture that Jeff Smelser (Scott’s brother) gave on gnosticism. His lecture went into some depth explaining gnosticism, something that I know very very little about. But as he was going through explaining gnosticism things especially from 1 Timothy were beginning to make a lot of sense. I’ve often wondered why some verses and phrases were included in the letter to Timothy, but I’m beginning to think it’s because he was helping Timothy refute the gnostics. The teenagers are starting a study on 1 Timothy this Friday night, so it will be interesting to go back and study the book wearing “gnostic goggles.”

It’s also gospel meeting time in this area, and it’s true that they may seem too far to drive for some of you in the South, but they are worth it. Last Friday, we drove about 1.5 hours to Marietta, PA for their gospel meeting. Again, another small group probably in the 30s or 40s and they were glad to see us. We took a lot of the teenagers over and many others from the Gettysburg group were there as well. The lesson was on making your faith your own. The fellow preaching (Brent _______ from California) showed an interesting progression of the maturation of faith starting with 1) Parents faith which leads to 2) Borrowed faith then to 3) Credal faith then to 4) Questioning faith ultimately leading to 5) Mature faith.

This coming Friday some of us will be driving down to Centreville, VA where Jim Jonas now preaches. The man preaching the meeting ,Tony Mauck, was the evangelist for a brief part of my time in Auburn. It will be good to see him again. Looking forward to seeing those brethren.

As you can tell, I’ve been or will be on the road a good bit over the next few weeks and especially this summer…I’d appreciate prayers on our behalf. Also, I’m thankful for the prayers that each of you offer up on my spiritual behalf. I know they help. I pray that is well with each one of you.

God bless,

Wes

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