Archive for June, 2010

June 10, 2010

Bible Forum

The annual Bible Forum is here! Joe Works (who’s terrific) will be presenting lessons from the book of Revelation this coming Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I don’t think I can utter enough of my appreciation for

Joe. He is one of those guys that you feel like you’ve known forever even though you’ve only met him a few times. He has done a great work with the group in Fairlawn, NJ and I’m excited that he’ll be teaching us this weekend.

The Bible Forum is a big deal for a lot of us here in Gettysburg. It’s a good opportunity to invite our friends and neighbors to hear the Bible taught, but the weekend in general is a good opportunity to spend time with one another.

The weeknd of the Bible Forum apparently is reknown among the VA, DC, NJ, NY and PA areas. We have about 50 young people coming for the weekend from various states and towns. The secular festivities begin Friday night after the lesson. All those interested will go to the Smelers where there will be a bonfire and singing. Then we’ll get up early on Saturday morning and have breakfast at the Bishops house. Then we’ll go back to the Smelsers for volleyball, cookout etc. Then back to the building for another lesson on Saturday evening.

Needless to say, I’m already tired thinking about all the activities for weekend, but it’s all good it’ll be an encouraging weekend.

So in preparation for the Bible Forum, Don Morrison and myself went and handed out flyers in his neighborhood. I’d say we had some success. We had a really good conversation with one gentleman and he said he’d try to be there–and I’m confident he will be because–we were inviting some others in the neighborhood

and a little girl said, “I’m probably going to it.” Well, turns out her father is the one who said he was going to try to make it. So they had already talked about it as a family, so we hope to see them.

Also, we had met a Jehovah’s Witness and had offered to study with him, and we got a call yesterday saying

he’d be willing to study. So I’m thankful for that opportunity.

I need to hit the road, but thought I should update some time this week. I hope all is well wherever you may be.

God bless,

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June 1, 2010

Back at It

Hello June! You sure came around fast this year.

In the past couple weeks, I have been gently reprimanded about my blog. Dad wants me to post more about my teachings. And a couple of my friends in Alabama want me to post more often. Well, this my attempt to please.

This past month I preached on a few different topics. While in Albany, NY I preached on “The Things of God.” The point of the sermon was to think of the eternal consequences of sin, grace, Christian walk, and the Christian’s rest. And then at Gettysburg, I preached on “Teaching Through Song.” How we are to teach in signing and then looked at several songs in our songbook and showed from what passages or ideas in the Bible certain phrases originated. Also, I preached on “Courage.” We looked at several Old Testament examples of people who had courage in order to give us courage. And then this past Sunday I preached on “Loving Your Enemies.” We started out by looking at the fact that if God had not loved His enemies we would still be lost from Romans 5:6-10. And then we turned to practically think about how we can love our enemies from Luke 6 and Romans 12. I’m not sure what I’m preaching on this week.

June starts a new quarter for our class curriculum here in Gettysburg, and I’ll be teaching 2 different classes. One class is with the high schoolers and we will be studying themes from Proverbs. I’ve never taught Proverbs so this ought to be interesting. I’m thankful that Scott had previous material for this class, because I would not be able to write any good material at this point on Proverbs. The other class is with the upper elementary or middle schoolers and we will be learning how to pray, meditate and study. I’m extremely excited about this class! My goal is to enstill in them at a young age how to do these things and to love and practice them.

Also, June has started off pretty well in setting up 2 new studies. Scott and myself studied with a young lady today who has been worshipping with us the past 2 Sundays. She has come with some great questions and we are excited in being able to study with her. And then on Thursday I’ll drive down to Baltimore with another Scott to study with a relative of several of the members here in Gettysburg. So I ask that you pray for these studies and the ones that are ongoing.

I had a great trip to Alabama this past weekend. Enjoyed seeing my family even if was just for a short time. I also enjoyed seeing one of my best friends marry a good Christian, and getting to spend time with my close friends in Alabama. I never get to spend as much time with friends or family as I would like, but I’m thankful for any of the time I do get.

Hope all is well. God bless,

Wes