Exclusive for BNc, by John Henson, minister, Grand Blanc, Mich., church

RUSH SPRINGS, Okla. (BNc) — “The Preachers Files Lectureship was an unqualified success,” said Tim Hester, of Mississippi, one of 18 speakers participating in the annual gathering.

Conducted at the Rush Springs church July 9-11, the lectureship theme was “Seeking First the Kingdom.”

Speakers from across the United States, India and Tanzania enjoyed lectures and the finest southwestern cuisine during the three-day event.

Joe May, of Arkansas, initiated the lectures, with the lesson, “Seeking First the Kingdom After We Fall.”

Considered by many the best lesson during the three-day event, David Hersey of the Granby, Mo., church discussed, “Seeking First the Kingdom While Living in Wicked Times.”

Speaker for the Sunday service was Dick Sztanyo, of Pelham, Ala., who discussed “Modern Day Idolatry.”

The Rush Springs congregation hosted its first lectureship, but one of the elders said so much interest had been focused on the weekend lectures the church would want to host another lecture.

The lectures were directed by Lee Parish, an administrator of preachersfiles.com and Bibletruthforums.com. Parish is a member of the congregation.

Speakers included some Rush Springs area preachers, but many came from out-of-state to attend, including speakers from Michigan, Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, Missouri and other states.

The website, which can be found at www.preachersfiles.com was created and continues to be administered by G.E. Watkins, a preaching brother from Austin, Tex. Watkins said the website had grown nearly exponentially since its inception in 2001.

The website offers sermon outlines, weblogs, Christian articles and a forum for Bible studies. Recordings of the lessons have been posted online at the website.

Photo: George and Joy Jensen of Tanzania attended the lectures. Photo by John Henson.