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Baby it’s Cold Outside!

I saw a copy of Al Gore’s book ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ which in reality is an inconvenient lie, on sale for $1.00 on Amazon.com…probably still costs too much as there is not enough fuel in it to burn! Yes, Global Warming has been renamed Climate Change, which is truly a good title for God’s weather scenario: Genesis 8:22 ‘While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.’ The weather is in constant change {okay not in Hawaii and some other special places}.
So, this statement is the reason for my article: We did meet for the morning services Sunday with 92 in Bible study and a few extra brave souls for worship. I dismissed the evening service and when the five o’clock hour arrived with the sun setting and ice everywhere, well, I felt very good about the decision. When I went out to care for my chickens this morning it was 2 degrees. Baby it’s cold outside! But the weather should moderate in the next couple of days.
It is about this time of the year that I begin to wonder if I can make it to spring! I think it has been the coldest winter for years and that has moved up my desire for the spring… That’s Oklahoma!
We met Saturday morning for all kinds of meetings: Men’s breakfast and devotional time, the ladies arrived and took down the Christmas decorations while others met considering the spiritual, physical and financial direction of Rehoboth. It was a busy day! Thanks to all who were involved in these important activities!
You will want to be in our business meeting Wednesday January 15. I will be sharing some very important things with you that will impact the future of our church.
Bro. Harold Atzbach is in the Hillcrest hospital in Tulsa this morning waiting his third back surgery in as many weeks. I spoke to him Monday morning and he still is waiting on a time for surgery. Please pray for him and his health; he has had a very difficult two years.
Just a thought for us all who know our Lord Jesus Christ: ‘For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.Jeremiah 29:11

I am glad God knows us and has plans for our life…bringing us to an expected end.
God IS good!
Bro. Wayne

Weather!

We have had two wild weather weekends in the past three weeks! I was pleasantly surprised both weeks as we had far better attendance than I had expected. It would appear that we are in for a long hard winter! I have already gone through three ricks of wood and we still have three months of winter left. Snow and ice are beautiful but hazardous to drive in {of course it’s always the other guy we are concerned about} but the truth is one slip can cost more than it’s worth to be in the weather. We have been very fortunate as the ice storm could have caused much more destruction….
NOW FOR MY PURPOSE IN WRITING THESE THOUGHTS:
A long time ago I set a standard for inclement weather for the church I pastor: If I can make it on any service, I will be here, unless otherwise stated. If I make it then Matthew 18:20 goes into effect: ‘For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.’
There is no reason people should be compelled to risk life or limb to attend the worship service, but the truth is MOST of us come and go as we please anyway, regardless of the road conditions. Churches all over Northeast Oklahoma dismiss services and there is no shame to anyone concerned about the driving conditions. As a matter of fact, the older I get, the more concerned I am concerning taking a fall!
Well, you get my position. For us here at Rehoboth Baptist Church, we will trust the Lord and be as faithful as possible without making anyone feel less spiritual because the Lord led them to stay in. You can count on one thing: If I can make it here and you come, we will worship Him together and if you don’t make it I promise not to call you a backslider! The attendance for the past three weeks has been astounding considering the hype concerning the weather, I appreciate you looking and listening then making your own decision on attending services. Personally I am glad Carolyn and I made it {and without incident}…it was such a blessing! The children’s program last week was fun as the children and youth together portrayed the birth of Christ and Sunday evening the Sanctuary Choir outdid themselves…a special thank you to all involved…Betty you are amazing! And Bro. Gary…you were a great narrator! Thanks Bro. James for your tenacity and coming through. Hope to see some of you Tuesday evening at 6:00 for the candle light service….Merry Christmas to you all…..
Bro. Wayne