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Sunday Morning May 24, 2015

Wayne Keely

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Ecclesiastes 3:1-17  To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:  (2)  A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;  (3)  A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;  (4)  A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;  (5)  A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;  (6)  A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;  (7)  A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;  (8)  A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.  (9)  What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth?  (10)  I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.  (11)  He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.  (12)  I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life.  (13)  And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God.  (14)  I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him.  (15)  That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past.  (16)  And moreover I saw under the sun the place of judgment, that wickedness was there; and the place of righteousness, that iniquity was there.  (17)  I said in mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.

Oh Them Critters!

I went out to let my chickens out {which have quit laying eggs} and I counted at least four ears of corn that had been half or more eaten by coons. The wildlife on this creek is amazing. If it’s not the foxes, coons, skunks opossums or hawks trying to eat my chickens {I’ve lost around ten this year} it’s the deer, rabbits, groundhogs or coons that attack my garden! I’ve tried everything I’ve been told to try from human urine to hair to pie pans and noise makers. Nothing works. The peaches are gone and I get very little of my labors in the garden {even the squirrels are having a heyday…I never got one strawberry but I have seen the squirrels eating some! I’m not sure what the purpose in all this is, but thanks to some of you who bring your abundance of vegetables and share, I have plenty. So, I guess I will keep the wildlife in good health! I still like to watch it grow. This past Friday I set corner posts to put up a 2”x4” weldwire fence, maybe that will help.
Speaking of gardening, it is time to plant our fall garden. There is plenty of time to grow winter squash, turnips; even another crop of corn could make it if we get just a few inches of rain during the next 75 or so days. Hmmm. I wonder if the critters out here like winter squash?!
Yes, it is hot today. I am sitting at my desk with the fan running and still feel sweat trickling down my neck {I keep it 78 in here and tell myself that’s plenty warm for the winter!} oh, self deception is a hard thing, but it keeps the utility bills down! I counted up and if this is a typical year we should have only about 65 days before the weather breaks and cooler temps will be here. With just a glitch we might even have a cool day or two in August {which actually happens from time to time} and that will make summer even more tolerable!
Well, enough said about the weather and gardening. Life is good. God intended for us to enjoy our lives, and I am! Ecclesiastes 9:8-10 ‘Let thy garments be always white; and let thy head lack no ointment. Live joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest all the days of the life of thy vanity, which he hath given thee under the sun, all the days of thy vanity: for that is thy portion in this life, and in thy labour which thou takest under the sun. Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.’
And now you know the secret to life: Wear white! Anoint your head! Love your spouse without restraint! {knowing God is the one who makes it all possible} Labor in the sun! and whatever you enjoy doing, do it with all of your heart…keeping eternity in view…
Everything else will come out in the wash…Ecclesiastes 12:13&14‘Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.’
Bro. Wayne

Wednesday Evening December 18, 2013

Wayne Keely

“The Doctrine of a Vow”

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Ecclesiastes 5:1-7
Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be more ready to hear, than to give the sacrifice of fools: for they consider not that they do evil. Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few. For a dream cometh through the multitude of business; and a fool’s voice is known by multitude of words. When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed. Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay. Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sin; neither say thou before the angel, that it was an error: wherefore should God be angry at thy voice, and destroy the work of thine hands? For in the multitude of dreams and many words there are also divers vanities: but fear thou God.

How about this weather?!

          This weather change has been a welcome event!  Nice cool evenings and cold mornings are wonderful after the hot summer months.  The forecast for the day is a high of 55 and a chance of rain this evening.  Yep! Fall has arrived!  I am thankful the way God has designed the seasons for us: 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.’  Seedtime is the spring of the year when the winter is over and the earth warms to receive and germinate the seeds.  During that time there are typically light rains with warm days and cool nights allowing the seeds to come to life.  Harvest is the time when the grains are ready to reap.  The rains are basically over and the temperatures and soil conditions are such that we are able to reap and store the food that has grown to maturity.  Cold is the time of reflection and preparation for the next planting season.  For those who have prepared for the cold can enjoy the season of refreshing! Summer is a time of relaxing and the pursuit of life’s pleasures, so we take vacations and take day trips enjoying the fruits of our life.  Winter…well what can be said: It is a time of sitting around the fire hearing and being heard: Jeremiah speaks of a winter scene for us:  And it came to pass, that when Jehudi had read three or four leaves, he cut it with the penknife, and cast it into the fire that was on the hearth, until all the roll was consumed in the fire that was on the hearth.’ Jeremiah 36:23  I look forward to sitting around the fire with my Bible in hand and enjoying the warmth of the fire on a cold day. 

          Oh, yeah, Day and Night: Wow!  Did God know what He was doing?  Considering that He never slumbers or sleeps, {Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. Psalm 121:4} God knowing what is good for us gave us sweet slumber and sleep!  I don’t need scientific studies to tell me how important the night is!  After a full day of work and play, when the evening comes, God gives us sweet sleep: {It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep. Psalm 127:2} 

Yes, God knew what He was doing, but: ‘Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions.’ Ecclesiastes 7:29    

Now, if you are reading this and live in an area where the seasons are not well pronounced, you may not be living in God’s Country: You see Jerusalem is His own place and we are on the same plain as Jerusalem: called 30 parallel north.  Giving us the same basic weather as ‘God’s Country’. 

          Well, now you know! 

                    Bro. Wayne