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Fall and Winter: Christmas is on its Way!

You can hear it in the rustle of the leaves. You can almost feel the stirring of the season…even without the usual cold and rainy days of fall, it is still here. The official date was September 23 this year so it has been a full month ago yet, the usual rains have not come with none predicted until later this week. I noticed in the bulletin Sunday that we only have eight practices left for the youth and children’s choir to prepare for their Christmas program…do you realize that Christmas is only 65 days away?! Time keeps moving on!
Our fall youth camp/retreat was a real treat for us all. I truly enjoyed being with our youth and sponsors, spending time with them in fun, games and instruction in God’s Word. Tulakogee Camp was really a good place to go and get away for a couple of days to reset our thinking. I cannot tell you how blessed I was to just sit and listen as they played musical instruments and sang songs about the Christian life and He who made it possible…Jesus! No doubt they blessed me more than they could know.
Sunday also saw the return of several families who went to a ‘Family Camp’ down in Texas. They took a full week and camped out in tents and campers to gather around God’s Word and fellowship with their families together. It is something I have always wanted to do; I just never organized one or took time to be involved in one. I truly wish I had. Welcome home campers!
We plan to begin Choir practice this coming Sunday evening after services. Bob Allen has agreed to work with you who are interested in preparing a Cantata for Christmas! It will be his first time for such a venture, although he has been involved in many choirs over the years. If you have an interest in being in our choir, it will start up after a six month hiatus {while the auditorium was under construction}. Please pray about your participation and plan to be there to make your voice heard {along with all others} who want to glorify God through song! Thank you Bro. Bob for being willing to accept this task to work with those interested.
One last thought before I get ready to meet my day… Faithfulness is so important in ever facet of life. No one wants a light switch that works only sometimes, no one wants a car that is not dependable…we all desire our children to be faithful in the deportment of the responsibilities we give them… Our Father in Heaven too desires us to be faithful to Him: ‘Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.’
1 Corinthians 4:1&2
And that is the bottom line. Lord, teach me to remain faithful… Bro. Wayne

The Conclusion is the Beginning

Our building project is quickly coming to a completion. If everything clicks and meshes together the next three weeks everything will be complete from the ceiling to the floor to the platform to the pews…It has been a long time coming, but has turned into a blessed venture. My thanks to Donnie Lester for leading us in this renewal and his patience with me as I suggested and changed some of the plans to make it a more functional beautiful place for us to serve our Lord!
Now, if it all works as we are planning our annual Labor Day Picnic comes at a perfect time! Now, our plan is to be out of the auditorium Sunday, September 6 as the pews will be removed to make way for the ceiling to be scraped and painted in preparation for carpet and new pews. It will take two weeks, but if our timing is right we will have Sunday September 13 with carpet installed but no pews…that will have us sitting in chairs that one Sunday as the new pews are scheduled to be installed the week of September 14. It will be absolutely wonderful to see it all finished!!
I cannot believe the summer is coming to a close, but I am always glad to see the fall; just sitting here with the window open and the attic fan bringing in 62 degree air! I know it will get hot again before fall officially arrives, but: School is back in and change is in the air once again…can you sense it? I think God made the seasons to remind us that life cycles are the same as nature. I look in the mirror and see that I have entered into my own {late} fall season. I have much to do around the house while there is still time before winter, things like cleaning out the chimney {where are my boys?} finalizing my wood supply for the winter months and building a fence that has been screaming at me for months… Likewise there are many things I want to do for Christ before my time of service is over. The completion of our Worship center is one of several things I am compelled to see through before I can consider a winter’s rest.
I have evaluated my time even as God admonishes us: Psalms 90:10-12The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away. Who knoweth the power of thine anger? even according to thy fear, so is thy wrath. So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.’
And I pray you will evaluate your time as well, adjust your thinking and begin today to make the most of the time God has given you to serve Him…
Looking forward to Sunday!
Bro. Wayne

Wednesday Evening May 27, 2015

Wayne Keely

“God is not Finished with Israel Yet”

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Romans 11:1-21  I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.  (2)  God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel, saying,  (3)  Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life.  (4)  But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal.  (5)  Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.  (6)  And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.  (7)  What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded  (8)  (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day.  (9)  And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompence unto them:  (10)  Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, and bow down their back alway.  (11)  I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy.  (12)  Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness?  (13)  For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office:  (14)  If by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might save some of them.  (15)  For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?  (16)  For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches.  (17)  And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree;  (18)  Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee.  (19)  Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed in.  (20)  Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear:  (21)  For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee.

Wednesday Evening May 20, 2015

Wayne Keely

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Romans 11:1-11  I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.  (2)  God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel, saying,  (3)  Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life.  (4)  But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal.  (5)  Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.  (6)  And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.  (7)  What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded  (8)  (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day.  (9)  And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompence unto them:  (10)  Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, and bow down their back alway.  (11)  I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy.

Saturday Workday and Fall Fellowship

This coming Saturday at 8:00 a.m. is our annual workday around the church buildings; included this year is our Car Clinic where our men will check your tires, fluids and general maintenance issues before the winter arrives. There are all sorts of little things around our Church Home {and some major ones as well} that need our attention; maybe you could see something here you can do and bring the appropriate tools to fix it:
Several toilets are leaking water; The parking lot needs to be ‘dressed up’; Some general yard work; Replacing about nine inside doors and trim; General painting touchup around the buildings inside and out; Cleaning out the attic and eliminating years of storage of items no longer needed; Classroom windows washed; Fan lights dusted and on and on. I hope you will come this Saturday and involve yourself in the work and then around 11:00 we will celebrate the season with all kinds of food, fun and fellowship. There will be a sort of contest for pumpkin food and desserts and of course bags of candy for the children as well as hayrides around the place. Then somewhere around 1:00 p.m. we will do a final cleanup and go home….after we ‘FALL BACK’ for time change Sunday. It should be a great time for everyone. I hope you will come; if for nothing else than to have a cup of coffee, hot chocolate or tea and visit while others are at work. It is designed for fellowship work and fun: Come join in~
It is a delight to share our lives with one another when there is no crisis or catastrophe in the air. And though the days ahead seem full of trouble, no one knows the future but God…..and He is in control. Our Lord Jesus Christ put it best: ‘Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.’ Matthew 6:31-34
And that is the bottom line
Bro. Wayne

Fall and the Future

                 Today marks the first day of fall that is to arrive this evening around 9:30 and it felt like it this morning! I know the cold weather is coming; this is God’s way of reminding us that the seasons pass and we are on to another aspect of His glorious creation. I am glad I am alive to see it! Wasn’t Sunday’s services special?! I truly enjoyed the time with the Bowman’s as they shared their ministry and calling with us. It seems that you too enjoyed it as the evening attendance was amazing! Over 120 of us were here to hear Roger and Karen share their lives and ministry in Saltillio, Mexico. We gave them a love offering of over $900.00 which was a tribute of your love for God’s people and missions. Thank you for supporting our mission efforts!! A special thank you to Alan and Janice Kirkley for having them in their home and feeding them lunch; the Bowman’s said it was great {I knew it would be} and the Kirkley’s were able to share time with them. Thanks Kirkley’s!

              This next Sunday I will be in Springer, Oklahoma preaching for John Wylie at Springer Baptist Church and then Monday September 29 I will preach in their Pastor’s Conference in Ardmore. I am looking forward to time with John and preaching to the Preachers! I have asked Bro. Chester Webster to fill the pulpit Sunday morning and Daniel Keely Sunday evening. I know they will bring a message from God.

            Also our son Benjamin and his wife Christina will be here this weekend to stay with us a couple of weeks of vacation from Hawaii as they come to start the adoption process of little Grace, our twenty – third grandchild! I can hardly wait to see them and her! Grammy is pretty excited too!

              No doubt God is at work in and through us here. Don’t become weary in well doing….in due time we will reap; if we faint not! Galatians 6:9 Our building plans are continuing as we are waiting on soil samples for our foundation and the finalizing of the structural engineer’s plans. Russ Shipley should begin work on the driveway this week…please pray about your part in the financing of this great project for God.

             ‘Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.’ Hebrews 13:20&21

                                                                                Bro. Wayne

The Beauty of Life in its Seasons

Fall is finally here and well received! These days of cool weather give hope for a break from summer and a picture of things to come! Fall has to be my favorite time of the year because all the failures of my gardening and landscaping talents are now of no importance as the beauty of fall takes our eyes from the ground to the sky! The leaves are withering and will soon be showing color and the pecans will be opening for a fall harvest! Yes, I can now stop thinking of weeding and tilling and sowing and begin to think of the beauty of fall!
You know seasons are here for a purpose: Genesis 8:22While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.’ God put this in His Word for the purpose of reminding us that He is in control of the weather and if the weather then the world and if the world…. our lives!
Our Lord Jesus rebuked the religious leaders of His day for understanding the signs of weather and seasonal changes but for not knowing the signs of the times…
Matthew 16:1-3 ‘The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired him that he would show them a sign from heaven. He answered and said unto them, ‘When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red. And in the morning, It will be foul weather today: for the sky is red and lowering. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?’ From this I can discern that God is in control of the weather and the times in which I live! The seasons declare our very lives! As babes we are in the spring of life…as we mature into young adults until around forty to fifty we are in the summer or fruitful days of our lives where we are making supply for the latter times of our lives; then we pass into the fall whereby we begin to live on the harvest of our summer days and begin to live on the fruit of our labor. Winter is coming when it is darker and colder and no way to produce anymore fruit; but must live on past accomplishments. Very few can continue on past seventy in their life of production… some can; most cannot!
It is important for us to know where we are in living our life as God has given us seasons to accomplish certain things. I think I now fully understand what Jesus meant when He said to His disciples: John 9:4I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.
There is a morning, noon and evening of our lives as well. There is much work God intends for us to accomplish before the time passes away: Ephesians 2:10For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
It is a good time to re – evaluate your life and set priorities that only you can set.
We are exhorted in Isaiah 55:6Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:It is time to do that!
And that is the bottom line.
See you soon….Bro. Wayne