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Sunday Morning August 27, 2017

Wayne Keely

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Hebrews 11:1-7  Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.  (2)  For by it the elders obtained a good report.  (3)  Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.  (4)  By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.  (5)  By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.  (6)  But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.  (7)  By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.

 

The Conflict Enjoined

This came from Jim Sadler my friend and fellow servant:
How strange is the course that a Christian must steer,
How perplexed is the path he must tread;
The hope of his happiness rises from fear,
And his life he receives from the dead,
His fairest pretensions must wholly be waived
and his best resolutions be crossed;
nor can he expect to be perfectly saved
till he finds himself utterly lost.
When all this is done and his heart is assured
of the total remission of sins,
When his pardon is signed and his peace is secured
From that moment his conflict begins.
And so I begin a new week thinking of the opportunities of serving the Lord that I have missed because of misconceived notions of the perplexities of the Christian life. The idea of being saved is neither an easy consideration or is it a simple ‘say this little prayer with me’ event. Being saved is best understood as one drowning, going down for the last time and grasping one last time before being lost forever! Suddenly you realize that you have been saved! You are not going to die and the one who saved you merits your soul’s best praise!!
Yet to the typical ‘Christian’ today there is no praise to the one who saved them. It is if there is hardly any acknowledgment of the cost paid to save you. There is a disconnect in a person’s life when they believe that being saved means that they ‘aren’t going to Hell’ and that sums up their hope and responsibly. The thought that we are no longer our own, that we ‘have been bought with a price’ and we are to ‘glorify God in our spirit and our bodiesI Corinthians 6:20 is not even a consideration. We somehow act as if we are our own and that we choose when, where, and how we will ‘serve the Lord’ which is clearly not teaching from the Word of God.
So, one ‘gets saved’, ‘gets baptized’ and then ‘gets to go to Heaven’….No thought of what God demands of those whom He calls, Sanctifies, and ‘…Predestinate to be conformed to the image of His son… that he might be the first born among many brethren….’ Romans 8:29 what then, may I ask, separates the Church from the rest of society? Is it that we who have this ‘free ticket to Heaven’ have won some sort of Spiritual Lottery that allows us free entrance into the presence of God Almighty and His Angels to dwell with them throughout eternity, or is it in reality: ‘the total remission of sins,
When his pardon is signed and his peace is secured
From that moment his conflict begins?’
Are you involved in this eternal conflict for the souls of mankind, or are you satisfied with a cottage below, a little silver and a little gold…
For me…Lead me on to the fight Lord Jesus! I am Yours Lord everything I am and everything I’m not, Try me now and see if I’m not completely yours!!!
Come join in with me till Jesus comes! Bro. Wayne

Wednesday Evening April 15, 2015

Wayne Keely

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Romans 8:18-25  For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.  (19)  For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.  (20)  For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,  (21)  Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.  (22)  For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.  (23)  And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.  (24)  For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?  (25)  But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.

Wednesday Evening February 18, 2015

Wayne Keely

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Romans 4:23-5:11
Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification. Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.

Sunday Morning November 23, 2014

Wayne Keely

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Isaiah 3:16-4:6
Moreover the LORD saith, Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with stretched forth necks and wanton eyes, walking and mincing as they go, and making a tinkling with their feet: Therefore the Lord will smite with a scab the crown of the head of the daughters of Zion, and the LORD will discover their secret parts. In that day the Lord will take away the bravery of their tinkling ornaments about their feet, and their cauls, and their round tires like the moon, The chains, and the bracelets, and the mufflers, The bonnets, and the ornaments of the legs, and the headbands, and the tablets, and the earrings, The rings, and nose jewels, The changeable suits of apparel, and the mantles, and the wimples, and the crisping pins, The glasses, and the fine linen, and the hoods, and the vails. And it shall come to pass, that instead of sweet smell there shall be stink; and instead of a girdle a rent; and instead of well set hair baldness; and instead of a stomacher a girding of sackcloth; and burning instead of beauty. Thy men shall fall by the sword, and thy mighty in the war. And her gates shall lament and mourn; and she being desolate shall sit upon the ground. And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel: only let us be called by thy name, to take away our reproach. In that day shall the branch of the LORD be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely for them that are escaped of Israel. And it shall come to pass, that he that is left in Zion, and he that remaineth in Jerusalem, shall be called holy, even every one that is written among the living in Jerusalem: When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning. And the LORD will create upon every dwelling place of mount Zion, and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night: for upon all the glory shall be a defence. And there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the daytime from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a covert from storm and from rain.

Sunday Morning November 9, 2014

Wayne Keely

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Luke 23:50-24:11
And, behold, there was a man named Joseph, a counsellor; and he was a good man, and a just: (The same had not consented to the counsel and deed of them;) he was of Arimathaea, a city of the Jews: who also himself waited for the kingdom of God. This man went unto Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. And he took it down, and wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a sepulchre that was hewn in stone, wherein never man before was laid. And that day was the preparation, and the sabbath drew on. And the women also, which came with him from Galilee, followed after, and beheld the sepulchre, and how his body was laid. And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day according to the commandment. Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them. And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus. And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments: And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again. And they remembered his words, And returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest. It was Mary Magdalene, and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and other women that were with them, which told these things unto the apostles. And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not.