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Oh Them Bones

This morning Bro. Dave Kelley, who we support in his evangelistic endeavors will be in St. Francis Hospital for a knee replacement. He has had a very difficult time with it for several years and has been told that it is bone on bone and the only hope for ‘normal’ walking will be a knee replacement….hence the trip today. We will be praying for his recovery which should take around six weeks.
We live in an amazing day! I well remember ‘old folks’ who had to walk with canes, crutches or were relegated to a wheel chair when all that was wrong was the pain in their knees was so severe they couldn’t walk. As I think of it, I don’t know of anyone who regularly uses canes now…I am sure they do, I just don’t know them personally.
My dad was injured in WWII and was let out of the service in February 1943 because of a knee injury. It could not be repaired and in 1953 the Veteran’s hospital in Oklahoma City took out his knee and put a metal rod in its place making his right knee permanently stiff, with no bending ever again. He was 32 years old. In those days they called him a ‘cripple’. One of the strongest, most agile men I ever knew and the world called him a cripple…He wasn’t but it took its toll on him and he died at the age of 51. Thank God for modern day miracles that enables our senior adults to continue their life without the continual pain and crippling effects of knee problems!
What a blessing to see Jacob Marks make his profession of Faith public. His mom and dad were the ones to lead him to Jesus, and we rejoice with them. I will meet with their family this week and hope to baptize him soon. I woke up this morning with a great way to baptize without our baptistery since we are in construction. We will see….
This coming Sunday is our annual Memorial Day Picnic. The weatherman last night called for rain {a whole week’s forecast} but we have plans however the weather comes. Please come dressed casual, but modestly as we ‘dress down’ for some time of Singing, Preaching, Food, Fun and Fellowship this next Sunday morning! We will close out the day after the afternoon activities.
What a joy to see Brooke Ross back with Michael and their boys, Easton and Miles. Brooke was almost taken from us in a fatal accident involving a drunk driver. We rejoice in their returning to health and the fellowship of Rehoboth.
There is so much running through my mind this morning, I guess that explains the babbling…Let us rejoice in another day our Lord has given us: ‘This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.’ Psalm 118:24
I watched this video on ‘texting’ and was so taken by it I wanted to share with you: http://biggeekdad.com/2015/05/dont-text-and-drive/ It speaks volumes!
Bro. Wayne

What a Fellowship!

I begin this article at 4:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon with the sounds of children and youth everywhere; playing the piano, visiting and working getting ready for the dinner and still others just enjoying their time together. What a wonderful event we will share in just a few minutes! I have tasted some of the fare and WoW! What a wonderful variety of tastes! There are 120 seats around tables for adults and youth and thirty or more for children. I don’t know how many to expect, but it will be a full house I am sure.
Bro. Dave Kelley preached a fine message Sunday morning on Jonathan and his armor bearer from I Samuel 14. The impact of the message was making a decision and carrying through with it without vacillating. Too many of us today are in a place of indecision; waiting when we should be pressing on. Once God has led you to a place of decision, it is incumbent to act upon the results of that decision. Jonathan was set to go to war whatever the response of the enemy. We too need to be ready to march on the Lord’s orders regardless of the decision of the enemy! What words of encouragement to me!
I will finish this in the morning after the dinner and will tell you how it went…..
Well, here I am back at the computer Monday morning six a.m. It is funny how one can eat so much and yet wake up hungry! I told myself this morning that feeling hungry is good. That is, I need to feel hungry so my tummy can shrink. After such a meal, well no more indecision! It is time to cut back on the calories!! We had every chair filled and hunted more seating. The volume and quality of food declares the condition of the fellowship…Excellent!
Our handbell choirs both played with skill and spirit. The Allen and Barnett families presented us with the Word in Song through a cappella music. What a wonderful sound when human voices blend together making music! Then Dave Kelley shared God’s provision for his life over the years and how God has taken care of his every need. Todd Isom shared God’s moving in his life these past months and how His watch care over Todd has brought him to a new appreciation of how God works in our lives.
I got to just enjoy it all with such amazing joy to see God at work in our lives.
Merry Christmas and may His Joy bring you to a place of decision to serve Him.
Bro. Wayne