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The Light of the World is Jesus

You know summer has begun when graduation ceremonies are finished {Saturday evening we celebrated the achievements of our students that have graduated} and Camps begin {twenty two of our adults and youth left this morning at 7:15 for Falls Creek} and the banner is posted in the front lawn announcing Vacation Bible School {it is there}.  Yes, summertime activities have begun…

A week ago we celebrated Memorial Day with a picnic and last evening while listening to Bro. Daniel share his mission trip with Nora and little Esther to Kobe, Japan , we shared in another hot dog and sandwich supper…we sure know how to eat around this place!  What an interesting trip they shared with pictures of places most of us will never see in person but became familiar as we relate them to the lost ness of a whole people group.  Japan remains the least evangelized nation where the Gospel has been preached!  It was obvious last evening that Daniel brought home a burden for them and made it known to us!  Pray with us that God would use their efforts to reach those souls that would carry on the message that was shared with them.

It was a joy for me to share the message Sunday morning of Jesus Christ the Great High Priest!  What a Savior!  My favorite verse in the text was Hebrews 7:25Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.’  This is truth!  God sent His Only Begotten Son that WHOSOEVER would believe in Him would not perish, but have everlasting life.

I could not help but think how simple the message of Salvation is as Daniel was sharing the pictures of countless people standing in line waiting to ring the bell to wake their god so they could make petition to a false deity!  Yet there in our Text Sunday morning is the answer to all their needs: ‘But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.’ Philippians 4:19&20 And what is amazing is that He stands ready for whosoever to call upon Him in their time of need! ‘Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.’ Hebrews 4:16

Yes, we serve a Mighty God that sent His Son to save the whole world: ‘And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.’ I John 2:2  The amazing part is that we carry this message in our hearts and lives!  Why won’t you share the Love of God with those around you …and make the difference in someone’s life today?

Bro. Wayne

 

 

Thoughts of Summer

For years I have marked the beginning of summer as Memorial Day right along with most of the country.  But today I want to take a moment to remember….

My first year of school began September of 1954 the Tuesday after Labor Day.  All schools started after Labor Day in those days and ended the second week of May.  I just remember that I started to school in the heat and ended hot as we had no air conditioners or fans…just any breeze that would come through the windows.  My first through fourth grade years were spent at Yukon.  Every thing was simple and straight forward…to me anyway!  My mom and dad fought the battles for me.  The school wanted urine samples brought to school in a clean pop bottle…I didn’t even know why.. and it was to be left in the cloak room.  Then came the small pox vaccination {mine didn’t take} and then they wanted us to take the polio vaccination; a drop of something on a sugar cube.  Mom said no! As she was fearful of the paper that declared a certain amount of those taking it would contract polio…a dreaded disease of that day.  I remember the days changing from extreme heat to extreme cold from October through February.  There were few weather reports in those days, the skies were watched and mom would say I should take a coat because ‘it looked like a cold front was coming in’ and she was usually right!

Lunch at school was amazing as I had to sit in class and smell fresh bread cooking and the excitement of recess after lunch.  One of my favorite times was when it was cold I would go on the south side of the building and sit in the sun, out of the cold air and watch the clouds roll overhead.

When the summer time arrived and I would take off my shoes before I went to class {remember I was only six to nine years old} I did not realize my teacher thought we could not afford shoes and boy! Did my parents deal with me….School…those days are gone, sixty three years ago since.  The simplicity of life with all decisions made by someone else…hmmm?  Wonder if I truly enjoyed them as much as I should have?

School ends in the next few days for most of our children; then the wonder of summer begins!  Vacation Bible School, camp, days of playing and wonder.

I wonder if heaven will be any better than that.  I think so… and those days are in view!

Have a fruitful happy summer and remember the admonition from Jeremiah 8:20 ‘The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.’ Spend time seeking the Lord while He may be found.

Bro. Wayne

Summer Begins!

Our annual Memorial Day picnic was a great time! The weather was perfect with cloudy skies and just the slightest breeze.    We served over 130 hamburgers and 100 hot dogs {with less than ten left of each} and I have never seen the variety of desserts in my life, along with deviled eggs, salads, and all sorts of specialties as well as watermelon!  The kids played, the adults visited and the youth gathered together and played volleyball {oh! to be young again!}  It was just a wonderful time of sharing our lives.  The last of the party left at around 4:00 p.m. and I locked up the buildings with everything pretty well cleaned up and returned to normal.  Our thanks to everyone who helped make our picnic a great time!  And we Praise the Lord for a spirit of unity and harmony!

Monday was a welcome time to rest and reflect on the blessings of being a free country.  With as many challenges that face us and perverted leadership trying to destroy our morality, we are still a free people thanks to our God and His protective care and the men and women who gave their lives to preserve our ideals and freedom!

Today is our Monday of a short week.  There is much to cram into these next days and we are up to the task.  Take time to read God’s Word today and spend some time listening to Him {through meditating upon His Word}; it pays dividends all day long!

We will be in Philippians 1 Wednesday evening; I hope you will take time mid week to spend some time with us looking at the riches of God’s Word for your life.

Summer doesn’t officially begin until June 21 but for us it is here!  Our children are out of school, our minds are on the late afternoon and evenings when we have what seems to be extra time to just slow down and enjoy life.  Summer officially ends September 21, but all of us know that it ends much quicker than that…90 days maximum for the summer months…what will you do with these days?  I hope you will remember those things that matter most and give attention to them:

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

And it will change your life!

Bro. Wayne

Whatever Happened to Summer?

The year was 1955, it was just before sunrise, I went outside to play under the Chinese Elm tree my dad had planted for a shade in our front yard. No one else in the house was awake so I decided that playing under the elm tree was just what I should do. The roots were close to the top of the ground so that with a spoon out of mom’s kitchen would work like a miniature shovel to make tunnels and roads for my cars. Television wasn’t popular yet and even if it was, the test pattern was on until 7:00 a.m. so I just spent the morning by myself having a good time. I took twigs and placed them over the holes and then piled a little dirt on top of the twigs and drove my cars over and under the roads I had built. Dad wasn’t upset over the holes or bridges, he and mom raised kids not grass. The time seems far removed today….indeed it is. Today children are kept in because it is too hot outside {is it really hotter now than then?} boy, can I remember laying on the bed in front of a window screen with sweat crawling down my face and neck and then feeling that wonderful breeze cool the sweat! Whoo! boy! what a rush! No I don’t think it is any hotter today, we just can’t take it like we did back then. Well, back to that morning. I stayed outside until the sun was baking me and went inside to watch mom make breakfast. I remember laying on the floor and looking under the Serville refrigerator we had. That pilot light was always lit and then when the fire would come on under the refrigerator I couldn’t believe my eyes! That heat would somehow make the inside of the refrigerator cold! I knew right then I would never understand things like that. Later that morning Lynn, my brother (five years older) and I would go outside with our kites we had made from sticks, newspaper and homemade paste made by adding water to flour. They didn’t fly too good, but it beat nothing all to pieces! I don’t remember all of that particular day’s activities, but a typical day would find us down at Blackie’s {a wooded area that was occupied by a man who rode an old sorrel horse whom everyone called Blackie} where we would shoot our BB Guns and play cowboy and Indian. We had an old Mulberry tree down there where we would climb up into and eat mulberries until the juice ran off of our elbows and onto our stomachs. Someone told us the berries were full of worms, but that didn’t bother us any, they were too good to worry about. The Core kids would sometimes join with us, but that wasn’t necessary.
The Trawick’s lived just two doors down from us. Mr. Trawick drove a truck for a living, and when it was watermelon season, he always had extra melons he would give to the neighborhood kids…..man were they good! I can remember coming home and mom hosing us down before she would let us come in. I don’t believe anyone knew how to get any dirtier and enjoy it any more. Lots of summer days found us across the street on an empty lot playing baseball. Someone would bring a bat, another would bring a ball, and a few lucky ones had a mitt. There were some fights alright, but lots of fun. We didn’t change our clocks back then to get an extra hour in the evening, we just ignored the sun. When the sun went down we gathered to play Blackman where we would have two bases and one person in the middle. We would run back and forth until everyone was tackled and hit on the back…One Two Three…Blackman then it would be down to the toughest kid on the block. He couldn’t continue to make it, then all of us little guys would get to hit him on the back three times! Man that was great! Kick the can was another fun game for the evening where we would play a game of enhanced hide and seek. I really don’t know what time mom and dad made us come in, and I do mean made us come in. I didn’t want the day to end, but every day does eventually come to an end……
These days are much different than those. I am thankful I was born and raised in those simple times. They cannot be recaptured, but should stand as some sort of template for raising children.
Bro. Wayne

In the Heat of Summer

I am writing this at 5:15 a.m. Monday morning. KRMG radio weather said it is 74 degrees outside and they expect a high of 95 with strong winds today. That ought to dry things out some so many of us can finally mow our pastures that were previously yards. Our farmers have begun the process of laying up hay for the coming winter…and the cycle of life continues. Summer arrived yesterday {on the calendar} and sure feels like it this morning. I did some mental gymnastics Saturday and came to the conclusion that we have around eighty days before the weather break that usually occurs around September tenth. Come on September!
June has long been our month for VBS and this June was no different! I am always amazed at the effort and joy that comes with VBS. This year we saw 21 adults and 18 youth numbered with the sixty plus children that were here each day. High energy, excited, wound up, loud and hungry children filled our buildings along with the sound of construction going on in the auditorium. The sounds of life in the buildings always excite me and fill my heart with joy that we are still part of God’s plan. I so appreciate all of you who participated in the planning, giving, serving and praying for our effort in reaching children for Christ. Your participation made the difference in their lives this past week. Thank you Jeanie Ross for heading it all up, making it one of the best ever! And Carolyn, I can’t get that theme song out of my head! You can see the statistics on the back side of this newsletter.
Camp is next on the schedule. We are planning a time beginning Sunday evening July 12 and ending Friday Morning July 17 for our children and youth who have finished fifth grade through senior high. We will spend the week right here in our facilities with Bible classes and preaching emphasized with singing and all kind of fun, food, games, swimming and fellowship! We are in the midst of planning a great camp with Daniel Keely preaching, Tony Atzbach leading our singing {Tony was our first Music minister here at Rehoboth} and his wife Charlie leading the cooking in the kitchen and both helping as sponsors. Of course I will have my part in the process with an eye to Spiritual renewal and Salvation as our goal for all who attend. I hope you will participate with us in prayer, help and by coming if you are the proper age group. {We would delight in some of our previous graduates coming along side as sponsors}.
Pray for our nation as the Supreme Court of the United States rules on God’s Word on marriage. I would hate to be in their place as they consider changing what God has established from time immemorial and fear for our nation as judgment is held in sway…
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

Oh for the cool of summer

It was the first week of August, 2008, six years ago that my brother Buck called with tickets for me to fly to Alaska to meet with him and his two sons to fish for a week at Jim’s Cabin Lake near Juno, AL. I had not even thought of a trip like that much less checked into the costs involved. But baby brother Buck had made all the arrangements with his sons Josh and Clint and well…. Soon I was on the way to Alaska! It was extremely hot here and I arrived to temps in the 60’s. The pictures remind me of the great time we had as we loaded the four of us with all supplies and bedding on a sea plane and pilot who took us from Juno to Jim’s Cabin Lake. It took seven circles around the island lake before he could get low enough to land and when he did, we jumped off the pontoons onto shore and unloaded all of our ‘stuff’! What a time those next seven days were! Anytime I wanted to fish, there was the water {less than fifty feet from the cabin} and with no effort would catch how many fish I wanted to eat…We ate fish every day! Grilled, fried, smoked…What a great time and what a reprieve from the summer heat. To this day I do not know what it cost, I am not sure I even asked, but knowing Buck, he was as happy to have me along as I was to be with them; cost meaning nothing. Hey Buck! Thanks again for a trip of a lifetime!
I guess it was the cool air this morning that took my mind back to that hot summer day I enjoyed cool temperatures. It was gorgeous this morning to open the windows {July 28, 2014} and feel the air with just a tad of chill in it!
I am now at the Church office and am dressed for physical activity for the day. Much to do, but before I can take off, I have to clear off my desk {somewhat} you know what they say about a cluttered desk and genius} and then the weekly treck to the bank and other Monday morning tasks. Anyway, the day is in full swing, Carolyn has four grandchildren at home and I have the peace and repose of the office for a short while….isn’t God good?!
See you soon,
Bro. Wayne

Construction, Construction, Construction!

          Vacation Bible School is over for another year. All of the planning, praying and working came to fruition and was manifested Sunday evening as we watched our children singing and praising Jesus through song and crafts! What a job all of you did to bring such joy and happiness to our kids! Thank you to each and every youth and adult that gave of your time, talent and labor to make this year’s VBS a roaring success! I was blessed!
I am certain that anyone who drives by can see the construction on King Road. The temporary driveway will be in place this week and by next Sunday we will be using this alternate drive to enter our property. I am not sure how it will all work but I keep telling myself it will be temporary. Construction is supposed to be completed by September this year. I will believe it when I see it!
At the same time work on the plot plan and the architectural drawings for our own building project are progressing. The drawings should be ready to present to our building contractor and then off to the City of Claremore for their approval. Our building fund is also growing. We are presently moving toward a start of construction as we expand our auditorium for additional seating. Although many of us are giving, it is time to pray and seek the Lord for your part of this project. We will all have to sacrifice to build ‘debt free’ as we have declared we will do!
You will see the preliminary plans and a visual of where we are and where we are going in the foyer near the front door. The project is needed and is quite attainable if we will all have an open heart to accomplish this work for our God. ‘So built we the wall; and all the wall was joined together unto the half thereof: for the people had a mind to work.’ Nehemiah 4:6 It is a matter of believing that the work is truly of God and then giving your heart and efforts to accomplish this great work. God’s blessing will be upon those of us who sacrifice financially and physically as He directs us.
I hope you will pray and give as God leads….it will then be done and God will receive the glory!
Summer is in full swing; just a few weeks of time until it will be gone. Don’t waste these precious days God has given us.
Bro. Wayne