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Vacation is Over!

Our vacation ended Sunday evening as we made our way back home ending our nearly two thousand mile jaunt. We began two weeks ago by traveling to Pine Bluff where we attended a Baptist church for the Sunday evening service. The pastor preached from Daniel 5 where he exhorted us to focus on serving the Lord where we are. {He made a very interesting observation as he pointed out that every time that Daniel was needed, they had to go find him} He didn’t run with the in crowd that was hanging out.  We drove the next day to Biloxi, MI staying two nights in a Bed and Breakfast home where we shared our faith and God’s blessings in our life.

We enjoyed a trip to the beach and outstanding sea food!  Monday night while we experienced an earthquake that was recorded as an 2.8 magnitude.  It was pretty exhilarating!  Then Wednesday we drove on to Pensacola, FL to the community of Milton and stayed with Buck and Sue, Family, what a blessing to a long trip!  We relaxed and refreshed {what a great hot tub!} and they took us out to the beach and fed us more sea food {their home cooking was far better than restaurant cooking!}.  We enjoyed every minute of our time with them!  Then we drove almost straight north to Joey and Adrian’s place in Morris, just north of Birmingham, AL where we stayed through Monday morning.

We were excited to get to worship with them in their home church, a Missionary Baptist church, but I was greatly disappointed that their pastor was on vacation!  I know so was I, but I wanted to hear him!  The young man who filled the pulpit was full of excitement and thrust, but just didn’t hit the mark….I was so disappointed, but understand that once I too was young, excited, untrained…but still, I wanted to, well, you know….

We headed home Monday stopping in Fayetteville, AR to have supper with Carolyn’s older brother, Perry. We had a great desire to see Tara Ross, to be some comfort to her in her great loss of her brother Sawyer.

I worked around the home place Tuesday {and had coffee with the guys at the church} then Wednesday evening we visited a large Broken Arrow Baptist church hoping for a Bible Study and were greatly disappointed that the preacher ‘takes off’ during the summer months and they have only auxiliary meetings…no place of general gathering of the church to hear God’s Word preached!

After Sawyer’s funeral Friday in Chelsea, we left for OKC to see Carolyn’s brother Paul and family and then on to Duncan to see my sister Helen and husband Gary who graciously allowed us to stay with them to make the drive to Springer, OK and the Springer Missionary Baptist Church where John Wiley allowed me to fill his pulpit {I just know there were people there who thought the same as I did at Morris…who is this guy?!} I appreciate the invitation to get to proclaim the Word in other places.

Now Monday morning we are home ready to get back to the task at hand….thank you for the time off!

Bro. Wayne

 

Home again, Thank God We’re Home again!

It was a much needed two weeks… A total of six messages not prepared for or preached; fourteen days of getting up when we wanted and going to bed when we were tired.  Time for visiting with family and friends and going places never been…doing things I never dreamed of.  Our trip to Mountain View, Arkansas was the highlight of our time off and specifically Friday was the best as we sauntered around town not knowing anyone and no one knowing us.  We spent a leisurely breakfast in a downtown café having a meal and digesting want ads in a small town newspaper then just going from shop to shop ‘checking out’ things we didn’t need or want to buy, but handling and holding whatever met our fancy!

We came upon a bed and breakfast inn where a group of musicians were playing gospel and folk music, pulled up a park bench and listened for over an hour {I even preached to the gathered crowd for about eight or ten minutes}.  We walked around the town square and thought that life should be like this!  We attended a Baptist Church there: Foothills Baptist Church and sat in a Sunday school class and heard a message from God’s Word.  Yes, our trip to Mountain View was pretty amazing along with the trip to Blanchard Springs and the mammoth cave there!

We fished {caught some and ate them} played and traveled by motorcycle to Grove and back…Witnessed to some and avoided others.  To top it all, Friday evening our newest grandchild was born and we went to see her Saturday morning: Esther Charity Keely, our 27th grandchild!

Sunday morning October 2, we drifted down the road and ended up listening to Adrian Rogers preach on ‘The Love of God’ during the Sunday school hour {the church we stopped at had a mixed class with a lady teaching so we moseyed on down the road} but later drove into Trinity Baptist Church, Wellston, OK and heard a fine message in a wonderful church.  We kind of sneaked in and just enjoyed the singing and preaching…what a great worship experience!

While we were gone we listened online to all the messages preached here: Terry Siemens; who engineered the time off for us and took the responsibility of asking these to preach in my absence: Daniel Keely, Tim James, Donny Lester and David Alessi.

Thank you all for taking care of my responsibilities while we were gone.  Most of all my thanks to Todd and Cindy for caring for those things that hardly anyone knows about, but are critical to the ongoing ministry of Rehoboth.

We are home and glad to be ‘back in the saddle again’

Bro. Wayne

A New Tabernacle

Last Wednesday evening the church voted to build a pavilion or tabernacle for special services, fellowships, Vacation Bible School use and a multitude of other outside events.  It will be used by families of the church for any family or class fellowships.  The cost should be just under $10,000.00 and I believe in it enough that Carolyn and I began the special fund Sunday with a gift of $1,000.00 to begin the process.  It is my hope that everyone in the church will catch the vision and participate in the giving so we can have it built before Memorial Day weekend or at least by VBS.  It will be a wonderful addition for those afternoons and evenings when we can ‘go outside’ to have a time of fellowship and even have outside services occasionally.  No other funds will be used for this project so if you give to this fund please mark your envelope or check for ‘The Tabernacle Fund’ so we can get started as soon as possible!

Other business included moving on with our project of putting concrete on phases 2-4 of the parking lot, finishing the front of the building.  That project should be started soon.

Carolyn and I plan a few days off for some relaxation.  We plan to do some fishing {rain or shine, and it looks like rain} and close in travel.  We hope to just have some ‘down time’ to relax for the week.  Bro. Terry Siemens will fill the pulpit Wednesday evening and Dr. L.M. Woodson the pastor who licensed me to preach in 1972, will fill the pulpit Sunday morning and my Grandson, Justin Ross will preach Sunday evening.  I believe that all three will seek the Lord for a special message for our church while I am gone and will bless the ongoing work of the Lord through Rehoboth.

Spring is here with its rain and storms preparing the fields and gardens, trees and shrubs, and leaks in the roof?! Yes, the roofers begin the work today on the buildings.  A much needed roof should be completed in the next week or so.  It should change the looks of our buildings and secure the roof for at least another twenty years.

Yes, it should be a fine building for anyone if the Lord should return soon, if not, we will enjoy it! And so I continue to ‘watch’   Jesus said: ‘Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.Matthew 24:42

And that is what I am looking for! ‘Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;Titus 2:13

Bro. Wayne

 

Sunday Morning January 31, 2016

Wayne Keely

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John 2:1-25  And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there:  (2)  And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage.  (3)  And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine.  (4)  Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come.  (5)  His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.  (6)  And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece.  (7)  Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim.  (8)  And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it.  (9)  When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom,  (10)  And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now.  (11)  This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.  (12)  After this he went down to Capernaum, he, and his mother, and his brethren, and his disciples: and they continued there not many days.  (13)  And the Jews’ passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem,  (14)  And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting:  (15)  And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables;  (16)  And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise.  (17)  And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up.  (18)  Then answered the Jews and said unto him, What sign shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things?  (19)  Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.  (20)  Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days?  (21)  But he spake of the temple of his body.  (22)  When therefore he was risen from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this unto them; and they believed the scripture, and the word which Jesus had said.  (23)  Now when he was in Jerusalem at the passover, in the feast day, many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did.  (24)  But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men,  (25)  And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man.

Vacation and Back to Work

So many of you asked about our time off and it is impossible to summarize a week of doing nothing, yet isn’t that what ‘vacation’ is all about? We did make a trip to Branson, MO and Eureka Springs, AR and made it home by Monday evening. After that we basically did normal things for most. We worked around the place and fished, actually going for a boat ride on Claremore Lake in our new rubber boat with an electric motor. It was fun.
We checked on the building a couple of times after hours and are amazed at the work done! I so appreciate all of you who made the removal of the pews look like such a simple thing! I received a picture text at 8:05 Sunday evening and the pews were gone and the carpet was being taken up! You made it look so simple!
I was told that Bro. Chester Webster once again did an amazing job filling the pulpit for me…thank you Bro. Chester, I knew you would. We are blessed by your ministry to us!
Tomorrow {Tuesday} the carpet layers will begin to install the new carpet and by Thursday we should be ready for the pews. We will meet in the fellowship hall again Wednesday evening for service. But by Sunday morning we should be moved back into our newly remodeled sanctuary! New carpet, new pews, a new organ, ceiling fans and all!
My apologies to you who came not knowing we were meeting outside this past Sunday morning for worship. I heard years ago that you have to tell us Baptists seven times to be heard, and sure enough we didn’t promote it enough for all to know! The service was really good and the breeze made it very nice and thanks to James Thompson and crew the sound worked pretty good {with the only exception of a 1970’s tape for special music} Our thanks to Bro. Todd and all who set up equipment, tables, chairs and those who cooked, served, cleaned and basically made our time together a blessed event! What a way to come home from vacation. Thank you for our time off, it was greatly needed and made me appreciate how great of a church we have as I watched it continue without my oversight {sometimes a preacher feels that he is the only one….a sure sign of the need of vacation} and you showed that God has truly blessed our work here.
I look forward to seeing you this coming week…
Bro. Wayne

What a Time!

This past week was a very taxing, busy time for the Keely household. We had guests in our home beginning Saturday the 18th through Saturday the 25th due to Daniel’s revival effort and my brother coming for a visit. We enjoyed every minute of our time together, including the time we spent in worship and revival services. Of course, it only seemed right that if I went to see the Keely families in Hawaii, and attended revival services six times that Buck ought to have to do the same when he came to see me! He preached twice and I preached three times while he was here. Along with that we made a trip to Duncan, OK where our sister and brother and their families live; staying overnight to see them. Every day was packed with places to go, things to do and people to see. Not much of a vacation for anyone! But it was good to spend some time with Buck.
While in Duncan we went to see my older brother Lynn. He was a heavy smoker since he was in the ninth grade and it has taken its toll on him. He can no longer walk, even around his house…on oxygen 24/7 and can only breathe when he is in a semi sitting-laying position. His life is coming to an end, obvious to all. Buck exhorted him to get his life in order with Christ and be ready to meet God. I just sat in silence and prayed…Lynn is 71….his passing is so similar to my mother’s it breaks my heart.
Sunday morning we got up and the house was ours again. No visitors or guests, just us. There is a lot to be said in favor of ‘empty nesters’….it’s not empty, just quiet!
Todd has taken hold of his responsibilities as our administrator and outreach/inreach director. I have watched him take hold of the job and take responsibility in a wonderful way. I appreciate the relief he has given me, especially in the time I had to spend in the office. His presence and handling of things that come almost daily has given me great relief and time to study that I have not had since Daniel went to New Beginnings Baptist Church. Thank you Todd… keep up the good work.
Vacation Bible School is just around the corner, I hope you who are able will be involved in this great attempt to reach those children who will not hear the Gospel if we do not reach them. If you would like to know how you can help, {we especially need people who would be willing to pick up and return home children who need rides} call the church office 918-342-6997 and we will put you to work! Thanks Jeanie for heading up VBS!
May God continue to bless our work together! Bro. Wayne

The Good Ole Summertime

There was no doubt the past couple of weeks that summer vacation is coming to a close. Many of our families were absent on vacation and we missed you! Well, as you read this Carolyn and I plan to take off just a couple of days ourselves. After a month of trying to keep up with some of our grandchildren as their first attenders {I know it’s misspelled, but it’s the best word I can come up with…you don’t actually do anything, you just kind of ‘tend them!} We feel like we need a little time to tend ourselves…. So off we go on a motorcycle trip down in southeast Oklahoma! I have only been there a few times over the years and Carolyn has never been. The Talimena Drive http://www.talimenascenicdrive.com/interpretive-guide/the-drive/ will be part of our trip. With no reservations anywhere we plan to go until we’re ready to stop and then do just that: stop. When we get up Tuesday morning we will do it all over again and plan to arrive back Wednesday before noon.
We are supposed to meet with the architect and structural engineer Thursday for the final approval on our planned expansion of the auditorium and then it will be off to the City of Claremore for permits etc. and we will be ready to begin our expansion. If you haven’t yet considered your part in the financial provision, it is time to. There is no doubt that we will be quite able to complete this project if every one of us will do our part: Nehemiah 4:6 ‘So built we the wall; and all the wall was joined together unto the half thereof: for the people had a mind to work.’ The key factor in every work for God is commitment to the task.
As summer comes to a close, we all look forward to our annual Labor Day Picnic. This year Labor Day is actually on Monday September 1~ meaning that our picnic will be Sunday August 31 just three weeks away!! It is our way of recognizing that the summer months have slipped away and the time for preparations for the winter time is short. I am reminded at this time of the year the Lamentation of Jeremiah:
Jeremiah 8:14-22 ‘Why do we sit still? assemble yourselves, and let us enter into the defenced cities, and let us be silent there: for the LORD our God hath put us to silence, and given us water of gall to drink, because we have sinned against the LORD. We looked for peace, but no good came; and for a time of health, and behold trouble! The snorting of his horses was heard from Dan: the whole land trembled at the sound of the neighing of his strong ones; for they are come, and have devoured the land, and all that is in it; the city, and those that dwell therein. For, behold, I will send serpents, cockatrices, among you, which will not be charmed, and they shall bite you, saith the LORD. When I would comfort myself against sorrow, my heart is faint in me. Behold the voice of the cry of the daughter of my people because of them that dwell in a far country: Is not the LORD in Zion? is not her king in her? Why have they provoked me to anger with their graven images, and with strange vanities? The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved. For the hurt of the daughter of my people am I hurt; I am black; astonishment hath taken hold on me. Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there? why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered?’
It is time to set our hearts upon our God.
Bro. Wayne

A Wonderful Time of Vacation

Yes, it was a wonderful time of vacation!  Carolyn and I spent the first week around Claremore working and doing things that we just don’t have time for when in full scale ministry;  fence building, cleaning the creek area and repairing the home place.  We visited Daniel our first Wednesday evening off and were blessed.  We took off last Sunday morning and visited First Baptist, Luther, OK and Quail Springs Baptist in OKC.  Sunday evening we attended Vandenament Ave. Baptist Church and First Baptist Church, Yukon {where I was saved in 1957} We also went to the house where I lived there in Yukon as a child. Monday through Wednesday we stayed in OKC and rested.

On Wednesday evening we attended the Canadian Valley Baptist Church in Mustang, OK and went on to spend a couple of days with my sister and brother in law.  Yes.  It was a great time off!

I read this during my time off and wanted you to see this quote by Dr. Erwin Lutzer, senior pastor of Moody Church in Chicago.  It will be worth your  time to look this up and read it: https://us-mg205.mail.yahoo.com/neo/launch?.partner=sbc&.rand=cupdot39bv85v#mail

I was amazed at how much this guy agrees with what I have been saying the past few years.  I was blessed to see that others recognize the state the church is in!  If you are unable to open up this I will have a few copies at the church Wednesday evening for you to read.

Vacation time is here.  I hope every one of us will have time to spend vacating their mundane responsibilities for a short time this summer; but until then and when you return remember to fulfill your place of labor and responsibility ‘occupying’ until Jesus comes!  Luke 19:13And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.’

I do believe that Jesus is coming soon and I intend to ‘Occupy’ till He comes!

I will be back in the pulpit Wednesday evening.  Hope to see you then.

Bro. Wayne

Recoup and Rest

Carolyn and I plan to take off a couple of weeks to recoup and rest.  It has been a long hard run these past few months.   She is truly doing better and we are enjoying our life and work here at Rehoboth Baptist Church.  It is and has been the center of our thoughts, labor, prayers and love.  You who make up the church are as dear to us as our very own life.  Yet I find myself thinking of slowing down enough to enjoy a longer lingering at the coffee in my mornings and a more leisurely afternoon, and of course, I have always had an affinity with the chickens: When it begins to get dark, I want to go to the roost… I guess that proves that I am getting older.  So for the next two weeks I plan to do those very things: Linger at the morning coffee time {with my Bible of course} work hard for the remainder of the afternoon at yard, garden, fishing or whatever I choose and then to shut down early evening and enjoy the evening.  I have some definite projects to complete, some BIG fish to catch and some family to visit.

In my absence I have asked Bro. Webster to take a Wednesday service and Sunday May 4 both services and Bro. Castleberry will fill the pulpit next Wednesday and Sunday May 11 both services.  You who heard them during our revival services know that they will do a wonderful job preaching the Word.  Thank you men for filling in for me!

Someone asked me if the Men’s breakfast will still be on and the meetings scheduled will still be held….well of course!  I am just the pastor…the work goes on with or without my presence.  Bro. Gary Jones will lead out in the cooking department with those of you who are so faithful in helping and the Deacons, Trustees and Finance committees will function just fine without my presence!  So, men, make plans to be in  your place and be part of the continuing ministry of Rehoboth Baptist Church!  I will be back where I belong {God Willing} Wednesday evening May 14 and you will see my smiling {somewhat sun burnt} face then.

I love you and thank God for this believing, Praying Church.

God is answering our prayers and I give all glory to Him…

Bro. Wayne

Expanding the Sanctuary

          This past Wednesday during our regular business meeting we unanimously approved the motion by our Trustees to expand the auditorium by fourteen feet on each side.  This will allow us to increase our seating by approximately 150 people for a total seating of around 400.  You that have been in attendance know that we need the space!   The estimated cost of the entire project is $150.00 per square foot for 1,680 sq. ft. totaling around $255,000.  We plan to build debt free.  In order to do this we will need everyone to give above your regular tithes to the building fund.  If you want to be part of this process, please note on your check or offering envelope that portion of your gift is for the new building. 

          Donnie Lester has agreed to be our Contractor and MODA Architectural firm will do the professional work that the City of Claremore and State of Oklahoma requires.  Our time frame is approximately three months to begin construction.  It will take this long to prepare the architectural drawings for all the various construction phases and then to get them approved by the City of Claremore.  Also to raise the money needed to begin. 

          We have set, as our goal to begin construction, one – half of the expected cost or around $130,000.00.  It is an obtainable goal if we will all make it our priority!  Please pray with me and watch the Lord bring about His Will and purpose for Rehoboth Baptist Church. 

          Resurrection Sunday was a glorious time for us all! Bro. James and the Choir preformed ‘Jesus Messiah’ for us bringing the age old message of the Gospel in song. 

Thank you choir for your hard work of preparing this gift for us, it was obvious that you enjoyed singing as much as we did hearing this wonderful presentation. 

           May is just around the corner and school is coming to a close.  No doubt that means for us that Vacation Bible School is at hand.  June 9-13 will be upon us before you know it, but Jeanie Ross and crew will be up to the task!  If you can help this year please call the church office or Jeanie and let us know…

          The Lord is Risen; He is Risen indeed!

                              Bro. Wayne