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Sunday Morning June 18, 2017

Wayne Keely

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1 Corinthians 16:13 Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.

1 Timothy 3:4-5 One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; (5) (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)

What a Work Day!

We gathered together Saturday morning at 8:00 to 8:15 with donuts and coffee, juice and milk with around 35 people but by the time we began the work there were 45 people present! We teamed up and went to work: Some did plumbing where two toilets and a sink faucet were replaced, a water fountain removed and service lines repaired. Several ladies went to work in the kitchen {which had been painted Thursday and Friday in preparation for Saturday’s work day}. These ladies organized the cabinets and put the kitchen in order…what a job! Some of our ladies went to work on the flower arrangements and got them ready to be used again; other ladies went to work in the library, organizing and categorizing the books, films and reference items along with a massive sermon library.
A host of ladies, youth and men cleaned classrooms of ‘stuff’ and cleaned windows and rooms while others went to work all over the building paying attention to anything out of place. A group of men and youth cleaned out closets in the balcony and re-arranged the sound equipment area and eliminated lots of trash accumulation from over the years; others climbed into the attic to add microphones to the choir and the baptistery.
A group of about ten young men and boys {and an old codger} hauled trash. You cannot imagine how much trash has accumulated since our last clean out! A sixteen foot trailer and pickup truck were filled to overflowing with an amazing collection of ‘stuff’ that just had no place to go and no use left in it. The Tulsa Waste management pit received it from us, and we were glad to donate it!
The ceiling in the foyer was patched as was other places that needed touch up and little electric nuances here and there. A new shelf was added for the site and sound equipment in the fellowship hall. And the men’s restroom in the fellowship hall area was cleaned out, repaired and shelved to hold items that before were just crammed somewhere where it could not be seen.
Overall we put our backs to the work and it was a delight to see! What a great day of cleaning and repair! After pizza we gathered up our tools and kids and went home for an afternoon of relaxing that was well deserved.
The whole church will partake in the labor you preformed for the Lord…and we all thank you for your diligent care for God’s House!
Bro. Wayne

A Call to Claremore

We first came to Claremore in March of 1978. The weather was much like today. It was cold and dreary looking and the streets were left with the residue of the winter’s weather. After preaching the morning service we had no where to go so I took our family to the Park across from the College and Memorial on Lynn Riggs and let them nap while I prepared another message for the evening service. We stopped at the Wal-Mart store {where Locke Supply is now} and marveled at how dirty and unkempt the store was. I thought it was representative of the whole town…I didn’t like what I saw nor did I want to come….
That evening as I drove home to Waynoka, OK, a 200 mile trip, while Carolyn and the kids slept, I drove and prayed. It was during that trip home God gave me a love for Claremore. I knew I would be called here and I asked God to let me raise my family here…not knowing that our family would triple over the next years. Now, March is rolling around once more…thirty eight years later. I was 29 years old and the world was before me and God gave me Claremore to minister in. Those years have passed in Biblical terms like a ‘weaver’s shuttleJob 7:6My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle….’ Job was in despair, I am enraptured! We came here empty…moving into a rent house about a block away from where we live today. We had nothing but a U-Haul truck full of stuff and hearts full of love for God and His people. Today we have remained faithful to Him. Our lives have been lived in a fish bowl all these years with many an enemy looking to find fault and reason to accuse us. But God has sustained us!
We have built upon His call and leadership. He blessed us with family and friends! We have trusted Him and he has entrusted us with His work! What a joy to have been here in this little town giving our lives away and being sustained by His Mighty Power!
The work is not yet finished. The fire still ‘burns in my bonesJeremiah 20:9Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay.’ And I lift up my eyes to Him who knows and ask: ‘How long O Lord’ as did Isaiah {Isaiah 6:11}.
The years have come and gone…I once was young and full of ideas and now am old and full of years but one thing I know: My God sustains those whom He calls!
Bro. Wayne

We’ll Work Till Jesus Comes….We’ll Work Till Jesus Comes!

The work of the church continues to move on! From the worship and praise to our God {Sunday morning included a heavenly Harp with two angelic voices added} to take us into worship of our Lord! To the study of God’s Word in our Bible study time {we still call it Sunday school, not ‘small groups’} to the proclamation of God’s Word through the preaching services, yes, plural, as we actually have two complete services each Sunday! To an amazing film presentations defending the Biblical stand on Creation: {Kent Hovind} for our adults and youth while the children are learning ‘Hymnology’.
We are involved in a continual movement to bring Glory to God every day as the church facilities are open for use almost every day and are available to the Church family anytime it is needed.
What a joy to be involved with a people whose purpose is to fellowship together in worship to God and to proclaim His message of Salvation to our community here and to the world as we sponsor world missions as well as local mission endeavors with our tithes and offerings.
For you who are reading these words and have set yourself on the shelf of non use, I call upon you to become involved again! There are a multitude of things you can do to help. You can work with children in the nursery, be involved with older children and youth, become part of a Bible Study class where you can learn God’s Word and be a participant where your questions and ideas can create a better learning atmosphere in our Sunday school classes.
If you have a voice to sing, there is the choir you can express to your heart’s desire your personal praise or if you play musical instruments there is a place for you to pick up your instrument and share God’s gift with us!!
Your talent level really doesn’t matter as there are so many things you can do to serve the Lord…again from cleaning the widows in classrooms to selecting a classroom to paint, replace carpet, or just a thorough cleaning!
The Church Library is in need of a makeover with removal of non biblical books and old VCR tapes…Kitchen?! Did I mention the kitchen? Yep remodel, cleaning, restructure? What more can I say? If any of these touch your nerve of service, call the church office 918-342-6997 and tell Cindy what you would like to do and we will do our best to ‘plug you in’ so you too can be part of what God is doing at 2450 King Rd. and around the world.
For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.’
Hebrews 6:10

It is a joy to serve the Living God!
Bro. Wayne

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

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

Camp Celebration and Update on Remodel

We had a celebration of sorts last evening with our campers in charge. It was very moving to hear them sing together in harmony and simplicity…no piano, just voices harmonizing together. Then to hear their testimonies of what they learned, enjoyed and experienced was encouraging.
As Daniel took time to review the week in sermons, I realized how important it is to build upon one sermon after another: ‘For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:’ Isaiah 28:10 Each message he preached was preceded with principles and instruction from before and to follow…a seamless message of instruction from the Word of God and an amazing intertwining of Bible stories and characters emphasizing the truth of each point made. Truly the youth and children of this camp were ‘instructed in the ways of the Lord’ Acts 18:25. I took note that there was a harmony of interest in all the sponsors who truly cared for the campers and worked to minister to and with them. Even the meals were an amazing feat as the K.P. {kitchen police} worked their assignment before and after the meal to see that the kitchen and serving areas were kept clean and in order from one meal to the next.
Although we did not have a pianist most of the week, Tony did a great job of leading our campers in worship and praise. I so appreciate him and Charlie for their working with our kids….and now they have taken the responsibility of teaching the youth on Sunday evenings. They began this past Sunday evening and will have them as their charge for the foreseeable future. Thank you for serving the Lord!
And this brings me to all the sponsors and workers in this camp. It could not have happened without you! The success of this camp is undoubtedly the work of the Lord, but it was because each member of the team had ‘a mind to work’ Nehemiah 4:6 using their talents and walking in the Spirit as they went about doing what they were there for.
I hope these ‘kids’ will continue their walk with the Lord at home and the spirit they displayed at camp will be expressed at home. Thank you for allowing us to have them for a week…
As most of you noticed Sunday, the remodel is taking shape. Even the sound system was better?! Donnie Lester’s design and work with his helpers {special thanks to James Thompson} is coming together in a wonderful fashion. Our completion date is still not settled, but it looks like we are heading towards a September completion! Pray for Donnie and his laborers as they do the work on the house of the Lord. My prayer is that God will be honored in every facet of our work.
One last word: The LED sign you saw Sunday set up for our viewing is being considered and we will talk about it in our business meeting this Wednesday evening. If you have thoughts on this or any other part of the operation of our church….
Looking forward to seeing you Wednesday or sooner!
Bro. Wayne

Sunday Evening March 22, 2015

Wayne Keely

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Romans 6:8-18
Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.

Wednesday Evening December 17, 2014

Wayne Keely

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Galatians 6:6-10
Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things. Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.