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God’s Grace

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“Grace, Grace, God’s Grace.” Those words bring such comfort to our heart; they remind us of the hope that dwells so richly in our lives. The reason we find such hope in the Grace of God is because outside of His grace we would be doomed to eternal damnation. So many times man has tried to be right with God through religion, good works, large charitable gifts, but all have dismally failed when compared to the righteousness of God. No good deed can erase the blight of sin that has stained our lives, nor can money purchase a pure life to be presented to God on judgement day. We have all together been declared sinners as we stand in the presence of our thrice holy God. All of us have come short of the glory of His perfection, yet the requirement for entrance into his presence is to be holy as He is. This is the dilemma of humanity and the reason we love to sing of the grace of God. Only the unmerited favor of God pays for our sin and gives us the righteousness that we need to stand faultless before the throne. God gave us His only begotten Son that we might have the holiness of God imputed to our lives. In other words, because God so loved us He paid our sin debt and covered us with the perfection of His Son so that we could be right with Him. Friend, that is amazing grace!! I hope are living in that grace today.   

 

Pastor,

Rev. Wayne Marcus


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Mother’s Day 2018

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I found this article that I had saved years ago. The author is unknown, but I think it has a great message for all the mothers who teach so much to their kids without even knowing it.

 

When You Thought I Wasn’t Looking

When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you hang my first painting on the refrigerator,
and I immediately wanted to paint another one.
 
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you feed the birds in winter,
and I learned that it was good to be kind to animals.
 
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you make my favorite cake for me,
and I learned that the little things can be the special things in life.
 
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I heard you say a prayer,
and I knew that there is a God I could always talk to, and I learned to trust in Him.
 
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you make a meal and take it to a friend who was sick,
and I learned that we all have to help take care of each other.
 
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you take care of our house and everyone in it,
and I learned we have to take care of what we are given.
 
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw how you handled your responsibilities,
even when you didn’t feel good, and I learned that I would have to be responsible when I grow up.
 
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you hold the door open for others
and heard ‘thank you’ and ‘you’re welcome’, and I learned respect for others.
 
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw tears come from your eyes,
and I learned that sometimes things hurt, but it’s all right to cry. 
 
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw that you cared,
and I wanted to be everything that I could be.
 
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I learned most of life’s lessons that I need
to know to be a good and productive person when I grow up.
 

When you thought I wasn’t looking, I looked at you and wanted to say,

‘Thanks for all the things I saw when you thought I wasn’t looking.’

 

Pastor, 

Rev. Wayne Marcus


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Dangers of Deception

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Years ago, Tammy and I were in Salt Lake City for the Southern Baptist Convention. We were coming out of a restaurant where we had just eaten when a man who looked to be homeless and hungry approached us wanting some money for food. Being thoroughly filled with food from the meal and spiritual blessing from the preaching that we had been enjoying, I felt really compelled to help this man. I asked him for a commitment that he would go into the restaurant and use the money to eat, to which he promised he would. So I pulled out the money and gave it to him, and he walked into the restaurant. I felt really good about my decision and walked away. Just as I turned the corner, I had this feeling of deception that hit me. I immediately turned back to the restaurant to see the man running down the road toward the liquor store. I had been duked, deceived, and tricked into giving someone money for food which was used for the one thing I would have never purchased for him: alcohol. The truth is that I was deceived, but the man that deceived me had a greater deception ruling his life.
 

Have you ever been deceived, led to believe or feel something that is false? It makes me feel so used and foolish when I am duked. The Devil is the master of deception and has a lot of people deceived into thinking that the way they are living and the hopes that they have for the future are secure when in fact they are not. That is the reason the Apostle Paul says be not deceived(Galatians 6:7). He knows that Satan is working really hard to deceive people with a false hope. Satan is not just trying to get a meal or money out of you; He is after your soul and your testimony. Be certain that your hope is in Jesus Christ and Him alone and that there are fruits that manifest the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit of God in your life.     

 

Pastor,
Rev. Wayne Marcus

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Hypocrisy

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There he stood, in the midst of the Golden Corral restaurant, with Thousand Island dressing dripping from his hair, over his glasses, down his face, all over his jacket, pants, & shoes. And I’m not talking about a little bit of Thousand Island dressing; I’m talking about 2 gallons of it!
 
What had happened was that a waitress carrying a 2-gallon container of Thousand Island dressing for the salad bar had paused for just a second while coming through the swinging doors of the kitchen, & the doors had caught her & knocked her forward, launching 2 gallons of dressing all over this guy.
 
Well, he went ballistic! He started shouting & cursing at her. “You’re so stupid! I can’t believe you could do such a stupid, stupid thing. This is a brand new suit & it cost me $300.” His wife chimed in, “Yeah, you’ve ruined my husband’s $300 suit, & it’s the first time he’s had a chance to wear it.” He screamed, “I want to see the manager!”
 
Thoroughly shaken, she went to get the manager, & the manager came out. Now picture this – here’s a guy with 2 gallons of Thousand Island dressing dripping from him, & the manager asks, “Is there a problem?”
 
The guy replies, “Is there a problem? She’s ruined my $300 suit. It’s brand new, & I want a new suit!” The manager says, “We’ll be glad to get your suit cleaned. Accidents do happen, & we’re really sorry about this.”
 
“No! No!” he said. “I don’t want my suit cleaned. I want a brand new suit, and I demand a check for $300 right here and now.” Well, to avoid a bigger scene, the manger goes back into his office, writes out a check for $300 & brings it to him. And justice is served.
 
Tragically, this supposed true story happened at noon on a Sunday. Now, why would is someone be wearing a brand new suit on Sunday? You guessed it! He was a prominent member of his church and had just left a place where the people meeting proclaimed that they believe in love, forgiveness and treating others as they would have them treat them. Yet, when the dressing hit the suit, all of what he said he believed went out the window over a $300 suit.
 
That is why the world doesn’t believe the message of the church: HYPOCRISY. 

 

Pastor,

Rev. Wayne Marcus

 


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The King Will Return

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And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way. And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest. And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this? And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee (Matt 21:8-11, KJV).
 
When Jesus came into Jerusalem on what is known as Palm Sunday, there was a great multitude gathered to bear witness of His triumphant entrance. His fame had spread abroad, and the people came looking for the entry a King with all of the glories that a King is entitled to. They were surprised when He came in meek and lowly ridding on a small donkey. He came as no other King had ever come. He came to give and not take, and He came to conquer through love and sacrifice. His victory would include a cross, death, and forgiveness. The people who witnessed His unusual arrival marveled and asked, “who is this man?”
 
Remember, when Jesus comes back the next time it will not be on a lowly colt or to a courtroom, nor be in judgement of mankind. The next time He comes, it will be on a White Horse and on His head will be a crown. The next time He will be the Judge, and He will come as the victorious conqueror who has defeated every foe. He will be coming to rule and reign and all will quake at His glorious presence. Friend, I hope you have known Him as your King, and if not so, call on Him before it is too late.
 
Pastor, 
Rev. Wayne Marcus

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How Great His Love

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As we approach Resurrection Sunday, I am reminded of how loved and blessed we are. When I consider the cost of my sin and the great pain, shame, and ridicule that was suffered by my Lord so that a worm like me could be saved it is truly amazing. I would like to be able to give you a good reason that God gave His only begotten Son, but all I can say is He choose to love us and His perfect Son was the payment that was required to appease or pay the debt of our sin. Jesus was the sinless Lamb of God that had to be offered on an alter shaped like a cross. There He died the cruel death of a sinner so that we the real sinners could live as a true son of God.
 
After Jesus died he defeated death, hell and the grave through the power of the resurrection as the first fruits of righteousness so that when we die, through His righteousness we also can be raised again in His righteousness. When I accepted Christ I received His perfect standing before God the Father and am promised eternal life. All of humanity will be resurrected; those who have never accepted Christ will be resurrected to damnation. Those who have repented of their sin and accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior will be resurrected to life everlasting (that is me). Friend I hope that you understand the love God has for you, and that you are determined to live your life sold out and all in for our great God. He is worthy of your total devotion and worship.

 

Pastor,

Rev. Wayne Marcus  


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The Gospel Is Everything

Admit. Believe. Confess. You probably are familiar with the ABC’s of the gospel. The ABC’s have helped lead many to the saving faith in Jesus Christ throughout the years. However, far too often, we allow ourselves to lose focus of the gospel in our lives as we move on to bigger and better doctrines and issues with life. Tim Keller once wrote, “The gospel is not just the A-B-C’s but the A-Z of Christianity. The gospel is not just the minimum required doctrine necessary to enter the kingdom, but the way we make progress in the kingdom.”
 
The gospel is everything. Let us never lose focus on the cross. Let us never forget our Risen Savior. Let us live in the gospel and experience day after day the life that Jesus has for us through our faith in Him. Jesus is not done working in your life. If you have never placed your faith in Jesus Christ, I encourage you to consider doing so today. God loves you and is offering you peace and life if you will give your life to Him. If you already believe in Christ but it’s been a while since you’ve been faithful to Him, I encourage you to not waste another day. The apostle John wrote his gospel down so that we may believe in Jesus and have life in His name. I’m inviting you to experience life in Jesus Christ. He gives life to the lifeless, hope to the hopeless, and forgiveness to all those who trust in Him. Will you trust Him today?
 

Without Him I could be dying, without Him I’d be enslaved, without Him life would be hopeless
But with Jesus, thank God I’m saved!
Jesus, O Jesus, do you know Him today? Do not turn Him away! O Jesus, O Jesus, without Him, how lost I would be!

 

Your Youth Minister,

Rev. Evan Alexander


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Cohabitation vs. Marriage

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Cohabitation has become very popular in the world in which we live. Some say it is the new norm; believe it or not, it has become highly accepted today. Just in case you don’t know, cohabitation is the practice of living together outside the bonds of marriage. Cohabitation is the reason the divorce rate seems to be falling; not because living with someone before marriage makes a strong marriage but because often people who live together simply separate without the requirement of a divorce. Barna research shows that
the majority of American adults believe cohabitation is generally a good idea. Two thirds of adults (65%) either strongly or somewhat agree that it’s a good idea to live with one’s significant other before getting married, compared to one-third (35%) who either strongly or somewhat disagree.
 
As a Christian, I have often wondered why or how someone who claims to be a Christian could think that something that is in direct opposition to what the Bible teaches to be wrong could ever be a good practice? Barna research also sheds some light on this subject:
 
Though it may seem as though cohabitation would be primarily a function of convenience and cost saving, almost all adults see it as a rite of passage in the path to marriage. The idea that living with one’s significant other before getting married would be convenient (9%), or that it would save rent (5%) pale in comparison to the value of testing compatibility (84%) by playing house before tying the knot. By far, the reason cohabiting couples are shacking up is in order to test the waters before taking the plunge.
 
It is amazing to me how people, due to money, convenience, or secular thinking, could with a clear conscience do something so out of God’s will and still think that their life is pleasing to the Lord. Pray that God will show us the blessing of marriage and burden that sin placed on people as we look at the purpose of marriage this month.

 

Pastor,

Rev. Wayne Marcus 

 


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Face the Music

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Many years ago, a man conned his way into the orchestra of the emperor of China even though he could not play a note. Whenever the group practiced or performed, he would hold his flute against his lips, pretending to play but not making a sound. He received a modest salary and enjoyed a comfortable living. Then one day the emperor requested a solo from each musician. The flutist got nervous. There wasn’t enough time to learn the instrument. He pretended to be sick, but the royal physician wasn’t fooled. On the day of his solo performance, the impostor took poison and killed himself. The explanation of his suicide led to a phrase that found its way into the English language: “He refused to face the music.”

 

Like this man, many people have become accustom to cheating the One that provides from them. The Lord has blessed us with so much and in return we are often tempted to steal or resist the One who has so richly blessed us. If you are not freely giving your tithe and talents to be used of the Lord then you are, according to the Word of God, robbing God. You are also cheating yourself of the blessings that God desires to give you. One of the benefits of being a part of the family of God is having a body of believers to encourage you and work with you, so I pray that you will be encouraged to love God and give, go, and glorify His name through giving yourself and all that you have totally over to His will.

 

Pastor,

Rev. Wayne Marcus


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Wisdom for Working

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It is important that we take a look at how we use the provisions that God gives us and work at being all the wiser in how we give, spend, invest, and save in our life. When I was in Brazil last year, I was amazed at the way the indigenous people live their life. They get up every day, go out and find what they are going to eat that day. They gather fruit from the rain forest, catch or kill their daily provision. They don’t have freezers or pantries full of goods. They live each day based on what they can find that day. I was told by the missionary that if you gave them a milk cow that they would kill it and eat it at once; they would not think of keeping it to milk or raising a calf off of it. They were not raised or taught to think ahead to the next day. One might look at this way of thinking as faith, trusting God day by day, yet when we read the Bible, we know that in the book of Proverbs the Bible says,

Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest (Prov. 6:6-8). 

It is not a faith to disregard the wisdom that God gives us to be wise in our planning. We also have to be smart in knowing that God wants us to plan but also to be balanced not greedy and not living in fear of the future. We need to know that when God leads us to give that we ought to give, knowing what the Word of God teaches:

“Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;) Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God” (2 Cor. 9:10-11).

 

May God help us be wise enough to listen and live in obedience to Him in all of our decisions.

 

Pastor,

Rev. Wayne Marcus


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