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Eternal Rest

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This week has been a very relaxing week for Tammy and me as we have been away on vacation. I would like to thank you for the opportunity to get away and to rest. As we make preparations for Judgement House, I hope you have been busy inviting your coworkers and family members to come and go through Judgement House. It is also my hope that you have been praying for a great harvest through the work of Judgement House.

The Day is surely approaching when all of Mankind shall stand before the Lord in judgement. It may be that the Lord tarries His coming many more years, and it may be that before this article makes it to publication that we are called away from here. We have no idea how long it will be before the Lord closes His work here on earth down. All that we know for sure is that God is faithful to His Word and is not slack concerning His promises. We therefore have to work while there is time and do all that we can to evangelize this lost and dying world. Judgement House is a great opportunity for you to do just that as you invite, work, and pray that the Gospel might reach the people who live and work around you. Go invite them to come and see a drama presentation of the power of the Gospel to change a person’s eternity.

 

Pastor,

Rev. Wayne Marcus



Let Him In While You Can

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Can you imagine how the World would be without the presence of Christians in it? There will come a day when the church is gone, and the wrath of God will be poured out on this place. I will be gone. Hopefully you will be gone as well, but for some, the torment of that day will be such as the world has never known. It will be a time when Satan is torturing humanity along with the wrath of God. The scripture teaches us that people will seek death and not be able to find it.
 
It seems that God gets really angry when people reject the gift of His only begotten Son. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of an angry God. Often, people avoid reading the book of Revelation because they are afraid of all that it says; this does not change the reality of what is going to take place. Listen, the only way to avoid the wrath of God that is revealed in His Word is to accept the love of God that is revealed in His Word. That love is demonstrated and validated by the gift of Jesus Christ Who is the propitiation for our sin. So if you have never accepted the gift of God’s grace I pray that you will so that heavens peace can abide in your heart and life.

 

Pastor,

Rev. Wayne Marcus



Going Home

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It is wonderful for us as Christians to think about the Rapture of the Church and how glorious it would be to leave this world by being caught up. To be one of the ones swept up through the sky to a glorious meeting in the air, to see those who have gone on before in a grand meeting and then to see the Lord standing to welcome us to our eternal home. This is a promise that all true believers look forward to, thus the Word of God says that He shall come again for those who look for His appearance. I am certainly one of those who look for His appearance with great anticipation and hope.
 
The Promise of the Rapture should keep us looking up, and cause us to live more upward focus. To know that Jesus can and shall come back a time when people are not expecting should keep us always expecting and inspecting our lives. The Word of God teaches us that as we see the signs of the end that we are to look up knowing that our redemption draws nigh. To put it simple, don’t get all down and out but be ready to move out as the trumpet blows and the Lord call us to Him. So I want to remind you to be ready and think about your eternal destination and make your salvation sure. For we know not the day or the hour but we know for sure that we are going to leave this world one day.

 

Pastor,

Rev. Wayne Marcus



The Light of the World

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This coming Monday, thousands of people will turn their eyes toward the heavens. This has been a long-time prayer of mine; although, this is not exactly the way that I had planned or the reason I wanted to see people look toward the heavens. You see, I have prayed for years that people would turn their eyes, heart, and mind toward the Person, place, and promises of heaven. This Monday, people do not look for the light that comes from heaven but to the event when the light is overshadowed for a mere three minutes. How could it be possible that people would be so excited to see the sun overshadowed that school would be canceled and that thousands of people would travel long distances to get the best viewing spot for such a short lived event?
 

There has been many times in the history of man when there have been attempted eclipses of the real Light of the world. People have tried to overshadow Him with hate, idols, religions, and endless lies about Jesus not existing. Yet with every attempt, He has shown right through the futile attempts of Satan and man to destroy the truth and power that His light gives. So as you look up at the sun and wait for an eclipse to take place, remember that the One who hung the sun in the sky and keeps it burning has a burning in His heart to fill your life with light and purpose: “In Him was life; and the life was the light of men” (John 1:4).

 

Pastor,

Rev. Wayne Marcus 



Are You Ready?

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As the new Church year approaches are you ready? Are ready to serve the Lord in the capacity that He has called you using your spiritual gift? Every person in the church has a unique calling and giftedness to serve the Lord. For you to use your God given ability you have to be flexible and willing to deny your own agenda for the call and purpose of God. It will be virtually impossible to faithfully use your gift without personal sacrifice and a strong commitment to do what God has created you to do.

Are you ready to be a Gospel witness for the Lord? God has called all us to one specific commission or purpose and that is the Great Commission. Every born again believer is called to be a witness for Jesus Christ and do our part in the taking the Gospel around the world. We work hard to equip you with your testimony and the Word of God but you have to be willing to pray for boldness and step out by faith and share what the Lord has done for you and what He can do for others as you go from place to place.

Lastly are you ready for the coming of the Lord? Many people fear the end of the world or the second coming of Christ. You don’t have to live in fear but can live with great expectation for the day of His coming. If you are born again, and ready that day is not a day to be feared but rather a day to rejoice. On that day we will see Him face to face the one who saved us by His grace. It will be a day when we can say goodbye the pain and suffering of this world and forever be in the presence of our loving Lord. If you are not ready for that day please let me help you know Him in a free pardon of Sin. 

 

Pastor,

Rev. Wayne Marcus



Fatherly Approval

 It is human nature to want to make your father proud of you. I don’t understand what it is about us that is so motivated by hearing our father say well done, but it is a powerful motivator in the heart of humanity even if we don’t agree with our father. In some cases, I have seen people who detested their father but still would love to hear him say that he was proud of the way that they turned out. No doubt that is the way we were created. God made us in such a way that we would want to please our parents, and especially our father. That is the reason it is so important for fathers to be pleased with good behavior and made proud over their kids walking with the Lord.
 
What if the only time your kids ever hear you say good job is when a ball is hit over the fence or the football carried over the goal line or a big deer is killed? What if they never hear a compliment because of church attendance, Bible reading, good deeds done to others or hard work? See, if the only time your kids ever hear or see you applaud them is in times of recreation and play they may start feeling like that is more important than real, down to earth, every day, rest of their lives living. Remember, your approval is a great word of encouragement and motivation to your kids. Lead them with your applause and praise to the higher things of life.

 

Pastor,

Rev. Wayne Marcus



Gray Areas

 

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I spent the last 6 ½ years watching soccer with my (now) wife. In any sport, there are certain rules that are always called because they endanger the players or are unsportsmanlike. Other penalties are only called depending on the circumstance (or the quality of the referee). It’s not uncommon for players and coaches to push the boundaries to see how much they can get away with without getting in trouble. 
 
Children do the same thing. They’ll push and prod with their eyes upon mom or dad to see just how much they can do before getting placed in timeout. 
 
Is it possible that believers can be guilty of the same desire? I’ve seen this demonstrated time and time again as peers and church members beg the question: “Is this really sin? The Bible does not definitively say it is wrong.” We ask these questions trying to get someone to justify our way of life, attempting to push the boundaries of what we can get away with before God. We put others on trial so that they have to defend whether or not drinking, homosexuality, abortion, or tattoos are truly sins. Though some may offer compelling and biblical arguments, we seek loopholes and cling to our reasoning so that we can continue doing what we want to do.
 
However, I would like to propose another way. Since we are the ones that will have to give an account of our lives before God, we should place ourselves on trial when determining whether or not a way of thought or life is sin. Instead of demanding answers of others, let us ask ourselves a few questions:

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Seize the Opportunity

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I think about all the fun and fury that I have had the pleasure of experiencing as a parent and can’t help but laugh as I think back at some of the things my girls got into. To be honest, I have two wonderful girls that were for the most part great but not perfect. One of challenges that all parents face is being consistent in discipline and yet making sure that the punishment fits the crime in order to teach and deter inappropriate behavior in the future. We all know that ignoring bad behavior or laughing at it is as much of a sin on the part of the parents as is the bad behavior of the child. God has called us to raise our children and to lead them away from the foolishness that is bound in their hearts as natural-born sinners. Often, parents allow wrong behavior to increase hoping that it will change without their involvement and very seldom does that ever happen. If bad behavior is allowed to go on too long it becomes almost impossible to stop as children get older. The truth is that as parents we only have a short time to influence our children. Listen to what Solomon says in Proverbs 19:18,
 

Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying.

 
It sounds like he has been watching some parents who get weak in the knees when it comes to disciplining their children, and he is saying “Do it why there is still hope for them!” Wow! What a word for us as parents to heed. Remember; you are called to bring them up and send them out to make a difference in this world. Seize the opportunity while there is still time. 

 

Your Pastor,

Rev. Wayne Marcus 



Honoring One Another

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The world and our country has become a very mean place. A place where people are diverse in their opinions and very willing to share their opinions no matter how hurtful they might be to others. Just this last week, I was watching a news segment that showed Vice President Mike Pence standing to give a graduation speech at Notre Dame, and as he begin to speak, many of the students that were graduating walked out to make a statement against what he stood for. As I watched what many people called a peaceful protest, I could not help but feel that this was disrespectful and mean-spirited. It seems to me that the people of this great country have moved so far away from what made us as a country so great. There was a time when we respected those that we didn’t agree with, when we loved those that had different ideas, and when we fought for the freedom of speech. Now it seems that the freedom of speech is being used to try and stifle speech, and anyone who doesn’t agree with us has become an enemy.
 

As I look at the political climate of our day, I really believe that there are many people who would rather our country fail than to see someone that they didn’t vote for have a successful term in office. As I think about all the people who fought and died for this country, all the people who have worked so hard for us to have freedom should be honored by us doing our best to make this country better. So what can I do to honor those on who’s shoulders we stand? We can pray for our country and its leaders. We can do our best to be unifiers instead of dividers. We can even treat those that we don’t agree with respect, and we can serve the Lord by serving others. The memory of those who have given their all for this people and their land deserve it.

 

Pastor, 

Rev. Wayne Marcus   



Happy Mothers’ Day!

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Most of us have mothers that have loved us in amazing ways; they are often the ones that have shown us the unconditional love that God has for us. We often take for granted the care and sacrifices that they have made for us. So today on this day that has been set aside to honor our mothers we want to say thank you for all that you do and that we love and appreciate you. Below is a story that I found that I think expresses the love that mothers have for us.

“There was a teenager who didn’t want to be seen in public with her mother because her mother’s arms were terribly disfigured.

One day when her mother took her shopping and reached out her hand, a clerk looked horrified. Later, crying, the girl told her how embarrassed she was. Understandably hurt, the mother waited an hour before going to her daughter’s room to tell her, for the first time, what happened.

When you were a baby, I woke up to a burning house. Your room was an inferno. Flames were everywhere. I could have gotten out the front door, but I decided I’d rather die with you than leave you to die alone. I ran through the fire and wrapped my arms around you. Then I went back through the flames, my arms on fire. When I got outside on the lawn, the pain was agonizing but when I looked at you, all I could do was rejoice that the flames hadn’t touched you.

Stunned, the girl looked at her mother through new eyes. Weeping in shame and gratitude, she kissed her mother’s marred hands and arms.”

 

Thank you God for our mothers!

 

Pastor,

Rev. Wayne Marcus