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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 

 



If You Want It; Work for It!

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What are the desires of your heart? If you could snap your fingers and have one thing happen what would it be? Quit snapping, that was a hypothetical question. Of course you know that you don’t get what you desire by snapping your fingers, nor do you get to go from one place to the other by clicking your heels together like Dorothy. No, desires are achieved based upon the actions of our walk and hard work. So when we look in the Bible and it says:

Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart (Psalms 37:4).

The key words in that passage are “delight thyself in the Lord.” That is the action that leads to the reward. God will give us the desires of our heart when they are pleasing to Him. If you delight in Him, what you desire are the things that He desires.
 
 
The secret to getting what you want is to want what God is giving.
 
 
God is not into giving you the things are against His plans to bless you. Unlike the irresponsible parent that gives their children everything they pitch a fit for; God gives us what is right and pleasing in His sight. The action required to have the desires of our heart is to learn to delight in the Lord. Therefore, let us make the passion and pursuit of our life knowing and living for the Lord.

 

Pastor,

Rev. Wayne Marcus



Be the Light

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Do you consider the world a dark and dangerous place? As I consider the happenings of this past week in our area, I am reminded of how bad things are getting even the rural areas of the Bible belt. A bank robbery, a kidnaping, and a deputy shot in what should be a quite peaceful place. The devil is upping his game as drugs and desperation are increasing around the world. It seems we need more laws, bigger prisons, and harsher punishments. Yet, all of these things have been tried and seem to be failing. Placing people who do wrong in darker more segregated places seems only to work until the next generation of desperate and deprived people takes their places of evil in this world.

So what is the answer to the dilemma of increased darkness in our world? How about light? What if we make an all-out effort to pierce the darkness with light? Jesus said that He was the light of the world and that, as we carry the light of His life into the darkness, we can be agents of change in our world. As the body of Christ we are called to be light-bearers, sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with those who grope in darkness and search for meaning and hope in this world. Friend, God has called you and me to be the answer to the needs of this world. Everywhere we go, we ought to be sharing and showing the hope that is found in no other name but in the name and work of Jesus. I pray that together we can make a difference in this place of evil with the love of Christ. May we all go out and live with purpose as we share the good news of Jesus Christ.

 

Pastor, 

Rev. Wayne Marcus     

 



Be A Missionary

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I want to thank you as a Church for your faithfulness in giving to the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering. As a Church, you came together in your giving and once again met and exceeded our goal with your generosity. Our Church goal was $20,000.00 and you gave to date $23,161.27 which is a great offering and will be used to accomplish a great work in North America. Your continual mission support is overwhelming. You give but you are also willing to go and work here and abroad to ensure that we do our part to get the good news of Jesus Christ proclaimed in Jerusalem, Judea, and to the uttermost parts of the World.

I want to remind you that you are missionary where ever you go as a Christian. The Bibles teaches us that we are the ones that God has chosen to be catalysts of the Gospel. As you go from place to place, you are responsible for being so full of Jesus that the good news of what He has and is doing in your life spills over. I want to encourage you to put April the 30th on your calendar and make sure that you are planning to be here for the evening service that will start at 6:00. We will have some of our local mission groups here and will spends some time looking at and learning how you can possibly get involved in working with people here in your community to be light in the darkness for the Lord.

 

Pastor, 

Rev. Wayne Marcus  



Start Your New Beginning

 

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Have you ever wished that you could have a do over or a new start? There are so many times in my life in which I have totally messed up that I am very familiar with the desire of a do over. The wrong decision or an action taken while living with the wrong attitude can cause so much pain and hurt to so many people around us. There have been times when I have went to bed at night hoping that when I got up the next morning my life would be reset or that I could wake up thinking that the past was only a bad dream. Yet, as the day started, I would soon realize that it was not a dream but rather a harsh reality.
 
I thank God that He does give us a new start. God takes our old lives, puts them in the past, and lets us have a new start with a new power and promise to keep us motivated and hopeful. I am so glad that God can make every day a day of forgiveness as we live by faith in Him. You may feel that you have let God down and that He is disappointed in you, but that is just not so. May I remind you that God is a sovereign God, meaning that He is all-knowing? Think about it, nothing has ever occurred to God; He has never been surprised. Friend, God knew that you would make mistakes when He created you and when He saved you from your sin. God figured your failure into the payment He made for your sin. God wants you to live in joy, with hope and therefore has paid for all of your sin and given you the power to live as an overcomer. Please let Him love you so much that you experience the pleasure and peace of being loved by the true and living God who has forgiven you through Jesus Christ. Let your new beginning start today with a fresh walk with God. He loves you and wants to have a close relationship with you. Draw close to Him today, and let Him be near you.

 

Pastor,

Rev. Wayne Marcus 



Pilgrim-Ministry

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There are only a few things more rewarding in this world than to the see how God works to change the lives of those who trust Him. To see God take broken lives, broken families, and people who have lost hope and give them a new life is amazing. The power of the Gospel is real, and when a person repents of their sin and puts their trust in Christ Jesus, He powerfully changes their life. It can make you say with the Apostle Paul, “I am not ashamed of the power of the Gospel.”

This Sunday, we celebrate the work that God has done and is doing through the Pilgrim-Ministry. Often we focus on those who come through the ministry and don’t seem to get it, but I think today as you hear testimonies and see some of the men who have a piece our heart as they have been a part of our Church, you will see the great work that God is doing through the Pilgrim-Ministry. We are so blessed to be the home church for this great ministry and to have these men with us to worship and work for the Lord when they are not traveling. I would also like to thank you as the body of Christ for loving on these men the way you do and investing your life in what God is doing in theirs. Please join me this Sunday in making these men and their families welcome and expressing our gratitude to God for allowing us the privilege of being part of such a great ministry.

 

Pastor,

Rev. Wayne Marcus



Together for His Kingdom

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In just a few weeks, as we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, we will also celebrate His continued work by giving in the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering. This offering supports the North American Mission Board’s missionaries that are serving in the U.S. and Canada. North America has over 269 million lost people, and 100% of this offering helps support about 5,684 missionaries that are working to plant churches, engage the lost, and equip Christians to fulfill the Great Commission in our own backyard.
 
Annie Walker Armstrong (1850-1938) dedicated her life to the gospel mission in 19th century Baltimore. She had a vision of Christians and churches rising up to give themselves fully into this mission. Annie organized what is known today as the Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU) to fulfill this vision, and now we continue to support this vision by giving to the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering.
 
By giving to the AAEO, we are joining together for His Kingdom and gospel to be displayed and declared for the 269,000,000 who remain in darkness in North America. Will you join me in praying for these missionaries and the offering that we will receive for this mission? Will you start now by praying what the Lord would have you to give to the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering?

 

Your Minister of Education and Outreach,

Rev. Evan Alexander



The Power of Weakness

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The power of weakness sounds like an oxymoron. How can there be power in weakness? We find evidence of this mystery throughout the Bible. For example, take the woman with the issue of blood, which we find in Mark 5:25-34. This woman had been sick with an issue of blood or bleeding for 12 long years. She had done all that she knew to do. She tried doctors and spent all that she had but was none the better for her effort or the efforts of the doctors. In other words, what man could do was not good enough; there was a weakness in her ability and the abilities of humanity to heal the sickness of her body. Then she hears of Jesus, searches Him out, and strategically places herself along the path that He is taking believing that if she can just touch Him that she will be healed. She does that and is greatly rewarded for her tremendous faith. She is healed by just touching the hem of His garment. One touch: that is all it took to fix what neither she or man could figure out how to do in 12 long years.

Why did God allow her this sickness when healing it was so easy? Maybe so she and others would understand their weakness and His power. You see our weakness is the greatest lesson of our need of God; we were created to need Him, to want Him, and depend on Him. She was made strong or whole by acknowledging her weakness and His strength. Our weakness drives us to a power that is found only when we come to Christ in total surrender. Will you surrender to Him today?

 

Pastor,

Rev. Wayne Marcus



Avoiding the Ashes

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Do you like to camp? I do, and one thing I like most about camping is a campfire. I love to build a fire, pack it up with wood, and watch it burn. To me, it is relaxing to feel the warmth, to hear the cracking sound, and yes, I even like the smell of a good fire. What amazes me is how a big pile of wood can be used to feed a fire, and the next morning, you have only a little pile of warm ashes and the smell of fire lingering in the air to show for it. Think about it: years of growth into a tree, hours of work to cut it into firewood, then in just a little while, it is reduced to nothing.

 

What if your life was like that? What if all the time, work, and saving of your life was consumed and converted into a pile of ashes in just a moment of time. You must realize that that could very well happen if you do not invest in the Kingdom of God. God has told us to die out to ourselves and live for Christ, and if we do, we lay treasures up in heaven. What we lay up in heaven will last for eternity. It does not matter how old you are; today, you can start living for Christ by making the things of God a top priority in your life. This may mean some major changes in your life, but it is better to change now than it is to suffer loss for all of eternity.

 

Pastor,

Rev. Wayne Marcus