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Satisfied in God Alone

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Over the years we have seen some remarkable and amazing changes take place. Every twelve to eighteen months, computers double their capabilities, and so do the information technologies that use them. People also adapt to or use the new technologies must faster today than they used to. The telephone was invented in 1876, but it wasn’t until a century later that landlines reached a saturation point in households. For this to happen, massive amounts of infrastructure had to be built and network effects also needed to accumulate to make the product worthwhile for consumers. Further, the telephone suffered from the “last-mile problem”, in which the logistics get tougher and more expensive as end-users get hooked up to a network. As a result, it wasn’t until the 1960s that 80% of U.S. households had landlines in them. As a result of the cell phone and advances in the cellular phone industry, only about 60 percent of homes have a landline now and that continues to decline. The cell phone went from less than 5% of people having one in in 1990 to about 95% of people by 2016. Standing out most is the tablet computer, which went from nearly 0% to 50% adoption in five years or so.   

Today, technology has changed the way we live, but it has not changed our attitudes toward gratitude. We have more conveniences than ever before, yet we live in a time when people are very short on patience, very difficult to please and are almost always disappointed with something in their life. So if things, technology, and/or an easier life don’t make us happy: what will? I suggest that only a commitment to be satisfied with what we have and to trust that God works all things out for our good may be just what we need to adjust our attitude and help us live with gratitude. Remember God is good even when the Devil tries to tell you that He is not.
 
Pastor,
 
Rev. Wayne Marcus    

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Twenty Years

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The last 20 years of serving as the Pastor of Tom’s Creek has been both a great joy and at times very difficult. I have spent some very long and sleepless nights because I was excited about what God was doing in my family of faith. Other nights, I have tossed and turned because of what Satan was doing and trying to do to destroy the work of God at Tom’s Creek. Tammy and I never in our wildest dreams thought that God would give us such a wonderful bond with our church family and give us so many great people to serve the Lord with over these years.
 
I would like to thank you for your love and service to the Lord over these years, and it is wonderful to be co-labors with you. You taking time last week to honor me as your pastor gave me an overflowing heart of thanksgiving to God and you. The meal and the honorarium was very appreciated, but your heart to work for the Lord is the thing for which I am most grateful. Over the last 20 years of preaching, putting on Judgement House, Wild Game Suppers, VBS, Back to School Bashes, and many other missions as well as mission trips, we have seen thousands of people saved. This is what brings honor to God, and that is the reason we all do what we do. So once again, thank you, and thank God for the privilege that we have to serve Him.   
 
Your Pastor,
Rev. Wayne Marcus

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Heeding Warnings

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As I write this article, the Panhandle of Florida has been evacuated because of Hurricane Michael. The people with property and family there are anticipating major loss. By the time you read this, the results of the storm will be in and we will know how many people lost their lives and the value of the property that was destroyed by this storm. There were many warnings and pleas to evacuate the area, and yet there are people who have chosen to hunker down and stay in their homes.
 
It seems as if the cries and warning always fall on some unconcerned and stubborn people, who end up paying the ultimate price, and so is the case with the Gospel. For 26 years, I have been pleading with people to evacuate the life sin and run to the shelter of Jesus and His saving grace. There have been many times that I have looked into the eyes of those who seem to take the warning of the storm as a hoax or joke and decided to continue to live their life the way they want to. There have also been those who plan to evacuate when the storm gets closer to find that, while they slept, the storm snuck upon them, and they were too late to get away. Friend, please take heed to the warnings of God’s Word, repent of your sin, and surrender your life to Jesus Christ. There is a storm coming like this world has never seen. A time when you will leave this world and stand before Jesus Christ, and if your name is not found written in the Lamb’s Book of Life you will be cast into the lake of fire and will be tormented for all of eternity. God loves you and calls you to come to Him. Please come before it is too late.
 
 
Pastor,
Rev. Wayne Marcus 

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Set Your Heart

Now Ezra had determined in his heart to study the law of the Lord, obey it, and teach its statutes and ordinances in Israel (Ezra 7:10).

What have you set your heart on in life? What are the grand goals of your life? How do you determine success? In the verse above, we see Ezra determine in his heart to study God’s Word, to do it, and to teach it to others. Oh, that we would have the heart of Ezra! We devote our hearts to so many things apart from God and His Word. We follow so many other agendas for life, pursue far too many goals aside from His Word.
 
Ezra’s “secret ingredient” to changing the world and being used by God was his devotion to God’s Word. He set it in his heart, infusing it into every moment of his day. He let no other factor influence his life more than the Word of God. He not only read It, but he did what It said. Ezra sought to live according to God’s will every day. Further, he did not keep it for himself. Through him, God’s Word spread throughout Israel. 
 
May we decide today what is truly important to us. May we choose to read and follow God’s will for our lives. May we not let other factors, idols, and ourselves get in the way of what God has planned for us. May we strive for the heart and character of Ezra, who devoted himself to the Word, obeyed it, and shared it to the nations.
 
Your Youth Pastor,
Rev. Evan Alexander

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Homecoming 2018

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Homecoming services are always exciting times with good preaching, singing, fellowship and of course great food to follow. Your being a part of our fellowship today makes this day even more special because no one can be you as well as you can. You were created by God so that you could make this place and our lives what God planned for them to be. I want to encourage you to worship the Lord with all of your heart, soul and mind today. Remember where the presence of the Lord is there is liberty. As we sing, sing unto the Lord. As we hear preaching from the Word of God, know it is from God to you, and hear from heaven with a desire to obey. As we have opportunity to give, give knowing that the Lord loves a cheerful giver. As we fellowship, meet your forever family with a smile, and allow them to love on you as you love of them. As we partake of a great meal together know that this meal is a gift from God as all good and perfect gifts are. As you celebrate homecoming today, remember this in only a little taste of what our home going will be like. On that day we will gather together and as the family of God in the presence of our Lord and Savior with people from every tongue and nation to lift our voices in praise to Lamb of God who gave His life for the sin debt of all people. On that day, we shall behold the One who defeated death, hell, and grave so that we might have life, heaven, and fellowship with God for all of eternity. Friend, today is a good day but there is a better day coming! To God be the Glory for all that He has done both now and forever.   Pastor, Rev. Wayne Marcus


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He’s Coming Again

Look what the Bible says in Matthew 25:31,
 
“When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: and before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats…” (Matthew 25:31-32).
 

It says when the “Son of Man shall come in His glory;” notice it does not say if He shall come but rather when. It says that because it is not a matter of if He shall come but when He shall come. It also says “in His glory,” meaning that when He come back it is not going to be as a babe wrapped in swaddling clothes and placed in a manger. Rather, He is coming in His glory to take His rightful place upon His throne of glory. And all nations of people shall be gathered before him. He shall separate those of His from those who have refused to be His. Can you imagine what that day will be like, to be standing in the presence of the creator of the world, in all of his majesty and power, and watch as He divides those who have truly accepted Him as their Lord and Savior from those who have rejected, neglected or straight out fought against Him? I can’t not imagine what it would be like to have your name called and know that you were being cast into outer-darkness forever and ever. To be cast away to suffer in anguish and pain because you denied the perfect gift of love and trampled underfoot the only sacrifice that could take away your sin and make you righteous. When He comes, please be ready: please be His sheep. Let Jesus be your shepherd today, so you can hear His voice and follow Him. He will lead you into green pastures and give you a wonderful life if you will trust Him as your Savior.

 

Pastor,

Rev. Wayne Marcus


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Open the Eyes of My Heart

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Michael W Smith wrote and sings a song with the following lyrics:

“Open the eyes of my heart, Lord. Open the eyes of my heart;

I want to see You, I want to see You.

To see You high and lifted up, shining in the light of Your glory

Pour out Your power and love as we sing holy, holy, holy”

 

Have you ever asked God to open the eyes of your heart so you could see by faith what He is doing in and around your life? Jesus often says “those who have eyes to see, ears to hear and a heart to believe.” The truth is we are so distracted by what we see with the eyes of flesh that we miss all that is happening around us and are not able to see with our eyes of faith. God is working all around us and we don’t see it, and it causes us to struggle in trusting God and understanding how active He really is in our life.

Right now, this very moment God is actively working in your life; He is working through the Holy Spirit, protecting you with an angelic host, and sending angels into your life in the form of strangers. Yet you may often wonder why God is not involved in the day to day activities of your life. It is not that God is not involved; it is simply that you are blind or oblivious to His activity. Friend, He loves you and the Scripture plainly teaches that He will never leave you nor forsake you.

Open the eyes of your heart and see Him.

 

Pastor,

Rev. Wayne Marcus


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The Truth About Trouble

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Can you imagine living life without any problems? That would be so different than what we a people who live in a world full of problems are accustom to. If we are honest with ourselves, we would have to admit that at times problems or trouble excites us. That is the reason bad news gets more people tuned in than with good news. Over the years, I have noticed that both the GA Baptist Convention and the Southern Baptist Convention have greater attendance when trouble is brewing or expected. When you are driving down the road and see a wreck or accident, you always slow down to investigate and take it in. I think we have to admit that trouble adds a certain amount of excitement to our lives that we enjoy. This may be the reason when things are somewhat calm in our life we over exaggerate small issues to make them seem larger. It may be why we spend so much time worrying about things that might happen instead serving the Lord in the here and now!

If trouble is what you desire, don’t fret there will be plenty of it in our life, but with all that you go through God will give you strength and take care of you. Today, live your life without the fear of tomorrow by increasing your effort into placing your faith in the Father who always takes care of us. God knows what you are going to face and has already prepared and prescribe a good outcome for you. It may not be how you want it to work out, but it will be the way God knows you need it to work out. Today, let us just trust our Lord and live as He has called us too.

 

Pastor,

Rev. Wayne Marcus


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Biblical Qualifications for Deacons

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As the month of August rolls around, it is time for our deacon elections. This means that it is time for you to pray and seek direction from the Lord concerning who God would have you select as deacons for the next three years. I want to remind you of how important this decision is. The deacons at Tom’s Creek have a lot of responsibility; they are very involved in the leadership and direction of Tom’s Creek. They have a big role in protecting and promoting unity in the church as well as working hard in special events. Remember, this is not just a position; it is a ministry responsibility that requires time, faithfulness, wisdom, and most of all a close relationship with Jesus Christ. God has blessed our Church with some wonderful, qualified men who have been serving the Lord very faithfully, and my prayer is that this will continue as this is God’s plan for His Church.

Please read these verses and look closely at the Biblical Qualifications for Deacons, remember these are not just good suggestions: they are Biblical Qualifications.  
“Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables. Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business. But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word” (Acts 6:2-4).
 
We also find other qualifications in the book of I Timothy,  
“Likewise must the deacons be grave, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre; holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience. And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless. Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things. Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well. For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 3:8-13).

 

Please consider each person you vote for based upon these qualifications.

 

Pastor,

Rev. Wayne Marcus


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Family for Eternity

When you hear the word family, what do you think about? I think about people who are close to me, the people who I love most of all, and people who I can count on and want to be able to count on me. My family is the people who I have invested much of my life in and pray for daily; they are the ones that above all things I want to see in eternity. I cannot imagine my family living their life without Jesus Christ. The thought of them not having the peace of God in their life or the hope of eternity would absolutely break my heart. I hope that your family has given their hearts to Christ and that you can rejoice over what heaven is going to be like with you and your family gathered around the throne of God someday. If you do not have that assurance, begin praying today that God will speak to them and call them to salvation.

If you are a parent that has gotten sidetracked from the goal of serving Christ and leading your family through loving and serving Him, please understand how important it is not just for you but for your kids and the generations to come.

When your family sees you place priority on Christ and the things of God and the difference He has made in your life, at the very least it shows them how they should live. Please lead your family to know and love Jesus with all that is within you. Do not let idolatry of entertainment, of money, of hobbies, or any of the world’s thousands of distractions turn you away from the life that Christ has called you to.

 

Pastor,

Rev. Wayne Marcus


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