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Prayer for Missions

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This Sunday (July 14th), our Alaska Mission team leaves for Alaska around 2:00 a.m. Please pray for us as we do Vacation Bible School in Penland Mobile Home Park and a block parties at night in the City Park. The Mission Team consists of the following:
  • Denny and Elizabeth Folsom
  • Tracy Fowler
  • Doug and Donna Guest
  • Bobbi Hazel
  • Tony and Renee Ledford
  • Michael and Paula Malia
  • Kathy Maner
  • Wayne and Tammy Marcus
  • Tammy Riddle
  • Brenda Thomas
 
Please pray for us this week. Pray for safe travel, liberty, wisdom and boldness to share our testimony and the gospel. Pray for unity with each other and those that we will be working with in Alaska and that through all that we do Jesus will be exalted and receive the utmost honor and glory. We will be praying for you this week as you worship the Lord.
 
Also, join us in praying for our Back to School bash that will be taking place on July 27th. I want to encourage you to make donations of shoes and school supplies for this great ministry opportunity to help the precious kids of our community.
 
Thank you for being such a wonderful giving, serving body of believers, and remember as we do anything for those around us we do it unto the Lord.
 
 
Pastor,
Rev. Wayne Marcus  


Family of God

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Do you ever feel as though you do not connect with people at Church or that you have lost touch with your church family? I have had people tell me that there used to be a time when they felt like they were a part of the church, but now, they didn’t feel like they knew anyone or they weren’t connected anymore. I want to attempt to tell you why that might be. It may be because you are not connecting with people. In others words, it is your responsibility to work on getting to know people. The way you do that is by being in small groups, or working on a Ministry Team such as Vacation Bible School, Back to School Bash, Outreach, Judgement House, and/or one of the many committees that serve the Church.  

It is impossible to really get to know someone by sitting in a worship service with them. The real way to feel as though you are a part of the Church is to be an active part of the serving body of Christ. We attempt to have fellowships where we eat and play together as we did with our recent Family Day. We will continue to do this, but the way to really get to know people is serving together, traveling together, and learning together in small groups. If you spend time working, weeping, and soul-winning with people, you may feel more connected that you ever dreamed possible. It is not uncommon to look at your Church family as just an extension of your family, and if you are not careful, you may grow closer to them than your blood relatives because the blood of Jesus really does bind us together.
 

Pastor, Rev. Wayne Marcus



Follow the Leader

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Last weekend, my son-in-Law and I took my grand boys Easton and Eli hiking. We hiked into a water fall, spent the night, and then hiked out the next day. During the hike, there were several things said by my grandsons that really stuck in my mind. Simple things that have a much deeper meaning and truth than you would think when they are said tongue in cheek as you walk and talk.
 
One of the statements was Papa is leading, we are just following him wherever he goes, I am stepping right where papa is stepping.” As I heard that, there was a sense of fear that came over me, for at the time, we were walking on the edge of a rock ledge with about a 15 to 20 feet drop off on one side. Had I stepped in the wrong place or even got too close to the edge, I could have easily led them to a vicarious step that would have at best led to them being hurt and at worse to a tragic fall down a rock wall and into a creek.
 

It is a fearful thing for those you love to be following you so closely and depending on your decisions and leadership to get them to a safe and secure location. Such is the responsibility of a parent, grandparent, or guardian. God has called us to lead and not just on a path in the woods but through the dangerous pitfalls of life. Friend, your kids and are watching you, they are learning how to navigate life, set priorities, make decision and live for the Lord by the leadership you show them each and every day. Choose your steps carefully and remember there is more at stake than just your well-being you are leading your family to a destination that has many dangers along the way.

 
 
Pastor,
 

Rev. Wayne Marcus    



Memorial Day

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How is your memory? Mine is not as good as it used to be. If I really want to remember something, I have to make myself reminders or come up with creative ways to jar my memory. It is always good to place things on the calendar that are important to remember. That is the reason we have Memorial Day on the calendar to remind us to remember those who have fought for our country.
 
Since 1971, Memorial Day has been observed annually on the last Monday in May. The purpose is to honor the nation’s military personnel killed in wartime. The holiday was called Decoration Day at first because people decorated soldiers’ graves with flowers and flags on that day. Today, it is also marked by parades, memorial speeches, and ceremonies.
 
Waterloo, New York, was the birthplace of Memorial Day. On May 5, 1866, the people of Waterloo placed flowers on the graves of northern soldiers who had died in the Civil War. In 1868, Major General John Logan declared May 30 as a day for honoring soldiers who had died fighting for the North. A lot of meaning is attached to decorating graves. After World War I ended, in 1918, Decoration Day became a day to remember everyone who died fighting in U.S. wars.
 
Please take some time to remember those who have died fighting for our freedom.
 
Pastor, Rev. Wayne Marcus


Victory in Jesus

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Easter is such an exciting time for Christians! It is a time when we celebrate with extra emphasis the event that we rejoice about all year long: the resurrection of our Lord! Can you imagine the excitement that the broken-hearted follower of Jesus must have felt when they realized that Jesus who was dead has risen from the grave and is alive? All of their hopes had been dashed through death but now had been revived through resurrection.
 
This meant that every promise, prophecy, and proclamation that Jesus had made was now not only possible but probable. Jesus was really who He claimed to be. He has proven that not Satan, sickness, sin, or spiteful man could destroy Him or the people who put their faith in Him. What a powerful Savior! The Devil, demons, and death had all taken their best shot at destroying Him, but He defeated all of His foes.
 

This is why we celebrate! His victory is our victory, and He is the hope that we cling to for everlasting life. As I looked at my deceased father’s body in the casket last Sunday, my heart was encouraged to know that someday that coffin would bust open with victory and out of it would come a new body with no sickness or pain. This hope is not because my dad was a super man or a good person but rather because Jesus defeated death for all who have trusted in Him.

“O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:55-57).

This is what we call “Victory in Jesus.”

Pastor,
 
Rev. Wayne Marcus


Think of the Resurrection!

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As we approach Easter, our minds are turned towards the cross, and what an awful sight it must have been. When I think of Jesus being ridiculed in a trial, beaten publicly, and crucified so cruelly it saddens my heart. To think of the pain of dying and the shame of being crucified being endured by Jesus, the Son of God, for my sins is moving to say the least. To know that, at any time of His choosing, He had the authority and power to stop it and the whole earth with it if He desired and yet His love made Him steadfast and determined to fulfill the perfect will of the Father and die for the sins of the world.
 
As Jesus died, He yielded His Spirit over to the Father, and His body was placed in a borrowed tomb. As His body lay in the tomb, the world thought his life was over; there was no hope in sight for those who knew and believed in their heart that He was the Son of God. It seemed as though all of their dreams died on the cross with the Jesus. But in three days, what seemed impossible took place. As one of my favorite songs says it:
 
“Up from the grave He arose, with a might triumph over His foes!”
 
Friend, remember when you think about the cross to remember the empty tomb. When you think about death, remember the promise of life. Jesus is the One who was, who is, and who is to come! He is alive forevermore, and because of that, I, too, shall live forever! I hope every thought of death you have is lined with the glorious promise of the resurrection.
 
 

Pastor,   Wayne Marcus    



Committed to Christ

How committed are you to Christ? Jesus wants your total surrender. He has called us to take up our Cross and follow Him, meaning to die out to self and live by His power.
 
The story is told of the military legend Alexander the Great, King of Macedonia (336-323) and conqueror of Asia Minor, Syria, Egypt, Babylonia, and Persia, almost all of the known world.
 
One day on the warpath, Alexander and small company of soldiers approached a strongly fortified, walled city. Alexander raised his voice and demanded to see the king. When the king arrived, Alexander ordered him to surrender the city and everyone inside.
The king laughed, “Why should I surrender to you? You can’t do us any harm!”
 
But Alexander offered to give the king a demonstration. He ordered his men to line up single file and start marching. He marched them straight toward a cliff. The townspeople gathered on the wall and watched in shocked silence as, one by one, his soldiers marched without hesitation right off the cliff to their deaths!
 
After 10 soldiers died, Alexander ordered the rest of the men to return to his side. The townspeople and the king immediately surrendered to Alexander the Great. They realized that if a few men were actually willing to die at the command of this leader, then nothing could stop his eventual victory.
 
What if the world saw the church as people willing to die for the Gospel, willing to die that Jesus would be glorified, willing to die for the cause of Christ? I think more people in the world would be willing to live for Jesus if were willing to die for Him.
 
Pastor,
Rev. Wayne Marcus


Look Up!

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Do you ever get so tired of all that is going on here on this earth that you start thinking ahead to a land far beyond this sin-cursed world? I try to listen to the news, but it gets so discouraging. The president has an easier time negotiating with North Korea than he does our country’s own representatives. It is illegal to kill a baby unless you are the mother. When an actor or famous person comes out of the closet, admitting they are homosexual, they receive praise, but when a Christian speaks against the sin of homosexuality they are blasted and looked down on for their beliefs. Murder and adultery have become entertainment for the masses to watch, and the Church is wrong for believing and preaching the Bible. The Word of God tells us that the last days will be bad days, evil, sinful times, with the love of many waxing cold, and Jesus gave us a great Word for discouraging times like these:
 

“And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh” (Luke 21:28).

 

When current events having you hanging your head and looking down, Jesus said look up! Why? Because our real hope doesn’t come from the Capital, the courthouse, or the White House; no, it comes from our Father’s house. When Jesus comes to get us, we are headed to a land that is so great that our God says our minds cannot comprehend it. We are headed to a place that has no corruption, no sorrow, no sin, and of course with those things absent no sadness. Heaven will be filled with the sweet singing of millions that lost their life in the sin of abortion, and millions more who were made whole after sin had broken them and Jesus had put them back together. Can you try to imagine the worship, the praise, and peace that heaven will be filled with? I don’t know about you, but I can endure knowing of the glory that is to come. Heaven is going to be worth it after all!!
 
Your Pastor,
 
Rev. Wayne Marcus


The Sanctity of Life

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One cannot help but notice the disregard for human life that is displayed in our country. It seems as if murder, violence, and an overall lack of concern for humanity is a growing trend. These things seem to be due to an increase in the evil of our country, but what if they are from a deeper symptom that has been indoctrinated in a generation of people? When you watch TV, there are many movies and TV shows that have killings all the way through them. Studies estimate that the typical American child will view 16,000 murders and 200,000 acts of violence on TV by the time they graduate high school. Kids’ cartoon shows display up to 20 violent acts every hour alone. Add into that the video games that many children have become addicted to, and you can see the development of some pretty scary indoctrination or at least the ability to desensitize people to acts of murder and violence. When you add to that the total disregard to human life that is displayed through the legalization of abortion, you can see that the Devil is doing a good job at teaching us not to sanctify human life over that of a cat or a dog.  
 
Based on the latest state-level data available, approximately 885,000 abortions took place in the United States in 2016—down from approximately 913,000 abortions in 2015. According to the Guttmacher Institute, an estimated 926,240 abortions took place in the United States in 2014—down from 1.06 million in 2011, 1.21 million abortions in 2008, 1.2 million in 2005, 1.29 million in 2002, 1.31 million in 2000 and 1.36 million in 1996. From 1973 through 2011, nearly 53 million legal abortions occurred in the U.S (AGI). If America does not sanctify all human life then all humans are in jeopardy of becoming targets of there very people we raise. Remember what we teach is what we become and what we have to live with. It would do us well to see people as God does and not the way Satan wants us to.
 
Pastor,
 
Rev. Wayne Marcus


Thank You for Giving and Going

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I want to thank you for your faithfulness in giving to the Lottie Moon Christmas offering. We had a goal of $41,000.00, which is a lot of money. As a church body you prayed, planned and participated in an effort to meet this goal. Congratulations, you have met and exceeded the goal, today you have given $42,469.89 with IOU’s of 640 dollars to come. Wow! What a great offering! This offering speaks to the heart you have to reach the nations with the gospel. While it is always my desire as your pastor to set a goal and reach it, reaching the goal is not the reason we give. The reason we give is so our Southern Baptist Missionaries around the world will have the resources they need to carry the gospel to the nations.
 
Having been to other countries and seeing first-hand the work and the frugal lifestyle of our missionaries, this gives me a heart filled with passion to raise money and support these servants in there sacrificial effort to reach people with the life changing gospel of Jesus Christ. Just think about it: there is a group of people living in a rainforest who get up every day thinking that their only hope is to die and move down the evolutional ladder and come back as a monkey, a leopard, a lizard or some type of bird. They live each day with no hope or relationship with God, yet they live doing what they have been taught and know only what tradition and legend has taught them. They are people just like me and you. They have a living soul, they love each other, they work hard, but they have never heard about Jesus, the love of God, and the hope of heaven. It may be that you just bought a boat that will carry a missionary to them, fuel for a plane, and/or money for an interpreter or maybe a meal for a missionary. Because you have given, people in whom God loves will get to hear about the life changing message of Jesus Christ. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. So today, I say thank you for giving, and I pray we will also be faithful is going.
 
Pastor,
 

Rev. Wayne Marcus