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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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Fear the Lord

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What is the one thing you fear most in life? Most people have to overcome fear of something in order to be productive in life. For years, I have dealt with a fear of missing meetings or standing in front of a crowd of people and not remembering what I was going to say. When I say this has been a fear of mine, I mean I have waked out of my sleep sweating and in a panic because of a dream that one of these two things have happened. This fear is probably because of being overwhelmed with constant meetings and a steady work load of preparing messages. These are just normal pressures for someone in the pastorate, or at least I hope they are normal (LOL). What if I told you that fear was the secret to joy; for you to have a normal life it has to start with a healthy and obedient dose of fear in your life. Not a fear of failure or a fear of heights but a fear of the Lord.

 

It is imperative that we know enough about God to fear Him and listen if you don’t fear God it is because you don’t really know Him. For you to live your life without fearing the power, the purity, the wrath or a life without the love of God is just not smart, matter of a fact it is foolish. The Bible says,

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction”

(Proverbs 1:7).

Abraham came to a place that he perceived there was no fear of God, and that scared him. We live in a foolish world where people have forgotten the importance of fearing God, and therefore no evil is off limits. Friend, to have a life of joy you must have a healthy fear of God which gives you a moral compass to live by. Fear Him because it is a scary thing to fall into the hands of an angry God, or to live without the standard of a Holy God.

 

Pastor,

Rev. Wayne Marcus  


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Memorial Day 2018

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What are some of the most memorable days in your life?

Sadly, some of mine are days of tragedy. For instance, I remember the day my grandfather died as if it were yesterday. I also remember 9-11, when the Twin Towers were bombed, and the day Elvis Presley died. Those days are memorable days in my life because they were days that were marked with pain for me or people around me.

As we celebrate Memorial Day, I cannot help but think about the people who do not have to set a day aside to remember someone who died serving their country but can remember because of the deep pain that is associated with a day when they received the news that their loved one had been killed while serving their country. So many have laid their lives down for our freedom. I hope you will consider the blood and sacrifice that has been given for our liberty as we honor them this coming Monday.

It is also important that we do not let what they fought for go unprotected. We also must understand that, as people who have been given stewardship over this great country, we exercise our rights to freedom: that we vote, serve, support, and pray for our country. It saddens my heart when I heard how few people voted in last Tuesday’s election, which is probably why alcohol sales on Sunday passed in Stephens County. Please don’t just remember those who fought and gave their lives; instead, be determined to do your part as well.

Live so that when you die the world will know that a great person has passed.

 

Pastor,

Rev. Wayne Marcus     


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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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