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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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Dangers of Deception

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Years ago, Tammy and I were in Salt Lake City for the Southern Baptist Convention. We were coming out of a restaurant where we had just eaten when a man who looked to be homeless and hungry approached us wanting some money for food. Being thoroughly filled with food from the meal and spiritual blessing from the preaching that we had been enjoying, I felt really compelled to help this man. I asked him for a commitment that he would go into the restaurant and use the money to eat, to which he promised he would. So I pulled out the money and gave it to him, and he walked into the restaurant. I felt really good about my decision and walked away. Just as I turned the corner, I had this feeling of deception that hit me. I immediately turned back to the restaurant to see the man running down the road toward the liquor store. I had been duked, deceived, and tricked into giving someone money for food which was used for the one thing I would have never purchased for him: alcohol. The truth is that I was deceived, but the man that deceived me had a greater deception ruling his life.
 

Have you ever been deceived, led to believe or feel something that is false? It makes me feel so used and foolish when I am duked. The Devil is the master of deception and has a lot of people deceived into thinking that the way they are living and the hopes that they have for the future are secure when in fact they are not. That is the reason the Apostle Paul says be not deceived(Galatians 6:7). He knows that Satan is working really hard to deceive people with a false hope. Satan is not just trying to get a meal or money out of you; He is after your soul and your testimony. Be certain that your hope is in Jesus Christ and Him alone and that there are fruits that manifest the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit of God in your life.     

 

Pastor,
Rev. Wayne Marcus

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Hypocrisy

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There he stood, in the midst of the Golden Corral restaurant, with Thousand Island dressing dripping from his hair, over his glasses, down his face, all over his jacket, pants, & shoes. And I’m not talking about a little bit of Thousand Island dressing; I’m talking about 2 gallons of it!
 
What had happened was that a waitress carrying a 2-gallon container of Thousand Island dressing for the salad bar had paused for just a second while coming through the swinging doors of the kitchen, & the doors had caught her & knocked her forward, launching 2 gallons of dressing all over this guy.
 
Well, he went ballistic! He started shouting & cursing at her. “You’re so stupid! I can’t believe you could do such a stupid, stupid thing. This is a brand new suit & it cost me $300.” His wife chimed in, “Yeah, you’ve ruined my husband’s $300 suit, & it’s the first time he’s had a chance to wear it.” He screamed, “I want to see the manager!”
 
Thoroughly shaken, she went to get the manager, & the manager came out. Now picture this – here’s a guy with 2 gallons of Thousand Island dressing dripping from him, & the manager asks, “Is there a problem?”
 
The guy replies, “Is there a problem? She’s ruined my $300 suit. It’s brand new, & I want a new suit!” The manager says, “We’ll be glad to get your suit cleaned. Accidents do happen, & we’re really sorry about this.”
 
“No! No!” he said. “I don’t want my suit cleaned. I want a brand new suit, and I demand a check for $300 right here and now.” Well, to avoid a bigger scene, the manger goes back into his office, writes out a check for $300 & brings it to him. And justice is served.
 
Tragically, this supposed true story happened at noon on a Sunday. Now, why would is someone be wearing a brand new suit on Sunday? You guessed it! He was a prominent member of his church and had just left a place where the people meeting proclaimed that they believe in love, forgiveness and treating others as they would have them treat them. Yet, when the dressing hit the suit, all of what he said he believed went out the window over a $300 suit.
 
That is why the world doesn’t believe the message of the church: HYPOCRISY. 

 

Pastor,

Rev. Wayne Marcus

 


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The King Will Return

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And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way. And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest. And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this? And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee (Matt 21:8-11, KJV).
 
When Jesus came into Jerusalem on what is known as Palm Sunday, there was a great multitude gathered to bear witness of His triumphant entrance. His fame had spread abroad, and the people came looking for the entry a King with all of the glories that a King is entitled to. They were surprised when He came in meek and lowly ridding on a small donkey. He came as no other King had ever come. He came to give and not take, and He came to conquer through love and sacrifice. His victory would include a cross, death, and forgiveness. The people who witnessed His unusual arrival marveled and asked, “who is this man?”
 
Remember, when Jesus comes back the next time it will not be on a lowly colt or to a courtroom, nor be in judgement of mankind. The next time He comes, it will be on a White Horse and on His head will be a crown. The next time He will be the Judge, and He will come as the victorious conqueror who has defeated every foe. He will be coming to rule and reign and all will quake at His glorious presence. Friend, I hope you have known Him as your King, and if not so, call on Him before it is too late.
 
Pastor, 
Rev. Wayne Marcus

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How Great His Love

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As we approach Resurrection Sunday, I am reminded of how loved and blessed we are. When I consider the cost of my sin and the great pain, shame, and ridicule that was suffered by my Lord so that a worm like me could be saved it is truly amazing. I would like to be able to give you a good reason that God gave His only begotten Son, but all I can say is He choose to love us and His perfect Son was the payment that was required to appease or pay the debt of our sin. Jesus was the sinless Lamb of God that had to be offered on an alter shaped like a cross. There He died the cruel death of a sinner so that we the real sinners could live as a true son of God.
 
After Jesus died he defeated death, hell and the grave through the power of the resurrection as the first fruits of righteousness so that when we die, through His righteousness we also can be raised again in His righteousness. When I accepted Christ I received His perfect standing before God the Father and am promised eternal life. All of humanity will be resurrected; those who have never accepted Christ will be resurrected to damnation. Those who have repented of their sin and accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior will be resurrected to life everlasting (that is me). Friend I hope that you understand the love God has for you, and that you are determined to live your life sold out and all in for our great God. He is worthy of your total devotion and worship.

 

Pastor,

Rev. Wayne Marcus  


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The Gospel Is Everything

Admit. Believe. Confess. You probably are familiar with the ABC’s of the gospel. The ABC’s have helped lead many to the saving faith in Jesus Christ throughout the years. However, far too often, we allow ourselves to lose focus of the gospel in our lives as we move on to bigger and better doctrines and issues with life. Tim Keller once wrote, “The gospel is not just the A-B-C’s but the A-Z of Christianity. The gospel is not just the minimum required doctrine necessary to enter the kingdom, but the way we make progress in the kingdom.”
 
The gospel is everything. Let us never lose focus on the cross. Let us never forget our Risen Savior. Let us live in the gospel and experience day after day the life that Jesus has for us through our faith in Him. Jesus is not done working in your life. If you have never placed your faith in Jesus Christ, I encourage you to consider doing so today. God loves you and is offering you peace and life if you will give your life to Him. If you already believe in Christ but it’s been a while since you’ve been faithful to Him, I encourage you to not waste another day. The apostle John wrote his gospel down so that we may believe in Jesus and have life in His name. I’m inviting you to experience life in Jesus Christ. He gives life to the lifeless, hope to the hopeless, and forgiveness to all those who trust in Him. Will you trust Him today?
 

Without Him I could be dying, without Him I’d be enslaved, without Him life would be hopeless
But with Jesus, thank God I’m saved!
Jesus, O Jesus, do you know Him today? Do not turn Him away! O Jesus, O Jesus, without Him, how lost I would be!

 

Your Youth Minister,

Rev. Evan Alexander


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