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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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