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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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