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Seek and Save the Lost

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Can you imagine a day when all of the wickedness of the world will be called into judgement; a day when all of the world will stand and give an account for their lies, murder, adultery, idolatry, and rejection of Jesus Christ? It is hard to imagine a day when there was more wickedness in the world than there is today, yet Jesus said the last days would be like the days of Noah. As I look around and take time to listen to the voices that think they are unheard, it is obvious that people are continually thinking and planning wicked and lewd acts, and the sad thing is that much of the world is so biblically illiterate that they don’t even know what wrong is or why something they are doing is wrong. If you listen to the language of our world, you will quickly pick up on the fact that people in everyday communications use the Lords name in vain and think nothing of it.
 
It is alarming to think that there will be billions of people who will be destroyed because of sin and the darkness of it having overtaken them and that they will spend eternity in the lake of fire. When I think of the flood that destroyed the earth, I am reminded that Noah and His little family were safe on the Ark, and they saw people being swept away in the waters of God’s Judgement. They must have been so sad to see those they had tried to warn swept away into death and damnation. Friend, it saddens my heart to think that when Jesus comes back so many will be left hopeless to spend all of eternity in Hell. Remember, Jesus came to seek and save those who are lost and condemned. He found and saved me, and I pray that He will find and save more as we share the good news of God’s love to those who face certain damnation without Him.
 
Pastor, 
Rev. Wayne Marcus


Contend for the Faith

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When you think about your Church, what do you think about? To many people, Church is just a place they go on Sunday when they can. 20% of adults say they have no real connection to their church family or to the mission of the Church. 40% say they have no connection to their faith. 23% of believers say that they can’t find a church home. What about you? Do you feel connected to the church, or are you one of those people who are looking for a Church to call your home Church?

This Sunday, we are going to discuss the call that God has given the church to contend for our faith. This message is being preached at a time when the world has stood firm to detest most anything that is of a Biblical nature or belief. Satan has come out of the closet if you will; no longer does he deny his hatred for the sacred things of God. People led and influenced by Satan are boldly standing against God’s biblical plan for marriage, the sacred standard He gives us for life, and God’s call on the life of His people to be holy and live sanctified lives that bring honor to Him. The authority of God’s Word is under attack in the world and, of all places, in many so-called churches today. Friend, we live in the last days, and Satan realizes His time is drawing near. Therefore, the church must stand firm in our faith and focus on the call that has been given to us. I hope you are connected to the Church, and fulfilling the call God has given you. If not, I am praying that you will get plugged in today.
 
Your Pastor,
Rev. Wayne Marcus


All Hands On Deck

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The new church year starts in just a few weeks, and with that comes a lot of committee meetings, planning, and of course, hard work. None of these things are strange to you; we have been planning and working hard for years and this year shall be no exception. As the day of the Lord draws closer, we have to be more vigilant and vivacious in our service for the Savior. I hope you are determined to take advantage of every opportunity you have to work for the Lord. There are many things in the works for the next church year that you could be in involved with. We will be doing Judgement House and Fall Festival in October the children and Adult Choir will be doing a presentation at Christmas, Upward Basketball January – February, we will be doing a Wild Game Supper this year and of course Vacation Bible School, and some mission trips. Please take advantage of all the opportunities to serve the Lord here at Toms Creek.
 
As you know, there will come a day and a time when you will be grateful for opportunities you took to serve the Lord. Can you imagine what it will be like when you stand before the Lord and are rewarded for what you have done for Him here in this world? This world is wicked, dark, cold, and full of indifference toward the gospel. but it is also a rich honey-hole for fishers of men. God has called to us be ambassadors for Christ; let’s get out there and represent Him to the best of our ability. We need all hands on deck for the mission that God has called us to. Please commit to serving the Lord with all of your heart, soul, and mind this coming year.
 
Pastor,
Rev. Wayne Marcus


Let Go, and Let God

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Last Sunday night, we had a great service with many people sharing how God was working in their lives and giving God praise for forgiving their sin and setting them free. God is so good, and if there was anything that became evident from Sunday night it was that nothing is too hard for God! You may be dealing with heartache, disappointment, bondage of sin, or struggling with a combination of other things; I want to remind you of two things today. The first thing is that God loves you! He really does, He loves you just like you are with all of your troubles and struggles. God loves you and wants you to hear and understand this verse:
“Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you” (1 Peter 5:7).
 
Friend, God wants you to cast your cares or worries upon Him. You may say why? Because He cares for you!
 
I know it is hard to believe that God would care for us as He does but today if you can by faith trust that He loves you and cares for you then and only then can you trust Him enough to cast your fears, problems and heartaches on Him. The second thing I would like to tell you is that in order to cast your cares upon Him you will have to humble yourself. That means that you have to admit that your problems are bigger than you are. No matter how strong you may think that you are, please know that God wants you to humble yourself and quit allowing your stubborn pride to hold you the bondage of trying to bear a load that is bigger than you are capable of handling. There is great liberty and freedom in casting your cares on the Lord and because of the love and grace of God you have been invited to do just that. Let go and Let God help you today!
 
Your Pastor,
 
Rev. Wayne Marcus


Hope in Hard Times

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It is so good to know that God loves us and that we are not receiving in this life what we deserve but rather what God’s grace provides. All of us, and I mean all of us, have the opportunity to be blessed beyond measure due to gift of God. This does not mean that life will not have hardship or heartache; it simply means that we cannot measure our blessings by our burdens or be sour based upon our surroundings. We are to live by faith, and our faith teaches us that all things are for the good of those who love God and are the called according to His purpose. Our problems are not put there to hurt us but to build us, to make us better and closer to God.
 
The Devil would love for us to give up, curse God, and then lie down and wait on death. This would make us ugly, useless, and ungodly in a world that needs a good witness for God. Friend, I have talked with a lot of people this week that are going through some real battles in their life, yet they have smiled, praised God, and acknowledge that God is good. They can say that because they understand that this life is not the end nor is it the reward that God has in store for us. As Christians, we are living for a better Country, for a better day, and it is just around the corner. So keep singing, keep praying, and keep looking up for your redemption draws near.
 
Pastor,
Rev. Wayne Marcus


A Fresh Touch From Heaven

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Over the last few weeks, the air has gotten really dry, and it is showing on the grass and gardens. They look so parched and almost dead. How are you doing in your walk with the Lord? Are you feeling dry and parched, as if the heavens have been closed and the things that you need for revival and restoration have disappeared? The truth is that our lives can become barren if we cease to receive or realize the blessings that God is showering us with daily.
 
Each and every day it is important to take time to drink out of a refreshing well that never runs dry, to experience fresh Word from God as you walk with Him, and share your burdens and thank Him for his blessings. We know that He loves us, and He knows how we feel about Him, but it is good to hear Him tell you, and it is also good to tell Him how you feel. It does you good to say it. If your life is getting dry or routine, it may be that you need to cool it down with your Bible and spend time talking with your Heavenly Father.
 
I was looking at the grass this morning and had this thought: “if it doesn’t rain my grass is going to wither up.” Only a moist touch from Heaven can give my yard what it really needs, and if you are about to wither up, only a fresh touch from Heaven can restore you.
 
Pastor,
 
Rev. Wayne Marcus


Uncertainty in Following Christ

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We often find ourselves in uncomfortable situations that are self-caused. Maybe you responded yes to an invitation you now regret, or perhaps you chowed down on that food from the gas station despite all your better judgment telling you not to. Our choices and decisions shape our paths, and where we end up is often due to the very choices we make.
 
In Daniel 6, we find Daniel in quite the predicament. Prayer to the one true God has been forbidden, and Daniel makes a choice that results in being tossed into a den of hungry lions. Daniel’s story reminds us that being faithful to God may lead to uncomfortable and even dangerous circumstances. But in the end of his story, God’s name is glorified throughout the kingdom. 
 
When it comes to following Christ, we’re often left with a choice: the comfortable status-quo or the uncertainty that accompanies stepping out in faith. While we may not be guaranteed safety or sure deliverance from the trials and discomforts in following Christ, we can remain confident that it’s worth it and we’re not alone. So, go on that mission trip. Attend that class. Share your testimony with your neighbor.
 
You may be missing out on a life-changing experience that God has planned for you. Do what God is calling you to do, and don’t let your comforts get in the way of your commitment to the Lord.
 
Your Youth Minister,
Rev. Evan Alexander


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