February 14, 2019, Pastor Tom Hocking
"Therefore, there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus, the law of the Spirit, who gives life has set me free from the law of sin and death." Romans 8:1
These words are some of the most magnificent words ever written! It is God's perfect justification once and for all! It has forever changed our destiny for those who have put their trust in Christ! It has given the freedom to live godly lives through the inward working and presence of the Holy Spirit. We are no longer slaves to sin but are now free to live the abundant Spirit-filled life that Christ has promised! As we meditate on these truths, we will grow deeper in our love relationship with our Savior, God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. We can have the peace that passes all understanding because we know our future is secure, not because of what we have done, but because of what He has done!
Love in His Grace,
Pastor Tom and Marianne-
January 29, 2019, Pastor Tom Hocking
This past Sunday we talked about discipleship, which was one of the last things Jesus talks about in Matthew 28. "Go and make disciples of all nations......." This could seem to be overwhelming but it really starts at home with family and those who God places before us. It was wonderful on Sunday to see parents and grandparents committed to helping train up these little ones in the Lord. Let us continue to pray for all the families of our church that raise the next generation! As I stated, one of the ways we do that is by loving God with all our heart, all our mind, and all our soul, as quoted in the Old and New Testament and it can be contagious!
One of the missions of KMCC is to Know Christ and to make Him known. As we walk with Him He will bring opportunities to share of His Grace and Mercy.
We may at times feel inadequate but it is just sharing what we have in our hearts. I love the statement, "He doesn't call the qualified, He qualifies the called." If you want to be used by the Lord, He just wants us to make ourselves available. Hope you all can stay safe and warm!
Love in His Grace,
Pastor Tom and, Marianne
January 8, 2019, Pastor Tom Hocking
We want to wish everyone a Happy New Year! It is hard to believe another year has flown by! The verse that says, "Life is but a vapor, it appears for a moment and is gone," is so true! But praise God for the Hope we have!
Romans 15:13 "May the God of HOPE fill you with all JOY and PEACE as you TRUST in Him, so that you may overflow with HOPE by the power of the Holy Spirit." One of the key words in this verse is Trust. It can be so hard at times, but it is what God wants from us and its fruit is joy, peace, and hope! This is the kind of peace that Philippians talks about, "the Peace that passes understanding." It also produces a Joy that is not dependent on our circumstances but on the Hope of eternity and knowing He is in control, not just of our future but of our every day lives.
As we go forward in this new year I pray this prayer for all of you.
Ephesians 3:14-20. "For this reason, I kneel before the Father from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you being rooted and established in love, may have power together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, TO HIM be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever! Amen"
Love you all,
In His Grace,
Pastor Tom and Marianne
December 19, 2018, Pastor Tom Hocking
As we approach Christmas with all the craziness, we pray we can focus on Christ and what he has done for us and what the reason for this season is all about. We have been to many Christmas events and it is sad when Christ or any trace of Him is left out. How did this ever come to be? Satan is doing a good job trying to distract us from anything related to Christianity.
As we went through some of the many prophecies that foretold of Christ's birth and every single one of them came to be, we can trust that future prophecies will as well!
What a comfort that is! Just one is that He will return, rule and reign and make everything right! "And HE shall reign forever and ever."
We pray you all can enjoy this Christmas season as we celebrate the Incarnation of our Emanuel, God with us!
Matthew 1:21"She shall bring forth a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus because He will save His people from their sins."
Merry Christmas to all,
In our Savior,
Pastor Tom and Marianne
December 4, 2018, Pastor Tom Hocking
What a great message Jay had Sunday on "From the Creation to the Cross." If you didn't get to be there you can get it online. I also highly recommend his DVDs and books. He also has live broadcasts that can be listened to.
In Genesis, it talks about the Messiah coming through the seed of the woman, Genesis 3: 15, and He will be born of a virgin, Isaiah 7:14. There is a thread that runs all through the Bible that points to Christ. All the sacrifices were a picture of the coming Lamb of God. All scripture points to Him.
As we begin to celebrate the Christmas season may we always remember what was done for us on Calvary, and the free gift given to us that was given at such a cost.
Hebrews 9:12 "He enters once for all into the holy places, not by the means of blood or goats but by the means of His own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption."
In His Grace,
November 20, 2018, Pastor Tom Hocking
This time of year can start to get crazy and busy with so much going on. It is also a good time to slow down and appreciate all God has done and is doing for us. We need to be grateful for the many riches we have in Christ Jesus. The hope and the future we have is something that is hard to grasp and is what sustains us through the trials of life. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, we have so much to be thankful for! Psalm 9:1 "I will give thanks to You Lord, with all my heart, I will tell of Your wonderful deeds, I will be glad and rejoice in You, I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High." I Thess. 5:18 "Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will for you in Christ Jesus." Praise God from whom all blessings flow, praise Him all creatures here below. Praise Him above ye heavenly host. Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
Love in His grace,
November 8, 2018, Pastor Tom Hocking
Some of you might be asking, "what now?" As I mentioned last Sunday, some of you may be disappointed in the election results, but we need to remember God is still on the throne and in control of all things. I Chron. 29:11 "Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power and glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is Yours. Your's Lord is the kingdom, You are exalted as head over all." Daniel 2:21 He changes the times and the seasons, He removes kings and raises up kings." Even though it is true it should be a wake-up call for all Christians to daily be praying for all our leaders and whatever God leads you to do in the rapid changes we see. We are truly living in the end times and need to redeem the time. Ephesians 5:16 "Redeeming the time, because the days are evil."’ We need to seek Him in all areas of life and trust Him. Psalm 20:7 "Some trust in horses, some trust in chariots, but we will trust in the name of the Lord our God!!"
In His Grace,
October 23, 2018, Pastor Tom Hocking
Not Even One
One of the points in my message last Sunday from Romans 3:10"There is no one righteous not even one." Apart from Christ, we have nothing to stand before Him with. In Isaiah 64:6 "All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all of our righteous acts are like filthy rags." But........ praise God, through the blood of Christ that cleanses us from all unrighteousness we are made clean and perfect before Him. Forever and always! We also talked about the Word being entrusted to the Jews but also to us! I pray we all treat His Word as a precious jewel. As we have this Sunday as a day to pray and remember the Persecuted Church, let us remember those who have sacrificed their lives for the gospel, and how many don't have the written Word that we have and cherish even a page of scripture. I know you have heard stories of those who had just a scrap of a paper with a verse or two but yet have it written in their hearts. May we cherish Gods word and newer take it for granted. Psalm 119:105 "Your Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path."
In His Grace,
October 02, 2018, Pastor Tom Hocking
Psalm 139:13-15 "For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."
It is obvious through scripture that life begins from conception. We know we have three children that we lost through miscarriages that we will see one day in heaven! What a comfort and hope,! Today babies are being killed from early conception to the last months. It is such a tragedy. Attached is a video and comments about the D and E abortions that are ripping babies limb by limb from the womb.
If you have had an abortion, there is forgiveness in Christ and restoration! He has forgiven every sin when we accept that His blood paid for all my sin. We have a friend who had several abortions, came to Christ, and by God's grace went on to have 5 children! She also became an ultrasound technician and even though she is not supposed to say anything to the patients, she did and she has saved many lives! Love God's grace and mercy !!
This Sunday is the Life Chain on Bluemound road. A very silent protest against this loss of so many innocent lives. Lee Nelson has the details. Be praying that God will place on the Supreme Court someone who can help reverse these horrors and save lives.
Love in His Grace,
September 25, 2018, Pastor Tom Hocking
Peace comes from knowing that grace that was given to us and knowing we are totally righteous before Him! Also, our peace comes from trusting Him for every area of our lives that we surrender to Him! Phil 4:6 "Do not be anxious about anything but in everything by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God and the PEACE of God which transcends understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus." May you know Christ's grace and peace in your lives!
In His Grace,
Today, as we reflect on the tragedy of 911, let us remember our brothers and sisters in Christ who are being persecuted for their faith around the world.
Our nephew who is serving in a ministry to pastors in 3rd world countries is now in West Asia. He is in a dangerous situation and would appreciate your prayers. Yesterday he sent us this text. Leaving names and places out to protect.
"We started our second group today. For some people, this is the first Christian community they have ever experienced. One guy who converted from Islam said afterward we had such sweet fellowship. "We were taught to hate you." Another guy said we prayed every day since the last training that we could make it again, he did, but 12 others were turned away at the border.
The group is very lively and enjoyed the training. They are learning how the Bible is God's living Word, a big contrast to the Quran. Thanks for praying!"
We take for granted the opportunities we have to learn God's Word. Please pray for Kevin and his team and that we would take every opportunity to share the gospel as time is so short!
Love in His Grace,
August 15, 2018, Pastor Tom Hocking
Ephesians 1:17 "I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the spirit of wisdom and revelation so that YOU MAY KNOW HIM BETTER!"
I had the privilege of going on multiple missions trips with Jim Eberline. He went home to be with the Lord last year at a young age. When we would walk and talk with each other we got to know each other's hearts, encourage each other and pour our burdens out to each other. In other words, we got to know each other well. That's how it is with our Savior. He wants us to walk moment by moment with Him, talk with Him, listen to Him through the Word, and share our burdens with Him. This is how we get to know Him and He becomes so intimate with us. We can call on Him 24/7. It doesn't get better than that!
As Paul prayed this prayer for us, I pray this for all of you, you will be blessed!! How can we walk without Him!
Micah 6:8 " And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to WALK humbly with your God."
Love you all in His Grace, Pastor Tom
July 17, 2018, Pastor Tom Hocking
Over the last few weeks, we have been studying the fullness and power of the Holy Spirit in transforming our lives. We have studied Galatians 5:22-26, which referred to the Holy Spirit's fruit in our lives. Also, we studied Mark 13:11, how Jesus told the disciples that the Holy Spirit would give them what to say and empower them in every situation. We need total dependence on Him at all times.
Last but not least we talked about Acts 1:8. The disciples were given the power to be witnesses throughout the world at that time, which also applies to us to be witnesses wherever God has placed us.
May the Lord, through the Holy Spirit, continue to encourage you with these truths!
In His Grace, Pastor Tom
June 26, 2018, Pastor Tom Hocking
If you missed Sunday, here are a couple of my key thoughts from my sermon.
The title of my message was "The Spirits Fire" dealing with 1 Thessalonians 4:19 "do not put out the spirits fire". We talked about grieving or hindering the Holy Spirit. One of the ways that we can grieve the spirit is to doubt God's Word. One of the ways that we can hinder Him is to worry. The thought that I would like to leave with you is a quote that I have recently read:
"Worry is like a warning light on the dashboard of our car informing us that we've taken back our lives from His care. A very foolish and grievous thing to do."
I would like to encourage you to attend this Sunday as we will be getting the know the Person of the Holy Spirit better. Summer is a time where we can be easily distracted from our walk with the Lord, and I believe this series will greatly encourage you as it has me already.
Be encouraged, Pastor Tom.
June 18, 2018, Pastor Tom Hocking
Hey guys, here is just a reminder from yesterday's message "A Few Good Men" and a quote from Ezekiel 22:30: "and I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one."
These were my main points from yesterday:
Men who learned to LEAN on the Lord Prov 3:5-6: "5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding, 6 in all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths"
Men who have learned to LEAD
Their Flesh Galatians 5:16-17: "16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other so that you are not to do whatever you want."
Men who have learned to LOVE the Father
1 Corinthians 13:1-3: "1 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing."
I'm thankful for the men of KMCC who are living out these principles in their lives. I hope you all had a blessed Father's Day and may the Lord bless you this week.
May 31, 2018, Pastor Tom Hocking
"Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing His will, and may HE work in us what is pleasing to Him, through Jesus Christ, to Him be glory forever and ever!" Hebrews 13:20-21
The key word here is equip, HE is the one that equips us to do anything.
Only in His strength can we accomplish anything. When we try in our flesh we fail miserably. It is resurrection power that works in us to do anything that counts for eternity!! May we always rely on His strength and not our own!
May 17, 2018, Pastor Tom Hocking
Our verse for Mother's Day was I Peter 5:7 "Cast all your cares on Him because He cares for you." The verse is not just for mothers but for all of us! We live in a world with constant cares and concerns all around us that He did not want us to carry by ourselves. I always remember hearing the illustration of the verse in Matthew 11:30 "For My burden is easy and My yoke is light. " A yoke is a wooden beam normally used between a pair of oxen or other animals to enable them to pull together on a load when working in pairs. I picture Jesus on one side but our feet are dangling on the other side because HE is carrying the full weight! He wants us to cast it all on Him and He will sustain us and carry us through whatever burdens we are carrying!