Blog - Mount Vernon Grace Community Church

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18350 Hopewell Road
Mount Venon, OH 43050

  • Sunday Morning Prayer
    10:00 a.m. Prayer time prior to Sundays service
  • Sunday Morning Service
    10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Nursery is available and Sunday School classes are held for children preschool age through 12 during the sermon
  • Wednesday Night 
    Bible Study 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    Teen Bible Study 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 pm

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Life Is But a Vapor

 It is January 2013 already! Happy New Year! To a young mind that might not seem like much, but I can remember thinking, (doesn’t seem like that many years ago), I’ll be in my fifties at the turn of the century. That seemed so old and far away. Here it is and here I am. It wasn’t so far away after all and it doesn’t seem so old anymore!     I was born in May of 1956! It is January 2013 already! When the 2000s hit we were supposed to all be driving hover crafts and living in space stations. (Remember the Jetsons?) The last I checked I still had a 1999 Dodge Ram pickup truck in my garage on planet earth. It only hovers for short periods of time when I take the railroad tracks too fast.      They say ‘Time flies when you’re having fun’. Nobody knows who ‘they’ are but the fact is time flies whether you’re having fun or not. It almost seems like you blink and the world you once knew is gone.

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Longing for Heaven

Paul had something the church has lost in the 21st century. He had a deep longing for heaven. That longing gave him his purpose for life on planet earth. He didn’t care what his circumstances were here, everything was an opportunity to serve the one that gave him eternal life.      In chapter 2 Paul encourages the church in Philippi to not waste their time with petty arguments caused by personal pride but to have the mind of Christ in all things. 3Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus

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Lover or Prostitute

Lover or Prostitute? The Question that Changed My Life   A number of years ago, I had the privilege of teaching at a school of ministry. My students were hungry for God, and I was constantly searching for ways to challenge them to fall more in love with Jesus and to become voices for revival in the Church. I came across a quote attributed most often to Rev. Sam Pascoe. It is a short version of the history of Christianity, and it goes like this: Christianity started in Palestine as a fellowship; it moved to Greece and became a philosophy; it moved to Italy and became an institution; it moved to Europe and became a culture; it came to America and became an enterprise.Some of the students were only 18 or 19 years old--barely out of diapers--and I wanted them to understand and appreciate the import of the last line, so I clarified it by adding, “An enterprise. That’s a business.” After a few moments Martha, the youngest student in the class, raised her hand. I could not imagine what her question might be. I thought the little vignette was self-explanatory, and that I had performed it brilliantly. Nevertheless, I acknowledged Martha’s raised hand, “Yes, Martha.” She asked such a simple question, “A business? But isn’t it supposed to be a body?” I could not envision where this line of questioning was going, and the only response I could think of was, “Yes.” She continued, “But when a body becomes a business, isn’t that a prostitute?”The room went dead silent. For several seconds no one moved or spoke. We were stunned, afraid to make a sound because the presence of God had flooded into the room, and we knew we were on holy ground. All I could think in those sacred moments was, “Wow, I wish I’d thought of that.” I didn’t dare express that thought aloud. God had taken over the class.           

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Change Requires Change

If you always believe
What you have always believed
You will always feel the way you have always felt
If you always feel 
The way you have always felt
You will always think the way you have always thought
If
you always think
The way you have always thought
You will always do what you have always done
If
you always doWhat you have always done
You will always get what you have always gotten

Ifthere is no change

There is no change  

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An Unsolvable Problem

Some of you are facing what could easily be called an unsolvable problem. It’s you I hope to encourage today. Often the situations with no human answers form the basis upon which God does some of His best work. This is illustrated beautifully in the life of Job, who, in my opinion, is a living example of unsolvable problems. Job’s biography includes a clipboard full of questions about suffering.Is God fair? Is this situation just? What is a person to learn when going through deep waters of suffering?In Job, we have a unique and rare look within the veil of heaven and behind the scenes on earth.

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Can Anybody Hear Me?!


Psa. 49:10 “Be still and know that I am God.”  At the beginning of this passage the psalmist says:  God is our refuge and strength,  an ever-present help in trouble.   Therefore we will not
fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, 

though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.

     Sounds like a lot of noise doesn’t it? The psalmist says in all the noise, learn to be quiet and understand. “I am God.” 

     Our ability to concentrate for any length of time seems to be subpar. This isn’t criticism, it is just reality.

 

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