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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Through It All

Trials; I would like to say I wish we didn’t have to face them but the truth is they are necessary for our growth as followers of Jesus. They teach us and they temper us, or we let them make us hard, untrusting and bitter.Andrae Crouch wrote a song years ago that expresses the truth about trials in a simple way. I’ve had many tears and sorrows; I have questions for tomorrow;
There have been times I didn’t know right from wrong.
But in every situation God gave blessed consolation;
That my trials came to only make me strong.

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Straining at Gnats

Any time we have a ‘Christian Holiday’ the explanations for the origination of the holidays start popping up.  Whether it is Christmas, Easter, or Halloween there are plenty of articles and sermons on why we should or shouldn’t call them by their traditional names or in some cases even celebrate them. I have been guilty of writing both sermons and articles in opposition to the traditional celebration of all three.      I refused to let our family put up a Christmas tree for years. My kids never got to go trick or treating, (my daughter is still a little bitter for that one). Of course they would tell you I wouldn’t let them watch the Smurffs either. I think their memory of their child hood is a little skewed at times.) I know people who have left churches because they had an Easter egg hunt.     Don’t worry, I’m not going ‘Joel Osteen’ on you, I just wonder if sometimes we don’t “strain at a gnat and swallow a camel”. (Matthew 23:24 If you want to get a good idea where I am coming from stop here and read that chapter. Remove the word ‘Pharisee’ and replace it with ‘mainline denominationalism’.)

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Testimony

Below is a testimony written by a young Thai woman named Faa. Faa has a home in Chiang Mai for orphan children. Chiang Mai is about a 1 ½ hour drive from where we will be going on the mission trip. This gives us a little perspective on the children we are supporting at the camp. Please continue to pray for those going on March 24. We will have names, stories, and hopefully pictures of our little girls soon. I can’t thank you all enough for the sacrifice you have made in gifts and prayers for this trip and for the five girls we are supporting. This is part of your testimony of ‘laying up treasures in heaven where moth and rust won’t corrupt and thieves cannot break through and steal; for where your treasure is that’s where your heart is also.’ (Matthew 6:20-21) You have laid aside part of your temporary wealth and turned it into eternal blessing! THANK YOU!Pastor Roger  

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The Church, a Sanctuary

Have you ever felt alone; like nobody cares and even if they do I’m not sure I can trust them with my ‘stuff’. We have all been there a one time or another. When we were children, people (especially family members) said stuff that hurt us. “You’re stupid.” “You’ll never amount to anything.” Maybe it was a little more subtle but they were words that stung.     It happened on the play ground at school, maybe in the classroom from a teacher. With each wound we built a wall of protection, part of our personality was damaged and we created defense mechanisms to guard us from getting hurt again. Some people just shut down and never let anybody get too close. Some people use their anger as a defense; some will use humor, making a joke out of everything. Some will bury themselves in their work. Some turn to an addiction (alcohol, porn, drugs, etc.) We find ways to hide or protect what’s buried deep inside our heart.   

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Sign of the Times?

I know I have used these passages on a number of occasions, But as I read about some of the ridiculous things that are taking place in our country I can’t help but refer back to them because they are so true about our culture.      I Timothy 4:1-2 1Now the Spirit speaks expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; 2Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron…      II Timothy 3:1-5 1This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4Traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.   

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Don’t Have Time?

Recently I’ve become aware of a phrase commonly thrown around among most people, including myself, that is a lie. This lie destroys marriage relationships, parent – child relationships and also relationships with God. It consists of four simple words and is a very common part of our everyday conversation.  I’ve heard it used to get people “off the hook” in all kinds of situations. Wondering what it is? It’s a phrase, “I don’t have time!”

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