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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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What’s Piling Up in Your Life?

     I am at the end of a very tiring vacation. It was tiring because of a well-oiled gift I have. I have perfected this gift to a tee over the years. It’s not one I am proud of; none the less I am good at it. It is called being disorganized.
     One of the goals of my vacation was to begin to clean up some of my messes. I wanted to eradicate the “piles” I had let accumulate in my garage, basement and yard. (For the record, my wife is free and clear of any charges here. She is a better house keeper than I am; besides I want to eat dinner tonight.) I like to say it all piled up because I am so busy with my “pastoral duties.” While that might sound spiritual it is just an excuse I use to continue to perfect my gift. (It is partially true…)

Frustration: Satan’s Tool for Defeat

Frustration: That is the best word I can use to describe the feeling I get when I listen to the news. We have an administration over their head in scandals, but there doesn’t seem to be any accountability. We are watching the US Supreme Court overstepping their boundaries of interpreting our Constitution and they are making laws that fly in the face of anything our founding fathers intended. (Just so you understand, our government has three distinct branches; executive, legislative and judicial. One branch doesn’t have complete authoritative rule. It was designed to have checks and balances. The US Supreme Court is the lowest branch with the least authority. This is why they are appointed rather than elected. They weren’t designed to rule or legislate, which is what they are doing. Unelected judges are making law. If this isn’t the case, why were they the final word in Roe v. Wade; why were they able to go against the will of the people and congress and overturn the Defense of Marriage Act, [DOMA]?)

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.

Busy: An American way of life. But is it God’s way?

As I sit here this morning my head is swimming with all the things I need to do. Sometimes it is difficult to fit everything into the day. Melodee and I just had a conversation about what we should cut out to fit something else in. Our life isn’t much different than anybody else’s. We all prioritize our day so we can do the things that are important to us.    Work, family, food, friends, television, the electronic world, even church seems to demand all our time. Do you ever wish you could just run off somewhere and hide from it all?      The problem is no matter where you go the “busy” will follow you because we are a society that is addicted to activity. It is hard for most of us to just sit down and relax in the quiet. We train our children from an early age to be uncomfortable with just sitting still. We involve them in every activity we can so they don’t miss their childhood dreams. Unwittingly we train them, and our self, to grab hold of busy and don’t let go.      I’m not so sure this is what God intended for us.

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


  • The Truth About a Negative Spirit

    The truth about a negative spirit 03/15 Do you ever struggle with an attitude? Now, we always have attitude but I’m talking about a bad attitude. A good attitude is one that looks at every situation and finds a positive outcome. (Romans 8:26-39) A positive outcome is difficult for most of us because we are wired to see the negative side of things. Take this little test. What is the 1st thing that comes to your mind when you hear these names? 1. Jimmy Swaggart… 2. King David… 3. Richard Nixon… 4. Jonah… 5. Jim Baker… 6. Samson… I realize I’m showing my age with some of those names but hopefully you get the point. Jimmy Swaggart was caught with a prostitute and pornography. Jim and Tammy Baker’s PTL Club Empire was brought down in a big sex and money scandal that, of all people, Jimmy Swaggart helped bring to light. How about Richard Nixon and the Water Gate scandal that landed most of his cabinet in prison? Then there is King David and Bathsheba, Jonah and a whale, Samson and a prostitute… My point is we are drawn to the negative. If it is news worthy, it is negative. Just turn on fox news, or CNN if you prefer. When was the last time you heard a report on how many people survived the day without incident? Have you ever heard a reporter report on how many people didn’t get murdered on a particular day or how many people didn’t get the swine flu? 2 people die from Ebola in the USA and we have a national epidemic. Somebody gets murdered 1000 miles away from me and I’m made to feel like I better lock my doors and set in my house ready with a loaded gun. A friend of mine showed me all his guns in his gun cabinet and told me how he would defend himself and his family. My 1st thought was “ok, someone breaks down your door at 2:00am and you are going to say excuse me while I open my safe.” I am all for our constitutional right to bear arms. An unarmed society is an oppressed, controlled society. That’s why our present Government hates the fact that we “cling to our guns and Bibles” (Mr. Barak Obama), another topic for another day. When Gene Davis was murdered by a coward that she caught trying to take her stuff, Melodee and I actually locked our bedroom door at night for a while. That is until we realized that’s exactly what Satan would want. He wants us to live in fear. Fear takes away our trust; our trust in people and even worse our trust in God. I believe it is fear that causes us to cling to the negative. Fear gives us a bad attitude; a bad attitude toward people, our church, life and ultimately God. We fear that we will be hurt, we fear that life won’t go ‘our way’. We fear that somebody will take something or someone that belongs to me. Fear causes me to remember the negative side of life so I can make sure I’m not disappointed when something bad happens to me, because I know it will. I have been dealing with a lot of “fear” lately. I guess that’s why I’m writing this. Friendships I once had are disappearing. I hear people talk about the atmosphere changing in ‘my’ church. I see a lot of empty seats every Sunday. I see people committing to things and then just backing out, not fulfilling their commitment. People tell me all they see wrong with the church, their life, the world… So, rather than ‘clinging to my Bible’ I cling to the fear that it is all falling apart. Fear is a lie. How can I say that? First of all as one man put it, (wish I could remember who so I could give him credit), fear is False Evidence Appearing Real. Someone gets murdered and I assume that it will likely happen to me. Someone gets caught in an indiscretion and I assume that to be his/her eternal character. Fear causes us to make assumptions about people, their character, their motives, the future, etc… We assume things we can’t possibly know. We seldom assume the best. (You know what they say about the word assume.) Second, the Bible is a pretty good gauge on truth versus a lie. The Bible speaks the words “fear not” over 100 times. Too name just a few: Gen. 15:1 Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward. Gen. 26:24 fear not, for I am with thee… Deut. 1:21 fear not, neither be discouraged. Josh. 8:1 Fear not, neither be thou dismayed… Isa. 7:4 fear not, neither be fainthearted… Isa. 43:5 Fear not: for I am with thee… II Tim. 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. There is a lot of evil in the world and disappointments do happen. BUT if Romans 8:26-39 is correct the things we consider disappointments’ in our life, or negative are all part of a grander scheme that God has in store. For me, the negative, discouraging feelings I have all boil down to 1 thing. Do I really believe and trust God who said (my own paraphrase of Romans 8:26-39) “I am praying prayers for you that you can’t utter because I know you better than you know yourself. I am working everything out for your good because you love me and I have called you with a purpose: I have called you from your mothers’ womb to be conformed to the image of my son who suffered for you. Sense I have called you I have pronounced you righteous and consideryou excellent in my kingdom! If this is true, if I am for you, then no one can be against you! Christ died for you so no one has the right to charge you or condemn you. Best of all absolutely nothing can diminish my love for you.” Let’s go back to the test at the beginning: Jimmy Swaggart’s ministry spent millions of dollars building missions and schools in Haiti not to mention the thousands maybe millions that came to Jesus. Jim Baker wrote a book apologizing for his indiscretion in the PTL Club scandal. Richard Nixon made some blunders but he got us out of Viet Nam. God called King David “a man after his own heart”. Jonah went to a very wicked city that probably tortured his family and he witnessed the largest, most amazing revival in history. Samson was instrumental in bringing down thousands of Israel’s most notorious enemy, giving his own life in the process. With all the ‘negitive’ stuff that happened to Joseph; (read it for yourself in Genesis 37-50); he summed it all up in one line to his brothers who had sold him into slavery: (read Gen. 45 first) Genesis 50:20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive. Here are some suggestions I am going to try to practice myself: Try going 1 full day without saying anything negative about anything or anyone. Try to see Good God might have in all circumstances. Write down 5 positive things every day. (Example: I have food; a roof over my head; I wasn’t mugged this week…) Negative responses generate negative responses just as fire generates fire. One more passage to ponder then Ill quit: Philippians 4:4-8 4 Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. 5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. 6 Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Pastor Roger p>