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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's Potholes

On our way to Children’s Hospital we were listening to the radio. Traffic was horrible. We heard on the radio that there were 5 or 6 cars with flat tires because of a huge pothole in the left lane of route 670.

There you are. You have a plan. You left home in plenty of time to get to work or you left with plenty of home to get the hospital before the person went into surgery, or to get to whatever appointment you had. You had no idea there was going to be a pothole that would get in the way of your plans!

Seperation of Church and State (part 2)

On December 4th, 1800 Congress approved the use of the Capitol Building as a church building.  Non-denominational public worship was regularly administered at the Capitol each week for their own services.  Records show that by 1867, over 2,000 people per week attended church services at the Capitol.  The Capitol Building was a public building where the US government met for official government business.

In God We Trust

The founding founders of the American Constitution officially adopted the motto, "In God We Trust." Every American coin and paper currency has these words printed on it, "In God We Trust." And it is not a coincidence that all witnesses who testify in the courts and before Congressional hearings must take an oath and swear to affirm before God that they will tell the truth.

Here's Jesus

As a radical believer and follower of the Jesus of the Bible, I have often found myself in a dilemma. I want people to see my Savior for who He really is, and yet, I am often embarrassed at how we believers portray Him. Jesus is too often a victim of mistaken identity. He is seen (maybe this is how you see him) as hateful and intolerant. He is seen as a political activist with little or no concern for the heartfelt views of others. He is viewed as only a friend to those that hold His causes in high regard. For this I apologize. I know that the things you might believe are just as important to you as the things I believe are to me.

Chapel Review - May 2009

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  • 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>