Pastor's 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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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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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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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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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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