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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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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A Mandate From Heaven

 Melodee and I went to a poverty simulation put on by United Way. They set up chairs to separate families into a community. We got to pick out a name and an age from some name tags they had on a table. You could be a 16 year old girl or a single mother. They grouped you into families with real life situations. Melodee and I chose to be in our 50s, (if you can imagine that.) I was a 52 year old man on disability social security. Melodee was my 50 year old wife. She had to work a $9.50 an hour job to support us. Our two grand children lived with us because our son was nowhere to be found.

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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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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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