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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 Truth About a Negative Spirit

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]?)

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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.

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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.

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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

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Lover or Prostitute

Lover or Prostitute? The Question that Changed My Life   A number of years ago, I had the privilege of teaching at a school of ministry. My students were hungry for God, and I was constantly searching for ways to challenge them to fall more in love with Jesus and to become voices for revival in the Church. I came across a quote attributed most often to Rev. Sam Pascoe. It is a short version of the history of Christianity, and it goes like this: Christianity started in Palestine as a fellowship; it moved to Greece and became a philosophy; it moved to Italy and became an institution; it moved to Europe and became a culture; it came to America and became an enterprise.Some of the students were only 18 or 19 years old--barely out of diapers--and I wanted them to understand and appreciate the import of the last line, so I clarified it by adding, “An enterprise. That’s a business.” After a few moments Martha, the youngest student in the class, raised her hand. I could not imagine what her question might be. I thought the little vignette was self-explanatory, and that I had performed it brilliantly. Nevertheless, I acknowledged Martha’s raised hand, “Yes, Martha.” She asked such a simple question, “A business? But isn’t it supposed to be a body?” I could not envision where this line of questioning was going, and the only response I could think of was, “Yes.” She continued, “But when a body becomes a business, isn’t that a prostitute?”The room went dead silent. For several seconds no one moved or spoke. We were stunned, afraid to make a sound because the presence of God had flooded into the room, and we knew we were on holy ground. All I could think in those sacred moments was, “Wow, I wish I’d thought of that.” I didn’t dare express that thought aloud. God had taken over the class.           

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