Who's Your Daddy? - 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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Who's Your Daddy?

John 8:44: Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

John 14:6: Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life…”

It seems we are drawn to negative news. I know I have probably written and preached about this before but, oh, well, here we go again. We say we hate it but the worse it is the more we will repeat it. I have wondered what kind of effect that has on us as a society and as individual believers. If the enemy (Satan) can convince us that things are bad, especially in the church, what kind of effect does that have on our faith? If it’s bad and we know it’s bad, why pray, why try? Have you ever felt like there just isn’t much power to our faith? We have heaven but there doesn’t seem to be much else.

I believe there are serious problems with in the church. This past month, four denominations have decided to make same-sex marriage part of their program. That’s a problem! Churches pass out ear plugs as people enter in case the “worship” music is too loud. That’s a problem. Sunday night and Wednesday evening services are all but disappearing. That is a problem. According to the Billy Graham association, only 2% of American Christians have ever shared their faith with anyone. That is a problem. It seems church stuff falls way down on the list of priorities for people. That is a problem…

I could go on but all this negative input is only adding to the problem. I wonder if this is the reason we have all these problems. We spend so much time and energy focusing on the things that are wrong we have lost confidence that what we believe to be true as Christians is really real. “Why not accept GBLT relationships as normal? There doesn’t seem to be any power to overcome the lifestyle so God must have made them that way. Why not believe the divorce rate is high in the church? It gives me less reason to work hard on my marriage. Why not have 'worship' that entertains me? At least I can conjure up a feeling that God is present for a few minutes. Why bother with Sunday evening and Wednesday church? It’s just a watered-down version of Sunday morning and I have better things to do with my time. Why share my faith with anyone? I’m not totally convinced it’s doing anything for me…”

The lie is more appealing than the truth. Satan began perfecting the lie way back in the Garden of Eden. “Come on, Eve, all that God stuff is baloney. God didn’t really mean what he said. He just doesn’t want you to really experience life. Eat the fruit, Eve, it's good stuff.” And so we have struggled ever since with letting the lie influence us over the truth.

Satan is the father of lies. He doesn’t want you to see the truth. The truth is we serve a very powerful and awesome God; the creator of the universe; a God who "is able to do exceedingly, abundantly above anything we could ever ask or think." We serve the God who is able to transform lives. Yes even those caught up in the LGBT lifestyle or a couple whose marriage is failing. We serve a God that is worthy of worship. Worship that comes from the depths of the heart, not from my own fleshly desire for feel good entertainment.

I am afraid we have bought into the lie that God can’t do it so we have to work it up for ourselves.

Here’s some good stuff: It has been said, (and I have used it as sermon fodder because the negative preaches so well), that the divorce rate is close to 50% in the secular world and the church is about the same. This would make one wonder what the church really has to offer in the way of solid relationships.

Well, turns out that this is a subtle lie from the pit of hell. Of course Satan doesn’t want the church to think they are anything special. According to Harvard-trained researcher Shaunti Feldhahn, the rate of divorce among church attenders is “maybe 15 percent, maybe 20 percent for all marriages.” Here’s part of the article: Feldhahn could find no actual evidence that the divorce rate in society at large and the church was an abysmal 50 percent. She spent eight years seeking the truth in this matter, and she came to dramatically different conclusions from what “common knowledge” describes. Feldhahn produced a book called The Good News About Marriage to debunk the discouraging notion that divorce in the church is around 50 percent.

Feldhahn describes the discouraged attitude many in the church had because of the false statistic: For the average person in the congregation, there’s this subtle feeling like, "If that’s true, if on something as important as marriage, doing what the Bible says doesn’t change anything; what does that mean about the Bible?"

Her husband, Jeff, describes the response of people once they hear the truth about the divorce statistic: They go, "I can’t believe I believed this all these years. And I’ve heard it so many times. And I’ve heard it from the pulpit so many times." Another encouraging statistic Shaunti Feldhahn shares is that eighty percent of marriages are happy, not 30 percent. These statistics show that the truth is radically different from what people have been hearing these years–and gives real hope to the married within the church.

The same is true in other areas of life. People are set free from addictions of all kinds when they give their life to Christ. It isn’t 100%, but that is the fault of the individual, not God. When the Bible says, “the truth will set you free,” it really does!

My point is, as the Bible says, “Satan is a liar, and the father of it.” The church needs to be very cautious about what it listens to. Just because it is negative news doesn’t mean it’s the truth. Some of the negative might very well be a ploy of the Devil to discourage the church into thinking we don’t have the power we thought we did.

Again, Satan is the father of lies. He doesn’t want you to see the truth. The truth is we serve a very powerful and awesome God; the creator of the universe; a God who "is able to do exceedingly, abundantly above anything we could ever ask or think." We serve the God who is able to transform lives. Yes, even those caught up in the LGBT lifestyle, or marriage problems, or addictions. We serve a God that is worthy of worship. Worship that comes from the depths of the heart not from my own fleshly desire for feel good entertainment.

Maybe we should sing along with Moses and the Psalmist this song: “Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?” “Thy righteousness also, O God, is very high, who hast done great things: O God, who is like unto thee!”

Things may not be good in our nation and our world but the church does have the answer. “And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also give life to your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwells in you.”

Let’s grab hold of the truth and start acting like the people we are. We are the children of the most high, most powerful, most loving, most gracious awe inspiring God in the universe!! What can’t we do? What don’t we have the power to overcome?

John 8:44: Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

John 14:6: Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life…”

Who’s your daddy?