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On the Road Looking for God’s True Church

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As Polly and I travel the roads of northwest Ohio, southern Michigan, and northeast Indiana, we are always on the lookout for God’s True Church®. Here are a few of the churches we stumbled upon during our travels.

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First Church of Amboy, Amboy, Michigan, Alan Fenstermaker, pastor. Formerly Amboy Baptist Church — an Independent Fundamentalist Baptist (IFB) congregation (No Web Presence)

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Reading Church of the Nazarene, Reading, Michigan, Pastor Phil and Sabine Rigden (Facebook Page)

Reading Church of the Nazarene wants passersby to know that only through weakness can you become strong.  I choose, instead, to stand on my own two feet — no deity needed.

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Missionary Church of Allen, Allen, Michigan, Ray Hicks, pastor (No Web Presence)

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Quincy United Methodist Church, Quincy, Michigan,  Richard Wilson, pastor

A banner on the church’s website says RETHINK CHURCH. That’s exactly what many of us did, and that’s why we are now atheists, agnostics, humanists, and other flavors of unbelievers.

What, exactly, does it mean to spring into action for Jesus?  How does one “spring” and what “action” is expected after “springing?”

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    Karen the rock whisperer

    It must be a challenge, trying to come up with yet another inspirational message on the church sign. What can you say that the other 20 churches nearby haven’t said already? I remember a visit to my husband’s grandparents in northwestern Louisiana in 1980. Lots of dense, swampy forest crowded up against the rural roads, only to be broken periodically by the grounds of a (usually) tiny church. Each had the obligatory inspirational sign. We never did figure out where the people lived who attended all these churches.

    Bruce, did you find sign-writing to be a challenging task when you were a pastor?

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      Bruce Gerencser

      I HATED message signs then, and still do today. Never used them. Put up a sign with the church’s name, service times, pastor’s name, contact info — good enough. No need to put cliches or “cute” messages on the sign.

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    A church in the student area of my local university town has had what I guess it thinks is a cool message for them for months now. ”You are never too messed up to come to jesus.” which always makes me smile. Nothing messes you up like religion!
    And I always wonder how AWANA gets away with such a sexist name (workMEN). Has no one ever challenged that? I think they would in the UK.

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    Jesus should have left a template for what his church was supposed to be like – kind of like McDonald’s franchise……

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