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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 Southeast 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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Bruised Reed Ministries, Lima, Ohio Facebook

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Deliverance Temple of Joy Miracle Outreach, Lima, Ohio, Doris Newby, pastor No Web Presence

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God’s House, Lima, Ohio No Web Presence

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In Faith Ministries International, Lima, Ohio, Michael Lyons, pastor. Lyons’ church bio states:

Michael D. Lyons is the Senior Pastor of “In Faith Ministries International”, a rapidly growing, non-denominational, multi-ethnic, multi-cultural congregation located in Lima, Ohio.

A native of Dayton, Ohio; he was raised in a Pentecostal spirit-filled church and surrendered his life to Christ at the tender age of 10 years old. However, his journey quickly led him to a valley that included drugs and alcohol. After spending several years wandering in the wilderness, he found his way back to the righteousness of Christ under the prophetic teaching of Bishop Ted Willis of Second Baptist Church in Piqua, Ohio, where he was ordained a Minister of the Gospel.

Pastor Michael attended Defiance College in Defiance, Ohio where he received his Bachelors in Business Administration. He has been a frequent guest on local Christian television and radio. His heart to help make a difference in Lima has caused him to serve on the board of community agencies to being the chaplain for the high school football team.

His God-inspired mission is to tell the world how to walk by faith in the covenant promises of God’s word through Christ Jesus. His thirst for kingdom manifestation along with Gods anointing and favor has allowed many doors to be open for him to preach and teach the gospel of the good news of the Kingdom of God.

Lyons’ wife Kim is the church’s co-pastor.

According to In Faith’s about page, the church is:

We are a progressive, Christ–centered, culturally diverse Church committed to training disciples for the Kingdom of God. Our God inspired mission is to tell the world how to walk by faith in the covenant promises of God’s WORD through Christ Jesus.

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Lighthouse Church of God, Elida, Ohio No Web Presence

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New Creation Lutheran Church, Elida, Ohio Facebook

New Creation is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). According to the ELCA website, New Creation averages twenty-two in attendance.

It is not uncommon to see church signs that say, Everyone is Welcome. Come as You Are. While congregations believe in their heart of hearts that they are welcoming, accepting people, I have found that every church has a limit as to whom they will accept.

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Sharon Mennonite Church, Elida, Ohio No Web Presence

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St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Elida Ohio, Paul Scannell, pastor.  Website  St. Paul’s describes itself this way:

We are people who gather for worship, friendship-building, and service to others both locally and on a larger scale through the network of the United Methodist Church.We are young. We are old. We are everything in-between. We are related by blood or related by faith. And we welcome anyone to become part of our family.

 

 

On the Road Looking for God’s True Church

road trip

As Polly and I travel the roads of Northwest Ohio, Southern Michigan, and Southeast 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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Deerfield United Methodist Church, Deerfield, Michigan, William Kriechbaum, pastor Facebook

I wanted to go inside to find more information about this Christ who died and rose again for the people of Deerfield United Methodist, but alas the doors were locked. The church wants passersby to know that it supports the United States and it armed forces. Good to know…

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Light of Christ Catholic Church, Deerfield, Michigan, Jeffrey Poll, pastor Website

Light of Christ Catholic wants passersby to know that they wish them peace, love, love and happiness at Easter and always. The irony here is the memorial to a dead soldier; an emblem of violence and death, and not peace, love, love and happiness.

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Deerfield Free Methodist Church, Deerfield, Michigan, Bill Fix, pastor Here’s what the church wants you to know about them:

The beautiful sanctuary of Deerfield Free Methodist Church is shown below. It is even more beautiful in person and I want to invite you to attend. Our campus is located at 572 East River Street in Deerfield, Michigan. We are part of the Southern Michigan Conference of the Free Methodist Church of North America. Our conference is a coalition of churches desiring to advance God’s Kingdom by including people from all walks of life. We invite you to join our church family this Sunday at 10 am. Prior to the church service we have complimentary refreshments in Aunt Bethel’s Cafe located in our Heritage Hal [sic]. Come as you are and enjoy a service that might change your life in a really good way!

I thought Christianity was all about Jesus? Evidently, at Deerfield Free Methodist the star attraction is its beautiful sanctuary, and not Jesus.

 

On the Road Looking for God’s True Church

road trip

As Polly and I travel the roads of Northwest Ohio, Southern Michigan, and Southeast 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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Monroe Seventh Day Adventist Church, Monroe, Michigan According to the church’s Facebook page, its mission is: To grow as children of God, to nurture a family of God, to prepare others for the Kingdom of God.

Monroe Seventh Day wants passersby to know “its [sic] never to late to begin again.”  As I read this sign, I said to Polly, not if you’re dead.

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Bible Fellowship Church, Monroe, Michigan, Jim Walker, pastor  Facebook

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Hope Church of Monroe, Monroe, Michigan, Gary Braden, pastor Facebook

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Christ Love Fellowship Church, Monroe, Michigan The church’s Facebook page says:

Christ Love Fellowship, a place where we help people build a relationship with God. We don’t place boundaries based on race, denomination, or background.

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Life Bridge Church, Monroe, Michigan, Bill Rice, pastor Here’s what Life Bridge’s pastors want you to know about their church:

“A growing community of believers devoted to reaching the unchurched”

Life Bridge Church, located in Taylor, MI, is a young and growing church. Started in December of 2012, as a mobile church plant in Flat Rock, MI, it has been our mission to create a church that is inviting and approachable to people that don’t normally consider going to church. We teach Biblical truths in a relevant and powerful way. We believe these truths make a life-changing difference in your life, our community, and our world.

If you visit one of our services (get directions) this is what you’ll experience:

  • Casual Atmosphere
  • Weekend experiences that last for one hour
  • Friendly people
  • Thought-provoking messages based on the Bible
  • Great worship music
  • Safe & fun teaching for your kids
  • Next steps to help you follow Jesus

ONE HOUR experiences!  The perfect church for people who love NFL football or have short attention spans.

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Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Monroe Michigan, Ross Ulrich, pastor Zion Evangelical is affiliated with the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS). According to the church’s website, its mission is:

We follow the Great Commission of our Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:18-20), to make disciples through the Means of Grace God that has entrusted to us.

​To accomplish this purpose we seek to:

  • ​Nurture: by building one another’s faith through regular worship, study and the use of the Word and Sacraments.
  • Reach the Lost: by equipping our members with the knowledge to seek out those who do not know Christ and to carry God’s message to them.
  • Build Relationships:  by providing a variety of opportunities for Christian fellowship and mutual support.

The church also has a preschool and a K-8 school.

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True Gospel Missionary Baptist Church, Monroe, Michigan, John Bullard, pastor

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Full Gospel Assembly Church, Monroe, Michigan No Web Presence

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Stewart Road Church of God, Monroe, Michigan, Joseph Byrd, pastor According to its website, Stewart Road is:

We are a Spirit-filled, multi-generational, and multi-cultural church focused on Word-centered teaching.  We are passionate about worship, and committed to discipleship.

Come and experience what it really means to follow Jesus alongside a community committed to Christ.

 

 

On the Road Looking for God’s True Church

road trip

As Polly and I travel the roads of Northwest Ohio, Southern Michigan, and Southeast 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.

All of the churches in this post are Baptist churches located in Monroe, Michigan — a city of 21,000 people. Polly and I have never seen this many Baptist churches in a Northern community this size, especially when you consider that this post does not list all of the Baptist churches in Monroe. Baptists in Monroe have a supermarket full of choices when it comes to theology and practice — everything from Freewill Baptist to Primitive Baptist.

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Evergreen Acres Missionary Baptist Church, Monroe, Michigan, Jacob Clawson, pastor.  Facebook

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Hope Missionary Baptist Church, Monroe, Michigan No Web Presence

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Monroe Primitive Baptist Church, Monroe, Michigan, Elders Tom and Randy Pitney

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Faith Baptist Church, Monroe, Michigan, Brian Southerland, pastor Website

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Kentucky Park Missionary Baptist Church, Monroe, Michigan, Kenny Goins, pastor No Web Presence

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First Freewill Baptist Church, Monroe, Michigan, Philip Wylie, pastor No Web Presence

On the Road Looking for God’s True Church

road trip

As Polly and I travel the roads of Northwest Ohio, Southern Michigan, and Southeast 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 Baptist Church, Montpelier, Indiana First Baptist’s website states:

First Baptist Church of Montpelier, Indiana was founded by Franklin Baldwin, brother of the leader of Montpelier’s first settlers, Abel Baldwin in 1838. It was incorporated in 1846.  The present church building, located in downtown Montpelier, was constructed in 1907 and 1908. Through the years, the families have changed but the conviction to be a church that is founded upon the Word of God and centered on Jesus has remained the same.  For over 175 years the families of First Baptist Church, Montpelier have come together to study the Word of God and celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior.

In September of 2004, the families of First Baptist Church grew deeply concerned that so many churches in our nation were departing from the belief in the inerrancy and authority of the Word of God.  They sought to affiliate themselves with a denomination that was committed to upholding the Scriptures in belief and practice.  After much prayer, the families of First Baptist Church voted to unite themselves with the Southern Baptist Convention.  This decision was made after examining the Baptist Faith and Message and the convention’s focus on world mission.  A copy of the Baptist Faith and message can be found on the conventions website at www.sbc.net.  You can also read more about us on the Missions and Beliefs and Distinctives section of our website.  Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

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Helping Hands Crisis Pregnancy Resource Center, Montpelier, Indiana Helping Hands’ mission statement says:

Helping Hands’ is committed to empowering women, men and their families, through relationships, to make life-affirming decisions, and for us to share with them the gospel of Jesus Christ.

The site makes no mention of the fact that it is an anti-abortion front. Such “ministries” are common in this part of the country. On their FAQ page, Helping Hands states:

We provide information on both adoption and abortion. We can connect women with adoption resources and organizations, as well as help them through the process. We do not perform abortions or make referrals for them. We do provide accurate information on what happens during an abortion and the physical and emotional effects.

In other words, they scare the shit out of pregnant women who inquire about having an abortion.

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First Methodist Church, Montpelier, Indiana, Tim Wallace, pastor (no web presence)

I think it is safe to say that the church sign has not been updated since last October.

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Church of Christ, Montpelier, Indiana (no web presence)

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Montpelier Bible Church, Montpelier, Indiana, Jeremy Stults, pastor (no web presence) Montpelier Bible is a new church plant, established in August 2015. Its Facebook page says the church’s mission is to:

Montpelier Bible Church exists to help know Christ, grow in Christ and go for Christ.

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Monroe United Methodist Church, Monroe, Indiana, Char Allen, pastor (no web presence) Monroe United Methodist wants passersby to know that God is ready and willing to clean hearts, whatever the heaven that means. Speaking of cleaning, how about sprucing up the disheveled church sign?  I ask the congregation, what does the condition of the sign say about your church?

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Montpelier Cornerstone Community Church of the Nazarene, Montpelier, Indiana (no web presence)

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As Polly and I travel the roads of Northwest Ohio, Southern Michigan, and Southeast Indiana, we are always on the lookout for God’s True Church®.  Recently, our travels took beyond our home range to Zanesville, Ohio. From 1983-1994, I pastored an Independent Fundamentalist Baptist (IFB) church west of Zanesville. During my time there, we had a youth fellowship that gathered together area IFB teenagers for special meetings and events. One such church was Landmark Baptist Church in Zanesville, Ohio.

Landmark closed its doors years ago due to internal conflict. The details are, sadly, lost somewhere in the recesses of my mind. What is not lost is that a new church — perhaps God’s True Church® — has taken up residence in Landmark’s former building.  Hopefully,  the sweet, sweet irony of the following photos is not lost on readers.  The new church is called The Foxhole.

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The Foxhole in Warsaw, Ohio was in the news several years ago for picketing New Beginnings Ministries in response to the church’s picketing (and harassment) of the strip club. The women picketing the church decided to go topless, causing quite a stir at Bill Dunfee’s Fundamentalist church. Channel 10 reported at the time:

A rural Ohio church was the site of an eye-popping protest Sunday.

The Coshocton County church has been picketing a Warsaw strip club for years. On Sunday, employees of the club took the fight to the church, and took off their tops in the process.

The sign outside New Beginnings Ministries in Warsaw welcomes all, but this Sunday’s service had some decidedly unwelcome visitors: women bearing picket signs, and baring their bodies for all to see.

Thomas George said he is the man behind the protest.

“I have to point out the hypocrisy that I see,” he said.

George said he is the owner of a strip club called the Foxhole North.

He said New Beginnings has worked to bring his club to an end for years.

“They come up every weekend, and they’re very abusive and certainly unchristian-like.  Calling the girls (expletive) and (expletive).  They’re abusive to the customers. They sit out with video cameras, they take pictures of license plates, tell them they’re posting them to the web,” said George.

New Beginnings Pastor Bill Dunfee made no secret of his intentions on Sunday.

“I hope he will realize that the Foxhole has no business in this community,” Dunfee said.

Dunfee also said he makes no apologies for his crusade against the club.

“I take very seriously the responsibility as a pastor to see to it that the gospel of Christ is lifted up, that Christ himself is lifted up, and that evil is confronted,” Dunfee said.

George admitted that Sunday’s topless protest is an extreme measure, but said it’s far from evil.

Church members confronted the protestors outside of the tarps hung to protect their eyes.

“Love is the answer, and you don’t have it baby. God is love!” shouted one of the protestors.

“Ma’am, you know nothing about love. You know plenty about lust. You know plenty about sex, but you know nothing about love,” replied a church member.

Dunfee called the semi-nude protest shameful.

George said he and his topless troops will retreat when New Beginnings finds a new target.

George said he and his protestors plan to be back at the church next Sunday, and into the foreseeable future.

Ohio law does not prohibit women from being topless in public.

On the Road Looking for God’s True Church

As Polly and I travel the roads of Northwest Ohio, Southern Michigan, and Southeast 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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St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Defiance, Ohio. (church has no web presence) Does God really love everyone? Really? What evidence is there for God loving everyone? If he really, really, really loves everyone, God has a funny way of showing it.

Is “resting” in the Lord the cure for insomnia? If so, why do so many Christians take Ambien?

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St. Mary Catholic Church, Holgate, Ohio, Nicholas Cunningham, pastor. (church has no web presence)

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Trier Ridge Community Church, Fort Wayne, Indiana, Ross Osborn, pastor. According to Pastor Osborn’s church bio:

“God accepts us right where we are, but He loves us too much to leave us there.”

As the lead pastor of Trier Ridge Community Church, Pastor Ross has a passion for carefully unpacking the truths of God’s Word. He has served at TRCC since April 8th, 2013. Pastor Ross has ministered in four countries and is passionate about missionary work, local community outreach,and fostering growth in others to equip them to be the Church wherever they go. He enjoys camping, the outdoors, the Cubs, reading, and spending time with his wife and best friend, Lily and their two daughters, Kaylee & Kelsey.

Pastor Osborn is a Cubs fan, a sure sign that he is NOT a Christian. Trier Ridge is affiliated with the Churches of God, Findlay, Ohio.

According to the church’s What to Expect page, visitors can expect:

* A casual, friendly atmosphere

* To hear relevant teaching

*To experience engaging, blended worship

* To meet people of many ages, cultures, backgrounds

*To witness a church heavily focused on missions and outreach on the move

* To be accepted as I am

* To connect with others just like me

* To love and be loved by God and others

* To grow in relationship with God and others

* To serve and be served in a growing and thriving church community

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Trinity United Methodist Church, Defiance, Ohio, Judy Williams, pastor. Pastor Williams’ bio states:

Pastor Judy Williams has been with us since July 19, 2015.

​Greetings!!!

It is my prayer that you love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength at a deeper level than when receiving last month’s Trumpet. It is my prayer that you were enabled to love someone who seemed unlovable; and to accept someone who was different from you, just as Christ accepted you. How do you measure your spiritual growth? As a new believer we compare ourselves to who we used to be. As we mature, we compare ourselves to the Word of God. I am thankful for a Heavenly Father who is always right alongside us, as we attempt to become more Christ-like.

Trinity’s vision statement states:

“Help others reach their full potential as Disciples of Christ!”

​Our hope and our call is to use our God given gifts to spread the love of our living God, the message of salvation through Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirt for the transformation of the world starting right here where we are, and meeting people wherever they are.

In May, some congregants took a trip to Kentucky to visit Ken Ham’s monument to ignorance, The Ark Encounter.

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Voice of Life Ministries, Ayersville, Ohio (Church’s Facebook page)

On the Road Looking for God’s True Church


As Polly and I travel the roads of Northwest Ohio, Southern Michigan, and Southeast 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.emmanuel lutheran church van wert ohio 2017

Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Van Wert, Ohio, Kurt Kingbeil, pastor. Emmanuel is affiliated with the Missouri Synod, the Fundamentalist wing of the Lutheran church. (church has no web presence)

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Grand Lake United Methodist Church, Celina, Ohio, Mick Whistler, pastor. Grand Lake Methodist was established in 2016, the result of a merger between two congregations. Grand Lake’s ministry strategy is as follows:

REACH – Reaching people of all ages right where they are in order to help them discover the life-changing love of Jesus Christ.

CONNECT – Connecting people to a loving faith community where they can develop a relationship with God and others.

GROW – Helping people intentionally grow to be more like Jesus.

SERVE – Sending people to be the hands and feet of Jesus in our community and world.

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Mt. Tabor Church of God, Celina, Ohio, Darwin Dunten, pastor. The core values of Mt. Tabor are as follows:

We VALUE obedience to Jesus Christ in all situations.
We VALUE each individual as one who matters to God.
We VALUE dependence on and confidence in God’s ability to do more than we can ask or imagine. Therefore, we are willing to take risks and expect that God will surprise us.
We VALUE Christ honoring; culturally relevant worship.
We VALUE evangelistic outreach ministry to those who do not yet belong to Christ and the church.
We VALUE each believer growing in Christ likeness and serving in ministry based on their spiritual gifts.
We VALUE vital reproducing congregations.
We VALUE trained, committed, and competent leaders (pastors and lay persons).
We VALUE Christian unity within a diverse body of faith.
We VALUE accountability among believers and congregations.

Mt. Tabor wants passersby to know that “God is for You, and so are We!” What does this advertising slogan mean? In what ways is God “for” me? Let’s say I am a one-legged, transgender, pro-abortion, socialist, wine-loving, sexually promiscuous Mexican. Is God and the folks are Mt. Tabor for me? Is the church willing to accept me as I am, allowing me to be a member and teach the fifth grade Sunday school class?

On its What Can I Expect? page, the church wants people to know:

Prepare to hear the Word of God in ways you may have never heard it before!

It is vital that every person, no matter their spiritual background, clearly understands the Word of God as it is presented in the Bible. The teaching is relevant, creative, not boring, applicable, not confusing, challenging, and not condemning. So we dare you to come in with an open heart and mind…. and expect God to do something great in your life… you might not ever be the same!

Why, based on the above verbiage, Pastor Dunten must be the greatest preacher in America. His sermons are “relevant, creative, not boring, applicable, not confusing, challenging, and not condemning.”

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New Life Apostolic Church, Celina, Ohio, Simon Young, pastor. According to New Life Apostolic’s Facebook page:

We cordially welcome you to New Life Apostolic Church, a dynamic and growing revival church that desires to be a blessing to you and your family.

In these turbulent and unstable times it is often hard to find true peace and joy within. Strife and confusion fill our land as we see evidenced with every newspaper headline. People are looking for answers to life’s perplexities and cannot find them.

Suicide, Alcoholism, Drug Addiction, Abortion-On-Demand, and Broken Lives are just some of the tell-tale signs of a world in desperate trouble. But Jesus Said, “I am come that they might have life and have that more abundantly.”

At New Life Apostolic Church, we have a life changing message for you. A message that you can truly experience.

New Life is affiliated with United Pentecostal Church International.

As far as the message on their sign? That’s not what she said. Memo to churches: ALWAYS run advertising slogans and cliches through sexual innuendo filter. Or not, and continue to provide laughs to passersby.

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New Start Community Fellowship, Celina, Ohio, John Mobley, pastor. (Church website)

On the Road Looking for God’s True Church

As Polly and I travel the roads of Northwest Ohio, Southern Michigan, and Southeast 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.get right with god us hwy 127 2 2017 get right with god us hwy 127 3 2017 get right with god us hwy 127 2017

Get Right with God. Which God? Which standard of right?

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Harvest Field Pentecostal Church of God, Scott, Ohio, Terry Martin, pastor. Harvest Field has a ministry called Firehouse Youth Group. Its mission is to:

Firehouse Youth Group is the student ministry of Harvest Field PCG. Firehouse Youth is passionate about reaching the students in grades 6th through 12th. We are focused on igniting this next generation on fire for Jesus Christ by sharing the gospel and leading them in a life-changing personal relationship with Him.

 

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Scott, Ohio police car. The In God We Trust on the back bumper is most certainly a violation of the U.S. Constitution. The Freedom From Religion Foundation has litigated several cases dealing with such slogans. They generally win such cases. Government has no business promoting sectarian religion (and the GOD in question is without a doubt the CHRISTIAN God). More info on Scott, Ohio — population 286.

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Victory Church of God, Van Wert, Ohio. Ernie Long, pastor. Victory’s tag line — where victims are made victorious — is one the most offensive church advertising slogans I have ever seen. Imagine the church congregation doing door-to-door, asking locals if they are “victims.”  Victims of what, exactly? Sexual abuse? Substance abuse? Spousal abuse? Spiritual abuse? Pastoral abuse? Child abuse? Is Victory Church really a one stop shopping place for all those who have been abused?  Is the church trolling for victims so they can be further victimized by Jesus and his followers?

On the Road Looking for God’s True Church

As Polly and I travel the roads of Northwest Ohio, Southern Michigan, and Southeast 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.

The photographs that follow were shot on US Hwy 127, somewhere between Van Wert and Celina, Ohio.

I found no web presence for Truckers for Christ. As you can see, the portable buildings are in deplorable shape, with little care given to how things look to passersby. One lesson I learned early on in the ministry is that first impressions matter. Evidently, whoever is running this “ministry” hasn’t learned this lesson.

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On the Road Looking for God’s True Church

As Polly and I travel the roads of Northwest Ohio, Southern Michigan, and Southeast 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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New Life Worship Center, Bryan, Ohio. According to the church’s Facebook page, “New Life Worship Center is a place where ordinary people meet to worship an extraordinary God!”  Under the general information section of their page, it states, “New Life Worship Center is a family oriented church in Bryan, Ohio.Our praise band is awesome! Our teaching is solidly grounded in scripture. Our people are friendly. Our vision is local, regional, and global.”

Man, that is a lot of vision.

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North Scipio United Methodist Church, Scipio, Indiana. (Church website) According to the church’s Facebook page, North Scipio has “Open hearts, Open Minds, Open doors.”  Beware of drafts, I say.

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Sacred Heart Catholic Church, New Bavaria, Ohio, Nicholas Cunningham, pastor. (Church Facebook page)

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St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Stryker, Ohio, Jeffrey Corder, pastor. St John is affiliated with the Missouri Synod, the Fundamentalist wing of the Lutheran church.

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St John’s Christian Church, Archbold, Ohio, Erich Christman, pastor. The church wants passersby to know what, exactly? That there’s a bread brand called Bread of Life™? And what’s with the toast line? Would someone not initiated in Christian-speak have any idea what this sign message means? Of course, for those of us who do speak the language, what Pastor Christman and church want passersby to know is that unless they know Jesus they will be burnt toast in hell after they die. I say, get out a butter knife, scrape the toast, and eat it!

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Wesley United Methodist Church, Bryan, Ohio, Peter Paige, pastor. According to the church’s website, Wesley United Methodist is a:

….spirit-filled community of hope, numbering about 300 in worship services on a typical Sunday morning. A congregation this size is large enough to offer a good variety of ministries, but intimate. We offer children’s, youth and adult programs during the week, as well as Sunday. Our 3 Sunday worship services address different worship styles and music interests. We are located in a rural county seat in northwest Ohio, representing a cross-section of the community and surrounding area. Among our worshipers are diverse people with different vocations, levels of income, family arrangements and origins.We enjoy ample, accessible facilities and grounds for all types of activities, in a convenient location.

On the Road Looking for God’s True Church

As Polly and I travel the roads of Northwest Ohio, Southern Michigan, and Southeast 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.harlan united methodist church harlan indiana

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Harlan United Methodist Church, Harlan, Indiana. Harlan United Methodist’s website states that the congregation’s vision is “To provide, for our community, a Methodist based path for growing relationships with Jesus Christ.”

From the church’s January 2017 newsletter:

Have you ever thought about what has happened because Christ came into the world? That baby in the manger of Bethlehem grew up to become our crucified and risen Savior – and the world has never been the same. Jesus’ compassion has made the world more compassionate. His healing touch has made the world more humanitarian. His selflessness has made the world more self-effacing. Christ drew a rainbow of hope around the shoulders of men and women and gave them
something to live for. If Christ had not come, our world would indeed be a hopeless world. If Christ had not come, ours would be a lost world. There would be no access to God, there would be no atonement for sin, there would be no forgiveness, and there would be no Savior. Yes, Christ came into the world and made it a better place. And He will do the same for you if you will open your life to Him.

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Harvest Life Fellowship, Defiance, Ohio, Tim and Lisa Hacker, pastors. The church’s website has a message from its pastors for those who visit their website:

Welcome! We’re glad you have ventured onto this page.

In the last few years, God has been moving in unprecedented ways bringing a fresh wind to His body. Even more, the people of our church have been going out among their friends, family, co-workers, and into the community where we are seeing God move by His Spirit to change lives, heal, deliver, and bring people into a new level of relationship with Jesus Christ.

Our message to you is pretty simple. God is in a good mood and heaven is invading earth!

This website has some pretty cool testimonies on it for you to read and be encouraged by. We will also be putting up sermons from time to time for you to download or listen to via streaming audio and video.

If you are able, come join us for our weekly Sunday meeting or one of our small groups for “Christian practice”. We’ll do our best to equip you and send you out onto the “field” ready to bust through the enemy’s line and bring God’s touch down to a world in need.

We believe that you are destined to be a “supernatural being having a temporary earthly experience” and not the other way around.

God is rocking our world!

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LaPointe United Methodist Church, Port Clinton, Ohio, Paula Stewart, pastor. (Church’s Facebook page) To answer the question, Interested in learning about Jesus? my response is no!. Next question, please.

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Lick Creek Church of the Brethren, Bryan, Ohio, Bill Holsopple, pastor. According to the church’s About Us page, Lick Creek Church is:

…a friendly church.  You’re greeted with a smile and a handshake whether it’s your first visit or your 100th visit.  We even take time out during worship service to greet each other!  We’re known for our steak suppers, homemade ice cream and made from scratch apple dumplings. Lick Creek Church follows the teaching of Jesus.  Our mission is to provide spiritual direction, unity and purpose to all people by continuing the work of Jesus Christ peacefully, simply, together. Hymns and music take an active part in our worship service along with Scripture readings and children’s story.  And, of course, there is an uplifting message from our pastor. We offer Sunday School classes to young and not so young prior to worship service.  We recently remodeled two of our Sunday School rooms that are attractive to youngsters. Our members and friends enjoy potluck meals and opportunities to gather in our homes or local restaurants.  We also have the ideal location to view the annual Bryan fireworks show, which we celebrate with a hotdog roast and popcorn. Most importantly, Lick Creek Church of the Brethren displays love for our fellow friends and members, as well as to our community, through our service to God. In addition, we continue the teaching of Jesus by conducting Love Feasts in which church members and friends attend a simple meal, participate in Scripture readings, and conduct foot washings as Jesus did with his Disciples.

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Maranatha Chapel, Harlan, Indiana. (Church has no web presence.) The church congregation wants passersby to know that the Bible is greater than all other books; or perhaps they want people to know that the words on the pages of the Bible are greater than all other words. Regardless, this church will always be remembered for a sign message it displayed in 2008: Do You Want a Muslim for President? This message told me all I need to know about Maranatha Chapel.

New Beginnings Ministries, Fayette, Ohio, Karen Joy King, pastor. According to the church’s Facebook page:

God has raised up New Beginnings Ministries of Fayette, Ohio, to be a church which prepares people to live victoriously each day and to be ready for the soon return of Jesus Christ. Many are lost and don’t know God. Many are saved and don’t know God. Many will miss the Rapture because they are not ready nor looking for it as the Scriptures command. It is our purpose to lead the unsaved to Christ for salvation and the filling of the Holy Spirit. It is our purpose to comfort and strengthen each individual who attends.

Many of God’s people today are struggling, defeated, and not strong in the Lord as we are commanded to be. The joy of the Lord is to be our strength, but through improper teachings and living, that joy has been stolen, rendering Christians impotent for God. God’s unadulterated truth changes lives if properly taught and accepted.
New Beginnings Ministries is here to be a safe haven where people can meet God, not just be taught about Him; but to know Him — to be accepted, loved, encouraged, and strengthened so they can be all God wants them to be and then be able to minister to others.

Jesus died for everyone, but only those who repent of their sins and accept Christ as their Savior will be saved. Through salvation and the filling of the Holy Spirit, eternal life can be theirs, which will be more glorious than anyone can imagine.

New Beginnings wants passersby to know that their beliefs don’t matter; all that matters is what the Bible says — infallibly interpreted, of course, by Pastor King. Something tells me that at New Beginnings beliefs really do matter, and that having wrong Bible-based beliefs are not tolerated — i.e beliefs that contradict the claim that Jesus died for everyone and that someone must be filled with Holy Spirit to gain eternal life.