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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®.  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.

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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First Presbyterian Church, Cecil, Ohio, David Meriwether, pastor (Church has no web presence.)

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Florida United Methodist Church, Florida, Ohio, Myung Ji Cho, pastor (Church has no web presence.)

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First Baptist Church, Bryan, Ohio, John MacFarlane, pastor.  I attended First Baptist in the mid-1960s and 1970s. The pastor at the time was Jack Bennett, my uncle’s sister. A few years back, First Baptist built a new building. The old building now houses a brewery — Father John’s Heavenly, Devilish Brewing Company. Every time I drive by the old church building I chuckle, thinking that old Pastor Bennett is surely rolling over in his grave over the current use of his church’s former facility.

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First Baptist Church, Holgate, Ohio, Irl Grundy, pastor. (Church has no web presence.)

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First Church of Christ, Bryan, Ohio, Larry Snavely, pastor. According to the church’s What We Believe page:

We believe the Bible to be inspired by God and written down by people of His choosing. It speaks with God’s authority through the individual styles and personalities of those who wrote it down. The Bible is the final authority on what is believed, taught, and practiced by this church. There are no other writings inspired by God.

Man was created in the image of God to have fellowship with and glorify God. Man, however, sinned against God by choosing his own way. Sin separated man from God and corrupted his nature with a tendency to sin. Everyone who has ever lived, except Jesus Christ, has sinned against God and is in need of salvation. Salvation is only available through the person and work of Jesus Christ. Salvation is the free gift of God’s grace and cannot be earned in any way.

Every man and woman who has ever lived will one day stand before God in judgment. Those who have rejected God and His offer of grace through Jesus will be eternally separated from God in condemnation. Believers will enjoy eternal communion with God and be rewarded for works done in this life.

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First Lutheran Church, Bryan, Ohio, Richard Franks, pastor. According to the church’s sign, the congregation want passersby to know that they are THE welcoming church and a spirit led congregation. If this church is THE welcoming church, does this mean other churches are less or not welcoming? Exactly what does it mean to be THE welcoming church? The church’s website states that the congregation’s mission is “Making Christ Known, in our midst, in our neighborhood and in our world.” This mission is accomplished through “worship and music, Bible study, Sunday School classes, mission and outreach projects.”

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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Farmer United Methodist Church, Farmer, Ohio, pastor Dwight Bowers. Farmer United Methodist is part of a two church charge with Ney United Methodist Church.

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Fayette Christian Church — Disciple of Christ, Fayette,Ohio Maybe Jesus is the problem. I am smiling now, and I know for certain that Jesus is not in my “heart.” This proves, then, that smiling/happiness/joy does not require religion/God/Jesus. Come fall, when football season begins, I will smile every Sunday morning, knowing that I no longer have to give God his due by attending church before worshiping at the altar of the one true American God — the National Football League. Go Bengals!

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Eastland Baptist Church, Bryan, Ohio, pastor Jeff Sheldon. The church’s mission statement states:

EBC models itself after three purpose statements: …Sharing HIS LOVE …Teaching HIS WORD …Strengthening HIS FAMILY. In all of our ministries, we aim to achieve one of these three purposes.

Our Worship is a blended type which includes the modern contemporary choruses with electric guitars and drums as well as the wonderful hymns that under gird our faith.

Our preaching is Bible-centered expository style that speaks to relevant needs of today in an applicable manner. We offer a warm, friendly atmosphere that we hope you will find appealing.

The church asks, is God in my plans this year? If the message was meant for passersby, it should have said, is God in YOUR plans this year? Then I could answer, nope. How could anyone at Eastland Baptist know if I was in God’s plan? Best that I can tell from the Bible, the only plan God has for reprobate Evangelical preachers-turned-atheists is hell. If people leave all the planning to God, well, not much will get done. In fact, nothing will get done. It is humans who do God’s work — real or not.

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Faith United Methodist Church, Bryan, Ohio, pastor Eric Dailey. That’s what my wife says, you know what I mean?  According to the church’s Facebook page:

We are a very welcoming church showing God’s love and grace here on earth.

We look forward to seeing you Sunday morning!

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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Branches of Christ Ministry, Fort Wayne, Indiana, Joe Simpson, Jr, pastor. Branches of Christ is a Pentecostal church. Their mission statement states:

Branches of Christ Ministries is a church with a purpose and a vision. We have learned throughout out the 36 years of ministry that we are only a shadow of a great mission that Christ spoke about . “Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” Mark 16:15 that is the real purpose of our existence. The driving force behind this ministry is to restore and rebuild the lives of many that have been downtrodden and hurt. There are two more phases of construction before Branches of Christ is built. Just as the branches have been a symbol of the connection of hard work by the gardener. So will the love and relationships that are being forged by the people at Branches of Christ

There’s only ONE God? So says every church and sect. Actually, among Christians there are countless Gods, with each believer having a God fashioned in their own image according to their personal beliefs.

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Cecil Community Church, Cecil, Ohio, Ted Ramey, pastor. No web presence.

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Church of Christ at Harlan, Harlan, Indiana, David Atchley, pastor.  This sign asserts a claim for which there is no evidence. SAYING Jesus is alive doesn’t make it so. Pictures or a body would be nice. According to the church’s website:

As the body of Christ here in Harlan, we are trying our best to follow what Jesus has set forth in His Word.   We exercise only what authority we have been given according to the Word in which Christ has delivered.  We claim no Lord but Jesus Christ.  We have purposed in our hearts, minds and souls to Seek the Lost, Send the Light and Serve the Lord so that the name of Christ will be glorified in all that we do.  We pray that what we provide on this website is pleasing to the Lord and profitable for your Spiritual life.

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Countryside Church of Christ, Grabill, Indiana No Web Presence

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Chapel on the Lake, Lakeside, Ohio. The church’s mission statement states:

Make Jesus Christ known in the place God has ordained, teaching and discipling all of those who God brings to us so they become effective ministers of the Gospel.

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Church of Christ at West Unity, West Unity, Ohio Facebook

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 in recent weeks.

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Pleasant Chapel United Methodist Church, Van Wert, Ohio, Ron Lumm, pastor Facebook

Vending machine Jesus. Snickers Jesus? M&M Jesus? Zero Jesus Zagnut Jesus? Milky Way Jesus? Almond Joy Jesus? Insert money, pull the handle, and you will have your very own personal Savior!

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Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Payne, Ohio, Joseph Poggemeyer, priest Website

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St. Jacobs United Church of Christ, Payne, Ohio, James Langham, pastor No Web Presence

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St. Marys Catholic Church, Antwerp, Ohio, Joseph Poggemeyer, priest Website

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St. Paul United Methodist Church, Payne, Ohio, Facebook

No one knows how long eternity is or if it even exists. We do, however, know how short life is. Why spend your short life chasing after an eternity that does not exist?

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Trinity Lutheran Church, Van Wert, Ohio No Web Presence

I tried to open the church door so I could get the keys to heaven. The door was locked.

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 in recent weeks.

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California Community Church, Montgomery, Michigan, Mark Case, pastor News article about church  Facebook

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Faith Tabernacle, Three Rivers, Michigan, Randy Geans, pastor Facebook

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Montgomery United Methodist Church, Montgomery, Michigan, Fred (or is it Phred) Cain, pastor No Web presence

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New Beginning Church, Montgomery, Michigan, Herb Strickland, pastor Facebook