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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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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)

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)

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