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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.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.

Bruce Gerencser