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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.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 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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Poplar Ridge Church of the Brethren, Defiance, Ohio. Poplar Ridge has no web presence.

Poplar Ridge wants passersby to know that the Christian God will never disappoints them. Really? Since God is a spirit (according to the Bible), all we have to judge him on are the works of his visible presence — the church. And I can tell you this much, there is a heaven of a lot of people who are disappointed with American Christianity, including those who attend church regularly. Perhaps the folks at Poplar Ridge should do a community survey, asking locals whether God, Christianity, and area churches are disappointing. Having pastored Evangelical churches for twenty-five years, I can tell you that church pews are filled with discouraged, disappointed people.

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Evansport United Methodist Church, Evansport, Ohio, Becky Gray, Pastor. The church has no web presence.

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Christ United Methodist Church, Continental, Ohio, Charles Schmunk, Pastor. The church has no web presence.

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Continental United Methodist Church, Continental, Ohio, Charles Schmunk, Pastor. The church has no web presence. Why are there two Methodist churches in Continental — population 1,123? Surely the community would be better served if the two smaller churches merged and became one moderate size church. Ah, but that would require compromise and one church giving up its building. Can’t have that.

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Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church, Continental, Ohio, Mark Hoying, Pastor. The church has no web presence. I bet local Baptists hate seeing a Catholic church with their patron saint’s name.

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New Beginnings Ministries, Fayette, Ohio, Karen Joy King, Pastor. (Facebook page)  King has a “doctorate” from Christian Leadership University. While searching for information about this church and its pastor, I stumbled upon King’s testimony. Here’s an excerpt:

As a child, I was fortunate that my family attended church on a regular basis. Hearing the Bible stories and singing the little Sunday School choruses, made me hungry to know and to serve God. I gave my life to Christ by the age of 13. However, the church didn’t teach true Christian living, and I desired to know much more.

Eventually, God led me to a holiness church, in which I developed a very close walk with God and enjoyed having a very anointed ministry. After awhile, a Jezebel spirit came into the church. Through this, many lives and marriages were ruined, mine included.

Due to years of church and marital abuse and erroneous Biblical teachings, I suffered a complete break down in 1982. I was so sick, the team of doctors working with me, couldn’t figure out how I still managed to live (but God knew!). After the break, I slept 3 1/2 months almost around the clock. I was confined to bed for about 4 years due to the extreme illness and weakness.

During the years that followed, I could hardly do anything but was slowly gaining some strength. Due to being so ill for so many years, I no longer enjoyed the prayer life I previously had, nor was I able to meditate on God’s word and have it become Rhema like it constantly did before the break, nor I was I able to attend church. After the break, everything became dark, and I entered into, what I call, my 20 year tunnel.

My pastor/Christian Day School husband gave me no help or encouragement but instead constantly berated me. Eventually, he had an affair with another “Christian” woman in the church we pastored and divorced me. I became very angry, bitter, and experienced the gamet of satanic emotions, even though I didn’t want to be like this. It seemed that no matter how I prayed, was prayed for, fasted, and or tried to meditate on the Word, I couldn’t break out of the tunnel. Once in a while, I would see a little light in that tunnel, only to have it extinguished time and again.

Finally, after 20 years of struggling to regain a close, victorious relationship with God once again, but without success, I threw my hands into the air one night and told God that if He wanted me to be a Christian, He was going to have to take over and do it through me, for I couldn’t do this any more. I was tired of trying! I was done! What a blessed place at which to finally arrive! Now God could take over and lead me to victory since I was out of the way.

Shortly after that, a friend suggested that I go back to school and earn a Master’s degree in Counseling. God, through her, planted a seed. After praying about this for a couple of months, I felt this was something God wanted me to do. So, every day, all day long, while constantly praying, I searched the internet for the right university. None of the hundreds of universities I researched interested me.

After the two weeks of searching, I prayed once again, “Father, if You want me to do this, show me now the right school.” (I was tired of looking and was beginning to wonder if I should do this after all.) I went back on line. Immediately, Christian Leadership University came up. I hadn’t seen it before and it caught my attention. When I read the CLU catalogue, I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt, this was the one.

By faith (since I had been too ill for so many years to work a steady, decent job, my income was very low), I signed up for a Masters in Christian Counseling (I knew that I needed help before I could help others). This program promised to minister to me, which I was craving.

Mark Virkler called to welcome me as a CLU student. Before the conversation ended, not only was I signed up for a Masters but also a Ph.D. in Christian Counseling at a price I could afford! I was soaring, rejoicing, and praising the Lord!

You can read more about Christian Leadership University’s doctoral level counseling program here. Be prepared to severely underwhelmed by the program’s requirements. Total cost? Less than $6,000.

The last picture is of a sign posted at the entrance of New Beginning’s parking lot. What I want to know is WHAT exactly is FOR CHURCH USE ONLY? The parking lot? The pole?  The church building?

Bruce Gerencser