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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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st marks lutheran church defiance ohio

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 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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The Gathering Place, Defiance, Ohio, Richard Buttermore, pastor. The Gathering Place is a nondenominational church. According to its website, The Gathering place is:

a place for Christian believers to who want to experience the presence of God and mature in their faith and relationship with the creator. What is taught here are promises God has given to us and the walk of life required to reap these promises. We are not here to pass judgement on others about what they have done in the past but to help one another progress towards a better life through Jesus. Everyone is on a different page in their walk with Christ and here we gather to have fellowship amongst other believers where we can come for healing in the physical and the mental aspects of our lives. It is through the power of Jesus who spoke it from the beginning in which we are capable of doing these things so come check out what God is doing here in Defiance.

The Gathering Place wants passersby to know that complaining is some sort of Satanic worship language. I have no idea what they mean by this. Years ago, when I was a student at Midwestern Baptist College, there was a rule that prohibited griping (complaining). Students were expected to keep their mouths shut at all times. Those who dared to complain quickly found themselves in front of the dean explaining exactly why they dared to gripe about the college, its teachers, or any other aspect of student life. Perhaps the message on The Gathering Place sign is meant for church members, not passersby.

The Gathering Place also wants passersby to know that it is up to them to make each day God’s masterpiece. This bit of prose is wrong on so many levels that I don’t know where to begin. First, how can unsaved sinners make any day God’s masterpiece? Are they not the enemies of God, at war with him and headed for hell if they don’t repent? How, then, could their days ever be a masterpiece? Second, I thought God was perfect in all his ways? If it is up to mere mortals to make each day God’s masterpiece, doesn’t that mean that God has created an inferior product? If Christians have the power to improve on God’s handiwork, what does that say about God, his power, and his sovereignty?

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Trinity United Methodist Church, Defiance, Ohio. According to the church’s website, “Trinity is all about making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. We hope to accomplish this through three simple steps: Connect, Grow, Serve.”

God’s Not Dead 2  is a Christian movie that details the “persecution” American Christians (Evangelicals) face on a daily basis. Its subject matter is every bit as mythical as the miracles found in the Bible. Here is what a few movie critics had to say about God’s Not Dead 2:

  • Bill Zwecker of the Chicago Sun-Times felt that the underlying issues presented in the film are relevant in today’s world, but criticized its lack of subtlety, saying, “the entire film simply comes off as a two-hour, jazzed-up movie version of a sermon.”
  • Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter criticized the film’s “straw man” argument and its perceived victimizing of Christians: “Pounding its agenda with all the subtlety of a sledgehammer, God’s Not Dead 2 will no doubt please its target audience. Everyone else will be left wondering why its fans seem to be suffering from such a persecution complex.”
  • Jordan Hoffman at The Guardian deemed it “a much better movie than God’s Not Dead, but that’s a bit like saying a glass of milk left on the table hasn’t curdled and is merely sour” and stated that “it is unfortunately just professional enough that there are only brief instances of transcendent badness, rather than drawn-out sequences.”

(Wikipedia)

Most people think that mainline churches are progressive or liberal, but as my photographs of local church signs show, mainline churches can be every bit as Evangelical/Fundamentalist as the Baptists.

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Rock of Ages Family Worship Center, Defiance, Ohio. Rock of Ages has no web presence. I do, however, love the message on their sign. I wish more churches would put this same message on their signs.

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St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Defiance, Ohio. St Mark’s has no web presence. The church is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). While I indeed have many blessings I could count when I can’t sleep, I prefer 30mg of Temazepam (Restoril).

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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Side of State Farm Insurance office, Findlay, Ohio. What I want to know is this: What is the question?

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Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, Benton Ridge, Ohio, Richard Hiltibran, pastor. Hiltibran describes his “passion” this way: (link no longer active)

My passion in ministry is seeing people become more like Jesus (holiness), and those disciples making a difference in their communities, cities, families, and all across the world. The way I have seen this happen is through worship, study, and small discipleship groups.  I am a Wesleyan nerd, who believes that through our tradition of Methodism people were revived by the work of God’s Holy Spirit. That can happen again if we as a Church submit to the voice of the Holy Spirit and follow God’s Will through Scripture, accountably, community, gifts of the Spirit, and the greatest of these is love.

Hiltibran’s claim to fame?: (link no longer active)

I have performed stand up comedy all over Ohio and in 2008 I was a finalist in the Dayton funniest person competition @ the Dayton Funny Bone.

Evidently, Hiltibran and the members of Good Shepherd think that non-Christians are broken and in need of repair. Why do I need to be made “new” (whatever that means)? I like the “old” me just fine.
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Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, somewhere in Ohio.

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LaFayette Congregational Christian Church, LaFayette, Ohio. According the to church’s Facebook page, “LaFayette Congregational Christian Church is a friendly, faithful group of people that meet to worship Jesus Christ in the town of LaFayette, Ohio.”

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Mt. Cory United Methodist Church, Mt. Cory, Ohio, Mark Fuerstenau, Pastor. (Church’s Facebook page)

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Mt. Cory Zion United Methodist Church, Mt Cory, Ohio. I found no public information on this church. Mt Cory has a population of 204. Surely, this community doesn’t have more than one Methodist church?

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Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Findlay, Ohio, Dennis Mauer, Pastor. I couldn’t get any further information about this church due to its non-functioning website.

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trinity united methodist church defiance

Trinity United Methodist Church, Defiance, Ohio. According to the church’s website, “Trinity is all about making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. We hope to accomplish this through three simple steps: Connect, Grow, Serve.” Trinity want people to know that America will NEVER be great until EVERYONE puts God first. Damn! Atheists, agnostics, secularists, and non-Christian relgionists are keeping America from being great! No worries. Donald Trump promises to make America great again.