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Does God exist in order to make me happy?
Some prey upon the poor by promoting a message of prosperity. If you simply do a few “good things” then God will make you happy, healthy, wealthy, and wise. In contrast, the City Mission has regular chapel messages that promote a simple message of grace (Ephesians 2:8-9): “We are all sinners who have fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23) and deserve the just punishment for our sin (Romans 6:23), but God offers himself in our place” (Romans 5:8). This message continues, “The end game isn’t simply getting to Heaven; rather it is finding our everything in God and seeking His glory” (1 Cor. 10:31). In short, the culture’s message is man-centered, but what we promote at the City Mission is God-centered.
One evening this came to a head when “Jon,” a local pastor, visited our chapel. During his visit he interrupted our chapel speaker to interject his version of “Good News.” Who wouldn’t want what he had to offer? The Jesus created in his image did whatever a person wanted as long as he had enough faith. However, this is not the Gospel and we had no choice but to confront him. This is especially important because our population is looking for something to have hope in. We just want to make sure that they are placing it in the right place (Ps. 20:7).
Dear Heavenly Father,
Help the City Mission to lead our residents to place their trust in you and not in what you give us. Amen.
In 2 Corinthians 1:9-10, the Apostle Paul writes:
“Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead. He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again.”
Paul came upon hard times in Asia, and even ‘despaired of life itself’. In the New Life Directions Program we often see men down on their luck, or in the bondage of sin. They often can testify with Paul that they have the “sentence of death”, but the scripture reminds us of the purpose of hard times: “to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead.” We can and do find lasting comfort in trials by putting our hope and trust in the God that raises the dead and saves the souls of those that trust Him.
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Sheltering the homeless since 1934.
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The City Mission of Findlay is a proud member of the following organizations:
Association of Gospel Rescue Missions, Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, Findlay Hancock Chamber of Commerce, and The Better Business Bureau
*The pictures and names of the homeless, unless specifically noted, are not of local homeless people.