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August Releases

Fiction:

Amish Blacksmith - Mindy Starns Clark and Susan Meissner

Healing Quilt - Wanda Brunstetter

Legend of Sheba - Tosca Lee

Home to Chicory Lane - Deborah Raney

Thief of Glory - Sigmund Brouwer

NonFiction:

Imperfect Marriage - Darryl and Tracy Strawberry

Praying for Your Prodigal - Kyle Idleman

Permanent Vertigo - Joy Eggerichs

Unphiltered - Phil Robertson

Simplify - Bill Hybels

Music:

Time Stands Still - Family Force 5

Anchor - Colton Dixon

You Amaze Us - Selah

DVD:

Celery Night Fever - Veggie Tales

God's NOT Dead

When Calls the Heart - Second Chances

June Bestsellers

Category: DVD

1. Son of God

2.   Veggies in Space

3.   Unstoppable

4.  Passion Talk

5.   Encounter

Category: Fiction

1.   Child of Mine - Lewis

2.   Prayer Box - Wingate

3.   Every Waking Moment - Fabry

4.   Bridge to Haven - Rivers

5.   Sensible Shoes - Brown

6. One Perfect Spring - Hannon           

7.   Sidetracked - Collins

8.   Auschwitz Escape - Rosenberg

9.  Fair Play - Gist

10. Undetected - Henderson

Category: Music

1. Thrive - Casting Crowns

2.   Neon Steeple - Crowder

3. Sovereign - Smith

4.   Zion - Hillsong

5.   Rivers in the Wasteland - NeedToBreathe

Category: NonFiction

1.   Jesus Calling - Young (hardcover binding)

2.   Jesus Calling - Young (deluxe teal edition)

3. One Nation - Carson

4.   Four Blood Moons - Hagee

5.   Five Love Languages - Chapman

6. Boundaries - Cloud

7.   Heaven is for Real - Burpo

8.   Good Call - Robertson

9.   Daniel Plan - Warren

10. Circle Maker - Batterson

*Based on June 2014 sales recorded at Parable Marketing Group member stores and at locally-owned Kregel Parable Christian Stores – Grand Rapids/Grandville

buist electricLarry Buist, Steve Longstreet, and Brent BrinksIn 1964, brothers Larry Buist and Roger Buist were laid off from their jobs with an electrical contractor. The brothers decided to form Buist Electric, and with minimal equipment began a journey of trusting God for their business.

The company grew slowly in the early years. The men hired many friends andrelatives as their first employees. In the thirtieth year, 1994, Larry Buist purchased Roger Buist’s share of the company. The business had expanded to include a Data Communications Department (now called Buist Communications) and employed seventy-eight. By the fortieth anniversary in 2004, Buist Electric employed two hundred thirty-five. The following year, Larry Buist sold his shares in thebusiness, and Buist Electric became an employee-owned company. In 2006, the company also opened branches in Kalamazoo and Greenville. In 2012, Steve Longstreet, who had been with the business for thirty-four years at the time, was named President.

As the company grew, the mission never changed and always remains at the forefront: “God – Honor Him in all we do. Employees – Consider their well-being as essential. Customers – Provide them with superior service. Others – Share our resources.”

As Buist Electric celebrates its fiftieth anniversary, with two hundred seventy-nine employees, the Leadership Team – comprised of Steve Longstreet, Larry Buist and Brent Brinks – recognizes how God’s faithfulness has upheld and guided the company from the beginning. Longstreet witnessed the Buist brothers trusting God through the highs and lows of the business. “Even in the tough times they were learning from God and doing the very best for our employees,” Longstreet said. “Both [brothers] knew that God was in charge, and it was His business, and sought Him out for how to continue to run the business.”

In fifty years, Buist Electric has witnessed major technology changes. “Many things are done now with computer programs rather than a simple switch. Manufacturing lines run through computers, and the level of knowledge an electrician needs today over fifty years ago has grown immensely,” Longstreet explained. The company expanded with the technology to include testing and automation departments, design and build services, 24-hour emergency services, voice/data communications, energy management, and outdoor utilities. Buist Electric’s projects have been as large as the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital and as small as a service call.

Buist Electric has also become a leader in energy-saving LEED solutions. “West Michigan stands out as one of the top places for LEED buildings,” Longstreet said. The company will design to meet LEED standards, and Longstreet sees this as a great opportunity to take care of the resources God has given us.

Longstreet said servant leadership has always been a key component to the business. The Leadership Team meets weekly to study what it means to be servant leaders and how to carry it out. They also discuss day-to-day business and their vision for the future. The leadership team seeks to find ways to challenge and encourage employees to develop and use their gifts. The result has been a caring community and family environment within the company.

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Buist Electric’s servant heart extends to the community. To accommodate some of the needs they recognized, the company developed the Buist Foundation in 1993. The Foundation receives support through money received from reclaimed copper, employee donations, and Buist Electric match of employee contributions. It is comprised of a two part time employees and a board under the leadership of Brent Brinks. They meet monthly to make decisions on how these funds are to be disbursed. They have assisted many individuals and families with housing expenses, medical bills, community development and more.

Six years ago, they also opened the Buist Community Assistance Center, a high-quality food pantry serving around one hundred seventy-five families per week in Byron Township. Full-time employee Shirley TenHarmsel, an additional part-time employee, and around one hundred volunteers run the center. Local companies donate 100 percent of the 2.2 million pounds of food they receive and distribute, of which they only need to pay small handling fees of approximately ten percent. TenHarmsel said the center also shares food with ten to twelve other area food pantries.

In honor of the company’s fiftieth anniversary, the companyhas made available $200,000 in grant funds for non-profit organizations and individuals that need specific assistance. “God has blessed Buist Electric for fifty years,” Longstreet said. “Our faith is strong in seeing how God has provided and His faithfulness.”

Heading into the future, Buist Electric will continue to build on the areas they do well in and expand into new areas as technology develops. “We will stay current with the ever-changing world and venture into new opportunities to challenge us and our employees, and not rely on the status quo,” Longstreet said. In all things, they will serve their employees and meet their customers’ needs while seeking to honor God in all they do.

For more information:

Buist Electric

President, Steve Longstreet
Officer, Larry Buist
Officer, Brent Brinks
Website: http://www.buistelectric.com/

E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Address: 8650 Byron Center Ave. SW, Byron Center, MI 49315
Phone: (616) 878-3315

In Kalamazoo:

Address: 3201 Lake St., Kalamazoo, MI 49048
Phone: (269) 343-9191

Buist Community Assistance Center
http://www.buistcac.org/
8306 Byron Center Ave. SW
Byron Center, MI 49315
Telephone: 616-583-4080

timTim Bauer recently spoke with me for West Michigan Christian News regarding an event he has planned for August this year. He shared his background and what led up to his plan to bring foreign missions to Michigan.

“My wife, Shelley, and I have been serving the Lord for many years now. We are in our mid 50’s and have five children ranging in age from 11 to 30. By the way, our youngest daughter is from China. Shelley was delivered from a Mormon background. I was born and raised in the church, but didn’t surrender my life to Christ until February, 1984. Soon afterward, He began to burden me with the need for repentance within the church in America. When we were younger we almost went with Life Action Ministries, a revival ministry based in Niles, Michigan. The Lord closed that door after a 3 year period and then led us to Cedar Springs where we now reside.”

“Our calling is very non-traditional. In the early 90’s we were led out of the institutional church into a home church setting. The Lord has revealed many insights to us as to why He is moving some out. It’s not to become another denomination, but rather in preparation for the judgment that will soon come upon us, as well as the rest of the world.”

“He has given me many revelations regarding the end of this age. I have written multiple Bible studies and articles on this, including four books. In fact, I am just about to release a new book entitled 911: God’s Last Offer to the Church. (I have set up a Facebook page for the book: “911 Tim Bauer” where you can watch an e-book introduction video to hear what is on my heart.)

“God gave me an urgent message for the church to prepare ourselves for what we are about to go through. For the last couple of years I have been writing what has now turned into a set of books regarding the rising of the sons of God at the end of this age. While writing this the Lord gave me His 911 message. I knew I wasn’t to wait to get this part out. We also have a website, www.capstone-ministries.com that we are in the process of building, all in preparation of what we believe is about to be launched by the Lord.

“Ten years ago Shelley had a stroke that almost claimed her life. Through a series of miraculous events her life was spared. It was right after this time that the Lord called me to leave my job as a tool designer. He then began to share His heart with me concerning the condition of His Bride, the Church. He revealed to me that, like my wife Shelley, though His Bride in our nation appears to be almost dead in most places, He was going to resurrect her through some very difficult circumstances she was about to experience. We have been entrusted with a ’trumpet-like’ ministry, believing that the power of God that resurrected my bride will raise up Christ’s chosen Bride at the end of this age. We are a ’finishing’ ministry, called to help prepare the Bride of Christ for His return.”

Tim stated they have involved themselves with The Chinese Student Immersion Program.

“Through a friend, we were introduced to a Chinese lady who worked for a school in Beijing, China. She attends Kendall School of Art here in Grand Rapids. Their school, Luhe International School, was looking to build a prep-school in our area for their students that would be going to American universities. She told us that her principal was coming to the area for a visit. This is when the warfare began in earnest.

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“Shelley works for the Cedar Springs school system as a parent educator. This also involves working with the pregnant teens in our area. She told our Chinese friend that she would arrange a tour through our schools and then have them over to our house for dinner. The intensity of the devil to keep them from coming caused us to wonder why he was so concerned. We discerned the Lord had something in mind through their coming – something the enemy was VERY concerned about. In short, we were attacked every step of the way.

“In the fall of 2012 they came to our school. We thought as long as they were coming we might as well offer them a tour of Pine Ridge Bible Camp which is right around the corner from our house. The presence of the Lord was SO strong that day. One of the ladies that had come to interpret secretly informed us that she was a Christian! I kept wondering to myself what it was the Lord was putting together.

“After my wife made a typical American Thanksgiving meal for them, they left our home with hugs and we praised the name of the Lord for what He had just accomplished. We weren’t sure what was next but knew it wasn’t over that day. A year later, in the fall of 2013, they came back for another visit to Pine Ridge Bible Camp. Kevin Grifhorst, the director of the camp, called to let us know of their visit and what they discussed. He said they wanted to send their students to the camp for a week this summer. Shelley and I had been involved with short term summer programs for foreign students in the past. It was the Lord’s training for what is about to take place. Oh the wisdom of our God!

“We began to meet with Kevin, discussing how to handle all this. We’re not connected with any big organization on earth. But as we’ve discovered, our connection with the Kingdom of God is all we need. We serve the CEO of the universe. Through prayer the Lord began to unfold His plan to us, leading us to those who would bring what we needed to accomplish His call. We have connected with I.S.E. (International Student Exchange) which is an organization that brings exchange students to the United States to live with American host families. They will be handling all our legal issues such as the proper forms, including background checks of all families that will be hosting the students.

“The Chinese want their students to be immersed in English to help them learn our language and culture. We will be teaching them an ESL (English as a Second Language) course that is going to be biblically based. Our text book is an English/Chinese Bible. It will be incorporated with an interactive 12-session overview of the Bible for youth entitled Echo the Story. Our teachers have used it in other countries as well as America. The Lord had laid them on my heart as this was forming. When I approached Randy Badge, a local Christian that taught in the Tri-County Schools for years, as well as in youth groups, he became very excited.

“Luhe was a little hesitant at first regarding the use of the Bible as a text book, but they believe Christianity is a cultural thing in America that their students need to become familiar with. In fact when they went back to China the first time, they decided it might be a good thing to introduce a new Bible study class in their school! But wait, there’s more…

“I wanted to find out more about this school so I did a little research. I about fell off my chair when I read about their history. Luhe international School was originally founded by the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions in 1867 as a missionary school when Tongzhou Boys' Boarding School was opened. By 1889, it had developed into an advanced academy called North China College that included a primary school, a middle school, a high school, a college and a seminary. In 1918, the university part of the school was moved to west Beijing and later became Yenching University, while the secondary school that remained was named Luhe High School. Their roots are Christian! I believe the Lord is mercifully taking them back to their roots. A missionary school, a seminary… are you kidding me. It’s very obvious this door was kicked open by the Lord and NO man will shut it. Hallelujah!

“What we are envisioning is the integration of American students with the Chinese students at Pine Ridge Bible Camp, and within the host families, all in an evangelistic effort for the souls of 80 Chinese students from the age of 13 to 18, and their five adult Chinese chaperones. Jesus is bringing people from the other side of the world to our back yard in order to share the gospel with them. We’re asking youth groups to get involved with this as a foreign missions trip, right here in America. Pine Ridge has room for about 60 American students that week. It won’t cost much for a week at camp. We will have an orientation meeting at the Bible camp with the American students before the Chinese students arrive, along with the host families, in order to help prepare them for this unbelievable opportunity.

“It is my STRONG conviction that Jesus is returning soon. Even if we only have one opportunity with this school, we plan to do it with all our hearts for the glory of Jesus Christ. We would like nothing better than, while learning to speak English more fluently, they have an encounter with the living God and we have a few lines of those getting baptized in Pine Lake before they go back to China. Who knows, there might just be a couple of American kids in line as well. Either way, our goal is unashamedly to share the good news of Jesus Christ with them. We need people to commit to prayer for this.

“The program is from Friday, August 1 thru Sunday, August 24. The Lord has need of host families in our area. All the activities center around Cedar Springs. I have attached our calendar of events. The students will be with their host families the first and third weeks. The second week they will be at Pine Ridge Bible Camp the entire week which will be a unique experience for the Chinese. The students will need to be brought to the Cedar Springs Middle School three times the first week and two times the third week for ESL classes and field trips. A farewell picnic at Pine Ridge is planned for the end of the third week. By this time there should be some great stories to share.

“My new book 911: God’s Last Offer to the Church will be released soon. It is a wakeup call for the church to prepare their hearts before the imminent return of Jesus. It is our last call to get ready. Many in the church have become slack in their commitment to Christ. If they do not repent they will find themselves on the outside where the foolish virgins will be gathered. I have an urgent plea from the throne of Almighty God for His people. There will not be another window of opportunity, ever. The back of my book says,

These pages contain an urgent warning for the Christian church. This book tells you, the reader, how to prepare your heart so as not to be engulfed by the judgment we are about to experience. The majority of God’s people are presently unprepared, particularly in America.

 

We must fully immerse ourselves in Jesus Christ lest we be given over, like Judas, to the devil. The hand of the betrayer in the Christian church, who is now sitting at the table of the Lord, will soon be exposed and cast out into the outer darkness of sheer terror. On the other hand, His faithful servants will be granted authority and will be empowered to finish His work on earth.

 

On which side are you?”

EVENTSWest Michigan Christian web writer Terry DeBoer surveys the landscape for the area’s faith-based arts and entertainment events over the coming month. Here are three highlights for July:

*Praise in the Park – A music ensemble from The Springs Free Methodist Church in Cedar Springs performs at 6 p.m. Sun. July 6 at the weekly “Praise in the Park” series at Garden Park in downtown Rockford. Praise-oriented music is highlighted, with different churches and area artists leading each week. There is no admission charge, bringing your own seating is encouraged. Other artists in July: Marty Miller on July 13; Perfect Shelter July 20; CrossWise July 27. (Series runs through Sept. 14). Garden Park is just off W. Bridge St. east of the dam along the Rogue River. For more information visit www.rpmoll.com/praise.

*Wintley Phipps – The inspirational-gospel singer performs at 7 p.m. Sat. July 12 at Maranatha Bible Conference, 4759 Lake Harbor Rd. Muskegon. The international performer - who is also a pastor - has sung for numerous Billy Graham crusades through the years. Phipps’ recording “The Favorite Hymns of Billy Graham,” is a selection of beloved songs hand-picked by Graham himself. He also is founder of the U.S. Dream Academy, a non-profit organization targeted to serve at-risk children and youth. No tickets are necessary for the concert, a free-will offering is received. Visit www.vacationwithpurpose.org or call 888-982-LAKE.

*Tim Zimmerman and The King’s Brass – The outstanding brass ensemble, led by director Tim Zimmerman, performs at 6 p.m. Sun. July 27 in Sandy Pines Lakeside Chapel at Sandy Pines Resort in northeast Allegan County. The group performs sacred, classical, patriotic and contemporary music and has recorded more than a dozen albums. The players include trumpeter Greg Allen, an instructor at Calvin and Aquinas colleges and a member of the Holland Symphony Orchestra. Chapel gate opens at 4 p.m. Bring your own lawn chairs. Come to the resort’s 26th St. entrance, south of 142nd Ave. (GPS location: 3630 26th St. Dorr, MI 49323) Visit www.sandypineschapel.com.

thriftOn Tuesday, June 17 at 12:00 pm the public is invited to join Guiding Light Mission and Holland Rescue Mission for a grand opening of Guiding Light Mission Upscale Thrift Store, located at 1435 60th Street SE, Kentwood, MI 49508. Along with words from Guiding Light Mission and Holland Rescue Mission, attendees will be able to tour the store, enjoy appetizers, refreshments, and giveaways.

Guiding Light Mission, in partnership with Holland Rescue Mission, created the Guiding Light Mission Upscale Thrift Store, a 7,500 square foot space. The store will hold a variety of items for sale that cater to all ages, including dishes, hardware, sporting goods and jewelry. As well, it will have new furniture and mattresses, accompanied with free delivery.

Executive Director at Guiding Light Mission, Stuart Ray, is looking forward to this collaboration and growth, stating “we are very excited for this opportunity, not only for our organization, but for those involved and impacted as well. The Guiding Light Mission Upscale Thrift Store will provide an outlet for those donors with scarce financial resources to make contributions that eventually will support the financial needs of the ministry.”

Existing to provide funding for Guiding Light Mission, the thrift store will also provide new volunteer opportunities to those interested. This low-cost opportunity is part of Guiding Light Mission’s efforts to broaden its scope of services and awareness outside of the Heartside neighborhood. If you are interested in volunteering at the Guiding Light Mission Upscale Thrift Store, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Hear Stuart Ray discuss GLM's Upscale Thrift Store on Clearly Community.

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shawn mc donaldSinger-songwriter Shawn McDonald has taken a bolder approach in his latest album.     

And one result: the title song, “We Are Brave,” became the veteran artist’s first No. 1 Christian radio hit.

Ever since his acoustic-driven break out hit “Gravity” nearly 10 years ago, the artist has occasionally surfaced with new material, mixed in with a couple of live projects.

“Brave” carries more “electronic” effects than his early work. Some of the songs were produced by David Garcia, providing a more pop-influenced sound for McDonald.

The new collection is more bright and upbeat, after the artist emerged from a period of personal trials a number of years ago. The song “End of the Day” restates his passion for wanting to leave a legacy of a faithful walk. “Firefly” (with its supportive string arrangement and sensitive vocals) is an encouraging cry to hold on during life’s difficult passages.

McDonald has a West Michigan connection. Several years ago he was part of Impact Church in Lowell where pastor Jason Holtridge served as the artist’s mentor of sorts, while going through what McDonald termed in one interview “a season of fog.”

“Hope is Right Here” is a song in which the title itself speaks to a promising outlook for the days ahead.

See him:

McDonald performs at 7:30 p.m. Sun. July 27 at Worship on the Waterfront in Waterfront Stadium, downtown Grand Haven. Free-will offering received. Visit www.worshiponthewaterfront.org or call 616-842-6600.
     (A music video for the song “We Are Brave” can be seen at www.shawnmcdonaldmusic.com).

 Lewis-CSC. S. Lewis     Master Arts Theatre, the faith-based community theater group, has announced that it’s reprising last year’s successful production “The Great Divorce.”|
     The stage adaptation of the noted C.S. Lewis fantasy novel will return June 19-22, including weekend matinees. The play had an extended run last spring with numerous sold out performances.
     “We feel this particular play has so much to say and so much life in it, that it just shouldn’t rest,” said director Pris McDonald.
     The tale poses several theological questions – and reflections – in the context of an unusual collection of characters on a metaphorical bus trip from hell to heaven.
     McDonald said a frequent comment heard after last year’s production was, “Now I understand the book!” The precise reasoning and profound notions makes the book – written by the Christian apologist/academic in the 1940s – a challenge for the casual reader. But McDonald said the stage adaptation helps audiences tackle the concept and detail.
     “Lewis has such an imagination and he couches it in the characters’ personalities and their actions so beautifully. But unless you get on his ‘bus,’ it takes awhile to figure out what’s going on,” she added.

                       UNDERSTANDING THE DIVISION

     The “divorce” actually refers to the divide between heaven and hell. Spirits from heaven appear to the travelers and try to persuade them to come along to paradise.
   But many carry “baggage” in their lives that keeps them from choosing heaven.
  

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Most of the actors from last year are returning for this year’s run. That includes the main character Clive (a reference to Clive Staples Lewis himself), portrayed by David Tiesma.
     George MacDonald, the 19th Century pastor and author who influenced Lewis’ own work, is played by Craig Apel. The MacDonald figure offers interpretations of the various confrontations between the other characters – a real help to the audience.
   Heaven is pictured as a bright and colorful world, while “Greytown” (where the travelers have ventured from) is drab, discouraging and often dangerous.
     Some of the allegorical notions suggest Lewis’ subsequent and much better known fantasy “Chronicles of Narnia.”
     “It’s an exciting challenge to take such a book and put it in a visual form – to help the audience understand in the representation of ideas,” noted the director.
     Last year’s opening night featured a post-play “talk back” session with special guest Peter Schakel, a Hope College professor who has written five books on Lewis. The Q & A with the audience provided further insight.
     “Some people told us afterward, ‘Now I’m going to read the book again,’” said McDonald.
     She said during the June run she hopes to schedule several more talk back opportunities.
     Tickets will not go on sale until May, but McDonald is happy to be getting the word out in advance.
     “When we did it last year it took a while for word of mouth to get out going,” said McDonald.
     “But if you missed it the first time, you can see it now. Or if you already saw it, come again and bring a friend.


If You Go:


“The Great Divorce” – a stage adaptation of the C.S. Lewis novel, directed by Pris McDonald; 7:30 p.m. June 19-21; with matinees at 2 p.m. June 21 and 3 p.m. June 22; at Masters Arts Theatre, 75 77th St. SW. Tickets $13. More information at 616- 455-1101, www.masterarts.org.

movieAre we losing our religious freedoms in this country? Are Christians being pressured to keep silent when laws they biblically disagree with are being passed? This is the subject matter of the new movie, Persecuted, written and directed by Pueblo, Colorado native Daniel Lusko. The PG-13 rated picture just opened on July 18 and is currently showing at Celebration! Cinema North, South and at River Town Crossings Mall. Its runtime is 91 minutes and a lot of action and hot potatoes are featured in the movie.

The synopsis for the movie is as follows: Nationally acclaimed evangelist John Luther is the last obstacle in the way of sweeping religious reform in the States. When a U.S. Senator and Luther’s own supporters abduct and frame him in the murder of an innocent teenage girl, an unprecedented era of persecution is unleashed. Out on personal recognizance, Luther escapes police surveillance in search of the truth. And suddenly, a once-normal life is targeted by a team of ex-military operatives who wage a relentless campaign to eliminate the incriminating evidence. As evangelist turned fugitive, Luther vows to expose anyone involved with or profiting from the girl’s murder; a mission that brings him face-to-face with the coming storm of persecution that will threaten the entire Christian community in America.

The film contains powerful dialog as the courageous Luthor makes statements like, “You cannot legislate the power of God.” Accused of intolerance, he makes a stand for the religious freedom of the people. He must deal with scandal, government surveillance, and censorship.

In one eloquent comment, Luthor says, “If you take away a man’s right to speak his mind in a country founded on that very principle, you don’t really have a country, now do you?”

James Remar is terrific as Evangelist John Luther and the movie features Dean Stockwell, Bruce Davidson and Natalie Grant as well.

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The movie features a strong theme and that is that one man can make a difference. John Luthor, world famous evangelist, reaches more people than the evening news. Senator Donald Harrison (Davidson) pressures him to join with a newly formed faith movement which is attempting to unite all religions as a one world religion. Luthor recognizes his powerful world-wide influence and is unbending in his resolve to not compromise his Christian beliefs. Senator Harrison hatches a plot to frame Luthor for the murder of a young woman. Now on the run, Luthor seeks his father’s help, a Catholic priest, and his father tells him there are only two options: face up to being caught or prove his innocence before he is captured. Luthor decides to prove his innocence and the fast-paced plot moves forward as he attempts to come up with evidence of his innocence while avoiding the pursuit of the law.

This powerful and dramatic movie contains a strong message of redemption and of standing up for one’s faith. The acting is excellent too. However, a caution should be given that it does contain some violence, including a few scenes of characters being struck in the head with bullets and some shedding of blood. It is a compelling watch and certainly is current with today’s issues regarding religious freedoms. I recommend that Christians watch and support it.

helpwanted2Guiding Light Mission is seeking appropriate candidates to lead and manage its development function. The ideal candidate will demonstrate multiple years of successful development in the faith NP sector. This individual will need highly developed organizational skills and be able to multi-task. The candidate must be comfortable meeting and communicating with major donors.

Highlights of the position include, but not limited to, the following areas:

  • Fundraising
  • Donor Relationships
  • Event Planning
  • Planned Giving
  • Communication and Marketing
  • Public Relations
  • Board Member Relationships

Guiding Light Mission exists to create a healing experience that allows individuals to discover a new life in Christ. We expect re-engagement in community. We provide food, shelter and resources to men that support their social, physical, spiritual, and intellectual needs.

Interested candidates should contact Stuart Ray, Executive Director, with cover letter and resume This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Additional information about Guiding Light Mission is available at www.lifeonthestreet.org

angelLocal authors Norman and Lynn Reed will be speaking and leading a discussion about their novel on Tuesday, July 8 at 2:00 p.m. at the Gary Byker Memorial Library in Hudsonville. Their novel, “The Black Angel of the Lord,” is an intriguing fictional account of the events surrounding the death of the entire Assyrian army in II Kings 19:35.

The book explores themes of culture, politics, love, and religion between three main characters based on historical figures. The idea for the book first came to Norman while watching a program on the History Channel. The program was about some arrows found around Jerusalem dating back to the era the Assyrians would have been attacking the city. The program said the existence of the arrows was still a mystery, but Norman came up with a possible solution. “My mind was clear, I could write page after page” of material on the event Norman says.

And so the beginnings of a book were formed. Norman would write down pages of material, and Lynn would decipher and type up the chapters. Countless days were spent in the library, researching the characters and culture of the time by reading accounts from ancient historians and scribes. “The research makes the story,” the Reeds say, “the three main characters are real people, and we gave them life. The life we gave them is the life we found in history.”

“I want a million people to read the book” Norman says, and not for the money. Both Norman and Lynn want people to “expand their idea of what a miracle is.” Their book explores a possible explanation for the seemingly unexplainable death of the Assyrian army, a miracle that changed the course of history. Their explanation doesn’t negate the awe-inspiring miracle, it presents a scenario that is just as amazing. “It is so easy to just say ‘its a miracle,’ but there is so much that has to happen for that miracle to occur. And who is behind all those details? Jehovah God!” The Reeds want people to read their book and “grasp the awesomeness behind God’s miracles.”

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When asked about the rewards gained while writing the book, both Reeds agree that fulfilling a dream is top on the list. “Every human being has a dream, has something in their lives they want to do,” says Norman, “in my case it was writing a book. The drive and will to fulfill that dream only grew because I let it grow. I didn’t let it go.” Lynn adds, “don’t put your dreams away in a drawer and tuck them away. Let them live, and only then will they become a reality.”

The Reeds are excited to share their book and encourage discussion and dialog about Biblical miracles. They post blogs on their website www.normanandlynnreed.com about their research to promote discussion and give a better understanding of the world the book takes place in.

“The Black Angel of Death” can be purchased on amazon.com.

Quick Facts

What: Speaking and Discussion about “The Black Angel of the Lord”

When: Tuesday, July 8, at 2:00 p.m.

Where: the Gary Byker Memorial Library in Hudsonville

aloneAlone Yet Not Alone is a movie based on the true story of a German family during the French and Indian War.

After leaving their native Germany, the deeply religious family settled near Penns Creek in picturesque Central Pennsylvania. The family worked hard and crops were abundant in this fertile area, and they never forgot to thank God for His provision.

But the family’s lives were changed forever when the Delaware Indians broke into their home, killing the father, setting fire to the home and taking captive the two sisters, Barbara and Regina.

The movie follows Barbara and Regina and the atrocities they saw and suffered at the hands of their captors. After the sisters are separated, the movie mainly focuses on Barbara and her experiences living as a Delaware Indian.

Despite everything she had seen and experienced, Barbara never lost her faith in God. The words of the song her mother often sang, “Alone, Yet Never Alone” gave her strength to persevere.

We found the movie to be a refreshing story of God’s faithfulness. This story reminds us that despite how difficult our circumstances may seem, God is faithful and we are never alone.

Watch the trailer….

Read the Dove review……

keys for kidsCBH Ministries, originally known as Children’s Bible Hour, has recently changed its name to Keys for Kids Ministries. While the name and logo have changed, the ministry is still devoted to providing Christian media and resources for children, something it has done since its beginning in 1942.

The ministry’s name change came as a result of people not knowing what CBH Ministries was. “It took a lot of time and effort to explain who we are and what we do” says Kristen Gearhart of Keys for Kids Ministries. “We wanted to upgrade our name and look (i.e., logo, website), to reflect our contemporary ministry – we do more than just radio programming and we wanted our new look to reflect that.”

Keys for Kids Ministries puts out free devotionals available to order over the phone or at the ministry’s website. The devotional is also available to read on the website and on Facebook and can be heard on the radio. For tech savvy readers there is an app available in a basic or premium package that has daily devotions to read or listen to.

In addition to the daily devotions, Keys for Kids Ministries airs radio dramas like Down Gilead Lane to encourage and guide kids about their faith. The newest drama, Red Rock Mysteries, is about “a brother and sister team who are working their way through a lot of changes in their lives – their mom just became a Christian and their new stepdad is not.” All of the programs are written for kids ages 6-12, but many people outside the target age group enjoy them!

Though there have been different names, Keys for Kids Ministries has “been in ministry for 72 years reaching kids and their families for Christ – using audio, print, and radio formats.” It’s important to remember that “while we’re updating our look and our name, we’re still reaching kids for Christ in contemporary channels and technology.”

To learn more about the radio programs and resources offered by Keys for Kids Ministries, visit www.keysforkids.org.

 Sidewalk Prophets 2012Sidewalk Prophets     Worship on the Waterfront (W.O.W.) returns to Grand Haven’s Waterfront Stadium this summer starting Sunday June 22.
     The summer inspirational music series is produced by First Reformed Church in downtown Grand Haven.
     The list of artists for 2014 finds many names familiar to inspirational music fans.
     Singer-songwriters Josh Wilson and Shawn McDonald, worship leader/music artist Peter Eide and the Hark-Up Horns all are back after performing in last year’s series.
     Also, W.O.W. alumni such as Matt Maher and Buddy Greene also return (see schedule below).
     Coordinator Carolyn Manting, music director at First Reformed, says she’s looking forward to hearing this year’s slate of artists
     Maher has been to W.O.W. several times and opens the series this year June 22. The singer has written numerous songs (including “Your Grace Is Enough,” popularized by Chris Tomlin), and has had his own share of gems such as his current “Let The People Say Amen.”
     The folksy Greene (June 29) has a repertoire that delves into country, gospel and soul. He also is a regular on the popular Bill Gaither “Homecoming” videos and concerts. His specialty is the harmonica, on which he has stamped his own virtuoso style.

                       THE SLATE OF STYLES

     A newcomer this year is the roots-folk quartet The Vespers (Aug. 17) made up of two pairs siblings – the Cryar sisters and the Jones brothers. Their instrumentation includes banjo, mandolin, stand-up bass and at least half dozen others.
   The upstart ensemble, with members all still in their 20s, has already released two independent albums as they build a following across the country.
   They’re also performing June 19 at the Big Ticket Festival in Gaylord, Mich.

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   Chris Hansen leads the Hark-Up Horns group back to W.O.W. on Aug. 10. The brass ensemble has some lively hymn arrangements and medleys, as well as a smattering of other music.
     The best known “band” on the schedule is Sidewalk Prophets. The pop-inspirational quintet has won several awards and has numerous Christian radio hits.
     Their signature song is the ballad “The Words I Would Say,” but their current radio hit is “Keep Making Me.”
     Sidewalk Prophets is scheduled for Sun. Aug 3 during the annual Coast Guard Festival. Potentially that’s the largest audience for the series, when the population of Grand Haven swells by several thousand with many of them gathered around the waterfront.
     Josh Wilson is a guitar and vocal talent with Christian radio hits such as “I Refuse” and “Carry Me.” He also does a rather amazing version of the hymn “Amazing Grace” that demonstrates his extensive guitar skills.

                        HISTORY ON THE WATERFRONT

     The history of W.O.W. traces back to the 1950s, when it began as an outreach of a Sunday School Class at First Reformed.
     In the early days it was called “Vacation Land Hymn Sing,” and often the organizers would place a large map at the rear of the platform marking the spots from where some of the visitors that evening had come.
     In recent decades the series has focused more on music. A local worship or church praise band opens the evening with some “congregational” singing (there are usually song sheets available) before the guest artist takes the stage.
     Still sponsored by First Reformed, W.O.W. has several corporate and individual financial sponsors as well as the weekly offering.
     On many Sunday evenings, the 2,000 or so seats in the expansive Waterfront Stadium bleachers are full. There are other chairs on the stage level in front, but many visitors bring their own lawn chairs. The music can be heard from outside the stadium, so some folks are content to just experience the event from there. (Gates open between 6:30 and 6:45 p.m).
     Peter Eide closes the series on Aug. 24. Eide has emceed the huge Unity Christian Music Festival several times, and is an excellent singer and communicator.
     There is no concert the Sunday of Labor Day weekend.

                           WEATHER NOTES

     Since W.O.W. is an outdoor event, it is affected by weather.
     Last year weather forced one of the concerts indoors to a local school auditorium, but conditions may cause the event to be canceled outright. Organizers say check the official website at www.worshiponthewaterfront.org, or listen to WGHN-FM (92.1) or JQ-99 (99.3FM) for status updates.
    
Worship on the Waterfront (W.O.W.) – in Waterfront Stadium, Harbor Drive, downtown Grand Haven. 7:30 p.m. Sundays June 22 though Aug. 24. No tickets necessary, free-will offering will be received. Event may be canceled or re-located due to weather conditions. www.worshiponthewaterfront.org, 616-842-6600.
The Schedule:
June 22 - Matt Maher 
June 29 - Buddy Greene
July 6 – Newworldson
July 13 – Josh Wilson
July 20 - JJ Heller    
July 27 – Shawn McDonald
Aug. 3 – Sidewalk Prophets
Aug 10 – Hark-Up Horns
Aug. 17 – The Vespers
Aug. 24 – Peter Eide

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