Marvin Sapp Receives Ministry Honor

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Sapp. Marvin GMA Honor 2018Marvin Sapp accepts his award from the Gospel Music Association West Michigan pastor and national gospel music artist Marvin Sapp has received national honors for his Christian ministry impact.

At a May 8 banquet event in Nashville, the Gospel Music Association (GMA) recognized Sapp and several others for "significant contributions to the world through their humanitarian efforts as well as their talents."

Sapp, who has received several awards and honors over the last year, said his motivation has remained the same throughout his career. "The goal was never to receive awards," he said in his acceptance speech. "I just wanted to give God the glory. That was my goal then, and is still my goal now."

Legacy Christian Students Share Hand-written Memoirs with Holland Home Residents

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Legacy Christian Schools Holland Home Cutline No. 1From left: Amelia McCann had the pleasure of interviewing LouAnn Myers. Amelia McCann went exploring earlier this year and found inspiration.

Her and 19 other second graders from Kentwood-based Legacy Christian School traveled in January to Holland Home's Breton Woods campus to interview senior residents about their achievements and what the Lord has done for them through the years.

Then on May 11, the students returned to Breton Woods and were matched again with the same residents they interviewed in January to read to them the handwritten memoirs they composed. Their stories were bound into a book.

The students also sang as group to the residents and enjoyed an ice cream social with one another afterward.

Corinth Quilters Sew, Donate Beauty and Warmth to Those in Need

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Corinth Reformed Church Quilters Cutline No. 1From left: Ruth Biesberock, Debi Rose, Viola “Vi” Eaton, Dorothea “Dort” Koopman and Roxanne Edema display some of the Corinth Quilter’s handiwork. Every second and fourth Tuesday starting in the fall and continuing through spring, about 30 women gather at a building called the Summit located behind Corinth Reformed Church in Byron Center to create beauty and warmth for a host of people they will never meet.

They accomplish this important undertaking by making quilts of various sizes: baby quilts, twin size and double bed size and lap quilts from bolts of fabric that are donated toward their ministry known as the Corinth Quilters.

CD Review Beacon Light

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Beacon Light CD cover - Loud Drive HomeArea faith-based rap/hip-hop artist Beacon Light has a new album filled with musical and spoken word riffs and raps with numerous contributing guests. With this effort the artist adds to his arsenal as an accomplished writer/performer.

The theme of the album reflecting his renewed outlook is noted on the online video.

One highlight among the selections is "Sleeping On Me," with guest Spencer Kane. The song's video shows the care taken in conveying its message: don't go through life comatose.....wake up!

Area Concert Forecast Heating Up

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Heller JJ stripesSinger-songwriter JJ Heller is one of the artists performing in West Michigan this summerWinter hung on for so long in West Michigan that it seemed presumptuous even to think about summer. But the weather has moderated and now it feels right to look ahead at the area’s summer concert scene.

Hudsonville Couple Launches One Saved International to Provide Aftercare to Children Rescued From Sex Trafficking

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One Saved Cutline No. 1Sarah Hess: “God is just using the Protestant church to make His name great and set a fire for the people and really that’s our only hope of combating child sex trafficking.” They have been abused physically and sexually and a couple living in Hudsonville want to usher healing into the lives of Filipino children.

There are between 60,000 to 100,000 children in the Philippines involved in prostitution rings, according to the United Nations International Children's Fund (UNICEF). Worldwide, more than two million children are exploited in the sex trade.

Helping those children find hope and healing through the gospel are Jeremy and Sarah Hess who founded One Saved International, a nonprofit that provides aftercare and restoration to children rescued from sex trafficking.

Longtime Team Returns to Christian Radio

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Tommy  Brook studioBrook Taylor and Tommy Dylan of JQ-99
Tommy Dylan says he and on-air partner Brook Taylor have received all kinds of warm wishes over the last three months hosting the new "Tommy & Brook" morning show on Christian radio JQ-99 (WJQK-FM 99.3).

"There's been a lot of new listeners that have come over," said Dylan of fans who have followed them to their new radio home.

The veteran team spent more than nine years doing mornings at cross-town "Star 105.7", a mainstream adult contemporary outlet. Now they're in front of both old and new listeners. He said the broadcasting tandem has received positive feedback during remote broadcasts and from both listeners and advertisers. "And as we anticipated, the JQ listeners have been very welcoming," said Dylan.

The Testimony of Zach Williams

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Williams Zach rec. Grammy 1-28-18Zach Williams won a 2018 Grammy Award for his album “Chain Breaker” The story behind the faith – as well as the music – of singer-songwriter Zach Williams speaks of the power of prayer and perseverance.

Arguably the most-awarded artist in Christian music over the past year with one of the most successful debut albums in recent memory, Williams and his break-out song "Chain Breaker" have a story to tell about his life's journey. He comes to Zeeland April 22 for a concert.

"I grew up around music," recalled Williams, 37, during a recent phone interview. "My dad played (guitar) and led worship in church and I was there every Sunday and Wednesday."

"I knew all about Jesus and Scripture stories and had a head knowledge of him. I went forward at church camp and called myself a Christian but there was never a heart change."

Jesus and the Children Sculpture Welcomes Community, Affirms Children’s Dignity

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Jesus and the Children Sculpture No. 1Sophia Putz and Jack Walker served as the statue’s models. Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." (Matthew 19:14).

Monsignor R. Louis Stasker said his two-prong goals for the recently dedicated bronze statue, Jesus and the Children, at the Basilica of Saint Adalbert plaza is to affirm God's love for the world's most vulnerable — children.

The 1,500-pound sculpture is also way of saying to the community at large all are welcome.

Paul, Apostle for Christ is a Remarkable Movie

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Capture12Paul, Apostle for Christ features a striking performance by James Faulkner as Paul. Reverend, serious and focusing on the love of Christ, Faulkner nails the role. The use of scripture is well utilized throughout the film. Instead of reading the words of Paul, we hear him utter them. A few members of the underground church want to attack the blood-thirsty Romans. Paul tells Luke, played by Jim Caviezel (who played Jesus in Passion of the Christ), "We cannot overcome evil with evil. Only good overcomes evil." He also gives the almost identical quote which is taken from Romans 5:20, "Where sin abounds, grace much more abounds". Paul continues to emphasize the love of God, especially when dealing with those who seek vengeance.

God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness makes a great point: God is Still Not Dead!

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Capture11This third film in the God's Not Dead series takes a different approach this time around. The first two in the series focused on fighting for one's religious beliefs and freedoms. This one is more about forgiveness and loving people, even when they don't agree with your view of God. God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness deals with a story about the struggles between today's liberal society and the church. Pastor David Hill (David A.R. White) has been at St. James church since he was a kid and his dad pastored the church. Now, he is the pastor. He is challenged by Hadleigh University and his friend, Thomas Ellsworth (Ted McGinley), who represents the college. Ellsworth and the college want to enforce an eminent domain policy and seize the land the church is built on in order to add on to their college buildings. Pastor Dave isn't ready to leave, and he refuses to back down—at first. Normally a mild mannered man, Pastor Dave winds up in jail.

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