On 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.
Baker Book House, the largest Christian bookstore in West Michigan, has invited two well-known spokesmen for the gay, Christian community to take part in a discussion and Q&A session on the topic of gay marriage in the church.
The Church & Homosexuality: A Model Dialogue takes place on Tuesday, Aug. 12, at 7 pm at the bookstore, 2768 East Paris Ave. in Grand Rapids. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required.
For Colleen Geisel, new executive director of Alpha Women’s Center of Grand Rapids, this is a revisioning time at the center. She and the staff are narrowing their vision to not duplicate services available at other organizations, adding services not being offered elsewhere, and discovering which things they do well.
“We’re in a position to grow exponentially thanks to our facility and our location,” said Geisel, who has been director for three months. She and her family returned to Grand Rapids after 12 years working and serving in Asia.
“I had no intention of taking the job, but I walked into the building and the Spirit of God was in this place. I could not leave,” she said. “God called me into ministry in 1991 at Calvary Church and he won’t let me do anything else.”
The Christian Reformed Conference Grounds (CRCG) in Grand Haven Township was broadsided by both fire and ice earlier this year.
“Yes, everything is still happening,” beamed Dawn Bouman, musical director of the grounds just south of Grand Haven along Lake Michigan.
In 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.
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.
Tim 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.”
Guiding 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:
Local 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.”
West 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.
Alone 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.
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