Faith-Based DVDs Are Doing Well

Written by Edwin L. Carpenter on . Posted in Local

Son Of God2Fortunately for the Christian, there are a lot of wonderful DVDs which have been released or are soon to be. Son of God was released on June 3, 2014, and is still ranked number four in’s bestseller rankings among faith and spiritual movies. It is ranked number nineteen in the drama category. It grossed nearly $60 million at the domestic box office. This is the Roma Downey and Mark Burnett film starring Diogo Morgado as Jesus and is one of the more accurate portrayals of His life.

God’s Not Dead is to be released August 5, 2014. It stars Kevin Sorbo and Dean Cain. It is a compelling story as Sorbo plays a philosophy professor who begins his class by demanding that his students sign a paper stating that God is dead. One brave young pupil named Josh refuses to sign and is told by the professor that he must debate the topic in front of class and give evidence that God is not dead. Josh agrees. He later learns why the professor is bitter toward God. A subplot involves Dean Cain’s character, named Mark, a self-absorbed man who ignores his girlfriend when she needs him the most and his elderly mother who is living in a nursing home and suffering from dementia. Yet the lesson is made clear in the film: one can’t outrun God. The movie has made over $60 million at the box office thus far.

Veteran Turns Heart and Hands to Helping Fellow Vets

Written by Ann Byle on . Posted in Local

habitat and FHHMichael Hyacinthe has a heart for veterans, especially our nation’s wounded warriors. A former Nave SeaBee himself, Hyacinthe knows what it’s like to come home after serving his country.

That heart for veterans and his Christian faith have guided him into two roles that have veterans at the center. First is the non-profit Fashion Has Heart, which utilizes the power of creativity to help wounded veterans rehabilitate and helps them reintegrate into the broader society.

Local Mission Broadens Reach With Upscale Thrift Store

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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.

Local Bookstore to Host Discussion, Q&A on Gay Marriage

Written by Ann Byle on . Posted in Local

q and a2Baker 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.

Pregnancy Care Center Has New Director, New Vision

Written by Ann Byle on . Posted in Local

collenFor 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.”

Terry's Picks: August 2014

Written by Terry DeBoer on . Posted in Local

EVENTS*At The Foot of the Cross – The day-long Christian music event returns for a second year – from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sat. Aug. 3 at Easton United Methodist Church, 4970 Potters Rd., Ionia. West and Central Michigan artists perform a variety of styles of worship music. Among the participating bands - Ejection Seat, Guitar Glory Band and praise teams from several area churches. The event takes place outdoors at the base of the huge 40 foot cross on the church grounds (indoors in case of rain). No admission charge, bringing seating is encouraged. Visit online for more information.
*Jim Worthing – The gospel vocalist performs at 6 p.m. Sun. Aug. 10 “under the tent” at Pine Grove Community Church, 8775 88th St. (M-82) (at the corner of Beech Ave.) west of Howard City. Worthing sang for many years with The Cumberland Boys, the gospel quartet of Opryland in Nashville. As a solo artist he had produced six albums and performed all over the world. The event is part of the Pine Grove’s summer concert series. No tickets are necessary, a free-will offering will be received. For more information online or 231-937-5250.

Conference Grounds Overcome Loss for Ministry Gain

Written by Terry DeBoer on . Posted in Local

crcgThe Christian Reformed Conference Grounds (CRCG) in Grand Haven Township was broadsided by both fire and ice earlier this year.

     But the staff and supporters of the non-profit Christian campground/recreation area have rallied and this summer’s program is going full tilt – albeit with a somewhat different look.

     “Yes, everything is still happening,” beamed Dawn Bouman, musical director of the grounds just south of Grand Haven along Lake Michigan.

Christians in Business: Buist Electric Celebrates 50 Years of God’s Faithfulness

Written by Amelia Rhodes on . Posted in Local

buist electricIn 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.

Persecuted is a Timely Faith-based Film that Deserves Recognition

Written by Edwin L. Carpenter on . Posted in Local

persecuted-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.

Tim Bauer Bringing Foreign Missions to America

Written by Edwin L. Carpenter on . Posted in Local

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.”

Development Director Position Available

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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:

Pursuing a Dream: Local Couple Writes Historical Novel Based on Biblical Event

Written by Bree Byle on . Posted in Local

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.”

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