New Music Review: WOW Hits 2015

Written by Terry DeBoer on . Posted in Local

wow3It’s the annual “gold standard” in contemporary Christian music.

“WOW Hits 2015” comes to stores on September 30 – two CDs full of recent/current hit songs by premier contemporary Christian music artists which will carry you into the new year.

Top songs by top artists is a winning combination and the annual “WOW” CDs (and their various spin offs) have sold tens of millions of copies since they debuted in 1995.

    
Here’s part of the latest WOW “big hit” list – “We Believe” by Newsboys, “Do Something” Matthew West, “Thrive” Casting Crowns, “Shake” MercyMe, “Speak Life” TobyMac; and the hits just keep on coming.

Author, Pastor Addresses Critical Issues of Church and Culture

Written by Ann Byle on . Posted in Local

Ingram ChipPastor Chip Ingram is eager to address the cultural issues that are so much a part of our times, including sexuality, homosexuality, abortion, the environment and politics. His message is most strong when it comes to the church and these topics.

"These are the defining issues, but behind all of the topics is the church's belief in the authority of Scripture, and whether we believe what Scripture says is Truth or not," said Ingram, senior pastor of Venture Christian Church near San Jose, CA, and former president of Walk Through the Bible. "Our base issue is that we're not sticking with what Scripture truly says."

Ingram will be in Grand Rapids on Tuesday, Sept. 16, to speak at Sunshine Community Church as part of a book tour to promote his new title "Culture Shock: A Biblical Response to Today's Most Divisive Issues," released by Grand Rapids-based Baker Books in August. The book is an effort to apply the Bible to the most pressing cultural issues of the day, and is rooted in biblical exposition and personal stories.

Terry's Picks for September 2014

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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 September:

*Kathy Troccoli – The singer-songwriter/author co-hosts the “Hope’s Alive” conference Sept. 12-13 at Corinth Reformed Church, 129 100th St. SE, Byron Center. The conference designed for women has sessions from 7-9 p.m. Friday and 9a.m.-12:30p.m. Sat. Included are presentations, worship, and a “Heart to Heart” session as well as concert with Troccoli. Also at the conference are singer-worship leader Michelle Margiotta and several other special guests. General admission group rates for 10 or more tickets begin at $29. Individual tickets begin at $33. Premium seating is also available. To order and for more info, www.itickets.com, 615-478-0247.

Hillsong Worship Coming to Grand Rapids

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Hillsong Worship David WareWorship leader David Ware explains his hesitancy in referring to his Hillsong Worship musical events as “concerts.”

“We just pretty much do exactly what we would do when we’re at church,” explained Ware, 28, of worship at the huge Hillsong Church in Sydney, Australia.

“From the lighting we use, the graphics, the lyrics on-screen…everything so the people can engage and worship with us.”

Christians in Business: Jauch Painting

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Jeff JauchJeff Jauch grew up with a paintbrush in his hand. As a child, Jauch was always painting and drawing, and his parents provided art tutors to encourage his skills. He continued his love for art in college by studying for a bachelor of fine arts degree with an emphasis in painting. A turning point in Jauch’s life occurred one year during college exams. Jauch worked as a picture framer and asked for exam week off work. The new manager refused the request, so Jauch quit. He immediately went to a friend’s house and asked if he could work for his painting business. The friend hired him on the spot. “I figured if I couldn’t frame art, I would at least still have a brush in my hand. It was just a bigger, different canvas,” he recalled. Jauch even began taking his two-and-a-half inch brushes from work to his canvases at school. “You can do a lot with a big brush. You can do fine things even with something that’s not so fine,” he said.

Jauch continued working for other residential painters, often driving to Holland and beyond for jobs. In 1997 his daughter, Chelsea, was born with Rett syndrome. Rett syndrome is a rare neurological disorder found primarily in girls, which affects

The Summer of Our Lives

Written by Kimberly Gleason on . Posted in Local

endofseasonSuch fantastic plans I had for this summer. I had a pile of books I wanted to read to my children, topics such as our bodies, peer pressure, boys and dating, healthy eating, and the adventures of that dear fella—Winnie the Pooh. And then there were the camping trips filled with frogs and camp store licorice and ice cold lemon tea. And showing the children the delights of the garden—peonies and ants, lilies and slugs. Fantastic plans they were.

A Look Behind the Leader: Moses Mares of Calvary CRC, Holland

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Mares MosesTuesdays are big for Moses Mares of Calvary Christian Reformed Church in Holland, Mich.     

“My whole day is wrapped up in planning for worship the following Sunday,” said Mares during a recent interview.     

“I look at the scriptures and the teaching topic, I make sure I get proper music packets together, I research stories behind the songs and plan for our weekly rehearsal that we have that night.”     

Author Lysa TerKeurst talks about new book “The Best Yes”

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Lysa TerKeurstLysa TerKeurst is author of the bestselling books “Made to Crave” and “Unglued,” and is founder and president of Proverbs 31 Ministries. She talks to West Michigan Christian News about her new book “The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands,” available in bookstores in August.

WMCN: What prompted you to write “The Best Yes?”

Lysa TerKeurst: For a couple of years I’ve been praying that God would “unrush” me. I had realized that either I was going to set and run my schedule, or it was going to run me. How I set my schedule determines how I run my life, and how I run my life determines how I spend my soul. I kept getting the sinking sense that I wasn’t spending my soul well.

The Normal Bar Isn't Normal

Written by Dan Seaborn on . Posted in Local

fenceI get frustrated when people try to say that this way or that way is the normal way to do something. Maybe for you it’s normal to mow your lawn when it’s about three inches high, but someone else’s standard might be two inches. Someone thinks it’s normal to buy a coffee every day while another person thinks normal is once a month. It’s normal for your friends to go somewhere on vacation four times a year and yet your normal is that you’re lucky to go anywhere once every other year.

Faith-Based DVDs Are Doing Well

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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 Amazon.com’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

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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.

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