The Blessing of the Students (25 September 2012)

e Edition October 2

Local: The Blessing of the Students

By Timothy Burns

backtoschool2 On September 16, Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church in Grand Rapids invited students, parents, and the new GRPS superintendent to celebrate their students heading off to school, and to show how schools, churches, and homes work together to create a supportive culture for students in West Michigan. The Blessing of the Students is an annual event, and pastors from across West Michigan contributed their commitment to student success. Rev. Jerry Bishop from Messiah Baptist Church in Grand Rapids, Rev Chris Robinson from Redeeming Life Ministries in Muskegon, and Robert and Rosemary Barnes from River of Live Ministries in Grand Rapids, with more than a dozen other pastors and deacons, joined the staff of Pilgrim Rest to pray for and hear from local students.

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Local: Video


Making a Difference: What Makes America Laugh?

Dr. Rex M. Rogers shares his views on what comedians are saying today to make people laugh.

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ClareA View From the Frontlines: Ask Yourself this Question

Each year Clare De Graaf takes the time to ask himself 12 tough questions. He explains why he does this and why every Christian should take the time for self examination.

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A View from the Frontlines: Finding Balance in a Home Based Career

How does busy mom Ann Byle find balance between her home life and a writing career?

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jeff225The Two Minute Answer: I Don't Like Church, Do I Have to go?

It happens in nearly everyone's life. You are a Christian, but you really don't want to go to church. Pastor Jeff Carlson, who admits this also happens to him, gives his perspective on this.

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Local: Human Trafficking in West Michigan - What is our Response?


By Kathy Bruins

trafficking2Now that the human trafficking problem in West Michigan has been revealed, what do we do about it? How to we care for the victims and help prevent new victimization? How can we share the love of Christ in an effective manner? These can be tough questions, but we must remember to put Christ before ourselves and allow Him to minister through us. Being the body of Christ means coming together to do the work of Christ. Are we willing to obey and follow Jesus into these hard situations so His light can be shown to a hurting world?

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Local: A Look Behind the Leader: Glenn Bulthuis


By Terry DeBoer

Glenn2With a range of musical experience from rock to sacred, Glenn Bulthuis looks at worship music from a variety of perspectives. “I like to imagine what worship was like in the Old Testament when the children of Israel sang in the desert or in the temple in Jerusalem,” mused Bulthuis one recent morning. “There was no P.A. system, no lights, no overhead projectors. It was just people singing, and I’m sure it was great.”
In his role as music leader at Oakhill Presbyterian Church in Grand Rapids, he attempts to recreate that kind of feeling.

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Lifestyles: Sailing on the Sea of Faith


By Kimberly Gleason

ship2If you could do anything and had every resource you needed, such as time, money, know-how, and support, what would you do? Would you open up a non-profit ministry? Travel to India, sharing both bread and the Bread of Life? What about building a homeless shelter for teens? Take up painting or poetry, guitar slung across your back? Perhaps you would travel around the world doing good deeds—build a house, dig a well, share a laugh.

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Finance: Concentrate on your Quality of Life



Dear Dave,

Several months ago, I was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. I have about $30,000 in credit card debt and would like to continue getting my finances in order. My husband has been unemployed for six years due to his own health issues, but I do have life insurance, a 401(k) and receive Social Security. How should we handle this?


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Final Word:


"That world outside there is not waiting for a new definition of Christianity; it's waiting for a new demonstration of Christianity."

Leonard Ravenhill

Coming Soon!

A new column entitled: 'He Said, She Said'

Every issue has two sides, or at least two slants to the same side. This new feature offers two looks at the same issue. Sometimes Tim Burns and Ann Byle will land on opposite sides of an issue. Other times they will offer different perspectives on the same side. Maybe their opinions will fall along gender lines, maybe along denominational or political lines; perhaps they’ll just be two people agreeing to disagree.

Terry's Picks: Terry DeBoer will highlight his choice of upcoming events


Skit Guys - Awkward Invites - Cat Funeral

Skit Guys - Awkward Invites - Goulash

In case you missed it last week:

The Two Minute Answer: Do politics and religion mix?

A View from the Frontlines: Clare De Graaf explains the danger of Biblical ignorance

A View from the Frontlines: Ann Byle speaks on 'Saying No'

Dr. Rex M. Rogers discusses 'Honoring your wife'


After man involved in brick throwing accident dies, once injured woman recalls power of forgiveness

Hudsonville to raze city owned church building

Farther Away:

Just the Briefs, Week 39

Pastor Nadarkhani writes moving letter of 'gratitude' after prison release

'Abraham' project brings Jewish, Muslim kids together

Twin brothers boost business through 'missioneering'

Nashville city fights church over homeless encampment

Judge lifts ban on cheerleaders' religious banners for now

Christian scholars not fazed by 'Gospel of Jesus' wife'

Arizona school lands free Mass. Christian campus

Not just a good church, but a good neighbor

When a handful of teenagers prayed, a movement was born

IRS complaint filed against Colo. Christian group for endorsing Republicans

David Green: The Biblical billionaire backing the evangelical movement




Strategies, not jewelry will prevent affairs - Seaborn

Three ways to get better at sharing the Gospel right away

Israel is America's shield

For pastors who struggle with pornography

When it is time to leave

Understanding Christian Zionism

Zambia - Why churches should be audited

Why are we surprised with the push for 'pedophile rights' ?


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Monday Evenings

WholyFit Devotional Exercise, A Christian alternative to traditional yoga designed to build lean muscle, improve flexibility and relieve stress. Exercise poses are self-paced & multi-level.Incorporates scripture memorization, prayer and worship in every class. Classes are taught by WholyFit certified instructor, Karalyn Tresh. Bring an exercise mat, water bottle, and a friend! Comfortable clothes and bare feet, Please arrive 10 - 15 minutes early for your first class - join at any time! Suggested donation: $5/class See for more details. Questions? Call 954-9477October 15- March, 5:30 - 6:30 pm. No childcare. Location: Thornapple Covenant Church, 6595 Cascade Rd. SE, GR, MI 49546

Tuesday, September 25

Guiding Light Mission’s annual banquet: Featuring Robert Lupton, author of Toxic Charity

Monday, October 1

The Year of Living Adventurously: A leadership development program for leaders who strive for excellence, significance and adventure. They will learn Adventurous leadership tools and processes and receive professional coaching to unlock their potential and achieve personal and organizational results.

Wednesday, October 3

The Churchman’s Luncheon: 11:30 am to 12:50 pm, $5.00, guest: Mr. Glenn Triezenberg is The Director of career development at Calvin College, speaking on Calling and careers: Surviving or Thriving. Location: Westminster Presbyterian Church, 47 Jefferson Ave SE

Thursday, October 4

CARMAN LIVE: 7:00 PM. Call 517-852-9819 for information on how to order your ticket. Doors open at 6 PM.

Location: Nashville Assembly of God Church

Saturday, October 6

Pathway to Caregiving Conference: A conference hosted by Clark Retirement Community to support you and those you love on the journey of memory loss. A variety of sessions will be offered to help you maintain hope through research, caregiving, and meaningful activities. 9:00 am - 3:30 pm RSVP by September 24, 2012 Registration is $20.00 per person, lunch provided visit or call 616-389-0517. Location: Prince Conference Center at Calvin College 1800 East Beltline Avenue SE

Saturday, October 6

Come and welcome Pastor Ed Dobson: Celebrating the release of his new book, “Seeing through the Fog” 10:00 a.m. Location: Kregel Parable Christian Stores in Grandville.

Sunday, October 7

Life Chain will be held from 2:00 to 3:30 pm. Join fellow Christians as we stand along 44th St from Breton Rd to Ivanrest Ave, publicly praying to end abortion and interceding for our country and its leaders. For more information call 616-534-9298. Location: 44th St, from Breton to Ivanrest

Monday, October 8

Growth: God Revealing Our Way Through Him: Christian women’s fellowship for all believers who are seeking a living relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Casual and come as you are. For more information contact Donna at 262-3862. Location: Lamont Community Church; 14000 48th Avenue Coopersville (Host)

Monday, October 8

Grand Rapids Right to Life Annual Benefit Dinner Featuring Gianna Jessen - Abortion Survivor, 6:30PM, $75pp /$750 per table of 10 Call 616.532.2300 or go to, Location: DeVos Place – Ballrooms

Tuesday, October 9

Oakhill Church’s men’s dinner series, 6:00 p.m. punchbowl, 6:30 Dinner, Enjoy an evening of rich fellowship with a relevant speaker, RVSP 456-5626

Wednesday, October 10

The Churchman’s Luncheon: 11:30 am to 12:50 pm, $5.00, guest: Rev. Robyn Saylor is coordinator of Sunshine Friendship Ministries of Trinty Reformed Church, speaking on “When Christ Sleeps in your Boat”. Location: Westminster Presbyterian Church, 47 Jefferson Ave SE

Thursday October 11

Derek Webb: Formerly with band Caedmon’s Call, with Page CXVI – 8 p.m. Tickets $20 for public, discount with Calvin College ID. Visit, (616) 526-6282. Location: Ladies Literary Club, 61 Sheldon Blvd. SE

Thursday October 11

"A KING & HIS PRINCESS" A special night for Dads & their daughter(s) 6:00pm -9:00pm. A dressy event that includes dinner, dessert, games, pictures, dancing and fun. $30 per family (Dad & daughter or daughters). This event is for homeschooling families with daughters age 4 through 12th grade. Register by October 5. Register at 269-664-6166 or Location: Big Rock Music Barn in Martin, MI.

Friday, October 13

10th Annual Algoma Christian School Auction: Doors open at 4:30! FREE dinner/buffet (donation appreciated). Silent auction begins at 4:30. Live Auction at 6pm

Sunday, October 14 - 21

ATLAS Ministries 2nd annual Ultimate Scavenger Hunt. For more information and registration go to and click on the events tab,, 748-6017.

Zeeland/Holland Area

Tuesday, October 16

Bethany Christian Services Discover Adoption Event: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Come and learn about Domestic Infant, International, and Older Child adoptions. Hear from staff and adoptive parents who will share their experiences and answer your questions. Find out how to make adoption more affordable through grants, loans, and other programs. To register call 616.499.2574 or email Location: Ridge Point Community Church, 340 104th Avenue, Holland

Wednesday, October 17

The Churchman’s Luncheon: 11:30 am to 12:50 pm, $5.00, guest: Rev. Leonard Vander Zee is theological editor of ‘Faith Alive’, speaking on Wisdom. Location: Westminster Presbyterian Church, 47 Jefferson Ave SE

Friday, October 19

Teens and Youth for Christ presents a concert with J'Son and Beacon for a night of hip hop praising and Christian rapping at City Life Church's new building. 7pm. Open to the public for no cost, but they will be collecting donations to cover the production costs. Lauren at 616-295-6670

Saturday, October 20

Rush of Fools and Jonny Diaz, 6:33 p.m., Three Mile Project

Saturday, October 20

Illusionist Tom Coverly: A faith-based performing artist, 7 p.m. Ceglarek Fine Arts Center, Allendale High School, 10760 68th Ave. Allendale. Tickets $5 general admission, $10 reserved, $15 VIP includes meet and greet with artist; tickets available via or 800-965-9324; may be available at the door. Call 892-5593 for information.

Wednesday, October 24

The Churchman’s Luncheon: 11:30 am to 12:50 pm, $5.00, guest: rev Tom Couch is senior pastor of Grandville Bible Church, speaking on ‘Light which enlightens darkness-everyone’s’ Location: Westminster Presbyterian Church, 47 Jefferson Ave SE

Wednesday, October 24

The Art of the Heart Gala, Honoring Mayor George Heartwell, Heartside Ministry, 6 pm Reception, silent Auction, 7 pm Dinner, Location University Club, 10th floor of Fifth Third Center, $75 per person, 235-7211

Friday, October 26

Down Home Horns & Choir with the Dixie Echoes and Skylight Quartet: 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 advance, $15 at the door, by phone at 800-965-9324 or Location: Hudsonville Reformed Church, 3950 Highland Dr. Hudsonville.

Wednesday, October 31

The Churchman’s Luncheon: 11:30 am to 12:50 pm, $5.00, guest: Rev. C.J. den Dulk is senior pastor of Trinty CRC or Sparta, speaking on Justification by faith alone, Location: Westminster Presbyterian Church, 47 Jefferson Ave SE

Thursday, November 1

Michael W. Smith: An evening of worship and blessings,, 1-800-585-3737

Central Wesleyan Church, Holland MI.

Thursday November 8

Gala 2012: Pregnancy Resource Center at JW Marriott

Saturday, November 10

A Night to Remember, 40th Anniversary Christmas Celebration directed by Thurlow Spurr, 2:30 p.m Location: Kentwood Fine Arts Auditorium, Tickets 1-800-993-SING

Monday, November 12

Growth: God Revealing Our Way Through Him: Christian women’s fellowship for all believers who are seeking a living relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Casual and come as you are. For more information contact Donna at 262-3862. Location: Lamont Community Church; 14000 48th Avenue Coopersville (Host)

Thursday, November 22

Thanksgiving Day

Monday, December 10

Growth: God Revealing Our Way Through Him: Christian women’s fellowship for all believers who are seeking a living relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Casual and come as you are. For more information contact Donna at 262-3862. Location: Lamont Community Church; 14000 48th Avenue Coopersville (Host)

Saturday, December 15

Gaither Christmas Homecoming, VanAndel Arena, 6:00 p.m., tickets 1-800-745-3000

Tuesday December 25

Merry Christmas

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