The Awareness Edition

e Edition September 16

Prayer Walk, Artists Raise Awareness for Sex Trafficking Victims

By Ann Byle


The inaugural Blue Candle Prayer Walk Against Sex Trafficking is a unique collaboration between four artists, trafficking outreach programs, and volunteers eager to raise awareness about this insidious crime.

“During the walk itself we’ll be praying for victims of trafficking, the people who walk alongside them in healing, first responders, and for the community to become more aware of the issue,” said Mary Monsma, one of the coordinators. “We’re hoping for 100 to 200 people. We’ll carry blue candles during the walk and have a lighting ceremony at the end.”

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The Carlson Report: Moon for Jesus



jeff43What do you think of when you think of the moon? Romance? Space exploration? God’s love? God’s love is probably not the first thing you think of when thinking about the moon, but this edition of the Carlson Report may change your thoughts on the moon and how it should impact your life as a Christian.

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Rend Collective on Tour


By Terry DeBoer

rendcollective3The inspirational-worship band Rend Collective has introduced many of its fans to a musical oddity called a “jingling johnny.”

“I guess it’s a percussion instrument,” surmised lead singer Chris Llewellyn during a recent phone interview.

“But it has a string attached, a bicycle horn and other noisy things,” he added of the strange looking contraption – just one of many traditional instruments used by the Irish born-and-bred music group.

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Community Wide Hymn Sing


By Marc De Ruiter


The church I attended as a child used to host a hymn-sing once a month on Sunday nights, a common practice at many churches of that time. The hymn-sing was an important function of the church, and well attended because it allowed everyone to participate in the worship process. Quite frankly, the hymn-sings were upbeat and fun at a time when the church services tended to be pretty solemn. My dad and I frequently attended theses hymn-sings, not only at our church, but often we would go to other churches for their hymn-sings as well. Dad wasn't great at articulating his faith, but he sure could sing about it! "He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today..." "In that old rugged cross stained with blood so divine, a wond'rous beauty I see..."

Prayer in the City



EVENTS2Area-wide Prayer Meeting will be held Thursday September 18, from 7pm to 9:30pm at Fair Haven Church in Hudsonville. This is a great opportunity to network with others in the body of Christ, seek God's will as a group, be encouraged in listening prayer, and build the Kingdom of God

This meeting is to help us to know each other better and strengthen the unity of our network of prayer people. We will discuss calling and gifting and share our unique passion and desires. This will include a time of prayer to bless and encourage one another. Personal prayer Ministry will be offered at the end of the evening for specific needs.

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Finance: Dave Says....



davernew2Dear Dave,

My husband and I have been living on a budget for a few months, and for some reason there seems to be leaks in our budget. It’s just a few dollars here and there, but added together it makes a huge dent. Can you give us some advice?


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Etcetera: Employment


The Edge is seeking a Youth and Young adult pastor

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Final Words:


"Hard times will consistently be there but so will Christ."

AL Fox

"Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind."

Philippians 2:1-2





The Gospel in Four Minutes


In case you missed it last week:

Making a Difference with Dr. Rex M. Rogers: Celebrity Christians


Gaither Christmas Homecoming tour returning to Van Andel Arena; presale code released

Group wants Grand Haven cross removed

Students to gather for prayer September 24 for See You At The Pole

Compassionate Heart building fund comes up $875k short

Former Freedom Christian staff open new school in Hudsonville church

Kregel's best sellers list for August



Farther Away:

World Report, Week #35

South Carolina pastor receives jail time for church service noise complaints

Facebook challenge: "Harry Potter" and "Lord of the Rings" top Bible in books that stayed with you

Megachurch must pay $7.8 million to leave Presbyterian denomination

Why same-sex marriage is expected to heat up this election among evangelicals

Kent Brantly donates blood to another missionary doctor fighting Ebola

Brutally murdered nuns laid to rest in the Congo as crime investigation continues

Catholic League drops out of St. Patrick’s Day Parade over row about gays

How megachurches are spending their tithes and offerings

Shawn Vestal: Even amid stormy seas, Mars Hill church plans to open

‘Global action needed to counter Islamic State’

Nigeria church building collapse kills at least 17

Television's best depictions of Christians

"The Lamb" nativity film to hit theaters this Christmas with all-animal cast

The life and legacy of Truett Cathy

Huckabee: Christians ‘Shouldn’t just accept things that are ungodly’ in government





Eliminate toxic behavior - Dan Seaborn

Passing on the disciplines of true worship to your children?  - Clare De Graff

Eugenics and not-so ancient history - Metaxas

Pro-choice 2.0 - Stonestreet


Upcoming Events:

September 15,Healthy U Monthly Lecture Series: Making Choices Michigan

September 15 - 18, Maranatha Christian Writer's Conference

September 20 - 27, Ride for Life

September 20, PRC Charity Ride

September 20, Switchfoot

September 20, The Martins in Concert

September 25, Rend Collective

September 25, Degage Open House

September 27, Everfound

September 28,Community Wide Hymn Sing

October 3, Triumphant Quartet in Concert

October 4, Atlas Amazing Race

October 5,Life Chain Sunday

October 6, Right to Life Dinner with Dr. Ben Carson

October 6, Fall Banquet for Alpha Prison Ministries

October 7,Kregel Parable Christian Stores / Cornerstone University Pastors Breakfast

October 9, Acting Up or Acting Out? Crossroad Bible

October 9, Guiding Light Mission Annual Banquet

October 10,Strollers to Scooters (and everything in between)

October 16, Passion: Take It All Tour

October 17, Master Arts Annual Showcase Dinner

October 18,Muskegon Rescue Mission's Annual Fall Dinner

October 24The Triumphant Quartet

October 30Lecrae 

November 1, Kari Jobe

November 1, The Talleys in concert

November 4, Kaye Warren to speak at Pine Rest Dinner

November 6, PRC Gala

November 8, Michael W. Smith

November 8, Newboys

November 8, Craft and Home Business Show

November 18,CBI'S 30th Anniversary Thanksgiving Celebration

November 19, Greater Vision in Concert

November 21,Celebrate Degage

November 23, TobyMac "Worship, Sories and Songs"

December 4, The Jubilee Christmas Tour

December 11, Collingsworth Family

December 12, Christmas with Selah

December 18, Point of Grace

December 23, Sandi Patty

December 25, Christmas


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