The Playing Saint Edition

e Edition October 21

"Playing Saint"

By Paul R. Kopenkoskey

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Zachery Bartels wrote a string of screenplays while a student at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary as a welcome diversion from reading a stack of theological treatise. Years later, one of those scripts was converted into a suspense novel with Grand Rapids as its geographical backdrop.

That rewrite resulted in the recent publication of his debut novel titled, “Playing Saint.” Published by Thomas Nelson, the narrative centers on Peter Saint, pastor of a mega church Bartels describes as a prima donna whose life takes an abrupt turn that lands him on the wrong side of the law.

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The Carlson Report: Counterfeit Love



jeff47We live in a world filled with counterfeits and it is often hard to determine what is real and what is counterfeit. Love can be the same way. Counterfeit love can easily be mistaken for the real thing. But if there really is true love, how would we recognize it if we found it?

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What's It All About? "A Matter of Faith"


By Edwin L. Carpenter

faith2A new Christian film is now in theaters, in a limited release. It is a powerful story, filmed at Aquinas College and locally in Grand Rapids.

A Christian girl goes off to college for her freshman year and begins to be influenced by a popular Biology professor who teaches that evolution is the answer to the origins of life. When her father suspects something happening, he begins to examine the situation and what he discovers completely catches him off guard. Now very concerned about his daughter drifting away from the faith, he tries to do something about it.

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New Music Review: "Cynic Heart"


By Terry DeBoer

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Local singer-songwriter Rick Hopkins tells his story of overcoming cynicism with his new song "Cynic Heart."

"I wrote this song on the back end of a period of deep cynicism and anger," said Hopkins from his home in Saranac east of Lowell.

"Thinking that the Church might not be worth being a part of, I was deciding whether I wanted to stick with it or not," admitted the father of four.

Upcoming Prayer Gathering



EVENTS2Great time at Hope Church (formerly Hope Reformed Church) this past Thursday night. Joined by 5+ pastors from local churches and about 40 laypeople from 18 different congregations crying out to God for revival and spiritual awakening in greater Grand Rapids. Please come to our next gathering at Crossroads Bible Church, 800 Scribner NW, 7:00 PM on November 13. Join the growing voices seeking God to pour out His Spirit on our area for His glory! All are welcome!

Finance: Dave Says....



davernew2Dear Dave,

I’m driving a 10-year-old car with 195,000 miles on it. The car needs $1,500 in repairs, and it’s worth $5,000. I have $40,000 in cash saved, $40,000 in investments and I make $80,000 a year. I also have $15,000 in student loan debt, but the only other thing I owe on is my house. Should I pay to repair the car or buy something else for $15,000?


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Etcetera: Do You Know Your Roots?

An evening with John Eidsmoe: Do know your roots? The Biblical roots of the U.S. Constitution & the common law roots of the U.S. Constitution

Wednesday, October 22 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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Final Words:


“If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.”

C.S. Lewis

"Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord . "

Psalm 27:14





The Gospel in Four Minutes


In case you missed it last week:

The Carlson Report: How Evil Works


Religious muralist's work to be displayed at Monroe Community Church - Mlive

Wooden murals on display at church - WoodTV

Wings of Mercy founder dies at age 91

South Christian students, staff adjust to 'new normal' a week after unexpected death of teacher, golf coach

Harper Collins Christian's new VP of Bible marketing to be based in Grand Rapids

Finding Hope: Refugees find opportunities, community in new incubator farm

Holland teen starts winter coat drive for orphans caught in Ukraine crisis



Farther Away:

Texas AG: Sermon subpoena is unconstitutional

Mayor Parker backs down on sermons but continues to push bathroom bill

Mike Huckabee urges pastors across US to send Mayor Parker sermons, Bibles

Hillsong Pastor Brian Houston says he believes in traditional marriage

"God's Not Dead" writers' new Christian movie will address religious liberty





Teens and anxiety - Dan Seaborn

Having thoughtful discussions with older children about war  - Clare De Graff

Hand over your sermon, or else - Metaxas

Intentionally married, happily married - Stonestreet


Upcoming Events:

October 24The Triumphant Quartet

October 24, Camp Ao-Wa-Kiya 60th Anniversary Banquet

October 26, Marty Miller in Concert

October 28, Jeff Dwarshuis, Classical Guitarist in free concert

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 15 ,Surviving the Holidays

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 3,
Jeff Dwarshuis, Classical Guitist in free concert

December 4, The Jubilee Christmas Tour

December 11, Collingsworth Family

December 12, Christmas with Selah

December 12-14, Annual Living Nativity

December 18, Point of Grace

December 23, Sandi Patty

December 25, Christmas

March 6, Booth Brothers in Concert

April 10, Gold City in Concert

May 16, Foreshore Adventure Race


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