The Better Not Bitter Edition

e Edition October 28

Despite Jarring Accident, Kelly Ellis is Better, Not Bitter

By Paul R. Kopenkoskey

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Kelly Ellis gingerly gets on her recumbent trike’s seat, slips her feet into the pedal stirrups and, with the grace of a gazelle, effortlessly sets the three-wheel bike in motion down a nearby sidewalk.

In a real sense, Ellis’ self-propelled jaunt represents a victory lap for what the Lord has accomplished in the valley of her life.

“I live by the promise of Jeremiah 29:11,” said Ellis, referring to the Old Testament Scripture which affirms God’s plans to prosper His people with a hope and a future.

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The Carlson Report: America's Foundation of Freedom



Luther2By Jeffery Carlson

As we come to celebrate and remember Reformation Day this week, we have come a long way from the days when a German monk named Martin Luther nailed his 95 Thesis to a church door in Wittenberg, Germany on October 31, 1517. Luther complained that salvation was a free gift of a gracious God and not something that could be controlled, bought or sold by corrupt officials. Most Christians have long forgotten Luther and Reformation Day. It has been replaced with Halloween, now the second biggest holiday after Christmas. Some churches are trying to do something spiritual during Halloween, like having a Gospel party or giving out tracts, but the real theology and the reasons for the Reformation are slipping away from America as you read this article.

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Finding a Leader


By Dr Rex M. Rogers

leader135Choosing a leader who is what you think he or she is, who actually will lead, and who will be able to step up to unknown challenges ahead is a tall order. Finding a leader is sometimes more difficult than following a leader.

American politics is replete with examples of leaders who turned out to be less than advertised. Herbert Hoover was a highly successful businessman; he'd get the country's economy moving. But the Great Depression overwhelmed him. Richard Nixon ran on a "law and order" theme. Need I say more?

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Terry's Picks: November


By Terry DeBoer


West Michigan Christian News writer Terry DeBoer surveys the landscape for the area’s faith-based arts and entertainment events over the coming month. Here are a few November highlights:

* “The Discredibles”, * “Sanders Family Christmas”, * TobyMac – “Worship, Stories and Songs”

Vote November 4



vote-button135Biblical Criteria for Selecting Leaders to Rule

1. Capable - Pray for us to vote for those who have a track record of being able to get things done. We need hard working leaders who have gifts to govern. It's interesting that this one is first. Wonder why?
2. Fear God - Pray for us to vote for those who are submitted to God and fear to lead in way that is opposed to God's will.
3. Trustworthy - Pray for us to vote for those with integrity. Sound character means you don't do wrong things AND you are committed to do the right thing.
4. Incorruptible - Pray for us to vote for those who hate dishonest gain. They hate bribes and are not bought off by special interest groups.

To view your ballot before you go to the polls 

To access a non-partisan voter guide that will help you understand many of the candidates.

"But select capable men from all the people-men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain-and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens." Exodus 18:21

Finance: Dave Says....



davernew2Dear Dave,

I’m 20 years old, and I’m trying to get out of debt. However, I’m concerned about what might happen when I’m older and don’t have a credit score. My girlfriend says I won’t be able to get a job or rent an apartment without a good one. Is this true?


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Etcetera: C.S. Lewis

Scholar, author and theologian C.S. Lewis comes to life in a stage production coming to Muskegon’s Beardsley Theater on Sunday December 14.

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Final Words:


“Praise is not only speaking to the Lord on our own account, but it is praising Him for what He has done for others.”

D.L. Moody

"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. "

2 Timothy 3:16-17





The Gospel in Four Minutes


In case you missed it last week:

The Carlson Report: Counterfeit Love


Calvin CRC's expansion project hopes to build on outreach programs, record service numbers

West Michigan clinics receive Blue Cross Blue Shield grants to help, uninsured, underinsured families

Program will mark Reformation Day

Veterans' Save the Cross Rally draws hundreds

Local charity to continue collecting blankets, pajamas for children through November

West Michigan senior living communities purchased by Southeast Michigan operator



Farther Away:

China announces new two-child policy

San Francisco Giants executive: Most important task is to honor Christ

Teams enter World Series on emotional, spiritual highs

Secularism grows as more U.S. Christians turn 'churchless'

Mosul Christians find refuge in Jordan

Idaho Christians who refused to officiate gay marriages at wedding chapel may avoid fines, jail

Mark Driscoll getting death threats, attacks at home

Evangelicals boost clinics to help immigrants navigate legal headaches

North Carolina judge resigns to avoid performing gay marriages





First kiss - Dan Seaborn

Is bankruptcy scriptural?  - Clare De Graff

Miracles - Metaxas

Fear not - Stonestreet


Upcoming Events:

October 28, Jeff Dwarshuis, Classical Guitarist in free concert

October 30Lecrae 

November 1, Kari Jobe

November 1, The Talleys in concert

November 1, Lansing Symphony Orchestra MasterWorks 3: Choral Fantasy

November 2, SAT-7 Day of Prayer

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 9, Lansing Symphony Jazz Band

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"

November 29,
Heralders Tribute Concert

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

January 13, The Perspectives Missions Course

March 6, Booth Brothers in Concert

April 10, Gold City in Concert

May 16, Foreshore Adventure Race


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