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e Edition November 4

WTS and IBE Holland Reach Historical Partnership

By Paul R. Kopenkoskey


There was a time when Pentecostal and Reformed Christians didn’t associate with one another very often. It’s a new day, say students and faculty of the Western Theological Seminary (WTS) in Holland and the Instituto Biblico Ebenezer Holland who say their collaborative partnership is historical.

About 30 Latino pastors and lay students associated with Instituto Biblico Ebenezer in Holland (Bible Institute Ebenezer) will gather Monday nights at the Reformed Church in America affiliated Western Theological Seminary to study classes in Bible, evangelism, pastoral care, Christian education and the Bible.

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The Carlson Report: Discovering Happiness



jeff48By Jeffery Carlson

Why is it that in a country with so many material blessings, so many people are unhappy? Do we really understand what happiness is? Are we looking for happiness in all the wrong places? If so, how do we discover real happiness?

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Wedgwood honors Van Andels with Nagel Leadership Award


By Ann Byle

wedgewoodWedgwood Christian Services honored David and Carol Van Andel with its prestigious Doug and Lois Nagel Leadership Award, which was presented at Wedgwood’s 54th Anniversary Celebration Dinner on Tuesday, Oct. 28.

Wedgwood provides a wide range of social services here in West Michigan in areas of abuse and neglect, substance abuse, teen pregnancy, learning difficulties, sexual abuse, school expulsions and other areas involving hurting children, youth and families.

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Michael W. Smith Brings Music to Zeeland


By Terry DeBoer

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Inspirational singer-songwriter Michael W. Smith still wasn't sure exactly what songs he would include at his Nov. 8 sold out concert at Community Reformed Church in Zeeland.

"It's a good question," he told a reporter by phone during a late October interview. "We're doing a mix of songs as we figure out a way to showcase a bunch of stuff and I think we'll come up with a pretty cool evening."

Smith, who turned 57 last month, said he plans to do several songs from his "Sovereign" album - a "pop" worship project released early this year.

C.S. Lewis Celebrated in Stage Presentation


By Terry DeBoer

Payne David actor as C.S. Lewis135Scholar, author and theologian C.S. Lewis comes to life in a stage production coming to Muskegon’s Beardsley Theater on Sunday December 14.

Payne captures the spirit of Lewis in this one-man show, drawing from the author’s extensive books, journals and memoirs to humorously yet profoundly share his insights.

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Finance: Dave Says....



davernew2Dear Dave,

I know you recommend that no more than 25 percent of your take-home pay should go toward rent or a mortgage payment. Should taxes and insurance be figured into this amount?


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Etcetera: Grand Rapids Prayer for Revival is Growing!

The next monthly prayer gathering is scheduled for Thursday, November 13 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM at Crossroads Bible Church, 800 Scribner NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504.

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


Concordia campus pastor to speak at Grand Haven church

Hope Montana to perform at Grand Haven area church

'The Newsboys' tour hits Muskegon November 8 with Christian music hits

Profile: John Wolohan, Guiding Light Mission substance abuse program administrator

Heritage Christian School buying Freedom Christian property



Farther Away:

Human trafficking survivors offered full scholarship at Christian university

Pope Francis: The devil is real and don’t underestimate him

Houston withdraws pastors’ subpoenas

Megachurch pastors introduce 'Be the Message Sunday' in effort to send 10 million meals to West Africa

Historic New York City church saved by $24 million windfall

Five more North Carolina judges resign to avoid officiating gay weddings

Work begins on Ground Zero church destroyed on 9/11





When you least expect it - Dan Seaborn

Don’t let your right hand know what your left hand is doing  - Clare De Graff

Amazing Grace amazingly staged - Metaxas

Christians defending the fatherless - Stonestreet


Upcoming Events:

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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