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Guiding Light’s Stuart Ray Infuses Homeless Men with the Gospel

By Paul R. Kopenkoskey

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Etched in Stuart Ray’s memory is the first time he gave a panhandler money. The man asked for 75 cents and Ray consented to his request. A few days later, he found the same man stumbling in the street, drunk.

Lesson learned: Ray’s intentions were good but the results were anything but. Looking back on that day in the summer of 2009...

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The Carlson Report: Is Religion Enough?



jeff49By Jeffery Carlson

Most religions have a list of things that people are supposed to do and how people are supposed to act in order to please God. But, is this really what it is all about? Is this what God really wants from us? Is religion about what we do for God, or is it about what God has done for us?

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Christians in Business: Tim Roersma, Carlisle Auto Body


By Amelia Rhodes

Tim Roersma135Tim Roersma, owner of Carlisle Auto Body, never planned to work in the auto body industry or start his own business, but God had other plans. While in high school, Roersma attempted to sign up for an auto mechanics class, but the class was full. The school counselor suggested he try an auto body class since it still involved working on cars. Roersma loved the class and never looked back. After studying at a tech center the last two years of high school, Roersma attended community college, and then graduated with a degree in automotive body from Ferris State University.

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Lee Majors in Grand Rapids to Promote New Christian Film


By Edwin L. Carpenter


Actor Lee Majors (The Six Million Dollar Man) along with Cybil Shepherd and Ted McGinley recently stopped by Grand Rapids on their way to Manistee to talk about a movie they were making: Do You Believe? The movieis due to be released in March 2015 and comes from Pure Flix, the same filmmakers that made the successful God's Not Dead.

The 75-year-old Majors thrilled audiences in the seventies with his portrayal of astronaut Steve Austin, who was critically injured in a test flight and became a cyborg, given replacement parts by the government including two bionic legs, a right arm, and a bionic eye which could zoom in on far away objects.

Join the choir for "Homecoming"


By Terry DeBoer

TheIssacs135Yes, you can sing with a local choir at the Gaither Homecoming Christmas concert at Van Andel Arena. .

"Any number of singers can join," said Chris Hansen, the Grand Rapids music director who is heading up the local choir effort.

"We're hoping for about 70 or 80, but we can have as many as possible."

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Finance: Dave Says....



davernew2Dear Dave,

My mom and dad took out a whole life insurance policy for me when I was born. The cash value is $2,500, and my husband and I want to cash it out and put the money toward paying off debt. We already have larger term life insurance policies in place, but I'm worried that doing this will offend my parents. What should I do?


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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:


“Trust the past to God's mercy, the present to God's love and the future to God's providence.”


"But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord .”

Joshua 24:15





The Gospel in Four Minutes


In case you missed it last week:

The Carlson Report: Discovering Happiness


Ed Dobson joined in ALS journey by prominent West Michigan minister

New drop-in center for homeless youth

Church defends 'Vote Biblically' sign posted near polling place

First United Methodist Church looks to host a Christmas bazaar

The Newsboys headline show featuring 'alive and vibrant' energy in downtown Muskegon

Religious conservatives respond to court's support of Michigan gay marriage ban

Drop-in center for runaways and homeless youth ready to open near downtown and Heritage Hill



Farther Away:

Christian publisher splits conservative, progressive imprints

Is Houston still targeting pastors' sermons?

96-year-old pastor loses credentials for officiating gay son's wedding

Dr. Myles Munroe, wife among nine killed in Bahamas plane crash

UK High Court gives consent to euthanize severely disabled 12-year-old girl, Joni Eareckson Tada calls decision 'Terrifying'

George W. Bush: I read the Bible every day during my presidency

Why Mark Driscoll's fall and Mars Hill's breakup issues a warning for megastar pastors

First 'International Day of the Bible' to launch November 24

Pope Francis blesses International Association of Exorcists for their work




Focus on training, not rescuing - Dan Seaborn

Teaching your children what it means to be created in the image of God  - Clare De Graff

No church, no freedom - Metaxas

One life lost, all lives diminished - Stonestreet


Upcoming Events:

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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