The Family Promise Edition

e Edition December 2

Family Promise of Grand Rapids Inspires Homeless Families with Hope, New Path in Life

By Paul R. Kopenkoskey

Cheryl Schuch135For many people living in the Grand Rapids area, the Great Recession has become a distant, unpleasant memory. Others, however, remain gripped in the economic downturn's tentacles.

Financial hardship is an especially thorny problem for homeless parents who fear losing custody of their children because they have no fixed address, according to Cheryl Schuch, executive director of the nonprofit interfaith ministry, Family Promise of Grand Rapids (FPGR).

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Master Arts Theatre Remembers World War II



sanders135By Staff

Master Arts Theatre, located at 75 77th St SW in Grand Rapids, is initiating a six season tribute to World War II and to thank all veterans who have fought for our nation. The tribute began on November 21 with the musical, "Sanders Family Christmas".

The story takes place on Christmas Eve, 1941, just eighteen days after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The Sanders family is performing at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in North Carolina, just as they had done for the past several years.

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Finding a New Perspective on God's World; Ruined for the Ordinary


By Mark Sigmon

perspectives135Are you ready to be “ruined for the ordinary”? That’s what one man said will happen when you take Perspectives!

“Perspectives on the World Christian Movement” is a powerful, in-depth course on God’s heart for all nations and His Kingdom purpose for all Christians. In fourteen sessions with fourteen passionate, experienced instructors you will gain a fresh perspective on the biblical, historical, cultural, and strategic aspects of God’s global cause.

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New Music Review: Deeper by Tommee Profitt


By Terry DeBoer


You had to wonder after local singer-songwriter and worship leader Tommee Profitt signed deal as a major record label producer/songwriter, would he have any time to complete a collection of his own music for a new release?

But his (and fans’) patience have been rewarded with “Deeper,” a two-years-in-the-making combination of worship themes and heartfelt lyrics set very much in pop arrangements – some on a grand scale.

Terry's Picks for December


By Terry DeBoer

EVENTS2West Michigan Christian writer Terry DeBoer surveys the landscape for the area’s faith-based arts and entertainment events over the coming month. Here are a few December highlights:

“Women's Christmas Tea”, “Christmas With Selah” and the
Annie Moses Band

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Finance: Dave Says....



davernew2Dear Dave,

My wife and I have a friend we met through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. She has a 1-year-old child, and she recently asked us for some money. We don't really approve of how she's choosing to spend her money—she's spending a lot of it on alcohol and cigarettes—but she does need financial help. What should we do?


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Etcetera: From the Files

jacobs storyA fresh insight into the story of Jacob's ladder. The Christmas story as it is told in Genesis chapter 28.

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Final Words:


"Those outside the church expect followers of Christ to live differently, yet today many in church are chasing after the world – not to win them, but to be like them."

Billy Graham

"But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare. Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives."

2 Peter 3:10-11





The Gospel in Four Minutes

Catching Up:

In case you missed it last week:

Perspective: It is not where you lived, but how you lived

The Carlson Report: How can we know that Christ is coming back?

Pregnancy Resource Center wraps arms of love around women facing crisis pregnancies

Saving Christmas is a winner!

Thankful, or thankful to the Lord?


Grooters & Beal bringing back Rock Vespers

Personal care product giveaway returns to The Gateway Church with higher hopes for December

Mel Trotter puts on Thanksgiving feast

Giving back: Volunteers flock to Reeths-Puffer High School to hand out Salvation Army Thanksgiving dinners

Paralyzed principal finds healing after hunting accident

'The Rob Bell Show' to premiere on Oprah Winfrey Network

Lansing bar scene includes church service

Holland Home launches new institute aimed at improving end-of-life care



Farther Away:

Pastor refuses to bury long-time member over lack of tithes

Pope prayed in mosque during trip to Turkey, says Islam should not be equated with violence

Hobby Lobby's Bible course cancelled by Oklahoma school district

Christians urged to defend the Duggars

Exodus: Gods and Kings review – holy Moses, wholly acceptable for the devout

Documentary on South Korean pastor who saves abandoned babies coming to theaters nationwide

Missouri Christians minister to hurting individuals by cleaning after protests, opening church doors




Enjoy, don't destroy the holidays - Dan Seaborn

Why I'm hesitant to ask people to pray "The Prayer" anymore  - Clare De Graff

A film for our time - Metaxas

Advent preparation - Stonestreet


Upcoming Events:

December 3,
Jeff Dwarshuis, Classical Guitist in free concert

December 4, The Jubilee Christmas Tour

December 6,Live Nativity

December 7,Live Nativity

December 8,The Family Connection

December 8,City Wide Prayer

December 9,Family Recovery Group

December 11, Collingsworth Family

December 12, Christmas with Selah

December 12-14, Annual Living Nativity

December 13,Gaither Homecoming Christmas Concert Christmas Concert

December 14, Sacred Sounds Concert

December 14,C.S. Lewis

December 14,Metropolitan Choir of Praise Christmas Concert

December 18, Point of Grace

December 23, Sandi Patty

December 23, Family Recovery Group

December 25, Christmas

January 12,The Family Connection

January 13, The Perspectives Missions Course

January 13,Family Recovery Group

January 22,Capitalism is About Love with Jeffrey Tucker

January 26,The Family Connection

January 27,Family Recovery Group

February 6 -18,Celebration of the Arts

March 6, Booth Brothers in Concert

April 10, Gold City in Concert

May 16, Foreshore Adventure Race


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