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e Edition December 16

Partners Worldwide Leads Charge to End World Poverty Through Business People's Expertise

By Paul R. Kopenkoskey

Doug Seebeck135Doug Seebeck knows when Christians hear the word "ministry" many often think of pastors, evangelists and missionaries. Businesspeople usually are not in that mix.

"I've talked to businesspeople who feel their job is to plant their feet in pews, write a check and stay out of the way," said Seebeck. "But business is a calling from God."

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Unbroken is a Powerful Movie Based on a True Story



By Edwin L. Carpenter

unbroken135Angelina Jolie takes a stab at directing a film about a Christian Olympian that was taken by the Japanese as a P.O.W. and she does a pretty good job with it. Unbroken is the name of the movie and it is based on the true story of Louis Zamperini. The movie portrays him as a rebellious youth that drank and smoked but we are shown his praying mother and her prayers work! Following the Olympics Louis is stranded at sea on a raft with two others after their plane went down during the war. Louis  prays to God and promises that he will follow God if he is spared from a terrible storm.

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Living Nativity Offers Glimpse into the First Christmas


By Terry DeBoer
Nativity joe and mary135Several West Michigan churches offer live nativity scenes each Christmas season – depictions of Mary, Joseph and the baby in the manger on that first Christmas night. And the multi-church dramatic "Journey to Bethlehem" in Grand Haven is a supreme effort to tell the entire Christmas story.

But few individual churches put as much effort into such a display as Jenison Bible Church, on 14th Ave. at 44th St. in Hudsonville.

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Exodus: God and Kings Veers from Biblical Story


By Edwin L. Carpenter


A lot of people were disappointed with the recent release of Noah, starring Russell Crowe. It strayed from the biblical text and featured unusual plotlines, such as Noah wanting his own grandchild dead and it included a stowaway on the ark, bent on killing Noah. Well, we have Exodud, sorry, I mean Exodus: Gods and Kings, to now contend with.

The movie is huge, featuring lavish costumes, and sphinxes. When the Hebrew people begin their exodus from Egypt it looks every bit like there are six thousand of them, thanks to CGI.

Finance: Dave Says....



davernew2Dear Dave,

I have job offers from two tech companies. One is in San Antonio and pays $55,000 a year, while the other is in Silicon Valley making $100,000 a year. My friends are advising me to move to California, but I feel like I'd have more money in my budget if I moved to San Antonio. What do you think?


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On Thursday, Dec. 18, take a break from all the busyness of preparing for the holidays and treat yourself to a movie. Not only will you get to see a good movie, but you will also be contributing to a great cause. Read more here

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WMCN will be taking the next two weeks off to spend time with family and friends. The next edition will be in your inbox on January 6. The staff of WMCN wishes you and yours a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Final Words:


"Whoever has heard the Word preached, and has not heard the voice of the living God therein, has not as yet had their hearts broken, nor their spirits made contrite for their sins."

John Bunyan

In the sixth month of Elizabeth's pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin's name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, "Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you."

Luke 1:26-28 





The Gospel in Four Minutes

Catching Up:

In case you missed it last week:

PastorCare West Michigan provides listening ear, confidential coaching to wounded ministers

Perspective: I need a Savior

Area Christmas concerts celebrate the season


Civil rights group succeeds in removing scripture sign from Ottawa County park

New GRCC board member takes oath of office

Calvin College continues to shed real estate to pay down debt

Muskegon-area churches to participate in 'Black Lives Matter' movement on Sunday

Journey to Bethlehem sparks attention of Kahle

Nonprofit of the Week: City on a Hill Ministries Health Clinic needs providers

Homeless shelters around Grand Rapids full

Orchard Hill Church presents 'The Candy Games'

Amazing Grace flash mob Rivertown Crossing

Sandi Patty brings Grammy-winning gospel, Christmas songs to Grand Rapids Symphony

Salvation Army in Kent County collects $45K in donations on Giving Tuesday

Muskegon-area church starts community dialogue with 'Black Lives Matter Sunday'

'Satanic Temple' plans holiday display at Michigan Capitol following request for Christian nativity



Farther Away:

Fleeing persecution, Christian converts find safe houses in England

McDonald's, Starbucks resist calls to offer porn-free wifi

Kentucky withdraws $18 million in tax breaks for Noah's Ark Theme Park

Research: Most Americans says Christmas should be more about Jesus




Would Jesus own a handgun? - Clare De Graff - Clare De Graff

The torture report - Metaxas

Rebelling against mediocrity - Stonestreet


Upcoming Events:

December 18, ANNIE, a Special Fundraiser Screening in support of Cradles of Grace
December 18, Point of Grace

December 19, The Promise

December 20, The Promise

December 23, Sandi Patty

December 23, Family Recovery Group

December 25, Christmas

December 31, New Years Eve Concert

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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