The Dare to Believe Edition

e Edition January 6

ICCF Dares to Believe Housing Necessary for Life's Success

By Paul R. Kopenkoskey

jb135Receiving Jesus' grace and acting as His ambassador to a harsh and indifferent world requires Christians to possess a clear-eyed understanding of why it's biblical to help the homeless find a better way of life, said Jonathan Bradford.

"God is indeed completely sovereign over all dimensions of human engagement and activity," said Bradford, president and CEO of Inner City Christian Federation (ICCF), a nonprofit affordable housing provider that serves more than 2,500 families annually through its programs and services. "Christ's earthly ministry was preferential to the poor, the sick and for the outcast."

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New Year's Resolutions



By Dr Rex M. Rogers

NewYearsResolutions3Ever notice how New Year's Resolutions are often about how we wish we were different? Lose weight. Lower golf handicap. Watch less TV. Quit smoking. Quit drinking. Quit less-than-useful habit du jour. Get out of debt. Off-load stuff accumulating in the basement, the attic, the garage.

The moral of the story is that a lot of us want to improve ourselves and our lives, or at least our general condition. But we have this problem called the human predicament. As Pogo famously said years ago, "We have met the enemy and he is us." It's not family nor friends. Not our environment. Not even the economy that keeps us from fulfilling our dreams. It's us.

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West Michigan Veritas Forum to Explore World Christianity


By Staff
vertFocusing on the theme "Unity in Diversity: Learning from World Christianity," speakers from around the globe highlight the 2015 West Michigan Veritas Forum, which will take place on Thursday-Saturday, Jan. 8-10, at Pillar Church in Holland.

The mix of keynote addresses and panel discussions, the Forum will explore the growth of Christianity around the world and its implications for a fresh understanding of the Gospel. The public is invited to attend any or all of the events, and admission is free.

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Terry's Picks for January


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 three highlights for January:  *"John, His Story" Seven miracles from the biblical gospel of John are told by eye-witnesses *Alyce Claerbaut The niece of jazz great Billy Strayhorn speaks
*Isaac King
The author of "Just Be Born Again"

Finance: Dave Says....



Dear Dave,

I gave my wife $350 for Christmas shopping at Wal-Mart. While she was there with our six-year-old daughter, she cashed her bonus check to put with the Christmas money. When she tried to check out, the money was gone. My wife even asked our daughter if she took the money out of mommy's purse, and she said no. Later, we found the money in our daughter's coat, and she didn't seem sorry at all for having taken it. How should we address this?


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"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.

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Final Words:


"Time is not a healer. Time is a revealer of how God does the healing."

Ravi Zacharias

"For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age."

Titus 2:11-12 





The Gospel in Four Minutes

Catching Up:

In case you missed it last week:

Partners Worldwide leads charge to end world poverty through business people's expertise

Unbroken is a powerful movie based on a true story

Exodus: God and Kings veers from Biblical story


Donna Douglas' death forces cancelation of special 'Hillbillies' event at Master Arts Theatre

Shelter reports year-end numbers

Churches to host simulcast on the 'Daniel Plan,' combining fitness and faith

Wyoming author publishes second book on spiritual growth

Holland couple turns HOME Roller Rink into hub for ministry

Sewing group makes dresses for Africa

Christian Reformed Church performed last service December 28

Review: Winter Jam returns to Van Andel Arena with fire and rock

Holland Christian elementary students help update latest Bible translation



Farther Away:

Noah's Ark park could sue to get back Ky. tax incentives

Presbyterian Church faces charges over Glee Music Camp

Billy Graham named one of world's most admired men for 58th time

NFL players give 500 Bibles away for Christmas




 Why men struggle with prayer - Clare De Graff

How much "bad theology" can you believe and still be saved? - Clare De Graaf

New year, old resolution - Metaxas

The 'gay marriage' tsunami - Stonestreet 


Upcoming Events:

January 10, Lansing Symphony Orchestra MasterWorks 4: Tchaikovsky & Beethoven

January 12, The Family Connection

January 13, The Perspectives Missions Course

January 13, Family Recovery Group

January 16-17, John, His Story @ Master Arts

January 20, One Cry Prayer for the City

January 22, Capitalism is About Love with Jeffrey Tucker

January 24, In His Glory, Prophetic Ministry

January 26, The Family Connection

January 27, Family Recovery Group

January 29, A Formula for Happiness with Arthur Brooks

January 31, Isaac King, "Just Be Born Again" Booksigning

February 6 -18, Celebration of the Arts

February 12, 'Contrarian: The Life of Sir John Templeton'

February 26, The (Actual) Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism with Gene Veith

March 6, Booth Brothers in Concert

April 9, Renaissance: The Power of the Gospel However Dark the Times with Os Guinness

April 10, Gold City in Concert

May 16, Foreshore Adventure Race

June 20, West Michigan MudVenture 5K


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