The New West Side Story Edition

e Edition January 13

God is Telling a New West Side Story Through Bridge Street House of Prayer

By Paul R. Kopenkoskey

bshop135Ryan Waalkes and his handful of staff members purposely live on the West Side of Grand Rapids. They do so with their eyes wide open.

It's an ethnically diverse area where salt-of-the-earth people live, where the marginalized poor can use a friend.

The West Side is where God has called Waalkes to live and minister to through the urban ministry he helped found in 2005 called Bridge Street House of Prayer (BSHOP).

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One Night Movie Event Coming: Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus



By Edwin L. Carpenter

PatternsEvidence-ExodusA big event is soon to arrive for Christians and for those simply interested in archaeological examinations and historical events of the past. A one night screening of Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus, a documentary, is being shown nationwide in select theaters Monday, January 19. It will be screened at Celebration Cinema North and River Town Crossings in Grand Rapids at 7 pm. And it will screen as well in Benton Harbor at the Celebration Cinema. It is directed by Timothy P. Mahoney.

"Did the Exodus really happen?" asks Mahoney in a short video on the website, "That's a question that led me on an incredible 12-year investigation." We are not certain of Mahoney's conclusions, but we do know that he wanted to examine the "physical evidence from a scientific perspective." Referring to the audience of this film, he said, "We let them make up their own mind." The documentary features a panel of experts sharing their point of view.

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Project 2819 Coming


By Staff
project2819back3Project 2819 is an independent Christian film contest held in Western Michigan, created to support and empower independent filmmakers to spread Christ's message through film. It is our sincere prayer that the films screened will honor Christ and His message of forgiveness and love for all and will bless those watching them.

Visit Project 2819

Watch the Project 2819 Trailer

New Year Brings Concert Variety


By Terry DeBoer

Third Day 225

The new year features a smorgasbord of faith-based musical expressions in churches and other venues around West Michigan.

January started with a bang thanks to Winter Jam, the jam-packed Christian music tour featuring Skillet, Jeremy Camp and numerous other artists that filled Van Andel Arena back on Jan. 4.

Finance: Dave Says....



Dear Dave,

I have a friend who is experiencing financial problems. She is between real jobs at the moment and only bringing in about $600 a month. But even when she's working regularly, she doesn't budget or manage her money wisely, and she's always looking for more money. On top of all this, she's holding out hope for her dream job out of state. She interviewed several months ago, and hasn't heard anything from the company. What can I do to help her?


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The 18th century poet William Cowper wrote:

God moves in a mysterious way, His wonders to perform;
He plants His footsteps in the sea. And rides upon the storm.

WMCN is launching a new documentary web series that chronicles ordinary people with extraordinary simple stories of how they saw God move in their life. We are looking for everyday personalities who through a simple "coincidence", "random" meeting, saw God hand move in their life. We believe that through these stories, we see the hand of God in our lives and that these stories help inspire others to see the same.

Do you or do you know of someone whose story is too good not be told? Do you feel called to share it with others?

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Final Words:


"Sin is worse than suffering; but people will do everything they can to avoid suffering, but almost nothing to avoid sin."

Don Kistler

"When hard pressed, I cried to the Lord; he brought me into a spacious place. The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?"

Psalm 118:5-6





The Gospel in Four Minutes

Catching Up:

In case you missed it last week:

New Year's resolutions

West Michigan Veritas Forum to explore world Christianity

Terry's picks for January


Kids escape the cold with indoor bike ride at Holland church

Fremont Christian School's snow day video goes viral

Jonathan Bradford plans for retirement after 34 years at helm of Inner City Christian Federation

Powered by anonymous snowblower donation, Dégagé Ministries employs homeless to clear Heartside sidewalks

History of Hager Park scripture sign may complicate its removal

Autocam Medical wins final ruling in challenge to Obamacare's 'abortion pill mandate'

Third Day to perform at DeVos Performance Hall for 'Soul on Fire Tour'

Nonprofit of the Week: Rick Rack Ministry needs more space for inventory

Cross fight not over



Farther Away:

Irish priest announced he is gay — and his congregation gave him a standing ovation

Atlanta mayor denies religious motives in fire chief's termination

"Selma" a work of divine inspiration and timing

You won't believe what Chick-fil-A did for homeless man

Christian persecution on the rise worldwide according to new report




What's your "life verse?" - Clare De Graaf

A wedding and a memorial service - Johnson

Midwives, second-class - Metaxas

Torture re-visited - 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 25, Lansing Symphony Orchestra Family Series: Woodwind Quintet

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 1, Lansing Symphony Chamber Series: Winds in the British Isles

February 6 -18, Celebration of the Arts

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

February 21, Shipwrecked on a Great Lake

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

March 6, Booth Brothers in Concert

March 7, Randy Wolthuis, Glenn Bulthuis and Peter Bardolf in concert

March 22, "Soul On Fire" tour

March 28, Battle of the Bands

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

April 9, All Sons & Daughters with Jamie George and Sandra McCracken

April 10, Gold City in Concert

April 17, David Crowder and his "Neon Steeple" tour

April 18, The Great Divorce

April 18, Matt Maher

April 27, Faith-based comedian Jeff Allen

May 16, Laura Story ("Blessings")

May 16, Foreshore Adventure Race

May 30, "Things We Couldn't Say"

June 20, West Michigan MudVenture 5K

June 25-27, Big Ticket Festival

June 28, Worship On the Waterfront: Mark Shultz

August 5 - 8, Unity Christian Music Festival


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