The Constructive Light Edition

e Edition February 17

SON-BEAM Shines a Constructive Light in Developing Areas of the World

By Paul R. Kopenkoskey

Van Drie 135Ray Van Drie has traveled to Haiti, Ecuador and a handful of other developing countries, but not as a tourist.

The Blendon Township resident said he travels to far-flung areas of the world for reasons that transcend tourists' customary need to go sightseeing and amass kitschy souvenirs.

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L. James Harvey's Courtroom Drama Presents Facts of Christ Rising From the Dead



By Paul R. Kopenkoskey

The inspiration for L. James Harvey's courtroom drama, The Resurrection on Trial, is due in part to his fascination with the O.J. Simpson murder trial, an abiding interest in the long-running TV series, Law & Order and a fact he learned about the average pew-sitting Christian.

"I saw a study that revealed 30 percent of Christians who go to church on Sunday do not believe Christ physically rose from the dead," said Harvey. "And the apostle Paul said in 1 Corinthians 15:17 if we don't believe Christ arose, our faith is in vein.

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Old Fashioned is a Must See


By Edwin L. Carpenter
old fashioned135Old Fashioned is a new kind of faith-based movie, one that explores dating in a way that many would consider old fashioned today—courtship with the focus on getting acquainted and developing a relationship, as opposed to focusing on the physical attractions and intimacy. There is a chivalrous aspect of the film that is rare these days and is refreshing. The main male character in the movie, Clay, has tried it the other way and wants to truly get to know the young woman he is attracted to. Her name is Amber.

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Why are Roses Red?


jeff50From the files:

The Carlson Report looks at the subject of Valentines Day and answers the question: Why are Roses Red?

Finance: Dave Says....



Dear Dave,

I'm retired, and currently I have about five percent of my retirement savings in gold and silver I've been acquiring over the last few years. I've seen gold prices decline significantly, and I'm wondering if I should hang on to it as a safety factor in the event the economy goes bad in a hurry. I want to make sure I'll still have a safety factor, and something of value, if that happens.

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Etcetera: Important Tidbits

* Still time for Festival of the Arts

*A reminder of city wide prayer for revival gathering at the Three Mile Project @ 3050 Walkent Dr NW, Tuesday at 7 PM.

*WMCN is growing and looking for help. We are looking for someone who is called to the arena of social media.

Contact us for details!

Final Words:


"You do not audition for your role in life. You just get to live it. However your relationship with the Director can make a difference in how your script plays out."

Laurie Short

"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."

John 13:34-35





The Gospel in Four Minutes

Catching Up:

In case you missed it last week:

Aussie Apologist in Town on U.S. Tour to Launch New Book

Perspective: On a Mission

Worldly Saints Separates Perverted Version of Pleasure from God's Earthly Good Plan


Another change for Keys for Kids Ministries

Gospel singer, pastor Marvin Sapp releases first single from new album

Peace Lutheran Church offering a drive-thru option for Ash Wednesday

Heartside Ministries plans to move operations to the former home of Tini Bikinis

Hudsonville Unity Christian basketball family says goodbye to its old gym

Zeeland church playground preparing to break ground this spring

America's largest Christian bookstore chain files for bankruptcy

Rob Bell on gay marriage: 'We're moments away' from church embracing it



Farther Away:

I was fired for saying Jesus was my co-driver, trucker says

Study finds homeschoolers less likely to leave faith than public, private schooled students

Franklin Graham: 1960s sexual revolution has 'severely weakened' America from within




Winning At Home: The dad value at the Super Bowl

Conversations with a future son-in-law - Clare De Graaf

The radical demands of the Gospel - Metaxas

Edge of extinction - Stonestreet


Upcoming Events:

January 13 - April 21, The Perspectives Missions Course

February 6 -18, Celebration of the Arts

February 21, Shipwrecked on a Great Lake

February 21, Lansing Symphony Orchestra Wicked Divas: Broadway and Beyond

February 22, Lansing Symphony Family Series: Sliding Trombone

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

March 3, Honoring Your Father and Mother - The Human and Financial Costs of Elder Care

March 5, Open Door Open Hearts

March 6, Booth Brothers in Concert

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

March 14, HIS Dance Ensemble premieres RED


March 22, "Soul On Fire" tour

March 28, Battle of the Bands

March 28, West Michigan Missions Forum

March 28, Lecrae / Calvin College Festival of Faith and Music.

April 1, "Restoring All Things" Conference

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 23,  Spring Celebration Event with Mark Schultz

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 7 -12,Student Statesmanship Institute Summer Program

June 20, West Michigan MudVenture 5K

June 21 - 26, Student Statesmanship Institute Summer Program

June 25-27, Big Ticket Festival

June 28, Worship On the Waterfront: Mark Shultz

July 12, Mikeschair

July 12 - 17, Student Statesmanship Institute Summer Program

July 26,  Josh Wilson - Worship On the Waterfront

August 2, Plumb

August 5 - 8, Unity Christian Music Festival

August 16, Jason Gray


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