The Project Hope Edition

e Edition February 24

Project Hope's Strong Community Backing Enables Ministry to Aid to Those in Need

By Paul R. Kopenkoskey

hope1Nestled in the largely rural and farming area of Dorr Township is a ministry Annetta Jansen initiated in the 1950s in her basement and garage on 142nd Avenue for people who lacked adequate food and clothing.

Few would have blamed Jansen if she chose to wallow in her own troubles. Divorced and responsible for raising five boys and a daughter, Jansen instead elected to pray with the people who accepted her donations.

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The Magic of Blending



By Dan Seaborn

The Magic Bullet® is a clever blender/food processor invention that is handy for mixing food and liquids. I wish something that easy could be created for blending families, but there's no magic to it. Although I don't live in a blended family the way society defines it, I've talked to many people who do, and in some ways I believe all families are blended in one way or another.

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Author, Apologist Speaks to Full Crowd at Founders


By Ann Byle
John Dickson 2014Dr. John Dickson, in Grand Rapids to promote his new book "A Doubter's Guide to the Bible: Inside History's Bestseller for Believers and Skeptics," spoke to a full house at Founder's Brewing Company last week.

His talk in the Centennial Room of the downtown brewery and restaurant drew about 60 people who heard him address Goodness, Evil and Pity, three key stumbling blocks to skeptics in their search for God. He also took questions from the audience.

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Terry's Picks: March 2015


EVENTS2By Terry DeBoer

West Michigan Christian News writer Terry DeBoer surveys the landscape for the area’s faith-based arts, entertainment and conference events over the coming month. Here are three highlights for March: *Tom Coverly, an illusionist and gospel communicator *Anthem Lights, a Christian pop-vocal quartet *Festival of Faith and Music, a biennial conference

Finance: Dave Says....



Dear Dave,

Do you think having cancer insurance is a good idea?


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Etcetera: Got a Story?

We have begun a new project entitled Relevant Docs, a new documentary web series that chronicles ordinary people with simple, but extraordinary stories of how they have seen God move in their life. We are looking for everyday personalities who through a simple "coincidence", "random" meeting, saw God's hand move in their life. We believe that through these stories, we see the hand of God in our life and that these stories help others to recognize when God is moving in their lives.

Got a story? Contact us for details!

Final Words:


"We need to be more concerned about who we are before God than our reputation before people."

Francis Chan

"The commandments, "You shall not commit adultery," "You shall not murder," "You shall not steal," "You shall not covet," and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: "Love your neighbor as yourself." Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law."

Romans 13:9-10





The Gospel in Four Minutes

Catching Up:

In case you missed it last week:

L. James Harvey's courtroom drama presents facts of Christ rising from the dead

Old Fashioned is a must see

Why are roses red?


Kregel's best seller list

Wedgewood Christian Services names new CEO

Mother's cancer journey redefines success for Cornerstone basketball player Ty Mason

Pregnant mom killed in snowy Ohio crash: Husband survives, family remembers 'kind, kind woman'

Address to discuss long-term faith development in young people



Farther Away:

Congress supports chaplain reprimanded for citing Bible in suicide prevention training session

Family, friends, and strangers gather to honor the Christian aid worker killed by ISIS

Franklin Graham speaks out against transgender restrooms

Saeed Abedini worships God in prison during visit with father

Utah knocks Bible belt out of top spot for church attendance

In the face of unrelenting snow, New England churches soldier on

Vicar of Baghdad warns westerners not to join 'hopeless' Christian militia against ISIS

Nick Vujicic and wife are expecting their second child




Winning At Home: Say yes to the dress and premartial education

The stories we tell – Tell a story about us - Clare De Graaf

The other side of the abortion story - Metaxas

We are not our own - Stonestreet


Upcoming Events:

January 13 - April 21, The Perspectives Missions Course

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 7, Lansing Symphony Orchestra MasterWorks 5: Enigma Variations

March 10, Oakhill Men's Dinner series

March 14, HIS Dance Ensemble premieres RED


March 22, "Soul On Fire" tour

March 24, Citywide Prayer for revival

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 24 - 26, Family Life: Weekend to Remember

April 27, Faith-based comedian Jeff Allen

May 4, An Evening in China

May 14, Things we couldn't say opens

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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