The En Gedi Edition

e Edition March 3

Fast-paced After-school Ministry, En Gedi, Infuses Fun with Values

By Paul R. Kopenkoskey

en gedi 135There's a loud silence in the hallways of Red Hawk Elementary School in Cedar Springs that quickly disappears when the 2:22 p.m. bell rings to announce the end of the school day. Then, a throng of students exit the classrooms filling the corridors with lively chatter. Not all will immediately head home, however.

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Woman of Influence – Christa Wetzel, Alpha Women's Center of Lowell



By Amelia Rhodes

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Christa Wetzel, Executive Director for the Alpha Women's Center of Lowell, always desired to walk alongside people in the midst of their hurts and offer hope, healing, and encouragement. This desire led her to major in criminal justice with the intention of working with youth. She followed this calling with a two-year internship at Alpha Women's Center of Hastings, a four-year stint at a homeless shelter in Holland, a year-long cross-cultural experience working with recovering alcoholics, and eventually a job at the Department of Human Services as a caseworker for the State of Michigan. While working in the Department of Human Services, Wetzel said she missed being able to share Christ and offer practical help.

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New Music Review: "Yes You Can" by Marvin Sapp


By Terry DeBoer
Sapp Marvin  135West Michigan pastor and gospel music artist Marvin Sapp has released a new song "Yes You Can" from his forthcoming album.

Sapp, 47, is pastor of Lighthouse Full Life Center Church on Madison Ave. SE in Grand Rapids. But he is nationally known for his award-winning music prowess, with several chart-topping songs and best-selling albums to his credit.

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There is No Law!


there is no lawBy Staff

Our first attempt at an animated segment, let us know what you think.

Laws, laws, laws. So many laws. Some are obvious and well known, others obscure. But, what does God have to say about laws? You may be surprised to find out!

Finance: Dave Says....



Dear Dave,

Should you budget for mad money, or just carrying around cash, when you’re trying to get out of debt?


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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:


"God doesn't need your good works but your neighbor does."


"For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline."

2 Timothy 1:7





The Gospel in Four Minutes

Catching Up:

In case you missed it last week:

The magic of blending

Author, apologist speaks to full crowd at Founders

Terry's picks: March 2015


Harderwyk Ministires train show fundraiser teaches youth service

Longtime Grand Rapids preacher leaves legacy of generosity, modesty

Bible study civil rights complaint against Hudsonville schools resolved, district says

Bible camper evicted from Hudsonville elementary schools

Church donations stolen in break-in at LifeQuest Ministries in Grand Rapids

'Strive to serve God' mission statement added to city memo

Stories of success at Guiding Light



Farther Away:

ISIS releases 19 Christians, hundreds remain captive

'Jesus Christ' banned when ordering from Marks and Spencer... but 'Jihad' is ok

Indiana Christian bakers who declined to bake cake for same-sex ceremony close shop

Christian musician's song used in Fifty Shades of Grey, author thought it was a rom-com

Franklin Graham: President Obama defends Islam, criticizes Christians

Pastor's wife fined for praying too loudly in the street

Homeless man given Vatican burial after no-one claims body

Church moves into former strip club

Presbyterian Church may soon allow gay marriage through constitutional change

Meet the church that helps anyone who needs it

Arson damages Jerusalem Christian seminary

Who's watching all that Christian media? Christians, but not many others




Failure is an option - Dan Seaborn

Are you, your brother's keeper? - Clare De Graaf

Dancing in jail - Metaxas

A stunning pro-life documentary - Stonestreet


Upcoming Events:

January 13 - April 21, The Perspectives Missions Course

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, Hope 2015 Conference

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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