The Disparities Edition

e Edition March 10

Panel Discussion Spotlights Racial Disparities in Infant Mortality

By Paul R. Kopenkoskey

micah135Proverbs 31 — speaking on behalf of those who cannot speak for themselves — was the framework of a workshop that focused on racial disparities in infant mortality.

Sponsored by the nonprofit ministry, The Micah Center, the seminar was held recently at Hope Reformed Church in Southeast Grand Rapids. The panel discussion drew a capacity crowd who heard there's too wide a chasm between African-Americans' infant mortality rate compared with white babies.

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Local Author Turns Blog Series into Hands-on Prayer Aid



By Ann Byle

Amelia Rhodes remembers the call from a friend who wanted to talk about the events in her life, including a friend's cancer diagnosis, and to ask Rhodes to pray. Of course she agreed, and added that request to her long list of things to pray for.

"I remember feeling frustrated, guilty and overwhelmed because I wasn't sure how I could pray for all the needs in my community," said Rhodes, who lives with her husband and two children in Lowell. "I thought that if I could organize my prayer list into categories, it would be easier."

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Third Day Ready to "Lead Us Back...."


By Terry DeBoer
Third Day hillside135The faith-based, pop-rock band Third Day has a new album and a new tour. And lead singer Mac Powell says he couldn't be more excited about it.

"We knew we wanted to present something musically different from we've done before," said Powell during a conference call from Atlanta. "We wanted something new and fresh musically and lyrically."

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signsvideoBy Staff

Signs are everywhere and yet today many people can not read them and are lost. God's signs are easy to read and always lead us to Himself.

Finance: Dave Says....



Dear Dave,

I bought a piece of lake property not long ago, and the developer has first right of refusal if we decide to sell it. We originally looked at the property as an investment or building site, but I really don't understand what first right of refusal means.


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Etcetera: Have 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.

Have a story? Contact us for details!

Final Words:


"Church should be so full of laughter & joy that outsiders press their noses against our windows longing to get into the party."

Ray Cortese

"He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time."

2 Timothy 1:9





The Gospel in Four Minutes

Catching Up:

In case you missed it last week:

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

New music review: "Yes You Can" by Marvin Sapp

There is no law!


Designs moving ahead for controversial religious sign in park

Birds of the Bible are the focus of spring art show

New pastor is glad to be back home

See the underwater crucifix that drew more than 2,000 to frozen Lake Michigan

'Choose Life Michigan' license plate would raise funds to promote abortion alternatives

'Christian' philosophy removed from school job ad, apology offered after ACLU complaint



Farther Away:

Police officer, suspended over gay pride parade, defends religious liberty

'Michigan city fined $100K for barring atheist exhibition from city halll

Florida city forces churches to obtain licenses

ABC family's 'The Fosters' generates controversy over TV's first-ever kiss between teen boys

'Bible-believing Christian' company refuses to print civil partnership invitations

Casting Crowns' Singer Mark Hall announces he has kidney cancer, asks for prayer

Christian woman wearing hijab for Lent

Applebee's not liable for N.J. man burned while praying over fajita skillet




Storm chasers - Dan Seaborn

What Jesus meant to say - Clare De Graaf

A safe place for sinners - Metaxas

The bogus 'others have it worse' argument - Stonestreet 


Upcoming Events:

January 13 - April 21, The Perspectives Missions Course

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 25, Forgiven and Set Free: An 8-Week Post-Abortion Recovery Class

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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