The Second Chance Edition

e Edition March 17

2nd Chance School Will Harness at-risk Teens thru God and Horses

By Paul R. Kopenkoskey

horse4Ron Silverman is discussing the future of his faith-based school for at-risk teens when suddenly he stops in midsentence to watch 16-year-old Ty Sturgis adeptly slip a harness around a colt.

"Look at that," Silverman said, with obvious pride in his voice. "Six months ago he didn't know the front end of the horse from the back end."

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Benefit Concert Set For Summer Praise Series



By Terry DeBoer

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Richard Moll has already planned this summer's "Praise in the Park" Sunday night outdoor music series in downtown Rockford.

And a benefit concert set for March 28 should give the series a welcome boost.
"A couple of music groups have stepped forward and offered to help with a benefit," said Moll, founder and coordinator of the series held each summer in the lovely setting of Garden Club Park along the Rogue River in downtown Rockford.

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Do You Believe? is the Best Faith-based Film I have seen


By Edwin L. Carpenter
dyb235It occurred to me while watching "Do You Believe?" at a press screening that I was watching the best faith-based film I had seen. This movie, which opens nationally on March 20, has all the right ingredients to make it work in a powerful way. For one thing, the acting is top notch. I have seen too many Christian films that fall short on the production and quality side.

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Misconceptions of the Arab and American People


Rex225By Dr. Rex M. Rogers

Dr. Rex M. Rogers discusses misconceptions that Americans have about people in the Middle East, and the misconceptions that people in the Middle East have about Christians and the United States.

Finance: Dave Says....


Dear Dave,

I have a problem with impulse spending. I switched to a debit card so that the money comes straight out of my checking account, but I still buy things I know I shouldn't. Should I stop using the card?


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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:


"Abraham wasn't perfect. He failed, made mistakes. But, he would go back, get right with God, and then just keep moving forward. He didn't quit when things got hard. He just kept on going. And everywhere he went, God was there. God was with him."

Anne Graham Lotz

"then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved."

Acts 4:10,12





The Gospel in Four Minutes

Catching Up:

In case you missed it last week:

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



County board gives preliminary OK to new Hager Park sign

Christian rapper Shonlock to headline concert at L.C. Walker Arena in Muskegon

'Love is stronger than hate': Pastor's comparison of gays, ax murderers spurs Sunday protest



Farther Away:

Parents win fight to end teen sex conference in Oregon

Oklahoma bill would abolish state's role in granting marriage licenses, leave it in clergy hands

Utah lawmakers pass anti-discrimination bill with LGBT, Mormon support

Who was St. Patrick, and would he drink green beer?

Saeed Abedini writes son letter for his birthday: 'my chains are keeping me from you'

Former atheist declares healing power of God

Franklin Graham: Muslims who kill Christians are emulating Muhammed

Chuck Norris' son believes the American church is dying




Deal with it - Dan Seaborn

Does wealth disqualify you from Heaven? Part two - Clare De Graaf 

Coming out Christian - Metaxas

Questioning scientific consensus - Stonestreet 


Upcoming Events:

January 13 - April 21, The Perspectives Missions Course

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 19, Lansing Symphony Chamber Series: Artnova

April 23,  Spring Celebration Event with Mark Schultz

April 24, Spectrum: The Music of Motown

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 18, Pine Rest Foundation Golf Outing To Be Held At Exclusive Wuskowhan Players Club

May 30, "Things We Couldn't Say"

June 5, Southern Gospel Music Concert

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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