The Base Camp Edition

e Edition April 21

Base Camp Guides Vulnerable Grand Rapids' Urban Children with God's Love, Relevant Lessons

By Paul R. Kopenkoskey

basecamp2Ty Davis doesn't have to think twice where his life would be today had it not crossed paths with the urban ministry, Base Camp, when he was 14 years old.

The 35-year-old Grand Rapids resident is certain he would not be looking forward to celebrating 10 years of marriage in October with his wife, Juanita. His sons, Tyler, 7, and Justin, 5, would not be students at Grand Rapids Christian Elementary, and his family would not be attending One Church Empowerment Center church in Grandville.

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Christian Concerts on the Way to West Michigan



By Terry DeBoer

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Concerts by major faith-based artists such as Third Day, Matt Maher and David Crowder have already rolled through West Michigan this spring. And more are on their way.

The popular Annie Moses Band returns to the area at 7 p.m. Fri. May 8 at Grace Community Church, 3500 New Holland St. in Hudsonville.

The ensemble brings its "American Rhapsody" program with music from composers such as Gershwin, Copland and other American originals. Their acoustic-based music (with fiddle!) is a pleasure for fans of multiple genres.

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A Call to Prayer


supreme"In just a few weeks, the nation's highest Court will consider whether states are permitted to uphold marriage through the constitutional process or whether Americans must now be governed by the anti-marriage homosexual agenda," said AFA President Tim Wildmon. "Make no mistake, silencing the will of the people, who have clearly spoken across this nation in support of marriage and the family, would have far-reaching effects on our nation and would render this Court an enemy of the Constitution it claims to uphold. We urge the Justices to protect the integrity of our legislative and constitutional process and to uphold, not undermine, marriage in America."

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The Biggest Mistake Christians Make Today


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Pastor George Davis of From The Heart Church shares his thoughts on mistakes a Christians can make today

Finance: Dave Says....


Dear Dave,

My husband and I are 28 years old. We're completely debt-free, and we each have great jobs. We don't talk a lot about this kind of stuff, because we've found it causes other people to treat us differently. We realize how incredibly blessed we have been, so we always try to give God the credit, save, tithe and give regularly, and not brag about these things. How would you recommend handling a situation like ours?


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Etcetera: City Wide Prayer Tonight

The next monthly gathering for prayer is Tuesday, April 21 at 7:00 to 8:30 PM back at the 3 Mile Project, 3050 Walkent NW, Grand Rapids. We are praying for 500 people to join us.

Final Words:


"Lord, help me not to loiter on my way to heaven."

David Brainerd

"Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?" The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 15:55-57





The Gospel in Four Minutes

Catching Up:

In case you missed it last week:

Crowder offers a "Front Porch" view on new tour

New music review: "Y.W.N.T.M.D."

The biggest mistake a church can make today


"It Is Well" tells the story of Diet Eman in dance

God, genetics and Fitbit: How NIH Director Francis Collins brings them together

Bankruptcy sale of Family Christian Stores scheduled for early June



Farther Away:

Tim Tebow returns to the NFL with Philadelphia Eagles contract

Tennessee Senate shelves bill that would name Bible as state book

Muslims arrested for throwing Christian immigrants into sea

Michelle Obama says gospel music connects her to God

Reba McEntire credits faith to her success




The cake test - Dan Seaborn

Why church membership? - Clare De Graaf

The cage is broken - Kyle Ray

Reversing the abortion pill - Metaxas

Demographics and 'Do It for Denmark' - Stonestreet


Upcoming Events:

January 13 - April 21, The Perspectives Missions Course

April 21, Citywide Prayer for revival

April 23,  Spring Celebration Event with Mark Schultz

April 24, Spectrum: The Music of Motown

April 24,Pray, Play and Shop

April 24 - 26, Family Life: Weekend to Remember

April 27, Faith-based comedian Jeff Allen

May 4, An Evening in China

May 8,Pine Rest Seminar Offered on Perinatal Substance Use & the Journey to Wellness

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 5,Worship On the Waterfront: Jaci Velasquez & Nic Gonzales

July 12, Mikeschair

July 12 - 17, Student Statesmanship Institute Summer Program

July 19,Worship On the Waterfront: JJ Heller

July 26,  Josh Wilson - Worship On the Waterfront

August 2, Plumb

August 5 - 8, Unity Christian Music Festival

August 9,Worship on the Waterfront: Down Home Horns

August 16, Jason Gray

August 23,Worship on the Waterfront: Peder Eide

August 30,Worship on the Waterfront: Finding Favour


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