The Faithful and Qualified Edition

e Edition May 19

Faithful to God's Calling, Qualified to Offer Advice

By Paul R. Kopenkoskey

johnwilliams235Tucked inside a worn leather briefcase is the handwritten autobiography Bishop John H. Williams started when he was 35 years old with the uncomplicated title, "My Life." He turns 81 June 2.

A key reason his memoirs remain a work in progress is because Williams keeps chugging along fulfilling pastoral duties.

"I'm going to be faithful to the command God has given me," Williams said, who is the father of eight children, grandfather to 15 grandchildren and most recently a great-grandfather. His wife of 31 years, Catherine, died a year ago.

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More to Hear From Laura Story



By Terry DeBoer

A little known fact about singer-songwriter Laura Story: She once was a student at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

"I was there for one semester and got homesick and went home," recalled Story, 36, from her home near Atlanta. Ga. "But I loved it up there.... it was beautiful."

Who knows where the future may have led the South Carolina native had she remained at Calvin. But as it is, Story developed her faith as well as her musical skills into a multi-faceted career as a singer-songwriter, church worship leader, recording/performing artist and author, while also tending to a husband and three young children.

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Across the Indiana Boarder: Revival


God is at work. Here is a video report in which Kyle Martin describes the incredibly exciting things God is doing in Northern Indiana. It is clearly revival!

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When Government Becomes God


jeff51In this Carlson Report, the question is asked: In this age of increased growth of the scope and power of government, who really cares about us and is able to take care of us?

Finance: Dave Says....


Dear Dave,

My husband and I have been following your plan. We just paid cash for our new home after selling the old one, so we're out of the Baby Steps. But we've still got about $50,000 in student loan debt hanging over our heads. We make over $100,000 a year combined, so how would you suggest handling this?


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Etcetera: Prayer for the City


A comment made by one who attended the last meeting:

"Truth be told, I haven't always been thrilled with prayer meetings. I understand the importance of prayer, but at times they can seem a bit . . . long."

"That has totally changed for me now! You see, when God graces us with His wonderful presence, and we begin to feel incredible unity and love with brothers and sisters in Christ from many different backgrounds, it is a taste of heaven! We leave reluctantly, wanting more!"

Tuesday evening from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., 3 Mile Project,3050 Walkent Dr NW, Walker, Michigan 49544

Final Words:


"The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried."

G.K. Chesterton

Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!

Romans 11:33





The Gospel in Four Minutes

Catching Up:

In case you missed it last week:

Major concert tours scheduled for West Michigan

New music review: Fruit of the Spirit

Insurmountable debt


Prayer shawl ministry passes 150 mark

Grand Haven Christian School highlights allergy awareness

West Michigan residents slog through Pere Marquette Beach for inaugural 'Foreshore' adventure

Stage set for bankruptcy auction of Family Christian Stores

UIX: Scott Jonkhoff helps others take their Next Step in the right direction

'I'm a Christian, I forgive him,' victim of Rapid bus stabbing says



Farther Away:

How the church gave B.B. King the blues

Billy Graham's daughter: 'God's judgment is coming and it's going to be ugly'

Catholic artist aged 80 completes handwritten Bible

Homeschoolers win televised quiz bowl against Michigan schools




Every day is a good day - Dan Seaborn

But, doesn't God want me to be happy? - Clare De Graaf 

Of millstones and fences - Metaxas 

It's what we say, not how we say it - Stonestreet


Upcoming Events:

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

May 14, Things we couldn't say opens

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 5,Peter Pan

June 5,Comedy Improv with Contents Under Pressure

June 7, Praise in the Park

June 7 -12, Student Statesmanship Institute Summer Program

June 16, Parenting Classes

June 17,  Parenting Classes

June 18,  HONK! Encore

June 20, Walk for Life

June 20, West Michigan MudVenture 5K

June 21 - 26, Student Statesmanship Institute Summer Program

June 25,Yatec #15

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 17,  Sleeping Beauty

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 17,Hudsonville Auto Body Xperts Open House

August 23, Worship on the Waterfront: Peder Eide

August 26,Hudsonville Auto Body Xperts Open House

August 30, Worship on the Waterfront: Finding Favour


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