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WAR International Battles the World's Underbelly of Human Trafficking with Hope

By Paul R. Kopenkoskey

war235When customers make a purchase online, at a home party or at one of three Women At Risk (WAR) International's boutiques, they're not just buying handcrafted products. They're enabling at-risk women and children to find freedom from human trafficking. And with their freedom, they gain what previously was not within their grasp: hope and a future.

WAR International's founder and president, Rebecca "Becky" McDonald has another term for it: a heart problem entrenched in avarice.

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Festival of the Arts Includes Faith-Inspired Music

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By Terry DeBoer

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The 46th annual Festival of the Arts comes to downtown Grand Rapids the weekend of June 5-7. And church music ensembles and other faith-based artists will again be on stage amidst the all-encompassing variety of musical expression.

Thousands of persons milling around the Festival grounds grow into hundreds of thousands over the three-day event. A music performer trying to attract passers-by and then holding an audience isn't easily accomplished.

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Terry's Picks: June 2015

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By Terry DeBoer

EVENTS2West Michigan Christian web writer Terry DeBoer surveys the landscape for the area's faith-based arts and entertainment and events over the coming month. Here are three highlights for June:

*Soul'd Out – The Southern gospel quartet performs at 7 p.m. June 5.

*Jason Gray – The faith-based music artist performs at 7 p.m. Sat. June 20.

*Mark Schultz – The inspirational singer songwriter kicks off the Sunday series "Worship on the Waterfront" at 7 p.m. June 28

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Warning: God is Not on our Side!

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rex43Sometimes people ask if God is on our side, if Christians will always be blessed. Even Abraham Lincoln asked this question. But, is this the question we really should be asking?

Finance: Dave Says....

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Dear Dave,

I recently applied for life insurance for the first time with a child rider. The insurance company denied my request for the rider portion because my son has hemophilia. Do you have any suggestions or advice?

Sarah

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Etcetera: We Need Help

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Perhaps something is stirring within you. There is something stirring within us.

We are excited to be a part of the larger story that God is writing.

People love a good story, there is no better story than His story.

People are the product of the stories that they believe.


We are here to develop counter narratives to the world’s narratives.


What's your passion? Writing? Social Media? Video? Events? Graphics?

Drop us a line and lets talk.


Final Words:

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"Christians need to recognize that holiness is separation from sin, not separation from sinners."

Ed Stetzer
 

"In God, whose word I praise— in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?"

Psalm 56:4


 
   

 

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Catching Up:

In case you missed it last week:

More to hear from Laura Story

When government becomes God

Near-by:

Local author Lavone Genzink writes 'Mountains of Mercy,' a family story

Christian organization is gearing up for summer day camp

School's refusal to back religious 'Creation Club' violates First Amendment, group claims

Hearing set on lawsuit to restore cross to Grand Haven's Dewey Hill

Donated chapel opens inside Muskegon prison

Top auction bidder for Family Christian Stores will keep stores open

Prayer service for graduates sparks legal concerns

'Musical schools' building swaps end first year of Libertas Christian's existence

Marvin Sapp puts ministry over music in new album release, live gala performance

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Farther Away:

Michigan's homeschooling law comes under scrutiny

West Virginia man sues education officials for teaching his daughter 'religion' of evolution

Protestors attempt to prevent Christian worshipers at King David's tomb

Russell Wolfe, producer of 'God's Not Dead,' dies at 50

'19 Kids And Counting' Josh Duggar's cousin Amy addresses molestation charges, urges Christians 'never stop praying'

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Reviews:

Commentary:

Life throws you curves - Dan Seaborn

Everybody's doing it! - Clare De Graaf

The Islamic spin machine - Jeff Carlson

Skeptical science - Metaxas

Marriage redefined - Stonestreet

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Upcoming Events:


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 11, Joe Gibbs "Game Plan for Life"

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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