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Exodus Place's 3 Pillars Liberates Men from Hardscrabble Bondages

By Paul R. Kopenkoskey

Exodus Place No3Life has been harsh for John Eaton.
His arms are covered with self-harm scars made by razor cuts. He's lived for a time on the streets, suffered from alcoholism, and has served time in prison. On top of all this, Eaton suffers from Schizoaffective Disorder, a mental illness with psychotic symptoms of schizophrenia such as severe changes in mood, delusions and disorganized thinking.

He's entertained thoughts of suicide. But no more.

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WOW Kicks off Inspirational Summer Series



By Terry DeBoer

This summer's Worship on the Waterfront (WOW) series at Grand Haven's Waterfront Stadium began Sunday June 28 with a grand success.

"The bleachers were packed and we estimated more than 3,500 in attendance," said Carolyn Manting, music director at WOW's sponsoring church, First Reformed of Grand Haven.

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Patriotism and the Bible


By Dr Rex M. Rogers

rex35Americans are among the most patriotic people in the world. But, what does the Bible have to say about patriotism? In the Bible a case can be made for patriotism and against patriotism. Dr. Rex M. Rogers examines what the scriptures have to say on this subject and defines Godly patriotism.

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Can a Christian be a Patriot?

rex33Can a Christian be a patriot and be true to the faith? The question is not whether a Christian can be a patriot, but what he or she is a patriot for or about. Responsible Christian patriotism is thinking patriotism. It exalts biblical values. Christians can be patriotic. We just have to be patriotic about the right things.

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Is the 4th of July Still Worth Celebrating?


jeff53Why do we celebrate the 4th of July? Is it just a day to eat hotdogs and brats? Or is there more to it than that? Something amazing happened on July 4, 1776. A country was born where people had the freedom to follow the Lord and worship without constraint or hindrance. This year, let's celebrate the freedom that is worth fighting for.

Finance: Dave Says....


Dear Dave,

I'm currently a senior in college. I'm completely debt-free right now, and I am wondering what I should do to stay this way after graduation.


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Etcetera: Two Things


*The next united prayer for revival and awakening is Tuesday, July 7 at 7:00 PM at the Three Mile Project, 3050 Walkent Drive NW, Grand Rapids, MI. Starting in July, two prayer gatherings per month will be held, on the first and third Tuesdays. Please join us!

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

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Final Words:


"Religion says earn your life. Secular society says create your life. Jesus says, "My life for your life."

Timothy Keller

"Even in darkness light dawns for the upright,
for those who are gracious and compassionate and righteous.
Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely,
who conduct their affairs with justice.
Surely the righteous will never be shaken;
they will be remembered forever.
They will have no fear of bad news;
their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord.
Their hearts are secure, they will have no fear;
in the end they will look in triumph on their foes."

Ps 112:4-8





The Gospel in Four Minutes

Catching Up:

In case you missed it last week:

New music review: "ResLife Worship: Higher"

Guiding Light Mission opens third 'Community of Recovery'

Relevant Docs: "Seeds"


Opposing views on Supreme Court's same-sex marriage ruling

Cross makes appearance at season's first Worship on the Waterfront

Grand Rapids church and city leaders call for end to racism after Charleston shooting

Cornerstone University picks new chief academic officer

W.O.W.'s 69th season kicks off Sunday

St. Luke Lutheran's new pastor to be installed July 12



Farther Away:

Franklin Graham: God will judge President Obama

Evangelical leaders respond to Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage

Charleston AME church holds Bible study for crowd of 100 in basement where 9 Christians were killed: 'This territory belongs to God,' says Pastor Norvel Goff Sr.

'A.D. the Bible Continues' ends season with plot unresolved

Asia Bibi marks 6 years of imprisonment

Top 10 quotes from the dissenting justices on same-sex marriage




Topic #2: Arguments gay Christians use to justify their choices Biblically - Clare De Graaf

Multiculturalism: Dream or nightmare? - Jeff Carlson

Unlikely in Portland - Metaxas

The Supremes' ruling on marriage - Stonestreet


Upcoming Events:

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

July 12, Mikeschair

July 12 - 17, Student Statesmanship Institute Summer Program

July 13,The Family Connection

July 17,  Sleeping Beauty

July 19, Worship On the Waterfront: JJ Heller

July 20,Creativity Revealed

July 26,  Josh Wilson - Worship On the Waterfront

July 27, The Family Connection

July 31, American Decency Association's Summer Conference

August 2, Plumb

August 5,  Day Zero - The Unity Music Festival Free Pre-Event

August 5 - 8, Unity Christian Music Festival

August 9, Worship on the Waterfront: Down Home Horns

August 10,The Family Connection

August 16, Jason Gray

August 17, Hudsonville Auto Body Xperts Open House

August 23, Worship on the Waterfront: Peder Eide

August 24, The Family Connection

August 24,Creativity Revealed

August 26, Hudsonville Auto Body Xperts Open House

August 30, Worship on the Waterfront: Finding Favour


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