The Next Step Edition

e Edition November 17

Next Step of WM Dedicated Helping Those Who've Had Doors Slammed Shut

by Paul R. Kopenkoskey

Next Step of West Michigan cutline No. 235 Drugs and alcohol are the twin rudders that steered Michael Moore to encounter a run-in with the law and find himself behind bars. With a criminal record, finding a job that paid the bills and a landlord willing to rent to him were personal hurdles he couldn't clear on his own.

"When I was in the streets, I didn't care," said the soft spoke Moore, 25, who now lives in a refurbished home and plans to marry his fiancé. "When I went to church, it was overwhelming because they always talked about judgment.

"Then Scott stepped up to the plate."

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Music Impacts Both Audience and Artist



By Terry DeBoer

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Singer-songwriter Francesca Battistelli says her greatest reward in life is the spiritual impact of her inspirational songs.

"Anytime I meet someone who has been touched by a song or whose story intersects with the music, it's a great reminder," said the artist of the goal of her music ministry. "That doesn't get old because it's why we do what we do – to see lives change," she added.

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An Attitude of Gratitude


by Jeffery Carlson
thanksgiving3I just can't imagine living one day without a sense of gratitude about something or someone. Every where we look amazing things are happening. Every day is a miracle! If we are honest with ourselves and what we see and experience, the Lord has surrounded us with enough people and things that it is natural to be filled with some level of gratitude every day. Without this sense of gratitude toward something or someone life becomes dull, meaningless and we end up just going through the motions.

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Thankful But to Who?


thanks225The online Merriam-Webster dictionary defines the word "thank" as, "to tell (someone) that you are grateful for something that he or she has done or given" This Thanksgiving Day, who are you going to thank for your many blessings?

Finance: Dave Says....


Dear Dave,

I work as the executive director of a nonprofit charitable organization. Lately, I've been wondering if I should hire an employee as a development person. I don't want to damage the work we do, and I can't help but look at bringing in someone new as a gamble. Do you have any suggestions? How do you handle situations like this?


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Etcetera: We Need Help


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A. Build unity in the body by connecting West Michigan believers

B. Tell the stories of God's people and ministries working quietly in our community

C. Bring glory and honor to our God

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Final Words:


"Personal trainers don't have to stop exercising to attract clients. Christians don't have to become worldly in order to attract the world."

David Alan Campbell

"For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit."

1 Peter 3:18





The Gospel in Four Minutes

Catching Up:

In case you missed it last week:

Relevant Docs "Legacy"

Tomlin enthuses, inspires Van Andel audience

Memoir asserts we're all orphans in some way who can turn to heavenly Father

The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church

Relevant Docs




Kregel Parable Bestsellers List– November, 2015

After 3 drug overdoses and prostitution, woman strives to be a 'blessing in recovery'

Spring Lake church offers household item giveaway

Join and begin praying for the West side of Grand Rapids

HQ open house



Farther Away:

Billy Graham Rapid Response Team sends chaplains to Paris following terrorist attacks

Supreme Court will wade back into abortion debate

Indonesia: 1,000 churches forced to close due to religious harmony law

World religious leaders condemn Paris carnage

Does Christianity make an appearance in the new Peanuts film?




The 20-minute challenge - Dan Seaborn

Is your friend's God yellow? - Clare De Graaf

Paris is burning! The Islamic invasion of Europe - Jeff Carlson





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