The Crossroad Edition

e Edition December 8

Crossroad Bible Institute's New Director Avows Love for Prisons' Marginalized

by Paul R. Kopenkoskey

Crossroad Bible Institute 1235Earlier this year, Lisa D. Blystra assumed the leadership helm at the Kentwood-based Crossroad Bible Institute because of the ministry's ability to point prison inmates and ex-offenders to a better future through its Bible correspondence courses thanks in part to its worldwide partnerships with churches and affiliates.

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Terry's Picks: December 2015



By Terry DeBoer

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

*Open Eyes Christmas Concert – A good dose of holiday hip-hop, with dance, DJs and spoken word

*Living Nativity – During the month of December several area churches host Living Nativity displays

*Messiah Sing Along – The Chamber Choir of Grand Rapids leads this event

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Object Lessons Brighten Christmas for Kids and Adults


by Ann Byle
Christmas Object Lessons235Christmas can easily become all about gifts and decorating and great food, but thanks to a new book even the simplest Christmas object can open the door for learning.

"Christmas Object Lessons" offers 45 Scripture-based lessons that help children (and adults) keep Jesus at the center of the season. From bells to cookie cutters, holly to ornaments, from snowmen to wrapping paper, author Verna Kokmeyer offers a short story, Scripture verse, discussion question, prayer and simple activity to add depth and meaning to these classic objects.

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Jacob's Christmas Story


jacobs storyWatch our first Christmas video. Still one of our favorites!

A fresh insight into the story of Jacob's ladder. The Christmas story as it is told in Genesis chapter 28.

Finance: Dave Says....


Dear Dave,

The guy who has been my best friend since grade school recently asked me to loan him $5,000. All I have in savings in $5,000, but I would be willing to give him $1,000. The problem is that while he's a great friend with a good heart, he's always getting himself into binds when it comes to money. Do you think I should give him $1,000?


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Etcetera: We Need Your Help


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Final Words:


"Faith is not the belief that God will do what you want. It is the belief that God will do what is right."

Max Lucado

"I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep."

John 10:14-15





The Gospel in Four Minutes

Catching Up:

In case you missed it last week:

Forgotten Man's 'God Pods' engenders real change in inmates

New Christmas music preview

Signs of significance

Ken Thompson treks for treasures

Holiday concerts have contemporary tradition

Relevant Docs




Retailer returns from bankruptcy

Ada Christian School investing $1M in outdoor education program

Michigan officials should ignore gay marriage ruling, lawmakers say at religious freedom rally

Cornerstone University unveils $500K sculpture by renowned New York artist

Satanic Temple plans 'snaketivity' return in response to Christian nativity at Michigan Capitol

Judge orders former pastor arrested for handing out jury nullification fliers

Faith-based nonprofit names director of PR

Turning Pointe Production: 'The Promise' returns with the message of Christmas

Christian music's Outcry Tour coming to Van Andel Arena



Farther Away:

Muslim man who beat Christian wife undergoes miraculous conversion

Judge bans Indiana high school from including Nativity scene in Christmas performance

The megachurch boom rolls on, but big concerns are rising too




Dear Santa - Dan Seaborn

What is an Evangelical and who cares? - Clare De Graaf

The Christmas Clock: When time stopped and eternity began - Jeff Carlson 





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December 1, 
West Michigan Prayer for Revival and Spiritual Awakening

December 5,  
Father/Daughter Winter Ball

December 11,  
The Greatest Gift

December 11, 
The Promise 2:00

December 11, 
The Promise 7:00

December 12, 
The Promise

December 11, 
Lansing Teen Challenge & Sister's Maternity Christmas Banquet

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December 14, 
Family Support Group For Those Who Have Loved Ones With A Mental Illness

December 15, 
West Michigan Prayer for Revival and Spiritual Awakening

December 18, 
The Promise

December 19, 
The Promise

December 25, 
Merry Christmas

December 31,  New Year's Eve Concert


January 8,  
Youth Production of All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

January 12, 
Perspectives on the World Christian Movement Course

January 26, 
Postpartum Depression Prevention Group In Order To Reduce Risk

February 18,  
You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown

March 4,
Booth Brothers In Concert



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