The Life Tree Edition

e Edition January 19

Lifetree Café Fosters Community, Conversation and God's Unconditional Love

by Paul R. Kopenkoskey

Lifetree 1 235Laid-back and non-confrontational, the Lifetree Café that meets Wednesday nights at Oakdale Park Christian Reformed Church in Southeast Grand Rapids is intended for people who likely would not hunker down in a church pew and listen to a minister drone out a sermon.

Instead, a Lifetree Café meeting offers people an opportunity to watch a video or PowerPoint presentation about a current affairs topic and discuss their viewpoints about it while sipping a cup of coffee and munching on a snack. No one at these meeting criticizes another person's point of view or waves a judgmental finger.

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Family Progress: Try Ceiling Words



By Dan Seaborn

I'm convinced that the phases of child development are what turn parents into broken records. As kids grow up and mature, time passes in phases. Kids are newborns, toddlers, children, adolescents, adults.

With each chunk of time that comes and goes, parents often find themselves emphasizing different concepts and principles with each phase. Sometimes it can take months and years for these ideas to catch on, and in the process parents get stuck using the same old phase-phrases:

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Thirsty Ground


by Terry DeBoer

Thirsty Ground Holdfast Cover235The West Michigan Christian pop-rock band Thirsty Ground has a new five-song collection titled "Hold Fast."

It contains four new tunes, plus a re-make of one it its earlier songs.

The EP opens with the musical plea "Let's Not Forget," a reminder of the sacrifice of Christ for our salvation. Its straightforward message is framed with a rockin' chorus that sets it apart.

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Radio Broadcasting in Europe


by Guest

7thref235Seventh Reformed Church, is pleased to announce a contract with Pan American Broadcasting to air weekly on Voice of Europe  as from December 6, 2015. The thirty-minute radio programme, titled "Truth for Today", will air in English, and will feature the expository ministry of senior minister Dr Tim J. R. Trumper. "Truth for Today" will reach Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, Switzerland, parts of Southern Germany and Southern France, and Vatican City. The streaming is available on IRRS/EGR channel, and through multiple random plays over the week on All Gospel Radio 24/7.

Finance: Dave Says....


Dear Dave,

My fiancé and I are getting married in May. He's a youth pastor, and I'm in grad school. His mom and dad found a home they think we'll like, and they want to gift us money for a down payment. I'm not sure how I feel about this under our present circumstances. Do you think we should go ahead and accept when I'll still be in school and we'll still have debt to pay off?


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Etcetera: City Prayer


Please join our next gathering for prayer for revival and awakening. 7:00 PM, Tuesday, January 19 at the
3 Mile Project, 3050 Walkent NW, Grand Rapids.

Final Words:


"God bestows His blessings without discrimination. The followers of Jesus are children of God, and they should manifest the family likeness by doing good to all, even to those who deserve the opposite."

F. F. Bruce

Jesus said to the people who believed in him, "You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."

John 8:31-32


Our Purpose:

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

If you know of a story that needs to be shared, Contact us!



The Gospel in Four Minutes

Catching Up:

In case you missed it last week:

SowHope inspires world's neglected people: Impoverished women

EaRN works with those needing support finding a career, updating job skills

Powerball is a ruse

Area concerts take shape for new year

Ruined for the ordinary

Relevant Docs




Kregel's best selling list for January

Calvin's 2016 January series

Church construction makes progress

Watch: Clergy reflect on America's future

Church hosts training for possible violent attack

Cornerstone lays off athletic director Dave Grube amid changes



Farther Away:

Jailed pastor Saeed Abedini among prisoners being released by Iran




The Code-Breaker of Evangelism - Clare De Graaf

State of the Union--State of the World - Jeff Carlson 





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Upcoming Events

January 16,  Total Youth Evolution

January 19,
NetWork 2 NewWork: "Start your year with a SWOT"

January 19, 
West Michigan Prayer for Revival and Spiritual Awakening

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

January 29, 30,
Ultimate Date Night" – Speakers (and married couple) Jay and Laura Laffoon

February 2,  
West Michigan Prayer for Revival and Spiritual Awakening

February 17, 
Networking Sparks Conference

February 18, 
Presenting: Professor William Wagner "GOD, CHRISTMAS AND THE CONSTITUTION"

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

March 4,
Booth Brothers In Concert

March 15,   "Deeply Rooted, Equipped to Serve"


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