The Imagination Edition

e Edition January 26

"A great example of how one man sees God, imagination and his band of puppets working in concert. And it's just fun to watch." P.K.

Relevant Docs "Imagination"

imaginationAmong the gifts God has given us is the gift of imagination. We are made in the image of a creative God, and it is never too early to learn to use our gift of creativity. Kevin Kammeraad and The Cooperfly Puppet Troupe use puppets, books, music and experiences to inspire enthusiasm and creativity in kids of all ages.

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January Series Speaker Explains Why an Inclusive Church Still Needs to be Realized



By Paul R. Kopenkoskey

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Sweat beading his bald pate, Rev. Leroy Barber made it clear early-on he had more in mind than delivering a feel-good sermon.

Barber, who spoke during Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at Calvin College's January Series, delivered a passionate appeal for missions boards and churches to reexamine the reasons why mostly-white leaders are recruited to accomplish the Lord's work, specifically to spread the gospel abroad and help the underprivileged in the United States.

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Spangler Writes of the Bible's 'Wicked' Women in 15th Book


by Ann Byle

Wicked Women coverAnn Spangler and friend Jean Syswerda wrote "Women of the Bible: A One-Year Devotional Study of Women in Scripture" back in 2008. Since then Spangler has wanted to dig deeper into what Scripture says about some of those 52 women they featured.

The result of that desire is Spangler's new book "Wicked Women of the Bible" (Zondervan), which digs deep into the lives and times of 20 women from Eve to Mary Magdalene.

"I wanted to do something more in depth because I'm always looking for fresh ways for myself and others to engage with Scripture," she said. "The Bible can be intimidating, but it's also life giving and life changing."

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Michael Card to Perform in Hudsonville


by Terry DeBoer

Card Michael235Michael Card is a teacher, author, singer-songwriter, recording and performing artist, scholar and speaker. He often juggles several roles at the same time.

The Tennessee native comes to Grace Community Church in Hudsonville on Sat. March 26. The day between Good Friday and Easter Sunday is ideal for a concert based on the themes of his recent album and book "A Violent Grace: Meeting Christ at the Cross."

Finance: Dave Says....


Dear Dave,

My wife and I recently followed your plan and became debt-free, and we're committed to never going back there again. Currently, I work for the state but I've been feeling God's calling to the ministry. We'll get an income tax refund of about $4,500 this year, and we've both agreed to put that money toward my first semester of seminary training. Does this, along with saving money as we go, sound like a good way to pay for this?


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Etcetera: City Prayer


Gathering for Worship and Prayer the First and Third Tuesdays of every month @ 7:00 p.m.

NOTE, location change! We will meet at Crossroads Bible Church, 800 Scribner NW, Grand Rapids.

Final Words:


"God never made a promise that was too good to be true."

D. L. Moody

"Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted."

Galatians 6:1


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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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The Gospel in Four Minutes

Catching Up:

In case you missed it last week:

Lifetree Café fosters community, conversation and God's unconditional love

Family progress: Try ceiling words

Review: Thirsty Ground

Radio broadcasting in Europe

Relevant Docs




Jehovah's Witness sues school district over Valentine's Day party

Bethany creates in-country foster program to benefit Haiti's children

Calvin College senior organizes effort to aid weary Flint residents

Endowment sustains $42M of new buildings at Hope College

Cornerstone star leaves basketball behind for soul-searching journey across the country

Hope College hires EGR's Peter Stuursma as head football coach



Farther Away:

Charleston church where fatal shooting took place ordains new pastor

March for Life in D.C. proceeds despite severe winter weather




That's not what I ordered - Dan Seaborn

Most men fear the gospel will tame them - Clare De Graaf

The greatest calling - David Christian

Do you believe in love? Global spirituality at the close of the age - Jeff Carlson





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Upcoming Events

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

January 31,
BET artist Jon Plair live in concert!

February 2,   West Michigan Prayer for Revival and Spiritual Awakening

February 7, 
Hempy Keyboard Series: Christopher Harding

February 9, 
Sealed with a Kiss! Valentine Dinner + Wine Tasting

February 15, 
Creativity Revealed with Sarvin Haghighi

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

February 18,  
Preview of the Encore Living Program for seniors

February 20, 
Real to Reel: The Russian Woodpecker

February 21,  
Hempy Keyboard Series: John Mortensen

February 26, 
Corridor Series: Repeat That Again - Megan Hildebrandt

March 4,
Booth Brothers In Concert

March 6,  Hempy Keyboard Series: Conley Johnson

March 10, 
Real to Reel: JANIS: Little Girl Blue

March 15,  
"Deeply Rooted, Equipped to Serve"

July 18,  SCA Summer Benefit

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