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e Edition February 23

New Community Church Sprouts 2nd Location for its Counseling Center

Lew Vander Meer cutline No235Rev. Lew Vander Meer, senior pastor of New Community Church in northeast Grand Rapids, confirmed the church's counseling ministry is in the throes of extending its outreach in the former Garfield Park Reformed Church.

Vander Meer said the 90-year-old building located at 1975 Jefferson Ave. SE will be used for its Community Recovery Counseling Center (CRCC), a 12-step recovery ministry that addresses a host of addictive and mental health challenges from a biblical perspective. CRCC is open to the public and provides counseling for all ages. An average of 150 to 200 people avail themselves to CRCC.

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Grand Rapids Church, Pastor, Step up to Help Flint


by Terry DeBoer

water235Grand Rapids pastor and national gospel recording artist Marvin Sapp wanted to do something more.

The leader and co-founder of Grand Rapids Lighthouse Full Life Center on Madison Ave SE was already scheduled to speak at a February revival at a church in Flint. But when the city's plight with dangerous lead levels in its water supply came to light, Sapp knew something else needed doing.

"We can't sit idly by and watch this.....and not do what we can to help," he said.

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Same Old Marriage Issues


by Dan Seaborn

danseabornBob's the kind of guy who you'd think has it all together. He prefers his clothing crisp, his hair clean-cut, his problems solvable, his life in order. This is a man people go to for answers. With 40 years of marriage under his belt—with kids and grandkids growing like weeds—it would be fair to assume that Bob has mostly figured out home life by now. There's no surprising the guy anymore, you'd think.

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Relevant Docs: Art


art"The best way for Christians to change culture is to make culture."

Andy Couch

A wonderful story of how a woman's God given talents and gifts are now being used after being dormant for over 15 years. Through obedience and an ever expanding faith, her gift of art is now being used for hope and healing in the lives of others.

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Finance: Dave Says....


Dear Dave,

I work an extra job part-time for a retail store chain while I'm getting out of debt. I like my job, except for having to pitch the store's credit card to customers. Like you, I believe debt is a bad thing. Still, my bosses are putting more and more pressure on me to sell the cards. It's been bothering me a lot lately, and I was wondering if you have any advice for my ethical dilemma?


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Etcetera: Must See "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown"


charliebrown235We found this production to be refreshing, we think you may as well.

A ministry that begins its production with prayer is worthy of note.

Mission Statement for Master Arts: To positively impact West Michigan artists and audiences through community theater that is wholesome, enlightening, and enriching, guided by a Christian worldview.

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Final Words:


"The Bible is alive, it speaks to me; it has feet, it runs after me; it has hands, it lays hold of me."

Martin Luther

"Whoever would foster love covers over an offense, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends."

Proverbs 17:9


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The Gospel in Four Minutes

Catching Up:

In case you missed it last week:

First United's Celebration of the Arts extols creative gifts from God

Area women invited to "Get Real"

Open to a "God Moment"

Does a president's religion matter?

Relevant Docs




Kregel's best selling list for February

Former Olympian's cancer battle, bone marrow donor campaign inspires Cornerstone

Guiding Light Mission and The Job Post

Calvin College prof shot during Alger Heights robbery

Michigan abortionist with violent criminal history arrested again



Farther Away:

Franklin Graham says world turmoil is sign of Jesus' coming



Local Commentary:

Check out the back seat - Dan Seaborn

10 signs you are a secular believer - Clare De Graaf

The law has changed and I have a right to be here - American Decency





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