The Encore Edition

e Edition March 8

Encore Living Program Shows Seniors How to 'Bear Fruit in Old Age'

by Paul R. Kopenkoskey

Encore Alliance of Greater Grand Rapids 235L. James Harvey knows he faces an uphill battle, but he is convinced there should be more in store for senior adults than while away their time after they retire. Want proof? God says so, said Harvey, president of the nonprofit ministry, Encore Alliance of Greater Grand Rapids' Encore Living Program (ELP).

"I've taken a look at the Bible from beginning to end on what it has to say about longevity," said Harvey, 85, whose background includes former president of Prince George's Community College in Largo, Maryland, dean of students at Hope College in Holland and vice president of William Rainey Harper Community College in Palatine, Ill., a suburb of Chicago, and author of Christian books.

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Clean Comedy Brings Laughter to LaughFest


by Terry DeBoer

Sapp Henry235This is the sixth straight year that West Michigan-based comedian Henry Sapp has been part of LaughFest.

"I've been in it since the very first one," Sapp said of his part in the annual 10-day festival sponsored by Gilda's Club of Grand Rapids.

But in the 2016 version the married father of two is actually headlining a show.

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New Music Preview: "So Break It" by Lamain


by Terry DeBoer

Lamain235Don't think academics when you're listening to the debut solo project from singer-songwriter Marty Lamain.

"So Break It," the seven-song release by the former Grand Rapids church music minster, just happens to double as Lamain's graduate school thesis.

I give him an "A" for effort on this expressive and often soul-baring package of tunes.

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Godmercials: He Is


he isHow does God make Himself known? Sometimes it's through our occupation!

This was our first segment of our Godmercials Project.

Godmercial: A visual presentation of a spiritual truth tied to Biblical themes, communicated in 60 seconds (or so), all designed to point people to a closer relationship with the Savior.

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Finance: Dave Says....


Dear Dave,

My boyfriend is wondering if he should buy life insurance for his mom and dad. They're both in their seventies, and they're no longer married to each other. His mom is disabled and remarried, and she doesn't have any life insurance coverage. The only coverage his dad may have would be through his employer. He's afraid he would have to pay funeral expenses if one of them died, and he's not in good enough shape financially to do that right now. What's your advice?


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Etcetera: A Czech Widow's "Embassy of the Kingdom of Heaven"


ambass"One of the most interesting segments we have see out there."

How can we move from being passive recipients to active participants in God's Kingdom? Ludmilla is an 82-year old widow from the Czech Republic, "the most atheistic place in Europe." Near her front door, hangs a plaque that reads, "Embassy of the Kingdom of Heaven." Watch as Ludmilla opens her door and her heart

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Final Words:


"There is nothing fuller than full, and nothing longer than forever, so you cannot offer me anything better than life with Jesus."

John Piper

"These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up."

Deuteronomy 6: 6-7


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The Gospel in Four Minutes

Catching Up:

In case you missed it last week:

World Mission unveils new location

Terry's picks for March

Finding genuine love in a world of disappointments

Relevant Docs: Coffee

Relevant Docs




New start, new home for Somalian family in Cedar Springs

'In God We Trust' added to police cars

Rev. Sirico on 'Spotlight' and Hollywood Hypocrisy

New Mel Trotter Ministries shelter space serves young men

Pilot gives thanks at airplane crash site, 40 years later



Farther Away:

Influential Christian leader, author Jerry Bridges dies at 86



Local Commentary:

Faithful Parenting - Dan Seaborn - Video

Are your conversations a "snorkel or scuba dive?" - Clare De Graaf

Not in the morality business - American Decency

Angry America - Jeff Carlson

What's love got to do with it? - Paul R. Kopenkoskey





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