The Starfysh Edition

e Edition March 22

Starfysh is Grand Experiment in Human Compassion to La Gonave Haitians

by Paul R. Kopenkoskey

Starfysh cutline No. 1Dr. Steve Edmondson acknowledges he felt over his head when he launched Starfysh, a nonprofit grass roots movement that started with a simple idea that has since mushroomed to some ambitious initiatives intended to alleviate the abject poverty of the 100,000 people who live on the island of La Gonave, Haiti.

"Mine is a story of what God can do even when someone is ill equipped," said Edmondson, an affable man who's a family practice physician in Saranac and the founder and president of Starfysh. "It's since become obvious to me God had something bigger than I had in mind. Since then, I've tried to keep up with what God is doing with us."

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A Chance Beginning, A Chance Ending


by Dr. Rex M. Rogers

rex44Is there a reason you were born on the day you were born? Is there a reason for the particular day on which you will die? Or, is it just chance or happenstance? Dr. Rex M.Rogers, host of Making a Difference, addresses these questions with a biblical answer.

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Three W's For Parents


by Dan Seaborn

dan seabornIf there's one thing I've learned in thirty years of parenting, it's this: there's no pill you can take or give to your kids to make everything work out perfectly. Trust me—I've checked. These things just don't come in a bottle.

In parenting, then, it's important to establish some parameters for ourselves as we deal with our children. Over the years, I've built some guidelines for myself, and three in particular have been so beneficial that I'd like to pass them on.

I call them the Three W's .

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How to Diagnose and Recover from Bitterness


by Jeffery Carlson

bpIf there is one emotion or attitude that can destroy someone's life it is bitterness. Bitterness is a monster that has destroyed marriages, families, churches and even nations. When a bitter spirit is loose somewhere there is no telling the damage and havoc it can bring about. The heart of bitterness is rooted in an unforgiving spirit toward someone or about something that happened to us in life. Bitterness is often easier to see in others, but very hard to see in ourselves.

If you went to a doctor for checkup, the doctor might check our blood, take our blood pressure, and measure our height and weight against standard targets. A number of tests and measurements could be taken. But is there a test for bitterness, hidden anger and resentment?

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Finance: Dave Says....


Dear Dave,

My dad and I have been having arguments over real estate and money. My wife and I are 33, and we have a rental property. We were trying to decide whether or not to sell the rental in order to pay down on our home. My dad has been very vocal about what he thinks we should do, and it's starting to cause problems in our relationship. The two homes are our only debt, and we make $110,000 a year. We owe $132,000 on our residence and $80,000 on the rental. We could sell the rental for around $160,000. What do you think we should do?


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Etcetera: Upcoming Events


April 19: Right to Life Pastors' Breakfast

April 30: Calling the Burning Ones

May 5: National Day of Prayer

Final Words:


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1 Peter 2:2-3


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The Gospel in Four Minutes

Catching Up:

In case you missed it last week:

Calvin Prison Initiative is force for moral rehabilitation

Even the Lone Ranger didn't go it alone

Panelists make Biblical case against death penalty

Update on the Wake Up event

Etcetera: from Living Stones Academy

Relevant Docs




New Exhibit: Art by Joel Schoon-Tanis on display at Second Reformed

'Street Court' helps hundreds clean up their records

Free market Acton Institute wins $200K settlement in tax dispute with city



Farther Away:

Tennessee lawmaker says ISIS should be allowed to recruit on college campuses



Local Commentary:

Not again! - Dan Seaborn

The dangers of claiming promises, God never made to you - Clare De Graaf

Many SI Swimsuit advertisers drop. More to go! - American Decency

A dead nation lives! - Jeff Carlson

Three reasons why restaurant servers deserve combat pay - Paul R. Kopenkoskey

Modeled worship - Life





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March 22, 
Free Financial Issues Seminar with Dan Celia

March 24,
  Free Financial Issues Seminar with Dan Celia

March 24, 
Telluride Mountainfilm on Tour: Family Film Night

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Easter Eggstravaganza

March 29, 
Bethany Hamilton LIVE!

March 30, 
Pine Rest Healthy Living Group

March 30, 
Pine Rest Healthy Living Group

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April 7,  
Kathryn Armstrong Exhibit at Pine Rest Leep Art Gallery

April 8, 
Familylife Weekend To Remember

April 8, 
Weekend To Remember

April 8, 
Familylife "Weekend To Remember"

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Parenting Classes Offered At Pine Rest Southwest Clinic

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The Beams Are Creaking

April 15, 
The Beams Are Creaking stage play

April 16, 
The Beams Are Creaking stage play

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An Evening of Comedy with Brad Stine

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Total Youth Evolution

April 21, 
Real to Reel: Just Eat It

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The Beams Are Creaking stage play

April 22, 
Public Lecture - "Necessity of Church Membership in a True Church of Jesus Christ"

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The Beams Are Creaking stage play

April 26,  
Pine Rest Offers A Postpartum Depression Prevention Group

April 28,  
It Is Well Ballet

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The Beams Are Creaking stage play

April 29, 
The Beams Are Creaking stage play

April 30,
Calling the Burning Ones

May 3,  
Family & Friends Class Offered For When A Loved One Has Borderline Personality Disorder

May 5,
National Day of Prayer

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The Beams Are Creaking stage play

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The Beams Are Creaking stage play

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The Beams Are Creaking stage play

May 12, 
Real to Reel: Cartel Land

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ATLAS Craft & Vendor Show

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The Beams Are Creaking stage play

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Wake Up

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Real to Reel: Do I Sound Gay?

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West Michigan Petapalooza

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