The Shelter Edition

e Edition March 29

Mel Trotter's New Emergency Shelter Gets Vulnerable Young Men Off Street, And Then Some

by Paul R. Kopenkoskey

Mel Trotters YES 235Abusive homes, aging out of the foster care system and feeling intimated by older homeless men are key reasons why Mel Trotter Ministries launched its Youth Emergency Shelter (YES) for men ages 18-24 at its gospel rescue mission in downtown Grand Rapids, located at 225 Commerce Ave. SW.

Besides providing an overnight refuge for a maximum of six young men for a 21-day stay, YES's separate space provides immediate basic needs including meals, access to a bathroom and shower, clean clothing, a designated sleeping room and a living room style community area.

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Voting for the "Faith" Candidate


by Dr. Rex M. Rogers

rex45During election season, candidates flaunt their religious convictions like peacocks... all in attempt to stand out from the crowd. But how can you differentiate sincere faith... from political pandering?

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Card's Biblical Lyrics, Music, Inspire Holiday Weekend


by Terry De Boer

Card235It was the day between Good Friday and Easter that singer-songwriter and Bible teacher Michael Card carried a Hudsonville audience through the Holy Week story at Grace Community Church.

Backed by the church's 40-voice choir and a small string section, Card's 80-minute, 16 song-set included many of his past ballads and anthems on Christ's passion, and several newer songs that fit the theme.

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unityPsalm 133:1 tells us: "How good and pleasant it is when God's people live together in unity!"

But where is our unity?

How and where can we find it today?

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Finance: Dave Says....


Dear Dave,

We have two daughters, and we've started thinking about financial planning for college. What are the differences between an Education Savings Account and a 529 plan?


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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:


"Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone but in every leaf of springtime."

Martin Luther

"My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge."

Psalm 62:7


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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:

Starfysh is grand experiment in human compassion to La Gonave Haitians

A Chance Beginning, A Chance Ending

Three W's for parents

How to diagnose and recover from bitterness

Relevant Docs




'Unlock Revelation' speaker series to examine Bible's mysterious symbols

16 remarkable historic Michigan churches

Good Friday walk with the homeless is March 25 in downtown Kalamazoo

Memorial service planned for West Michigan medical missionary who died of virus

Former pastor's felony charge dropped, jury tampering claim remains



Farther Away:

Saddleback Church to hold 57 Easter services, hopes to reach 50,000 people



Local Commentary:

The reality of love - Dan Seaborn

Five ways to help you and your family keep Easter "Alive" all year long! - Clare De Graaf

Marching to madness- American Decency

One lesson learned courtesy of the afterlife - Paul R. Kopenkoskey

Failed, failed, failed. And then - Dillinger





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Upcoming Events

March 29, 
Bethany Hamilton LIVE!

March 30, 
Pine Rest Healthy Living Group

March 30, 
Pine Rest Healthy Living Group

April 5, 

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"

April 14,  
Parenting Classes Offered At Pine Rest Southwest Clinic

Arril 14,  
The Beams Are Creaking

April 15, 
The Beams Are Creaking stage play

April 16, 
The Beams Are Creaking stage play

April 16,  
An Evening of Comedy with Brad Stine

April 16, 
Total Youth Evolution

April 21, 
Real to Reel: Just Eat It

April 21,  The Beams Are Creaking stage play

April 22, 
The Beams Are Creaking stage play

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

April 23, 
The Beams Are Creaking stage play

April 26,  
Pine Rest Offers A Postpartum Depression Prevention Group

April 28,  
It Is Well Ballet

April 28, 
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

May 5, 
The Beams Are Creaking stage play

May 6, 
The Beams Are Creaking stage play

May 7, 
The Beams Are Creaking stage play

May 12, 
Real to Reel: Cartel Land

May 14,
ATLAS Craft & Vendor Show

May 14, 
The Beams Are Creaking stage play

May 18, 
Wake Up

June 2, 
Real to Reel: Do I Sound Gay?

June 12,  
West Michigan Petapalooza

July 18, SCA Summer Benefit

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