The Lunch Edition

e Edition April 5

Westminster Presbyterian Churchmen's Luncheon Marks 50-Plus Years With a Question Mark

by Paul R. Kopenkoskey

Churchmens Luncheon cutline No. 1235Harry Lantinga has been a faithful attendee of Westminster Presbyterian Church's Churchmen's Luncheon for more than 30 years.

"It's always a different speaker and that's half the enjoyment," said Lantinga, a retired real estate broker. "The other half of the reason is my friends are here."

The ecumenical churchmen's luncheon has gathered weekly at Westminster Presbyterian, 47 Jefferson Avenue in Southeast Grand Rapids, since its inception in 1957, back when it was initially known as the Businessmen's Luncheon.

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by Dr. Rex M. Rogers

rex46Many people seem to believe that all the good and all the bad in their life is determined by luck. Believing in luck says something about your theology. Dr. Rogers explains the difference between the belief in luck and belief in a sovereign God.

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Gaither Vocal Band, Guests, Bring "First Class" Gospel Music


by Terry De Boer

GVB 2016-235Singer Adam Crabb of the Gaither Vocal Band was part of group founder Bill Gaither's 80th birthday celebration last week. "It was a surprise party, and it went really well," said Crabb, 36, from near his home in Hendersonville, Tennessee.

Crabb is a relative newcomer to the celebrated group, which Gaither began in the early 1980s – a successor of sorts to his original Bill Gaither Trio. Crabb and fellow singer Todd Suttles joined the group just two years ago.

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Terry's Picks April 2016


by Terry DeBoer

EVENTS2West Michigan Christian News writer Terry DeBoer surveys the landscape for the area's faith-based arts and entertainment events over the coming month. Here are three highlights for April:

*Brad Stine – The Christian comedian with a "frantic" style mixed with a conservative viewpoint

*The Singing Hims – The area Christian male chorus

* "It Is Well" – The original ballet inspired by the true story of Diet Eman and the Dutch resistance during World War II

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Finance: Dave Says....


Dear Dave,

I took a new job less than a month ago. Just the other day, I was recruited by a huge company for the same position that pays twice what I'm making now. I didn't apply for the job that was offered; they came directly to me.

I didn't sign a contract or promise to work a certain length of time with my current employer, but they're good people and I want to do the right thing and handle things well. Do you have any advice?


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Etcetera: Citywide Prayer


Please join The Grand Awakening's next gathering for prayer for revival and spiritual awakening. 7:00 PM, Tuesday, April 5 at Crossroads Bible Church, 800 Scribner NW, Grand Rapids.

Final Words:


"One often sees a call only in retrospect. This too is God's design. God often reinforces our faith after we trust him, not before."

Ravi Zacharias

"Now Jesus was going up to Jerusalem. On the way, he took the Twelve aside and said to them, "We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will hand him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified. On the third day he will be raised to life!"

Matthew 20: 17-19


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The Gospel in Four Minutes

Catching Up:

In case you missed it last week:

Mel Trotter's new emergency shelter gets vulnerable young men off street, and then some

Voting for the "Faith" candidate

Card's Biblical lyrics, music, inspire holiday weekend


Relevant Docs




FBI warns Calvin College about 'education tax' scam

Holland church briefs



Farther Away:

1,000 Christian leaders meeting to address pornography epidemic

Priest thought to have been crucified by ISIS reportedly still alive



Local Commentary:

There's a coach for everything - Dan Seaborn

Have you been waiting for a sign from God? - Clare De Graaf

Allowed to convert- American Decency

I'll have a Mr. Burger with a side of funny - Paul R. Kopenkoskey

Post Christian America and the great apostasy - Jeff Carlson





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Upcoming Events

April 5, 

April 6, 
The Capital City Film Festival and Lansing Symphony Orchestra Present: Symphonic Cinema

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
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