The Sparking Revival Edition

e Edition April 12

Local National Day of Prayer's Heart Including Sparking Revival, Unity

by Paul R. Kopenkoskey

rhek235Randy Hekman's big picture goal extends beyond people praying together for one hour during the local National Day of Prayer at Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids.

"I really want to see revival," said Hekman, executive director of The Grand Awakening, a nonprofit he founded that desires to see a spiritual awakening sweep across a unified Body of Christ in West Michigan.

And because Hekman dreams big, he wants to see it impact the nation as well.

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Economics, Politics and Morality


by Dr. Rex M. Rogers

rex47Whether we realize it or not, we are expressing our morality every day. We are involved in morality every time we are making decisions in economics and politics. Dr. Rex M. Rogers explores this further in this episode of Making a Difference.

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"The Beams Are Creaking" Opens April 14


by Terry De Boer

Bonhoeffer photo245The life – and sacrifice – of pastor/ author/ teacher/ theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer is highlighted in the latest Master Arts Theatre production, "The Beams Are Creaking."

The biographical drama, featuring local actor Tim VanBruggen in the lead role, opens April 14.

"The messages and themes that emote from this play are still relevant today," noted director Bob Karel.

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Local Author Celebrates Oliver the Pug and Her Family's Healing in New Book


by Ann Byle

pug235Alison Hodgson knew that eventually she would write about the fire that destroyed her home, but she didn't think that story would also involve a pug named Oliver.

Hodgson's first book, "The Pug List: A Ridiculous Little Dog, a Family Who Lost Everything and How They All Found Their Way Home," released on April 5 (Zondervan, $15.99) and she and the dog have been on the run ever since.

They've been on local television, traveled to California and Colorado, and will make an appearance at Book Expo America in Chicago in May. Hodgson will also do a number of local events wherein she talks about the book and people fawn over The Real Pug Oliver, as he's known on Instagram.

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Finance: Dave Says....


Dear Dave,

My husband and I are just starting to get control of our finances, but we have a problem. My dad has a habit of expecting us to buy things for him. I know he has money, but anytime he knows we're going to the store, he gives us a list of things he wants. If he's with us, he just throws things in the cart and expects us to pay. He acts like we have an obligation to do all this for him. I love my dad, but this has become annoying. What can we do?


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Etcetera: Starfysh Update


Recently we published Starfysh is Grand Experiment in Human Compassion to La Gonave Haitians, an inspiring local story of 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.

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Final Words:


"No detail of your life is too insignificant for your heavenly Father's attention."

Jerry Bridges

"He himself bore our sins" in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; "by his wounds you have been healed."

1 Peter 2:24


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The Gospel in Four Minutes

Catching Up:

In case you missed it last week:

Westminster Presbyterian Churchmen's Luncheon marks 50-plus years with a question mark


Gaither Vocal Band, guests, bring "first class" gospel music

Terry's picks April 2016

Relevant Docs




Dedication Held: Fans can leave prayers for Tigers in wall near ballpark

Tour the Stork Bus

Nortonville Gospel Chapel's senior pastor retiring

Franklin Graham coming October 4 to Lansing

Megachurch founder Rob Bell's new book explores 'creating a life worth living'



Farther Away:

American Idol winner says his victory was 'God's Will'

Phil Robertson prays before NASCAR event, calls on Americans to 'put a Jesus man in the White House'



Local Commentary:

Night Divorce - Dan Seaborn

Becoming a spiritual mentor - Clare De Graaf

Michigan Board of Education pushes gender confusion- American Decency

Johnny Carson's 'wild stuff' may ring true for 2016 presidential election - Paul R. Kopenkoskey

Are you hungry to hear from God? - Jeff Carlson





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