The Transforming Communities Edition

e Edition April 19

GRIL Teaches Biblically-based Leadership Skills to Teens, Young Adults to Transform Communities

by Paul R. Kopenkoskey

Grand Rapids Initiative 235Around Greater Grand Rapids are teens and young adults who have learned biblically-based leadership skills that they in turn make the most of to transform their schools, churches, related-ministries, businesses and communities.

What they learned didn't happen overnight. They committed and applied themselves with one of five programs that GR Initiative for Leaders (GRIL) offers at its Southeast Grand Rapids location.

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The Lessons of My Father


father235Often children don't understand why they have to do things they really don't want to do. It takes a wise parent to give a gentle answer for why we do the hard things.

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Van Andel Arena to see 'Outcry'


by Terry De Boer

outcry235The highest-profile worship event of the year in West Michigan is The Outcry Tour, a collection of top worship leader/artists coming to Van Andel Arena at 6 p.m. Tues. April 19.

Kari Jobe, Hillsong Worship, Elevation Worship, Jesus Culture with Martin Smith and Brian Houston (Hillsong Church's senior pastor) are all part of the line-up.

The collection of artist-leaders is touring major venues across the country.

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Redeeming Experience Propels Big Daddy Weave


by Terry DeBoer

Big Daddy Weave 235"My Story," a new song by the inspirational pop band Big Daddy Weave, flows from an earlier song that represented a spiritual breakthrough for lead singer Mike Weaver.

"Really, this is just a continuation of what God's been doing - back from a time and place when I was not feeling good about myself," admitted Weaver, 40, on the phone from near his Mt. Juliet, Tenn. home.

Weaver and his band perform April 24 at Sunshine Community Church with singer-songwriters Plumb (with her award-winning song "Need You Now (How Many Times)") and Jordan Feliz ("The River").

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Finance: Dave Says....


Dear Dave,

I'm a senior in high school here in Arkansas, and I think I want to study business in college. I've gotten an unusual offer from a small, out-of-state school. It revolves around a $3,000 student loan program, where the loan converts to a scholarship if I maintain a grade point average of 3.3 or higher. Tuition at this college costs about $34,000 a year, so I was wondering what you think about the idea.


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"It's Satan's delight to tell me that once he's got me, he will keep me. But at that moment I can go back to God. And I know that if I confess my sins, God is faithful and just to forgive me."

Alan Redpath

"If you declare with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved."

Romans 10:9-10


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The Gospel in Four Minutes

Catching Up:

In case you missed it last week:

Local National Day of Prayer's heart including sparking revival, unity

Economics, Politics and Morality

"The Beams Are Creaking" opens April 14

Local author celebrates Oliver the Pug and her family's healing in new book

Relevant Docs




Kregel's best selling list - April

Leaked emails show Hope College president won't be fired - yet

Burglars ransack Georgetown Twp. church; police seek suspects

Students, faculty show support for Hope College president

An Interview with Aaron Winkle, new Head of School for LSA

Chick-fil-A to open 20 Michigan locations within five years

Dem leader, church group oppose $350K condo gentrification

3 qualities Gordon Food Service expects from leaders

2nd Hudsonville-area church vandalized, fire extinguisher agent sprayed



Farther Away:

Wisconsin High School goes after mothers who organized 'Jesus Lunch' program for students

Remembering an 'Angel'



Local Commentary:

It affects everyone - Dan Seaborn

Becoming a spiritual mentor - part two - Clare De Graaf

Food, guns, faith and cancer: 11 Memories stockpiled in a hutch - Paul R. Kopenkoskey

Noah's Ark returns...Really! - Jeff Carlson - Jeff Carlson





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April 19,  
Kent County Orphan Sunday Kick-Off/Planning Meeting

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 24, 
LSO Chamber Series: Durant Street Winds

April 26, 
Ottawa County Orphan Sunday Kick-Off/Planning Meeting

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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