The Coloring Edition

e Edition April 26

God Colors Outside Lines of Phrase, 'Mission Field,' in the Lives of Tony and Kim Przybysz

by Paul R. Kopenkoskey

Przybysz 235Many people associate the phrase "mission field" with Christians dispatched to a far-flung foreign country. Tony and Kim Przybysz of Plainfield Township discovered early in their 25-year marriage God wanted to color outside that expression's lines.

Their mission field includes adopting medically fragile children whose birth parents were no longer capable of raising them.

Their journey of following the Lord's will has had its share of joy, heartaches and testing of their faith, but they remain true to the focus the Lord has shown them.

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impactWe desire to make an impact on the world, but not sure of what God may want us to do. Opportunities appear right in front our eyes, and often come to the front door of our home.

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Calvin Prof Reimagines Scholarly Work into Book for Lay Readers


by Ann Byle

book235James K.A. Smith wrote the book "Desiring the Kingdom" in 2009 under the banner of what he calls "advanced scholarship." Meaning he wrote it for other academics and scholars.

But that book got so much attention and prompted so many speaking engagements and questions that he decided to expand his premise, add to his original research, and write a new book that reaches general readers. "You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit" was recently released by Brazos Press, a division of Grand Rapids-based Baker Publishing Group.

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New Music Review: "Even So Come"


by Terry DeBoer

even so come235Originally teamed up in the former Tommee Profitt Band, Profitt and singer Brooke Griffith have a new worship collection titled "Even So Come."

Profitt (who lives in Grand Rapids) produced the new release. All the songs but one are "covers" of contemporary worship anthems.

The title track offers a version of the noted Passion song, adding close vocal harmonies undergirded by sweeping orchestral arrangements.

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Finance: Dave Says....


Dear Dave,

I know when it comes to investing you like mutual funds and paid-for real estate. What do you think about using condominiums as investment properties instead of single-family homes?


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Etcetera: Important Events


Calling the Burning Ones! conference, featuring Barbara Yoder from Ann Arbor and Bernadette Smith from Grand Rapids, April 30 at Noto's Old World Italian Dining. Call the West Michigan Prayer Center at 281-1711 for details.

National Day of Prayer: Inviting all of West Michigan the evening of Thursday May 5 at 7pm at Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids.

Final Words:


"God is not who you think He is; He is who He says He is."

Clarice Fluitt

"For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect."

1 Peter 1:18-19


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The Gospel in Four Minutes

Catching Up:

In case you missed it last week:

GRIL teaches Biblically-based leadership skills to teens, young adults to transform communities

The lessons of my father

Van Andel Arena to see 'Outcry'

Redeeming experience propels Big Daddy Weave

Relevant Docs




Hope College board chair says no May vote to fire president

New York pastor picked to lead Mars Hill church started by Rob Bell

Mega-church moves to college fieldhouse during $25M makeover

Bethany Christian Services buys land for future expansion

Pastor to vandals: 'The church would welcome them'



Farther Away:

Oklahomans to vote on whether to return Ten Commandments monument to State Capitol



Local Commentary:

A birds eye view of parenting - Dan Seaborn

"Bathroom Bills?" – 4 things you'll want to know to dialogue wisely on this issue - Clare De Graaf

Somebody has to pay! Delusions of a socialistic world - Jeff Carlson





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