The War Room Edition

e Edition May 3

'War Room' Filmmaker Coming to Grand Rapids

by Paul R. Kopenkoskey

Stephen KendrickFilmmaker Stephen Kendrick and his brother, Alex, learned a sobering truth in 2002 when they read a national poll from George Barna's Ventura, Calif.-based evangelical polling firm, The Barna Group.

"The poll talked about how the church was no longer considered, in the culture, as one of the top 10 influences," Stephen Kendrick recently told West Michigan Christian News. "Movies, music and the Internet were like the top three."

It was hard-hitting news for two men who made their living as pastors at Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Ga.

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A Christian Perspective On Immigration


rex48We are all immigrants in one way or another... so why is the issue of Immigration such a hot topic? And how might our Christian faith influence our views?

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Terry's Picks for May 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 May:

*Hark Up Spring Concert – Vocal and instrumental ensembles of the Hark Up arts organization

*Helmsmen Quartet – The area gospel music group performs

*Jim Brady Trio – The inspirational Southern gospel trio

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MercyMe, Grand Rapids Symphony to Present Christmas Concert


by Terry DeBoer

MercyMe seated235The award-winning inspirational-pop band MercyMe is coming to West Michigan Nov. 29 for a special Christmas concert with the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra.

Tickets for the general public are expected to go on sale May 16.

The concert – to be held in the spacious sanctuary of Resurrection Life Church in Grandville – follows a similar holiday event held there last December. The local symphony teamed with singer-songwriter Michael W. Smith and several church musicians, performing to a sold out audience of around 4,000.

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Finance: Dave Says....


Dear Dave,

I've always heard that you shouldn't ask a family member to be the executor of your will. What are your feelings about this?


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Etcetera: National Day of Prayer


12:00 Noon: This NDP prayer event once took place each year at the Calder Plaza in downtown G.R. It was moved to Fulton Heights Corps of the Salvation Army, about 6 years ago. 1235 E Fulton GR

7:00 p.m.: Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids. We welcome you to join other followers of Christ as we unite to pray for God to move powerfully in Business, Government, Media, Arts and Entertainment, Education, Religion and Family.

"If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land."

2 Chronicles 7:14

Final Words:


"It is not the being seen of men that is wrong, but doing these things for the purpose of being seen of men. The problem with the hypocrite is his motivation. He does not want to be holy; he only wants to seem to be holy. He is more concerned with his reputation for righteousness than about actually becoming righteous. The approbation of men matters more to him than the approval of God."


"This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him."

1 John 5:14-15


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The Gospel in Four Minutes

Catching Up:

In case you missed it last week:

God colors outside lines of phrase, 'mission field,' in the lives of Tony and Kim Przybysz


Calvin prof reimagines scholarly work into book for lay readers

New music review: "Even So Come"

Relevant Docs


Making A Difference


Rev. Roger S. Greenway passes away

Will flagpole become a religious symbol? Cross flap returns to tourist town

Community build day, block party planned for new playground at Holland park

Faith-based nonprofit names advancement officer

Calvin College graduate among team of reporters awarded Pulitzer Prize



Farther Away:

Bono & Eugene Peterson | The Psalms - video

Pledge to boycott Target over transgender bathroom policy reaches 1 million supporters



Local Commentary:

What I'd miss - Dan Seaborn

Building "Redemptive Relationships" - Clare De Graaf

What the world doesn't know about sex - Jeff Carlson

I can tell you that I've never been so moved by a gift in my life - Kurt Dillinger

Weight Watchers bares all - American Decency





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