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e Edition May 17


Willie Watt: Passing From Death to Servant of God, At-Risk Youth

by Paul R. Kopenkoskey

Escape Ministries 235Growing up in the West Side of Chicago, Willie Watt, Jr. personally witnessed humanity's savage side.

But, adds the 49-year-old, he's also seen how the Holy Spirit can supernaturally bridge the chasm between the yearning to die and a craving to live for the Lord, from knowing only heartache to embracing love, from a steady diet of mistrust to an unshakeable faith in God Whose peace and love knows no boundaries.

"God has had my back so many times," said a tearful Watt, founder and executive director of Escape Ministries, a nonprofit at 202 East 32nd St., in Holland, that diligently works to give at-risk, marginalized young people alternatives to joining gangs.

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Not License, Not Legalism, But Liberty

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Dr Rex M. Rogers

rex50Borrowing from Ezekiel, the late Christian philosopher Francis Schaeffer once entitled a book, "How Shall We Then Live?" It's a relevant question--how shall we live?

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Conference Grounds Celebrates New Worship Center

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by Terry DeBoer

cgrounds235Dawn Bouman can't wait to hear how the music will sound in the new Worship Center at the Christian Reformed Conference Grounds (CRCG).

"We have top of the line audio and video opportunities," said Bouman, worship and program director at the campground/conference/recreation facility on Lake Michigan. "Actually, I'm both nervous and excited."

The 14,000 sq. ft. project officially opens on Sunday May 29, with ribbon cutting ceremonies and a dedication service. The debut concert in the new building will be at 7 p.m. Mon. May 30 featuring the longtime area group The Heralders.

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Q&A with Author Jane Kirkpatrick

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by Ann Byle

theroadJane Kirkpatrick has written nearly 30 books, many making the New York Times or Christian bestseller lists. She's won numerous awards over the years, combining her love of writing and her interest in the history of Oregon, the state she calls home. Her most recent faith-based novels are A Light in the Wilderness and The Memory Weaver, both published by Revell. This Road We Traveled comes out in September 2016. Kirkpatrick was in Grand Rapids at the recent Calvin College Festival of Faith & Writing, and answered questions about her writing and life.

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Finance: Dave Says....

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Dear Dave,

My husband is a recovering heroin addict. He's been clean for two years, but I still feel we shouldn't keep cash in the house or give him unsupervised access to a bank account. He agrees with these precautions, even though he does need a little pocket money from time to time. We've also started your plan to try and get control of our finances, so how would you suggest handling a situation like this?

Meghan

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Perspective: Passion for Freedom

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by Rich Correll

gen3235Has God Indeed Said...?

Those four words from Genesis 3 are the root cause of what is happening to the culture in America today. Many, like myself, wonder what is happening to the America we knew. We no longer recognize this nation. These feelings create doubt and even fear of today and tomorrow. To describe what is occurring is both simple and complex at the same time. It has been decades in coming and is progressing at warp speed. In simplicity, America has been repudiating the Judeo-Christian values of our founding replacing those values with postmodern leftist values that at their core deny absolute truth – in a word , SECULARISM, by either ignoring God or intentionally removing God.

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Final Words:

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"The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us."

C.S. Lewis

"As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother's womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things."

Ecclesiastes 11:5

 
   

 
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A house united, not divided - Dan Seaborn

Habits of an effective leader - Life International

5 ways to be a better priest - Clare De Graaf

Lighting up the world with Jesus - Jeff Carlson

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