The Reflection Edition

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e Edition May 24


Escape Ministries Enables Holland At-Risk Youth to Reflect God's Image

by Paul R. Kopenkoskey

Escape Ministries 235Willie Watt, Jr. is well aware at-risk youth are often labeled troublemakers whose futures are too often assumed dim. That's a key reason why he named his Holland-based nonprofit organization Escape Ministries.

"People need to escape from how the world sees them to how God sees them," said Watt, a former member of the Chicago street gang, the Black Disciples, who founded Escape Ministries in 2009.

"I had to escape this thought process of what I believed about myself and see myself how God sees me," said Watt. "So many kids and people don't get that. They're told they're this or labeled as that and they need to escape that."

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Responding to Betrayal

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Dr Rex M. Rogers

rex61We've all been stabbed in the back... and we all know the resulting pain. But how does our response play a key roll in overcoming betrayal?

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Major Fall Concerts Announced

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by Terry DeBoer

Switchfoot235Four newly-announced concerts will bring nationally-known, faith-based artists of various genres to West Michigan stages this fall. Now officially on the books are:

* Alternative rockers Switchfoot, with special guests Relient K, performing at 7 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Delta Plex Arena and Conference Center, 2400 Turner Ave NW.

* Gospel singer-songwriter Fred Hammond headlines the multi-artist "Festival of Praise" Tour 7 p.m. Oct. 20 at DeVos Performance Hall.

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Leaving Memories Behind

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by Dan Seaborn

dan seabornIt was an icy room with mints on every table and the smell of dead flowers clinging to the air. The curtains and carpet were that lush, slightly faded and dusty type, precisely the kind you'd expect. And in one corner, in a casket, lay Dave, a man I had known only fairly well while he lived.

I was there because I knew someone else in the family; they had asked me to be a part of the funeral proceedings. So I showed up and spent time with the people who had played starring roles in Dave's life. His wife was there, with their children and grandchildren and others. They had all lost the patriarch, and now they had to figure out how to move forward after his death.

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Finance: Dave Says....

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Dear Dave,

My wife and I are both in our early 20s, we're debt-free, and we're just a couple of months away from having a fully loaded emergency fund of six months of expenses. We both also have 401(k) plans at work, and we're looking forward to starting additional investments later this year. Right now, we're trying to decide on which life insurance policies to buy. I know you always recommend term insurance, but how long should the coverage last? Would you suggest 15-, 20- or 30-year policies?

Anonymous

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Etcetera: Next Week

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Next week Monday is Memorial Day! In an effort to spend some quality time with family and friends, we are taking a long weekend off. We will be back on June 7. We wish you a safe and happy holiday.

In the meantime, if you haven't watched our segments by Dr. Rex M. Rogers: Patriotism and the Bible or Can Christians be Patriotic?, consider watching now. Let us know your thoughts!

Final Words:

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"The most foolish person in the world is the one who has the opportunity to read, absorb, digest, live in, be immersed in worship-reading the Bible, but doesn't do it because of PREOCCUPATION with other things of this world."

Rex B. Andrews

"I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought."

1 Corinthians 1:10

 
   

 
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Catching Up:

In case you missed it last week:

Willie Watt: Passing from death to servant of God, at-risk youth

Not license, not legalism, but liberty

Conference Grounds celebrates new worship center

Q&A with author Jane Kirkpatrick

Passion for freedom

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Local Commentary:

Wake up - Dan Seaborn

Is cohabitation a sin? - Clare De Graaf

The Rise of the Totalitarian State - Jeff Carlson

Navigating the curves of life - Kurt Dillinger

Lessons learned from Norman Rockwell 38 years after his death - Paul R. Kopenkoskey

Battle of the Kingdoms - American Decency

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