Setting Captives Free Edition (19 February 2013)

e Edition February 19

Local: Setting Captives Free from Emotional and Spiritual Captivity: Dean Vander Mey and Set Free Ministries

By Timothy Burns

sfm2The Bible is filled with Old and New Testament stories of evil spirits that afflicted, oppressed, and even possessed God’s people. Even though Hollywood has spared no expense creating drama, humor, and horror movies that have inoculated the American conscious against any dark spiritual reality, the Bible quietly declares the truth of two spiritual kingdoms at war with each other, at war over God’s greatest creation, you and I.

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Local: Video



A View from the Frontlines:
Giving to Caesar

Randy Hekman explains that whatever the state of our government, we as Christians are responsible to pray for our country's peace and prosperity

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jeff225The Two Minute Answer: Rember the Rest

Pastor Jeff Carlson reminds us the Sabbath is not just a day but a Person -- Jesus IS the Sabbath

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Local: Bridge Street House of Prayer: A Bridge between the Church and Grand Rapids’ West Side Community


By Timothy Burns

bshop2My dad grew up on Grand Rapids’ West Side. I still remember his stories of pranks he and his brothers played on unsuspecting neighbors during the Depression as the city struggled to find its feet between the Great Wars. Late at night, the brothers would tie a string to an empty purse and lay it on the sidewalk. Passers-by tried in vain to retrieve the purse as it disappeared into the bushes and the kids scrambled under the hedgerow into the next yard. Life was simple. Families were tight and friendships were as close together as the houses.

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Review: "The Shadows and The Light"


By Terry DeBoer

FraazaBrianShadowsandLight2Brian Fraaza, a worship pastor at “The River,” a church in downtown Kalamazoo, has released his fourth solo collection of mostly worship based songs with “The Shadows and The Light.”

The 10 songs are focused in what amounts to the title track - “The Light Between” – a folk-ish, guitar and strings ballad that sees life as a journey through shadows while seeking the light of Christ.

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Perspective: Say Neighbor, Let's Talk about ...... Neighbors


By William Campbell

neighbor2 Oooh! Ooh! Wait, Wait!! That headline doesn’t say what I mean. Let’s talk up our neighbors. Let’s talk about the proper care and “feeding” of those who live next door, across the street, or up or down from where we hang our hat. Those who live in our neighborhood are the ones we see, wave to and kibbitz with about life.

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Finance: More Than Just a Problem



Dear Dave,

My mother-in-law has a serious credit card problem. She can’t afford stuff, but she shops anyway, acquires more and more credit and thinks she’ll pay for it all later somehow. Her husband has bailed her out a few times, but he’s unwilling to do it anymore. My wife and I, and her sister, want to address this issue, but where do we start?


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Final Words:


“Although my memory's fading, I remember two things very clearly: I am a great sinner and Christ is a great Savior.”

John Newton

“The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life."

Revelation 22:17


In case you missed it last week:

The Two Minute Answer: Why Should I Care about the Middle East?

A View from the Frontlines: Randy Hekman shares on Responsible Citzenship


Marvin Sapp shares his appreciation for Grand Rapids at Symphony performance with 'Soul'

Matt Maher appearing in concert

Rob Bell to launch 'What We Talk About When We Talk About God' book tour in Grand Rapids

Huizenga bill would halt most abortion services for women held by immigration officials

Farther Away:

Just the Briefs, Week 7

Inmates Pray 35,000 Times for Women's Conference

Neurosurgeon Ben Carson's Politically Incorrect Speech at Prayer Breakfast a YouTube Sensation

Evangecube - a Tool for Sharing the Gospel

Quarter of a Million Military BibleSticks Deployed

'The Drop Box' Wins Top Prize at Christian Film Fest

Atlantic City firefighters use iPad Bible app for swearing-in ceremony

Christian Music Legend Carman Diagnosed With Cancer

Woman Says She Was Fired by Christian College for Pre-Marital Sex

House Passes Bill Allowing FEMA Disaster Aid for Churches

Theologian to Liberty Univ. Students: Christians Don't Have Jobs, They Have Ministry

'The American Bible Challenge' Back for Second Season

France moves one step closer to legalizing euthanasia

A New Generation of Black Missionaries

Kirk Cameron Tells Students to 'Perform for Audience of One'

Non-Christian Student Okay With School Graduation Ceremonies at Church

Homeschooling Not a Fundamental Right, Justice Dept. Argues

Evangelistic Group Sues Pennsylvania School District For Charging Rent For Free Space

Massachusetts Education Policy Mandates Allowing Boys in Girls’ Restrooms

Stranded Cruise Passengers Turn to Faith

Forgotten Hymn That Once Preceded “Amazing Grace”

80 Members of Congress Call on Kerry to Seek Release of American Pastor Imprisoned by Iran

Pat Boone sells land in Galilee to evangelicals

An Ohio Christian College Struggles to Further Define Itself




Is It Time for Biblical Conservatives to Throw in the Towel?

Should I get re-baptized?

Five Commandments for the Media Savvy Pastor

An Evangelical Pope? - Youssef

The Not-So-Gloomy Season of Lent - Metaxus

Dying to be a Parent - Seaborn


Upcoming Events:

January 11 – April 11

GriefShare is a special weekly seminar and support group for people who are griefing the death of a loved one. At GriefShare you will be with people who understand how you feel, and you will learn valuable information that will help you through this difficult time in your life. Please call West Leonard Christian Reformed Church at 616-456-1994, Ext 201 for more information. 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Monday Evenings

WholyFit Devotional Exercise, A Christian alternative to traditional yoga designed to build lean muscle, improve flexibility and relieve stress. Exercise poses are self-paced & multi-level.Incorporates scripture memorization, prayer and worship in every class. Classes are taught by WholyFit certified instructor, Karalyn Tresh. Bring an exercise mat, water bottle, and a friend! Comfortable clothes and bare feet, Please arrive 10 - 15 minutes early for your first class - join at any time! Suggested donation: $5/class See for more details. Questions? Call 954-9477October 15- March, 5:30 - 6:30 pm. No childcare. Location: Thornapple Covenant Church, 6595 Cascade Rd. SE, GR, MI 49546

December 9 - March 4

Bible LEARN Academy: A spiritual adventure is beginning with the launch of Fusion Fellowship Church in Holland. Enjoy Sunday mornings in casual attire at the Boys & Girls Club North, corner of Riley & Butternut. 10:00 a.m. Bible LEARN Academy for all ages. 10:30 Meet & Greet with free coffee followed by Contemporary Worship. Children's Church during the inspirational Preaching. Throughout the week: Join one of many fun Connection Groups. For details, visit our website: Location: Fusion Fellowship Church

Thursday, January 17 - February 21

"Parenting: From Survival to Success" Parenting Sessions are offered to parents of children 6 to 16 years of age. All sessions will be held on Thursdays January 17 through February 21 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at the location of Pine Rest Southwest Clinic 4211 Parkway Place SW, Suite 100, Grandville, MI 49418. The cost is $15 per session (one or both parents may attend for this fee). Participants will be required to purchase Transforming the Difficult Child Workbook by Howard Glasser, Joann Bowdidge and Lisa Bravo. The cost of the workbook is $18. Sessions will be facilitated by Brett VanTol, Ph.D. and William J.Rowell, Ph.D., ABPP. RSVP if interested in registering by calling 616-222-3700. Location: oPine Rest Southwest Clinic 4211 Parkway Place SW, Suite 100, Grandville, MI 49418

Monday, February 11 (starting)

Six-Week Course: How To Find Hidden Treasure In Dreams (six Mondays), 6:30–9:30 p.m, Christian Reformed Church Headquarters, 2850 Kalamazoo Ave. SE, Grand Rapids

Register:, or phone 616-662-0392

Fee: $90 ($15/class). Pay by check (to Kairos Ministries, Inc.), credit card, or PayPal at

Friday, February 22

Korea, Land of Contrast, A Travelogue by Buddy Hatton. South Christian High School 7:30 PM Tickets are $5.00 at the door, or call 616-455-3210

Thursday March 7 - 9

8th Annual Women's Testimonial Conference, 6:30 p.m., Deliverance Outreach Ministry, 1142 Broadway NW, 616-308-2242, $10.00 or $15.00 at the door,

Wednesday, March 11 -14

Growing the Church in the Power of the Holy Spirit Conference-explores practical ways for all leaders to stay in step with the Holy Spirit, as we submit the Church of Jesus Christ to God's will and purposes. 8:45 a.m., Camp Geneva Holland, MI. For more information contact Ruth at 616-224-0753,, or visit

Tuesday, March 12

Oakhill Church’s Men’s Dinner Series, 6:00 p.m. punchbowl, 6:30 Dinner, Enjoy an evening of rich fellowship with Mr Bill Johnson, RVSP 456-5626

Friday, March 22

Partners for a Racism-Free Community, Annual Forum, Eberhard Center at GVSU, 301 W Fulton, $50.00 includes breakfast, lunch, keynotes and break-outs., call 616-466-6187

Tuesday, April 9

Oakhill Church’s Men’s Dinner Series, 6:00 p.m. punchbowl, 6:30 Dinner, Enjoy an evening of rich fellowship with TBA, RVSP 456-5626

Friday, April 12

The Lord of All Concert featuring Wayne Watson, Russ Taff, First Call and Clay Crosse. 7:00 p.m. Allegan High School Performing Arts center, 1560 Michigan 40, Allegan Mi.

Friday, April 19

Beautiful Womanhood Mentor Training, 9:00 - 3:00 Join national speaker and author Sandy Ralya at Resurrection Life Church in Grandville, MI. At the Seminar learn how you can Establish a proven, effective mentoring program for wives in your church or community, Grow confident mentors, Strengthen marriages, Lower the divorce statistics in your church, Attract new members, Secure the church for future generations
Space is limited so register now at For more information, contact Sandy at 616.862.0321.

Tuesday April 30

Culture War Against Seniors, A program focusing on Discrimination against seniors. Sponsored by the G.R. Main Public Library and the Senior Coalition. Speaker - Dr. Henry Holstege, Discussion Leader- Dr. L. James Harvey, 3:30 - 5:00PM

Monday, May 20

Guiding Light Mission's 16th Annual Golf Scramble @ Watermark Country Club, Registration at 11:30am, Tee-off at 1pm. 18 holes, cart and dinner for $95. Raffle prizes. Please visit our website to register or call Jessica at 616.451.0236 ext. 13.

Saturday, June 15

Walk for Life, 9:00 a.m., Registration 8 a.m., PRC call Becky Peterson at 616.259.1522

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