The Stop It Edition (12 February 2013)

e Edition February 12

Local: The Stop It Campaign

By Timothy Burns

bethechurch2During the final weeks of December, 2012, Grand Rapids experienced 6 shooting deaths in seven days. According to Pastor Troy Evans of the Edge Urban Fellowship, these events seemed to open floodgates in Grand Rapids urban neighborhoods, and the body count had risen to 9 by the end of January. Sandwiched between the holidays and the winter weather that tends to keep us inside and focused on our own domain, the most important facts of these cases are easy to miss. The shooters involved in these events ranged in age from 15 to 26 years old. Pastor Evans and a number of other inner city ministry pastors believe that his violence will soon affect the larger community. “Violence is taking over the street,” says Evans. “Not only is this counter-pattern escalation in violence, it is spiritual warfare that affects our city.”

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Local: Video



A View from the Frontlines:
Responsible Citizenship

Randy Hekman explains that our dual citizenship means we have responsibilities here on earth towards our government.

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jeff225The Two Minute Answer: Why Should I Care about the Middle East?

Pastor Jeff Carlson gives us an understanding of WHY the Middle East is important and why we should pay attention to things happening there

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Perspective: He Said - She Said


February is Traditionally the Month of Love

By Ann Byle

heshesaidsWe celebrate Valentine’s Day on Feb. 14, a modern holiday fraught with sadness for those who are unattached, drama for the recently attached, and a fair bit of obligation for the long attached. Greeting card companies and florists do a brisk business in the name of passion.

Lately I’ve been thinking about another kind of passion. Network is a faith-based program we use at my church to help people discover their spiritual gifts, how they use those gifts, and what their passion is.

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You Can Pay Me Now, or You Can Pay Me Later

By Tim Burns

heshesaidheIf I watch too much television during the next two weeks, I might be convinced that the Big Pink Holiday dawning on the horizon is a corporate plot to sell greetings cards, jewelry and flowers. But the reality is, the little things are important in a relationship, like a note left for no special reason or a call to check in that doesn’t have an agenda attached. Relationship experts are always reminding me of these little things I have to add to my to-do list. Much like changing the oil in my car, if I neglect the easy, simple things, I will be faced with a bigger, more complex problem later.

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Local: Worship Leader Survey Draws Local Comments


By Terry DeBoer

survey2Another Worship Leader Magazine surveyed 2,500 of its subscribers last year, inquiring them on a variety of worship-related subjects from age and gender to favorite songs and instruments.

It should be noted that subscribers to this magazine are more than just casually interested in the topic of worship. Most are regular worship leaders with staff positions in churches or other Christian organizations. The same survey offered to the average “pew sitter” would yield different results.

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Lifestyle: Why Christians Should Behave More Like Dogs


By Kimberly Gleason

dogfaces2 What’s hairy all over and smells like corn chips? No, this isn’t a joke. I’m referring to a leader (of sorts) I work alongside every day. She keeps my feet warm, lifting her head to meet my gaze, tail a-thumping when I call her name.

Zoe. And Maddy. There are two of them, actually, who accompany me to my home office, listening to the tap, tap of my hands across the computer keyboard, wondering when I’ll be done, watching me with anticipation perchance I ask, “Wanna go outside?

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Finance: Basing Term Life Insurance



Dear Dave,

I’m looking at buying term life insurance. Currently, I’m in medical school doing my last year of residency and making $35,000 a year. Should I base the amount of insurance coverage on what I’m making now or what I’ll make when I’ve finished medical school?


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Final Words:


“Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time, and always start with the person nearest you.”

Mother Theresa

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

Ephesians 3:20-21


In case you missed it last week:

The Two Minute Answer: What is Jesus waiting for?

A View from the Frontlines: "Thank you for riding in my cab!" Randy Hekman shares a recent experience in a cab


Marvin Sapp misses out at 2013 Grammy Award, congratulates gospel winners

Review: MercyMe leads powerful Rock & Worship Road Show in Grand Rapids

Fire at Grand Haven's Christian Haven Nursing Home was electrical, officials say

Leader of Grand Rapids homeless shelter keeps the focus on accountability

Holland mom and author inspires Illinois couple to take a leap of faith

Farther Away:

Just the Briefs, Week 6

Why I wear a purity ring

Jellyfish Christianity

3,300 accept NJ megachurch challenge to read the Bible for 40 days

Pose downs, speedos and the wrong church growth numbers

ACLU seeks removal of Ohio school's Jesus portrait

Christian Fashion Week: Modest doesn't mean frumpy

Mark Burnett, Roma Downey promo 'Bible' mini to faithful

Kellner: An intimate look at the man behind Jews for Jesus

Pastor to sue Forbes for listing 'Richest Pastors' in Brazil, claims info wholly inaccurate

National Marriage Week tackles poverty, Christian divorce rate and intimacy problems

Three reasons it is tough to be a Christian in the NFL

'Insulting Quran' charges snare two more children

Wounded Warrior project apologizes for rejecting Fort Pierce church's donations

Family group wants AT&T chief gone from scouting

Who is society looking up to?

Lutheran pastor apologizes for praying at Newtown Vigil

How can short term missions best advance God's mission?

Benedict to resign, first pontiff since Middle Ages to quit

New Nashville program to educate worship pastors in Music City

Pentecostal minister departs White House faith-based office

Officials: Obama visit to prevent strike on Iran

Guns: 'Packing heat in church' increasingly allowed in U.S.




Stats don't show that Christians (and pastors) are bad tippers, but we must reverse the sterotypes - Stetzer

Government should not define church - Cal Thomas

Ed Young: Jesus Would Tell Ellen DeGeneres 'You're Awesome but Homosexuality Is Not My Ideal'

My Sunday at an atheistic church

Boy Scouts of America and the dismantling of core values

Britain votes for beginning of the end - Youssef

An American in Iran - Metaxus

A Family Affair - 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.

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

Saturday,February 16

Steven and Deb Koster, originally from Hudsonville, and now working out of Chicago, will be in the West Michigan area to lead a family and marriage seminar at the Alger Park Church. The Kosters, who began this ministry in Boston, now work with Back to God Ministries International. Family Fire is a predominantly Facebook and web-based ministry that promotes God's design for marriage and parenting. Off line, they offer live teaching events and retreats. Through all of these venues their audience explores spiritual, emotional and physical intimacy and how couples can live as members of a Spirit-fired family

Contact Or phone 616-942-9383.

Saturday February 16

The Middle Passage & Beyond featuring John and cathy Barrow-Williams, a presentation by Central Bible Ministries International, Bake Book House, 2768 E Paris SE,

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.

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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