The Compassion Edition (05 February 2013)

e Edition February 5

Local: Showing Compassion to Those who Need it Most

By Timothy Burns

harrynorinepothoff2The Pothoffs grew up in West Michigan. "When Harry and I got married, we thought life would be happily ever after. Then we found out that we were all messed up" said Norine during the interview. On the surface, the Pothoffs were the perfect example of a couple involved in their church’s daily life. They filled the religious roles they'd learned growing up. Norine taught fourth-grade Sunday school, and Harry served on the deacons’ board. Yet the couple often drank excessively and experienced relational conflict during the first 10 years of their marriage.

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Local: Video



A View from the Frontlines:
Thank you for Riding in my Cab!

Randy Hekman of shares a recent experience with a cab driver.

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jeff225The Two Minute Answer: What is Jesus waiting for?

Why doesn't Jesus come back to fix all the world's problems? There is a plan and a purpose for the delay.

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Perspective: He Said - She Said


Thoughts on the New Year

By Timothy Burns

heshesaidheI survived Y2K, the Mayan end of the world has passed, the ball’s dropped, and I’m looking at another blank calendar wondering what the New Year holds. Unfortunately, January 1st is also a day that goes down in infamy. All my New Year’s plans typically end up on the bottom of the ocean of my daily tasks and demanding schedule in just a few weeks. Yet I love getting a new start, and the first of the year is the perfect time to wipe the slate clean and pen a few new goals.

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Thoughts on the New Year

By Ann Byle

heshesaidsMy writer’s group gets together each Christmas season to exchange writerly gifts, eat good food, talk over the last year, and offer up a single word that signifies what we dream about for the New Year, what we hope to multiply in our lives, and how we hope to grow and change.

We’ve offered up words such as “freedom,” “emerge,” “faith,” and “bounty.” My word for 2013 is “open.” Its significance isn’t completely clear right this minute, but I sense that God wants me to be open to and about so many things. As the New Year gets started, pondering what it means to be open requires a bit of effort and imagination.

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Local: Harvest Bible Church to Replace the Cross


By Deb Allard

springlake2Another source of significant inquiry is the status of the cross that once stood atop the building. The 40-foot cross, once symbolizing Christ to the entire Spring Lake community, was removed when the building’s former occupant, Christ Community Church changed their focus to a more ecumenical culture. “The cross is going back up the morning of Good Friday, March 29, 2013,” stated Pastor David Wisen.

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Events: Terry's Picks for February


By Terry De Boer

EVENTS2 Rock & Worship Road Show – The tour headlined by the inspirational-pop band MercyMe comes to Van Andel Arena. “Symphony with Soul”- The Grand Rapids Symphony welcomes special guest Rev. Marvin L. Sapp for an evening of music and acknowledgment of this year’s winners of the annual Legacy Awards. Matt Maher – The Christian singer-songwriter (“Your Grace is Enough”) performs at 7 p.m. Feb. 23 in Community Reformed Church

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Finance: Setting up the Kid's Car Insurance



Dear Dave,

I’m divorced and have a teenager who will be driving soon. What would be the best way to set up insurance for the child?


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Final Words:


"Don’t bother to give God instructions - just report for duty."

Corrie Ten Boom

“It is the glory of God to conceal a matter;
to search out a matter is the glory of kings."

Proverbs 25:2


How do I start an apologetics ministry in my church? One Minute Apologist

In case you missed it last week:

The Two Minute Answer: Is there a Heaven? Is there a Hell?

A View from the Frontlines: Pastor George Davis discusses technology


Rock & Worship Road Show brings stars of Christian music to Van Andel Arena

New Christian Care nursing facility construction progresses, early April opening expected

Bethany Christian Services co-founders's passion for children provided humble start and lasting legacy

Former terrorist Kamal Saleen to discuss 'real threat of Islam' at three West Michigan locations

American Decency alert: Glee

False Labels - Keys for Kids - Children's Bible Hour

Farther Away:

Just the Briefs, Week 5

Church elder threatened with arrest for sharing faith in California mall files suit

Christian group launches social media campaign against sex trade during Super Bowl

Kerry calls for release of imprisoned pastor in Iran

Massive number of U.S. cities abandon Bible

Gospel musicians perform at Super Bowl

One-In-Four Christians believe God influences the outcome of sporting events

A bad economy or is the church losing America's heart?

'The Sisterhood' is more entertainment than reality TV

Super Bowl Winner: God made a farmer - video and text

Wounded Warrior project apologizes for rejecting church donation

Carpentry team needed for Honduras

Safe church has 'right people carrying guns'

Huckabee at Liberty University: Are you willing to be despised for your beliefs?

Muslim 'modesty patrol' stalking streets of London

Slain nurse's family forgives her murderer

Super Bowl QB Colin Kaepernick says being adopted a 'blessing'

How to start a prison ministry

Pro athletes influence society more than pastors, say two-thirds of Americans

American pastor sentenced to eight years for his faith

Christian readers invited to vote for the book of the year




Women in combat: Does this go against God's divine order?

Unmoved by the Gospel

Ex-gay warns scouts 'Boys imitate leaders'

Bringing Jesus to the Super Bowl

So God made a farmer

Rick Perry: Scouting no place for lessons in sexuality

The relevance of costly grace - Metaxus

The truth about trust - Seaborn

What should Christians do with the Super Bowl?

Super Bowl offense


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

Thursday January 31 – February 2

The Calvin Theatre Company (CTC) presents William Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew." For its 80th season interim production, CTC welcomes Nancy Wagner as guest director of this classic Shakespearean comedy with an updated setting, 1870s Missouri. Calvin's production of "The Taming of the Shrew" explores themes of gender and what true love is.

Tickets are available at the Covenant Fine Arts Center Box Office, by phone at 616-526-6282 or online at

Performances are January 31-February 2 (school matinee on February 1) and February 7-9 at 7:30 p.m. in Calvin's Gezon Auditorium.

Contact Joy-Elizabeth Lawrence at

Wednesday, January 30

The Churchman’s Luncheon: 11:30 am to 12:50 pm, $5.00, guest: Ms. Sharon Brinks is a graduate of Calvin College and Wayne State University Law School, private practice and Kentwood City Commissioner, speaking on “Fraud and Scams”: Surviving or Thriving. Location: Westminster Presbyterian Church, 47 Jefferson Ave SE

Friday, February 1 -13

40th Celebration of the Arts, Grand Rapids First United Methodist, 227 E Fulton Str. Call 616-451-2879, Friday the 1st Artist's Reception from 7 - 9:00p.m., Saturday the 2nd James Croom concert at 3:00p.m., Gallery Walk Sunday the 3rd at 9:30 a.m. and Wednesday the 6th at 12.00 p.m., Taize' Sung Prayer Serve Wednesday the 6th at 7:00p.m., the Hildegard Singers Sunday the 10th at 4:00p.m., Ash Wednesday Service the 13th at 7:00 p.m.

Monday, February 4,

Free seminar: The Christian Basis of Dream Work

Christian Reformed Church Headquarters, 2850 Kalamazoo Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, 6:30–9:30 p.m., Register:, or phone 616-662-0392 Free-will offering

Tuesday, February 5

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

Thursday, February 7

Meet Clare de Graaf author of the Ten Second Rule, 7:00 p.m., Baker Book House

Friday, February 8

Jot: The GR Writer's Mini Conference, 7 - 11:00 p.m., Baker Book House

Saturday, February 9

“Different Schools of Thought” will be held on February 9, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00pm at Alpha Women's Center of Grand Rapids which is located at between Hall and Burton at 1725 Division Ave, Grand Rapids, MI. For more information about attending please contact Carolyn Koole at 616-742-0242 or

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.

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

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

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.

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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