The Privilege Edition (29 January 2013)

e Edition January 29

Local: The Privilege & Responsibility of Serving: City Life Church

By Timothy Burns

city_lifeAdam and Cindy Lipscomb started City Life church in their living room seven years ago. Once they outgrew their space, their first “church building” was a public banquet hall in the downtown city bus station. In the basement of the building, the children’s ministry was behind a cloth curtain hung over the entrance of the walk in coat room, next to a banquet room filled wall to wall with 40 to 50 people. Dianna Garrett, a drifting heroin addict who came to Grand Rapids after leaving Chicago, remembers that day like it was yesterday. “I came here not knowing my destination, and was planted in a circle of love.”

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Local: Video



A View from the Frontlines:

Pastor George Davis shares that technology can not touch a heart

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jeff225The Two Minute Answer: Is there a Heaven, Is there a Hell?

Why Pastor Jeff Carlson believes there is both a heaven and a hell.

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Local: Church in the City - It's in Their DNA


By Timothy Burns

frontline23When traveling from one side of the country to another or even from Detroit to Mackinaw, the changing culture of an individual community is hard to ignore. Stereotypes of the rude, loud talking New Yorker, the leather palmed Midwest farmer, or the tanned West coast surfer are each born from a grain of truth. Our environment affects not only what we wear, but over time who we become and the culture we create. In an increasingly segmented, multicultural society, cultural intelligence is playing a larger roll in the success of large enterprises, which have to learn to bridge cultural barriers

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Review: The Ten Second Rule


By Ann Byle

tensecondrule2Clare De Graaf just wants to do the next thing Jesus asks him to do, and do it quickly before this life-long lover of Jesus changes his mind. DeGraaf calls it the 10-second rule: people have about 10 seconds to decide whether or not to do what Jesus asks.

“I call it obedience for dummies,” he said with a laugh.

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Lifestyle: Senior Ministry in the 21st Century


By L. James Harvey

senior2 Modern science has discovered a great deal about how to live long productive lives and it exactly confirms what the Bible has taught us all along. Psalm 92:14 says, "The righteous shall bear fruit in old age and they will stay fresh and green." Modern science says stay active mentally, physically, socially, and spiritually and you will live a longer and happier life. So the Bible and modern science are in significant agreement.

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Finance: The Role of Government Assistance



Dear Dave,

I’m a single mom with three young children. I quit my nursing job a few years ago to be a stay-at-home mom, and one year later my husband filed for divorce. The state isn’t keeping him accountable for child support, but now I qualify for food stamps. Do you feel it’s morally wrong to be on government assistance?


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Final Words:


"Let us give up our work, our thoughts, our plans, ourselves, our lives, our loved ones, our influence, our all, right into His hand, and then, when we have given all over to Him, there will be nothing left for us to be troubled about, or to make trouble about.”

Hudson Taylor

“I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth."

Job 19:25


In case you missed it last week:

The Two Minute Answer: Why are Christians so judgemental?

A View from the Frontlines: Pastor George Davis discusses the relationship between the Bible and science


Dick Rolfe co-founder of the Dove Foundation interviewed by Christian Movie Connect - video

East Hills church building to become 37 apartments, some with orginal architectural details

U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga: In abortion debate, Americans should not have to choose between their government and their God

Spring Lake Church plans to reinstall controversial cross removed in 2010

David Crowder Band returns to GR

Calvin College appoints GR symphony associate conductor John Varineau as full time professor of music

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

American Decency alert: Super Bowl, suds and sex

Farther Away:

Just the Briefs, Week 4

Crystal Cathedral donations down, grandson Bobby Schuller new 'Hour of Power' pastor

Miltary: Crosses removed 'out of respect for other faiths'

Creflo Dollar charges for beating daughter dropped after anger management classes

Atheist loses Supreme Court appeal over Ill. cross

Is there any excuse for not praying for our president?

Franklin Graham tells students about the cost of following Christ

Is this part of the first Christian church?

Abortion battle 40 years after Roe decision

Inauguration poster likens Obama to Jesus

Why are American Christians outraged by Sandy Hook, apathetic about abortion?

Homeschoolers fight state over schedule demands

Wycliffe Bible translators moves past 'divine familial' controversy; waits for review

Women in combat move a 'tragic mistake,' Baptist leaders say

Lance Armstrong's 10 mile brush with faith

Boy Scouts close to ending ban on gay members, leaders




Why there is no comparing ourselves to one another in the Kingdom

Shhh! When communism creeps into Christianity

Separation of Church and State, Diaster edition

How much money am I supposed to give away?

Is atheism a religion?

New fronts on the battlefield for life - Metaxus

Game show promoting lying - 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

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

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

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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