The Prayer Walking Edition (22 January 2013)

e Edition January 22

Local: Prayer Walking and Street Level Ministry

By Timothy Burns

prayerwalk4The church’s Great Commission is to go into all the world and make disciples of all nations. In an equally familiar passage, Jesus says, “Lift your eyes, the fields are white to harvest.” Also “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few: pray therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth laborers into his harvest” (Matt. 28:19-20, John 4:24, and Luke 2:10). As Christ-followers, we are called to go across the street, into our neighborhoods, and around the world with the good news of Jesus.

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Local: Video



A View from the Frontlines:
The Bible and Science.

Pastor George Davis shares on the relationship of the Bible and Science.

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jeff225The Two Minute Answer: Why are Christians so Judgemental?

Pastor Jeff Carlson shares that only an understanding of our own fallenness keeps us from harshly judging others.

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Local: A Look Behind the Leader: Mark Courtney


By Terry De Boer

MarkCourtney3Mark Courtney is responsible for preparing and producing worship each Sunday at Daybreak Church in Hudsonville. Yet you’ll rarely see him on the platform leading the congregation.

“I think of myself as a painter who is in the room painting a work of art, trying to paint the best picture possible,” said Courtney, Daybreak’s creative arts director.

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Review: 'It's Time' by George Moss


By Terry DeBoer

ItsTime3West Michigan-based music artist George Moss has assembled a classy selection of hip-hop/rap/pop beats in his latest album, “It’s Time.”

The singer-songwriter - who is also a weekend DJ on local Christian hit radio WAY-FM (89.9) – lays out some pointed spiritual truths among his mixes, while welcoming the contributions of special guests such as KJ-52 and A.R. Flexx.

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Local: Compassionate Hearts


By Kathy Bruins

comphearts4 Recently the grandparents of a teen came to Compassionate Hearts for a tour of the facility. The tour was led by their grandson, and when they saw him, they couldn’t believe the transformation that had taken place. In the past he would just sit at home and do nothing. Their grandson has come alive since joining Compassionate Hearts and it has made a huge difference in his personality. He has blossomed socially.

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Finance: Be Tightfisted Until the Crisis is Over



Dear Dave,

Recently, my husband had to quit his job due to an old back injury. We have $25,000 in debt, but I’ll be receiving a $38,000 inheritance in a couple of weeks. Should we use the money to pay off our debt, or hold on to it in case he needs surgery?


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Final Words:


“The end of life is not to be happy, nor to achieve pleasure and avoid pain, but to do the will of God, come what may.”

Martin Luther King Jr.

“Do whatever he tells you.”

John 2:5


One Minute Apologist: What is Scientology?

In case you missed it last week:

The Two Minute Answer: What about all those hypocrites in the church?

A View from the Frontlines: Pastor George Davis discusses confronting wrong in the body of Christ


Calvin College - The January Series

Father of Jason Arntz extends forgiveness

Marvin Sapp named Artist of the Year at 2013 Stellar Awards

Baker Book Store Grand Opening Celebration - video

Farther Away:

Just the Briefs, Week 3

Two North Korean Christians killed for their faith

Pro-Life group faces death threats for exposing illegal abortion clinic

Up close with Lincoln's Bible - video

China: One-child policy is here to stay

Loyal dog continues to attend mass at church where owner's funeral was held

Not your average church - video

Florida atheist group wants equal time after Bible giveaway at school

Pastor to fight in MMA competition for church

Support spreads for Boise pastor held in Iran

Prayer list: Sex trafficking

Egyptian court sentences Christian family to 15 years for converting from Islam

Alabama Supreme Court: 'Unborn children are persons with rights'

Critics challenge Obama on Religious Freedom Day

Nick Vujicic tells Oprah Winfrey 'Faith in Action' lifted him above physical disability

1.5 million respond to the gospel through Billy Graham online ministry

National Cathedral to marry same-sex couples

Benny Hinn's brother steps aside as Sanford pastor

30,000 pro-lifers rally in Dublin: Tell Irish P.M. 'Keep your promise. No abortion in Ireland.'




The real reason for abortion - Randy Hekman

Growing pains will stretch you - Seaborn

The Heart of 'Les Miserables' - Metaxus

Why kingdom leadership is in and church leadership is out

Going over the moral cliff - Youssef

Are you a false convert?

Faith is not an electric blanket

Forgiving Lance Armstrong

Why I am ashamed of the American church


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 January 21

Grand Opening Event: Baker Book House celebrates the completion of its store renovation, 10 a.m. to noon, 2768 E Paris Ave SE

Free Book Event: “Does the Multiverse Make God Unnecessary?” by William Lane Craig, a free event by Baker Book House, 2768 East Paris SE, 7 pm

Tuesday, January 22

Q & A with William Lane Craig: $15 Baker Book House, 2768 East Paris SE, 2:00 – 3:30 pm

Tuesday, January 22

“Can You Rationally Believe in God Without an Argument?”: by Alvin Plantinga, a free event by Baker Book House, 2768 East Paris SE, 7 pm

Wednesday, January 23

The Churchman’s Luncheon: 11:30 am to 12:50 pm, $5.00, guest: Mr. Andrew Ryskamp is The Executive Director of Christian Reformed World Renew, speaking on Ending Hunger, a Possible Scenario. Location: Westminster Presbyterian Church, 47 Jefferson Ave SE

Wednesday, January 23

Meet Ed Dobson at Baker Book House, 2768 East Paris SE, 7 pm

Thursday, January 24

Wanda Brunstetter, Skype Session 2:00 - 3:00 p.m, Baker Book House

Kim de Blecourt, Speaking and Booksigning, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Baker Book House

Friday, January 25- 26

1st - 5th Grade Adult Seminar: 6th grade - Adult Cost (includes book): $20/adult, $15/child 7pm-9:30pm and Saturday, January 26, 9am-12pm Location: Grace Community Church, 3500 New Holland, Hudsonville, MI 49426 Both sign-up form and payment are due upon time of sign-up. If you wish to attend, please fill out the sign-up form available at and send both form and payment to Grace Community Church. For more information call 616-669-6507 or e-mail

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.

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

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 -13

-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

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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