The Influential Women Edition (15 January 2013)

e Edition January 15

People: Influential Women

By Ann Byle

InfluencialWomenNancy3Life is an adventure for director of nonprofit that sends theological books abroad

Dr. Nancy Arnison sees life as an adventure. “We can seize those opportunities that come our way and fly with them,” she said, “or miss them all together”. She has spent her life seizing opportunities and flying exactly where God leads her.

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Local: Video



A View from the Frontlines:
Confronting Wrong in the Body of Christ

Pastor George Davis shares on how to confront Christians when they do wrong things.

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jeff225The Two Minute Answer: What About all Those Hypocrites in the Church?

Pastor Jeff Carlson has examined the church for over thirty years and has found many hypocrites, including himself.

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Local: Marriage, This Time Around


By Dan Seaborn

juggle2A few years ago, I taught myself how to juggle. Then in keeping with the circus theme, I added unicycle riding to my repertoire. It seemed like it would be challenging enough, but it couldn’t be that difficult, right?

Let’s just say I should’ve stuck to juggling. Balancing on a single wheel was nearly impossible, and I had to pedal like a maniac just to ride for a couple seconds. Plus I kept falling, which was painful in a way that only a man can appreciate.

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Local: Baker Book House to Celebrate With Grand Opening


By Ann Byle

Bakers3Baker Book House, the premier independent Christian bookstore in West Michigan, is celebrating the completion of its reconstruction project with a Grand Opening celebration January 21-25.

The store is hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony on January 21, as well as bringing in guest authors throughout that week.

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Events: Special Showing of Trade of Innocents on Saturday


By Kathy Bruins

trade3 Sunny worked in a brothel in Southeast Asia. She didn’t understand why the Western man, Dr. Delffs, wanted to talk to her … yet not have sex with her for money as she was accustomed to. She couldn’t fathom why he would find her worth talking to about what she did, and why he actually wanted to write a book about it. Sunny’s daily reality was being sold for sex to support her family, though more of it went to a trafficker than to her family. She seemed heartbroken as she struggled with the truth that this was not what she wanted in life, and that there could be so much more for her. She wept when she realized that she was valuable and not because she had a body to sell, but because she was a child of God.

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Finance: Responsible After Death?



Dear Dave,

My daughter died. She was 32 years old and single, and she had lived with me for the last few years because she was recently disabled. I did not support her financially, and when she died she had no assets and no will. Is it my responsibility to pay the student loans and medical bills she left behind?


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Final Words:


"Children may run from their parents,
Children cannot out run their parent’s prayers.”


“If you do not stand firm in your faith,
you will not stand at all.”

Isaiah 7:9


One Minute Apologist: What is the Euthyphro Dilemma? (William Lane Craig)

In case you missed it last week:

The Two Minute Answer: Digging deeper into God's Word

A View from the Frontlines: Pastor George Davis discusses being called and committed


Calvin College - The January Series

On church humanitarian trip to Haiti, four from Grand Rapids killed on narrow mountian road

Britt Nicole to perform free benefit for Tri-Unity Christian Schools

Grand Rapids Theological Seminary mourns death of longtime leader James Grier

Haiti missionary deaths: Amway plane will bring remaining members of West Michigan team back

Haitian missionary deaths: Matt Kutsche

Mary La Ponsie

Jim and Rita Cwengros

Farther Away:

Just the Briefs, Week 2

Dave Ramsey set for Broadcasting Hall of Fame induction

New research: Fewer Americans believe homosexuality is a sin

Christians respond to Giglio's withdrawal: New era of religious intolerance in America

IRS code now five times longer than the Bible

Obama inauguration committee to replace Louie Giglio with pro-gay pastor

The top ten spiritually provocative films of 2012

Evoking God has been good to ChristianMingle

Police called to keep peace during church leadership dispute

Obama to be sworn in with Lincoln, King Bibles

Christians question Hobby Lobby's defense, Biblical stance against Obamacare

British Christians await top ruling on wearing a cross at work

How should Christian satellite networks evangelize to Muslims?

Kenyan jihadists target surprising recruits: ex-Christians




Stay connected through everything - Seaborn

Light a candle against violence - Metaxus

Is it a sin to bake a cake for a gay couple?

One of the scariest phrases

Can't we all just get along?


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

Tuesday January 1

Happy New Year

Tuesday, January 8

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

Wednesday, January 9

The Churchman’s Luncheon: 11:30 am to 12:50 pm, $5.00, guest: Mr. Dan Seaborn Director of Winning at Home, in Zeeland Mi, speaking on “Looking Backward & Forward”: Location: Westminster Presbyterian Church, 47 Jefferson Ave SE

Wednesday, January 16

The Churchman’s Luncheon: 11:30 am to 12:50 pm, $5.00, guest: Mr. Jim Sprague is The Director of the Pregnancy Resource Center, speaking on “Ministry Overview”. Location: Westminster Presbyterian Church, 47 Jefferson Ave SE

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 17

A Taste of Mid-Winter Conference - 10 am to 10 pm - Free homeschooling extravaganza at the Home School Building (5625 Burlingame SW, Wyoming, MI 49509) for home schoolers or those interested in home schooling. Opening address at 10 am presented by James Muffett "We Have a Destiny", Vendor Information Fair featuring colleges, home school service providers and more, New Home Schooler Information Sessions at 11 am (high school focus) and 1 and 3 pm (all grades focus) - pre-register for this portion of the event only ($15/family) by calling 616-532-9422, supervised study hall for school aged students, evening keynotes featuring Mid-Winter Conference for Home Educators keynotes: Monte and Karey Swan (7 pm) and Diana Waring (8 pm). Free event! Full information available at Call (616)532-9422 with questions.

Friday, January 18

The Moody Men’s Collegiate Choir, 7:30 PM, The men's repertoire includes classical selections, traditional hymn arrangements, and contemporary gospel music. No admission cost. Location: First Baptist Church, Plainwell, MI.

Friday and Saturday, January 18 - 19

Mid-Winter Conference for Home Educators - - At-the-Door Registration, conference/retreat for home educating parents or those interested in home schooling. Held at Grace Community Church, 3500 New Holland, Hudsonville, MI 49426. Doors open on Friday at 9:30 am for registration ($59/person with spouse free for two day ticket, single day tickets available, single parents FREE) 10 am keynotes begin with Monte and Karey Swan. Vendors (books and curriculum providers) open at 1 pm. Special Edition presentations at 2 and 4 by Melinda Boring for families educating children with learning challenges, 6:45 evening keynotes begin with Diana Waring and David Aikman. Keynotes and vendors continue on Saturday doors opening at 8:30 and event closing at 4:30 pm. Visit website for full details Call (616)881-1961 with your questions.

Saturday, January 19

Trade of Innocents, Movie Showing, Human Trafficking, 7:30pm This movie will bring awareness of the travesty of human trafficking. This is a growing problem not only in other countries, but in our area. Come and learn more about this and what you can do to help. There will be a suggested donation of $5.00. All proceeds will go to The Manasseh Project to help fund their new safe house in Grand Rapids. Come and meet the author of Trade of Innocents, Dr. Dudley Delffs, who will be there signing his book. The link to see the trailer is:

Kentwood Community Church, 1200 60th Street SE, Kentwood, Michigan

Sunday January 20

- Benefit - 7 pm, Benefit event held at Life Stream Church, 6561 Lake Michigan Dr., Allendale for Moriah Ministries (serving students at GVSU) features David Aikman (23 year TIME Magazine journalist-turned-author, interviewed the world leaders of our time, served as TIME bureau chief in Berlin, Beijing and Jerusalem) David Aikman presents "The Delusion of Disbelief: Why the New Atheism is a Threat to Your Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness" Joining David Aikman on stage will be B-BOP (Big Band of Praise). Evening also features the mime artistry of Dawn Day. Suggested donation (offering) is $10/person or $25/family. For more information visit Call (616)881-1961 with your questions.

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. Jan. 23

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

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

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