When Evil Triumphs Edition (08 January 2013)

e Edition January 8

Perspective: When Evil Triumphs

By Dr. Rex M. Rogers

evil2Evil exists. We’re reminded of this each time another tragic—avoidable—incident hits the news.

“Mass killings” come to mind, a phrase now part of our national consciousness and the cultural lexicon. All we need do is say certain words and it all comes rushing back: Columbine, 9/11, Nickel Mines Amish school, Virginia Tech, Norway’s Utoya Island, Clackamas, Sandy Hook. And mass killings are only one form of evil. There are many more.

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Local: Video



A View from the Frontlines:
Called and Committed

Pastor George Davis shares on being called by God and doing what causes the hair on the back of your neck stand up.

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jeff225The Two Minute Answer: Digging Deeper into God's Word

Many just taste the Bible's goodness. This is a call to go deeper into its riches.

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Local: Author Offers Biblical View on Choosing a Healthy Lifestyle


By Ann Byle

Bentley2Dr. Ryan Bentley offers a unique way to consider all those New Year’s resolutions to improve health and get more exercise. For Christians, it’s not about exercising to improve appearance, but much more about exercising and practicing good health habits because we value God’s Word and what it says about who we are.

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Perspective: Say, Neighbor, Let's Talk About Lifestories


By William Campbell

20133It’s here! A clean slate--a fresh start--a new year! The pilgrims’ journey continues, but with a hearty joie de vivre as a new canvas, a fresh page, beckons with a sense of adventure, anticipation, and exhilaration. Just what do we do with a happy, new year? First ask, “How does God want me to use this God-given blessing--this gift?” Travelers we are! Our lifestory is created step-by-step.

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Events: Terry's Picks for January


By Terry De Boer

“Dinner For Two” – A dessert program featuring the one-man-show artist Ben Christensen, a magician-juggler-comedian, is set for 7:30 p.m. Jan 11 and 12, with a 2 p.m. Jan 12 matinee at Master Arts Theatre, 75 77th St. SW. The son of a children’s pastor and with his own degree in children’s ministry, Christensen performances are for all ages and include humorous illusions and audience participation. He wears the title of the “2012 All Around Clown” selected by the World Clown Association. Christensen specializes in tricks with the diablo (a Chinese yo-yo). Curious?

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Finance: Better Safe Than Sorry



Dear Dave,

My wife and I are 70, and we have $950,000 in annuities in the market, plus $68,000 in our emergency fund. The only debt we have is our mortgage. I’m considering converting our stocks to a money market account to lower the risk. What do you think?


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Final Words:


"Resolution One: I will live for God. Resolution Two: If no one else does, I still will."

Jonathan Edwards

“But if I were you, I would appeal to God;
I would lay my cause before him.
He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed,
miracles that cannot be counted."

Job 5:8-9


One Minute Apologist: What should every Christian know about other beliefs?

In case you missed it last week:

The Two Minute Answer: What is grace?

A View from the Frontlines: Pastor George Davis discusses the value of technology

A View from the Frontlines: Clare De Graff shares what he feels are the most common mistakes men make today.


Calvin College - The January Series

Calvin Colleges's January Series looks at Washington, examines Mormonism, tackles bioethics

Bethany Christian Services has client families in limbo after Russian ban on U.S. adoptions

Tenth Avenue North is first headliner announced for Rock the Coast at Michigan's Adventure

Degage Ministries starts year by expanding women's shelter

Fire department receives donation from local church

Farther Away:

Just the Briefs, Week 1

Adoption credit made permanent in 'cliff' bill

56th time: Billy Graham among most admired in USA Today/ Gallup

Passion 2013 Conference to kick off in Altanta with 60,000 students

Thousands to join Hobby Lobby Appreciation Day over mandate fight

Indiana lawmaker wants 'Lord's Prayer' in schools

Pastor's wife commits suicide in Texas gun store parking lot

Russian adoption ban will hit disabled children, evangelical Christian families

Ten most popular Bible verses of 2012 announced

Grand Ayatollah declares all Christian women may be raped

Targeting 'Les Miserables' to Christians pays off at box office

Abolitionists and their faith focus of PBS series

Sweden pursues homeschoolers again

Jihadi leader to Christians: Convert to Islam or die




Growing pains will stretch you - Seaborn

Against the Spirit of the Age - Metaxus

Premartial sex?

Greg Laurie on things to do before Jesus returns

Post-Christian Era? The future of faith in America

'Lost tribes's' return to Israel fulfilling prophecy?

If you want to experience God, go make disciples - Chan

Desert training

'Retire' is not a Biblical word - Piper


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 www.wholyfit.com 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: fusionholland.com 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 http://MidWinterConference.wordpress.com/Thursday/ 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 http://MidWinterConference.wordpress.com/ 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: http://www.tradeofinnocentsthemovie.com/

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 http://MoriahMinistries.wordpress.com/ 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 http://www.solagrace.org/walkthru and send both form and payment to Grace Community Church. For more information call 616-669-6507 or e-mail anna@solagrace.org.

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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