The Week Before Christmas Edition (18 December 2012)

e Edition December 18

Local: The Greatest Gift

By Dan Seaborn

gift2Imagine for a moment being 17 years old and living in a foreign country. Although you are staying with a wonderful family, it’s not your family. They live nearly 6,000 miles away and are in constant danger. It’s a burden that weighs heavy on your heart like a big rock sitting on your chest. Some days it’s hard to breathe as you wait by the phone for your loved ones to call.

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Local: Video, Revisiting Favorites


annbA View From the Frontlines: The Value of Technology

Pastor George Davis of From the Heart Church discusses the value of technology in the church.

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A View from the Frontlines:
Most Common Mistakes Men Make

Clare De Graaf, author of "The 10 Second Rule", shares what he feels are the most common mistakes Christian men make today.

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jeff225The Two Minute Answer: What is Grace?

Caught in the trap of looking for a church that "meets my needs"? The best churches help me to better understand God's undeserved gift.

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Perspective: He Said She Said


Perspective on the Holidays

By Timothy Burns

heshesaidheJack is a single parent, and with the holidays approaching, the afternoons that used to create his most cherished memories aren’t that way anymore. “Over the river and through the woods, to grandmother's house” has turned into watching the clock for his kids to arrive from their mom’s house, hopefully before dinner gets cold. As his kids scattered across the country in the aftermath of the parent’s divorce, some years they don’t come at all.

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Perspective on the Holidays

By Ann Byle

heshesaidsThe stress of the holiday season began the second week of November. I met with relatives to plan the Christmas gathering for extended family that takes place in early December. I also explained to one side of the family why we wouldn’t be joining them for Thanksgiving dinner. I then learned that the friends’ cookie/gift exchange will fall on the same day as the large Christmas gathering.

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Note From the Publisher:


By Staff

christmas12In order to take time to commemorate the birth of Christ and to celebrate the arrival of 2013, the staff of WMCN will be taking a few days off to spend time with family and friends. We look forward to another year of sharing with you all that God is doing in West Michigan. The eEdition will be back the first week of the new year.

We wish each of you a very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year.


Review: "The Legend of the Candy Cane" rereleased by Zonderkidz


By Ann Byle

Candycane6When Lori Walburg volunteered to write a book for Zondervan about the history of the candy cane, she had no idea that 15 years later that book would still be in print.

“The Legend of the Candy Cane: The Inspirational Story of Our Favorite Christmas Candy” was first released in 1997 and has sold over 500,000 copies.

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Finance: The Tuition Payment Plan


By Dave Ramsey

Dear Dave,

daverOur son is graduating from high school next spring. We’ve saved cash to pay for his first year of college, and we have enough in mutual funds to pay for another semester. When should we pull out the money to use for his education?


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Final Words:


"I had a thousand questions to ask God; but when I met him they all fled and didn't seem to matter."

Christopher Morley,

‎"So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him."

Luke 5:11


In case you missed it last week:

The Two Minute Answer: Is Marriage just a 50/50 Chance at Success?

A View from the Frontlines: Pastor George Davis shares on the biggest mistake men make today

A View from the Frontlines: Writer Ann Byle discusses being driven by ambition as opposed to hearing God's call


Pastor Ed Dobson says survival with ALS is mixed blessing; he's sustained by faith and hope

Bosnian Muslims to remodel Grand Rapids mosque, add domes and minaret

Gaither Homecoming Christmas Tour brings old friends to Van Andel

Farther Away:

Just the Briefs, Week 51

Number of Christians in England and Wales falls by more than 4 million

Kansas governor criticized for speaking at religious event

Dutchman launches life-sized replica of Noah's Ark

More than 1,000 care packages boxed for troops overseas

Creation Museum continues to be a great tourist draw

Hurricane changes view of N.Y. community towards faith

Mohler tells grads: Feed, guard the sheep

Recently released 'Queen James' purports to be first ever 'Gay Bible'

Public opposes push to legalize internet gambling

Church organizes tiny Texas town to adopt 76 children

Walmart worker says she was fired for praying with a crying customer

'Choose Life' license plates ruled unconstitutional in North Carolina

Obama working to reduce deductions for charitable giving

North Dakota rejects religious liberty measure

Death threat prompts police response to Newton church on Sunday

God doesn't need your good works but your neighbor does

Young Earth's Creationist Ministry's biggest critics: Christians




The (real) Meaning of Christmas - Seaborn

And so it goes -Youssef

Looking for hope in a chaotic world - Metaxus

The power of being unstopable

Could Connecticut school shooting wake up the church in New England?

On the death and life of innocent children

Should churches discourage belief in Santa Claus?

The wild grace of Christmas

Three thoughts (and several resources) for addressing Sandy Hook at your church - Stetzer

What's the Christian's response to USA school shootings?


Upcoming Events:

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

Sunday, December 23

Community Christmas Dinner: Guiding Light Mission will be hosting their annual Community Christmas Dinner from noon to 2:30pm. Everyone in the community who could benefit from a hearty meal is welcome to attend.

Tuesday December 25

Merry Christmas

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 a Randy and Marcia Hekman, RVSP 456-5626

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. Jan. 23

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

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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