A God-Sized Event Edition (11 December 2012)

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Local: A God-Sized Event: All Terrain Wheelchair Rodeo

By Liane Williams

wheelchairrodeo5Ned Stoller works for Easter Seal Michigan as the director in their AgrAbility program. He’s responsible to work with injured, aging, or ill farmers. He assists them with farming tools, ideas, and equipment so they can continue working their farms, unhindered by physical limitations. Less than 2% of the population grows the food that feed the rest of the nation, and AgrAbility offers evaluation, strategies, and training that keeps farmers active on their lands.


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Local: Video

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annbA View From the Frontlines: The Biggest Mistake Men Make Today

Pastor George Davis of From the Heart Church shares his thoughts on mistakes that men make.


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A View from the Frontlines:
Ambition or Calling?

Writer Ann Byle discusses being driven by ambition as opposed to hearing God's call.

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jeff225The Two Minute Answer: Is Marriage Just a 50/50 Chance at Success?

Pastor Jeff Carlson pinpoints the one thing that breaks down most marriages.


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Local: OneCry - Randy and Marcia Hekman

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By Debra Marcusse

RandyMarciaHekman3WMCN interviewed Randy and Marcia Hekman last summer. We were impressed with their personal integrity and their concern for personal renewal. We caught up with them again this past week...

Randy and Marcia, the last we heard, you were running a Senate campaign. You did lose the Republican primary to Pete Hoekstra, who went on to lose in the general election. What have you been doing since then?

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Church in the City: How Many Lepers Have You Walked by This Year?

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By Timothy Burns

leper2At the recent Resurgence Conference, eight national pastors challenged an audience of young pastors and up and coming leaders to live dynamically for Jesus. More than a coach giving his team a pep talk before the big game, these pastors spoke about living a life that intentionally focused outside the walls of the church, measuring church success in terms of lives touched and people changed rather than how many noses and coins came through the door on any given weekend. Former NFL player turned San Diego pastor Miles McPherson challenged the audience to return home with the vision of becoming a “do something church.”

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CD Review: Thanksgiving Christmas - Live

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By Terry De Boer

ThanksgivingChristmas3Longtime West Michigan musical collaborators John Grooters and Dwight Beal have teamed up again for a release of Christmas songs popularized during their 1990s “Rock Vespers” heyday.

Last year the duo – along with band members Danny Reyes, Daniel Matt, and vocalist Pam Van Putten.......

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Finance: Sallie Mae vs. Selling the Car

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Dear Dave,

I make about $70,000 a year, and I have $9,000 in student loan debt. I also have a car that would bring enough to allow me to pay off the student loans. Do you think I should sell?

Dave

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Final Words:

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"Jesus did not come into the world to make bad men good. He came into the world to make dead men live!"

Leonard Ravenhill

‎"For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings."

Hosea 6:6



Video:

Genius - The Movie


One Minute Apologist: How do we make friends with an atheist?

Skit Guys - Sticky Jesus

In case you missed it last week:

The Two Minute Answer: Is the Devil real?


A View from the Frontlines: Pastor George Davis shares on how you can see God work more in your life


A View from the Frontlines: John Booy from the Potter's House shares on living out the Christian life

Near-by:

Old Kmart could see use by expanding church next door

Americans United seeking plaintiffs to challenge cross in Frankenmuth city park

Marvin Sapp nominated for three Grammy Awards

Grand Rapids pastor, wife, escape devasting house fire in Gaines Township

Mother shines light on Ukrainian adoption struggles, victories

Benjamin's Hope nearly ready to offer hope to those with developmental disabilities, community


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Farther Away:

Just the Briefs, Week 50


Steven Spielberg's 'Lincoln': What is up with all the cussing?


Francis Chan's 'Multiply' makes NYT Bestsellers list


Ellen Degeneres' Christmas ad sparks conservative protest: 'Christians must now vote with their wallets'


Hasbro steps up after toys stolen


Christian Grammy award nominees


Missionary from Kentucky killed in freak accident


Jesus leaves Arkansas, Bibles go with him

Church calls off 'Charlie Brown' Christmas show amid controversy

Eldorado girls soccer coach steps down over prayer

Is Planned Parenthood showing teens how to hide a beating with makeup?

Silent service: Church fined hundreds of dollars for loud services

American Nurses Association should not support assisted suicide

Israel, Christians negotiate the price of holy water

Europe's first gay-friendly mosque sparks controversy

Lennon's life, death used as springboard to reach the lost

State to eliminate 'bride' and 'groom' on marriage certificates

Police detain nine Christians, send two to labor camp for holding free medical clinics and evangelizing

Private Jets for Jesus


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Reviews:

Commentary:

Shades of green - Seaborn


52 life lessons - Metaxus

7 reasons why America has not been reached for Christ


10 stupid things ministers should never do

10 signs you may not understand worship

Mark Driscoll: Puff or pass, should Christians smoke pot or not?

Is the culture at war with Christmas?





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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 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 7 – 16

Festival of Lights: Calvary Church presents its 2012 edition of Festival of Lights, an annual Broadway-style musical celebrating the Christmas season, December 7-9 and 14-16 at 3:00pm and 7:00pm. This year’s all new production, A Time for Christmas, tells the modern-day story of Bill and his encounter with a mysterious stranger. Together they take a musical journey to the shepherds, to a medieval castle, to a time when Christmas was outlawed and back to the present where Bill comes face-to-face with the issues of his own heart. With timeless music, a 100+ voice choir, an amazing dramatic cast and over 200,000 lights, Tickets $6 and $7 at startickets.com, 1-800-585-3737, and through Michigan Meijer stores.

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 Churc

Monday, December 10

Growth: God Revealing Our Way Through Him: Christian women’s fellowship for all believers who are seeking a living relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Casual and come as you are. For more information contact Donna at 262-3862. Location: Lamont Community Church; 14000 48th Avenue Coopersville (Host)

Saturday, December 15

Gaither Christmas Homecoming, VanAndel Arena, 6:00 p.m., tickets 1-800-745-3000

Saturday, December 15

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe Ballet: by C.S. Lewis. presented as a ballet by Reflections of Grace. 2:00pm and 7:00pm Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door. All proceeds from this event will go to Bring Me Hope, a ministry that helps and advocates for orphans in China. www.bringmehope.org, Cornerstone University's Matthews Auditorium

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

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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