Behind the Leader (27 November 2012)

e Edition November 27

People: A Look Behind the Leader: Tommee Profitt

By Terry DeBoer

TommeeProfitt3A visit with an area church music/worship director.

After several years of exclusively traveling with his band cross-country performing concerts and leading worship at camps and retreats, singer-songwriter Tommee Profitt now has a regular local church where he can share in music ministry.

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Local: Video


annbA View From the Frontlines: Isn't TV Church Good Enough?

Pastor George Davis From the Heart Church shares his thoughts on TV Church.

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A View from the Frontlines:
He Knows Our Need

John Booy from the Potter's House discusses how God provides for our needs.

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jeff225The Two Minute Answer: The Sanctity of Marriage
Our culture has lost sight of this important concept and the church is going along with it.

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Local: Shelby Community Wide Thanksgiving Dinner


By Timothy Burns

thankggivingdinner2Pastor Rob Henderson and wife Naomi serve an unconventional Thanksgiving dinner. Naomi injects the turkeys with her special marinade on Wednesday evening, and before the sun rises, the birds find their new home in the ovens at the Shelby Optimist Club, all 12 of them. "It's a blessing to bring the community together," says Pastor Henderson. With a high percentage of Hispanic migrant farmers in the Shelby-Hart area and equally high unemployment rate, Oceana County isn't a typical West Michigan community. "Our dinner guests reflect our community. We serve Hispanics, senior citizens and family members who aren't able to travel. We also will serve travelers who couldn't get out of town, or may be alone for any reason."

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Events: Dr. Tony Campolo


By Staff

tony3Everybody’s doing it: On November 30, the Pregnancy Resource Center will host Dr. Tony Campolo who will shine a light on sex, relationships and abortion in the church. Dr. Campolo will give insight into the high abortion rates within churches, promiscuity and sexual immorality. Pastors and educators in Grand Rapids have already responded to this necessary topic within the community, encouraging others to attend the Everybody’s Doing It Event.

BTW, Do you know how the PRC was founded?

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Review: Night Flight


By Teresa K. Lasher

NightFlight3This is Diane and David Munson’s first book for young adults (and those “young at heart”), with more in the series to follow. The Munsons refer to this book as “factional fiction,” a thriller based on their own exciting and dangerous careers.

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Finance: Letting Them in on the Secret



Dear Dave,

I’m in a very fortunate position when it comes to my finances. I’m 25, and I make $50,000 a year. I’m also completely debt-free. In your opinion, when is it appropriate to let someone you’re dating know about your financial situation?


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Final Words:


"If the average church made as much noise about God on Monday as it does to God on Sunday, we would have revival.”

Ray Comfort

‎"My eyes are ever on the Lord, for only he will release my feet from the snare."

Psalm 25:15


One Minute Apoligist: How do we shake spirtual apathy?

In case you missed it last week:

The Two Minute Answer: The Real Meaning of Thanksgiving

A View from the Frontlines: Pastor George Davis speaks on the biggest mistake churches make today.

A View from the Frontlines: John Booy from the Potter's House shares the impact the school has had on one Grand Rapids neighborhood.


'Hark Up' Christmas musical becomes concert experience

'The Story' brings together Christian music artists for Christmas carols, Biblical stories

Mike Huckabee on tour in Michigan for book signing

Handel's 'Messiah' comes to GR for Calvin Oratorio Society's 93rd annual performance

Bill Schuette backs West Michigan CEO's fight against Obamacare

Farther Away:

Just the Briefs, Week 48

Why one poll says 45% would rather skip Christmas

Hobby Lobby not exempt from contraception mandate

Why are retailers ruining Thanksgiving?

Bible Bee contestant wins $100,000 after three way tiebreaker

Study: Most Hispanics don't read the Bible

North Dakota rejects religious liberty measure

Europe mulls banning 'boxes' for abandoned babies

Okla. judge defends sentencing teenager to church even if it is not legal

Have you heard about this Christian scandal?

Muslim Brotherhood now targeting Jordan

Honoring faith in the public square

Why Americans don't think God talk is weird




Don't Drive on the Sidewalk - Seaborn

Seeing through the fog - Metaxus

New discipleship research: Selflessness leads to spirtual maturity - Stetzer

How to guard against sexual sin

How the Gospel produces reformation in marriage

How to deal with critics


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

Saturday, December 1

Joy: An Irish Christmas with Keith and Kristyn Getty: An Irish Christmas" concert tour, 7 pm. Tickets $10-$30, or 1-800-585-3737. Location: Sunshine Community Church

Wednesday, December 5

NOW 150 Worship Night: 8:00pm in the Vos Chapel at Kuyper College

Thursday, December 6

Women's Christmas Candlelight Celebration: .A beautiful evening with decorative, candlelit tables and desserts. 6:30pm. Guest speaker, Marian Jordan, founder of Redeemed Girl Ministries and author of the book “RADIANT: Living as Light in a Dark World." Women of all ages are invited to join us for a message of hope. $40 for a table, $8 for an individual ticket. Location: Sunshine Community Church

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, 1-800-585-3737, and through Michigan Meijer stores.

December 8 – 9

An Evening in Bethlehem Open House: Come share the wonder of the birth of Christ and walk through the ancient city of Bethlehem on the night of His birth. An Evening in Bethlehem Open House will be held on Saturday 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 - 7:30 p.m., No tickets are needed. 616-698-6279. Location: Kentwood Baptist Church, 2875 52nd St. SE Kentwood, MI.

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 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., 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

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

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