Lifestyle Choices (30 October 2012)

e Edition October 30

Perspective: Battling Over Lifestyle Choices

By Rex M. Rogers

choices2"Hey kid, get a haircut” is a resonant symbolic statement from my youth, the 60s when America seemed to turn upside down and inside out. It was a time when the Counter Culture pushed us, pushed the Church, to explain the “Why?” of our lifestyle standards.

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Local: Video


annbA View From the Frontlines: How to Conduct a Good Interview

Ann Byle shares six characteristics of a good interview

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A View from the Frontlines:
Being a Volunteer can Change Your Life

John Booy from the Potter's House discusses how volunteering for basic jobs at a local Christian school turns into a life-changing experience

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jeff225The Two Minute Answer: Happy Halloween?

Pastor Jeff Carlson shares a Christian perspective on Halloween.

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Local: Local Man Recounts His Visit to Heaven in New Book


By Ann Byle

visitheaven3Marv Besteman wasn’t a happy man after he nearly died in 2006. He was depressed and withdrawn, and seemed to take a long time to recover from a dramatic illness and surgery. His wife Ruth remembers that awful summer of 2006, recalling that it wasn’t until Besteman began to talk about what happened to him that he started to recover

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Events: Hope & Future


By Staff

gala5The Grand Rapids Pregency Resource Center will be holding its yearly gala next week Thurday, November 8. 6:00 punchbowl, 6:30 dinner with program following. The location will be the JW Marriot Ballroom, 235 Louis St NW, Grand Rapids.

This years featured speaker will be Dr. Haywood Robinson.

Dinner is complimentary. An opportunity to make a financial gift will be extended.

RSVP is required.

To register or more info contact Becky Peterson at 616.259.1522 or

Lifestyles: Five Strategies for Reducing Stress


By Kimberly Gleason

stress2Simon couldn’t understand how the piles on his desk never seemed to get smaller. The “paper creep,” he liked to call it, because the paper and clutter seemed to creep over his desk. There were files to purge, memos to enter into his database, calls to return, books piled atop each other, a mishmash of paperclips, staples, pens, bolts, hard candies, and magnets scattered throughout his drawers. Added to this scenario was a recent argument with his wife, the car leaking oil, and a game he was to coach that night. For Simon, life was out of control.

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Finance: Tithing Without Telling



Dear Dave,

I’m a Christian, but my husband is not. However, we still budget a small amount to give to the church. I started working a part-time job recently, and would like to tithe on this income. Is it okay to do this without telling him?


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Final Words:


"When a train goes through a tunnel and it gets dark, you don't throw away the ticket and jump off. You sit still and trust the engineer."

Corrie Ten Boom

‎"I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation."

Isaiah 61:10




Local video testimony of Rodrick Daniels: "It Is What It Is"

In case you missed it last week:

The Two Minute Answer: Was America Founded as a Christian Nation?

A View from the Frontlines: Jim Sprague talks about abstinence education

A View from the Frontlines: John Booy shares on being a follower of Jesus

Stuart Ray talks about the under reported situation in West Michigan after the economic downturn


10th anniversary of Girls of Grace returns to Grand Rapids

Big Ticket Festival returns to Gaylord for summer 2013

Failing financial investments has Calvin College eyeing program cuts

Calvin College inaugurates its 10th president, Michael LeRoy

Churches will observe Orphan Sunday

Farther Away:

Just the Briefs, Week 44

Lunchroom rule: No pastors allowed

Chick-fil-A finds increase in business amid controversy

11 year old tithes on steer winnings of 106k

Book available to make it easier to read the Bible in one year

Why the IRS has stopped auditing churches - even one that calls president Obama a Muslim

Christian ministries calling on residents to 'stuff a bus'

Hobby Lobby injunction against HHS mandate set for court

Saving the adoption tax credit

When Halloween falls on a church night

Mormon church set to become the world's largest




Little things make a big difference - Seaborn

Furthering the Kingdom - Metaxus

Can I be a Christian and a divorce lawyer?


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

Wednesday, October 31

Reformation Day

The Churchman’s Luncheon
: 11:30 am to 12:50 pm, $5.00, guest: Rev. C.J. den Dulk is senior pastor of Trinty CRC or Sparta, speaking on Justification by faith alone, Location: Westminster Presbyterian Church, 47 Jefferson Ave SE

Thursday, November 1

Michael W. Smith: An evening of worship and blessings,, 1-800-585-3737

Central Wesleyan Church, Holland MI.

Wednesday, November 7

Ted Dekker, author of the Sanctuary will be signing books from 7:00 -9:00 p.m., Baker Book Store

Thursday November 8

Gala 2012: Pregnancy Resource Center at JW Marriott

Saturday, November 10

A Night to Remember, 40th Anniversary Christmas Celebration directed by Thurlow Spurr, 2:30 p.m Location: Kentwood Fine Arts Auditorium, Tickets 1-800-993-SING

Monday, November 12

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)

Thursday, November 15

Meet and hear from Shane Hipps, author of Selling Water by the River, 7:00 p.m., Baker Book House

Thursday, November 22

Thanksgiving Day

Friday, November 30

Come and hear Degage's video presentantion and ministry update, enjoy a wonderful catered meal and fellowhip with Degage volunteers and supporters. following the event enjoy access to the Fredrick meijer gardens and Sculpture Park, 7:00 p.m.

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

Tuesday December 25

Merry Christmas

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