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RAYMOND E. FISHER

 

In Memory of our dear husband and father, Raymond E. Fisher. October 5, 2005.

 

Lily G. Fisher and family

 

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MARY JANE MIDDLETON

 

October 10th 1992

 

At birth we boarded the train and met our parents, and we believe they will always travel by our side. However, at some station our parents will step down from the train leaving us on this journey alone.

As time goes by, other people will board the train; and they will be significant, i.e. our siblings, friends, children, and even the love of our life. Many will step down and leave a permanent vacuum. Others will go so unnoticed that we don’t realize they vacated their seats. This train will be full of joy, sorrow, fantasy, expectations, hellos, goodbyes, and farewells. Success consists of having a good relationship with all passengers, requiring that we give the best of ourselves.

The mystery to everyone is: We do not know at which station we ourselves will step down. So, we must live in the best way, love, forgive, and offer the best of who we are. It is important to do this because when the time comes for us to step down and leave our seat empty, we should leave behind beautiful memories for those who will continue to travel on the train of life.

Lastly, I thank you for being one of the passengers on my train.

We love you. We miss you.

Dad, kids, grandkids & Miss Lila

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Trust and faith in God

Cedar-Christian-ChurchPastor Ryan Black

Cedar Springs Christian Church

340 West Pine Street, Cedar Springs

 

 

The Bible tells us that when we put our trust in our Lord Jesus Christ and obey His commandments, we are bound to achieve great and marvelous things through Him. But many of us have been involved in situations that resulted in frustration and disappointment. We thought we had faith in God’s power, only to see the results not go our way. Sometimes, we need a clearer understanding of what faith really is.

Faith is not just a concept that fulfills a mere wish. True faith is complete confidence in the Lord Jesus Christ, which makes us follow His footsteps. (Hebrew 11:1)  In the book of Daniel, we are reminded of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who refused to worship the golden image created by King Nebuchadnezzar. Because of their stand for God, they were thrown into a fiery furnace. In faith, they believed that their God could deliver them. Their perseverance demonstrated the elements that are required of true faith in God and they came out without a single burn. They trusted in God even if things would not have turned out as they had expected.  Faith in Jesus Christ calls for total reliance on Him, even when some things do not always make sense to us. The trio knew they could trust in Him because they understood His nature, which does not change. They understood that God is in control of everything in Heaven and on the earth.

God has given us an opportunity to choose and to decide. Sometimes we are bound to be tested and he again assures us in 1 Corinthians 10:13 that he will never let us be tempted beyond what we can endure. After the great challenges that we must all undergo, we can be victorious and emerge as stronger men and women of God. It’s not necessary that we go looking for trials and tribulations. They will find us. But when faced with them, our Heavenly Father gives us strength to overcome.

In 2 Corinthians 12:9-10, Paul was assured by the Savior that His grace is sufficient and that his strength is made perfect in weakness and his response was just amazing. He said, “I take pleasure in my infirmities, in accusations, in necessities, in persecutions, in distress for the sake of Christ.” He realized that during his very weakest moment is when he became very strong. Not strong in his own might, but strong in the Lord, allowing the Holy Spirit to empower and live in him.

When we trust in God, He is more than willing to provide help when we desperately need it. It doesn’t matter how challenging the situation is. This gives God’s spirit room to live in our heart so that He can constantly talk to us and lead us in the right direction.  True faith is based on trusting the Lord Jesus Christ and His ever willing desire to meet our needs. Daniel 3:15 says, “For surely He blesses and prospers only those who fully trust in Him.”

Faith in Jesus Christ is more than a system, tradition, or belief. He is a Person who knows our needs, feels our pain, and sympathizes with our weaknesses. In exchange for our trust, He offers to forgive our sins, to intercede for us, and to bring us to His Father. He cried for us, died for us, and rose from the dead to show that He was all He claimed to be. Conquering death, He showed us that He can save us from our sins, live His life through us on earth, and then bring us safely to Heaven. He offers Himself as a gift to anyone who will trust and follow Him (John 20:24-31).

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Hard of hearing

By Ronnie McBrayer

By Ronnie McBrayer

A husband and wife had been married for many years when the husband began to fear that his wife was going deaf. He implemented an informal exam. With his wife in the kitchen, the husband asked from the den, “What’s for dinner?” She didn’t answer. He repeated the question over and over, each time moving closer, and each time received no response.

Finally, he was directly behind her asking his question. His wife whirled on her heels and shouted, “George, for the hundredth time, I said we’re having chicken!” Often, others listen just fine; we are the ones who are hard of hearing, especially when it comes to describe deafness to the Spirit.

Maybe God used to speak to you, he once whispered in your ear, or stirred in your soul; or maybe you have never had such a sensation of God speaking at all. Regardless, now you’re stone deaf, but might be thinking it’s God with a hearing problem.

The troubling thing is, when someone’s hearing begins to erode, his or her life gets louder, only magnifying the problem. The TV volume is cranked up to the decibels of a jet fighter. Warning bells and alarms are ignored. Communication becomes difficult, a game of escalating voices.

Bring that scenario into the realm of faith. While we want God to shatter his perceived silence with thunderclaps, earthquakes, and firestorms, why should he speak to us over the noise of our lives? Why would he add to the commotion? His voice will only get lost; and it does, in the dissonance that surrounds us.

My friend David Beavers says it impeccably: “Along life’s way, you lose you. Your life gets covered, buried, and numbed out with addictions, distractions, medications, and busyness of all kinds. If you don’t believe me, spend the day alone, without a phone, book, or computer. There, listen to and observe the insane, obsessive, cyclical and compulsive chatter that drives you—inside and out. It is nothing more than noise, and noise is the problem.”

So, you might not be hard of hearing at all. It could be the pandemonium within and without; the sound and fury that has been absorbed into your heart, mind, and very soul. We have to turn down the volume around us, not to hear ourselves think, but to hear anything—even the Maker of the Universe—when he gently speaks our name.

Ronnie McBrayer is a syndicated columnist, blogger, pastor, and author of multiple books. Visit his website at www.ronniemcbrayer.me.

 

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Patricia M. Wright

Patricia WrightPatricia M. Wright, 66 of Cedar Springs, went to be with her Lord and Saviour on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at Heartland Health Care Center, Grand Rapids. Patti was born August 2, 1948 in Grand Rapids, MI daughter of Harold and Neoma (Brille) Richardson. She had retired from Brookcrest Nursing Home. She enjoyed attending her grandchildren’s sporting events, traveling and camping. She loved her church, Solon Center Wesleyan of which she was a member. Surviving are her husband, Willard; children, Bill (Glenda) Wright, Bob Wright, Jim Wright, Linda Raisanan, Craig (Marsha) McIntyre, Diane (Terry) Lantz, Brenda (Rich) Stafford, Rachel (Tommy) McIntyre, Kristy Ciesielski; 21 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; brothers, Bob Richardson, Ed Richardson. She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Helen; son, Jerry. The family greeted friends Tuesday, Oct. 7 from 11:00 am until time of service at 1:00 pm at Solon Center Wesleyan Church, 15671 Algoma Avenue, Cedar Springs. Pastor Tom Holloway officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Michigan.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs.

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BENJAMIN G. HYRNS

C-Mem-Hyrns-webIn Memory of

BENJAMIN G. HYRNS

April 28, 1930 – October 4, 2004

 

What a wonderful gift God gave us, to have had Ben in our lives. We will always hold on to a lifetime of memories and remember all of those great qualities.

 

Wife Helen, Steve and Cathy, Bill and Sue; grandchildren, Kamie and Stephen, Jason and Michelle, Ben, Lindsey and Matt, Zeb and Janell; greatgrandchildren, Benjamin, Faith, Hunter and expecting additional great grandchildren.

 

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WILLIAM (CHARLIE) PARKER

 

C-Mem-Parker-webJuly 7, 1928 – October 2, 2013

 

To some you may be forgotten, to others a part of the past. To us, who loved and lost you, your memory will last forever because God only takes the best.

 

Sadly miss by wife Doris; brother, Leon and Dorothy; nephews, Gene and Kimberly, Jeff and Terri, Jamie and Sarah and families.

 

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Thank You

A sincere thank you to all who sent cards and well wishes, provided food and flowers, and donated to Hospice in Bruce’s memory. It was greatly appreciated.

 

The Smith Family

Sharon, Scott and Randy

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Thank You

Dear Family and Friends,

 

We would like to extend our sincere thanks and appreciation to everyone who sent cards, flowers and monetary donations. Also, thanks to those who attended the visitation and funeral.

 

Sincerely,

The Family of Marguerite Fifield

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Thank You

We want to thank everyone for cards, phone calls, flowers and all the kind things that was said about Leonard. Your many acts of kindness were felt to the bottom of our hearts. Thanks to Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home. Special thanks to Kevin for all his kind works.

 

The Family of Leonard E. Gould

 

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