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Spring cleaning

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Pastor Ryan Black

Cedar Springs Christian Church

340 West Pine Street, Cedar Springs

 

Do you feel like your soul could use a good renewal or cleanse? Each spring arrives in God’s perfect timing and this year is no different. This stretch of the year tends to lead us into “spring cleaning” mode. The thoughts to restore a crisp, clean feel to all surfaces, purging or refurbishing the old and embracing the new. This unexplainable urgency to scrub and declutter every nook and cranny encourages a new spirit of energy. We actually collect enjoyment in breaking out the mops, brooms and dusters. We get a rush from organizing and cleaning out. Imagine if we applied this ambition and excitement to renewing our spiritual life this spring season.

How are some ways to bring forth this renewal of our spirit? Nothing will restore your soul like time with God. Find a place where you can have quiet and calm. No distractions, no time limits, no pre-planned structure, no agenda—just be with Him.

Another way to help your renewal is while you’re with God you might as well put everything you’re carrying into His hands, including yourself! He already knows about it all. You’re not hiding anything from Him. Nothing you’re feeling or thinking will surprise Him, and He invites you to cast it all upon Him—so go for it! (1 Peter 5:7)

Meditation of biblical principles is an excellent way to bring in renewal. Choose a passage, a promise, or a verse and just rest upon it. Chew on it slowly and let it sink deep. Find a place to jot down some reflections. What you meditate upon has much to do with your attitudes and actions (Psalm 1:2). Meditating on scripture is great, however, you can also try reading an inspiring book constructed with faith-based principles. Make sure it connects to some practical aspect of your life (Proverbs 25:11).

Serving or meeting the needs of another is an exceptional step towards great renewal. This could be your spouse, your kids, your neighbor, a church member, or a local business owner. There’s something really refreshing about choosing to perform an act of kindness “just because.”

A final way to bring forth a renewal in the spirit would be to try spending time with someone you love. This could be your spouse, your family, or a good friend. Right relationships are energizing. They have a restoring and renewing quality. Go ahead and spend yourself for others, but be sure you carve out time to be with those who strengthen you in the Lord as well (Proverbs 17:17).

This spring, let’s spend a little quiet time with God, maybe even while we’re dusting, mopping and decluttering. These are just a few things we can apply to our lives to help us grow and renew our relationship with God. When we engage in biblical, renewing activities then it’s only a matter of time before God breathes new strength into our spiritual life. Patiently enjoy His presence as He renews your strength (Isaiah 40:31).

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50th Anniversary

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GARY & LOLLY GUST

Gary and Lolly Gust of Cedar Springs celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with family and friends at the American Legion on April 22, 2017. Their children are Jeff and Barb (Zerfas) Gust, Michelle Tackmann and grandchildren, Jason, Brooke, Jacob Gust and Isebelle Tackmann. Congratulations to 50 wonderful years!

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LOREN TEESDALE

 

In loving memory of Loren Teesdale who passed away 15 years ago on April 23, 2002.

Today, like many other days

brings special thoughts of you

of happy times we shared

and caring things you used to do

And once more, it’s a reminder

that life’s road is sometimes rough

because the time we shared

just wasn’t long enough

For you were someone special

who was thought so highly of

who’ll always be remembered

with affection, warmth and love

So sending thoughts to heaven

on the day you went away

and hope you know you’re missed

more than words could ever say

Deeply missed and loved by 

June, Michelle & Noah

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In Loving Memory of BENJAMIN WALL

 

Our loving husband, dad, grandpa, and great-grandpa who joined the Lord sixteen years ago, April 30, 2001. Spring has come and so are all the memories of loving you. Our lives go on without you but nothing is the same. We have to hide our heartaches when someone speaks your name. Sad are the hearts that love you, silent the tears that fall. Living our lives without you is the hardest part of all. You did so many things for us. Your heart was kind and true and when we needed someone, we could always count on you. The special years will not return when we were all together, but with the love within our hearts a part of us went with you the day God took you home.

Greatly loved and missed by your loving wife Rosalynn; sons, Dennis (Cindy), Dean (Kristie); grandchildren Cory (Mandy), Zachary (Angie), Molly (Matt), Emily (Marshall), Nate (Kalli); great-grandchildren, Megan, Cody, Allie, Abbie, Maddie, Izzy, Tristin, Ashley, Aubrey, Easton, Lilly, Landon Benjamin and Caleb.

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Choices—today and every day

C-Cedar-Creek-Community-Church-LandscapePastor Dick Nichols

Cedar Creek Community Church

2969 14 Mile Road, Sparta

 

God has a plan for each and every one of us, for life, and gives us the privilege to make choices as we journey through the process of fully living our life.

Jesus assures us: “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10, New International version.)

The bible tells us that before we were born, God knew us. God knows who each of us are, much better than we know ourselves; and he knows not only why, but the reason for when and where he purposed us to begin life. It took me many years to discover that my life did not come about by accident. God is the Creator, the Giver of life, on purpose.

Not only has God purposed each and every life, through the writer of Proverbs, he has also given us wonderful direction: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV.)

Trusting God with all of our heart is how we show that our faith in him is real.  This is not a piecemeal trust; the call is to a complete trust in him with our whole heart, putting our whole life in his hands. Often, we think we know better than God, when in reality, like Adam and Eve in the beginning, our wisdom and understanding is weak, crooked and unreliable. It’s like trying to walk with a foam rubber walking cane; if we lean on it, we’re going to fall over.

This is where I find myself sometimes coming up short of what God knows would provide life to the fullest. It is easy for Christians to make plans and set goals, expecting God to fall in behind them. I believe though, that we aren’t being fair to God, ourselves and others, when we insist on doing just what we want to do, while not letting God handle through us, the situations that pop up in life.

We must turn that around. Otherwise, the greatness of our God will not be seen by the unbelieving world around us. I learned many years ago, that if I wanted to go boating, I must first, get on the boat. I have to trust that the person piloting the boat is a good pilot; while trusting that the boat won’t sink.  It is simple, getting on board is an act of faith.

In all our ways acknowledging him, means exactly what it says, coupled with the promise, “and he will make your paths straight.” This appears to be an encouraging promise, which it is; a promise that with God’s help as we trust in him, we will eventually reach the destination that he has in mind for us. But it is also a warning. It reminds us that our path in life is God’s path, and his way may not be the way we would have chosen for ourselves.

If we want to find God’s will for our life, first, we have to put our trust in God. Acknowledging the Lord is surrendering to God’s will and starting on the journey; it’s putting our faith into action. In other words, be prepared to go where God wants to take you, trusting in him to make the way clear.

God’s word reveals his heart and love for us, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV.) The God we serve in this life is the God we will serve for eternity; choose wisely.

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Willow Rayne Minnema

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April 9, 2017

Alixan Spaulding, of Cedar Springs, and Nathan Minnema, of Grand Rapids, would like to announce the birth of their daughter, Willow Rayne Minnema. Born on April 9, 2017 at Spectrum United Hospital in Greenville, she weighed 6 lbs. 12 oz. and was 20.5 inches long. Willow was welcomed into the world by her big brother Mac and sister Alanna Miller; her grandparents, Joe & Connie Warren of Comstock Park, Jerry & Michelle Edmonds of Dalhart Texas, and Gordon Chapman of Ionia.

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65th Anniversary

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DWIGHT & JOSEPHINE JAMISON

Dwight and Josephine (Valdez) Jamison will celebrate 65 years of marriage on April 21, 2017. They met in New York City in 1952 where Dwight was stationed in the Army and Jo had moved to from Tampa, Florida. For over fifty years, they’ve made Cedar Springs their home. Ike and Jo have three children, Archie, Judson and wife, Kim Vu, and Carla and husband Bjorn Hansen. They are grandparents to nine grandchildren.

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THERESA “REESE” BUBER GORNEY

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April 22, 1983 – December 14, 2016

When you died, it was the biggest shock of my life. Nothing prepared me for it. I live each day wondering how I will get through it, and then I remember that you would want me to.

Happy Birthday Babe.

Give them hell.

All my love,

Eric

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TYLER JAMES HELTON

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December 24, 1991 – April 22, 2012

In Loving Memory

Your smile, that contagious laugh and your love for life are missed every day.

Hugs to you in Heaven.

We love you,

Your Family and Friends

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RONNY R. MERLINGTON

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1937 – 2014

Fill not your hearts with pain and sorrow,

but remember me in every tomorrow.

Remember the joy and the laughter and the smiles.

I’ve only gone to rest a little while.

Although my leaving causes pain and grief,

my going has eased my hurt and given me relief.

So dry your eyes and remember me,

not as I am now, but as I used to be.

Because, I will remember you all and look on with a smile.

Understand in your hearts, I’ve only gone to rest a little while.

As long as I have the love of each of you,

I can live my life in the hearts of all of you.

Greatly missed by Family and Friends

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