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DON TIBBE

October 15, 2003

God knows how much I miss you,

Never shall your memory fade,

Loving thoughts shall ever wander,

To the spot where you are laid,

Though absent you are ever near,

Still missed and loved, always dear.

Sadly missed by wife, children, grandchildren,
and great-grandchildren

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JOYCE REYBURN

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Joyce Reyburn (Ziemann) age 86, loving wife, mother and grandmother passed into the arms of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on October 8, 2016. Joyce graduated from Godwin High School and then graduated from the Beauty School in Kalamazoo. She then became a cosmetology instructor at the State College of Beauty in Grand Rapids. Joyce changed careers and drove bus for Kenowa Hills for 20 years, where she retired in 1984. Since retirement, Joyce spent many winters in Arizona. Joyce is survived by her husband of 63 years, Gordon Reyburn, children Greg (Toni) Reyburn of Arizona, and Pam (Glen) Jurick of Wyoming, Michigan. Also surviving are seven grandchildren, Nick and Deb Bettes, Zack and Julie Reyburn, Mitchell Bettes, Ryan Bettes, Kent and Sarah Reyburn, Shontelle Hyde and MCO Officer Danielle Collins, and seven great-grandchildren. As was Joyce’s wishes, cremation has taken place and interment will be at the Fort Custer National Cemetery, Battle Creek, Michigan. A private memorial service will be conducted at a later date for members of her family.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford

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JEROME R. MILLER

 

Jerome R. Miller, 68 of Cedar Springs, died Friday, October 7, 2016 at Faith Hospice – Trillium Woods. Mr. Miller was born March 5, 1948 in Iowa City, Iowa the son of Fred and Velma (McLaughlin) Miller. He retired from Kool Flow of Kent City. He enjoyed flying RC planes, boating, camping, traveling and jigsaw puzzles. He was a member of the Eagles in Sand Lake. Surviving are his wife of 21 years, Nancy Ann; sons, Brett (Michelle) Miller, Ron (Heather) Miller, Travis (Heather) Miller; stepchildren, Deborah Wood, Ronnie Seabolt, April Seabolt; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The family greeted friends Sunday, Oct. 9 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the service was held Monday 11:00 am. Pastor Bruce Wilson officiating. Interment Solon Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Hospice.

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

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What makes us vulnerable to tempation?

The-Springs-blurred-webPastor Barry Briggs

The Springs Church

135 N. Grant St., Cedar Springs

In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus taught us to pray, “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” (Matthew 6:13 NIV). Many times we wait until we get into tempting situations and then we pray, “Lord, lead me out of temptation.” But Jesus taught us to pray in a different way—“Lead me not into temptation.”

How can we avoid being lead into temptation in the first place? Here’s what works for me: I must identify what makes me vulnerable.

Notice I didn’t say identify what tempts you. You already know what tempts you. What you may have never thought through is what makes you vulnerable to that temptation? What makes you weak? What makes you susceptible?

Jesus said in Matthew 26:41, “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation” (NIV).

Notice you can’t just pray; you have to watch. So when Jesus says you are to pray, “Lead us not into temptation,” he’s saying that’s not even enough. Besides praying you also have to do some watching.

You have a pattern of vulnerability. You have certain people, places and things that make you more vulnerable to giving in to temptation, that make you more likely to be led into temptation. To “watch” means to identify what makes you vulnerable. You need to identify your pattern.

Let me give you five questions you need to ask yourself:

First ask yourself, “When am I most tempted?” You’re going to find you’re more tempted on certain days of the week than others. Maybe a certain time of the day. Maybe you’re tempted when everybody else is in bed. You need to figure out when are you most tempted.

Next ask, “Where am I most tempted?” It could be at work, at your neighbor’s house, in the kitchen. Do you get tempted at a convenience store? At a sports bar? At the beach? A lot of you get tempted in front of a computer. You need to know your area of vulnerability.

Three, “Who is with me when I’m most tempted?” Am I most tempted when I’m alone?  Or when I’m with friends who lead me in the wrong direction? Am I most tempted when I’m with my co-workers? Or when I’m with a crowd of strangers and I think nobody would know me? Am I tempted with my family? Identify who makes you vulnerable.

Four, “What temporary benefit do I get if I give in to the temptation?” Let’s just admit it—sin is fun. If it were miserable nobody would do it. The Bible even says there is pleasure in sin for a season. In other words, it doesn’t last. So what is the temporary benefit I get when I give in to temptation? Do I get comfort? Excitement? Joy? Pleasure? A false sense of confidence? You need to know what’s the benefit when I do this.

The fifth thing you need to ask is, “How do I feel right before I’m tempted?” You need to know what your emotional triggers are. Is it frustration? Stress? Is it when you’re bored? Lonely? When you can’t sleep at night? You need to know what feelings make you vulnerable.

Figure out what your pattern of vulnerability is. Ask yourself who, what, when and where you get tempted. Then watch out for those situations. Avoid those situations. Don’t allow yourself to be led into those situations and you will find freedom from the traps that so easily ensnare.

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JACOB ARI BORNTRAGER

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Tony and Daneille Borntrager announce the birth of their son, Jacob Ari Borntrager.  Jacob arrived on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 10:34 am at Memorial Hospital, South Bend, Indiana. He weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces and measured 20.5 inches in length. Maternal grandparents are Dan and Donna Clark of Cedar Springs.  Paternal grandparents are Larry and Mary Borntrager, with loving mention of Meredith, deceased mother to Tony . (Onesie pictured was a gift from the Red Flannel Festival to celebrate new grandson of 2016’s Grand Marshal, Donna Clark)

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50th wedding anniversary

40c-anniv-hansenJOHN & JOYCE HANSEN

Celebrating our Anniversary. Please join us to celebrate 50 years on Sunday, October 9th, 2016 from 2 to 5 pm at Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, 140 S. Main St., Cedar Springs, Michigan.

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RUSS DURST

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Happy Birthday to our Dad/Grandpa

Russ Durst

October 6, 1935

Love you and miss you.

Your kids and grandkids

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STEPHEN EDWARD SLATER

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Stephen “Steve” Edward Slater of Cedar Springs, Michigan, age 62, went home to be with the Lord on September 30, 2016. Steve was born on November 1, 1953, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Steve leaves behind his five loving children: Shane (Sarah) Slater, Stephen Slater, Chad Slater, Tara (Gordon) Soyka and Nicholas (Tara) Slater. Steve also leaves behind his three beloved siblings: Daniel (Sheri) Slater, Janice (Ralph) Mason and Norman (Kathy) Slater. Steve leaves behind eighteen grandchildren; two great-grandchildren with one on the way; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Norman and Grace Slater; and baby sister Norma Jean. Steve was a simple man with a heart of gold that loved family, singing, playing music, morel mushroom hunting, fishing, shooting his guns, and watching movies. He will be dearly missed. A time of visitation with the family was held from 2:00 until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 2, 2016, at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street NE, Rockford, MI 49341. The funeral service was held Monday, October 3, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the family’s Go Fund Me page to assist with expenses. https://www.gofundme.com/2qunrpys?ssid=755549801&pos=2

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford

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First Baptist Church to install new pastor

Pastor Robert Smith and his wife, Ronette. Pastor Smith will be installed as the new pastor at First Baptist Church in Cedar Springs this Sunday, October 9.

Pastor Robert Smith and his wife, Ronette. Pastor Smith will be installed as the new pastor at First Baptist Church in Cedar Springs this Sunday, October 9.

The congregation of the First Baptist Church of Cedar Springs is rejoicing over the call of their new pastor, Pastor Robert P. Smith. Pastor Robert and his wife, Ronette, moved to Cedar Springs from Des Moines, Iowa, a few weeks ago and are settling into their new home just south of the city.
Pastor Smith will be installed as the 39th pastor of the church this Sunday, October 9, at the 10:45 a.m. service. During the service, former Interim Pastor Daniel Currie will issue a charge to Pastor Smith, and former Pastor Stan Mohr will issue a charge to the church.

Pastor Smith received his Master of Divinity from Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary in Allen Park, Michigan, in 1984, and his Bachelor of Arts from Tennessee Temple University in Chattanooga, Tenn. in 1980. He has pastored churches in southeast Michigan, but most recently pastored Grandview Baptist Church in Des Moines, Iowa. He pastored that church for 15-1/2 years.

Both Pastor Robert and Ronette grew up in the southeast area of Michigan. They have been married for 35 years. They have two married children and five grandchildren. Daughter Lauren and her husband David Ollila live in Allen Park, Michigan with their children Carson, Coleman and Cael. Son Colin and his wife Melissa live in Ankeny, Iowa with their children, Charlotte and Harrison.

Outside of the church, the Smiths enjoy cycling and golf.

Welcome to Cedar Springs, Pastor Robert and Ronette!

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What do you say…

Pastor Robert Eckert

Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church

10295 Myers Lake Ave NE, Rockford

…when you don’t know what to say? Brainyquote.com gives credit to Abraham Lincoln for the familiar axiom, “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.” Lincoln has a reputation as a Bible reader so he might have been putting his own spin on Proverbs 17:28a that says, “Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise” (King James Version, no NIVs or NRSVs in Lincoln’s day).

I wonder if the editor of the Post would have indulged me if I had asked to just print my name with a few inches of white space below so that even though a fool, I might be counted wise, or at least avoid removing all doubt.

It’s just one of those seasons that come along from time to time in the lives of those of us whose vocations include public speaking and frequent writing. We might have plenty on our minds, but when it’s a mix of the unresolved and personal, knowing what needs to be said, what has the potential to be useful and productive, isn’t always obvious.

Come to think of it, anyone of us can expect to find ourselves in such uncertain moments. Are you familiar with the guideline that if it’s not true, not kind, or not necessary, it ought not be said? Right now little is coming to mind that fully passes muster.

A couple of contributors to the Bible had interesting perspectives on not knowing what to say, remaining silent, holding one’s peace. The prophet Amos ran off a laundry list of wrongs being committed by certain people of ancient Israel. He named those who “abhor the one who speaks the truth,” “trample on the poor,” “afflict the righteous, take a bribe, and push aside the needy.” Then he drew an ironic conclusion after having just spoken up so loudly and clearly. The “prudent,” he said, “will keep silent in such a time.” Who says there’s no wit along with the wisdom contained in the pages of the Bible? (Amos 5:10-13, New Revised Standard Version.)

To those who find themselves at a loss in one particular form of dialogue, the Apostle Paul writes, “We don’t know what we should pray, but the Spirit himself pleads our case with unexpressed groans.” (Romans 8:26, Common English Bible.)

I hope you weren’t counting on this leading up to a pithy and profound conclusion. I don’t have one, unless it counts simply to pass on that the Bible seems to indicate that it’s ok not to know what to say and sometimes, saying nothing is the only way to get where we want to be. “Stand silent. Know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10a, The Living Bible.)

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