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What is Christmas all about?


Grace-ChurchPastor Kevin Reed

Grace Evangelical Free Church

4714 13 Mile Rd, Rockford

Let me assure you that this is not another anti-santa and presents presentation from a delusional and out of touch Pastor. This is a heartfelt, honest, and open communication from a child of God who realized two months ago that he was no longer amazed like he should be by the Christmas Story. As I sat in my office with the task ahead of me of preparing a sermon series on Christmas, I realized that I didn’t want to preach on Christmas again, because I was sadly unmoved and unimpressed. I prayed that God would open my eyes and help me to stand in wonder at the story of the birth of His only Son. He did, and below is what He reminded me of. (This is a brief recap of 3 weeks of sermons that I shared with our Church. You can find those videos in their entirety online at www.gracerockford.com.)

1.  Christmas is about a Child. Isaiah 9:6,7:  “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given…”

There is this great list in the following verse of all the things that this child will be: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace.  It’s no doubt this child was special; but let’s not forget He was still a child, He was still a Son. Christmas is about God sending His one and only Son. What love, what mercy, what a miracle! As a father of four children, I would never consider giving them up for the welfare of another. After all, it’s my job to protect them. But on Christmas day, God gave his son up for the welfare of mankind. Christmas is about a child, let us not forget.

2.  Christmas is about a Savior. Luke 2:9-12: “Today in the town of David a Savior has been born…”

There are many words that Scripture uses to describe this idea of a Savior. Words like rescue, heal, deliver, redeem, and atone. All of these words indicate that those being saved, have a problem that they can’t remedy. If they could, they wouldn’t need a Savior. Christmas is about God sending his Son to remedy a problem that you and I had and could not fix. The problem of our sin would have most definitely resulted in eternal condemnation unless someone came and rescued us, delivered us, redeemed us. Christmas is all about Jesus coming to do just that, set us free.

3.  Christmas is about a Cross. Galatians 4:3-5; 3:13: “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us…”

This child, that was born to save, could only do it by being crucified on a cross, and thus bearing our curse as he hung in our place. Many times we look at our nativity sets and everything looks so peaceful, but in reality that little baby was born in a manger to be murdered on a cross! Let us not forget that the peacefulness of Christmas will soon be destroyed by the punishment and the death that we each deserved being taken out on the perfect, innocent Son of God.

Christmas is about a Child, a Savior and a Cross.  I pray that this Christmas we will spend time worshipping the one who became a child, in order to be our savior, so that he might bear the punishment and death of our cross!

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What God was saying at the cross


Rev. Mike Shiery

Pilgrim Bible Church

261 Pine St., Cedar Springs, MI 49319

“For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:7-8 (NKJV)

As we come into the Easter season, we are again brought up short at the sight and story of the Cross. It is a story that is simultaneously gory and glorious. The evidence of the depravity of mortal man that would impale the innocent Son of God on a wooden crossbeam is not only matched but overwhelmed by the evidence that Jesus loved sinful humanity enough to volunteer to sacrifice Himself for us.

The Cross is God’s vivid illustrations of His love for us. Knowing that the majority of humanity would reject His gift of love, He still chose to send His only begotten Son to pay the price for our sin. The story simply overwhelms us. It is almost more than our finite minds can grasp, because it is so opposite of what most people would do. We despise the people who have despised us, and turn on those who have misused or mistreated us. But Jesus, while suffering untold agonies on the cross, offered no recriminations for His torturers. Instead He prayed, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” (Luke 23:24) (NKJV)

No wonder men, women, boys and girls down through the last two thousand years have been changed by hearing of this love, or that an Italian painter named Francetti is said never to have completed a painting of Christ on the cross because every time he tried to paint it he wept so hard he could not put his brush to the canvas.

On  March 15, 1985, Mr. Wayne Alderson appeared on the Today Show. It was the 40th anniversary of Mr. Alderson’s being wounded as the first American soldier to cross the Siegfried line into Germany in World War II. He had a permanent crease in his head from the wound. Asked for his most important memory of the occasion, Mr Alderson replied that it was a friend who saved his life that day. Alderson had come face to face with a German soldier. The German threw a grenade at Alderson’s feet, and Alderson shot the German. The grenade exploded almost instantly, sending Alderson to the ground, face down in the mud. A nearby German pillbox opened fire in his direction, and he knew that if that grenade had not killed him the machine gun fire would. But his friend turned him over, so he could breathe, and threw himself across his body, shielding him from the deadly fire. “I can never forget the person who sacrificed his life to save me,” said Mr. Alderson, tears in his eyed. “I owe everything to him.”

Friends, we can never forget what Jesus did for us on the cross. We owe everything to Him. If you have never thanked Him, if you have never asked Him to come into your heart, there is no better time than now.

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Boxers in Golden Gloves championship


Sand Lake boxing club has had a great start to the 2011 Golden Glove Tournament. Sand Lake entered 7 boxers in this year’s tournament and of those seven, six have advanced to the championship bracket this Saturday at the 44th street Armory in Grand Rapids.

Kyle Dunmire lost a close decision to Benton Harbor’s Jeffrey Carter on Saturday March 12. Dunmire had Carter in trouble in the second round and forced a standing eight count but could not put him away and lost a 3-2 decision.

Rockford’s Zack Cross won his 165lb fight March 12 and will advance to the championship. Chad Bowens won his 132 lb fight with a first round stoppage of MGGA’s Joshua Potyraj and will also advance to the championship. Tyler Koesh and Cedar Springs’ Jeff Knapp will have to box each other in the 201lb sub-novice championship bout. Nate MacDonald was scheduled to box Friday March 18, but won by walk-over when his opponent could not compete due to a shoulder injury he suffered in the previous round. Nate will fight for the 141lb novice West Michigan Championship on Saturday.

Ricardo Rios of Cedar Springs won by decision over Burim Bequiri on Friday the 18th and will advance to the West Michigan 141 open championship. Zack Cross, Nate Macdonald, Chad Bowens and Ricardo Rios have also have qualified for the State Championships, which will be contested April 8th and 9th at the 44th street Armory in Grand Rapids.

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Drug bust update


Nicholas Reyburn

Two Cedar Springs residents are headed to court after a drug bust December 3 in the 300 block of E. Oak Street.
The Post reported last month that one person was arrested and another cited on drug-related charges after Cedar Springs police responded to a loud music complaint and found marijuana.
Officer Paul Feutz saw one of the people throw something behind a dresser, which turned out to be a bag of marijuana and they found more on the balcony. They confiscated six bags, for a total of 26 grams.
Nicholas Allen Reyburn 28, of Cedar Springs, was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance-delivery and manufacturing of marijuana. He had a preliminary exam December 20, and is now scheduled for a jury pick on March 17.
The person living in the apartment, Sara Cross, was charged under a city ordinance for possession of drug paraphernalia.  She has a pretrial conference set for January 21 at 1:45 p.m.

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