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EMILY L. GATES


Emily L. Gates

Emily L. Gates 91 of Cedar Springs, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at Metron of Cedar Springs with her family by her side. Emily was born June 15, 1924 in Forest Grove, MI the daughter of John and Elizabeth (DeKleine) VanOss. She was a loving wife, mother and homemaker who enjoyed handwork – knitting, crocheting and cross-stitch. She was an active member of the First Baptist Church, Cedar Springs where she served as a deaconess. Surviving are her sons, Lohryn (Debbi), David, Dan (Carole), Karl “Johnny” (Vicki), Kevin (Valerie), Lance (Kim); 24 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; sister, Karen (Al) Kunzi; brothers, Howard Van Oss, Robert (Verna) VanOss; sister-in-law, Ruth VanOss; brother-in-law, Lyman (Joan) Gates. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ivan in 1975; sister, Dorothy (Robert) Crater; brother, Richard Van Oss; great granddaughter, Piper. The family will greet friends Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service will be held Wednesday 11:00 am at First Baptist Church, 233 S. Main St. Cedar Springs. Pastor Dan Currie officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church Missionary Fund or Hospice of Michigan.

Arrangements by Bliss Witters &Pike Funeral Home.

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MADELINE REMER


 

Madeline “Betty” Remer, 92, of Cedar Springs, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at Metron of Cedar Springs. Betty was born August 6, 1923 in Cedar Springs, Michigan, the daughter of Peter and Hattie (Huber) Koster. She was a member of the first Red Flannel Queen Court in 1940 and graduated from Cedar Springs High School and then attended business school. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Cedar Springs Historical Society and had volunteered with the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts. She enjoyed flower gardening and traveling and her family was very important to her. She was known for her “gramma cookies” and watching her grandchildren’s sporting activities. Surviving are her husband, Robert; children, Don (Barb) Remer, Sue Brace; five grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; brother, Donald Koster; sister, Gertrude Gust; nieces and nephews. The family will greet friends Thursday from 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the service will be held Friday 11:00 am. Viewing will be held Friday at 10:00 am until service. Pastor Jim Howard officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cedar Springs Historical Society, Cedar Springs Library or First Baptist Church.

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

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JAMES A RECTOR


 

35C-obit-RectorJames A. Rector, 85, of Baldwin and Florida, was called back to his Savior, Jesus Christ on Saturday, August 29, 2015 at Faith Hospice-Trillium Woods. Mr. Rector was born January 26, 1930 in Pierson, Michigan, the son of Edward A. and Gladys S. (Bird) Rector. He was an Army Veteran and had been employed by General Motors for 37 years before retiring January 1, 1990. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and looking for lost golf balls. Surviving are his wife of 56 years, Donna L. (Rounds); two daughters, Terri (Peter) Loda of Byron Center, Gail (Joe) Parks of Grandville; six grandchildren, Michele (Justin) Poorman, Andrea (Evan) Bevolden, Aaron Loda, Shelby Loda, Conner Loda and Joshua (Heather) Lunger; three great grandchildren; brother, Alvin “Pete” (Edith) Rector; sister, Norma (Fred) Shira; several nieces and nephews. James was preceded in death by his sister and brother-in-law, Marian and Ed Rathbun. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 6-8 pm, at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs and one hour before the funeral service on Wednesday, September 2nd at the First Baptist Church, Cedar Springs. Pastors James Howard and Bob Sponable officiating. Interment at Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Hospice-Trillium Woods, Byron Center or Lake Community Bible Church, 8033 Central Park Blvd., Baldwin, MI 49304.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home

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MARK STEPHEN SCHUPP


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Mark Stephen Schupp, 54, of Howard City, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, July 26, 2015 while on a hiking trip with the youth group. Mark was born February 11, 1961 in Chester, Pennsylvania, the son of John and Doris (Williams) Schupp III. He worked in maintenance at Rockford Public Schools since 1989. Surviving are his wife, Cynthia (Owen); children, Stephen, David, Luke, Isaac, and Jenna; brothers, Kevin and Joel; sister, Linda Thomas; mother-in-law, Joyce Owen; brothers-in-law, Howard and Mick; special uncle and aunt, Clarence (Nancy) Hamilton. He was preceded in death by his parents and father-in-law, Moses Ray Owen. At the age of 20, Mark gave his life to the Lord under the influence of his friend and mentor, Rich Steptoe. He accompanied Rich in his bus ministry, inner-city ministries, and visitation. Mark will be remembered for being kind and caring, intent on being a warrior for Christ. He lived to serve others with an intense passion and took special pleasure in serving his beloved wife, Cindy, and their five children. He made life fun, coaching their basketball teams, taking them on trips, and creating adventures around their home. Life with Mark was never dull, as his creativity filled their lives with pirates, caped heroes, Indians, cavemen, knights, dinosaurs, fireworks, bonfires, zip lines, forts, tea parties, science lessons, woodworking, wrestling/boxing, and so much more. Every birthday was marked with a special Mark-created cake. Mark proudly invested in his children’s interests by attending sporting events, plays/musicals, and recitals. After all the fun, he was a dad willing to listen, read, talk, and fill his children’s lives with the Word of God. Mark was a member of the First Baptist Church of Newaygo where he taught an adult Sunday school class and was an AWANA leader. In the past, Mark served as a VBS coordinator, visitation team member, youth leader, and basketball ministry helper. His dedication to God was evident in how he served his church and community. When Mark met Cindy, he was a city boy. He let himself be led to the woods of Michigan and never looked back. He assimilated himself into her world, and together they created a life for their family. He worked alongside Cindy to help care for their family members, their children, and their church family. It’s this Mark that will be greatly missed, but we celebrate that he is now enjoying being in the presence of his Lord. The family will greet friends Thursday from 5-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, in Cedar Springs. The celebration of life will be held Friday at 11:00 am at First Baptist Church, 233 S. Main St., Cedar Springs. Pastors Daryl Crawford, Danny Hicks, Mark Holman, Mike King, and Steve Mackey officiating. Interment at Algoma Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Pine Ridge Bible Camp Sports Discipleship Ministry or to an education fund for Mark’s children.

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

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REVA MARVETTA BENEDICT


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Reva Marvetta Benedict, 88 of Holland, formerly of Cedar Springs, died Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at her home. Marvetta was born February 4, 1927 in Kewadin, Michigan the daughter of Espy and Edith (Wildi) Hubbell. She graduated from Elk Rapids High School in 1944 and had worked at Knape & Vogt for 28 years retiring in 1991. She had been a member of First Baptist Church, Cedar Springs and was presently attending New Vision Church, Holland. She was a 40 year very active member of the Cedar Springs American Legion Post 287 Ladies Auxiliary and the 40 et 8. Surviving are her children, Gerald (Joni) Nelson, Douglas Nelson and fiancee, Crystal Scott, Sarah Nelson; stepchildren, Herbert (Sandy) Benedict, Colleen Benedict; 14 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert in 1995; four brothers, three sisters, a great-grandchild, and a stepson. The family will greet friends Thursday from 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs, where services will be held Friday 11:00 am. Dr. Anthony Adams officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Cedar Springs American Legion Ladies Auxiliary.

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

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Real Men – Part 3


First-Baptist-church-currenPastor Jim Howard

First Baptist Church

233 S. Main, Cedar Springs

 

“What is a real man? By the standards of today, a real man is someone who doesn’t exist except in the imaginations of those in Hollywood and the marketing industry. Today, we deal with Becoming Men of God (1 Timothy 4:6-8; 2 Peter 1:5-7). You will discover that by embracing this final step, the first two will follow.

Paul’s words to Timothy are very appropriate for what we need in our lives today. The first thing to note is that we should be men who are given to a life of instruction. “In pointing out these things to the brethren, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, constantly nourished on the words of the faith and of the sound doctrine which you have been following”  (1 Tim. 4:6, NAS). Paul says we ought to teach (“pointing out”) the Word, be “nourished” by the Word and be obedient (“follow”) to the Word. Teaching a subject demands that one know the subject. Try teaching a subject, you will find yourself studying to stay ahead of the students. The word “nourished” would be better translated “trained” which requires little explanation.

Becoming men of God also means that we should be given to a life of exercise. “Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come” (1 Timothy 4:7-8, ESV). First Paul tells us where NOT to spend our time. There is much in this world on which we waste time. Not the least of which are the fanciful tales that some people spin! I stand in absolute amazement at what people will believe today without checking the facts. We are being programmed to accept at face value what we are told. Never mind that it’s not true. There is one thing about the Word of God that you can hang your hat on, it can stand the test of scrutiny. Truth will be truth no matter what the circumstances. Truth doesn’t change!

Finally, men of God are given to a life of Godliness! “But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love” (2 Peter 1:5-7, NKJV). This is an interesting verb here in that it reflects a command with the idea that we are to aggressively, passionately pursue the virtues listed.

Becoming a real man essentially boils down to three things: having a clean heart (a relationship with Jesus Christ); having clean hands (keeping short accounts with God); and having a clean mind (aggressively pursuing a passion for godliness). Remember Paul’s words to Timothy, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine (that which is right), for reproof (that which isn’t right), for correction (how to get right), for instruction in righteousness (how to stay right), that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17, NKJV).

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Thank You


The family of Marjorie Bailey would like to thank our community for the cards, flowers and acts of kindness shown to us during our difficult time. Hospice for their tender and dedicated attention to Mom. Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home for helping us navigate final plans and the First Baptist Church for the wonderful luncheon. We appreciate all of you.

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Real Men (part two)


First-Baptist-church-currenPastor Jim Howard

First Baptist Church

233 S. Main, Cedar Springs

 

“What is a real man? By the standards of today, a real man is someone who doesn’t exist except in the imaginations of those in Hollywood and the marketing industry. Supposedly a real man looks like an Adonis, acts macho, and always wins. In reality, a real man is defined not by what he looks like, but who he is! Real men for the most part do not look like the latest “hunk” of a movie star or sports legend. He may not have rippling muscles, or stand over six feet tall, he may not even have a full head of hair. Real men are comfortable in their skin and have made their share of mistakes, and will make more.”

The previous paragraph introduced part one of a three part series on “Real Men.” The first devotional dealt with “Becoming Men of Courage.” Today we will focus on “Becoming Men of Action!” Hollywood does know what film genres appeal to men—action films. It is because we tend to want to do or fix something about a given situation.  And like fictional Tim Taylor from Home Improvement, the more explosions and power the better!

Biblically (1 Cor. 9:27 – 10:14) there are a number of principles that will help us become Men of Action in our homes, communities, and work places. There are four principles to keep in mind.

First, be aware of the danger of becoming a castaway. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified (1 Cor. 9:27 ESV). The word “disqualified” is a word that means: failing the test; unqualified; worthless; useless; unworthy; disapproved. In other words, let’s live this life according to the rules—God’s rules—so that we don’t end the task and find we’ve been disqualified for rule infraction.

Second, let’s learn from our mistakes. “Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it” were the words of Edmund Burke, a member of the House of Commons in England during the Revolutionary War. Prophetic words, for each generation seems to adopt the philosophy of doing things their own way, only to repeat the mistakes of the past. We, too, can learn to avoid the mistakes of the past such as idolatry, immorality, infidelity, and disloyalty (1 Cor. 10:7-10).

Third, let’s avoid overconfidence. So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall (1 Cor. 10:12 NIV). Have you ever watched as an athlete runs across the field of play and trips for no apparent reason? Overconfidence happens much more than one might think. We often do the routine things that perhaps we’ve done for years, and lo and behold, we mess it up! Distractions? Mind was elsewhere? Remember, self-confidence without Christ-consciousness is a prelude to disaster.

Fourth, deal victoriously with temptation. No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it (1 Cor. 10:13 ESV). Temptation is not sin. We all deal with it (“common to man”).  Note too, that as a child of God, we live in a controlled environment (“God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it”). I’m reminded over and over again that He has his hand on the thermostat and He knows how much heat I can stand.

So how should I deal with temptation? Glad you asked! I ran across the following list many years ago that I’ve refined and hope will be of help to you.

Reside in Christ. He is our only escape (Heb. 2:18). Rejoice by Faith. Do it by faith until you can do it with your whole heart (Jms. 1:2; Rom. 5:3). Remain consistent. Hang in there—you can do it—persevere (Jms. 1:12). Request ahead of time. We must prepare ahead of time, before the test starts (Mt. 6:13; 26:41). Retreat! For some things, the only course of action is to run (1 Cor. 10:14; 2 Tim. 2:22). Remove the means. Don’t set yourself up for failure. Get rid of those things, practices or places that trip you up (Rom. 13:14). Replace bad influences. (Prov. 13:20; Phil. 4:8). Refuse to take the low road.  The low road is the path of convenience and compromise.

Keep in mind as you deal with temptation, it’s not based upon what you think you can bear, but upon what God knows you can handle! Hang in there my friend. You can make a difference for His Kingdom!

 

 

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Maranatha Baptist Church announces new pastor 


Rev. Scott and Susan Sloan.

Rev. Scott and Susan Sloan.

Rev. Scott Sloan assumed the pastoral leadership of Maranatha Baptist Church, 12786 Algoma Ave NE, Cedar Springs, on September 7. Pastor Sloan comes to Maranatha after 15 years of ministry in Fruitland, Utah. He and his wife, Susan, have three adult children and one grandchild. He is a graduate of Spurgeon Baptist Bible College in Florida. Among other interests, he is a very active outdoorsmen and avid hunter.

There was an Installation Service on September 21. Rev. Timothy Teal, a longtime friend and mentor to Pastor Sloan, brought the installation message. Rev. Teal is the senior pastor at First Baptist Church in Alto, Michigan.

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Real men


First-Baptist-church-currenPastor Jim Howard

First Baptist Church

233 S. Main, Cedar Springs

 

 

What is a real man? By the standards of today, a real man is someone who doesn’t exist except in the imaginations of those in Hollywood and the marketing industry. Supposedly, a real man looks like an Adonis, acts macho, and always wins. In reality, a real man is defined not by what he looks like, but who he is! Real men, for the most part, do not look like the latest “hunk” of a movie star or sports legend. He may not have rippling muscles, or stand over six feet tall, he may not even have a full head of hair. Real men are comfortable in their skin and have made their share of mistakes, and will make more.

Today I will start a three part series on what Real Men Are, from the Word of God. Note what God says in 1 Cor. 1:27-28 (ESV), “But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are.”

History records for us the stories of men and women who would not stand out in a crowd, yet turned their world on its ear. For example: John Adams, Nathan Hale, Mary Draper, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt, etc. Are we prepared to make a difference in our generation?

This initial devotional will deal with becoming Men of Courage. I will make note of five points that make for men of courage. First, real men recognize their disobedience and rebellion. Our culture has created a mindset that says that I’m not a bad person and that a loving God will overlook my sin. We have become a self-indulgent generation and choose to disobey God’s instructions. We must come to grips with this and acknowledge the fact that I, and I alone, am responsible for my actions and the sin that is a part of my life (unlike King Saul of old 1 Sam. 15).

Second, real men accept the consequences of disobeying God. God will chasten those whom He loves (Heb. 12:5-14). Our disobedience has consequences (Jms. 4:9; 2 Cor. 7:9-10; Ps. 32) that are often found in our emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual lives. Symptoms that we try to explain away, but yet are very real, such as bitterness, discouragement, anger, jealousy, exhaustion, substance abuse, impatience, critical spirit, etc.

Third, real men understand that there is a time factor!  The longer we choose to ignore the Lord, the more bad decisions we are going to make. As long as we continue to listen to ungodly advice and follow the wrong compass in our decision-making, the deeper into the quicksand we sink.  There is a real danger of waiting too long. Paul told Timothy there was danger that our conscience would become seared, which means burned or insensitive to stimulus (1 Tim. 4:2). There is also the danger of settling for the good when you can have the best (Eph. 4:17-24).

Fourth, real men defeat the Arthur Fonzarelli syndrome. The Fonz couldn’t or wouldn’t say the words, “I was wrong.” We need to own up! Don’t make excuses or try to pass the buck. We need to fess up! This isn’t a pride issue (1 Jn. 2:15-16). We need to catch up!  Don’t let things accumulate, keep short accounts. We need to give up!  Surrender control of your life to the One Who holds all your days. We need to check up! Take a look at your daily habits and routines that may be setting you up for failure. We need to grow up! Start moving down the path to spiritual maturity in your relationship with Jesus Christ. We need to look up! Remember the principle of Mt. 25:21 and being faithful in the little things. God’s forgiveness is immediate. And we need to make up! Here we need to ignore Hollywood again and the words of Leroy Jethro Gibbs, “never apologize, it’s a sign of weakness.” A sincere apology may be in order; make it sincere and a reality.

Finally, real men are men who are after God’s own heart! Remember King David? He lived for 18 months thumbing his nose at God. What about his sin? After he repented, he was forgiven (2 Sam. 12:13). There were consequences, but God forgave him, and his life was turned around and counted for something once again. He was indeed, a man after God’s Own heart!

You can spend your life any way you like but you can only spend it once. Listen to the words of Joshua who led the people of Israel into the promised land. Joshua 24:15: (ESV) “And if it seems evil to you to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”

 

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