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Police seek info on vandals


N-Vandalism1Vandals hit several areas in the City of Cedar Springs with black spray paint sometime after 10 p.m. Sunday evening, February 16, but before 6 a.m. Monday morning.

Vandals defaced the south side of  The Springs Church, 135 N. Grant Street with the numbers 666, an upside down cross, a series of letters, and foul language.

N-Vandalism2They also targeted a car parked in the public lot behind the Kent Theatre; the old Cooper’s Dry cleaning building at 30 E. Elm Street; and street signs at Oak and Park.

If anyone has any information on this malicious destruction of property, they should call Cedar Springs Police at 696-1311. Police also ask the public to keep a watchful eye out for possible malicious activity.

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Do you want to be successful?


TheSpringsPastor Barry Briggs

The Springs Church

135 N. Grant, Cedar Springs

 

 

Do you want to be successful? Successful at work, successful in your relationships, in your marriage, as a parent, successful in life? We all want to be successful. I’ve never met anybody who wanted to be a failure in life. The problem is we often define success the way our culture defines success. Our culture tells us if you want to be prosperous and successful, you need to work hard. If you work hard and rise up the ladder and push it to the grindstone, and if you’re willing to do what others won’t do, you will be successful. There’s nothing wrong with working hard; the only problem with working hard in order to be successful is that you can work hard at the wrong thing. You can give your life to something that you shouldn’t give your life to. You can spend all your time doing something and the thing you’re doing isn’t the thing that God created you to do.

Our culture also tells us if you want to be prosperous and successful you need to make a lot of money. Again, nothing wrong with making a lot of money, but the trouble with gauging success by the amount of money you have is that there is always someone who will have more. Besides that, you can lose your money at any moment. If you tie success to money, and the money goes away, your success is gone. And beyond that, you can’t take your money with you when you die anyway. So if success is based on how much money you have, and you leave it all behind when you die, then at the end of your life you haven’t been successful. A lot of people confuse wealth with success. You can be wealthy and be a failure at life. Your net worth is not the same thing as your self-worth. The two don’t go hand in hand.

But our culture tells us if we work hard and make a lot of money will be prosperous and successful. We’re also told if we want to be prosperous and successful we need to invest well, we need to live in the right neighborhood, we need to drive a certain car, we need to have a particular look, and we need to know the right people. And again, there’s nothing wrong with any of these things, but the problem with saying that good investments, and a nice house, and a name brand shirt equals success is that you can have all of those things and still miss the point of why you are here on planet earth.

What if success is something different, and what if the path to success is something altogether different?

After Moses died, God tapped Joshua on the shoulder and said, “I want you to be my replacement for Moses. This would be the ultimate test of Joshua’s life—to see whether or not his leadership was sufficient for the task that God challenged him with. Do you think Joshua wanted to be a successful leader? Of course he did, just like you want to be successful. In Joshua 1:8 God told Joshua how to be successful. He said, “Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful” (NIV).

God says if you want to be successful you need to know My Word. That’s not what I would have guessed. I would have thought He would have said, “Joshua, if you want to be prosperous and successful, if you want to take the Promised Land, if you want to defeat all your enemies, you will need to be the strongest and have the best weapons and work really hard, and work over time, and invest well, and meet the right people and make the right connections.” But that’s not what God told him.  God said, “If you want to be successful don’t let My Word depart from your mouth, meditate on it day and night, and be careful to obey everything in it.”

Here is true success in life: To stay in the Word of God until we find the will of God so that we can walk in the ways of God. God has a different way of defining success than we do. We define success in what you have, what you achieve, what you own. God doesn’t define success that way. The Scripture makes it clear that God defines success in different ways—right living, peaceful relationships, being in harmony with God and other people. That’s success in God’s eyes, and it is only found through knowing and living the Word of God.  My encouragement to you this week is to spend some time in God’s Word so you can be successful in the things that truly count.

 

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Christmas Concert at The Springs Church


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The Springs Church Worship Team is hosting a Christmas Concert at The Springs Church, 135 N. Grant Street, at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 20. You will hear some of your favorite, fun Christmas songs and experience some great entertainment for the whole family. Let us help get you in the Christmas spirit! All proceeds will go to the church’s Bless The Children ministries to help kids in our community with clothing and other needs. Tickets are $3 a person or $10 a family. For more information please call the church office at 696-2970. Don’t miss out on this wonderful Christmas event!

 

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A Spooktacular Halloween


Trunk or treat at The Springs was a big hit with trick-or-treaters. They offered a kid carnival, lots of candy, and free hot dogs, donuts, cookies, cider, hot chocolate and coffee. Photo by Landon Prater.

Trunk or treat at The Springs was a big hit with trick-or-treaters. They offered a kid carnival, lots of candy, and free hot dogs, donuts, cookies, cider, hot chocolate and coffee. Photo by Landon Prater.

 Trick-or-treaters on Main Street during the Spooktacular on Halloween night. Photo from the Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce.

Trick-or-treaters on Main Street during the Spooktacular on Halloween night. Photo from the Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce.

It rained during the day and into the evening last Thursday, October 31, but that didn’t keep the little ghouls and goblins away. And that’s a good thing—because the businesses and churches in Cedar Springs were ready for trick-or-treaters!

More than 40 businesses, churches and non-profits were part of the Halloween Spooktacular last week, which was put on and organized the Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce. The evening included a haunted house at the Cedar Springs Museum’s schoolhouse, storytime at the library, a scavenger hunt and lots of trick-or-treating. While some outdoor events were cancelled because of the weather, The Springs Church moved its Trunk or Treat and kids carnival inside, and estimates that about 1,500 people flowed through their doors over the course the evening.

The Post was one of the many businesses handing out candy, and we thank you for coming to see us! Check out our Halloween album at https://www.facebook.com/cedarspringspost

 

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New Red Flannel royalty crowned


Pictured (L to R): 2012 Court member Jordyn Nichols; 2013 Court member Hannah Sommer; 2012 Queen Dani George; 2013 Queen Alexis Lucarelli; 2013 Court member Julianne Schut; and 2012 Court member Kellie Spahr.

Pictured (L to R): 2012 Court member Jordyn Nichols; 2013 Court member Hannah Sommer; 2012 Queen Dani George; 2013 Queen Alexis Lucarelli; 2013 Court member Julianne Schut; and 2012 Court member Kellie Spahr.

Thirteen Cedar Springs area juniors vied for the title of 2013 Red Flannel Queen last Saturday evening, September 28, at Cedar Springs High School. Winning this year’s top honor was Alexis Lucarelli, daughter of Brett and Nikki Lucarelli. Her 2013 Red Flannel Court includes two Hannah Sommer, daughter of Charles and Joelene Sommer, and Julianne Schut, daughter of Joel and Chris Schut.

“All the girls did a fabulous job and we could tell each one of them worked so hard throughout this whole process,” said 2nd Vice President Anna Nozkowski. “They looked beautiful as they graced the stage in their gowns and business attire. Very charming and sweet young ladies.”

This year’s pageant director was the 2007 Red Flannel Queen Kaleigh Rosenberger. “She did a wonderful job,” remarked Nozkowski. “It was very well organized and put together.”

The pageant was fun and entertaining for both the audience and the contestants. Nozkowski said one of the highlights of the evening was a local group from The Springs Church, who sang a funny song called, “We are the pirates who wear Red Flannels.”

The Queen and her court will all receive scholarship money for being chosen to represent the Red Flannel Festival. Donations for the Scholarships given to the winners will be received until June 2014. Please send your tax‐deductible donation to RFF Queen Scholarship Fund, PO Box 43, Cedar Springs, MI 49319 or go online to their website donate through PayPal.

 

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The Springs Red Flannel Bounce Bash


_RED-The-Springs-Red-Flannel-Bounce-BashRed Flannel Day, October 5

 

Question: What’s red, sails through the air, and has a smile a mile wide? Answer: Your kids at The Springs Red Flannel Bounce Bash! The Springs Church will have five different bounce houses set up in their parking lot at 135 N. Grant Street, for kids of all ages, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Red Flannel Day. And that’s not all—there will be free food as well. Free inflatables plus free food = free fun! So get your bounce on and head over to The Springs! For more info call 696-2970.

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House makes way for green space


By Judy Reed

 

A house that had seen better days is now making space for something new.

N-HouseThe house, formerly at 95 E. Maple, was torn down a few weeks ago.

When The Springs Church, located at the corner of Oak and Grant Streets, began to buy the older homes on the block so they could expand their parking to accommodate growth, the house at 95 E. Maple was the only holdout. When the landlord decided to sell it a few years ago, the church went ahead and bought it, although they had finished their parking lot. Since then, the house has been put to good use.

There were renters in both sides of the duplex, but those on the east side soon moved out. The church, who has a heart for serving the community, turned the east side of the house into the Embrace Home, a short-term transition home for moms that need to get back on their feet. The moms had to fill out an application and agree to an action plan.  They also received counseling and coaching from local missions Pastor Cherri’ Kerr. The church helped several families in crisis get a hand up this way.

For the last year, The Springs’ new youth pastor, Chris Anton, lived in the house while waiting to get married.

When the renters on the west side moved out this year, the church had to make a decision on what to do with the home—renovate it or tear it down as originally planned? Things started to go wrong with the home, and improvements were going to be costly.

“It would cost too much to bring it up to code to rent,” explained Senior Pastor Barry Briggs. “It really needed a lot of work. We decided it was better to bring it down and turn it into something good for the kids and community.”

The area has now been graded and seeded, and a new sidewalk put in. “I’d like to see hard benches, a picnic table, maybe playground equipment,” explained Briggs.

 

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Is Hell real?


Barry Briggs, Senior Pastor

The Springs Church

135 N. Grant, Cedar Springs

 

Everybody wants to know the answer to the question, “What happens after I die?” In a recent survey, from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, they found that only 59 percent of Americans believe in Hell, compared with 74 percent who believe in Heaven. Even a well-known pastor, at a large church in Grand Rapids, wrote a book recently suggesting that Hell—as it has been traditionally understood–d oesn’t exist.

Those who challenge the notion of a place of eternal torment wonder, “How could a loving and gracious God send someone to Hell?” And, when the question gets framed like that, it does seem at odds. But what if God doesn’t send people to Hell? What if people choose to go there? What do I mean?

Hell is total separation from God. 1 Corinthians 16:22 (NCV) says, “If anyone does not love the Lord, let him be separated from God—lost forever!” The choice is ours. If I don’t want God in my life now, why would I want to spend eternity with Him? Why would I say I want to live without God on earth, but I want to live with God in Heaven? That doesn’t make sense. God says, “You get to choose. If you don’t want Me in your life, I’ll stay out of your life—forever.” We can choose to accept Christ and live with Him forever, or we can choose to reject Christ and be separated from Him forever. So God doesn’t send people to Hell, they choose to go there.

What is Hell like? Think about this—if Hell is total separation from God, then it’s the exact opposite of everything God is. We know that “God is love.” That’s His nature. So what is it like to live completely separated from God? There’s no love there. God is light, so Hell is complete darkness. God is good, so there’s absolutely nothing good in Hell. God is life, so that means it is eternal death. God is gracious, that means there’s no grace there. You don’t want to choose Hell.

One of the big myths about Hell is that Hell is going to be a big party for all the people who like to party. Hell will be no party. For one thing, no one will see anybody else in Hell. It’s total separation from God and everybody else. There are no relationships in Hell. There are no friends in Hell. It’s total aloneness. It will be like being by yourself, in a pitch dark room, with no windows and doors, for all eternity. There’s no way in or out. In Hell you are alone and afraid, for all eternity, because there is no love.

Sometimes you hear these guys preaching about Hell on television—the hell, fire and brimstone preachers—and they’re yelling and they’re sweating. When you listen to them you think they want people to go there. What’s with that? I don’t want anybody to go to Hell. And God certainly doesn’t want anybody to go to Hell. Jesus doesn’t want anybody to go to Hell. That’s why He died on the cross.

So how do I avoid Hell? Colossians 1:21-22 (NCV) tells us. “At one time you were separated from God. You were His enemies in your minds, and the evil things you did were against God. But now God has made you His friends again. He did this through Christ’s death in the body so that He might bring you into God’s presence [that’s Heaven] as people who are holy, with no wrong, and with nothing of which God can judge you guilty.” The key that unlocks the door to heaven is friendship with God. If you become a friend of God in this life you will remain friends forever. If you are not a friend of God in this life, you will not be friends in the next.

Jesus says in Revelation 3:20 (NLT) “Look! Here I stand at the door and knock. If you hear Me calling and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal as friends.” Friendship with God is the key that unlocks the door of heaven.  Jesus is standing at the door of your heart right now. He is knocking. He is calling to you. If you open your life up to Him and let Him in, He promises to open the gates of Heaven and let you in. Why don’t you take a moment to do that right now?

 

 

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