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“‘And Enoch walked with God’ [Genesis 5:24]. If so much as this can be truly said of you and me after our decease, we shall not have any reason to complain that we have lived in vain.” —George Whitefield

“A neglect of secret prayer has been frequently an inlet to many spiritual diseases, and has been attended with fatal consequences.” —George Whitefield

“You have heard many men’s dying words, and these are mine: A life spent in communion with God is the pleasantest life in the world.” —Matthew Henry, to a friend when near his death

Sgt. Jason Kelley is a wonderful asset to my hometown, and our surrounding area. So I couldn’t be happier that he has been named Kent County Deputy of the Year!

We are losing a pastor who has been so involved in our city. Pastor Tom Holloway is moving to South Carolina, and I am going to miss him.

A U.S. Army chaplain has found an innovative way to water baptize soldiers. Love it!

Eric Metaxas asks, “How can anyone defend Planned Parenthood after the sickening video came to light this week?” Check out his insightful answer.

[VIDEO] Here is the video from another Periscope broadcast I did about handling fear—

A Beautiful Mess

I’m a neat-and-tidy guy. I like everything to be in its place, so clutter drives me crazy.

So you can imagine how this proverb initially stuck me…

Without oxen a stable stays clean, but you need a strong ox for a large harvest. (Proverbs 14:4)

A loose translation goes like this: If you want something to be productive, you sometimes have to put up with a mess.

Oh boy!

I’ve been learning that lately. In my interim role at the En-Gedi Youth Center, in our own church’s Impact youth group, even around my house the “messiness” means people are there. I could have everything all spiffed up, but then that would mean no kids … no laughter … no ministry … no life-changing interactions.

So I’m learning that I’ll take the mess to get the interaction with others.

Lord, help me appreciate the beautiful messes in my life!

My Newest Assignment

I truly believe that God directs our steps. I like Jeremiah’s prayer:

I know, O Lord, that a man’s life is not his own; it is not for man to direct his steps. (Jer. 10:23)

I also believe that God gives us talents and strengths, and then puts us in settings where we can use those strengths to glorify Him. Moving to Cedar Springs was truly a God-directed step for my family, and doing so has put us in so many settings where we can all use our talents.

My latest opportunity to use my God-given strengths is as the interim director of the En-Gedi Youth Center. This is an outstanding program that provides a safe and constructive environment for students after school. In just a couple of weeks in this new assignment, I’ve already met so many new people and I’ve seen so much more potential. I cannot wait to see what will happen next!

The Cedar Springs Post has an article in this week’s edition about my new temporary assignment (read the full article here). I love this forward-looking quote from the En-Gedi Board chair Sue Wolfe:

“Craig is a wonderful gift to En-Gedi, our students, and community. He is already involved with many local organizations. The transition from Tom [the first director and current Board member] to Craig has gone well and the board is enthusiastically moving forward in securing a permanent Executive Director,” said Wolfe. “En-Gedi is ready to take a leap of faith into the next phase of organization’s goal to open a youth center room in the high school and middle school. We see the need and believe we should now move forward in expanding programs, services, and special events to our community’s youth and families.”

I’m thrilled to be a part of this leap of faith that En-Gedi is about to take!

By the way… if you live near Cedar Springs and would like to get involved with this outstanding youth center, please get in touch with me right away. Perhaps God is directing your steps and your talents to be used in a new way!

Cookie Assault

Ever heard about that fictitious “wall” separating church and state? It gets used rather liberally by any group that thinks biblical values should be something privately lived out, and never discussed in public. Because so many people have crowed so loudly for so long about this, there are several people in public/state positions that are scared of even talking to anyone that is remotely connected to a church.

I love our Cedar Springs Ministerial Association! We regularly find ways to collaborate with our city and schools. When a family is in need, one of our churches gets called to assist that family, and recently our Association helped establish the En-Gedi Youth Center as a safe and nurturing place for students to hang out after school.

Our latest effort is to assault our teachers and principals with cookies. Seriously!

On Friday we delivered a whole bunch of homemade goodies to all of our schools, and even to the bus garage personnel. Why? Because we want them to know how much we care about them and are here to help. To use a well-worn cliché, it does take a whole village to raise a child. That means families, schools and churches all working together.

If it takes a cookie assault to let our teachers know we’re here and we care about them, then I say, “Open fire!”

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