The Coffee Barrel













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The Coffee Barrel has been roasting fine gourmet coffees since 1983. Over this time, we have developed the highest quality methods of roasting, blending, and flavoring using only the highest quality Arabica coffee beans from around the world. Stop by our showroom and coffee shop at the corner of Cedar and Aurelius in Holt. Don’t forget to print off this coupon!

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February Difference Maker: Media Messengers

Media Messengers is a non-profit, inter-denominational organization commissioned to communicate the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ in unique and creative ways. Media Messenger’s vision is to reach the local community of Lansing as well as the world-wide community through TV commercials, print and internet media, video, film, and evangelistic missions.

Media Messengers creates videos telling the lives of those who have lived without God and providing an invitation to others to turn to the Lord for salvation. They plan to produce TV shows, commercials, and films in the years to come that will tell the stories of real people who have found new life in Jesus.


SACKed Dec. 18th

Warner Brothers Announce Hillsong Movie in 2015

Overseas Council

Called. Trained. Multiplied. captures the essence and uniqueness of Overseas Council’s world-changing ministry.  Overseas Council targets leaders who are called by God to make a difference in the Majority World where the Church is growing fastest or against formidable odds.  These men and women are biblically trained in God’s Word within the context of their local culture in order to be most effective.  Through these leaders’ lifetimes of ministry, God’s Kingdom is multiplied in a perpetual cycle of conversation and growth, person by person, small group by small group, community by community.


Learn more about how you and your family can get involved with Overseas Council this month on Shine.FM! Thanks for being Difference Makers in Indianapolis!

What’s Wrong With Christians Living Together Before Marriage?

Dear Dr. Bill,


I recently heard you talking about dating for a year before getting married and that couples shouldn’t live together before marriage. Why is this important if both persons are spiritual, have faith in Jesus Christ, and respect each other?




Dear Heather,


A few months ago I mentioned many couples today believe that living together is a good way to find out if they are compatible — sort of a “test drive” that will improve their chances for a successful marriage. While that seems to make sense, actually the opposite is true.


Research shows that couples who cohabit before marriage have a 50-80% higher divorce rate than those who don’t. These couples also have higher rates of domestic violence and are more likely to cheat on each other.  If a cohabiting couple gets pregnant, there is a high probability that the man will leave the relationship, resulting in a single mom raising a fatherless child.


As a Christian, it’s important for you to know that God has some very specific things to say about sex. Our sexuality is a marvelous gift that He has given us. But the Bible clearly tells us that it is to be expressed within the context of marriage.


There are many scriptures that address this issue. One of them is found in the book of Thessalonians. It says: “It’s God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality, that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable.”


I would encourage you and your boyfriend to remain sexually pure until marriage. If you are already living together, you need to know that God considers this a sin.  If you truly want to follow Christ, it’s important to take seriously what He tells us in His Word.


An excellent book on this topic is “Before You Live Together” by Dr. Dave Gudgel.


Thanks for writing Heather.


I’m Bill Maier for Shine.FM.

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SACKed June 3rd

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This week’s SACKed idea is another easy one — leave exact change in a soda or vending machine!  Wouldn’t you just love to head for your afternoon pick-me-up and find that someone had already paid for it?!  Don’t forget to tape a SACKed card on those quarters, and call us to share your story at 855-987-4463.


June Difference Maker: KIC-IT


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KIC-IT (Kids In Crisis – Intervention Team) began in the Fall of 2009, as service providers realized there was a gap in services for teens and young adults who were homeless or couch-surfing.  These youth often showed up at churches seeking help, especially housing, but the necessary resources simply weren’t available. In the fall of 2011, members of KIC-IT launched a pilot program to begin serving this population in Johnson County.

The initial phase of the program provided for a drop-in center, where youth could get connected with people and programs that are able to offer solutions.  KIC-IT expanded its services to begin offering outreach and case management services to at-risk and homeless youth in Johnson County. The staff and volunteers at KIC-IT hope to strengthen the capacity of public and private organizations by increasing knowledge about collaboration, homelessness, and successful interventions as well as innovative solutions to work towards ending homelessness.

Learn more about how you and your family can get involved with KIC-IT this month on Shine.FM!  Thanks for being Difference Makers in Indianapolis!