May 2012 - Archives

A Light In Zambia

May 25, 2012 | Light Bearers

In our new documentary, A Light in Zambia, you’ll hear firsthand accounts of changed lives and trace the spiritual journeys of five special Zambians who have been powerfully impacted by the gospel.

If you would like to support the work of sending the literature around the world, please prayerfully consider making a donation .

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Justice and the Old Testament

May 23, 2012 | Jeffrey Rosario

A BLOG SERIES EXPLORING THE THEME OF JUSTICE IN THE BIBLICAL NARRATIVE AND ITS IMPLICATIONS FOR THE CHURCH.

“The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.” 1

You’ll need a dictionary for that one. That’s classic Richard Dawkins, the leading atheism crusader of our time. Yet it’s just a taste of the venom he has for the Old Testament, which he claims encourages “a system of morals which any civilized modern person, whether religious or not, would find. . . obnoxious.” 2 In fact, he’s declared that most of the Bible is “just plain weird.” 3

I won’t get into the specific accusations and condemnatory labels here4, but Dawkins actually believes that the Old Testament contains dangerous ideas that, if taken seriously, will lead people to wrong conclusions, and in turn, wrong actions.

But why …
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Jeffrey Rosario

Speaker
Light Bearers

And Justice For All?

May 17, 2012 | Gabriel Reed

I remember back in elementary school having to stand up in class (while still groggy and half asleep) to recite these words:

“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

I never really gave much thought to these words but these days, “justice for all” is taking on a great meaning for me. When I think about justice, my mind usually goes straight to the Jesus’ mission found in Isaiah 61: “To heal the brokenhearted, and set the captives free…” Ever since I was a child, I’ve resonated with the principle of justice in the context of defending the broken, the needy, the poor and the abused.

I wanted to do something about the injustice.

I wanted to contribute.

I wanted to change things!

I wanted to be like Superman who stood for truth and justice.

I sensed God offering us a chance to trust Him more …
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Gabriel Reed

Gospel Intern
ARISE

Boston

May 15, 2012 | David Asscherick

My family and I recently had the privilege of spending some time touring around Boston following a speaking appointment. Not being a city person, I had but mild anticipation. The primary goals were to expose my boys to some American history, and to have a couple relaxing days with friends. Both of those missions were accomplished.

But God, as He so often does, surprised me with an unexpected blessing and message.

That blessing and message? Freedom! 

As we drove and walked from place to place, I was repeatedly confronted with this most basic longing of the soul––American, or otherwise. The famous Boston walk is called The Freedom Trail. From Lexington and Battle Road, to North Bridge and the site of Paul Revere’s capture, the whole land is steeped in the grand quest for freedom.

God made us free to be free.

The human soul longs to be free, and in this sense American history is everyone’s history. That freedom is a universal and fundamental longing is easily demonstrated. …
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David Asscherick

Speaker
Light Bearers

Evangemom: A Tribute to Mothers

May 11, 2012 | Angelo Grasso

It was a spring morning like any other for my wife, Kathy and then two-year old son Eliah: playtime at the local park. Our son was enjoying himself in the sandbox, when another little boy showed up with his mom. As the boys got busy playing, the moms exchanged small talk. Kathy immediately noticed the jogging stroller and running clothes. “Are you a runner?” she asked. “I’m trying!” replied the mom. They soon found themselves talking for quite some time about their running experiences, until before they knew it lunchtime had come and gone.

“My name is Kathy by the way.”

“I’m Adi. Nice to meet you!”

“We should run together some time.”

“That’d be great!”

Numbers were exchanged, and an appointment was made for a morning run later that week.

As spring turned into summer, Kathy and Adi’s morning run turned into a weekly engagement. Before long they were training for races together. As the miles passed under their feet they talked about life, family and God. Kathy would …
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Angelo Grasso

Seventh-day Adventist Chaplain
Harvard University Chaplains

Digging In With Digma: A Teacher’s Testimony

May 10, 2012 | David Sherwood

Have you seen the new Digma videos? If you haven’t, go watch them immediately at  digma.com , then share them with your social network. I’m serious. Stop reading this blog because someone on your “friends” list is waiting and needing to hear one of these messages. And the good news is, they are so well done that he, or she, will actually listen! After you’ve completed this modern mission trip, come back and read the rest of this article, and I’ll share with you another effective way to use these visually engaging and contemporary videos. OK, ready? Go to  digma.com  and I’ll see you in a few…

You’re back, great.

So here’s my own Digma story.

I was looking for a way to lead my junior Bible class into a discussion about theodicy; that is, how God can be all-powerful and yet allow an evil world to exist. The discussion would lead into a Bible study on the great controversy motif of Scripture, which they could then share with others. That was the plan.

So first …
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David Sherwood

Bible Teacher
Collegedale Academy

A Crippled Arm, Doubts, and Something Better - Bryant Rodriguez

A Crippled Arm, Doubts and Something Better

May 8, 2012 | Bryant Rodriguez

His right arm struck his right thigh whenever he made a good point. As Matt Parra preached on Acts 17, biblical balance, and the logical fallacies of traditional definitions of balance, one thought streamed through my mind:

I’m supposed to be here. I know I am. God called me here.

For some time I had wanted to attend  ARISE  and learn from David and Matt, the Rosario brothers and all the great teachers that grace the whiteboard. But then, when I realized it was going to happen, and that the calendar date for the  Cornerstone Program would soon be upon me, all I could do was question my motives.

“Why do I want to go?”

Did I want to flatter myself by being among men of God and showcase my talents? Was I merely following the footsteps of my best friend, a subconscious mimicry? Did I expect a fix-all-my-problems-and-spit-me-out-as-Mark-Finley treatment? Doubts, questions, and fears hung above me as I packed my suitcase, as Delta Airlines brought me to Eugene, and even as the …
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Bryant Rodriguez

Graduate
ARISE