August 2013 - Archives

God's Secret

God’s Secret

August 9, 2013 | Ty Gibson

Apparently God has a secret to tell us. And it’s the best secret imaginable. If we lean in close to Him through Bible study and prayer, we’ll hear Him whispering the confidential mystery into our hearts. Be still and listen:

“The secret of the LORD is with those who fear Him, and He will show them His covenant” (Psalm 25:14).

Did you catch that? The secret of the Lord is “His covenant.” That’s the thing He’s so eager to “show” us. But what is it? Does Scripture wrap language around the idea so we can grasp what it’s all about? Yes, it does. Through the prophet Isaiah, God defines His covenant like this:

“I will make an everlasting covenant with you, My faithful love promised to David” (Isaiah 55:3, NIV).

So the essence of God’s “everlasting covenant” is His “faithful love.” This is the thing—the big thing—God wants you and me to know most deeply, most clearly, most intelligently. This is the secret He’s constantly whispering for any and all …
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Ty Gibson

Co-Director
Light Bearers

Stored Energy: Glycogen

Stored Energy: Glycogen

August 7, 2013 | Risë Rafferty, RDN

When building our home, I told the carpenter that I wanted a large walk-in pantry. He showed it to me sometime later and I commented that it seemed small. He assured me that I did not understand how things look before they are sheet rocked and that the pantry was quite large.  I assured him that he had no idea how much food I like to keep in a pantry. It’s not like I grew up with fear of no food in the house. Nor have I ever experienced natural disaster induced food shortages. I just like having extra around, just in case.

I do the opposite when it comes to fueling my car. I often empty the gas tank and continue driving on red until I reach a certain level of anxiety over whether I will have to walk to the gas station or not. For illustration, let’s say that I drive for a living. Every day I pump 10 gallons of gas into my car and drive about …
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Risë Rafferty, RDN

Health Educator
Light Bearers

Jesus Only: Convocation Report

Jesus Only: Convocation Report

August 5, 2013 | James Rafferty

The 2013 Light Bearers Convocation is over, but the ripple effects are just beginning. The event was a huge blessing thanks in part to the hard work of various staff and volunteers behind the scenes and primarily to God for the outpouring of His Spirit. Jesus Only was this year’s theme.

Like last year, Ty, David, Jeffrey and I studied one book in particular— the book of Acts, gleaning powerful, practical insights into church life and Christian experience. The Spirit led each of us to powerful pictures of Jesus, while our varied personalities, talents, insight and perspective ministered to a variety of eager listeners, young and old.

Rise Rafferty (my wife of 24 years) spoke on health. Whatever the guys lacked in details, and it wasn’t much, Rise brought in bulk. Her powerful point-by-point insights into how our bodies and brains function definitely kept our attention.

The youth meetings were some of the best ever with Christian Martin, senior pastor in Grants Pass, Oregon, leading the young adults. Leading out …
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James Rafferty

Co-Director
Light Bearers