September 2013 - Archives

An Opportunity of a Lifetime

An Opportunity of a Lifetime

September 6, 2013 | David Asscherick

It’s hard to believe, really. It happened to me, and I’m still trying to grasp it, to take it in. What happened?

Well, I just preached to representatives from more than 110 countries during two globally-significant, Seventh-day Adventist Youth Congresses. It is unlikely that I will ever have a similar opportunity during my ministry. What a privilege and an honor this has been!

The first Congress was held in Pretoria, South Africa from July 8-13, the second in Novi Sad, Serbia from July 30 to August 3. The theme for the South African Congress, which is held just once every five years, always in a different country, was Jesus in the City. It is put on by the General Conference Youth Department. The theme in Novi Sad, at the Pan-European Youth Congress, was The Power of One , an unambiguous reference to Jesus Christ. Somewhere around 8000 Seventh-day Adventist young people attended these two Congresses! Talk about an opportunity to impact the church and the world globally!

God was glorified. Jesus was uplifted. And …
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David Asscherick

Speaker
Light Bearers

Stored Energy Pt. 2: Fat

Stored Energy: Part 2—Fat

September 4, 2013 | Risë Rafferty, RDN

Have you ever noticed the invisible sentimental tags we have attached to certain foods? These tags do not read with typical scientific style: “high in vitamin C,” “beneficial to the heart,” “180 calories,” etc. We do not merely receive a full stomach, vitamins, or energy for the next physical demand from food. Beyond survival, food has become Prozac on a plate, Valium-like victuals, rations of reward, celebratory cuisine, our Starbucks stimulation, snacks that soothe, and fodder for fun. Do you know what I mean? When anxious, something popped into the mouth will surely calm us down. As soon as one has accomplished something worthy of commendation, food is present to applaud. Relational breakups are typically followed with tears, a couch, and a quart of ice cream. We turn to the fridge to get tanked up in more than one way.

The quandary that food is more to us than simply fuel and yet provides nothing short of calories is a factor in America’s weight problem. When food is consumed to …
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Risë Rafferty, RDN

Health Educator
Light Bearers

How Jesus Was Like Us

How Jesus Was Like Us

September 2, 2013 | James Rafferty

Recently we published a small book on the humanity of Jesus Christ entitled, How Jesus Was Like Us . This book was written to both identify how Jesus Christ in His humanity is like us and how He is different. Here is a brief summary:

Jesus came face-to-face with the root of our problem. The Savior of man came to the very spot where sin had taken the place of self-sacrificing love. The greatest battle we have to fight is against selfishness. Jesus fought that battle every day (Matthew 16:24; 1 Corinthians 15:31). The will of Christ was just like yours and mine. He did not naturally want the cross. His will shrunk from God’s will for Him as decidedly as yours and mine does (Matthew 26:39, 42, 44). In this way Jesus was just like us, but He was far more than us. Unlike you and me, Jesus always denied His own will and chose to do His Father’s will. He denied Himself and revealed the other centered love of God. Jesus was always …
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James Rafferty

Co-Director
Light Bearers