February 2014 - Archives

Songs of Ascent 2014 Tour

Songs of Ascent: Matt and Josie Minikus Concert Tour

February 22, 2014 | Light Bearers

We are thrilled to announce the 2014 concert tour of  Matt and Josie Minikus , our in-house Songs of Ascent “musicianaries”. Their concerts will consist of songs that touch on relationships—how God relates to us and how we relate to others. Matt and Josie have a God-given talent of telling beautiful and transparent stories through song of God revealing His love for them despite their failures. Be sure to check them out on this West Coast tour and tell a friend!

 

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ARISE: 12 Classes and Counting!

ARISE: 12 Classes and Counting!

February 7, 2014 | Jeffrey Rosario

It’s amazing how fast time flies. The Cornerstone program has now graduated its 12th class. That’s over 500 students since we started! It seems like just a few weeks ago we were having orientation for the newly arrived 2013 students on their first day of class. And in a flash it’s all over. As always, this year’s class of students represented several countries from around the world: United States, Canada, Austria, Germany, Venezuela, South Korea and Norway.

Our curriculum continues to morph and change into better things, which is really exciting. We never want to get static in our efforts to communicate the gospel in fresh and compelling ways. As we come to the end of yet another year, we realize that it could be even better. We call the program curriculum, “ The Story .” It follows the narrative of Scripture from Pre-Creation to Re-Creation, from Genesis to Revelation, from Eden lost to Eden restored. For three and a half months the students get a big picture of what the gospel …
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Jeffrey Rosario

Speaker
Light Bearers

Harnessing the Brain: Nutritional Neuroscience (Part 2)

Harnessing the Brain: Nutritional Neuroscience (Part 2)

February 5, 2014 | Risë Rafferty, RDN

The dental student examined her inflamed, bleeding gums and loose teeth. From all appearances it looked as though her teeth would have to be pulled. A supervising dentist with an experienced eye asked the woman what she ate. Her diet consisted largely of beans, rice, and meat, no vegetables or fruit to speak of. He diagnosed the woman with scurvy and told her that if she started eating fresh fruits and vegetables that she would be able to keep her teeth. This woman, who lived in a town surrounded by orange groves and grapefruit trees, had a vitamin C deficiency!

Nutrient deficiency is not solely a third world concern. While symptoms may be less conspicuous here, a trained eye may see inadequacy of even a common nutrient that Americans don’t have a hard time over-consuming, such as vitamin C, or even fat. Last month we were reminded that there are a variety of fats, each possessing unique qualities. We learned that the American diet is excessive in omega-6 fat, as …
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Risë Rafferty, RDN

Health Educator
Light Bearers

The Identity-shaping Power of Fatherhood

The Identity-shaping Power of Fatherhood

February 3, 2014 | Ty Gibson

“The Father Himself loves you” (John 16:27).

Fatherhood is an identity-shaping vocation. Whether he does so consciously or not, a dad tells his child who and what to become. The child is significantly defined by the father’s manner of relating to him. By his actions and attitudes toward the child, the father projects an identity onto the child so that he grows up to think and feel about himself according to the father’s enacted vision of him. Day-by-day, hour-by-hour, a bequeathing of character occurs in the fathering process. The child comes to see himself or herself through daddy’s eyes.

If a child is raised being told in words or attitudes, “You’re stupid, you’re lazy, you’re in my way, I can’t trust you,” the child gradually loses hope and motivation to be anything different. Unless the child finds a different defining influence, or outright rebels against the father’s vision, the child will inevitably become whatever the father projects. In a very real sense the father’s words act as scripting messages that …
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Ty Gibson

Co-Director
Light Bearers

China Light: Leprosy Ministry

China Light: Leprosy Ministry

February 1, 2014 | Light Bearers

As a student of the ARISE program, I was blessed with a rich experience of meaningful Bible studies, priceless interactions with classmates, staff, and community, and most importantly, a clearer understanding of the beauty of God’s true character. “It is the darkness of misapprehension of God that is enshrouding the world. Men are losing their knowledge of His character. It has been misunderstood and misinterpreted” (Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 415). As I reflect on the cornerstone text that ARISE is founded on (Isaiah 60:1,2) and references that I’ve come across over and over in the Spirit of Prophecy regarding “Light Bearers,” I am thankful to God for this ministry partnership that reveals the true character of God lived out in the day-to-day lives of godly, loving, growing disciples.

One prime example is David and Ty co-preaching a sermon. I had never heard of, nor had seen, such a thing done before! Imagine two well-known preachers sharing the stage, respectfully taking turns speaking, and even more respectfully interrupting the other, with the …
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Light Bearers

a publishing, training and evangelism ministry.