December 2014 - Archives

When you don’t have all the Facts

When you don’t have all the Facts

December 31, 2014 | Risë Rafferty, RDN

Baby Sara was born into the Glick family in the summer of 1999. Having seven older brothers, she was the cherished little girl the family had hoped for. Samuel and Elizabeth Glick were Amish dairy farmers in rural Pennsylvania. Four months later however, baby Sara became very ill. When Elizabeth found her unconscious in her crib she was rushed to the hospital. The attending physician noted a hemorrhage in her right eye and extensive bruising on her body, and suspected that her injuries were caused by child abuse. Two days later she died. The county coroner found midbrain damage and bleeding, typically caused by shaking babies violently. The cause was said to be a “closed-head injury” and suspected to be an act of homicide.

Samuel and Elizabeth Glick not only lost their baby girl, but all seven of their sons were taken from their home by Child Protective Services, placed in non-Amish foster homes, and the story went on national news. Dr. Holmes Morton, a Harvard trained pediatrician who specialized …
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Risë Rafferty, RDN

Health Educator
Light Bearers

Telos Love

Telos Love

December 29, 2014 | James Rafferty

From year to year certain Bible verses speak to me, becoming favorites. This year it’s John 13:1: “Now before the feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that His hour was come that He should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved His own which were in the world, He loved them unto the end.”

It’s the last phrase that grabs the heart—“He loved them unto the end!” The Greek word for “end” is telos meaning end or toll. Telos love is an enduring, toll-paying love.

In several places, like Revelation 22:13, the word “telos” is used to describe the actual character of Jesus: “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end (telos).” The Bible has several significant applications for the word “telos,” all linked to Jesus’ character of love—“telos love.”

For example, the word telos describes endurance. “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end (telos), the same shall be saved” (Matthew …
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James Rafferty

Co-Director
Light Bearers

The Deeper Meaning of Christmas

The Deeper Meaning of Christmas

December 24, 2014 | Ty Gibson

When we speak of the birth of Christ, we are speaking of the most sublime and astounding event in all of eternal history. God literally became a human being. “Without controversy,” Paul exclaims with wonder, “great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh” (1 Timothy 3:16).

Allow the profundity of the incarnational act to register upon your mind.

The ontological difference between a human and, say, a mosquito is massive from our standpoint as humans. And yet, the difference is minuscule compared to the span of ontological difference God traversed by becoming human. Humans and mosquitos are, after all, of the same category: material creation. God and humans, on the other hand, are of two radically distinct categories: Creator and creature.

What many of us don’t realize is the sheer magnitude of the sacrifice: not only was the condescension of Christ an enormous leap, it was also a permanent one.

As if it was not enough for God to take our humanity upon Himself at all, …
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Ty Gibson

Co-Director
Light Bearers

My ARISE Experience

My Experience as an ARISE Student

December 12, 2014 | Nicole Stallings

Being home has made me realize what a privilege attending ARISE was for my life. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was undoubtedly there! I did not know much about the instructors, but before I came I prayed that they would speak the truth of the gospel. And that they did. From the first class, my mind was full and my heart was beating for Christ. They completely exceeded my expectations. Every instructor and guest speaker had a love for Christ that I had never seen before. No matter where you were on your walk, there was never, in any type of way, judgment or condemnation. They were real humans, and every class they humbled themselves before Christ with constant prayer for the Holy Spirit’s leading. And it was evident that by the end of every session God had spoken through them.

From the first class, my mind was full and my heart was beating for Christ.

It was at this program that I began to allow Christ to heal …
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Nicole Stallings

Graduate
ARISE

First Law

First Law

December 5, 2014 | Fred Bischoff

It was crucifixion week. Matthew and Mark recorded the story (Matthew 22:34-40; Mark 12:28-34). A Pharisee (lawyer and scribe) asked Jesus a profound question that could be referred to as the first law. “Which is the greatest commandment in the law? Which is the first commandment of all?” With no hesitation, Jesus pointed to the secret of unity in plurality, of oneness when more than one is present. To love the Lord our God with all, that is the greatest, the first. Because of who our God is, His image shows that “let us” can be “one” (Genesis 1:27-28; 2:24; Deuteronomy 6:4-5).

John caught the dynamic behind the command, “We love him, because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19). Moses also made this point (Deuteronomy 7:7). God does not expect us to do something He does not do Himself. This love encompasses everything from righteous living to sacrificially dying. So if His love is the very ground of our love for Him, we should spend more time contemplating what …
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Fred Bischoff

Adventist Pioneer Library
Light Bearers

Foie Gras

Foie Gras

December 3, 2014 | Risë Rafferty, RDN

Foie gras is French for fatty liver. Though considered a delicacy of French cuisine, its production dates back to ancient Egypt. The Egyptians discovered that migratory geese overfed themselves in preparation for their long flights, which produced desirable meat and livers. Foie gras has been described as having the world’s most decadent and buttery flavor when served cold as torchon. When served hot, it reportedly can be crisp, sweet, savory, and melts in your mouth. To produce such livers, geese and ducks are force fed, a process called gavage.  A tube is inserted into the duck’s mouth two to three times a day to force food down the gullet. The overfeeding results in fatty livers that grow to be 10 times larger than normal. While I have opinions regarding the commercial production of such food and the treatment of animals, my primary concern is centered on the rise of fatty liver in humans.

Fatty liver occurs when fats amass inside the liver cells, causing cell enlargement (steatosis) or inflammation and …
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Risë Rafferty, RDN

Health Educator
Light Bearers

Dubai's Future Preacher

Dubai’s Future Preacher

December 1, 2014 | Jeffrey Rosario

A few months ago I had the privilege of traveling to Dubai to speak at a revival meeting that was organized by a small group of young Adventists. Though I have travelled in other countries with a significant Muslim presence (Jordan, Turkey, Israel), Dubai seemed unusual; like a city that was still trying to figure out its own identity. I’ve never really been drawn to it in spite of all the hype.

Most of Dubai is calculated to impress. It is one of the richest cities in the world, and one of the fastest growing. It is home to the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, which towers above the city at 2,722 feet and contains the world’s highest mosque, highest restaurant, and highest nightclub. Then there’s Burj Al Arab, the world’s only 5 star hotel rated as a 7 star where the Royal Suite will cost you about $20,000 per night. If you get bored in your luxury hotel room, you can always head out to the Dubai Mall––and …
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Jeffrey Rosario

Speaker
Light Bearers