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Evange-baggage

Evange-baggage

February 24, 2015 | Elise Harboldt

“I hate evangelism!” my friend Edward said as he wrinkled his nose in disgust.

“No you don’t,” I said. “You just don’t know what it is yet.”

To be honest, I used to think I hated evangelism. To be extra honest, I have a personal preference for the word ministry, but that’s just because I’m working through my own evange-baggage.

The dictionary defines evangelism as “the spreading of the Christian gospel by public preaching or personal witness.” 

The reason why Edward thinks he hates evangelism is because all he’s heard about it is that he should go knock on people’s doors and pressure total strangers to start believing the way he’s been told he’s supposed to believe.

Edward’s a pretty socially savvy guy and that whole concept just totally wigs him out. His dilemma makes me want to laugh and cry at the same time. It makes me want to sit him down for a cup of tea and tell him how crazy I used to be.

But Edward is …
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Elise Harboldt

Writer/Producer
Beautiful Minds Medical

Anti-Nutrients by Rise Rafferty

Anti-nutrients

February 4, 2015 | Risë Rafferty, RDN

If you are like me, you like to get the most bang for your buck, the best results from your effort, the greatest number of items on the to-do list accomplished for the time invested. When it comes to supplying the body with nutrition, we often hear health advisors encouraging nutritionally dense foods. This is referring to food items that pack a stronger nutritional punch per calories consumed. For example, as a starch, sweet potatoes are more nutritionally dense than say an equal serving of pasta. Both are high carbohydrate foods, but sweet potatoes offer a much richer assortment of nutrients. The perplexing paradox however is that it is in nutritionally dense foods where we find an array of anti-nutrients.

Anti-nutrients can be found in foods such as rhubarb, spinach, in whole grains like quinoa and oats, and in nuts, legumes, and seeds, as oxalic acid, saponins, lectins, tannins, and phytic acid. These are foods we regard as nutritionally dense. However, it is one thing for food to contain the …
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Risë Rafferty, RDN

Health Educator
Light Bearers

Hand in Hand by Fred Bischoff

Hand in Hand

February 2, 2015 | Fred Bischoff

“And they walked hand in hand off into the sunset….” There’s something about an ending like that which intrigues the imaginative soul. All’s well that ends well. Together… into the future…

Could God’s ending in the great controversy read something like that? Except maybe a sunrise rather than a sunset?

Do we realize how dark this world is? Are our eyes too adjusted to the dark? Ellen White’s first vision showed her the dark realities. “I seemed to be rising higher and higher, far above the dark world….” She saw “a straight and narrow path, cast up high above the world.” The Advent people were walking on it, but became weary. “Jesus would encourage them by raising His glorious right arm, and from His arm came a light which waved over the Advent band, and they shouted, ‘Alleluia!’ Others rashly denied the light behind them [the midnight cry] and said that it was not God that had led them out so far. The light behind them went out, leaving their feet …
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Fred Bischoff

Adventist Pioneer Library
Light Bearers