August 2015 - Archives

Nate

Nate

August 7, 2015 | David Asscherick

Here’s a miracle story. Fifteen years ago, I was preaching an evangelistic series in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The series was a joint venture with Adventist-Laymen’s Services & Industries (ASI) and the Michigan Conference of Seventh-day Adventists . ASI had provided our evangelistic team with dozens of teenage youth who would go out, knocking on doors, looking for Bible studies.

Two young ladies knocked on the door of an 18 year-old boy named Nate. Giggly and nervous, they invited him to the upcoming series. He rebuffed their invitation. Then, just as the conversation was ending, they mentioned that the speaker (me) was a skateboarder and former punk rocker. His curiosity piqued, he took the flyer.

Two days later, he drove himself to the meetings in a hearse. Yes, his car was a hearse. Nate was a punk rock kid, complete with wild hair and clothes. I knew the type well because I had been one just a few years before. Nate listened with interest, which was surprising to some, given his appearance. I was not surprised at all.

when those giggly young girls knocked on …
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David Asscherick

Speaker
Light Bearers

Splenda

Splenda

August 5, 2015 | Risë Rafferty, RDN

Splenda is the most popular sugar substitute on the market. It is easily identifiable in the large yellow box or little yellow packets filled with sweet white crystals. The key ingredient in Splenda is sucralose, a non-nutritive artificial sweetener. For volume sake it is combined with fillers including dextrose and maltodextrin. Sucralose is approximately 600 times sweeter than table sugar and yet has zero calories. It is estimated that 65-95 percent of ingested sucralose is not absorbed into the blood stream from the gastrointestinal tract, but rather is excreted in the feces. What could be better than a carb-free, non-calorie sweetener? So far Splenda is sounding pretty good.

In a society whose consumption of sweets and sugar sweetened beverages has been increasingly associated with the major health problems of our day including obesity, type 2 diabetes, and metabolic syndrome, replacing a 150 calorie soda with a 1 calorie diet soda seems like a good idea. However, does the reduction in calorie consumption from drinking diet drinks translate into lower body …
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Risë Rafferty, RDN

Health Educator
Light Bearers

ARISE and Shine

ARISE and SHINE

August 3, 2015 | Jeffrey Rosario

When Jesus said, “Go and make disciples” (Matthew 28:19), He was addressing His own disciples. In other words, He was telling them, “Go and make more of you.” They were to clone themselves; their mission was to spread the gospel germ to those around them. Regardless of their personal limitations, their success was contingent on the authenticity of their personal experience with God. The closer they could align their minds and hearts with the mind and heart of Jesus, the more evident it would be to the outside world that, although inexperienced, “they had been with Jesus” (Acts 4:13).

In such a skeptical and hostile world in which they lived, it would have been significantly important for the early Christians to know what they believed about Jesus and how to effectively share that reality with others. That is essentially the same pressing need we face today. We, too, should ask ourselves the two important questions: What do I believe? How do I share it with others?

That is precisely why …
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Jeffrey Rosario

Speaker
Light Bearers