December 2015 - Archives

May Your Soul Feel Its Worth

May Your Soul Feel Its Worth

December 24, 2015 | Elise Harboldt

I sink down in my pew, cringing to the core. “It’s coming,” I think. “There’s no way she’s gonna make it.”

“Oh night divine. Oh night when Christ was born.”

My palms are sweating. My face is turning red. “Why am I embarrassed? I’m not even the one singing!” But this poor woman is about to commit social suicide. I brace myself for the blow.

“Oh night, DIIIIIIVVVIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIINNE….”

Her shrill voice slides to the high B like a baseball player dirt-diving to home base. She makes it, but barely. The audience breathes a collective sigh of relief.

Oh Holy Night is an iconic Christmas classic. From Josh Groban, to Mariah Carey, to the brave woman singing at church, this powerful piece evokes a strong emotional response. Especially that high note.

But tucked away in the first verse is a short phrase we usually overlook.

“Long lay the world in sin and error pining Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth.”

“The soul felt its worth. ” Those five simple words are …
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Elise Harboldt

Writer/Producer
Beautiful Minds Medical

The Apocalypse of Human Sexuality by Ty Gibson

The Apocalypse of Human Sexuality

December 22, 2015 | Ty Gibson

Sex is in the news.

Big time!

Bruce Jenner’s transgender process has prompted nearly everyone on the planet to ponder the nature of human sexuality. To the delight of some and to the horror of others, Caitlyn, formerly Bruce, was named “Woman of the Year” by Glamour Magazine in October.

Prior to Jenner’s transition, Harry Styles, one of the singers in the wildly popular boy band One Direction made big news regarding his sexuality. While being interviewed with fellow One Direction member, Liam Payne, the two were asked what traits they preferred in a romantic relationship. Payne answered, “Female, it’s a good trait.” Styles responded, “Not that important”—for the person to be female, that is.

About the same time, the news media informed us that Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, the 8-year-old daughter of Hollywood stars Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, has decided she wants to be called John and will only wear boy’s clothing. The parents have decided to honor the decision and refrain from interfering with the child’s gender selection. “Gender …
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Ty Gibson

Co-Director
Light Bearers

Ben Carson, the Media, and the Mocking of Adventism

Ben Carson, the Media, and the Mocking of Adventism

December 16, 2015 | Jeffrey Rosario

Clearly, these are very interesting times for the Seventh-day Adventist Church. At a rally in Florida, Donald Trump assured his audience of his mainstream religious affiliations with the Presbyterian denomination. Alluding to Ben Carson, he added, “I mean, Seventh-day Adventist, I don’t know about.” Well, neither does much of the rest of the world. But that is now changing under unexpected circumstances. All the media attention surrounding Ben Carson has catapulted his beliefs, along with his church, to public scrutiny.

Though I am not a Ben Carson supporter (or any other candidate), the fact is that one man suddenly became the most prominent public representative of a movement I deeply identify with. That’s enough to make me uncomfortable. The unfortunate reality is that whatever Carson says and the positions he takes will be associated with Adventists at large. Frankly, that freaks me out. A few weeks ago when the Carson frenzy was really buzzing, my Twitter feed was bombarded with links to articles from The Wall Street Journal, CNN, Associated …
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Jeffrey Rosario

Speaker
Light Bearers

The Joy in Anna

The Joy in Anna

December 15, 2015 | David Sherwood

Expecting our second child, Luke, Jeannie and I ignorantly prayed that God would manipulate our circumstances to give us an easier child than our first. Life with a healthy, rambunctious two-year-old seemed so challenging to us, and we whole-heartedly believed that a life made easier would be a life made better. In His mercy, God blessed us with a son with a set of trials which would teach us that an easy life is often the enemy of a better life. Luke’s constant joy in the midst of painful and maddeningly frustrating circumstances cut us to the heart. He exposed our lust for comfort and control, our bent toward pitying but not helping those who suffer, and our sense of wimpish entitlement to health and leisure. Of course, he did all of this without saying a word. Words could never have exposed so much in such a short time anyway. We’ve learned much about ourselves through Luke, and much more about who we want to become. Being a witness to …
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David Sherwood

Bible Teacher
Collegedale Academy

A Hungry Jesus by Jeffrey Rosario

A Hungry Jesus

December 4, 2015 | Jeffrey Rosario

I wish I could have been there on that momentous day when Jesus finally made his triumphal entry into Jerusalem. It was a Messianic event that announced to the world that Christ was the coming Promised One. Several centuries before, the prophet Zechariah had foretold, “Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, lowly and riding on a donkey” (Zechariah 9:9). Even the hosannas and blessings that were heralded by the throngs surrounding Him were taken from the Psalmist as echoes of long-awaited expectations (Psalm 118:25-26). Jerusalem would finally meet her Messiah.

But in Mark’s version of this story, recorded in chapter 11, an interesting progression takes place that is easy to miss. The expectation of the people is only part of the story; the Messiah Himself had a heavy set of long-awaited expectations. After the noise settles, Jesus makes His way into the temple to look “around at all things” (Mark 11:11). What did He see? What was He inspecting? We are not told …
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Jeffrey Rosario

Speaker
Light Bearers

December, 2015 ALIVE

Fight

December 2, 2015 | Risë Rafferty, RDN

Breaking news from the International Agency for Research on Cancer, part of the World Health Organization (WHO), reports that processed meats are carcinogenic to humans. Processed meats such as bacon, sausage, hot dogs, salami, corned beef, beef jerky, canned meat (like SPAM), and ham were classified as Group 1 carcinogens. Other Group 1 carcinogens include asbestos, the ethanol in alcohol, arsenic, oral contraceptives, and tobacco. Being a Group 1 carcinogen does not mean that these substances are each equally dangerous, that it causes the most serious cancers, or has the largest risk. It is a statement of confirmation, that it is a carcinogen to humans. As a contrast, red meat is classified in Group 2A, meaning that it is probably carcinogenic to humans. The WHO stated this after 22 experts from 10 countries analyzed decades of research.

So what do you think? How will this statement from the WHO impact the consumption of processed meat? How much less processed meat will the average American eat as a result of this …
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Risë Rafferty, RDN

Health Educator
Light Bearers