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The Ellen White You Thought You Knew by Jeffrey Rosario

The Ellen White You Thought You Knew

January 26, 2016 | Jeffrey Rosario

“Ellen White said…”

Those are three apparently innocent words that have been used and abused with much zest and confidence. They have been known to strike dread and incite rebellion in the hearts of some. But why? Is it in reaction to Ellen White’s message or because of what people think she was all about? Though sweeping generalizations cannot answer that question, it’s hard to avoid the fact that what is often associated with Ellen White would not even be recognizable to her.

Sometimes it’s just another classic case of “my friend said that his friend said that one of his cousins said that his pastor said that Ellen White definitely said…” It’s similar to the telephone game where something is whispered into the ear of someone who then quietly relays the information down a line of participants. One by one, each whispers to the next. By the time the last person in the line announces their version of it, everyone erupts in laughter at the ridiculously botched message.

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Jeffrey Rosario

Speaker
Light Bearers

Can God Use A Reluctant Witness? by Jeffrey Rosario

Can God Use a Reluctant Witness?

January 8, 2016 | Jeffrey Rosario

A few weeks ago, we at Light Bearers had the privilege of graduating the 16th ARISE class since the school’s beginning. Students came from all over the United States, including Indiana, California, Washington, Texas, Oregon, Michigan, Kentucky, Arizona, and Florida. International students came from Canada, Finland, and England. Our youngest student was 17 years old, and our most senior student was 70.

These recent graduates will go on to serve God and the world in various capacities. Some will continue their college education and be witnesses in academic settings. Others will serve in mission fields throughout the world, and still others will serve in their workplaces, in professional careers, in full-time ministry, in humanitarian causes, and in many other ways.

One of the most exciting aspects of the ARISE program is actually seeing students in action as they reach out to others in the community. It is particularly special to see students from a previous year reaching out to others, some of whom are actually future students. This was a …
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Jeffrey Rosario

Speaker
Light Bearers

Detox by Rise Rafferty

Detox

January 6, 2016 | Risë Rafferty, RDN

It is estimated that the average American woman is exposed to some 200 chemicals before she even leaves her home in the morning. While men do not use the lotions and potions that women do, they are still exposed to potentially thousands of other chemicals in our environment, as are unborn babies, infants, and children. The food we eat, water we drink, and air we breathe are all contaminated to some degree or other. Consider the sad reality that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that 4.7 billion pounds of toxic chemicals were released into the environment in the United States alone in 2002.1 In this day and age, exposure to toxic chemicals cannot be avoided.

Xenobiotics is the term used for substances that are foreign to biological systems. They come from solvents, cleaning chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, propellants, plastics, detergents, pharmaceuticals, building material, transportation, and industrial pollutants, just to name a few. Overexposure to heavy metals is another source of toxic contamination. These substances are from without, and are therefore, …
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Risë Rafferty, RDN

Health Educator
Light Bearers

Three Reasons to be a Relational Risk Taker in 2016 by Ty Gibson

Three Reasons to be a Relational Risk Taker in 2016

January 5, 2016 | Ty Gibson

There are definitely moments in which you ought to be careful, calculated, and cautious. And there are moments in which you ought to cast caution to the wind and be a big-time risk taker.

Yeah, be cautious as a driver. Relax—please. Being late is better than being dead.

Be ever so careful when you cast your vote for a politician in this year’s circus-like political elections. Seriously, it’s out of control with ridiculousness.

And definitely be calculated if you are an investor in today’s market. Turns out, as we all now know, that in many cases criminals are running the financial systems of our world.

Ah, but when it comes to love, be a risk taker.

People are certainly unpredictable. But it’s people that really matter, nonetheless.

People are naturally self-serving and often take advantage of the good guy.

Put yourself out there. Be willing to be embarrassed by rejection. Then pick yourself up and try again.

No doubt about it: people are naturally self-serving and often take advantage of …
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Ty Gibson

Co-Director
Light Bearers

The Latter Rain in Practical Terms by Ty Gibson

The Latter Rain in Practical Terms

January 4, 2016 | Ty Gibson

The Bible is filled with agricultural symbolism as a means of depicting God’s grand and glorious purpose for humanity (Matthew 13). God is in the business of growing things—a new crop of humans, to be exact (1 Corinthians 3:6-8).

Human beings, like a farmer’s crop, move through a growth process that culminates in a harvest of ripe produce. In agriculture there are a few specific stages involved in producing a good final harvest: the planting, the germination of the seed by the early rains, the maturation period, and finally the ripening period brought on by the last rains of the season, called “the latter rain.”

The “latter rain” is a biblical symbol for the final outpouring of the Holy Spirit, by which the corporate spiritual experience of God’s church will be brought to ripeness for the harvest (Joel 2:23-29). Rain is the stimulus and medium by which the nutrients in the soil are drawn up though the root system. In the realm of spiritual growth, the Holy Spirit is the …
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Ty Gibson

Co-Director
Light Bearers