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Leaving the Best Behind

Leaving the Best Behind

July 30, 2014 | David Asscherick

Recently we had our car broken into. Between the damage to the car and the stolen goods, it set us back several thousand dollars. Not the nicest “Welcome to Australia” moment one could imagine. I can still recall the almost nauseating feeling in my gut when I walked out that morning to get in the car and saw the smashed window. I instantly and instinctively felt a little afraid and glanced furtively around me, half expecting to see the perpetrator(s) right near me. I felt violated and unsafe; and it had all happened in a flash.

Apart from the smashed window and disheveled car, the scene was perfectly idyllic. The sky was blue, the waves were lapping, and the beach was beautiful and beckoning. I even remember the birds (Magpies, to be precise) calling and singing. It was paradise! And yet, right here in the middle of my own personal paradise was this incongruous and violating scene before me. It was strangely unsettling. The world at that moment seemed so …
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David Asscherick

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Light Bearers

Twelve

Twelve

June 4, 2014 | David Asscherick

Yeehaw! Hallelujah! Praise the Lord! Amen!

Yes, I know I’m geographically Down Under, but, wow, am I flying high right now! It’s the Monday after the final weekend of the ARISE Australia program , and I’m sitting back to soak it all in, and, hopefully, to write down something about it.

Where to start? My mind is spinning with joyful thoughts. Here are some of the mountain tops.

First, and most obviously, my family and I moved to Kingscliff, Australia on March 4th, just over two months ago. We’re here to help run the ARISE Australia program and to pastor the Kingscliff Seventh-day Adventist Church. This represents a fairly significant change of scenery for my family and me, as I’ll be traveling much less than I have been the last several years. I’ll still be traveling some, especially to events like the Light Bearers Convocation and ARISE , but on the whole we’ll be putting our roots down for the next several years while our little boys turn into, gasp, teenagers. (Seriously, you blink and your kids …
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David Asscherick

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Light Bearers

Happy Digging

Happy Digging

March 3, 2014 | David Asscherick

Paul the Apostle said some strange things, things hard to understand. Even Peter agreed (2 Peter 3:15). And if some of his writings were admittedly puzzling back then, how much more so would that be the case today, nearly two millennia later?

I used to be exasperated over Paul’s occasional inscrutability, but no longer.

And the reason is an interesting one: the joy of discovery––you know, that aha moment when, as the Australians would say, “the penny drops,” that moment when the fog of perplexity clears and light floods a formerly opaque passage. It’s a beautiful and rewarding thing; it is, truth be told, one of my favorite things about being a follower of Jesus and a student of Scripture.

Let’s take a brief look at one such passage. Galatians 2:19 (which comes just before the oft-quoted Galatians 2:20) reads: “For I through the law died to the law that I might live to God.”

Huh?

You’ve heard people quote Galatians 2:20 a thousand times. How about Galatians 2:19? Quite …
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Light Bearers

Just Like Acts

Just Like Acts

December 28, 2013 | David Asscherick

A really cool thing happened recently, and I can’t wait to tell you about it. Here goes . . .

It started at the Light Bearers Convocation earlier this year. The theme was Jesus Only , and was a chapter-by-chapter study through Acts. In preparation for those sermons, I, along with Ty, James, and Jeffrey, read and studied through this book. The convocation went awesome, and everyone, ourselves included, were richly blessed through the study of Luke’s second book.

In my studies one of the things that struck me most was the tremendous sense of community throughout the book. Luke paints a picture of genuine connection and love. His descriptions are simple and yet profoundly suggestive of a deep commitment in the early church to each other and to the larger community. For example, he writes:

Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common. . …
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Light Bearers

An Opportunity of a Lifetime

An Opportunity of a Lifetime

September 6, 2013 | David Asscherick

It’s hard to believe, really. It happened to me, and I’m still trying to grasp it, to take it in. What happened?

Well, I just preached to representatives from more than 110 countries during two globally-significant, Seventh-day Adventist Youth Congresses. It is unlikely that I will ever have a similar opportunity during my ministry. What a privilege and an honor this has been!

The first Congress was held in Pretoria, South Africa from July 8-13, the second in Novi Sad, Serbia from July 30 to August 3. The theme for the South African Congress, which is held just once every five years, always in a different country, was Jesus in the City. It is put on by the General Conference Youth Department. The theme in Novi Sad, at the Pan-European Youth Congress, was The Power of One , an unambiguous reference to Jesus Christ. Somewhere around 8000 Seventh-day Adventist young people attended these two Congresses! Talk about an opportunity to impact the church and the world globally!

God was glorified. Jesus was uplifted. And …
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David Asscherick

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Light Bearers

What is the Meaning of Life?

What is the Meaning of Life?

July 11, 2013 | David Asscherick

The following is an article I wrote for the current issue of Adventist Today . My essay is one of several which aims to answer the question: What is the Meaning of Life? I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

A consequential question, to be sure. But, first, another: what is meaning?

What does meaning mean?

Who’s to say what the answer is to either of these queries? Or, for that matter, to any query of consequence? Who decides what meaning means and what life’s meaning ought to be? There cannot be many answers: either it is me, individually, us, corporately, or God, transcendently.

For many and diverse reasons which lay outside of the scope of this particular essay, I am roundly persuaded the answer is the latter.

What, now, follows from this?

If God is, then He holds the answers to all our queries, the one at the title of this essay not excepted.

What is the …
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David Asscherick

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Light Bearers

2013 CROSStraining Class

CROSStraining 2013

July 2, 2013 | David Asscherick

Short of making the sun stand still, it is no easy thing to make room for four months of instruction in just nine days. Nevertheless, we here at Light Bearers are trying anyway!

The ARISE Cornerstone program has, for the last decade, been a four-month endeavor. We have known from the beginning that many––most, in fact––people cannot attend a program of this length. And yet, there is something wonderful and intangible about “in person” instruction that videos, books, and audio recordings just cannot capture. So what to do?

Our answer has been the CROSStraining program . Typically lasting two or three weeks, our most recent permutation lasted just nine days. Only nine days? Yes, but with more than 50 hours of in-class instruction and training squished, squashed, and wedged in.

The program was 10+

From June 14 to 22, we saw students from all over the US converge here at the ARISE Campus in Jasper, OR. Would the program work? Could it be a success? Would the students be wiped out or still energized, wanting …
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David Asscherick

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Light Bearers