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God's Own Grapes by David Asscherick

God’s Own Grapes

October 30, 2017 | David Asscherick

Every ARISE class is a miracle. And not just a miracle, but miracles upon miracles. Like a cluster of delicious grapes, each one is amazing in itself and the cluster magnifies the miracle all the more. This 2017 class is no exception!

This year one of the “grapes” is a Pakistani young man named Zeerick, 18, who preached his first sermon at age four and his first evangelistic series at age six! What’s even more amazing than this, is that, after five years of marriage, Zeerick’s parents could not get pregnant and James Rafferty, while visiting Pakistan 19 years ago, prayed for them that they would be able to have a child! That child is now at ARISE, where James teaches!

What else can you call this except a miracle?

Then there’s Jeremy. Jeremy felt the pull of same-sex attraction as a teenager and, though raised in a Christian home, left the church before he was 20. That decision led to nearly two decades of participation in the LGBT lifestyle …
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Draft Away, Part 2 by David Asscherick

Draft Away, Part 2

May 1, 2017 | David Asscherick

I recently did the Rainbow Ride, a local 102.5-mile (165 km) race. It was my first large group ride, and it was awesome! The ride starts with a steep and winding climb, followed by a fast descent, and about 30 miles (50 km) of relatively flat roads.

I got past the first big climb and descent feeling strong. But there was a problem, a big one.

I was alone.

I pedaled hard and fast (for me) and my cycle computer read 22 mph (35 km/h). My heart rate raced unsustainably high. I knew there was no way I could keep this up for another five hours. I could see a group of 15 cyclists not too far ahead, but they were pulling away fast. No chance of catching them now.

I struggled on for 15 minutes. Then he showed up.

Bob.

I did not know Bob, but when he caught me, he slowed a bit and said, “hop on” (translation: “follow me”) with such a cheery positivity that I immediately …
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Draft Away by David Asscherick

Draft Away, Part 1

January 2, 2017 | David Asscherick

Have you ever heard of drafting? Sure you have, but perhaps not the kind of drafting I’m thinking of. Drafting can refer to:

Refining several preliminary versions of a piece of writing. Governmental enlistment of young men for mandatory military service. A brilliant aerodynamic technique that significantly improves one’s athletic performance.

The drafting I want to bring to your attention is the third type. It takes place in cycling (and other forms of racing). Drafting means to get right behind another rider, so close that your front wheel is almost touching the rear wheel of the cyclist in front of you. I’m talking about a matter of inches (or cm). You do this while you’re clipping along at 20-30 mph (30-50 km/h).

Does this sound like a bad idea? When you first try it, it certainly feels like an awful idea. There is simply no chance of stopping if the person in front of you suddenly hits the brakes. The distance is far too small and the speed way too …
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It Takes Time by David Asscherick

It Takes Time

August 5, 2016 | David Asscherick

Discipleship is a bit of a buzzword right now, and that’s a good thing. As the church, and as followers of Jesus, we should be talking about discipleship. More than this, we should be doing discipleship.

But right there is the rub.

Because discipling people is hard. It takes time. It takes investment. It takes energy. It takes sacrifice. It takes wisdom. And did I mention time?

Here’s a confession: I spent years as a full-time evangelist (that’s not the confession part) bemoaning (here’s the confession part) the failure of many local churches to really disciple and grow their newly-baptized members who had been won through the series I (or some other evangelist) had just held.

The funny (and sad!) thing is that I’ve heard pastor after pastor complain that, really, it’s the evangelist’s fault that newly-baptized people don’t stick around. “They were baptized too soon.” “They weren’t adequately prepared.” “They should’ve been cleared more thoroughly.” And on and on.

So the evangelists blame the churches and pastors and the …
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Go and Speed No More by David Asscherick

Go and Speed No More

May 30, 2016 | David Asscherick

Let me tell you about one of my least favorite Australian realities: speed cameras. Ugh, just saying those two words makes me feel ill. You see, in the US, where I’m from, you receive a speeding ticket by being pulled over by an actual officer and given an actual ticket. It’s still no fun, but it is decidedly more, well, human.

Perhaps like you, I’ve been pulled over by a police officer when I’ve been guilty of speeding. There’s always that feeling of your heart dropping when you see the flashing lights in the mirror. Then there’s the embarrassment of being on the side of the road while everyone drives by thinking the same thing you think when you see someone on the side of the road with a police officer. Then there’s the fine.

Or maybe not.

Perhaps like me, you’ve been given a mere warning. What a feeling that is! I should know, it’s happened to me several times. In fact, it used to happen to me pretty …
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Twelve by David Asscherick

Twelve

March 28, 2016 | David Asscherick

On February 8, ARISE Australia’s fourth three-month session began enthusiastically here in Kingscliff, Australia with students from all around the world. Norway, Germany, Finland, the United States, Canada, and South Africa, in addition to Australia of course, are all represented!

I’ve been doing this for fifteen years now, ever since Pastor Nathan Renner and I co-founded ARISE in partnership with the Michigan Conference. We were super enthusiastic for our first-ever class, and that enthusiasm for training, discipleship, and teaching remains absolutely undiminished.

One of the quotations that really stoked our fire in those early days was this: “With such an army of workers as our youth, rightly trained, might furnish, how soon the message of a crucified, risen, and soon-coming Savior might be carried to the whole world! How soon might the end come—the end of suffering and sorrow and sin!” (Education, p. 271).

Let’s be honest, the size of the evangelistic enterprise before us can be absolutely overwhelming.

Here at Light Bearers, our passion for training and discipleship grows …
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We're All Special Needs

We’re all Special Needs

November 26, 2015 | David Asscherick

In 2014, Michael and Lisa Gungor, who together form the band Gungor , had a child with Down Syndrome. They named her Lucette, meaning “light.”

Also in 2014 a woman tweeted that she would face “a real ethical dillema” if she found out that she was pregnant with a baby with Down Syndrome. Richard Dawkins, the world’s best-known atheist, responded with this tweet: “Abort it and try again. It would be immoral to bring it into the world if you have the choice.”

Michael and Lisa wrote a song called Light in response to both the birth of Lucette and Dawkins’ tweet.

Prior to becoming a follower of Jesus, I worked for three years in a residential home for people with various developmental disabilities including Down Syndrome. This experience was more than a job for me; it ended up being one of two primary catalysts that prepared my heart for the Gospel.

I thought then, and still think today, that in many cases people with developmental disabilities are better off than …
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Light Bearers