Great Expectations by Elise Harboldt

Great Expectations

by Elise Harboldt  |  August 25, 2016

“This quote is exploding my mind.”

That’s the text I received  this morning from my friend Janessa, whose birthday just happens to be today. Jesus sent Janessa a beautiful birthday sunrise and a quote so epic it’s exploding my mind too.

“Jesus is the fullness of our expectation” (Ellen White, Review and Herald, August 26, 1890).

Expectations are tricky things. Take for example, birthdays. My fourteenth birthday was a letdown. My mom likes to celebrate people, so my childhood birthday memories are filled with parties and cake. But the day I turned fourteen, I realized that the people at my boarding high school didn’t realize what a big deal my birthday really was. We didn’t have a school-wide party. It wasn’t all about me. At the end of the day, I felt embarrassed. It was silly to expect more. I guess I need to lower my expectations.

Managing expectations is a thing, I guess. Self-help books, articles, and counseling sessions are dedicated to this practice, and rightfully so. Why? Because in order to be happy, our expectations need to match …
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Elise Harboldt Writer/Producer
Beautiful Minds Medical
The Parable of the True Unbeliever

The Parable of the True (Un)Believer

by Ty Gibson  |  August 19, 2016

The kingdom of heaven is like unto two men, one who believed in God and one who did not.

The first man engaged in prejudice and hatred and various other forms of ugliness contrary to love, all the while saying to the world, “I believe in God! God is with me! God is on my side!”

The other man looked at all the injustice and abuse done in the name of God, and he said to himself, “I don’t believe in God,” and spent his life relieving the poor and defending the oppressed.

In due time, both men died, and on the day of final judgment, both men were resurrected and stood before God. Gesturing with His right hand, God said, “Come, my son, enter into the eternal bliss prepared for you.”

And the Lord said to him, “I think you’ve mistaken Me for some other god…”

The man who believed in God smiled and stepped forward, but God raised His left hand and said, “No, not you,” and gestured for the unbeliever to come. The believer began to argue …
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Ty Gibson Co-Director
Light Bearers
It Takes Time by David Asscherick

It Takes Time

by David Asscherick  |  August 5, 2016

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 pastors blame the evangelists. I’ve seen this sequence dozens of …
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David Asscherick Speaker
Light Bearers
Butyrate and the Bowel, pt 1 by Risë Rafferty

Butyrate and the Bowel, pt 1

by Risë Rafferty, RDN  |  August 3, 2016

Modern man has a problem with his colon, the large intestine, one’s bowels, the gut, the last processing plant in the digestive tract. Yep, whether it’s diverticulosis, diverticulitis, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, colon cancer, diarrhea, constipation, pain upon defecation, abdominal pain, straining, bloating, incomplete evacuation, blood in stools, sense of urgency, and so on, we’ve got problems. No doubt about it, our society is becoming increasingly aware of this important part of our anatomy and we probably all have a story to tell.

Housed within the large intestine are trillions of microbes that are referred to collectively as the microbiome, a community of various strains of bacteria, fungi, and yeasts that live and thrive in the dark, dank, recesses of our digestive tract. In their own fashion, microbes respire and digest to survive, producing byproducts that science is discovering have a potentially dramatic impact on how we feel, what we look like, our physical condition, how much energy we have, how occluded our arteries are, how resistant we are to insulin, and of course …
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Risë Rafferty, RDN Health Educator
Light Bearers
Redemption from Deception by James Rafferty

Redemption from Deception

by James Rafferty  |  August 1, 2016

Revelation 12, the centerpiece of the book, uncovers a central issue for Planet Earth—redemption from deception.

Deception began in heaven, not earth, with the dragon who hoodwinked the third part of the angels from heaven with his tail or “lies” (Revelation 12:4; Isaiah 9:15). Deception number two is the old story of the Fall found in the symbolic words “woman” and “serpent,” which take us back to Eden when the first woman, Eve, was deceived by the serpent and with Adam they lost their place in paradise (verses 1, 9). Revelation 12 also describes the symbolic imagery of the “woman” giving birth to the “man child” Messiah. This woman represents the Jewish church to which Jesus was born. The Jewish church leaders become the next victims of Satan’s deception by rejecting Messiah, thus losing her place as God’s favored people and giving way to the Christian wilderness church (verses 1, 5, 6). And finally the entire earth, like the fallen angels, like the first woman Eve, like the Jewish “woman” Israel, will be deceived into rejecting the full and free reality of …
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James Rafferty Co-Director
Light Bearers
A Wall Against Sexual Assault by Anneliese Wahlman

A Wall Against Sexual Assault

by Anneliese Wahlman  |  July 14, 2016

If righteous indignation were a tub of gasoline, then the recent Stanford sexual assault case has been the match. There’s nothing more infuriating than seeing someone suffer unfairly and justice go unserved, and this particular story has caused over a million people to explode in anger.1

In case you haven’t heard, on January 18, 2015, Brock Turner, a former Stanford student and athlete, was found assaulting an intoxicated, unconscious woman outside of a fraternity house on campus. When two young men, both grad students, saw and approached him, Turner ran, leaving the young woman lying half naked on the ground, as though she were a piece of garbage from behind the dumpster where he assaulted her. One of the students tended to the girl while the other caught Turner, who was also intoxicated, and held him till the police arrived. On June 2, 2016, a jury found Turner guilty of three felonies: “assault with the intent to commit rape, sexual penetration with a foreign object of an intoxicated person and sexual penetration with a foreign object of an unconscious person.”2

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ARISE Australia 2016 by James Rafferty

ARISE Australia 2016

by James Rafferty  |  July 1, 2016

ARISE Australia training program has been part of the Light Bearers now for four years and every class has been amazing! In case you missed it, David Asscherick and the “Violeta-Landon-Jabel” unit that make him a family have been living in Australia for a couple of years. He, along with Matt Parra, the North New South Wales (NNSW) Conference, and a super group of administers and church members are what make this school tick. And does it ever tick.

From the first 14-week training session, ARISE Australia felt like a program that had been running for years. In addition to the school itself, the NNSW Conference hires ARISE graduates each year and places them as Bible workers all over the conference. This year they placed 16 of the 30 students. Hats off to Justin Lawman and Paul Geelan for the vision they inspire and the faith they practice as conference leaders!

This year’s class size was 30 and they were all “switched on,” an Aussie term for being connected. From the moment I stepped into the class it was “lights …
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James Rafferty Co-Director
Light Bearers