I Wish I Could Tell Her "Happy Mother's Day" by Ty Gibson

I Wish I Could Tell Her “Happy Mother’s Day”

by Ty Gibson  |  May 12, 2017

My mom was a force of nature. As poet Barbara Kingsolver once said, “Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws.” That was my mom. Fiercely independent, she left home at 15 and got a job as a waitress. The popular, cool guy in town swept her off her feet with his charm. And that’s how the world got me, her first child. She gave Johnny Gibson an ultimatum: “We have a baby now (that would be cute, chubby little me). Stop the partying and let’s be a family, or I’m leaving.” He promised and failed, promised and failed, promised and failed. So she left him to raise me on her own. There we were, then, just the two of us.

She was beautiful and as a result was invited, or rather “scouted,” to attend high society parties at which were politicians, actors and singers. (Believe it or not, there are people whose job it is to go to restaurants and stores and find beautiful young women—and young men—and invite them to the parties of the rich and …
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Ty Gibson Co-Director
Light Bearers
Running Back and Forth by Ty Gibson

Running Back and Forth

by Ty Gibson  |  May 5, 2017

Hello friends of Light Bearers!

There are so many exciting things going on here at the ministry, I can hardly keep up. But I’d rather be busy than bored. I’m sure you feel the same. I recently read in Ezekiel the mind-blowing fact that we’re not alone in our busyness:

“The living creatures ran back and forth…” (1:14).

“The appearance of their workings was, as it were, a wheel in the middle of a wheel” (1:16).

So, get this: there are angelic beings in heaven, and what are they doing? Running back and forth. They are so busy executing tasks that they move as fast as possible. And they must be highly organized, because their “workings” are pictured as intersecting wheels of activity.

That’s how the work of Light Bearers feels at times—actually all the time. And it is such a joy to be part of this team. Allow me to share with you a few of the things God has us doing presently.


As I write, I have just returned from holding a series of meetings …
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Ty Gibson Co-Director
Light Bearers
To Strengthen Man's Heart by Risë Rafferty

To Strengthen Man’s Heart

by Risë Rafferty, RDN  |  May 3, 2017

Reportedly there are 195,000 species of plants which produce edible parts that could be consumed by humans. How many of those 195,000 species do we consume? Approximately 17 plant species provide 90 percent of our food supply. Grains constitute the largest percentage among that group. Wheat, maize, rice, and barley are the first four on a list of the world’s top 30 food crops. Eight grains— wheat, maize, rice, barley, sorghum, oats, rye, and millet—provide 56 percent of the food and 50 percent of the protein consumed on planet Earth.

Despite the fact that humanity relies heavily on grains as dietary staples (and has done so for millennia), there is a trending idea that grains are not good for you. Daily I am confronted with the impact of the grains-are-bad philosophy. “I love bread” is expressed as a guilty confession rather than an expression of enjoyment.

There are a variety of reasons given for the avoidance of grains in the diet. Grains are a carbohydrate and therefore seen as a sugar producer. They are perceived as promoting inflammation, disease, and …
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Risë Rafferty, RDN Health Educator
Light Bearers
Draft Away, Part 2 by David Asscherick

Draft Away, Part 2

by David Asscherick  |  May 1, 2017

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.


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 obliged.

Friend, stop struggling alone and get behind the One …
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David Asscherick Speaker
Light Bearers
5 Types of Adventist Extremists and How to Avoid Being One by Nelson Fernandez, Jr.

5 Types of Adventist Extremists and How to Avoid Being One

by Nelson Fernandez  |  April 27, 2017

I’ve been an Adventist all my life. While others adopted into it, I was born in it and molded by its culture (cue Batman-Bane meme reference). Because of this, I’ve seen all kinds of people literally come and go in our church.

One of the hardest parts about being a lifelong Adventist has certainly been the people. A little jingle said it like this:

“To dwell above with the saints we love will be truly grace and glory; but to live below with the saints we know, well, that’s a different story.”

People are difficult to get along with because we tend to be prone to extremism. Generally speaking, extremism is defined in (sigh) the Merriam-Webster’s dictionary , as “a belief in and support for ideas that are very far from what most people consider correct or reasonable.” 1

With this broad definition, many of us could be accused of having extremist views at some point or another (actually, Adventism itself could be considered extreme when compared to the general population). In our church, you can have uncommon views on theological or …
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Nelson Fernandez

The Power of Vulnerability

by Jenny Gruzensky  |  April 20, 2017

That Thing We All Struggle With

In her song If We’re Honest, singer-songwriter Francesca Battistelli clearly articulates one of the biggest struggles of our culture:

Truth is harder than a lie, The dark seems safer than the light, And everyone has a heart that loves to hide, I’m a mess and so are you, We’ve built walls nobody can get through, Yeah, it may be hard, but the best thing we could ever do, ever do,

Bring your brokenness, and I’ll bring mine, ‘Cause love can heal what hurt divides, And mercy’s waiting on the other side, If we’re honest.

In our culture today, vulnerability and authenticity are regarded as important attributes. I think they are thought of as such because they are rarely found. I recently had a conversation with a friend and she shared her perspective on why these traits are so hard to come by: “Being vulnerable is both freeing and terrifying. Freeing in that you no longer carry the emotions of whatever is going on by yourself, but terrifying because it’s possible that whoever you share …
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Jenny Gruzensky Alumni
God, Weed, and Greg: An ARISE Story by Anneliese Wahlman

God, Weed, and Greg: An ARISE Story

by Anneliese Wahlman  |  April 12, 2017

It’s the middle of August, 2015. Greg Fisher steps onto a Greyhound bus, takes a big whiff of recycled oxygen, and quickly scopes out his seating options. The plastic armrests feel like they’ve been painted with popsicle juice and the air is thick, but there’s a part of him that still feels cold inside. Cold and lonely, even in this dead heat. That’s the ironic thing about the city. You’re always surrounded by people, but never with anyone. But it doesn’t matter now. He has a one-way ticket to take him across the country, far away from Philadelphia.

He walks down the bus aisle, looking for the best place to sit.

He knows everyone gets a dose of suffering in life, but it feels like he hit the jackpot. Growing up in the suburbs of Philly, he spent most of his time playing outside so he wouldn’t be forced to watch his parents fight, which they were known for around the neighborhood. His dad smoked and drank heavily and abused Greg’s mom. When Greg was eight, his parents separated and …
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Anneliese Wahlman Editorial Intern
Light Bearers