Addicted to Service

Addicted to Service

by Jeffrey Rosario  |  May 1, 2015

As I teach year after year, class after class, seminar after seminar, the thought always haunts me, “What will these people do with the things they’re learning five, or even ten, years from now? Will they simply revert to life as usual? Will they still be pressing forward or will they burn out and throw in the towel?”

One of the greatest joys I get to experience as I travel teaching and preaching is encountering former students from ARISE and other training programs I’ve been a part of. It’s such an encouragement to know that many of these friends are still shining, still making valuable contributions to the church and being a blessing in the world.

I recently traveled to the Netherlands to speak at a young adult conference. Throughout the weekend I got to fellowship with two young ladies, Indirah and Irene. Not only are they old friends and alumni from the ARISE class of 2008, but there’s a sincerity about their commitment to the gospel and their desire to serve the Lord that just inspires me.

After graduating from …
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Jeffrey Rosario Speaker
Light Bearers
Adaptability

Adaptability

by Risë Rafferty  |  April 29, 2015

“The measure of intelligence is the ability to change,” said Albert Einstein. Others of comparable IQ have defined intelligence similarly, as the ability to adapt to change. I find this an interesting way of looking at something we try so hard to measure, whether by exams, IQ tests, or career. How does one adapt to a math problem? To a physics final? To an emergency? To a flat tire? To a challenging work situation? To a screaming baby? To a location or job change? To a natural disaster? All of these are relatively stressful scenarios and what is being suggested is that intelligence is requisite to the ability to adapt to these changes in a successful manner.

The brain is a key organ of adaptation and response to any change or stress. It detects alterations in the environment, thanks to our senses, and aids in the compensatory adjustments of our physiology and mentation. We were created with the amazing ability to determine slight changes in temperature, facial expression, taste, and so on. We sense disturbance, including what is potentially threatening. …
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Risë Rafferty Health Educator
Light Bearers
Conservative or Liberal?

Conservative or Liberal?

by Ty Gibson  |  April 27, 2015

“Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it,’ whenever you turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to the left” (Isaiah 30:21).

Apparently, God sees in us an inclination to veer off course to the right or to the left. In fact, one of the words for sin in the Bible is “iniquity,” avon in the Hebrew, which means to be bent or inclined. It is a general characteristic of human beings to polarize into conservative and liberal camps, politically and socially. The fact that the church also experiences this same polarizing segregation to the right and to the left should clue us into the fact that we tend to bring our imbalanced personalities into religion with us.

Ellen White insightfully observed this fact:

“There is in human nature a tendency to run to extremes and from one extreme to another entirely opposite. Many are fanatics. They are consumed by a fiery zeal which is mistaken for religion, but character is the true test of discipleship. Have they the meekness …
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Ty Gibson Co-Director
Light Bearers
The Nicodemus Society

The Nicodemus Society

by David Kim  |  April 23, 2015

I was heart-converted in November 2008 after 36 years growing up “in the church.” With this heart-conversion came a deep longing to share Christ, yet I felt powerless and tongue-tied when it came to speaking up among my peers in the corporate world. While I believed the teaching I heard, the words I read, and the videos I watched, my efforts to share these truths were clumsy and fell flat.

I prayed earnestly that God would show me how to reach the wealthy, worldly, and well-educated (“W3’s”) in my sphere of influence, and over time He has been faithful. He has taught me how to take the precious truths of the gospel and present them in the “language” of W3’s and unfold to them the coherence, reliability, and beauty of the biblical picture of God.

I felt powerless and tongue-tied when it came to speaking up among my peers in the corporate world.

Who are the W3’s? What are their identifying characteristics? What defines them as a people group? While it is difficult to apply hard and fast criteria, here are …
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David Kim Co-founder
The Nicodemus Society
Resurrection Remix

Resurrection Remix

by Ty Gibson  |  April 4, 2015

The resurrection of Jesus was not an arbitrary act of God. Rather, it was the definitive conquest of other-centered love over the death-dealing principle of self-centeredness inherent in all sin.

According to Paul, “the law of the Spirit of life” and “the law of sin and death” waged their decisive conflict in the person of Jesus Christ (Romans 8:2). Having taken upon Himself our “sinful flesh,” Jesus lived a life and died a death that “condemned sin in the flesh” (Romans 8:3). He lived a sinless life, uncorrupted by selfishness, in the very human nature in which the principle of sin had always reigned. Sin never owned Him. By virtue of His unrelenting love for sinners and His unbroken trust in the Father, Christ neutralized the power of sin in the very humanity we bear. His resurrection is proof of that victory:

“God raised Him from the dead, freeing Him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on Him” (Acts 2:24, NIV).

Why was it impossible for death to hold Him?

He …
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Ty Gibson Co-Director
Light Bearers
The Love Factor

The Love Factor

by James Rafferty  |  April 3, 2015

When I first came to Christ I knew very little about the Bible. I said a simple sinner’s prayer, experienced God’s boundless forgiveness and fell madly in love with Jesus. When I was confronted with the Bible evidence for the seventh-day Sabbath, Jesus’ words, “if you love Me, keep My commandments” sealed the deal. The love factor has made all the difference for this raised Catholic, “born again” in Calvary Chapel, nurtured by a Pentecostal youth group and now a baptized Seventh-day Adventist Christian.

It’s been over 30 years and I am still growing in wisdom and Bible knowledge with God’s love as the final arbiter. Not long ago I got jazzed about the easy to read, modern language Message Bible, until I read its rendition of Revelation 1:10:

“It was Sunday and I was in the Spirit . . .” (Message Bible).

Not only did it end up on my heresy shelf, but it caused me to do some serious thinking about modern Bible versions, which then led me to compare every version I could find with Revelation 1:10—my …
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James Rafferty Co-Director
Light Bearers
Moldy Mary

Moldy Mary

by Risë Rafferty  |  April 1, 2015

Mary Hunt worked for the Department of Agriculture’s Northern Regional Research Laboratory (NRRL) in Peoria, Illinois in the early 1940s. She had been assigned the task of grocery shopping for the lab with a shopping list that probably surprised the businesses she frequented. She scoured markets and shops looking for moldy fruits, vegetables, cheese, and breads. She was in search of a mold that would provide a strain of Penicillium mold that could be used to mass-produce penicillin. She was nicknamed Moldy Mary.

Years before in 1928, a British laboratory scientist, by the name of Alexander Fleming, had returned from his vacation to find mold growing on one of his agar dishes. An obvious area surrounding the mold was clean of the staph bacteria that had been swathed on it. The mold had produced a substance that had killed the staph bacteria. Other British medical research scientists would later build on to his observations and experiment with the mold Penicillium in an effort to produce the first modern antibiotic medication.

Apparently the “antibacterial effects of Penicillium molds had been known …
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Risë Rafferty Health Educator
Light Bearers