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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Overloaded by Risë Rafferty

Overloaded

by Risë Rafferty, RDN  |  June 29, 2016

Skeletal muscle has this amazing ability to adapt to being overloaded. When weight bearing loads are repeatedly placed upon them, muscle responds by increasing in size and strength. Exercise is the most powerful stimuli for inducing reorganization of muscle cells. Genetics play a large role in muscle mass potential, as does diet and growth factors. These growth factors have become common terms in body building circles. They are advertised as having the ability to supersize muscles.

Growth factors are produced by the body and are very involved in muscle building. They work with each other to help bring about the desired goal: well-defined, larger muscles. One of these growth factors is a substance called insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1). IGF-1 stimulates growth. It has been found to promote bone growth in osteoporotic individuals, enhance the growth of children, and has been linked with preventing muscle wasting in the elderly.

Several tissues produce IGF-1. Muscles themselves produce it in response to resistance exercise. IGF-1 circulating in the blood is typically produced by the liver in response to an abundance of ingested …
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Saved "and" Called by Jeffrey Rosario

Saved “and” Called

by Jeffrey Rosario  |  June 27, 2016

As the apostle Paul sat waiting as a prisoner in Rome, he was conscious of the fact that his future was likely one of martyrdom. Instead of sitting idly, he wrote several letters, the last of which was the second letter to Timothy. Timothy was a young man that Paul cared for deeply. “When Timothy was little more than a boy, Paul took him with him as his companion in labor” (Manuscript, p. 117a, 1901). As Paul thought about his final moments, he desired to pass on to Timothy a legacy that he could aspire to. The letter is theologically rich and reveals some inspiring insights about Paul’s frame of mind as a follower of Jesus and a successful evangelist.

It seems as though Timothy lacked some boldness and confidence in his calling because Paul needed to reassure him that God “does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline” (2 Timothy 1:7, NIV). To press this matter further, Paul gives Timothy the ultimate foundation on which to base his sense of confidence in his calling:

“Therefore …
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Something to Say at Princeton University by Ty Gibson

Something to Say at Princeton University

by Ty Gibson  |  June 3, 2016

Ministry needs to happen everywhere—even among the educated elite. Evangelists recognize that the highly educated are the most difficult class to reach with the gospel, generally speaking. Recently, feeling the weight of this fact, I delivered six lectures at Princeton University.

Knowledge, like wealth, is a two-edged sword: the more I have, the less needy I may appear in my own eyes. “Education” itself is a tricky concept. Who is educated and who is not?

According to the apostle Paul, “If anyone thinks that he knows anything, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know. But if anyone loves God, this one is known by Him” (1 Corinthians 8:2-3). Theoretical knowledge can create the illusion that one knows more than one actually does. Of course, this is not an argument in favor of ignorance, but rather in favor of humility, and in favor of a different kind of knowing. Paul does not recommend stupidity, but he does recommend that our knowledge be grounded in God’s love.

The most educated person in any room is the one who can make …
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Prostate Cancer—Caught in the Headlights by Risë Rafferty

Prostate Cancer—Caught in the Headlights

by Risë Rafferty, RDN  |  June 1, 2016

It’s nighttime. You are driving a country road when a deer leaps onto the pavement in front of you, stops in the middle of the road, seemingly looks straight at you and freezes. If the deer kept his eyes focused on the direction he was originally headed he would have had a good chance of bounding away to safety, but it’s as if looking into the headlights Tased him. Why does that happen?!

The eyes of the deer were designed to be able to see at night. Their pupils are elliptical and can dilate to cover the entire width of the eye to take in more light. Their lens is larger than ours, again giving it better night vision. In addition, they have a reflector behind the retina that reflects light within the eye. David C. Yancy, a deer biologist with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resource, explains that when a deer’s eyes are fully dilated to capture as much light as possible, the intense headlight beam of a car literally blinds them, the deer cannot see at …
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Go and Speed No More by David Asscherick

Go and Speed No More

by David Asscherick  |  May 30, 2016

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 regularly. You see, my brother is a police officer in …
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