95 Theses for the Continuing Reformation

by Ty Gibson  |  July 10, 2017

Martin Luther and John Calvin changed the world by the power of their good theology in spite of their bad theology. The Dark Ages from which they were emerging were very dark, indeed, and some of that darkness clung to the great Protestant Reformers even as they ran toward the light. The revolution they sparked lay chiefly in two seismic shifts of understanding they released into public discourse:

The Bible alone, speaking to individual conscience, is to be our rule of faith and practice, not the authority of any man or any church.

Salvation is the gift of God’s grace to be received by faith alone and therefore cannot be earned by any deeds we might do.

With these two powerful ideas, the Protestant Reformers initiated a trajectory of change they could not see through to its logical end. Other Reformers arose after them and discovered additional lost truths, and the work of Reform continues even now.

Here are 95 Theses to ponder for the continuing Reformation.

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The Road Less Traveled by Jeffrey Rosario

The Road Less Traveled

by Jeffrey Rosario  |  June 30, 2017

So don’t delay, for the road less traveled is where I’ll stay and I will go, wherever you lead me Lord I know you’re not safe, but at least I’m free.

The songwriter who penned these lyrics captured a reality about the Christian journey. Walking with God often leads us to the road less traveled—unexpected circumstances, unfamiliar territory, and challenges for which we feel unqualified.

The unknown is something we naturally recoil from, but it’s what the God of Abraham specializes in. “By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out… And he went out, not knowing where he was going” (Hebrews 11:8). Ordinary people pushing against the boundaries of possibility and venturing onto uncharted territory—this is what drives the Old Testament narrative forward.

But in what sense can the songwriter say that the Lord is “not safe”? At least in the sense that our own agenda, comfort, and selfish pride are not safe in the glorious presence of God. “I know you’re not safe, but at least I’m free.” While everything within us recoils from any threats …
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Interconnected by Risë Rafferty

Interconnected

by Risë Rafferty, RDN  |  June 28, 2017

Suffering from pain, debility, loss of quality of life, destruction and/or malfunction of bodily processes and tissue characterizes disease. Medical science has devoted itself to the study of disease and in so doing has specialized in categorizing the human body so that we can see the correct specialist for the defined problem. It seems neat and tidy that way, at least in our current medical system. Unfortunately, there is not a facet of our physiology that has escaped illness.

We tend to think that if we have pain in the knee we have a joint problem. If we have pain or malfunction of the intestines we must have a gastrointestinal problem. If my heart beats irregularly, I must have a heart problem. If we have elevated blood sugar levels we must be eating too many carbs, etc. In reality, it can be a lot more complex than that. The more I study, the more amazed I am that when God designed the human body, He was less concerned about compartmentalizing than ensuring interconnectedness.

Take, for example, immune cells that we …
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Go Ye by James Rafferty

Go Ye

by James Rafferty  |  June 26, 2017

ARISE Australia is five years old and each year has been a wonderful experience. The dedicated staff of the North New South Wales (NNSW) Conference and the workers directing the program make the impact of this 15-week Bible school tremendous.

Here are the numbers:

48 students (including 3 last minute additions in week 12) 4 rebaptisms 5 first time baptisms 1 contact from last year baptized 13 requests for baptism (contacts from this year’s outreach) 1 atheist physics lecturer converted 1 heroin addict delivered 1 powerful community service project in the wake of a natural disaster 1 testimony after another of God’s grace and power

Let’s start with the cyclone that hit the Queensland Coast right in the middle of the school session: record-breaking floods; several deaths; and thousands of people evacuated from their homes. The planned evangelistic series was postponed and so the students fully engaged in community outreach during the day time which meant that classes ran at night. Students spent three weeks engaging with the locals by shoveling mud, water blasting houses, and clearing flood debris from …
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There Is No Greater Power Than the Power of Testimony

by Light Bearers  |  June 2, 2017

At Riverside Farm Institute we feel that God has been working in many amazing ways, so we just must share some of them with you!

Our Education Department now runs two classes of students each year. Towards the end of each program, before the students graduate, a three-week crusade is held. Three thousand copies of Light Bearers Bible lessons are reserved for the evangelism and lifestyle students who, together, hold the crusade.

In our Evangelism Department, we currently have 47 Bible workers who are based in different provinces of Zambia. These soldiers of the cross gather as much literature as their pockets can hold. They are able to take tracts by the thousands! Various local churches and companies also use thousands of these silent messengers as they run their church and district evangelistic crusades across the country.

These soldiers of the cross gather as much literature as their pockets can hold.

In Zambia, we have various student groups which are active in evangelism. Coming from high schools and universities, the students work through forums and campus ministries to use gospel …
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Sweet Sleep by Risë Rafferty

Sweet Sleep

by Risë Rafferty, RDN  |  May 31, 2017

Time is central to planet Earth. Every facet of this globe is regulated to some degree or other with time. Creation was based on time segments. Separate and unique accomplishments were designed in each sequential day. Heavenly bodies were assigned to direct seasons and periods. Time is valued as it relates to the possibilities it contains and therefore is extremely precious. Most of us receive monetary remuneration of our work in the context of time. Our level of education is largely quantified in relation to how much time we spent in study. We typically assess projects and chores on how much time they require. Even the level of intimacy in our relationships is largely based on time spent with each other.

Rarely do we seem to have enough time. We keep track of days, hours, minutes, and even seconds to maximize time. Our attempts at accomplishing, experiencing, and enjoying everything we need or want often results in time being sacrificed from another aspect of our lives. Sleep is one of those time slots we rob from the most to provide …
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Super Knowledge by Ty Gibson

Super Knowledge

by Ty Gibson  |  May 29, 2017

We are creatures of “knowledge.” Our entire existence is shaped by what we know and how we know. According to the Bible, there is a regular, run-of-the-mill knowledge, and then there is a kind of knowledge that operates at a deeper, wider, higher level.

“We know that we all have knowledge (gnosis). Knowledge (gnosis) puffs up, but love edifies” (1 Corinthians 8:1).

Paul wants us to understand that knowledge without love is worthless—and worse than worthless, it makes us arrogant.

In Ephesians 1, Paul prays that we will receive, “the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge (epignosis) of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened” (Ephesians 1:17-18).

Here he uses the Greek word for knowledge, gnosis, with the prefix epi, which is a grammatical amplifier. Epignosis is deep knowledge, crucial knowledge, super knowledge. Later, in Ephesians 3:19, Paul prays that we will “know the love of Christ which passes knowledge (gnosis).” There is a knowing that surpasses all common knowledge. If you know the love of Christ, you are intelligent on an otherworldly level. Epignosis isn’t necessarily …
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