September 2015 ALIVE—Diverticulosis

Diverticulosis

by Risë Rafferty  |  September 3, 2015

Dr. Denis Burkitt, a well-known Irish missionary surgeon made an interesting observation of America. His comment was this: “America is a constipated nation. . . . If you pass small stools, you have to have large hospitals.”1 Burkitt’s fascination with man’s evacuation habits began when he traveled to Uganda in the 1960s. The diet and fecal matter of the population intrigued him. As a result of his observations he hypothesized that a diet high in fiber was largely responsible for the absence of diverticulosis in Uganda.

Diverticulosis is a condition in which outpouching sacs form in the weak areas of the colon’s muscular wall. It is thought that weakened areas of muscle, combined with pressure, allow these sacs, or diverticula, to outwardly protrude. When diverticula become inflamed, irritated, swollen, and infected, it is diagnosed as diverticulitis. Diverticulitis can occur with pain, fever, abscesses, constipation, and in the worst-case scenario, rupture of the intestinal wall. Diverticular bleeding can also occur when small blood vessels within the wall of diverticula burst. This can manifest as blood in the stool.

Diverticulosis has been referred to as a …
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Risë Rafferty Health Educator
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Join the Witness by Fred Bischoff

Join the Witness

by Fred Bischoff  |  September 1, 2015

During that secret interview at Jesus’ place of retirement on the Mount of Olives, when the city was hushed in slumber, it wasn’t the flickering lamp or torchlight, or the pale light of the moon, that shown into the heart of Nicodemus, that “master of Israel.” It was the burning words of an obscure Galilean whom this leader had sought out. Nicodemus was drawn by Jesus’ teaching, authority and wonderful manifestation of divine power, not only in cleansing the temple, but also in receiving the poor and healing the sick. It matched what he had found as he had anxiously studied the prophecies relating to the Messiah.

Can you sense the excitement he must have felt in that Bible study, driven by events swirling around him? This was the One who was to come!

But something was not right. As Nicodemus opened the dialog, his attempt to express and invite confidence fell flat. The words that came out expressed unbelief instead.

Jesus, in His gentle and penetrating manner, brushed past the awkwardness and formalities, and laid bare the foundational …
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Nate

Nate

by David Asscherick  |  August 7, 2015

Here’s a miracle story. Fifteen years ago, I was preaching an evangelistic series in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The series was a joint venture with Adventist-Laymen’s Services & Industries (ASI) and the Michigan Conference of Seventh-day Adventists . ASI had provided our evangelistic team with dozens of teenage youth who would go out, knocking on doors, looking for Bible studies.

Two young ladies knocked on the door of an 18 year-old boy named Nate. Giggly and nervous, they invited him to the upcoming series. He rebuffed their invitation. Then, just as the conversation was ending, they mentioned that the speaker (me) was a skateboarder and former punk rocker. His curiosity piqued, he took the flyer.

Two days later, he drove himself to the meetings in a hearse. Yes, his car was a hearse. Nate was a punk rock kid, complete with wild hair and clothes. I knew the type well because I had been one just a few years before. Nate listened with interest, which was surprising to some, given his appearance. I was not surprised at all.

when those giggly young girls knocked on Nate’s door, he was planning to kill himself—that very day!


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Splenda

Splenda

by Risë Rafferty  |  August 5, 2015

Splenda is the most popular sugar substitute on the market. It is easily identifiable in the large yellow box or little yellow packets filled with sweet white crystals. The key ingredient in Splenda is sucralose, a non-nutritive artificial sweetener. For volume sake it is combined with fillers including dextrose and maltodextrin. Sucralose is approximately 600 times sweeter than table sugar and yet has zero calories. It is estimated that 65-95 percent of ingested sucralose is not absorbed into the blood stream from the gastrointestinal tract, but rather is excreted in the feces. What could be better than a carb-free, non-calorie sweetener? So far Splenda is sounding pretty good.

In a society whose consumption of sweets and sugar sweetened beverages has been increasingly associated with the major health problems of our day including obesity, type 2 diabetes, and metabolic syndrome, replacing a 150 calorie soda with a 1 calorie diet soda seems like a good idea. However, does the reduction in calorie consumption from drinking diet drinks translate into lower body weight or improved metabolic health? The short answer is no.


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Risë Rafferty Health Educator
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ARISE and Shine

ARISE and SHINE

by Jeffrey Rosario  |  August 3, 2015

When Jesus said, “Go and make disciples” (Matthew 28:19), He was addressing His own disciples. In other words, He was telling them, “Go and make more of you.” They were to clone themselves; their mission was to spread the gospel germ to those around them. Regardless of their personal limitations, their success was contingent on the authenticity of their personal experience with God. The closer they could align their minds and hearts with the mind and heart of Jesus, the more evident it would be to the outside world that, although inexperienced, “they had been with Jesus” (Acts 4:13).

In such a skeptical and hostile world in which they lived, it would have been significantly important for the early Christians to know what they believed about Jesus and how to effectively share that reality with others. That is essentially the same pressing need we face today. We, too, should ask ourselves the two important questions: What do I believe? How do I share it with others?

That is precisely why ARISE exists.

This coming fall, we at Light Bearers will …
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This Is the Life

This Is the Life

by Charis Huenergardt  |  July 15, 2015

I’ve made a habit of listening when children speak. Charis is a little friend of mine who happens to be an aspiring writer. She’s nine years old and she’s a thinker. When she shared her first writing project with me, she wondered if anyone would read it. I assured her they would and offered to post it here on the Light Bearers website. Her eyes lit up and she smiled from ear to ear. Please tell her what you think below.

—Ty Gibson

Introduction

I believe this and you should too. I believe that God is the true God. He created you. He designed your body to be HOW IT IS. Get a Bible and look up Genesis chapter 1 verse 1. It says, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Look up verse 2 also. It says, “And the earth was empty and without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep.” God knows everything. He knows what your day will be like. He knows …
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A New Hermeneutic by Pastor Steven Grabiner

A New Hermeneutic?

by Steven Grabiner  |  July 6, 2015

In just two days, the gathered delegates for the Seventh-day Adventist church will be making a decision regarding ordaining women to the pastoral ministry . I doubt that any view-changing contributions can be made at this point. However there is an issue that does need further clarification—the role hermeneutics play in this conversation. I hope to make a contribution to that clarity in this short article.

It has been suggested by individuals on both sides of this issue that different hermeneutical principles are being utilized resulting in very different conclusions. One group says: “Those who are faithful to the historical-grammatical hermeneutic will urge a ‘no’ vote to the motion.” Another group says: “Use a principle-based approach and vote ‘yes.'” I would like to pose this question: “Is it necessary to use a new hermeneutic to arrive at a ‘yes’ vote, or could someone be faithful to the historical-grammatical hermeneutical principles, and still come to the conclusion that a ‘yes’ vote is in order?” If the issue facing the church really is about the method used to interpret scripture, this is of grave concern. However, if the …
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East Ridge Seventh-day Adventist Church
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