My ARISE Experience

My Experience as an ARISE Student

by Nicole Stallings  |  December 12, 2014

Being home has made me realize what a privilege attending ARISE was for my life. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was undoubtedly there! I did not know much about the instructors, but before I came I prayed that they would speak the truth of the gospel. And that they did. From the first class, my mind was full and my heart was beating for Christ. They completely exceeded my expectations. Every instructor and guest speaker had a love for Christ that I had never seen before. No matter where you were on your walk, there was never, in any type of way, judgment or condemnation. They were real humans, and every class they humbled themselves before Christ with constant prayer for the Holy Spirit’s leading. And it was evident that by the end of every session God had spoken through them.

From the first class, my mind was full and my heart was beating for Christ.

It was at this program that I began to allow Christ to heal my shattered heart. I know now that I was crushing …
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Nicole Stallings Graduate
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First Law

First Law

by Fred Bischoff  |  December 5, 2014

It was crucifixion week. Matthew and Mark recorded the story (Matthew 22:34-40; Mark 12:28-34). A Pharisee (lawyer and scribe) asked Jesus a profound question that could be referred to as the first law. “Which is the greatest commandment in the law? Which is the first commandment of all?” With no hesitation, Jesus pointed to the secret of unity in plurality, of oneness when more than one is present. To love the Lord our God with all, that is the greatest, the first. Because of who our God is, His image shows that “let us” can be “one” (Genesis 1:27-28; 2:24; Deuteronomy 6:4-5).

John caught the dynamic behind the command, “We love him, because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19). Moses also made this point (Deuteronomy 7:7). God does not expect us to do something He does not do Himself. This love encompasses everything from righteous living to sacrificially dying. So if His love is the very ground of our love for Him, we should spend more time contemplating what it includes and its dimensions.

Surely this love embraces unity. …
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Foie Gras

Foie Gras

by Risë Rafferty  |  December 3, 2014

Foie gras is French for fatty liver. Though considered a delicacy of French cuisine, its production dates back to ancient Egypt. The Egyptians discovered that migratory geese overfed themselves in preparation for their long flights, which produced desirable meat and livers. Foie gras has been described as having the world’s most decadent and buttery flavor when served cold as torchon. When served hot, it reportedly can be crisp, sweet, savory, and melts in your mouth. To produce such livers, geese and ducks are force fed, a process called gavage.  A tube is inserted into the duck’s mouth two to three times a day to force food down the gullet. The overfeeding results in fatty livers that grow to be 10 times larger than normal. While I have opinions regarding the commercial production of such food and the treatment of animals, my primary concern is centered on the rise of fatty liver in humans.

Fatty liver occurs when fats amass inside the liver cells, causing cell enlargement (steatosis) or inflammation and cell damage (steatohepatitis). Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease refers to two …
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Risë Rafferty Health Educator
Light Bearers
Dubai's Future Preacher

Dubai’s Future Preacher

by Jeffrey Rosario  |  December 1, 2014

A few months ago I had the privilege of traveling to Dubai to speak at a revival meeting that was organized by a small group of young Adventists. Though I have travelled in other countries with a significant Muslim presence (Jordan, Turkey, Israel), Dubai seemed unusual; like a city that was still trying to figure out its own identity. I’ve never really been drawn to it in spite of all the hype.

Most of Dubai is calculated to impress. It is one of the richest cities in the world, and one of the fastest growing. It is home to the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, which towers above the city at 2,722 feet and contains the world’s highest mosque, highest restaurant, and highest nightclub. Then there’s Burj Al Arab, the world’s only 5 star hotel rated as a 7 star where the Royal Suite will cost you about $20,000 per night. If you get bored in your luxury hotel room, you can always head out to the Dubai Mall––and yes, it is the largest shopping mall in the world.


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Jeffrey Rosario Speaker
Light Bearers
The Old Covenant Brood

The Old Covenant Brood

by Ty Gibson  |  November 28, 2014

The current tensions and polemics within the Seventh-day Adventist Church are not occurring in a vacuum. We have history behind us that has created the trajectory within which we are now living. To a significant degree the spirit and content of our present dialogues and debates are shaped by a tragic theological turn we took in our journey as a people more than one hundred years ago.

PUSHBACK ON THE GOSPEL

Writing to Willie White in 1902, A.G. Daniells lamented the existence within Adventism of what he called, “the whole brood of old covenant men who are continually raising doubts and unbelief regarding the light that came at the Minneapolis meeting” (A.G. Daniells to W.C. White, April 14, 1902, in Manuscripts and Memories of Minneapolis, p. 321).

Fascinating choice of words from the man who was then the General Conference president! But these words are more than fascinating. They are hugely insightful regarding our history as a people and the struggles in which we are currently engaged.

“The light” to which Daniells referred was none other than the vital truth …
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Ty Gibson Co-Director
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Sometimes I Forget

by James Rafferty  |  November 7, 2014

Sometimes I forget the words of Christ in Matthew 25:40. I judge, I disdain, and I criticize my brethren in my heart (and with my actions). When I do this to the least of these my brethren I do it unto Him.

During such times of stark spiritual failure I am especially thankful that God has more faith in us than we have in ourselves. God exercises more faith toward us than we could ever exercise in our entire lives. He is the Author and Finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:1).

In his own spiritual trial, Job struggled to understand why God seemed to be punishing him (Job 9). Yet, God had faith that Job would endure the test. Through it all God purposed to reveal the triumph of love over the power of evil (Job 9). And He did.

God has more faith in us than we have in ourselves.

When Elijah’s faith shrank, he not only ran from duty, he excused his lack of faithfulness to God, not once, but twice, by pointing to the apostasy of others …
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James Rafferty Co-Director
Light Bearers
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All in your Head? Impossible! Pt. 1

by Risë Rafferty  |  November 5, 2014

When symptoms of disease and sickness are said to be all in one’s head, there is an implication made that questions the legitimacy of physical ailment. When we hear this description we understand that something is thought of as reality, but is only imaginary. In the absence of underlying pathology, symptoms can be attributed to psychosomatic influences. This can at first glance seem invalidating to the sufferer. However, this relationship between the mind and body is the foundation for my belief that it is virtually impossible for anything to be all in your head.

Common symptoms of physical sickness include: diminished appetite, mental and physical fatigue, behavioral and psychological languishing, disinterest in pleasurable activities, fever, etc. These responses are not directly elicited from the sight of infection. It is the brain that triggers the symptoms of sickness. Steven Maier, PhD, and his colleagues posed a seemingly simple question that led to some interesting research. How does the brain know there is an infection in the first place?

The first armory on the scene of any infection is macrophages, white blood …
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Risë Rafferty Health Educator
Light Bearers