The Power of the Printed Page

The Power of the Printed Page

by Ty Gibson  |  January 2, 2015

Plain and simple: words of truth on paper are extremely powerful. Allow me to break this down for us. First, are  need to understand that the words of God are a creative, life-giving force:

“The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63).

“The creative energy that called the worlds into existence is in the word of God. This word imparts power; it begets life. Every command is a promise; accepted by the will, received into the soul, it brings with it the life of the Infinite One. It transforms the nature and recreates the soul in the image of God” (Education, p. 126).

Secondly, we need to understand that we are engaged, basically, in a war of words. Words are formulated into sentence structures to compose ideas. When read, those ideas enter the mind and alter the way a person thinks and feels and in turn how a person behaves. Words—whether true or false—change the way a person perceives God and life and oneself and others. The great war between good and evil occurs …
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When you don’t have all the Facts

When you don’t have all the Facts

by Risë Rafferty  |  December 31, 2014

Baby Sara was born into the Glick family in the summer of 1999. Having seven older brothers, she was the cherished little girl the family had hoped for. Samuel and Elizabeth Glick were Amish dairy farmers in rural Pennsylvania. Four months later however, baby Sara became very ill. When Elizabeth found her unconscious in her crib she was rushed to the hospital. The attending physician noted a hemorrhage in her right eye and extensive bruising on her body, and suspected that her injuries were caused by child abuse. Two days later she died. The county coroner found midbrain damage and bleeding, typically caused by shaking babies violently. The cause was said to be a “closed-head injury” and suspected to be an act of homicide.

Samuel and Elizabeth Glick not only lost their baby girl, but all seven of their sons were taken from their home by Child Protective Services, placed in non-Amish foster homes, and the story went on national news. Dr. Holmes Morton, a Harvard trained pediatrician who specialized in genetic-based diseases found out about the situation. He worked …
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Risë Rafferty Health Educator
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Telos Love

Telos Love

by James Rafferty  |  December 29, 2014

From year to year certain Bible verses speak to me, becoming favorites. This year it’s John 13:1: “Now before the feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that His hour was come that He should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved His own which were in the world, He loved them unto the end.”

It’s the last phrase that grabs the heart—“He loved them unto the end!” The Greek word for “end” is telos meaning end or toll. Telos love is an enduring, toll-paying love.

In several places, like Revelation 22:13, the word “telos” is used to describe the actual character of Jesus: “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end (telos).” The Bible has several significant applications for the word “telos,” all linked to Jesus’ character of love—“telos love.”

For example, the word telos describes endurance. “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end (telos), the same shall be saved” (Matthew 24:12-13).  In contrast to the human race, plagued with relationships …
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The Deeper Meaning of Christmas

The Deeper Meaning of Christmas

by Ty Gibson  |  December 24, 2014

When we speak of the birth of Christ, we are speaking of the most sublime and astounding event in all of eternal history. God literally became a human being. “Without controversy,” Paul exclaims with wonder, “great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh” (1 Timothy 3:16).

Allow the profundity of the incarnational act to register upon your mind.

The ontological difference between a human and, say, a mosquito is massive from our standpoint as humans. And yet, the difference is minuscule compared to the span of ontological difference God traversed by becoming human. Humans and mosquitos are, after all, of the same category: material creation. God and humans, on the other hand, are of two radically distinct categories: Creator and creature.

What many of us don’t realize is the sheer magnitude of the sacrifice: not only was the condescension of Christ an enormous leap, it was also a permanent one.

As if it was not enough for God to take our humanity upon Himself at all, He chose to do so eternally, irreversibly. Deity is forever …
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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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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
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