Posts Tagged: new year

Rethinking Resolutions by Elise Harboldt

Rethinking Resolutions

December 30, 2016 | Elise Harboldt

Do you have a New Years resolution? I have a track record of failed resolutions. In 2013, I vowed to learn Spanish. In 2014, I promised to stop interrupting people. 2017 has arrived, and I’m embarrassed to say that no hablo español, and I do still interrupt in English.

But some things need to be interrupted, like the way we do resolutions. Perhaps you’re the exception. If your personal growth has risen to new heights with each passing January, stop reading this and go become a motivational speaker or something. But if, like me, you’ve fought a losing battle to become the best version of yourself, keep reading. You’ll discover one thing that can change everything.

Where Did Resolutions Come From?

New Years resolutions are actually quite old. In ancient Babylon, the people made promises to their gods at the beginning of each year, resolving to pay debts and return borrowed items. The Romans made annual promises to Janus (the god of January).

What about the God of Christianity? Does …
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Elise Harboldt

Writer/Producer
Beautiful Minds Medical

Just Do It by James Rafferty

Just Do It

February 1, 2016 | James Rafferty

Coined in an advertising agency meeting for Nike, the “Just Do It” campaign launched in 1988. It was highly successful, as one of the top two taglines of the 20th century, being both “universal and intensely personal.” Nike presented this advertising slogan as the center of “a tough, take no prisoners ad campaign.” One of the campaign’s objectives was to target all Americans regardless of age, gender or physical fitness level. This universal message took Nike from 877 million to over 9 billion dollars in worldwide sales.

Believers are not called to talk about tennis shoes or sportswear. We aren’t depending on the power of the “swoosh” (the Nike tick logo seen on all its apparel). Our purpose is to target all people with the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ (Matthew 24:14; Revelation 14:6). Our burden is to reach the world with the message of God’s inclusive good news. Our goal is to take the message presently received by 18.5 million members to the over 7 billion people …
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James Rafferty

Co-Director
Light Bearers

Three Reasons to be a Relational Risk Taker in 2016 by Ty Gibson

Three Reasons to be a Relational Risk Taker in 2016

January 5, 2016 | Ty Gibson

There are definitely moments in which you ought to be careful, calculated, and cautious. And there are moments in which you ought to cast caution to the wind and be a big-time risk taker.

Yeah, be cautious as a driver. Relax—please. Being late is better than being dead.

Be ever so careful when you cast your vote for a politician in this year’s circus-like political elections. Seriously, it’s out of control with ridiculousness.

And definitely be calculated if you are an investor in today’s market. Turns out, as we all now know, that in many cases criminals are running the financial systems of our world.

Ah, but when it comes to love, be a risk taker.

People are certainly unpredictable. But it’s people that really matter, nonetheless.

People are naturally self-serving and often take advantage of the good guy.

Put yourself out there. Be willing to be embarrassed by rejection. Then pick yourself up and try again.

No doubt about it: people are naturally self-serving and often take advantage of …
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Ty Gibson

Co-Director
Light Bearers

Seven Habits Worth Cultivating

Seven Habits Worth Cultivating

January 11, 2014 | Ty Gibson

Every time you perform an action it contributes to shaping your fundamental identity. When life is done, you are the sum total of your repeated actions. Here are seven actions worth repeating over and over again this year until they become habits for life.

1. Follow Someone

Take note of some area of your life in which you need to undergo rapid growth. That should be easy, unless you’re a narcissist, in which case nothing immediately comes to mind. Then select someone to learn from whom you admire for their excellence in that particular aspect of life.

The Bible says that God has gifted people in the church for our “edifying,” to help each of us grow up “to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:12-13). This means there are people who are strong in areas where you are weak, who know things you don’t know, who have perspectives you don’t have, who have certain life-skills developed to levels you’re not at yet.

So God …
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Ty Gibson

Co-Director
Light Bearers

New Year Prayer

Present Stage: A New Year Prayer

January 1, 2014 | Ty Gibson

Lord God Almighty, ineffably holy, Great in weakness, immeasurably lowly, From the corner of my eye, I see Your glory, Through prophets of old who breathed Your story.

But sweep me into the narrative now, Resisting no longer, Your will to allow, Not mere words on ancient page, But present Word on present stage.

Paradoxical love, with mercy’s fury dripping, Hunt me with passion, with tenderness ripping, Into my soul where cherished lies reside, Piercing the darkness where in shame I hide.

Capture my vision that strays to illusion, Regard not as violent mercy’s intrusion, Cease the knocking, break down the door, I want You less even as I want you more.

Enthrall my affections, brutalized by lust, Enrapture my emotions, divinized by trust, Lure me from my self, me away from me, Slave to Your heart, yet finally free.

As the minutes unfold and the hours fly by, As the year makes me older and I grope and sigh, Younger with innocence may I become with time, The fatal …
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Ty Gibson

Co-Director
Light Bearers

Top 12 Posts of 2012

Top 12 Posts From 2012

January 8, 2013 | Light Bearers

In case you missed them, here are the top 12 Light Bearers blog posts from 2012:

#12 –  WHAT IS ARISE TRYING TO ACCOMPLISH?

“We’re laboring––in mind, body, soul, and example––to lift up Jesus Christ in the context of the Three Angels’ Messages and to teach our students how to do the same. Our consistent and insistent refrain is the personal conversion and discipleship of our students.”

#11 –  FOOD NOT BOMBS

“I’ve found that one of the biggest blessings we can receive is helping people for the sole purpose of helping them. Too many poor and homeless people have been turned off to religion by our very zealous efforts to feed them and clothe them while scheming to make them religious.”

#10 –  5 Ways To Be A Successful Student On A Public College Campus

“Remember that a religion that is not active is not real religion. A religion that is not shared is a religion not worth taking up. A religion that does not impact life is a dead religion.”

#9 –  Teetering On The Edge

“Everything we touch turns to gold and then to dust.”


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Light Bearers

a publishing, training and evangelism ministry.

Looking Back Over 2012

Looking Back Over 2012

January 4, 2013 | Light Bearers

 As 2012 ends, we here at Light Bearers are rejoicing at how God has led. Here’s a recap of the year:

ARISE Internship Program

In January we launched the ARISE Internship Program . Eight students from our 2011 graduating class stayed on for one year of additional training, mentoring and community ministry. We have grown close to these quality young people and have found great joy in watching them employ their skills to advance God’s kingdom and flourish as individuals. As we launch into 2013, some of them will remain with us and become Bible workers on the University of Oregon campus.

ARISE 10-year Anniversary

2012 marked the 10-year anniversary of Cornerstone , the main ARISE Discipleship Training Course. Preparatory to the 2012 class, we spent two weeks completely recreating the entire program—re-visioning, restructuring and rewriting the curriculum from the ground up. What emerged was The Story—a new program that teaches the full end-time message within a storyline narrative of God’s faithful love for humanity. Currently we have 45 students enrolled in the course …
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Light Bearers

a publishing, training and evangelism ministry.