December 2012 - Archives

Alone Together

Alone Together

December 21, 2012 | Doug Mielke

Danny Fitzgerald was the king of our neighborhood. It wasn’t because he was an admirable person, nor was it because he was a great athlete, or one of the more popular guys at our school. He was the neighborhood king because we feared him. Danny Fitzgerald was a bully.

In hindsight, he and his two brothers were probably victims themselves. Everyone was familiar with the alcohol infused, door slamming, window shattering melees his parents got into almost every weekend… but for all of us, he was our worst nightmare.

We always kept an eye out for him with an escape route in reserve, so we could dodge his cruelty. Still, there was one place where we couldn’t avoid him, a place where we were all at his mercy… the bus stop.

Mornings were easier than afternoons. On the way to school we all kept our distance until the bus pulled up. Then we would scurry on board like frightened cockroaches in order to avoid his spitting, cuffing and kicks.

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Finding Jesus in Christmas

December 17, 2012 | James Rafferty

A group of people was sitting in the waiting area of a popular restaurant. They were hungry, eager for a table, and silently stealing glances at each other. Then in came yet another family with a small child. As the man went to register his name, the child standing in the middle of this group began looking at their hungry faces. He looked at one and then another and with a smile said, “Hi! I’m hungry. Are you? Hi! I’m hungry. Are you? Hi! I’m hungry. Are you?” And one by one the faces began to smile back at the child and then at one another until the whole atmosphere was changed. (A modern story based on Matthew 18:1-4).

Heaven is like a child. They possess a natural trust, an unconditional love, a desire to see the best in others. That’s one reason we warn them about strangers. Satan has been hard at work to wipe out this child-like love just like he tried to destroy Christ as soon as …
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James Rafferty

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When Evil Strikes

When Evil Strikes

December 16, 2012 | Ty Gibson

On Friday as I walked into my wife’s office to say hi, smiling and eager to interrupt her work with a flirtatious moment or two, she swiveled around toward me in her chair and said, “Have you heard about what happened in Connecticut?”

There was shock and hurt in her voice. I knew it was bad, whatever it was. She pointed to her computer screen. I drew in and began to read the words:

“School Shooting: 20 Children and Six Adults Killed”

Sue couldn’t even look at the screen. The very thought of such a horrific act is more than human nature can bear. My stomach was immediately sick. Then I instinctively looked across the room to a framed photo of Mason and Austin, our own little guys, ages five and seven. The feelings of horror compounded within me as my eyes riveted upon their innocent, happy faces. I could almost hear the screaming and wailing of the parents in Connecticut.

There we were, two human beings, happy, upbeat and …
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Ty Gibson

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This Is Ministry - Victor and Lindsay

This Is Ministry: Victor and Lindsay’s Story

December 13, 2012 | Light Bearers

There’s a white door. There’s a ‘5’ on it. Two Cornerstone students, Victor Carreiro and Lindsay White, stand beside the apartment door and knock. There’s a post beside Victor that he leans upon, his hand plays with a chip in the wood. Lindsay can be seen taking a few glances in the direction of a cat with lopsided shoulders.

“Hi, can we ask you a few questions?” Victor asks the young man in front of them. He is wearing basketball shorts and a white t-shirt, he is blonde, skinny, and stiff in posture.

“Sure,” Tucker responds, that’s his name, “but I don’t want to step on anyone’s toes with my answers.” After Victor and Lindsay assure him they won’t be offended, he agrees, they begin and the survey goes well.

Through the survey the students found out he is an agnostic, a seeking agnostic, but nevertheless in doubt.

Victor looks at him inquisitively, tilts his head to the side and inquires, “What is your greatest obstacle for belief in God?”

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Light Bearers 2012 Yearend Report

Territory: Light Bearers 2012 Yearend Report

December 8, 2012 | Light Bearers

Here’s the Light Bearers 2012 Yearend Report. We are proud of this report, not in a carnal way, but because of the work and ministry it represents. The report is filled with frontline reports and theological insights that are sure to inspire you as they have us. Read. Enjoy. And pray. Thank you, again, for your support of and interest in Light Bearers. Learn more about becoming a Light Bearers Ministry Partner .

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Leaves of Hope, Healing, and Home

December 7, 2012 | David Asscherick

Emily Bronte, in her poem Fall, Leaves, Fall, writes:

Every leaf speaks bliss to me

Fluttering from the autumn tree. 

Here in Oregon, as I write this, autumn has come and (nearly) gone. Leaves are aground wherever one looks––golden yellow, ochre red, and a million hues besides. Each one tells a story, a tale of what was, and of what will yet be.

They are tales of present death, but of promised life. In their own uniquely colorful way, each announces that death now reigns, but life–spring!–is yet coming. Though not before winter’s cold night.

For me, this autumn in particular, saw my thoughts turning to… Light Bearers, the ministry I’m privileged and honored to be a part of. Why so?

Chiefly, the iconic phrase from the pen of Ellen White, repeated in various statements, “scattered like the leaves of autumn.” Here are three favorites:

“Publications must be multiplied, and scattered like the leaves of autumn. These silent messengers are enlightening and molding the minds of thousands in every country …
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David Asscherick

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