January 2013 - Archives

The Valley of the Shadow

The Valley of the Shadow

January 16, 2013 | Doug Mielke

The sign read:

DO NOT attempt to hike from the rim to the river and back in one day, especially May to September.

But that was for normal people. The Hermit Trail spanned only nine miles from the canyon’s rim down to the Colorado River. I could jog it in an hour and a half and be back up in another three. I snorted at the sign in contempt as I checked my daypack. Even though it was mid -June and Tonto Plateau would top out at a hundred and fifteen degrees by afternoon, my quart canteen would be enough. I could always bushwhack up a slot canyon and find a spring. The main thing I didn’t want to forget was my new Yashika Electro-AX. It was the hottest new 35mm on the market and I was determined to get some stellar shots of this remote section of the canyon. I threw in a light weight sleeping bag, just in case, ignored the mandatory remote area registration station at …
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January 12, 2013 | David Asscherick


My youngest son, Jabel, just turned ten. In the absence of a miraculous intervention, I will never again have the joy and privilege of parenting a less-than-double-digit aged child. Life moves on. Time does its thing. “The past has gone where the past inevitably goes, the future has not arrived,” David Berlinski resignedly observed.

It used to seem that time was moving for others, but not really for me. Perhaps you’ve experienced this. When I was in my twenties, it felt as though I’d somehow always be in my twenties. The thirties were strange because, well, they weren’t the twenties. Like sleeping in a bed other than your own, the thirties took some getting used to. It never felt quite like home.

Then I blinked and I was 40.

What, uh, just happened right there? Did you see that? A decade of my life just disappeared, gone. A few moments ago I was 26, how am I now 40? If my thirties were like a hotel bed, this first …
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David Asscherick

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:


“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.”


“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.