May 2013 - Archives

I Saw Jesus

I Saw Jesus—ARISE Australia Class Tribute

May 31, 2013 | Sandra Entermann

I saw Jesus Wednesday morning, the week before last. He was sitting quietly at the same breakfast table with a few others, little Riley, and myself. When Riley indicated that he wanted more avocado (of which there was a limited supply), He, without hesitation, willingly surrendered his own. For a moment, it looked like Tim Saunders, but it was Jesus—I knew by that one simple, selfless act of giving.

I saw Jesus Friday, a week ago, at morning worship. He singled me out when we broke up into prayer pairs, and He prayed one of the most beautiful prayers for my needs that day. That same morning He went on to lead out in the devotional thought, and I sat in awe of how plainly He taught us from the book of Hebrews. For just a moment, I thought it was Tarenne Greenwood, but it was Jesus—I could tell by His beautiful spirit.

I saw Jesus about four weeks ago, as I was winding down for the night. He was sitting under …
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Sandra Entermann

ARISE Australia

ARISE Australia 2013

ARISE Australia 2013

May 29, 2013 | Jeffrey Rosario

Just over a week ago we celebrated the very first ARISE Australia class graduation. We had the privilege of teaching and, more importantly, getting to know 24 eager students. The Lord blessed us with a diverse and entertaining group ranging from the 18 year-olds, fresh out of high school, to the wise man in his sixties with a burden to serve and be a blessing.

It’s weird how you can grow close to people in a short time. It didn’t take much of an effort for me to walk into class during those marathon teaching assignments. I honestly considered it a pleasure. It reminds me of the words of Paul writing to his brethren:

Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, dear friends! (Philippians 4:1)

I don’t need to look very far for reminders of why I do what I do. It’s not difficult to stay motivated in the work of the Lord when you’re …
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Jeffrey Rosario

Light Bearers

Jesus Only - 2013 Convocation

Jesus Only.

May 17, 2013 | Light Bearers

From July 2-6 several hundred people will arrive on the Light Bearers campus for our 2013 Convocation to study through the book of Acts, chapter by chapter, verse by verse, story by story. And this will be the theme of our study: Jesus only.

Get the DVDs, CDs, or listen to the entire series: Jesus Only.

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The Snowball Effect

The Snowball Effect

May 7, 2013 | Andy Hausted

It was a crisp winter day, and snow blanketed the quaint landscape surrounding me. Bright rays of light sparkled off the fresh snow that had fallen the previous night. Tall evergreens could be seen just about wherever one looked, and the rich smell of these majestic trees filled the air with an invigorating scent. The melodious, irregular song of tweeting birds could be heard above the gentle sound of wind rushing through the nearby woods.

But this is not going to be a story about tall trees, rich smells, or tweeting birds, so I shall not say more than is necessary about the setting. But what I should tell you is that this story took place in the mountains of California during a prayer retreat. People, young and old, were gathered here from all across the northern and central California area. Why did they come? They came to learn about the power of prayer. Some heard about it. Others experienced it.

I shall start by introducing a term that many of …
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Andy Hausted


Just Like The Cross by David Asscherick

Just Like the Cross

May 3, 2013 | David Asscherick

I get admittedly nervous when I hear these words: “Pastor Asscherick, you changed my life.” You see, I’m not in the life-changing business; I’m just a messenger, a mail carrier. The biblical term is evangelist, one who carries a message.

That’s me.

My response has, over the years, become reflexive: “Well, thank you, but I’m sure it was Jesus Christ who changed your life, not me.”

“Yes, yes, of course,” is usually the reply. Or something like it. The point is taken, on both sides. I appreciate the affirmation, yes, but I appreciate the accuracy even more.

Jesus Christ is in the life-changing business, and He is awesome at it. For my part, I find it easy to “sell” and “tell” such a successful and consistent “product.” They say that Porsche salesmen do little more than hand out keys, because the cars sell themselves. I like that. That’s what we evangelists do: hand out keys, “the keys of the kingdom” (Matthew 16:19), no less! What we’re offering is better than …
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David Asscherick

Light Bearers

May 2013 issue of ALIVE

Overcooked and Rawed Out

May 1, 2013 | Risë Rafferty, RDN

In politics, are you Republican or Democrat? In terms of religion, are you liberal or conservative? When it comes to your personality, are you sanguine or melancholy? In diet, are you vegan or vegetarian? Are you for or against . . . , in or out, yes or no, right or wrong? I mean really! Take a stand! Isn’t that how we think at times? It is for good reason that we have developed a passion for platforms, positions, and absolutes. There is enough wishy-washy in the world. However, when it comes to certain issues, especially lifestyle related ones, I am continuing to be impressed with how wisdom is often found in the middle of the road, rather than in either extreme.

The average American diet is full, and I do mean full, of very cooked food. Some of the foods we eat use highly processed ingredients that are then cooked once, twice, sometimes three or even four times. Have we killed it yet?! Other foods we cook at temperatures …
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Risë Rafferty, RDN

Health Educator
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