August 2016 - Archives

Butyrate and the Bowel, pt 2 by Risë Rafferty

Butyrate and the Bowel, pt 2

August 31, 2016 | Risë Rafferty, RDN

Last month we began understanding one of the ways the community of microbes residing within impacts the health of its host organ, the colon, as well as other facets of human health. This community is composed of many members in various concentrations or percentages. There are thousands of varieties/species, some of which science is still discovering. They could be likened to family clans; the McCalahans, the De Lucas, the Gonzalezs, the Takahashis, different and unique from each other, yet dwelling in one community. The strains of microbes that flourish in this community are in part determined by what they are fed.

We learned that certain strains of bacteria ferment carbohydrates that have been thus far indigestible in the digestive system. As the bacteria break these indigestible carbohydrates down, they produce short-chain fatty acids that are secreted into the colon, byproducts of the fermentation process. Butyrate is one of these short-chain fatty acid byproducts. We observed that butyrate has made headlines in medical journals as a result of the intriguing results …
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Risë Rafferty, RDN

Health Educator
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Love Because by Fred Bischoff

Love Because…

August 29, 2016 | Fred Bischoff

Why does God love us? Simply put, because that is what and who He is (1 John 4:8, 16), just as what you are directs your actions. What He does in loving us can be measured by its “breadth, and length, and depth, and height” (Ephesians 3:18).

Love leads people to make things. The same is true of God. Thus “the LORD He is God: it is He that hath made us, and not we ourselves” (Psalm 100:3). More than that, His love leads Him to redeem those who have removed themselves from this intimacy. The Bible says at least twice that this is why and how He redeemed Israel (Deuteronomy 7:8; Isaiah 63:9). And furthermore, in Jesus He bent down and redeemed all who were caught in the web and curse of sin (Romans 3:23-24; 5:8; Galatians 3:13).

Why does He ask us to love? Because He wants us to enter into His joy (Psalm 5:11; John 15:9-12). Because He wants us to be like Him (Genesis 1:27; 1 …
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Fred Bischoff

Adventist Pioneer Library
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Great Expectations by Elise Harboldt

Great Expectations

August 25, 2016 | Elise Harboldt

“This quote is exploding my mind.”

That’s the text I received  this morning from my friend Janessa, whose birthday just happens to be today. Jesus sent Janessa a beautiful birthday sunrise and a quote so epic it’s exploding my mind too.

“Jesus is the fullness of our expectation” (Ellen White, Review and Herald, August 26, 1890).

Expectations are tricky things. Take for example, birthdays. My fourteenth birthday was a letdown. My mom likes to celebrate people, so my childhood birthday memories are filled with parties and cake. But the day I turned fourteen, I realized that the people at my boarding high school didn’t realize what a big deal my birthday really was. We didn’t have a school-wide party. It wasn’t all about me. At the end of the day, I felt embarrassed. It was silly to expect more. I guess I need to lower my expectations.

Managing expectations is a thing, I guess. Self-help books, articles, and counseling sessions are dedicated to this practice, and rightfully so. Why? Because …
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Elise Harboldt

Beautiful Minds Medical

The Parable of the True Unbeliever

The Parable of the True (Un)Believer

August 19, 2016 | Ty Gibson

The kingdom of heaven is like unto two men, one who believed in God and one who did not.

The first man engaged in prejudice and hatred and various other forms of ugliness contrary to love, all the while saying to the world, “I believe in God! God is with me! God is on my side!”

The other man looked at all the injustice and abuse done in the name of God, and he said to himself, “I don’t believe in God,” and spent his life relieving the poor and defending the oppressed.

In due time, both men died, and on the day of final judgment, both men were resurrected and stood before God. Gesturing with His right hand, God said, “Come, my son, enter into the eternal bliss prepared for you.”

And the Lord said to him, “I think you’ve mistaken Me for some other god…”

The man who believed in God smiled and stepped forward, but God raised His left hand and said, “No, not you,” and gestured …
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Ty Gibson

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It Takes Time by David Asscherick

It Takes Time

August 5, 2016 | David Asscherick

Discipleship is a bit of a buzzword right now, and that’s a good thing. As the church, and as followers of Jesus, we should be talking about discipleship. More than this, we should be doing discipleship.

But right there is the rub.

Because discipling people is hard. It takes time. It takes investment. It takes energy. It takes sacrifice. It takes wisdom. And did I mention time?

Here’s a confession: I spent years as a full-time evangelist (that’s not the confession part) bemoaning (here’s the confession part) the failure of many local churches to really disciple and grow their newly-baptized members who had been won through the series I (or some other evangelist) had just held.

The funny (and sad!) thing is that I’ve heard pastor after pastor complain that, really, it’s the evangelist’s fault that newly-baptized people don’t stick around. “They were baptized too soon.” “They weren’t adequately prepared.” “They should’ve been cleared more thoroughly.” And on and on.

So the evangelists blame the churches and pastors and the …
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David Asscherick

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Butyrate and the Bowel, pt 1 by Risë Rafferty

Butyrate and the Bowel, pt 1

August 3, 2016 | Risë Rafferty, RDN

Modern man has a problem with his colon, the large intestine, one’s bowels, the gut, the last processing plant in the digestive tract. Yep, whether it’s diverticulosis, diverticulitis, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, colon cancer, diarrhea, constipation, pain upon defecation, abdominal pain, straining, bloating, incomplete evacuation, blood in stools, sense of urgency, and so on, we’ve got problems. No doubt about it, our society is becoming increasingly aware of this important part of our anatomy and we probably all have a story to tell.

Housed within the large intestine are trillions of microbes that are referred to collectively as the microbiome, a community of various strains of bacteria, fungi, and yeasts that live and thrive in the dark, dank, recesses of our digestive tract. In their own fashion, microbes respire and digest to survive, producing byproducts that science is discovering have a potentially dramatic impact on how we feel, what we look like, our physical condition, how much energy we have, how occluded our arteries …
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Risë Rafferty, RDN

Health Educator
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Redemption from Deception by James Rafferty

Redemption from Deception

August 1, 2016 | James Rafferty

Revelation 12, the centerpiece of the book, uncovers a central issue for Planet Earth—redemption from deception.

Deception began in heaven, not earth, with the dragon who hoodwinked the third part of the angels from heaven with his tail or “lies” (Revelation 12:4; Isaiah 9:15). Deception number two is the old story of the Fall found in the symbolic words “woman” and “serpent,” which take us back to Eden when the first woman, Eve, was deceived by the serpent and with Adam they lost their place in paradise (verses 1, 9). Revelation 12 also describes the symbolic imagery of the “woman” giving birth to the “man child” Messiah. This woman represents the Jewish church to which Jesus was born. The Jewish church leaders become the next victims of Satan’s deception by rejecting Messiah, thus losing her place as God’s favored people and giving way to the Christian wilderness church (verses 1, 5, 6). And finally the entire earth, like the fallen angels, like the first woman Eve, like the Jewish “woman” Israel, will …
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James Rafferty

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