April 2013 - Archives

Why a New Pope is Good News - by James Rafferty

Why a New Pope is Good News

April 29, 2013 | James Rafferty

In 1929, the Italian Parliament ratified the Lateran Treaty settling the Roman Question and setting the stage for what some have since described as the healing of the deadly wound. Somewhere between that time and today, an idea developed that has since taken many minds captive.

This idea was that from 1929 to the second coming of Jesus there will be exactly seven popes, and the seventh one would reign for a “short time.”

God is waiting for people, not popes.

With a surface study of Revelation 17 in one hand and a February 12, 1929 San Francisco Chronicle headline, “healed wound of many years” in the other, advocates felt they had a valid Bible prophecy (though our pioneers taught a much longer healing process dating back to the 19th century). When Pope Benedict was elected, he was the 7th since 1929. And since he was 78, it did not appear that he would be in office very long and it seemed that the final crisis could burst forth at …
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James Rafferty

Co-Director
Light Bearers

Not Letter, But Spirit

Not Letter, But Spirit

April 5, 2013 | Ty Gibson

As I took my seat on the plane, an energetic little boy came up the aisle with his dad. In my mind I thought, “I sure hope he’s not gonna be in the seat behind me.” As a frequent flyer, I know short legs tend to kick seatbacks.

As he walked past me, he smiled. Or was it a menacing grin?

Sure enough, his seat was behind mine. In a matter of seconds, the kicking began. For the first hour his father repeatedly scolded him, threatening the little guy: “If you don’t stop kicking that man’s seat, you’re going to be in big trouble. Is that what you want, big trouble?”

It’s all a matter of how we represent the character of God in our approach to people.

It was all to no avail. I got the distinct impression that all the threatening dad could heap on the little rebel was only stimulating more rebellion in him. So I took the matter into my own hands. Turning around in my …
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Ty Gibson

Co-Director
Light Bearers

Enzymes in the Raw

Enzymes in the Raw

April 3, 2013 | Risë Rafferty, RDN

I despise sloths. The continuous ritardando of their existence is not to my liking. They sleep for 20 hours a day. When they are awake they barely move. They are so slow and sluggish that algae will actually grow on their fur! Can you imagine if sloths could talk? A short sentence would probably take five minutes! Wwwwwhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaat diiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiid youuuuuuuu ssssssssssssssaaaaaayyyy? I am way too impatient for that!

The human body has a certain speed at which life processes must occur for health and survival to be maintained. Cellular functions operate according to a biological clock. If these interactions and reactions occur too slowly, life cannot be sustained. This is what makes enzymes very important. They keep things happening, fast.

You have heard the generalization that man can live for about three to five weeks without food and three to five days without water. However, we would live only three minutes without enzymes? Enzymes are proteins with amazing abilities. They function as catalysts, compounds that increase the rate of chemical …
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Risë Rafferty, RDN

Health Educator
Light Bearers

A Double Work

A Double Work

April 1, 2013 | James Rafferty

Traveling all over the world from place to place to share the gospel as part of the Light Bearers Ministry team is especially rewarding when hearts are healed and lives transformed by the power of God. Many of you are reading these words because you attended a series of meetings in your area and now receive our monthly newsletter. The Mission Update  offers ongoing spiritual encouragement, communicates the latest on the mission of Light Bearers and offers timely health tips in the newly formatted Alive  articles.

Some of you have confessed, though, that the health section is the first section you turn to (you know who you are). Others have shared how the health article was the right information at the just the right time for a personal need.

Often extra copies of the health article have been ordered to share with friends and relatives or to be placed in doctors’ offices and other outreach venues (this is one of the reasons Alive  is a stand-alone tract). We recognize that the circulation of our …
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James Rafferty

Co-Director
Light Bearers