October 2013 - Archives

2-bites

2-Bites

October 30, 2013 | Risë Rafferty, RDN

There is evidence that, as far back as 5000 BC, the Egyptians were making tooth powder of ashes of ox hooves, myrrh, burnt eggshells, and pumice. The chewing sticks of 3500 BC Babylonia could be the origin of our modern toothbrush. Toothpicks were written about in ancient Greek and Roman literature. They were used to keep the mouth clean. The toothpick progressively got larger. Records from 1600 BC show that in China one end was chewed until it became brush-like, while the other end was pointed and used as a toothpick. The twigs used for this purpose were from aromatic trees and therefore freshened the mouth, as well as cleaned it. To deal with halitosis, Egyptians made a breath mint consisting of frankincense, myrrh, and cinnamon, boiled with honey. 

In the booming era of the early 1900s, a young entrepreneur developed a minty paste that foamed in the mouth. He wanted his friend, Claude Hopkins, to advertise it to the American public. In his book, The …
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Risë Rafferty, RDN

Health Educator
Light Bearers

Stirred Hearts

Stirred Hearts

October 28, 2013 | Jeffrey Rosario

Last Sabbath I heard a sermon about a fascinating invitation that God gave to the Israelites as they journeyed through the desert en route to the Promised Land.

God invited them to provide the building materials in order for the sanctuary to be built. We’re talking gold, silver, and precious stones (Exodus 35:4-9). Yet their gifts were only accepted if they came from “willing hearts” (v. 5).

The irony of it all is that these Israelites had just come out of several generations of slavery in Egypt. For about four hundred years they were nothing but the property of others. It seems ridiculous to think that God would ask them to provide the treasures with which to build His house! You’d think that they would be the last people you could count on.

Where were they supposed to get the treasures from? The answer is found several chapters earlier. In Exodus 12:35 we read that before the Israelites left Egypt, the Egyptians themselves gave them treasures to take with them …
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Jeffrey Rosario

Speaker
Light Bearers

Psychic Civil War

Psychic Civil War

October 25, 2013 | Ty Gibson

No doubt you’ve heard someone say, “I am my own worst enemy.” Maybe you’ve said it yourself.

We intuitively understand that there is some sense in which the I stands against the me. Part of me wants to be something other than what I am, to do otherwise than I do, to relate differently than I relate.

Truth is, I’m engaged in a psychic civil war.

And so are you.

Paul pinpointed this internal conflict when he wrote, “I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind” (Romans 7:23). In other words, I discern a deeply embedded principle at work in my bodily appetites and impulses that wages war against my higher reasoning faculties.

Your mind is a warzone, your body a battlefield, and your soul the territory at stake.

Ellen White nailed it when she wrote, “The warfare against self is the greatest battle that was ever fought” (Steps to Christ, p. 43). In this statement the individual person is described as if he …
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Ty Gibson

Co-Director
Light Bearers

Paul and Nero

Paul and Nero

October 11, 2013 | Jeffrey Rosario

A few weeks ago my wife and I returned from an adventurous trip to Turkey. We were on a journey to experience the events and places of the New Testament. All we needed was our Lonely Planet book and our GPS.

Among the many stops on our itinerary was the ancient port city of Patara. Acts 21 tells us that Paul and Luke stopped there to change ships on their third missionary journey. Among the city’s ruins, the 5,000 seat amphitheater teases the imagination. There’s also a complex of Roman baths, a cistern, a colonnaded market, a parliament building, and the scant remains of the Temple of Apollo.

Yet, with much of the city still buried in the shifting sands, Patara remains mostly undiscovered. The thing that caught my attention was the remains of an ancient lighthouse just recently unearthed.

Archaeologists have concluded that this lighthouse was built between A.D. 64 and 65. While roaming through the scattered stones, I saw an inscription bearing the name of the man who …
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Jeffrey Rosario

Speaker
Light Bearers

In Control

In Control

October 9, 2013 | Risë Rafferty, RDN

Duncan Ryan was only 42 and weighed 508 pounds. At five feet eleven inches, he was considered morbidly obese. At that weight it doesn’t matter how tall one is, more fat than anything else is being carried around. Duncan is not alone. One out of three Americans is in a similar boat. On a cruise ship with his wife, Duncan “could barely wedge himself into his cabin. He spent most of the trip at the buffet. ‘I was literally touching both sides of the shower,’ he says. ‘It was out of control.’”1

Is there something in your life that feels out of control? Perhaps you are dangerously overweight. Maybe certain behaviors need to be reined in. You know what needs to be done, but it’s not happening.

In the 1950s, researchers attached an electrode to a specific part of a rat’s brain. They were investigating whether rats might be made uncomfortable by electrical stimulation of that area. Instead they found that the rats kept going back for more. When given …
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Risë Rafferty, RDN

Health Educator
Light Bearers

Adventist Pioneer Library

Adventist Pioneer Library Merges with Light Bearers

October 7, 2013 | Fred Bischoff

Stories . . . How important is our past? Moses put it this way for those in his day, “Take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, . . . but teach them. . .” (Deuteronomy 4:9). Could this still be applicable to us?

Twenty-five years ago a ministry was born in response to similar but more recent counsel. In 1903, Ellen White addressed those in her day, “We must do as the Lord directed Moses to do. . . . Moses was bidden to rehearse to them all the dealings of the Lord to them during their journeyings through the wilderness. . . . The record of the experience through which the people of God passed in the early history of our work must be republished. . . . We must study to find out the best way in which to take up the review of our experiences from the beginning of our work. . .” (Manuscript Releases, …
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Fred Bischoff

Adventist Pioneer Library
Light Bearers