March 2014 - Archives

Water for Life International in Guatemala

Water for Life International in Guatemala

March 31, 2014 | James Rafferty

In February of 2012, I traveled to Guatemala to conduct a series of evangelistic meetings in connection with a shipment of over 1.3 million pieces of literature. When I arrived, the container that had arrived about six weeks before was already half empty. Approximately eight weeks later, the rest of the literature had been dispersed over the entire country. The leadership in Guatemala was so positive that they requested another container. This was filled with over 2 million pieces of literature and shipped in October of 2013. It included 29 boxes of children’s materials prepared by Lew and Freida Tanner, a local retired couple in their 80s who have dedicated thousands of hours to this important ministry for children. Here is the latest report we received from a partner ministry, Water for Life International, concerning this latest shipment:

PARTNERS IN GUATEMALA

Water for Life International (WFL) , drills wells in remote villages of Northeast Guatemala that don’t have safe water. This is a winter project each year as volunteer drillers are available from North America. While drilling the …
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James Rafferty

Co-Director
Light Bearers

Revelation 13: An Annotated Reading

Revelation 13: An Annotated Reading

March 22, 2014 | Ty Gibson

The book of Revelation is highly symbolic. Its prophecies are written in a kind of code language that must be interpreted to make sense. A casual reading will blur the eyes and befuddle the mind. One must take the time to define each symbol by searching the entirety of Scripture, for in Revelation all the books of the Bible meet and end. Once this work has been done, the prophecies of Revelation can be read with understanding, each symbol automatically triggering an interpretation in the reader’s mind.

What you are about to read is Revelation 13 with simple explanatory notes provided in parentheses after each symbolic word and phrase. The effect, I think you will find, is quite rewarding. In a matter of just a few minutes you will have read and understood this remarkable prophecy at a glance, as it were.

One more preliminary note before you proceed: this is not intended to be a systematic study that provides the biblical and historical proofs for the interpretation offered. That …
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Ty Gibson

Co-Director
Light Bearers

The Catholic Charismatic Alliance

The Catholic Charismatic Alliance

March 22, 2014 | Light Bearers

Dr. Willard Regester talks with James Rafferty about the recent Kenneth Copeland Ministry conference where it was announced that Martin Luther’s protest was over. Bishop Tony Palmer delivered a video message from the Pope and encouraged Christians to disregard Bible truth in favor of unity between Catholics and Protestants.

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The Romanism Within

The Romanism Within

March 15, 2014 | Ty Gibson

The new Pope, Mr. Jorge Mario Bergoglio, has caused quite a stir recently. So much so, in fact, that an ardent Protestant friend said to me the other day, “Wow, this new pope seems like a really good guy and he’s saying some good things. Maybe he’s on God’s side.”

“Yes,” I responded, “he is saying some rather good things, isn’t he? There is, however, the small matter of believing he occupies the position of God on earth, and the little thing about believing that there is no salvation outside the Catholic Church, and the tiny issue of believing he speaks with infallibility, and the minor point about God burning people forever in hell including all babies who die without Catholic baptism, and the modest idea that you can pay money to the church to get people less time burning in purgatory. Besides those items, yes, he is saying some very nice things.”

Of course, Protestantism was formed as a protest against Catholicism and the “Papacy,” a word that refers …
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Ty Gibson

Co-Director
Light Bearers

A Nameless Mass?

A Nameless Mass?

March 7, 2014 | Ty Gibson

Six million people.

It’s a big number. When I hear it, I don’t see faces.

But God does.

To me, it’s a number that represents a nameless mass.

But not for God.

He sees faces, behind which are personal histories and heartaches, individual predicaments and potentials. He sees actual persons with names. Each one lives in a particular place, wakes up each day, faces their issues and navigates through the obstacles that confront them. And God feels everything each one of them feels. He sees every detail of every experience that has gone into making each of them exactly who they are at this very moment.

Six million people. It’s a big number. When I hear it, I don’t see faces. But God does.

The particular six million people I’m taking about are the inhabitants of Sierra Leone. For most of us, that’s a world away. We have no way of really wrapping our minds around precisely who these people are. But we can know, and do know, that each one is …
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Ty Gibson

Co-Director
Light Bearers

Hidden, Part 1

Hidden, Part 1

March 5, 2014 | Risë Rafferty, RDN

It was March 1, 1945, during his fourth term, that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt [FDR] delivered a speech to inform Congress and the American people via national radio of the decisions made at the recent Yalta Conference with British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin. His words had rallied the nation during the Great Depression and after Pearl Harbor. Now, America was eager to hear what had been negotiated that would greatly shape the postwar world. But many Americans, especially FDR’s speechwriter, were disappointed. For instead of his usual eloquence, FDR stumbled over his words, made mistakes, and ad-libbed as he lost his place numerous times. Time magazine calculated that he’d departed from his text 49 times and added a total of 700 words. Yes, his vision was failing, but in reality he was a dying man.

No autopsy was done after his death one month later. His medical records were destroyed or hidden. Though sickly, the nation had been assured that Ross McIntire, MD, FDR’s physician, was “perfectly …
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Risë Rafferty, RDN

Health Educator
Light Bearers

Happy Digging

Happy Digging

March 3, 2014 | David Asscherick

Paul the Apostle said some strange things, things hard to understand. Even Peter agreed (2 Peter 3:15). And if some of his writings were admittedly puzzling back then, how much more so would that be the case today, nearly two millennia later?

I used to be exasperated over Paul’s occasional inscrutability, but no longer.

And the reason is an interesting one: the joy of discovery––you know, that aha moment when, as the Australians would say, “the penny drops,” that moment when the fog of perplexity clears and light floods a formerly opaque passage. It’s a beautiful and rewarding thing; it is, truth be told, one of my favorite things about being a follower of Jesus and a student of Scripture.

Let’s take a brief look at one such passage. Galatians 2:19 (which comes just before the oft-quoted Galatians 2:20) reads: “For I through the law died to the law that I might live to God.”

Huh?

You’ve heard people quote Galatians 2:20 a thousand times. How about Galatians 2:19? Quite …
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David Asscherick

Speaker
Light Bearers