July 2014 - Archives

It's In The Blood—Rise Rafferty

It’s In The Blood

July 31, 2014 | Risë Rafferty, RDN

At the age of 45, the lifetime risk of heart disease is 60.3 percent for men and 55.6 percent for women. In other words, three out of five men without heart disease at age 45 will develop the condition at some point in their lives. Being a woman, and 45 years old, the probability of my future tango with heart disease is, at best, 50-50. On what should I base my chances?

I believe the Bible when it says, “time and chance happen to them all” (Ecclesiastes 9:11). There are no guarantees that bad things won’t happen to us. I also believe these words. “Man can make his circumstances, but circumstances should never make the man. Man should seize circumstances as his instruments with which to work. He should master circumstances, but should never allow circumstances to master him.”1 These two balancing concepts have led me to the position that rather than be victims in this life, pushed around and molded by situations and occurrences, we should grab hold of seen …
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Risë Rafferty, RDN

Health Educator
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Leaving the Best Behind

Leaving the Best Behind

July 30, 2014 | David Asscherick

Recently we had our car broken into. Between the damage to the car and the stolen goods, it set us back several thousand dollars. Not the nicest “Welcome to Australia” moment one could imagine. I can still recall the almost nauseating feeling in my gut when I walked out that morning to get in the car and saw the smashed window. I instantly and instinctively felt a little afraid and glanced furtively around me, half expecting to see the perpetrator(s) right near me. I felt violated and unsafe; and it had all happened in a flash.

Apart from the smashed window and disheveled car, the scene was perfectly idyllic. The sky was blue, the waves were lapping, and the beach was beautiful and beckoning. I even remember the birds (Magpies, to be precise) calling and singing. It was paradise! And yet, right here in the middle of my own personal paradise was this incongruous and violating scene before me. It was strangely unsettling. The world at that moment seemed so …
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David Asscherick

Speaker
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A Response to the 2520 Movement

A Response to the 2520 Movement

July 29, 2014 | James Rafferty

If you have heard of the 2520 or the movement behind it, then this short 15 point study is for you. It is based on personal interaction with the leaders of the 2520 movement, as well as months of study into what they are teaching as compared with the Bible and the writings of Ellen White. Some of the material in this study dates back to James White and Uriah Smith. A must read for all those who want to understand this issue. You can download it here .

James Rafferty

Co-Director
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Bestseller | The Clifford Goldstein Story

July 4, 2014 | Light Bearers

Clifford Goldstein didn’t believe in much, but one thing he did believe in was Truth. He just didn’t know what it was or where to find it. As the fiery writer traveled Europe and Israel in search of his novel’s soul, his quest for meaning of life continued, leading him to a different kind of altar. Little did he know that one dark night in the summer of 1979, his search would end with a decision that would change his life forever.

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I Can See With New Eyes

July 4, 2014 | Elaine Thompson

There I was two years ago, praying, “God I want to know truth. Can you please reveal Yourself to me? I don’t want to learn culture or traditions. I just want to know YOU.” So starting with the Bible, I set out to challenge the beliefs, culture and traditions I have been schooled in as an Adventist. And what an amazing and refreshing journey it has turned out to be! When you take everything off the table and start over from the Bible, it creates a depth of understanding regarding why you believe what you believe.

One thing that really emerged and has become a huge passion for me over these two years is creating a thirst in the minds and hearts of people, especially children, to seek after God. I have three cousins between the ages of four and eight years old. The more I watch them grow, the more I want them to be attracted to the character of Jesus instead of to Barbie, Sonic, Spiderman and Princesses. …
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Elaine Thompson

Youth Leader

The Weapons of Our Warfare

July 2, 2014 | Risë Rafferty, RDN

It would be overly simplistic to say that one food or food component is capable of causing, preventing, or curing cancer. However, it would be completely ignorant to intimate that food and food components are not factors in the development of many forms of cancer. According to Andrew Woodward, MS, RD, CSO, a medical oncology dietitian, diet may influence the cause of 30-50 percent of cancers. Not only does good nutrition have a potentially significant therapeutic role, but it has also been found to improve the quality of life and prevent the recurrence of cancer in cancer survivors. While certain foods or food components have been found to encourage cancer growth, others have been shown to be powerful weapons in the fight against cancer.

Plant foods are loaded with phytochemicals which are simply plant substances that have the potential to: stimulate the immune system, block substances in foods from becoming carcinogens, reduce inflammation that predisposes to cancer, prevent DNA damage and help with DNA repair, hinder the growth of cancer …
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Risë Rafferty, RDN

Health Educator
Light Bearers

Faith Sight

July 1, 2014 | Fred Bischoff

When you read words that are effective in describing something, you can picture it in your imagination. “See ye the word of the LORD” (Jeremiah 2:31). This “seeing” is not simply letters on a page. God is asking us to see the story—His history with us—realities our physical eyes cannot see.

Recall Moses’ story, summarized in Hebrews 11:27. He “endured, as seeing Him who is invisible.” He had evidence for God, but he had not yet seen God, and thus it was “by faith” he saw Him, and endured the coming diversions of his mission. Those evidences that come to us from the past—others’ stories and our own—give us the picture of God that we need.

Paul described it. “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life” (1 Timothy 6:12). Why is it a fight? Because we are all immersed in a “big fight”—what we call the great controversy that began over rejecting the evidence. The word “fight” actually comes from the idea of being led together …
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Fred Bischoff

Adventist Pioneer Library
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