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This Is the Life

This Is the Life

July 15, 2015 | Charis Huenergardt

I’ve made a habit of listening when children speak. Charis is a little friend of mine who happens to be an aspiring writer. She’s nine years old and she’s a thinker. When she shared her first writing project with me, she wondered if anyone would read it. I assured her they would and offered to post it here on the Light Bearers website. Her eyes lit up and she smiled from ear to ear. Please tell her what you think below.

—Ty Gibson

Introduction

I believe this and you should too. I believe that God is the true God. He created you. He designed your body to be HOW IT IS. Get a Bible and look up Genesis chapter 1 verse 1. It says, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Look up verse 2 also. It says, “And the earth was empty and without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep.” God knows everything. …
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A New Hermeneutic by Pastor Steven Grabiner

A New Hermeneutic?

July 6, 2015 | Steven Grabiner

In just two days, the gathered delegates for the Seventh-day Adventist church will be making a decision regarding ordaining women to the pastoral ministry . I doubt that any view-changing contributions can be made at this point. However there is an issue that does need further clarification—the role hermeneutics play in this conversation. I hope to make a contribution to that clarity in this short article.

It has been suggested by individuals on both sides of this issue that different hermeneutical principles are being utilized resulting in very different conclusions. One group says: “Those who are faithful to the historical-grammatical hermeneutic will urge a ‘no’ vote to the motion.” Another group says: “Use a principle-based approach and vote ‘yes.'” I would like to pose this question: “Is it necessary to use a new hermeneutic to arrive at a ‘yes’ vote, or could someone be faithful to the historical-grammatical hermeneutical principles, and still come to the conclusion that a ‘yes’ vote is in order?” If the issue facing the church really is about the method used to …
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Steven Grabiner

Pastor
East Ridge Seventh-day Adventist Church

Light Bearers Literature Supports Ted Wilson’s Meetings

Light Bearers Literature Supports Ted Wilson’s Meetings

July 4, 2015 | Light Bearers

“Hope for the Cities,” a mission to reach the cities of the world for Christ , launched by the General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church , targeted Harare, Zimbabwe during May 17-31, 2015. Pastor Ted Wilson , leader of the worldwide Seventh-day Adventist Church, was the main speaker. He conducted his own evangelistic preaching in Chitungwiza, a suburb of Harare. Accompanying him were sixty international speakers who participated in and conducted evangelistic efforts in different locations in and around the city. The total number of meetings, running concurrently with international and local speakers, was 914! “Harare will never be the same,” was the impression on many minds and lips. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, the mission was completed with astounding long-term results. Baptisms from all locations exceeded 2000 in number, and many more were preparing to follow.

Many evangelistic tools were combined to make the event a success. The public evangelism was supported by health evangelism in the form of clinics, health expos, free dental and eye services, and additional programs. The health expos alone served 34,000 people! Ted Wilson remarked, quoting from The Ministry of Healing, …
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Vanishing Perplexities

Vanishing Perplexities

July 3, 2015 | Risë Rafferty, RDN

In the hospital it is not uncommon to see doctor’s orders for C. diff testing in patient charts. C. diff is an abbreviation for Clostridium difficile. If C. diff + is charted it means the patient has Clostridium difficile infection (CDI).  C. diff is a bacterium that can cause symptoms ranging from diarrhea to life-threatening inflammation of the colon. It is more commonly seen after antibiotic use and in the elderly. In your intestines, C. diff produces a toxin that causes diarrhea and colitis. “Each year, more than a half million people get sick from C. difficile, and in recent years, C. difficile infections have become more frequent, severe and difficult to treat.”1 It is difficult to treat as it is spore forming and has a protective shell. In addition to this, C. diff has been labeled the most urgent of all superbug infections due to its developed resistance to antibiotic therapy. Most of us have C. diff in our colon in a healthy balance with other bacteria. It can …
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Risë Rafferty, RDN

Health Educator
Light Bearers

Where's Your Salt by Jeffrey Rosario

Where’s Your Salt?

July 2, 2015 | Jeffrey Rosario

I wish I could have been there that day when Jesus took a seat on top of a mountaintop, an audience looking on, and His disciples getting comfortable around Him. “He opened His mouth and taught” (Matthew 5:2). The spiritual truths He expounded on that day would later become known as the “Sermon of the Mount.” One of things I wish I could have seen was the looks on the disciples’ faces when Jesus began telling them about His dreams for His church, which at that point consisted of precisely them. They were a pretty non-impressive group; tiny pawns in a brutal world dominated by the mighty Roman Empire. What could Jesus realistically expect of them?

Jaws definitely dropped when He said: “You are the salt of the earth” (Matthew 5:13). How could these seemingly insignificant disciples be considered “the salt of the earth”? Why salt? In their world, salt was not only used to flavor foods but more critically it was used as a preservative. Without modern refrigeration, salt …
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Jeffrey Rosario

Speaker
Light Bearers