September 2015 - Archives

A sword and a crucifix representing the combination of religious and political power

So What About the Pope? 

September 28, 2015 | Ty Gibson

Pope Francis definitely has our attention.

Bible prophecy said that would be the case (Revelation 13:3).

But why?

What is the significance of his influence and why does he have such massive influence in the first place?

Even avowed atheists have jumped on the Internet to post their awe of the pleasant Argentina pope:

“I’m an Atheist, and even I have respect for this guy. If he can get Christians to actually act like Christians, maybe I won’t have such an issue with ‘organized’ religion.”—John S

“I’m an atheist and do not believe, but I love this new pope, pope’s are put on a pedestal and seem untouchable, this pope, from the get go, has been a people person. You can almost feel the love radiating from him. So from one human to another, he shows such compassion and humility. Love him.”—Sarah, England, UK.

“I don’t even believe in God. But, this guy, as a human being, just rocks.”—Ironhand43

I just read the entire speech Pope Francis gave before Congress …
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Ty Gibson

Co-Director
Light Bearers

Kim Davis, gay marriage, and liberty of conscience

Freedom of Conscience Threatened

September 25, 2015 | Nathan Egbert

Written by Nathan Egbert 9/5/15 in response to current news events.

In the arena of social contention, two topics reign supreme: religion and politics. While subject matters do change over time, fodder for controversy is never lacking. When we turn on the evening news, we are greeted with, “Good evening,” and then immediately shown why it isn’t. An item of concern in the news is hardly news itself.

Christ has shown us what is soon to be, and He desires us to watch for what He has revealed. Those that view news through a prophetic lens are often aware of spiritual significance found in current events. God gives us insight into hidden dynamics behind the scenes that show the great controversy between Christ and Satan—a conflict that manifests itself in the thinking and actions of mankind. His people have recognized this controversy in current events for millennia. So when we read about a county clerk who is in trouble for refusing to endorse gay marriage licenses, should we be concerned?


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The Golden Tracts

The Golden Tracts

September 4, 2015 | Wendy Harris

The calls started coming in as fast as I could keep up.

“I heard about your Bible study guides, I’m a district pastor in Mindoro, I have 13 churches with small groups in each. May I have four boxes? I’ll be there tomorrow.”

“I’m from South Central Luzon Conference, may we have 26 boxes for our district?”

“I’m from 1000 missionary movement, we have ongoing Bible studies throughout the community and the world, how many can we have?”

“We have a feeding program and outreach ministry at the market every week with Bible interests, can we have some of your Bible study guides?”

They are so overjoyed that these Bible guides are free . . .

Ever since we received the container of literature from Light Bearers ministry a couple months ago, we continue to get regular calls and traffic at our door to pick up the “golden” tracts of sharing materials. Not only are local dialect Tagalog materials hard to come by, but the pastors and ministry leaders cannot afford them even when …
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Wendy Harris

Missionary
Philippine Adventist Medical Aviation Services

September 2015 ALIVE—Diverticulosis

Diverticulosis

September 3, 2015 | Risë Rafferty, RDN

Dr. Denis Burkitt, a well-known Irish missionary surgeon made an interesting observation of America. His comment was this: “America is a constipated nation. . . . If you pass small stools, you have to have large hospitals.”1 Burkitt’s fascination with man’s evacuation habits began when he traveled to Uganda in the 1960s. The diet and fecal matter of the population intrigued him. As a result of his observations he hypothesized that a diet high in fiber was largely responsible for the absence of diverticulosis in Uganda.

Diverticulosis is a condition in which outpouching sacs form in the weak areas of the colon’s muscular wall. It is thought that weakened areas of muscle, combined with pressure, allow these sacs, or diverticula, to outwardly protrude. When diverticula become inflamed, irritated, swollen, and infected, it is diagnosed as diverticulitis. Diverticulitis can occur with pain, fever, abscesses, constipation, and in the worst-case scenario, rupture of the intestinal wall. Diverticular bleeding can also occur when small blood vessels within the wall of diverticula burst. This can manifest as blood …
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Risë Rafferty, RDN

Health Educator
Light Bearers

Join the Witness

September 1, 2015 | Fred Bischoff

During that secret interview at Jesus’ place of retirement on the Mount of Olives, when the city was hushed in slumber, it wasn’t the flickering lamp or torchlight, or the pale light of the moon, that shown into the heart of Nicodemus, that “master of Israel.” It was the burning words of an obscure Galilean whom this leader had sought out. Nicodemus was drawn by Jesus’ teaching, authority and wonderful manifestation of divine power, not only in cleansing the temple, but also in receiving the poor and healing the sick. It matched what he had found as he had anxiously studied the prophecies relating to the Messiah.

Can you sense the excitement he must have felt in that Bible study, driven by events swirling around him? This was the One who was to come!

But something was not right. As Nicodemus opened the dialog, his attempt to express and invite confidence fell flat. The words that came out expressed unbelief instead.

Jesus, in His gentle and penetrating manner, brushed past …
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Fred Bischoff

Adventist Pioneer Library
Light Bearers