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Giving the Trumpet A Certain Sound by Fred Bischoff

Giving the Trumpet a Certain Sound

January 5, 2017 | Fred Bischoff

For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle? – 1 Corinthians 4:8

Light Bearers and the Adventist Pioneer Library are passionate about an accurate recounting of history. Why is this important?

“The first step in liquidating a people is to erase its memory. Destroy its books, its culture, its history.… Before long the nation will begin to forget what it is, and what it was.” These words, penned by historian Milan Hübl, express the critical role that history plays in the identity of any people group.

The human race is encountering issues that can only be solved by knowing the original history and principles found in Genesis 1-11. Western civilization (from Western Asia, through North Africa, into Western Europe, and the New World) has yet to learn the prophecies of Daniel and Revelation, as well as their global application. The very identity of the United States of America, as determined by its founding documents, is being challenged to an unprecedented degree.

Meanwhile, our …
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Love Because... by Fred Bischoff

Love Because… (Part 2)

October 1, 2016 | Fred Bischoff

God loves because He is love. Unselfish love describes the essence of His character and the relational joy of His existence. He asks us to love because He has designed us to enter into this joy.

Even after sin’s removal of love within us, we are still enabled to love as He asks, because He continues to love us. In fact, that continued love—loving the unlovely—is what the Bible means by His gold being tried in the fire (Revelation 3:18). In ourselves, especially because of the selfishness (fear, insecurity, self-focus) sin brought, we have no ability to love, except for the fact that He still loves us. If we love at all, it is “because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19)—it is “as I have loved you” (John 13:34).

God’s gold in the fire means loving sinners before they can respond, and even if they do not respond in love. Since sin, this is the essence of faithful love. Calvary revealed this love to us (1 John 3:16). This …
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Love Because by Fred Bischoff

Love Because…

August 29, 2016 | Fred Bischoff

Why does God love us? Simply put, because that is what and who He is (1 John 4:8, 16), just as what you are directs your actions. What He does in loving us can be measured by its “breadth, and length, and depth, and height” (Ephesians 3:18).

Love leads people to make things. The same is true of God. Thus “the LORD He is God: it is He that hath made us, and not we ourselves” (Psalm 100:3). More than that, His love leads Him to redeem those who have removed themselves from this intimacy. The Bible says at least twice that this is why and how He redeemed Israel (Deuteronomy 7:8; Isaiah 63:9). And furthermore, in Jesus He bent down and redeemed all who were caught in the web and curse of sin (Romans 3:23-24; 5:8; Galatians 3:13).

Why does He ask us to love? Because He wants us to enter into His joy (Psalm 5:11; John 15:9-12). Because He wants us to be like Him (Genesis 1:27; 1 …
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How Long by Fred Bischoff

How Long?

May 2, 2016 | Fred Bischoff

“How long?” is the ultimate time query in the great controversy between good and evil—how long will it last?

From eternity past to eternity future the principle of selfless, self-giving love has been the law of life for the universe. It flows from the heart of the unselfish Ones who created and support all things. It is continual—the love flows continually.

At some point in past time, the opposite principle of selfishness originated in the heart of the highest created being. Since that time, this root of what we call sin has also manifested a continuity as well, in conflict with the eternal principle.

A significant number of God’s intelligent, ministering angels adopted this self-focus. The principle of receiving only to give was abandoned for receiving and even taking to keep. Suffering came into existence.

After humans chose selfishness, God revealed the interface between these two continual principles in the sacrificial system, involving blood, fire, and ashes—daily death, in the giving of life, and the taking of life. These ceremonies …
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An Unsettled State of Unbelief by Fred Bischoff

An Unsettled State of Unbelief

February 29, 2016 | Fred Bischoff

Do you remember the parable Jesus told about prolonged injustice, and the need “always to pray, and not to faint?” Have you thought much of Jesus’ seemingly rhetorical question at the end?

“Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall He find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:1-8).

More and more I believe we can summarize the problems we face in every sphere as due to a lack of faith, unfaithfulness and infidelity.

This is particularly troubling in those who have the most evidences on which to base a robust faith. From the earliest days of the Advent movement, the testimony of Jesus shone a bright light on Scripture, challenged us with the breadth of our mission, rebuked us when we veered into self-exaltation and selfishness, and encouraged us with an unfailing picture of the loveliness of His character.

In 1890 Ellen White was impressed with the acute need for faith in the aftermath of the Minneapolis session with its message of righteousness by faith in relation to the law. …
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A Power to Withstand

A Power to Withstand

October 7, 2015 | Fred Bischoff

Did you know that Jesus speaks the truth (John 8:40), and the devil speaks the lie (John 8:44)? That difference may seem elementary to anyone who knows something of what we call “the great controversy.” But the lie must be very subtle at times, as it appeals to our self-interest and focus. The devil is a master at this deception (Revelation 12:9; 20:3, 8, 10). Remember Jesus pointedly warned against this very danger, especially during the time just prior to His second coming (Matthew 24:3-5, 11, 24).

We are now at that time, and have been, according to the prophecies, since the beginning of the Advent movement. Within our own history there is abundant evidence of the many attempts Satan has made to deceive. After all, if he can confuse God’s workers, his bigger schemes are more successful.

Consider this wise counsel from 110 years ago:

I have had presentations regarding the deceptions that Satan is bringing in at this time. I have been instructed that we should make prominent …
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Fred Bischoff

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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
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