Resurrection Remix

Resurrection Remix

by Ty Gibson  |  April 4, 2015

The resurrection of Jesus was not an arbitrary act of God. Rather, it was the definitive conquest of other-centered love over the death-dealing principle of self-centeredness inherent in all sin.

According to Paul, “the law of the Spirit of life” and “the law of sin and death” waged their decisive conflict in the person of Jesus Christ (Romans 8:2). Having taken upon Himself our “sinful flesh,” Jesus lived a life and died a death that “condemned sin in the flesh” (Romans 8:3). He lived a sinless life, uncorrupted by selfishness, in the very human nature in which the principle of sin had always reigned. Sin never owned Him. By virtue of His unrelenting love for sinners and His unbroken trust in the Father, Christ neutralized the power of sin in the very humanity we bear. His resurrection is proof of that victory:

“God raised Him from the dead, freeing Him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on Him” (Acts 2:24, NIV).

Why was it impossible for death to hold Him?

He …
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Ty Gibson Co-Director
Light Bearers
The Love Factor

The Love Factor

by James Rafferty  |  April 3, 2015

When I first came to Christ I knew very little about the Bible. I said a simple sinner’s prayer, experienced God’s boundless forgiveness and fell madly in love with Jesus. When I was confronted with the Bible evidence for the seventh-day Sabbath, Jesus’ words, “if you love Me, keep My commandments” sealed the deal. The love factor has made all the difference for this raised Catholic, “born again” in Calvary Chapel, nurtured by a Pentecostal youth group and now a baptized Seventh-day Adventist Christian.

It’s been over 30 years and I am still growing in wisdom and Bible knowledge with God’s love as the final arbiter. Not long ago I got jazzed about the easy to read, modern language Message Bible, until I read its rendition of Revelation 1:10:

“It was Sunday and I was in the Spirit . . .” (Message Bible).

Not only did it end up on my heresy shelf, but it caused me to do some serious thinking about modern Bible versions, which then led me to compare every version I could find with Revelation 1:10—my …
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James Rafferty Co-Director
Light Bearers
Moldy Mary

Moldy Mary

by Risë Rafferty  |  April 1, 2015

Mary Hunt worked for the Department of Agriculture’s Northern Regional Research Laboratory (NRRL) in Peoria, Illinois in the early 1940s. She had been assigned the task of grocery shopping for the lab with a shopping list that probably surprised the businesses she frequented. She scoured markets and shops looking for moldy fruits, vegetables, cheese, and breads. She was in search of a mold that would provide a strain of Penicillium mold that could be used to mass-produce penicillin. She was nicknamed Moldy Mary.

Years before in 1928, a British laboratory scientist, by the name of Alexander Fleming, had returned from his vacation to find mold growing on one of his agar dishes. An obvious area surrounding the mold was clean of the staph bacteria that had been swathed on it. The mold had produced a substance that had killed the staph bacteria. Other British medical research scientists would later build on to his observations and experiment with the mold Penicillium in an effort to produce the first modern antibiotic medication.

Apparently the “antibacterial effects of Penicillium molds had been known …
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Risë Rafferty Health Educator
Light Bearers
Who Am I?

Who Am I?

by Fred Bischoff  |  March 30, 2015

It’s a loaded question, one that probes my very existence. Jesus faced it (John 8:24-25, 28). When I face it, I usually answer with the name from my earthly family. But we each have an identity from a larger family that draws its identity from the Father “of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named” (Ephesians 3:15). We have multiple layers of identity that overlap, but hopefully they are complementary.

But what if they contradict? What if my human family doesn’t identify with my heavenly? Both the fifth commandment and Jesus’ counsel in Matthew 10:35-38 show the importance and the limitation of earthly familial ties. Those closest to us on earth can be the greatest threat, as well as benefit, to our bigger identity in God.

Consider with me the importance of our core identity, the danger of conflicting identities, and the amazing corporate identity given to Seventh-day Adventists. Learning the unfolding story of God is the key to knowing who we are.

In 2 Corinthians 5:14- 6:1 Paul addressed our most important identity, using unlimited, inclusive …
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Fred Bischoff Adventist Pioneer Library
Abdicate Your Throne

Abdicate Your Throne

by Jeffrey Rosario  |  March 6, 2015

On page 141 of the book Thoughts from the Mount of Blessing, Ellen White reminds us that we are all engaged in a fierce spiritual battle. In fact, it is “the greatest battle that was ever fought by man.” Yet it does not involve military weapons or threats from foreign enemies, it involves “the surrender of self to the will of God, the yielding of the heart to the sovereignty of love.” The reason this is such an intense battle is because the human heart lusts for independence from God (Romans 8:7). To surrender, or yield, runs contrary to our natural inclinations. We instinctively kick back against any possibility of becoming subject or servant to power other than our own. We want control of our own lives; we want to be seated, unchallenged, on the throne of our own hearts.

But one of the fascinating paradoxes of Scripture is that when we surrender our hearts to the sovereignty of God’s love, we actually begin to experience true freedom. Yes, following Jesus calls for complete surrender to His will. It requires …
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Jeffrey Rosario Speaker
Light Bearers
Stressed-out kinds

Stressed-out kinds

by Risë Rafferty  |  March 4, 2015

It takes all kinds, or so the saying goes. While the it in this statement has the potential of referring to options too numerous to count, according to Katharine Briggs and her daughter Isabel Briggs Myers, the all kinds is limited to 16. Katharine and Isabel organized specific traits into four basic personality categories, holding that humans are bent in one direction or the other within these categories. Unlike other personality labels that feel static and confining, Myers-Briggs personality qualities run on a continuum rather than all or nothing. One who may have the same personality type may not manifest a particular trait quite as absolutely as another. While some find personality typing more beneficial than others, I would like to share some thoughts from a presentation I heard in which a few of these personality qualities were highlighted in relation to coping with the number one killer in our lives: stress.

The brain is wired in such a way as to immediately know what is taking place environmentally and emotionally. It is primed to respond to and escape danger. …
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Risë Rafferty Health Educator
Light Bearers
Setting Prisoners Free

Setting Prisoners Free

by James Rafferty  |  March 2, 2015

In 2014 God blessed Light Bearers Ministry in a number of ways, one of which was the ability to send out an extra container of literature above our budgeted 11. Each container is filled with millions of tracts that make a huge impact in the world field. Here is a report we received from Kenya and the prison ministry of The King’s Messengers.

THE WONDERS OF GOD!

The King’s Messengers are a group of about 20 Adventist singers who organized into ministry in Nairobi, Kenya in 1991. From 2004, the Kenya government allowed limited access to prisons, which before was prohibited. The King’s Messengers quickly utilized the opportunity, spreading the message through music and the Word.

Lack of Bibles and evangelistic literature was the major handicap in reaching 100,000 inmates, until the Lord answered our prayers and Light Bearers sent a container of literature in 2014.

Excited prisoners have discovered good news in the readings and the literature is resulting in hundreds accepting Christ and being baptized. We greatly thank Light Bearers Ministry and their sponsors for the literature and …
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James Rafferty Co-Director
Light Bearers