Light Bearers’ Materials Lead to Booming Bible Schools in Malawi

Light Bearers’ Materials Lead to Booming Bible Schools in Malawi

by Light Bearers  |  February 5, 2016

Light Bearers Field Representative in Africa

My recent trip to Malawi was very fruitful. The Voice of Prophecy Bible School Director, Pastor Moffat Botolo, went out of his way to make my visit meaningful. His department of the Malawi Union Conference is very active in using Light Bearers’ literature. In fact, they have an impressive organized system in place for the distribution of the material.

First, they engage in mass distribution of message tracts and Bible School enrollment cards. Target areas include market places, schools, prisons, hospitals and public marches.

Secondly, church members go door-to-door enrolling people as students in the Bible School.

In order to facilitate the constant flow of new students, the church in Malawi operates 1,470 Bible Schools at local churches. This method of outreach involves a lot of hard work, but the church members are obviously happy to engage in the task because they see the fruit from their labors. Botolo points out that, “The Voice of Prophecy Bible School has been proven to be one of the most exciting and effective means of communication of …
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What Oil Should I Use by Rise Rafferty

What Oil Should I Use?

by Risë Rafferty, RDN  |  February 3, 2016

Do you remember what goals and aspirations you had for yourself when you were a senior in high school? Do you remember how challenging it was to answer the question on everyone’s lips, “So, what are you going to do with your life?” Ascertaining and picturing the future, knowing what steps to take to get there is not easy. Each high school senior in our daughter’s class was given the assignment of accomplishing a senior project. Our daughter chose to produce a web page and blog that pertained to cooking multicultural foods. She focused on flavor and visual appeal, with a plant-based emphasis. She had to present her project to three assessors at her school from whom she would receive a grade. After her presentation and the assessors had sampled the dishes she provided, she was asked various questions. One being, did she plan on becoming a chef? They had thoroughly enjoyed her food. No, she replied, she was not planning on cooking for her career. Then why did you choose this as your senior project? How does this pertain …
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Just Do It by James Rafferty

Just Do It

by James Rafferty  |  February 1, 2016

Coined in an advertising agency meeting for Nike, the “Just Do It” campaign launched in 1988. It was highly successful, as one of the top two taglines of the 20th century, being both “universal and intensely personal.” Nike presented this advertising slogan as the center of “a tough, take no prisoners ad campaign.” One of the campaign’s objectives was to target all Americans regardless of age, gender or physical fitness level. This universal message took Nike from 877 million to over 9 billion dollars in worldwide sales.

Believers are not called to talk about tennis shoes or sportswear. We aren’t depending on the power of the “swoosh” (the Nike tick logo seen on all its apparel). Our purpose is to target all people with the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ (Matthew 24:14; Revelation 14:6). Our burden is to reach the world with the message of God’s inclusive good news. Our goal is to take the message presently received by 18.5 million members to the over 7 billion people presently populating the planet (Revelation 18:1).

We don’t have to …
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The Ellen White You Thought You Knew by Jeffrey Rosario

The Ellen White You Thought You Knew

by Jeffrey Rosario  |  January 26, 2016

“Ellen White said…”

Those are three apparently innocent words that have been used and abused with much zest and confidence. They have been known to strike dread and incite rebellion in the hearts of some. But why? Is it in reaction to Ellen White’s message or because of what people think she was all about? Though sweeping generalizations cannot answer that question, it’s hard to avoid the fact that what is often associated with Ellen White would not even be recognizable to her.

Sometimes it’s just another classic case of “my friend said that his friend said that one of his cousins said that his pastor said that Ellen White definitely said…” It’s similar to the telephone game where something is whispered into the ear of someone who then quietly relays the information down a line of participants. One by one, each whispers to the next. By the time the last person in the line announces their version of it, everyone erupts in laughter at the ridiculously botched message.

It’s no wonder that many have lost interest in Ellen White …
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Can God Use A Reluctant Witness? by Jeffrey Rosario

Can God Use a Reluctant Witness?

by Jeffrey Rosario  |  January 8, 2016

A few weeks ago, we at Light Bearers had the privilege of graduating the 16th ARISE class since the school’s beginning. Students came from all over the United States, including Indiana, California, Washington, Texas, Oregon, Michigan, Kentucky, Arizona, and Florida. International students came from Canada, Finland, and England. Our youngest student was 17 years old, and our most senior student was 70.

These recent graduates will go on to serve God and the world in various capacities. Some will continue their college education and be witnesses in academic settings. Others will serve in mission fields throughout the world, and still others will serve in their workplaces, in professional careers, in full-time ministry, in humanitarian causes, and in many other ways.

One of the most exciting aspects of the ARISE program is actually seeing students in action as they reach out to others in the community. It is particularly special to see students from a previous year reaching out to others, some of whom are actually future students. This was a golden year in that respect. A group of students from …
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Detox by Rise Rafferty

Detox

by Risë Rafferty, RDN  |  January 6, 2016

It is estimated that the average American woman is exposed to some 200 chemicals before she even leaves her home in the morning. While men do not use the lotions and potions that women do, they are still exposed to potentially thousands of other chemicals in our environment, as are unborn babies, infants, and children. The food we eat, water we drink, and air we breathe are all contaminated to some degree or other. Consider the sad reality that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that 4.7 billion pounds of toxic chemicals were released into the environment in the United States alone in 2002.1 In this day and age, exposure to toxic chemicals cannot be avoided.

Xenobiotics is the term used for substances that are foreign to biological systems. They come from solvents, cleaning chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, propellants, plastics, detergents, pharmaceuticals, building material, transportation, and industrial pollutants, just to name a few. Overexposure to heavy metals is another source of toxic contamination. These substances are from without, and are therefore, exogenous toxins. There are also endogenous toxins, which are produced …
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Three Reasons to be a Relational Risk Taker in 2016 by Ty Gibson

Three Reasons to be a Relational Risk Taker in 2016

by Ty Gibson  |  January 5, 2016

There are definitely moments in which you ought to be careful, calculated, and cautious. And there are moments in which you ought to cast caution to the wind and be a big-time risk taker.

Yeah, be cautious as a driver. Relax—please. Being late is better than being dead.

Be ever so careful when you cast your vote for a politician in this year’s circus-like political elections. Seriously, it’s out of control with ridiculousness.

And definitely be calculated if you are an investor in today’s market. Turns out, as we all now know, that in many cases criminals are running the financial systems of our world.

Ah, but when it comes to love, be a risk taker.

People are certainly unpredictable. But it’s people that really matter, nonetheless.

People are naturally self-serving and often take advantage of the good guy.

Put yourself out there. Be willing to be embarrassed by rejection. Then pick yourself up and try again.

No doubt about it: people are naturally self-serving and often take advantage of the good guy. Still be the good guy, no matter …
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