Evange-baggage

Evange-baggage

by Elise Harboldt  |  February 24, 2015

“I hate evangelism!” my friend Edward said as he wrinkled his nose in disgust.

“No you don’t,” I said. “You just don’t know what it is yet.”

To be honest, I used to think I hated evangelism. To be extra honest, I have a personal preference for the word ministry, but that’s just because I’m working through my own evange-baggage.

The dictionary defines evangelism as “the spreading of the Christian gospel by public preaching or personal witness.” 

The reason why Edward thinks he hates evangelism is because all he’s heard about it is that he should go knock on people’s doors and pressure total strangers to start believing the way he’s been told he’s supposed to believe.

Edward’s a pretty socially savvy guy and that whole concept just totally wigs him out. His dilemma makes me want to laugh and cry at the same time. It makes me want to sit him down for a cup of tea and tell him how crazy I used to be.

But Edward is on the other side of the country now, so I’ve …
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Elise Harboldt Producer/Journalist
Life and Health Network
Anti-Nutrients by Rise Rafferty

Anti-nutrients

by Risë Rafferty  |  February 4, 2015

If you are like me, you like to get the most bang for your buck, the best results from your effort, the greatest number of items on the to-do list accomplished for the time invested. When it comes to supplying the body with nutrition, we often hear health advisors encouraging nutritionally dense foods. This is referring to food items that pack a stronger nutritional punch per calories consumed. For example, as a starch, sweet potatoes are more nutritionally dense than say an equal serving of pasta. Both are high carbohydrate foods, but sweet potatoes offer a much richer assortment of nutrients. The perplexing paradox however is that it is in nutritionally dense foods where we find an array of anti-nutrients.

Anti-nutrients can be found in foods such as rhubarb, spinach, in whole grains like quinoa and oats, and in nuts, legumes, and seeds, as oxalic acid, saponins, lectins, tannins, and phytic acid. These are foods we regard as nutritionally dense. However, it is one thing for food to contain the potential to impart and another thing to actually receive what …
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Risë Rafferty Health Educator
Light Bearers
Hand in Hand by Fred Bischoff

Hand in Hand

by Fred Bischoff  |  February 2, 2015

“And they walked hand in hand off into the sunset….” There’s something about an ending like that which intrigues the imaginative soul. All’s well that ends well. Together… into the future…

Could God’s ending in the great controversy read something like that? Except maybe a sunrise rather than a sunset?

Do we realize how dark this world is? Are our eyes too adjusted to the dark? Ellen White’s first vision showed her the dark realities. “I seemed to be rising higher and higher, far above the dark world….” She saw “a straight and narrow path, cast up high above the world.” The Advent people were walking on it, but became weary. “Jesus would encourage them by raising His glorious right arm, and from His arm came a light which waved over the Advent band, and they shouted, ‘Alleluia!’ Others rashly denied the light behind them [the midnight cry] and said that it was not God that had led them out so far. The light behind them went out, leaving their feet in perfect darkness, and they stumbled and lost sight of …
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Fred Bischoff Adventist Pioneer Library
The Philosophy of Fear by James Rafferty

The Philosophy of Fear

by James Rafferty  |  January 28, 2015

My granny was very protective of spiders. Whenever she found one in our house she would gently pick it up, give it a kiss, and toss it out the nearest open window. As a little boy I was afraid of creepy, crawly spiders along with other things like stinging wasps and school bullies. Watching granny kiss and chuck spiders helped me with my spider fear. I lost my fear of wasps after being stung and my fear of bullies after being beat up over and over again in karate class. These experiences led to a philosophy of fear something like, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself” (Franklin Roosevelt). Yet this did not help me with other fears that personal experience had never met or conquered. Fear was still a huge negative in my life.

How do we defend ourselves from our fears? Wasp spray; pepper spray; martial arts; guns; walls; barriers; separation; preparation? We have invented many ways of dealing or coping with our fears, but there is only one way of actually defeating fear.

How …
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James Rafferty Co-Director
Light Bearers
The Power of the Printed Page

The Power of the Printed Page

by Ty Gibson  |  January 2, 2015

Plain and simple: words of truth on paper are extremely powerful. Allow me to break this down for us. First, are  need to understand that the words of God are a creative, life-giving force:

“The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63).

“The creative energy that called the worlds into existence is in the word of God. This word imparts power; it begets life. Every command is a promise; accepted by the will, received into the soul, it brings with it the life of the Infinite One. It transforms the nature and recreates the soul in the image of God” (Education, p. 126).

Secondly, we need to understand that we are engaged, basically, in a war of words. Words are formulated into sentence structures to compose ideas. When read, those ideas enter the mind and alter the way a person thinks and feels and in turn how a person behaves. Words—whether true or false—change the way a person perceives God and life and oneself and others. The great war between good and evil occurs …
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Ty Gibson Co-Director
Light Bearers
When you don’t have all the Facts

When you don’t have all the Facts

by Risë Rafferty  |  December 31, 2014

Baby Sara was born into the Glick family in the summer of 1999. Having seven older brothers, she was the cherished little girl the family had hoped for. Samuel and Elizabeth Glick were Amish dairy farmers in rural Pennsylvania. Four months later however, baby Sara became very ill. When Elizabeth found her unconscious in her crib she was rushed to the hospital. The attending physician noted a hemorrhage in her right eye and extensive bruising on her body, and suspected that her injuries were caused by child abuse. Two days later she died. The county coroner found midbrain damage and bleeding, typically caused by shaking babies violently. The cause was said to be a “closed-head injury” and suspected to be an act of homicide.

Samuel and Elizabeth Glick not only lost their baby girl, but all seven of their sons were taken from their home by Child Protective Services, placed in non-Amish foster homes, and the story went on national news. Dr. Holmes Morton, a Harvard trained pediatrician who specialized in genetic-based diseases found out about the situation. He worked …
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Risë Rafferty Health Educator
Light Bearers
Telos Love

Telos Love

by James Rafferty  |  December 29, 2014

From year to year certain Bible verses speak to me, becoming favorites. This year it’s John 13:1: “Now before the feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that His hour was come that He should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved His own which were in the world, He loved them unto the end.”

It’s the last phrase that grabs the heart—“He loved them unto the end!” The Greek word for “end” is telos meaning end or toll. Telos love is an enduring, toll-paying love.

In several places, like Revelation 22:13, the word “telos” is used to describe the actual character of Jesus: “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end (telos).” The Bible has several significant applications for the word “telos,” all linked to Jesus’ character of love—“telos love.”

For example, the word telos describes endurance. “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end (telos), the same shall be saved” (Matthew 24:12-13).  In contrast to the human race, plagued with relationships …
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James Rafferty Co-Director
Light Bearers
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