Lessons From the Book of Job: Elihu—Friend or Foe? by James Rafferty

Lessons From the Book of Job: Elihu—Friend or Foe?

by James Rafferty  |  December 2, 2016

Elihu exemplifies one of the major reasons why we might not listen to what someone has to say about God. Young and obscure, Elihu presents a testimony that carries little weight among many intellectual greats. This may be one reason why God has employed farmers, shepherds, fishermen and even children (the child Samuel) as messengers of inspired truth. Heaven has a way of placing truth beyond the ken of intellectual pride.

Yet even if God speaks to us through a little child, or perhaps a donkey, He always gives us enough evidence to discern His voice. In the case of Elihu there is more than enough evidence to recognize this young man as heaven sent.

Elihu is not out to terrorize Job or overwhelm him with guilt. He assures Job that he, too, is only a vessel of clay (Job 33:6-7).

Instead of condemning Job, he desires to justify or clear him (Job 33:32).

He always gives us enough evidence to discern His voice.

He does not use the same words Job’s three friends did; accusing Job of secret sins …
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What God Has Wrought by James Rafferty

What God Has Wrought!

by James Rafferty  |  December 2, 2016

This year flew by, but not without heaven making a notable impact on our world through your generous support of Light Bearers Ministry. “The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy!” (Psalm 126:3). Here are a few joyful highlights:

Publishing

2016 saw 12 containers of literature (21 million pieces all together) proclaiming the glad tidings of a God named Desire to all the world (Haggai 2:7). The requests for literature keep coming in, too (no surprise there). The Bible is clear that the everlasting gospel is to be carried by angels “to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people” (Revelation 14:6).  Angels represent both literal beings as well as literature “messengers,” as noted in the following statements:

“Publications must be multiplied, and scattered like the leaves of autumn. These silent messengers are enlightening and molding the minds of thousands in every country and in every clime” (Review and Herald, Nov. 21, 1878).

“I saw that the work of present truth should engage the interest of all. The publication of truth is God’s ordained plan, as …
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Tumeric—One Who Is Victorious Over Disease

Turmeric—One Who Is Victorious Over Disease

by Risë Rafferty, RDN  |  November 30, 2016

Did you know that an estimated 80% of the world’s inhabitants rely on traditional therapies that have been used for thousands of years? Anciently, turmeric was used in places like China and India to aid digestion, improve liver function, treat arthritis pain, heartburn, stomach ulcers, inflammation, and cancer. Turmeric has been applied directly to the skin as a healing salve for eczema, small pox, shingles, and wounds. But does turmeric have actual medicinal legitimacy? Does it have any proven effects on specific disease processes? From the research that I have been exposed to, I would say turmeric is living up to one of its traditional Indian nicknames: one who is victorious over disease.

Turmeric is a shrub-like tropical plant that grows about three feet tall. It bears a lovely pink-hued flower, but it is the finger-like underground stems, or rhizomes, that are so highly valued. If not used fresh, the stems are boiled, dried, and ground into a deep orange-yellow spice. Turmeric, commonly used in curries and savory dishes, is a relative to other flavorful rhizomes such as ginger and …
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Job’s Marriage by James Rafferty

Job’s Marriage

by James Rafferty  |  November 28, 2016

Job’s wife usually gets a bad rap. As we read through the story of suffering, we’re tempted to view her as an evil character, undermining the faith of her husband. Augustine even named her “the devil’s accomplice.”

I wonder if this is a misunderstanding that begins with Job himself. Perhaps we’ve misinterpreted the communication between the couple. The picture presented is that Job coldly rebukes his silly wife for spilling out the natural emotions of a heart broken by the loss of all her children. I think the Bible gives us a different picture; one of a loving relationship that God believed could withstand the severity of the enemy’s attacks. Here are the reasons:

God called Job a perfect man. I’m sorry, but I just don’t see that happening if he had a bad relationship with his wife (Ephesians 5:25-33). God knew they could be severely tested (Job 1:8). Job loved his children. One of the best ways to love your wife is to love her children (Ephesians 6:4). Job was willing to rebuke his wife. Rebuke is an action …
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God in His Underwear by Anneliese Wahlman

God in His Underwear

by Anneliese Wahlman  |  November 13, 2016

When I tell people how many siblings I have, their eyes usually grow to unflattering proportions and they say something like, “Wow. That’s a lot of kids.”

You don’t say.

None of us is adopted and no, we’re not catholic. My mom just always dreamed of a having a big, beautiful (and slightly chaotic) mess of kids for her own. And seven children did that job perfectly.

One of the luxuries of having so many children is that there’s never a short of comic relief. Who needs Cheaper by the Dozen or The Brady Bunch when you have your own tribe to entertain you? For example, when one of my brothers was old enough to learn to dress himself but still young enough to need coaching, my mom began reminding him every day to put on a clean pair of underwear. She thought this plan was working well and her young man was sprouting wings of independence, till she noticed that his backside was growing and beginning to resemble a small watermelon.

Upon investigation, she found that my brother was …
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Unity: His Strength in Our Weakness

Unity: His strength in Our Weakness

by Rachelle Drury  |  November 11, 2016

I am the weakest link. Yep, I’ve long since known that I’m the first man down, or woman to be precise. I’ve felt rejection so often that I’m more surprised when I’m not rejected. As an emotional, fearful, impatient, and selfish person, it seems to be my lot in life. I also suffer from anxiety and I’m a hypochondriac. I cry too much and I always seem to say the wrong thing, all the while wearing my heart on my sleeve. And no matter how hard I try, I’m always running late. I feel like I’m the weakest link and desperate to be loved. And the list of problems just goes on. I’m one of those people.

For 32 long years, I lived with deep pain because of who I am. Then one day my Lord came and told me He loved me just as I am. Even better, He told me that He died for me, gave His very existence just so that I could be with Him forever. He was my Knight in shining armor, riding a white …
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How Far Into Africa by Meiring

How Far into Africa?

by Meiring Pretorius  |  November 4, 2016

Have you ever wondered how the gospel message will reach every person on the globe? Well, this is God’s promise in His Word according to Matthew 24:14: “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come” (NKJV). A huge part of this promise is being fulfilled already. God’s Spirit is at work all over the world and He wants to give us a greater measure of His Spirit. I stand in awe every time I see how God reaches people and touches their hearts, not only those who are being converted but also the hearts of those who bring the message of love. It has been my privilege to see the extensive and far-reaching effects of passing out gospel literature in Africa.

It all started when my wife and I were on our way to visit a Bible worker in the Northern Luapula Province of Zambia (God sent us to this country to serve as missionaries for 12 years). When traveling in African …
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