The Lost Art of Evangelism by Anneliese Wahlman

The Lost Art of Evangelism

by Anneliese Wahlman  |  February 23, 2017

What I Take from the Compost Bucket

I’m one of those people who can eat whatever is on my plate even if it looks like it was scraped from the bottom of the compost bucket, and I’ll still enjoy it—as long as it tastes good. I figure it’s only going to look worse in my stomach. Though odd, this trait is a perfect example of one of the greatest truisms of life: it’s what’s on the inside that counts. This is a basic principle we all intuitively know to be true. What’s a box of chocolate without any chocolate inside? Who wants a Valentine’s card that has no mushy sweet-nothings written in it? What’s a Christmas package if it doesn’t contain an ugly sweater that makes you look like a weirdo? Computers matter because of what’s on the hard drive. Houses are important because of those who gather in them. You marry a person not just because of the way he or she looks, but because of the heart and mind that his or her body contains. I think you …
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Anneliese Wahlman Editorial Intern
Light Bearers
How I Can Love the Gospel and the Investigative Judgment at the Same Time by Marcos Torres

How I Can Love the Gospel and the Investigative Judgment at the Same Time

by Marcos Torres  |  February 16, 2017

I have two theological confessions to make. The first is that I am madly in love with the gospel. Seriously, I am. As an Adventist, a father and a pastor, the gospel is my everything. Jesus-only is my motto, my passion and my standard. After battling with legalism and perfectionism for many years, the good news of salvation is something that I don’t mess around with. Anything—and I mean anything—that even remotely reeks of human merit makes me recoil with disgust. This “what Jesus did + what I do” stuff gives me the shakes. For me, it’s either Jesus-only or it simply isn’t gospel.

The second confession I have is this: I love the doctrine of the Investigative Judgment (IJ). There. I said it.

The question now is, how? How can I be so passionate about the gospel and also love a doctrine that many consider anti-gospel? Allow me to respond with three simple points.

I love the doctrine of the Investigative Judgment.

My first point is this. The IJ most definitely contradicts the gospel. Confused? You should be, because I …
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Marcos Torres Associate Pastor
Livingston Adventist Church
A Reality Check for Valentine's Day by Anneliese Wahlman

A Reality Check for Valentine’s Day

by Anneliese Wahlman  |  February 10, 2017

His eyes were blue, like an October sky. His hair was the color of sand off the beach, the kind you put in a bottle and take home for memories. I won’t mention his name, but it rhymes with schmichael. When he and I talked, I literally felt something I’d never felt with any other guy before in my life. Unfortunately, it wasn’t reciprocated. I found out he was in love with one of my close girlfriends. Schmichael and I stayed friends for a little while, but eventually we parted ways and I never told him how I felt.

If you’re alive and breathing, you know that love brings with it pain. Especially if you’re twelve and in a Pathfinder Club.

And as laughable as that first “love” can be, it doesn’t get much easier with age. You ask a girl out and she says no. The guy you like doesn’t even know you exist. Sometimes spouses are unfaithful. Marriages grow cold and hollow. Even in faithful relationships, life is fragile and it can be taken away suddenly and tragically. …
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Anneliese Wahlman Editorial Intern
Light Bearers
Changed and Inspired by Literature by Meiring Pretorius

Changed and Inspired by Literature

by Meiring Pretorius  |  February 3, 2017

As I drove into the country of Lesotho, I typed into my GPS the address of the Lesotho Conference headquarters and followed the directions into the central part of Maseru, the capital city of Lesotho. With the GPS it should not be too difficult to locate the building, I thought to myself. Then I heard the voice of my GPS saying, “Arriving at destination.” Looking around, I could not see any conference building. This is strange, I thought. Eventually, after driving around looking for the desired building, I decided to ask for directions. To my surprise, people did not know where the Seventh-day Adventist Church headquarters were (although I later found out the conference building was not far from where I’d been). I prayed, got into my vehicle, and decided to continue looking for the building in that area. I saw a sign for an Adventist secondary school, turned off, and asked for directions to the conference office. Fortunately, it was on the same premises.

However, even within the secondary school’s premises there were no signs for the Lesotho Conference. …
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Meiring Pretorius Light Bearers Field Representative
The Improbabilities of Probiotics by Risë Rafferty

The Improbabilities of Probiotics

by Risë Rafferty, RDN  |  February 1, 2017

If we readily saw the microscopic organisms swimming in lake water the way Antonie van Leeuwenhoek did, we would probably never venture in again. If we could see what lives on our teeth as Leeuwenhoek observed, we might not be able to stomach a kiss in the light. Referred to as “the Improbable Father of Microbiology,” Leeuwenhoek was a Dutchman who owned a textile business in the seventeenth century. Though he traded cloth, his were among the first eyes to see bacteria. At the time, traders in textiles used small glass spheres to examine the detail and quality of material. Leeuwenhoek took his small glass spheres to the next level and created extremely high quality magnifying lenses. In 1674 he reported seeing single cell organisms through his lens. The scientists of the day refused to accept his findings until three years later. In 1676 he discovered bacteria. In pond water and in the tartar he scraped from off his own teeth, he observed thousands of “tiny animals” in motion.1

Since that time bacteria have been found virtually everywhere—from the Antarctic …
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Risë Rafferty, RDN Health Educator
Light Bearers
What the War's About by Ty Gibson

What the War’s About

by Ty Gibson  |  January 30, 2017

“War broke out in heaven…” (Revelation 12:7).

Satan launched his revolt against God not with bullets and bombs but with subtly spun lies. The Greek word for “war” in the above text is polemos, from which we get words like polemic and politics. Polemos is the idea of arguing against an opponent or saying something about a person that has the effect of turning others against him.

In other words, Satan is a politician. God’s character is the focus of his attack. The devil specializes in formulating theological ideas that are calculated to portray God as self-centered, self-exalting, self-serving. Jesus came to our world for the specific purpose of giving a true revelation of God’s character. In His incarnation, life, and death, we encounter the truth about God.

Ellen White gets to the core of the issue like this:

“Unselfishness, the principle of God’s kingdom, is the principle that Satan hates; its very existence he denies. From the beginning of the great controversy he has endeavored to prove God’s principles of action to be selfish, and he deals in the …
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Ty Gibson Co-Director
Light Bearers
Giving the Trumpet A Certain Sound by Fred Bischoff

Giving the Trumpet a Certain Sound

by Fred Bischoff  |  January 5, 2017

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 Seventh-day Adventist Church continues with its “identity crisis,” wrestling with …
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Fred Bischoff Adventist Pioneer Library
Light Bearers