With the Flip of a Switch by Anneliese Wahlman

With the Flip of a Switch

by Anneliese Wahlman  |  September 8, 2016

As a kid, I suffered from the quintessential childhood fear: I was scared of the dark. I could be in a room that I knew like the back of my hand, and if the lights turned off, my fear turned on. It didn’t help that my older brother would come into my room at night and tell me—in a voice that sounded like he’d swallowed about four dirty dishrags—all about the monsters that would come to get me if I took one shuddering step out of bed. And it probably didn’t help when my older sister told me that the long, cobweb-filled crawlspace in my closet was the gateway to hell. But what are older siblings for, right?

Darkness is scary because of one self-evident fact: you can’t see. Once the lights are on, everything turns back to normal. The horror film soundtrack that was blasting in your ears just moments before turns off. You put down the baseball bat you were going to use to take out the axe murderer you were sure was right behind your door. Your …
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Literature Evangelism in Tanzania by Meiring Pretorius

Literature Evangelism in Tanzania

by Meiring Pretorius  |  September 2, 2016

Magomeni Seventh-day Adventist Church believes that the most rapid and cost-effective way of placing the gospel in the hands of humanity’s hungering masses is through spreading truth-filled literature and publications.

It is because of this inherent faith we decided to contact Light Bearers Ministry (LBM), requesting their collaboration and partnership with us for achieving this soul-saving objective. Our request was accepted by LBM and we received two 20-foot containers loaded with four million publications, free of charge, written in Kiswahili and English for distribution to the most needy and receptive people of Tanzania.

In fulfilling this mission, we combined several evangelistic campaign methods of reaching our people. The strategies used included house-to-house visitation, Sabbath School classes, Bible study classes and public effort campaigns in the churches and open grounds. We sent the publications to various institutions of higher learning in Tanzania. We opened Bible classes in schools, prisons, hospitals and strategic points of influence.

About 28 churches in Dar es Salaam (DSM) were allocated and given publications for distribution. About 10 churches in the coastal region were allocated materials to …
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Meiring Pretorius Light Bearers Field Representative
Butyrate and the Bowel, pt 2 by Risë Rafferty

Butyrate and the Bowel, pt 2

by Risë Rafferty, RDN  |  August 31, 2016

Last month we began understanding one of the ways the community of microbes residing within impacts the health of its host organ, the colon, as well as other facets of human health. This community is composed of many members in various concentrations or percentages. There are thousands of varieties/species, some of which science is still discovering. They could be likened to family clans; the McCalahans, the De Lucas, the Gonzalezs, the Takahashis, different and unique from each other, yet dwelling in one community. The strains of microbes that flourish in this community are in part determined by what they are fed.

We learned that certain strains of bacteria ferment carbohydrates that have been thus far indigestible in the digestive system. As the bacteria break these indigestible carbohydrates down, they produce short-chain fatty acids that are secreted into the colon, byproducts of the fermentation process. Butyrate is one of these short-chain fatty acid byproducts. We observed that butyrate has made headlines in medical journals as a result of the intriguing results of research related to colon cancer, insulin resistance, and immunity, …
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Risë Rafferty, RDN Health Educator
Light Bearers
Love Because by Fred Bischoff

Love Because…

by Fred Bischoff  |  August 29, 2016

Why does God love us? Simply put, because that is what and who He is (1 John 4:8, 16), just as what you are directs your actions. What He does in loving us can be measured by its “breadth, and length, and depth, and height” (Ephesians 3:18).

Love leads people to make things. The same is true of God. Thus “the LORD He is God: it is He that hath made us, and not we ourselves” (Psalm 100:3). More than that, His love leads Him to redeem those who have removed themselves from this intimacy. The Bible says at least twice that this is why and how He redeemed Israel (Deuteronomy 7:8; Isaiah 63:9). And furthermore, in Jesus He bent down and redeemed all who were caught in the web and curse of sin (Romans 3:23-24; 5:8; Galatians 3:13).

Why does He ask us to love? Because He wants us to enter into His joy (Psalm 5:11; John 15:9-12). Because He wants us to be like Him (Genesis 1:27; 1 John 3:1-3; 4:19). He enables and empowers the very possibility …
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Fred Bischoff Adventist Pioneer Library
Light Bearers
Great Expectations by Elise Harboldt

Great Expectations

by Elise Harboldt  |  August 25, 2016

“This quote is exploding my mind.”

That’s the text I received  this morning from my friend Janessa, whose birthday just happens to be today. Jesus sent Janessa a beautiful birthday sunrise and a quote so epic it’s exploding my mind too.

“Jesus is the fullness of our expectation” (Ellen White, Review and Herald, August 26, 1890).

Expectations are tricky things. Take for example, birthdays. My fourteenth birthday was a letdown. My mom likes to celebrate people, so my childhood birthday memories are filled with parties and cake. But the day I turned fourteen, I realized that the people at my boarding high school didn’t realize what a big deal my birthday really was. We didn’t have a school-wide party. It wasn’t all about me. At the end of the day, I felt embarrassed. It was silly to expect more. I guess I need to lower my expectations.

Managing expectations is a thing, I guess. Self-help books, articles, and counseling sessions are dedicated to this practice, and rightfully so. Why? Because in order to be happy, our expectations need to match …
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Elise Harboldt Writer/Producer
Beautiful Minds Medical
The Parable of the True Unbeliever

The Parable of the True (Un)Believer

by Ty Gibson  |  August 19, 2016

The kingdom of heaven is like unto two men, one who believed in God and one who did not.

The first man engaged in prejudice and hatred and various other forms of ugliness contrary to love, all the while saying to the world, “I believe in God! God is with me! God is on my side!”

The other man looked at all the injustice and abuse done in the name of God, and he said to himself, “I don’t believe in God,” and spent his life relieving the poor and defending the oppressed.

In due time, both men died, and on the day of final judgment, both men were resurrected and stood before God. Gesturing with His right hand, God said, “Come, my son, enter into the eternal bliss prepared for you.”

And the Lord said to him, “I think you’ve mistaken Me for some other god…”

The man who believed in God smiled and stepped forward, but God raised His left hand and said, “No, not you,” and gestured for the unbeliever to come. The believer began to argue …
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Ty Gibson Co-Director
Light Bearers
It Takes Time by David Asscherick

It Takes Time

by David Asscherick  |  August 5, 2016

Discipleship is a bit of a buzzword right now, and that’s a good thing. As the church, and as followers of Jesus, we should be talking about discipleship. More than this, we should be doing discipleship.

But right there is the rub.

Because discipling people is hard. It takes time. It takes investment. It takes energy. It takes sacrifice. It takes wisdom. And did I mention time?

Here’s a confession: I spent years as a full-time evangelist (that’s not the confession part) bemoaning (here’s the confession part) the failure of many local churches to really disciple and grow their newly-baptized members who had been won through the series I (or some other evangelist) had just held.

The funny (and sad!) thing is that I’ve heard pastor after pastor complain that, really, it’s the evangelist’s fault that newly-baptized people don’t stick around. “They were baptized too soon.” “They weren’t adequately prepared.” “They should’ve been cleared more thoroughly.” And on and on.

So the evangelists blame the churches and pastors and the pastors blame the evangelists. I’ve seen this sequence dozens of …
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David Asscherick Speaker
Light Bearers