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
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Authority by Rise Rafferty


by Risë Rafferty, RDN  |  January 4, 2017

“Who of you respect authority?” questioned the professor to those of us sitting in her classroom. I immediately raised my hand. Awkwardly, I realized that mine was the only hand raised. I was surprised but unshaken in my response. I respect authority. It’s how my mama raised me. A good 20 plus years older than my peers, I attributed the difference in our reactions to our age discrepancy. Maybe my classmates were shy or did not understand why the question was asked. Maybe their respect for authority was lost due to a bad experience. On the other hand, maybe they were not taught what my mama taught me. For whatever reason, there was a lack of hands raised in the classroom that day. I believe it was but a microcosm of our society today.

Humanity has a right to question and to stand up to authority when it is in the wrong. “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when a wicked man rules, the people groan” (Proverbs 29:2). When we are unsure of people who come …
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Risë Rafferty, RDN Health Educator
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Draft Away by David Asscherick

Draft Away, Part 1

by David Asscherick  |  January 2, 2017

Have you ever heard of drafting? Sure you have, but perhaps not the kind of drafting I’m thinking of. Drafting can refer to:

Refining several preliminary versions of a piece of writing. Governmental enlistment of young men for mandatory military service. A brilliant aerodynamic technique that significantly improves one’s athletic performance.

The drafting I want to bring to your attention is the third type. It takes place in cycling (and other forms of racing). Drafting means to get right behind another rider, so close that your front wheel is almost touching the rear wheel of the cyclist in front of you. I’m talking about a matter of inches (or cm). You do this while you’re clipping along at 20-30 mph (30-50 km/h).

Does this sound like a bad idea? When you first try it, it certainly feels like an awful idea. There is simply no chance of stopping if the person in front of you suddenly hits the brakes. The distance is far too small and the speed way too fast to react. In addition, your forward vision is almost …
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David Asscherick Speaker
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Rethinking Resolutions by Elise Harboldt

Rethinking Resolutions

by Elise Harboldt  |  December 30, 2016

Do you have a New Years resolution? I have a track record of failed resolutions. In 2013, I vowed to learn Spanish. In 2014, I promised to stop interrupting people. 2017 has arrived, and I’m embarrassed to say that no hablo español, and I do still interrupt in English.

But some things need to be interrupted, like the way we do resolutions. Perhaps you’re the exception. If your personal growth has risen to new heights with each passing January, stop reading this and go become a motivational speaker or something. But if, like me, you’ve fought a losing battle to become the best version of yourself, keep reading. You’ll discover one thing that can change everything.

Where Did Resolutions Come From?

New Years resolutions are actually quite old. In ancient Babylon, the people made promises to their gods at the beginning of each year, resolving to pay debts and return borrowed items. The Romans made annual promises to Janus (the god of January).

What about the God of Christianity? Does He want us to make promises to Him? Can He …
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Elise Harboldt Writer/Producer
Beautiful Minds Medical
Reclaiming Mindfulness by Elise Harboldt

Reclaiming Mindfulness

by Elise Harboldt  |  December 29, 2016

Hey, you. Yeah, the person staring at the screen.

I’d like to invite you to think about your feet.

They’ve done a lot for you, so take a few minutes to acknowledge your ten-toed reality.  How far have your feet travelled today? Have you ever gone anywhere without them? Do you like them, or do you think they’re gross?

Next, notice what your feet are feeling. Are they cold? Any pain or discomfort? Bare to the air or surrounded by socks? Do your socks match?

All right. Our experiment is done and it’s time to talk about why we just did that. Of all the things in the universe, why should we expend our precious mental energy on feet, unless, of course, we’re clipping our toenails or buying new running shoes. Do we really want our feet to be in our heads? I don’t, but what I shared is a silly example of a habit that I do want to practice, and that’s mindfulness.

Have you heard the buzz about mindfulness? Google, Target, and JP Morgan offer employees mindfulness training …
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Elise Harboldt Writer/Producer
Beautiful Minds Medical
God in the Hood by Anneliese Wahlman

God in the Hood

by Anneliese Wahlman  |  December 21, 2016

Have you ever had one of those Christmases where your entire pajama-clad family is gathered together, the tree is wrapped in lights that shine à la star of Bethlehem, and mugs are filled with hot chocolate and freckled with marshmallows? You know the kind of thing I’m talking about, where the snow is falling silently and you light candles with names like “Burning Christmas Tree Deluxe” to give the illusion that you live in a cabin in the woods instead of a cookie-cutter condo in suburbia? All the brown paper packages are tied up with string and lovingly laid under the tree, and your whole clan is singing carols together around the piano while you unitedly promote a wholesome sense of Pinterest-inspired Christmas joy?

Yeah, me neither.

I’m part of a generation that likes to create false realities on social media; we like to make our lives appear just as glamorous and magical as what we see on TV. And during the holidays, this lust for a movie-scripted life and the desire to be envied is only amplified.

But let’s …
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Anneliese Wahlman Editorial Intern
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Traditional Adventism or Adventist Traditionalism by Jeffrey Rosario

Traditional Adventism or Adventist Traditionalism?

by Jeffrey Rosario  |  December 16, 2016

“Tradition is the living faith of the dead,

traditionalism is the dead faith of the living.…

It is traditionalism that gives tradition such a bad name.” – Jaroslav Pelikan

True “Tradition” vs. the Status Quo

The year is 1885. A thirty-five-year-old Adventist is in his study investigating some of the positions of the Adventist church. He thinks he’s on to something. It’s a minor point, but the problem is that his conclusions don’t harmonize with what the church has been teaching for decades. He doesn’t realize it yet, but he’s about to rock the boat and nauseate some folk. His name is Alonzo Trevier Jones, aka, A.T. Jones.

Just a year previous the delegates of the 1884 General Conference asked him to begin a research project to corroborate Adventist interpretations of prophecy with accurate historical evidence. Most of the interpretations were substantiated, except one minor point. Based on the evidence at his disposal, Jones concluded that there was a mistake in the typical Adventist interpretation of the tens horns, or kingdoms, of Daniel 7. While Adventists had been saying that …
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Jeffrey Rosario Speaker
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