Abdicate Your Throne

Abdicate Your Throne

by Jeffrey Rosario  |  March 6, 2015

On page 141 of the book Thoughts from the Mount of Blessing, Ellen White reminds us that we are all engaged in a fierce spiritual battle. In fact, it is “the greatest battle that was ever fought by man.” Yet it does not involve military weapons or threats from foreign enemies, it involves “the surrender of self to the will of God, the yielding of the heart to the sovereignty of love.” The reason this is such an intense battle is because the human heart lusts for independence from God (Romans 8:7). To surrender, or yield, runs contrary to our natural inclinations. We instinctively kick back against any possibility of becoming subject or servant to power other than our own. We want control of our own lives; we want to be seated, unchallenged, on the throne of our own hearts.

But one of the fascinating paradoxes of Scripture is that when we surrender our hearts to the sovereignty of God’s love, we actually begin to experience true freedom. Yes, following Jesus calls for complete surrender to His will. It requires …
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Jeffrey Rosario Speaker
Light Bearers
Stressed-out kinds

Stressed-out kinds

by Risë Rafferty  |  March 4, 2015

It takes all kinds, or so the saying goes. While the it in this statement has the potential of referring to options too numerous to count, according to Katharine Briggs and her daughter Isabel Briggs Myers, the all kinds is limited to 16. Katharine and Isabel organized specific traits into four basic personality categories, holding that humans are bent in one direction or the other within these categories. Unlike other personality labels that feel static and confining, Myers-Briggs personality qualities run on a continuum rather than all or nothing. One who may have the same personality type may not manifest a particular trait quite as absolutely as another. While some find personality typing more beneficial than others, I would like to share some thoughts from a presentation I heard in which a few of these personality qualities were highlighted in relation to coping with the number one killer in our lives: stress.

The brain is wired in such a way as to immediately know what is taking place environmentally and emotionally. It is primed to respond to and escape danger. …
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Risë Rafferty Health Educator
Light Bearers
Setting Prisoners Free

Setting Prisoners Free

by James Rafferty  |  March 2, 2015

In 2014 God blessed Light Bearers Ministry in a number of ways, one of which was the ability to send out an extra container of literature above our budgeted 11. Each container is filled with millions of tracts that make a huge impact in the world field. Here is a report we received from Kenya and the prison ministry of The King’s Messengers.

THE WONDERS OF GOD!

The King’s Messengers are a group of about 20 Adventist singers who organized into ministry in Nairobi, Kenya in 1991. From 2004, the Kenya government allowed limited access to prisons, which before was prohibited. The King’s Messengers quickly utilized the opportunity, spreading the message through music and the Word.

Lack of Bibles and evangelistic literature was the major handicap in reaching 100,000 inmates, until the Lord answered our prayers and Light Bearers sent a container of literature in 2014.

Excited prisoners have discovered good news in the readings and the literature is resulting in hundreds accepting Christ and being baptized. We greatly thank Light Bearers Ministry and their sponsors for the literature and …
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James Rafferty Co-Director
Light Bearers
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
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