Faith to Faith

Faith to Faith

by James Rafferty  |  September 5, 2014

This year marked the 30th Annual Light Bearers Convocation. Our theme was “Faith to Faith,” based on Romans 1:16-17:

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written. The just shall live by faith.”

Martin Luther once described the book of Romans as the “clearest gospel of all.” This year our focus highlighted the gospel message of “Christ our Righteousness.” It included a heart-touching message on the cross of Calvary by Ty Gibson, a humble but clear presentation of the “Faith of Jesus” by David Asscherick, a number of powerful messages on righteousness by faith by Jeffrey Rosario and myself, as well as a series of practical health talks by Risë Rafferty.

This year’s attendance was the largest to date, including over 140 children and youth. We had an excellent group of leaders teaching children in cradle roll through young …
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James Rafferty Co-Director
Light Bearers
The Bowels

The Bowels

by Risë Rafferty  |  September 3, 2014

Physiologically, the bowel is synonymous with the gut, the gastrointestinal tract, including stomach and the intestines. In this context, the association made between the bowel and the brain in the following statements is quite intriguing. “The brain and nerves are in sympathy with the stomach.”1 “The diseased stomach affects the entire nervous system, brain, and mind . . .  the nerves of the brain are diseased by the abuse heaped on the stomach.”2 “The success of acquiring a good memory and a calm, uniform temper depends not upon circumstances, but very much upon the way in which the stomach is treated.”3

When we think of the gut we think of the digestion of food—period; but there’s more. Embedded in the wall of the gut are nerves that compose the enteric nervous system [ENS]. The ENS has long been known to control digestion. Some scientists though are referring to it as the second brain. The ENS contains millions of neurons, more than in either the spinal cord or the peripheral nervous system. Amazingly, it has the capacity of coordinating digestion autonomously. It …
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Risë Rafferty Health Educator
Light Bearers
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Jesus, the Timeless Truth Teller

Jesus, the Timeless Truth Teller

by Jeffrey Rosario  |  September 1, 2014

Some historians and philosophers have pointed out that much of our scientific and medical literature is updated often because new discoveries and new knowledge render previously accepted knowledge obsolete. No one in their right mind would ever be comfortable with a physician using a 50-year-old textbook as a guide for treatment of patients. As knowledge increases our perspective continues to evolve.

This is why encountering the teachings of Jesus is such a fascinating experience. All the things Christ said in the three chapters (Matthew 5-7) that we refer to as the Sermon on the Mount are especially sublime. Augustine described them as “a perfect standard of the Christian life.” In a passage so simple that it can be read in one short sitting, Jesus outlined deep spiritual and ethical truths that, even after centuries of new knowledge about the world, have not yet become obsolete.

In a brief, yet brilliant, sweep of wisdom, Jesus lays down the essential principles of humility (Matthew 5:3), forgiveness (Matthew 6:12, 14-15), mercy (Matthew 5:7), influence (Matthew 5:13-16), interpersonal relationships (Matthew 5:21-24), authentic piety (Matthew …
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Jeffrey Rosario Speaker
Light Bearers
Women's Ordination: The Moderate View

Women’s Ordination: The Moderate View

by Light Bearers  |  August 14, 2014

In recent years, women’s ordination has been one of the most hotly debated issues facing the worldwide Seventh-day Adventist Church. Throughout much of the debate, there have been but two opposing positions aired: pro-ordination and anti-ordination. However, during the  Theology of Ordination Study Committee  meetings, which were commissioned by the church’s General Conference, a third position emerged. Here is a five-minute video presenting what is being called The Moderate View.

Video created by Nate Dubs based on a paper by Dr. Nicholas Miller.

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Five Pennies

Five Pennies

by Light Bearers  |  August 5, 2014

It only takes five pennies for Light Bearers to print, ship and distribute one piece of gospel-filled literature. By the grace of God and with your help, we can put millions of gospel literature into circulation. Partner with us.

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Worlds Apart (Not Anymore)

Worlds Apart (Not Anymore)

by Ty Gibson  |  August 1, 2014

Sutherlin, Oregon and Papua New Guinea are worlds apart. Separated by 6,518 miles and the vast Pacific Ocean. Sutherlin is in the Northern Hemisphere and Papua New Guinea is in the Southern. But the two places and their people are separated by more than just geographic distance. Culturally, the inhabitants of each place, at least on the surface, are completely different. And yet, in a very real and meaningful way they are now connected for eternity.

The members of the Sutherlin Seventh-day Adventist Church, motivated by missionary zeal, decided that they wanted to do something to impact the world for Christ beyond their own little American town. Knowing that we here at Light Bearers have a heart for the mission field, and knowing that we target developing countries around the world with cargo containers full of gospel literature, they contacted us with a simple but amazing question:

Can we as a church sponsor a container of literature to some place in the mission field?

While we’ve never had a local church adopt one of our projects, we were eager to …
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Ty Gibson Co-Director
Light Bearers
It's In The Blood—Rise Rafferty

It’s In The Blood

by Risë Rafferty  |  July 31, 2014

At the age of 45, the lifetime risk of heart disease is 60.3 percent for men and 55.6 percent for women. In other words, three out of five men without heart disease at age 45 will develop the condition at some point in their lives. Being a woman, and 45 years old, the probability of my future tango with heart disease is, at best, 50-50. On what should I base my chances?

I believe the Bible when it says, “time and chance happen to them all” (Ecclesiastes 9:11). There are no guarantees that bad things won’t happen to us. I also believe these words. “Man can make his circumstances, but circumstances should never make the man. Man should seize circumstances as his instruments with which to work. He should master circumstances, but should never allow circumstances to master him.”1 These two balancing concepts have led me to the position that rather than be victims in this life, pushed around and molded by situations and occurrences, we should grab hold of seen and unforeseen events, press on, and work through, and in …
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Risë Rafferty Health Educator
Light Bearers