Mission Critical

Mission Critical

by Fred Bischoff  |  October 3, 2014

It struck me like never before. It was the first two talks at Light Bearers Convocation this past July. The first by Ty, was titled, “ One Subject Will Prevail ,” adapted from this quote from 1890: “One interest will prevail, one subject will swallow up every other—Christ our righteousness” (Review and Herald, December 23, 1890). What a glorious and positive prediction! But Ty’s presentation focused on another part of the article that was anything but positive. He even apologized for it because the article started with the words, “The Lord has seen our backslidings, and He has a controversy with His people.” Ouch! With that, Ty painfully laid out our history.

But this is Mission Update . Does Light Bearers’ mission include shining a light on the failures of the past? That brings us to the second talk, by David, titled, “ The Righteousness of God .” I will summarize it in three sentences: God made a covenant with the human race. He was faithful to that covenant (thus His righteousness), and humans were unfaithful, especially the descendants of Abraham. When Daniel came on the scene and encountered a …
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The Bowels, Pt 2

The Bowels, Part 2

by Risë Rafferty  |  October 1, 2014

Linguistically, the term bowel has been used to express the inner workings, the depths of man emotionally as well as physically. It is where input is broken down, digested, absorbed, sorted, reacted to, and transformed into us.

Interestingly enough, while seeking to better understand the connection between the bowels of our gut and the bowels of our mind I found an indisputable link that has been termed the

Microbiota Gut Brain Axis (MGB axis). Let’s break that term down.

Inhabiting our gut are billions of microorganisms. In fact, there are more of them than there are of us, cellularly speaking. The sheer quantity of microorganisms inhabiting the human body is enormous. Within a single sample can be found more than 1000 different species. This population is the microbiota, our microbiome.

An axis is typically thought of as a line on which significance hinges. It can be a line of direction, motion, growth, a point or continuum on which something centers. As we will see, this line of direction is a two-way street running from the brain to the gut and …
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Risë Rafferty Health Educator
Light Bearers
Cosmic Atonement by Ty Gibson

Cosmic Atonement

by Ty Gibson  |  September 29, 2014

God is up to something bigger than our eternal salvation. Certainly, from our individual standpoint it is hard to imagine anything bigger. To be saved from sin and given the assurance of eternal life is a truly marvelous thing. But notice the progression of Paul’s message in Ephesians 1.

In the first seven verses he paints an inviting picture of God’s saving grace toward each of us. God has “blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ. He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.”

Astounding, right?

But then Paul says this:

“. . . having made known to us the mystery of His …
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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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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
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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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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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