A Channel of Light

by James Rafferty  |  April 6, 2018

As I moved through our publishing house today, checking the inventory, I felt a sense of urgency to get literature out the door. Things are changing. The world is changing. The ability to send gospel-filled containers around the world is changing.

Great changes often happen quickly and without notice. In Christ’s time, John was preaching in the wilderness, pointing people to Jesus. The next thing we know, he’s being persecuted by civil authority for opposing immoral lifestyles. Does that sound familiar?

Today, we in America still have a good amount of freedom compared to some other nations where gospel literature is forbidden. We can still be like John, who bore “witness of the Light, that all through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world” (John 1:7-8).

That’s what we’ve always believed about Light Bearers. We are a channel of light. Or, as John says, we are not the Light but we bear witness of that …
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James Rafferty Co-Director
Light Bearers

Detoxing the Lifestyle

by Risë Rafferty, RDN  |  April 4, 2018

A 24-year-old male teacher began to have deviant thoughts of doing harm to his students. He sought professional help and complained of depression, insomnia, obsessive-compulsive tendencies, and anxiety along with the thoughts of inflicting harm. The counselor referred him to a psychologist. Thinking that perhaps he was possessed, he also sought help from a religious leader. After intensive therapy, the psychologist referred him to a physician who prescribed medication. However, the young man’s experience only worsened. He left work on “sick leave.” Side effects from the medication included weight gain, persistent nightmares, fatigue, and intractable constipation. With no family history of mental health problems, the patient was devastated to hear he had a chronic mental illness, requiring he take medication for life. His thoughts took on a suicidal nature.

The young man was then referred to a physician trained in environmental medicine, a branch of medicine that studies environmental inputs and the individual’s responses to them. Testing revealed high levels of mercury. It was disclosed that he’d been eating one to two cans of tuna daily for the past three …
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Risë Rafferty, RDN Health Educator
Light Bearers

The Foolishness of the Cross

by Fred Bischoff  |  April 3, 2018

Jesus’ words, “The flesh profits nothing” (John 6:63), explain the mess the world is in. Except for the human Jesus, we each are born “of the will of the flesh” (John 1:13). This is human nature left to its sinful condition. It gives to us only a life “under the law”—on the law’s bad side, out of touch with God’s love. From that inheritance we have nothing but “guilt and the sentence of death” (Ellen White, Letter 68, 1899, par. 15).

But good does exist, and in the midst of the mess we find grace, even in those who don’t officially know God. How can this be, except that God’s Son was “made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law” (Galatians 4:4-5)? “The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us… full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). He was one of us, but He connected in Himself God and the sinful race (John 1:51). “And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ …
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Fred Bischoff Adventist Pioneer Library
Light Bearers

Land of Fire and Warm Hearts

by Ty Gibson  |  March 2, 2018

One of the best experiences I’ve ever had as an evangelist was in Malawi. I preached from a wooden platform constructed of an odd mixture of wood, sheet metal, bricks, and colorful cloth. Speakers were hung in trees. There were a few chairs, but most of the thousands of people in attendance stood or sat on the ground. Their faces—wide eyes, looking with intense interest—are forever imprinted on my memory.

After my first two nights of preaching, a group of brothers pulled me aside to share something with me. Their demeanor indicated that they were nervous and had something of a sensitive nature to say. I could never have guessed what they were going to tell me. “Pastor,” their chosen spokesperson said with humility and respect, “is it possible when you are preaching that you could sometimes jump, and also shout?” Caught off guard a little (or a lot), I fumbled in my response.

“Jump? You mean… like… jump… like… up off the platform?”

“Yes,” they instructed. “Just bend your knees and then push upward. The people will like it …
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Ty Gibson Co-Director
Light Bearers

PFCs – Perfluorinated Compounds

by Risë Rafferty, RDN  |  February 28, 2018

It was the Native Americans who first made popcorn in this country. They popped it over fire on flat rocks. Today we microwave it in bags lined with substances called perfluorinated compounds (PFCs), also referred to as perfluorochemicals. PFCs are a class of persistent organic pollutants. There are 853 different perfluorinated compounds—PFOA, PFOS, PFBS, PFOSA, and PFDA are just a handful.

PFCs are not naturally present in nature. Their production began about 50 years ago. They’ve since become ubiquitous. They are used to produce water, oil, and stain-resistant coatings in many textiles; in cooking utensils, oil-resistant coatings for culinary paper products, and non-stick coatings; and in photographic emulsifier, aviation hydraulic fluids, and fire-fighting foams. They aren’t reactive and don’t degrade easily, making them persistent and able to bioaccumulate. Their presence has now been found in nature in various bodies of water, in wild animals, human blood, and even breast milk.

PFCs are toxic to humans and animals. In research using rats and monkeys, it was found that the liver, kidneys, and thyroid are the most sensitive organs to PFOS exposure. …
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Risë Rafferty, RDN Health Educator
Light Bearers

Rescued in Christ

by James Rafferty  |  February 26, 2018

“But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons” (Galatians 4:4-5).

Paul tells us that when the appointed time came, God arrived!

God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law. When Christ united Himself with us, what we are, He became. By doing that, He was qualified to be our Savior.

Jesus became human, taking on Himself fallen human nature. He came under the law and therefore was subject to the consequences of the law. Yet Jesus lived a perfect life with no sin. Still, He was condemned to death. He shouldered the condemnation of the fallen human race.

All the consequences we deserved, Jesus…took on Himself.

All the consequences we deserved, Jesus, the second Adam (1 Corinthians 15:47), took on Himself. They should have come to the first Adam. They would have annihilated not only him but also all of us. We never would have been here …
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James Rafferty Co-Director
Light Bearers

From Here, We Can Go Anywhere

by Anneliese Wahlman  |  February 21, 2018

We all have a moral compass that guides us. It keeps us from punching the people who upset us and lets us know we need to apologize for telling our sister she’s fat. But we also experience a sort of silly guilt for things that aren’t really moral issues but make us feel bad for one reason or another.

My older sister Catie will make herself eat the end piece of a loaf of bread simply because she doesn’t want it to be neglected (or wasted, either). I also have a friend who, when she and her husband are driving, makes him pull over if she sees any small creatures crossing the road. Then, like a guardian angel, she gets out and gently picks up whatever the creature is and moves it across the road to safety.

Unfortunately, I don’t feel bad for not helping bugs cross the street. However, I do feel slight twinges of silly guilt when I look at my reading list and see all the books I haven’t read yet. I feel bad when I look …
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Anneliese Wahlman Editorial Intern
Light Bearers

When the Wedding Is Over

by Anneliese Wahlman  |  February 13, 2018

To some of us, they were Aunty Carol and Uncle Dave. She was small like a bird and sweet as honey. He was tall, practical, and kept a hundred stories tucked away in his pockets to share with the students assigned to him during the work period. They lived up the road from the girls dorm, and on some Saturday afternoons my friends and I would go to the big white house on the hill to visit Mr. and Mrs. Meservia.

Though he was of retirement age, Uncle Dave still worked as head of the maintenance department when I was in high school. He eased away some of our work time by giving us advice or telling us of his adventures while serving in the Canadian Navy, like the time he got to dine with the Queen of England’s mother.

Aunty’s health was bad, so she mostly stayed home. But she didn’t complain. She was always surrounded by a steady peace, like there was an anchor somewhere deep inside her, keeping her grounded. When you sat next to her, you …
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Anneliese Wahlman Editorial Intern
Light Bearers
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Invisible Possibilities

by Meiring Pretorius  |  February 2, 2018

The Eastern and Western Tanzania Conferences organized a series of public evangelistic meetings for June 2017. With 300 Seventh-day Adventist churches in the city of Dar es Salaam and every church hosting three separate sites, the effort was huge (900 sites altogether). Backed up with a container of Bible lessons from Light Bearers Ministry, the result was astounding—105,000 souls baptized! By getting all the churches to work together, we were able to further Total Member Involvement (TMI). Many evangelists are working in the newly sown fields and every member is embracing a new convert.

The gospel, channeled through literature from Light Bearers Ministry, awakens in many hearts a desire to know God and share Him. It changes people from the inside. Through their testimonies, I have found that many are searching for Truth and they have found it through the Bible lessons and have been set free.

But I had mixed feelings—at first—when a young man by the name of Peter Daudi spoke to me about his ministry in the city of Dar es Salaam. Let me explain. He uses …
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Meiring Pretorius Light Bearers Field Representative

Energy

by Risë Rafferty, RDN  |  January 31, 2018

Found within all human cells (with the exception of red blood cells) is the ability to produce energy—energy that enables action, maintenance, movement—and life in general. Microscopic structures called mitochondria are the key players in these processes and produce 95 percent of the cell’s energy. They dwell, sometimes in the hundreds and thousands, in a single cell. The number of mitochondria in a cell depends on how active that cell is. For example, an active brain or muscle cell may contain thousands of mitochondria, whereas a blood platelet may contain only two. Mitochondria make up 80 percent of the volume of the photoreceptors in the cone cells of the eye, again numbering in the thousands. Each mitochondrion is tailored to meet the needs of the specific type of cell it’s in. The purpose of breathing, eating, and ensuring a steady supply of fuel in the blood is fulfilled in these seemingly unnoticeable structures. Like tiny factories, they take the components of foods we eat and the air we breathe to produce energy.

Mitochondria have various functions, other than supplying energy. …
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Risë Rafferty, RDN Health Educator
Light Bearers