Doors Open in India

by Light Bearers  |  December 8, 2017

It was November of 2001—November 5 to be exact. Sixteen years ago!

That was the last time and the only other time that Light Bearers managed to get a container of gospel literature into India. Now God has again prevailed, this time through a group of super committed believers who went beyond the call of duty to make it happen. One man left his work and home for three weeks and basically camped out at the port of call to get this container full of gospel literature cleared. The custom officials brought up one issue after another, even complaining about the fact that we had sent them used Bibles instead of new ones. (Light Bearers ships donated Bibles that are still in good condition to supplement our literature, so please keep them coming.) Finally, after much prayer and work on the part of our brothers in India, the container was cleared and now the precious gospel literature is making its way into hearts and homes throughout this great country where God’s Spirit is at work. Here is our latest report:

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Light Bearers a publishing, training and evangelism ministry.

Trumping Fear

by Risë Rafferty, RDN  |  December 6, 2017

Grasping in the dark for my phone, my terrified mind sought to force my trembling fingers to dial 911. It took hours to calm my nerves even after the police arrived. Fear is not a foreign emotion. I have often felt fear in the form of butterflies and a pounding heart just before public speaking. I felt fear when my husband was diagnosed with cancer. Standing in line to ride a roller coaster, a fearful dread has come over me. I was afraid as a child when my mother ran off in the dark parking lot of the LA fair, chasing two young men who had just stolen her purse. Fear comes in various shapes and sizes in response to real or imaginary situations, present and future events.

Sudden fear, like the fear I experienced while dialing 911, has the potential to cause one to freeze or jump over a six-foot fence. There are subacute, underlying, chronic fears that guide behaviors, generate insecurities, and influence our reactions to others. There are health fears that sometimes motivate individuals to lose weight, …
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Risë Rafferty, RDN Health Educator
Light Bearers

Infinite Empathy

by Ty Gibson  |  December 4, 2017

Emotions are a mysterious phenomenon. Think about it. A person’s smile has the power to make you feel something pleasant inside. A person’s tears can throw you into tears with them even before you know why they’re crying. The mere fact that another human being is happy or sad somehow impacts your own state of being. Emotions are invisible links of identification with the experiences of others.

How strange.

Or maybe not.

Actually, the fact that we are emotional beings tells us something astonishing and wonderful. We can reason it through like this: If God is love, and if love is the capacity to empathize with others, well then, we are most like God when we feel the feelings of others. It is also true, then, that we are least like God when we are insensitive to what others are experiencing.

At this time of year, we are thinking about the most astounding thing that has ever happened in all of universal history: God “became flesh, and dwelt among us” (John 1:14). What was the incarnation of God in Christ …
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Ty Gibson Co-Director
Light Bearers
Sill Me, I Thought I Was Good by Anneliese Wahlman

Silly Me, I Thought I Was Good

by Anneliese Wahlman  |  November 9, 2017

Besides things like rolling my brother down a hill in a cardboard barrel and convincing my sister to ride our pet goat like a horse, a lot of my childhood memories are framed around stories. Some of my earliest memories are of my dad reading to me My Bible Friends and Green Eggs and Ham. When I got to be a bit older, I started getting into mystery stories. There was something delicious about putting clues together, solving the problem, and saving the day all from the safety of my grandma’s recliner.

I discovered though that real-life mysteries weren’t as fun. Some real-life mysteries for me were things like algebra, boys, and salvation. All three made me cry at some point, but I want to focus on that last one for a bit (sorry, not gonna talk about boys here).

I was raised in a Christian home and I knew the key to salvation was recognizing my need for a Savior. Jeremiah 17:9 said that my “heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?” Intellectually, …
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Anneliese Wahlman Editorial Intern
Light Bearers
The Secret of Success by James Rafferty

The Secret of Success

by James Rafferty  |  November 3, 2017

I was a baby Christian, just a few weeks old, when asked why I still listened to rock ‘n’ roll music. My response was quick and defensive. I’ve given my heart to Jesus, I go to church instead of bars, so it really doesn’t matter what music I listen to. End of conversation.

And it was true. My life was consumed with Jesus. I went to church three times a week. I read the Bible constantly. I was, without really understanding the concept, abiding in Jesus.

Sometime later I came home and noticed dust had gathered on my drum set. Dusting them off, I grabbed some music. It was Van Halen and one song read, “Runnin’ with the Devil.” Then it hit me.

“Wait a minute,” I thought. “I’m not running with the devil.”

I proceeded to haul my rock collection out to the garbage can. Not because I had to. Not because someone told me to. My experience is described in this chorus:

Turn your eyes upon Jesus. Look full in His wonderful face. And the things of this …
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James Rafferty Co-Director
Light Bearers
Skinny Fat: The Dangerous Oxymoron by Risë Rafferty

Skinny Fat: The Dangerous Oxymoron

by Risë Rafferty, RDN  |  November 1, 2017

Pretty ugly, deafeningly quiet, make haste slowly, and vegetarian meatballs are great examples of oxymorons that make you smile when you think about what the words by themselves mean in contrast to what is conveyed by the phrase. There is one oxymoron however that is pretty serious in nature and that is skinny fat.

Skinny fat describes fat tissue, found in individuals whose BMI would not sound off any alarms or raise red flags in a doctor’s office. On the scale, the numbers look decent. But when diagnoses of type-2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, or fatty liver are given to skinny people the first question is usually, “Why? How’d that happen to me?” Our society tends to emphasize metabolic syndrome, pre-diabetes, type-2 diabetes, and fatty liver with being overweight or obese. Graphs show that as weight increases so do these conditions. Correspondingly, as weight is lost there is a decreased prevalence of cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, and diabetes. Interestingly enough though, not all excess weight is the same. Those who are pear shaped and gain their weight in the hips and …
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Risë Rafferty, RDN Health Educator
Light Bearers
God's Own Grapes by David Asscherick

God’s Own Grapes

by David Asscherick  |  October 30, 2017

Every ARISE class is a miracle. And not just a miracle, but miracles upon miracles. Like a cluster of delicious grapes, each one is amazing in itself and the cluster magnifies the miracle all the more. This 2017 class is no exception!

This year one of the “grapes” is a Pakistani young man named Zeerick, 18, who preached his first sermon at age four and his first evangelistic series at age six! What’s even more amazing than this, is that, after five years of marriage, Zeerick’s parents could not get pregnant and James Rafferty, while visiting Pakistan 19 years ago, prayed for them that they would be able to have a child! That child is now at ARISE, where James teaches!

What else can you call this except a miracle?

Then there’s Jeremy. Jeremy felt the pull of same-sex attraction as a teenager and, though raised in a Christian home, left the church before he was 20. That decision led to nearly two decades of participation in the LGBT lifestyle and community. Then a literal miracle happened. I don’t want …
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David Asscherick Speaker
Light Bearers