February 2016 - Archives

An Unsettled State of Unbelief by Fred Bischoff

An Unsettled State of Unbelief

February 29, 2016 | Fred Bischoff

Do you remember the parable Jesus told about prolonged injustice, and the need “always to pray, and not to faint?” Have you thought much of Jesus’ seemingly rhetorical question at the end?

“Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall He find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:1-8).

More and more I believe we can summarize the problems we face in every sphere as due to a lack of faith, unfaithfulness and infidelity.

This is particularly troubling in those who have the most evidences on which to base a robust faith. From the earliest days of the Advent movement, the testimony of Jesus shone a bright light on Scripture, challenged us with the breadth of our mission, rebuked us when we veered into self-exaltation and selfishness, and encouraged us with an unfailing picture of the loveliness of His character.

In 1890 Ellen White was impressed with the acute need for faith in the aftermath of the Minneapolis session with its message of righteousness by faith in relation to the law. …
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Fred Bischoff

Adventist Pioneer Library
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Ellen White and Religious Bigotry by Jeffrey Rosario

Ellen White and Religious Bigotry

February 26, 2016 | Jeffrey Rosario

A Hard Time to Be A Catholic

If there was ever a bad time to be a Catholic in America, it was during the nineteenth century. A massive wave of European immigration flooded the United States with over 3.5 million newcomers, many of whom were Catholics from Ireland and Germany. In proportion to population, it was the largest immigrant influx in American history.1 As a result of this “Catholic invasion,” the Catholic Church ballooned from its place as the fifth-largest denomination in the country in 1840, to the largest denomination by 1850.2 But they weren’t exactly received with open arms.

This phenomenon set the stage for deep animosities toward Catholics as they continued to alter the social, political, and religious landscape of a staunchly Protestant nation. As a defense mechanism, Protestants of all ranks fostered a paranoid obsession that portrayed Catholics as “conspirators against the Christian republic.”3 They were accused of all sorts of sinister schemes, and even the institution of slavery was viewed as “a secular expression of …
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Jeffrey Rosario

Light Bearers

Light Bearers’ Materials Lead to Booming Bible Schools in Malawi

Light Bearers’ Materials Lead to Booming Bible Schools in Malawi

February 5, 2016 | Meiring Pretorius

My recent trip to Malawi was very fruitful. The Voice of Prophecy Bible School Director, Pastor Moffat Botolo, went out of his way to make my visit meaningful. His department of the Malawi Union Conference is very active in using Light Bearers’ literature. In fact, they have an impressive organized system in place for the distribution of the material.

First, they engage in mass distribution of message tracts and Bible School enrollment cards. Target areas include market places, schools, prisons, hospitals and public marches.

Secondly, church members go door-to-door enrolling people as students in the Bible School.

In order to facilitate the constant flow of new students, the church in Malawi operates 1,470 Bible Schools at local churches. This method of outreach involves a lot of hard work, but the church members are obviously happy to engage in the task because they see the fruit from their labors. Botolo points out that, “The Voice of Prophecy Bible School has been proven to be one of the most exciting and effective …
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Meiring Pretorius

Light Bearers Field Representative

What Oil Should I Use by Rise Rafferty

What Oil Should I Use?

February 3, 2016 | Risë Rafferty, RDN

Do you remember what goals and aspirations you had for yourself when you were a senior in high school? Do you remember how challenging it was to answer the question on everyone’s lips, “So, what are you going to do with your life?” Ascertaining and picturing the future, knowing what steps to take to get there is not easy. Each high school senior in our daughter’s class was given the assignment of accomplishing a senior project. Our daughter chose to produce a web page and blog that pertained to cooking multicultural foods. She focused on flavor and visual appeal, with a plant-based emphasis. She had to present her project to three assessors at her school from whom she would receive a grade. After her presentation and the assessors had sampled the dishes she provided, she was asked various questions. One being, did she plan on becoming a chef? They had thoroughly enjoyed her food. No, she replied, she was not planning on cooking for her career. Then why did you …
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Risë Rafferty, RDN

Health Educator
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Just Do It by James Rafferty

Just Do It

February 1, 2016 | James Rafferty

Coined in an advertising agency meeting for Nike, the “Just Do It” campaign launched in 1988. It was highly successful, as one of the top two taglines of the 20th century, being both “universal and intensely personal.” Nike presented this advertising slogan as the center of “a tough, take no prisoners ad campaign.” One of the campaign’s objectives was to target all Americans regardless of age, gender or physical fitness level. This universal message took Nike from 877 million to over 9 billion dollars in worldwide sales.

Believers are not called to talk about tennis shoes or sportswear. We aren’t depending on the power of the “swoosh” (the Nike tick logo seen on all its apparel). Our purpose is to target all people with the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ (Matthew 24:14; Revelation 14:6). Our burden is to reach the world with the message of God’s inclusive good news. Our goal is to take the message presently received by 18.5 million members to the over 7 billion people …
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James Rafferty

Light Bearers