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A Day in the Life of Light Bearers by Ty Gibson

A Day in the Life of Light Bearers

September 29, 2017 | Ty Gibson

It’s 6 AM and already 17 new emails have appeared in my inbox. No, wait, four more just arrived, so make that 21. By 9 o’clock there will be 40 or more. Here’s one from Stephanie, who coordinates literature shipments from Light Bearers. She is excited to share the good news that the container of gospel tracts we’ve been trying to get cleared for distribution in India has just been officially released from customs. “Praise God,” I reply. Here’s another email from Karl announcing that all the new students for the 2017 ARISE discipleship program are now situated in the dorm and ready for the first day of class. Here’s another one from a brother who lives New York City explaining that he has been so powerfully impacted by watching Table Talk—our discussion format television program—that it has “saved my life and my marriage and delivered me from addiction.”

they will be testifying to the radical transformation that has occurred in their perception of God, themselves, and others.

After a …
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Ty Gibson

Light Bearers

Salt in Circulation by Risë Rafferty

Salt in Circulation

September 27, 2017 | Risë Rafferty, RDN

From dead seas to living ones, embedded in white veins in the depths of the earth to its surface, salt is one of the world’s most precious commodities. At one time, salt was traded ounce for ounce with gold. Salt coins were used as money. Salt was even used as part of a soldier’s salary. Caravans traversed salt routes that extended from Morocco, through the Sahara Desert, to Timbuktu. Trade ships exchanged salt for spices and valuable products of the time. Salt was regarded as having the ability to repel evil and sustain life.

There are some foods that are edible and even delicious without salt, such as vine ripe tomatoes and watermelon. You may put salt on these foods, but it’s not really a necessity, right? Then there are foods that, at least to my palate, are inedible and tasteless without salt, such as potatoes, beans, tofu, and bread. If we think about it just for a second, we come to realize that while salt is no longer as …
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Risë Rafferty, RDN

Health Educator
Light Bearers

Surprise Victory by Fred Bischoff

Surprise Victory

September 26, 2017 | Fred Bischoff

Do you like winning? And do you like surprises?

Have you heard that the only way you can win in life’s ultimate contest is through the unselfish giving of genuine love? The meek and lowly win, and the braggarts and proud lose! Surprise!

The opposite principles of good and evil are not only the issues in conflict, but are also the weapons. Satan began the battle by speaking the lie, promoting selfishness, taking, even life, eventually even the life of Jesus. Jesus fought using the truth, unselfish giving, even giving Himself.

Righteousness describes the image of God in which man was created, but lost when the lie came. In other words, mankind abandoned faith and love. God restores sinful humans—He wins in the battle of no faith and love—by simply treating us sinners with faith and love. If we receive these gifts and return them to Him and pass them on to others, we wear the “breastplate” in the battle.

God’s restoration of His image in man is motivated by …
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Fred Bischoff

Adventist Pioneer Library
Light Bearers

The Continuing Reformation by Ty Gibson

The Continuing Reformation

September 1, 2017 | Ty Gibson

“The Protestant Reformation was the 16th-century religious, political, intellectual and cultural upheaval that splintered Catholic Europe.”

That’s how the History Channel website defines the Protestant Reformation—as an historical event that “was,” something that happened a long time ago. What I’d like to suggest is that the Reformation is still under way, right now, and that you and I can be part of helping to move it forward to completion.

First, according to Scripture, God is in the process of bringing about the “restoration of all things” (Acts 3:21). So think of history in general as a restoration project that God is guiding forward until everything is back the way it’s supposed to be, back to the place where evil is banished from existence and all relationships are defined by faithful love.

Secondly, the Protestant Reformation is only one part of this restoration process, beginning in the fourteenth century with the bold move of John Wycliffe to openly suggest that (1) each individual has direct access to God and should obey …
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Ty Gibson

Light Bearers