January 2018 - Archives


January 31, 2018 | Risë Rafferty, RDN

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 …
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Risë Rafferty, RDN

Health Educator
Light Bearers

Unbelievably Diabolical

January 29, 2018 | Ty Gibson

It’s no secret that Christianity is dying in Western countries. There are a number of factors contributing to this trend, but maybe the biggest is the fact that mainstream Christianity is asking the world to believe two doctrines that together compose the most diabolical picture of God imaginable—predestination and eternal torment.

Think this through. Predestination, as generally taught, says God decides each person’s eternal destiny—saved or lost. Then, “lost” is defined as spending eternity in the flames of hell. The logical conclusion? God creates some people for the purpose of torturing them forever. They have no choice, because God chose their fate. “It’s all part of His sovereign plan, for His inscrutable glory,” we’re told. “Who are you to question God?”

Many rational people simply cannot believe in a God like this. Nor can I. Yet I do believe in God. To unbelievers, I’d say something like this: You know that God you don’t believe in? Well, I don’t believe in him either.

“I can never join Calvin in addressing …
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Ty Gibson

Light Bearers

Anchored Trajectory

January 5, 2018 | Fred Bischoff

The status quo is not sustainable, and forgetfulness is deadly. We must move, and we must remember.

These words could describe the mission of Adventist Pioneer Library (APL). Let’s do a quick update on what’s transpiring.

One’s God-provided identity is anchored in beginnings. Whether it’s one’s DNA, a Declaration of Independence, a manger in Bethlehem, or a creation account, the origin, as incomplete as it may be, defines who we are and why we are. As Seventh-day Adventists, we can fearlessly move into the future by maintaining a firm connection with each emergence God crafted that has determined our current existence. Don’t get distracted by roots that are not ours!

The commencement of our movement is thoroughly documented and preserved. And in the last 30 years, those documents are accessible in ways that are proving both providential and essential. God has enabled APL to have a small part in making this possible.

In facing the current challenges, we are being called to examine history. Were the sources not available, we …
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Fred Bischoff

Adventist Pioneer Library
Light Bearers

It’s the Oats

January 3, 2018 | Risë Rafferty, RDN

Holidays are over. The time to excuse our excess is behind us. Now, with a few extra pounds and a sense of guilt, we are on to making enthusiastic compensatory resolutions. It’s reported that the majority of resolutions pertain to weight and health. The sad part is only 8 percent of these resolutions succeed, while 80 percent fail in a couple months.1 Trying to lose weight has become a cyclical affair, at least for those who haven’t given up.

Resolving to change, failing, gaining more weight, and starting the process again at New Year’s is so common that the National Institute of Health has given it a term: the false hope syndrome.

I admire people who don’t give up. However, it’s a law of our nature that if what we’re working towards becomes seemingly impossible to attain, we’ll eventually quit trying. With the false hope syndrome, “people appear to behave paradoxically, by persisting in repeated self-change attempts despite previous failures. It is argued, though, that self-change attempts provide some initial …
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Risë Rafferty, RDN

Health Educator
Light Bearers

When Jesus Makes Everything New

January 1, 2018 | Elise Harboldt

Cracker crumbs stuck to his tie and broccoli to his teeth as Dr. Taylor told me his story.

“She grew up in Texas, so she’d never seen snow.” He grinned. “The first time she saw it, she started twirling and dancing and laughing like a little girl.”

They met in college in the ’60s. She was an outgoing freshman. He was a nerdy senior. The freshmen had to wear hats the first two weeks of school. She decorated hers like a skunk.

“Sounds like she lit up the room,” I said.

“Oh yes,” he replied. “She was so spontaneous, so…effervescent!”

He continued sharing between bites of fellowship lunch. They got married and had kids.

Now he was alone.

He told me of the diagnosis and decline. From chemo to carrot juice, they did everything. But she didn’t make it.

“She was so spontaneous, so…effervescent!”

“Toward the end, she couldn’t talk, but she could listen,” he said. “I told her she was the wind beneath my wings. She couldn’t say anything, …
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Elise Harboldt

Beautiful Minds Medical

Looking Back to the Future

January 1, 2018 | Ty Gibson

“Let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another” (Galatians 6:4, NKJV).

There’s a reason why so many treadmills end up at the thrift store.

New Year’s Resolutions are a popular thing to do, but not necessarily a productive thing to do. Sure, there are some people for whom making promises for the future works well, but for most of us New Year’s Resolutions never pan out. In fact, for many people, the overall effect is negative, because when you make a promise and don’t follow through to keep it, the bottom line outcome is a sense of discouragement, impotence, and even guilt. Gradually, making promises and not keeping them causes a person to lose confidence in themselves.

So I’d like to suggest beginning the new year with a backward assessment rather than merely launching forward with grandiose resolutions. Recently I heard someone call this approach a “Past Year Review” (PYR), drawn from a common business practice referred to …
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Ty Gibson

Light Bearers