November 2018 - Archives

Testimonies from Zambia

November 30, 2018 | Meiring Pretorius

Sweeter Than Honey

A young man with an impressive name, Ernest Mukwekwe, was not satisfied with how the truths of the Bible were being taught in his church. Ernest was earnest to know the Lord. Someone handed him a Bible lesson from Light Bearers. This started his journey in a new direction, studying one lesson at a time. More and more he was losing interest in what he was taught from childhood. When asked why he was losing interest in his old beliefs, his reply was simple and deep: “You cannot enjoy a banana after eating honey.” The truth as it is in Christ was so sweet to him that he could no longer enjoy anything else. Ernest asked for more visits from the evangelist because he wanted his wife to taste the sweet truths of God’s Word. The visits continued until Ernest and his wife made the decision together to give their hearts to Christ.

An Old Witch Comes to Jesus

A woman known as a witch was troubled …
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Meiring Pretorius

Light Bearers Field Representative

The Purifier, Part 5: Deep Detox

November 28, 2018 | Risë Rafferty, RDN

Medical residents regularly exposed to chronic stress were found to have elevated white blood cell counts. White blood cells are a crucial part of the body’s defense against invasion, sickness, and disease. They search out and destroy invading pathogens, such as viruses and bacteria. Too many, however, can be a sign of disease.

Dr. Matthias Nahrendorf and his team at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School discovered this elevated immune cell state in the residents and investigated the cause by conducting animal experiments. Nahrendorf exposed mice to stressful situations for six weeks. Just like in the stressed doctors, increased levels of white blood cells were observed in the mouse blood after six weeks. The research team found that elevated levels of the stress hormone noradrenaline actually made its way into the bone marrow, where white blood cells are produced. There they bound to cell receptors on stem cells, altered the chemical environment of the bone marrow, and activated the stem cells, thus increasing the production of white blood cells.


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Risë Rafferty, RDN

Health Educator
Light Bearers

Rooted and Grounded in Love

November 26, 2018 | James Rafferty

Paul prays, “That Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love” (Ephesians 3:17). Rooted and grounded are agricultural and building terms that describe Paul’s desire for us to know God personally.

Ephesians 1-3 lays out the plan of salvation as fulfilled in the history of Jesus. Paul taught that our salvation is complete in the doing and dying of Jesus, not in our works (Ephesians 2:1-8). Our works are the result of accepting the salvation already won for us in Jesus (Ephesians 2:9-10). Paul confirms this by stating that the mystery of salvation is that it includes the Gentile world who do not yet know or believe in God (Ephesians 3:1-7).

Yet God cannot save us by simply excusing sin and making us better people (morality is good, but it’s not the gospel). That would make Him unjust. His law, the transcript of His character, says: “The Lord will not hold him guiltless that takes His name is vain,” that is he who violates God’s …
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James Rafferty

Co-Director
Light Bearers

When You Need to Know God’s Will but You’re Scared of Making the Wrong Choice

November 15, 2018 | Anneliese Wahlman

For my eighteenth birthday, my mom gave me a card that read, “I used to live each day as though it were my last. But people got tired of hearing me scream, ‘I’M GONNA DIE!!! I’M GONNA DIE!!!’ Hope your birthday’s a scream.” Funnily enough, that pretty much described the stress I was just beginning to feel as I reached the big 1-8. I was sad and scared and anxious because I suddenly realized that I wasn’t going to be in high school the next year and I was the one in charge of figuring out what I would be doing instead. And this role…

Freaked. Me. Out.

I didn’t know what God’s will was and I was scared of making a decision. Actually, for years, asking about God’s will made me want to curl up in the fetal position and eat refined sugar. What if I did the wrong thing? How was I supposed to know what the right thing was? How could I move forward when I didn’t …
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Anneliese Wahlman

Editorial Intern
Light Bearers

East-Central Africa Division report

November 2, 2018 | James Rafferty

Each year Light Bearers Ministry sends containers of literature to developing countries all over the world. Each container holds about 2 million tracts and often includes Bibles and other inspired books like The Great Controversy and The Desire of Ages. The cost for these containers is covered by the large and small donations sent to us for this purpose. You, then, are the reason we are reaching millions of people with the message of the everlasting gospel. You give to God’s cause at Light Bearers and we print and ship the literature and then request a report from the field as to how the literature was used. Containers leave Light Bearers and travel for several weeks and even months to their final destination. Once there, the container is unloaded and stored in a safe location. It is then made available through the local division, union, conference, or supportive ministry for outreach. It may take months, or even a year, to utilize all the material sent. Then we often receive a …
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James Rafferty

Co-Director
Light Bearers