Prone to Forget

by Fred Bischoff
Peter’s last recorded words (2 Peter 3) highlight the importance of memory and the danger of ignorance. A person can’t remember something he is ignorant of. But when a culture is “willingly… ignorant” (3:5), its new generations…

The Foolishness of the Cross

by Fred Bischoff
Jesus’ words, “The flesh profits nothing” (John 6:63), explain the mess the world is in. Except for the human Jesus, we each are born “of the will of the flesh” (John 1:13). This is human nature left to its sinful condition. It gives to us…

Anchored Trajectory

by 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…

Surprise Victory

by 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…

Fear Not

by Fred Bischoff
Fear is a tricky thing. In the biblical worldview it originated—of all places—in a garden named pleasure. It is the child of insecurity, the product of removing one's heart focus from the all-powerful, benevolent, pleasure-giving Creator…

Giving the Trumpet a Certain Sound

by Fred Bischoff
For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle? - 1 Corinthians 4:8 Light Bearers and the Adventist Pioneer Library are passionate about an accurate recounting of…

Love Because… (Part 2)

by Fred Bischoff
God loves because He is love. Unselfish love describes the essence of His character and the relational joy of His existence. He asks us to love because He has designed us to enter into this joy. Even after sin’s removal of love…

Love Because… (Part 1)

by Fred Bischoff
Why does God love us? Simply put, because that is what and who He is (1 John 4:8, 16), just as what you are directs your actions. What He does in loving us can be measured by its "breadth, and length, and depth, and height" (Ephesians…

How Long?

by Fred Bischoff
"How long?" is the ultimate time query in the great controversy between good and evil—how long will it last? From eternity past to eternity future the principle of selfless, self-giving love has been the law of life for the universe. It flows…

An Unsettled State of Unbelief

by 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…

A Power to Withstand

by Fred Bischoff
Did you know that Jesus speaks the truth (John 8:40), and the devil speaks the lie (John 8:44)? That difference may seem elementary to anyone who knows something of what we call “the great controversy.” But the lie must be very subtle at times,…

Join the Witness

by Fred Bischoff
During that secret interview at Jesus' place of retirement on the Mount of Olives, when the city was hushed in slumber, it wasn't the flickering lamp or torchlight, or the pale light of the moon, that shown into the heart of Nicodemus, that "master…

Gender: From Creation Through Ordination

by Fred Bischoff
Background In September of 2012, I was asked to serve on the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) "Theology of Ordination Study Committee." This group met four times during 2013 and 2014, and considered voluminous amounts of…

Who Am I?

by Fred Bischoff
It's a loaded question, one that probes my very existence. Jesus faced it (John 8:24-25, 28). When I face it, I usually answer with the name from my earthly family. But we each have an identity from a larger family that draws its identity from the…

Hand in Hand

by Fred Bischoff
"And they walked hand in hand off into the sunset…." There's something about an ending like that which intrigues the imaginative soul. All's well that ends well. Together… into the future… Could God's ending in the great…

First Law

by Fred Bischoff
It was crucifixion week. Matthew and Mark recorded the story (Matthew 22:34-40; Mark 12:28-34). A Pharisee (lawyer and scribe) asked Jesus a profound question that could be referred to as the first law. "Which is the greatest commandment in the law?…

Mission Critical

by Fred Bischoff
It struck me like never before. It was the first two talks at Light Bearers Convocation. The first by Ty, was titled, "One Subject Will Prevail," adapted from this quote…

Faith Sight

by Fred Bischoff
When you read words that are effective in describing something, you can picture it in your imagination. “See ye the word of the LORD” (Jeremiah 2:31). This “seeing” is not simply letters on a page. God is asking us to see the story—His…

Nothing to Fear for the Future

by Fred Bischoff
Historical Tidbit Did you know that Light Bearers in its early years had a collection of pioneer writings that were reproduced and shared? Any idea what it was called?—"Pioneer Library." Somehow, around the same decade of the…

Adventist Pioneer Library Merges with Light Bearers

by Fred Bischoff
Stories… How important is our past? Moses put it this way for those in his day, "Take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen,… but teach them…" (Deuteronomy 4:9).…