Letter from the Editor


Times Have Changed                                                         June 2009


Shalom, Friends,

“There is a friend that sticks closer than a brother” (Proverbs 18:24). And Jesus said, “I have called you friends for all that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you” (John 15:13).

This issue of the Bible Light on the News marks the 16th year of its publication. Bible Light’s first pro-Israel publication was in 1957 and in a similar format. After a few years it went to a small newspaper called the Bible Light STAR. In those days it was tedious work, typesetting on a composer (which required re-typing each time it was edited, cutting and pasting meticulously).  

Then we entered the computer age that made the work much easier. Elmer Josephson, who had always been the editor, began to fail after 60 years on the cutting-edge ministry of Christian/Jewish relations. He was a pioneer in this Biblical understanding and he may have been the first to teach that the Everlasting Abrahamic Covenant did not support the Evangelical Christian’s concept of converting Jews to the “church”.

Gradually the editor’s job became mine as Terry Distin (with tremendous publishing and computer knowledge) assisted me in beginning the Bible Light on the News publication some 15 years ago. Elmer departed this life October 27, 1996. In 1999, Biblical light on the two Houses of Israel burst into my understanding out of which came the Bible study book, Judah, You’re Not Alone; I am Joseph, Your Brother - teaching NOT replacement theology but re-joining the entire family of Israel. This has become a new “wave” among Evangelical Christians which has caused confusion many times. The only purpose of Bible Light is to seek to infuse BIBLICAL LIGHT into all areas of life on this planet, by recognizing the Word of the LORD is the sure foundation for all knowledge. And we seek to follow tried and proved guidelines for interpretation, such as not isolating verses of Scripture to suit what we want to believe, but rather taking consideration of context and comparing Scripture with Scripture in all the Bible has to say on the subject.

After these many years, only a few who knew the early days of Bible Light, Inc. are still living and continue to receive our mailings. Most of the younger generation is computer knowledgeable. So we have reached the place where the response to the mailings does not cover the high printing and postage costs.

NOW, I need your advice: Shall we continue to print and mail the publication, or shall we simply publish it online only using our website www.Bible-Light.com -- where most past publications are already available? For those who do not have access to a computer, we could print out a copy and mail it.

So, will you kindly fill out and submit this Reader's Survey? Thank you so much. And may your thirst for the Word of the Lord continue to grow and may His always-present Spirit guide you into all truth.

                                 In His Love, and Name,

                                              Chris Josephson

A note from Terry Distin, BLI Treasurer: We are very grateful for those who donate to BLI so that we can continue.