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The Judas Spirit of Betrayal (Four Dangerous Spirits to Avoid, Part 4)

2013-06-30 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 1h 4m 27s

Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #124

TEXT: John 13:20-30

Four weeks ago, the first spirit we dealt with in this series titled “Four Dangerous Spirits to Avoid”, was the Pharaohistic spirit of pride. For the past two weeks, we have dealt with the second spirit to avoid in our series, the Saulish Spirit of Rebelliousness, Stubbornness, Disobedience and Witchcraft as shown in the life of Saul, the first king of Israel. Today, we are going to deal with a third dangerous spirit to avoid -- and that is the Judas spirit of betrayal.

Any governmental leader, church leader, spouse, business leader will tell you that the worst kind of person to deal with in life is a person you cannot trust, a person who is a liar, a person that you have to watch or the person that you have to have someone else to watch because you have a check in your spirit about them that they have the spirit of betrayal in them – they have the spirit of Judas.

Some of the most reviled people in history are traitors -- people who turn their backs on those whom they have promised to be loyal to. You might recall the name of Benedict Arnold who was a war hero during the American Revolution but he defected to the British, plotted to turn over an American fort to them, and led British soldiers on raids against Americans. John Anthony Walker, Jr., was a U.S. Navy officer who secretly spied on the U.S. for the Soviet Union for 17 years during the Cold War. If we go back in history, we will see the faces of the Romans Cassius and Brutus who murdered Julius Caesar. Today, some people are calling Edward Snowden, the man who released evidence of the U.S. government's surveillance activity, a traitor. But, arguably, the most infamous of all traitors is Judas Iscariot who betrayed Jesus Christ for thirty pieces of silver.

I would submit to you that this spirit of betrayal is still present in our churches and ministries today. And, this morning, we are going to look at the characteristics of this spirit with the purpose of being able to identifying it in our own lives and in the lives of others whom we may be working with.

The name "Judas" is the Greek form of the Hebrew name "Judah" meaning praise. Most scholars agree that Judas' surname, Iscariot, means "a man of Kerioth." Kerioth was a town in southern Judea. Jesus and the eleven other disciples were from the region known as Galilee. Thus, Judas would have been the only non-Galilean among Jesus' disciples – he was the outsider of the group. Today, we are going to look at the three main characteristics of the Judas spirit as shown in the life of Judas Iscariot.

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GLMX #152: Does Nelson Mandela Know the Lord Jesus Christ?

2013-06-30 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 18m 15s

This past week, people in South Africa and around the world have been gripped by the news that anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela has once again been hospitalized, and that he is in critical condition. Ongoing prayer vigils are being held in South Africa each night for his recovery. Starting in 1952, Mandela rose to prominence in the African National Congress party, and he began to lead a campaign against the apartheid practices of the government. The government, angered by his activities, had him arrested and sentenced to life imprisonment on Robbin Island. He spent 27 years in prison, and was finally released after an international campaign calling for him to be freed.

Back in South Africa, which was being torn apart by civil strife, Mandela published his autobiography, was once again re-elected as president of the African National Congress, and led negotiations with then South African President F.W. de Klerk to abolish apartheid and establish multiracial elections. The negotiations were successful, and in 1994, Mandela was elected as president of South Africa. He served for five years in that role, and he was celebrated and praised by the leaders of other nations and people around the world. Even today, the people of South Africa see him as a beloved leader who delivered their country from a very dark and difficult period.

Now, at 94 years old, Nelson Mandela is in the twilight of his life, and he faces the same path that every person who has ever lived has faced and will face for the Bible says, “It is appointed unto men once to die and after this, the judgment.” At this point in his life, Mandela's accomplishments, accolades, and wonderful leadership mean little. As he faces death and eternity, the only thing that matters now is, does Nelson Mandela know Jesus Christ as His Saviour? When he dies will he go to Heaven to be with the Lord?

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Allan Houston: How Basketball Led him to a Real Relationship With Jesus Christ (Gospel Light Minute #105)

2013-06-30 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 11m 1s

He is a retired NBA player who played with the Detroit Pistons from 1993–1996 and with the New York Knicks from 1996–2005. He is a two-time NBA All-Star and a Haier Shooting Stars Champion. He finished his basketball career as one of the NBA’s all-time greatest long-range shooters and one of the all-time leading scorers in Knicks history. He helped Team USA to win the Gold in the 2000 Summer Olympics.

He is currently the Assistant General Manager for the New York Knicks. Along with that, he is dedicated to his foundation work, philanthropy and improving relationships between fathers and their children through The “Father Knows Best” Basketball Retreat & FISLL Curriculum. Because of his efforts, he was named “Father of the Year” by the National Fatherhood Initiative in 2007, “Social Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2008, and received the resident’s Council on Service and Civic Engagement Award in 2011.

He says of his faith in Jesus Christ: "I learned to walk on a basketball court. From an early age, basketball was everything to me. Growing up, I had faith, but I thought being a good person was “enough” for God. I stayed out of trouble, got decent grades, and followed my conscience. Looking back, I now know that deep down in my heart I wanted a personal relationship with God, but I didn’t know how to get it.

"As I said, growing up I loved basketball but I never guessed that it would be basketball that would help me find that relationship with the Lord I had been longing for. I look back now and know that it was God working in my life all along. God used basketball and what it brought to my life to lead me to a strong relationship with him. After I signed with the Knicks, I had some weighty conversations with my cousin, who is like a spiritual brother to me. During one conversation it hit me – I am a basketball star because of the ability God has given me. I knew then that God had given me this gift for a reason and I started to think about the impact I could make as a professional athlete spreading the word of God.

"I will never forget November 17, 1997. On that night of prayer, I dedicated my life to Christ. My relationship with God has continued to grow stronger and deeper. When you keep filling your heart with God and meditating on the Word, things come to fruition. At times, it feels like my heart just overflows with blessings. I’ve worked hard, but it is by God’s grace that I have been put in this position. God gives me so much strength and love that I want to make sure people know about the peace He can bring to our lives.

"Being a Christian and a professional athlete many times requires us to take the less popular road, the road that people sometimes don’t understand. But I find joy and strength in knowing that I am fulfilling God’s purpose for my life. So I encourage you to take the step toward the peace, joy and purpose you want from life – take the step and dedicate your life to Christ. There isn’t anything or anyone who can fill your life with joy and peace like Christ. Wherever you are or whatever situation you are in, Jesus can take care of it. He will turn your dust to diamonds. You just have to trust him and allow him to take over your heart and soul. He has already made the first step when he died on the cross…all you need to do is take the next - and most important – step towards him and his wonderful salvation."

His name is Allan Houston.…

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How Prayer Can Help You Have a Great Day Everyday

2013-06-26 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 32m 53s

Praying Through the Bible #43 | with Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Psalm 5:2-3

We are in a series of messages titled "Praying Through the Bible: A Series on Every Passage and Verse Regarding Prayer in the Bible". The purpose of this series is to encourage and motivate you to pray to the God of the Bible. We highlighted each of these over 500 verses and passages in the new Prayer Motivator Devotional Bible. So far, we have done 42 messages in this series.

This is message #43 titled "How Prayer Can Help You Have a Great Day Everyday."

We do not know the occasion upon which David wrote this psalm. Like so many of his other psalms, it may have been written at a time when he was facing opposition from his enemies. But, this psalm is unique because it gives us an 'everyday' view of David's thoughts. We can imagine the psalmist singing or praying these words on almost any day of his life. And, we want to take a look at these first three verses and see how prayer can help us have a great day everyday.

1. First, notice the Test of Prayer. David says, "Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray." Many people have asked questions such as how can I pray more? Or how can I include prayer in my life more? The answer is simple -- just pray; make a decision to pray. That is what we see David doing here. The difference between the people who have daily communion with God and those who don't is simple: those who choose to pray every day, pray every day, and those who don't choose to pray every day, don't pray every day.

2. Second, notice the Time of Prayer. David says in verse 3, “My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee...” David sets a time when he would pray -- early in the morning. He did this because he wanted to honor God at the beginning of his day, and set the right tone for the entire day. Charles Spurgeon said, “This is the fittest time for intercourse with God. An hour in the morning is worth two in the evening. While the dew is on the grass, let grace drop upon the soul.”

3. Third, notice the Target of Prayer. David says, “...I will direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.” At first glance, the word “direct” may put into our minds the idea of someone taking a bow and aiming their prayer arrows towards Heaven in order to ensure that they hit the mark. But the meaning of the Hebrew word for “direct” actually is “to put in order, or to arrange.” In other words, David is saying that he is going to be intentional about his prayers. He is going to go before God in an orderly fashion. …

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Nik Wallenda: "The King of the Wire" Puts his Faith in the King of Kings (Gospel Light Minute #104)

2013-06-24 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 10m 52s

He is an American acrobat, aerialist, and high wire artist. Described as "The King of the Wire", he is known for his high-wire performances without a safety net. He holds seven Guinness World Records for various acrobatic feats, but is best known as the first person to walk a tightrope stretched directly over Niagara Falls on June 15, 2012 and the first person to walk across the Grand Canyon on a tightrope on June 23, 2013.

He is a seventh-generation member of The Flying Wallendas family and participated in various circus acts as a child. At age 13, he made his professional tightrope walking debut. He decided on high-wire walking as a career path in 1998, after joining family members in a seven-person pyramid on the wire. In 2001, he was part of the world's first eight-person high-wire pyramid. From 2002 to 2005, he performed with his family at various venues, forming his own troupe in 2005. During 2007 and 2008, he performed in a double version of the Wheel of Steel that he helped invent. In 2009, he set new personal bests for highest and longest tightrope walks, completing a total of 15 walks above 100 feet in the air that year.

One news report stated that "The King of the Wire puts his faith in the King of Kings." Just before he stepped onto the wire above the Niagara Falls, he formed a circle with a dozen close friends and members of his close-knit Christian family and prayed. He says that the cross he wears around his neck isn’t just a fashion statement, it’s a message about the religious beliefs he holds close to his heart. He said, "I grew up in a born-again Christian family. A Bible-believing, God-fearing family. That’s the way I was raised and I find comfort and peace in that.” When he was asked about fear, he remarked "I would say the only thing I fear is God", and added that his Christian faith allows him to "know where I'm going to go when I die... I'm not scared of dying."

His name is Nik Wallenda.…

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GLMX #151: There is Someone Who Does Know Everything About You

2013-06-23

  Over the past few weeks, the American people have had their eyes opened to the fact that they are being watched by the government far more than we may have thought. We found out that the National Security Agency, which is responsible for the collection and analysis of foreign intelligence and the protection of [...]…

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The Saulish Spirit of Rebelliousness, Stubbornness, Disobedience and Witchcraft (Part 2B) (Four Dangerous Spirits to Avoid, Part 3)

2013-06-23 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 43m 42s

TEXT: I Samuel 15:22-23

Two weeks ago, we began looking at the second spirit in our series titled "Four Dangerous Spirits to Avoid." We looked at the spirit of rebelliousness, stubbornness, disobedience, and witchcraft as shown in the life of Saul, the first king of Israel. Today, I want to expand on this topic and really explain the meaning of each of the sins that Samuel says Saul is guilty of. By doing this, we will be able to better identify any of these sins in our own lives, because that is the true purpose of this series -- not just to talk about these sins in the historical lives of these biblical characters, but to see if we are guilty of these sins ourselves and to take the necessary steps to repent and get right with God.

1. The first sin that Samuel names is the sin of rebellion. The Webster's American Dictionary defines rebellion as "an open and avowed renunciation of an authority to which one owes allegiance." Thus, a rebel is a person who opposes someone whom he or she should obey. A rebellious person disregards his proper authority, be it spiritual authority or human authority.

2. The second sin that Samuel names is the sin of witchcraft. Samuel says, "rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft." When the Bible speaks of "witchcraft", it is largely referring to the work of divination. According to Holman Bible Dictionary, divination is the "attempt to contact supernatural powers to determine answers to questions hidden to humans and usually involving the future." The "witch of Endor", whom Saul consulted with in 1 Samuel 28, was a necromancer, one who attempted to communicate with the dead in order to answer questions for the living.

3. The third sin that Samuel names is the sin of stubbornness. The Hebrew word for "stubbornness" literally means "to push, or to press, to be insolent." A stubborn person is one who continuously goes the wrong way even though he gets blocked everytime; like a man who keeps driving down a dead end street thinking that he is going to get somewhere. Watchman Nee said, "Many of our spirits are too arrogant: they can teach others but can never themselves be taught. Many possess a stubborn spirit: they stick to their opinions even if they realize they are wrong."

4. The fourth sin that Samuel names is the sin of iniquity and idolatry. Samuel tells Saul, "stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry." The Hebrew word translated as "iniquity" in our English Bibles simply means "idolatry" and the word that is translated as "idolatry" is a more specific reference to the physical idols (statues or images) that are used in idolatrous practices. Idolatry was also another big no-no for the children of Israel.

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The Saulish Spirit of Rebelliousness, Stubbornness, Disobedience and Witchcraft (Part 2A) (Four Dangerous Spirits to Avoid, Part 3)

2013-06-23 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 43m 42s

TEXT: I Samuel 15:22-23

Two weeks ago, we began looking at the second spirit in our series titled "Four Dangerous Spirits to Avoid." We looked at the spirit of rebelliousness, stubbornness, disobedience, and witchcraft as shown in the life of Saul, the first king of Israel. Today, I want to expand on this topic and really explain the meaning of each of the sins that Samuel says Saul is guilty of. By doing this, we will be able to better identify any of these sins in our own lives, because that is the true purpose of this series -- not just to talk about these sins in the historical lives of these biblical characters, but to see if we are guilty of these sins ourselves and to take the necessary steps to repent and get right with God.

1. The first sin that Samuel names is the sin of rebellion. The Webster's American Dictionary defines rebellion as "an open and avowed renunciation of an authority to which one owes allegiance." Thus, a rebel is a person who opposes someone whom he or she should obey. A rebellious person disregards his proper authority, be it spiritual authority or human authority.

2. The second sin that Samuel names is the sin of witchcraft. Samuel says, "rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft." When the Bible speaks of "witchcraft", it is largely referring to the work of divination. According to Holman Bible Dictionary, divination is the "attempt to contact supernatural powers to determine answers to questions hidden to humans and usually involving the future." The "witch of Endor", whom Saul consulted with in 1 Samuel 28, was a necromancer, one who attempted to communicate with the dead in order to answer questions for the living.

3. The third sin that Samuel names is the sin of stubbornness. The Hebrew word for "stubbornness" literally means "to push, or to press, to be insolent." A stubborn person is one who continuously goes the wrong way even though he gets blocked everytime; like a man who keeps driving down a dead end street thinking that he is going to get somewhere. Watchman Nee said, "Many of our spirits are too arrogant: they can teach others but can never themselves be taught. Many possess a stubborn spirit: they stick to their opinions even if they realize they are wrong."

4. The fourth sin that Samuel names is the sin of iniquity and idolatry. Samuel tells Saul, "stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry." The Hebrew word translated as "iniquity" in our English Bibles simply means "idolatry" and the word that is translated as "idolatry" is a more specific reference to the physical idols (statues or images) that are used in idolatrous practices. Idolatry was also another big no-no for the children of Israel.

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GLMX #151: There is Someone Who Does Know Everything About You

2013-06-23 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 18m 20s

Over the past few weeks, the American people have had their eyes opened to the fact that they are being watched by the government far more than we may have thought. We found out that the National Security Agency, which is responsible for the collection and analysis of foreign intelligence and the protection of U.S. government communications, has been storing millions of phone call records in a massive, searchable database. On top of that, through a secret program called PRISM, users' actions on some of the most popular websites on the internet including Facebook, YouTube, Yahoo, Gmail, and Skype were being recorded. Additionally, it has been reported that the government has repeatedly requested huge amounts of data from Apple, Google, Microsoft, and others, on the millions of customers who use their services.

This unexpected level of surveillance surprised and shocked many Americans. Some were outraged and felt as though the government was going too far in trying to keep tabs on its citizens. But, did you know that there is someone who knows far more about you than the NSA, the FBI, or the CIA?

Yes, the Bible says in Luke 8:17, "For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad." Another verse, Hebrews 4:13, says, "Neither is there any creature that is not manifest (made known) in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do." God knows everything you have ever done, good and bad. In fact, he knows everything you are thinking of doing. In Ezekiel 11:5 he says, "I know the things that come into your mind, every one of them."

Not only does God know everything about us, but we will have to answer to him for our actions when we meet him after we die. Ecclesiastes 12:14 says, "For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil." The Bible says that after we die, we will not only meet God, but we will go to one of two eternal destinations -- Heaven or Hell -- based on an all-important decision that we make in this life.

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McDonald's President and CEO, Don Thompson, Lets his Faith Guide his Actions (Gospel Light Minute #103)

2013-06-23 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 8m 20s

He is the president and chief executive officer of McDonald's, a position he accepted on June 30, 2012. As a former electrical engineer, he was able to help move McDonald's into a new direction by creating robotic equipment for food transport and by making control circuits for cooking. He grew up in Chicago and in Indianapolis where he attended high school. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and an honorary Doctorate in Science degree from Excelsior College. He was awarded the 2012 Humanitarian Award by the Illinois Holocaust Museum and the 2010 Corporate Award by the Executive Leadership Council, among others.

In an interview with the Chicago Tribune, he said that he is a Christian who attends church with his family in a city outside of Chicago. His Christian beliefs help him in making decisions in his personal life and in his work as the leader of McDonald's. In responding to a controversy over why a homosexual ad that ran in France will not run in the United States, he said, "I've never shied away from the fact that I'm a Christian. I have my own personal beliefs and I don't impose those on anybody else." His name is Don Thompson.…

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Three R's for Getting an Answer to Your Prayers from God

2013-06-19 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 50m 11s

Praying Through the Bible #42 | with Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Psalm 4:1

We are in a series of messages titled "Praying Through the Bible: A Series on Every Passage and Verse Regarding Prayer in the Bible". The purpose of this series is to encourage and motivate you to pray to the God of the Bible. We highlighted each of these over 500 verses and passages in the new Prayer Motivator Devotional Bible. So far, we have done 41 messages in this series.

This is message #42 titled "Three R's for Getting a Reply from God".

This psalm, which was written, by David is actually lyrics intended to be put to music. According to The Treasury of David, by Charles H. Spurgeon, the term "On Neginoth" means "on stringed instruments, or hand instruments, such as harps and cymbals. The joy of the Jewish church was so great that they needed music to set forth the delightful feelings of their souls." (By the way, 179 years ago today, Charles Spurgeon was born. And we thank God for the wonderful life that he lived and the great blessings that he left behind for the body of Christ.)

Today, we will focus our attention on verse one of the psalm where David is making a request of God. And from this single verse, we learn three key elements that we can apply to our own prayers when we are making a request from God. Arthur W. Pink said, "God's thoughts are not as ours. God requires that His gifts should be sought for. He designs to be honored by our asking." There is nothing wrong with making a request for something that you need or something that you want. In fact, Jesus Christ commands us to do it. With that in mind, let's look at how we can make our requests to God in a biblical fashion.

1. First of all, when we are making a request of God, we must realize our dependency on Him.

2. When we are making a request of God, we must remember our past deliverance from Him.

3. When we are making a request of God, we must rely on His mercy and grace for the answer.…

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GLMX #150: What Fathers Do

2013-06-16

  Today is Father’s Day, and people across the country are celebrating and honoring their fathers and grandfathers. Fatherhood is no easy task. It requires a lot of heart, discipline, and time. And we are thankful for those fathers who have done their jobs well. Fathers love their children unconditionally. They provide for their families. [...]…

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George Foreman: Once Fighting for the World, Now Fighting in God's Army (Gospel Light Minute #13)

2013-06-16 :: The Gospel Light Minute
Length: 8m 22s

He is a two-time former World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Olympic gold medalist, ordained Baptist minister, author and successful entrepreneur. He is known as one of the hardest hitters in boxing history. His most notable fights were his knockout against Joe Frazier in 1973 and his loss to Muhammad Ali in the Rumble in the Jungle in Zaire, Africa in 1974. He went on to become the oldest man ever to become the heavyweight boxing champion of the world at age 45 after he came back to the ring from retirement to raise money for his foundation. He has been named one of the 25 greatest fighters of all time by Ring Magazine, having won 76 of his 81 fights. After retiring from boxing for a second time, he became a successful businessman, promoting healthy eating and fat-reduction. He is also known for raising 10 children---five boys and five girls.

After his loss to Jimmy Young on March 17, 1977, he entered his dressing room and began pacing back and forth, thinking about his future, his death, and his relationship with God. He had always prayed to God and believed that as long as he treated people right, he was okay. But this inner conflict and turmoil began to bother him so much so that he found himself lying on the floor having a vision and an out of body experience with God. He was taken to what seemed like hell, and he saw death and other religions. God told him in this vision, "I don't want your money, I want you!"

He says of this experience, "I had never believed in Jesus before and I wasn't going to go for it. I never would have, but let me tell you, Jesus is alive...There's a lot of people who think for sure, and some think maybe, or maybe not. But I know [that Jesus is alive]. Since then I've been telling everybody about Jesus! Why God did this to me, I don't know; but I just praise Him every day. I dropped everything I was doing to tell the whole world that Jesus Christ is alive. God took me all over the world fighting, and I was just trying to exalt myself. Now I'm going all over the world to try and tell them about Jesus." The man who said these words is George Foreman.…

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Three Types of Fathers to Thank God For (Part 2)

2013-06-16 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 39m 12s

Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #123

TEXT: Ephesians 6:1-3

The Bible commands us to honor our fathers and our mothers. And, today, on this Father's Day, we are going to honor those whom God has placed in our lives as fathers. People down through the years have attested to the benefits that they received by having a father in their life.

Billy Graham said, "A good father is one of the most unsung, un-praised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society."

Martin Luther King Jr. said, "The thing that I admire most about my dad is his genuine Christian character. He is a man of real integrity, deeply committed to moral and ethical principles."

Jim Valvano said, "My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me."

Today, we want to thank God for and honor the good fathers in our lives, but before we get to that, we must recognize the fact that there are a lot of bad fathers, a lot of men who have chosen not to fulfill the role of a father to their children. We constantly hear about it in the news, on radio talk shows, and on television. It has rightly been called the "epidemic" of fatherlessness. This epidemic is especially evident in the black community. We have young people who walk across the graduation stage, get their first job, get married, or reach some other level of success in their lives, and each time they turn around and say, "Thanks, Mom." Why? Because they didn't have a good father in their lives. So, we want to briefly deal with the negative side of this coin on this Father's Day.

As a preface to these three types of bad fathers, notice this verse from one of Paul's letters. First Timothy 5:8 says, "If any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel." Now, this verse does not apply only to fathers, but I believe God is saying to men today, 'How can you call yourself a Christian, if you have abandoned your responsibility in the home? If you have abandoned your responsibility as a father?'

1. The first kind of bad father is the father who won't stay.

2. Then we have fathers who stay, but who do not care.

3. Finally, we have some fathers who stay, who care, but who do not discipline.

With that being said, let's turn our attention to the three types of good fathers that we want to thank God for and honor and celebrate on this day. Actor Will Smith was once asked about the problem of fatherlessness in our society, especially in the black community. He said, "There's so much negative imagery of black fatherhood. I've got tons of friends that are doing the right thing by their kids, and doing the right thing as a father -- and how come that's not as newsworthy?" We don't want to make the mistake of overlooking the men who are doing the right thing as a father to their children. And we thank God for those fathers today.

1. The first type of father that we thank God for is the father who stays.

2. The second type of father that we thank God for is the father who steps up.

3. The third type of father that we thank God for is the father who stands in.

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Three Types of Fathers to Thank God For (Part 1)

2013-06-16 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 41m 38s

Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #123

TEXT: Ephesians 6:1-3

The Bible commands us to honor our fathers and our mothers. And, today, on this Father's Day, we are going to honor those whom God has placed in our lives as fathers. People down through the years have attested to the benefits that they received by having a father in their life.

Billy Graham said, "A good father is one of the most unsung, un-praised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society."

Martin Luther King Jr. said, "The thing that I admire most about my dad is his genuine Christian character. He is a man of real integrity, deeply committed to moral and ethical principles."

Jim Valvano said, "My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me."

Today, we want to thank God for and honor the good fathers in our lives, but before we get to that, we must recognize the fact that there are a lot of bad fathers, a lot of men who have chosen not to fulfill the role of a father to their children. We constantly hear about it in the news, on radio talk shows, and on television. It has rightly been called the "epidemic" of fatherlessness. This epidemic is especially evident in the black community. We have young people who walk across the graduation stage, get their first job, get married, or reach some other level of success in their lives, and each time they turn around and say, "Thanks, Mom." Why? Because they didn't have a good father in their lives. So, we want to briefly deal with the negative side of this coin on this Father's Day.

As a preface to these three types of bad fathers, notice this verse from one of Paul's letters. First Timothy 5:8 says, "If any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel." Now, this verse does not apply only to fathers, but I believe God is saying to men today, 'How can you call yourself a Christian, if you have abandoned your responsibility in the home? If you have abandoned your responsibility as a father?'

1. The first kind of bad father is the father who won't stay.

2. Then we have fathers who stay, but who do not care.

3. Finally, we have some fathers who stay, who care, but who do not discipline.

With that being said, let's turn our attention to the three types of good fathers that we want to thank God for and honor and celebrate on this day. Actor Will Smith was once asked about the problem of fatherlessness in our society, especially in the black community. He said, "There's so much negative imagery of black fatherhood. I've got tons of friends that are doing the right thing by their kids, and doing the right thing as a father -- and how come that's not as newsworthy?" We don't want to make the mistake of overlooking the men who are doing the right thing as a father to their children. And we thank God for those fathers today.

1. The first type of father that we thank God for is the father who stays.

2. The second type of father that we thank God for is the father who steps up.

3. The third type of father that we thank God for is the father who stands in.

+ Plus, listen to the Chicago Mass Choir as they sing "Mighty Good God" and Anthony Evans singing "Just Like You"…

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GLMX #150: What Fathers Do

2013-06-16 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 17m 10s

Today is Father's Day, and people across the country are celebrating and honoring their fathers and grandfathers. Fatherhood is no easy task. It requires a lot of heart, discipline, and time. And we are thankful for those fathers who have done their jobs well. Fathers love their children unconditionally. They provide for their families. They are like a protective wall that keeps their children safe from the dangers of bad influences in the world. They train their children and instill in them character traits that they will need throughout their lives. Because that's what fathers do.

Many fathers also choose to sacrifice in order to make their children's lives better. This may mean giving up a higher-paying position at work so that they can spend more time at home with their children. Sometimes, it means the father must fill the roles of both parents for various reasons. That's just what fathers do.

Many fathers aim to follow the example of the Heavenly Father who made the ultimate sacrifice for the good of the world. When God saw that the people he had created were going astray and engaging in all kinds of sin and disobedience he knew that he would have to be separated from the people he had created and loved if something were not done to save us. So, God decided to do something to save us. Because that's what fathers do.

What he did required a tremendous sacrifice on his part. He decided to send his only Son, Jesus Christ, to Earth to take the punishment that we all deserve for our sins. John 3:16 says: "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." Jesus Christ had to die on the cross to pay for our sins. It was painful for the Heavenly Father to allow this to happen. But he was willing to let it happen because he did not want to lose any of his creation to the clutches of sin and eternity in Hell.

God's sacrifice paved the way for us to accept Jesus Christ as our Savior and have a home in Heaven with God forever. Have you responded to what the Heavenly Father has done for you? Have you given your life to Jesus Christ who has given his life for you?

If you have not, and you want to make this very important decision today, allow me to show you how.

+ Plus, listen to Plumb singing "Children of the Heavenly Father"…

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What To Do After You Have Just Gone Through Hell

2013-06-12 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 57m 37s

Praying Through the Bible #41 | with Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Job 42:1-10

We are in a series of messages titled "Praying Through the Bible: A Series on Every Passage and Verse Regarding Prayer in the Bible". The purpose of this series is to encourage and motivate you to pray to the God of the Bible. We highlighted each of these over 500 verses and passages in the new Prayer Motivator Devotional Bible. So far, we have done 40 messages in this series.

This is message #41 titled "What To Do After You Have Just Gone Through Hell".

Over the past few weeks, we have been looking at the topic of prayer from the book of Job. Job, a Godly, wealthy, successful man was hit with a series of tragedies that would probably make any of us give up on life. If we had suffered as Job suffered, most of us would have been willing to die rather than to keep on living. But Job -- whose own wife suggested that he 'curse God and die' -- determines to live on. His only problem is that he wants to know why such terrible things are happening to him.

Job's friends, Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar, who come to comfort Job in his affliction think that they have the answer to Job's dilemma. In their minds, it was simple -- either Job had sinned or Job's children had sinned and God was punishing Job by taking away all of his blessings. However, Job, knowing that he had carried himself in an upright manner, never admitted to any wrongdoing. He defended his innocence, while at the same time, never accusing God of being unjust or unfair. However, his question of 'why this was happening to him' still did not get answered.

Eventually, after Job and his friends have exhausted their own abilities to answer this problem, God comes down -- which is what we all want in each of our own difficult situations. We want to know that God knows about our problems, about our confusion, about the pain that we are suffering. And, for Job, when God comes down it means that Someone greater than him is in control and is going to resolve all of the problems that Satan has caused for Job.

After all of the crying out to God that Job had done, when God comes down, Job is delivered from his miserable situation. The last chapter of the book of Job tells us about Job's restoration and deliverance, and how he responded to his sudden good fortune. For those of us who are going through difficult situations ourselves, Job's example is important because it shows us what to do once we get to the other side -- when we receive deliverance from our problems, when we cross the bridge over troubled waters. Let's look at three lessons that we can learn from Job's example. …

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GLMX #149: Invictus or Invictor?

2013-06-09

  Have you ever heard this phrase: “I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul”? What you may not know is that those two short sentences are the last two lines of a poem by English poet William Ernest Henley titled “Invictus”, the Latin word for “invincible” or “unconquerable.” [...]…

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The Saulish Spirit of Rebelliousness, Stubbornness, Witchcraft, and Disobedience (Part 1) (Four Dangerous Spirits to Avoid, Part 2)

2013-06-09 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 1h 25m 13s

TEXT: I Samuel 15:12-26

Today, we come to part two of our series, "Four Dangerous Spirits to Avoid." As I mentioned last week, I believe there are four spirits that are driven by Satan that are especially dangerous for Christians, or anybody for that matter. Last Sunday, we looked at the spirit of pharaohistic pride as shown in the life of Pharaoh in the book of Exodus. Today, we are looking at the spirit of rebelliousness, stubbornness and witchcraft shown in the life of King Saul of Israel. And Lord willing in the following two weeks, we will look at the spirit of betrayal shown in the life of Judas the disciple of Jesus; and the spirit of worldliness shown in Demas one of the first century believers who was an associate of the Apostle Paul.

We all know of Saul as the first king of Israel. After the children of Israel had been settled in the Promised Land for some time, they began to demand a king like all the other nations around them. They did not want to be a theocracy, under the rule of God alone; they wanted to be led by a human whom they could look to for leadership. God decided to grant them their request, and commissioned his prophet Samuel to anoint Saul from the tribe of Benjamin as the new king of Israel. The Bible tells us that Saul was a man who looked the part of a king. He stood head and shoulders above the crowd. But, he was fearful of the responsibility of leadership. Even after Samuel had anointed him, when it came time for him to be announced as the new leader of Israel, he was found hiding from the people.

After Saul took on the office of king, however, some disturbing character traits began to appear in his life and the way he governed. These events culminated until the events of our passage for today. God had commanded Saul to attack Amalek and wipe them out -- their people and their animals -- because of how they had treated the children of Israel many years before. However, Saul does not follow God's instructions. He saves the best of the animals alive. When Samuel comes to see Saul, he tells him that the kingdom is being taken away from him and that his actions amount to rebellion, witchcraft, stubbornness, and idolatry.

What happened in the life of Saul? How did Saul go from being the celebrated first king of Israel to a man who displeased God? Let's look at three traits in Saul's life that show us how this came to pass.

1. Saul began to think too highly of himself. Even though he appeared to be a humble young man before he was crowned king, it seems as though the power and position that Saul gained eventually went to his head. He began to think that he was somebody important. So much so that when Samuel came to visit him, he had to remind Saul of just how far he had come. Samuel told Saul, "When thou wast little in thine own sight, wast thou not made the head of the tribes of Israel, and the Lord anointed thee king over Israel?"

2. Saul was selfish, impatient and unwilling to wait on God. These three traits are shown by Saul's actions. In I Samuel chapter 10, Samuel commands Saul to go to Gilgal and wait there for him to arrive. Samuel says that he will arrive in seven days to tell Saul what he is to do about the Philistines. However, in chapter 13, we find that Saul is in Gilgal waiting on Samuel. The Bible says that "Samuel came not to Gilgal; and the people were scattered from him." Saul started to get nervous because he knew the Philistines could attack at anytime. Instead of choosing to wait and trust God, Saul decided to take matters into his own hands. Saul calls for the sacrifices to be brought to him, and he steps into the role of the priest and offers the sacrifices himself. The Bible tells us that "as soon as he had made an end of offering the burnt offering, behold, Samuel came."

3. Saul thought he knew how to run things better than God. When Saul was given a direct command by God to completely …

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Get Off the Middle Ground (Christ's Message to the Church, Part 7)

2013-06-09 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 35m 37s

TEXT: Revelation 3:14-22

Today, we come to the final sermon in our series on the messages that Christ gave the church. This letter is written to the church at Laodicea. Laodicea was another important, wealthy city, with a significant Jewish population. Like other cities in the region, it was a center for Caesar worship and the worship of the healing god As-kle-pi-os. William Mounce notes that Laodicea prided itself on three things: its financial wealth, an extensive textile industry, and a popular eye-salve which was exported around the world." One of the problems in Laodicea was that it had a poor local water supply, and so their main source of water came from a six-mile aqueduct from the hot springs of Hier-a-po-lis. Because the water came from hot springs at such a distance, it often arrived unappetizingly lukewarm.

Like their water supply, the church at Laodicea was infamous for being lukewarm. They were neither hot or cold. They were not on fire for God, but they were not on the devil's side either. They were standing on the middle ground as if they were unsure if they really wanted to be a church of Jesus Christ. From Jesus' letter to this church, we can see how dangerous being on this middle ground is.

1. Being on the middle ground is offensive to God. In verse 16, Jesus Christ says, "because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth." The image here is that the Laodicean church was sickening to the Lord Jesus Christ. He wanted to spit them out because their condition was so disgusting. You could say that the church at Laodicea was in Christ's mouth for two reasons: they are in His mouth because they spread His Word and they are in His mouth because He prays for them constantly, as he does for all believers. To be spit out then would mean that they would no longer have the privilege of being representatives of Christ on this earth, and they would no longer have the blessing of being prayed for by Jesus Christ -- both awful consequences.

2. Being on the middle ground is useless to man. A lukewarm church will be of no benefit to a community or a city. Imagine if a fire broke out in your neighborhood. Someone called the fire department and a few minutes later you could see the fire truck rumbling down the street. There were no sirens or flashing lights on the truck. There was no sense of urgency about the fire fighting team. They weren't driving so as to get to the scene as fast as possible, but they weren't driving too slow either. When they finally arrive at the scene of the fire, they hook up the fire hoses to the water hydrant. They don't do it with any sense of urgency -- but they don't do it too slowly either. They just go along at a medium pace as though they want to fight the fire but they don't really want to fight it. You would be frustrated and angry if your fire department operated like that. By the time they got around to turning the hoses on, the building would have already been burned down. Yet, that is how a lukewarm church treats the mission of saving lost souls from the fires of Hell.

3. Being on the middle ground is unsatisfying to believers. Jesus Christ tells the Laodicean believers, "thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked." Deep down, there is no one more miserable than a lukewarm Christian. Why? Because a lukewarm Christian is one who has not made up his or her mind whether or not they really want to be in the Lord's Army. They are wavering on the middle ground. Someone once said a lukewarm believer has "too much of the world to be happy in Jesus, but too much of Jesus to be happy in the world." James 1:8 also describes a characteristic of a lukewarm believer when it says, "A double minded man is unstable in all his ways."…

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Tim Brown: 'You Can Only Live a Good Life if You're Submitted to God' (Gospel Light Minute #102)

2013-06-09 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 10m 46s

He is a former NFL wide receiver. He played college football at Notre Dame, where he became the first wide receiver to win the Heisman Trophy Award. Drafted as the 6th pick in the 1988 NFL Draft, he played for sixteen years with the Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders where he established himself as one of the NFL's most prolific wide receivers. He also played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

He was selected to the Pro Bowl nine times and to the All-Conference six times. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2009 and the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in 2013. He ranks number two in NFL history with nearly 15,000 yards receiving and third in catches with more than 1,000. His 240 games in a Raider’s uniform are the most in franchise history.

He became a Christian as a teenager and sang in the church choir. But after graduating from college, his life took a drastic turn. At 22 years old, he was in the NFL, had a pocketful of money, and was struggling to walk the straight and narrow. After seven years in the NFL, he wanted a change. He said, "I just got tired of living the way I was living. I mean, I’ve never been a drinker or drugs. I never did that kind of crazy stuff, but the things I was doing were bad enough that I couldn’t even look at myself. I even got to a point it was so bad that when I got up in the morning, I wouldn’t even turn the lights on in the bathroom because I didn’t want to look at myself in the mirror."

It was at this point that he chose to commit his life to the Lord. As a teammate and now as a retired football player, he takes the opportunities God has given him to be a role model to others seriously. He often admonishes children and young people to, "Go to church. You know, because in my opinion there is nothing more important you can do with your life. Education is great, but I tell them I know a lot of educated fools out there. There’s a lot of educated fools out there, but it’s the Word of God, and the Spirit of God that can keep you from being crazy and doing the things that we shouldn’t be doing."

He went on to say, "Only when you're living subjected to God are you capable of leading a good, clean life -- not a perfect life because nobody’s gonna be perfect, but you can lead a clean life. If there are people out there that know me and know me to be a good person, I’m here to tell you that without God, I wouldn’t be that person. Without God in my life, I wouldn’t be that person because the ideas and thoughts that run through my head are just like everybody else out there. But it’s because of God that I’m able to go, 'hey, we don’t do that, that’s not who we are,' and I’m able to move on. But its only because of God that I’m able to do that -- not because I love my beautiful wife so much. I love my kids and God knows I do I love my kids and my wife tremendously, but as a man you know sometimes that just doesn’t matter. I tell my wife all the time love doesn’t have anything to do with what happens in our world in the NFL and sports world. I mean guys get caught up in it all and things happen, but its God that can keep you."

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GLMX #149: Invictus or Invictor?

2013-06-09 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 21m 28s

Have you ever heard this phrase: "I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul"? What you may not know is that those two short sentences are the last two lines of a poem by English poet William Ernest Henley titled "Invictus", the Latin word for "invincible" or "unconquerable."

William Henley's poem is a poem of defiance in the face of great odds. At the age of 14, he contracted tuberculosis of the bone. A few years later, the disease progressed to his foot, and physicians announced that the only way to save his life was to amputate his leg directly below the knee. He underwent the amputation when he was just 17. Shortly thereafter, he was told that his other leg would have to be amputated. However, by enlisting the help of another doctor and undergoing intense surgery, he was able to save his other leg. This event, and his determination to live, enjoy, and control his life despite his circumstances, are what led him to write this poem while he was recovering in the hospital. Despite his disability, he survived with one foot intact and led an active life until his death at the age of 53.

Henley felt that he needed to be in control of his life, and he thought that he could control every aspect of his existence including what happened to him after he died. From his words, we see that he did not accept that there was an eternal being whom he could lean on for support in this life and for assurance of his destiny in the life to come. He wanted to be the "master" and "captain" of his entire existence.

However, the Bible tells us in Psalm 103 that we are but "dust." It goes on to say, "As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more." James 4:14 says, "What is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away." And in Jeremiah 10:23, the prophet cries out, "O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps."

As much as we may try to control our lives, we are not the masters of our fate. God is the one who is in control of the entire universe. The good news is that God has a great plan for each of our lives, no matter what your current situation is, and no matter how your life may be going right now. God says in Jeremiah 29:11: "For I know the plans I have for you, saith the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." God's plan is for us to live a victorious life.

+ Plus, listen to Bart Millard singing "Victory in Jesus"…

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Is There Profit in Prayer? (Part 3)

2013-06-05 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 43m 42s

Praying Through the Bible #40 | with Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Job 21:7-15

We are in a series of messages titled "Praying Through the Bible: A Series on Every Passage and Verse Regarding Prayer in the Bible". The purpose of this series is to encourage and motivate you to pray to the God of the Bible. We highlighted each of these over 500 verses and passages in the new Prayer Motivator Devotional Bible. So far, we have done 39 messages in this series.

This is message #40 titled "Is There Profit in Prayer? (Part 3)"

Two weeks ago, we began looking at Job's question -- "Is there profit in prayer?" As you might recall, in that first message, we found that: prayer is profitable internally (that is, in spiritual matters); prayer is profitable externally (that is, in physical, temporal matters); and prayer is profitable eternally (that is, it is a part of the plan of salvation in that we can accept Christ as our Savior and go to Heaven to be with Him when we die).

On last week, we looked at this same question from the perspective of how the wicked oftentimes seem to be blessed without prayer, and the righteous seem to be cursed even though they pray. Not only did Job struggle with this question, but Asaph -- King David's music director -- wrote about this issue in Psalm 73. He said, "I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked." We came to the conclusion that we must acknowledge that God is in control of all things. The blessings that the wicked seem to have can easily be taken away, and the lack of blessings that the righteous seem to have can easily be reversed. However, the difference between the wicked rich man and the righteous poor man is that the latter has a relationship with the God of the universe. Because of this relationship, one of the profits that we have in prayer is that we do not have to be envious or worried about the seeming success of the wicked. Because of our relationship with God, we are content with such things as we have. As the Bible says, "Godliness with contentment is great gain." In my opinion, one of the marks of a saved person is that he can rejoice and be happy when others are being blessed. And, when a righteous man suffers, he does not have to get frustrated or worried because he has already placed his life in God's hands. As Job said, "though he slay me, yet will I trust him."

Now, as we close this mini-series today, I want to share with you three specific benefits that we gain through prayer. A.W. Tozer wrote about this question -- is there profit in prayer? He said, "The whole tone of the remark shows that it is meant to be rhetorical. The doubter, believing the question could have no answer, tossed it off contemptuously and turned away, like Pilate, without waiting for a reply. But we have an answer. God Himself has supplied it, and the universal consensus of the ages has added an Amen." Today, in light of what so many people are facing in life, let's look at why there is indeed profit in prayer:

1. Through prayer, we can have peace in the midst of the storms of life. In verse 6 of our passage, Job calls on his friends to look upon him "Even when I remember I am afraid, and trembling taketh hold on my flesh." Job was in a situation of great distress to him. He was going through a storm of life. As he goes through this difficult time, we see how he repeatedly looks to God for answers to his troubles. The Bible encourages us to do the same.

2. Through prayer, we invite God to work in the situations in our lives. The story of Job is the story of a man asking God to fix his broken life. Job knows that the troubles that came upon him can only be resolved by God. That is why in this passage, he seems to be a little frustrated at how the wicked seem to prosper, because he knows that all blessings come from God. He says at the beginning of his discussion, "As …

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GLMX #148: In the Name of Love

2013-06-02

  In 1984, the Irish rock band U2 released a song titled “In the Name of Love.” The song is a tribute to people who gave their lives because of their love for something that mattered more to them. The first lines of the song go like this. One man come in the name of [...]…

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I Have Opened a Door for You (Christ's Message to the Church, Part 6)

2013-06-02 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 34m 45s

TEXT: Revelation 3:7-13

Today, we come to the sixth sermon in our series on the messages that Christ gave the church. This letter is written to the church at Philadelphia. Philadelphia was a city strategically located on the road from Rome to the east, and was a strong fortress city. It was a city of major influence in the area and was located on the edge of a great volcanic plain which was very fertile and perfect for growing grapes. It was the center of worship of the Greek god Di-o-ny-si-us, the god of wine. Active volcanoes and frequent earthquakes were a constant threat and the people for the most part lived outside of the main city due to the possibility of falling buildings inside the city.

Philadelphia was built with the deliberate intention that it be used as a place from which to spread Greek culture. William Barclay writes that, "Philadelphia was built that it might become a missionary city. Beyond Philadelphia lay the wilds of Phrygia and the barbarous tribes; and it was intended that the function of Philadelphia should be to spread the Greek language, the Greek way of life, and the Greek civilization, throughout the regions beyond." Thus, in a sense, Philadelphia was an open door to the outside world -- inviting it in to the order of the Roman Empire.

In Philadelphia, there was a small group of Christians who were faithful to the task. Jesus Christ did not have to order the church at Philadelphia to repent because they were already doing all that they were supposed to do. They were not large in number, powerful or influential, but they were significant to Christ. In his letter to them, Jesus Christ tells this church: "I am opening a new door for you!" He says, "These things saith he that is holy, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth; I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name."

I want you to notice three things about Jesus Christ and this matter of the open door.

1. Jesus Christ desires to open doors for His people. Jesus says, "I am he that openeth, and no man shutteth." Perhaps, you have prayed more than once, "Lord, open doors that no man can shut." The good news is that Jesus Christ actually wants to open doors for you.

2. Jesus Christ opens this door for the church at Philadelphia because of their deeds. Jesus Christ says, "I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name." The Philadelphian believers had obeyed Jesus' word, they had endured difficulties patiently, and they had not denied the name of their Saviour. Because of this, Jesus says he will open a door of opportunity for them.

3. Jesus Christ will reward those who are good stewards of the open door. Not only is the Philadelphian church blessed with the opportunity to evangelize, but they are guaranteed success in their work. Jesus says, "Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan... to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee."…

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The Spirit of Pharaohistic Pride (Four Dangerous Spirits to Avoid, Part 1)

2013-06-02 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 1h 15m 46s

Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #121

TEXT: Exodus 8:1-15

Recently, the Lord has laid on my heart a series of messages titled "Four Dangerous Spirits to Avoid." From studying the word of God, He has shown me that there are four spirits that are driven by Satan that are especially dangerous for Christians, or anybody for that matter, to have. These spirits are exemplified in the lives of four characters in the Bible -- two in the Old Testament and two in the New Testament. They are: the satanic spirit of pride shown in the life of Pharaoh in the book of Exodus; the satanic spirit of rebelliousness, stubborness and witchcraft shown in the life of King Saul of Israel; the satanic spirit of betrayal shown in the life of Judas the disciple of Jesus; and the satanic spirit of worldliness shown in Demas one of the first century believers who was an associate of the Apostle Paul.

Lord willing, over the next four weeks, we will be tackling each of these spirits, and I will attempt to show from the word of God exactly why these spirits are so dangerous. Today, we will be looking at the spirit of pride that is shown in the life of Pharaoh. I call this type of pride "pharaohistic" pride, because it goes beyond the typical pride that many people have, and you will see why very soon.

There is much disagreement on exactly who the Pharaoh of the Exodus is. The Bible does not give us his name. However, based on the examination of archaeology and the dates provided in the Bible, most scholars assume that the Pharaoh of the Exodus was either Thut-mose II, or his grandson, A-men-ho-tep II. We will not spend time on this debate here, however, one of these Egyptian kings exhibited an extreme spirit of pride.

The Bible has a lot to say about pride. Pride is the sin that rose up in the heart of Lucifer and caused him to rebel against God and be cast out of Heaven. Let me share with you some of what the Bible has to say about pride:

Proverbs 11:2 says, "When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom."

Proverbs 16:18 says, "Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall."

Proverbs 29:23 says, "A man's pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit."

Proverbs 16:5 says, "Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished."

James 4:6 says, "God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble."

1 Peter 5:6 says, "Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time."

From our passage today, we will look at three characteristics of pride and see why this pride is so dangerous.

1. Pharaoh would not listen to God.

2. Pharaoh would not listen to common sense.

3. Pharaoh would not heed God's judgment. …

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Kirsten Powers: How a Liberal Democrat and Former Atheist Came to Know Jesus Christ as her Savior (Gospel Light Minute #101)

2013-06-02 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 11m 5s

She is a political analyst, blogger, columnist and commentator. She is a Democrat who regularly contributes to USA Today, Newsweek, The Daily Beast, Fox News and the Wall Street Journal among other publications. She formerly served under the Clinton administration from 1993-1998 and was appointed Deputy Assistant U.S Trade Representative for Public Affairs.

In an interview with Focus on the Family, she shares how she converted from atheism to Christianity. She said: "I was not looking to be a Christian. The last thing in the world I wanted to be was a Christian. I had grown up as an Episcopalian, but not evangelical, born again, or any of those kinds of things. It was very high church, kind of mainline, protestant, Episcopalian. I did believe in God, but it wasn't anywhere near what would come to happen to me later in life.

"When I went away to college, whatever little faith I had, I lost. I ended up graduating from college. I worked in the Clinton administration. All my friends were secular liberals. At this point, I really got even more deeply into an incredibly secular world because now, all my friends were basically atheists, or if they had any kind of spirituality, they were very hostile towards religion, Christianity in particular. So, I really didn't have any interest in it.

"I started dating someone who went to Tim Keller's church, Redeemer Presbyterian in New York City. Out of curiosity, I went with him. But I told him upfront that I would never become a Christian; that it's never going to happen. After about six or seven months, I began to think that the weight of history is more on the side of what [I was hearing at this church] than not. Tim Keller had made such a strong case, that I began to think it's not even smart to reject this. It just doesn't seem like a good intellectual decision.

"Really, it was like God sort of invaded my life. It was very unwelcome. I didn't like it. Obviously, I started having a lot of different experiences where I felt God was doing a lot of things in my life. It's kind of hard to describe, but I did have this moment where the scales just fell off of my eyes, where I was saying, 'this is just totally true, I don't even have any doubt.' ...I don't really feel like I had any courage when I became a Christian, I just gave in. I wasn't courageous; I didn't have any choice. I kept trying to not believe but I just couldn't avoid [accepting Christ]. If I could have avoided it, I would have. There is nothing convenient about it in my life or in the world I live in. It's not like living in the South where everybody is a Christian. I live in a world where nobody is a believer. But God pursued me."

Her name is Kirsten Powers.…

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GLMX #148: In the Name of Love

2013-06-02 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 20m 5s

In 1984, the Irish rock band U2 released a song titled "In the Name of Love." The song is a tribute to people who gave their lives because of their love for something that mattered more to them. The first lines of the song go like this.

One man come in the name of love / One man come and go / One man come he to justify / One man to overthrow

One man caught on a barbed wire fence / One man he resist / One man washed on an empty beach / One man betrayed with a kiss

Early evening, April 4 / Shot rings out in the Memphis sky / Free at last, they took your life / They could not take your pride

In the name of love! / What more in the name of love? / In the name of love! / What more in the name of love?

These lyrics refer to the soldiers of World War II who fought and died for the sake of Europe's freedom as well as the pacifists who opposed the war because of their love for peace at all costs. The line about the man "washed up on an empty beach" likely refers to Roger Casement, an Irish nationalist who fought human rights abuses in the Congo and Peru. He was put to death by the British government in 1916. The song is also a tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. who was assassinated on April 4th, 1968, because of his efforts, through love and nonviolence, to end discrimination against blacks in America. All of these people died because they loved an ideal and they loved people more than they loved their own lives.

The song is also about Jesus Christ who was "betrayed with a kiss" and willingly went to the cross to die for the sins of the entire world. In John 15:13, Jesus Christ told his disciples, "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." 1 Corinthians 13:13 says, "And now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love."

John 3:16 says, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." Jesus Christ, as God's Son, willingly came down from Heaven, took on the form of a human being, and died on the cross for our sins all because of his great love for us. He did not come down and die for us because we were good people, or because we were rich, or because he was trying to get us to worship him. He came down and died for us only because he loved us and because he did not want to see us die and spend eternity without him. As U2 sings, what more could he have done in the name of love?

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Is There Profit in Prayer? (Part 2)

2013-05-29 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 47m 2s

Is There Profit in Prayer? (Part 2)

Praying Through the Bible #39 | with Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Job 21:1-16

We are in a series of messages titled "Praying Through the Bible: A Series on Every Passage and Verse Regarding Prayer in the Bible". The purpose of this series is to encourage and motivate you to pray to the God of the Bible. We highlighted each of these over 500 verses and passages in the new Prayer Motivator Devotional Bible.

On last week, we began looking at the question that Job poses in verse 15 of our passage: "What profit should we have, if we pray unto God?" Or, is there profit in prayer? As you know, Job was in a very devastating situation in his life. He had lost all of his children, and all that he owned. And he himself was sick with a grave disease. The friends who had come to sit with him and comfort him in his grief had proved to be of no comfort at all. They had only condemned Job as a sinner who needed to humble himself before God.

Job's question -- is there profit in prayer? -- comes as he is reponding to Zophar, one of his friends. The question is couched in Job's discussion about the seeming prosperity of the wicked. As you can imagine, Job was having rather negative feelings about this matter at this point. Seeing that he was a righteous man who was not being blessed, it is not strange for him to wonder why it seems as though those who live openly wicked lives are begin blessed.

In fact, some of us have probably wondered the same thing at times in our Christian walk. Young people who are faced with the choice of committing their lives to God probably struggle with this more than older believers. But many of us have had this question to cross our minds at one time or another. Today, I want us to examine this passage and see what the Bible has to teach us about this matter.

1. Let's examine how the wicked seem to prosper. Job says, "Wherefore do the wicked live, become old, yea, are mighty in power? Their seed is established in their sight with them, and their offspring before their eyes. Their houses are safe from fear, neither is the rod of God upon them..."

Job begins his discussion with this question: "As for me, is my complaint to man?" This demonstrates that Job's real point of crisis was his conflict with God, not with man. He was not mad with the wicked who prospered. He wanted to know why God allowed them to prosper considering their lifestyle. His crisis was much more than being a financial crisis, a medical crisis, or a family crisis -- it was spiritual in nature. And, so, he asks God, "How is it that they prosper while I suffer?"

2. Now, let us examine how the righteous seem to suffer. Job continues his discussion of this dilemma with these words: "Their bull gendereth (gives birth), and faileth not; their cow calveth, and casteth not her calf. They send forth their little ones like a flock, and their children dance. They take the timbrel and harp, and rejoice at the sound of the organ." Job challenges his friends to see that if it is possible for a wicked man to be seemingly blessed, then perhaps also a righteous man like himself could seem to be cursed.

It is impossible to miss the contrast in Job's words. All of the advantages that many of the wicked seemed to have, Job, a righteous man, had been deprived of. Job's descendants were not "established". They were dead. Job's house was subject to fear. All of Job's livestock had perished. All of Job's children are gone and no longer dance. Job does not rejoice with the timbrel or harp. Job, a righteous man, feels as though the "rod of God" is upon him.

3. Lastly, let us examine how God is in control. As Job ends this part of his discussion, he speaks of the wicked once again and says, "Lo, their good is not in their hand: the counsel of the wicked is far from me." What is this verse sayi…

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GLMX #147: Scandal, Olivia Pope and Jesus Christ

2013-05-26

  Scandal… the word conjures images of trusted leaders caught up in adulterous affairs, high-powered politicians cutting backroom deals, and scheming, corrupt businessmen running ponzi schemes and swindling others out of their money. The word “scandal” has been thrown around a lot recently, especially since three political crises situations came to light and shook up [...]…

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How to be Delivered from Evil

2013-05-26 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 50m 50s

Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #120

TEXT: Matthew 6:6-13

There is much talk today about deliverance. Even churches put the word "deliverance" in their names. People are searching for deliverance from many things; things such as: a bad marriage, an unhappy home life, drug addiction, addiction to pornography, alcoholism, sicknesses, depression, homosexuality, and the list could go on.

People are so desperate for deliverance that they are turning to anyone and anything for it: psychics, doctors, psychologists, counselors, and television talk show hosts. Some people are willing to relocate, to adopt a new lifestyle, or to leave their families to get deliverance from whatever they are facing. And, sadly, some people even try to get deliverance through suicide.

But, what is true deliverance? True, biblical deliverance is when God supernaturally steps in to a situation and delivers a person or a group of people out of a predicament that is humanly impossible for them to be delivered from. After the deliverance, no matter how one looks at it, only God can get the credit. When you get deliverance from God, you will sing like the old saints, "If it had not been for the Lord, who was on my side..."

Some examples of true, biblical deliverance are: the Israelites leaving Egypt in a mass exodus of an entire nation; the preservation of the nation of Israel through their 40 year wilderness wandering; Paul and Silas being delivered from jail by an earthquake; and Peter's deliverance from prison by an angel. However, sometimes, God will use a human agent as his means of deliverance. He will place a person in your life at just the right time and place to work on God's behalf for your deliverance.

Now that we know what we are talking about when we talk about deliverance, allow me to share with you three key points about true deliverance. We all have things that we need to be delivered from, and those things can be classified in two major categories.

1. First of all, we need spiritual deliverance. That is, we need deliverance from sin, temptation, and the devil. When Jesus showed the disciples how to pray, he told them to pray, "Lord, lead us not into temptation." And of all the people who can deliver us from sin and temptation, the Lord is certainly the one we need to call on to do that. Second Peter 2:9 says, "The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations..."

2. Secondly, in this life, we need physical deliverance. This is the kind of deliverance we need from circumstances and situations beyond our control. The disciples were also to pray, Lord, "deliver us from evil." In the Bible, the word "evil" not only means spiritual evil, but also refers to physical destruction, calamity, hardship, or death. All of these things are considered to be "evil" that we ought to want to be delivered from.

3. We must choose to allow God to deliver us from the problems we face. Notice the third part of this section of the Lord's prayer that we are looking at today: The disciples are taught to pray, "For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory."…

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Alive, but Dead (Christ's Message to the Church, Part 5)

2013-05-26 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 38m 44s

TEXT: Revelation 3:1-6

Today, we come to the fifth sermon in our series on the messages that Christ gave the church for the end times. This letter was written to the church at Sardis. Sardis was one of the greatest cities of the ancient world, and was the capital of the rich kingdom of Lydia. The city was set on a cliff, and was almost impregnable. However, because of its great wealth and its security, the people of Sardis were known for their apathy and immorality. The two times when the city was conquered -- once by King Cyrus of Persia, and again by the Greek king, Antiochus -- it was done not by being directly defeated, but by the lack of diligence and overconfidence on the part of its military.

As we will see from our passage, the church at Sardis, was much like the city it was situated in. And Jesus Christ has some very important words for this church, which also apply to many churches today as well.

1. First of all, let's look at the illusion of life. Jesus Christ tells the church at Sardis, "I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest..." The "name" of the church at Sardis refers to its reputation. This church had a reputation that it "lived" -- the Greek definition implies that it was alive, active, fresh, strong, and efficient. Vance Havner comments on this and says, "We are not to get the impression that Sardis was a defunct affair with the building a wreck, the members scattered, the pastor ready to resign. It was a busy church with meetings every night, committees galore, wheels within wheels, promotion and publicity, something going on all the time. It had a reputation of being a live, wide-awake, going concern."

2. Now, notice the reality of death. Jesus Christ tells the church at Sardis, "thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead." In other words, 'You look like you are alive. Your reputation says that you are alive. However, the reality is you are dead." Why does Jesus Christ call the church at Sardis a dead church? The reason is in verse two where He says, "I have not found thy works perfect before God."

3. Third, notice that this is a time to be revived. Jesus Christ tells the church at Sardis to "be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die." This instruction from Jesus tells them they need to identify, examine, and protect what they have that is not yet dead. The spiritual condition of the church of Sardis was bad, but it wasn't hopeless. The church at Sardis could be revived. There were things that remained that could be strengthened.…

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GLMX #147: Scandal, Olivia Pope and Jesus Christ

2013-05-26 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 18m 44s

Scandal... the word conjures images of trusted leaders caught up in adulterous affairs, high-powered politicians cutting backroom deals, and scheming, corrupt businessmen running ponzi schemes and swindling others out of their money. The word "scandal" has been thrown around a lot recently, especially since three political crises situations came to light and shook up the White House and other branches of government. Now officials are scrambling to fix what went wrong and to ensure that it never happens again.

You've probably also heard the word "scandal" in reference to ABC's political thriller series starring Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope who runs a crisis management firm and operates as a "fixer" to protect the public images of politicians who find themselves in trouble.

Perhaps, some of us can identify with the word "scandal" ourselves. Of course, our problems and crises may not be in the public eye, but we certainly struggle and have done things wrong that we would be ashamed to have others find out about. In many ways, we are just as messed up as the people we watch on TV and read about on the internet who have to work out the problems in their lives under the microscope of public scrutiny and criticism. Sometimes, we tend to think that we are better than others because we do not have the problems they have. However, we have our own set of problems that we must deal with. The Bible tells us in Romans 3:10, "There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one."

Yes, indeed, we have to face the problems, scandals, and messed up situations in our own lives. However, the Bible does not just tell us about our problems, it also tells us that there is One who can fix our problems. This problem-fixer is Jesus Christ. How does Jesus Christ fix our problems? The only way Jesus can fix our problems is if we turn over our hearts and lives to him and allow him to do in us what we cannot do in ourselves.

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James Harden: "In Jesus' Name I Play" (Gospel Light Minute #100)

2013-05-26 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 7m 39s

He is an American basketball player who plays for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association. He was a first-time All-Star in 2013 in his first season with the Rockets. He was named the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year with the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2012. He played college basketball for the Arizona State Sun Devils, where he was named a consensus All-American and Pac-10 Player of the Year in 2009.

He was selected third overall by Oklahoma City in the 2009 NBA Draft and became a key part of a young core of players which led the team to the 2012 NBA Finals. He was also a part of the United States national team for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, where they won the gold medal.

Even though he spent much of his time with the Oklahoma City Thunder on the bench, he said that "God had a plan" for him in being traded to the Houston Rockets. And after a record-breaking debut performance with the Rockets, he gave God the glory for his success. He said, "I just want to thank God for everything he has done in my life. I really am a believer. All glory to God." When he is on the court, he wears a wristband that says, "In Jesus' name I play." His name is James Harden.…

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Is There Profit in Prayer? (Part 1)

2013-05-22 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 28m 3s

Praying Through the Bible #38 | with Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Job 21:15: "What is the Almighty, that we should serve him? and what profit should we have, if we pray unto him?"

We are in a series of messages titled "Praying Through the Bible: A Series on Every Passage and Verse Regarding Prayer in the Bible". The purpose of this series is to encourage and motivate you to pray to the God of the Bible. We highlighted each of these over 500 verses and passages in the new Prayer Motivator Devotional Bible. So far, we have done 37 messages in this series.

This is message #38 titled "Is There Profit in Prayer?"

Today, as we return to the book of Job, we come across a question that I am sure many people have asked. Job asks this question in the midst of a discussion about the seeming prosperity of those who do not serve God. These wicked people ask, 'Who is God that we should serve him? Why should we pray to him? Is there even any profit in prayer?'

If we are honest with ourselves, we will admit that at times, some of us have wondered the same thing: Why should I keep praying? What good is there in spending this time in prayer? The devil will sometimes come to us as we pray, and remind us of all of the things we could be doing instead of praying. And, if our prayers are not getting answered as fast as we want them to be answered, we are tempted to throw up our hands and say, 'What's the use?'

So, taking this question from the book of Job, I want to give you tonight three reasons why prayer is profitable. …

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GLMX #146: The Game of Life

2013-05-19

  Harvard professor and historian Jill Lepore says that ‘a whole history of life can be written by studying the games of life.’ Following this idea, she wrote a book titled, “The Mansion of Happiness: A History of Life and Death.” In the book, she tells the story of a man named Milton Bradley who [...]…

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GLMX #146: The Game of Life

2013-05-19 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 19m 47s

Harvard professor and historian Jill Lepore says that 'a whole history of life can be written by studying the games of life.' Following this idea, she wrote a book titled, "The Mansion of Happiness: A History of Life and Death." In the book, she tells the story of a man named Milton Bradley who created a game in the 1860s called "The Checkered Game of Life." The game board had checkered squares on it which named life experiences that people could go through. There were good experiences such as perseverance, wealth, marriage, and happiness. And there were bad experiences such as crime, disgrace, suicide, and prison. The goal of the game was to get to the furthest square marked as "Happy Old Age."

Even though Milton Bradley said he came up with his game from scratch, there were actually multiple forms of this game which had already been made. The first game of this type was called "The Human Game of Life" which was published in 1790. The goal of this game was to reach death and then immortality. The goal of another game called "the Mansion of Bliss", which was published in 1800, was to get to salvation in much the same way. "The Mansion of Happiness", which was published in 1843, used a heavenly mansion as the goal of the game of life.

More modern versions of this game changed the goal of life to be something entirely different. Hasbro's edition of the game made becoming as rich as possible the goal of the game of life. And in the 2007 version of the game, called "Twists & Turns", the purpose is to experience as much of life as you possibly can. There really is no end or final destination in this particular version of the game. It is all about seeking thrills.

So, which game is right about the game of life? Are the earliest versions of the game correct, with salvation, immortality, and heavenly mansions as the goal of the game of life? Is Milton Bradley correct, with "happy old age" being the goal of the game of life? Or are the most recent versions of the game correct, with riches and experiencing the thrills that life has to offer being the goal of the game of life?

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Are You Prepared?

2013-05-19 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 46m 52s

Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #119

TEXT: Proverbs 6:6-11 / Hebrews 9:27

This week, those of us here in North Texas experienced a major storm: rain, thunder and golf-ball sized hail. Just a few miles from where I live, a tornado touched down. Six people were killed, over 100 were injured, and hundreds of homes were destroyed. I know that sometimes we seem to think that such tragedies will never happen to us. These kinds of events always seems to happen somewhere else, but God often reminds us that we are not special. It is only by His grace and mercy that we are still alive.

We all know that long before disaster strikes, we ought to be prepared. If you live in an area prone to tornadoes, then you ought to have a tornado shelter, and a plan for getting into it quickly. If you live in an area prone to flooding, then you may want your house to be built on stilts. If you live in an earthquake prone area, then you ought to know what to do when an earthquake strikes.

The Bible uses the example of the ant to show us how we must be prepared for future situations in life. The ant is a tiny but remarkable creature known for its foresight and industriousness. One commentary writes that "The agricultural ant, which resembles the ant of Palestine, not only stores up food, but even prepares the soil, kills the weeds, and finally reaps the harvest." What is even more remarkable is that thousands of these tiny workers perform together in perfect harmony without a leader. The Bible uses the ant to help us to understand that we, too, need to be prepared for the situations that we will face in life. Proverbs specifically calls the sluggard, or lazy person who likes to sleep late, to get up and get to work or else he won't have food to eat or a place to stay. The lesson we learn from the ant is that preparation is crucial in life. And there are some very important things that we would be wise to prepare for, and I want to talk about those things very briefly today.

1. We must prepare for death because death is coming. The Bible says in Hebrews 9:27, "It is appointed unto men once to die." As we here in North Texas were reminded this week, and as people around the world are reminded every day, death is an ever present reality. People drive away from their houses every morning not knowing that that is going to be the last time they ever see that house. Parents drop their children off at school everyday, not knowing that that is going to be the last time they see their child alive. People go to sleep every night not knowing that that is going to be the last time they ever open their eyes on this world. Right now, people are out living their lives and they have no idea that they are going to be surprised by death.

2. We must prepare because judgment is coming. Hebrews 9:27 goes on to say, "It is appointed unto men once to die, and after this the judgment." Yes, each of us will face judgment from God. The Bible tells us that there will be two judgments -- one for believers in Jesus Christ, and one for those who do not believe in Jesus Christ.

3. We must prepare because eternity is coming. Just as the ant prepares for the long, cold winter by storing up food, we must prepare for eternity. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 25:46, "These [the wicked] shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal." Eternity is the everlasting state that our souls enter after death. John Tillotson said, "He who provides for this life, but takes no care for eternity, is wise for a moment, but a fool forever." We must prepare for eternity.

+ Plus, listen to Paul S. Morton as he sings "Nothing But the Blood" and Shirley Caesar singing "Yes, Lord, Yes".…

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M.C. Hammer: The "Master of Ceremonies" Now Lives and Works as a "Man of Christ" (Gospel Light Minute #99)

2013-05-19 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 8m 19s

He is best known for his hit rap songs "U Can't Touch This" and "2 Legit 2 Quit". He is the first artist to gain diamond status for an album and has sold 50 million records throughout his lifetime. He is remembered for a rapid rise to fame, flashy dance moves, choreography, and his trademark parachute pants. His superstar status and entertaining showmanship made him a household name and hip-hop icon in the 1980s and 1990s. He was also a TV producer, television show co-host, and is the head of his own music management firm. A self-described "super-geek", he is currently either investing in or consulting for eight technology companies. He was one of the first celebrities to embrace social media and spends 10-12 hours daily working on his technology projects.

He grew up in a Pentecostal church, however, he admits that he strayed from the faith during the years of his success. Even during this period of backsliding though, he promised to dedicate one song to God on each of his albums, and one of his most popular singles was the song "Pray." However, it took a bankruptcy, a fall from favor in the music industry, and what he calls a bout of "official backsliding" to turn him back to the church, Jesus Christ, and a commitment to preach. He has since been ordained in the Church of God in Christ, preferring smaller pulpits "where they don't expect to see someone famous."

He says, "I am honored that Jesus has taken a wretch like me and said I got some work for you to do." Today, he devotes his time to prison and youth ministries. His name is Stanley Kirk Burrell, but he is better known as M.C. Hammer, and he now says that "M.C." stands for "Man of Christ."…

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When It Seems as Though All is Lost, You Can Always Look to God in Prayer

2013-05-16 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 58m 46s

Praying Through the Bible #37 | with Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Job 16:15-22

We are in a series of messages titled "Praying Through the Bible: A Series on Every Passage and Verse Regarding Prayer in the Bible". The purpose of this series is to encourage and motivate you to pray to the God of the Bible. We highlighted each of these over 500 verses and passages in the new Prayer Motivator Devotional Bible. So far, we have done 36 messages in this series.

This is message #37 titled "When It Seems as Though All is Lost, You Can Always Look to God"

On last week, we looked at the topic of prayer from a passage in the book of Job, particularly from the words of Bildad, one of Job's friends who had come to comfort him in his time of despair. As you might recall, the Bible tells us that Job was "the greatest of the men of the east." He had 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, 500 donkeys, and a large household, consisting of seven sons, three daughters, and multiple servants. He was also "blameless and upright, and one who feared God and shunned evil." However, because the devil wanted to cause Job to turn his back on God, God allowed the devil to test Job by causing all of Job's material possessions to be taken from him or destroyed. His ten children also lost their lives, and Job was struck with a severe disease. God had allowed the devil to take everything away from Job except his own life.

After this calamity, three of Job's friends came by to mourn with him and counsel him regarding what he should do. And these three friends are infamous for not being very comforting at all. In fact, in the first verse of chapter 16 which contains our passage for today, Job tells his friends, "miserable comforters are ye all."

Now, as I mentioned last week, I am aware that there is some debate in the theological community over whether or not we should preach doctrine from the book of Job. But, as long as these words line up with Scripture and teaching found elsewhere in the Bible, I believe it is alright. And that is what we will do again today.

In this passage, Job is speaking in response to one of his friends, Eliphaz. Eliphaz was the friend who took it upon himself to defend God's justness in allowing such a disaster to fall on Job, and he believed that Job's suffering was a result of Job sinning. In this passage, as Job is struggling to understand the difficulties that have befallen him and is defending himself against the accusations of Eliphaz, he shows us where we should look to in our own times of trouble and distress, when it seems as though all is lost. Let's go through this passage, and see how we can identify with Job, and learn from his experience.…

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A Call for Spiritual Purity (Christ's Message to the Church, Part 4)

2013-05-13 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 27m 52s

TEXT: Revelation 2:18-29

Today, we come to the fourth sermon in our series on the messages that Christ gave the church for the end times. This letter was written to the church at Thyatira. Thyatira was founded as a military outpost by one of the generals of Alexander the Great. The city had no natural fortifications. It was a rather small city compared to others in Asia Minor; so small in fact that one scholar remarked that "the longest letter to the churches is addressed to the least significant city."

Because of its location along trade routes, Thyatira became a prosperous commercial center. Archaeological inscriptions reveal that there were numerous trade guilds; these were organized unions of weavers, tanners, cobblers, bronze and pottery workers. Thyatira's most well-known Christian convert was Lydia who is mentioned in Acts 16, a merchant who exported clothing colored with Thyatira's unique purple dye.

Despite its seemingly insignificant location, the church at Thyatira had several good things going for it as we see from Jesus' first words to this church.

1. First, notice Christ's commendation of this church. As he does in the other letters, Jesus Christ opens this letters by commending the church for what they are doing well. He says, "I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first."

2. Notice Christ's correction of this church. Jesus Christ says that the church at Thyatira, "sufferest (or allowed) that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols."

3. Notice Christ's confrontation of this church. In verses 21 and 22 of our passage, Jesus Christ says, "I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not. Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds."…

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GLMX #145: Justice

2013-05-12

  This past week, America witnessed the wonderful deliverance of three women who had been kidnapped and imprisoned in the home of their captor in Ohio for ten years. These women were re-united with their families and friends who had prayed and hoped — and even some who had given up hope — that they [...]…

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Three Types of Mothers to Thank God For (Part 2)

2013-05-12 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 47m 57s

TEXT: Ephesians 6:1-3

Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #118

Let's turn our attention to the good mothers that we want to celebrate today. Mothers are powerful tools in God's hands when it comes to the shaping of the lives of children. Billy Sunday said, "There is more power in a mother's hand than in a king's scepter." Now, when we all think of mothers and celebrating Mother's Day, we often have one image in our minds. However, there are three types of mothers that I want to talk about today, and we will see how God uses each of these "mothers" in a special and unique way for the glory of God and for the benefit of children.

1. First of all, we thank God for naturally loving and affectionate mothers. When we think of this type of mother, we think of the Proverbs 31 woman. A woman who makes sure that the home is a comfortable, loving place -- a place where her children and her husband look forward to coming back to after a long day at school or at work.

2. Secondly, we thank God for "mothers" who do not have to be mothers, but choose to be mothers. Oftentimes, there are women in our lives who become a mother figure to us and offer the wisdom and advice that they have gained from years of living even when they do not have to.

3. Thirdly, we thank God for fathers who have had to take on the role of a mother. Now, in the black community, we hear a lot about mothers who have to carry the load of the father and the mother because the husband has died, or he is in jail, or he has left the family, or he was never with the family to begin with. But, we hardly hear of the many fathers who have had to carry the role of both the mother and the father.

For those of you who are about to begin your journey of motherhood, or you are in the early stages of motherhood, allow me to leave you with these words from English minister and professor Charles Kingsley: "Let a woman never be persuaded to forget that her calling is not the lower and more earthly one of self-assertion, but the higher and more divine calling of self-sacrifice." Yes, there will be sacrifices that you will have to make and difficulties that you will have to overcome, but the Bible promises that you will have your reward as well: "Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. And a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised."

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Three Types of Mothers to Thank God For (Part 1)

2013-05-12 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 45m 4s

TEXT: Ephesians 6:1-3

Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #118

The Bible commands us to honor our fathers and our mothers. And, today, on this Mother's Day, we are going to honor those whom God has placed in our lives as mothers. Some of the greatest leaders this world has ever known attributed their success to the prayers and loving care of their mothers.

Abraham Lincoln said, "I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life."

Charles Spurgeon said, "I cannot tell you how much I owe to the solemn word of my good mother."

George Washington said, "My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her."

Today, we want to honor and thank God for those good mothers in our lives, but before we get to that, I want to talk briefly about bad mothers. Part of the problem in many churches today is that pastors feel as though it alright for them to rebuke fathers and husbands from the pulpit, and it is okay to get on the children and teenagers from the pulpit, but nobody wants to rebuke the wives and mothers from the pulpit. Everybody is afraid of stepping on the women's toes. The church has bought in to the world's lie that, "if momma ain't happy, ain't nobody happy." But the truth of the matter is that there are some bad wives and mothers in this world and yes even in the church, and it is an issue that needs to be dealt with.

1. We have some bad mothers who simply have not been trained in what it means to be a good mother.

2. We have some bad mothers who are so busy seeking their destiny in life that they ignore their children until it is too late to do anything about it.

3. We have some bad mothers who tear down their family's no matter what the father does or what the children hope for the family to be.

4. We have some bad mothers who are the controlling type.

5. We have some bad single mothers who will put the interests of their boyfriend over the interests of their children.

God deliver us from bad mothers! God deliver us from mothers who tear down their families! God deliver us from mothers who neglect and ruin their children's lives!

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GLMX #145: Justice

2013-05-12 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 20m 15s

This past week, America witnessed the wonderful deliverance of three women who had been kidnapped and imprisoned in the home of their captor in Ohio for ten years. These women were re-united with their families and friends who had prayed and hoped -- and even some who had given up hope -- that they were still alive somewhere and that they would one day return home.

Those families and that entire community are relieved that an evil situation that lurked right underneath their noses for so long is finally gone. And the kidnappers who perpetrated this evil will finally face justice. "Justice" is an act of reparation where someone is fairly punished for what he has done wrong.

Throughout our lives, each of us has faced acts of justice because of our wrongdoings: a parent chastising us for disobedience, a teacher sending us to detention for not being cooperative in the classroom, and as we got older, law enforcement having to give us a ticket for driving faster than what the law says we are supposed to drive on the highway. This administration of justice is what keeps our society running in a harmonious manner.

There is one other very important matter where justice must be administered as well. And that is in the area of our personal relationship with God. The Bible tells us that God is a just God. Deuteronomy 32:4 says, "He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he." Because of our sins, we each must face justice from God.

From the beginning of the Bible to the end, the penalty (or judgment) for sin is physical death and eternal punishment in a place of fire and torment called Hell. God warned the first man, Adam, of the consequences of breaking his laws. He said, "for in the day that thou eatest [the forbidden fruit] thou shalt surely die." During the thousands of years that followed, God repeatedly made the consequences of sin and disobedience clear. In Romans 1:32, he said, "they which commit such [sins] are worthy of death." Death is the judgment for sin. It is the way justice is administered.

Because God is perfect and holy, his justice must be served, and sinners have to pay the consequences for their sins. Romans 3:23 says, "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God..." And Ezekiel 18:20 says, "The soul that sinneth, it shall die."

However, because God loves us, he did not want to leave us in our sinfulness, waiting our entire lives to be punished by death and then to go to suffer in Hell. So, he decided to do something about it.

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Michelle Williams: 'Jesus is Coming Back and I'm Doing My Part to Make Sure People Know About Him' (Gospel Light Minute #98)

2013-05-12 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 9m 17s

She is a singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress. She rose to fame in the early 2000s as a member of the R&B girl group Destiny's Child with Beyonce and Kelly Rowland. Her work in the music industry has earned her a Grammy Award as well as nominations for a Stellar Award and an NAACP Theatre Award. Along with chart-topping music with Destiny's Child, she released her debut solo album "Heart to Yours" which topped Gospel charts in 2002. In 2004, she released her second Gospel album "Do You Know", and in 2008, she released her first solo pop album, "Unexpected." Along with her music, she has found success as an actress. Her acting roles include: Aida, The Colour Purple, and What My Husband Doesn't Know, among others.

Raised in a "loving, stable" household in Illinois, she made her musical debut at the age of seven, performing a rendition of the hymn "Blessed Assurance" at the St. Paul Church of God in Christ, of which she is still a member.

In an interview, she said of her faith in Jesus Christ, "[For some people it's easy to get caught up in the fame], but to me, it’s easier not to because of my background and my foundation of where I grew up. I don’t forget the teachings that I’ve had, and I keep my Bible with me. I read my Bible every day, and I’m constantly in prayer. And I listen to gospel music, so that’s what’s keeping me focused and grounded." She went on to say, "[Despite some criticism that I have received for doing both secular and Gospel music,] I believe that I am doing my part to be a witness for Jesus Christ. Some people will do gospel when their career fails, but I chose to do it at the height of the popularity of Destiny's Child. And I didn't want to do it because it was a fad. I wanted to do it because it's in me. It's in my heart. God places people in different parts (areas) for different reasons. We know Jesus is coming back soon and I am doing my part to make sure that people know about him as well." Her name is Michelle Williams.…

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If You Can Pray, You Still Have Hope

2013-05-08 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 42m 3s

Praying Through the Bible #36 | with Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Job 8:1-7

We are in a series of messages titled "Praying Through the Bible: A Series on Every Passage and Verse Regarding Prayer in the Bible". The purpose of this series is to encourage and motivate you to pray to the God of the Bible. We highlighted each of these over 500 verses and passages in the new Prayer Motivator Devotional Bible. So far, we have done 35 messages in this series.

This is message #36 titled "If You Can Pray, You Have Hope"

Many of you are familiar with the story of Job in the Old Testament. Job lived in Edom, an area to the south and east of the Dead Sea. The Bible tells us that Job was "the greatest of the men of the east." He had 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, 500 donkeys, and a large household, consisting of seven sons, three daughters, and multiple servants. He was also "blameless and upright, and one who feared God and shunned evil."

Because the devil wanted to cause Job to turn his back on God, God allowed the devil to test Job by causing all of Job's material possessions to be taken from him or destroyed. His ten children also lost their lives, and Job was struck with a severe disease. His wife was ready to thrown in the towel. She told Job to "curse God and die." God had allowed the devil to take everything away from Job except his own life.

After this calamity, three of Job's friends came by to mourn with him and counsel him regarding what he should do. These three friends are infamous for not being very comforting to Job at all. E-li-phaz defended God's justness in allowing such a disaster to fall on Job and said this suffering must have been a result of Job sinning. Bil-dad believed that Job's children must have sinned and said that sinners could only expect judgment from God. Zo-phar was the harshest of Job's friends. He said that Job deserved even more suffering than he was getting and that he needed to repent.

Now, I am aware that there is some debate in theological circles over whether or not we should use the words of Job's "miserable friends" to preach from as doctrine. But, as long as these words line up with Scripture and teaching found elsewhere in the Bible, I believe it is alright. And that is what we will do tonight.

While Job's three friends are wrong to have assumed that Job had sinned, much of what they said is correct, theologically speaking. However, it was advice given in the wrong spirit and in the wrong context. But we can read of Job's experience and the counsel of his friends and "eat the chicken and leave the bones" as they say.

Today, as we continue this series on prayer, we are going to focus on some of Bildad's words from verses 5, 6, and 7 of Job chapter 8. Bildad tells Job that, if his heart is right, and if he prays to God, God will hear him and will restore his blessings on him and make him prosperous again. Now, I doubt if any of us have suffered like Job suffered. The sufferings that Job experienced in one day, most of us will not even see in a lifetime. However, there probably have been times when we have felt like Job -- like all was lost, like there was no hope, as though we were at the end of our rope. It is at times like these that we can take Bildad's advice and remember the power of prayer -- because as long as we can pray, we can have hope no matter what situation we are in.…

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GLMX #144: What Money Can’t Buy

2013-05-05

  This past week Christian hip-hop artist Lecrae released the new music video for his song “Confessions of a Millionaire.” The powerful and insightful song talks about the tragedy of people who spend their time and money going after houses, riches, yachts, private jets, prestige, and power — all the things that money can buy. [...]…

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A Virus in the Church: A Warning Against Deception (Christ's Message to the Church, Part 3)

2013-05-05 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 24m 36s

TEXT: Revelation 2:12-17

Today, we are continuing our series on the messages that Christ gave the church for the end times. We have already looked at his message to the church at Ephesus and his message to the church at Smyrna. Now, we are going to look at Christ's message to the church at Per-ga-mos.

Pergamos was another major city in the Roman province of Asia, or what we call today Asia Minor. When it came to splendor, Smith's Bible Dictionary says that Pergamos ranked first among all the cities in Asia. The city was well-noted for its massive library that held over two hundred thousand books. It was also a major center of religious worship in the Roman empire. The city had temples dedicated to four Roman gods as well as a temple to the Roman Caesar.

What really set Pergamos apart was its temple to a deity known as As-cle-pi-os. As-cle-pi-os was the Roman god of healing and knowledge. At this temple, there was also a medical school. And because of the fame of this temple, sick people from all over the Roman empire flocked to Pergamos. William Barclay writes that "Sufferers were allowed to spend the night in the darkness of the temple. In the temple there were tame snakes. In the night the sufferer might be touched by one of these tame and harmless snakes as it glided over the ground on which he lay. The touch of the snake was held to be the touch of the god himself, and the touch was held to bring health and healing."

In the midst of this city, we find the church of Pergamos. Christ commends this church because it has held fast to the faith in the midst of the paganism that is surrounding it. He particularly calls out one saint named Antipas who was martyred. We do not know much about Antipas besides what this verse tells us. Antipas' name means "against all". He was a faithful martyr who stood against all of the evil in his city to the very end, and Christ commends him, and the church for not denying the faith during that time of persecution.

However, Christ has a problem with this church. In the middle of a city where people are coming from all over the world to seek healing from a false deity, the church itself is sick. The church is infected. Satan was unable to get the Christians at Pergamos to deny the faith through persecution, so he has infected the church with two dangerous viruses. Let's look at these viruses.

1. The first virus is the virus of idolatry. Jesus writes to this church, "I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols..."

2. The second virus is the virus of immorality. Jesus tells this church that he has a "few things against them" because they tolerate those who "hold the doctrine of Balaam" which taught Israel "to commit fornication." Christ also says, "So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes, which thing I hate."

3. Let's look at what Jesus Christ tells this church to do. In verse 16, Jesus says, "Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth." Christ calls on the members of the church of Pergamos to stop tolerating this group of false teachers and their dangerous doctrine.…

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Rick Warren and the Paradox of the "Committed" Christian Life (Part 4)

2013-05-05 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 1h 1m 34s

TEXT: 2 Corinthians 6:1-10

Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #117

Today, we come to the final message in our series on the paradoxes of the committed Christian life. As you know, I began this series after we all heard the sad news of Rick Warren's son committing suicide. We are all surprised and saddened by this occurrence, and many of us began to wonder how could such a thing happen in the life of a believer?

Well, as we have learned over these past three weeks, the life of the believer is not a bed of roses. There are difficulties, problems, and even tragedies, that come in the life of those who are the true followers of Jesus Christ. The Apostle Paul wrote about some of these things which we are calling "paradoxes" in the fourth and sixth chapters of Second Corinthians. By way of remembrance, a paradox is "a statement that is seemingly contradictory or opposed to common sense and yet is true."

These difficulties sometimes threaten to knock us down and overwhelm us. But we have to remember that through each of these difficulties, God is with us. He never leaves us nor forsakes us. This past week, Rick Warren posted this message on his Twitter page: "Oysters tenaciously attach to a ROCK larger than themselves. Then no punishing wave or violent storm can sweep them away." During the difficult times that will certainly come during our Christian walk, we must cling tenaciously to the rock of ages, Jesus Christ, never giving up, never despairing, knowing that He will carry us through the seemingly unfair and uncalled for trials of the Christian life.

Today, we are going to look at the final three paradoxes of the committed Christian life:

1. We will face many things that cause us sorrow, but we can always rejoice. In verse 10 of chapter 6, Paul uses the phrase, "as sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing." You might be saying, 'I thought the Christian life was supposed to be all joyful. What does Paul mean when he says we will face sorrow?' Well, while we are alive on this earth, we will face situations and circumstances that will cause grief, pain, or sorrow in our hearts. We should not be surprised at this.

2. Many of us will face physical poverty, but we are actually rich in Christ. Paul says that as a believer, he is "as poor, yet making many rich." Once again, we see a divide between the spiritual and the physical. Now, in God's eyes, there is nothing wrong with wealth. There is nothing wrong with having a lot of money and material possessions. Especially if you are going to be using it for God's glory. The Bible tells us in Luke 8 that there were women who supported the ministry of Jesus Christ financially. So, there is nothing wrong with being wealthy. But, often, God will call us to live a life that is lacking in material possessions and financial wealth.

3. We must realize that we do not really own anything in this world, yet, through Christ, we possess all things. Paul writes that he serves Christ "as having nothing, and yet possessing all things." We may have to serve God without the benefit of some of the material possessions that we desire. We may have to do without. We may have to go through this life unable to claim much as our own. But, in a sense, this verse reminds us that everything in this world -- all material things -- will eventually fade away. Nothing here lasts forever anyway.

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Carlos Baerga: How Giving his Life to Christ Saved him from Losing his Family and Destroying his Life (Gospel Light Minute #97)

2013-05-05 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 9m 7s

He is a former Major League Baseball player who played from 1990 to 2005. He spent most of his career as a second baseman, before moving to various positions later in his life. He has played for the New York Mets, the Cleveland Indians, the Boston Red Sox, and Washington Nationals among others. He was selected to the All-Stars three times in 1992, 1993, and 1995 and won the Silver Slugger Award two times in 1993 and 1994.

From the time he started playing, he had rapid success in baseball. He said in a CBN interview, “My career was going way up, and that was the moment that I really forgot about God -- the God who gave me the opportunity to play in the big leagues. I used to be a super star. Everything was so good for me that I wanted to keep living that life.” All of his wanting for more got him just that - more drinking, more partying, more women. Little did he know, however that getting more also would cost him his family. He said, “I almost lost my family. I didn’t know the damage I was doing to myself. When you walk without God, you can be hurt at anytime.”

After several heart-to-heart conversations with a close friend, he finally understood that there was no place else to turn and rededicated his life to Jesus Christ. He said, “We’re human. We go through those moments in life that we forget about God. We think that we are Superman, that we can do things without Him. We have to realize that we cannot do anything without Him. He’s the best feeling that you can have in life. When you put everything in God’s hands, there is nothing that you can not do. He gives you the life, He gives you everything. Thank God I still have my family with me."

Now that he is retired, he seeks to help other baseball players get on the right path with God. He said, "[The guys playing now] are the ones that need to know the words of God. Right now what I’m trying to do is to talk to the guys more about God. You know, that’s the second chance God gave me. We are here for a reason: to spread the words of God." His name is Carlos Baerga.…

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GLMX #144: What Money Can't Buy

2013-05-05 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 15m 38s

This past week Christian hip-hop artist Lecrae released the new music video for his song "Confessions of a Millionaire." The powerful and insightful song talks about the tragedy of people who spend their time and money going after houses, riches, yachts, private jets, prestige, and power -- all the things that money can buy.

Sadly, today, many people -- not just millionaires -- focus on going after things that money can buy, And what is even more sad is that people actually look for fulfillment and meaning in these things. The truth, though, is that life is about far more than success and gaining material things. And people who focus on these things their whole lives are often sorely disappointed. They were actually searching for happiness, joy, love, internal peace and assurance for the future -- all things that money can't buy.

These things last forever and keep our hearts at rest during times of turmoil and conflict. Money cannnot buy such things. Only a person can give them to us. And that person is Jesus Christ.

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"Thanksgiving in Prayer"

2013-05-01 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 29m 46s

Praying Through the Bible #35 | with Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Nehemiah 11:17

We are in a series of messages titled "Praying Through the Bible: A Series on Every Passage and Verse Regarding Prayer in the Bible". The purpose of this series is to encourage and motivate you to pray to the God of the Bible. We highlighted each of these over 500 verses and passages in the new Prayer Motivator Devotional Bible. So far, we have done 34 messages in this series.

This is message #35 titled "Thanksgiving in Prayer"

Over these past two weeks, we have looked at a man named Nehemiah, and we have seen how he was used by God to lead the children of Israel in the major project of rebuilding the city of Jerusalem after the exile. Last week, we saw how he faced opposition, and we saw how he overcame it through prayer. We also learned that the three ingredients for a successful prayer life are: consistent prayer, persistent prayer, and shared prayer.

Today, as we come to Nehemiah once again, we find that the walls of Jerusalem have been finished and the city has been rebuilt. Nehemiah has led the exiles who returned to the Holy Land in re-establishing the law as well as in celebrating the feasts that God had commanded them to celebrate. The people of Israel who had returned and been re-established in the land had a lot to be thankful for: not only had their homes and cities been rebuilt, but they had been saved from their enemies who tried to sabotage their work. And we find, in the middle of this chapter, which is listing the names of those who settled in the newly rebuilt Jerusalem, the name of the man who led the people in giving thanks to God.

His name was Mattaniah, and the Bible says he was the "principal" or the leader who began the time of thanksgiving and praise in prayer to God. The Bible says that God "inhabits" or dwells in the praises of his people. Why is it important for us spend time thanking God through prayer? Allow me to share with you three reasons.

1. Thanksgiving is a part of public worship. Mattaniah was one of the Levites, and the Bible states that he was "the principal to begin the thanksgiving in prayer." The word "principal" means "head" or "chief". His job was to lead the people of Israel in a time of public worship and thanksgiving to God.

2. Thanksgiving is a response to God's mercy in our lives. One of the reasons why Mattaniah led the people in thanking God is because of God's mercy toward the children of Israel. In Nehemiah 9:31, Nehemiah prays, "Nevertheless for thy great mercies' sake thou didst not utterly consume them, nor forsake them; for thou art a gracious and merciful God." God had shown great mercy in allowing the Israelites to survive the captivity and return to the land of Israel. Despite their sins, God restored them to the land as he had promised.

3. Thanksgiving is a response to answered prayer. Mattaniah was able to lead the children of Israel in giving thanks to God because God had answered their prayers. As you will recall from our message on last week, Nehemiah had led the people in "making their prayer unto our God" while they were building the wall and being threatened by their enemies. Now that the walls were built, and they had been delivered from their enemies, the appropriate response was to give thanks to God in prayer.…

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Rick Warren and the Paradox of the "Committed" Christian Life (Part 3)

2013-04-29 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 1h 0m 4s

TEXT: 2 Corinthians 4:1-11 / 2 Corinthians 6:1-10

Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #116

As I shared with you in my last message, I am not a follower nor am I a fan of Rick Warren. To this point, I have not been inclined to be a part of his fellowship or vast network. But I believe that's what makes this sermon series so much more effective. I am not a friend of Rick Warren trying to defend him and his tragic family situation. I am an outsider looking in. I do know, however, that when you set out to do anything for God, you put a big X mark on your back for the devil to attack you. Being in the position I am in, I am aware of some of the negative things that have been said about Rick Warren. (1) Yes, I have heard that he has become arrogant because of the popularity of his book and has acted like he is the Baptist Pope by rebuking brethren from afar and acting as though what he says is ex cathedra. (2) Yes, I have heard that he is trying to bring Christianity and Islam together. (3) Yes, I have heard from others that his presentation of salvation is not complete. I have chosen not to believe these three negative things about this brother, and I would encourage others not to believe it as well.

But here are some positive things I have observed about Rick Warren's life. I do know that you cannot accomplish what he has accomplished without God working through you. I do know that God has used him to see thousands, maybe even millions saved. I do know that he is extremely gifted in the area of administration, envisioning things, setting plans, and getting them done. What I also know is that he is gifted at starting and building churches for the glory of God. What I do know is that he has taught many how to pray to God and study God's Word. What I do know is he is still concerned about lost souls being saved. When you do stuff like that, you are asking for trouble from the devil.

I have noticed that whenever I have started a prayer campaign, a soulwinning campaign, or a fasting campaign, I've seen serious spiritual warfare in my own family. The devil will try to distract me from doing what God has called me to do. On several occasions throughout my 25 years of being married and having a family of nine, I've had to tell my typical teenager or two to ‘get thee behind me Satan’. I've even had to tell my wife to get thee behind me Satan; and like Job told his wife, "thou speakest as one of the foolish women.” I know it is not popular among my polite brothers and sisters to say anything negative especially about your spouse in public. But the truth is the truth. And negative things happen in your family as well.

Last week, we continued our discussion of this important part of the Christian life. We have looked at six paradoxes that are given in the fourth and sixth chapters of Second Corinthians. By way of remembrance, a paradox is "a statement that is seemingly contradictory or opposed to common sense and yet is true." I hope that our studies in the word of God have helped you to gain a better understanding of what the committed Christian life is really like. …

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GLMX #143: It’s Not Complicated

2013-04-28

  A lot of what happens in life is complicated and confusing. Life itself is complicated. For many people, their childhood is a blur. Navigating college and young adulthood is a challenge. Relationships are fraught with obstacles and difficulties. During these different periods of our lives, we often yearn for simple answers to the big [...]…

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Peyton Siva: How God Lifted him from his Difficult Childhood to Being a Champion (Gospel Light Minute #96)

2013-04-28 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 8m 50s

He is a point guard who finished his college basketball career with the Louisville Cardinals men's basketball team in 2013. Recently, he helped lead his team to the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball championship. He was the 2012 and 2013 Big East Tournament MVP as well as a 2013 Academic All-American.

Growing up in a rough, crime-ridden area of Seattle, his father was mostly absent from his life, struggling with drugs, alcohol addiction, and being in and out of jail. His mother worked three jobs to support his family, and his siblings also had brushes with the law. However, at a young age, he decided to take a different route. At 13, he taught himself to drive so he could find his father. He found him in a drug den with a gun, contemplating suicide and was able to successfully talk him out of doing so. He soon found a love for sports, and though he was told he was too light at first, managed to play both football and basketball.

Danny Cage, youth pastor at Mount Calvary Christian Center in Seattle said of him, "He had so many people pulling at him at such a young age. He wanted to be focused spiritually through that. It separated him from the pack. He would study scriptures, and fast, and would ask to be held accountable."

When his team won the NCAA championship, he told reporters, "First off, I got to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, for blessing us for this opportunity. I thank God, and without my teammates, without my parents, my girlfriend, my sisters, my brothers, none of this would be possible. I’m just thankful to God. Today, his father and siblings all have learned about Jesus through his life. He said in an interview, "God lifts us up so we can lift Him up. He’s definitely using me in basketball to give Him glory and to use me to show other kids that God is with you and God has a plan for you no matter whether it’s basketball, football or being a doctor." His name is Peyton Siva.…

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GLMX #143: It's Not Complicated

2013-04-28 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 18m 5s

A lot of what happens in life is complicated and confusing. Life itself is complicated. For many people, their childhood is a blur. Navigating college and young adulthood is a challenge. Relationships are fraught with obstacles and difficulties. During these different periods of our lives, we often yearn for simple answers to the big questions that we face. We look for clear-cut solutions to the problems that we deal with. And we want straightforward advice on complicated life issues.

Life is like a narrow trail filled with twists, turns, hairpin bends, and deceptive forks in the road. We wish for clear road signs that will guide us throughout this life. But, as complicated as the rest of life is, there is one part of life that is, perhaps, surprisingly simple: that is the area of most importance -- the matter of the destiny of your eternal soul.

People often ask questions such as: What happens when I die? Where do I go when I leave this earth? Will I go to Heaven or Hell? Thankfully, all we have to do is turn to God's Word for clear answers to these questions.

The Bible states clearly that all people are sinners. Ecclesiastes 7:20 says, "For there is not a just man upon earth that doeth good, and sinneth not." Romans 3:23 reads: "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God." Because of our sins, we are automatically shut out of the family of God, and we are on our way to a place of punishment called Hell after we die. However, God wanted to provide a way for us to be reunited with Him, to become a part of His family. He wanted to save us from our sins and from the punishment of sin. That is why he put in motion a plan of salvation to give every human an opportunity to turn away from their old lifestyle and to gain a new life in Him. And salvation is not complicated. …

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How to Have a Successful Prayer Life

2013-04-24 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 26m 21s

Praying Through the Bible #34 | with Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Nehemiah 4:7-9

We are in a series of messages titled "Praying Through the Bible: A Series on Every Passage and Verse Regarding Prayer in the Bible". The purpose of this series is to encourage and motivate you to pray to the God of the Bible. We highlighted each of these over 500 verses and passages in the new Prayer Motivator Devotional Bible. So far, we have done 33 messages in this series.

This is message #34 titled "How to Have a Successful Prayer Life"

In 1952, a doctoral student at Princeton University asked, "What is there left in the world for original dissertation research?" The visiting lecturer, Albert Einstein, said: "Find out about prayer. Somebody must find out about prayer." Well, people have been "finding out about prayer" for hundreds of years -- not through research papers, but by the experience of praying and having prayers answered. Have you ever wondered why some people's prayers seem to be answered and others' are not? Have you ever wanted to know the way to be successful in your prayer life? The Bible actually answers these questions for us, and we will see these reasons in the life of Nehemiah from the passage we just read.

As you know, we began talking about Nehemiah last week. We saw how he was deeply concerned about the lack of progress that was being made by the Jewish exiles who had returned to Jerusalem from Persia. So, he decided to do something about it. He went to the king, and asked for permission to travel to the land of Israel to lead the people in building up the city. The king was supportive of him, and gave him permission to do as he wished. Now, Nehemiah is in the city. He has rallied the people together, and they are rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem.

As with any great work that anyone sets out to do for the glory of God, there will be opposition. Nehemiah's opposition comes in the form of San-bal-lat, a Samaritan and an official in the Persian Empire; Tobiah, an Ammonite who may have been the governor of Ammon; along with the Arabians and the Ammonites who plotted to attack Jerusalem to prevent the Jews from building the wall of the city.

From these few verses, let's see how Nehemiah dealt with this opposition through prayer and came out on top.

1. Nehemiah was consistent in prayer. He says in verse 9 of our passage that despite the threat of attack, "nevertheless we made our prayer unto God." Even in that hostile environment, Nehemiah and his people continued to pray. They did not let the threat of war get them off of their duty. Too often, when we face opposition, conflict, or some negativity, we allow that situation to cause us to get off of our game -- we stop praying and stop doing what we have been doing, and try to deal with the situation on our own and in our own power. But Nehemiah didn't change his plan once he faced opposition, he went right on praying and building. Why was he able to do this?

2. Nehemiah was persistent in prayer. Verse 9 tells us that Nehemiah and his people were building and praying "day and night." Persistent prayer is praying about the same thing until you get an answer. As long as Nehemiah was being threatened by those who wished to hinder the building of Jerusalem, he kept on praying for the safety of his workers and for God to deliver them from their enemies.

3. Nehemiah shared the burden of prayer. Notice Nehemiah's words: he said "WE made OUR prayer to God." Nehemiah did not try to do all of the praying himself. He got others on his team to pray with him. Just as the building of the walls was a community effort, the praying was a community effort. God blesses group prayer in a very special way. Jesus said in Matthew 18:18-20: Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye sh…

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Rick Warren and the Paradox of the "Committed" Christian Life (Part 2)

2013-04-22 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 1h 0m 48s

TEXT: 2 Corinthians 4:1-11 / 2 Corinthians 6:1-10

Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #115

On last week, we began looking at the Christian life from a perspective that many Christians fail to see it from: and that is, if you are committed to Christ, you will have troubles, problems, and difficulties in this life. Especially in light of the sad event that happened in Rick Warren's family two weeks ago, it is important for all believers to understand that the devil is out to get anybody who is sincerely serving God.

I know from my own experience, from the word of God, and from observing the experiences of others, that the devil will attack the families of those who are serving Christ faithfully and attempting to do big things for God. I believe that this is exactly what happened in Rick Warren's family. In fact, just a week before his son committed suicide, in Christianity Today, Rick Warren had announced a plan to reach the world's 3,400 unengaged people groups with the Gospel.

I was taken aback, and I am sure Rick Warren was, by the negativity and finger-pointing that some in the world and even in the church engaged in. Being a father myself, I know that Rick Warren did everything he could to help his son, but there were still some who tried to accuse him of pushing his son to commit suicide, even after how much good Rick Warren has done and how many people he has helped in the church and in the world.

Now, I come from a very strict, conservative, Baptist background, and I have some preacher friends from that background who I talk to from time to time. One pastor who I talked with about this matter said that this occurrence showed that what Pastor Warren and other Christians of like mind are doing "just isn't working." However, I quickly reminded him that believers who come from our strict, conservative Baptist backgrounds have family problems as well, such as divorce and children going astray. The pastor I was talking to was divorced himself and also had a child who had gone astray, and as soon as I mentioned this to him, he had to quiet down. Isn't it amazing how quickly we can sit back in judgment when something happens to others and say that ought not to happen, and yet we have similar issues in our own home. That is attributed to our sinful human nature.

I think it is crucial for Christians to understand that the Christian life is full of paradoxes. According to Merriam Webster's Dictionary, a paradox is "a statement that is seemingly contradictory or opposed to common sense and yet is true." The Oxford Dictionary states that a paradox is "a seemingly absurd or self-contradictory statement or proposition that when investigated or explained may prove to be well founded or true." Second Corinthians chapters 4 and 6 give us thirteen paradoxes that are apparent in the Christian life. This sermon series is built on these paradoxes which are as follows.

1. Second Corinthians 4:8 says, "We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed" 2. Verse 8 also says, "We are perplexed, but not in despair" 3. Verse 9 says, We are "persecuted, but not forsaken" 4. We are "cast down, but not destroyed"

Chapter 6 gives more of these interesting paradoxes 5. Verse 8 says, "By honour and dishonour" 6. "By evil report and good report" 7. "As deceivers, and yet true" 8. Verse 9 says, "As unknown, and yet well known" 9. "As dying, and, behold, we live" 10. "As chastened, and not killed" 11. Verse 10 says, "As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing" 12. "As poor, yet making many rich" 13. "As having nothing, and yet possessing all things."

+ Plus, listen to the Caravans as they sing "Must Jesus Bear the Cross Alone" and Tasha Cobbs singing "Grace"

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GLMX #142: Here One Moment and Gone the Next

2013-04-21

  This past week was certainly among the most turbulent weeks America and the world has ever experienced. It began on Monday, at the Boston Marathon, when a joyous event was turned into a scene of terror. Three people who had gathered with many others to cheer on the runners as they crossed the finish [...]…

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A Letter of Comfort and Encouragement (Christ's Message to the Church, Part 2)

2013-04-21 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 25m 23s

TEXT: Revelation 2:8-11

On last week, we looked at Jesus's message to the church at Ephesus. And, we saw the importance of remembering the beginning of our walk with Christ, and then getting back to our first love, and the basics of Christian doctrine. Today, we come to the letter that Christ wrote to the church at Smyrna. This ancient seaport sat about forty miles north of the city of Ephesus. Smyrna was famous for its beauty and size. Although Smyrna was very much a Roman city, it was also home to a humble body of believers who were committed to Jesus Christ. In fact, these believers were so committed to Christ, that the church at Smyrna was the only church out of the seven that Christ did not have a word of rebuke for.

Smyrna, however, was also a major center for emperor worship and it had a small but strong anti-Christian Jewish population. Life for the believers in Smyrna was anything but easy. Many of them were unemployed, unwelcome and under extreme persecution. But in the midst of their difficulties and discouragement, they received this letter -- a word of comfort and encouragement -- from Jesus Christ himself.

Of course, being fully aware of the difficulties that these Christians faced, Jesus Christ expresses His immeasurable love by sending this letter to strengthen the church at Smyrna. Allow me to share with you three important issues that Christ addresses in his letter to the church at Smyrna, as well as to all of us.

1. First of all, notice how Christ comforts this church. Jesus comforts the Christians in Smyrna by saying, "I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan." Jesus is basically saying, "I feel your pain. I know what you are going through." And there is nothing like having someone who really knows what you are going through when you are facing extreme difficulty.

2. Notice the command Christ gives this church. Jesus did not have to reprimand this church, rather he gave them a positive command: "Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer..." Don't be afraid. This is one of the most repeated phrases in the Bible. Jesus Christ Himself uttered it twenty times in the New Testament.

3. Notice the reward that Christ promises this church. He says, "be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life."…

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Rick Warren and the Paradox of the "Committed" Christian Life (Part 2)

2013-04-21 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 1h 1m 4s

TEXT: 2 Corinthians 4:1-11 / 2 Corinthians 6:1-10

Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #115

On last week, we began looking at the Christian life from a perspective that many Christians fail to see it from: and that is, if you are committed to Christ, you will have troubles, problems, and difficulties in this life. Especially in light of the sad event that happened in Rick Warren's family two weeks ago, it is important for all believers to understand that the devil is out to get anybody who is sincerely serving God.

I know from my own experience, from the word of God, and from observing the experiences of others, that the devil will attack the families of those who are serving Christ faithfully and attempting to do big things for God. I believe that this is exactly what happened in Rick Warren's family. In fact, just a week before his son committed suicide, in Christianity Today, Rick Warren had announced a plan to reach the world's 3,400 unengaged people groups with the Gospel.

I was taken aback, and I am sure Rick Warren was, by the negativity and finger-pointing that some in the world and even in the church engaged in. Being a father myself, I know that Rick Warren did everything he could to help his son, but there were still some who tried to accuse him of pushing his son to commit suicide, even after how much good Rick Warren has done and how many people he has helped in the church and in the world.

Now, I come from a very strict, conservative, Baptist background, and I have some preacher friends from that background who I talk to from time to time. One pastor who I talked with about this matter said that this occurrence showed that what Pastor Warren and other Christians of like mind are doing "just isn't working." However, I quickly reminded that him that believers who come from our strict, conservative Baptist backgrounds have family problems as well, such as divorce and children going astray. The pastor I was talking to was divorced himself and also had gone astray, and as soon as I mentioned this to him, he had to quiet down. Isn't it amazing how quickly we can sit back in judgment when something happens to others and say that ought not to happen, and yet we have similar issues in our own home. That is a tribute to our sinful human nature.

I think it is crucial for Christians to understand that the Christian life is full of paradoxes. According to Merriam Webster's Dictionary, a paradox is "a statement that is seemingly contradictory or opposed to common sense and yet is true." The Oxford Dictionary states that a paradox is "a seemingly absurd or self-contradictory statement or proposition that when investigated or explained may prove to be well founded or true." Second Corinthians chapters 4 and 6 give us thirteen paradoxes that are apparent in the Christian life. This sermon series is built on these paradoxes which are as follows.

1. Second Corinthians 4:8 says, "We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed"
2. Verse 8 also says, "We are perplexed, but not in despair"
3. Verse 9 says, We are "persecuted, but not forsaken"
4. We are "cast down, but not destroyed"

Chapter 6 gives more of these interesting paradoxes
5. Verse 8 says, "By honour and dishonour"
6. "By evil report and good report"
7. "As deceivers, and yet true"
8. Verse 9 says, "As unknown, and yet well known"
9. "As dying, and, behold, we live"
10. "As chastened, and not killed"
11. Verse 10 says, "As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing"
12. "As poor, yet making many rich"
13. "As having nothing, and yet possessing all things."

+ Plus, listen to the Caravans as they sing "Must Jesus Bear the Cross Alone" and Tasha Cobbs singing "Grace"…

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Having Jesus Christ in his Life Made Former Alcoholic Pat Summerall Feel 'Ecstatic, Invigorated, Happy, and Free' (Gospel Light Minute #95)

2013-04-21 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 12m 26s

He was an American football player and television sportscaster who worked at CBS, Fox, and ESPN. In addition to football, he also announced major golf and tennis events. In total, he announced 16 Super Bowls on network television (more than any other announcer), 26 Masters Tournaments, and 21 US Opens. He also contributed to 10 Super Bowl broadcasts on CBS Radio as a pregame host or analyst. After retiring as a football player, he joined CBS as a commentator and worked with Tom Brookshier and John Madden on NFL telecasts for CBS and Fox. Though he retired in 2002, he continued to announce games on occasion.

He was named the National Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association in 1977, and inducted into their Hall of Fame in 1994. That year, he also received the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award from the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the American Sportscasters Association Hall of Fame in 1999. He was honored by the NFL with an award named after him which is presented during Super Bowl weekend at the NFL headquarters "to a deserving recipient who through their career has demonstrated the character, integrity and leadership both on and off the field that his name represents."

Early on in his career, much of his life was characterized by alcoholism and the abandonment of his family. In 1992, his friends and family staged an intervention on his behalf, encouraging him to get professional help for his alcohol problems. He was angry at the idea but reluctantly agreed to enter rehab. While in rehab, he made the decision that changed his life.

He said, "I realized there was a Savior, there was a God." He made the decision to accept Christ as his Saviour and said, "once I began to realize His involvement in my life, it was easy [to overcome alcoholism]. I never had a craving since then. My thirst for alcohol was being replaced by a thirst for knowledge about faith and God. I began reading the Bible regularly at the treatment center, and it became a part of my daily routine. The more I read, the more I felt a void in my life that needed to be filled."

He was later baptized at the First Baptist Church in Euless, Texas. He described emerging from the water as though he was surfacing in a new world. He said, "For the first time in my life, I knew what people meant about being 'born again'. I had already accepted that Jesus Christ was the Son of God who died for our sins. Now, I felt I was truly part of his family. I felt ecstatic, invigorated, happier, and freer. I felt as though my soul had been washed clean." His name is Pat Summerall.…

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GLMX #142: Here One Moment and Gone the Next

2013-04-21 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 16m 58s

This past week was certainly among the most turbulent weeks America and the world has ever experienced. It began on Monday, at the Boston Marathon, when a joyous event was turned into a scene of terror. Three people who had gathered with many others to cheer on the runners as they crossed the finish line were killed by two bombs that exploded on the sidewalk. One of those killed was a restaurant manager, another was a young Chinese college student, and the third was an eight-year-old boy who was there to cheer on his father. 183 other people were injured, many of whom had to have legs amputated because of the blast.

This past week, poisoned letters were also sent to President Obama and a U.S. Senator from Mississippi. Thankfully, these letters were intercepted before they reached their destinations.

On Tuesday, a massive earthquake struck the Iran-Pakistan border. The quake was so powerful that it was felt across the Middle East and Asia from Dubai to India. 34 people died from this earthquake.

On Wednesday evening of this past week, a fire broke out at a fertilizer company in a small town in central Texas. Volunteer firefighters rushed to the scene. While they were fighting the fire, a huge explosion occurred. It was so powerful that it registered as a small earthquake. 14 people, including the firefighters, have since been confirmed dead, many people have not been accounted for, and dozens more are without homes or material belongings.

Finally, on Saturday, a 6.6 magnitude earthquake struck a region in southwestern China. At the latest report, over 200 people are dead from this quake and over 6,700 people have been injured.

Many people recognized that so much tragedy in such a short period of time seems unusual. Two CNN reporters even referred to the Boston Marathon bombing, the West, Texas explosion, and the poisoned letters sent to President Obama and a U.S. senator as being similar to biblical plagues that seemed to be hitting the country all at the same time.

The terrible loss of life that struck the world this past week is both astounding and heart breaking. All of the people who died from events that were beyond their control have one thing in common. None of them thought they were likely going to die that day. They were living their lives just like you and I are doing today. They just wanted to go to work, go to school, go to the store, and spend time with their family and friends. They wanted to enjoy a fun sporting event with other residents of their city. They wanted to spend a peaceful evening at home eating dinner or watching TV. Yet, all of them were here one moment and gone the next. In the space of a bomb blast, an earthquake, or an explosion, they each passed from life into eternity. Such events should cause us to soberly remember that our lives are just as fragile. We are not special. We are no better than those people who died this past week. Hebrews 9:27 says that "it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment." We, too, can be here one moment and gone the next. We can pass from life to eternity in a moment of time by some unexpected, tragic event that is totally beyond our control. Such events remind us that we need to be ready for what comes after death -- our eternal destination.…

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The Marks of the Genuinely Concerned

2013-04-17 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 43m 13s

Praying Through the Bible #33 | with Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Nehemiah 1:1-11

We are in a series of messages titled "Praying Through the Bible: A Series on Every Passage and Verse Regarding Prayer in the Bible". The purpose of this series is to encourage and motivate you to pray to the God of the Bible. We highlighted each of these over 500 verses and passages in the new Prayer Motivator Devotional Bible. So far, we have done 32 messages in this series.

This is message #33 titled "The Marks of the Genuinely Concerned"

I hope that you pray for others regularly, and I hope that you pray for the needs of other believers regularly, because as followers of Christ, we ought to be concerned for one another. The evangelist and author Leonard Ravenhill said, "The true man of God is heartsick, grieved at the worldliness of the Church, grieved at the blindness of the Church, grieved at the corruption in the Church, grieved at the toleration of sin in the Church, grieved at the prayerlessness in the Church..." In other words, a true man of God, a true woman of God, has a level of concern for their brothers and sisters in Christ.

The Bible tells us about a man who was genuinely concerned about his people -- the Jews. Some 400 years before the birth of Jesus Christ, the nation of Israel and the Jewish people were in a state of disarray. Both Israel and Judah had been conquered. Many of the inhabitants of those countries were carried off to Assyria and Babylon. Jerusalem was in ruins, and Solomon's glorious temple was destroyed. Without divine intervention, Jerusalem would have ended up like many other ancient cities -- completely forgotten except to history.

When the Jews arrived in Babylon, they began to make homes for themselves there. Some say that two to three million Jews had been deported, and when, after 70 years, the time and opportunity came for them to return to their homeland, only 50,000 initially decided to return. Our passage for today, the first chapter of the book of Nehemiah, begins almost 100 years after the first captives returned to Jerusalem under the leadership of Ezra. In that time, very little had been done to rebuild the city of Jerusalem. Everything still looked very bleak.

Allow me to share with you three marks of the genuinely concerned which are demonstrated by the actions of Nehemiah.

1. Nehemiah showed genuine concern by asking about the matter. Nehemiah writes, 'when Hanani, one of my brethren, came, he and certain men of Judah; and I asked them concerning the Jews that had escaped, which were left of the captivity, and concerning Jerusalem.' Nehemiah shows his concern by asking about the condition of the Jews who had been left behind in Israel, and about the condition of the city of Jerusalem. He wants to know what is going on and how everyone is doing. Sometimes, to show that you are concerned about someone, all you have to do is ask them how they are doing.

2. Nehemiah showed genuine concern by praying about the matter. Nehemiah's brother shares with him the sad state of affairs in Israel. He says that those who were left in Israel "are in great affliction and reproach: the wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and gates are burned with fire." Upon hearing this news, Nehemiah says, "I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven." Nehemiah's genuine concern for his people causes his heart to break upon hearing the sad state of affairs of his people who are in the land of Israel.

3. Nehemiah showed genuine concern by determining to do something about the matter. The last verse of Nehemiah chapter 1 gives us a glimpse of what Nehemiah had in mind to do following his prayer. Nehemiah asks God to "prosper thy servant this day, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man (the king). For I was the king's cupbearer."…

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GLMX #141: The One and Only Way to True Freedom

2013-04-14

  Over the years, people have gained freedom through war, violence, protests, and as Winston Churchill said, “blood, toil, sweat, and tears.” The recent wars in several Middle Eastern countries such as Afghanistan and Iraq, the uprising in Egypt which often turned violent, and the current war raging in Syria proves that people love freedom [...]…

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Get Back to the Basics (Christ's Message to the Church, Part 1)

2013-04-14 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 30m 3s

TEXT: Revelation 2:1-7

The Bible warns us that in the end times, many believers will "depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils." There will be a period of apostasy, wherein false teachers will begin to peddle dangerous teachings disguised a Christian doctrine. Some of these false teachers will become pastors and will lead many unsuspecting sheep away from the flock. The church will be tempted to leave behind basic truths for glamorous teachings. However, since the Bible warns us about this, it would be wise for us to take heed to such warnings, and to be on guard for such things beginning to happen.

At the beginning of the book of Revelation, Christ gives a series of seven letters to churches in seven cities in the Roman province of Asia. We are not told why these seven churches are chosen, as there were many other cities in the region that had churches. But most scholars agree that these seven were chosen to represent the church as a whole down through history. Donald Poole writes that "our Lord, by these seven churches, signifies all the churches of Christ to the end of the world; and by what he saith to them, designs to show what shall be the state of churches in all ages, and what their duty is." In other words, all of the major problems that are found in churches today are addressed in the letters to these seven churches.

Today, we are looking at the letter to the church of Ephesus. Jesus Christ congratulates this church for their hard work, their patience, and their hatred for evil. However, there are three things this church is commanded to do to stay on the right track.

1. Christ commands the Ephesians to remember how things used to be. Verse 5 reads, "Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen." Jesus wants the Ephesian believers to look back to when they first came to Jesus Christ and remember the love, the passion, and the zeal that filled their hearts then.

2. Christ commands the Ephesians to get back to their first love. He says in His letter, "I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love." The greatest commandments in the Bible are to love God with all our hearts, and to love our neighbors as ourselves. The church at Ephesus had stopped loving God supremely. And it is likely that they had stopped loving each other as well.

3. Christ commands the Ephesians to get back to their first works. He says, "Remember therefore...and do the first works." What are the first works? The first works are the basics that every Christian ought to be involved in -- things such as Bible reading, prayer, witnessing, and attending church regularly. …

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Rick Warren and the Paradox of the "Committed" Christian Life (Part 1)

2013-04-14 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 41m 42s

TEXT: 2 Corinthians 4:1-11

Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #114

They've got their ticket to Heaven, and the train ride there should be easy and care-free. When people think of Jesus Christ and a life of following Him, they often think of peace, joy, happiness, love, and blessings. All of that is included in the "salvation package", if you will, however, if you believe that that is all the Christian life entails, then you are sorely deceived.

Unfortunately, many preachers propagate this one-sided myth from the pulpit. They say that if you don't have money, then something must be wrong with your faith. They say that if you are not healthy all of the time, then God must not be blessing you. They say that if you get into some kind of trouble, then you may not be a Christian. If you are not happy or if something negative happens to you, then you need to make sure that you are saved.

The truth is that the committed Christian life is a paradox. A paradox is a statement that seems to be absurd or self-contradictory, yet, when it is examined, that statement actually turns out to be true. And the committed Christian life is full of paradoxes. Notice, I said the "committed" Christian life. There are many people who claim to live Christian lives, yet they are not completely committed to Jesus Christ. They have one foot on the straight and narrow path, and one foot on the broad and crooked road. But a committed Christian will find that his life is indeed one of paradoxes.

Even though Christ gives us victory, grace, and strength, a Christian will struggle with temptations, trials and tribulations. We will suffer affliction of many kinds. We will sometimes fail, but God will never forsake us. We may get down, but not out. As someone once said, "the Christian life is not a bed of roses, but of thorns and tears." Today, I want to share with you three paradoxes of the committed Christian life.

1. There is much trouble in the committed Christian life, but we do not have to be in distress. Paul writes in our passage that "We are troubled on every side." The Greek word for "trouble" means to "press hard" against something. In ancient Israel, when the grapes and olives were ripe, the way the Jews would get juice from the grapes or oil from the olives is, they would dump all of the grapes or olives into a huge, circular, bowl-like structure made of stone, and then the people would jump on the grapes or olives, crushing them, and allowing the juice to flow out into containers. That is the idea given here. In the Christian life, it will seem as though we are being hard pressed on all sides -- stomped on and crushed by the world and the devil.

2. The Bible informs us that we will experience persecution as Christians, but we will not be forsaken. Our passage states that we are "persecuted, but not forsaken." Second Timothy 3:12 says, "all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution." Troubles are one thing, but persecution is another. Everyone experiences trouble in their lives. But persecution is a different ball-game. Persecution is mistreatment because of something you are or something you believe in.

3. Some people will say bad things about you, and some people will say good things about you. Jesus predicted that people will speak "evil against" those who follow him. This is another paradox of the Christian life -- there are those who know our true character as followers of Christ, and there are those who will try to slander our character publicly. You will be honored by some people, and dishonored by others. This is something that we all must anticipate and get used to.

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Margaret Thatcher Believed that the Only Way to the Peace We All Long for is Through Jesus Christ (Gospel Light Minute #94)

2013-04-14 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 10m 17s

She was the longest-serving prime minister of Great Britain, and the nation's first woman prime minister. She also served as the secretary of state for education and science for five years. Before entering politics, she was a research chemist and a lawyer.

During her tenure as prime minister, she introduced a series of political and economic initiatives to reverse high unemployment and Great Britain's struggles in the wake of the Winter of Discontent and an ongoing recession. She also helped reform the education system, the National Health Service, and the local government tax system. Along with U.S. President Ronald Reagan, and Pope John Paul II, she helped bring down Soviet communism. Her tough approach to government, particularly in dealing with her opposition, earned her the nick name, "the Iron Lady."

She was also a devout Christian and a member of the Methodist church. Her belief in Biblical principles was evident in many of the political positions she took throughout her career. She believed that the Ten Commandments in the Old Testament and the command to love our neighbors as ourselves in the New Testament are the principles upon which economic and social life should be based. She said, "We must not profess the Christian faith and go to Church simply because we want social reforms and benefits or a better standard of behaviour; but because we accept the sanctity of life, the responsibility that comes with freedom and the supreme sacrifice of Christ expressed so well in the hymn: 'When I survey the wondrous Cross, On which the Prince of glory died, My richest gain I count but loss, And pour contempt on all my pride.'"

In a speech to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in 1988, she said, "The truths of the Judaic-Christian tradition are infinitely precious, not only, as I believe, because they are true, but also because they provide the moral impulse which alone can lead to that peace for which we all long... I leave you with that earnest hope that we may all come nearer to that other country whose 'ways are ways of gentleness and all her paths are peace.'" Her name is Margaret Thatcher.…

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GLMX #141: The One and Only Way to True Freedom

2013-04-14 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 18m 24s

Over the years, people have gained freedom through war, violence, protests, and as Winston Churchill said, "blood, toil, sweat, and tears." The recent wars in several Middle Eastern countries such as Afghanistan and Iraq, the uprising in Egypt which often turned violent, and the current war raging in Syria proves that people love freedom so much that they will fight for it if they have to. They will fight not only with words, but with actions -- and are often willing to sacrifice their lives for the cause of freedom.

Many ordinary men and women have gone down in history as great freedom fighters. George Washington led the Continental Army to victory against Great Britain in the American Revolutionary War. Abraham Lincoln led the country to victory during the Civil War, saved the union from collapse, and ended slavery in America, which freed millions of men and women who were in bondage. Mahatma Gandhi led India in the non-cooperation movement.

Nelson Mandela stood against racism and apartheid in South Africa and helped lead his country to a place where all men and women are treated equally. Winston Churchill was one of the great leaders of Great Britain during World War II against Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany. Harriet Tubman led the Underground Railroad that helped free many black slaves. Martin Luther King Jr., led the Civil Rights Movement and helped blacks gain their basic rights as free people in America.

Down through history, many others who saw the importance of freedom, and used their God-given skills and talents to not only free themselves but to set others free as well.

It is wonderful to have religious, political, and physical freedom and to enjoy the benefits that come with that, but there is another type of freedom that we all need as well. And that is a spiritual freedom -- a freedom for our souls. This freedom was paid for by Jesus Christ with His own blood over two thousand years ago on the cross of Calvary. He willingly gave His life for all of mankind so that we all can experience true freedom from the oppression of sin and the oppressor named Satan. Jesus fought the battle for this freedom for us. We do not have to do anything for this freedom except BELIEVE in Jesus Christ. We do not have to fight for this freedom or sacrifice our own blood. Jesus Christ offers the freedom He purchased for us right now today.

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Learning to Pray the Hard Way

2013-04-10 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 44m 24s

Praying Through the Bible #32 | with Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: 2 Chronicles 33:10-13

We are in a series of messages titled "Praying Through the Bible: A Series on Every Passage and Verse Regarding Prayer in the Bible". The purpose of this series is to encourage and motivate you to pray to the God of the Bible. We highlighted each of these over 500 verses and passages in the new Prayer Motivator Devotional Bible. So far, we have done 31 messages in this series.

This is message #32 titled "The Tragedy of Having to Learn the Hard Way"

In our passage for today, we are introduced to King Manasseh of the kingdom of Judah. He was the son of King Hezekiah. As you might recall, I have preached four messages in this series on prayer based on events in the life of King Hezekiah, who was a praying man. He was also a righteous and godly king. Unfortunately, his son, Manasseh, was not. In fact, we will see that the very thing that God prevented because of the prayers of Manasseh's father, he allowed because of the rebelliousness and disobedience of Manasseh. Manasseh and Hezekiah were very different men. And we will see today the difference in how God dealt with each of these men.

1. First, let's look at King Manasseh as the man who would not listen. Verse 10 of our passage states that, "the Lord spake to Manasseh, and to his people: but they would not hearken." Why was God trying to get the attention of King Manasseh and his people? Well, Manasseh was not obeying the Lord his God. If we look at verses 3 through 9 of this passage, we will see that Manasseh had rebuilt the high places, the places of idolatry, that his father had torn down. Instead of continuing in his father's footsteps and keeping the nation of Judah on the straight and narrow path, Manasseh deliberately turns the nation back to idolatry.

2. Now, let's look at Manasseh as the man who had to be punished. Notice verse 11: "Wherefore the Lord brought upon them the captains of the host of the king of Assyria, which took Manasseh among the thorns, and bound him with fetters, and carried him to Babylon."

Because Manasseh willingly rebelled against God, God allowed the Assyrians to conquer Jerusalem and take Manasseh captive. The Bible uses the term, "they took him among the thorns" -- this means that the Assyrians, following their custom with foreign kings, ran a hook or ring through Manasseh's lips or mouth before they took him to the Assyrian king. They treated captive kings just like they treated cattle. God punished Manasseh and the people of Judah for rebelling against Him by allowing the Assyrians to conquer them.

3. Now, let's look at Manasseh as the man who learned his lesson. Verse 12 of our passage reads, "And when he was in affliction, he besought the Lord his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers..." Notice the phrase, "when he was in affliction." Unfortunately, some of us are like Manasseh. We have to be afflicted, we have to be punished, we have to go through hard times before we turn to the Lord.…

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GLMX #140: The White Flag of Peace

2013-04-07

  Since the beginning of history, man has been in a constant state of war and strife. Men have formed alliances and signed peace treaties in an effort to bring about peace on earth. But, as one conflict is resolved, several more are raging in different places around the world. The history of mankind has [...]…

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GLMX #140: The White Flag of Peace

2013-04-07 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 15m 59s

Since the beginning of history, man has been in a constant state of war and strife. Men have formed alliances and signed peace treaties in an effort to bring about peace on earth. But, as one conflict is resolved, several more are raging in different places around the world. The history of mankind has been one of continuous hate, enmity, and hostility.

Even today, with organizations such as the United Nations, NATO, and the European Union, our world is still without peace. On the night when Jesus Christ was born, a choir of angels appeared to shepherds who were taking care of their sheep outside of Bethlehem. The Bible tells us in Luke 2:14 that they sang, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men." What did the angels mean when they said that peace had come to earth? Well, the peace they were talking about was not political peace. They did not mean that all wars would cease at that moment. In fact, the shepherds whom they gave these words to were citizens of a country that was under the occupational military force of a Roman government.

What the angels meant was that with Jesus Christ coming to earth to die on the cross for our sins, peace between man and God could be made. Charles Spurgeon said, "When the newborn King made his appearance, the swaddling band with which he was wrapped up was the white flag of peace. That manger was the place where the treaty was signed, whereby warfare should be stopped between man's conscience and his God. It was then, that day, the trumpet blew -- 'Sheathe the sword, oh man, sheathe the sword, oh conscience, for God is now at peace with man, and man at peace with God.'"

You see, after Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden, man and God were not on good terms with each other. In fact, the Bible says in Romans 5:10 that we were once "enemies of God." We were separated from Him because of our sin. When Jesus Christ came, He provided the way by which we can make peace with God in our hearts, minds, souls, and spirits. Yes, even though world peace has not become a reality yet, we can have peace in our lives because of what Jesus Christ did on the cross.

Jesus Christ is called the "prince of peace." He told his disciples in John 14:27, "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."

Would you like to have peace in your heart today? Would you like to make peace with God? If so, let me show you how.

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Adam Young: Making Music to Glorify Jesus Christ and 'Spread Light' in the World (Gospel Light Minute #93)

2013-04-07 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 8m 49s

He is an American musician, producer, song writer, vocalist and the founder of the electronic musical project "Owl City". While suffering from insomnia and working loading Coca-Cola trucks in his hometown of Owatonna, Minnesota, he began to compose music and record songs which he uploaded to MySpace from his parent's basement. When his first label album, Ocean Eyes, went online, the iTunes music store chose "Fireflies" as its single of the week. "Fireflies" had 650,000 downloads that first week, and it wasn't long before it was the No. 1 song in the U.S. It has been played almost 30 million times at his MySpace page alone. Suddenly, everybody knew who Owl City was, and album sales skyrocketed.

When asked about the source of his creativity, he said, "Faith and imagination. Faith is the reason I do what I do, imagination is the fuel that keeps the creativity flowing. The Lord Jesus Christ is my reason for creating and I have nothing but thanks and gratitude toward him for being allowed to do what I do, and ultimately, seize my wildest dreams as if they were just there waiting for me."

He gave his life to Christ in middle school after hearing a testimony at church and says, "From then on, I've just wanted to serve Christ in every way I know how, music being the only thing I've ever considered myself any 'good' at. I guess my whole message or goal of this whole operation is to bring glory to Jesus Christ by all that I do and say."

He wrote in his personal testimony, "Music is something that I can’t imagine living without, and though it means more to me than the world itself, there is something that weighs significantly heavier on the scale of all things valuable and important in my life, that being my relationship with Jesus Christ. I am left breathless, completely and utterly bereft of speech at how the Lord has chosen to use music in my life and what I do as Owl City to plant seeds, spread light like fire in an age where darkness feels more oppressive than ever, and ultimately, to glorify Him. I am endlessly honored and humbled that He should use me — a completely average, ordinary shy boy from the middle of nowhere, to do great things in order to further His kingdom.

"One thing I've never wanted to be shy about is the reason behind why I do what I do, why I create art, why I dream and imagine. That reason is my faith in a God more powerful and omnipotent and full of love for us than words can even begin to describe." His name is Adam Young.…

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Everything You Will Ever Need

2013-04-07 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 32m 48s

Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #113

TEXT: Psalm 23

Our passage today is a very familiar one. You have heard it quoted many times by others, and perhaps, you have read it or quoted it at times yourself. It is a psalm of comfort and rest written by a man who knew what comfort and rest meant. However, he did not have comfort and rest all of the time in his own life. This psalm is a beautiful portrait of the Good Shepherd who cares for us in every way. He supplies all of our needs. Allow me to share with you three ways that our needs are supplied by the Good Shepherd.

1. The Good Shepherd provides for all of our physical needs. David says that because the Lord is caring for Him, he "shall not want." In ancient times, shepherding was a major occupation in Israel. Before he became king, David himself was a shepherd as he took care of his father's flocks. Being a shepherd meant spending long hours in the sun in the field with the sheep. It also meant oftentimes spending long nights in the field with the sheep. A shepherd had to provide for every need that the sheep had. He had to lead them to safe places to graze. He had to protect them from enemies who lurked, wolves and lions who waited in the shadows to catch an unsuspecting lamb by surprise.

2. The Good Shepherd provides for our spiritual needs. David says, "He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake." In Hebrew, the phrase 'restore my soul' means to bring to repentance or conversion. In other words, God returns David's soul and conscious, which had grown black with sin, to a state of purity and light.

3. The Good Shepherd provides for our eternal needs. Listen to David's words: "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me." For the Jewish people during ancient times, death was indeed a dark and unwelcome idea. Yet, David says that as he goes down in to the valley of the shadow of death to face eternity, he will not fear. Why? Because the Lord, his shepherd, is with him.

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GLMX #139: The Eternal Aftereffects of Easter

2013-03-31

  The Easter holiday marks a wonderful time of year. It reminds us of the arrival of spring as the cold earth awakes from its wintry slumber. But it also reminds us of something far more important — the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Jesus’ resurrection from the dead was a once-in-history event [...]…

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GLMX #139: The Eternal Aftereffects of Easter

2013-03-31 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 18m 26s

The Easter holiday marks a wonderful time of year. It reminds us of the arrival of spring as the cold earth awakes from its wintry slumber. But it also reminds us of something far more important -- the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Jesus' resurrection from the dead was a once-in-history event that had never happened before and has never happened since. When the angels rolled back the stone in front of Jesus' tomb, and declared, "He is not here. He is risen as he said," Hell groaned in agony, heaven shook with rejoicing, and the earth trembled in awe. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the singular event in history that stands above all others in scope or importance.

What are the aftereffects of that first Easter day?

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Jesus Christ: The Son of God, the Savior of Man (Gospel Light Minute #92)

2013-03-31 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 10m 42s

He was born in Bethlehem in a manger in a stable surrounded by animals. Herod sought to kill Him before He was even born, but God had another plan. He grew into a young boy and "increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man."

By 12 years old, he was teaching the religious scholars about the kingdom of God. By age 30, He was working miracles across the then known world. He turned water into wine, commanded the sea to sit still and the wind to be quiet, walked on the water, fed five thousand people with a boy's small lunch, healed ten lepers, cast out demons, made the blind see, the lame walk, and the dumb speak. He raised Lazarus from the dead, healed an official's daughter, and caused the disciples to catch a boatload of fish after catching none all night. He did many other things as well but as John records in his Gospel, "if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written."

Not only did He work miracles, but He is the Son of the living God, the only begotten Son of the Father, the Son of the Highest, and the Son of the Blessed. He is the Mighty God, the Everlasting God, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God of the whole earth, God manifest in the flesh, the True God, and My Lord and my God. He is the Great I Am, the Strong and Mighty Jehovah, the Lord of Glory, the same yesterday, today, and forever. He is the Almighty, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Creator of all things, the Everlasting Father, the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the Ending, the First and the Last. He is life eternal, the Way, the Truth, and the Life, the Rock of my Salvation, the Light of the world, the Chosen of God, the Redeemer, the Bright and Morning Star, the Day-spring from on High, the Hope of His people, and the Hope of the world.

Henry Ward Beecher said, "He painted no pictures. Yet some of the greatest paintings of Raphael, Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci received their inspiration from Him. He wrote no poetry; but Dante, Milton, and scores of the world's greatest poets were inspired by Him. He composed no music; but Haydn, Handel, Beethoven, Bach, and Mendelssohn reached their highest perfection in the symphonies and oratorios they composed in His praise. Every sphere of human greatness has been influenced by this humble carpenter of Nazareth!

He was crucified on a cross between two thieves; mocked and ridiculed as He hung on the cross. One Friday over 2000 years ago, He stretched out His arms and died for the sins of the whole world. He didn't stop there, however, He was buried, and on Sunday morning, with all power, strength, and victory over sin and death, He got up out of the grave and now sits on the right hand of God the Father in Heaven. His name is Jesus Christ.…

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Mary Magdalene: The First Person to See the Risen Christ (The Unsung Heroes of Easter #8)

2013-03-31 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 25m 21s

TEXT: Mark 16:1-9

On this Resurrection Sunday, we come to the final person in our Unsung Heroes of Easter series -- Mary Magdalene, the first person to see Jesus Christ after he rose from the dead. She is one of the more popular figures in the Gospel narratives and is mentioned in all four Gospels. She is the woman out of whom Christ cast seven devils. Some have identified Mary Magdalene as the prostitute or "sinful woman" who washed Jesus' feet. However, the Bible does not explicitly state that. We do know that Mary Magdalene was a woman of some means because the Bible says that she attended to Christ and helped provide for the needs of his ministry. Luke 8:2-3 states, "And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils, And Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod's steward, and Susanna, and many others, ministered unto him of their substance."

To many scholars and theologians down through the years, it has been significant that Jesus Christ chose to appear to a woman, and especially to Mary Magdalene, after his resurrection. Let's look at some possible reasons why.

1. The first reason why Jesus appeared to Mary Magdalene before anyone else could be because Mary Magdalene represented a direct triumph over the devil and his plan. Mark 16:9 states, "Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene..." Of course, we can be content to know that Christ simply appeared to Mary Magdalene first because he chose to do so. But I believe it is safe for us to say that Christ appeared to a woman first as a symbolic expression that the curse of sin that had been brought on humanity by the actions of a woman had been completely removed.

2. The second reason why Jesus appeared to Mary Magdalene first could be because Jesus wanted to show that he died and rose from the dead FOR SINNERS. Verse 9 of our passage notes that Mary Magdalene is the one "out of whom Christ had cast seven devils." Most of the passages which refer to Mary Magdalene never leave out this detail. And, I believe this detail gives us another reason why Jesus appeared to Mary Magdalene first after his resurrection -- Jesus wanted to make it clear that he came to rescue SINNERS.

3. The third reason why Jesus appeared to Mary Magdalene first could be because Jesus always comes to those who are searching for him. John 20, verse 1 says, "The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark..." Remember that Joseph and Nicodemus had to bury Jesus hastily on Friday evening because the Sabbath was about to begin. Even though they wrapped Jesus' body in linen and embalmed it with expensive spices, Mary and Mary Magdalene still wanted to anoint the body themselves. In their minds, it was probably the least they could do for the Saviour who had done so much for them.…

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Jesus Christ: The Greatest Hero of All Time

2013-03-31 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 41m 43s

Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #112

TEXT: John 20:19-23

Every now and then, we hear about someone being called a hero because of something great that they do. A firefighter who charges into a burning building to rescue a child, soldiers who risk their lives for their country in battle, a doctor who pulls off a risky medical procedure -- all of these are hailed as heroes. But, there are many heroes who go unnoticed and who are not applauded by the world. These unsung heroes simply do what is in their power, and then fade into history.

Over the past few days leading up to this Resurrection Sunday, we have been looking at the unsung heroes of Easter -- those characters who are critical to the Easter story, but who are often overlooked. We have looked at Pilate's wife, Simon of Cyrene, Mary the mother of Jesus, John the disciple who loved Jesus to the end, the Roman Centurion, Joseph of Arimathea, Nicodemus, and Mary Magdalene. Each of these unsung heroes played an important role in the Easter story, but each of them would tell you that the real hero of Holy Week is the one who rose from the dead on Easter Sunday -- Jesus Christ, the ultimate hero.

The Scottish theologian Sinclair Ferguson said, "Imagine, for a moment, the reaction of Hell to the death of Christ. Jesus was bound with the bands of death. What celebration and joy! God was defeated! Vengeance was the Devil's. But they reckoned without the wisdom of God. For Christ could not be held down by the bands of death. In fact, through death He was paralyzing the one who had the power of death, and He was setting His people free. What seemed to be defeat was actually victory. The Resurrection morning was Hell's gloomiest day. Satan saw the wisdom of God and tasted defeat."

Jesus Christ is the greatest hero of all time because He died for the sins of the world and rose from the dead by the power of God on the third day. But He didn't stop there. He immediately gave his disciples and us peace, power, and purpose. He gave us something that we all crave and that is purpose in life and peace and power to accomplish it.

1. First of all, Jesus Christ gave us peace. The Bible tells us that on that first resurrection Sunday, two thousand years ago, the first words that Jesus Christ said to his disciples were, "Peace be unto you." And then, as if he wanted to make sure that they understood, the Bible says that Jesus "shewed unto them his hands and his side... Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you..."

2. Jesus Christ gave us power. In verse 22, the Bible reads: "And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost." This was Jesus Christ giving power to his disciples. Acts 1:8 specifically calls, "the Holy Ghost" the "power" that these disciples received. The work of the Holy Spirit that Jesus gives is that he makes us capable to do what we are simply not able to do on our own. He gives us power.

3. Jesus Christ gave us purpose. Finally, Jesus Christ tells his disciples, "...as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you." In other words, Jesus says, just as God sent me into the world with the purpose of saving it. I am sending you into the world with the purpose of telling everyone about me so that I can save them.. Jesus says that we are his representatives, his ambassadors, called to take his peace and power to those who are still oppressed by Satan.

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Nicodemus: Another Secret Saint Who Came Through for Jesus in the End (The Unsung Heroes of Easter #7)

2013-03-31 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 28m 53s

TEXT: John 19:38-42

Today, we are going to talk about another "secret believer" who became an unsung hero of Easter. His name is Nicodemus. He was a Pharisee, and like Joseph of Arimathea, he was also a member of the Sanhedrin, the Jewish religious council. We mostly remember Nicodemus as the one who "came to Jesus by night." The Jewish Talmud identifies Nicodemus as Nicodemus ben Gurion, one of the three richest men in Jerusalem at that time. It is said that the combined wealth of these three men could have kept Jerusalem running for 21 years.

After Jesus' death, Nicodemus joined Joseph of Arimathea in taking Jesus' body down from the cross. He provided expensive spices to be used in the burial of the Lord. Church tradition indicates that Nicodemus was martyred for the faith in the first century.

It does not appear that Nicodemus had an instantaneous conversion. Rather he went through a process of carefully considering Jesus' words and actions, and eventually came to a conclusion about who Jesus was. Nicodemus enters the Gospel narrative three times, and each of his appearances tell us something about how he came to believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and the Saviour of the world.

1. The first time we see Nicodemus, we see that he is curious about Jesus. John 3:1-2 tells us, "There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night..." Nicodemus had heard about Jesus, and he realized that there was something special about him. The multitudes were flocking to hear Him. He was working great miracles. The commoners couldn't stop singing His praises. Nicodemus was intrigued by this person named Jesus. He was curious about who He was.

2. The next time we see Nicodemus, we see that he is concerned about Jesus. In John chapter 7, the Pharisees are plotting to have Jesus arrested. They send men to capture Jesus, but the men come back empty-handed. When asked why they have not brought Jesus with them, the men respond, "Never man spake like this man." The religious leaders are concerned that some of their own are beginning to believe on Jesus Christ. They want to put an end to Jesus' teaching because he is drawing all of the attention away from them.

3. The third time we see Nicodemus, we find that he is committed to Jesus. In other words, he has decided to cast his lot with Jesus Christ and His followers. The Bible says, "there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight." …

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Joseph of Arimathea: The 'Secret Believer' Who Sacrificed for Jesus Christ (The Unsung Heroes of Easter #6)

2013-03-29 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 30m 1s

TEXT: Mark 15:42-47

Today, we come to the sixth person in our unsung heroes of Easter series. This person is Joseph of Arimathea. Arimathea was a city in Judea. Joseph was a member of the Sanhedrin -- the Jewish religious council which had condemned Jesus to be crucified. He was a wealthy man and he was also a secret believer in Jesus Christ.

We do not know more about Joseph from the Bible, but other sources say that Joseph gained his wealth by trading metal, which was a much needed product in the Roman Empire. Some say that he was an uncle of Mary, and thus a blood relative of Jesus Christ.

After Jesus' ascension, it is believed that Joseph became a missionary, traveled through Europe with other early followers of Christ, and eventually took the Gospel to Britain which was the northern-most fringe of the Roman Empire. In Britain, he is said to have built the first official church building near what is present-day Glastonbury. At that time Christians still met in houses. It is interesting that near the ruins of this church, there is a plant known as the Glastonbury Thorn which buds twice a year only around the Easter and Christmas seasons. This plant originally came from the eastern Mediterranean area.

We don't know how much of this is true or partially-true, but many people in the early church recognized the significant role that Joseph played in the Gospel story. In fact, Joseph's burial of Jesus Christ is recorded in all four of the Gospels. Let's briefly look at what makes Joseph stand out.

1. Joseph was a searching man. The Bible tells us that Joseph was a man who "waited for the kingdom of God." Like many Jews during that time, Joseph had an expectation that the Messiah would come to save his people from their sins. He was on the lookout for such a person to arrive.

2. Joseph was a sincere man. The Bible tells us that he "went in boldly unto Pilate, and craved the body of Jesus." The word "crave" implies that Joseph desired strongly or begged for the body of Jesus. He was sincere in his desire to do something for Christ. He was not just putting on or doing something for show. At that time, it was far safer to be on the side of Jesus' enemies than to be on the side of Jesus. For a while, Joseph was secretly loyal, but when the chips were down, he didn't lose faith when it looked like all was lost.

3. Joseph was willing to sacrifice. When Joseph acquired Jesus' body from the cross, the Bible informs us that he "laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock." The fact that Joseph did this indicates the level of respect that Joseph had for Jesus Christ. Most people during that time were buried in stone boxes in the ground. But the wealthy people had great tombs carved out of rock. Such a tomb cost a lot of time and money to make.…

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The Roman Centurion had a Change of Heart (The Unsung Heroes of Easter #5)

2013-03-28 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 27m 38s

TEXT: Mark 15:37-39

The Roman Centurion who was in charge of carrying out the crucifixion was one of the people in closest proximity to Jesus during his final hours. A centurion was a Roman army officer normally in command of about 60 to 80 soldiers. This centurion may have carried out or witnessed dozens of crucifixions during his career. He was a hardened soldier and not easily affected by a criminal's cries of pain and agony. Yet, we find that this Roman Centurion was so affected by the manner of Jesus' death, that he ended up admitting what Jesus' disciples and His beloved followers believed -- that he was the son of God.

How did this centurion come to this conclusion? It is quite likely that he did not see any of Jesus' miracles. He had not sat among the multitudes who listened to Jesus' teaching. What did he see in those final hours of Jesus' life that caused him to make this admission? I believe the centurion saw three things about Jesus that convinced him that Jesus Christ is indeed the Son of God.

1. The Centurion saw Jesus' strength. As Jesus was put on trial, he demonstrated tremendous strength in the way he handled the accusations that were made against him. He never answered his accusers. He never tried to defend himself. He showed great strength and restraint by not fighting back. As someone once said, "Pilate has the army, but Jesus has the power. Pilate has the throne, but Jesus has the authority. Pilate asks the questions, but Jesus holds all the answers."

2. The Centurion saw Jesus' serenity. Not only did Jesus show great strength, he showed great peace in his death. Most people meet death struggling to find a way to get out of it. But, Jesus Christ willingly went to the cross. The reason why he was able to demonstrate great peacefulness in his death is because he knew that he was fulfilling God's purpose for his life.

3. The Centurion saw Jesus' sympathy. In his waning moments on the cross, Jesus demonstrated his love and care for others. At a time when most people would have been concerned only about themselves and easing their pain, Jesus showed that he was most concerned about the people around him.…

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John: The Disciple Who Loved Jesus to the Very End (The Unsung Heroes of Easter #4)

2013-03-27 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 29m 4s

TEXT: John 19:25-27

In the midst of the Passion story, we often overlook the fact that there was one disciple who stayed close to Jesus throughout the trial and crucifixion. This disciple was the apostle John. He was a man who came from a family of some means, he owned a house in Jerusalem, and he was the younger brother of James. He and his brother were dubbed by Christ the "sons of thunder" due to their hot tempers. John was a fisherman and likely first heard about Jesus from the preaching of John the Baptist who proclaimed Christ to be the "lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world." Shortly thereafter, Jesus called John to become a fisher of men, and John left his occupation to follow Christ. He became a member of Christ's inner circle of disciples, along with James and Peter.

John is referred to as the disciple whom Jesus loved. As you read John's Gospel, you will notice that love is one of John's major themes, along with the themes of truth and light. John repeatedly contrasts truth with lies, light with darkness, and love with hate. In the three epistles which bear his name, these themes are reiterated over and over again.

I believe that just as Jesus loved John, John loved Jesus. John was the disciple who sat beside Jesus at the Last Supper. In Jewish culture, the person who sat beside a host at dinner was considered an honored guest. When Jesus was arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane, John and Peter were the only ones to follow Him to the place where the trial was being held. Because John was acquainted with the high priest, he was let in. Perhaps he was able to observe the trial. He followed Jesus once the Jewish authorities took him to Pilate, and he followed Jesus from the place of his trial to Golgotha. We find him standing with Mary the mother of Jesus, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene at the foot of the cross.

Why did John stay with Jesus when all of the other disciples had fled? I believe it is simply because throughout his experience following Jesus Christ, John realized that Jesus was truly God's Son, and that as such, God was demonstrating his love for the world through Jesus Christ. Let's look at what this meant in the life of John the apostle.

1. John experienced true love. John was an eyewitness to the unconditional love of Jesus Christ. Jesus expressed his love for his disciples in his prayer for them in John 17. He said, "I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them." Jesus wanted his disciples to experience the same love from God that Jesus Himself felt from God.

2. John was called to demonstrate love. As Jesus hung on the cross, he looked down, and the Bible tells us that he saw John and his mother standing there. Jesus "saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home."

3. John encouraged others to live a life of love. Not only did John experience Jesus' love and demonstrate Jesus' love, but he encouraged others to live a life of love after the pattern of Jesus Christ. …

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Loving Sinners and Praying for Sinners

2013-03-27 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 36m 30s

Praying Through the Bible #31 | with Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: 2 Chronicles 30:15-20

We are in a series of messages titled "Praying Through the Bible: A Series on Every Passage and Verse Regarding Prayer in the Bible". The purpose of this series is to encourage and motivate you to pray to the God of the Bible. We highlighted each of these over 500 verses and passages in the new Prayer Motivator Devotional Bible. So far, we have done 30 messages in this series.

This is message #31 titled "Loving Sinners and Praying for Sinners".

Our passage for today is set in the time of the Divided Kingdoms of Israel and Judah. The northern kingdom of Israel had been defeated by the Assyrian army. God allowed the Assyrian army to take over Israel because Israel had turned to worshiping idols and, despite numerous warnings, refused to turn back to God. However, the southern kingdom of Judah was still holding on, and at this time, the southern kingdom had a righteous leader, King Hezekiah. Having seen what happened to the northern kingdom, Hezekiah planned a large Passover celebration at Jerusalem and invited the people who remained in the land of Israel to attend as well. Seeing that the northern kingdom was without a real leader, this was probably Hezekiah's attempt to unite all of the children of Israel as one nation once again.

Hezekiah's decision to invite the idolatrous northern tribes to Jerusalem for the Passover may have been a controversial one. But, God's hand was with Hezekiah, and He guided him in putting together this great event. Today, I want us to notice three things that Hezekiah did that the church today can learn from when we are dealing with the world, or even when we are dealing with other Christians who have fallen into sin and unrepentance.

1. Notice that Hezekiah worked to make sure his own people were right with God. What do you think would have happened if the members of the northern tribes came to the Passover celebration, and they found that the children of Judah were not right with God themselves? Well, the Israelites would have mocked them. They would have said, 'How dare you invite us to celebrate Passover when you're not right with God yourselves.'

2. Notice that Hezekiah lovingly invited those who were not righteous to the feast. The northern kingdom had been hit hard by Assyria. Many of those of royal blood and those of the upper classes had been taken captive. Most of the people who were left behind were poor commoners who were farmers struggling to survive. These people had a religion that was corrupted -- the worship of Jehovah mixed with pagan rituals. Yet, despite such a sad state of affairs, Hezekiah wanted to invite them to the Passover feast in Jerusalem.

3. Notice how Hezekiah prayed for the children of the northern kingdom. Once the Passover celebration was underway, Hezekiah realized that many of the people whom he had invited from the northern kingdom were ritually unclean and thus, according to Mosaic Law, should not be partaking in the Passover meal. The Bible says that "a multitude of the people, even many of Ephraim, and Manasseh, Issachar, and Zebulun, had not cleansed themselves, yet did they eat the Passover otherwise than it was written."…

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Mary: A Picture of Peace in the Midst of the Greatest Storm that Ever Hit this World (The Unsung Heroes of Easter #3)

2013-03-26 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 39m 25s

TEXT: John 19:25-27

We often speak of Mary in her role of giving birth to Jesus Christ. Not much attention is paid to Mary's presence at Jesus' crucifixion. However, this detail is so important that all four of the Gospel narratives record Mary's presence at the foot of the cross. As we continue our series on the unsung heroes of Easter, I want us to take a look at Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ.

But before we get deep into the significance of Mary at the foot of the cross, I want us to be clear that unlike many Catholics, we do not worship or pray to Mary. Mary is just a woman who God saw fit to use to bring His Son, Jesus Christ, into the world. Pastor and author, Dr. John MacArthur, says as much in his expansive teaching on the heresies of the Catholic church, "Catholic tradition dictates that Mary is part of the monarchy of heaven, soliciting grace and mercy from the Lord on behalf of sinners, and covering sin by distributing from her Treasury of Merit. She became a co-redeemer with Christ in His suffering on the cross, and is now a co-mediator alongside Him in heaven—essentially an alternative avenue of access to God. She replaces the Holy Spirit in bestowing aid and comfort to believers. In effect, she becomes an additional member of the Trinity....Scripture actually has very little to say about Mary. There’s no description of her physical appearance, nothing about her life, her later years after Christ’s death, or her own death and burial. And when she does briefly appear with the disciples and the other believers on the day of Pentecost, she’s not an object of worship or even a leader in the early church—she’s just one among many. There simply are no biblical examples of anyone ever praying to her, honoring her, or venerating her."

Mary was just a young woman from an ordinary family when the calling of God first came on her life. She was told by the angel Gabriel that she would give birth to a child. Of course, this was news that turned her whole life upside down. She had the unenviable task of explaining to her family and to Joseph, whom she was engaged to, that she was pregnant and yet still a virgin. She gave birth in a manger surrounded not by family and friends, but by animals. Shortly after that, she had to escape to Egypt because King Herod wanted her child dead. And when she and Joseph returned to Israel, Mary, like all mothers, had to deal with the difficult process of Jesus Christ growing up, becoming a man and moving out to do his "father's business."

When Mary and Joseph took the infant Jesus up to the Temple, a man of God named Simeon told Mary, "Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against; (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed."

I have often wondered what Simeon meant by saying that a sword would pierce Mary's soul as well. Perhaps he was trying to tell Mary that life after giving birth to the Son of God would not be easy. There would be difficult things she had to go through emotionally and spiritually. Like any mother would, Mary felt pain every time she heard insults, accusations, and slander against God's Son whom she had been used to bring into the world. The lashes of the whip that tore at Jesus' skin, tore at Mary's soul. There were probably countless times when she wanted to rush to Jesus' defense. But, not one time in the Bible do we see Mary in the middle of an outburst. She never made a scene. She didn't try to take matters into her own hand. Whenever we see Mary, we see a calm, strong, peaceful woman. What was Mary's secret? What caused her to be so peaceful in the middle of the storms and upheaval that surrounded her firstborn son?…

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Simon of Cyrene: Must Jesus Bear the Cross Alone? (An Encounter with God on the Road to Golgotha) (The Unsung Heroes of Easter #2)

2013-03-26 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 32m 5s

TEXT: Mark 15:12-21

Some of the most significant events in our lives happen unexpectedly. We do not plan them. We do not prepare for them. They seemingly happen by chance; however, we know that nothing happens by chance. Today, as we continue our series on the Unsung Heroes of Easter, I want to talk about a man who had a surprise encounter with God. His name is Simon, and the Bible tells us that he was from Cyrene. Cyrene was the capital city of a Roman province in North Africa, an area which we know as Libya today. It had a sizable population of Greek-speaking Jews who had immigrated there about 300 years before Christ was born. Simon was either a member of this Jewish population, or he was a native African who worshipped the God of the Jews. Simon happened to be in Jerusalem for the observance of Passover, as many Jews who lived abroad and many Gentiles who feared God traveled to Jerusalem to celebrate this important holiday.

Now, as we move along, we find that during the time of Passover, as Simon was coming out of the countryside into the city of Jerusalem, a strange procession met him. At the head of this procession was a group of Roman soldiers surrounding a beaten and bloodied man who was struggling to carry a cross up the hillside. Behind them, were spectators, Jewish religious leaders, and women weeping. Simon probably tried to get out of the way, but his curiosity got the better of him, and he joined the crowd lining the street to watch the procession. As it passed before him, the man carrying the cross stumbled and fell. Despite the urging of the soldiers, he was unable to carry the cross any further.

One of the soldiers looks into the crowd of spectators. He sees Simon standing there and grabs him, pulls him into the pathway, and orders him to pick up the cross and carry it up the hillside. Any number of men could have been chosen to carry Jesus' cross. But God saw fit that Simon was standing in that exact place at that exact time for him to be called on to bear the cross of Christ. As he stooped down to lift the heavy wooden beam, Simon found himself face-to-face with God.

People often meet God in the unlikeliest of places and under the unlikeliest of circumstances. As Paul says in the book of Acts, "God is not far from every one of us." And it is a beautiful thing when God decides to reveal Himself to an unsuspecting person. Simon was perhaps on his way to join his family in Jerusalem for the Passover celebration, when God interrupted his plans and said, 'I want you to bear the cross of My Holy Son and the Saviour of the world, Jesus Christ.'

1. Notice the Beauty of Cross-bearing. Simon probably did not think that helping a criminal carry a cross was something he would be doing once he got to Jerusalem. As his grip closed on the rough wood, he probably wondered, 'Why me? Look at all these people standing around. Why did they have to pick me?' When God thrusts us into an uncomfortable situation, isn't that how we react? We wonder, 'Why is this happening to me?' But eventually we come to the realization that God is directing us, and we learn to trust his leadership.

2. Notice the Burden of Cross-bearing. While the end result of Simon's encounter with Jesus Christ was a beautiful thing, his journey up to Golgotha was difficult. It was brutal and bloody. Cruel Roman soldiers hurried them along likely cracking whips, jabbing them with spear butts, and cursing along the way. A jeering, judgmental crowd followed them. A few weeping, compassionate women tried to get close to Jesus. The heavy, wooden beam pressed into Simon's back. It was not easy carrying Christ's cross.

3. Notice the Blessing of Cross-bearing. Even though cross-bearing is difficult, there is a certain blessing mixed in with this difficulty. Realizing these blessings will help us bear our cross with confidence.…

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Mary: A Picture of Peace in the Midst of the Storm (The Unsung Heroes of Easter #3)

2013-03-26 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 39m 25s

TEXT: John 19:25-27

We often speak of Mary in her role of giving birth to Jesus Christ. Not much attention is paid to Mary's presence at Jesus' crucifixion. However, this detail is so important that all four of the Gospel narratives record Mary's presence at the foot of the cross. As we continue our series on the unsung heroes of Easter, I want us to take a look at Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ.

But before we get deep into the significance of Mary at the foot of the cross, I want us to be clear that unlike many Catholics, we do not worship or pray to Mary. Mary is just a woman who God saw fit to use to bring His Son, Jesus Christ, into the world. Pastor and author, Dr. John MacArthur, says as much in his expansive teaching on the heresies of the Catholic church, "Catholic tradition dictates that Mary is part of the monarchy of heaven, soliciting grace and mercy from the Lord on behalf of sinners, and covering sin by distributing from her Treasury of Merit. She became a co-redeemer with Christ in His suffering on the cross, and is now a co-mediator alongside Him in heaven—essentially an alternative avenue of access to God. She replaces the Holy Spirit in bestowing aid and comfort to believers. In effect, she becomes an additional member of the Trinity....Scripture actually has very little to say about Mary. There’s no description of her physical appearance, nothing about her life, her later years after Christ’s death, or her own death and burial. And when she does briefly appear with the disciples and the other believers on the day of Pentecost, she’s not an object of worship or even a leader in the early church—she’s just one among many. There simply are no biblical examples of anyone ever praying to her, honoring her, or venerating her."

Mary was just a young woman from an ordinary family when the calling of God first came on her life. She was told by the angel Gabriel that she would give birth to a child. Of course, this was news that turned her whole life upside down. She had the unenviable task of explaining to her family and to Joseph, whom she was engaged to, that she was pregnant and yet still a virgin. She gave birth in a manger surrounded not by family and friends, but by animals. Shortly after that, she had to escape to Egypt because King Herod wanted her child dead. And when she and Joseph returned to Israel, Mary, like all mothers, had to deal with the difficult process of Jesus Christ growing up, becoming a man and moving out to do his "father's business."

When Mary and Joseph took the infant Jesus up to the Temple, a man of God named Simeon told Mary, "Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against; (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed."

I have often wondered what Simeon meant by saying that a sword would pierce Mary's soul as well. Perhaps he was trying to tell Mary that life after giving birth to the Son of God would not be easy. There would be difficult things she had to go through emotionally and spiritually. Like any mother would, Mary felt pain every time she heard insults, accusations, and slander against God's Son whom she had been used to bring into the world. The lashes of the whip that tore at Jesus' skin, tore at Mary's soul. There were probably countless times when she wanted to rush to Jesus' defense. But, not one time in the Bible do we see Mary in the middle of an outburst. She never made a scene. She didn't try to take matters into her own hand. Whenever we see Mary, we see a calm, strong, peaceful woman. What was Mary's secret? What caused her to be so peaceful in the middle of the storms and upheaval that surrounded her firstborn son?…

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GLMX #138: The Ultimate Thrill Ride

2013-03-24

  They are the most-attended sporting events in the United States. Tens of thousands of excited, passionate fans gather in the stands and the infield to watch race cars zoom around a racetrack at over 180 miles per hour mere feet, and sometimes mere inches, from one another. The high-energy, heart-racing event is watched by [...]…

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GLMX #138: The Ultimate Thrill Ride

2013-03-24 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 19m 55s

They are the most-attended sporting events in the United States. Tens of thousands of excited, passionate fans gather in the stands and the infield to watch race cars zoom around a racetrack at over 180 miles per hour mere feet, and sometimes mere inches, from one another. The high-energy, heart-racing event is watched by millions more on television. Almost nothing else on earth can compare to the breathtaking spectacle. Yes, a NASCAR race is the ultimate thrill ride.

But with such a thrill ride, comes the threat of danger. One month ago, a terrible crash at a race the day before the Daytona 500 underscored the risk that fans and drivers take when they go out to the racetrack. One of the women who suffered broken bones from the crash described it as a "scene from a horror movie." Not only have drivers and fans been injured at these events, but the specter of death is always present as well. The careers of some of NASCAR's most promising drivers -- such as Adam Petty, Kenny Irwin Jr., and perhaps the sport's most notable figure, Dale Earnhardt -- have been cut short by deadly crashes on the race track.

The danger of a thrilling NASCAR race also tells us something about life. Many people go through life searching for thrills in many different ways: a whirlwind romance, getting high on drugs, the perfect marriage, an expensive vacation, promiscuous sexual activity, or a concert or sporting event that they eagerly look forward to.

All of these things may sound and be exciting, but they each come with their own risks and, on top of that, they don't last forever. Whirlwind romances often end just as fast as they began. Drug highs never last, frequently turn into addictions, and often damage a person's body beyond repair. All marriages have their share of troubles and difficulties, and many seemingly "perfect" marriages end in divorce. As much as we may like them to, vacations don't last forever, and one always has to return to an often mundane everyday life. Illicit sexual activity leads to broken hearts, broken relationships, and sometimes sexually transmitted diseases. And a concert or sporting event, no matter how exciting while it is going on, always comes to an end.

After going through such experiences, we are often left wondering if there is anything in life that can permanently satisfy and fulfill our heart's desires and our deepest longings. I'm here to tell you that there is. But such satisfaction and fulfillment is not found in events or in things. It is found in a person whose name is Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ said, "I am come that they might have life and have it more abundantly."

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David Green: One of the Richest Men in America Uses his Money to Affect Lives for Eternity (Gospel Light Minute #91)

2013-03-24 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 9m 32s

He is the founder and president of the largest arts and crafts store chain in the United States, which has over 500 stores and 21 thousand employees. He is a member of the Forbes 400 and is worth $4.5 billion dollars, making him #79 on the list of the richest people in America.

Even though each of his five siblings grew up to became preachers or preachers' wives, he fell in love with the idea of selling things after graduating from high school. While he was working as a manager at a five-and-dime store, he borrowed $600 to buy the equipment he needed to start his own business, and in 1972, he opened his first store. Even though his fast growing company was initially a success, it experienced a "brush with death" in 1985. He described the issue as a problem with his leadership style. He said, "It was a pride problem, and I had to get rid of it. It's sort of like God said to me, because I was arrogant, 'I'm going to let you have it by yourself.'" He found the solution to the company's problems by getting under his desk and praying for help.

Attributing the company's present success to God, he says, "If you have anything or if I have anything, it's because it's been given to us by our Creator. So I have learned to say, 'Look, this is yours, God. It's all yours. I'm going to give it to you.'" Today, he gives half of the company's profits toward operations that share Christ with others. Through foundations he supports, he has already distributed nearly 1.4 billion copies of Gospel literature in more than 100 countries, mostly in Africa and Asia. He also sponsors the YouVersion Bible app which is available in 144 languages and has been downloaded more than 85 million times. He says, "I don't know how to get anywhere else unless you start with that one thing: that the Bible is God's word."

Regarding his strong commitment to sharing Christ, he says, "My company is worth billions of dollars. So what? Is that the end of life, making more money and building something? For me, I want to know that I have affected people for eternity. I believe I am [doing that]. I believe once someone knows Christ as their personal savior, I've affected eternity." His name is David Green and he is the founder and president of Hobby Lobby.…

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Pilate's Wife and the Nightmare from Heaven (The Unsung Heroes of Easter #1)

2013-03-24 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 44m 10s

Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #104

TEXT: Matthew 27:11-20

On this Palm Sunday, the first day of Holy Week, I am beginning an eight-part series titled "The Unsung Heroes of Easter." Because of the fast-moving, epic events of Holy Week, we often miss the small, seemingly insignificant, characters of the Easter story. Only a verse or two is dedicated to their actions in the Biblical record, and we do not know that much more about them from extra-Biblical records. But, as in all vast, sweeping historical events, it is the little-known individuals who carry out deeds of kindness, love, and bravery. They may only get a footnote in history, but their actions echo down to us today.

In this series, we are going to look at eight people whose lives were touched by Christ's journey to the cross. We are going to start out by taking a look at Pilate's wife. Neither the Bible nor history tells us much about Pilate's wife. Church tradition indicates that her name was Claudia Procula, and that she later became a follower of Christ. The Greek Orthodox Church regards her as a saint. Other than that, her page in history is blank. But, we do have this one verse in Matthew where we find that her story intersected with the story of Jesus Christ.

Matthew 27:19 says, "When he (that is, Pilate) was set down on the judgment seat, his wife sent unto him, saying, Have thou nothing to do with that just man: for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him."

Scientists tell us that our minds generate dreams based on events from day-to-day life. Our dreams are also affected by what we eat and drink before we go to sleep. While most dreams of this nature are meaningless, the Bible tells us that God sometimes sends people dreams that they should pay attention to. Pilate's wife, whom we will refer to as Claudia for the purposes of this message, experiences one of these kinds of dreams -- a dream so terrible and dreadful that it caused anxiety or mental torment or anguish. It was a nightmare from Heaven.

It is interesting that Matthew's Gospel begins and ends with dreams. What is of particular interest is the dreams that were sent to Gentiles: at the beginning of this gospel, God saves the Wise Men from Herod's wrath by sending them a dream with a warning to escape, and at the end of this gospel, God sends a dream to Pilate's wife which prompts her to send a warning to Pilate in an attempt to save Jesus.

We do not know the contents of Claudia's dream. Spurgeon and other theologians have speculated that Claudia may have dreamed of one of three things. Perhaps she saw Jesus Christ suffering on the cross. Surely, the blood streaming down his body, his anguished cries, and the crown of thorn crushed cruelly atop his head would have vexed this woman's heart. Surely it would have moved her to send a message to Pilate to have nothing to do with this Just Man.

Perhaps she saw Christ seated in all his glory at the Great White Throne Judgment and she and her husband standing there before him -- the same one whom Pilate had judged was about to judge him and decree his eternal fate. Certainly that would have moved her greatly.

Or perhaps, and most terribly of all, she saw her husband being tormented by flames in the dark pit that knows no bottom. Such a terrible dream -- a nightmare from Heaven -- would have moved her to plead with her husband for the innocent Christ to be left alone.

These are just the ideas that some have proposed down through the centuries regarding what Pilate's wife may have dreamed about on that day when Jesus was sentenced to die. But, whatever the contents of the dream, God thought it necessary for one of the gospel writers to include it in his account of the events of Holy Week, and I believe there are three messages that are given to us through this simple, one-verse record.

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What Would Happen if God's People Stop Playing and Start Praying? (Part 2)

2013-03-20 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 41m 41s

Praying Through the Bible #30 | with Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: 2 Chronicles 7:12-15

We are in a series of messages titled "Praying Through the Bible: A Series on Every Passage and Verse Regarding Prayer in the Bible". The purpose of this series is to encourage and motivate you to pray to the God of the Bible. We highlighted each of these over 500 verses and passages in the new Prayer Motivator Devotional Bible. So far, we have done 29 messages in this series.

This is message #30 titled "What Would Happen if God's People Stop Playing and Start Praying? (Part 2)"

Last week, we began looking at some familiar verses in 2 Chronicles chapter 7. Most of us have heard these verses time and time again, and we think that we know them well. But, in times of crisis, it is good to look back at lessons from the past, and see how those lessons can help us today. George Santayana said, "Those who do not learn from the past are condemned to repeat it." So, we are looking at these words that God gave to Solomon hundreds of years ago, and applying them to our present situation.

We have already seen from these verses that God expects to hear from His people in prayer. He expects us to pray humbly, and not only to pray, but to turn away from our sins as well. Today, let's look at the response that God promises if we do all three of these things.

1. God will hear our prayers. Perhaps you have heard people say, 'It doesn't feel like my prayers are getting past the roof' or 'All my prayers just seem to hit the ceiling.' Perhaps you have said something like this yourself. The person who says this is expressing his or her view that their prayers are not getting through to God.

God has a promise for believers who take the steps that we discussed last week: pray, seek God's face, humble themselves, and repent of their sins. God will begin to hear our prayers once again.

2. God will forgive us of our sins. Yes, the next thing that God promises to do for us is, He will forgive us of our sins. First John 1:9 says that if we confess our sins, God will be faithful and just to forgive us of our sins. Forgiveness is a result of going to God in prayer and confessing our sins.

3. God will restore his blessings to us. In verse 14 God says that He will "heal their land". This means that God will remove the curses, and restore the hand of blessing to the nation of Israel. If we look at verse 13, we will remember that these prayers are made on an occasion when God 'has shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if locusts are devouring crops, or if God has caused a pestilence, that is an epidemic disease, to spread throughout the population.' God is saying that if His people pray humbly and confess and repent of their sins, he will remove these curses from the land. He will "heal the land", and restore his blessings upon it.…

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GLMX #137: How to Get Right With God

2013-03-17

  Have you ever wronged someone and failed to go back and make the situation right with them? Perhaps it was a family member, a co-worker, a friend, or a spouse who you offended. Such a situation often leads to resentment, non-communication, and even hatred. You and the other person may find it hard to [...]…

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In a Dangerous Sport, Kyle Petty Depends on Jesus Christ to Protect Him (Gospel Light Minute #90)

2013-03-17 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 8m 26s

He is a former NASCAR driver and is currently a co-host for NASCAR RaceDay and panel member for NASCAR Smarts. He participated in 885 races during his career. He came in first place eight times and finished in the top ten 184 times. He is active in many charitable causes, such as the Victory Junction Gang Camp for terminally-ill children, which he established to honor his late son, as well as an annual charity motorcycle ride across the country called the Chick-fil-a Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America which raises money to support terminally-ill children.

He accepted Christ as his Saviour after a racing-related accident took the life of his uncle. He said, "When I was 15, my uncle was killed in a pit road accident, and I was right there with him. I realized how close I came to being killed. If I was going to be in this sport, I needed Someone to protect me. You can't do it on your own. I gave my life over to the Lord. Every time I get into a race car, I turn everything over to Him. Unless you build your house on the Rock, Jesus, it's going to fall."

His faith in God helped carry him and his wife through the grief that followed the death of their son who also lost his life on the racetrack. He said, "I must have gotten 20 million help books on how to deal with grief. But the only help book there is is the Bible. Walk to your Bible, open up your Bible and the Lord will lead you to a passage. There's a relevant passage that he will lead you to to deal with what's going on in your life today. And that's everyday -- not just in the hard times... God wouldn't give me more than I can handle. I can handle this, but I can't handle it alone. By saying, 'Lord, you've got to help me,' that burden is lifted off your shoulders. It's still hard, but there's always help there and you always feel like somebody's walking with you... It's just an amazing comfort to know that you can turn everything over to Jesus Christ." His name is Kyle Petty.…

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Why the Lord Tarries

2013-03-17 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 25m 12s

Bible Prophecy Series #2

TEXT: 2 Peter 3:6-10

I mentioned last week that after I got saved, I began looking for the Lord to come every day. I was eagerly anticipating his return, and I still am today. However, the Lord did not come back when I expected him to, and, today, I have children who are growing into young adults. Lord willing, they have many years ahead of them. But I often remind them that not only can death cut their life short, but the Rapture can take place at any moment.

We know from Scripture that the early Christians had this same anticipation of Christ's Second Coming. Over in First Thessalonians, Paul had to comfort some believers who thought that those people who had died before Christ returned would not be able to experience the joy of His Second Coming. And in our passage today, we see that Peter had to affirm for some believers that even though "scoffers" mocked the promise of Christ's return, that Jesus would keep His promise and return to gather believers to himself.

However, in verse 9, he gives us some very important information. He tells us why the Lord tarries. Let's look at the reason he gives, and the implications it has for us today.…

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The Forsaken

2013-03-17 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 51m 28s

Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #103

TEXT: Psalm 22:1-5

In 1991, few people were thinking of a place called Bangladesh. Most people knew it was somewhere on the other side of the world, and that was it. However, on the night of April 29th, a cyclone hit the Bay of Bengal and suddenly Bangladesh was front page news. Over 130,000 people died in the disaster, and millions more were left homeless. Many people simply vanished beneath the rising water, their bodies swept out to sea. At that time, Bangladesh was already one of the poorest countries in the world. Now amid the death, disease, loss, and starvation, the anguished cry from many survivors was "Why has God forsaken us?"

That question echoes from the many events that cause despair and desperation in our lives. Not only from large-scale disasters such as earthquakes and tsunamis, but from a single mother who has lost her job and is wondering how she can provide for her children. It echoes from the heart of a parent who has found out that their beloved child has a terminal illness and there is no hope for recovery. This cry echoes from the soul of a young man who once had a bright future but got caught up in drugs, drinking, and violence, and is now sitting, homeless, in an alley somewhere wondering if his life will ever amount to anything?

Perhaps some of you have wondered this same thing at moments of utter despair in your life: "Why has God forsaken me?" But long before we ever asked such a question, we find that it was asked in the pages of Scripture. We would see this question as a human outcry against what we may feel is unfair or unjust. But, today, I want us to look at this question from a spiritual perspective, and that perspective is given to us in Psalm 22.

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GLMX #137: How to Get Right With God

2013-03-17 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 16m 5s

Have you ever wronged someone and failed to go back and make the situation right with them? Perhaps it was a family member, a co-worker, a friend, or a spouse who you offended. Such a situation often leads to resentment, non-communication, and even hatred. You and the other person may find it hard to speak to each other or to work together. If you don't go back and make it right, it may seem as though a brick wall has risen up between the two of you.

Did you know that such a wall exists between you and the most important, most powerful being in the universe. Yes, from the time we are born, a wall is standing between us and God.

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What Would Happen if God's People Stop Playing and Start Praying?

2013-03-13 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 45m 22s

Praying Through the Bible #29 | with Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: 2 Chronicles 7:12-15

We are in a series of messages titled "Praying Through the Bible: A Series on Every Passage and Verse Regarding Prayer in the Bible". The purpose of this series is to encourage and motivate you to pray to the God of the Bible. We highlighted each of these over 500 verses and passages in the new Prayer Motivator Devotional Bible. So far, we have done 28 messages in this series.

This is message #29 titled "What Would Happen if God's People Would Stop Playing and Start Praying? (Part 1)"

King Solomon, the son of King David, was the third king of Israel. He was the one who built the magnificent temple in Jerusalem which was dedicated to the worship and service of God. Our passage today tells us of God's second appearance to Solomon which came after the dedication of this Temple. The first time God appeared to Solomon, God told Solomon to ask of him anything and he would give it to him. As you know, Solomon asked for wisdom. Because Solomon asked for wisdom, God said that he would also gave him riches, long life, and a peaceful reign.

Now, after Solomon has finished building the Temple, God appears to him again. This appearance came at a particularly dangerous time in Solomon's life -- it came after a season of great blessing and accomplishment -- a dangerous time because after seasons of blessing and accomplishment, we have a tendency to stop doing what we were doing that brought the blessings and accomplishments. G. Campbell Morgan said, "No height attained, no work done, no blessing received, is in itself sufficient to ensure our continuance in the favor of God. Nothing but continued faithfulness can do that."

Sometimes, we fail to continue being faithful in doing the things that brought the blessing, not only in our personal lives, but also as a church family, as a community, and as a nation. I read an article that gave a report on some research that showed how that the more prosperous a nation was economically, the less religious that nation became. In fact, some of the most religious nations on this earth are also some of the poorest nations. The implication seems to be that when a nation or a people gain success and prosperity, they tend to push God and faith to the sidelines. That is what happened in Solomon's life. That is what eventually happened to the nation of Israel. And that is what is happening to America today.

In response to this action, God often sends punishment on that person or on that nation. God says to Solomon, "If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people..." These bad things will begin to happen if a nation turns away from God. But God's punishment does not indicate that he is forsaking and abandoning us. On the contrary, God's punishment reflects his desire for us to learn the lessons that he is trying to teach us so that we can begin receiving his blessings once again. And if we are serious about learning those lessons, God also tells us what we should do in response. He says, "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways..." This is the role that we have to play in order to turn things around in our lives and in our nation. Let's dig into this passage and see what would happen if God's people would stop playing and start praying.…

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GLMX #136: The Last Words of Hugo Chavez: “I Don’t Want to Die. Please Don’t Let Me Die”

2013-03-10

  This past week, Hugo Chavez, who served as president of Venezuela for fourteen years, died. In June 2011, it was revealed that he had gone to Cuba for surgery to remove a cancerous tumor. Even though he declared himself fully recovered in July 2012, just four months later, he was back in Cuba for [...]…

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Lessons from Living in a Strange Land (Part 5)

2013-03-10 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 28m 25s

How to Handle Persecution #23 | with Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Genesis 45:1-8

During our last time together, we saw how God raised up Joseph from the prison to a position of power in Egypt. After Joseph interpreted Pharaoh's dream through the spirit of God, Pharaoh appointed Joseph to take charge over the entire land during the seven years of plenty so that the seven years of famine would not be so devastating. Joseph wisely stored up extra crops during the seven years of plenty so that when the famine hit, he could distribute it to the people of Egypt.

At that time, Egypt was the only major power in that part of the world. So when the famine affected that entire region, all of the people in that region looked to Egypt for assistance. The Bible tells us that the famine also affected Joseph's family back in Canaan. Jacob, his eleven other sons, and their families soon ran out of food, so Jacob sent his sons down to Egypt to buy food from Pharaoh. The Bible relates to us how Joseph tested his brothers to see if they were truly sorry for the wrong that they had done to him those many years ago. We are not going to get in to that part of the story today, however, suffice it to say that they indeed passed the tests. Joseph saw that they truly had changed and were sorry for what they had done. It was at this point that Joseph decided to reveal himself to them, and that is where we pick up on the story today. …

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For Former "Three 6 Mafia" Rapper, Delmar "Mr. Del" Lawrence, a Stop in Church Unexpectedly Changed his Life Forever (Gospel Light Minute #89)

2013-03-10 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 10m 3s

He is a hip hop artist and music producer. He is president of the independent record label Dedicated Music Group. Before becoming a Christian, he was a member of the Oscar winning, platinum-selling rap group Three 6 Mafia, which became famous for their hit song, "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp." He received a Grammy award nomination for Best Rock Gospel Album of the year and a 2010 GMA Dove Award nomination for Rap/Hip Hop Album of the year. His first Christian solo album, "The Future" was released in 2005 and debuted at No. 15 on Billboard's Gospel Chart. "Hope Dealer" was released in 2007 and "Thrilla" was released in 2009.

As a member of Three 6 Mafia, which was known for its profane lyrics, he was a rising rap star with money, fame and a gold record -- all before the age of 21. After being on tour for nearly a year, he made a return trip to his hometown of Memphis to surprise his family. Arriving on a Sunday morning, he made a stop at his home church, not knowing that he would leave that service a changed man. He said of that time, "I heard God speak to me during service, and He gave me a vision of what He wanted me to do. Based on that experience, I decided to give my life to God right then and there." After giving his life to Christ, he now leads his own record label and a hip-hop influenced church, City of Refuge in Memphis. He is on a mission to win youth to Christ. He said, "I want youth to see they can have fun and still represent Christ. It does not matter what you did the night before; I am giving this word and I want these people to feel the love of Christ in their lives." His name is Delmar "Mr. Del" Lawrence.…

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Don't Let Looks Deceive You: David (A Picture of Christ)

2013-03-10 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 57m 26s

Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #102

TEXT: 1 Samuel 16:1-13

The Italian historian and philospher Niccolò Machiavelli said, "Men in general judge more from appearances than from reality. All men have eyes, but few have the gift of penetration."

We live in a society where much emphasis is placed on a person's outward appearance. We make judgments of people based on how they look on the outside, instead of taking the time to learn more about their character and personality -- how they really are on the inside. How many people have gotten into relationships with somebody who looked like they had it all together on the outside, but after a few weeks or months with that person, they found out that that person was not all they appeared to be. Appearances can be deceiving.

Today, I want us to look at a man who looked like he had it altogether. He looked like he was a born leader. He was somebody the people of his nation were willing to follow. However, he failed them because, even though he looked good on the outside, there was something wrong in his heart. He did not have the kind of respect for and relationship with God that he needed to have.

First, we'll take a look at Saul -- the failed king. Then, we'll look at the type of king God wanted for his people. And, finally, we will look at the selection of David as the king of Israel.

+ Plus, listen to Shirley Caesar singing "Yes, Lord, Yes" and the West Angeles COGIC Choir singing "Lord, Prepare Me To Be A Sanctuary"…

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GLMX #136: The Last Words of Hugo Chavez: "I Don't Want to Die. Please Don't Let Me Die"

2013-03-10 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 17m 2s

This past week, Hugo Chavez, who served as president of Venezuela for fourteen years, died. In June 2011, it was revealed that he had gone to Cuba for surgery to remove a cancerous tumor. Even though he declared himself fully recovered in July 2012, just four months later, he was back in Cuba for more surgery. His condition worsened as the cancer began to affect his lungs, and after two months of treatment in Cuba, he returned to a military hospital in Venezuela where he remained hospitalized and was "fighting for his life." He developed a "severe respiratory infection", and on March 5, 2013, the government announced that he had died from a massive heart attack. His last words were: "I don't want to die. Please don't let me die."

Hugo Chavez's dying words reflect the desire that all of us have to live forever. Death is a painful, unnatural experience. Painful for the people who are left behind to grieve, and unnatural because in God's original plan, death was never meant to be. However, even though we all have to die physically, the Bible tells us that we can live forever through the Son of God, Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the world.

Jesus Christ said in John 5:24: "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life." The Bible also says in John 3:36: "He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him."

These verses tell us that the way to have eternal life is through believing on the Lord Jesus Christ as our Saviour. The life that Jesus Christ provides is permanent -- it lasts forever. Because we live in this sinful world, and because the "wages of sin is death," we will still have to die physically. But instead of fearing what lies on the other side of the door of death, we can be confident and die in peace knowing that Jesus Christ is on the other side of that door and is waiting with open arms to receive us into Heaven.

The great evangelist D.L. Moody said that when he died, he would actually be more alive than ever before. And, as he lay on his deathbed, he exclaimed, "Earth recedes and Heaven opens before me!" If you know Jesus Christ as your Saviour, death will only be a transition from Earth to Heaven. Even though you will pass from this earth physically, you will be entering upon a new, eternal, existence in Heaven.

Wouldn't you like to have this wonderful assurance about death? Wouldn't you like to know that you are going to a better place when you die? You can know this today if you accept Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and here is how you can do that right now:

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2013-03-10 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 26m 12s

Bible Prophecy Series #1

TEXT: Mark 13:32-37

Before Jesus Christ went to the cross to accomplish the work which he was sent to do on this earth, he informed his disciples of "the things which will be hereafter". In other words, He told them what would happen in the end times after he had established his church on earth and gone back to Heaven. He told them of certain signs which would shake the earth and make us aware of his impending return. These events include:

1. Wars and rumors of wars
2. Increased persecution
3. Famines, diseases, and epidemic
4. Earthquakes and natural disasters
5. "False Christs and false prophets" arising
6. Strange signs in the heavens
7. An increase in violence and immorality

We have seen all of these signs in some form or another just over the past few years. This tells us that the return of Christ is imminent. No, we cannot pinpoint the time of his return. And it is foolish for us to try to do so. But we must be ever aware of the fact that that time is soon at hand.

This message today is the first in a series of messages that I will be giving on the end times. Lord willing, over the next several months, we will work our way through a timeline of the events that will occur, starting with the rapture, and ending with the return of Christ to the earth to establish his kingdom, and then the passing away of this heaven and earth and the creation of the new heavens and the new earth.

The first thing that will happen in the climatic series of events marking the last days is the rapture of the church. We will be addressing this event in more detail next week. However, while we are waiting eagerly for the rapture, Jesus Christ does not want us to sit on our hands. In fact, he gave us specific instructions about what He wants us to do. He wants us to be about our "Father's business."

In Mark 13:32-37, Jesus Christ tells his disciples what he expects them to be doing while they are waiting for his return. Today, I want to talk with you briefly about this passage, because we ought to be doing the same things as well.…

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David's Other Great Sin and Prayer

2013-03-06 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 41m 53s

Praying Through the Bible #28 | with Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: 1 Chronicles 21:13-17

We are in a series of messages titled "Praying Through the Bible: A Series on Every Passage and Verse Regarding Prayer in the Bible". The purpose of this series is to encourage and motivate you to pray to the God of the Bible. We highlighted each of these over 500 verses and passages in the new Prayer Motivator Devotional Bible. So far, we have done 27 messages in this series.

This is message #28 titled "David's Other Sin."

We oftentimes talk about David's sins of adultery and murder. But, we rarely hear about David's sin of pride as recorded in our passage today. This sin came at a time late in David's reign, when the nation was at rest from all of its enemies, when the country was prosperous and at peace. Oftentimes, when things have been going well for people for some time, they have a tendency to make a mistake which causes them to mess things up. These mistakes happen because they grow lax in their devotion to God, they are not as vigilant in resisting the devil, and they allow a little temptation to slip past the door of their hearts. Just this past week, I had to remind my family that when things are going well, they have to be extra soberminded, and extra prayerful, because those are the times when the devil is waiting in the corner ready to pounce on somebody who has let their guard down.

In our passage today, we find that David let his guard down at a time when things were doing well. And because he did not resist the devil, he messed up in a big way.

1. How did David let his guard down? In the midst of the prosperity and success of the kingdom, the Bible says that "Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel." This is the first time the word "Satan" is used as a proper name in the Bible. The name "Satan" means adversary or one who withstands. Satan was the enemy of Israel and he was trying to get King David to do something that he knew God would be displeased with. He was trying to get David to number the fighting men of Israel. The Hebrew word for "provoke" means to "incite" of to "lure". Satan started to mess with David's mind, telling him how great he was, feeding his pride and his ego, until David decided he wanted to know how many men he had at his command.

2. Notice the punishment that resulted from David's sin. The Bible says that after Joab brought the results of the census back to David, "God was displeased with this thing; therefore he smote Israel." The Hebrew word for smite has several meanings ranging from killing someone to a plague that affects crops. But verse 14 of our passage tells us that God sent a pestilence against Israel that caused seventy thousand men of Israel to die. The very thing which had become the source of David's pride was now the source of David's pain and punishment.

3. Notice how David repented. The Bible says that when David saw the destruction of the people of Israel, he said to God, "Is it not I that commanded the people to be numbered? even I it is that have sinned and done evil indeed; but as for these sheep, what have they done? let thine hand, I pray thee, O Lord my God, be on me, and on my father's house; but not on thy people, that they should be plagued." David admitted his sin and admitted that he deserved his punishment. He asked God to have mercy on the children of Israel. Thankfully, David was a man who kept short accounts with God. He did not let sin pile up in his life. Whenever he was confronted with his own wrongdoing, either by God or by others, he immediately confessed and repented in prayer to God. …

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GLMX #135: Getting to Know the One Who Never Resigns

2013-03-03

This past week, the world witnessed the resignation of Pope Benedict the 16th. To the surprise and disappointment of many people around the world, the now Pope Emeritus decided that he was no longer strong enough to be the leader of the over 1.2 billion strong Catholic Church. He became the first Pope in over [...]…

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Have You Met Your Kinsman Redeemer?

2013-03-03 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 44m 33s

Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #101

TEXT: Ruth 4:1-10

Have you ever been expecting somebody to do something and then found out that they were unable or unwilling to do it? Sometimes it is not a big deal, but at other times it is a cause for great disappointment. The fact is that, in life, people let us down and often fail to do their responsibilities. If we are honest with ourselves, we would admit that each of us have probably let someone down in our own lives, or failed to fulfill a responsibility that we were obligated to fulfill.

In our passage today, from the book of Ruth, we read about a man who could not fulfill a duty that was expected of him in relation to Ruth. Ruth was a Moabite woman who married an Israelite man. However, after her husband died, she returned to the land of Israel along with her mother-in-law, Naomi, because there was a famine in Moab. Once they arrived in Bethlehem, Ruth went to work in the fields of a man named Boaz to provide for herself and her mother-in-law. God blessed Ruth to find favor in the sight of Boaz, and Boaz made sure that Ruth had everything she needed to take care of herself and Naomi.

One day, as Ruth came home with an abundance of food, she told Naomi about the kindness that Boaz had shown to her. Naomi informed Ruth that Boaz was one of their near-kinsmen, or close male relatives, and that as such, he was required under the Mosaic law to fulfill the role of the "kinsman redeemer." A kinsman redeemer was required to do several things on behalf of his brother and his brother's family.

All of these tasks were spelled out in the law which God gave to Moses for the children of Israel. Ruth and Naomi expected Boaz to fulfill his role as the kinsman redeemer which would involve buying the property of Naomi’s family and marrying Ruth. However, first today, I want us to look at another man who should have been the redeemer.

1. Let’s take a look at this ‘redeemer’ who could not redeem. One night, Ruth approached Boaz about fulfilling his role as the kinsman redeemer. Boaz was very interested in doing both of these things, however, Boaz was an upright and honest man who wanted to obey God's law above all. Boaz knew that there was another man who was even more closely related to Ruth and Naomi than he was, and he knew it was right to give that man a chance to fulfill the role of kinsman-redeemer first.

2. Now, let's look at the requirement that stood in the way of redemption. You might be wondering why Boaz did not just go ahead and marry Ruth and buy the land. Well, the law required that the nearest of kin be given the opportunity to do so first. And, as we have said before, Boaz was not the nearest of kin. Boaz was a righteous man, and so he gave the other man who was more closely related the opportunity to do his duty. Boaz fulfilled the requirements of the law.

3. Now I want us to look more closely at Ruth’s redeemer -- the righteous rescuer. You already know his name is Boaz. When the unnamed redeemer failed to fulfill his responsibility, he had to agree to let Boaz do it. The Bible says that “the kinsman said unto Boaz, Buy it for thee. So he drew off his shoe.” The taking off of one’s shoe was an ancient custom in Israel. The man who relinquished his right to redeem his brother’s inheritance gave his shoe to the one who would fulfill the requirements of the redeemer. If a man tried to go back on his promise, the other party could bring out the shoe to remind him of their agreement.

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Mark Burnett says his Life has Been Changed by the Bible (Gospel Light Minute #88)

2013-03-03 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 9m 10s

He is a well-known television producer who currently produces five network television programs: Survivor, Celebrity Apprentice, The Voice, Shark Tank, and The Job. He has worked with Oprah Winfrey, Dr. Phil, Martha Stewart, and Samuel L. Jackson, among many others. His work in the television industry has earned him four Emmy Awards and four People Choice Awards. Currently, he and his wife are producing "The Bible", a 10 hour History Channel drama based upon stories of the Bible.

As a child, he grew up in a strict Scottish Presbyterian/Catholic home where he always saw a Bible and from a young age, he was aware that the Bible contained certain rules to which strict consequences were applied. As he grew older, he became a Christian and his love and passion for the Bible increased. He said in an interview, "People apply personal meanings to the Bible. Our job is to tell the stories in an emotionally connected way." He further says, his previous view of the Bible as just a rule book, "distorted God's love for all of us, because there's only one perfect character, which is Jesus. Everybody else is flawed to a lesser or a greater degree, especially in the time of kings in the Old Testament. Still, God didn't give up, even when people were making the worst mistakes. And I think that relief has made me feel it's a story of love and less about harsh rules."

He says of "The Bible" project that he is working on: "Even though we came into this as people who love the Bible and people who love the Word and who love the Gospel, we have experienced a deepening of our own faith in the three and a half years that we have been working on [The Bible] together. I don't think you can work on the scripture day after day, after day as deeply and for as many hours as we have been, and not be impacted by it." His name is Mark Burnett.…

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GLMX #135: Getting to Know the One Who Never Resigns

2013-03-03 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 13m 52s

This past week, the world witnessed the resignation of Pope Benedict the 16th. To the surprise and disappointment of many people around the world, the now Pope Emeritus decided that he was no longer strong enough to be the leader of the over 1.2 billion strong Catholic Church. He became the first Pope in over 600 years to resign while serving in the papal office.

As the world watched the pomp and ceremony of the resignation of Pope Benedict the 16th, many were left wondering who the next leader of the Church would be and whether or not he would be able to handle the numerous scandals that surround it. Perhaps the Pope was not able to handle so many negative situations that have engulfed the church, and thus saw the reason to step down.

As the Cardinals convene to elect a new leader who is expected to take the church in a new direction soon, we must understand that nothing in this world lasts forever. People do not stay in the same position forever. Situations do not stay the same forever. But there is One Who never steps down. He sits on the throne of Heaven and is the ruler of the billions of people that live on the earth. He will never step down or resign from His position as King of kings and Lord of lords. He never gets tired of forgiving people, helping people, and saving people. He stands at the door of every person's heart and is waiting to be allowed in. His name is Jesus Christ and He can be your leader right now and forever. …

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How to Get Out of an Impossible Situation

2013-02-27 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 52m 38s

Praying Through the Bible #27 | with Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: 2 Kings 20:1-11

We are in a series of messages titled "Praying Through the Bible: A Series on Every Passage and Verse Regarding Prayer in the Bible". The purpose of this series is to encourage and motivate you to pray to the God of the Bible. We highlighted each of these over 500 verses and passages in the new Prayer Motivator Devotional Bible. So far, we have done 26 messages in this series.

This is message #27 titled "How to Pray for Healing and Life."

As you might recall, our previous two messages in this series came from the life of King Hezekiah as recorded in the book of Second Kings. And our message today also deals with the events in the life of King Hezekiah. If you are wondering why we are talking about Hezekiah so much, it is simply because Hezekiah evidently was a praying man. He understood the power of prayer to God, and he frequently communicated with God in prayer.

However, no matter how spiritual or in tune with God one may be, that does not cause one to be exempt from troubles and problems in this life. God never promised that this life would be smooth sailing, even if you are a follower of Christ. In fact, Jesus Christ promised his disciples that they would certainly have trouble on this side of heaven. And Philip Melanchthon, the German reformer who worked with Martin Luther said, "Trouble and perplexity drive me to prayer and prayer drives away perplexity and trouble."

So, even though Hezekiah was a righteous king; even though he was a good man and a praying man, we see in this passage that trouble visited his house once again. The first two times trouble came, it was in the form of the Assyrian army threatening to destroy Jerusalem. But this third time, trouble hits Hezekiah much closer to home.

1. Notice Hezekiah's severe sickness. The Bible says that "In those days Hezekiah was sick unto death..." What were "those days" that this passage is referring to. Well, historians say that Hezekiah's sickness came during the time of the Assyrian invasion. This was an especially bad time for Hezekiah to fall ill. He had the responsibility of defending Jerusalem against her enemies, he was trying to encourage his people to trust in the Lord and not lose heart, and now, he had to deal with a severe sickness as well. The Bible does not tell us exactly what this sickness is besides the fact that it involved boils on the skin. This was not just a bad case of the flu; this was a sickness that Hezekiah nearly died from.

2. Notice Hezekiah's private prayer. The Bible tells us that right after he received the message that he would die, Hezekiah "turned his face to the wall, and prayed unto the Lord". We see here once again that Hezekiah's reaction in difficult situations was to immediately go to the Lord in prayer. When the Assyrian leaders were threatening to destroy Jerusalem, he went up to the house of the Lord and he called the prophet Isaiah to pray with him. When he received a threatening letter from the King of Assyria, he immediately "spread the matter" before the Lord in prayer. And now, we see that when he is incapacitated and laying on his death bed, he once more goes to the Lord in prayer.

3. Notice the amazing answer that Hezekiah received. Evidently, Isaiah left the room as Hezekiah was praying. And the Bible says that before he could get off the palace grounds, God told him, "Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, Thus saith the Lord, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee: on the third day thou shalt go up unto the house of the Lord." What an amazing answer to prayer! Just a few minutes after Hezekiah began praying and pouring his heart out to God, God sent his answer through the prophet Isaiah -- Hezekiah would live for 15 more years. …

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GLMX #134: So Jay-Z, You Want to be “Forever Young” and Live Forever and Ever? Here’s How.

2013-02-24

  Rapper and hip-hop artist Jay-Z sings a song titled “Forever Young”. In this song he talks about his desire to be forever young. Then he asks the question, do you really want to live forever and ever? His song, even though it may not be talking about living forever in Heaven, according to the [...]…

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How a Whore and her Family Got Saved Down at the Whore's House

2013-02-24 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 59m 46s

Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #100

TEXT: Joshua 2:1-21

Jericho is one of the oldest inhabited cities of the ancient world. Even though it is located in one of the hottest climates in the region of Palestine, it is a wonderful oasis. It is known as the "city of palm trees." Date palms, banana trees, sycamore trees, and henna trees populate the landscape. It is the type of place you would go to rest after a long, tiring journey.

However, despite all of its beauty, in the 15th century B.C., the city of Jericho was a very wicked place that was deserving of God's judgment. In our passage today, we find that the children of Israel are getting ready to take possession of the Promised Land. And as part of that process, they have to conquer the nations that are already in the land. Their first stop along the way is the city of Jericho, and they are under strict commands from God to destroy it.

1. First of all, notice the sin of Jericho. Joshua 6:17 tells us that the city of Jericho "was accursed by God, even it, and all that are therein." A divine "ban" -- signified by the Hebrew word "herem" -- was placed on the city and all that was in it. In the military terminology of that day, when a "ban" was placed on an enemy city that meant that nothing in the city was to be left alive. Everything was to be completely and utterly destroyed.

2. Secondly, notice the sin of Rahab. Joshua 2:1 says, "Joshua the son of Nun sent out of Shittim two men to spy secretly, saying, Go view the land, even Jericho. And they went, and came into an harlot's house, named Rahab, and lodged there." In the midst of this corrupt and sinful society we meet a woman named Rahab. The Bible tells us that Rahab had a house on the wall of Jericho. Many scholars believe that she also ran an inn, and thus, it was natural for the Israelite spies to stop at such a place so they could masquerade as travelers while they were on their spy mission.

Rahab, however, is most known for her occupation as a prostitute. She was also a liar. When the king of Jericho sent his men to demand that she tell them where the spies were, she said that they had come and gone without her knowing who they were, when in fact, she had hidden them on top of her roof. The Bible does not condone or excuse Rahab's behaviour. It simply reports it.

3. Third, notice the salvation of Rahab and her family. After her confession of faith, Rahab tells the spies, "Now therefore, I pray you, swear unto me by the Lord, since I have shewed you kindness, that ye will also shew kindness unto my father's house, and give me a true token: And that ye will save alive my father, and my mother, and my brethren, and my sisters, and all that they have, and deliver our lives from death." Rahab realizes that the end of Jericho is at hand, and as any wise person will do, she tried to find a way to get out while she still could. She not only tries to find a way for herself, but for her entire family. Rahab may have been a sinner, but she was not stupid. She knew that judgment was coming, and did what she could to avoid it.

The spies make a promise to Rahab. They say, "When we come into the land, thou shalt bind this line of scarlet thread in the window which thou didst let us down by: and thou shalt bring thy father, and thy mother, and thy brethren, and all thy father's household, home unto thee. And it shall be, that whosoever shall go out of the doors of thy house into the street, his blood shall be upon his head, and we will be guiltless: and whosoever shall be with thee in the house, his blood shall be on our head, if any hand be upon him."

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GLMX #134: So Jay-Z, You Want to be "Forever Young" and Live Forever and Ever? Here's How.

2013-02-24 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 19m 25s

Rapper and hip-hop artist Jay-Z sings a song titled "Forever Young". In this song he talks about his desire to be forever young. Then he asks the question, do you really want to live forever and ever? His song, even though it may not be talking about living forever in Heaven, according to the Bible necessarily, (and yes, the original cut has some unsavory language), but Jay-Z's song touches on a longing that is in the soul of every man. Listen to a few of the lyrics that I can share with you:

Forever young,
I wanna be forever young
Do you really want to live forever?
Forever and ever

Forever young
I wanna be forever young
Do you really want to live forever?
Forever and ever

Jay-Z's lyrics testify also to our culture's obsession with youth. Television ads about anti-aging creams and techniques populate the airwaves. People fret over dieting and health issues all in an effort to look and feel younger. This past week, a new project was launched to study how humans can extend their life span. The project is being funded with millions of dollars from the founders of big companies such as Google and Facebook. Make no mistake about it, people have a longing and desire to live forever.

This obsession with youth is a reflection of our desire for immortality, permanence, and living forever. This is a desire that humans have experienced since the beginning of time. You might recall learning about the fabled Fountain of Youth, the waters of which were said to restore the youth of anyone who drank from them. This fountain was spoken of and sought for from the fourth century BC in Ancient Greece to the 16th century in what is today Florida.

The Holy Bible tells us about a place where people's bodies will no longer age and decay, where people will never get sick or diseased, where no one will ever die -- in other words, where everyone will be forever young. The best thing about this place, however, is that everyone who goes there will be in the presence of the loving Creator who is the source of all life, energy, and vitality. This place is called Heaven or Paradise, and right now, I want to share with you how you can get there so you can indeed be forever young.

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Meagan Good Keeps her Eyes on God and Uses her Acting Gift to Glorify Him (Gospel Light Minute #87)

2013-02-24 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 10m 32s

She is a star television and movie actress who began her career at four years old. She has appeared in numerous commercials, television shows, music videos, and major movies. She was cast in her first film, the 1995 hit "Friday", at age thirteen. At age fifteen, her performance in the critically acclaimed 1997 film "Eve's Bayou", earned her her first NAACP Image Award nomination.

Since then, her film appearances include: Roll Bounce, Waist Deep, Stomp the Yard, Jumping the Broom, and Think Like a Man among many others. She currently stars in the lead role of the new NBC TV drama series "Deception." One of the things that stands out in the show is that in the midst of all that "deception", her character wears a cross around her neck. I believe that she does this to be a witness for Jesus Christ. And may I say with all due respect to her husband and without fear of successful contradiction, she is one of the most beautiful women in the world.

Although she was not raised in the church, she says that she is a Christian and that she will not do roles that she feels might disappoint God. She said in an interview, over the years, "I have learned that I need to really keep my eyes on the prize which is God and not worry so much about what other people think of me. And if I keep my eyes on the prize, people will think what they need to think of me, good or bad."

Regarding the roles she plays, she said, "I think that, for me, it’s about portraying a character creatively and artistically as an actress. I believe that God has gifted me as an actress and intends for me to use that gift, but He also intends for me to use it to glorify him. So, if I’m playing the most perfect, religious girl, then nobody gets anything out of it. It’s like being a Christian and only hanging out in church. When I play a character, I try not to judge her because ultimately it’s about where she ends up and what she learns from the journey, no matter what happens along the journey. Does she become a better person?"

She reads her Bible "every day without fail" and is determined to continue growing in her faith. Married to a Hollywood movie executive who is also a preacher, she said that she is happy to have "a partner who shares the same heart for God that I have, who walks down the same road as I, and who wants the same things in life that I do. I’m also happy that I found someone who understands what I do for a living, and wants to use that as a tool to help glorify God....It’s just a blessing now that people are listening as I try to share the love of God and empower young women." Her name is Meagan Good.…

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Take it to the Lord in Prayer

2013-02-20 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 53m 15s

Praying Through the Bible #26 | with Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: 2 Kings 19:8-37

We are in a series of messages titled "Praying Through the Bible: A Series on Every Passage and Verse Regarding Prayer in the Bible". The purpose of this series is to encourage and motivate you to pray to the God of the Bible. We highlighted each of these over 500 verses and passages in the new Prayer Motivator Devotional Bible. So far, we have done 25 messages in this series.

This is message #26 titled "Take it to the Lord in Prayer."

In our last message in this series on prayer we were introduced to King Hezekiah of Judah. We learned that King Hezekiah was a good king who ruled his kingdom well. However, one day he received some bad news in the form of an Assyrian army at the gates of Jerusalem. We saw that King Hezekiah immediately went into the house of the Lord and then he asked the prophet Isaiah to pray for the city regarding this matter. God answered the prayers of King Hezekiah and delivered Jerusalem from destruction by causing a distraction for the Assyrians in the form of an Egyptian army that had to be dealt with before the Assyrian king could carry on his assault against Jerusalem.

While Assyria's occupation with the Egyptian army provided a reprieve for the city of Jerusalem, it did not resolve the conflict. As we see in our passage today, the Assyrians turned their attention to the Jewish people once again. Let's look at this passage, and once more, we will see the power of God in response to prayer.

1. First of all, notice the repeated threat. When the King of Assyria heard that the Egyptians were on the march, he did not leave the land of Judah without repeating his threat to the city of Jerusalem. He told his officers to write a letter to King Hezekiah. In the letter he told Hezekiah, "Let not thy God in whom thou trustest deceive thee, saying, Jerusalem shall not be delivered into the hand of the king of Assyria. Behold, thou hast heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all lands, by destroying them utterly: and shalt thou be delivered?"

2. Secondly, notice the reaction of the king. Verse 14 tells us that "Hezekiah received the letter, and read it: and Hezekiah went up into the house of the Lord, and spread it before the Lord." Hezekiah did exactly what any child of God should do in such a situation. He spread the matter before the Lord. First Peter 5:7 says that we should cast all our care upon Him because He cares for us. One of the greatest mistakes you can make in this life is to try and bear all of your burdens alone when Jesus Christ is there with you and he wants to carry those burdens if you will just let go of them. You have to stop wanting to control everything and place everything in God's hands.

3. Now, notice the result of Hezekiah's prayer. The Bible tells us that "Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to Hezekiah, saying, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, That which thou hast prayed to me against Sennacherib king of Assyria I have heard..." Have you ever tried to talk to somebody, and it seemed as though they were not really listening to you. They may have been nodding their head and acting as though they were listening, but they were not really hearing what you were saying. Well, it is such a blessing to know that God does not treat us that way. He listens to everything we have to say to Him. And in this passage, we see where He gives Isaiah a message that starts out by saying, "Hezekiah, I have heard your prayer."…

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GLMX #133: The Meteorite that Shook the World

2013-02-17

  In 1977 Steven Spielberg released a science-fiction movie titled “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.” The movie was extremely popular and made over $337 million worldwide. It tells the story of Roy Neary, an Indiana electrician, and others who have “close encounters” with objects or beings from outer space. Astronomer J. Allen Hynek popularized [...]…

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Look and Live

2013-02-17 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 58m 24s

Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #99

TEXT: Leviticus 21:1-9

Last week, we looked at the true meaning of the Passover in the book of Exodus. In that message, we found the children of Israel on the cusp of their deliverance from slavery in Egypt. Now, in Leviticus 21, the children of Israel are close to the end of their forty year journey to the Promised Land. Much of the older generation -- those who were adults when the children of Israel left Egypt -- had died off, and now, their children -- those who were very young at the time of the Exodus and those who were born in the wilderness -- are on their way to the Promised Land. However, this young generation apparently had not learned the lessons that God had taught their parents. Unfortunately, they did not take heed to the suffering that their parents went through during their many years of wandering in the wilderness.

As we see in this passage, this younger generation made some of the same mistakes that their parents made, and they had to learn the hard lessons for themselves...

1. First of all, notice their sinful action. The Bible says that the "people spake against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread."

2. Now, notice their sudden repentance. Just as they were quick in their sin, the children of Israel were swift in their repentance. Our passage states that "the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord, and against thee; pray unto the Lord, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people."

3. Now, notice their simple faith. God hears Moses' prayer for the children of Israel and he tells Moses what to do so they can be delivered from the fiery serpents. God says, "Moses, make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live."

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Mike Singletary says Having Jesus in his Life Helps him to be the Man, Husband, and Father that he Should Be (Gospel Light Minute #86)

2013-02-17 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 9m 42s

He is a NFL football coach and former professional football player. He played college football for the Baylor Bears and was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the second round of the 1981 NFL Draft. He was known as "The Heart of the Defense" for the Chicago Bears' Monsters of the Midway in the mid-1980s. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1998.

He later pursued a career as a coach. He served as linebacker coach for the Baltimore Ravens and then for the San Francisco 49ers where he was promoted to the head coaching position. Today, he is currently the linebacker coach and an assistant to the head coach for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League.

Despite his tremendous success on the field, he found that he felt "empty" and unfulfilled. He said, "I had everything. And it was right after the Super Bowl that I realized that I was really, really empty. I had done all this stuff. I had made the Pro Bowl. I just signed a great contract. I was the MVP that year. I had just won the Super Bowl. But I was the emptiest and the most frustrated." Although he was raised in a Christian home, the lifestyle of sports superstardom had overshadowed his faith, and he had come to a crossroads.

He said, "I just remember, one day, breaking down. I remember saying, 'Lord, I’m supposed to be Your son, and You don't talk to me or use me. You don't do anything. I don't understand this.' In my spirit, I heard two things. One was 'I want to use you, but there are some things that you gotta clean up first.' The second thing that I had to do was forgive my father." His father had divorced his mother and walked out on the family when he was 12 years old.

Once he chose to do that, he says, "Day by day, God began to take away some of the bad habits that I had. Had it not been for Jesus Christ in my life, I'm sure I'd be divorced. I'm sure that I'd know my kids from a distance.” Now an ordained minister, author and motivational speaker, he says, "There is nothing, absolutely nothing, that I would take in place of my faith. To me, Christ means everything. I know that He's got my back no matter what I do. So that gives me all the freedom in the world to be the man that He's called me to be." His name is Mike Singletary.…

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GLMX #133: The Meteorite that Shook the World

2013-02-17 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 15m 31s

In 1977 Steven Spielberg released a science-fiction movie titled "Close Encounters of the Third Kind." The movie was extremely popular and made over $337 million worldwide. It tells the story of Roy Neary, an Indiana electrician, and others who have "close encounters" with objects or beings from outer space. Astronomer J. Allen Hynek popularized the term "close encounter." A close encounter is the sighting of or contact with such an object or being. In the film, some of the characters were kidnapped by aliens, which caused tremendous grief to their families. Because of their experiences, these characters became convinced that there is more to the universe than we know, and that sometimes, whatever else is out there can be quite dangerous.

This past week, we, too, were also reminded that the universe is a dangerous place. In Russia, many people experienced a "close encounter" with an object from outer space when an unpredicted and unexpected meteorite weighing ten tons and traveling faster than the speed of light crashed through earth's atmosphere creating a sonic boom that damaged some structures and shattered glass windows across a vast area. Over 1,000 people were injured from the event.

Additionally, astronomers also tracked an asteroid which zipped past our planet a mere 17,000 miles away -- that's closer than many satellites which men have put in orbit. Scientists say that the chances of a meteor hitting earth and an asteroid nearly hitting earth on the same day are one in 100 million. Yet, they both happened this past Friday.

These "close encounters" serve to remind us of just how vulnerable we are in the universe. Many scientists believe that a huge meteor that struck near what is today the Gulf of Mexico is the reason why the dinosaurs became extinct. And many others say that it is just a matter of time before such an event happens again -- causing major loss of life and major environmental changes for the earth. In fact, the Bible speaks of stars falling from the sky and striking earth during the end times.

No matter what happens to the earth, we do not have to fear such an event if we know what will happen to us when we die. We do not have to worry if we are depending on the one who owns the earth and the entire universe.

Psalm 24:1 says, "The earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein." This verse tells us that not only does the earth and everything in it belong to God, but you belong to God as well. God loves you and cares about you. He wants you to go to Heaven to be with him after you die. Because of this great love, he sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to earth to die on the cross for your sins. Your sins are the bad, wrong things that you do, and those things are what will cause you to be eternally separated from God in a place called hell after you die. However, John 3:16 tells us that "God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." If you trust in Jesus Christ and His saving work on the cross, you will not perish in Hell, but you will have everlasting life in Heaven with God.

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What to Do When You Receive Bad News

2013-02-13 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 1h 0m 4s

Praying Through the Bible #25 | with Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: 2 Kings 19:1-8

We are in a series of messages titled "Praying Through the Bible: A Series on Every Passage and Verse Regarding Prayer in the Bible". The purpose of this series is to encourage and motivate you to pray to the God of the Bible. We highlighted each of these over 500 verses and passages in the new Prayer Motivator Devotional Bible. So far, we have done 24 messages in this series.

This is message #25 titled "What to Do When You Receive Bad News."

Hezekiah was the sixteenth king of Judah. He reigned during the time of the divided kingdom, when Israel had her own king and Judah had her own king. Hezekiah was a good king who led the nation in the proper worship of God. He destroyed the idols and pagan altars that previous wicked kings had set up. He renewed the celebration of the Passover. He also presided over the building of the now famous Siloam Tunnel which allowed water from the Pool of Siloam to be carried into the city of Jerusalem which was especially important when the city was under attack. Part of this construction is still visible in the Old City of Jerusalem today. The Bible says that Hezekiah "did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that David his father did...He trusted in the Lord God of Israel; so that after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor any that were before him. For he clave to the Lord, and departed not from following him, but kept his commandments, which the Lord commanded Moses."

Hezekiah was a good king who ruled his kingdom well. However, one day Hezekiah received some bad news.

1. Notice the bad news Hezekiah received. If we flip back to Second Kings 18, we find that the King of Assyria was on a war campaign in the middle east. He had fought against and conquered many other small nations, and now he had turned his attention to Judah. While he was engaged in warfare in the south of Judah, he sent "a great host" under the command of three of his leaders -- "Tartan", the commander in chief; "Rab-sa-ris", the chief eunuch; and "Rab-sha-keh", the chief cupbearer. These leaders and their army laid seige to the city of Jerusalem.

2. Secondly, notice Hezekiah's reaction to the bad news. We have seen already that Hezekiah tore his clothes and covered himself in sackcloth. But the Bible tells us that Hezekiah did two other things. First, he "went into the house of the Lord." The second thing Hezekiah does is he requests the prayers of the prophet Isaiah.

3. Thirdly, notice God's answer to the bad news. After Hezekiah's officials share the problem with Isaiah, Isaiah says, "Thus saith the Lord, Be not afraid of the words which thou hast heard, with which the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed me. Behold, I will send a blast upon him, and he shall hear a rumour, and shall return to his own land; and I will cause him to fall by the sword in his own land."

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GLMX #132: Billy Joel, the River of Dreams, and the Gospel of Jesus Christ

2013-02-10

  Just a few days ago, I was listening to a song from the 1990s titled “The River of Dreams”. It was written and sung by American composer Billy Joel. Billy Joel’s song is a reflection of the heart cry of every human being. Listen to these lyrics: In the middle of the night I [...]…

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Hadiya Pendleton's "Inner Light" Was the Light of the World -- Jesus Christ (Gospel Light Minute #85)

2013-02-10 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 12m 56s

She was a bright, bubbly, beautiful and loving 15-year-old girl who worked hard in school and pushed her friends to succeed. She had her whole life in front of her and was full of purpose, promise, and potential. She had a smile that lit up every room she walked into. She was the type of child every parent would want, the type of student every teacher would love to have in their classroom, and the type of church member every pastor would desire to have in their pews. She was described as real, genuine, authentic, 'more precious than rubies,' and a 'walking angel.' She was energetic and loved music, the arts, and life. And she had an "inner light" that shined in her relationships with her friends and brightened the lives of so many others.

She was an honor student and a majorette in prep school and her goal was to go to Harvard University to study pharmacology and journalism. In the sixth grade, she made a public service announcement denouncing gang violence. She took part in basketball, volleyball, mentoring programs, and cheerleading. She loved visiting new places, and after traveling to Washington D.C., she had her eyes set on Paris, France. However, just eight days after she marched in the inaugural parade in front of President Obama, she was shot dead while talking with friends at a park in Chicago.

According to her biography printed in the funeral program, she "accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as her personal saviour at Christian Covenant Baptist Church, where Reverend Silas is the pastor. As her family was guided by God's divine providence they joined the Greater Deliverance Temple Church of Christ where Rev. Courtney Maxwell is the pastor, in October 2007. Furthermore, she gave her stewardship to ministry by being a member of the youth and teen ministry. She was involved in Greater Deliverance Temple Teen Praise Dance, worked in the church nursery, and brought her friends to church with her. Her mother said, "I'm not worried about where she's going. I know who has her...I'm not worried about her soul. I know where she is." As one pastor put it, "There is a new name written in glory." Her name is Hadiya Pendleton and she will always be remembered as a "beautiful gift" to those who know and love her.

This is the "Chief of Sinners," Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International. The "inner light" that made Hadiya the happy, loving girl that she was is the Light of the World, Jesus Christ. Hadiya now rests in Heaven in the arms of her Saviour. I do not feel sorry for her; I envy her. If you have not given your life to Jesus Christ, if you are not sure that you will go to Heaven when you die, may I encourage you to accept Jesus Christ as your Saviour today. …

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GLMX #132: Billy Joel, the River of Dreams, and the Gospel of Jesus Christ

2013-02-10 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 18m 23s

Just a few days ago, I was listening to a song from the 1990s titled "The River of Dreams". It was written and sung by American composer Billy Joel. Billy Joel's song is a reflection of the heart cry of every human being. Listen to these lyrics:

In the middle of the night
I go walking in my sleep
From the mountains of faith
To the river so deep

I must be lookin' for something
Something sacred I lost
But the river is wide
And it's too hard to cross

I've been searching for something
Taken out of my soul
Something I'd never lose
Something somebody stole

I don't know why I go walking at night
But now I'm tired and I don't want to walk anymore
I hope it doesn't take the rest of my life
Until I find what it is I've been looking for

Billy Joel's song expresses a desire that many people have testified to. Many people go through life feeling as though something in their life is missing -- that something that should be there is gone. Like Joel, these people go through life searching for what is missing in their life. Have you ever felt this way -- as though there is something missing in your life? Have you ever felt as though there were a hole in your soul? The French philosopher Blaise Pascal said that "There is a God shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus."

The thing that Billy Joel said he was missing in his life, and the thing that many people feel as though they are missing in their lives is a relationship with God. Long ago, in the Garden of Eden, this relationship with God was broken because of the sin of Adam and Eve, the first humans. Adam and Eve had the privilege and blessing of a direct, wonderful, peaceful relationship with God. Everything they ever needed or wanted was supplied, and they lived a life of perfect bliss. However, when they were tempted by Satan, they decided to disobey God, and because of their disobedience, their relationship with God was severed.

Because of Adam and Eve's sin, all of us, their descendants, are born into this world with a figurative hole in our hearts. That hole is representative of the relationship that we should have with God. However, because all of us are born sinners, we are born in a state of enmity with God. There is a dividing wall between us and God because God is holy and we are sinful. Thus, we go throughout our lives searching for the unity with God that we so desire.

Billy Joel writes in his song, "I'm tired and I don't want to walk anymore. I hope it doesn't take the rest of my life until I find what it is I've been looking for." My friend, you don't have to keep on searching for what you have lost. You don't have to spend the rest of your life searching for a real relationship with God. You can have one today.…

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Will You Be Passed Over?

2013-02-10 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 45m 59s

Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #95

TEXT: Exodus 12:1-13

For hundreds of years, the children of Israel were enslaved in the land of Egypt. They served the Pharaohs as farmers, sheep-herders, and construction workers. Perhaps many of the pyramids and other ancient structures which are still standing in Egypt today were built by Hebrew hands. However, one day, God raised up Moses to command Pharaoh to let the Hebrews go and to lead the children of Israel to the Promised Land. Of course, we know that Pharaoh refused to let the children of Israel go free. However, while Moses was being used by God to speak His words to Pharaoh, Moses was also being used by God to prepare the Hebrews to leave the land of Egypt.

One of the ways in which God told Moses to prepare the Hebrews for the exodus was by implementing the Passover ritual. The passage which we have just read describes God's command to the children of Israel regarding what they should do for the Passover. While the Passover is now a Jewish holiday of remembrance, it is also a holiday that is full of meaning for us today. Morris Joseph, a rabbi from New York in the late 1800s said that the "Passover has a message for the conscience and the heart of all mankind. It commemorates the deliverance of a people from degrading slavery, from most foul and cruel tyranny. And so, it is God's protest against unrighteousness, whether individual or national."

Not only is the Passover a image of the national salvation of a people, it is also an image of the personal salvation which would be provided many years later through the blood of the Lamb of God, Lord Jesus Christ. In this, the beginning of the Passover tradition, we see three significant aspects of being under the blood of the lamb.

1. We see the precious and painful sacrifice. Our passage states, "In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house...And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening."

2. Secondly, in this passage, we see the partaking of the sacrifice. After the lamb was killed, the family was to "eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it...And ye shall let nothing of it remain until the morning."

3. The third thing we see from this passage is the protection that came from the sacrifice. The Bible states that "they shall take of the blood of the lamb, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it...For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment...And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you."

+ Plus, listen to Cece and Bebe Winans singing "The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power" and Hillsong singing "Nothing But the Blood of Jesus"…

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Pray and See Like You've Never Seen Before

2013-02-06 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 50m 40s

Praying Through the Bible #24 | with Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: 2 Kings 6:8-23

We are in a series of messages titled "Praying Through the Bible: A Series on Every Passage and Verse Regarding Prayer in the Bible". The purpose of this series is to encourage and motivate you to pray to the God of the Bible. We highlighted each of these over 500 verses and passages in the new Prayer Motivator Devotional Bible. So far, we have done 23 messages in this series.

This is message #24 titled "Pray and See Like You've Never Seen Before."

Last week, we looked at an example of prayer in the life of the prophet Elijah. Today, we are going to look at an example of prayer in the life of Elijah's protege -- Elisha. According to the Jewish Virtual Library, Elisha was likely in his twenties when he was called to follow Elijah and he likely came from a well-to-do land-owning family. When he accepted God's call into ministry, he dramatically severed his ties with his old life by slaughtering the pair of oxen he was plowing with, cooking the meat, and serving it to his friends and family. For the next four years, we do not know much else about Elisha, but we know that he was under the tutelage of Elijah. Just before Elijah is taken up into heaven, Elisha asks for a double portion of Elijah's spirit to rest on him. This request is granted and Elisha succeeds Elijah in the prophetic office.

In our passage today, we also see that Elisha, like Elijah, was a man of great prayer. Through prayer, Elisha was able to see the spiritual reality of the situations that he faced. He did not just see people and situations with human eyesight. He saw them with spiritual eyesight. And just as God revealed spiritual realities to Elisha hundreds of years ago, he can and will do the same for us if we go to him in prayer and allow Him to open our spiritual eyes. Today, I want to show you three things that God can do for you if your spiritual eyes are open.…

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GLMX #131: A Simple Matter

2013-02-03

  In the last Pirates of the Caribbean movie, “On Stranger Tides”, a young missionary by the name of Philip Swift is taken captive aboard the Queen Anne’s Revenge. The Queen Anne’s Revenge was the ship of the legendary and fearsome pirate Edward Teach, more commonly known as Blackbeard. Even though he was tortured and [...]…

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God Has Provided His Lamb

2013-02-03 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 58m 48s

Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #94

TEXT: Genesis 22:1-14

Today, we are looking at the well-known story of God's test of Abraham. It is a story that is potent with symbolism and pulsating with significance because it is a reflection of the greatest story ever told -- and that is the story of Jesus Christ's great love and sacrifice for us. As we examine this story today, I hope that you will see how much God loves you, and how much He has given to save your soul.

1. Notice with me the loving father. God tells Abraham, "Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest..." This is the first time that love is mentioned in the Bible. It is interesting to me that in Scripture, the first kind of love mentioned is not romantic love between a man and a woman but the love that a parent has for a child. Abraham loved Isaac. Isaac was his only child, a child of promise, the child of Abraham's old age. But now, God asks Abraham to sacrifice his only son whom he loved very dearly.

2. Now, notice the willing son. Verse 6 tells us that "Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together." Isaac willingly goes with his father even though he does not understand what is going on. As they set out, he did not know that Abraham planned to sacrifice him. Nonetheless, he went willingly.

3. Finally, I want you to notice the provided lamb. Abraham and Isaac are at the top of Mount Moriah. The altar has been set up. The wood has been laid on top of the altar. Isaac has been bound and laid on top of the wood. The knife is ready. Abraham is about to offer up Isaac as a burnt offering to the Lord.

The Bible then tells us that "Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son."

+ Plus, listen to the West Angeles Mass Choir sing "We Bring The Sacrifice of Praise" and Keith and Kristyn Getty singing "Behold The Lamb"…

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GLMX #131: A Simple Matter

2013-02-03 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 14m 40s

In the last Pirates of the Caribbean movie, "On Stranger Tides", a young missionary by the name of Philip Swift is taken captive aboard the Queen Anne's Revenge. The Queen Anne's Revenge was the ship of the legendary and fearsome pirate Edward Teach, more commonly known as Blackbeard. Even though he was tortured and harassed by Blackbeard, Philip maintained his belief that every soul could be saved -- even Blackbeard's.

Once, when Blackbeard is about to kill a sailor on his ship, Philip intervenes and tells him that his problem is that he "dare not walk the path of righteousness, the way of the light." However, Blackbeard turns and says, "No, sir, the truth of it be much simpler than all that. I am a bad man."

Blackbeard's simple admission is not only true for him, but for all of us. We are all bad men and bad women because we do bad things. The bad things that we do are what the Bible calls sin. And the Bible says that "all have sinned." Yet, just as Philip believed, it is also true that every soul can be saved from eternal punishment. No matter how many bad things you have done, you can be saved. The Bible tells us in 1 Timothy 2:4 that God would "have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth." No sin is too great for God to forgive, and no soul is too wicked for God to save.

+ Plus, listen to Casting Crowns singing "Glorious Day"…

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How to Get God to Reverse a Bad Situation (Praying Through the Bible #23)

2013-01-30 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 44m 2s

Praying Through the Bible #23 | with Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: 1 Kings 17:17-24

We are in a series of messages titled "Praying Through the Bible: A Series on Every Passage and Verse Regarding Prayer in the Bible". The purpose of this series is to encourage and motivate you to pray to the God of the Bible. We highlighted each of these over 500 verses and passages in the new Prayer Motivator Devotional Bible. So far, we have done 22 messages in this series.

This is message #23 titled "Elijah's Earnest Prayer."

In this passage, we find the prophet Elijah during the time when he was staying with the widow of Zarephath. As you might recall, Elijah arrived at Zarephath one day, and he met the widow in the field gathering sticks. The widow told Elijah that she was gathering sticks to make a fire to cook her last little bit of flour and oil for her and her son and after that they were going to die.

But Elijah told her to cook something for him first, and that if she did, the Lord would bless her and she would never run out of flour and oil. So, the widow believed God and fixed a meal for the prophet. God was true to His word, and he miraculously supplied food for the woman and her son from that day on.

The widow and her son were well taken care of. She was blessed by God because she trusted Him and obeyed Him in taking care of the prophet Elijah first. In a time of famine in Israel, she, her son, and the prophet had enough to eat. But those good days were soon overshadowed by a great tragedy. Notice with me...

1. The widow's calamity. Verse 17 of our passage states: "And it came to pass after these things, that the son of the woman, the mistress of the house, fell sick; and his sickness was so sore, that there was no breath left in him."

2. Notice with me, the prophet's prayer. Verse 19 reads, "And he said unto her, Give me thy son. And he took him out of her bosom, and carried him up into a loft, where he abode, and laid him upon his own bed. And he cried unto the Lord..."

3. Now, notice with me the Lord's answer. Verse 22 tells us, "And the Lord heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came into him again, and he revived." There is a lot of power in that simple phrase -- "the Lord heard the voice of Elijah." It is very powerful because the awesome God of the universe who set the earth in motion, the God who flung the stars against the canopy of blackness, the God who keeps the planets orbiting the sun, the God who looks after billions of people each and every day, stopped to listen to Elijah's voice when Elijah prayed. And each and every one of us today can take comfort in the knowledge that God listens to our voices when we pray as well.…

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How to be Genuinely Victorious Over the World

2013-01-30 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 31m 8s

Onward Christian Soldiers #18 | with Daniel Whyte III

The Bible says in 1 John 2:15: "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him."

From the very moment you received the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, you have been on the narrow road that leads to Heaven. Along the way, you and I will meet other Christians who are also on the road to Heaven. It is wonderful to be a child of God, but we must realize that the road to Heaven will not be easy. Why? Because we have great enemies.

The Bible tells us about three great enemies of the Christian: the world, the flesh, and the devil.

What do these enemies do? These enemies try to get us to sin and they try to draw us away from God. But God has made a way for us to have victory over them. Today, we will look at how we can be victorious over our enemy, the world.

The Bible uses the word "world" in several different ways. Sometimes it refers to this earth which God created. Sometimes it refers to the people in the world, as in John 3:16, where the Bible says, "For God so loved the world. . ."

However, a third meaning is found in 1 John 2:15 where the Bible says, "Love not the world. . ." What is the meaning of "the world" here? The meaning of the Greek word for world used in this context means: "world affairs; the whole circle of earthly goods, riches, advantages, and pleasures which, although hollow, frail and fleeting, stir our desire, seduce us away from God and are obstacles to the cause of Christ." The "world" means the attractive things of the world which Satan uses to draw us away from God.

How can we be victorious over the world?

1. The first way we can be victorious over the world is to love God with all our heart.

2. The second way we can be victorious over the world is to avoid sinful attractions.

3. The third way we can be victorious over the world is to realize that only Christ can truly satisfy our hearts.…

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Lessons from Living in a Strange Land: The Life of Joseph (Part 1)

2013-01-30 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 26m 11s

How to Handle Persecution #19 | with Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Genesis 39:1-6

Today, we are continuing our series on How to Handle Persecution. For the next few messages, we are going to be looking at the life of Joseph and the lessons we can learn from his example as he lived among the Egyptians.

Now, by way of providing some background for this series -- Joseph was the eleventh son of Jacob, and the first son of Jacob's wife Rachel. Rachel was Jacob's favorite wife, so Joseph held a very special place in Jacob's heart. Joseph's brothers did not like Joseph because of their father's favoritism towards him. One day, when Joseph was sent to check on his brothers who were out taking care of the sheep, they devised a plan to kill him. However, Reuben, the oldest of the brothers, convinced his brothers to throw Jospeh into a well. But when Reuben was not around, the other brothers took Joseph and sold him to a band of Ishmaelite traders who were on their way to Egypt. Once they got to Egypt, the Ishmaelites sold Joseph into slavery to Potiphar. Potiphar was the captain of Pharaoh's palace guard.

So, here we have Joseph, betrayed by his own brothers, and sold into slavery in a foreign land. The Encyclopedia of Judaism tells us that Joseph was seventeen years old when this happened. Joseph was in a strange country that had a different language, a different culture, and a pagan religion.

But Joseph's story can be of encouragement and help to us today. None of us are likely under such extreme circumstances as he was -- being taken away from your family and your home, and sold into slavery in a strange land. However, some of us may find ourselves in hostile situations in our lives. For example, you may be the only Christian in your family. Or you may be in a job situation that is not friendly to your beliefs. Or, you may be attending a college where faith is routinely ridiculed and made fun of. Or, you may be a Christian living in a Muslim country where followers of Christ are harassed and thrown in jail. If you are in these or similar situations, then you can learn something from the story of Joseph.

What can you learn from Joseph's story?

1. Understand that the Lord is with you.

2. Abide in peace with those around you.

3. No matter what happens, remain faithful and obedient to God. …

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Elijah's Faith and Earnest Prayer to God or How to Get God to Reverse a Bad Situation (Praying Through the Bible #23)

2013-01-30 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 44m 2s

Praying Through the Bible #23 | with Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: 1 Kings 17:17-24

We are in a series of messages titled "Praying Through the Bible: A Series on Every Passage and Verse Regarding Prayer in the Bible". The purpose of this series is to encourage and motivate you to pray to the God of the Bible. We highlighted each of these over 500 verses and passages in the new Prayer Motivator Devotional Bible. So far, we have done 22 messages in this series.

This is message #23 titled "Elijah's Earnest Prayer."

In this passage, we find the prophet Elijah during the time when he was staying with the widow of Zarephath. As you might recall, Elijah arrived at Zarephath one day, and he met the widow in the field gathering sticks. The widow told Elijah that she was gathering sticks to make a fire to cook her last little bit of flour and oil for her and her son and after that they were going to die.

But Elijah told her to cook something for him first, and that if she did, the Lord would bless her and she would never run out of flour and oil. So, the widow believed God and fixed a meal for the prophet. God was true to His word, and he miraculously supplied food for the woman and her son from that day on.

The widow and her son were well taken care of. She was blessed by God because she trusted Him and obeyed Him in taking care of the prophet Elijah first. In a time of famine in Israel, she, her son, and the prophet had enough to eat. But those good days were soon overshadowed by a great tragedy. Notice with me...

1. The widow's calamity. Verse 17 of our passage states: "And it came to pass after these things, that the son of the woman, the mistress of the house, fell sick; and his sickness was so sore, that there was no breath left in him."

2. Notice with me, the prophet's prayer. Verse 19 reads, "And he said unto her, Give me thy son. And he took him out of her bosom, and carried him up into a loft, where he abode, and laid him upon his own bed. And he cried unto the Lord..."

3. Now, notice with me the Lord's answer. Verse 22 tells us, "And the Lord heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came into him again, and he revived." There is a lot of power in that simple phrase -- "the Lord heard the voice of Elijah." It is very powerful because the awesome God of the universe who set the earth in motion, the God who flung the stars against the canopy of blackness, the God who keeps the planets orbiting the sun, the God who looks after billions of people each and every day, stopped to listen to Elijah's voice when Elijah prayed. And each and every one of us today can take comfort in the knowledge that God listens to our voices when we pray as well.…

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Lessons from Living in a Strange Land: The Life of Joseph (Part 1) (How to Handle Persecution #19)

2013-01-30 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 26m 11s

How to Handle Persecution #19 | with Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Genesis 39:1-6

Today, we are continuing our series on How to Handle Persecution. For the next few messages, we are going to be looking at the life of Joseph and the lessons we can learn from his example as he lived among the Egyptians.

Now, by way of providing some background for this series -- Joseph was the eleventh son of Jacob, and the first son of Jacob's wife Rachel. Rachel was Jacob's favorite wife, so Joseph held a very special place in Jacob's heart. Joseph's brothers did not like Joseph because of their father's favoritism towards him. One day, when Joseph was sent to check on his brothers who were out taking care of the sheep, they devised a plan to kill him. However, Reuben, the oldest of the brothers, convinced his brothers to throw Jospeh into a well. But when Reuben was not around, the other brothers took Joseph and sold him to a band of Ishmaelite traders who were on their way to Egypt. Once they got to Egypt, the Ishmaelites sold Joseph into slavery to Potiphar. Potiphar was the captain of Pharaoh's palace guard.

So, here we have Joseph, betrayed by his own brothers, and sold into slavery in a foreign land. The Encyclopedia of Judaism tells us that Joseph was seventeen years old when this happened. Joseph was in a strange country that had a different language, a different culture, and a pagan religion.

But Joseph's story can be of encouragement and help to us today. None of us are likely under such extreme circumstances as he was -- being taken away from your family and your home, and sold into slavery in a strange land. However, some of us may find ourselves in hostile situations in our lives. For example, you may be the only Christian in your family. Or you may be in a job situation that is not friendly to your beliefs. Or, you may be attending a college where faith is routinely ridiculed and made fun of. Or, you may be a Christian living in a Muslim country where followers of Christ are harassed and thrown in jail. If you are in these or similar situations, then you can learn something from the story of Joseph.

What can you learn from Joseph's story?

1. Understand that the Lord is with you.

2. Abide in peace with those around you.

3. No matter what happens, remain faithful and obedient to God. …

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GLMX #130: Are You Ready for the Coming King and His Kingdom?

2013-01-27

  This past week, the 57th inaugural ceremony was held for the president of the United States. As usual, it was a grand affair with much pomp and ceremony. There was a long parade with representatives from all 50 states. Festivities continued into the night with parties, balls, and concerts around Washington D.C. Many people [...]…

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GLMX #130: Are You Ready for the Coming King and His Kingdom?

2013-01-27 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 16m 54s

This past week, the 57th inaugural ceremony was held for the president of the United States. As usual, it was a grand affair with much pomp and ceremony. There was a long parade with representatives from all 50 states. Festivities continued into the night with parties, balls, and concerts around Washington D.C. Many people looked forward to the event and it is said that nearly one million people attended the inauguration and 20 million watched it on TV.

Some people got so excited that they became blasphemous in their speech. One man called the president "lord and saviour" and a magazine referred to his second term as "the second coming." Of course, he is not the Lord and Saviour and the second term of a presidency is nothing compared to the second coming of Jesus Christ.

One day, there is coming a grand ceremony for Someone who is not just the leader of a country, but who is the king of the world. In fact, He rules the entire universe. He is called the King of kings and Lord of lords. At this ceremony, the Bible tells us that every knee will bow, and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. This grand day is described in Revelation 11 when an angel cries out, "The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever."

There will be no term limits on Jesus' rule. When he returns to earth, he will sit on the throne of David in Jerusalem and He will rule the nations with a rod of iron for one thousand years. Unlike earthly rulers, who are unable to bring peace and prosperity, when Jesus Christ rules this earth, there will be complete peace and prosperity.

Did you know that you can be a part of this future kingdom? Just as you can gain citizenship in the different countries of the world, you can right now become a citizen of the coming kingdom and a willing subject of the coming King.

Jesus Christ said in John 3:3: "Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." Being born again is how you become a part of the kingdom of God.

So, now, the question is: how can you be born again?

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Colin Kaepernick: Glorifying God on the Gridiron (Gospel Light Minute #84)

2013-01-27 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 10m 42s

He is the starting quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers. He played college football for the University of Nevada Wolf Pack where he was twice named the Western Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year and the Most Valuable Player of the 2008 Humanitarian Bowl. In the 2011 NFL Draft the San Francisco 49ers selected him in the second round with the 36th overall pick.

He began his pro career as the 49ers' backup quarterback to starter Alex Smith. In the middle of the 2012 season he filled in for an injured Smith and became the starter as the 49ers advanced to the NFL playoffs for the second straight season. He set an NFL record for most rushing yards by a quarterback in his first playoff game. After beating the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship, he led the 49ers to their first Super Bowl since the 1994 NFL season.

Playing football is a way for him to glorify the Lord. In an interview at Summit Christian Church in Sparks, Nevada, he said, "I don't think most people look at football as a way to glorify the Lord. I think a lot of people think of it as 'oh it's a game, let's go win.' Ultimately, that's your goal, but you also want to glorify the Lord on your way to doing that...My faith is the basis from where my game comes from. I've been very blessed to have the talent to play the game and be successful at it. I think God guides me through every day and helps me take the right steps and has helped me to get to where I'm at. When I step on the field, I always say a prayer, say I'm thankful to be able to wake up that morning and go out there and try to glorify the Lord with what I do on the field. I think if you go out and try to do that, no matter what happens, you can be happy about what you did."

He has also drawn attention for the tattoos on his body. "Against All Odds," is emblazoned across his chest. A version of Psalm 27:3 which reads, "Though an army besiege me, my heart will not be afraid", can be read on his left shoulder. Those words are surrounded by: "God Will Guide Me." On his right bicep is the word "Faith" and on his left bicep is "To God be the glory."

Even though he has been criticized for his tattoos, he says, "I got them for me and to show people this is what I believe in. And God has brought me this far. He's laid out a phenomenal path for me and I can do nothing but thank him." His name is Colin Kaepernick. …

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Run, and Don't Look Back!

2013-01-27 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 1h 1m 1s

Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #93

TEXT: Genesis 19:1-26

Last week, from Genesis 18, we saw that the Lord had sent his angels to Sodom and Gomorrah to bring judgment down on those cities because of their sin. We also saw how Abraham interceded with God for the city of Sodom. God agreed that if he could find just ten righteous people in the city, He would not destroy it.

But, unfortunately, as we see from Genesis 19, there were not even ten righteous people in the entire city. So, God had to bring judgment down on the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. However, the angels made sure that they got Lot and his family out of the city before judgment came. In verse 17, they tell Lot, "Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed." In other words, they said, "Run, and don't look back!"

Perhaps you have heard the story of the atheist criminal who was on his way to be executed for his crime. Following behind him was a minister who was reading from the Scriptures about the wrath of God and the terrible judgment that awaited those who did not receive Jesus Christ. And, this criminal, who did not believe in God, turned around and said with fear on his face and a tremble in his voice, "Sir, if I believed in hell like you Christians say you do, I would crawl all over London, England, warning every person of that place."

Today, we will see from Genesis 19 that the wrath and judgment of God is a very serious thing. And we should take heed to the command to run from it. Let's begin by looking at why Lot had to run and not look back.

1. Lot had to run away from sinful people and sinful situations.

2. Lot had to run from certain judgment.

3. Lot had to run to a place of safety.

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An Urgent Prayer Request or When God Has to Get Your Attention

2013-01-24 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 37m 57s

Praying Through the Bible #22 | with Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: 1 Kings 13:1-6

Have you ever tried to ignore God? Have you ever tried to shut His voice out of your life? Have you ever been doing something that you wanted to do, that you knew was wrong, and you just didn't want to continue hearing God telling you to stop? If you have ever tried to do that, then you have probably found out already that that is a very futile endeavour. C.S. Lewis said, "We may ignore, but we can nowhere evade God."

In our passage today, we have a man named King Jeroboam who tried to ignore God. After the death of King Solomon, ten tribes rebelled against the House of David and set up Jeroboam as their king. Jeroboam ruled the northern kingdom of Israel for 22 years. The Bible tells us that Jeroboam turned away from God very soon after he became king. He built two places of worship, one in the northern part of the kingdom and another in the southern part of the kingdom. He set up two golden calves and two altars in these places and ordered the Israelites to worship at these places and stop going to Jerusalem.

If we turn a couple chapters back, we will find that before Jeroboam was crowned king, God sent the prophet Ahijah to him and gave him this message: "If thou wilt hearken unto all that I command thee, and wilt walk in my ways, and do that is right in my sight, to keep my statutes and my commandments, then I will be with thee, and build thee a sure house..."

However, just two chapters later we find that Jeroboam has decided that he is not going to listen to God. And we find him in one of his places of worship getting ready to burn incense to a golden calf. So, since Jeroboam is not listening to God, God has to take some steps to get his attention.

1. Notice the prophet. Verse one of our passage states: "And, behold, there came a man of God out of Judah by the word of the Lord..." The first thing God does to try to get Jeroboam's attention is he sends a man of God to him.

2. Notice the paralysis. Jeroboam stretched forth his hand and commanded that the prophet be arrested, but verse 4 tells us that "his hand, which he put forth against him, dried up, so that he could not pull it in again to him. The altar also was rent, and the ashes poured out from the altar..." This condition of a hand (or other body part) "drying up" is that which we call "paralysis" today.

o 3. Notice the plea. Look at verse 6 of our passage: "And the king answered and said unto the man of God, Intreat now the face of the Lord thy God, and pray for me, that my hand may be restored me again. And the man of God besought the Lord, and the king's hand was restored him again, and became as it was before."…

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GLMX #129: It’s Time to Take Off That Mask

2013-01-20

  Have you ever worn a mask? Perhaps you wore one to a costume party, to play a joke on a friend, or in a school play as a child. But, did you know that many people wear masks everyday? Psychologists tells us that people wear masks for a variety of reasons. Some people wear [...]…

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The Righteousness, Grace, and Love of God in the Face of Certain Judgment

2013-01-20 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 1h 6m 38s

Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #92

TEXT: Genesis 18:16-33

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to negotiate with God? In the ancient middle east, when a man went to a merchant to buy something that he wanted, such as a horse, or some tools, he did not go to the merchant expecting a price tag on the item he wanted to buy. Instead, he would ask the merchant for his price, which normally would be very high, and then, the buyer would say he was only willing to pay a price that was very low. At that point, the merchant would lower his price little by little, and the buyer would raise his price little by little until they finally agreed on a price fixed somewhere in the middle. This process called "negotiation" or "bargaining" or "haggling" still happens today. God has blessed me in my young life to give four cars away. However, one time I tried to sell a car and I asked for my high price, and he told me that he did not want to hurt my feelings. So I knew that I was not a good negotiator.

Our passage today tells us about a man named Abraham who carried on a similar process with God. However, Abraham was negotiating with God for something far more valuable than any material product. He was negotiating with God for human souls if you will.

The Bible tells us that Abraham was sitting in front of his tent on a hot day when three "men" came to him. We know from Scripture that two of these "men" were actually angels. However the Bible tells us that the third man was "the Lord." Many Bible scholars believe that "the Lord" who appeared to Abraham was actually a Christophany, which is a pre-incarnation appearance of Jesus Christ. This simply means that Jesus Christ appeared to Abraham in physical form way back in the Old Testament before he entered the world as a baby in a manger in Bethlehem.

As was customary in the Middle East during that time, Abraham fed his guests and allowed them to rest at his tent before they went on their way. It is very likely that Abraham knew who the Lord was because He had appeared to him twice before. After eating and resting, the the Lord and the angels prepare to continue on their way to Sodom and Gomorrah. What happens next shows us three very important attributes of God.

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Russell Wilson: 'I Chose the Number Three for My Jersey to Honor the Holy Trinity' (Gospel Light Minute #83)

2013-01-20 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 10m 56s

He is the starting quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League. He was selected by the Seahawks in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He played college football for the University of Wisconsin during the 2011 season, in which he set the single season FBS record for passing efficiency and led the team to a Big Ten title and the 2012 Rose Bowl. He received the Big Ten Quarterback of the Year award and was named a consensus first-team All-Big Ten and third-team All-American by Yahoo! Sports. Before transferring to Wisconsin, he played football and baseball for North Carolina State University and was named the ACC Rookie of the Year in football and became the first freshman quarterback to receive first team All-ACC honors.

He is a devout Christian who frequently speaks of his faith in press conferences and interviews and posts daily encouragement from the Bible on his Twitter feed. He said that he chose the number three for his Seahawks jersey as a way of honoring the Holy Trinity.

He grew up in a family where faith in God was the foundation of their lives. His family members and former athletic director at North Carolina State University all say that he is strong and sincere in his faith. This strong faith was molded and strengthened during a time when his father was suffering from complications from diabetes and had suffered several strokes. He said that during this time, "I think of the Lord being there and that there is a time and place for everything."

The day after he was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in June 2010, he, his mother, and his grandmother were called to the hospital for the final time. The doctors said his father was unresponsive. But after praying in the hallway, he says that they felt the Holy Spirit telling them to go in the hospital room. He went into the room and greeted his father for the last time. He said, "I walked in and I could see the EKG monitor. I said: 'Hey, Dad, I'm here.' As soon as I said that, the line went flat. That's how I knew the Lord is real. I knew my dad heard me and he could hear everything I was telling him about how I got drafted. He was waiting for something great to happen. That's how I knew he went in peace. He is here watching me right now." His name is Russell Wilson.…

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GLMX #129: It's Time to Take Off That Mask

2013-01-20 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 15m 13s

Have you ever worn a mask? Perhaps you wore one to a costume party, to play a joke on a friend, or in a school play as a child. But, did you know that many people wear masks everyday?

Psychologists tells us that people wear masks for a variety of reasons. Some people wear masks in an attempt to be someone who they are not. Some people wear masks to try to hide the hurt and pain they feel from their past experiences. And some people wear masks in an attempt to hide their sins and failures from God and from others.

The Bible tells us in several places that trying to hide things from God is futile. In Jeremiah 16:17, God says, "Mine eyes are upon all their ways: they are not hid from my face, neither is their iniquity hid from mine eyes." The Bible also says in Numbers 32:23: "...be sure your sin will find you out." Ecclesiates 12:14 also says, "For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil."

God does not want you to live wearing a mask -- running from your past and hiding who He created you to be. He knows all about your faults and failures. And He has done something about them. Two thousand years ago, he sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross and accept the punishment for your sins, failures, and faults that you deserve. He shed his own blood so you wouldn't have to. And 1 John 1:7 says, "the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin."

Instead of hiding the sins of your past, and continuing to wear a mask, you can bring it all before the Lord Jesus Christ, and He will wash you, cleanse you, and make you a new person in Him.

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What to Do When You Are Falsely Accused (Part 2)

2013-01-19 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 31m 22s

How to Handle Persecution #18 | with Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Psalm 7

Psalm 7 is David's psalm of deliverance from those who falsely accuse him. In this psalm, David states that the charges of his accuser are not true and defends his own innocence. We are studying this psalm to learn how to handle false accusations.

Last week, we saw that...

1. David relies on God.
2. David faces the charges of his accuser.
3. David requests God's vindication.

Today, I want us to look at three more things we should do when we are falsely accused.

1. Realize that God is the ultimate judge.

2. Realize that God will bring an end to the actions of wicked people.

3. Realize that God will establish those who are faithful to Him. …

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Pray and Obey!

2013-01-16 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 40m 34s

Praying Through the Bible #21 | with Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: 1 Kings 9:1-9

Everyone likes to receive blessings from God in answer to our prayers. We like to receive blessings with no strings attached. However, as we will see in our passage today, there are some conditions that we as humans must meet if God is going to bless us; and there are also consequences that will be suffered if we do not meet those conditions.

The passage which we have read today tells us of the time after King Solomon had fulfilled his father's wishes and had built the glorious Temple in Jerusalem. As you might recall, if you have listened to previous messages in this series, Solomon held a great celebration and invited all of Israel to come together to mark the completion of the Temple and to dedicate it to God. On that occasion, he offered a long prayer to God expressing his desire for God to accept the Temple as his own "house" where his presence would reside with the children of Israel. Solomon also requested that God would hear and answer the prayers of the children of Israel that were directed towards the Temple.

Today, we will see how God answers Solomon's prayer. …

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GLMX #128: He’ll Take You There

2013-01-13

  In 1972, a soul-gospel family band called The Staple Singers released a number-one single titled “I’ll Take You There.” It was written by a record company vice-president named Al Bell after he attended a funeral for his little brother who was shot to death. The entire song is based on a few simple words: [...]…

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It's Going to Rain

2013-01-13 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 40m 27s

Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #92

TEXT: Genesis 7:1-7

If you joined us for our service on last week, you might recall that we looked at Genesis chapter 6 which gives us the background information on the passage that we have read today. The world that God had created was in a state of great wickedness, and God pronounced judgment on mankind for their sins. However, at the end of the passage which we read in Genesis 6, we saw that one man, Noah, "found grace" in the eyes of the Lord. Noah was favored and accepted by God because he was a righteous man, and was obedient to God. Noah and his family would be saved from the devastating punishment which would come upon the earth.

Today, I want to show you three great aspects of the salvation of Noah and his family. Understanding what we learn today will help us have a greater understanding of what true salvation through Jesus Christ means.

+ Plus, listen to The New Life Community Choir singing "We Walk by Faith" and Jessy Dixon singing "Just a Closer Walk With Thee".…

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GLMX #128: He'll Take You There

2013-01-13 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 13m 23s

In 1972, a soul-gospel family band called The Staple Singers released a number-one single titled "I'll Take You There." It was written by a record company vice-president named Al Bell after he attended a funeral for his little brother who was shot to death. The entire song is based on a few simple words: "I know a place, ain't nobody worried, ain't nobody crying, and ain't no smiling faces lying to the races, I'll take you there." In this song, lead singer Mavis Staples, sings about Heaven and encourages listeners to seek this place.

Today, people all around the world are still looking for this place called Heaven. Heaven is a place of glorious peace, tranquility, and joy. It is a place where nobody will have to cry or worry or feel pain or grief anymore. It is an eternal place that stands in deep contrast to the world in which we currently live. It is a place of unimaginable beauty, created by the hand of God, for all those who choose to believe in His Son, Jesus Christ.

The Staple Singers sung about it, and if they could, they would take us there. But there is only one person who can take us to Heaven for certain and His name is Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ told his disciples in John 14:2-3: "In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also." All you have to do is believe on Jesus Christ as your Saviour and He will take you there. Let me show you how you can believe on Jesus Christ today.

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Ray Lewis: 'Loving God Completes You as a Man' (Gospel Light Minute #82)

2013-01-13 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 9m 20s

He is an linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League. He is considered to be one of the best linebackers of his era. He played college football for the University of Miami. He has played his entire professional career with the Ravens after they selected him as a first round draft pick in 1996, and he is the last player remaining from the Ravens' inaugural season. He has been selected to 13 Pro Bowls and has been named an Associated Press All-Pro Player 10 times. He won the NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2000 and 2003. He was also the second linebacker to win the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Award and the first linebacker to win the award on the winning Super Bowl team.

He is a follower of Jesus Christ, and his commitment to his faith was featured in a Sports Illustrated cover story in 2006. During an interview with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, he said, "God is always God. It is only us that waver and go down wrong roads and do foolish things. And there are somethings in life that you have to deal with, and you have to go through some things to get to God." He believes that Christians should be about sharing faith, hope and love in every arena of life, and says that his faith inspires him to pray, read the Bible with, and give advice and encouragement to younger players so that they won't make the same mistakes he made.

During a recent game, he reminded his teammates that "No weapon formed against them shall prosper and that no man can stop what God can already destined." His favorite scripture is Psalm 91 because it reminds him that "God is everything you need." His love for God is evidenced in his charitable work providing personal and economic assistance to disadvantaged youth. He says, "to love God completes you as a man."

His name is Ray Lewis.…

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How to Get Winning Instructions from God

2013-01-09 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 30m 21s

Praying Through the Bible #20 | with Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: 2 Samuel 5:17-25

We are in a series of messages titled "Praying Through the Bible: A Series on Every Passage and Verse Regarding Prayer in the Bible". The purpose of this series is to encourage and motivate you to pray to the God of the Bible. We highlighted each of these over 500 verses and passages in the new Prayer Motivator Devotional Bible. So far, we have done 19 messages in this series.

This is message #20 titled "How to Get Winning Instructions from God."

Our passage for today describes an important time during the history of the nation of Israel. King Saul had been killed in battle and David had just taken his God-ordained place as the new king of Israel. God had removed his blessings from the disobedient leadership of Saul, and now that David was in place as King, the country could move forward with a leader who truly had a heart after God. Brighter days were ahead for the nation of Israel.

However, whenever God's people are moving forward in a positive direction, there will always be opposition. Someone once said that if there is no opposition to God's work, one has to wonder whether or not God's work is truly being done.

And so, here in this passage, we see that before David can get settled in as king of Israel, he receives word of opposition in the form of the Philistines. The Bible says that "when the Philistines heard that they had anointed David king over Israel, all the Philistines came up to seek David" and the "Philistines also came and spread themselves in the valley of Rephaim" to prepare themselves for war.

I want you to notice today, how David responded to this opposition.…

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GLMX #127: A New Birth for a New Year

2013-01-06

  Many people see the New Year as a time to turn over a new leaf, to turn their backs on bad habits and old ways that do not benefit them, and to make changes in their lives that will make their future better and brighter than their past. Henry Ward Beecher once said, “Every [...]…

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Grace is the Only Way for the Human Race

2013-01-06 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 47m 26s

Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #91

TEXT: Genesis 6:1-8

We live in a very pluralistic society. Many people believe that there are many ways to God; there are many paths to true happiness; and that all roads eventually lead to Heaven. However, my friends, the Bible tells us otherwise. Jesus Christ said in John 14:6, "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." Jesus Christ is the one and only way to get to God, true happiness in this life, and eternal life in heaven.

This passage in Genesis takes us far back in the history of the world. Scholars tell us that the events described in this passage which we will talk about today happened 1,600 years after God created the earth. That is about 4,300 years ago. Our passage tells us that after God created the earth, men began to multiply greatly on the face of the earth -- in other words, people had many children, and the population of the earth greatly increased. Then, the Bible tells us that something happened. It says that the "sons of God saw the daughters of men and took them wives of all which they chose."

Scholars are divided on exactly who these sons of God are, but based on studies from the Word of God, we know that they are either fallen angels who intermarried with the human race or godly human beings from the line of Seth who intermarried with the daughters of the ungodly line of Cain. Either way, it was something that God was not pleased with, and it had a corrupting influence on the world at that time.

Because of man's great sin during this time, God says that he is tired with man's disobedience. There are three terrible consequences that occur because of man's sin. Allow me to share with you these three consequences, and the only way that you and I can be saved from them.

+ Plus, listen to Aretha Franklin singing "Amazing Grace" and Israel Houghton & New Breed singing "If Not For Your Grace".…

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Johnny "Football" Manziel 'Trusts the Lord With All his Heart' (Gospel Light Minute #81)

2013-01-06 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 8m 48s

He is the quarterback for the Texas A&M Aggies. He became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy, and the first freshman to win the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award. He played high school football in Kerrville, Texas. Recruited out of high school as a dual-threat quarterback with an impressive ability to extend plays, he plays in Kevin Sumlin's Air Raid offense in Texas A&M's first season in the SEC. Here he was given the name "Johnny Football" by fans and students for his unique improvisation and ability to make winning plays. He recently led his team to beat Oklahoma in the 2013 Cotton Bowl Classic.

In his Heisman acceptance speech, he said, "I thank God for allowing me to be here and for His grace and love throughout my life." He thanked his parents for bringing him up in the church and for the faith that he holds dearly. He often quotes Proverbs 3:5-6: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight." He said, "I tell myself everyday that God has a plan for me. I’m here for a reason and whatever happens in the future is meant to happen for a reason. I always make sure to trust the Lord with all my heart." His name is Johnny Manziel.…

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GLMX #127: A New Birth for a New Year

2013-01-06 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 14m 19s

Many people see the New Year as a time to turn over a new leaf, to turn their backs on bad habits and old ways that do not benefit them, and to make changes in their lives that will make their future better and brighter than their past. Henry Ward Beecher once said, "Every man should be born again on the first day of January."

The Bible speaks of the need for us to be "born again." In John chapter 3, Jesus Christ explains to a man named Nicodemus that "Ye must be born again." The new birth that Jesus Christ is talking about is not a physical rebirth -- one that changes how we look on the outside, but a spiritual birth -- one that changes how we really are on the inside.

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Great Expectations (Part 6)

2013-01-03 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 35m 7s

Praying Through the Bible #19 | with Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: I Kings 8:44-54

This is message #19 titled "Great Expectations" (Part 6). We are continuing our series on Solomon's prayer at the dedication of the Temple in Jerusalem. We have seen how God fulfilled His promise to David and allowed his son, Solomon, to build the Temple for the glory of God. After the Temple was built, Solomon called together all of the children of Israel to celebrate the completion of the Temple and that is the occasion on which Solomon offers his prayer.

Today, we will continue reading Solomon's prayer and look at three more elements that we can draw from it and apply to our own prayer life. We will specifically see three occasions on which we should pray and the type of prayer we should pray on those occasions.

1. From Solomon's prayer, we see that we should pray in times of conflict.

2. From Solomon's prayer, we see that we should pray in times when we have sinned.

3. From Solomon's prayer, we see that we should pray in times of restoration. …

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GLMX #125: Les Misérables and the Love of God

2012-12-30

  This past week, the much-anticipated movie Les Misérables was released in theaters. The movie is based on the popular musical of the same name which is based on the French historical novel written by Victor Hugo in 1862. The novel is considered to be one of the greatest works of literature of the 19th [...]…

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No New Year Without a New You

2012-12-30 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 1h 5m 18s

Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #90

TEXT: 2 Corinthians 5:17: "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."

Every time a new year rolls around, folks begin to think about things they can change in their lives. Some people say that they are going to lose weight and start eating healthy. Others say that they are going to go back to college or get out of debt. Some say that they are going to write a book or start their own business. And others commit to getting organized or spending more time with family and friends.

The start of a new year is indeed a great occasion to make a change in your life. I believe that God gives us such time markers as a way for us to stop, look back at our lives, and identify things that we can change for the future. However, many people focus on making only outward changes -- changes that will improve the way they look, improve their standard of living, or improve how others see them. I believe that the best change you can make is a change from the inside out -- a change of heart, soul, and mind. In other words, a change that brings about a new you for the new year. For there cannot truly be a New Year for you if there is no new you for the New Year.

So, today, I want to share with you from the Word of God how you can become a new you as we head into the new year. In Second Corinthians chapter 5, Paul is writing to the Corinthian believers about the implications of Christ's death. He emphasizes that Christ died for "all men", so anyone can have a new life. Because of Christ's death, salvation was not limited to the Jews, but was opened to everyone. This is good news for us today because it lets us know that anyone can have a great change in their life through the power of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and become a new you for the new year -- anyone can become a new person. How can such change come about?

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What to Do When You Are Falsely Accused (Part 1)

2012-12-30 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 38m 30s

How to Handle Persecution, #17

TEXT: Psalm 7:1-6

Psalm 7 is David's psalm of deliverance from those who falsely accuse him. The superscription of this Psalm tells us that this is a "shiggaion -- that is an emotional lament -- of David which he sang to the Lord concerning the words of Cush the Benjamite." From this title, we learn the occasion on which David was prompted to compose this psalm. Charles Haddon Spurgeon tells us in his "Treasury of David" commentary on the Psalms that "It appears probable that Cush the Benjamite had accused David of treasonable conspiracy against Saul's royal authority. This, the king would be ready enough to lend credit to, both from his jealousy of David, and from the relation which most probably existed between himself, the son of Kish, and this Cush, or Kish, the Benjamite. He who is near the throne can do more injury to a subject than an ordinary slanderer."

In this psalm, David states that the charges of his accuser are not true and defends his own innocence. Sometimes, in our own lives, we will have to deal with false accusations. People may lie on you to make you look bad in front of the world, in front of an authority figure, or to make themselves look good. People may try to trip you up and cause you to stumble into sin. People may gossip and spread rumors about you. All of this in an attempt to ruin your Christian testimony.

Well, today, I want us to look at this psalm and see how David handles people who falsely accuse him of wrongdoing. …

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Adrian Peterson says he Finds Peace in his Relationship with Jesus Christ (Gospel Light Minute #80)

2012-12-30 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 8m 35s

He is the NFL's premier running back. He plays for the Minnesota Vikings and is its all-time leading rusher. He is a 4-time Pro Bowl front runner and one of the league’s most marketable players. In college, he set the NCAA freshman rushing record with 1,925 yards during the 2004 season. As a first-team All-American, he became the first freshman to finish as the runner-up in the Heisman Trophy balloting, behind USC quarterback Matt Leinart.

After his first pro season, he was named the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year and was then awarded the MVP award for his performance in the Pro Bowl. He became only the fifth player in NFL history to have more than 3,000 yards through his first two seasons. In 2010, he became the fifth fastest player to run for 5,000 yards, doing so in his 51st game. In 2012, he became the sixth fastest player to reach 8,000 rushing yards. Nicknamed A.D. for "All Day", his football career success is carried by his tireless determination.

Born to two athletic parents, he was interested in sports from an early age. As a child, however, his life was not absent of pain and heartache. At 7, he watched his oldest brother die after being hit by a drunk driver while they were bike-riding. And while in high school, his dad, who was also his coach, went to jail on a drug charge. He credits his faith in God for sustaining him through those tough times and helping him to stay focused on his goals.

He says of his relationship with Jesus Christ: "Jesus Christ means the world to me. I've been through so many different situations through my childhood and now my adulthood...God just helped me get through them and made me stronger at a young age. (Through) all the adversity and hard times I've been through, God has always been present. I've always prayed to Him and asked Him to give me the strength to endure and to help others and to better understand whatever situation I deal with in my personal life. And He has always showed up! It brings hope and peace of mind knowing that God gave His only begotten Son for us. I'm able to look back and know that on Christmas day Jesus was born and gave us the opportunity to have eternal life. No matter how many flaws we have, our God is so forgiving and understanding. He'll never leave you or forsake you. So that brings peace to me." His name is Adrian Peterson.…

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GLMX #125: Les Misérables and the Love of God

2012-12-30 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 15m 22s

This past week, the much-anticipated movie Les Misérables was released in theaters. The movie is based on the popular musical of the same name which is based on the French historical novel written by Victor Hugo in 1862. The novel is considered to be one of the greatest works of literature of the 19th century.

Les Misérables is the story of Jean Valjean, a man who was imprisoned for 19 years for stealing a loaf of bread for his starving family and then trying to escape jail. After Javert, the jailer, releases him on parole Jean breaks parole and is nearly taken back to jail. But through the kindness of a priest, he is saved from prison. Jean's life is so impacted by the priest's generosity that he sets about to redeem himself in the eyes of God by doing good. He goes to a town named Montreuile under an assumed name and invents a manufacturing process that puts many of the townspeople to work and brings great prosperity to the town. Eventually, he is chosen to be the town's mayor.

Javert, however, is committed to the law and is determined to see Jean put back in jail. Throughout the story, he attempts to hunt down Jean so that he can make him pay for his crimes.

Jean, on the other hand, strives to redeem himself. He adopts the daughter of a poor, dying woman who works in his factory and raises her as his own. During a violent uprising in France, he saves the life of a wounded young man who eventually marries his adopted daughter. And when he has the opportunity to kill the jailer who had been hunting him down he lets him go free instead.

Jean's attempt to redeem himself in the eyes of God is similar to what many of us do in life. Just like Jean, we know that we are condemned in the eyes of the law and deserve to be punished for our wrongdoings. And just like Jean we try to make ourselves righteous in God's sight by doing good deeds and helping others. However, God's Word says that no matter what we do, we can never be made righteous in the sight of God on our own. The Bible says in Romans 3:10, "There is none righteous, no, not one." Titus 3:5 says, "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us."

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GLMX #70: Start Your New Year Off Right by Getting to Know God

2012-12-29 :: The Gospel Light Minute
Length: 18m 10s

To begin the year with God is more important than anything else in this world. The Bible says in Isaiah 55:6-7: "Seek ye the Lord while He may be found, call ye upon Him while He is near: let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and He will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon".

The dawning of a new year serves to remind us that we are all marching through time, heading for eternity. Awaiting each traveler is either a glad and glorious heaven in the presence of God, or a sad and sorrowful hell, banished from God. The eternal Son of God entered into time as the man Christ Jesus to make a way for sinful man to approach God and enter into life eternal. His death, burial and resurrection have fully accomplished this objective so that Jesus now proclaims in John 14:6, "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no man cometh unto the Father but by Me".

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Great Expectations (Part 5)

2012-12-26 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 36m 48s

Praying Through the Bible #18 | with Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: I Kings 8:41-43

This is message #18 titled "Great Expectations" (Part 5). We are continuing our series on Solomon's prayer at the dedication of the Temple in Jerusalem. We have seen how God fulfilled His promise to David and allowed his son, Solomon, to build the Temple for the glory of God. After the Temple was built, Solomon called together all of the children of Israel to celebrate the completion of the Temple and that is the occasion on which Solomon offers his prayer.

Today, we will continue reading Solomon's prayer and look at three more elements that we can draw from it and apply to our own prayer life.

1. Notice how Solomon prays for those who are not a part of the nation of Israel.

2. Notice how Solomon is concerned about God's glory.

3. Notice how Solomon's purpose in praying is for all people to be obedient to God.…

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Have You Become a Part of the Christmas Story?

2012-12-23

  Galatians 4:4 reads, “But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son.”   How old is the story of Christmas? While it’s true that the events of Christmas—the birth of Jesus Christ—took place 2,000 years ago, the story of Christmas was being written for hundreds and even thousands of [...]…

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The Amazing Three-Fold Message of Christmas

2012-12-23 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 49m 54s

Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #89

TEXT: Matthew 1:18-25

During the Christmas season, there is so much going on that it is easy for many people to lose sight of the real reason for the holiday. There is the so-called "war on Christmas", the pressure of trying to pick the right present to give to a hard-to-please family member, the preparation to receive family members coming over for the holiday, or last-minute traveling to get to a certain destination. It has gotten so bad, that last year, when Christmas fell on a Sunday, some churches raised the question of whether or not they should even have services.

The glamour and false glory of commercialism abounds during this time of the year, and so many people get caught up in the distractions rather than in the reason for the season. It is disappointing to see so many folks miss the meaning behind this holiday.

In its very essence, Christmas is a holiday that brings with it a message of salvation and deliverance for all people. We must remember that the first people who received this message were not middle class citizens who had extra spending money and time to shop for presents to give to each other. Rather, they were poor shepherds spending the night outdoors watching over their sheep. They were an old husband and wife -- John and Elizabeth -- who didn't have any children. They were a young woman named Mary and a young man named Joseph; Mary risked being ostracized, ridiculed, and publicly humiliated and Joseph's life was turned upside down when he found out that the girl he was about to marry was already pregnant.

The Jewish people of first century Palestine lived under the rule of an occupational Roman government. Mary likely grew up somewhere near the city of Nazareth. From the writings of the Jewish historian Josephus, we learn that Nazareth was no more than a small peasant village of 200 to 300 people. Ninety-five percent of the people living in Palestine at that time were somewhere between the middle class and the bottom, and they were overtaxed, not only by the Romans, but by Jewish tax collectors who were infamous for their extortionary practices. Dr. George Shillington, a former biblical and theological professor who has written several books on the New Testament, states that it is unlikely that Mary could even read or write.

Joseph was not very well-off either. We know that his family was from Bethlehem and that he was a carpenter. According to Easton's Bible Dictionary, a carpenter "only held a very humble position, and secured a very moderate income." John Broadus writes in his commentary that Joseph was mostly engaged in the making of plows and yokes for farmers because the society in which he lived was heavily dependent on farming for sustenance and income.

So, Jesus Christ came at a time when the people of Palestine were looking for deliverance and salvation. They wanted deliverance from an oppressive government. They wanted deliverance from a religious system which treated them as outcasts and people to be looked down upon. They wanted deliverance from poverty and a life of difficulty. They were looking for a hero. They were looking for a Saviour. They were looking for a Deliverer.

Today, I want to share with you the true message of Christmas -- for it is a message of deliverance and salvation, not only for the people of the first century Roman world, but for each and every one of us today. This message is embodied in the words of the angel to Joseph which we just read. This is the true message of Christmas.

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Jeremy Lin is an Outspoken Christian Who Seeks to Bring God More Glory

2012-12-23 :: The Gospel Light Minute
Length: 8m 5s

(Gospel Light Minute #41)

He is the latest sensation to hit the sports world. He is considered to be "the Tim Tebow of the NBA".

After receiving no athletic scholarship offers out of high school and being undrafted out of college, the 2010 Harvard University graduate reached a partially guaranteed contract deal later that year with his hometown Golden State Warriors. After his first year, he was waived by the Warriors and the Houston Rockets in the preseason before joining the New York Knicks early in the 2011–2012 season. He is the first American player in the NBA to be of Chinese or Taiwanese descent. He is credited with helping the New York Knicks win several recent games and the term "Linsanity" has been coined based upon his extraordinary talent.

While at Harvard, he was co-founder of a Bible study group run by the Harvard-Radcliffe Asian American Christian Fellowship. Following his sudden rise to stardom, he said, "I'm thinking about how I can trust God more. How can I surrender more? How can I bring Him more glory?" An outspoken Christian, he has made it no secret that he thanks God for everything in his life. He says he would one day like to be a pastor who can head up non-profit organizations, either at home or abroad. He said "everything in my life is a blessing from God. I look back and I realize these are His fingerprints all over my story. Our true prize ... was something in heaven, not on earth. I realize I [have] to learn ... to stop chasing the perishable prizes of this earth ... and give my best effort unto God and trust Him with the results." His name is Jeremy Lin.…

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Have You Become a Part of the Christmas Story?

2012-12-23 :: The Gospel Light Minute
Length: 14m 52s

GLMX #58

Galatians 4:4 reads, "But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son."

How old is the story of Christmas? While it’s true that the events of Christmas—the birth of Jesus Christ—took place 2,000 years ago, the story of Christmas was being written for hundreds and even thousands of years before that blessed day.

The beginning of the story of Christmas was told in the Garden of Eden, the paradise where Adam and Eve lived in harmony with God until they disobeyed His command. Because of Satan’s deceptive actions and temptation which led Adam and Eve to sin, God pronounced a judgment against him. The judgment, in Genesis 3:15, revealed that the seed of the woman (Jesus Christ) would bruise the head of the serpent (Satan). The sins of our first parents, as well as the sins of every person who has lived since then, created a need and a longing for a Redeemer who could conquer sin and restore mankind’s relationship with God...

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Great Expectations (Part 4)

2012-12-19 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 40m 25s

Praying Through the Bible #17 | with Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: I Kings 8:37-40

This is message #17 titled "Great Expectations" (Part 4). We are continuing our series on Solomon's prayer at the dedication of the Temple in Jerusalem. We have seen how God fulfilled His promise to David and allowed his son, Solomon, to build the Temple for the glory of God. After the Temple was built, Solomon called together all of the children of Israel to celebrate the completion of the Temple and that is the occasion on which Solomon offers his prayer.

Today, we will continue reading Solomon's prayer and look at four more elements that we can draw from it and apply to our own prayer life.

1. Solomon sees the need to pray to God in times when the nation is undergoing judgment.

2. Notice that God hears the prayers of his people and He is willing to forgive.

3. Notice that God knows the heart condition of every man.

4. Notice that when God restores us, we should not forget the lessons we learned while we were being punished. …

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GLMX #125: Simply Believe

2012-12-16

When you were a child, you likely believed everything your parents told you because you trusted them. Your parents were there to guide you, protect you, and train you in your young life. If you believed what your parents told you, you listened to their advice and instruction and benefitted from it. Throughout our lives, [...]…

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The Great Future City of Peace: Where the 20 Angels of Newtown Are and How You Can Get There Too

2012-12-16 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 45m 32s

Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #88

TEXT: Revelation 21:9-27

This past Friday, our nation was again shaken by the news of the worst school shooting in America. In Newtown, Connecticut, 27 people were massacred in the Sandy Hook elementary school. Twenty of those who were killed were children, six- and seven- years of age. One young man who endured an agonizing wait for his sister outside the school after the shooting said that if he had to describe the whole situation in one word that word would be "hell". And he's right.

But now, those 20 children are in Heaven with God. While we here on earth mourn their loss and comfort those who will have to face the future without their child, those children are happy, loved, and comforted in the arms of our Heavenly Father.

Thomas Moore, the Irish poet, singer, and songwriter, said, "Heaven is a land where children shall walk on cool springy turf, and among myrtle trees, and eat fruits that shall heal while they delight them, and drink the coolest of water, fresh from the River of Life, and have space to stretch themselves, and bathe, and leap, and run, and whichsoever way they look meet Christ's eyes smiling on them." Those 20 children, who slipped beyond the veil of eternity last Friday morning, are now in this beautiful place.

Today, I want us to examine the great beauty of Heaven. If you have given your heart and life to Jesus Christ, you are going to spend eternity there. And if you have not yet given your heart and life to Jesus Christ, I hope that the Bible's description of this great future city will encourage you to make that decision today.

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Michael Franzese: A Mafia Boss Turns to the Messiah (Gospel Light Minute #79)

2012-12-16 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 8m 59s

He is a former New York mobster with the Colombo crime family who was heavily involved in the gasoline tax rackets in the 1980s. In the mid-1980s, Fortune Magazine listed him as number 18 on its list of the "Fifty Most Wealthy and Powerful Mafia Bosses" According to a Federal report, he made more money for a crime family than anyone since Chicago boss Al Capone. As the former "Prince of the Mafia," he faced dozens of grand jury appearances, three major racketeering indictments, five criminal trials, seven years in prison and a Mafia death sentence.

However, in 1987, while in prison, he made a decision to walk away from the Colombo family and organized crime. Crediting the prayers of his Christian wife, Cammy, her family, and her church, he left the world of crime and became a born again Christian. He said, "If it had not been for my wife's prayers, I wouldn't be alive. There's no question that I'd either be dead or in prison for the rest of my life. And that's not even a guess. That's absolute."

Today, he is a follower of Jesus Christ and a man on a mission. He often describes his very own Damascus Road experience, from his early days in the Mob and its rise to power to God leading him to do the unthinkable: quit the Mob and follow Jesus. Since his conversion, he has created a foundation called the Breaking Out Foundation to educate, empower, and equip youth to face life's challenges.

He has become a motivational speaker to churches, corporate events, schools, and Christian conferences. And he shares his compelling story in two books, "Blood Covenant" and "The Good, the Bad, and the Forgiven". His theme always hits home with audiences around the world: “You can’t escape the long arm of the law—and you sure can’t escape the longer arm of the Lord.” His name is Michael Franzese.…

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GLMX #125: Simply Believe

2012-12-16 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 12m 14s

When you were a child, you likely believed everything your parents told you because you trusted them. Your parents were there to guide you, protect you, and train you in your young life. If you believed what your parents told you, you listened to their advice and instruction and benefited from it.

Throughout our lives, we are faced with choices and different points of view, and we have to choose what we believe and then act on those beliefs. We all know that what we believe shapes how we live our lives. But did you know that a simple act of belief can change your eternal destiny?

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Great Expectations (Part 3)

2012-12-12 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 29m 32s

Praying Through the Bible #16 | with Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: I Kings 8:30-36

This is message #16 titled "Great Expectations" (Part 3). We are continuing our discussion of Solomon's prayer at the dedication of the Temple in Jerusalem. We have already seen how God fulfilled His promise to David and allowed his son, Solomon, to build the Temple for the glory of God.

Today, we will continue reading Solomon's prayer and look at three more lessons that we can draw from it and apply to our own prayer life. From verses 30-36, I want us to notice three things.

1. Solomon acknowledges human frailty.

2. Solomon asks for deliverance from enemies.

3. Solomon asks God to teach his people how to walk righteously. …

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The Great Future City of Peace (Part 1)

2012-12-09 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 39m 24s

Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #87

TEXT: Revelation 21:9-27

Throughout the history of the world, great cities have risen and fallen. You have heard of the greatness of Babylon and Jerusalem. You have heard of the greatness of Rome and Alexandria. You have heard of the greatness of Athens and Constantinople. These cities and many others were well-known for their educational advancements, their architectural techniques, their cultural diversity, their religious devotion, and their military prowess.

However, none of these cities were known for the one thing that the world has longed for -- peace. Jerusalem was sacked by Babylon and then later by Rome. Babylon was overrun by the Medes and the Persians. Athens underwent repeated wars with other Greek city-states. Very little of the ancient glory of Alexandria remains because the city suffered from constant wars. Constantinople was crushed by the Ottoman invaders. And Rome, perhaps the greatest city of the ancient world, was ravaged by bands of barbarians from the north.

None of these great cities were able to provide permanent peace for their citizens or the world. Even today, our world longs for peace. Just a few weeks ago Israel and Gaza were at war and today, despite a ceasefire, there is still open hostility. There is no peace. In Syria, rebels are fighting their own government to gain democratic rights. There is no peace. Egypt remains in turmoil and there is no peace in the great city of Cairo today either.

It seems as though the one thing the world has strived for the most it simply cannot obtain.

However, our passage for today tells us about a future city that will provide that peace that the world has longed for. It is called the new Jerusalem and it will be the capital city of the new creation that God will bring about at the end of time.

The passage we just read describes the beauty of the New Jerusalem. This New Jerusalem comes about after God has defeated the evil forces that rebel against Him during the end times. Jamieson, Fawcett and Brown state in their commentary that this passage "describes the eternal and consummated kingdom of God and the saints on the new earth." The name 'Jerusalem' actually means 'City of Peace'. It will be the eternal home of all those who remain faithful to God and His Son Jesus Christ.

Allow me to briefly share with you three reasons why the New Jerusalem will indeed be a "city of peace" and how you can have a place in this city.

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Robert Griffin III: 'My Relationship With God is My Most Important Influence'

2012-12-09 :: The Gospel Light Minute
Length: 8m 41s

Gospel Light Minute #51

He is the new NFL quarterback for the Washington Redskins. He was selected by the Redskins in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He played college football for Baylor University, and won the Heisman Trophy in 2011. Hailing from a military family, with a strong, strict father, he began college at 17 years old. With dedication and hard work, he graduated in 3 years with a degree in political science, and a 3.67 GPA, all while appearing on the Dean's List two times. He is currently studying for a Masters degree in Communications. He won the Associated Press College Football Player of the Year award, the Davey O'Brien Award, the Manning Award, and the Consensus All-American award in 2011.

He said of his faith, 'I was heavily influenced by my parents to learn discipline. But my relationship with God was my most important influence...I've been in the church since I was 7. My parents didn't push it on us but they made sure we grew up in the church, so that's all we know, that's what we do.' He went further to say, 'Whenever you can be a Christian and come to a Christian university like Baylor and make a difference like this whole football team has, it's great. [God] gives you the stage to make a difference and not to just talk about yourself, but lift Him up. There are a lot of different types of Christians everywhere, but my biggest thing is it's not our job to judge; it's just our job to go out, praise Him, let people know what He's doing, and let people follow if they want to. So I praise God, I thank him for everything. Purposefully, you live every day for Him, and when He gives you the opportunity to speak up for Him or to do something in His name, you do it." The young man that I am talking about is Robert Griffin III, better known as RG3.…

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Even Though the World is Falling Apart, You Can Still Survive and Thrive

2012-12-09 :: The Gospel Light Minute
Length: 13m 49s

GLMX #37

Here are some of the signs of the times --- Chaos in the Middle East! Earthquakes! Protests! The War in Afghanistan! Terrorist Threats! Homosexual Marriage! Tsunamis! Floods! Tornadoes! Diseases!

These headlines remind us that our world is continually eating away at us and everything we possess. Not only are our finances and jobs in jeopardy, our very lives and security are being threatened as well. Uncertainty, instability, and now the spread of chaos in the Middle East and around the world are the signs of our times.

The world is clearly falling apart. So where can we find strength and security to survive and thrive? In this Gospel Light Minute Extended broadcast, Daniel Whyte III give the time-tested answer to this important question.

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Even Though the World is Falling Apart, You Can Still Survive and Thrive

2012-12-08

Here are some of the signs of the times — Chaos in the Middle East! Earthquakes! Protests! The War in Afghanistan! Terrorist Threats! Homosexual Marriage! Tsunamis! Floods! Tornadoes! Diseases! These headlines remind us that our world is continually eating away at us and everything we possess. Not only are our finances and jobs in jeopardy, [...]…

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Great Expectations (Part 2)

2012-12-06 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 29m 32s

Praying Through the Bible #15 | with Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: I Kings 8:22-29

This is message #15 titled "Great Expectations" (Part 2). We are looking at Solomon's prayer at the dedication of the Temple in Jerusalem. We have already seen how God fulfilled His promise to David and allowed his son, Solomon, to build the Temple for the glory of God.

Today, we will begin reading Solomon's prayer and seeing what lessons we can draw from it and apply to our own prayer life. I want us to notice three things.

1. Notice how Solomon praises God for His greatness.

2. Notice how Solomon remembers God's fulfilled promises.

3. Notice how Solomon requests God's favor.…

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Why I Thank God for Jesus Christ -- The Remix (Part 2)

2012-12-02 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 43m 5s

Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #87

Scripture: II Corinthians 9:8-15

Last week, as we came out of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, we began looking at the number one reason why we ought to be thankful -- and that is because of God's Son, Jesus Christ, the Unspeakable Gift. We specifically saw three reasons why we ought to be thankful for Jesus Christ.

1. We ought to be thankful for Jesus Christ because He gave His Life that we might have Eternal Life.

2. We ought to be thankful for Jesus Christ because He keeps us by His grace.

3. We ought to be thankful for Jesus Christ because He is able to keep us from falling into sin.

On this, the first Sunday of December, as we begin the countdown to the glorious holiday of Christmas I would like to return to this topic of Why I Thank God for Jesus Christ. I believe this is a fitting way to begin this holiday season because, as I mentioned last week, the devil tries to get our focus off the main thing -- and the main thing is Jesus Christ. So, today, I want to share with you four reasons why I thank God for Jesus Christ.

1. I thank God for Jesus Christ because, in His mercy, love, and grace, He is still working on me.
2. I thank God for Jesus Christ because He is constantly interceding for me.
3. I thank God for Jesus Christ because He will never leave me nor forsake me.
4. I thank God for Jesus Christ because He has promised to come back and take us home to glory.

+ Plus, listen to Walter Hawkins as he sings "Thank You" and Matt Redman singing "10,000 Reasons".…

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Drew Brees: 'Everything is in God's Hands'

2012-12-02 :: The Gospel Light Minute
Length: 11m 2s

(Gospel Light Minute #27)

He led his team, the New Orleans Saints, to a Superbowl Victory in 2010. He was also MVP of Super Bowl 44. He has been selected to the Pro Bowl five times in his career – with the Chargers in 2004 and the Saints in 2006, 2008, 2009, and 2010. He was named the NFL's Comeback Player of the Year in 2004 and the Offensive Player of the Year in 2008. He was also selected by voters to appear on the cover of Electronic Arts' Madden NFL 11. Sports Illustrated named him as its 2010 Sportsman of the Year. He and his wife founded, the Brees Dream Foundation to advance research in the fight against cancer and to help rebuild what was lost in Hurricane Katrina. In his book, Coming Back Stronger, he chronicles his journey with the underlying message of never giving up and following God’s plan.

He says of His faith, "I live for God, for the faith that I have in Him. Knowing the sacrifices that Jesus Christ made on the cross for me and feeling like it’s in God’s hands, all I have to do is just give my best, commit the rest to Him. Everything else is taken care of. That takes the weight off anybody’s shoulders. It’s to give you confidence to know that you’ve got somebody looking out for you." His name is Drew Brees.…

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If the World Ends on December 21st, Where Will You Go?

2012-12-02 :: The Gospel Light Minute
Length: 18m 36s

GLMX #81

Some people predict that there will be a cataclysmic event on December 21, 2012. They claim that this cataclysmic event is supported by astronomical alignments and ancient Mayan calendars. They say that the end will come about as a result of the earth colliding with a black hole or a passing asteroid. Will 2012 mark the end of the world and the start of a new era?

THE END OF THE WORLD?

We know that there is a day coming when this world as we know it will end. But how can we know for sure whether the world will end? The only reliable source of information we have about end-time events is the Bible.

THE BIBLE AND END-TIME EVENTS

The Bible gives us the following valuable information about the events of the end of the world.

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If the World Ends on December 21st, Where Will You Go?

2012-12-01

Some people predict that there will be a cataclysmic event on December 21, 2012. They claim that this cataclysmic event is supported by astronomical alignments and ancient Mayan calendars. They say that the end will come about as a result of the earth colliding with a black hole or a passing asteroid. Will 2012 mark [...]…

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Great Expectations (Part 1)

2012-11-29 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 29m 28s

Prayer in the Bible #14 | with Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: I Kings 8:22-24

In our last message in this series, we covered the topic of how David was still before God in the Tabernacle. As you might remember, the context of that message was David's desire to build a Temple for God's presence to reside in. However, God informed David through Nathan the prophet that while his intentions were good, he would not be allowed to build the Temple. But his son, who would be king after him, would build the Temple.

Well, the context of our passage today is the fulfillment of God's words to David. Here, in this passage, we have King Solomon who has completed building the Temple in Jerusalem. On this great occasion, the children of Israel are gathered in Jerusalem to celebrate the completion of the building of the Temple.

Verse one of chapter eight tells us that "Solomon assembled the elders of Israel, and all the heads of the tribes, the chief of the fathers of the children of Israel, unto king Solomon in Jerusalem, that they might bring up the ark of the covenant of the Lord out of the city of David, which is Zion. And all the men of Israel assembled themselves unto king Solomon at the feast in the month Ethanim, which is the seventh month."

The Levite priests carried the Ark of the Covenant out of the tabernacle and into the newly built Temple. When they had set up the Ark in the Temple, the Bible tells us that a great cloud filled the Temple signifying God's approval of what Solomon had done.

Today, I want us to begin looking at Solomon's prayer on this occasion and the lessons we can learn from it. Because this is such a long prayer, Lord willing, we will continue to study I Kings chapter eight in upcoming messages. Today, we are covering the first 22 verses so that we can get an understanding of the background of Solomon's prayer. I have titled this series of messages "Great Expectations" because Solomon prays a great prayer to God, and he expects God to do great things for the nation of Israel. …

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Why I Thank God for Jesus Christ -- The Remix (Part 1)

2012-11-25 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 58m 14s

Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #86

Scripture: II Corinthians 9:8-15

We have just come to the end of another long Thanksgiving weekend. I can tell you that I have enjoyed myself throughout this holiday, and I trust that you have as well. During this time of the year, our hearts and minds turn to the many things that we are grateful for. And I truly have a lot to be grateful for because God has blessed me immensely. My dad used to say "God has smiled on me." And the Lord has shown great favor, grace, and mercy down through the years to me, my family, and everyone living today. In fact, if you are alive, you have a lot to thank God for. Paul tells the Corinthians in verse 11 of our passage that they have been "enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God."

My life has indeed been enriched by the bountiful blessings of God. I have health and strength. I have many beautiful and healthy children. I have a beautiful wife and a son and daughter born on my birthday. I enjoy the blessings of good food to eat, clothes to wear and a place to stay. Since I first preached this devotional message, in a small church, in a little city called Apalachicola, Florida, nearly twenty five ago, I have been serving the Lord in the ministry full-time for over thirty years. God has taken care of me, my wife and our seven children by faith in Him. God has been good to me and it has been a joy serving Him.

However, the person I thank God for the most is His Holy Son, Jesus Christ, whom the Bible calls the "unspeakable gift." I feel that, particularly as we head into the Christmas season, and all of the commercialism that unfortunately goes along with it, it is good for us to do as that old hymn says and turn our eyes upon Jesus -- to put the focus on Him, the true reason for the season. And before you get back to your shopping and gift-buying and gift-giving, I want us to take this time together today to focus on God's "unspeakable gift" to us. That word "unspeakable" means something so wonderful that words cannot even describe it.

Today, I want to share with you three reasons why I thank God for Jesus Christ.

1. I thank God for Jesus Christ because He gave His Life that I might have Eternal Life.
2. I thank God for Jesus Christ because He keeps me by His grace.
3. I thank God for Jesus Christ because He is able to keep me from falling.

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Billy Blanks Found Success and Satisfaction When he Gave his Life to Christ

2012-11-25 :: The Gospel Light Minute
Length: 10m 9s

(Gospel Light Minute #22)

His Tae Bo fitness system has helped millions of people around the world get in shape and feel great. In 1975 he became the first Amateur Athletic Union champion, a title he won five times. The AAU is a multi-sport organization that is dedicated to the promotion and development of amateur sports and physical fitness programs. By age 16, he had earned a black belt in karate and went on to earn a spot on the U.S. Karate team which won 36 gold medals in international competition. He became the captain of that karate team in 1980. A seventh-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, the dominant Korean version of karate, he holds black belts in five other forms of martial arts. He also became the 1984 Massachusetts Golden Gloves Champion and the Tri-State Golden Gloves Champion of Champions.

In 1988 and 1989, while pursuing a career in acting he felt that something was missing in his life. As he continued to become more successful, he said "I was always searching" for something else.

One day a friend suddenly invited him to church. They went together and he was so impacted by the Lord that he "received Jesus the same day." When his wife, Gayle, saw the change in him over a period of months, she gave her life to Christ, too and their children soon followed. When people ask him his secret to success, he says that it was when he dedicated his life to the Lord that his career took off. His name is Billy Blanks. …

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The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power

2012-11-25 :: The Gospel Light Minute
Length: 18m 36s

GLMX #54

Sin has separated man from God. To be separated from God at death means to spend eternity in Hell, because God will not excuse sin, and sin must be punished. Man is sinful, but God is holy. The blood of Jesus Christ is God's way of meeting man's greatest need...and that Blood will never lose its power.

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The Thanksgiving Mandate (Part 3)

2012-11-24 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 44m 2s

TEXT: 1 Chronicles 16:7-13

Today, I want us to move on to verses 11 and 12 of this passage and see the final three aspects of this "thanksgiving mandate" that are given in this passage of Scripture.

1. God wants us to get to know Him better.

2. God wants us to desire for His presence to be in our lives.

3. God wants us to remember everything that He has done.

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The Thanksgiving Mandate (Part 2)

2012-11-23 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 41m 5s

TEXT: 1 Chronicles 16:7-13

I believe it is good for us to set aside one special day out of the year just to focus on thanking and praising God for all that He has done for us. However, that one day should serve to remind us that we need to give thanks everyday of our lives.

On yesterday, we began looking at I Chronicles 16 and what I am calling the "thanksgiving mandate" that is given in God's Word. We looked at verse 8 of this passage and saw three things that God wants us to do in this matter of being thankful.

1. God wants us to be thankful for His blessings.

2. While we are remembering and being thankful for what God has done for us, God wants us to remain in communication with Him.

3. God wants us to tell others about His goodness.

As I mentioned on yesterday, this passage is actually a part of a psalm that was written by King David on the occasion of the Israelites bringing the ark of God into Jerusalem. The Bible tells us that David's purpose in writing this psalm was to "thank the Lord", and that he gave this psalm to Asaph. Asaph was a Levite, and he was one of the leaders of David's choir who also wrote twelve psalms himself that we know of. So, David probably gave this psalm to Asaph to teach it to the Levite choir so they all could sing it together.

Today, I want us to move on to verses 9 and 10 of this passage and see what else is involved in this "thanksgiving mandate".

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A Thanksgiving Mandate (Part 1)

2012-11-22 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 37m 14s

1 Chronicles 16:8: "Give thanks unto the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people."

Out of all of the holidays that we are blessed to celebrate, Thanksgiving is my favorite. I love this time of year. I love the weather. I love the time we get to spend with family and friends. I love the food. I love looking back over the past year to see where God has brought us from.

I believe that God gives us these times away from our daily routine to refocus our attention on what is truly important. The Israelites observed certain feasts, celebrations, and holy days every year. These days were observed so that the children of Israel would remember what God had done for them in the past.

The verse that we are looking at today is I Chronicles 16:8. This verse is a part of a psalm given by David on one of these important days in the history of Israel -- the day that he brought the Tabernacle of God up to Jerusalem. The people of Israel were celebrating and rejoicing because of this great event. From this verse, I want us to notice three things that I believe God wants us to do not only on this Thanksgiving, but on every day of our lives.

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The Thanksgiving Mandate (Part 1)

2012-11-22 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 37m 14s

1 Chronicles 16:8: "Give thanks unto the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people."

Out of all of the holidays that we are blessed to celebrate, Thanksgiving is my favorite. I love this time of year. I love the weather. I love the time we get to spend with family and friends. I love the food. I love looking back over the past year to see where God has brought us from.

I believe that God gives us these times away from our daily routine to refocus our attention on what is truly important. The Israelites observed certain feasts, celebrations, and holy days every year. These days were observed so that the children of Israel would remember what God had done for them in the past.

The verse that we are looking at today is I Chronicles 16:8. This verse is a part of a psalm given by David on one of these important days in the history of Israel -- the day that he brought the Tabernacle of God up to Jerusalem. The people of Israel were celebrating and rejoicing because of this great event. From this verse, I want us to notice three things that I believe God wants us to do not only on this Thanksgiving, but on every day of our lives.

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The Power of Being Still Before God

2012-11-18 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 34m 46s

Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #85

Scripture: Isaiah 53

In our culture today, it seems as though one of the hardest things for us to do is to slow down and be still for any length of time. From the time we get out of bed in the morning to the time we turn in at night, we are always busy and always on the go. Many of us rush from one destination to another, running errands, fulfilling job duties, catching up with friends, and handling family issues. Even during "down time" when we should be relaxing, our fingers fly over handheld devices. While we are sitting in the recliner or laying in bed, we are surfing the web, checking e-mail, video chatting, and collaborating with co-workers on job projects. We find it nearly impossible to just be still.

In our passage for today, I want us to notice how King David goes into the Tabernacle and takes the time to "sit before the Lord."

Just to give you the background of this occasion: earlier in II Samuel 7, the Bible tells us that David is sitting in his newly built palace talking to Nathan the prophet. While they are talking, David says, "See now, I dwell in an house of cedar, but the ark of God dwelleth within curtains." He then expresses his desire to build a Temple for the Ark of God to reside in. Nathan understandably encourages him to do this. However, later, God speaks to Nathan and tells him that He will allow David's son to build the Temple and not David. However, God tells Nathan what we now call the "Davidic covenant" in which He promises that the House of David would be established forever as the ruling house of Israel.

After Nathan brings him this message from God, King David is overwhelmed by the grace and mercy that God has shown to him, and he goes to the Tabernacle and the Bible tells us that he "sat before the Lord."

Today, I want us to consider the fact that there are times when we need to leave our normal duties and get alone with God. We, too, need to sit before the Lord. …

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Former Drug Dealer and Adulterer Meets Jesus Christ and is Now Winning Souls and Taking Names in the Sudan as the "Machine Gun Preacher"

2012-11-18 :: The Gospel Light Minute
Length: 10m 21s

(Gospel Light Minute #21)

By his early teens, he was constantly in fist fights, selling hard drugs and sleeping with married women. He continued to slide deeper into a life of violence and crime until he became a Shotgunner - an armed guard for drug dealers. His father, a former marine, grew fond of saying "Boy, somebody's gonna kill you one of these days!"

Haunted by his father's words, he became increasingly concerned that he was going to be killed because of drugs and slowly began to distance himself from his former life. Soon, his wife, Lynn, accepted Jesus Christ and helped bring him to Christ as well. After committing his life to Jesus, he kicked his drug addiction, built a church, became its preacher and managed a thriving construction business in Pennsylvania.

But in 1998, he went to Uganda as a volunteer for a construction project. That one trip, which was supposed to last only a few weeks, drastically changed the course of his life, his family and of hundreds of children in southern Sudan. Since 1998, he has spent his time in Africa rescuing children from being recruited as child soldiers or being forced into sex trafficking. He also runs an orphanage in Southern Sudan. His name is Sam Childers, and he is now known as the "Machine Gun Preacher." …

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So You Think You Are a Pretty Good Person?

2012-11-18 :: The Gospel Light Minute
Length: 16m 5s

GLMX #48

It is true, most people are pretty good. However, contrary to popular opinion, not all good people go to Heaven. In fact, you do not have to be a bad person to go to Hell. Notice what the Bible says in Titus 3:5: "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us..." The Bible also states in Ephesians 2:8-9, "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast." You can see that even if you are a good person, and even if you do good works, God's Word declares that your goodness is not enough to get you to Heaven.

Another interesting fact found in the Bible is that you are not really as good as you think you are. Ecclesiastes 7:20 states, "For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not." The Bible also says in Romans 3:10 and 23, "As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one...For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God."

It is true that you must have goodness to get to Heaven, but the truth is you do not possess that goodness in and of yourself. Isaiah 59:2 says, "Your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear." Romans 6:23 says, "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." You see, everyone deserves to die and go to Hell because of their sin; however, Jesus loved us so much that He shed His sinless blood and died in our place. Three days later, Christ arose from the grave, proving that He had conquered death and hell, and establishing that He alone has the power to give us eternal life. Romans 5:8 says "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."

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How to be a Powerful Person of Prayer

2012-11-15 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 26m 35s

Prayer in the Bible #12 | with Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: I Samuel 12:16-25

Today, as we continue our series on Prayer in the Bible, I want us to look at the life of one of the most powerful prayer warriors in history. His name is Samuel, and he was a great prayer partner to the children of Israel because he really knew how to get ahold of God. He was also a prophet and the last of the judges of the children of Israel. You might recall that his birth came about because of the earnest prayers of his mother Hannah who was barren and desperately wanted a child. Samuel grew up in the Tabernacle as a servant of God, and that is where he began his great and powerful prayer life.

1. In Order to Become a Powerful Person of Prayer, You Must Listen to the Voice of God.

2. In Order to Become a Powerful Person of Prayer, You Must Be Willing to Pray for Others.

3. In Order to Become a Powerful Person of Prayer, You Must Understand that Prayerlessness Is a Sin. …

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The Despised and Rejected Saviour is Campaigning for Your Heart

2012-11-11 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 43m 30s

Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #84

Scripture: Isaiah 53

This past week, America came to the close of its election season. After months of non-stop campaigning, debates over policy, campaign ads bombarding the airwaves, and political pundits weighing in on various issues, the American people went to the polls and made a choice between two candidates.

Earlier in the political season, both parties held a convention where they officially nominated their candidate for the office of president. A great deal of planning went into each of these gatherings. There was a lot of pomp and ceremony, balloons, confetti and music. The venues were chosen with great care. And with a rare exception or two, everything was scripted. The conventions were orchestrated to show their candidate as being the most attractive, the most likable, and the most electable.

It would have truly been a disaster if, after investing all of that money and effort, their candidate came away as being perceived as unattractive, un-presidential and unlikable.

But, as Isaiah 53 tells us, that is how Jesus Christ, the Lord of Glory, was perceived when He came down to earth.

I like what one commentator wrote about this passage. He said, "Isaiah brings us on a personal level to the Messiah, the Son of God, who alone can atone for sin. His message is rejected; His person is refused; and His mission is misunderstood. Nevertheless, His vicarious suffering provides atonement for our sins; and though He suffers death and burial, He will ultimately be exalted. No other Scripture better describes the humble appearance of Jesus as a common rabbi from the city of Nazareth."

Isaiah 53:2-3 says that Jesus "hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not."

The term "no form nor comeliness" shows that Jesus comes from humble origins. When He was born, He was not laid in a crib in the bedchamber of a king, but in the feeding trough of cattle in a stable. Isaiah, the prophet, tells us that he was despised and rejected by men. This means that he was disdained, scorned, and abandoned. He was unattractive and undesirable.

Jesus was rejected by many of the people in His day. Yes, He was popular in Israel when he was feeding five thousand people from a little boy's lunch or when He was healing the sick. But, when He called on people to forsake their old lives and follow Him fully and completely, many just walked away. And at the end of his earthly ministry, the majority of the people wanted to get rid of Him. As He stood like a convicted criminal before Pilate, the crowds cried out, "Crucify Him! Crucify Him!"

Why wasn't Jesus popular in His day? Why did the masses of people reject Him when it came down to choosing between Him and a common criminal? Allow me to briefly share with you today three aspects of who Jesus was that will help us answer these questions.

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Are You Ready to Stand Before God?

2012-11-11 :: The Gospel Light Minute
Length: 17m 28s

Dear Soul, the Bible declares that one day you will die and then stand face to face with God to be judged. Hebrews 9:27 reads, "And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment." Nothing in your entire life could be more important than being ready for that day, because it will determine whether you will spend eternity in heaven or in hell.

This judgment will be based on a person's righteousness, which means to be absolutely perfect and without sin. The Bible says in Acts 17:31, "He hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained..." The man spoken of in this verse is Jesus Christ. This means that your righteousness must match that of Jesus Christ. Can you make it through your entire life without committing one single sin? Jesus Christ did, and He is the one that you will be compared with at your judgment.

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Emmitt Smith: Faith, Success and a Strong Belief in God

2012-11-11 :: The Gospel Light Minute
Length: 9m 38s

(Gospel Light Minute #20)

Beyond his stellar college football career with the University of Florida, he played for the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals. He is the winner of 4 NFL rushing titles, and is the first player in NFL history to rush for over 1,000 yards in 11 consecutive seasons. In 2002, he surpassed Walter Payton's All-Time Leading Rushing Record of 16,726 yards to become the NFL's All-Time Leading Rusher. During his career, he led the NFL in rushing 4 times, won 3 Super Bowl Titles, League MVP honors in 1993, the Super Bowl MVP Award (in Super Bowl 28), and has been selected to the Pro Bowl 8 times. He is the only running back to ever win a Super Bowl championship, the NFL Most Valuable Player award, the NFL rushing crown, and the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player award all in the same season in 1993. He finished his career with a total of 18,355 yards. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010, and is the first player from the 1990 NFL Draft to be inducted.

A devout Christian and family man, he shows his strong belief in God in his daily life and in projects that he uses to help others such as the Charities for Underserved Children which he heads with his wife. He urges Christians to pursue their God-given dreams and to combine persistence, humility, determination, courage and faith to be a winner in their calling. His name is Emmitt Smith. …

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10 Things God Wants You to Do in the Last Days (Part 2)

2012-11-06 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 40m 20s

100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #100 | with Daniel Whyte III

SCRIPTURE: 1 Timothy 4:1-3, 2 Timothy 3:1-5

Today, by the grace of God, I want to continue with part two of the message that we began on yesterday titled "10 Things God Wants You to Do in the Last Days." This is the last message in this series of 100 days of preaching the gospel. I am grateful to God for the time that we have spent in His Word together over the past 100 days. I hope that you have enjoyed it and that you have been blessed and encouraged by it.

The two passages which we read in I Timothy and II Timothy are a warning message from the Apostle Paul to the young minister Timothy who was leading the church at Ephesus. In 1 Timothy 4, Paul mostly focuses on religous apostasy. In other words, in the last days, false teachers peddling dangerous doctrine would creep into the church and the people of God will be deceived if they are not on guard against it. In 2 Timothy, Paul talks about the moral and social decay that will come about in the "last days." Tim LaHaye and Ed Hindson write that in this context, the term 'last days' refers to the "end of the church age" -- and thus a time period that is close to the Rapture of the church and the second coming of Christ. John F. Walvoord states, "Apostasy, of course, was already present in the time that Paul lived, but with the progress of the present age, in spite of the dissemination of the truth and the availability of Scripture, the world will continue to follow the sinful description which the Apostle Paul gave here."

As I mentioned to you on yesterday, I believe that we are indeed living in the last days. We are drawing ever closer to the Rapture of the church and the return of Christ. And during these days, there are some things that God wants us to do while we wait for His coming. On yesterday, we discussed five of those things, which are as follows:

1. God wants you to be saved, if you are not saved already.
2. God wants us to confess our sins when we commit them.
3. God wants us as His children to pray.
4. God wants us to live a holy life before Him.
5. God wants us to read and meditate on the Bible daily.

These are five basic, fundamental things that God wants us to do based on His word. Today, by the grace of God, I want to share with you five more things that God wants us to do in the last days.

1. God wants us to faithfully attend and participate in a local Bible believing church.
2. God wants us to tithe and give to Him through our local church.
3. In light of the second coming of the Lord, God wants us to love one another.
4. God wants us to witness to those who are not saved.
5. God wants us to put on the whole armour of God.

+ Plus, listen to Andrae Crouch singing "My Tribute (To God be the Glory)" and Deitrick Haddon singing "Sinner's Prayer"…

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Break Up Your Fallow Ground: It is Time to Seek the Lord (Part 22)

2012-11-04 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 46m 30s

Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #83

Scripture: Hosea 10:1-12

Today, we have come to the end of a long series titled "Break Up Your Fallow Ground: It Is Time to Seek the Lord" which is based on Hosea 10:12. In this passage, Hosea urges the children of Israel to turn away from their sins, repent, and get right with God. And, by the grace of God, we have been called to do the same over the past 22 weeks as we have studied God's Word together.

As we begin today, let's take a close look at verse eight of Hosea chapter 10. This is the last verse that we have not covered in detail from this passage. The verse reads, "The high places also of Aven, the sin of Israel, shall be destroyed: the thorn and the thistle shall come up on their altars; and they shall say to the mountains, Cover us; and to the hills, Fall on us."

In this verse, God proclaims the destruction of the idolatrous places which the children of Israel had built up and which offended Him. "The high places" were the hills in Israel on which the children of Israel built altars to false gods. Hosea specifically mentions the high places of Aven. This is a reference to the city of Beth-Aven which is also mentioned in verse five. The name "Beth-Aven" means 'house of vanity'. 'Aven' simply means 'vanity' and it is a word which the Bible uses to refer to other places of idolatrous worship.

When the children of Israel were carried off into captivity, their high places of course fell into disuse. Thus, God says, thorns and thistles would grow up and cover the altars. The desolation of Israel will be so great that the people of Israel will desire for the mountains and hills to fall on them because the punishment and destruction that comes down on Israel would be too much for them to bear.

Just as God made the nation of His chosen people desolate, He can do the same to us today. Yes, He is long suffering, but He will not allow sin to go unpunished forever. One day, if our nation does not repent, we will fall under a similar hand of judgment from God.

Now, in this series of messages, we are addressing specific sins that folks in the church need to confess and repent of in order to get our hearts right with God, and so that we can ask God to send revival in our personal lives, our families, our churches, our communities, and our country. So far we have addressed sixty-two sins in total, and today, we are going to continue and complete this series by addressing three more sins from our list.

1. The first sin we will address today is the sin of not giving to those in need.

2. The second sin we will address today is the sin of not using our gifts and talents for God's glory.

3. The third sin we will address today is the sin of knowing to do good but not doing it.

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10 Things God Wants You to Do in the Last Days (Part 1)

2012-11-04 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 40m 19s

100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #99 | with Daniel Whyte III

SCRIPTURE: Matthew 24:1-14, 1 Timothy 4:1-3, 2 Timothy 3:1-5

Today, ladies and gentlemen, we are living in perilous, dangerous, wicked, bitter, and hard times. We are living in the last days. I tell folks all the time that we are living in days that only God can help us now. The Lord made it perfectly clear that "last days" would come. The Lord never told a lie. In fact, the Bible says that "God cannot lie", meaning it is impossible for Him to lie. I believe according to the Word of God, that those "last days" are here. Make no mistake about it, something is about to happen in this old sin-cursed world and that is, the Second Coming of our blessed Lord Jesus Christ.

However, even though we are living in these difficult times, God wants us to stand strong even if we have to stand alone. So today I want to share with you ten things that will help you to stand strong in light of these last days and in light of the second coming of Jesus Christ.

1. God wants you to be saved.

2. God wants us to confess our sins when we commit them.

3. God wants us, as His children, to pray.

4. God wants us to live a holy life before Him.

5. God wants us to read and meditate on the Bible daily.

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Sheila E. says All she Needed in Life was God (Gospel Light Minute #78)

2012-11-04 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 10m 8s

She is an outstanding American musician. She is best known for her work with Prince, George Duke and Ringo Starr. As a child and teenager, she frequently performed with her father who was also a percussionist. By her early twenties she had already played with George Duke, Lionel Richie, Marvin Gaye, Herbie Hancock, and Diana Ross. She joined Prince on several Purple Rain recording sessions and served as a writer and musician on many of his records as well. In her own right, she scored hits with "The Glamorous Life" and "The Belle of St. Mark". She was nominated for an American Music Award and a Grammy for "The Glamorous Life".

She says of her faith, "I was raised Catholic and only went to church because I had to. But I actually gave my heart to the Lord for the first time when I was 18. I was playing in George Duke's band and one of the singers was driving me to a meeting and I was crying, just stressed out. There was a bunch of stuff going on and I said, 'You know what? This is crazy.' She said, 'Look, if you just give your heart to the Lord, everything will be fine.' And I thought, 'You know, it's not that easy.' She said, 'No, really, really it is.' So we prayed in the car and I accepted Christ right then."

As her popularity increased, she felt something was missing in her life. The abuse that she had suffered as a child and the immediate pressure to always perform took a toll on her physically and mentally. She soon became very sick and was admitted to the hospital with a collapsed lung. She was bedridden for weeks, lost a lot of weight, and could barely eat. It was at this point that she felt she was about to die and she cried out to God for help. She said of this time, "It was then that I decided, 'You know what, Lord? If you just give me another chance, I'll do whatever you want me to do.' I got the Bible and I started reading and I kept it on my chest. I slept with it and never took it out of my hand for weeks."

After being in the house for weeks, she finally walked outside for the first time in a month. She said of this time, "As soon as I walked outside, I saw this crack on the ground and I bent over and touched it. I just cried. Then I went over and I touched the grass. I looked up at the sky and it was so blue. I laid on the grass and said, 'Lord, look at all these wonderful things you've given us that we just take for granted. I thought that I needed this and I needed that, but I only need you.' That was the turning point."

Today, she uses her talent for God and is dedicated to serving the Kingdom through her music and her foundation for children. She says, "God has given me a gift and the energy in performing comes from just loving so much what we get to do and being able to share that gift with people." Her name is Sheila E.…

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GLMX #124: Sandy and Salvation

2012-11-04 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 17m 1s

This past week, the Northeastern part of the United States was hit with a massive, devastating storm. Forecasters called it Hurricane Sandy. It started in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean before making landfall in Haiti and Cuba. Some thought the storm would die out at that point, but it kept gaining strength and churned its powerful winds and waves toward to the East Coast of America, causing people to fear for their lives and that of their families. Right now, parts of New York and New Jersey remain flooded, millions are without electricity, clean water, gas, food, or clothes. Many businesses remain shut down, homes remain damaged or destroyed, city leaders are desperate for a quick solution, and many people remain helpless, hopeless and heartbroken.

For many days, weeks, months, and probably years, the people of New York, New Jersey and other states in the region will have to work to rebuild. It will take time, patience, perseverance, and dedication. But those states and all of America will never forget what happened in the course of a few days and the long, devastating aftermath.

The truth is, God does not want us to forget Hurricane Sandy. In a strange way, it is a sign of His judgment and His mercy. It is judgment because He wants us to repent of our sinful ways and turn to Him. And it is mercy because He spared so many lives to give them the opportunity to do just that. In the midst of Sandy's devastation and destruction, God wants the people of New York and New Jersey and people everywhere to experience His grace and salvation. Things look bleak and difficult for the many people who are sitting in the dark, cold, hungry, and without any means of communication or transportation. But it is at these moments when the grace of God becomes obvious and the salvation of God becomes evident.

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When God Makes All Things New

2012-11-03 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 41m 29s

100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #98 | with Daniel Whyte III

SCRIPTURE: Revelation 21:1-8: "And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death."

The Bible tells us that one day this old earth will be done away with. It will be destroyed and a "new heaven and a new earth" will be created in its place. In his letter to first century believers, Peter states that "the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up." A few verses later, he reiterates his point by saying, "the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat. Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness."

The passage we just read from Revelation 21 describes this new heaven and new earth which will come at the end of time.

Dr. John MacArthur states that "in the consummation of all things, God will renovate the heavens and the earth, merging His heaven with a new universe for a perfect dwelling-place that will be our home forever. In other words, heaven, the realm where God dwells, will expand to encompass the entire universe of creation, which will be fashioned into a perfect and glorious domain fit for the glory of heaven."

The Bible tells us that this new heaven and new earth will be so awesome, and so wonderful, that we will not even remember the old heaven and earth. Speaking through the Prophet Isaiah, God said, "Behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind."

Today, I want to briefly share with you three ways in which God will make all things new in this new heaven and new earth.

1. First of all, God will make us new spiritually and morally.

2. Secondly, God will make us physically new.

3. Thirdly, and finally today, God will make a new creation.

+ Plus, listen to Steven Curtis Chapman singing "All Things New" and Deitrick Haddon singing "Sinner's Prayer"…

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The Great White Throne Judgment of God

2012-11-02 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 40m 55s

100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #97 | with Daniel Whyte III

SCRIPTURE: Revelation 20:4-10: "And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire."

Our passage of scripture today tells us about the event which immediately follows the end of the Millennial Kingdom. At the end of the Millennium, Satan and his army of rebels are defeated by fire that comes from God out of Heaven. John quickly takes us to the next event in the grand end times drama, and that is the Great White Throne Judgment which read about in Revelation 20:11-15.

Tim LaHaye and Tony Kessinger write that this passage "is the most sobering passage in the Bible. Here unbelievers can see a glimpse of what their ultimate encounter with God will be like. These verses describe the end of the 1000-year millennial reign of Christ upon the earth."

The Great White Throne is only seen in this passage. It is unique from the other thrones mentioned in the book of Revelation -- no other throne is called "great" and "white" This throne is called "great" for three reasons: 1) the One who occupies the throne, 2) its enormous size, and 3) the significance of the judgment that will issue from the throne. This throne is called "white" because of the purity of the One seated on the throne and because of the fairness and righteousness of the verdict that will issue from the throne.

Very briefly, tonight, I want us to ask and answer four important questions about the Great White Throne Judgment.

1. Who is the Judge?

2. Who Will be Judged?

3. How Will They be Judged?

4. What Will the Sentence Be?

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The 1,000 Year Reign and Kingdom of Jesus Christ

2012-11-01 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 37m 34s

100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #96 | with Daniel Whyte III

SCRIPTURE: Revelation 20:4-10: "And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years..."

On yesterday, we saw in the Word of God the final event which must take place before the millennial kingdom can be brought about -- the imprisonment of Satan. With the antichrist, the false prophet, and Satan gone from the earth; and with Jesus Christ and his army of saints and angels present on the earth, the one-thousand year reign of Jesus Christ can begin.

This time period is called the Millennial Kingdom. According to the Popular Encyclopedia of Bible Prophecy, "the word millennium comes from the Latin word 'mille' meaning 'one thousand' and 'annum' meaning year. This word appears 6 times in Revelation 20 defining the duration of Christ's kingdom before the destruction of the old heaven and the old earth. The millennium therefore refers to one thousand years of Christ's future reign on earth, which will immediately precede eternity."

This time period is also called the messianic kingdom because it is the fulfillment of the promise that God gave to David in the Old Testament -- that there would always be one of David's descendants sitting on the throne of Israel.

There are so many aspects of this wonderful time that we could get into today, but I want us to briefly hit the highlights of this passage.

1. The first thing I want us to look at today is the Resurrection of the Saints.

2. Secondly, today, I want us to look at the Reign of the Savior.

3. Thirdly, today, I want us to look at the Return and Rebellion of Satan.

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Satan Goes to Prison or 'How Peace Will Come to Earth'

2012-10-31 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 37m 11s

100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #95 | with Daniel Whyte III

SCRIPTURE: Revelation 20:1-3: "And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season."

Yesterday, we saw in Revelation chapter 19 the glorious return of Jesus Christ to the earth. He ends the Battle of Armageddon with the powerful "Sword" -- the Word -- that comes out of His mouth. This event marks the end of the Tribulation and the very beginning of the one-thousand year reign of Jesus Christ on earth.

Notice what John MacArthur said about this momentous event: "From the remotest point of antiquity, men have longed for and talked about a golden age, a utopia, an age of peace and justice and righteousness, a time when oppression and war will cease. Poets have written about it. Folk singers still sing about it. Politicians promise it. Prophets predict it. Most people cry for it. And no one brings it. There is, however, such a world coming. And it will be brought at the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. It will be a kingdom the likes of which men have never even dreamed, though they have dreamed much. It will be a utopia beyond all utopia and understanding and comprehension. It will be a true age of blessedness."

It will be the fulfillment of the words of the angelic choir which sang at the birth of Jesus Christ -- "Peace on Earth!"

However, there is one more thing that must be done before the thousand years of peace can begin. You might have noticed in our passage on yesterday that the beast and the false prophet were taken and cast into the lake of fire. However, there is no mention of what happens to Satan -- the mastermind behind the great rebellion against God during the end times. If Satan is still running loose, how can there truly be peace on earth? Well, today, I want us to look at the first three verses of Revelation 20 and see the destiny of Satan -- and how God brings about true peace on earth.

1. First of all, notice The Arrival of Heavenly Authority.

2. Secondly, notice the Abolishment of Satanic Power and Influence.

3. Thirdly, notice the Annihilation of Demonic Deception.

+ Plus, listen to Newsboys singing "Blessed be Your Name" and Deitrick Haddon singing "Sinner's Prayer"…

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How to Pray for a Nation in Times of National Disaster

2012-10-31 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 39m 23s

How to Pray for a Nation (Part 8)

TEXT -- Daniel 9:9-19

Today, by the grace of God, I want to continue our series titled "How to Pray for a Nation" based on Daniel's prayer for his people found in Daniel chapter 9. This message, I believe, is particularly pertinent considering recent events, such as the superstorm Sandy which has just devastated the northeast, and which I believe is a judgment of God on this nation because of its sins. It is not strange for God to judge a nation because of its sins. As we have been learning from Daniel chapter 9, even though He gave them a long time to repent, God eventually judged the children of Israel by allowing them to be carried off into captivity to Assyria and Babylon -- a true national disaster. And so in light of these events, I want us to look at the biblical perspective that we should take in times of natural and national disaster.

1. First of all, we need to understand that God is in control of every disaster.

2. Secondly, we need to realize that every disaster brings a mixture of God's mercy and judgment.

3. Thirdly, we must realize that disasters are warnings that call us to repentance.…

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The Return of the King of Kings

2012-10-30 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 46m 45s

100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #94 | with Daniel Whyte III

SCRIPTURE: Revelation 19:11-21: "And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, King Of Kings, And Lord Of Lords...."

On yesterday, from the Word of God, we saw a glimpse of Heaven and the glorious future that awaits the redeemed people of God from all ages. We saw the wonderful event called the marriage of the Lamb -- the consummation of Christ's union with His body, the church. Today, in the Word of God, the scene shifts back to earth, and we read about the equally wonderful event which follows the marriage of the Lamb, and that is the second coming of Jesus Christ.

Remember, this is not the rapture. That happens at the beginning of the tribulation. What we are talking about today happens at the end of the tribulation after all of the judgments of God have been poured out on the earth. At the rapture, Jesus comes to claim His bride, but at the Second Coming, He will condemn all blasphemers and unbelievers. At the rapture, He comes 'in the air', but at the Second Coming, He actually descends to the earth. At the rapture, the saints go up to be with Christ, at the Second Coming the saints return to earth with Christ.

Someone once said: "Biblical prophecy provides some of the greatest encouragement and hope available to us today. Just as the Old Testament is saturated with prophecies concerning Christ's first advent, so both testaments are filled with references to the second coming of Christ. One scholar has estimated that there are 1,845 references to Christ's second coming in the Old Testament, where 17 books give it prominence. In the 260 chapters of the New Testament, there are 318 references to the second advent of Christ - an amazing 1 out of every 30 verses. Twenty-three of the 27 New Testament books refer to this great event. For every prophecy in the Bible concerning Christ's first advent, there are 8 which look forward to His second!"

Yes, Jesus Christ is coming back to earth one day, and that day will be at the end of the Tribulation. Let us look at three important aspects of Jesus' return.

1. Jesus Christ will return visibly.

2. Jesus will return in vengeance.

3. Jesus will return victoriously.

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A Marriage Made in Heaven for Real

2012-10-29 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 37m 17s

100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #93 | with Daniel Whyte III

SCRIPTURE: Revelation 19:1-10: "And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God: For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand. And again they said, Alleluia And her smoke rose up for ever and ever. And the four and twenty elders and the four beasts fell down and worshipped God that sat on the throne, saying, Amen; Alleluia. And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear him, both small and great. And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God. And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy."

So far in this series on the second coming of Jesus Christ and the end times, I believe it would be safe to say that we have seen very little happy moments. The end times are not "good times" for the world. We have seen judgment after judgment, destruction, devastation, and the unfortunate defiance of man against God. In the past two messages, we saw how Satan and the antichrist gathered all the armies of the world to Armageddon to fight against the return of Jesus Christ. Of course, they will fail in this attempt. Not only will they be utterly defeated, but we saw yesterday how the entire satanic world system -- religious and political Babylon -- will be utterly destroyed under the judgment of the seventh vial -- the last of God's judgments on the earth.

Today, we come to a truly happy moment in John's prophecy. This moment takes place in Heaven just before Jesus Christ and his saints descend to earth to set up the Millennial Kingdom. This event is called the "marriage supper of the Lamb" or the "marriage of the Lamb". Let's look at three significant aspects of this wonderful event.

1. First of all, this marriage is preceded by a celebration.

2. Secondly, this marriage is perfected by a consummation.

3. Thirdly, and finally, this marriage is populated only by Christians.

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Break Up Your Fallow Ground: It is Time to Seek the Lord (Part 21)

2012-10-28 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 52m 26s

Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #83

Scripture: Hosea 10:1-12

As you know, we are in a long series titled "Break Up Your Fallow Ground: It Is Time to Seek the Lord" which is based on Hosea 10:12 which reads: "Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the Lord, till he come and rain righteousness upon you." In this passage, Hosea urges the children of Israel to turn away from their sins, repent, and get right with God.

As we begin today, let's take a close look at verse seven of Hosea chapter 10. The verse reads, "As for Samaria, her king is cut off as the foam upon the water."

If you go out to the beach and look at the water, you will see that the foam floats on top of the water. The prophet Hosea compares the king of Samaria (the capital of the northern kingdom of Israel) to foam floating on top of the water. Just like the foam dissolves as quickly as it is formed, God says that the government of Israel has no more foundation because it has rejected the laws of God. It is just like foam on the water, ready to be whipped away by the lightest of winds.

There is a verse in Psalm 11 which reads: "If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?" Without the firm foundation of God's Word and spiritual principles in our society, our country will crumble just like the nation of Israel did many years ago. We must strive first of all to make God's Word the foundation of our lives and of our families, and allow that godly influence to spread into our churches, our communities, and our nation.

Now, in this series of messages, we are addressing specific sins that folks in the church need to confess and repent of in order to get our hearts right with God, and so that we can ask God to send revival in our personal lives, our families, our churches, our communities, and our country. So far we have addressed fifty-nine sins in total, and today, we are going to continue this series by addressing three more sins from our list.

1. The first sin we will address today is the sin of boasting.

2. The second sin we will address today is the sin of not resisting the devil.

3. The third sin we will address today is the sin of not obeying authority.

+ Plus, listen to Preashea Hilliard as she sings "Fresh Fire" and The Mighty Clouds of Joy singing "Walk Around Heaven"…

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Armageddon: The Final World War (Part 2)

2012-10-28 :: Daniel Whyte III, Gospel Light Minute
Length: 40m 13s