Daniel Whyte III is a full-time evangelist by calling. Through the Gospel Light Minute, his main aim is to present a short, clear, understandable presentation of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ which saved him over 30 years ago. Throughout his ministry, he has emphasized a clear presentation of the Gospel because he believes that many pastors and churches mix up the Gospel with other things, and this causes confusion for nonbelievers. In order to do that, Daniel Whyte III uses tracts that he has written, as well as tracts produced by the following ministries: Fellowship Tract League, the American Tract Society, and Good News/Crossway Tracts in the production of this broadcast.
He was a famous American actor. He gained fame in 1999 for his role in the film “Varsity Blues”. He is perhaps best known, however, for playing Brian O’Conner in “The Fast and Furious” film series. His other films include: Eight Below, Joy Ride, and Takers. His television credits include: Highway to Heaven. Touched by an Angel, and Shark Week, among others.
Before his untimely death on November 30, 2013, he spoke of his conversion from Mormonism to Christianity in an interview with USA Today. Although he was raised as a member of the Mormon church, he attended Sun Valley’s Village Christian School as a teenager, and later in life became a Christian. He said, “I’m a Christian now. The thing that drove me crazy growing up was how everyone works at fault-finding with different religions. The people I don’t understand are atheists. I go surfing and snowboarding and I’m always around nature. I look at everything and think, ‘Who couldn’t believe there’s a God? Is all this a mistake?’ It just blows me away.” He was on his way to attend an event for the typhoon victims in the Philippines hosted by his charity, Reach Out WorldWide, when he passed from this life into the next.
A couple weeks ago, Ron Reagan, the son of former President Ronald Reagan, recorded a radio spot proclaiming his atheism. In the ad, he announces, “I’m Ron Reagan, an unabashed atheist,” and then goes on to encourage people to join the Freedom From Religion Foundation — “the nation’s largest and most effective organization of atheists and agnostics.” He closes out the ad spot with these words: “Ron Reagan, lifelong atheist, not afraid of burning in hell.”
It is sad to hear someone speaking so glibly about Hell. Hell is a serious matter Allow me to share with you some aspects of Hell that might make you and Ron Reagan think twice about going there.
1. Hell is a place of fiery torment. The Bible says in Matthew 13:41-42 that at the end of time, “The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity [sin]; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.” Revelation 20:15 also says, “Whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” Imagine that: being burned by fire forever and ever. That is what Hell is like.
2. Hell is a place of terrifying darkness. In Matthew 8:12, Jesus Christ said, “But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” In 2 Peter 2:4, Peter wrote: “For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment.” Hell is a place of utter darkness! In Hell, the darkness is so great and so real that you will be able to feel it. That is what Hell is like.
3. Hell is a place of ceaseless haunting memory. In a true story which Jesus told about a man who died and went to Hell, he expressed the fact that the man could still remember his life on earth even while he was in Hell. In fact, while he was in Hell, Abraham said to this man, “Son, remember that thou in thy life time receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.” While he was in Hell, this man was able to remember all the wrong things he had done, the lifestyle he had led, and the many opportunities he had squandered to avoid ending up in that awful place. His life played over and over again like a broken record in his mind — all of his guilt and regrets in a never-ending sequence. That is what Hell is like.
4. Hell is a place of separation from God. According to First Thessalonians 1:9, those who go to Hell “shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power.” Whether you are a deist, an atheist, or an agnostic — whether you believe in God or not — one thing is certain: you will be separated from Him if you end up in Hell.
5. Hell is a place of no return. Once a person enters the gates of Hell, there will be no return. In the story which Jesus Christ told about the man who went to Hell, Abraham told this man, “between us (those in Paradise) and you (those in Hell) there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from hence.” In Hell, there is no second chance. There is no more hope. No more grace. No more mercy. No more gospel. No more preachers. And yes, no more God. Once a person, is in Hell, he will be locked in forever. That is the kind of place Hell is like, my friend. I assure you, you do not want to go there.
Ron Reagan is sorely mistaken. No matter what he says now, he will be truly sorry if he ends up in Hell.
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In this series of messages, we are looking at the 7 keys to living the God-blessed life. The God-blessed life — Christian success — is not measured by the same standards as the world’s success. Even if the world accounts us “as sheep for the slaughter,” we are actually “more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” The God-blessed life is a life that is full of contentment, joy, fulfillment, peace, and productivity. It is the kind of life where you know you are in the center of God’s will. The seven keys to getting to this position are:
1. Trust God.
2. Love God.
3. Fear God.
4. Meditate on the Word of God.
5. Obey God.
6. Pray to God.
7. Be Faithful to God.
These seven keys can only be carried out by the power of the Holy Spirit in the life of one who has accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior. That is where all of this begins. These are not things that we do in our own strength. We need the power of the Holy Spirit to help us do these things each and every day.
So far, we have looked at the topics of trusting God from the life of Abraham, loving God from the life of the apostle John, fearing God from the life of Job, and meditating on the Word of God from the life of Joshua. Today, we are going to look at obeying God from the life of Daniel and his companions in Babylon.
It is well documented that Arabian horses go through rigorous training in the deserts of the Middle East. The trainers require absolute obedience from the horses, and test them to see if they are completely trained. The final test is almost beyond the endurance of any living thing. The trainers force the horses to go without water for many days. Then he turns them loose, and of course they start running toward the water, but just as they get to the edge, ready to plunge in and drink, the trainer blows his whistle. The horses who have been completely trained and who have learned perfect obedience, stop. They turn around and come pacing back to the trainer. They stand there panting, wanting water, but they wait in perfect obedience. When the trainer is sure that he has their obedience he allows them to go back to drink.
I know that may sound harsh, but this is the same kind of obedience that God demands of us, His children. He wants us to trust in Him and not in what we can see. That kind of trust will lead to unquestioning obedience on our part. We see this kind of trust in the lives of four young Hebrew men who were taken captive to Babylon. Their names are Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah — better known as Daniel, Shadrach, Meschach, and Abednego. Let’s look at what we can learn from their decision to obey God.
1. Notice their obedience in spite of the temptations they faced. Verse 5 of our passage reads, “And the king appointed them a daily provision of the king’s meat, and of the wine which he drank: so nourishing them three years, that at the end thereof they might stand before the king.”
2. Notice how they made the decision to be obedient. Verse 8 of our passage states, “But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.” Despite the pressure of the temptations that he was under, Daniel made the choice to be obedient to God. Despite being removed from their familiar surroundings in Israel, despite being placed in a hostile, pagan environment, Daniel and his friends chose to stand alone. He did this in several ways.
3. Notice the blessings they received as a result of their obedience. Verse 15 says, “At the end of ten days their countenances appeared fairer and fatter in flesh than all the children which did eat the portion of the king’s meat.” Daniel and his friends received unimaginable blessings for choosing to obey God.
TEXT: 2 Peter 3:1-4: “This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance: That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour: Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.”
Recent Pew Center research shows that 58% of Americans believe there will be another world war by 2050. 53% believe that there will be a major terrorist attack utilizing a nuclear weapon by 2050. And 31% believe that an asteroid will hit earth by 2050.
These cataclysmic events are on the hearts and minds of mankind today. As Scripture says, “men’s hearts are failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth.” However, there is one good event that many people expect will happen within the next 40 years. And that is, 41% of Americans expect that Jesus Christ will return by the year 2050. The return of Jesus Christ is the hope of believers and it means the destruction of evil on the earth. However, many people do not believe in the return of Jesus Christ at all. As the passage we just read states, they scoff at it. They laugh at it. They make fun of it. They don’t expect Jesus to return. Some Christians may even find that their faith is tested by these scoffers.
Today, I want us to look at various Scriptures which give us reasons why we should believe in the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.
1. The promises of God demand that Jesus Christ return. Throughout the Old Testament, God made promises regarding the coming Messiah of the Jewish race and the Savior of the world. As we read the New Testament, we can see where a great number of these prophecies were fulfilled when Jesus came. Just as the Old Testament predicted, Jesus was born in Bethlehem, he escaped being killed by going to Egypt, He was raised in Nazareth, He was despised and rejected by His own people, He was humiliated, He was crucified, and He was resurrected. All of these things fulfilled Old Testament prophecies.
2. The statements of Jesus Christ himself demand that He return. Not only did God the Father promise that Jesus would return, but while Jesus Christ was on Earth, He promised His followers that He would come back again. In fact, most of Jesus’ parables are related to His second coming.
3. The guarantees of the Holy Spirit demand that Jesus Christ return. Before Jesus Christ left this earth, He promised His followers that He would send the Holy Spirit. He told them in John 16, “When he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth.” What is one of the truths the Holy Spirit spoke of when He came? The Spirit started saying that Jesus Christ is coming again.
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He is a running back for the Washington Redskins. He was selected in the sixth round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Redskins. He played college football at Florida Atlantic University. He holds career records at Florida Atlantic University in carries, rushing yards, and touchdowns. He broke Washington’s records for single-season rushing yards and rookie rushing touchdowns in 2012. And he became the fourth player in NFL history to record more than 1,600 rushing yards as a rookie.
Growing up in poverty, he credits his mother and father for instilling in him morals, values and beliefs in family, taking him to church every week and introducing him to what it means to have a relationship with Christ. As he progressed through high school and college, he said, “I realized I had professed Christianity throughout my life and given God the glory, but I was still doing a lot of the worldly, college-kid stuff. God was blessing me and opening doors, but, when I honestly looked at myself, I saw that I was lukewarm in my faith, one foot in and one foot out.”
“That all changed when I hit a rough patch during my junior year. A couple days before a game, I had so much going on and was feeling overwhelmed with it all. Things piled up, and I hit rock bottom. Broken down, I called out to the Lord and told Him I couldn’t do this life on my own anymore. I gave it all to Him that day and jumped in with both feet. I gave God my heart and have never been the same since. I felt the pureness of God’s love and how all He wants is a relationship with each of us and to shower us with His unconditional love. It’s been an amazing journey since then.”
He is thankful now for the Redskins’ chaplain and for his teammates who encourage him daily in his walk with Christ. He said, “Professing Christ can be a popular thing to do, but living as He’s called us to isn’t easy. We all fall short of His glory, but to be able to walk the walk with others and be there for each other is the true definition of being a teammate. I thank God for transforming me and being the solid rock on which I stand. He has never left me. Without Him, I would have given up a long time ago. He’s blessed me with the abilities to play this game, and in return I play to glorify Him. He is, was, and always will be the true prize.”
Scientists tell us that atoms are the building blocks of everything in the universe. All matter is made up of atoms. Atoms are so small that you cannot see them. Yet, each of us — and every physical thing — is made up of millions and millions of atoms.
While atoms are the building blocks of physical matter, trust is the building block of relationships and society. Without trust, our world would be paralyzed. Allow me to explain.
When you go to a restaurant and order a meal, you are trusting that the cooks know how to fix the meal in a sanitary fashion so that you will not get sick. When you fly on an airplane, you are trusting that the pilot knows what he is doing in the cockpit and that he will get you and all other passengers to your destination safely. When you go shopping for groceries, you are trusting that the manufacturers have not put poison into the food. When you attend college, you are trusting that the teachers and the textbooks are giving you accurate, useful information. When you receive a prescription from a doctor, you are trusting that the medicine he says you should take will actually help you get better and not make your illness worse.
Whether you realize it or not, you implicitly trust dozens of people each and every day. If people did not have some level of trust in others, our society would not be able to function. In fact, we would not have a society. We would have chaos.
The most important aspect of your life is also based on the simple act of trust in a person — a person whom you cannot see, but is every bit as real as the people you see each day. His name is Jesus Christ, and your trust in Him means the difference between eternal life and eternal punishment.
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He is a professional baseball player for the Tampa Bay Rays. His versatility on the field allows him to play most positions except pitcher and catcher. He has been second baseman for the Rays since 2009. In 2009, he earned a trip to his first All Star Game in St. Louis. While there the Baseball Writers Association of America named him MVP of the Rays for that year.
Growing up as the son of a Baptist preacher in Eureka, Illinois, he played baseball since he was eight-years-old. He became a Christian at an early age and as he grew older, his faith in God increased. After no scouts looked at him when he graduated from high school, he thought his career was over, but God had other plans for him. Soon God opened up doors for him to play at Olivet Nazarene University, and then at Dallas Baptist University where he played shortstop.
During the in-between times when he was uncertain of his baseball career, he said, “I wondered why God allowed this to happen and I started to have lots of doubts. But God allows things to happen the way He wants, and we need to accept it joyfully and to love Him through things that don’t happen the way we would like in life. The Bible says: ‘And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.’ Being sent up and down in both 2007 and 2008 was a great lesson for me. I had a prideful and wrong attitude about success. God was saying to me, ‘Keep working, keep glorifying Me; wherever you are, don’t grow weary in doing good for in due time, you will reap.’ I am learning to enjoy the experience God put me in at the moment and glorifying Him in that.”
His former teammate Brian Shouse said of him, “Ben is the kind of player you would want on your team…he plays hard, he wants to learn and improve, and he has a great attitude. He is a very active Christian and he looks for ways he can help and encourage others in life. He has found peace and joy in his life through his faith in Jesus.”