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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.

How to Face Constant Conflict as a Christian (Part 13)

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Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #178

TEXT: Matthew 10:37-42

Today, as we close out this series based on Matthew chapter 10, we can look at the state of the world around us and see that Jesus’ words to His disciples which were passed down to us are more relevant than ever before. It is almost as if they were spoken and written yesterday. We are reminded of verse 23 where Jesus said, “When they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another.” That happened quite literally this past week when the self-proclaimed Islamic State in Iraq told the Christians in the city of Mosul either you will convert to Islam, pay a tax, or be killed. They were persecuted in that city where they have been for nearly 2,000 years, and in order to not deny Jesus Christ and to save their lives and their families, they fled to other cities in Iraq, and according to reports, there is not one Christian left in the city of Mosul today.

That is the kind of world we live in. And the relevance of the Word of God should re-establish in our hearts and minds that it is divinely inspired and is good for yesterday, today, and forever. Therefore, we ought to take heed to it as we read it and hear it preached.

In these final verses of Matthew chapter 10, Jesus addresses three important areas of our Christian life:

1. Let’s look at our supreme love. Jesus says, “He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.” As you might recall, we looked at this same issue from the Gospel of Luke a few months ago, right before we jumped into Matthew 10. This is a very important issue for us as Christians.

2. Let’s look at the threat of loss. Jesus tells His disciples, “He that findeth his life shall lose it.” What does it mean to find your life and then lose it? Jesus is saying, if all you pursue is success and profits in this material and temporal life, you will eventually lose your life and everything you have worked for altogether. Remember His question, “For what shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his own soul?”

3. Let’s look at the rewards of eternal life. Jesus tells us, “He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.” This verse ought to serve as a comfort and encouragement for those who are facing conflict right now as well as for those who have chosen to give up material and temporal success in order to store up treasures in Heaven.

Jesus wants us to have the best of both worlds, but we have to do things His way in order to receive all of the blessings and benefits that He has in store for us. First Corinthians 2:9 says, “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him.” The question for each of us today is not, Do we desire the rewards of Heaven? But, do we love God and the Gospel of Jesus Christ above all else. If we do, we will gladly suffer loss, we will gladly face conflict, we will gladly endure persecution, because we are no longer living for ourselves, but we are living for Him.

MUSICAL SELECTION: “Enter Your Gates” by Stephen B. Steward and “Take Me to the King” by Tamela Mann

Adrian Gonzalez: ‘Christ is What You Are Searching For’ (Gospel Light Minute #158)

Adrian Gonzalez

Adrian Gonzalez

He is a professional baseball first baseman for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was picked first overall in the 2000 Major League Baseball Draft by the Florida Marlins. Before the Dodgers, he played for the Texas Rangers from 2004-2005, the San Diego Padres from 2006-2010, and the Boston Red Sox from 2011-2012. He was named Most Valuable Player four times in 2008-2011. He won the Silver Slugger Award in 2011 and the Rawlings Gold Glove Award in 2008, 2009, and 2011. Together with his wife, they created a Foundation, which is focused on empowering underprivileged youth in areas of athletics, education and health.

In an interview with BeyondtheUltimate.org, he said of his faith, “I grew up going to church two to three times a month, but never really got to know the [Bible] or have a relationship with Christ. In 2003, just being around a bunch of guys who are [Christians] on the team, and going to baseball chapels and Bible studies off the field, I really started wanting that relationship and started trying to understand what it was about. My wife, Betsy, had a strong relationship [with Christ] at the time, so as a married couple we decided we should have our relationship with the Lord be the foundation of our marriage. Since [Betsy and I] have been in baseball, we put ourselves around people who will help us grow in our relationship with the Lord. It’s in the Bible that belief in Christ is what you are searching for and need. For us, Christ really has transformed our lives and we couldn’t be any happier, we are content with whatever happens. We look toward Christ to fulfill us.”

He went further to say, “[Christ has given me] a different perspective in life – in my marriage, in my attitude on the field, and in everything else, including [trying to be] the best husband to my wife as possible and striving to be the best person I can be. You see yourself in a different position. You don’t put yourself first, you put yourself last. That’s [something] I never thought I could do until I became a [Christian]. Now I try to live [as God would have me to live] every day and to let others see [that] so others can come to Christ. Anytime I can share in public, I try to take advantage of that as Christ would want me to do. I try to do what I can to lead others to Christ. I have success in baseball, but I know that is because of the Lord. I know my preparing and my hard work definitely play a part, but it would not be done without Christ.”

His name is Adrian Gonzalez.

GLMX #206: A Place of Impossibilities

A Place of Impossibilities

This past week, the bodies of the people who were killed in the tragic shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, were returned to the Netherlands. In a solemn ceremony, the country mourned their great loss together as each of the plain wooden coffins were removed from the plane. Thousands of people lined the 160-mile route from the airfield to a forensic facility where the bodies will be identified and then returned to their families for proper burial.

We can only imagine how awful it must have been for the family members of those who were killed in the incident to watch as coffin after coffin was carried from a plane to a waiting hearse. Imagine how it would feel to be grieving over a loved one who has died and you don’t even know if you will be able to recognize that person’s body when you receive it or if you will receive it at all. Imagine waiting at the airport to greet a friend when they arrive and they never come.

These experiences of grief, suffering, and pain are common to the human race. It is almost as though it is par for the course of life on Earth.

However, what if I told you that there was a place where such experiences are not simply unlikely, but completely impossible. Imagine if there were a place where it is impossible to die, to grieve, or to cry. A place where it is impossible to lose someone you loved. A place where there are no plane crashes, or sudden deaths, or accidents.

This place is not just a fantasy. It is a real place — it is called Heaven. The Bible describes Heaven in the book of Revelation. Heaven is a place where “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.” Why are certain negative things that happen on earth not allowed in Heaven? The Bible tells us why when it says, “there shall in no wise enter into [Heaven] any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie.”

All of the ugly, vile, sinful things that happen on earth will be impossible in Heaven. The question is: Will you be there?

MUSICAL SELECTION: “Wonder of the World” by Rush of Fools

How to Face Constant Conflict as a Christian (Part 12)

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Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #177

TEXT: Matthew 10:29-36

Last week, we talked about the issue of fear in the life of the believer. Jesus commanded His disciples not to fear man and only to fear God. Today, as we continue our series on facing conflict as a Christian, we are going to look at three reasons why we should not fear what man can do to us.

1. We should not fear because God cares for us. Jesus says to his disciples, “Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.”

What Jesus is telling us is that if God the Father notices even the birds who fall to the ground, surely He takes note of His children who risk their livelihood, their reputation, and sometimes their lives in order to serve Him. When we are being opposed and afflicted by the world and the devil, we will be tempted to feel as though God has forgotten us, as though we are all alone, as though we are risking our lives for nothing. But, Jesus lets us know that even in the midst of the worst circumstances, God knows where we are. He cares for us.

2. We should not fear because God has a test for us. Jesus tells His disciples, “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.”

We hear a lot in Christian circles about how Jesus came to bring peace and harmony. Around Christmastime, we sing about the angels who declared, “peace on earth and goodwill toward men.” But Jesus did not come to bring peace among men necassarily; He came to bring peace between men and God.

Jesus’ coming marked the beginning of a new testament, a new dispensation, in which every person born into the world would have to make a choice. God revealed Himself in His Son like He never had before. And, from the point of the resurrection onward, every person has a decision to make — whether they will follow Jesus Christ and enter the Kingdom of God, or follow their own way and live for the world.

3. We should not fear because God has a reward for us. Jesus tells His disciples, “Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.”

When it comes to loyalty to Jesus Christ, it is a two-way street. Jesus lets us know that if we are bold and selfless enough to stand up for Him on earth, He will stand up for us in Heaven. Whether or not we stand up for Jesus on earth will show what is truly important to us. If we value this world and the approval of men more than Heaven and the approval of God, we will bow every time we are faced with conflict. If, on the other hand, we value the approval of God over the approval of men, we will be like the Hebrew boys and stand for God when the world is bowing all around us.

If you want to receive rewards from Jesus Christ, we must remember that God cares for us so that we will not falter in moments of conflict. We should also see each moment of conflict in our lives as a test from God. Will we bow and submit to pressure from the world and the devil, or will we stand up for Christ and the Gospel?

MUSICAL SELECTION: “Favor” by Shirley Caesar and “Victory” by Yolanda Adams

GLMX #205: The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict and the Fair Warning of God to All People

Israeli-Palestinian conflict

The current ongoing flare-up in violence between Israel and Gaza reminds us of how dangerous and fragile our world is. Our hearts go out for the innocent men, women, and children who are caught in the crossfire on both the Israeli and Palestinian sides, and we hope and pray that the fighting will end swiftly so that peace and normalcy will return.

One of the tactics that the Israeli military has used throughout the conflict in order to help save lives is by sending warnings to residents who live in areas close to targets the military is going to strike. These warnings to evacuate have been issued via automated phone calls, text messages, and leaflets dropped from planes. Those who take heed to the fair warnings stand a better chance of surviving the warfare. Those who don’t put their own lives at risk.

In our society, we value the benefits of a fair warning. We have tornado warning systems that sound off telling people that they need to get to shelter as quickly as possible. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center monitors the effects of earthquakes around the Ring of Fire and lets communities know when they need to warn people to move to higher ground. We rely on weather forecasts in order to determine how we need to prepare for the next day or the next week. If we take heed to the fair warnings that we receive, we can stay out of a lot of trouble and avoid many tragic situations.

Thankfully, we have also been given fair warning about the greatest tragedy that can befall any one of us. That tragedy is the eternal consequences of our sins and the rejection of a free gift that can deliver us from those consequences. When a group of religious people came to John the Baptist to be baptized, John asked them, “Who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?”

God’s Word gives us ample warning of the wrath to come. This wrath will be the righteous outpouring of justice on those who do not repent of their sins and who reject salvation through God’s Son, Jesus Christ. The Bible says that “in flaming fire,” [God] will take “vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: [They] shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power.” Those who do not make the decision to get to know God on this earth will miss that opportunity for all of eternity and will suffer eternal punishment because of it. They will have no excuses when they stand before God because they have been given fair warning.

Will you respond to this fair warning today? Tomorrow is not promised you. You could be here one moment and gone the next, just like the nearly 300 passengers on the Malaysia Airlines plane that was shot down over Ukraine this week. When you stand before God, I want you to be able to say that you took heed to the warnings that He gave us regarding the condition of our souls on this earth and the destination of our souls in eternity. You can be saved from the wrath to come by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ for your salvation. Allow me to show you how you can do so right now.

MUSICAL SELECTION: “Jesus is Lord” by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend

Baltimore Ravens Coach John Harbaugh on ‘God Being in the Driver’s Seat’ and the ‘Critical’ Habit of Spending Time with Him (Gospel Light Minute #157)

John Harbaugh

John Harbaugh

He is the head coach of the Baltimore Ravens. Before that, he coached the defensive backs for the Philadelphia Eagles and served as the Eagles special teams coach for nine years. While leading the Ravens to 71 wins since 2008, he is considered one of the best head coaches currently in the NFL. His 9 playoff wins are the most by any head coach in the NFL since 2008. He led the Baltimore Ravens to win Super Bowl 47 in New Orleans in 2013.

In an article for BeyondtheUltimate.org, he said of his faith: “I had always been more fascinated by church history than the Bible itself. When I arrived at Miami University (Ohio) as a freshman defensive back, two teammates invited me to a Bible study. I was intrigued by the Bible’s logic. Things started clicking about God, the universe, sin and Christ’s death on the cross. Before long, I surrendered myself to Christ. I remember walking home thinking, ‘If I fall on the ground and die right now, I’m right with God.’ I felt a real freedom.”

He went on to say, “My Christian faith brings me peace. It brings a certain peace that surpasses all understanding. I think if you have that, it gives you a chance to accomplish whatever it is you are supposed to accomplish. I think it’s critical to make time for God; it’s a way to honor and praise God. You just humble yourself before God and let Him know that these things that we do are for Him. The biggest thing I’ve learned faith-wise is that God is in the driver’s seat. That is what faith is. It’s the belief in the things that are unseen. It’s a certain trust in life and in God, our Creator.”

“More than anything else, I want God to stay close to me so I don’t get caught up in myself and basically embarrass myself. I used to pray for other reasons, and every now and then I’d pray for a turnover. But that’s selfish behavior. When you make yourself small and raise up the other people around you, that’s the Christian message.”

His name is John Harbaugh.

GLMX #204: Malaysia Airlines Flight 17: If You Were to Die Today, Where Would You Go — Heaven or Hell?

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17

It was like deja vu.

Another Malaysia Airlines flight mysteriously vanishing from the sky.

Scores of people dead in an instant.

Government leaders and aviation experts scrambling for answers.

Hundreds of families and friends grieving for their loved ones.

The world in shock once again.

Nothing could have prepared the world for what happened on Thursday, July 17, 2014. A passenger airplane, carrying 298 people, was shot out of the sky as it flew over a war zone in eastern Ukraine. Residents of a Ukrainian village reported debris and corpses falling out of the sky — one woman said a body fell through her roof, another body fell into a neighbor’s garden. Hundreds of bodies fell into the wheat fields around the village.

Just as it seemed the world was recovering from the shock of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 — where 239 people were lost forever after a plane inexplicably vanished somewhere — another tragedy eerily reminiscent of the first re-opened worries, fears, and feelings of helplessness. The shock of this unexpected occurrence, which left families around the world from Australia to the Netherlands to the United States mourning the loss of their loved ones, reminds us of the fact that we can be here today and gone tomorrow. Or, more accurately in this case, here one minute and gone the next.

In times like these, we should call to mind the Bible’s words in James 4:14: “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.”

As King David prayed in Psalm 39:4: “LORD, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is; that I may know how frail I am.”

This event reminds us that our lives are no more valuable than the lives of those lost on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. We are just as fragile. We, too, can be here one moment and gone the next. We can pass from life to eternity in an instant because of some unexpected, tragic event that is totally beyond our control. Such events remind us that we need to be ready for death and for what comes after death: a meeting with God, our Creator, and the beginning of life in an eternal destination.

MUSICAL SELECTION: “Blink” by Revive

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