Welcome to the Gospel Light Minute!

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.

Creation: In the Beginning, Part 3 (Onward Christian Soldiers #55)

Onward Christian Soldiers

Onward Christian Soldiers

Genesis 1:1 & 26: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth… And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.”

During part 1 of this lesson, we learned about the creation of the universe. Contrary to what some would have us to believe, the Bible tells us quite clearly that God created the heaven and the earth and all that is in them. The vastness, order, and creativity of the universe is evidence of an almighty intelligent designer.

During part 2 of this lesson, we learned about the creation of the earth. God spoke the world into existence over a period of 6 days. On day 1, He said, “Let there be light,” and instantly there was light. On the second day God formed the sky and the clouds, which the Bible calls “the firmament.” On the third day, God separated the waters from the land and caused the earth to bring forth grass, herbs, and trees. On the fourth day, God made the sun and the moon to give light upon the earth by day and by night and to produce the different seasons. On the fifth day, God created the fish and the birds. On the sixth day, God created all the animals and reptiles of the earth. Last of all, He created man. Genesis 1:31 says, “And God saw everything that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.”

Today, let’s take a closer look at the creation of man. In Genesis 1:26, God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…” God’s most wonderful creation was man, because God created man in His own image and after His own likeness.

God named the first man Adam. God created a wife for Adam, and her name was Eve. Adam and Eve did not come up from lower forms of animal life by a process of evolution. They were created by God, and they were created in the image of God. The Bible says, “God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them.” God was pleased with all that He had created, and He pronounced it “VERY GOOD.”

God the Creator is worthy of all worship. The universe, the earth, and the living creatures did not come into being by themselves. God created them! In Isaiah 45:12, God says, “I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even My hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded.”

Since God created all things, then to whom do all things belong? They belong to God! All things belong to the One Who created them.

Why did God create all things? He created them for His glory. In the creation of the universe, the earth and all living creatures, God has manifested His power, His glory, and His wisdom. The Bible says, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork.”

Because God is the Creator of all things, He alone is the One who should receive all worship. Worship is the love, reverence, and obedience which are due God. We should never worship any man, angel, creature, or object. Matthew 4:10 says, “Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.”

Why should God alone be worshipped? Because He is the Creator and because He alone is worthy of all worship. The Bible says in Revelation 4:11, “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”

How God Takes Care of His People Through Trials, Tribulation, and Trouble, Part 2 (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #13)

Pilgrim's Progress

Pilgrim’s Progress

TEXT: Psalm 62:5-8: “My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved. In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God. Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.”

We have found, not only from the experiences of others, but also from our own experiences that God will indeed allow us to experience trouble, but He will sustain us through the trouble that we face. As we continue our series on Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible, we are looking at three ways that God sustains His children through times of trouble.

On last week, we saw that God sustains us by providing for our every need. The psalmist says, “My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.” The psalmist tells us that in the midst of his time of trouble, he will not be complaining about his circumstances. He will not be trying to make things happen in his own strength. Rather, he will sit quietly and sit still and wait on God. The psalmist is confident that God will provide for his every need. We see this played out in the experience of Christian as he travels up the Hill of Difficulty. When he grows tired, God, who knows the needs of His children, provides a Pleasant Arbor for Christian so that he can sit down and rest awhile. Philippians 4:19 tells us, “God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

Today, we want to look at how God sustains us by reminding us of the benefits of salvation. The psalmist goes on to say, “In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.” As we face various troubles in our lives, we will often be tempted to give up on the Christian faith. We will be tempted to go down another path. The devil wants us to throw up our hands and give up on following Jesus Christ.

It is at these times when we need to be reminded of the benefits of the salvation that we have through Jesus Christ. The psalmist reminds himself that “in God” he finds salvation, and we ought to do the same. As Christian is sitting in the Pleasant Arbor resting from his troubles, he takes out a scroll that was given to him at the Cross. While he reads the scroll, he is reminded of his burden of sin and how Jesus Christ delivered him from it. He is reminded, also, of the place to where he is going — the Celestial City.

Sometimes, when we are in the midst of our troubles, we ought to take a moment to look back on what God has delivered us from, and look forward to our God-ordained destination. The devil will pull all kinds of tricks to get us to doubt our salvation and the faithfulness of God. He will tell us, ‘If God loved you, you wouldn’t be going through this trouble right now.’ Or he will say, ‘The Christian life isn’t supposed to have all of these problems.’ That is what the devil would do to us if we let him.

In such times, we too have a scroll that we can pull out and read. It is the word of God, and it is the means by which we are reassured of our salvation and reminded of God’s promises to never leave us or forsake us. Not only is the Word of God to be used as a means of encouragement, but it is also to be used as a weapon against the enemy. The Bible calls the Word of God the “sword of the spirit.” Just as Jesus Christ did when Satan tempted him, we are to use the Word of God against the enemy when the going gets tough and he comes alongside us to whisper words of doubt and discouragement in our ear.

In times of trouble, God sustains us by providing His Word for us to be reminded of the benefits of salvation. What are some of these benefits?

1. We are saved from eternal punishment in Hell. Romans 5:9 says, “Being now justified by his [Jesus'] blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.”

2. Our salvation is eternally secure and it can never be taken away. Jesus Christ said in John 10:28-29, “And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.”

3. The Holy Spirit lives inside of us and we get guidance from Him. Jesus Christ said in John 14:16, “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever…”

4. We have the privilege of praying to God and He promises to hear and answer our prayers. First John 5:14-15 says, “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.”

5. We have peace that passeth all understanding through Jesus Christ. Philippians 4:7 says, “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

6. We have joy unspeakable through Jesus Christ. First Peter 1:8 says, “Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.”

7. Like Christian, we know that we will go to the Celestial City — Heaven — when we reach the end of our journey. Jesus Christ said in John 14:2, “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.”

As we close, I encourage you to stay in the Word during your time of trouble so that you will be reminded of the benefits of our salvation, as expressed in the words of this hymn, “So Great Salvation”:

“So great a salvation,” ye saints of the Lord,
To us is revealed in His marvelous Word!
Since all that He is and has done is for us,
We’ll give earnest heed to this word glorious.

He’s washed all our sins, purified them fore’er;
Tasted death on the cross, ended slavery there.
He took on our nature, the devil has slain,
And put you and I in His glorious train.

“So great a salvation” is given to us
That we may be made like our Lord glorious!
By all that He is and by all He has done
We’re brought into glory with God’s firstborn Son.

MUSICAL SELECTION: “Shout to the Lord” by Hillsong” and “Our God is an Awesome God” by Rich Mullins

Bobby Evans On his Relationship with Christ and how it Influences his Family, his Marriage, and his Work in Baseball (Gospel Light minute #171)

Bobby Evans

Bobby Evans

He is the assistant general manager for the San Francisco Giants. He played an important role in helping the organization win two World Series titles in 2010 and 2012. He also assisted the Giants in being named the Topps Organization of the Year in both 2009 and 2011 and the Baseball America Organization of the Year in 2010. Along with negotiating all major league player contracts, he helps to acquire free agents and signing minor league talent. In 2012, he received the Bowie Kuhn Award, which is presented annually to an individual, team or organization which demonstrates support of the chapel program in professional baseball.

He became a Christian at 7-years-old and for the past 21 years, he has been a faithful member of First Baptist Church in San Francisco. He has served on the leadership board of First Baptist for 18 years, and he makes worship attendance with his family a priority.

In an interview with the Baptist Press, he said of his faith, “You want your life to point people to Christ. It starts for me with my own relationship with Christ. That’s going to direct and dictate what influence I have for Christ in my family, in my marriage and in the workplace. In baseball, as in other businesses, following Jesus and being a faithful church member is hard, but it’s going to all start with where I am in my relationship with Christ.”

His name is Bobby Evans.

This is the “Chief of Sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, reminding you of what the Bible says, that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” like you and me. Just as Bobby Evans gave his life to Christ, may I encourage you to do the same. Here is how:

1. Accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7:20: “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.” In fact, I am the chief of sinners, so don’t think that you’re alone.

2. Accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

3. Accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” The Bible says in Revelation 21:8: “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.”

4. Accept the fact that you cannot do anything to save yourself! The Bible states in Ephesians 2: 8, 9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

5. Accept the fact that God loves you more than you love yourself, and that He wants to save you from hell. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16, “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.”

6. With these facts in mind, please repent of your sins, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and pray and ask Him to come into your heart and save you this very moment. The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”

“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

Remember, friend, Believe by faith. Share the faith. and Keep the faith!

GLMX #220: Terrorist Attacks in Canada, Terrorist Attacks in America, and the Notion of Security

security guard

Compared to the United States, Canada is relatively peaceful when it comes to gun violence. However, this week, that tranquil feeling was shattered when a gunman opened fire at the National War Memorial in the capital city of Ottawa, killing one soldier. The gunman then entered the Parliament building a short distance away, firing his weapon repeatedly, going right past the room where the prime minister was speaking to lawmakers.

Two days earlier, another man, a convert to Islam who had recently become radicalized, ran over two Canadian soldiers with his car. One of them later died.

These events seem to have jolted Canadians out of their sense of security as terrorists struck at the very symbols of that security — the nation’s armed forces and the center of the government.

America, of course, is no stranger to such events. Just on Thursday, a man attacked four New York City police officers with a hatchet. On Friday, in Sacramento, CA, a man went on a shooting and carjacking spree that left two sheriff’s deputies dead. In recent years, we have also seen multiple shootings at U.S. military facilities — at the Navy Yard in Washington D.C., twice at Fort Hood in Texas, at Marine Corp Base Quantico in Virginia, and at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. It seems as though the very ones tasked with providing security for us are coming under attack themselves. Continue reading

God’s Plan for the Nations, Part 5

TEXT: Psalm 2

Over the past few weeks, we have been looking at God’s dealings with the nations through the lens of the Old Testament prophetic and messianic passage of Psalm 2. In our last message, we began looking at three assurances that God gives to His people in light of the fact that it seems as though the world is spinning out of control. In fact, a recent survey found that 58% of Americans agree with the statement that the “world is going to Hell in a handbasket.” However, we find that God’s Word paints a slightly different picture, at least for those of us who are believers. Indeed, it may seem like the world is going to Hell, but we also have assurances from God’s Word that God is in control and that He has a plan for dealing with the nations.

On last week, we looked at the first assurance we have, and that is: that God’s Son will rule. Verse 7 of our passage reads, “I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.” God assures us that despite the raging of the heathen and the rebelliousness of the Gentile nations, Jesus Christ, His Son, will sit on the throne of David in Jerusalem one day. The struggle between God and the nations will culminate at the end of the seven-year tribulation period when Christ will defeat the antichrist and Satan’s forces. But, all the way back here in the Old Testament, we find Jesus speaking to us through David as he was inspired by the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ assures us that He will rule in the earth. No matter what happens, we can have confidence in this assurance.

We have the assurance that God’s Son will take ownership of the earth. Verse 8 says, “Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.” Here, the person speaking in the psalm shifts again. Now, God the Father is speaking, and He promises to give the entire earth to the Son for His possession. Jesus Christ will not only rule over the earth, but the entire earth will belong to Him.

Just as the Father passes his kingship down to His Son, He also passes the inheritance down to His Son. The inheritance is all that belongs to the Father. Since God the Father made the world, the entire world belongs to Him, and He does with it as He wills. One day, the inheritance will be in the hands of the Son, and He will do with it as He wills. Revelation 11:15 describes this moment when the ownership of the world is handed over to Jesus Christ. It reads, “Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!'”

Right now, it may seem as though the devil is in control of the earth. History has seen the rise of numerous evil leaders who appeared to be unstoppable in their day. When Hitler waged his lightning war across Europe, he appeared to be unstoppable. When Japan’s kamikaze fighters screamed over the Pacific and attacked Pearl Harbor, they appeared to be unstoppable. Right now, with all of the firepower and resources at the disposal of America and her allies, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria appears to be unstoppable. Yes, sometimes, it seems as though this world is ruled by evil men whose crimes and atrocities cannot be abated. Such leaders are inspired and driven by Satan. Second Corinthians 4:4 informs us that Satan is the “god of this world” who seeks to deceive and lead mankind astray. Jesus Christ called Satan the “prince of this world.”

But history also tells us that the evil rulers of years gone by are now dead, and nothing of their bodies but ashes remain. One day, the one who inspired those evil rulers will be crushed forever and will suffer his own eternal punishment. At that time, the rightful Owner of the world will bring peace and justice to the earth.

During these difficult times of conflict, distress, and evil, let us never forget the words of this hymn:

This is my Father’s world.
O let me ne’er forget
That though the wrong seems oft so strong,
God is the ruler yet.

This is my Father’s world:
the battle is not done:
Jesus Who died shall be satisfied,
And earth and Heav’n be one.

This is indeed our Father’s world, and one day, the Father will give the ownership and control of the world over to His Son who will rule and administrate with the help of His saints.

Phil Dawson: ‘In the NFL There is No Security; Real Security is Found in Christ’ (Gospel Light Minute #170)

Phil Dawson

Phil Dawson

He is a placekicker for the San Francisco 49ers in the NFL. He previously for the Cleveland Browns from 1999 to 2012 and holds their franchise record for most field goals made. He played college football at University of Texas at Austin. He was named to the Pro Bowl in 2012, twice to the Second-team All-Pro in 2007 and 2012, and twice was named NFC Special Teamer of the Week in 2013.

In an interview with the Baptist Bulletin, he said of his faith, “For a long time, football was a god for me. Although I was raised in church and I knew it shouldn’t be that way, it was. You know all of the church songs and the hand motions that go with them; you go to summer camp; you go to church Sunday morning, Sunday night, and Wednesday night. This was me up until I was nine years old—when I realized Jesus died for me, and I recognized He died for my sins.”

After high school, he experienced spiritual struggles in college. He said, “The problem was that I continued to be that little kid in church, doing all the same things. So when I went to college, I don’t know how personal my relationship with Christ was.” He credits attending a Fellowship of Christian Athletes retreat and the Longhorns’ team chaplain for helping turn his life around.

We went on to say, “It’s a struggle to find contentment when I’m thinking I’m never good enough. At one point, I had seven good seasons until one year—an off year—and I really struggled with being content. It’s been a working lesson in being content and trusting God. It makes you appreciate the security we have in Christ, because in the NFL there is no security. They can drop you at any time.”

His name is Phil Dawson. Continue reading

GLMX #219: What You Need is a Blood Transfusion

blood-transfusion

As you know, an outbreak of Ebola is currently spreading around the globe. Over 8,000 infections have been confirmed, and over 4,000 of those infected have died. While the overwhelming majority of the cases are in the West African countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, more infections or suspected infections are popping up in other countries including Spain, the United States, Germany, and Australia.

Doctors and health organizations around the world are scrambling to find a solution to the epidemic. So far, the search to find a medicine that will successfully treat and heal someone infected with Ebola has been futile. However, there is one method of treatment that has been successful in healing Ebola victims — and that is a blood transfusion from someone who has already recovered from the deadly virus.

One of the first Ebola victims to be treated in the United States was Dr. Kent Brantly, a medical missionary who contracted the virus while working with Samaritan’s Purse in Liberia. Before he returned to America, he received a blood transfusion from a 14-year-old Liberian boy who had been cured of Ebola. A few days after Brantly began treatment at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, he was declared virus free.

In the weeks that followed his recovery, Dr. Brantly donated his blood to three other Americans who had contracted Ebola. One of them has already recovered, and the other two are expected to recover as well. Doctors and researchers are now looking into how the success of blood transfusions from Ebola survivors can be parlayed into a wide-spread solution for the Ebola epidemic.

Here is the reason a blood transfusion works so well against Ebola: Plasma is a component of blood that contains virus-fighting proteins called antibodies. According to Dr. William Schaffner, chair of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, When confronted with a virus, the immune system creates antibodies to specifically target that virus, kill it and keep it from coming back. Once a person has antibodies, they stay in their blood for life. If the Ebola antibodies found in an Ebola survivor’s blood can be imported into struggling Ebola patient’s body, those antibodies can theoretically help the patient’s immune system fight off the deadly virus. “What those antibodies do is bind to the virus. They find the virus and bind to it and prevent it from multiplying further.” So far, it appears as though a blood transfusion is the only effective and proven way to save people infected with Ebola.

When I read Dr. Schaffner’s explanation, I was reminded of an old hymn titled, “There is Power in the Blood.” Of course, that hymn is not talking about how a survivor’s blood can help save a victim of a disease. Rather, it is talking about how the blood of Jesus Christ is powerful enough to cleanse us from our sins and give us eternal life. Continue reading

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