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.

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

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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

Creation: In the Beginning, Part 2 (Onward Christian Soldiers #54)

Onward Christian Soldiers

Onward Christian Soldiers

TEXT: Genesis 1:1: “In the beginning God created the heaven and 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.

Today, let’s look at the creation of the earth. No one knows when the earth was created. God has not revealed this to us. Genesis 1:1 simply says, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”

We do not know what the earth was like at this time, but everything in this verse points to God’s power, His wisdom and His perfection. The Bible says, “the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God (the angels) shouted for joy” when God created the earth.

In Genesis 1:2 there is a different scene. The Bible says, “And the earth was (or became) without form and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep.” For some reason, in some way, and at some time, the earth became formless and empty. How long the earth may have remained in this condition we do not know. But over this dark scene the Spirit of God brooded.

Then God spoke. He said, “Let there be light,” and instantly there was light. God divided the light from the darkness. He called the light “day,” and He called the darkness “night.” The Bible says, “And the evening and the morning were the first day.”

On the second day God formed the sky and the clouds, which the Bible calls “the firmament.” The water in the clouds was separated from the water upon the earth.

On the third day, God separated the waters from the land. He called the dry land “earth,” and He called the waters “the seas.” God caused the earth to bring forth grass and herbs and fruit 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. God said, “Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and the fowl that may fly above the earth.”

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.”

How God Takes Care of His People Through Trials, Tribulation, and Trouble, Part 1 (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #12)

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Pilgrim’s Progress

TEXT: Psalm 62:5-8

Last time when we checked in on the progress of Christian along his pilgrimage, you will recall that he was climbing up the Hill called Difficulty. We learned from Scripture that each of us will face difficulty and trouble in our Christian walk. But, what do you do when it seems like you are facing more than you can handle? What do you do when the trouble you are facing becomes too much to bear?

We serve a God who not only allows us to experience trouble, but He sustains us through the trouble that we experience. Many Christians who have come out of a difficult period in their lives can look back and say, ‘It is only by the grace of God that I survived. It is only by the grace of God that I got through that difficult situation.’

How does God sustain us through trouble? Let’s look at three ways from the word of God.

1. 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 says that in the midst of his trouble, he will wait on God. What does it mean to wait on God? Well, the Hebrew word translated as “wait” in the King James Version means “to be silent” and “to be still.”

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. He stresses his confidence in God by saying he will wait “only” upon God. He is putting 100% of his trust in God. He is not leaning on God and making sure he has some eggs in other baskets. Sometimes, a situation is so dire and so troublesome that you know the only person who can deliver you from it is God.

In his commentary on this passage, Albert Barnes states, “The idea here is, that all that David expected or hoped for must come from God. He did not rely on his fellow men; he did not rely on himself. God alone could deliver him, and he confidently believed that God would do it. Often we are in such circumstances that we feel that our only ‘expectation’ — our only hope — is in God. All our strength fails; all our resources are exhausted; our fellow-men cannot or will not aid us; our own efforts seem to be vain; our plans are frustrated, and we are shut up to the conclusion that God alone can help us.”

We see this in the experience of Christian as he travels up the Hill of Difficulty. All of his friends have forsaken him. He is all alone. He starts out going strong, but eventually, he weakens, he grows tired, and he is looking for a reprieve from his troubles. God, who knows the needs of His children, duly provides a Pleasant Arbor for Christian so that he can sit down and rest awhile.

When Christian needed rest from his difficulty, God provided for that need. Philippians 4:19 tells us, “God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Like David, we ought to have an expectation that God will supply all of our needs even when we are going through difficult times. God sustains us by providing for our needs.

God’s Plan for the Nations (Part 4)

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TEXT: Psalm 2

Down through the centuries, Christianity has had many enemies. Many people have thought that they could
contain, control and crush, the movement begun by the humble Preacher from Nazareth who is actually the Son of
God. One of the most famous examples of such an opponent was the Roman Emperor Diocletian. He was such a
determined foe of the Christians of his day that he persecuted the church mercilessly, and truly believed that he
had eradicated the Christian phenomenon.

He had a medal made in his honor with this inscription: “The name of Christianity [is] being extinguished.” He later
set up two monuments on the frontier of the Roman Empire. One monument was inscribed with the words, ‘[In
honor of] Diocletian Jovian Maximian Herculeus Caesar Augustus for having extended the Roman Empire in the
east and the west and for having extinguished the name of Christians who brought the Republic to ruin.’ The other
monument read, ‘[in honor of Diocletian Caesar Augustus for having everywhere abolished the superstition of Christ
for having extended the worship of the [pagan] gods.’

This man really thought he had accomplished that task. But, today, Diocletian is dead, Rome proper is destroyed,
and Christianity is marching on.

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. Through this passage, we have asked and answered
three questions.

1. We asked, why is the world the way it is? Why do we see so much pain, suffering, war, and grief in the world?
The answer to that question is simply that the heathen (the nations, the Gentiles) rage against God. They have
rejected God’s laws and are living in sin. Billy Graham said this past week that America is ‘worse than Sodom and
Gomorrah’, and that, my friend, is the reason why the world is in the awful state that it is in.

2. We asked, what will man do about his condition? The answer is that man’s solution is to band together and
stand in opposition to God. Not only has the world turned its back on God, but it opposes the work that God is
doing in the world.

3. We asked, what is God’s response to the rebellious nations? The answer to that question is two-fold. First,
Scripture informs us that God laughs. God looks down on puny rebellious men and their pompous attempts to
stand in opposition to Him, and He laughs. It is that absurd. Second, God sends judgment on the nations for their
rebellion. He vexes them because of their sins.

Today, we are continuing our discussion of God’s response to the rebellious nations. In Psalm 2, we find three
assurances from God that give us as Christians hope as we live in this sin-cursed world.

We have the assurance that God’s Son will rule. Verse 7 reads, “I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto
me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.” As I explained previously, this passage has a two-fold
implication. First, this is one of the coronation psalms, in that it was recited as one of the Jewish kings from the
line of David was ascending the throne of Israel. However, it is also a messianic psalm, in that it looks to the future
reign of Jesus Christ, who is not only God’s Son, but David’s descendant.

God assures us that despite the raging of the heathen and the rebelliousness of the Gentile nations, Jesus Christ
will sit on the throne of David in Jerusalem one day.

Right now, the world is engaged in a struggle between the forces of good and evil that began in the Garden of
Eden. The devil was cast out of Heaven for trying to dethrone God. Since he was unsuccessful in that first
attempted rebellion, he is now trying to prevent the rule of God in the earth. When he introduced sin into
humanity’s bloodstream, he did so to get man to choose self over God, and by choosing self, man chooses Satan.
The devil is working hard to keep billions of people enslaved in the muck and mire of sin and false religion. He does
not want Jesus Christ to rule in our hearts or in the earth.

This struggle will culminate during the seven-year tribulation period in which Satan will present his antichrist to the
world. He will gather the nations together under his control in order to crush all those who refuse to worship him
and to oppose the return of Jesus Christ. But, no matter how many troops Satan can muster against the armies of
Heaven, God gives us the assurance that His Son will rule over the earth.

Albert Barnes notes in his commentary that there is a change in the person speaking in verse 7 of our passage.
He says, this “statement of the purpose of Yahweh is introduced by the declaration of the Messiah himself. The
change of the persons speaking gives a dramatic interest to the whole psalm. There can be no doubt that the word
‘I’ here refers to the Messiah.” So, 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 simply assures us that, as the Son of God, as
the descendant of David, He will rule in the earth.

Torii Hunter: Faith in Christ ‘Allows Me to Go On, Day to Day, and Not Worry About Life’ (Gospel Light Minute #169)

Torii Hunter

Torii Hunter

He is a professional major league baseball player. He plays right field for the Detroit Tigers. Before that, he played for the Minnesota Twins and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He is a five-time All-Star. He won nine consecutive Gold Glove Awards as an outfielder and has won two Silver Slugger Awards.

As a child, he grew up in a neighborhood of crime, poverty, drugs, and gangs. His father was addicted to crack cocaine most of his life and his brother joined a gang. However, he found safety and hope in church due to the influence of his mother and grandmother. This early instillation of faith propelled him to find strength and hope in Jesus Christ and through the Bible.

In an interview with Sports Spectrum, he said of the difficult time he faced growing up that, “The Holy Spirit always was with me and helped me make the right decisions. Sometimes, I’d do some stupid stuff, anyway, and I always paid the consequences. I wasn’t always right. But the more I went through, the closer I got to Him, and the stronger I got to survive in that city.”

He went on to say, “Without Jesus, I promise you, I couldn’t do anything. In everything I do, I ask Him to guide me. Some guys who really don’t have faith actually feel like they want to commit suicide. My faith allows me to go on, day to day, and not worry about what’s on and off the field.”

He currently serves as a mentor to young people and other young baseball players trying to make it to the major leagues. He said, “Anytime I receive something, I try to give it back. That is a blessing, to be a giver. Some people are just takers. I want to be a giver and not a receiver. It’s just about passing the torch. That’s what I want to do.”

His name is Torii Hunter. Continue reading

GLMX #218: Highlights of Redemption

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Have you ever missed a sports game because you were so busy that you didn’t have time to sit down and watch it? Well, afterwards you may have found out who won and watched the highlight reel on television. The highlights are a great way to get filled in on what went down on the football field, basketball court, or baseball diamond.

Today, I want to share with you the highlights from a great event that was over 4,000 years in the making. This event is the story of redemption which shows us how God worked in the earth to save sinful mankind and draw us back into a relationship with Himself. It won’t take us long. Here are the highlights. Continue reading

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