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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.

Bear Grylls: Faith in Christ ‘is the Backbone of My Life’ (Gospel Light Minute #161)

Bear Grylls

Bear Grylls

He is a British adventurer, writer and television presenter. He is best known for his television series Man vs. Wild. He is a part of a number of television series in the United Kingdom and the United States on the theme of survival in the wild. In 1997, he became the youngest Briton to climb Ama Dablam in the Himalayas. And in 1998, he became one of the youngest people ever to climb to the summit of Mount Everest. In July 2009, he was appointed the youngest-ever Chief Scout at the age of 35.

In an interview with Relevant Magazine, he said of his faith: “I had a very natural faith as a kid. As a really young kid, I never questioned God. I just knew God existed and it felt like He was my friend. Faith has been and is the backbone of my life.”

“I remember having one moment when some really good friends turned their back on me in a really nasty way. And I remember praying a simple prayer up a tree one evening and saying, ‘God, if you’re like I knew you as a kid, would you be that friend again?’ And it was no more complicated than that. And actually the amazing thing is that all God asks is that we sort of open the door and He’ll do the rest. So often we kinda hide behind our yearning for love and acceptance with loads of complicated theological questions, and actually once that’s stripped away what we really are is just somebody who wants to have that relationship with your Father.”

“Jesus never said, ‘I’ve come so you can feel smart and proper and smiley and religious.’ [Faith] is about finding life and joy and peace. I am not at church a lot because I’m away a lot, so I kind of cling to the simple things, like, ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me’ and ‘I’m holding you by your right hand.’ The simple things are what I try to keep my faith like. Jesus is unchanging and we are forgiven.”

“Sometimes it’s hard for us to believe, really believe, that God cares and wants good things for us and doesn’t just want us to go off and give everything up and become missionaries in Burundi. And some people are just scared, and they go, ‘Oh, God just wants me to be religious,’ but actually He just loves us. He just wants us to be with Him, and that’s been a journey to discover that. That’s one of the big questions I asked: ‘If you do exist, are you cozy? Are you what my heart really aches for?’”

“Christianity is not about religion. It’s about faith, about being held, about being forgiven. It’s about finding joy and finding home. We all want that, but nobody wants religion. Why do people turn away from faith? They’re not, they’re turning away from religion most of the time. I’ve yet to meet anyone who doesn’t want to be forgiven or held or find peace or joy in their life. We try loads of other stuff—we think booze or foxy women or whatever will fill it—but it doesn’t fill the hole [like Jesus].”

His name is Bear Grylls. Continue reading

A Fire that Can’t be Extinguished (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #3)

Pilgrim's Progress

Pilgrim’s Progress

Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #181

TEXT: Romans 8:28-31

Today, we return to the journey of Christian — the main character of Pilgrim’s Progress. When we last saw him, he was talking to Mr. Worldly Wiseman who tried to convince him that he should turn to the ways of the world in order to ease his burden of sin. Christian unfortunately follows Mr. Worldly Wiseman’s advice and heads to the city of Morality. However, along the way, Evangelist comes to meet him, and informs him of the dangers of following such worldly advice.

Christian accepts Evangelist’s advice and commits himself to following the straight and narrow way until he gets to the Wicket Gate. At the gate, he is let into the palace where he is given advice on his journey from a man named Goodwill and a man named Interpreter. Interpreter takes Christian on a tour of the castle showing him various rooms which contain scenes depicting certain realities of life for the believer.

What the interpreter shows Christian is a picture of the work of Christ in the life of the believer. It is like a fire that burns and burns but never burns out. Rather it grows brighter and brighter as time goes on.

Let’s look at the significance of this fire in the life of a Christian.

1. Notice the One who started the fire and keeps it burning. In Pilgrim’s Progress, Christian is first shown the side of the room where the devil is pouring water on the fire. However, the fire did not spring up of its own accord. Someone started the fire, and that someone is God through His Son the Lord Jesus Christ. Our passage states, “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son.”

2. Notice the one who is trying to extinguish the fire. Let’s go back to the other side of the room. Here we see someone throwing water on the fire. Peter asks the question, “If God be for us, who can be against us?” This question does not imply that there will be no one who is against us. It simply lets us know that no one who is against us will be effective in their quest to destroy us.

3. We may not always feel the heat from the fire, but we know that it is still burning. We have dealt with the two supernatural sides of this matter, now let’s deal with the human side. Verse 28 reads, “We know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

We are being made into the image and likeness of Jesus Christ. That is the destiny that has been predetermined for us, and because God cannot lie, we can rest assured that we will reach that destination.

MUSICAL SELECTION: “Until I Found The Lord” by Walter Hawkins and “Hold to God’s Hand” by The Sensational Nightingales

GLMX #209: Robin Williams and “Divine Madness”

Robin Williams

Robin Williams

The ancient philosophers, Plato and Aristotle, pondered this question: Why do so many creative people — those considered to be great artists and geniuses — seem to struggle with some form of mental instability or mental illness. The Greeks called it “divine madness,” and it was brought to the fore this week by the shocking suicide of actor and comedian Robin Williams. Continue reading

The Judgments of the Bible (Part 1)

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TEXT: Isaiah 53:10-11; 1 Corinthians 11:28-32; Ezekiel 20:33-38

The Bible speaks of seven major judgments. We have just wrapped up a series on one of those judgments — the judgment seat of Christ or the “rewards ceremony.” That is a judgment that we all should be looking forward to. Today, we are going to turn our attention to the other six judgments, and we are going to talk about each of them briefly — three today, and, Lord willing, three next week.

1. The first judgment is the judgment of the world’s sin. Isaiah 53:8 reads, “He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.” This verse is a prophetic Old Testament passage about Jesus Christ and His role as the lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world who suffered and bled and died for our sins. That judgment, took place 2,000 years ago at the cross. As one writer put it so succinctly, “the judge was judged in our place.”

2. The second judgment is the era of self-judgment. This is another way of describing the church age. Speaking to Christians in 1 Corinthians 11:31, Paul says, “For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.” As children of God, we are given time to take note of sin in our own lives, to repent, and to change — to judge ourselves so God will not have to judge us.

3. The third judgment is the judgment of Israel. The book of Ezekiel tells us about this judgment which is to take place at the end of the Tribulation. So, chronologically speaking, the judgment seat of Christ — the time where we as believers receive our rewards — occurs before this judgment, making the judgment of Israel the fourth major judgment in the Bible.

The judgments that God has set up for this world make clear the fact that we all — saved and unsaved — will face God at some point in the future. This sobering thought should inspire us to walk worthily of the rewards that Jesus Christ has to give to those who are faithful to Him.

That’s the Way of the World (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #2)

 

Pilgrim's Progress

Pilgrim’s Progress

Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #180

TEXT: Romans 8:5-8

Today, we return to the journey of Christian — the main character of Pilgrim’s Progress. When we last saw him, he was worried about the burden of sin in his life and looking for a way to be freed from it. He met a man named Evangelist who told him how to begin his journey to the cross where he would be freed of his burden of sin. Christian began that journey. As he left the city of Destruction, his wife, children, and neighbors begged for him to come back. Two of his friends, Obstinate and Pliable, said they would go with him, but as soon as they got stuck in the Slough of Despond, they abandoned him, and Christian went on alone.

Help comes along and gets Christian out of the Slough of Despond, and sets him on his way again. However, Christian meets with another traveler — Mr. Worldly Wiseman.

In our message last week, we explored the promise of salvation that Christian received from Evangelist. This salvation is only available through Jesus Christ who died on the cross for the sins of all mankind. It is through Jesus Christ that all people can get rid of their burden of sin. However, Mr. Worldly Wiseman tells Christian that there is another way he can get rid of his sin burden. Let’s explore this way and see what the Bible has to say about it.

1. Let’s look at the mindset of the world. Our passage for today vividly describes the mindset of the Worldly Wiseman. Verse 5 says, “For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh…” The Worldy Wiseman is a man who is “after the flesh.” He does not have his mind on spiritual matters. He has his mind on the here and now and how he can satisfy his fleshly desires.

2. Let’s look at the result of a worldly mindset. The Bible states, “For to be carnally minded is death…” Mr. Worldy Wiseman tells Christian a lot of good things about the flesh-focused lifestyle. He tells him that he will go to live in cities with names like Morality and Civility. It all sounds well and good. But, what Mr. Worldly Wiseman doesn’t mention is that it all will come to an end.

3. Let’s look at the alternative to a worldly mindset. Romans 8:5-6 says, “For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” God offers us something that is far better than the riches of this world. If we follow the wisdom of the world and pursue temporal things, in the end, we will find that it all comes crumbling down. But if we follow Jesus Christ — if we decide to be spiritually-minded — God will give us eternal life and peace.

The way of the world is the way of regret. It is the way of constantly saying, “I wish I had done this…” or “I should not have done that…” You may enjoy it for a while, but soon, you will be reminded of your burden. Your burden of sin, guilt, and an unpeaceful conscience. Nothing this world offers can free you of that burden.

But God can. He can free you of your burden and give you peace and eternal life through His Son Jesus Christ. As we close, I want to give you the opportunity to let Him give you what this world can’t. Yes, your burden of sin can be lifted today. Jesus Christ said, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

MUSICAL SELECTION: “He’s Able” by the Mighty Clouds of Joy and “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” by Selah

Jenny Johnson Jordan: Volleyball Star’s Greatest Passion is “Living a Life Committed to Jesus Christ” (Gospel Light Minute #160)

Jenny Johnson Jordan

Jenny Johnson Jordan

She played college volleyball at UCLA, starting for three seasons and serving as captain for two seasons. While at UCLA, she earned All-American honors. In 1996, she started her pro beach volleyball career and competed for two seasons on the four-person circuit. She helped her team to win the title in the 1997 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships in Los Angeles. In 1999, she won the silver medal at the 1999 Beach Volleyball World Championships in Marseille (Mar-sa). She also partnered with Annett Davis on two-person events and the pair qualified for the 2000 Olympics in Sydney and placed fifth at the games. Throughout her athletic career, she has finished first 10 times in the U.S. and 2 times internationally, including 7 times on the AVP tour. In 2002, she was honored with the AVP Special Achievement Award. In 2004, she and Davis became the U.S. team with most career tournaments played together. Together with her husband, they work with Athletes in Action’s pro ministry.

In a testimony for BeyondtheUltimate.org, she said of her faith, “Everyone has something they are passionate about and for me it has always been sports. I can remember even at a very young age loving to compete, and when I was introduced to the game of volleyball in 7th grade I was hooked. Yet as great as this passion was, I became even more passionate about something else during my sophomore year in college.”

“During that time I developed a passion for knowing who God really is. I used to think that God was a God of ‘do’s and don’ts,’ but I learned that He is a God of love and that He loves me unconditionally. He loves me so much that He sent His son Jesus Christ to this earth so that I could have a relationship with Him. By committing my life to Christ, I know that I have been forgiven of my sins, have entered into a personal relationship with Him, and will spend eternity with God.”

“My passion for sports has provided many great experiences. I have been privileged to compete for three national titles in college, professionally on the beach and represent the United States in the Olympic Games. It has also taught me many valuable life lessons about integrity, hard work and perseverance. But my athletic experiences and lessons learned pale in comparison to my greatest passion, living a life committed to the person of Jesus Christ.”

Her name is Jenny Johnson Jordan.

GLMX #208: Escaping the Death Penalty

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Several events in recent months in the United States have raised the question of whether or not the death penalty should continue to be allowed as a form of punishment in America. Some states have said that it is becoming more difficult to obtain the drugs used in lethal injection. In Arizona, Oklahoma, and Ohio, there have been ‘botched’ executions — where the person sentenced to die was not killed in short order according to procedure. These cases garnered a lot of media attention and renewed calls for the death penalty to be abolished. There have also been cases where a person on death row has been found innocent of the crime they were put there for. In fact, a recent study determined that at least 4 percent of all people sentenced to death are actually innocent.

Currently, there are over 3,000 people on death row in the United States. Can you imagine what it is like sitting on death row? Waking up every day in a cell knowing that each minute that passes puts you closer to the time when your life will be terminated by a lethal injection or an electric shock? Can you imagine living every day with a countdown ticking in your mind?

You might shudder at the thought of that kind of existence. However, every person born into this world is sentenced to die. We are all under a death penalty. The Bible says in Hebrews 9:27, “It is appointed unto men once to die.” Whether you want to accept it or not, your life — and the life of every person alive — is slowly winding down to a point of termination.

The reason we are placed under this death penalty is the same reason why men and women are placed on death row in the United States — SIN — the bad things that we do. The Bible says in Romans 3:23, “the wages of sin is death.” God says that death is the consequence of our lying, stealing, adultery, murder, rebelliousness, pride and a multitude of other transgressions. In your eyes, you may think you have not done anything to merit the death penalty on earth, but in the eyes of a perfect and holy God, the slightest infraction is enough to place you under the sentence of death.

For an inmate on death row, death may seem like the end. The only way a criminal can avoid his fate is if he is pardoned by the state’s governor or by the President of the United States. (There have only been 31 pardons in the United States since 1970.)

You can be pardoned of your sins as well. Romans 3:23 goes on to say, “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” You can receive a pardon for your sins and the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ. How is this possible? This is possible because 2,000 years ago, Jesus Christ who is the Son of God came to Earth, lived a perfect life, and died on the cross for your sins and my sins. God poured out His judgment and wrath on His own Son. Jesus took our place — He died the death that we deserve to die and took the punishment that we deserve to take. Romans 5:8 tells us why God did this: “But God commendeth his love (or shows His love) toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

What Jesus did for us on the cross is equivalent to what you or I would be doing if we walked into a prison and took the place of an inmate on death row — dying so that prisoner could go free.

MUSICAL SELECTION: “Love Lifted Me” by Alan Jackson

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