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.

Terri Cadiente: How she ‘Experienced the Lord’s Grace and Peace Out of a Dark Lifestyle’ (Gospel Light Minute #165)

Terri Cadiente

Terri Cadiente

She is a stuntwoman, jet-ski world record holder, life coach, wife, and mother. She has appeared in several movies including: “Evan Almighty”, “Titanic”, and “Waterworld”. She also worked on the hit TV series, “24”, for which she won the 2008 Screen Actor’s Guild award for “Best Stunt Ensemble.”

Growing up in a broken home, her perception of life and who she was, was tainted by feelings of being unloved, alcoholism, and abuse. After high school, she became a drug addict and fought that battle for over seven years. Her drug use led her to get involved in an argument with her boyfriend that almost led to her death. After she was released from the hospital she went to church that following Sunday and that is when her life began to turn around.

In an interview with CBN, she said, “I accepted the Lord in my heart and I believed that it was true, because I had just had this experience. When you are living such a dark lifestyle and you do experience the Lord’s grace and peace for the first time, it’s different. Something changes. The relationship I first thought of is ‘God is so far away, how could He have time for me’ to the relationship that I understand now is that He is very interested in me. He’s invested a lot in everyone of us. That was the amazing part.”

She went on to say, “To be a Christian in Hollywood, the cool part of it is there is no compromise. Because I kneel and bow to the Father, I don’t have to kneel and bow to man in the sense of I just know who I am. It’s really important that you know who you are when you step into Hollywood or there’s a cookie cutter that comes on you, and it will shape you.”

Her name is Terri Cadiente.

Jesus Christ — Our Coming King, Part 2 (Onward Christian Soldiers #49)

Onward Christian Soldiers

Onward Christian Soldiers

TEXT: John 14:1-3: “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 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. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”

In previous lessons, we have learned much about how we ought to live the Christian life on this Earth. However, Jesus Christ made it clear to His disciples that one day He is coming back to take us out of this world and take us to Heaven to be with Him. He promised us that He was going to prepare a place for us in Heaven and that He would return to take us there.

When Jesus ascended to Heaven after His resurrection, two angels appeared to His disciples and said to them, “Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.” In this lesson, we will ask and answer several questions about the second coming of Jesus Christ. That is the great event we have to look forward to.

In our last lesson, we asked three questions, and got the answers from God’s Word:

1. Who is Jesus coming for? Jesus Christ is coming back for believers.

2. When will Jesus return? The Bible tells us that no one knows the time when Jesus Christ will return, but that when He comes, it will be sudden and unexpected.

3. What will happen to believers? Two things will happen to believers when the Lord returns: First, we will attend the “Judgment Seat of Christ” where rewards for Christian service will be given. Second, we will attend the “Marriage Supper of the Lamb” where we, as the Bride of Christ, will be joined to the Lord Jesus to love Him and to be loved by Him forever.

Today, we are going to look at three more questions that will help us as we get to know Jesus Christ as our coming king.

1. What will happen to those who are left behind? While the believers are in Heaven with Christ, the unbelievers will begin going through a time of great trouble here on the earth. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 24:21, “Then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.”

2. What will happen after the Tribulation period? 2 Thessalonians 1:7-8 says, “the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.” At God’s appointed time, the Lord Jesus will return to the earth with His believers and His mighty angels. He will come in great power and glory. He will destroy the Antichrist and his followers and put an end to this time of tribulation.

3. What will happen at the end of the 1,000 years? Revelation 20:7 tells us “when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison.” He will again go out and deceive many people, convincing them to attack the city of Jerusalem in a last-ditch effort to defeat Jesus Christ. This time, fire will come down from Heaven to destroy them, and Satan will be cast into the lake of fire, from which he will never be released. Revelation 20:10 says, “And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone… and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.”

The communion between God and His creation will be restored to perfection, and we as believers will live forever in harmony with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. These events should inspire us to live faithfully throughout our time on this earth as we wait for our coming King.

Three Pitfalls for Believers to Avoid (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #7)

Pilgrim's Progress

Pilgrim’s Progress

Part A 

Part B 

Part C 

Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #185

TEXT: 1 Peter 5:8-9: “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour. Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.”

During our last message in this series, we accompanied Christian as he came to the place where he received what he had set out from his home city to find — deliverance from his burden of sin. He found this deliverance at the cross. His burden of sin was rolled away, and he was given a clean slate as a child of God. You might be tempted to think that all is well with Christian now that he has reached his goal, but the truth of the matter is that Christian’s journey is just beginning. He will face dangers, setbacks, and troubles along the way. In fact, he is not too far gone from the cross when he comes upon an interesting scene.

Christian comes across three men — Simple, Sloth, and Presumption — who also have come by the way of the cross, yet did not get very far beyond that. They, for one reason or another, gave up before they could grow into mature Christian believers, and they sit by the wayside as distractions to others content in their spiritual infancy. Today, I want to talk from the Word of God about three things we must do if we are going to grow in our walk with Christ, and not remain, as these three men were, babes in Christ.

1. The first pitfall is not being serious about our walk with Christ. The Bible commands us to “be sober.” The word “sober” means to be serious-minded or grave. Many new believers come into the faith thinking that now that they are saved, the rest of their life as Christians will be easy. They think that from here on to Heaven it will just be fun and games.

2. The second pitfall is not taking the time to get educated about the Christian faith. Peter goes on to say, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” I mentioned that 60% of Christians do not believe the devil is real living being. Well, if these dear Christians would take the time to read their Bibles, they will find that the same Bible from which they learned how to get saved also informs them that there is a devil and he is out to devour them.

3. The third pitfall is thinking that we can live the Christian life on our own. First Peter 8-9 says, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.” Although you may feel as though you can, you cannot live the Christian life or resist the devil who is seeking to devour you on your own. That is why Jesus Christ sent the Holy Spirit to live inside of us and empower us to live the Christian life. And He has given you the Word of God.

I encourage you, as a new believer, or even if you have been saved for some time, but never got firmly rooted and grounded in the faith, to avoid these three mistakes. Understand that walking with Christ is serious business and that it is not always going to be easy. Second, take the time to become more educated about your life, duties, and responsibilities as a Christian. Third, choose to rely on the Holy Spirit’s power to resist the devil and live a victorious Christian life.

MUSICAL SELECTION: “High and Lifted Up” by the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir and “Beautiful Redemption” by Joy Williams

GLMX #214: Hail and Farewell

S. Truett Cathy / The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George

S. Truett Cathy / The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George

The “hail and farewell” is an old military tradition in which soldiers and their families attend a ceremony to welcome new soldiers or leaders and to bid farewell to those who have died, retired, or are leaving the organization for some other reasons. The tradition is a symbol of the way life changes — old faces leave and new faces come. Some who have been with us for a long time pass away even as new careers and families are started. And, yet, life goes on.

We saw an example of this at the beginning of this past week. A very well-respected businessman died at the age of 93. Samuel Truett Cathy was the founder of the popular Chick-fil-A fast food restaurant chain and a committed Christian. On the very day the world learned of his passing, the world also learned that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are now expecting a second child — a future heir to the throne of England.

It is easy for us to be swept along by the passing of time and the constant changes that take place in life without giving any thought to an existence beyond this physical, temporal one. But, as the Bible tells us in 1 John 2:17, this “world passeth away, and the lust [desires and cares] thereof…” Eventually, not only will each of us die, but the world that we live in will also pass away. These are not just biblical statements; even scientists have predicted that the world as we know it will one day come to an end.

However, the end of physical life and the end of the world, is not the end of existence. After we die, we will go somewhere. After this world passes away, a new world will be created in which all those who love God will live forever in peace and harmony. First John 2:17 goes on to say, “the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.”

What is the will of God that we must do in order to “abide forever” (or live for eternity)? In John chapter 6, some people asked Jesus Christ, “What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?” Jesus replied, “This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.” God sent Jesus Christ to this world in order that we might be saved through Him. John 3:16 says, “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.”

If you do the will of God by believing on Jesus Christ as your Savior, you will abide forever, or as the last verse says, you will have everlasting life. When we hear of others dying, it ought to cause us to consider our mortality and the fact that we will go somewhere after death.

We can never hope to have a peaceful and enjoyable eternal existence outside of God. He alone is the key to eternal life. However, sadly, we are separated from Him because of our sins, we cannot be in a perfect relationship with Him, and we are automatically destined for eternal punishment in a place called Hell.

God, however, does not want us to suffer in Hell, so He did something about it. As I read to you from John 3:16, He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, into the world to pay for our sins. Now we can have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Jesus said in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

When Jesus Christ came to earth, He died on the cross for our sins, taking the punishment that we deserve, in order that we would have a chance to begin a relationship with God. First Peter 3:18 says, “Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened (or made alive) by the Spirit.” After He died on the cross, Jesus rose from the dead demonstrating that He had removed the threat of death and Hell for those who choose to believe on Him.

If we want to begin a relationship with God, we must admit that we are sinners in need of forgiveness, and then trust Jesus Christ to save us from our sins and the consequences of our sins. If we place our faith and trust in Jesus Christ, we do not have to be uncertain about death or our eternal future. We can face the changes Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “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.”

You can pray a short prayer to let God know that you have decided to trust Jesus Christ as your Saviour and that you want to begin a relationship with Him. Please repeat after me and mean it from your heart.

Holy Father God, 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 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 and forever so that I can have your peace and assurance about my life today and my eternal future. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving 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.”

Believe by faith. Share the faith. And keep the faith! God Bless You!

MUSICAL SELECTION: “It’s Your Life,” by Francesca Battistelli

If ISIS, Al-Qaeda, and Boko Haram are Not Going to Hell, Please Tell Me Where They are Going (Part 3)

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TEXT: Revelation 20:11-15

This past week, acting partly in response to international demands and domestic critics, President Obama announced that he was expanding U.S. efforts to defeat the terrorist group known as ISIS or the Islamic State. I believe we all would agree that it is the right thing for our nation to do, and we support all other nations who are confronting this terrorist army, which the CIA has stated could be made up of as many as 31,000 fighters. Right now, it seems almost as though they cannot be stopped. In fact, just a few hours ago, they released the video of a third beheading — this time of a British aid worker. The governments of the world may not be able to deliver the complete justice that ISIS, al-Qaeda, and Boko Haram deserve, but perhaps they can give these criminals a taste of the justice that is coming their way.

There often seems to be a lack of fair punishment of evil in our society. But, as we have seen from God’s Word in the previous two messages in this series, there will come a day when every evil deed that was ever committed that was not washed away by the blood of Jesus Christ will be brought to the light, and the person who committed that deed will receive the punishment they deserve. “Vengeance is mine,” saith the Lord, “I will repay.”

This event is known as The Great White Throne Judgment. Jesus is the Judge. And every person who did not receive Christ as their Savior while they were alive will be there. We also have learned that, at this judgment, books will be opened which contain a record of every evil deed each person at this judgment has committed.

Some years ago, there was a popular Chick gospel pamphlet called “This Was Your Life.” It told the story of a man who died, went to the Great White Throne Judgment, and was confronted with video recordings of every evil thing he had ever done: every lustful glance, every unethical business deal, every time he had shrugged off the preacher’s invitation to get saved. That’s what it will be like when the books are opened at the Great White Throne Judgment.

We also learned that while this judgment is described in terms of a courtroom, there will be no trial. Instead, there will simply be the sentencing of individuals to their punishment, and that is what we will look at today in our final message in this series.

1. First, we see that death and hell are eradicated. The Bible says, “death and hell were cast into the lake of fire.”

2. Second, we see the final death. Our passage goes on to state, “This is the second death.” For those who have accepted Christ as their Savior, there is a life after this life — and that is eternal life in Heaven with God. For those who do not accept Christ as their Savior, there is also a life after this life — and that is eternal death and separation from God in the Lake of Fire.

3. Third, we see the lake of fire. The Bible says, “Whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” When we speak of hell today, what we are really referring to is the lake of fire. The Bible speaks clearly that this is a place of eternal punishment for the devil, the rebellious angels, the antichrist, the false prophet, and all of those who die without accepting Christ as their Savior.

God is also just. The feeble, human-run governments of this world may not be able to carry out justice on this Earth. But, the Bible assures us that every atrocity, every beheading, every murder, every rape, every lie, every sin that is not washed away by the blood of Jesus Christ will be judged. Every violent extremist who participates in the actions of ISIS, al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, and others will receive just retribution for their deeds. God will ensure that justice is done.

If ISIS, Al-Qaeda, and Boko Haram are Not Going to Hell, Please Tell Me Where They are Going (Part 2)

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TEXT: Revelation 20:11-15

To the families of James Foley and Steven Sotloff, I want to say that our prayers and the prayers of Christians around the world are for you and for the thousands of others who have been affected by the actions of such groups as ISIS, al-Qaeda, and Boko Haram. If President Obama cannot get some justice against these terrorists on earth, you can rest assured that God will get justice because He said, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay.”

Some years ago, a man in Spain raped a thirteen-year-old girl at knifepoint. He was caught and sentenced to prison, however, he was let out on a three-day pass. While he was out, he returned to his hometown and happened to pass by the mother of the girl he had raped in the street. He allegedly taunted the woman before going into a crowded bar. Shortly after, the girl’s mother followed him into the bar with a bottle of gas. She poured the gas on him, struck a match, and set him on fire. The rapist suffered 60% burns and later died at a hospital.

Why did this mother feel the need to react in such a way when she saw her daughter’s rapist out on the street, enjoying his freedom, going to get a drink at a bar like any other ordinary citizen? Perhaps she felt as if justice had been lacking in that particular case. Perhaps she felt that the man who violated her daughter should be subjected to much harsher punishment than what he had been subjected to. I can imagine her saying with Abraham, “Will not the judge of all the earth do right?”

Today, we are witnessing gross atrocities around the world. Violent terror groups such as ISIS, al-Qaeda, and Boko Haram are ravaging innocent people in Africa and the Middle East. They are not just slaughtering those who dare to oppose them, but they are hunting down and going after those who disagree with their diabolical ideology. In recent days, they have tortured and slaughtered Christians and other minorities — men, women, and children. They raped the wife and daughter of a Christian man in front of him, and that man later committed suicide. They have beheaded two American citizens, videotaped it, and broadcast it to the world. They have executed hundreds of Syrian and Iraqi soldiers and left their bodies to rot in the desert. Some reports say that they have hoisted the severed heads of their victims on poles in celebration. One member of the minority Yazidi group said 2,000 of his people were killed by ISIS in one day.

When we look at these events, perhaps we, too, must ask the question, “Will not the judge of all the earth do right?”

I am here to tell you that the answer to that question is “yes.” God, the judge of all the Earth, will ensure that those who seemingly get away with their crimes will receive just punishment according to their deeds at the Great White Throne Judgment.

Today, we are going to continue looking at the Great White Throne Judgment.

1. What is the nature of this judgment? John says, “I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God.” All of these dead are the unsaved people who did not accept Christ as their Savior while they were alive. So, we already know the fate that awaits them based on other passages of Scripture.

2. What is the purpose of the Book of Life? John says that as these condemned dead are standing before God, “the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life.” The opening of the book of life is a bright spot in this passage for us as Christians.

3. What is the purpose of the other books? John writes, “the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.” The other books that are opened at this judgment apparently contain a record of the works of those who died in their sins.

When we look at the world, it is easy to adopt a spirit of hopelessness. It seems as though atrocities go unpunished and sometimes unnoticed. But, the Bible assures us that every atrocity, every beheading, every murder, every rape, every lie, every sin is recorded in the books of Heaven. Not one crime escapes the eyes or the knowledge of God. He will ensure that justice is done. Romans 12:19 says, “Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.”

Sterling Lucas on Football Becoming an “Idol” and How he Learned to “Truly Follow Christ” (Gospel Light Minute #163)

Sterling Lucas

Sterling Lucas

He is a line backer for North Carolina State University. In high school, he was team captain and team MVP. In the Shrine Bowl, he also won defensive MVP honors after recording 8 tackles. And after his senior year, he was named an all-state, all-region, and all-area top player.

In an interview with Beyond the Ultimate, he spoke about growing up in church and how he came to know Jesus Christ. He said, “I grew up in the church my grandmother pastored. I always heard that Jesus died for our sins, but I didn’t fully grasp that Jesus was beaten and hung on a cross in our place, even when He did not deserve it, for our eternal life.

“After my grandmother died, I stopped going to church. A few years later, my family and I joined another church and I began to once again pursue Christ. When I got to college, I began doing what most students do: living the party lifestyle. I was still a believer but did not always show it, and I wasn’t bold about my faith. I basically put God on a shelf.

“Now, I understand how important it is to be plugged into a church or spiritual community to help you grow in your faith and keep you accountable. Athletes in Action provided that outlet for me. A teammate invited me to the meetings, and they talked about your identity not being in your sport, which appealed to me. I kept going back, and began really growing in my Christian walk.

“When you truly follow Christ, you find peace in knowing that whatever you go through, the Lord is able to get you through. Once I suffered a knee injury and had to sit out the season. I believe that God allowed this experience to draw me closer to Him. I realize that football does not define me as a person, but it had become an idol in my life.

“I am first and foremost a man of God, and football is just one of the many platforms that God has given me to bring Him glory. I am not perfect, and I fall short on many occasions, but I am standing here today by the grace of God, and I am going to do everything I can to fulfill God’s will for my life.”

His name is Sterling Lucas.

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