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.

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

The Rewards After the Rapture (Part 1)

The Rewards After the Rapture

The Rewards After the Rapture

Revelation 22:10-12: “And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand. He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.”

One of the most grueling of all bicycle races is the Tour De France. It was described in National Geographic magazine as “an annual madness.” The race covers about 2,000 miles, including some of France’s most difficult, mountainous terrain. Eating and drinking is done on the run. And cyclists must face the extremes of heat and cold. To train for the event, former professional rider, Gilbert Lassalle, rode his bicycle 22,000 miles each year.

What kind of prize makes people endure so much hardship and pain? Ten thousand dollars? One hundred thousand dollars? Only in recent years have cash prizes been awarded regularly. Most winners receive just a special winner’s jersey. What then motivates the contestants? Lassalle sums it up like this: “Why, to sweep through the Arc de Triumph on the last day! To be able to say you finished the Tour de France!”

Today, we are going to talk about the rewards that believers receive. The Bible often describes our walk with Christ in terms of a race. In Hebrews 12 we are encouraged to “lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and run with patience the race that is set before us.” Paul says in First Corinthians, ” Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.”

Yes, there are prizes or rewards for those who live a faithful Christian life. In Revelation, Jesus promises us that He is coming quickly and that He is bringing rewards with Him to give to each of us according to our works. Let’s look at the nature of these rewards so that we can have an idea of what we have to look forward to after we meet our Lord in the air.

1. The place and time of the rewards. Jesus Christ said, “behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me…” We have covered the topic of the Rapture extensively over the past few weeks, and we can recognize the terminology of Jesus’ statement. When He speaks of coming “quickly,” He is speaking of the Rapture. Therefore, the time of rewards, or what we can call the rewards ceremony, will take place immediately after the Rapture.

2. The Rewarder. Who will be handing out the rewards at the Bema seat? Well, Jesus tells us plainly that “my reward is with me to give to every man.” Jesus Christ Himself will be handing out the rewards.

3. The people who will be rewarded. Who will be gathered at the Bema seat? Paul writes that “we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ.” He was writing to believers when he made that statement and he means all believers of all ages. Just as Christ raises living believers and dead believers in the Rapture, all of those believers — those who were alive on Earth and those who had been dead for centuries — will be raised for their Rewards.

Thank God, we serve a Savior who has not only told us that we are in a race, but that we are in a race worth running, and we all ought to be striving to win because, in this race, every believer can be a winner.

Should Christians Prepare for the Great Tribulation? (Part 3)

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TEXT: Daniel 9:24-27; Ezekiel 36:22-23; 2 Thessalonians 2:7-10

As you know, we have been looking at the topic of whether or not Christians should prepare for the Great Tribulation. This is our last message on this issue. In the first message in this series, we found that the answer to this important question was ‘no’ based on three facts about the church. The first is that the church is distinct from Israel. The second is that victory for the church has already been determined. And, the third is that the church and Israel have different expectations about the second coming of Jesus Christ.

In the second message in this series, we looked at three passages in the book of Revelation which indicate that God’s true church will be taken out of the world in the Rapture, before the Great Tribulation. Based on Jesus’ contrasting letters to the faithful church at Philadelphia and the lukewarm church at Laodicea we saw the importance of making sure that we are true followers of Jesus Christ and the importance of being on guard against those worldly influences which will spawn an apostate church.

Today, we are going to look at three sets of Biblical evidences that tell us who and what the Great Tribulation is meant for and why.

1. The Great Tribulation is for the judgment and salvation of Israel. God revealed to the prophet Daniel what would happen to the nation of Israel in the last days. This revelation is often referred to as the 70 weeks based on Daniel 9:24 which reads, “Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.”

2. The Great Tribulation is for the judgment of ungodly nations. During this period of seven years, God is not only dealing with Israel, but He is dealing with the unbelieving people who remain on the earth after the Rapture. Speaking through His prophet Ezekiel, God says, “I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen… and the heathen shall know that I am the Lord.”

3. The Great Tribulation is a time for the unrestraining of evil. Look at 2 Thessalonians 2:7-8: “For the mystery of iniquity doth already work:only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming.”

What we have seen today shows us that God is in control of all of the events of history. He has a plan for Israel, He has a plan for the heathen nations, and He has a plan for us — the church. We can trust His plan. We don’t know when the Rapture will take place, but we do know that the Rapture is God’s way of gathering up His true church out of this world before the final judgments of earth begin.

Getting to Know Jesus as Our Intercessor, Part 2 (Onward Christian Soldiers #43)

The purpose of this time together is to teach young believers everything they need to know about their faith in Jesus Christ and provide them with the knowledge they need to live victorious Christian lives.

Our key Bible passage today is Hebrews 4:14-16: “Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”

Today, we are going to answer the question, “What Does Jesus Do as Our Intercessor?”

1. As our intercessor, Jesus prays for us when we are tempted.

2. As our intercessor, Jesus prays for us when we have sinned.

3. As our intercessor, Jesus presents our prayers to the Father.

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