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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.

The Power of the Resurrection and the Depressed and Discouraged Believer

Powerful Life Lessons from the Aftermath of the Resurrection #3

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PART B


TEXT: Luke 24:13-34

According to the World Health Organization, over 350 million people around the world suffer from some form of depression. Long-term depression can lead to serious health problems. And, at its worse, depression can lead to suicide which is the cause of 1 million deaths each year. In recent months, the church has been forced to take a look at how it deals with depression. This is due in part to suicide being committed by pastors and children of pastors, as well as the seemingly consistent stream of reports which state that people who have carried out mass shootings, other criminal activity, including crashing a plane into a mountainside with 149 other people on board, suffer from some kind of depression or psychological illness.

So, depression is a real issue, and in our passage today, we find two depressed and discouraged individuals walking from Jerusalem to Emmaus. One of these individuals is named Cleopas. Some have identified him as the husband of the “other Mary” who was at the cross as Jesus was being crucified. We do not know who his traveling companion is, but some have suggested that it is his wife. These two were on their way home from the Passover feast in Jerusalem which took place at the same time as Jesus’ crucifixion. Luke tells us that they were traveling “that same day.” This is referring to Sunday, the first Easter, after Mary, Mary Magdalene, Joanna and “other women” had gone to the tomb to anoint the body of Jesus and found that the tomb was empty. The text indicates that Cleopas and his companion were with the disciples and others when the women came to tell them the good news, however, they, like the disciples, did not believe the report of the women. They are depressed, discouraged worried, and anxious about what has happened. As they are traveling, Jesus himself appears and begins walking with them, however, the Bible tells us that they do not recognize him. “Their eyes were holden that they should not know him” — indicating that their inability to recognize Jesus was divinely orchestrated.

How does this experience speak to the depressed and discouraged travelers as well as the depressed and discouraged people of today?

The Power of the Resurrection and the Faithless Believer

The Power of the Resurrection #2

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TEXT: Mark 16:14-16

Once again, we begin with a passage of Scripture that starts out by letting us know that something has happened before. Verse 14 of our passage begins with the word “afterward.”

Before we get into the depths of this passage, allow me to share with you a story:

Ocean journeys by Polynesian, Chinese and Viking seamen proved that ancient mariners could successfully sail long distances without sighting land. Most ancient sailors, however, kept land in sight to assure their ability to return to it. Since a return was always essential to the success of an enterprise, as well as the enrichment of its sponsors, the sailors chose the safe course.

Before Christ, millions had experienced death. They all left, but none came back. What it was like out there, beyond life and human experience, no one ever returned to say. The world stood awestruck before the mystery behind the veil. Then Jesus came… though at first disappointingly, for he died like all the rest. But death couldn’t contain, let alone conquer him. He surrendered to death’s power to victimize it. Into its stifling depths he went to free all trapped inside their fears of it. From death’s grip he freed himself, and up from the grave he arose, exposing its emptiness and proving his victory over it!

The “afterward” in verse 14 of our passage is referring to the resurrection of Jesus Christ; the angel’s appearance to Mary the mother of Jesus, Mary Magdalene, and Salome who had gone to the tomb; as well as Jesus’ appearance to Mary Magdalene. The Bible tells us that the disciples were mourning and weeping when Mary Magdalene showed up to tell them that Jesus was alive. We are quickly informed, however, that “they, when they had heard that he was alive, and had been seen of her, believed not.” Later, two other disciples on the road to Emmaus were met by Jesus and talked with Him. When they realized who He was, “they went and told it” to the other disciples, but the Bible again informs us, “neither believed they them.” So, we see that in the aftermath of Jesus’ resurrection, there was still a lot of unbelief going on. The disciples didn’t want to believe that Jesus Christ would have to die, and now that He was risen from the dead they refused to believe that as well.

So, when Jesus showed up in the flesh before all of them, you can imagine their shock and surprise. Jesus was disappointed in their unbelief. The Bible says he “upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen.” The word “upbraid” means to rebuke or reprimand.

Dear friend, have you ever doubted God’s Word or His promises to you? Have you ever lost faith or stopped trusting in God and then felt terrible about it when the thing that God said He would do came to pass? Do you struggle with trusting God on a daily basis? If so, allow me to share with you how Jesus Christ responded to the unbelief of His disciples after He had been resurrected from the dead.

NBA Player, Richard Jefferson, says he Has ‘Confidence Because he Can Do All Things Through Christ’ (Gospel Light Minute #192)

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Richard Jefferson

He is a professional NBA basketball player who currently plays for the Dallas Mavericks. He was selected by the Houston Rockets in the first round of the 2001 NBA draft. He previously played for the New Jersey Nets, the Milwaukee Bucks, the San Antonio Spurs, the Golden State Warriors, and the Utah Jazz. In 2002, he was selected to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team. He was also a member of the USA men’s national basketball team at the 2003 Tournament of the Americas and the Athens 2004 Summer Olympics.

His parents were both Christian missionaries, and he moved frequently throughout his young life. He said, “My life has always been a mix of church and basketball. But through tough moments and times of extreme growth, I still have confidence, not because of my athletic success but because of Philippians 4:13. ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.’ When I step out on the court I don’t believe there’s anybody I can’t guard, I don’t believe that there’s a shot that I can’t make.”

He also said, “I don’t think anyone can call themselves a finely-tuned Christian. It’s an everyday struggle. I’m a perfectionist, and if I mess up I’ll feel so guilty that I won’t read my Bible, then it’s a snowball effect. I really need to get to [that place of] consistency. I know God is teaching me, and I feel extremely blessed.”

His name is Richard Jefferson. Continue reading

GLMX #243: “We Never Really Die”

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There is a thrilling chase scene in the movie “Lucy”, in which the main character, also named Lucy, has commandeered a police car and is driving it through Paris at high speed with a frightened police officer in the passenger seat. At one point, the police officer says to Lucy, “I’d rather be late than dead.” And, Lucy, replies, “We never really die.”

Although “Lucy” is a science fiction film, and many of the scientific claims in the film are questionable, that statement is actually true. We never really die.

Of course, you will face physical death at some point. However, your body is not all there is to your existence. The really real part of you is your soul or your spirit. That part of you will never die. Your soul or spirit is what makes you really alive. When your body falls away, you will still exist. Psalm 22:26 states, “Your heart shall live for ever.”

Perhaps you have heard stories of people who have died in car accidents and were later revived. Many of those people have reported “floating” above the scene of the accident and being able to see their body lying on the ground or on a stretcher with emergency medical personnel trying to revive them. At death, our spirits separate from our bodies. Ecclesiastes 12:7 says that when we die, “Then shall the dust [the body] return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.” Continue reading

A New Relationship, Part 2 (Onward Christian Soldier #76)

Onward Christian Soldiers

Onward Christian Soldiers

John 15:5: “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”

In our last lesson, we talked about how we are in Christ now that we are saved. As John 15:5 says, we are the branches and Christ is the vine. However, not only are the branches in the vine, but the vine is also in the branches. After the branch is grafted into the vine, the very life of the vine begins to flow through it. This is what keeps the branch alive and causes it to bear fruit. Continue reading

The Power of the Resurrection and the Backslidden Believer

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Part A


Part B


The Power of the Resurrection #1

TEXT: John 21:1-19

Our passage starts out with the words “after these things.” The things that the writer is referring to are the events of John chapter 20 which tell of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead, His appearance to Mary Magdalene, and then His two appearances to the disciples — one where Thomas was not present, and one where he was present. Several Bible scholars believe that our passage for today serves primarily as an appendix to the book of John. John Walvoord and Roy Zuck state, “Some critics have argued that this chapter is anticlimactic after the great conclusion in chapter 20…” However, one of John’s purposes in this chapter is “to reveal how Jesus reinstated Peter after his great fall.” It is probably not in chronological order, and was tacked on to the end of the book in order to show Peter’s restoration to the group of disciples.

Simon Peter — one of the more prominent disciples, a member of Jesus’ inner circle, who had loudly and boldly proclaimed that he would never abandon Jesus Christ — not only abandoned Jesus when He was arrested and taken to be crucified, but he denied Him three times and said that he didn’t even know Him. I believe it is safe for us to call Peter a backslidden believer. Not only had he gone back on his word to the Lord, but now he was ready to go back on the occupation that Jesus Christ had called him and the other disciples to. He is ready to give up being a fisher of men and go back to being just a fisherman. The Bible tells us that he called Thomas, Nathaniel, James, John, and two other disciples, and said, “I go a fishing.”

Have you ever been at this place in your Christian life? Have you ever been a backslidden believer? Are you one now?

You made the decision to follow Jesus Christ, and you began to walk the straight and narrow way. But, somewhere along the way, you decide that you want to throw in the towel. Maybe it is because, like Peter, you feel like you let the Lord down. Maybe you feel like you cannot continue living as a Christian because of something terrible that you have done. Maybe you had different expectations about the Christian life and you are now discouraged and disappointed. Whatever the case, you either already have thrown in the towel or you are about to throw in the towel and go back to your old lifestyle. Either you already are or you are about to become a backslidden believer.

If you are that person today, please pay close attention, as I share with you what the resurrection of Jesus Christ means for the backslidden believer.

Israel in the End Times (Part 3)

TEXT: Romans 11:20-25

20 Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear:

21 For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee.

22 Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.

23 And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be grafted in: for God is able to graft them in again.

24 For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert grafted contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree?

25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.

Israel in the End Times (Part 3)

Today, we are continuing our survey of Israel’s position in the end times. While God has had to deal harshly with Israel in the past, God has not abandoned them completely. As Paul makes clear in Romans 11:1-2, “Hath God cast away his people? God forbid… God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew.” Although it may seem like God abandoned His people, you can rest assured that He has plans for them. We learned about one part of the plan last week. Continue reading

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