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.

The Grace and Power of Jesus Demonstrated in the Greatest Event in History — the Resurrection, Part 8 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 343)

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TEXT: John 20:19-23:

19 Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.

20 And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord.

21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.

22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:

23 Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.

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Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to keep the main thing the main thing — and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents, politicians, and people, but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey the Lord’s Great Commission which is to, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to “pray without ceasing” for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate to win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.

This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”

This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 343.

Bill Bright said, “Not only is Jesus of Nazareth the only One who can pardon our sins, but He is the only One who can give purpose to life. None of us will be truly fulfilled until we invite Christ to show us the very purpose for which He created us. No one else who ever lived can do this — no man, no religion, no philosophy — only Jesus of Nazareth who is God in the flesh.”

When Jesus appeared to His disciples on that first Lord’s day 2,000 years ago, He came not only with the good news of His resurrection, but He also gave His disciples some very precious gifts. We have already seen how He gave them the gift of Peace. He said, “Peace be unto you.” This peace erased their fear and their condemnation. Because Jesus had conquered death, they could be emotionally, mentally, and spiritually at peace.

The second gift which Jesus gave to his disciples is that of Purpose. He said, “as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.” Jesus had spent over three years teaching and training His disciples. All that time, He had been preparing them for this moment. Jesus had been sent to Earth as God’s representative. Now, Jesus was giving His disciples the purpose of being His representatives to the lost, dying, and yet hostile world. We get the word “apostle”, sent ones, from the Greek word used in this verse. We also get the word “missionary” from the Latin translation of this verse. It is important to note that this purpose was not just given to the ten disciples who were present. Luke tells us that this purpose was given to all those who were gathered in that room. Every believer has this special purpose from God. Jesus sent all those who believed in Him out into the world to proclaim the good news of His death, burial, and resurrection and what that means for mankind.

Ray Stedman said, “Just as Jesus was sent into a lost world to touch the broken lives of people — to heal, to recover, to open eyes, and to set free — so the disciples were to go with the word of the gospel, doing the same work that Jesus was sent to do. This is what the Apostle Paul says in Second Corinthians: ‘We are ambassadors for Christ… We pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.’ Jesus Himself would be the model of their ministry. Just as He went, so were they to go.”

Because of the uncertainty surrounding Jesus’ death, the disciples had begun to lose focus. Some had been separated from the others. They were afraid and in hiding. They had lost their sense of direction. Peter and some of the other disciples even decided to go back to their old occupation of fishing. They felt that they had lost Jesus and, thus, their lives had been set adrift. But Jesus shows up on that Resurrection Sunday morning and gives them Peace and Purpose. With their divine commission, their lives were put back on track and their energies began to be directed to a goal greater than themselves. They were no longer uncertain about what to do next. The resurrected Jesus had given them Purpose.

Have you ever felt as though your life was adrift on the sea of purposelessness? Have you ever felt lost, afraid, concerned about the future? Have you ever felt uncertain about where to direct your energies and your focus? I think it’s safe to say that we all have felt that way at one point or another. Just as Jesus Christ gave His disciples Purpose, He can give you Purpose as well. He can give you a reason to live. He can take away your feelings of uncertainty and despair. Because He is the Creator who gives life, He alone knows how to make life worthwhile.

One hymnist wrote:

Man’s Creator has a purpose
For our being here on earth.
In His image we’re created,
To express His rule on earth.

His Son, Jesus, is our Savior.
Once in human form He came.
Now as Spirit He can enter
As the breath of life to man.

Jesus Christ will get His kingdom
Just by growth—the normal way.
Not an instant transformation;
Growth goes on from day to day.

This life-seed is all-inclusive—
Everything we’ll ever need;
Yes, our God’s eternal purpose
Is within this precious seed.

Jesus wants to plant the life-seed of the Gospel in your heart today so that it can grow and give your life purpose and meaning. Will you give your life to Him today and receive the gift of the risen Lord? Here is how you can place your faith and trust in Him today.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “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.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

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.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. 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. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting 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”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please email me at dw3@gospellightsociety.com and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

True New Testament Revival: Getting Back to Our First Love, Part 8 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #286)

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A homily is “a short talk on a religious or moral topic; a usually short sermon; a lecture or discourse on or of a biblical theme.”

In our series of homilies from the book of Ephesians, we focused on reviving Christian families. Now, I am sharing a verse-by-verse series of short messages from the book of Revelation, specifically targeted at reviving the church. If our country is to be awakened, the family and the church must be revived first.


TEXT: Revelation 2:1-7:

1 Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks;

2 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:

3 And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted.

4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.

5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.

6 But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitanes, which I also hate.

7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.

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A.W. Tozer said, “When a preacher who fits the mold of the prophets of old comes (and I pray God there will be not one but many), he will stand in flat contradiction to everything our civilization holds dear. He will contradict, denounce, and protest in the name of God and will earn the hatred and opposition of a large segment of Christendom. Such a man is likely to be lean, rugged, blunt-spoken and a little bit angry with the world. He will love Christ and the souls of men to the point of willingness to die for the glory of the One and the salvation of the other. But he will fear nothing that breathes with mortal breath.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “AIl you have to do is decide to walk a little closer to God and you’ll be criticized more in the church than in the bar down the street.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “James Alexander Haldane and his brother Robert were well-known revivalists in their native Scotland in the early 1800s, but their greatest work was accomplished in Geneva, Switzerland, with much smaller crowds. The latter work was greater because in the long run it had a much wider and longer influence in reviving God’s people. The brothers attracted large crowds to hear the preaching of the gospel in Scotland, but these weren’t crusades in the usual sense of the word. Although the two brothers never formally organized their converts into churches, their assemblies were for all intents and purposes the megachurches of that day.”

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In His letter, Jesus clearly explained how the church at Ephesus — and any Christian today — can get back to their first love. They must remember, repent, and repeat the first works. But what happens if a church does not take these steps? Jesus told the Ephesian church, “I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.”

I don’t know about you, but the prospect of a church’s “candlestick” being removed is frightening. What does the Lord mean? Jesus is saying that if the Ephesian church does not get back to their first love and begin doing the first works, they will soon cease to be considered a church of Jesus Christ. In other words, their “light” will flicker out. Dr. Warren Wiersbe said, “In spite of the privileges it had enjoyed, the church of Ephesus was in danger of losing its light! The church that loses its love will soon lose its light, no matter how doctrinally sound it may be. ‘I will come and remove thy candlestick’ is not referring to the Lord’s return, but to His coming judgment then and there. The glorious city of Ephesus is today but a heap of stones and no light is shining there.”

If a church loses its first love for Jesus Christ and the things of God, it will soon no longer be able to adequately and sincerely shine a light in its environment. The reason why is because Jesus is the light of the world and His light will not shine through us unless we truly love Him. How many churches are losing their light, losing their testimony, and losing their effectiveness because they have lost their first love for Jesus and for the things of God? Unfortunately, statistics show that there are many. Numerous Christian denominations in America today are lamenting the decline of their churches. The cause of this decline is not, as some might think, bad outreach strategy or bad organization but simply the fact that those in the church have lost their first love for God, are no longer doing the first works that they used to do, and are no longer preaching the Gospel and the plain teaching of Scripture as it was once delivered to the saints. You might be surprised, but statistics actually bear this out.

According to data that is being published this month in the Review of Religious Research, churches that hold to traditional Christian beliefs and that are more diligent in practices such as prayer, Bible reading, and the application of the word of God to everyday life are GROWING. So-called “mainline” churches that do not hold to these practices as much are DECLINING.

Further, among declining churches, only 19% of PASTORS read their Bibles every day, only 50% believe it is “very important to encourage non-Christians to become Christians,” and only 56% agree that “Jesus rose from the dead with a real, flesh-and-blood body leaving behind an empty tomb.” Whereas among growing churches, 71% of pastors read their Bibles every day, 93% of pastors agree that “Jesus rose from the dead with a real, flesh-and-blood body leaving behind an empty tomb,” and 100% believe it is “very important to encourage non-Christians to become Christians.”

Similar numbers are carried out across the board in England, in Europe, and in Canada. Such numbers clearly show that churches that have abandoned their first love and that no longer do the first works are slowly losing their light. Their candlesticks are being snuffed out as they no longer have a valid witness for Jesus Christ in their communities. Each of us as individual believers ought to personally remember, repent, and repeat the first works so that we can save our local churches from a similar fate.

The Grace and Power of Jesus Demonstrated in the Greatest Event in History — the Resurrection, Part 7 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 340)

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TEXT: John 20:19-23:

19 Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.

20 And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord.

21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.

22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:

23 Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.

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Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to keep the main thing the main thing — and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents, politicians, and people, but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey the Lord’s Great Commission which is to, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to “pray without ceasing” for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate to win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.

This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”

This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 340.

John MacArthur said, “Once the Lord rose from the dead on the first day of the week, that day of the week would never be the same again. If you memorialize the creation on the seventh day, and if you memorialize the law on the seventh day, you certainly want to memorialize the resurrection. If you celebrate God as Creator and law-giver, you certainly want to celebrate Him regularly and even more joyfully as Savior.”

In our last message, we began looking at the importance of Jesus’ resurrection on Sunday and how that has been carried forward in the church over hundreds of years. We saw that Sunday or “the Lord’s day” is not the “Christian Sabbath.” Nor is it a replacement of the Jewish Sabbath. It also is not primarily a day of rest as so many of us consider it. Rather, it is a natural outgrowth of the desire of the first Christians to commemorate and celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is a day of worship and praise to God for what Jesus Christ did for us on the cross.

Dr. Warren Wiersbe said, “There were at least five Resurrection appearances of our Lord on that first day of the week: to Mary Magdalene, the other women, Peter, the two Emmaus disciples, and the disciples minus Thomas. The next Sunday, the disciples met again and Thomas was with them. It would appear that the believers from the very first met together on Sunday evening, which came to be called ‘the Lord’s Day.’ It appears that the early church met on the first day of the week to worship the Lord and commemorate His death and resurrection. The Sabbath was over when Jesus arose from the dead. He arose on the first day of the week. The change from the seventh day to the first day was not effected by some church decree; it was brought about from the beginning by the faith and witness of the first believers. For centuries, the Jewish Sabbath had been associated with Law: six days of work, and then you rest. But the Lord’s Day, the first day of the week, is associated with grace: first there is faith in the living Christ, then there will be works. There is no evidence in Scripture that God ever gave the original Sabbath command to the Gentiles, or that it was repeated for the church to obey. Nine of the Ten Commandments are repeated in the church epistles, but the Sabbath commandment is not repeated. However, Paul makes it clear that believers must not make ‘special days’ a test of fellowship or spirituality.”

On that first “Lord’s day” two thousand years ago, three important “firsts” happened.

1. The first Christian worship service took place. Matthew 28:9 tells us that as the women were leaving Jesus’ empty tomb, “Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshiped him.” It was a brief moment of worship. But it was the first recorded time Jesus was worshiped as the risen Savior and Lord. When we gather on Sunday, we are gathering to worship Him.

2. The first Christian assembly took place. Verse 19 of our passage tells us that the “disciples were assembled” at a house when Jesus appeared in their midst. This ought to remind us that we gather together as believers in order to do nothing but meet with Jesus. He has promised that where two or three are gathered in His name, He will be there in the midst.

3. The first Christian sermon was preached. Luke 24:25-27 tells us that Jesus met two disciples on the road to Emmaus and, “beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.” The first Christian sermon was an expository message preached by Jesus Christ about Himself. Each Lord’s day, every preacher ought to make plain to believers and non-believers that Jesus Christ is the resurrected Lord and Savior.

How do we apply these truths about the first Lord’s day to our Sunday observances today?

First, the Lord’s day is a time for us to worship, celebrate, and refocus — to be reminded of what is most important in our lives. Paul instructed Timothy to “remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to the gospel.” Jesus, the incarnate Son of God, came to Earth, died on the cross, and then rose from the dead. That is the most important thing ever to happen in history. And it is the most important thing in our lives today. With all that happens in our personal lives and with all that is going on in the world, we need to be reminded of that.

Second, the Lord’s day is a time to proclaim the message of the Gospel. Jesus Christ said, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” Pastors, today, talk about many things from the pulpit. But, every Sunday, no matter what else is preached on, the Gospel ought to be proclaimed. People need to know that Jesus died for their sins and that He rose again.

Third, the Lord’s day is a time for us to look forward to the day when we will be resurrected with Christ. Romans 6:5 says, “If we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection,” Yes, we will die one day if the Rapture does not take place soon. But we also will one day be resurrected with a real, physical body just like Jesus. And we will join him forever in Heaven.

Charles Wesley translated this old Latin hymn which embodies the truths we all ought to remember when we gather each Lord’s day.

Jesus Christ is risen today,
our triumphant holy day,
who did once upon the cross,
suffer to redeem our loss.

Hymns of praise then let us sing,
unto Christ, our heavenly King,
who endured the cross and grave,
sinners to redeem and save.

But the pains which he endured,
our salvation have procured.
Now above the sky he’s King,
where the angels ever sing.

If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Savior, you can have something to celebrate every Sunday by believing on Him for your salvation from sin and the consequences of sin. Here is how you can place your faith and trust in Him today.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “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.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

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.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. 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. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting 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”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please email me at dw3@gospellightsociety.com and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

The Grace and Power of Jesus Demonstrated in the Greatest Event in History — the Resurrection, Part 6 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 339)

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TEXT: John 20:19-23:

19 Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.

20 And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord.

21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.

22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:

23 Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.

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Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to keep the main thing the main thing — and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents, politicians, and people, but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey the Lord’s Great Commission which is to, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to “pray without ceasing” for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate to win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.

This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”

This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 339.

Daniel Hyde said, “When Jesus rose from the dead on the first day of the week, things changed. Because of that pivotal event, the church determined that for Christians under the new covenant, the day of worship and celebration of the Lord’s grace in Jesus Christ was to be the first day of the week, Sunday.”

The early church was made up exclusively of Jewish believers. As such, they initially kept Jewish traditions such as going to the Temple to pray, observing the Passover, and observing the Sabbath Day. But the early Christians quickly added a new tradition to their observances — that of meeting on the day after the Sabbath — Sunday, the first day of the week — the day Jesus rose from the dead. Some Christians have thought that the Christian gathering on Sunday replaces the Jewish Sabbath observance. Others, such as our Seventh Day Adventist brethren, believe that Christians ought to still observe the Jewish Sabbath on Saturday both as a day of rest and a day of worship.

Regarding this matter, Dr. Warren Weirsbe said: “Our Lord rested in the tomb on the Sabbath and rose from the dead on the first day of the week. Many people sincerely call Sunday ‘the Christian Sabbath,’ but Sunday is not the Sabbath Day. The seventh day of the week, the Sabbath, commemorates God’s finished work of Creation. The Lord’s Day commemorates Christ’s finished work of redemption, the ‘new creation.’ God the Father worked for six days and then rested. God the Son suffered on the cross for six hours and then rested.”

So we see that the Sunday observance is an original, exclusively Christian tradition. It is not primarily a day of rest. Rather, it is a day where we remember and celebrate the resurrection and the finished work of Christ. What Adam failed to do, Christ accomplished. What the sacrificial system of ancient Israel failed to do, Christ accomplished. What the law failed to do, Christ accomplished. Every week, we pause to worship God and praise Him for what He has done for us through Jesus Christ. The Sunday worship observance is a sign that separates the church of God from all other groups of people, religious or otherwise — even the Jews.

Dr. Wiersbe continues, “God gave the Sabbath to Israel as a special ‘sign’ that they belonged to Him. The nation was to use that day for physical rest and refreshment both for man and beast; but for Israel, it was not commanded as a special day of assembly and worship. Unfortunately, the scribes and Pharisees added all kinds of restrictions to the Sabbath observance until it became a day of bondage instead of a day of blessing. Jesus deliberately violated the Sabbath traditions, though He honored the Sabbath Day.”

The worship of Christ on Sunday did not begin as a strict observance like the Sabbath did. In fact, there is no divine decree declaring Sunday a special day. Christians began to observe Sunday on a regular basis because they wanted to celebrate, commemorate, and appreciate what Jesus had done. The New Testament epistles speak of believers gathering on “the Lord’s day,” so this was clearly something widespread among believers and embraced and accepted by the apostles. So, what does the Sunday observance of the Lord’s day mean for us today? Lord willing, I’ll answer that question tomorrow in our next message.

John of Damascus, one of the old fathers of the Greek church, wrote:

Let us rise in early morning,
And, instead of ointments, bring
Hymns of praises to our Master,
And His Resurrection sing:
We shall see the Sun of Justice
Risen with healing in His wings.

Go ye forth, His Saints, to meet Him!
Go with lamps in every hand!
From the sepulchre He riseth:
Ready for the Bridegroom stand:
And the Shepherd of salvation
Hail, with His triumphant band.

Would you like to know everlasting peace today? You can have this peace if you believe in Jesus Christ for your salvation from sin and from the consequences of sin. Here is how you can place your faith and trust in Him today.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “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.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

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.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. 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. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting 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”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please email me at dw3@gospellightsociety.com and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

How to Overcome Temptation, Part 24 (Onward Christian Soldiers #147)

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Our key Bible verse is 1 Corinthians 10:13: “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”

Our lesson today is titled “How to Overcome Temptation, Part 24”

In this section of our Onward Christian Soldiers discipleship class, we are going to continue looking at specific temptations that are, as the Bible says, “common to man.” We are reviewing what the Bible says about these sins so we can be aware of its dangers and so that we can hide Scripture in our hearts to use when we are tempted.

The sin that we are going to continue looking at today is the sin of “covetousness”. We have already looked at four verses on this topic. Today, we delve more deeply into one of the passages that we looked at previously and see what more it can tell us about fighting the temptation of covetousness or wickedly desiring what others have. (Remember, the text of this lesson is made available online after each class, so you can go to our website GLHOPI.com, click the “Onward Christian Soldiers” banner on the home page, and begin to learn these verses by heart throughout the week.)

1 Timothy 6:3-11:

1 Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed.

2 And they that have believing masters, let them not despise them, because they are brethren; but rather do them service, because they are faithful and beloved, partakers of the benefit. These things teach and exhort.

3 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;

4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,

5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.

6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.

7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.

8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.

9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.

10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

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Michel de Montaigne said, “Covetousness is both the beginning and the end of the devil’s alphabet — the first vice in corrupt nature that moves, and the last which dies.”

Nowhere in Scripture is it indicated that the poor are more righteous than the rich or that the rich are more righteous than the poor. To the contrary, the Bible depicts both poor and rich people who walked faithfully with God. Both the poor and the rich can be equally content.

God looks at the heart of the person. He sees those who “will be rich” — those who have a desire to be rich. That is where the danger lies. If you are always striving, seeking, and pushing for more, the devil will see that as an opportunity. He will try to exploit that desire in you and push it to an extreme. That is why Paul says, “they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.”

A “temptation” is the enticement to sin. If you desire to be rich, the devil will bring sinful opportunities before you that end in the promise of more money or more material possessions. He will say, ‘You can have this money or this material thing if you commit this sin.’ He will try to get your desire for riches to override what you know is right.

A “snare” is a trap or an entanglement that “brings peril, loss, or destruction.” For some people, their snare is gambling. They get trapped in a cycle of putting up money in order to get more money. For some, their snare is unseemly business practices. They become willing to do whatever it takes to make some extra cash. For some, their snare is cheating, lying, or stealing. They don’t mind doing these things as long as they end up with more than they had before.

The “foolish and hurtful lusts” that men fall into are the “desires, cravings, or longings for that which is forbidden.” Coveting is a broad term that covers more than money. One can covet or lust after another person’s spouse, another person’s house, another person’s success, or another person’s car. These lusts are foolish and hurtful to that person. Foolish because it is no use pining after that which you cannot and should not have. Hurtful because if we do get what we covet we will end up worse off — no matter what lies the devil tells us.

It is wise to stay away from all forms of covetousness — and to avoid the temptations, snares, and lusts that go along with it. Again, we ought to be content with such things as we have.

If you struggle with covetousness, take this passage to heart and begin to use it the next time you face that temptation.

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If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Saviour, John 3:16 states, “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.”

The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “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.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and I want to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. 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 from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! I want to congratulate you 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”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

Until next time, May the Lord Bless You!

The Free State of Glory, Part 3 (Second Coming Chapel)

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TEXT: Revelation 21:1-7

1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.

4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.

6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.

7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

The Free State of Glory (Part 3)

As we have talked about Heaven over the past two weeks, we have seen the destruction of this present world and the creation of a New Heaven and a New Earth — without any of the effects of sin that mar this world. We have also seen the glorious city, the New Jerusalem, coming down from God out of Heaven, wherein God’s presence will reside with man. That is the big picture. But in order to really get a handle on Heaven, we must look at how it will affect us individually. What kind of place will Heaven be for us?

In answer to that question, John writes that he “heard a great voice out of heaven saying… God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” Tears, crying, death, pain, and sorrow. This is stuff that we can all relate to. Not a day goes by on this planet without many individuals going through these sad experiences. But, in Heaven, it’s all gone.

Dr. John Walvoord said, “Some have wondered if grief and sorrow will exist for a while in heaven and then be done away with here at the establishing of the new order. [Some have thought that, in Heaven, Christians will grieve those whom they knew on Earth who ended up in Hell.] It is better to understand this passage as saying that Heaven will have none of the features that so characterize the present earth. The dramatic change of the new order is expressed in the words, ‘I am making everything new.'”

In the New Heaven and the New Earth, there will be no more tears and no more crying — and no reason for tears or crying. No mourning the loss of parents, children, or friends. No funerals. No more divorce. No more broken relationships. No more misunderstandings between close friends. No more fear. No more dissatisfaction with life. These old things will have passed away.

In the New Heaven and the New Earth, there will be no more death. No more soldiers dying in battle. No more terrorist attacks. No more mass shootings. No more children being killed because of bombs dropped on hospitals. No more plane crashes. No more car accidents. No more deadly tornadoes or floods or earthquakes. These old things will have passed away.

In the New Heaven and the New Earth, there will be no more pain. No more cancer. No more heart attacks. No more debilitating strokes. No more broken bones. No more bleeding. No more aging. No more physical ailments whatsoever. These old things will have passed away.

In the New Heaven and the New Earth, there will be no more sorrow. No more will people feel distressed over loss, disappointment, misfortune, or personal failure. There will be no more depression, no more suicidal thoughts, and no more dark days of the soul. There will be no more guilt over sin because there will be no sin. These old things will have passed away.

The New Heaven and the New Earth are of an entirely different configuration than this old world. None of the evil of this world — and none of the “good” of this world, which is still less-than-perfect — will carry over into the New World. Nor will anything in the New Heaven and the New Earth ever decay. Henry Morris said, “This means not only that everything will be made new, but also that everything will stay new. The entropy law will be repealed. Nothing will wear out or decay, and no one will age or atrophy anymore.”

All of this happens because Jesus Christ, ‘He who sits upon the throne,’ makes all things new. The beautiful thing about the Greek text is that the action ascribed to Christ is in the continuous present tense. John is telling us that, even now, Jesus is at work making all things new. He has already begun. In fact, He has begun His work in us. Paul wrote in Second Corinthians, “Though our outward man [our physical body] perishes, yet the inward man is renewed day by day… If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” Jesus has already begun making us fit for the New Heaven and the New Earth. His work in us will come to perfection in that new world where we will no longer experience tears, crying, death, pain, and sorrow.

Jim Hill wrote:

There is coming a day when no heartaches shall come
No more clouds in the sky, no more tears to dim the eye.
All is peace forevermore on that happy golden shore,
What a day, glorious day that will be.

There’ll be no sorrow there, no more burdens to bear,
No more sickness, no pain, no more parting over there;
And forever I will be with the One who died for me,
What a day, glorious day that will be.

What a day that will be when my Jesus I shall see,
And I look upon His face, the One who saved me by His grace;
When He takes me by the hand, and leads me through the Promised Land,
What a day, glorious day that will be.

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Dear friend, wouldn’t you like to enjoy that glorious day — a day where there will be no more tears, no more crying, no more death, no more pain, and no more sorrow? Yes, you can have a home in the new heaven and the new earth if you place your faith and trust in Jesus Christ as your Savior from sin and the consequences of sin. Allow me to share with you how you can do that today so that you can be ready for His return.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “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.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

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.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. 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. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. 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 from Hell 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.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

True New Testament Revival: Getting Back to Our First Love, Part 7 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #285)

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A homily is “a short talk on a religious or moral topic; a usually short sermon; a lecture or discourse on or of a biblical theme.”

In our series of homilies from the book of Ephesians, we focused on reviving Christian families. Now, I am sharing a verse-by-verse series of short messages from the book of Revelation, specifically targeted at reviving the church. If our country is to be awakened, the family and the church must be revived first.

TEXT: Revelation 2:1-7:

1 Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks;

2 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:

3 And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted.

4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.

5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.

6 But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitanes, which I also hate.

7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.

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A.W. Tozer said, “If Christianity is to receive a rejuvenation, it must be by other means than any now being used. If the Church is to recover from the injuries she has suffered, there must appear a new type of leader. The proper, ruler-of-the-synagogue type will never do. Neither will the priestly type of man who carries out his duties, takes his pay, and asks no questions. Nor the smooth-talking pastoral type who knows how to make the Christian religion acceptable to everyone. All these have been tried and found wanting. Another kind of religious leader must arise among us. He must be of the old prophet type, a man who has seen visions of God and has heard a voice from the Throne.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “I had a man chase me one day because I said that to become a Christian you must renounce your sin, repent, and take up your cross. ‘Oh no,’ he said, ‘you mustn’t tell young people to take up their cross; you’ll frighten them.’ I said, ‘Why don’t you argue with the Lord about that, not me?’ That’s what the Word of God says: ‘Take up your cross and follow me.'”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “When evangelist Asahel Nettleton returned to the Bridgewater pulpit, the church experienced revival blessing. Excitement soon spread to other towns. Many recognized their need to reform and began attending services. Nettleton’s faithful preaching, addressing specific spiritual needs, was effectively used by God to bring revival to Bridgewater, Connecticut, and surrounding towns. But it was a silent pulpit and an absent preacher that God used to begin his work of grace in that church and community.”

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So far, we have looked at the first and second steps to getting back to our first love. Remembering what we have lost and Repenting of present sins. Remembering looks at the past; repenting looks at the present. Today, we see the third step — Repeating or Redoing. Jesus says, “Remember… repent… and Do the first works.”

Remembrance and repentance are no good if those actions do not bring forth results. The result of remembrance and repentance should be returning to those things which we used to do when the Lord was still our first love. The first works are those things which, when you first got saved, you did with alacrity and joy — the very same things that you do now with drudgery and a lack of enthusiasm. These are simple things like praying, reading your Bible, attending church, and telling others about Jesus. If you are unsatisfied with your Christian life, if you have left your first love, it is not because the rules have changed. It is because you are no longer playing by the rules. You must start doing the first works.

Charles J. Ellicott points out, “Christ does not say, ‘Feel thy first feelings,’ but, ‘Do the first works.'” Jesus’ admonition is not for you to sit around waiting for the feeling of love for Him to return to your soul after you have repented. It does not work that way. Feelings come after action. You must choose to love God and start doing those things which you used to do whether you feel like it or not. In fact, most of the time, you will not feel like praying, reading your Bible, meditating on the word of God, attending church, or witnessing to others. But Jesus says, ‘Do these things anyway.’

When you start doing the right things, you will eventually begin to feel the right feelings. Jesus is concerned more with what you do than He is with how you feel about doing it. Jesus did not feel like going to the cross for us, but He went anyway. He is not under any obligation to love us, but He loves us anyway. We should follow His example.

It is also important to note that the word used to describe the church’s “first love” is “agape.” This is not love based on feeling or emotion, but love based on choice. So, even though you may not feel like doing the first works, or you may not feel like you have gotten back to your first love, you can choose to love God, to love Jesus, and to obey God’s Word. If you do so, you will live a life that is pleasing to God.

Our desire ought to be for our hearts to honestly agree with this song:

Jesus Lord, You’re our first love;
You’re the One we love the best.
When our heart is loving You,
How we’re filled with Your sweet rest!

Lord, we love You for Yourself,
Not for what You give or do.
Nothing else could ever compare
With the joy of loving You.

Never more could we desire
Anything that’s less than You,
And to this we would aspire—
Simply to be filled with You.

Let’s pray.

Now, if you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, please keep in mind that the Bible says, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.” First, understand, that you are a sinner and that the wages of sin is death and Hell. But God sent Jesus Christ to die on the cross for your sins. He was buried, and He rose from the dead by the power of God so that you can be saved from death and Hell. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: 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 now 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. 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 from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on trusting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. You have done the most important thing in life. 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”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door, by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

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