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Daniel Whyte III is a full-time evangelist by calling. Through the Gospel Light Minute X, 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.

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How Not to Fear in These Times of Turmoil (Gospel Light Minute X #455)

Fear Not (GLMX #455)

This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #455 titled, “Fear Not” I’m here to remind you of what the Bible says, that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” like you and me.

A CAUSE FOR FEAR?
Things that we have always considered to be safe activities—going to school or work, traveling, going out with friends, or going shopping—now require a second thought. It seems that each day’s news brings more information about potential risks to our safety.

Throughout our lives, it is calming and reassuring to know that someone is looking out for our safety. Loved ones tell children, “Don’t be afraid,” and do their best to protect them from harm. Governments and other agencies are also working to eliminate some of the sources of our fears through increased security measures and public health programs.

DELAYING THE INEVITABLE?
But these efforts, even if perfectly successful, can only serve to dull or delay our fears—especially our fear of death. That’s because easing the fear of dying today does not deal with the fear of dying tomorrow, or next week, or next year. Even if it were possible to assure a person’s long-term safety, our underlying fear of death would still be there, because we cannot change the fact that death is appointed to us all.

Sadly, many people will spend their entire lives dealing with various fears—and possibly even overcoming some of them—only to find that they hadn’t dealt with what should have been their greatest concern. Jesus said in Matthew 10:28, “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”. Jesus knew that we often fear death, but He also knew that there is something far worse than death. Because we “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God”, our never-dying souls are in danger of facing God’s eternal judgment. If anything causes us to fear, that should!

REMOVING THE BIGGEST FEAR
But in the Bible we also read how Jesus, the Son of God, came to earth as a man and died on Calvary’s cross, “that through death He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; and deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage” (Hebrews 2:14–15).

Jesus has provided the way of victory over sin and death! He summed it up well when He said in John 11:25, “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live”. Even when our life on earth is over, those who trust Jesus Christ as their Savior will not face eternal separation from God, but rather will live with Him, sharing His blessings, for eternity!

HELP FOR EACH NEED
Regardless of what is going on in the world around us, the Bible reminds God’s children in 2 Timothy 1:7 that: “God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind”. When we face life’s troubles, Jesus will tell us the same thing He told His disciples in Matthew 14:27 when they were in a boat in the middle of a storm-tossed sea: “Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid”. Because God is able to work all things together for the good of His children, the Bible tells us 365 times to “fear not.” That’s a reminder for every day of the year!

ARE YOU READY TO LET GO OF YOUR FEARS?
First, you need to enter into a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ. To do this, you must recognize that your sin separates you from God, and turn to Him for salvation. When you put your trust in Jesus, He forgives all of your sins and promises you an eternal home with Him in Heaven. The Bible says 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”.

Next, make it a priority to read the Bible every day so you can learn more about how God cares for His children. Someone has said, “Feed your faith and your fears will starve to death.” Take your cares and anxieties to God, and He has promised to give you His perfect peace in return.

If you want to be saved from the wrath to come and from an eternity in Hell, and if you believe that Jesus Christ suffered, bled, and died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose again from the dead and you are willing to trust Jesus Christ with all of your heart so you can go to Heaven, please pray with me what is called the sinner’s prayer: Holy Father God, I acknowledge that I am a sinner and I admit that I have sinned against You and that I have broken Your Ten Commandments. I have lied before. I have stolen things before. I have lusted after people and things before. I have dishonored and disobeyed my parents. I have taken Your holy Name in vain. For Jesus Christ’s sake, please have mercy and grace upon my soul and forgive me of all of my sins, my failures, and my faults. As I now believe in Your Holy Son the Lord Jesus Christ. I believe that He suffered, bled, and died on the cross for my sins, was buried and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit and help me to repent of my sins past. Help me to turn from my old, evil life and follow You in the new life. For it is in Your Name I pray. Amen.

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Thank you for listening to this Gospel presentation. If you have decided to trust Jesus Christ as your Saviour after listening to this podcast, please email us at gls@gospellightsociety.com and let us know. To find out more about what you need to do after trusting Christ as Savior, visit GospelLightSociety.com and read “What to Do After You Enter Through the Door”.

The tract this podcast is based on is published by Fellowship Tract League, a non-profit organization whose purpose is to spread God’s Word to the world through the printed page and other media. You can order copies of this tract online at Fellowshiptractleague.org.

Kristin Chenoweth Knew That She Wanted Life With Jesus (Gospel Light Minute #273)

She is a multi-talented American actress and singer, with numerous credits in musical theatre, film and television. In 1999, she won a Tony Award for her performance as Sally Brown in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown on Broadway. In 2003, she received wide notice and acclaim for originating the role of Glinda in the hit musical Wicked, including a nomination for another Tony Award. Her television roles include Annabeth Schott in NBC’s The West Wing and Olive Snook on the ABC comedy-drama Pushing Daisies, for which she won an Emmy Award in 2009 for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.

Before gaining national notoriety, she sang gospel music as a child growing up in Oklahoma at the Southern Baptist Convention and various churches before crowds of thousands and she earned a master’s degree in opera performance from Oklahoma City University before deciding to pursue a career in musical theatre. In 1997, she made her Broadway debut in Steel Pier, winning a Theatre World Award, before appearing in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and Wicked. Her other Broadway roles were in The Apple Tree in 2006, Promises, Promises in 2010 and On the Twentieth Century in 2015, for which she received a third Tony Award nomination. She has also appeared in five City Center Encores!, Off-Broadway and regional theatre productions.

She had her own sitcom in 2001, and has guest-starred on many shows, including Sesame Street and Glee, for which she was nominated for Emmy Awards in 2010 and 2011. In films, she has played mostly character roles, such as in 2005’s Bewitched, and 2006’s The Pink Panther and RV. She has played roles in made-for-TV movies, such as Descendants in 2015; done voice work in animated films such as Rio 2 in 2014 and The Peanuts Movie in 2015; hosted several award shows; and released several albums of songs, including As I Am in 2005, A Lovely Way to Spend Christmas in 2008, Some Lessons Learned in 2011, Coming Home in 2014, The Art of Elegance in 2016 and For the Girls in 2019. She also penned a memoir in 2009 titled A Little Bit Wicked: Life, Love, and Faith in Stages.

A feature for CBN shares how growing up in a strong Christian family, this star singer and actress clearly remembers accepting Jesus Christ into her heart as an eight-year-old girl at Vacation Bible School and knowing what she was doing. “I knew I wanted life with Jesus,” she says. Though she once contemplated how to use her music as a missionary or musician, her Mom told her she was a missionary in one of the hardest places — the entertainment industry, and she agrees. “People watch you,” she says. “You have to be mindful of what you do.” Her love for the Lord always made her want to serve Him wherever He placed her. She says she knew He put the love of music in her heart for a reason. “One of the things I’ve always wanted to accomplish as an entertainer is to let people know there are real people in the real world trying to be what God wants them to be,” she says.

Her name is Kristin Chenoweth.

This is the “Chief of Sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, reminding you of what the Bible says, that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” like you and me. Just as Kristin Chenoweth trusts in Jesus Christ for salvation, may I encourage you to do the same. Here is how:

1. Accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7:20: “For there is not a just man upon earth that doeth good, and sinneth not.” Romans 3:23 reads: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” In fact, I am the chief of sinners, so don’t think that you’re alone.

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

3. 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.” The Bible says 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.”

4. Accept the fact that you cannot do anything to save yourself! The Bible states in Ephesians 2: 8, 9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

5. Accept the fact that God loves you more than you love yourself, and that He wants to save you from hell. 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.”

6. With these facts in mind, please repent of your sins, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and pray and ask Him to come into your heart and save you this very moment. The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 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.”

Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, 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 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.”

Remember, friend, Believe by faith. Share the faith. and Keep the faith!

Yom Kippur and the Messiah (Gospel Light Minute X #454)

Messiah (GLMX #454)

This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #454 titled, “Messiah” I’m here to remind you of what the Bible says, that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” like you and me.

The joliest day in the year is Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement). It is known as “the Sabbath of Sabbaths.” This is the day that we, as Jews, ask the Lord to forgive us for our sins of the past year.

However, what does the Lord want from us for the forgiveness of sins? The answer can be found in the Bible, God’s Holy Word. Leviticus 16:30, “For on that day shall the priest make an atonement for you, to cleanse you, that ye may be clean from all your sins before the Lord.” Leviticus 16:24, “And he shall wash his flesh with water in the holy place, and put on his garments, and come forth, and offer his burnt offering, and the burnt offering of the people, and make an atonement for himself, and for the people.” Leviticus 17:11, “For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.” A sacrifice is needed for our transgressions, and it was instituted to cover our sin.

The Bible spoke of lambs, rams, turtledoves, pigeons, goats, or cattle being given for a sacrifice. In more recent times, the only form of animal sacrifice has been a chicken, even though the Bible never speaks of chickens as a sacrifice.

We must now ask ourselves, “Why don’t we sacrifice today?” Is it possible that a perfect sacrifice has already been offered for the atonement of our sins…once and for all? If this is the case, where does the Bible speak of such things? In the book of Isaiah, the Bible states, “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.”

Who is the Lord our God speaking about? It is the Messiah! The Bible says in John 4:22-26, “Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.” Therefore, if Jesus Christ were the perfect sacrifice for our sins, there is no need for the sacrificial system today.

What must you do to have this sacrifice applied to your heart, there by cleansing you from all your sins forever by the Messiah’s Blood? First, the Bible says that you must repent of your sins. Ezekiel 18:30-32 says, “Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord God. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin. Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel? For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord God: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.”

Secondly, you must believe. The Bible states in Romans 10:9-12, “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 with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.” Romans 5:10-11 says, “For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.”

Thirdly, you must pray and ask the Messiah, Jesus Christ, into your heart. He will forgive your sins, once and for all. God gives you the promise in Romans 10:13, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you want to be saved from the wrath to come and from an eternity in Hell, and if you believe that Jesus Christ suffered, bled, and died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose again from the dead and you are willing to trust Jesus Christ with all of your heart so you can go to Heaven, please pray with me what is called the sinner’s prayer: Holy Father God, I acknowledge that I am a sinner and I admit that I have sinned against You and that I have broken Your Ten Commandments. I have lied before. I have stolen things before. I have lusted after people and things before. I have dishonored and disobeyed my parents. I have taken Your holy Name in vain. For Jesus Christ’s sake, please have mercy and grace upon my soul and forgive me of all of my sins, my failures, and my faults. As I now believe in Your Holy Son the Lord Jesus Christ. I believe that He suffered, bled, and died on the cross for my sins, was buried and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit and help me to repent of my sins past. Help me to turn from my old, evil life and follow You in the new life. For it is in Your Name I pray. Amen.

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Thank you for listening to this Gospel presentation. If you have decided to trust Jesus Christ as your Saviour after listening to this podcast, please email us at gls@gospellightsociety.com and let us know. To find out more about what you need to do after trusting Christ as Savior, visit GospelLightSociety.com and read “What to Do After You Enter Through the Door”.

The tract this podcast is based on is published by Fellowship Tract League, a non-profit organization whose purpose is to spread God’s Word to the world through the printed page and other media. You can order copies of this tract online at Fellowshiptractleague.org.

Just As You Are (Gospel Light Minute X #453)

Just As You Are (GLMX #453)

This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #453 titled, “Just As You Are” I’m here to remind you of what the Bible says, that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” like you and me.

HAVE YOU EVER WANTED TO CHANGE SOMETHING ABOUT YOURSELF?

Have you thought that you might be happier if you had different colored eyes, or if you were a different height or weight? Perhaps you’ve wished that you had perfect eyesight, that you did not have diabetes, or that you could walk without the aid of crutches or a wheelchair.

But did you know that you were created, just the way you are, by God? The Bible says that every person—including you—is “wonderfully made.” God “formed” you and “intricately” created you. It also says that each of us is like clay, and God is the potter. Have you ever seen a potter work with clay? It can sometimes take hours of work, with the potter paying very close at­tention to each detail. Every inch of the clay is care­fully formed, not a single part is missed, until the potter creates a masterpiece. Even though potters take great care in their clay creations, God took even more care when he created you!

Did you also know that the Bible tells us that God is perfect? That means that He does not make mistakes! You were created by a loving and perfect God, and He made you to be completely unique—you are not like anyone else in the world! God created you, He loves you, and you are special to Him… make no mistake!

Even though God is perfect, we are not. God knows everything about us. He knows the good things that we do and the bad things that we don’t want anyone to know about. The Bible says that we all have done bad things (sins) and that we all deserve to be pun­ished for doing them.

But you and I are so special to God that He sent His very own Son, Jesus, to die on the cross and take the punishment we deserve. The Bible says in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son [to die for our sins], that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life”.

Isn’t that great news?! Jesus opened up the way for you to have a home in heaven (where one day, every­thing will be perfect)! But first, you must agree with God that you’ve sinned, and trust that Jesus forgave you when He was on the cross. Those who believe in Jesus like this become God’s very own children). He wants you to experience His love, be part of His family and to help you every day — it’s why He created you!

If you want to be saved from the wrath to come and from an eternity in Hell, and if you believe that Jesus Christ suffered, bled, and died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose again from the dead and you are willing to trust Jesus Christ with all of your heart so you can go to Heaven, please pray with me what is called the sinner’s prayer: Holy Father God, I acknowledge that I am a sinner and I admit that I have sinned against You and that I have broken Your Ten Commandments. I have lied before. I have stolen things before. I have lusted after people and things before. I have dishonored and disobeyed my parents. I have taken Your holy Name in vain. For Jesus Christ’s sake, please have mercy and grace upon my soul and forgive me of all of my sins, my failures, and my faults. As I now believe in Your Holy Son the Lord Jesus Christ. I believe that He suffered, bled, and died on the cross for my sins, was buried and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit and help me to repent of my sins past. Help me to turn from my old, evil life and follow You in the new life. For it is in Your Name I pray. Amen.

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Thank you for listening to this Gospel presentation. If you have decided to trust Jesus Christ as your Saviour after listening to this podcast, please email us at gls@gospellightsociety.com and let us know. To find out more about what you need to do after trusting Christ as Savior, visit GospelLightSociety.com and read “What to Do After You Enter Through the Door”.

The tract this podcast is based on is published by Moments With The Book, a non-profit organization whose purpose is to spread God’s Word to the world through the printed page and other media. You can order copies of this tract online at Crossway.org.

Are You Sure You’re Not Lost? (Gospel Light Minute X #452)

Are You Sure You’re Not Lost? (GLMX #452)

This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #452 titled, “Are You Sure You’re Not Lost?” I’m here to remind you of what the Bible says, that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” like you and me.

I have always been amazed at an animal’s sense of direction: most seem to have a “built-in GPS.” I once went to the Ocala National Forest. While I was unfamiliar with the trails, my horse knew them well. A friend was guiding us to see some of the most scenic points of interest. In doing so, we sometimes would need to backtrack on one trail to get to another. Each time our direction was toward home the horses would pick up pace. But as soon as we would start in a new direction my horse would look at me as if to say, “Are you sure you’re not lost?”

Now What?

How often our lives are like that. Things seem good, we’re on a roll, then out of the blue something totally changes our direction. It may be an illness, the loss of a job, or loss of a loved one that throws us off—now what? Other times we just can’t seem to find the right path to our life’s contentment.

The Perfect GPS!

Did you know that there is a perfect GPS? It is God’s Plan of Salvation. This doesn’t mean acting religious or putting on a perfect front. It means accepting Jesus. While on Earth He taught us to be humble, caring, forgiving, and kind to one another. But we cannot be perfect, and we definitely cannot earn our salvation. The Bible says in Ephesians 2:8-9, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast”.

Jesus said in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me”. He wants to be the way for you. Jesus also said in John 6:37, “Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out”. No one should be lost when the perfect GPS is available to anyone who will accept it.

No matter where you are, you’re only three steps from Heaven’s path!

Confess to God that you are a sinner.

Thank Him for sending His Son Jesus to cover your sins.

Trust Him to be your personal Savior so that when you leave this life you will be with Him in Heaven.

The Bible says in Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

If you want to be saved from the wrath to come and from an eternity in Hell, and if you believe that Jesus Christ suffered, bled, and died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose again from the dead and you are willing to trust Jesus Christ with all of your heart so you can go to Heaven, please pray with me what is called the sinner’s prayer: Holy Father God, I acknowledge that I am a sinner and I admit that I have sinned against You and that I have broken Your Ten Commandments. I have lied before. I have stolen things before. I have lusted after people and things before. I have dishonored and disobeyed my parents. I have taken Your holy Name in vain. For Jesus Christ’s sake, please have mercy and grace upon my soul and forgive me of all of my sins, my failures, and my faults. As I now believe in Your Holy Son the Lord Jesus Christ. I believe that He suffered, bled, and died on the cross for my sins, was buried and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit and help me to repent of my sins past. Help me to turn from my old, evil life and follow You in the new life. For it is in Your Name I pray. Amen.

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Thank you for listening to this Gospel presentation. If you have decided to trust Jesus Christ as your Saviour after listening to this podcast, please email us at gls@gospellightsociety.com and let us know. To find out more about what you need to do after trusting Christ as Savior, visit GospelLightSociety.com and read “What to Do After You Enter Through the Door”.

The tract this podcast is based on is published by Moments With The Book, a non-profit organization whose purpose is to spread God’s Word to the world through the printed page and other media. You can order copies of this tract online at MWTB.org.

Dr. Francis S. Collins: “I Became a Follower of Jesus” (Gospel Light Minute #272)

Gospel Light Minute – Dr. Francis Collins (#272)

He is an American physician-geneticist noted for his landmark discoveries of disease genes and his leadership of the international Human Genome Project, which culminated in April 2003 with the completion of a finished sequence of the human DNA instruction book. He served as director of the National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) from 1993-2008. He was then appointed the 16th Director of the National Institutes of Health by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate. He was sworn in on August 17, 2009. On June 6, 2017, President Donald Trump announced his decision to select him to continue to serve as director of the U.S. federal government’s $42 billion biomedical research agency. In this role, he oversees the work of the largest supporter of biomedical research in the world, spanning the spectrum from basic to clinical research.

Before coming to NIH, he was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator at the University of Michigan. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in November 2007, and received the National Medal of Science in 2009. In 2020, he was elected as a Foreign Member of the Royal Society (UK) and was also named the 50th winner of the $1 million Templeton Prize, which celebrates scientific and spiritual curiosity.

For all his achievements in the fields of science and medicine, perhaps the most significant life-changing, legacy-leaving accomplishment of his career is his founding of the BioLogos Foundation in November 2007 where he served as president until August 16, 2009, when he resigned to become director of the National Institutes of Health. BioLogos “invites the church and the world to see the harmony between science and biblical faith”. It has held several annual events in New York City, hosted by pastor Tim Keller, for leading pastors and theologians to gather with believing scientists for dialogue and worship, and its website is a rich resource of videos, essays, and curricula from hundreds of authors. In addition, this lauded biologist is the author of several bestselling books, including The Language of God in which he tells his journey of coming from atheism to Christian belief, showing that science is not in conflict with the Bible, but actually enhances faith.

Even since he became the point person in the global effort to find a coronavirus vaccine this year, he has remained outspoken about his Christian faith. In a special commentary piece for CNN, he shared his testimony:

I am a scientist and a believer, and I find no conflict between those world views.

As the director of the Human Genome Project, I have led a consortium of scientists to read out the 3.1 billion letters of the human genome, our own DNA instruction book. As a believer, I see DNA, the information molecule of all living things, as God’s language, and the elegance and complexity of our own bodies and the rest of nature as a reflection of God’s plan.

I did not always embrace these perspectives. As a graduate student in physical chemistry in the 1970s, I was an atheist, finding no reason to postulate the existence of any truths outside of mathematics, physics and chemistry. But then I went to medical school, and encountered life and death issues at the bedsides of my patients. Challenged by one of those patients, who asked “What do you believe, doctor?”, I began searching for answers.

I had to admit that the science I loved so much was powerless to answer questions such as “What is the meaning of life?” “Why am I here?” “Why does mathematics work, anyway?” “If the universe had a beginning, who created it?” “Why are the physical constants in the universe so finely tuned to allow the possibility of complex life forms?” “Why do humans have a moral sense?” “What happens after we die?”

I had always assumed that faith was based on purely emotional and irrational arguments, and was astounded to discover, initially in the writings of the Oxford scholar C.S. Lewis and subsequently from many other sources, that one could build a very strong case for the plausibility of the existence of God on purely rational grounds. My earlier atheist’s assertion that “I know there is no God” emerged as the least defensible. As the British writer G.K. Chesterton famously remarked, “Atheism is the most daring of all dogmas, for it is the assertion of a universal negative.”

But reason alone cannot prove the existence of God. Faith is reason plus revelation, and the revelation part requires one to think with the spirit as well as with the mind. You have to hear the music, not just read the notes on the page. Ultimately, a leap of faith is required.

For me, that leap came in my 27th year, after a search to learn more about God’s character led me to the person of Jesus Christ. Here was a person with remarkably strong historical evidence of his life, who made astounding statements about loving your neighbor, and whose claims about being God’s son seemed to demand a decision about whether he was deluded or the real thing. After resisting for nearly two years, I found it impossible to go on living in such a state of uncertainty, and I became a follower of Jesus.

So, some have asked, doesn’t your brain explode? Can you both pursue an understanding of how life works using the tools of genetics and molecular biology, and worship a creator God? Aren’t evolution and faith in God incompatible? Can a scientist believe in miracles like the resurrection?

Actually, I find no conflict here, and neither apparently do the 40 percent of working scientists who claim to be believers. Yes, evolution by descent from a common ancestor is clearly true. If there was any lingering doubt about the evidence from the fossil record, the study of DNA provides the strongest possible proof of our relatedness to all other living things.

But why couldn’t this be God’s plan for creation? True, this is incompatible with an ultra-literal interpretation of Genesis, but long before Darwin, there were many thoughtful interpreters like St. Augustine, who found it impossible to be exactly sure what the meaning of that amazing creation story was supposed to be. So attaching oneself to such literal interpretations in the face of compelling scientific evidence pointing to the ancient age of Earth and the relatedness of living things by evolution seems neither wise nor necessary for the believer.

I have found there is a wonderful harmony in the complementary truths of science and faith. The God of the Bible is also the God of the genome. God can be found in the cathedral or in the laboratory. By investigating God’s majestic and awesome creation, science can actually be a means of worship.

His name is Francis S. Collins.

This is the “Chief of Sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, reminding you of what the Bible says, that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” like you and me. Just as Dr. Francis Collins trusts in Jesus Christ for salvation, may I encourage you to do the same. Here is how:

1. Accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7:20: “For there is not a just man upon earth that doeth good, and sinneth not.” Romans 3:23 reads: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” In fact, I am the chief of sinners, so don’t think that you’re alone.

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

3. 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.” The Bible says 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.”

4. Accept the fact that you cannot do anything to save yourself! The Bible states in Ephesians 2: 8, 9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

5. Accept the fact that God loves you more than you love yourself, and that He wants to save you from hell. 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.”

6. With these facts in mind, please repent of your sins, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and pray and ask Him to come into your heart and save you this very moment. The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 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.”

Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, 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 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.”

Remember, friend, Believe by faith. Share the faith. and Keep the faith!

Sandcastles On the Beach: A Parable (Gospel Light Minute X #451)

Sandcastles On the Beach: A Parable (GLMX #451)

This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #451 titled, “Sandcastles On the Beach: A Parable” I’m here to remind you of what the Bible says, that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” like you and me.

One sunny day, some children were playing on the beach, making sandcastles. Suddenly, the sea-water started receding from the shoreline. Then from afar a man cried, “Come over here, hurry!”

But the kids did not hear and kept on playing. The sandcastle was almost finished and they were chatting with one another, so they did not pay much attention to their surroundings.

Then as one boy looked up to the ocean, and asked, “Hey, what is that?” the tsunami waves swept them all away.

Sadly, this is the life-story of many people today.

WHAT KIND OF SANDCASTLE ARE YOU BUILDING?
Some people build their castles by working really hard to earn lot of money and comfort in life. Others build sandcastles by pursuing their own dreams. But what you need to awaken to is the fact that one day, a tsunami called death will come sweep you away—along with the sandcastles you made.

Everyone knows that they are going to die. They also know that death will take away all their work and dreams. But just as in the story above, they ignore the warnings of death, and go on building temporary things. Why is that? There are two reasons.

1. BUILDING SANDCASTLES IS FUN
There are many joys that the world offers—pursuing good fashion, traveling around the world, playing games, enjoying convenience, watching sports, earning reputation, drinking alcohol, having sex, accumulating knowledge, money, power, and so on—all these capture people’s minds and eyes. The Bible calls these things “the fleeting [short-lived] pleasures of sin.” 1

The things listed above may not be inherently sinful. But when you turn your back on God’s desires for your life and pursue only things that make your life easier or give you pleasure, you have sinned. And these “sandcastles” give pleasure for just a moment. Your “high” will soon dissipate, and time will take you to your grave sooner than you wish.

The Bible also says the following about sin in Romans 2:8-9: “But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath.” On top of that, those who practice sin become enslaved to sin. That is why you will often observe how people who pursue the things mentioned above will find themselves addicted to them. So the ultimate result of sin (God’s wrath and fury), and the enslaving power of sin add together to be a recipe for destruction.

2. PEOPLE DO NOT KNOW THE TRUTH ABOUT LIFE AND DEATH
The second reason why people still play on the beach when the tsunami of death is headed their way is that people do not know the truth about life and death. You only live once, and you will die. But it does not stop there. After death is judgment. You get one chance at life: you will not return to this earth as a different person or some other living organism. Death is an appointment you will keep, and tomorrow is not guaranteed to anyone. But after death is when judgment will happen.

The Bible states in Hebrews 9:27, “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:”

After death, you do not stop existing, or automatically go to some paradise. Rather, there is judgment. This judgment will also be stricter than the strictest supreme court of law on the face of this earth. This is because God will be the judge. God is perfect. He is in heaven above and man is on the earth below. God does not overlook any type of sin or evil. God loves justice, righteousness and purity. This perfection and the standard of judgment can be seen through the Ten Commandments. Here are some of them:

you shall have no other gods before Me
you shall not use the name of the Lord in vain
honor your parents
do not murder
do not commit adultery
do not steal
do not lie and
do not covet or desire others’ property.
Have you broken any of these? If so, you will receive judgment.

COME TO JESUS
So I am crying out to you as the man from afar did to the kids in the story: “Come here, hurry!” The place to which I am crying, “Come here,” is Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ was God and man who historically lived and walked on this earth 2,000 years ago. If you were living at that time, you would have directly heard about Him yourself. Through countless and marvelous miracles and through His righteous and often surprising teaching, He proved His qualifications and showed His right to authority.

But as predicted in the biblical prophecies mentioned long ago, written in the Old Testament (BCE), He was crucified and executed. He was receiving the judgment against the sin of His people, on their behalf. But He did not remain dead—He came back to life! He walked out of the stone tomb and He went up into heaven forty days after His resurrection. Through this resurrection, Jesus proved to the world that He is the Son of God, and now calls everyone who has ears to listen to believe in Him and follow Him.

With the tsunami of death heading towards you and with the voice of the Son of God calling you, how will you respond? Will you admit that you have been building sandcastles your whole life, dust off your hands, and run to Jesus Christ with faith?

Jesus Christ said in John 6:37, “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.”

The Bible says in Isaiah 55:7, “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.”

The Bible says in Isaiah 55:1-3, “Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness. Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live…”

The Bible states in Galatians 1:4-5, The Lord Jesus Christ “Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father: To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”

If you want to be saved from the wrath to come and from an eternity in Hell, and if you believe that Jesus Christ suffered, bled, and died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose again from the dead and you are willing to trust Jesus Christ with all of your heart so you can go to Heaven, please pray with me what is called the sinner’s prayer: Holy Father God, I acknowledge that I am a sinner and I admit that I have sinned against You and that I have broken Your Ten Commandments. I have lied before. I have stolen things before. I have lusted after people and things before. I have dishonored and disobeyed my parents. I have taken Your holy Name in vain. For Jesus Christ’s sake, please have mercy and grace upon my soul and forgive me of all of my sins, my failures, and my faults. As I now believe in Your Holy Son the Lord Jesus Christ. I believe that He suffered, bled, and died on the cross for my sins, was buried and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit and help me to repent of my sins past. Help me to turn from my old, evil life and follow You in the new life. For it is in Your Name I pray. Amen.

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Thank you for listening to this Gospel presentation. If you have decided to trust Jesus Christ as your Saviour after listening to this podcast, please email us at gls@gospellightsociety.com and let us know. To find out more about what you need to do after trusting Christ as Savior, visit GospelLightSociety.com and read “What to Do After You Enter Through the Door”.

The tract this podcast is based on is published by Moments With The Book, a non-profit organization whose purpose is to spread God’s Word to the world through the printed page and other media. You can order copies of this tract online at MWTB.org.

Doubly Mine (Gospel Light Minute X #450)

Doubly Mine (GLMX #450)

This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #450 titled, “Doubly Mine” I’m here to remind you of what the Bible says, that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” like you and me.

RUNAWAY RALPH
The boy was out of breath when he rushed through the door of the animal shelter. “Ralph!” he cried. “Is my dog here? He started chasing after something when we were taking a walk, and I couldn’t keep up with him.”

The manager offered to show the young man and his dad through the area where the dogs were kept, and the boy anxiously looked into every cage until, at last, his heart leaped with joy and he yelled, “Here’s Ralph! He’s alive!”

The manager explained that a fee would have to be paid before Ralph would be allowed to go home. The boy had been working very hard, saving money for something he wanted to buy. But because Ralph was his responsibility, and because he loved him so much, he gladly went home and emptied his bank.

The boy returned to the shelter and carefully put his money on the counter. “Here it is, ma’am. Every penny.” Before long, the paperwork was in order and Ralph was free. On the way home, the boy said: “Now you’re doubly mine! You were mine when you were a pup, and now I’ve paid for you, too. And I’m never letting you go.”

YOU ARE LOVED
This story illustrates the love Jesus has for us. Because He is the Creator, we rightfully belong to Him. However, like Ralph, we often spend our lives chasing things that lead us further and further away from God. Just as Ralph could not free himself from his cage, we are all bound by sin: The Bible says in Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God”.

But because Jesus loves us, He came from Heaven and willingly went to Calvary’s cross. Jesus bore the punishment for our sins and died, paying the price so that we can go free. He then rose from the dead and went back to Heaven.

The price has already been paid; all that’s left for you to do is come to Him. This means that you need to stop running away from Him. Stop pretending that He does not exist or that He does not care about you. Turn to Him, believing that He died for you and rose again. You cannot free yourself from your cage of sin. Trust Christ to take away your sins and set you free.

Those of us who love Jesus and have accepted Him as our Savior can say we are doubly His!

ARE YOU DOUBLY HIS?
Hear God speaking to you as you read the following verses from the Bible. Confess to Him that you are a hopeless sinner, and trust Jesus as your Savior. Then you will know what it is to be “doubly His”—a true child of God. He will be your greatest Friend for the rest of your life, and when your life on earth is over He will take you home to be with Him in Heaven forever.

The Bible states in John 3:16,36, “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….He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him”.

The Bible says in Romans 10:13, “Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved”.

If you want to be saved from the wrath to come and from an eternity in Hell, and if you believe that Jesus Christ suffered, bled, and died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose again from the dead and you are willing to trust Jesus Christ with all of your heart so you can go to Heaven, please pray with me what is called the sinner’s prayer: Holy Father God, I acknowledge that I am a sinner and I admit that I have sinned against You and that I have broken Your Ten Commandments. I have lied before. I have stolen things before. I have lusted after people and things before. I have dishonored and disobeyed my parents. I have taken Your holy Name in vain. For Jesus Christ’s sake, please have mercy and grace upon my soul and forgive me of all of my sins, my failures, and my faults. As I now believe in Your Holy Son the Lord Jesus Christ. I believe that He suffered, bled, and died on the cross for my sins, was buried and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit and help me to repent of my sins past. Help me to turn from my old, evil life and follow You in the new life. For it is in Your Name I pray. Amen.

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Thank you for listening to this Gospel presentation. If you have decided to trust Jesus Christ as your Saviour after listening to this podcast, please email us at gls@gospellightsociety.com and let us know. To find out more about what you need to do after trusting Christ as Savior, visit GospelLightSociety.com and read “What to Do After You Enter Through the Door”.

The tract this podcast is based on is published by Moments With The Book, a non-profit organization whose purpose is to spread God’s Word to the world through the printed page and other media. You can order copies of this tract online at MWTB.org.

A Tale of Two Hotels (Gospel Light Minute X Episode #449)

This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #449 titled, “Two Hotels” I’m here to remind you of what the Bible says, that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” like you and me.

This is a story about two hotels. These two hotels are the only accommodations in town, and are located on opposite sides of the same street. Both hotels have identical initials (HHR), but their names and the levels of service they provide are very different.

One of the hotels is very beautiful, with spacious rooms and excellent amenities. It is very well run, and you must have made the proper reservation to be allowed to stay. The other hotel is in disrepair, with small, dark rooms and no comforts. Reservations at this hotel are not required; it accepts anyone who shows up at its door.

If you arrive at the beautiful hotel—Heaven Hotels and Residence (HHR)—without a proper reservation, you will be turned away. Your title, your job, your family name, the people you know, how rich you are, and the clubs/organizations/societies to which you belong cannot get you in the door. There may be rooms available, but the hotel is so well organized that they will not allow you to check into a room which is reserved for someone else.

Your only option will be to check into the other hotel—Hell Hotels and Residence (HHR)—on the other side of the street. At this other hotel, there are no bouncers at the door. Everyone who arrives there is allowed to stay. No one is ever turned away. The workers there will quickly grab you, shove you into one of the available spaces, and lock the door.

At the first hotel (Heaven) the bouncers at the gate make sure that you are an expected guest. If your name is on the reservation list, you are guaranteed that your accommodation will be ready. Your reservation also guarantees you clothes and shoes, and a place at the table during breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Your name being on the list means that everything you will ever need has already been provided in excess.

God forbid that you find yourself in the other hotel (Hell). There is no warm welcome at this place. You will be dragged and shoved into whatever space may be available. It is very dark inside and out, and is full of nothing but pain, anguish, and regrets. There is yelling and commotion at every turn. It is a very hot place with no air conditioners, and fans are not even allowed. The hosts will not answer your request for water or any other kind of relief.

The REAL TRUTH about these two hotels I have described is that once you check in, you cannot check out. Both of them are places of ETERNAL RESIDENCE.

I believe no one wants to go to a place where you will be treated so badly for eternity. Everyone should want to live forever in the beautiful, happy place. Therefore today is the day to make sure your reservation is in order.

When reserving our heavenly home, our nationality, race, education, and social position are unimportant. Monetary value does not determine our qualification, either. Our status here on earth does not determine our qualification. Whether a person has Christ is all that matters, and He is equally available to all.

It all starts with accepting Jesus as your Lord and your savior. He is the way, the truth, and the life. There is no other way that you can ever get to heaven except through Jesus Christ. No other religion can get you in. Living a good life cannot get you in.

Tomorrow is not the time to change. It is today, for tomorrow may be too late. Once you are bounced from entering into heaven, the only other option is hell. There are no more chances. The Bible states in Hebrews 9:27, “It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment”. We will not have a chance to come back and redo things.

God has given us simple instructions on how to make sure we are ready for Heaven: The Bible says in Acts 3:19, “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out”. 1 John 3:23 states, “And this is His commandment, That we should believe on the Name of His Son Jesus Christ”.

The last chapter in the Bible describes our two “hotels” and who will live in them: The Bible says in Revelation 22:14,15, “Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie”.

If you have made up your mind to accept Jesus as your Lord and personal savior, today is the day to put your trust in Him.

The Bible states in 2 Corinthians 6:2, “…Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation”.

If you want to be saved from the wrath to come and from an eternity in Hell, and if you believe that Jesus Christ suffered, bled, and died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose again from the dead and you are willing to trust Jesus Christ with all of your heart so you can go to Heaven, please pray with me what is called the sinner’s prayer: Holy Father God, I acknowledge that I am a sinner and I admit that I have sinned against You and that I have broken Your Ten Commandments. I have lied before. I have stolen things before. I have lusted after people and things before. I have dishonored and disobeyed my parents. I have taken Your holy Name in vain. For Jesus Christ’s sake, please have mercy and grace upon my soul and forgive me of all of my sins, my failures, and my faults. As I now believe in Your Holy Son the Lord Jesus Christ. I believe that He suffered, bled, and died on the cross for my sins, was buried and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit and help me to repent of my sins past. Help me to turn from my old, evil life and follow You in the new life. For it is in Your Name I pray. Amen.

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Thank you for listening to this Gospel presentation. If you have decided to trust Jesus Christ as your Saviour after listening to this podcast, please email us at gls@gospellightsociety.com and let us know. To find out more about what you need to do after trusting Christ as Savior, visit GospelLightSociety.com and read “What to Do After You Enter Through the Door”.

The tract this podcast is based on is published by Moments With The Book, a non-profit organization whose purpose is to spread God’s Word to the world through the printed page and other media. You can order copies of this tract online at MWTB.org.

Are You Ready for Death? (Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #448)

Death: Are You Ready For It? (GLMX #448)

This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #448 titled, “Death: Are You Ready For It?” I’m here to remind you of what the Bible says, that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” like you and me.

The #1 killer throughout the entire world is … DEATH! In fact, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 150,000 people physically die every 24 hours all around the world and that works to be about “104” human beings … people just like you and me, drawing their last breathe EVERY 60 seconds. And most of them didn’t think they were going to die at the moment of their death. It’s a very sobering thought to think about, isn’t it?

Perhaps you know this as well as I do, that death is no respecter of persons … it doesn’t matter if you’re rich or poor or whether you’re climbing the corporate ladder in a promising career or if you’ve been unemployed for the last 15 months. The color of your skin—or how you were raised—makes no difference whatsoever; each and every one of us will pass through the door of death. And there is no stopping it! But more importantly, the Bible teaches that physical death is just the beginning. After we die, every person will spend eternity in either a place called Heaven or a place called Hell. The Bible says in Hebrews 9:27 that, “It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment”. And make no mistake about it, it’s not going to be a trial but a sentencing.

So ask yourself this question: “Would I be good enough to escape hell and enter heaven?” Well, let’s go through God’s moral law, which is His standard of righteousness by which all of humanity will be judged. “Have you ever told a lie?” If you have, you would be called a liar. “Have you ever stolen anything regardless of the value?” If you have, you would be considered a thief. “Have you ever taken God’s name in vain?” That’s called blasphemy, and the Bible says that God will not hold him or her guiltless who takes His name in vain. Lastly, “have you ever looked at another person with lust?” If you have, Jesus would declare that you’ve committed adultery in your heart.

If you were honest in answering these questions in the quietness of your heart, you would be guilty, just like the rest of us. The Bible says that God has seen every sin that you’ve ever committed and that all liars will have their part in the lake of fire. The Bible says that if you die in your sins you will go to an awful place called hell, forever! But it also says that God is rich in mercy and not willing that ANY should perish but that ALL should come to repentance.

At this point you may be thinking, “I would be guilty, is there any hope for me?” The answer is a resounding … YES! There is good news. It’s like this: we broke God’s law, so we’re criminals in the sight of God. But two thousand years ago, a legal transaction took place. Jesus of Nazareth, God’s Son, suffered and died a horrible, brutal, and bloody death on the cross for your sins and my sins. And then He rose again from the grave on the third day, defeating sin and death. Jesus paid your fine in His life’s blood, which means that God can legally dismiss your case and exchange your death sentence. But what you have to do in response to that is repent of your sins. Don’t just say that you’re sorry for them, but realize how sin offends God and turn from it. It’s as though you’re walking in one direction, and you turn and walk in the opposite direction toward God. And put your faith in the Savior. Don’t just believe in Jesus Christ, but put your trust in Him. As you would put your trust in a parachute if you had to jump out of an airplane at 10,000 feet—that kind of trust. And when you do that, the Bible says that God will forgive every sin that you’ve ever committed and grant you the gift of everlasting life! And that’s the Gospel message!

Listen friend, I’m just one beggar telling another beggar where to get food. I care about your soul and where you’re going to spend eternity after you draw your last breath. Please regard the words of Jesus recorded for us in the Gospel of Matthew where He said, “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”. Please, seriously consider what’s been shared with you. You may not have tomorrow!!!

If you want to be saved from the wrath to come and from an eternity in Hell, and if you believe that Jesus Christ suffered, bled, and died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose again from the dead and you are willing to trust Jesus Christ with all of your heart so you can go to Heaven, please pray with me what is called the sinner’s prayer: Holy Father God, I acknowledge that I am a sinner and I admit that I have sinned against You and that I have broken Your Ten Commandments. I have lied before. I have stolen things before. I have lusted after people and things before. I have dishonored and disobeyed my parents. I have taken Your holy Name in vain. For Jesus Christ’s sake, please have mercy and grace upon my soul and forgive me of all of my sins, my failures, and my faults. As I now believe in Your Holy Son the Lord Jesus Christ. I believe that He suffered, bled, and died on the cross for my sins, was buried and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit and help me to repent of my sins past. Help me to turn from my old, evil life and follow You in the new life. For it is in Your Name I pray. Amen.

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Thank you for listening to this Gospel presentation. If you have decided to trust Jesus Christ as your Saviour after listening to this podcast, please email us at gls@gospellightsociety.com and let us know. To find out more about what you need to do after trusting Christ as Savior, visit GospelLightSociety.com and read “What to Do After You Enter Through the Door”.

The tract this podcast is based on is published by Moments With The Book, a non-profit organization whose purpose is to spread God’s Word to the world through the printed page and other media. You can order copies of this tract online at MWTB.org.