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.

Abiding in Christ and Bearing Good Fruit, Part 5 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 240)

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TEXT: John 15:4-7

4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.

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

6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.

7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

———-

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 240.

Henry Drummond said, “There is no mystery about Happiness whatever. Put in the right ingredients and it must come out. He that abideth in Him will bring forth much fruit; and bringing forth much fruit is Happiness. The infallible recipe for Happiness, then, is to do good; and the infallible recipe for doing good is to abide in Christ.”

In our last message, we talked about the importance of abiding in Christ and of Christ abiding in us. This abiding is mutual and subject to each person’s individual will. Those who do not want to abide in Christ and who do not want Christ to abide in them are on their own. They can do things their way, however they cannot bring forth good spiritual fruit that is pleasing and acceptable to God.

In verse 6, Jesus delves deeper into the issue of those who choose not to abide in Him. He already stated that the Father who is the husbandman of the vineyard “taketh away those who bear no fruit.” Now, He says, “If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.”

If you cut off a branch from a tree, do you know what will happen to that branch? It will dry out and die. It cannot live, grow, or bear fruit separated from the tree. You all know what happens if you leave fruits and vegetables lying around. They will eventually shrivel up, change color, and die being of no use to anyone. You wouldn’t want to eat a bruised, squishy tomato or a brown, old-looking lettuce or a banana that is soft and black. No, you find those things rotten and repulsive. Those things were separated from their tree, vine, or roots, and now they have no life in them.

It is the same with those who refuse to abide in Christ. Richard Trench said, “It is only by union with Christ that any branch can bear fruit: once that union is broken, the sap no longer flows; and fruit in that branch is no longer possible, though the remains of the sap that lay in it may be enough to bear leaves and so for a time give semblance of life.”

Branches that are separated from the vine are like firewood — good for nothing except to be burnt and reduced to ashes. This is what becomes of the lives of those who do not abide in Christ. Anything they do, no matter how good it is, will be burned up along with this world in the end. Only what we do in and through Christ really matters. Only what we do in and through Christ will last forever. The heartbeat of every Christian should be to abide in Christ and to let Christ abide in them.

Charles H. Gabriel wrote:

Little branches of the Vine,
Jesus, we are truly Thine;
May we ever fruitful be,
Giving glory unto Thee.

Little branches, but we cling
To the Vine, our Lord and King;
In His love may we abide,
Living humbly at His side.

Little branches grow in strength,
Bearing precious fruit at length;
Happy all the day are we,
Growing, Savior dear, for Thee.

If you have not yet become a part of the vine of Christ, I encourage you to make the decision to receive Him as your Savior today. Here is how you can do that right now.

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 e-mail 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.

Walking Worthy of Our Calling, Part 3 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #205)

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A series of homilies on Ephesians.

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.”


I am sharing a verse-by-verse series of short messages on Ephesians (as well as other passages of Scripture) specifically targeted at reviving families and encouraging and exhorting husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, and children to do what God has commanded them to do, for if the church is to be revived and the country is to be awakened, the family must be revived first.

TEXT: Ephesians 4:1-3:

1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,

2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;

3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

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Ulrich Zwingli said, “The business of the truth is not to be deserted even to the sacrifice of our lives, for we live not for this age of ours, nor for the princes, but for the Lord.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “All you have to do is get in a closer walk with God and you’ll find your enemies are in your own church.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “The Irish Rebellion of 1798 reflected the pain of a disenfranchised majority in Ireland, yet, despite the social unrest, both Methodists and evangelicals within the Church of Ireland experienced revival. While Presbyterians in the north were consumed with a doctrinal controversy, societies were established throughout the country for the purpose of evangelizing the nation and encouraging the cause of revival in the churches.”

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In our last message, we talked about the significance of Paul telling us to walk worthy of our calling as followers of Christ even as he is in prison for doing that very thing. Paul viewed this activity of walking worthy to be more important, more weighty, more significant than any pressures placed upon us by the world.

Handley Moule wrote that Paul’s “bonds are due to his union with Christ. They are thus a strong Christian argument with the recipients of his letter. Under all aspects of life, Paul belongs to Christ. Whatever he is, does, or suffers, it is as Christ’s servant.” Paul was no longer his own man. He was not the world’s man, or the devil’s man, or the religious establishment’s man. He was God’s man. Whatever he endured, he endured in service to Christ.

Paul spoke of this captivity to the work of the Gospel in another series of letters. In First Corinthians he said, “Necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!” In other words, ‘I have to preach the Gospel. I can’t help but preach the Gospel. Woe is me — I’ll be damned — if I don’t preach the Gospel.’ Paul views preaching the Gospel as more essential than eating and drinking to survive. It is necessary. Again, he is not being forced to do it, but, knowing what he knows about God, Jesus Christ, the Gospel, Heaven, and Hell, he cannot imagine doing anything else.

In his second letter to the Corinthian church, Paul wrote, “Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men… for the love of Christ constraineth us.” “Constraineth” is another vivid word similar to “imprisoned” or “captive.” It means “to be taken with, to hold fast, to press in on every side, to be afflicted with, to be impelled or urged.” Paul is saying that Jesus’ love has him bound up so that he can do nothing but preach the Gospel. Every time he turned around he was reminded of the sacrificial love of Jesus and he said to himself, ‘I have to tell more people about it.’ That’s how convinced he was of the truth of the Gospel.

Paul did not even let prison keep him from walking worthy of his calling as an evangelist. His imprisonment to Christ was far more weighty than any Roman chains. He kept preaching the Gospel while in prison. And when the Romans released him after the first time he was jailed, he continued preaching. Paul walked worthy of his calling as a Christian believer. If he can do it, so can we.

Annie Johnson Flint wrote:

The great Apostle called himself
“The prisoner of the Lord;”
He was not held by Roman chains
Nor kept in Caesar’s ward;

Constrained by love alone,
By cords of kindness bound,
The bondslave of the living Christ,
True liberty he found.

Saints feel no prison walls
Though shut in narrow ways,
And though in darkness fettered fast
Can still rejoice and praise;

From sin’s dread bondage bought,
They own their Master’s ward,
They bear the brand of Christ,
Blessed prisoners of the Lord!

Walking Worthy of Our Calling, Part 2 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #204)

spiritual-warfare

A series of homilies on Ephesians.

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.”


I am sharing a verse-by-verse series of short messages on Ephesians (as well as other passages of Scripture) specifically targeted at reviving families and encouraging and exhorting husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, and children to do what God has commanded them to do, for if the church is to be revived and the country is to be awakened, the family must be revived first.

TEXT: Ephesians 4:1-3:

1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,

2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;

3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

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A.W. Tozer said, “Until self-effacing men return again to spiritual leadership, we may expect a progressive deterioration in the quality of popular Christianity year after year till we reach the point where the grieved Holy Spirit withdraws — like the Shekinah from the Temple.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “If a Christian is not having tribulation in the world, there’s something wrong!”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “Many cities in Scotland reported phenomenal awakenings. The Haldane brothers, James and Robert, preached to large crowds in major cities, and pastors such as Thomas Chalmers won many in their region for Christ. While the established Church of Scotland, a Presbyterian body, initially opposed the revival, before long Presbyterians themselves also reported the blessing of God in their churches.”

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As we begin to consider what it means to “walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called.” we would do well to turn our attention once again to the fact that this command is coming through a “prisoner.” Yes, Paul is in jail. He is, in fact, in jail for doing what he is telling us to do.

Speaking of himself, Paul says, “I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord…” Even though Paul was bound by Roman chains and had a Roman guard 24/7 and was in the city of Rome, he was not a Roman prisoner. He was not even a Jewish prisoner. He considered himself a prisoner of the Lord. He had not been jailed for disobeying Rome or for disobeying Jewish law. Paul had been jailed for obeying Jesus Christ. He is letting us know in no uncertain terms that our obedience to God — our walking worthy of our calling — may indeed result in suffering and pain on this side of eternity.

John MacArthur said, “By mentioning his imprisonment he gently reminds his readers that he knows the worthy Christian walk can be costly and that he has paid considerable cost himself because of his obedience to the Lord. He would not ask them to walk in a way in which he had not himself walked or pay a price that he himself was not willing to pay. His present physical circumstance seemed extremely negative from a human perspective, but Paul wanted his readers to know that this did not change his commitment to or his confidence in the Lord.”

Paul did not view being a “prisoner of the Lord” as a negative thing. Paul had not been forced into the Lord’s army. He had not been forced to serve others and preach the Gospel. But his Damascus Road salvation experience opened his eyes to the truth about Jesus Christ, and now he could not imagine living any other way. He was a prisoner, he was a slave, he was held captive by his duty to Christ. Earthly discomforts could be endured as long as he walked worthy of his calling.

Lina Sandell wrote:

Day by day, and with each passing moment,
Strength I find to meet my trials here;
Trusting in my Father’s wise bestowment,
I’ve no cause for worry or for fear.
He, whose heart is kind beyond all measure,
Gives unto each day what He deems best,
Lovingly its part of pain and pleasure,
Mingling toil with peace and rest.

Help me then, in every tribulation,
So to trust Thy promises, O Lord,
That I lose not faith’s sweet consolation,
Offered me within Thy holy Word.
Help me, Lord, when toil and trouble meeting,
Ever to take, as from a father’s hand,
One by one, the days, the moments fleeting,
Until with Christ the Lord I stand.

Abiding in Christ and Bearing Good Fruit, Part 4 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 239)

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TEXT: John 15:4-7

4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.

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

6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.

7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

———-

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 239.

Basilea Schlink said, “Do not lose yourself in your everyday work and activities. Rather, lose yourself in God. When you are doing work, let your innermost heart be centered on Him. Live in His presence and abide in Him. Then your work will follow you into eternity, and you will reap a rich harvest.”

As we continue on this passage, consider once again the metaphor of the vine. If you look at a vine during harvest time, it is accurate to say that the grapes are on or “in” the vine. Now, if we were to take a single grape and pluck it from the vine, it would also be accurate to say that the vine is in the grape as every single grape contains the seeds to grow a whole new grape vine.

This metaphor helps us understand Jesus’ words to His disciples, “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.” These words serve, first of all, as a means of reassurance to the disciples. Even though Jesus is going away, He will still be with them. In fact, they will be in Him and He will be in them spiritually speaking. The relationship is mutual. The relationship is also ongoing. We have already looked at the meaning of the word abide — it means to dwell permanently. True disciples dwell with their Master, and He with them, forever.

However, this abiding is a choice. Jesus is not forcing them to remain in Him. They, like Judas, could leave. They could have gone back to their old lifestyle as they did temporarily after the crucifixion. James Montgomery Boice said, “When our Lord says: Abide in me he is talking about the will, about the choices, the decisions we make. We must decide to do things which expose ourselves to him and keep ourselves in contact with him. This is what it means to abide in him.”

Now, if a person abandons Christ, instead of abiding in Him, he can no longer expect to bear the fruit of Christ. Jesus says, “As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.” A person who does not abide in Christ is left vulnerable to the devil and the influence of the world. He no longer has the Holy Spirit speaking to him, able to guide him in the way that he should go. This statement is particularly appropriate for Christians who are walking in the flesh. These people normally try to appear spiritual, but they are cut off from the vine and are not abiding in Christ. They are striving in their own flesh to do good works, but are not bearing any real fruit.

Although the relationship between Christ and His disciples is mutual, that does not mean that we are somehow equal to Jesus. Jesus said, “I am the vine, ye are the branches.” In other words, we are not the vine. We cannot replace the vine. We are just a branch responsible for bearing fruit. Jesus says, “He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”

Without Christ, we are nothing. We can bear no fruit of eternal value on our own. It is He who not only enables us to do good, but does good through us. Without Him, we can do nothing. Without Him, we are nothing. If you think that sounds wrong, just remember that you did absolutely nothing for your salvation. Jesus paid it all — 100%.

Knowles Shaw wrote:

“I am the vine and ye are the branches,”
Bear precious fruit for Jesus today;
Branches in Him no fruit ever bearing,
Jesus hath said, “He taketh away.”

“Now ye are clean through words I have spoken,
Living in Me, much fruit ye shall bear;
Dwelling in you, My promise unbroken,
Glory in heaven with Me ye shall share.”

Yes, by your fruits the world is to know you,
Walking in love as children of day;
Follow your Guide, He passeth before you,
Leading to realms of glorious day.

If you have not yet become a part of the vine of Christ, I encourage you to make the decision to receive Him as your Savior today. Here is how you can do that right now.

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 e-mail 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.

Abiding in Christ and Bearing Good Fruit, Part 3 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 238)

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TEXT: John 15:1-4

1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.

2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.

4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.

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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 238.

George Müller said, “I saw that the most important thing I had to do was to give myself to the reading of the Word of God, and to meditation on it. What is the food of the inner man? The Word of God; and not the simple reading of the Word of God, so that it only passes through our minds, just as water runs through a pipe, but considering what we read, pondering over it, and applying it to our hearts.”

In our last message, we discovered that God, who acts as the husbandman of the vineyard removes those branches that are not bearing fruit and purges or prunes those branches that are bearing fruit so that they can bear more fruit. How is the purging or pruning process carried out? Jesus speaks to this in verse 3 when He tells the disciples, “Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.”

You might recall that back in John 13, Jesus washed His disciples’ feet. At first, Peter had refused to let Jesus wash his feet, but when Jesus explained that only those who were washed by Him had any part in Him, he relented. But then he said, “Lord, wash not just my feet, but my head and my hands also.” Jesus had to explain to him that he had already had the full body wash when he believed on Jesus Christ as Savior, and now he just needs the foot washing (the partial washing). The cleansing process that Jesus is talking about in verse 3 is the same as that partial washing and it is the same as the pruning or purging that God does as the husbandman of the vineyard.

Merrill C. Tenney said, “The means by which pruning or cleaning is done is by the Word of God. It condemns sin; it inspires holiness; it promotes growth. As Jesus applied the words God gave him to the lives of the disciples, they underwent a pruning process that removed evil from them and conditioned them for further service.”

Ephesians 5:26 speaks of God as ‘sanctifying and cleansing the church with the washing of water by the word.’ The word of God is a miraculous cleansing agent in the life of the believer. In Hebrews 4:12, it is described as “quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

If you want to be a more fruitful branch in the vine of Christ, you must submit to the influence of the word of God in your life. This means two things.

First, you must read, study, and hide the word of God in your heart. You need to deliberately expose your heart and life to the Word of God every day. The Word of God is no dead book, but a living entity composed by the Holy Spirit Himself. Even if you are following a guided Bible reading plan, which I highly recommend for the new believer, God’s Word has a way of speaking directly to your heart and to your life situation.

Second, you must sit under the regular, faithful teaching of God’s Word. Before you sit under a pastor or join a church, examine their statement of faith. Make sure that they believe the Bible is the inerrant Word of God and that it is the only reliable guide for faith and practice. God will use a good pastor to teach you the Word of God, explain difficult passages to you, and directly address situations in your life from the pulpit. You may feel at times that the pastor is deliberately aiming at you; he is not. That is God’s Holy Spirit directing his words to tell you what you need to hear.

The Word of God is how you begin to live a clean, holy, fruitful life. Psalm 119:9 says, “How shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.”

William W. How wrote:

O Word of God incarnate,
O Wisdom from on high,
O Truth unchanged, unchanging,
O Light of our dark sky:
We praise You for the radiance
That from the hallowed page,
A lantern to our footsteps,
Shines on from age to age.

The Scripture is a banner
Before God’s host unfurled;
It is a shining beacon
Above the darkling world.
It is the chart and compass
That, all life’s voyage through,
Amid mists and rocks and quicksands,
Still guides, O Christ, to You.

If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Savior, the most important thing you can get out of the Bible is that it guides you to Christ. Everything in Scripture points to Jesus. Jesus wants you to be a part of His vine; He wants to cleanse you and make you a fruitful part of His family. Here is how you can do that right now.

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 e-mail 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.

Walking Worthy of Our Calling, Part 1 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #203)

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A series of homilies on Ephesians.

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.”


I am sharing a verse-by-verse series of short messages on Ephesians (as well as other passages of Scripture) specifically targeted at reviving families and encouraging and exhorting husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, and children to do what God has commanded them to do, for if the church is to be revived and the country is to be awakened, the family must be revived first.

TEXT: Ephesians 4:1-3:

1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,

2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;

3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

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David Morrieson Panton said, “Revival is the inrush of the Spirit into the body that threatens to become a corpse. ”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “Christ cared enough for sinners to die for them. Do we care enough for sinners to live to reach them?”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “About the same time that signs of revival were seen in Britain, the Welsh began reporting the blessing of God in their midst. Churches were packed with people seeking God, and thousands gathered in open-air meetings to hear the gospel preached. Here, as in England, Baptists, Congregationalists, and Methodists reported significant church growth during the revival. In addition, a new denomination, Welsh Presbyterians, was established among the converts of that awakening.”

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Ephesians 4:1 marks a shift in this epistle. The first three chapters of this book were doctrinal. They were what we would call in a movie “establishing shots.” They were the origin story of how the Gentiles came to be included in the body of Christ. Now, Paul is moving into the “action” part of his script, the more practical side of this epistle.

Martin Lloyd-Jones said, “In the first section, the first three chapters, the Apostle has been unfolding and displaying in his own marvelous manner the great essential doctrines of the Christian faith, everything that is central and vital to an understanding of the way of salvation. There is no greater display of the doctrines of the Christian faith than that found in the first three chapters of this Epistle. But having done that, the Apostle now moves on to the practical application of his doctrine; he goes on to show how it is related to daily life and living.”

This change is signified by the word “therefore.” Paul is saying, ‘In light of all that I have said before, here is what you need to do now.’ For many Christians, there is a danger in not recognizing the power of “therefore.” So many of us get hung up on doctrine that we never get around to doing. Doctrine is important. In fact, doctrine comes first because it tells us why we ought to do certain things. But right doctrine is never a substitute for right doing. By the same token, doing is not a substitute for doctrine. We must know the right things and then do the right things.

Some scholars have pointed out that there is a pattern between the first three chapters and the second three chapters of Ephesians. Reviewing this pattern provides a helpful summary as we move into this new section of the book.

In the first 3 chapters, we learn about the Position of the believer.
In the second 3 chapters, we learn about the Practice of the believer.

In the first 3 chapters, we learn about Christian blessings.
In the second 3 chapters, we learn about Christian behavior.

In the first 3 chapters, we learn about the Privileges of the believer.
In the second 3 chapters, we learn about the Responsibilities of the believer.

In the first 3 chapters, we learn about our Heritage in Christ — our past.
In the second 3 chapters, we learn about our Life in Christ — our present.

In the first 3 chapters, we learn about our Resources in Christ.
In the second 3 chapters, we learn how to use our Resources in Christ.

Now that you know why you should live as a Christian, I hope you are ready to find out how you should live as a Christian.

Let’s pray.

BCNN1’s The Gospel According to Greenleaf Podcast #8: The Danger of Keeping Family Secrets

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Welcome to BCNN1’s The Gospel According to Greenleaf Podcast #8. The title for today’s episode is The Danger of Keeping Family Secrets


Greenleaf is indeed a show about the inner workings of a black megachurch, but it is also just as much a show about the inner workings of a traditional black family. One of the negative aspects that has been passed down through the generations of black families in America is the keeping of secrets. Somehow, our forebears believed that it was best not to tell some things. They had sayings like: “You tell a little, and you keep a little to yourself,” and “There are some things you just ought to take to the grave.” Continue reading

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