He is an American track and field athlete specializing in sprinting events. He is the first junior to surpass the 10-second barrier. He is majoring in film and digital media at Baylor University and completed his sophomore season with one NCAA title, three NCAA All-American honors, three Big 12 individual titles and five All-Big 12 accolades. In 2015, he won bronze at the World Championships in Beijing and gold in the World Indoor Championships in Portland in 2016. He competed in the 4-x-100 relay and the 100-meter dash in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.
After suffering three injuries in three years, he told the Baylor Lariat, “It was a process. It made me stronger as a person, spiritually and physically. I put my faith in God, knowing he would get me through it. Throughout the whole thing it was a struggle because, really, where I’m coming from, you don’t have a lot of resources. I didn’t have the resources and my family didn’t either, but God got us through it and it all paid off.”
One of the biggest debates taking place in our world today surrounds the issue of immigration and refugees who leave their own conflict-ridden lands to find a better life elsewhere. Over the past two years, 1.3 million refugees from the Middle East and North Africa have entered Europe. In the same time period, over 150,000 refugees entered the United States. These people are running from war, persecution, violence, and lack of economic opportunity.
However, many people are not willing to welcome these refugees and immigrants with open arms. Some see them as a threat to security, as a drain on resources, or as a diluting influence on the country’s culture. Growing support for nationalism around the globe has put a spotlight on the beliefs of those who feel that a country ought to take care of its own before trying to help others. Nationalist candidates in European countries are pushing for stronger barriers to entrance. And, in the U.S., the president has issued a travel ban halting immigration from certain countries and strengthening vetting of refugees and migrants overall.
The desire to go to a better land that is felt by thousands of people today has been a mark of the human race almost since the beginning of history. We are always seeking out greener pastures, better opportunities, that special place where all our dreams will come true. While in this world, we will never find that place; any place we settle will fall short of our dreams. But there is a place beyond this world that we cannot begin to even imagine. In this place, the hopes and dreams of all people will reach their highest realization. And, best of all, the doors of this place are always open and everyone is welcome there. Continue reading →
Welcome to the Onward Christian Soldiers Discipleship Class. I am Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society and pastor of Gospel Light House of Prayer International. The purpose of this time together is to teach young believers everything they need to know about their faith in Jesus Christ and provide them with the knowledge they need to live victorious Christian lives.
Our key Bible verse is 1 Corinthians 10:13:
There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
Our lesson today is titled “How to Overcome Temptation, Part 37”
In this section of our Onward Christian Soldiers discipleship class, we are going to continue looking at specific temptations that are, as the Bible says, “common to man.” We are looking at what the Bible says about these sins so we can be aware of its dangers and so that we can hide Scripture in our hearts to use when we are tempted.
The sin that we are going to continue looking at today is the sin of “covetousness”. This is the second sin in a list of 12 temptations that comes from two sources — one ancient and one modern. The first source is a list that was developed by monks in the early church called “the seven deadly sins” or the “cardinal sins.” The second source is a Barna survey from 2011 which tracked the top temptations Americans admitted to struggling with.
We have already looked at 9 passages on this topic. Today, we will continue looking at 1 John 2:15-17. (Remember, the text of this lesson is made available online after each class, so you can go to our website GLHOPI.com, click the “Onward Christian Soldiers” banner on the home page, and begin to learn these verses by heart throughout the week.)
1 John 2:15-17:
15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
Robert South said, “Of covetousness we may truly say that it makes both the Alpha and Omega in the devil’s alphabet, and that it is the first vice in corrupt nature which moves, and the last which dies.”
As we continue dealing with how the Christian ought to resist the temptation to be covetous, we are looking at the command to “love not the world.” We have seen that this refers to the “world system” or the world’s way of doing things which is heavily influenced by Satan. Now, for some of us, it is easy to not love the world system. Where we really struggle is at the next command: “neither the things in the world.”
The devil, knowing that we want no part of his world system, will come to us and say, “But don’t you want a nice house? Don’t you want a better car? Don’t you want the prestige and respect that so-and-so has?” Of course, our flesh wants these things. However, if God does not see fit to give them to us, sometimes, the only way to get them is to bow down to the devil. The devil tried to pull this trick with Jesus. He said, ‘Look at all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. I can give it all to you if you bow down and worship me.’
The devil tries to do the same thing to us today. He tries to get us to love the things of the world so much that we will do whatever it takes to get them. That is why John follows up this command with this definitive statement: “If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” It is impossible to have love for the world system and to have the love of the Father in us. If we have the love of the Father in us, we will look at the world system and see how it is harmful to the people that are in it. When we have the love of the Father, instead of desiring the things of the world, we will shake our heads in sadness over those who love the things of the world so much that they are missing out on a relationship with God. The love of the Father opens our eyes to the dangers of covetousness and allows us to have compassion and sympathy for those who have succumbed to this evil.
Deborah Ann Belka wrote:
Those who love the Lord,
are not a part of this world
they hate the evil in it
they don’t give sin a whirl.
They know they are safe,
from the hand of the wicked
for Jesus guards their life
to lust they’re not addicted.
The world is not a friend,
they know it’s their enemy
they want nothing to do
with its ungodly chemistry.
If you struggle with covetousness, take this passage to heart and begin to use it the next time you face that temptation.
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If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Saviour, John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved…. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and I want to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! I want to congratulate you on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
1 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,
2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
4 And the same John had his raiment of camel’s hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey.
5 Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan,
6 And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.
7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:
9 And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.
After preaching the Gospel every day for 367 days straight throughout the 2016 presidential campaign season, I am preaching the Gospel every day throughout the first 100 days of President Donald Trump’s term. If you think a new president being in office is the only thing needed to save America and ‘make America great again’, you are woefully deceived. The church must follow through and “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.” So, we encourage you to pray for the new president, but not to get caught up in the political happenings like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord. And that is what this campaign is all about.
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 59, day 426 since Jan. 1, 2016.
Matthew Henry said, “Many mourn for their sins that do not truly repent of them, weep bitterly for them, and yet continue in love and league with them.”
As we continue looking at the life and preaching of John the Baptist, we are now introduced to the people who came to hear him preach. The Bible says they came from “Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan.” These were the common people who heard that what appeared to be the second coming of Elijah was taking place. They did not want to miss out on the new thing that God was doing. Many of them probably came out of curiosity, but once they listened to John, they realized that he had a very serious message — a message that demanded action.
John was not content to have large crowds who listened to him and cheered him on, but who did not respond to his message. He would not have been satisfied with many of the churches of our day, where people come in, sit, and listen, but do not act on what they hear. John preached a convicting message of repentance that urged people to do something. The Bible says that many of the people who came to see him “were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.” Regarding John’s message, one commentator said, “Although most Jewish traditions acknowledged that all people need some repentance, John’s call to his people is more radical. John’s ‘repentance’ refers not to a regular turning from sin after a specific act but to a once-for-all repentance, the kind of turning from an old way of life to a new way of life that Judaism associated with Gentiles’ converting to Judaism.”
There was another group of people who also came to see John — those of the elite religious class, the establishment, the Pharisees and Sadducees, who came to observe him baptizing. When John noticed them in the crowd, he said, “O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?” John, filled with the Spirit of God, knew that these individuals had no intention on heeding his message. They were quite content with the way they had their “church” set up in Jerusalem. If anything, they were there to see if John was a threat to the status quo, to turn public opinion against him, and, if they could, to get him to stop preaching.
But, John saw them just as he saw the rest of the people who came to hear him preach. They were people who needed to repent and be baptized as well. That is why he told them, “Bring forth fruits meet for repentance.” He knew that the Pharisees and Sadducees were steeped in hypocrisy. They taught the letter of the Law but did not obey the spirit of the Law. Therefore, John challenged them not only to repent, but to prove that they had repented by changing their behavior. That is the mark of true repentance — when we change our behavior in order to line up with what we say we believe.
Today, our repentance ought to begin with trusting Jesus Christ as Saviour. It is through salvation through Christ that we are given the power to repent and live a new life for God’s glory as expressed in this hymn by Barney E. Warren.
Lord, I come to Thee with an aching heart,
I am waiting at the cross;
I confess my guilt, and with sin I part,
I am waiting at the cross.
I forsake the way I am walking in,
I am waiting at the cross;
Save me now from this load of sin,
I am waiting at the cross.
I am bound, O Lord, but I come to Thee,
I am waiting at the cross;
It was there Christ suffered in pardon me,
I am waiting at the cross.
I repent, O Lord, as Thy word commands,
I am waiting at the cross;
Oh, release my heart from its sinful bands,
I am waiting at the cross.
If you are willing to repent of your sins past and trust Christ as your Saviour today, allow me to share with you how you can place your faith and trust in Him for your soul’s salvation, repent of your sins, and start living a new life in Christ:
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please email me at email@example.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.