Archive for April, 2017

The Free State of Glory (Part 23)


TEXT: Revelation 22:1-5

1 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.

2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

3 And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:

4 And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.

5 And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.

The Free State of Glory (Part 23)

In Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Huck describes his caretaker’s description of Heaven by saying, “She called it the ‘good place,’ and said all a body would have to do there was to go around all day with a harp and sing, forever and ever. So I didn’t think much of it.” This is the view of Heaven that many people have. For some, a land of eternal ease after the toil of this life is attractive. For others, everlasting praise and worship sounds boring. But, this is not the view provided in Scripture. Just as Adam and Eve were given work to do in the Garden, the inhabitants of the New Jerusalem will be given work to do in Heaven.

Certainly, there will be a lot of praise and worship as well as a lot of enjoyment. But, John writes, “The throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him.” We will not just be sitting around in Heaven taking it easy. We will have work to do. Leon Morris said, “Heaven is not a place of indolent leisure, but a place where service is done, centering on God.” We learned previously that, during the Millennial Kingdom, believers will help administrate the government of Jesus Christ on the earth. It stands to reason that in the New Jerusalem, the center of a whole new heaven and earth, there will be plenty of work to do.

This reminds us that there is divine value in labor. God worked when He created the world. Jesus is working as He prepares a place for us in His Father’s House. Therefore, we are being godlike in our behavior when we work. Of course, work in Heaven will be completely enjoyable. There will be none of the exhausting conditions of this sin-cursed world; no blood, sweat, or tears. Here, we must often set aside pleasure in order to accomplish something. But, there, we will find complete pleasure in our worship of God and in our work for God.

Knowing that we will work in Heaven should encourage us to offer up worthy service to the Lord in whatever work we do on earth.

B.B. McKinney wrote:

When my work on Earth is ended
And I cross the mystic sea
Oh that I could hear Him saying
I am satisfied with thee.

When my work on Earth is ended
And I sleep beneath the sod
There my soul shall sing with angels
‘Round the blessed throne of God

When my work on Earth is ended
And my new work is begun
I’ll gladly serve my Lord
And labor for His holy Son

If you want to live in a place where work is a joy, a pleasure, and a reward, allow me to share with you how you can place your faith and trust in Jesus Christ for salvation from sin and the punishment of sin:

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

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

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

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

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

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

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

Jesus: The Judge of the Church That Tolerates the Spirit of Jezebel, Part 3 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #322)


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

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

TEXT: Revelation 2:18-21:

18 And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass;

19 I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first.

20 Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.

21 And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.

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A.T. Pierson said, “The supreme test of service is this: For whom am I doing this? Much that we call service to Christ is not such at all… If we are doing this for Christ, we shall not care for human reward or even recognition.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “It is my solemn conviction that the most glorious hour of the church has yet to be born. All the heroes of faith have not yet been listed. All the chapters of the church, ‘fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners,’ have not yet been written. The greatest exploits of faith have yet to be done.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “Elsewhere in Europe, the disciples of James Haldane during the Second Great Awakening became the carriers of revival throughout Europe, especially in Switzerland, France, and Holland. Various revivals were also reported in Germany despite the opposition from the Lutheran Church.”

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Jesus has some high words of praise for the church at Thyatira. He says, “I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience.” Up till now, in this series of letters, Jesus has commended no church solely on the basis of its works. It is significant that this comment goes to the smallest church in one of the smallest cities, telling us that a church does not have to be large to make an impact for the Lord. It is not just quantity of service that Jesus is looking for but quality of service, and it seems like the church at Thyatira has both in spades.

Jesus praises them for their work and their service to Him, to each other, and to the world. This sounds like the kind of church that had every ministry imaginable — soup kitchen, daycare, hospital visitation, afterschool care, food pantry, and more. They were busy for the Lord. But, more importantly, all of their good work was wrapped up in the Christlike spirit of charity, faith, and patience. They had love for the Lord and for their fellow man. They had faith that God would bring positive results out of their efforts. And they had patience as they waited on the Lord and as they dealt with the frustrations, faults, and foibles of the people in their community. The church today can learn from their example. We honor Christ not just by our works, but by doing our work in a spirit of love, faith, and patience.

Finally, we notice one other point of praise that the Lord has for the church at Thyatira. Not only were they doing good work, but their work was increasing in measure. Jesus says He has seen how the church’s latter works are greater than their former works. This church was not growing weary in well-doing or getting “charity fatigue” as we call it today. They were on fire in their service to the Lord, and getting hotter and hotter with time. Many churches, and Christians individually, need to get back to a life of abundant quality service for the Lord. We ought to be looking for ways to serve instead of trying to do as little as possible. May God set our hearts ablaze for Him and for His world.

Our attitude ought to be like that expressed in this poem by Theodore Chambers:

I am Your servant, o Lord my God
and will be till the day I die —
no matter the pain that I suffer,
no matter the tears that I cry

In knowing that You have my back,
while holding my heart in Your hand,
I promise to do all that You say.
I will head Your two great commands.

Now, I know that I’m no Jesus;
I’m not Moses, David, or Paul.
But I promise I’ll do my best
to give You my all and all.

I’ll tell the whole world about You,
Your Son and the Holy Spirit too.
I’ll show everyone how awesome You are
by the abundance of my service to You.

Let’s pray.

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

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on trusting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. You have done the most important thing in life. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door, by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

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

The Radical Command to Follow Jesus, Part 1 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 98 / Day 465 since Jan. 1, 2016)


TEXT: Matthew 4:18-22:

18 And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.

19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.

20 And they straightway left their nets, and followed him.

21 And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them.

22 And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him.

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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 98, day 465 since Jan. 1, 2016.

A.W. Pink said “The Christian life is a life that consists of following Jesus.”

After Jesus moves His outreach to Capernaum, Matthew tells us that He began to call those who would become His disciples. Now, Jesus already had some followers, as many of those who heeded John’s message began to follow the “Lamb of God.” But, Jesus goes out to seek those who would become His apostles, His inner circle. Jesus’ approach to calling disciples gives us significant insight regarding how we should view ourselves as His followers.

Traditionally, in Judaism, a young man who was seeking spiritual guidance would go out and find a teacher or rabbi. Some rabbis were well-known and well-revered during that time, and men would go to them asking to become their disciple. Most rabbis thought it beneath their dignity to go out looking for followers, and they would even reject people whom they thought were unworthy. However, Jesus does not wait for disciples to come to Him. He goes and finds them and says, “Follow me.” This demonstrates how God sent Jesus to “seek and to save.” The action was on God’s part, not man’s part. Jesus came to save and to make disciples even when people were not looking to be saved or discipled.

The radicalness of the call to follow Christ is further emphasized by the new disciples leaving their current occupation. “Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” With Jesus, it is all or nothing. He doesn’t want part-time followers. He wants followers who will place their full faith and allegiance in Him. A true Christ-follower is one who will forsake his current occupation in order to follow Jesus if that is what it takes.

Are you ready to come out of darkness, let go of sin, and give your life to Christ so you can enter His kingdom? Allow me to show you how.

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

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

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

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

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

If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

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

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

Jesus: The Judge of the Church That Tolerates the Spirit of Jezebel, Part 2 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #321)


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

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

TEXT: Revelation 2:18-21:

18 And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass;

19 I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first.

20 Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.

21 And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.

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John R. Mott said, “The invasion of the Church by the world is a menace to the extension of Christ’s Kingdom. In all ages conformity to the world by Christians has resulted in lack of spiritual life and a consequent lack of spiritual vision and enterprise. A secularized or self-centered Church can never evangelize the world.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “I believe the failure of the church stems back to our poverty in prayer.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “The British Methodist evangelist George Scott began his work in Sweden during the Second Great Awakening, but experienced significant revival in his ministry during the 1830s. Carl Olof Rosenius, a native Swede, continued Scott’s work after the Englishman left, and he continued to experience awakenings into the 1840s. By that time the revival had begun in Norway, and within the decade revivals were being reported throughout Scandinavia.”

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The fourth of Christ’s letters is written to the church in one of the smallest, yet most important, cities of Asia Minor. Known for its export of fine purple linen, the city was also a center of pagan worship which placed economic pressure on the Christians there to conform.

Christ opens this letter in thunderous fashion, introducing Himself as the “Son of God”, the only time in the book of Revelation where this title is used. It is used here perhaps as an allusion to Thyatira’s temple to Apollo, who was, in Greek mythology, the son of the chief pagan god Zeus. Because Thyatira was an important trade center, merchant guilds were established in the town. Christians could not participate in these guilds unless they declared allegiance to Caesar and went along with pagan worship and pagan sacrifices. The temptation to at least not object to the worship of other gods was always present for Christians in business during that time. But Christ makes clear that He is the only “son of God” who would not stand by as worship and allegiance due to Him was given to another, especially from those who claimed to belong to Him.

Warren Wiersbe said, “It is interesting to contrast the churches at Ephesus and Thyatira. The Ephesian church was weakening in its love, yet faithful to judge false teachers; while the people in the assembly at Thyatira were growing in their love, but too tolerant of false doctrine. Both extremes must be avoided in the church. ‘Speaking the truth in love’ is the biblical balance. Unloving orthodoxy and loving compromise are both hateful to God.”

Further, Jesus tells John to write that this letter is coming from He “who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet like fine brass.” Jesus’ fiery eyes are symbolic of penetrating judgment. The church cannot hide their sin from the Lord. He sees all, and He will judge accordingly. The “fine brass” of Jesus’ feet are symbolic of purity and steadfastness. Brass was the strongest known metal in the ancient world, and “fine brass” was highly refined and purified in fire. This brass symbolizes Jesus’ holy and steadfast nature. He demands that His people strive to be pure, holy, and faithful even as He is. When that does not happen, the Lord will judge His people, and He has quite the judgment in store for this church which tolerates the teaching of Jezebel.

Christopher Miner wrote:

Broken, humbled to the dust
By Thy wrath and judgment just,
Let my contrite heart rejoice,
And in gladness hear Thy voice;
From my sins, O hide Thy face,
Blot them out in boundless grace.

Gracious God, my heart renew,
Make my spirit right and true.
Cast me not away from Thee,
Let Thy Spirit dwell in me;
Thy salvation’s joy impart,
Steadfast make my willing heart.

Sinners then shall learn from me,
And return, O God, to Thee
Savior all my guilt remove,
And my tongue shall sing Thy love
Touch my silent lips, O Lord,
And my mouth shall praise accord

Let’s pray.

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

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on trusting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. You have done the most important thing in life. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door, by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

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

Jesus Makes a Move, Brings the Light, and Fulfills Prophecy, Part 2 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 95 / Day 462 since Jan. 1, 2016)


TEXT: Matthew 4:12-17:

12 Now when Jesus had heard that John was cast into prison, he departed into Galilee;

13 And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim:

14 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying,

15 The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles;

16 The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.

17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

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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 95, day 462 since Jan. 1, 2016.

Jim Cymbala said, “If the times are indeed as bad as we say they are… if the darkness in our world is growing heavier by the moment… if we are facing spiritual battles right in our own homes… then we are foolish not to turn to the One who supplies unlimited grace and power. Jesus is our only source.”

Today, we continue looking at Jesus’ movement to expand His ministry and take the Gospel to more people. The text informs us that Jesus returns to Galilee and sets up His headquarters in Capernaum after John “was cast into prison.” Herod, the ruler of Galilee had John arrested after this wilderness prophet told the king, “It is not lawful for thee to have thy brother’s wife.” Herod thought he had gotten rid of John by throwing him into prison and having him beheaded. But just as soon as Herod thought he was free to continue in his sin, Jesus rolled into town with the same message as John: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” This gospel later informs us that Herod was so shook up by Jesus that he thought John had come back from the dead to haunt him some more.

This reminds us that God will always have someone prepared in every era and in every generation to stand for the truth. But Jesus’ message not only impacted Herod, but it impacted all of the Jews and Gentiles of Galilee. The Bible says they were “sitting in darkness” and “in the region and shadow of death.” They had nothing going for them. They had no hope, no satisfaction, nothing to look forward to. But when Jesus came, “light sprung up.” Jesus preached saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

Our culture loves to skip the first part of Jesus’ message. Not only the world, but many churches, like to say, ‘Jesus didn’t judge anybody, and neither should we. The kingdom of heaven is at hand, and everybody is welcome.’ But Jesus said “repent” first. You see, the people were not only sitting in darkness, but they had darkness sitting in them. And God won’t allow any darkness into His kingdom of light. If Herod wanted to get into the kingdom of heaven, he would have to let go of his brother’s wife. And the same goes for us. By receiving the light that Jesus brings, we must allow it to banish the darkness that is in us. If we want to enter the kingdom of Heaven, we must leave our sins behind at heaven’s gate. Thankfully Jesus is standing there ready to take our sins upon Himself and banish them at the cross.

One poet put it this way.

Sinner, come to Heaven’s gates
Jesus is standing there.
He says, ‘I’ll take your sin,
your darkness and your despair.’

Sinner, cast it all on Him,
And Heaven you will win.
He will never cast out
those whom He lets in.

Sinner, will you be a saint,
delivered from your sin?
If so, please leave the darkness
and to the light come in.

Are you ready to come out of darkness, let go of sin, and give your life to Christ so you can enter His kingdom? Allow me to show you how.

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

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

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

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

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

If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

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

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

Alana Beard: ‘Good Things Will Come if I Wait On the Lord’ (Gospel Light Minute #223)



She is currently a professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA. In high school, she led her team to four consecutive state titles and was named a WBCA All-American. In college at Duke University, she became the first NCAA basketball player to collect over 2,600 points, 500 assist and 400 steals. She helped her team reach two Final Fours. Since being drafted, she has played in 4 WNBA All-Star games and in 2016, she helped the Sparks win the WNBA championship.

Growing up, she and her family attended church at Greenwood Acres Baptist Church in Shreveport, Louisiana and at the age of 13, she gave her life to Christ. In an article for Sports Spectrum, there is a reason she doesn’t allow all the hype to go to her head. She said, “I believe in being humble because it’s in the Bible. Whenever I’m having problems or feel that nothing is going right, I always go to Matthew 6:25-32, which says that if you seek God’s kingdom first, everything else will be fine. Of course, I want to be the best. But I also believe in being patient. I know that good things will come when I wait on the Lord.”

Her name is Alana Beard. Continue reading

If You Were ‘Leftover’… (Gospel Light Minute X #277)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

This week, HBO’s post-apocalyptic drama, The Leftovers, returned for its third and final season. The series, based on a novel of the same name by Tom Perrotta, takes place in two small towns a few years after a rapture-like event in which 140 million people vanish from the earth. In the aftermath of the “Sudden Disappearance,” some people strive to return to normal despite the loss that they have experienced. Others turn to religious cults, an abundance of which pop up in the aftermath, in order to make sense of the world. Notable among these cults are the “Guilty Remnant” who always wear white and exist to repeatedly remind the world of the fact that they were left behind, or in the show’s cheeky terminology, “the leftovers.” Others spend their time trying to figure out if a new Jesus-like figure is coming and who he is if he has in fact already arrived.

The Leftovers is one of the latest products of our culture’s obsession with the apocalypse, the end times, and the possibilities of how the world — and humanity may end. While much of what the Bible predicts will happen in the end times is subject to debate, the Bible does tell us that the beginning of the end will be marked by an event called the Rapture, in which all believers in Jesus Christ will be taken from this earth to Heaven to be with God. No doubt, after the Rapture, the world will see much of what takes place in The Leftovers — people trying to cope, trying to go back to normal, turning to religion for understanding, or searching for a messiah to save them. It will be a dark time for the world. And many will soon realize that those who were taken will indeed be better off.

If the Rapture were to occur today — and the Bible teaches that it can take place at any time — would you be ready? Would you be one of the taken or one of the leftovers? Would you be one of those at home in Heaven with God or one of those left behind struggling to understand what happened?

If you have never trusted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour you are not ready. I am going to show you how you can trust Christ as your Saviour so that you will not be left behind.

First, you must realize and admit that you are a sinner and that you have broken God’s laws. 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.

Second, you must understand that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…” This is both spiritual death and physical death. We die physically and go to the grave because of sin and we die spiritually and go to hell because of sin.

Third, you must understand that you are on the road to hell because of your sins. 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.”

Fourth, you must 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 the gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

Fifth, you must accept the fact that God loves you more than you love yourself, and that He wants to save you from hell. Because of God’s love for you, he sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to pay the penalty for your sin. 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.” Because God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for our sins, we can live with God in Heaven for all eternity after we die.

Finally, with these facts in mind, you must 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.”

If you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me the following simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you 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 trusting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour!

Believe by faith. Share the faith. And keep the faith! God Bless You!


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

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