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How to Prepare for an Untimely Death (Gospel Light Minute X #281)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

Death is sure. Death is common. No one likes it, but sometimes we expect it. A grandfather in his seventies. A mother who has been battling a terminal illness for decades. An actor with a long, successful, much-feted career. The victims of a long-running war in which hundreds or thousands have already died. In these cases, we grow numb to death. We expect it. We prepare for it.

But, sometimes, death hits us in surprising ways — slaps us in the face, causing us to startle in surprise at how truly painful and horrible it is. And we were reminded of that this past week.

An up-and-coming French singer, Barbara Weldens, was performing at a concert inside a church when she collapsed and died mid-song. She was only 35 and had recently won acclaim for her first album released earlier this year.

In another shocking incident for the music industry, Chester Bennington, lead singer for the rock band Linkin Park was found dead at his home. He was just 41, and left behind a wife and six children. He had just released his band’s seventh album and was about to go on tour this week. Sadly, the cause of his death is apparently suicide.

These untimely deaths shock us into considering that we too might die, as they say, “before our time.” The future is guaranteed to no one — not the next day, not even the next hour. Many of us act like the rich man in the parable that Jesus told in Luke chapter 12. We store up our goods and make plans for the future as if we have all the time in the world. We eat, drink, and enjoy today like there’s no tomorrow. But, one day, there might literally be no tomorrow. As God said to that rich man, “Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee.”

What if your soul is required of you tonight? You might not think it is your time to die. You might be young and energetic. You may have eaten healthily and exercised consistently for the past 20 years. You may have big plans about where you want to be ten years from now. But none of that matters if death comes knocking. The only thing you can do is be prepared to die at any time — and that means settling the destination of your eternal soul. Doctors, law enforcement officials, and psychologists will spend days trying to figure out what caused the deaths of Barbara Weldens and Chester Bennington. But the only thing that really matters is whether or not these two made their peace with God and settled the destination of their souls. And that is what I invite you to do today.

Get to know the God Who made you so that He can save you so that when your time to die arrives — whether it’s tomorrow or thirty years from now — you will be ready. Here is how:

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.

Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and Bill Gates Can’t Save the World; Meet the Person Who Can (Gospel Light Minute X #280)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

During this year’s TED Conference in Vancouver, Elon Musk, the billionaire investor, inventor, and engineer, was interviewed about his ventures building electric cars, rockets, super-fast mass transit systems, and making space tourism a reality. He told the audience, “There have to be reasons you get up in the morning and want to live. If the future doesn’t include being out there in the stars, being a multi-planet species, that is incredibly depressing.” He added, “I’m not trying to be anyone’s savior. I’m just trying to think about the future and not be sad.”

Since the beginning of time, when things got tough, mankind has looked for a saviour — someone to deliver us from the problems we face. Despite the rise of humanism, which teaches that man is the be-all and end-all of the world, the desire for a savior is still just as strong today. The popularity of superhero movies, the near-worship of politicians, and the hopes we place in technology to solve the problems of the future all testify to the common feeling that we are not all right on our own. We would like for someone or something to save us from the dangers of the world. Now, many have put their trust in billionaire titans like Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and Bill Gates — banking on them to solve nearly every problem from global warming and drug-resistant bacteria to aging and even death.

But Elon Musk has the right idea. Deep down, he’s like the rest of us — trying to think about the future and not be sad. (Though, often, when we think about the future, we can’t help but feel a little sad.) He might be able to solve some of the world’s problems, but ultimately, he can’t be anyone’s savior. Like all of us, he needs a saviour — someone who may not solve all of the world’s problems, but someone who can save each of us individually from our biggest problem which is sin — the certainty of death because of sin and the uncertainty of what comes after that.

Jesus Christ, the Man of whom I speak, makes no qualms about who He is and what He came to do. In John 3:17, He said, “God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” The Apostle Paul wrote, “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.” The problems that exist in the world are a result of our sin. The sadness and depression we often feel about the future is because we know that we will continue to face the results of our bad behavior. On top of that, the specters of disease, ageing, and death hang over us no matter what we do to ward them off. They are problems that can’t be solved — without Jesus.

Allow me to share with you how you can get to know this Hero of heroes, this Titan of titans, this King of kings, this Lord of lords, the Son of God, Jesus Christ, Who can solve your biggest problems.

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.

In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Peter Quill Finally Found his Father, and it’s Important That You Do Too (Gospel Light Minute X #279)


Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 is in theaters now, and one of the greatest mysteries of the popular addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe — Who is Peter Quill’s father? — has been answered. The first film saw the boy Peter being taken from Earth by alien bounty hunters after his mother, who was dying of cancer, tells him that his father is an angelic, light-filled being. By the end of the film, Peter, who is now a grown man played by Chris Pratt, learns that his father is someone ancient, unknown, and unseen. In Volume 2, Peter finally meets his father, Ego, played by Kurt Russell. Ego is an immortal “living planet”, immensely powerful, who has also been traversing the galaxies searching for his son. Peter learns about his own true nature from his god-like father and realizes that he is far more important than he ever imagined.

Just as Peter does not understand himself or begin to reach his full potential until he meets his father, we will not understand ourselves or begin to reach the highest levels of satisfaction, joy, and contentment until we meet our Divine Father, the Creator God. Augustine prayed, “You have made us for yourself, O God, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in you.”

Preaching to the Greeks in Acts 17, Paul said, “God made the world and all things therein. He hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.”

In order to live in full confidence of who you are and where you belong in life, you need to get to know God as your Father. He created you, and He longs for a relationship with you. He wants to be your Father not just in name, but in reality. He loves you already, but He wants to direct you, teach you, guide you, and most importantly, take you to Heaven to be with Him forever. And He has already put everything in place for you to join Him. The death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ paved the way for you to meet your Father, for Him to meet you, and for you both to enjoy eternity together. Allow me to explain how you can begin a relationship with God today.

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!

The Gospel According to Wonder Woman (Gospel Light Minute #278)


The other day I had the joy of going to see “Wonder Woman” with my daughters. This summer, the DC Comics superhero film “Wonder Woman,” was released to theaters to largely positive reviews and critical praise for its direction by Patty Jenkins; performances by stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, and others; action sequences; and musical score. The film set records for the biggest domestic opening for a female director and the biggest opening for a female-led comic book film. It has grossed over $670 million worldwide, making it the fifth highest-grossing film of 2017. It most recently earned the title of being the highest-grossing film within the DC Extended Universe, surpassing films such as “Man of Steel,” “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” and “Suicide Squad.”

Set in 1918 during World War I, the film tells the story of Princess Diana, who grows up on the hidden Amazon island of Themyscira among a race of warrior women who were created by the gods of Mount Olympus to protect humankind. After American pilot and Allied spy Steve Trevor crashes offshore of the island and is rescued by Diana, he tells her about the ongoing World War. She then leaves her home with Steve in order to end the conflict, transforming from a naive warrior to an inspiring hero in the process. Continue reading

Pray for the Peace of America: Also a Response to President Trump’s Speech On the National Day of Prayer and his Signing of an Executive Order Ensuring Religious Freedom and Freedom of Speech for Christians and All People in America


TEXT: Jeremiah 29:7:

Seek the peace of the city whither I have caused you to be carried away captives, and pray unto the Lord for it: for in the peace thereof shall ye have peace.

In 1775, when America was in its birth throes, the Continental Congress called for a national day of “public humiliation, fasting, and prayer.” In 1863, when our nation was in the midst of a conflict that threatened to leave it irreconcilably shattered, President Abraham Lincoln called the nation to a national day of prayer. In 1952, having recognized the significance of prayer throughout our nation’s history, Congress established the National Day of Prayer as an annual event; the bill was signed into law by President Harry Truman. Since then, every president has signed a National Day of Prayer proclamation.

This year, I want to say thank you to President Trump for not only signing the proclamation, but holding a public event at the White House to mark the National Day of Prayer. It is great when our government leaders not only acknowledge God in private, but set an example before the whole nation by doing so in public. As God declared in Proverbs 8:15-16, “By me kings reign, and princes decree justice. By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth.”

On behalf of Christians in America and around the world, I would also like to thank President Trump for signing an executive order promoting religious freedom and free speech. Before the signing, Trump said, “We will not allow people of faith to be targeted, bullied, or silenced anymore. No one should be censoring sermons or targeting pastors.” This is good news for Christians in America who have been sued, fined, and even jailed for speaking up for and abiding by Biblical beliefs.

However, we must not let the actions of today cause us to let our guard down. Our real enemies are not people of other political parties or worldviews who wish to silence believers. America, as great as she is, is not Heaven where God’s law is the only law. Our real enemy is the devil, and as long as we continue to preach biblical truth, America (and every country) will always be a hostile land. As such, we must do as God told the children of Israel to do when they were taken to Babylon. Jeremiah said, “Seek the peace of the city whither I have caused you to be carried away captives, and pray unto the Lord for it: for in the peace thereof shall ye have peace.”

We ought to pray for the peace of America — not just her peace in relation to outside threats, but her peace in relation to her greatest threats — the ones that come from her own people. If America perishes, it will be not because of foreign assault, but because we, as a people, did not humble ourselves before God, confess our sins, and commit to obeying Him and loving one another. We ought to pray that all people will abide by the principles of tolerance and free speech, and we ought to abide by such principles ourselves. We ought to shine a light in this country through the sharing of the Gospel and through Christ-like behavior. If we pray for our country and work for her peace by inviting people to get to know the Prince of Peace, America can once again become a shining city on a hill.

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Now, if you are with us today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, your first prayer needs to be what we call the Sinner’s Prayer. First, please understand that you are a sinner, just as I am, and that you have broken God’s laws. 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 this 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. 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: 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.

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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