How a Key Principle of Karate Helps You Understand Getting Your Soul Saved From Hell Through Jesus Christ (Gospel Light Minute X #389)

This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #389 titled, “How a Key Principle of Karate Helps You Understand Getting Your Soul Saved From Hell Through Jesus Christ.” I’m here to remind you of what the Bible says, that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” like you and me.

Most people are familiar with Karate, a martial arts form of self-defense. Its origin dates back many centuries ago, when Chinese monks developed Kung Fu. In the 1600s, this system of self-defense was imported to the tiny island nation of Okinawa. Under the dominion of the Japanese Samurai, all weapons were banned to keep the people of Okinawa in subjection. For protection from their oppressors, the native people learned to use their farm tools as weapons, and over time perfected Chinese boxing into its present form we know as Karate.

The creed of all true Karate practitioners is this: I come to you with only karate, empty hands. I have no weapons, but should I be forced to defend myself, my principles, or my honor, be it a matter of life or death, right or wrong, then here are my weapons, karate, my empty hands.

This  reminds me of the way of salvation through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. You see, the word “karate” literally means ‘empty hands’. The way of Karate (Karate-do[doe]) is the way for salvation. Continue reading “How a Key Principle of Karate Helps You Understand Getting Your Soul Saved From Hell Through Jesus Christ (Gospel Light Minute X #389)”

GLMX #184: The Servant

Kevin Durant
Kevin Durant

For example, baseball great George Herman Ruth is known as “Babe” Ruth. The NBA’s LeBron James is sometimes called “King James.” Jason Terry is known as “JET”, not only because those are his initials, but because of the airplane takeoff celebration routine he does after hitting a three-pointer on the basketball court. Jonathan Paul Manziel, the Texas A&M quarterback and Heisman trophy winner, is better known as “Johnny Football.” The boxer, Muhammad Ali, dubbed himself, “the greatest.”

Most people probably wouldn’t recognize the name Eldrick Tont Woods because the world’s number one golf player is known as “Tiger.” The same thing goes for basketball player, Earvin Johnson, who is known as “Magic.” “Air Jordan” is just one nickname that stuck to Michael Jordan, the man who is arguably the best basketball player of all time. And how can we forget “Linsanity” the nickname that describes not only the basketball player, Jeremy Lin, but the frenzied excitement that followed when Lin seemingly came out of nowhere to lead the New York Knicks in an amazing turn-around of their 2011-2012 NBA season.

So, what kind of nickname should be given to one of today’s superstar basketball players — Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder? Some fans have called him the “Slim Reaper” or just “KD”. But Kevin Durant says he wants to be known as “the Servant.” He recently told an interviewer, “I like to serve everybody — my teammates, ushers at the game, the fans. I know it’s kinda weird to make your own nickname, but I like that one better.”

As a follower of Jesus Christ, Kevin Durant may be taking his cues from his Lord and Savior, who said in Mark 10:45, “For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” In other words, even though He is God in the flesh who deserves worship and praise, Jesus Christ came to earth not to be served by others, but to serve. Jesus Christ served humanity by giving His life as “a ransom” — a payment or sacrifice — for us. Jesus Christ was the ultimate “servant.” He told His disciples in Luke 22:27, “I am among you as he that serveth.”

MUSICAL SELECTION: Jeremy Camp singing “Jesus Saves”

Evander Holyfield: A True Champion for Christ (Gospel Light Minute #77)

Evander Holyfield
Evander Holyfield

He is an American professional boxer and a former Undisputed World Champion in both the cruiserweight and heavyweight divisions, earning him the nickname “The Real Deal.” After winning the bronze medal in the Light Heavyweight division at the 1984 Summer Olympics, he debuted as a professional at the age of 21. He moved to the cruiserweight division in 1985 and won his first title the following year, when he defeated Dwight Muhammad Qawi for the WBA Cruiserweight belt. He would then go on to defeat Ricky Parkey and Carlos De Leon to win the Lineal, IBF and WBC titles, becoming the Undisputed Cruiserweight Champion.

He moved up to heavyweight in 1988, defeating Buster Douglas for the The Ring, Lineal, WBC, WBA and IBF titles in 1990. He also had other notable victories over fighters such as: George Foreman, Larry Holmes, Riddick Bowe, Ray Mercer, Mike Tyson, Michael Moorer, John Ruiz, Michael Dokes and Hasim Rahman. He is the only 4-time World Heavyweight Champion, winning the WBA, WBC, and IBF titles in 1990, the WBA and IBF titles in 1993 and the WBA title in 1996 and 2000.

Raised without his father, he gave his life to Christ as a young boy. Early in life, he learned the power of prayer and turned to it when going through tough situations such as divorce, business failure, and the accidental killing of his older brother. On his boxing shorts and robe, he has the words inscribed, “I can do all things through Christ who strengtheneth me.” After one of his most famous fights with Mike Tyson, he said, “I prayed during training, I prayed when I got into the ring, I prayed when I was fighting him.” He has often said, “Boxing is 90 percent spiritual and 10 percent physical. It’s the spiritual aspect that gives the edge and an extra burst of energy to draw from. My victories are not achieved by my might, nor by my power, but by the Spirit of Christ who strengthens me.” His name is Evander Holyfield.

George Foreman: Once Fighting for the World, Now Fighting in God’s Army (Gospel Light Minute #13)

He is a two-time former World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Olympic gold medalist, ordained Baptist minister, author and successful entrepreneur. He is known as one of the hardest hitters in boxing history. His most notable fights were his knockout against Joe Frazier in 1973 and his loss to Muhammad Ali in the Rumble in the Jungle in Zaire, Africa in 1974. He went on to become the oldest man ever to become the heavyweight boxing champion of the world at age 45 after he came back to the ring from retirement to raise money for his foundation. He has been named one of the 25 greatest fighters of all time by Ring Magazine, having won 76 of his 81 fights. After retiring from boxing for a second time, he became a successful businessman, promoting healthy eating and fat-reduction. He is also known for raising 10 children—five boys and five girls.

After his loss to Jimmy Young on March 17, 1977, he entered his dressing room and began pacing back and forth, thinking about his future, his death, and his relationship with God. He had always prayed to God and believed that as long as he treated people right, he was okay. But this inner conflict and turmoil began to bother him so much so that he found himself lying on the floor having a vision and an out of body experience with God. He was taken to what seemed like hell, and he saw death and other religions. God told him in this vision, “I don’t want your money, I want you!”

He says of this experience, “I had never believed in Jesus before and I wasn’t going to go for it. I never would have, but let me tell you, Jesus is alive…There’s a lot of people who think for sure, and some think maybe, or maybe not. But I know [that Jesus is alive]. Since then I’ve been telling everybody about Jesus! Why God did this to me, I don’t know; but I just praise Him every day. I dropped everything I was doing to tell the whole world that Jesus Christ is alive. God took me all over the world fighting, and I was just trying to exalt myself. Now I’m going all over the world to try and tell them about Jesus.” The man who said these words is George Foreman.

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