Are You Ready for a Change? (Gospel Light Minute X #390)

This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #390 titled, “Are You Ready for a Change?” 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.

Fueled by unfulfilled promises, unrealized hopes, and increasing difficulties, “It’s time for a change” has become a common theme with both politicians and the general public.

THERE HAVE BEEN CHANGES IN THE PAST

Within the recent past, changes have occurred with surprising suddenness. Governments once thought to be stable have been toppled. Financial institutions have failed. Once-successful businesses have collapsed. Even more significantly, the moral fabric of society has been shattered by turning away from God and the principles of His Word, the Bible. The “do what feels good” mentality—casting off restraint and rejecting authority—has broken up families and ruined lives. This is nothing but lawlessness, the essence of sin, which has brought the disillusion, disease, death, and destruction we see all around us. Continue reading “Are You Ready for a Change? (Gospel Light Minute X #390)”

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How God Helped Interstate Battery CEO Norm Miller Overcome Alcoholism and Find New Life in Christ (Gospel Light Minute #128)

Norm Miller
Norm Miller

He is the chairman of Interstate Battery. From humble beginnings as a salesman, he worked his way up through the departmental ranks of the company to become CEO. He expanded the company’s dealerships to over 200,000 across America and helped build up a brand name and reputation that is known for excellence and honesty.

As a young child growing up in Galveston, Texas, he often watched his father drink heavily on many evenings after work. Consequently, when he entered junior high, he began drinking as well. His drinking and partying continued all the way through high school and college. After college, he got a job with Interstate which kept him on the road a lot, and many days after working on cars and trucks, he would drink until the bar closed in the wee hours of the morning.

However, on one occasion, he was driving home after a night of drinking and got pulled over by the police. He says in his testimony: “I already had been convicted of two DUIs, but somehow I talked my way out of getting arrested. When I woke up the next morning all hung over, I called in sick to work. Then as I lay there in bed, the truth overwhelmed me. I was an alcoholic just like my father. I’d lost control of my life. That was a frightening realization! At the very instant I realized I had become an alcoholic, I blurted out in a half-yell of desperation, ‘God, help me! I can’t handle it!’ I’ll never forget those words, because He took the compulsion to drink away completely. It was over right then. I realize it doesn’t happen that way for everyone, but it did for me, and I’m eternally thankful. The weird thing is that if you’d asked me the day before if I believed in God, I would have told you that I didn’t know — that I hadn’t given much thought to it.”

After a friend came along and shared with him the truth of the Bible, he gradually began to understand it, and it began to take hold in his heart. He goes on to say, “An important verse for me was, ‘Seek and you shall find…’ I told God that if He was for real, I was a ‘seeker’ and I wanted to find the TRUTH. The Bible says that ‘Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.’ It teaches that we’re all ‘slaves’ — not just to alcohol and drugs, but to sin. Each of us has sinned against God and gone our own way, independent of Him. With a self-centered, do-our-own-thing attitude, all of our lives have fallen short of God’s intentions for us. Just as the Bible says in Romans 3:23, ‘For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.’ I knew that was true for me! But the good news is that ‘the Truth shall make you free,’ and Jesus Christ is the Truth! So I accepted Him just as the Bible teaches: as my Lord and Savior, as God’s only begotten Son who died as payment for MY sins. In Him is the forgiveness of sin and the power of self-control in being freed from the bondage of sin. Jesus is the gift of freedom, the power for living, and He gives eternal life!”

Today, he serves as a board member for Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas Seminary Foundation, the Overseas Council and BEE World. He is co-founder of the Great American Race and a founding team member of I Am Second. His name is Norm Miller.

GLMX #160: The Golden Path

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Two weeks ago, we learned of the tragic story of a young man by the name of Moritz Erhardt. He was a 21-year-old German bank intern working in the London offices of Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He was found dead in his home after working for 72 hours without sleep in the company’s investment banking division.

In the wake of his death, Reuters published a very interesting article about the kind of culture that drives young interns to go to extremes in order to secure their future in the money-making centers of the world. Belinda Goldsmith, who wrote the article, says: “Attracted to the glass towers of finance in London, New York and Singapore by the prospect of securing a full-time job and hefty wage, future ‘masters of the universe’ often face 20-hour days in some of the most adrenaline-soaked offices on earth. Weekends at work and meals in the office are par for the course with anecdotal reports of the ‘magic roundabout’ where interns get a taxi home after dawn and leave it waiting while they have a quick shower and then return to work.” One former intern who now has a job at a major U.S. bank said, “People push themselves because they want an offer with the bank and the chance of a great career and great money. This is a golden path.”

This “golden path” — this drive for money — is dangerous physically, mentally, and spiritually. It is not only bank and investment interns who pursue money this madly. But, people from every career path knock themselves out to be financially and materially successful. Their heart is set on the next big sale, the next big paycheck, and the next big thing they can buy.

The Bible warns us against allowing ourselves to be obsessed with money and material possessions. First Timothy 6:10 says, “the love of money is the root of all evil.” Jesus Christ said in Matthew 16:26: “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” In other words, it does no good for a man to pursue money and material possessions on this earth, but neglect the matters of his eternal soul. As someone once put it so well, “He who provides for this life, but takes no care for eternity is wise for a moment, but a fool forever.”

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McDonald’s President and CEO, Don Thompson, Lets his Faith Guide his Actions (Gospel Light Minute #103)

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Don Thompson
Don Thompson

He is the president and chief executive officer of McDonald’s, a position he accepted on June 30, 2012. As a former electrical engineer, he was able to help move McDonald’s into a new direction by creating robotic equipment for food transport and by making control circuits for cooking. He grew up in Chicago and in Indianapolis where he attended high school. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and an honorary Doctorate in Science degree from Excelsior College. He was awarded the 2012 Humanitarian Award by the Illinois Holocaust Museum and the 2010 Corporate Award by the Executive Leadership Council, among others.

In an interview with the Chicago Tribune, he said that he is a Christian who attends church with his family in a city outside of Chicago. His Christian beliefs help him in making decisions in his personal life and in his work as the leader of McDonald’s. In responding to a controversy over why a homosexual ad that ran in France will not run in the United States, he said, “I’ve never shied away from the fact that I’m a Christian. I have my own personal beliefs and I don’t impose those on anybody else.” His name is Don Thompson.