LISTEN: How to Find Your Way to God (Gospel Light Minute X #378)

This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #378 titled, “How to Find Your Way to God” 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.

Over the years I have talked to thousands of people who have asked me how to find their way to God. Some have sat in church pews all their lives but never come to personally know God. Others have sought for ultimate meaning in all sorts of ways but never found the peace of mind for which they were searching. Some simply realize that there is something vital missing in their lives.

The Bible teaches that this sense of lostness is rooted in the fact that we live in a fallen world. We are all handicapped by a sin nature: The Bible says in Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God”. And despite our best efforts, we are unable to remove the haunting weight of guilt that separates us from our Creator.

God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to solve the dilemma caused by our sin. The Bible says 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.” Continue reading “LISTEN: How to Find Your Way to God (Gospel Light Minute X #378)”

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Which Way Will You Go With Jesus? (Gospel Light Minute X #363)

This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #363 titled, “Which Way Will You Go With Jesus?” 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.

WHAT DID PEOPLE SAY ABOUT JESUS?

“Kill Him!” said King Herod when he heard that Jesus was born.

“My eyes have seen Your Salvation which You have prepared in the sight of all people,” Simeon said to God when he held the Baby Jesus.

“Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” said the blind man.

“You healed someone on the Sabbath!” accused the religious leaders.

“Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We believe and know that you are the Christ, the Son of the living God,” said Peter and the disciples.

“Crucify Him!” said the religious leaders.

“Take Him away and do what you want,” said Pilate to the religious leaders.

“Remember me when You come into Your Kingdom,” said the thief who hung on the cross next to Jesus.

“Master!” said Mary on Easter Sunday as Jesus met her by the empty tomb.

“Unless I see the nail marks in His hand, I won’t believe He rose from the dead,” said the disciple Thomas.

“My Lord and my God!” said Thomas, a week later as Jesus stood in front of him. Continue reading “Which Way Will You Go With Jesus? (Gospel Light Minute X #363)”

Jesus Asks, “Do You Love Me?” Part 2 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 368)

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TEXT: John 21:15-17:

15 So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.

16 He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.

17 He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.

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Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to 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. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate to win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.

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 368.

Francis Chan said, “In the midst of our failed attempts at loving Jesus, His grace covers us.”

We see the truth of this statement in Jesus’ interaction with Peter in the last chapter of John’s Gospel. After actions which some of us would deem unforgivable or at least job terminating, Jesus is keen to help Peter understand that he is still a part of the family and the ministry. But, as we saw in our last message, Jesus also wants Peter to realize that he is not as strong spiritually as he had claimed in the past. Hence the question, “Lovest thou me more than these?” Jesus asks Peter to compare his love for Him against the love the other disciples had for Him. Peter had boasted about his loyalty to Jesus, but when the test came, he had let the Savior down. How does Peter respond to Jesus’ question?

Notice Peter’s Confession. In response to Jesus’ question, Peter says, “Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee.” Some commentators have pointed out that the word Jesus used for love and the word Peter used for love are different. Jesus uses “agape,” meaning unconditional, self-sacrificing love. Peter uses “phileo,” meaning the love of a friend. While some say the difference in terms is not significant, one could say that more than an attempt to try to convince Jesus that he still loves Him, Peter is confessing that he has failed at loving Jesus and that he is not capable of the love that he once boasted of. Peter is saying that he loves Jesus as much as he possibly can in his feeble human way, but He is incapable of loving Jesus the way Jesus loves him. Jesus had proven his agape love for Peter and mankind by going to the cross and dying; but Peter’s actions had shown that he did not have agape love — the kind of love that leads one to risk or lay down his life for Jesus. If you will, Under the weight of Jesus’ questioning, Peter finally admitted this. He did not have the agape love that Jesus had.

Now, notice Jesus’ Command. In response to Peter’s confession, Jesus says, “Feed my lambs.” I think it would be safe to say that if Peter had denied one of us the way he turned his back on Jesus, we would never want him to work with us or for us again. But that is not the case with Jesus. Jesus tells Peter, ‘You are still My disciple. You are still one of the twelve. I have called you to be a fisher of men. My gifts and callings are without repentance. Feed my sheep.’ The sheep are the flock of God, the souls the disciples would win to the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus is telling Peter, ‘I want you to be a leader in My church. I want you to shepherd, nourish, teach, provide for, and protect the little lambs who come in from the world.’

With this kind of restoration and reinstatement, I don’t think Peter ever again felt proud about spiritual matters. He had gone as low as anyone could go. Yet, Jesus had restored Him to service. He did not turn His back on him. He brought him back into the ministry and recommissioned him for God’s use.

As we embark on a new year, I think a question that Jesus would ask of us in the church is, “Do you love me? Do you love me more than these?” He has the right to ask such a question after a year when so many who claimed to be Christians bowed down at the altar of politics on both sides. When so many allowed political divisions to tear apart Christian fellowship. Jesus wants to know, Do you love Me more than you love your party? Do you love Me more than you love your candidate, no matter if they won or lost, if they’re leaving office or being inaugurated? Will you stand up for Me just like you stood up for them?

Some of us, like Peter, need to confess that we have not loved the Lord supremely. We have put personal safety, politics, race, culture, money, popularity, and worldly acceptance above Christ and the Gospel. We have allowed the transient things of this world to trump the guaranteed eternal triumph of God in the end. Some of us, like Peter, have been unwilling to go down to the wire for Jesus.

But if we are willing to admit our faults, Jesus has a command for us as well: “Feed my lambs.” He wants us to get back to our first love in this new year. He wants us to love Him with all our heart, mind, and soul through the power of the Holy Spirit. He wants us to have agape love for our brothers and sisters in Christ because that is the only kind of love that will heal the division that has come to light in the past few years. He wants us to have agape love for the lost world as well because that is the only kind of love that will move us to boldly preach the Gospel and stand against sin no matter the cost.

Julia Aldrich wrote:

Jesus said with tender pleading,
Feed My lambs, feed My lambs;
In this world He’s interceding,
Feed My precious lambs.

Seek each little son and daughter,
Feed My lambs, feed My lambs;
Lead them to the living water,
Feed My precious lambs.

Tell them of a home in glory,
Feed My lambs, feed My lambs;
And repeat the old, old story
Feed My precious lambs.

For those of you who are not yet disciples of the Lord, the restoration of Peter reminds us that Jesus can and will forgive any sinner. No matter what you have done, no matter how terrible you think it is, Jesus wants to forgive you, save you from your sins, and bring you into His family. No one is too far gone that he is beyond the grace, mercy, and love of Jesus. Here is how you can receive Him into your heart and life today:

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.


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.

Jesus Asks, “Do You Love Me?” Part 1 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 367)

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TEXT: John 21:15-17:

15 So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.

16 He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.

17 He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.

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Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to 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. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate to win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.

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 367.

F.B. Meyer said, “When a man is right with God, God will freely use him.”

John ends his book with Jesus and His disciples by the sea in a scene that has been referred to as “the restoration of Peter.” Peter had denied that he even knew Jesus Christ while the Lord was on trial in Jerusalem. Apparently, Jesus nor any of the other disciples held that against him. He was still a part of the group. He was even seen as a leader, as he was the one whom all the others followed to go fishing earlier in this passage. But, Peter likely had some misgivings in his own heart. Every time he looked at Jesus, he would have felt guilt and regret over what he had done. He would have been especially ashamed because he had been the most vocal in his proclamations that he would die with Jesus if necessary. Jesus, of course, knowing all things, knew what was in Peter’s heart. He knew that Peter was still messed up on the inside. And, so, Jesus graciously sets out to restore Peter, the one whom He had called the “rock” upon which He would build the church.

Dr. Warren Wiersbe said, “Peter and his Lord had already met privately and no doubt taken care of Peter’s sin, but since Peter had denied the Lord publicly, it was important that there be public restoration. Since Peter had denied his Lord three times, Jesus asked him three personal questions. He also encouraged him by giving a threefold commission that restored Peter to his ministry.”

First, from this passage, notice the Comparison. “When they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these?” Jesus did not call Peter by his usual name which meant “rock,” perhaps as a reminder that, at the time of Jesus’ crucifixion, Peter had not been faithful or steadfast like a rock. Peter is being asked to measure his love for Jesus against the love the other disciples had for Jesus. Surely, all of the disciples loved Jesus deeply. But, Peter had been more vocal than any of the others in declaring his love, commitment, and dedication.

Warren Wiersbe said, “The key issue is Peter’s love for the Lord Jesus, and that should be a key matter with us today. But what did the Lord mean by “more than these”? Was He asking, “Do you love Me more than you love these other men?” Not likely, because this had never been a problem among the disciples. They all loved the Lord Jesus supremely, even though they did not always obey Him completely. Perhaps Jesus meant, “Do you love Me more than you love these boats and nets and fish?” Again, this is not likely, for there is no evidence that Peter ever desired to go back permanently into the fishing business. Fishing did not seem to compete with the Saviour’s love.
The question probably meant, “Do you love Me—as you claimed—more than these other disciples love Me?” Peter had boasted of his love for Christ and had even contrasted it with that of the other men. “I will lay down my life for Thy sake!” “Though all men shall be offended because of Thee, yet will I never be offended!” There is more than a hint in these boastful statements that Peter believed that he loved the Lord more than did the other disciples.”

Now, Jesus is asking Him, “Peter, is all that still true? Do you still love me more than the other disciples do?”

Anybody can see why this would be a concern: in the moment of Jesus’ greatest need, Peter had not acted like he loved the Lord. Ultimately, he had done just as the other disciples did: he ran away from the Lord rather than standing by Him through His ordeal. Such a question would cut at Peter’s pride. No one likes for others to doubt their words, but Jesus is helping Peter realize that he needs to be more humble and that he cannot rely on his own strength and will. Jesus was helping Peter to realize that, without God, he was no stronger, better, or more faithful than any of the other disciples.

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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 says, “Come and Dine” (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 366)

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TEXT: John 21:11-14:

11 Simon Peter went up, and drew the net to land full of great fishes, an hundred and fifty and three: and for all there were so many, yet was not the net broken.

12 Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine. And none of the disciples durst ask him, Who art thou? knowing that it was the Lord.

13 Jesus then cometh, and taketh bread, and giveth them, and fish likewise.

14 This is now the third time that Jesus shewed himself to his disciples, after that he was risen from the dead.

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Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to 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. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate to win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.

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 366.

Joni Eareckson Tada said, “When I look at Jesus’ warm and intimate friendships, my heart fills with praise that Jesus was a man. A man of flesh-and-blood reality. His heart felt the sting of sympathy. His eyes glowed with tenderness. His arms embraced. His lips smiled. His hands touched. Jesus invites us to relate to Him. And because He is fully man, we can relate to Jesus with affection and love.”

As John draws his book to a close, we are again treated to a pedestrian scene involving Jesus and His disciples. The disciples had worked hard all night trying to catch fish. Jesus had come and directed them to receive a miraculous haul. Now, they were sitting on the shore with the Master eating a breakfast that He had prepared.

Jesus invited them to join Him saying, “Come and dine.” As mentioned before, from the middle of the sea, the disciples did not recognize that it was Jesus on the shore. Mary at the tomb and the disciples on the road to Emmaus had similar experiences. It is as though they had to look twice in order to see that it was really Jesus. Perhaps, the scars that Jesus had received from His scourging and crucifixion had marred His appearance to the extent that one had to look closely to see that it was really Him.

But now, with this invitation, “Come and dine,” the disciples know for sure that it is the Lord. John says, “None of the disciples dared ask him, Who art thou? knowing that it was the Lord.” They knew that Jesus was the only Rabbi who would kneel on the ground and prepare a meal for His disciples with His own hands and invite them to eat it with Him. They had seen this type of divine humility only in Jesus before. They remembered what Jesus had taught them — that God had sent His own Son to invite men to escape eternal punishment and receive eternal life from God. God could have demanded that men grovel in the ground and beg for mercy. Instead, He himself became flesh, took on the form of a servant and dwelt among us.

Dr. Warren Wiersbe said, “Three ‘invitations’ stand out in John’s Gospel: ‘Come and see,’ ‘Come and drink,’ and ‘Come and dine.’ How loving of Jesus to feed [the disciples] before He dealt with their spiritual needs. He gave them the opportunity to dry off, get warm, satisfy their hunger, and enjoy personal fellowship. Certainly, the spiritual is more important than the physical, but caring for the physical can prepare the way for spiritual ministry. Our Lord does not so emphasize ‘the soul’ that He neglects the body.”

Verse 14 tells us that “Jesus then cometh [personally], and taketh bread, and giveth them, and fish likewise.” Jesus “fixed the plates” of His disciples; He personally served out their food. This must have reminded them of how He had personally washed their feet after the Last Supper just a few days or weeks prior. This time, however, notice there was no protest from Peter or any of the disciples. They were starting to learn, to recognize the ways of Jesus. They meekly received the service that Jesus offered them.

“Come and dine.” Jesus, today, is still extending this invitation to those who are weary, tired, and sick after long nights of being tossed on the Sea of Sin. Perhaps, you, like the disciples, have spent many dark nights of the soul toiling for your own redemption. You’ve given to charity, you’ve volunteered your time, you’ve attended church, you’ve gone and asked forgiveness of those whom you have wronged. Yet, like the disciples, you’ve come up empty. You have nothing to show for your labors. Jesus says to you, “Come and dine. Leave the Sea of Sin; come to the Shore of Salvation.” Jesus has done all the work. He offers you forgiveness of sin, escape from everlasting damnation, and eternal life with God. All you have to do is receive it.

Charles B. Widmeyer wrote:

Jesus has a table spread
Where the saints of God are fed,
He invites His chosen people, “Come and dine”;
With His manna He doth feed
And supplies our every need:
Oh, ’tis sweet to sup with Jesus all the time!

The disciples came to land,
Thus obeying Christ’s command,
For the Master called unto them, “Come and dine”;
There they found their heart’s desire,
Bread and fish upon the fire;
Thus He satisfies the hungry every time.

Soon the Lamb will take His bride
To be ever at His side,
All the host of heaven will assembled be;
Oh, ’twill be a glorious sight,
All the saints in spotless white;
And with Jesus they will feast eternally.

Will you accept Jesus’ invitation to fill your hungry soul? Come and dine at the table of the Savior today by receiving the work He did on the cross for you.

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.

The Jesus Effect, Part 1 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 361)

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TEXT: John 21:1-8:

1 After these things Jesus shewed himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias; and on this wise shewed he himself.

2 There were together Simon Peter, and Thomas called Didymus, and Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two other of his disciples.

3 Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a fishing. They say unto him, We also go with thee. They went forth, and entered into a ship immediately; and that night they caught nothing.

4 But when the morning was now come, Jesus stood on the shore: but the disciples knew not that it was Jesus.

5 Then Jesus saith unto them, Children, have ye any meat? They answered him, No.

6 And he said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes.

7 Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved saith unto Peter, It is the Lord. Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt his fisher’s coat unto him, (for he was naked,) and did cast himself into the sea.

8 And the other disciples came in a little ship; (for they were not far from land, but as it were two hundred cubits,) dragging the net with fishes.

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Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to 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. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate to win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.

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 361.

Alfred Plummer said, “There is no need to seek symbolical meanings for the right and left side of the disciples’ boat. The difference is not between right and left, but between working with and without Divine guidance.”

In the final chapter of the book of John, the post-resurrection narrative shifts to Galilee, specifically the Sea of Tiberius. It is significant that Jesus would appear to His disciples here because this region is where most of them came from and also where most of Jesus’ followers came from. As you may recall, the Galileans were seen as being of a lower class than the Jews from Judea. But Jesus found His most receptive audience among these people who were looked down on. This appearance of Jesus is also significant because the angel at the tomb, and later Jesus Himself, stated that He would appear to His disciples in Galilee. The first two appearances that John recorded took place in Jerusalem as far as we know.

While the other disciples are waiting for Jesus to arrive, Simon Peter announces, “I go a fishing.” No preamble, no talking it over with the other guys. Just, “I go a fishing.” Six of the other disciples decide to go with Peter — Thomas, Nathanael, James, John, and two others who are unnamed. The disciples are frequently criticized here for their willingness to go back to their former occupation so soon. But the Bible does not tell us that what they did was wrong or that they intended this as a way of turning their back on the ministry. Rather, it is just as likely that Peter, who had a wife and children, and the other disciples needed to make some money to take care of their earthly needs.

The Bible tells us that the disciples were out fishing on the boat all night, but caught nothing. In the morning, they are understandably frustrated. When a man appears on the shore asking, “Children, have ye any meat?” their response is terse. “No.” The man’s question is not unusual. Those interested in purchasing from fishermen would often call out from the shore to find out how the catch was going.

What is unusual, however, is what happened next. The man on the shore tells the disciples, “Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes.” First, it should be stated that there is nothing significant about the right side versus the left side of the ship. What is significant is the fact that the disciples found success when they did what Jesus told them to do.

This is important to them because they needed to be reminded of their need to rely on God. It is human nature to think that one is invincible following a great victory such as the one the disciples experienced with Jesus’ resurrection. But the days and months ahead would cause the disciples to look to Jesus for guidance and deliverance many times. Dr. Warren Wiersbe writes, “Had they forgotten the Lord’s words, ‘For without me, ye can do nothing’? Perhaps [in this fishing expedition], Peter’s impulsiveness and self-confidence were revealing themselves again. He was sincere, and he worked hard, but there were no results. How like some believers in the service of the Lord! They sincerely believe that they are doing God’s will, but their labors are in vain. They are serving without direction from the Lord, so they cannot expect blessing from the Lord.”

Much of what we do in life may not be working out simply because we are not following the direction of the Lord in the matter or because we are doing things that He has not commanded us to do. The test for us is whether or not we will change our tactics when we hear His voice and begin doing things according to His will. God wants to bless us. He wants to give us the abundant life. He wants our fishing nets to be overflowing. But it is up to us as to whether we will receive the blessings that He offers us. Peter and the other disciples would not have gotten a huge catch if they had not obeyed the Lord.

Daniel Whittle wrote:
There shall be showers of blessing:
This is the promise of love;
There shall be seasons refreshing,
Sent from the Savior above.

There shall be showers of blessing;
O that today they might fall,
Now as to God we’re confessing,
Now as on Jesus we call!

There shall be showers of blessing,
If we but trust and obey;
There shall be seasons refreshing,
If we let God have His way.

Get on the path to showers of blessings by receiving Jesus Christ as your Savior today.

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.

The Grace and Power of Jesus Demonstrated in the Greatest Event in History — the Resurrection, Part 10 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 347)

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TEXT: John 20:19-23:

19 Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.

20 And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord.

21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.

22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:

23 Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.

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Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to 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. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate to win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.

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 347.

D.L. Moody said, “The voice of sin is loud, but the voice of forgiveness is louder.”

At the conclusion of His first meeting with the disciples after His resurrection, Jesus Christ gave an interesting statement regarding the forgiveness of sins. In verse 23, He told the disciples who had just received peace from the Lord, purpose from the Lord, and power from the Lord, “Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.” The word translated as “remit” means “to let go, to give up a debt, to forgive.” The word translated as “retain” means “to hold fast, to not discard or let go, to keep.”

Some have interpreted this verse to mean that Jesus gave His disciples the power to forgive or not forgive the sins of others. However, that is not the case. Dr. John Walvoord states, this verse “must not be interpreted to mean that Jesus gave to a select body of people the right to forgive sins and let people into heaven. He was not setting aside the disciples (and their successors) as a ‘spiritual elite’ to deal with the sins of the world… The eminent Greek scholar Dr. Julius R. Mantey assures that the correct translation both here and in Matthew 16:19 should be: ‘Whosoever sins you remit [forgive] shall have already been forgiven them, and whosoever sins you retain [do not forgive] shall have already not been forgiven them.’ In other words, the disciples did not provide forgiveness; they proclaimed forgiveness on the basis of the message of the Gospel.”

The message of God’s forgiveness is great news for mankind because it means that God no longer holds our sins against us. If we take another look at the word translated as “remit” in the King James Version, we will see that it also means “to send away, to depart, or to disregard.” If we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior, God forgives us of our sins. He sends them away. He disregards them. He does not allow them to hinder us from getting into a right relationship with Him. Through the Blood of Jesus Christ, He sees us separately from our sins.

When Jesus died on the cross, all of our sins were brought before God. Jesus’ shed blood is sufficient payment for all of the sins ever committed in the world. When we come to Christ, in faith, believing in His completed work on the cross, God regards our sins as being under the blood. He does not even see them. As one Old Testament prophet put it, He “casts all our sins into the depths of the sea.” The Psalmist wrote, “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions [our sins] from us.”

Oswald Chambers wrote, “Forgiveness is the divine miracle of grace. The cost to God was the Cross of Christ. To forgive sin, while remaining a holy God, this price had to be paid. The revealed truth of God is that without the atonement He cannot forgive — He would contradict His nature if He did. The only way we can be forgiven is by being brought back to God through the atonement of the Cross. God’s forgiveness is possible only in the supernatural realm.”

Jesus gave His apostles the responsibility to proclaim this great news: that God would no longer judge those who accepted the atonement of His Son. This was the message of the angels upon the birth of Jesus: “Peace on earth; goodwill to men.” God sent Jesus to make peace with mankind. Jesus was a demonstration of the goodwill of God to us. He made sure that His followers recognized the total forgiveness that rests in Him. Outside of Christ, there is no forgiveness from God. All those who reject Christ and His work on the cross will have their sins “retained” or not forgiven. For those who choose to go their own way, God will continue to hold their sins against them. The main purpose of the church is to proclaim this glorious Gospel message.

H.W. Baker wrote:

Redeemed, restored, forgiven
Through Jesus’ precious blood,
Heirs of his home in heaven —
Oh, praise our pardoning God!
Praise him in tuneful measures
Who gave his Son to die;
Praise him whose sevenfold treasures
Enrich and sanctify.

God wants to forgive you of your sins today. But He can only do that if you accept the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the cross as the payment for your sins. Will you give your life to Jesus Christ today and experience the forgiveness that only comes from God? Here is how you can place your faith and trust in Him today.

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.

The Grace and Power of Jesus Demonstrated in the Greatest Event in History — the Resurrection, Part 9 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 346)

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TEXT: John 20:19-23:

19 Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.

20 And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord.

21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.

22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:

23 Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.

———-

Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to 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. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate to win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.

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 346.

Marcus Dods said, “Jesus’ breathing upon His disciples was meant to convey the impression that His very own Spirit was imparted to them.”

When Jesus met His disciples on Resurrection Sunday, He gave them three precious gifts. The first gift was that of Peace: Jesus set His disciples’ hearts, minds, and souls at ease with the knowledge of His resurrection from the dead and their new standing as children of God. The second gift He gave them was that of Purpose: He commissioned them as His apostles who would continue taking the message of the Gospel to the world.

The third gift that Jesus gave to His disciples is that of Power. John writes, “And when he had said these things [giving them Peace and Purpose], he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost.” Shortly before Jesus left to go to the cross, Jesus had promised that the Holy Spirit would come to His disciples so that they would never be alone. It was this Power residing in them now that would enable them to continue in the Peace and Purpose that Jesus had given them.

Dr. Warren Wiersbe writes: “Jesus enabled His disciples through the Holy Spirit. This verse reminds us of Genesis 2:7 when God breathed life into the first man. In both Hebrew and Greek, the word for ‘breath’ also means ‘spirit.’ The breath of God in the first creation meant physical life, and the breath of Jesus Christ in the new creation meant spiritual life. The believers would receive the baptism of the Spirit at Pentecost and be empowered for ministry. Apart from the filling of the Spirit, they could not go forth to witness effectively. The Spirit had dwelt WITH them in the person of Christ, but now the Spirit would be IN them.” Dr. Walvoord and Dr. Zuck go on to state that “this reception of the Spirit was in anticipation of the day of Pentecost and should be understood as a partial limited gift of knowledge, understanding, and empowerment until Pentecost, 50 days later.”

When the disciples received the Holy Spirit, they were empowered with the very same Spirit that had empowered Jesus Christ during His ministry. Jesus had once told a skeptical audience, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.”

The disciples had now been commissioned to do the same works and to preach the same message that Jesus had preached. They would not be able to do it without the power of the Holy Spirit working inside of them.

It is important to remember that the Holy Spirit, Jesus’ Spirit, is a Person, not a thing. He is a living power, the third person of the Trinity. Christians, today, erroneously speak of getting more of the Power of the Holy Spirit. But, the Spirit is not a thing to be measured. He is a Person. Either we have Him or we don’t. Perhaps a better way of putting this is to say either He has us or He doesn’t. We do not possess the Holy Spirit in the sense that we are in control of Him. Rather, He is in control of us and we ought to want Him to be in control of us. When the Holy Spirit is in control, He keeps us in perfect peace and He keeps us on track with our purpose.

The power that Jesus imparted to His disciples on that Resurrection Sunday 2,000 years ago is available to His people today. Every believer is filled with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit gives us power to overcome all of the dark forces of the world. The Holy Spirit gives us power to triumph over every difficulty that we face. The Holy Spirit gives us power to be bold in our proclamation of the truth of God’s Word to our world.

Witness Lee wrote:

If I’d know Christ’s risen power.
I must ever love the Cross;
Life from death alone arises;
There’s no gain except by loss.

If I’d have Christ formed within me,
I must breathe my final breath,
Live within the Cross’s shadow,
Put my own life ever to death.

If God through His Holy Spirit
Nail me ever with the Lord;
Only then as death is working
Will His power thru me be poured.

The power of the Holy Spirit can be imparted to you today. You can have the Holy Spirit living inside of you so that you can walk in peace and purpose. Will you give your life to Jesus Christ today and receive this gift of the risen Lord? Here is how you can place your faith and trust in Him today.

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.

The Grace and Power of Jesus Demonstrated in the Greatest Event in History — the Resurrection, Part 8 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 343)

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TEXT: John 20:19-23:

19 Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.

20 And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord.

21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.

22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:

23 Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.

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Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to 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. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate to win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.

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 343.

Bill Bright said, “Not only is Jesus of Nazareth the only One who can pardon our sins, but He is the only One who can give purpose to life. None of us will be truly fulfilled until we invite Christ to show us the very purpose for which He created us. No one else who ever lived can do this — no man, no religion, no philosophy — only Jesus of Nazareth who is God in the flesh.”

When Jesus appeared to His disciples on that first Lord’s day 2,000 years ago, He came not only with the good news of His resurrection, but He also gave His disciples some very precious gifts. We have already seen how He gave them the gift of Peace. He said, “Peace be unto you.” This peace erased their fear and their condemnation. Because Jesus had conquered death, they could be emotionally, mentally, and spiritually at peace.

The second gift which Jesus gave to his disciples is that of Purpose. He said, “as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.” Jesus had spent over three years teaching and training His disciples. All that time, He had been preparing them for this moment. Jesus had been sent to Earth as God’s representative. Now, Jesus was giving His disciples the purpose of being His representatives to the lost, dying, and yet hostile world. We get the word “apostle”, sent ones, from the Greek word used in this verse. We also get the word “missionary” from the Latin translation of this verse. It is important to note that this purpose was not just given to the ten disciples who were present. Luke tells us that this purpose was given to all those who were gathered in that room. Every believer has this special purpose from God. Jesus sent all those who believed in Him out into the world to proclaim the good news of His death, burial, and resurrection and what that means for mankind.

Ray Stedman said, “Just as Jesus was sent into a lost world to touch the broken lives of people — to heal, to recover, to open eyes, and to set free — so the disciples were to go with the word of the gospel, doing the same work that Jesus was sent to do. This is what the Apostle Paul says in Second Corinthians: ‘We are ambassadors for Christ… We pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.’ Jesus Himself would be the model of their ministry. Just as He went, so were they to go.”

Because of the uncertainty surrounding Jesus’ death, the disciples had begun to lose focus. Some had been separated from the others. They were afraid and in hiding. They had lost their sense of direction. Peter and some of the other disciples even decided to go back to their old occupation of fishing. They felt that they had lost Jesus and, thus, their lives had been set adrift. But Jesus shows up on that Resurrection Sunday morning and gives them Peace and Purpose. With their divine commission, their lives were put back on track and their energies began to be directed to a goal greater than themselves. They were no longer uncertain about what to do next. The resurrected Jesus had given them Purpose.

Have you ever felt as though your life was adrift on the sea of purposelessness? Have you ever felt lost, afraid, concerned about the future? Have you ever felt uncertain about where to direct your energies and your focus? I think it’s safe to say that we all have felt that way at one point or another. Just as Jesus Christ gave His disciples Purpose, He can give you Purpose as well. He can give you a reason to live. He can take away your feelings of uncertainty and despair. Because He is the Creator who gives life, He alone knows how to make life worthwhile.

One hymnist wrote:

Man’s Creator has a purpose
For our being here on earth.
In His image we’re created,
To express His rule on earth.

His Son, Jesus, is our Savior.
Once in human form He came.
Now as Spirit He can enter
As the breath of life to man.

Jesus Christ will get His kingdom
Just by growth—the normal way.
Not an instant transformation;
Growth goes on from day to day.

This life-seed is all-inclusive—
Everything we’ll ever need;
Yes, our God’s eternal purpose
Is within this precious seed.

Jesus wants to plant the life-seed of the Gospel in your heart today so that it can grow and give your life purpose and meaning. Will you give your life to Him today and receive the gift of the risen Lord? Here is how you can place your faith and trust in Him today.

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.

The Grace and Power of Jesus Demonstrated in the Greatest Event in History — the Resurrection, Part 7 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 340)

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TEXT: John 20:19-23:

19 Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.

20 And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord.

21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.

22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:

23 Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.

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Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to 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. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate to win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.

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 340.

John MacArthur said, “Once the Lord rose from the dead on the first day of the week, that day of the week would never be the same again. If you memorialize the creation on the seventh day, and if you memorialize the law on the seventh day, you certainly want to memorialize the resurrection. If you celebrate God as Creator and law-giver, you certainly want to celebrate Him regularly and even more joyfully as Savior.”

In our last message, we began looking at the importance of Jesus’ resurrection on Sunday and how that has been carried forward in the church over hundreds of years. We saw that Sunday or “the Lord’s day” is not the “Christian Sabbath.” Nor is it a replacement of the Jewish Sabbath. It also is not primarily a day of rest as so many of us consider it. Rather, it is a natural outgrowth of the desire of the first Christians to commemorate and celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is a day of worship and praise to God for what Jesus Christ did for us on the cross.

Dr. Warren Wiersbe said, “There were at least five Resurrection appearances of our Lord on that first day of the week: to Mary Magdalene, the other women, Peter, the two Emmaus disciples, and the disciples minus Thomas. The next Sunday, the disciples met again and Thomas was with them. It would appear that the believers from the very first met together on Sunday evening, which came to be called ‘the Lord’s Day.’ It appears that the early church met on the first day of the week to worship the Lord and commemorate His death and resurrection. The Sabbath was over when Jesus arose from the dead. He arose on the first day of the week. The change from the seventh day to the first day was not effected by some church decree; it was brought about from the beginning by the faith and witness of the first believers. For centuries, the Jewish Sabbath had been associated with Law: six days of work, and then you rest. But the Lord’s Day, the first day of the week, is associated with grace: first there is faith in the living Christ, then there will be works. There is no evidence in Scripture that God ever gave the original Sabbath command to the Gentiles, or that it was repeated for the church to obey. Nine of the Ten Commandments are repeated in the church epistles, but the Sabbath commandment is not repeated. However, Paul makes it clear that believers must not make ‘special days’ a test of fellowship or spirituality.”

On that first “Lord’s day” two thousand years ago, three important “firsts” happened.

1. The first Christian worship service took place. Matthew 28:9 tells us that as the women were leaving Jesus’ empty tomb, “Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshiped him.” It was a brief moment of worship. But it was the first recorded time Jesus was worshiped as the risen Savior and Lord. When we gather on Sunday, we are gathering to worship Him.

2. The first Christian assembly took place. Verse 19 of our passage tells us that the “disciples were assembled” at a house when Jesus appeared in their midst. This ought to remind us that we gather together as believers in order to do nothing but meet with Jesus. He has promised that where two or three are gathered in His name, He will be there in the midst.

3. The first Christian sermon was preached. Luke 24:25-27 tells us that Jesus met two disciples on the road to Emmaus and, “beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.” The first Christian sermon was an expository message preached by Jesus Christ about Himself. Each Lord’s day, every preacher ought to make plain to believers and non-believers that Jesus Christ is the resurrected Lord and Savior.

How do we apply these truths about the first Lord’s day to our Sunday observances today?

First, the Lord’s day is a time for us to worship, celebrate, and refocus — to be reminded of what is most important in our lives. Paul instructed Timothy to “remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to the gospel.” Jesus, the incarnate Son of God, came to Earth, died on the cross, and then rose from the dead. That is the most important thing ever to happen in history. And it is the most important thing in our lives today. With all that happens in our personal lives and with all that is going on in the world, we need to be reminded of that.

Second, the Lord’s day is a time to proclaim the message of the Gospel. Jesus Christ said, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” Pastors, today, talk about many things from the pulpit. But, every Sunday, no matter what else is preached on, the Gospel ought to be proclaimed. People need to know that Jesus died for their sins and that He rose again.

Third, the Lord’s day is a time for us to look forward to the day when we will be resurrected with Christ. Romans 6:5 says, “If we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection,” Yes, we will die one day if the Rapture does not take place soon. But we also will one day be resurrected with a real, physical body just like Jesus. And we will join him forever in Heaven.

Charles Wesley translated this old Latin hymn which embodies the truths we all ought to remember when we gather each Lord’s day.

Jesus Christ is risen today,
our triumphant holy day,
who did once upon the cross,
suffer to redeem our loss.

Hymns of praise then let us sing,
unto Christ, our heavenly King,
who endured the cross and grave,
sinners to redeem and save.

But the pains which he endured,
our salvation have procured.
Now above the sky he’s King,
where the angels ever sing.

If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Savior, you can have something to celebrate every Sunday by believing on Him for your salvation from sin and the consequences of sin. Here is how you can place your faith and trust in Him today.

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.