The Last Hug and the Last Time (Gospel Light Minute X #401)

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This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #401 titled, “The Last Hug and the Last Time .” 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.

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Doing the Workplace God’s Way, Part 6 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #52)

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A series of homilies on Ephesians 5 & 6

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


I am sharing a verse-by-verse series of short messages on Ephesians 5 & 6 (as well as other passages of Scripture) specifically targeted at reviving families and encouraging and exhorting husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, and children to do what God has commanded them to do, for if the church is to be revived and the country is to be awakened, the family must be revived first.

Ephesians 6:9:

And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him.

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Diane Paddison said, “No matter what your team looks like, there’s nothing more important than to know your employees. It’s critical to understand their strengths, weaknesses, and motivators, as well as their work and communication styles. This knowledge will help you to motivate, encourage, and correct course more effectively, and it will make your employees feel known, respected, and engaged in their work.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “If Jesus preached the same message ministers preach today, He would have never been crucified.”

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In this verse, Paul turns his attention to the “masters”, the employers, the bosses, or the managers. Just as God has expectations of Christian employees, He has expectations of those employers who claim to be Christians.

First, they are to “do the same things unto” their workers. Some of the same things God commanded of employees are commanded of employers — specifically treating them with good will and doing unto them as one would do unto Christ. Employees are in a position of servanthood in the workplace, and God has a special concern for how those who are not in authority are treated. He looks out for people who are taken advantage of and mistreated by those who have power over them.

Second, employers are told to “forbear [or refrain from] threatening.” In the Roman world, a master could kill a slave who was persistently disobedient and unproductive. While this rarely happened because slaves were so expensive, it is likely that there was a great deal of threatening going on. Masters would have used the threat of death and other adverse circumstances to motivate their slaves. But God does not want Christian employers to act in such a way.

The main encouragement for employers to follow these teachings is simply because they have a “Master also in Heaven.” Every earthly authority, employers included, are under the heavenly authority of Jesus Christ. As a Christian employer, it might be your business, but Jesus is the one who is over you. You must answer to Him for your behavior.

Jesus is, of course, not a respecter of persons. He does not care how rich and powerful you might be. In His eyes, you are no more important than the people you hire. All are on level ground before Him. Everything you do, every decision you make, you ought to consider if it will be pleasing to Jesus because, one day, you will have to give an account of your actions to Him.

Doing the Workplace God’s Way, Part 4 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #50)

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A series of homilies on Ephesians 5 & 6

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


I am sharing a verse-by-verse series of short messages on Ephesians 5 & 6 (as well as other passages of Scripture) specifically targeted at reviving families and encouraging and exhorting husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, and children to do what God has commanded them to do, for if the church is to be revived and the country is to be awakened, the family must be revived first.

Ephesians 6:5-8:

5 Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ;

6 Not with eyeservice, as men pleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;

7 With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men:

8 Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.

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R.C.H. Lenski said, “Whether we are observed, praised, rewarded by them or not, our supreme satisfaction is that all our labor is done for the Lord, our praise and our reward cannot be taken from us.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “The true church lives and moves and has its being in prayer.”

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In verse 7 of this passage, Paul reiterates the command for Christian workers to fulfill their duties as though they were working for the Lord. In the previous verse, he said that doing this is God’s will. Now, he says they should do this with “good will.” The words “good will” mean benevolence or kindness.

A Christian worker ought to be benevolent and kind in the fulfillment of his duties. This has to do with their attitude, not only toward their boss, but to their fellow employees. It has to do with the kind of spirit with which a person works. Someone might be a good worker who does not need supervision, but if he is mean and hateful toward everyone around him, no one will want to work with him. You ought to be sure that you are working with a spirit of good will toward others in your environment and toward the tasks you are given to accomplish.

One commentator stated that good will also could be defined as enthusiasm and eagerness. You should not treat any work as a drudgery whether it is work done for others or done for yourself.

Again, this spirit of good will should be shown “as to the Lord, and not to men.” Men cannot see your heart, but God can. Others may not be able to identify or detect a negative spirit, but God knows what is going on in our hearts. That is why it is crucially important that you labor, not for man, but for God.

Doing the Workplace God’s Way, Part 3 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #49)

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Ephesians 6:5-8: “Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ; Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men: Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.”

Leo Tolstoy said, “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “The Cinderella of the church of today is the prayer meeting. This handmaid of the Lord is unloved and unwooed because she is not dripping with the pearls of intellectualism, nor glamorous with the silks of philosophy; neither is she enchanting with the tiara of psychology.”

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In our last homily, we saw three ways in which a Christian employee is to obey his boss: (1) “with fear and trembling” — that is, with honor and respect; (2) “in singleness of heart” — that is, being focused on the tasks one is given; (3) “as unto Christ” — that is, serving this human authority as though you were serving Christ, for you, indeed, are serving Christ.

The next verse tells us that Christian employees should work “not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers.” Many people work well only when they are being watched or when they know someone else will check their work. They do not do good work because it is right to do, but simply because they want the boss or the customer to be pleased with them. It is good for the boss or the customer to be pleased with your work, but you ought to do good work even when no one is watching, when no one is going to check behind you, and when you are not expecting a pat on the back, or a pay raise.

When you work in this manner, you are truly being a “servant of Christ.” This is quite simply because you realize that God Himself is watching you all the time. Instead of being men-pleasers, we ought to be God-pleasers. If you do a good job and your boss does not praise you, you will know that God is pleased because He sees everything you do.

As a servant of Christ in the workplace, it ought not to matter who is over you or how closely they are watching what you do. Why? Because you should be “doing the will of God from the heart.” If it is in your heart to do right and to do a good job for the company you work for and its customers, it will not matter who sees you. You will be doing right because the Christ in you is leading you to do right. Not only in the workplace, but in every aspect of life, our prayer ought to be, ‘Lord, give me a heart like Christ.’

Doing the Workplace God’s Way, Part 2 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #48)

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A series of homilies on Ephesians 5 & 6

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


I am sharing a verse-by-verse series of short messages on Ephesians 5 & 6 (as well as other passages of Scripture) specifically targeted at reviving families and encouraging and exhorting husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, and children to do what God has commanded them to do, for if the church is to be revived and the country is to be awakened, the family must be revived first.

Ephesians 6:5-8:

5 Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ;

6 Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;

7 With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men:

8 Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.

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Warren Wiersbe said, “The best way to be a witness for Christ on the job is to do a good day’s work.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “There is a world of difference between knowing the Word of God and knowing the God of the Word.”

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Christian employees are commanded to “obey”. But how are they to obey?

First, they are to obey “with fear and trembling.” These words imply that you ought to do your work while showing respect and honor to the one who is in authority over you. You do not have to be a sycophant, groveler or a lying yes man. But you ought to willingly show respect and deference for the one who has authority over you in the workplace. This includes not talking about your boss behind their backs; if you have an issue with them, take it up with them directly in a respectful and humble tone.

Second, you ought to work “in singleness of heart.” A person who has singleness of heart has singleness of focus. He has one intent in all that he is doing. He devotes all of his energy to the task that has been set before him. He is not trying to get something out of it for himself or slacking off whenever he feels like it. You ought to be just as determined to complete the work for someone else as you would be if you were doing something you want to do.

Third, you ought to work “as unto Christ.” As a Christian, every good thing you do ought to be done as though you were serving the Lord. If for some reason you dislike your boss, that is no excuse to do a poor job. Instead, remind yourself that you are actually working for the Lord and strive to please Him in all that you do.

Doing the Workplace God’s Way, Part 1 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #47)

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A series of homilies on Ephesians 5 & 6

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

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I am sharing a verse-by-verse series of short messages on Ephesians 5 & 6 (as well as other passages of Scripture) specifically targeted at reviving families and encouraging and exhorting husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, and children to do what God has commanded them to do, for if the church is to be revived and the country is to be awakened, the family must be revived first.

Ephesians 6:5-8:

5 Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ;

6 Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;

7 With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men:

8 Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.

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Charles Spurgeon said, “Grace makes us the servants of God while still we are the servants of men: it enables us to do the business of heaven while we are attending to the business of earth: it sanctifies the common duties of life by showing us how to perform them in the light of heaven.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “We have not yet resisted unto blood in prayer; nay, we ‘do not even get a sweat on our souls,’ as Luther put it. We pray with a ‘take-it-or-leave-it’ attitude; we pray chance prayers; we offer that which costs us nothing! We have not even ‘strong desire.’ We rather are fitful, moody, and spasmodic. The only power that God yields to is that of prayer. We will write about prayer-power, but not fight while in prayer.”

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One of the wonderful things about God’s Word — and the epistles of the New Testament in particular — is that it addresses almost every situation imaginable that a Christian could face in this world. Just as we dealt with church member to church member relations, husband-wife relations, and parent-child relations, we are now going to deal with employer-employee relations. Perhaps, a better term to use would be authority-subject relations as this passage deals with all of that.

Servants are told to “be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh.” Now, most of us would not like to be referred to as servants. However, the Greek word Paul uses here is translated “slave, a bondman, a man of servile condition.” Slavery was a reality in the Roman Empire. It was a deeply ingrained social structure.

The New Testament writers do not explicitly condemn slavery. Rather, they call both slave and master to hold themselves to a higher standard, the standard that Jesus Christ laid down when He taught that every person must love their neighbor as they love themselves. This in itself would be the undoing of slavery. Handley Moule said, “The Gospel found slavery in the world; and in many regions, it was a very bad form of slavery. The Gospel began at once to undermine it, with its mighty principles of the equality of all souls in the mystery and dignity of manhood, and of the equal work of redeeming love wrought for all souls by the supreme Master. But its plan was not to better, but to undermine… So while the Gospel in one respect left slavery alone, it doomed it in another.”

Paul is writing to people who live with the reality of slavery. And he is telling them how they can be Christlike under circumstances that are not ideal. He says, the Christlike thing to do is not to be lazy, not to complain about how you are treated or whine about your wages, but to obey. Do what you are instructed to do. As an employee, one who works under the authority of another, that, too, is your responsibility. Even though you may not like your employment situation, you are to obey those who are over you “according to the flesh.” If it is a situation that is not ideal, then still obey with a great attitude and spirit and trust God to give you the desires of your heart.