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Robert Allen Dickey says God’s Grace Saved him from Suicide and Showed him ‘How to Stop Clinging and Start Living’ (Gospel Light Minute #222)


While in college at the University of Tennessee, he was named Academic All-American and Academic All-SEC. He is also a member of the 1996 US Olympic Baseball team that won a bronze medal. He is a pitcher for the Atlanta Braves and one of only two active players in the majors who is skilled at throwing a knuckleball as a primary pitch. He has also played for the Texas Rangers, New York Mets, and Toronto Blue Jays among other teams. In 2012, he played in his first All-Star Game, became the first knuckleball pitcher to win the Cy Young Award, and in 2013 received an honorary doctor of sacred letters degree from Wycliffe College in Toronto.

He describes his life and salvation experience in a 2015 article for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. In June of 2007, his life, professional baseball career, and marriage were falling apart. Under the intense pain of being sexually abused by a 13-year-old female babysitter at the age of 8 and being molested by an older teenager in that same year, he felt the best way out was through suicide. At 32, he jumped into the Missouri River but it wasn’t God’s time for him to go. One of his teammates tracked him along the riverbank and reached in to pull him out of the river’s darkness.

God mercifully saved his life. He said, “I felt like He had a strong pull on my heart from then on. Whether I always pursued that was something else, but He always pursued me. Only God’s imagination can script a story like mine….I am amazed—and I’m not. I know that sounds funny. I feel loved, sure, and His grace is abundant in my life, but I also feel a responsibility. He’s given me things to do. It makes me feel like a tool in a good sense of the word, like he’s using me to make a difference this side of eternity. I feel a real purpose in that. That’s just His way. It also helps me to believe in a God that big. I’m never hopeless.”

He wrote in his 2012 memoir, “Wherever I Wind Up”: “The Missouri may not be holy water and people may not go there to be baptized and seek absolution of their sins, but nobody can tell me that God didn’t use it to humble me and help me and recharge my faith and reset my focus. I jumped in to prove my worth and failed spectacularly, but wound up with one of the greatest gifts of my life. What a deal. What a day—the day God’s grace showed me how to stop clinging … and start living.”

His name is Robert Allen Dickey.

This is the “Chief of Sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, reminding you of what the Bible says, that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” like you and me. Just as Robert Allen Dickey gave his life to Christ, may I encourage you to do the same. Here is how:

1. Accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7:20: “For there is not a just man upon earth that doeth good, and sinneth not.” Romans 3:23 reads: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” In fact, I am the chief of sinners, so don’t think that you’re alone.

2. Accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

3. 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.” The Bible says in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

4. Accept the fact that you cannot do anything to save yourself! The Bible states in Ephesians 2: 8, 9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

5. Accept the fact that God loves you more than you love yourself, and that He wants to save you from hell. 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.”

6. With these facts in mind, please repent of your sins, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and pray and ask Him to come into your heart and save you this very moment. The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”

“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is 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.”

Remember, friend, Believe by faith. Share the faith. and Keep the faith!

The Church at the Mouth of Hell and Jesus’ Two-edged Sword, Part 6 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #318)


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

In our series of homilies from the book of Ephesians, we focused on reviving Christian families. Now, I am sharing a verse-by-verse series of short messages from the book of Revelation, specifically targeted at reviving the church. If our country is to be awakened, the family and the church must be revived first.

TEXT: Revelation 2:12-17:

12 And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges;

13 I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth.

14 But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.

15 So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes, which thing I hate.

16 Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.

17 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.

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John Walvoord said, “There is no alternative to continued impurity and compromise in the church but divine judgment.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “I fear cheap emotionalism. I also fear not to have emotion. The man who has no emotion is an animal or a Hitler. I fear the Christian who has no emotion — his soul needs a tombstone.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “While America experienced revival, the Holy Spirit was also poured out in Great Britain during this decade. Local revivals of great intensity were reported by various Methodist groups in England, especially. American evangelist James Caughey saw “many thousands” come to faith in Christ during a series of campaigns throughout the nation. Among his converts was a young man named William Booth, destined to found the Salvation Army in a later revival. The revival might have had an even greater impact on the Church of England had it not been for the Tractarian movement, which opposed the evangelism of the revivals in favor of a more sacramental approach to the faith.”

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Jesus Christ warns the church at Pergamum that if it does not get rid of those who teach the doctrines of Balaam and the Nicolaitanes, He will come and fight against them “with the sword of his mouth.” What does Jesus mean by the sword of His mouth? We know from other passages of Scripture that the sword is the Word of God. Revelation 19 tells us that when Jesus returns, He will ‘smite the nations with the sword that proceedeth from His mouth.’ During His tempting, Jesus defeated Satan with the Word of God. In Ephesians, Christians are instructed to use the “sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God.” It was the word of God that brought this world into existence. And it will be the word of the God that brings judgment in the last days.

When Jesus comes, He will fight against the false teachers and those who tolerated them with His Word. This tells us that we already have the tools we need to get rid of false teachers in our churches today. All we need to do is pick up the Word of God, read it, and anything that does not line up with it needs to be removed from among God’s people.

This year, Protestant churches are marking the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The Reformation got started when Martin Luther, who had become troubled about his own salvation and what the Catholic Church claimed one had to do to be saved, went to his priest with his concerns, and was told to go and study the Bible until he found the answers he desired. Luther went and searched the Scriptures till he found the verse that says, “The just shall live by faith.” In light of that and other Revelations, he nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the church in Wittenburg, Germany, calling out the Papacy for its false teaching. The light of the Word of God, the Sword of the Spirit, broke the heresy of the Catholic Church and opened the door to true salvation to the masses. For many years, people were bound in false doctrine simply because they couldn’t read the Bible. As soon as the Bible began to be translated into languages other than Latin, people kicked off the shackles of false teaching and began to walk in the light of the Word.

That is what will have to happen again if we are to dispel false teaching in our own churches. All of us, from the preacher to the pew, need to get back to the Word. The Word which saved us from sin is the same Word which will cleanse us from all ungodliness and deliver us from Jesus’ chastisement.

Let’s pray.

Now, if you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, please keep in mind that the Bible says, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.” First, understand, that you are a sinner and that the wages of sin is death and Hell. But God sent Jesus Christ to die on the cross for your sins. He was buried, and He rose from the dead by the power of God so that you can be saved from death and Hell. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on trusting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. You have done the most important thing in life. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door, by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

The Church at the Mouth of Hell and Jesus’ Two-edged Sword, Part 5 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #317)


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

In our series of homilies from the book of Ephesians, we focused on reviving Christian families. Now, I am sharing a verse-by-verse series of short messages from the book of Revelation, specifically targeted at reviving the church. If our country is to be awakened, the family and the church must be revived first.

TEXT: Revelation 2:12-17:

12 And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges;

13 I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth.

14 But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.

15 So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes, which thing I hate.

16 Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.

17 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.

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A.W. Tozer wrote, “We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “The answer to militant godlessness is militant godliness.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “Charles Grandison Finney was a New York lawyer known for his antagonism to evangelical Christianity prior to his dramatic conversion in 1821. Almost immediately after his encounter with God, he began preaching the gospel, using his skills as an attorney to drive home the evangelistic message. Many came under conviction of sin and saving faith in Christ in his early meetings, which were conducted throughout rural New England. In 1830, the now-popular itinerant evangelist took his ministry to upstate New York. In Rochester he held his first campaign in a major city. It would prove to be his most successful campaign. The revival of 1830 wasn’t limited to Finney’s ministry, however. While he was preaching in Rochester, others were experiencing revival, from Maine to Texas. Across America that year, an estimated 100,000 converts were added to the church.”

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The second thing that the Lord has against the church at Pergamos is that they also had “those who held the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes,” which Jesus says he hates. As we learned from the letter to the church at Ephesus, Nicolas was a leader in the Jerusalem church who apparently had not gotten rid of some of his pagan ways. His influence began to corrupt other believers and lead them astray. The same thing was happening at Pergamos. The people of that church were being led to compromise their positions and accommodate worldly influences.

Warren Wiersbe said, “Despite their courageous stand against persecution, the believers in Pergamos were not faultless before the Lord. Satan had not been able to destroy them by coming as the roaring lion, but he was making inroads as the deceiving serpent. A group of compromising people had infiltrated the church fellowship, and Jesus Christ hated their doctrines and their practices. These infiltrators were called Nicolaitans, whom we already met at Ephesus. Their name means ‘to rule the people.’ What they taught is called the ‘doctrine of Balaam.’ The Hebrew name Balaam means ‘the lord of the people.’ Sadly, this group of professed believers lorded it over the people and led them astray. A group of people in the church said, ‘There is nothing wrong with being friendly with Rome. What harm is there in putting a pinch of incense on the altar and affirming your loyalty to Caesar?’ Antipas refused to compromise and was martyred; but the others took the easy way and cooperated with Rome. The Lord accused the Christians in pergamos of sinning, of committing spiritual fornication. Of course this compromise made them welcome in the Roman guilds and protected them from Roman persecution, but it cost them their testimony and their crown.”

The Christians of Pergamos were tempted to go along with pagan sacrifices, feasting at festivals where the meat was sacrificed to idols, and declaring their allegiance to Caesar. This would make them accepted by the world. They could benefit from being members of the guilds that had been organized for merchants and craftsmen which meant they could make money from their products. By saying, “Caesar is Lord” and taking the easy route, they would be protected from persecution by the government. The doctrine of the Nicolaitans said that one had to go along to get along.

But Jesus tells the church to “repent” of this compromise. If they don’t repent, He says, “I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them [those who teach the doctrines of Balaam and Nicolas] with the sword of my mouth.” Jesus gives the church room to deal with this issue themselves. He allows them a chance to pick sides — the side of Christ or the side of compromise. Today, we must also pick whose side we will be on — the side of Christ or the side of the world. Siding with the world will make our life temporarily easy. Siding with Christ will may lead to our martyrdom as it did for Antipas, but those who follow the Lord will gain eternal rewards.

Deborah Ann Belka wrote:

Lord, You’ve opened my eyes,
to the darkness of mankind
now let it be Your holy light
flooding my heart and mind.

Let me turn away from,
that which causes You offense
let me not be like those who
compromise to make friends.

Let me be bold in the battle,
steadfast in my daily fight
let me be for You a soldier
full of Your holy might.

Though mankind may scoff,
and turn away from me
let it be Your love…
mercy and grace they see!

Let’s pray.

Now, if you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, please keep in mind that the Bible says, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.” First, understand, that you are a sinner and that the wages of sin is death and Hell. But God sent Jesus Christ to die on the cross for your sins. He was buried, and He rose from the dead by the power of God so that you can be saved from death and Hell. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on trusting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. You have done the most important thing in life. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door, by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

The Bridge is Out! (Gospel Light Minute X #274)


This past week, a fire erupted beneath a bridge on a major highway in Atlanta. The fire was so intense that it caused part of the bridge to collapse. Thousands of people depend on that stretch of highway every day, and it is infamous for its rush-hour congestion. Amazingly, thanks to firefighters who got drivers to turn back before the bridge collapsed, not one person died or was injured in this incident.

As I thought about this story, I was reminded of an old illustration that is often used to encourage people to trust Christ as Saviour. If a bridge is washed out in a storm, a wise person would take heed to the sign that says, “BRIDGE IS OUT. TURNAROUND, DON’T DROWN.” He or she would take heed to the man standing by the side of the road waving his arms frantically and yelling that the bridge is out. However, the foolish person says, “I’ll go and see for myself.”

What if some people in Atlanta had decided to ignore the warnings of the firefighters and go see for themselves if the bridge was really out? They might not be here today to tell the story. Continue reading

The Church at the Mouth of Hell and Jesus’ Two-edged Sword, Part 2 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #314)


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

In our series of homilies from the book of Ephesians, we focused on reviving Christian families. Now, I am sharing a verse-by-verse series of short messages from the book of Revelation, specifically targeted at reviving the church. If our country is to be awakened, the family and the church must be revived first.

TEXT: Revelation 2:12-17:

12 And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges;

13 I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth.

14 But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.

15 So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes, which thing I hate.

16 Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.

17 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.

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Adam Young wrote, “I cling to Jesus with every fiber of my being because He is unfailing, He is absolute, He is steadfast, and His grace is deeper and wider than my imagination can fathom. In Him and Him alone is where I’ve discovered a hope more bright and beautiful than words can possibly describe.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “The Word of God helps the suffering as a mother hugs a weeping child; but it also slaps us in the face.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “During the Second Great Awakening the modern missionary movement was also born. Baptist missionary William Carey took the gospel from England to India. His fellow Baptist Adoniram Judson took the same message from America to Burma. British evangelicals sent chaplains to their prison colonies in Australia. Samuel Marsden, one of those chaplains, became the first preacher of the gospel to the Maoris of New Zealand. In America, the revival transformed an entire society. By the 1820s, evangelical Christianity had become, as one historian notes, “one of the most dynamic and important cultural forces in American life.” Just as the First Great Awakening had shaped the character of an emerging nation, so the Second Great Awakening renewed that character and energized the church for the unique challenges of the century just begun.”

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The true church of today can identify with the church of Pergamos because we often feel as though we are living “where Satan’s seat is.” Whatever hope humanists and post-millennialists have about the world increasingly getting better until the end of time has been dashed. Instead, it is the same as it has always been — if not worse. The violence we see perpetrated by ISIS, Boko Haram, terrorists around the world, and in Chicago is like the days of Noah when “the earth was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.” The sexual perversion and growing acceptance of homosexuality is like the days of Sodom and Gomorrah where “their sin was very grievous.” There is nothing new under the sun. Satan is just as active today as he was back then.

What should the church do as it seeks to shine a light in Satan’s seat? Two things from the commendation that Jesus gives the church at Pergamos.

First, we should hold fast to Jesus’ name. Christ applauds the church at Pergamos because, he says, “thou holdest fast my name.” To hold fast means to grip, to cling to, to seize and hold tightly. It would have been easy for this church to feel depressed and discouraged because of their environment. It would have been easy to lose hope. But they didn’t. They clung to Jesus. Some today say that Christians have lost the “culture wars.” Some say that the church needs to change with the times. Some say that we need to interpret the Bible differently because of the days in which we live. But the only thing that will keep God’s people encouraged and empowered during these times is holding fast to Jesus. He is our anchor. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He never changes, and if we cling to Him, we will end up on the winning side every time.

Then, Jesus applauds the church at Pergamos because, he says, “thou hast not denied my faith.” Now, this is what the devil and the world want from Christians. They want us to turn our back on the faith that was once delivered to the saints. The devil tells us that if we do so, we would be more accepted, more respected, and more applauded. We would step into the favor of the world and out of the sometimes cold, difficult straight and narrow path. But, as John says, those who leave the faith only prove that they were not true believers in the first place. But the Bible tells us that all true Christians will persevere to the end. By their not denying Jesus’ faith, the church at Pergamos proved that they were true followers of Him. And so shall we, if we hold fast to Jesus and don’t deny His faith.

This hymn by Jennie B. Wilson is very relevant to the church in this hour:

Time is filled with swift transition,
Naught of earth unmoved can stand,
Build your hopes on things eternal,
Hold to God’s unchanging hand.

Trust in Him who will not leave you,
Whatsoever years may bring,
If by earthly friends forsaken
Still more closely to Him cling.

Covet not this world’s vain riches
That so rapidly decay,
Seek to gain the heavenly treasures,
They will never pass away.

When your journey is completed,
If to God you have been true,
Fair and bright the home in glory
Your enraptured soul will view.

Hold to God’s unchanging hand,
Hold to God’s unchanging hand;
Build your hopes on things eternal,
Hold to God’s unchanging hand.

Let’s pray.

Now, if you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, please keep in mind that the Bible says, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.” First, understand, that you are a sinner and that the wages of sin is death and Hell. But God sent Jesus Christ to die on the cross for your sins. He was buried, and He rose from the dead by the power of God so that you can be saved from death and Hell. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on trusting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. You have done the most important thing in life. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door, by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

Harvard and Yale Graduate Courtney B. Vance Realized he Needed the Lord (Gospel Light Minute #219)


He is an actor who is respected amongst his colleagues and praised as one of the best in the entertainment industry. Born in Detroit, Michigan, he graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts and later attended Yale School of Drama to earn his Master of Fine Arts. He is notable for his roles in the feature films “Hamburger Hill” and “The Hunt for Red October,” the television series “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” in which he played Assistant District Attorney Ron Carver, and “The People v. O. J. Simpson,” in which he played Johnnie Cochran. For the latter, he won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie. He guest starred on the TNT series “The Closer as Chief Tommy Delk” from 2010–11. In 2013, he won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his role in “Lucky Guy.”

Along with being an actor, he is a dedicated husband to actress Angela Bassett; a father to twins, son Slater Josiah Vance and daughter Bronwyn Golden Vance; and a contributor to society. Faith plays a big role in his life. When he was cast as Reverend Henry Biggs in “The Preacher’s Wife,” he felt an overwhelming need to get in touch with his faith. He said: “I knew I wasn’t going to get into that role without coming to the Lord. I had been trying to do that my whole life. My family was raised in the church and then we stopped going to church when I was about nine or ten – so I was on that search. I didn’t really understand how much I needed my faith until I got married. Two become one – it’s a mystery and I needed help and to know how to do it.” Through counseling, service, and scripture, he gave his life to the Lord and got baptized at a historic Harlem, New York, church.

When asked how faith played a role in his acting journey, he said: “The difficult thing is viewing things from God’s eyes. From his perspective a day is like a thousand years and a thousand years is like a day. So I have learned to look at the pauses in between, God is working something out and for me not to worry about it and for me to continue work. Just like a farmer is not standing over his seedlings waiting for them to grow. He is busy getting things done, preparing for that time when it’s time to harvest because when it’s time to harvest and you’re not prepared then you’re in trouble. It’s all about preparation and perceived blessings. I’m just trying to be prepared.”

To excel in having a relationship with God, he said: “[God] is asking us to let Him in and if we let Him in, He will give us the desires of our heart and ‘open up the windows of heaven and pour out a blessing we don’t have room enough to receive.’ That’s ours; that’s the promise.”

His name is Courtney B. Vance.

Track Star Trayvon Bromell Put his Faith in God to Get Through Difficult Times (Gospel Light Minute #218)

Trayvon Bromell

Trayvon Bromell


He is an American track and field athlete specializing in sprinting events. He is the first junior to surpass the 10-second barrier. He is majoring in film and digital media at Baylor University and completed his sophomore season with one NCAA title, three NCAA All-American honors, three Big 12 individual titles and five All-Big 12 accolades. In 2015, he won bronze at the World Championships in Beijing and gold in the World Indoor Championships in Portland in 2016. He competed in the 4-x-100 relay and the 100-meter dash in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.

After suffering three injuries in three years, he told the Baylor Lariat, “It was a process. It made me stronger as a person, spiritually and physically. I put my faith in God, knowing he would get me through it. Throughout the whole thing it was a struggle because, really, where I’m coming from, you don’t have a lot of resources. I didn’t have the resources and my family didn’t either, but God got us through it and it all paid off.”

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