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Mark Johnson: ‘Value Doesn’t Come from Winning Championships, but from Relationship With Christ’ (Gospel Light Minute #234)

He is a former National Hockey League player who appeared in nearly 700 regular season games from 1980 to 1990. In 1980, he won gold at the Olympic Games. He is currently the head coach of the women’s ice hockey team at the University of Wisconsin–Madison (where he also attended college). Under his guidance, the team has won the NCAA national championship for 2006, 2007, 2009, and 2011. In 2001, he was inducted into the Wisconsin Hockey Hall of Fame and, in 2004, he was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame.

He said of his faith, “Many may think winning the gold medal as a member of the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” Olympic hockey team would be the greatest moment of my life. While it was an amazing experience, my most significant moment came in 1986 while playing for the New Jersey Devils. That was when I came to understand what it means to have a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Yes, I was a devil when I became a Christian!

He added, “I had known Christians in the past but really saw something different in teammate Chico Resch. Chico lived out his faith in a way that made me respect and trust him. The next day I asked him if he had any books on cults. He invited me and [my wife] Leslie to the team’s couples Bible study. Over the next year, Leslie and I attended the Bible study and she asked many questions. I also began meeting with Athletes in Action staff and team chaplain, Dave Bratton, for lunch each week. This was where I got my questions answered. One day, while driving home from practice, I realized I needed to make a decision. I pulled over to the side of the road and asked Jesus into my life.

“Though I’ve had many great moments as a hockey player and coach, the truth is the happiness of victories fade, but my relationship with God gets stronger. In the world’s eyes you are only as good as your last victory. I know that my value doesn’t lie in winning championships, but in who I am in Christ. God’s love for me and Jesus’ Death and Resurrection are the real miracles.”

His name is Mark Johnson. Continue reading


In the End, Everyone Takes the Knee Including Trump (Gospel Light Minute X #289)

Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

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.

This weekend, the news media, the sports world, and the internet was engulfed by the debate over football players taking a knee during the National Anthem to protest racial and social shortcomings in this nation. It began during the 2016 football pre-season when Colin Kaepernick, the then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback, sat down on the sidelines while the anthem was being played. He later began kneeling. The debate over the appropriateness of doing so was hot and furious then and the rancor has only increased, culminating with comments by the President of the United States and spilling over into the NBA and Major League Baseball, with LeBron James and Steph Curry weighing in, and the first player ever in the MLB to take a knee while the “Star-Spangled Banner” played before another episode of “America’s favorite pastime.”

The hashtag “TakeTheKnee” exploded on social media, with many using, as a point of reference, photos of Martin Luther King Jr., Ralph Abernathy, and other Civil Rights leaders kneeling on a sidewalk during a protest as well as photos of Tim Tebow who was known in the NFL for kneeling as if in prayer on the sidelines and in the end zone.

Everyone seems to have an opinion on this issue. And it is amazing to watch how much a small action (or lack thereof) can stimulate such massive controversy. When you think about it, whether or not one kneels during the National Anthem is really of little consequence. What we each need to be concerned about as individuals is who and what we are kneeling to in our lives.

Kneeling is an act of submission or acceptance. People kneel or bow before kings. Many people kneel in prayer to God. Symbolically, kneeling is a way of saying, “I submit. I acknowledge that I am not in control.” Of course, some people think they are in control of their lives. They see themselves as “the master of their fate, the captain of their soul. But, the Bible tells us that they, too, will have to kneel to somebody. Romans 14:11 says, “As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.” The Lord that this verse speaks of is Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Philippians 2:10 says, “God exalted Jesus to the highest place, and gave Him the name above all names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.”

No matter what your philosophy about life is right now, you can rest assured that you will meet Jesus at the end of your life, and you will take the knee before Him. What happens after that depends on what you do about Jesus right now. You can either let Him be the Lord of your life now; or you can be forced to admit that you were wrong about life later. You can either kneel before Him now, or be forced to kneel before Him later. Kneeling while the National Anthem is playing or while the flag is being raised may or may not change anything, but kneeling before Jesus Christ can and will. I encourage you to put your faith and trust in Him today. Let Him lead, guide, and direct you in this life, and give you eternal life in Heaven with Him. Here is how you can receive Him as your Savior today.

First, you must realize and admit that you — just as myself — are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s laws. 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.” Our sin nature is the reason why we do not get along with each other on earth.

Second, you must understand that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…” — spiritual death and physical death. We die physically and go to the grave because of sin and we die spiritually and go to hell because of sin.

Third, you must understand that you are on the road to hell because of your sins. 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.”

Fourth, you must 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 the gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

Fifth, you must accept the fact that God loves you more than you love yourself, and that He wants to save you from hell. Because of God’s love for you, he sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to pay the penalty for your sin. 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.” Because God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for our sins, we can live with God in Heaven for all eternity after we die.

Finally, with these facts in mind, you must 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.”

If you are willing to trust Jesus Christ as your Saviour, please pray with me the following prayer to seal your decision once and for all: 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 I want to turn from my sins. 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. I want to trust Jesus as my Savior and 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 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 and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! I want to congratulate you on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your new-found faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light 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.”

Believe by faith. Share the faith. And keep the faith! 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 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.

Yvonne Orji: ‘I Love Being Nigerian, I Love to Laugh, and I Love Jesus’ (Gospel Light Minute #233)

She is an Nigerian-American comedian and actress who plays Molly in HBO’s dramedy series, Insecure. She has been nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress. She was born in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, and raised in Maryland. Her parents expected her to become a doctor, lawyer, pharmacist, or engineer, but after receiving a master’s degree in public health from George Washington University, she moved to New York to pursue a career in comedy.

While working the New York comedy circuit, the big break she was looking for didn’t come as fast as she would have liked, and the actress said she “hit the beginning stages of depression.” In an interview with the Guardian, she said that, during this time, as she was contemplating going back home in defeat, she had a conversation with the Lord which inspired her to create a web comedy about being a first-generation Nigerian. It was this comedy that caught the eye of Insecure creator Issa Rae, and the rest is history.

Though the character she plays on HBO is an often-promiscuous single woman, the actress herself is a virgin and says she will remain so until she is married. But that wasn’t always the plan. She told The Breakfast Club, “Personally, I had plans to have sex when I turned eighteen. I was dating and I had it figured out. But I got to college at seventeen in D.C., and then I got saved.” Her Salvation is working itself out in her life, and she says her goal in the entertainment industry is to ‘make God proud.’ She told another interviewer, ‘For me, there’s no separating faith and Christianity from my walk. I don’t take my Christianity off and put on my acting. I’m just me. I love being Nigerian, I love to laugh, and I love Jesus.’

Her name is Yvonne Orji. Continue reading

To Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma Victims, When CNN and Everybody Else is Gone, the Lord Will Still Be With You (Gospel Light Minute X #288)

This Sept. 7, 2017 photo provided by the Dutch Defense Ministry shows storm damage in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, in St. Maarten. Irma cut a path of devastation across the northern Caribbean, leaving thousands homeless after destroying buildings and uprooting trees. Significant damage was reported on the island that is split between French and Dutch control. (Gerben Van Es/Dutch Defense Ministry via AP)

After three weeks of non-stop hurricane coverage, it seems that things are finally calming down. Gone are the weather experts expounding the dangers of the storm. Gone are the government officials urging people to evacuate or take precautions. Gone are the TV reporters struggling to stand up in hurricane-force winds during live reports as the storm makes landfall.

Within a few more weeks, the eyes of the nation will turn away from twin calamities, Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, the likes of which we’ve never seen. But, during that time, thousands will be returning to their homes (or what’s left of them), mourning their losses, trying to rebuild, and in many cases, simply trying to survive. Surviving the storm is one thing, but now they face the greatest challenge of their lives — getting through the long, difficult days of rebuilding, repairing, and for some, burying loved ones and starting over.

Who will be there for them during that time? The arm of the government can only stretch so far. The compassion of strangers — which has been shown immensely — only lasts for so long. The survivors of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma need something more than the aid of man to get them through this difficult and lonely time. They need someone who will always be there for them. And the only Person Who can and will — and wants to — do that is Jesus Christ. In the Bible, Jesus told His followers, “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” He said, “Behold, I am with you alway even to the end of the world.” Continue reading

Chase Headley: ‘I Want Christ Touching All Aspects of My Life’ (Gospel Light Minute #232)

Chase Headley

Chase Headley

He is a professional baseball player, playing the position of third baseman and as a Switch-hitter for the New York Yankees. He began playing professional baseball for the San Diego Padres in 2007. Prior to that, he played baseball in college for the Pacific Tigers and the Tennessee Volunteers. In 2012, he led the National League in RBIs (runs batted in) and received the Silver Slugger Award and Golden Glove Award for his efforts.

He said of his faith, “If you put a circle that represents Christ, in the center of a pie, that represents life. Any way you slice it, the circle will always touch a part of that slice. That’s how I try to live my life. I try to have Christ touch all aspects of my life.”

His favorite Bible verse is 2 Timothy 1:7, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.”

He says of this verse that it, “Encompasses what I want to do in my Christian walk. Too many times Christians are portrayed as weak, (and they think) ‘I can’t be a man anymore or I can’t stand up for myself.’ This verse says (that) through God, in Christ, I have power to stand up as a Christian, to love even when it’s hard to love the unlovable, and to have the self-discipline to resist the temptations we face daily.

“Professional athletes have a tremendous platform. I try to use that platform; I look for opportunities to speak out about my faith. Jesus has changed my life. My goal is to have Jesus be the center of everything. I can worship Jesus by the way I play baseball and in how I interact with teammates, opponents, umpires and fans. I try to let my life reflect my faith in Christ.”

His name is Chase Headley. Continue reading

Hurricane Irma and the Importance of Taking Heed to Warnings (Gospel Light Minute X #287)

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.

With Hurricane Irma, the most powerful hurricane ever to form in the Atlantic, bearing down on Florida this weekend, hundreds of thousands of people in southern Florida were given the warning to leave their homes and go somewhere where they would be safe from the storm. One police department told residents that they would not be able to help anyone who didn’t flee the storm and chose to remain behind. Those who take heed to the fair warnings stand a better chance of surviving the calamity. Those who don’t put their own lives at risk.

In our society, we value the benefits of a fair warning. We have tornado warning systems that sound off telling people that they need to get to shelter as quickly as possible. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center monitors the effects of earthquakes around the Ring of Fire and lets communities know when they need to warn people to move to higher ground. We rely on weather forecasts in order to determine how we need to prepare for the next day or the next week. If we take heed to the fair warnings that we receive, we can stay out of a lot of trouble and avoid many tragic situations.

Thankfully, we have also been given fair warning about the worse thing that can befall any one of us, and that is the eternal consequences of our sins in a place called hell and rejecting the free gift of Salvation through Jesus Christ that can deliver us from those consequences. When a group of religious people came to John the Baptist to be baptized, John asked them, “Who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?”

God’s Word gives us ample warning of the wrath to come. This wrath will be the righteous outpouring of justice on those who do not repent of their sins and who reject Salvation through God’s Son, Jesus Christ. The Bible says that “in flaming fire,” [God] will take “vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: [They] shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power.” Those who do not make the decision to get to know God on this earth will miss that opportunity for all of eternity and will suffer eternal punishment because of it. They will have no excuses when they stand before God because they have been given fair warning.

Will you respond to this fair warning today? You can flee the wrath of God just as thousands have fled the wrath of Irma. When you stand before God, I want you to be able to say that you took heed to the warnings that He gave us regarding the condition of our souls on this earth and the destination of our souls in eternity. You can be saved from the wrath to come by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ for your Salvation. Allow me to show you how you can do so right now. Continue reading

The Main Thing God Wants You to Do In Light of the 1,000-Year Flood of Texas (Gospel Light Minute X #286)

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.

The images coming out of Texas this week have been striking — water levels as high as trees and stop signs, cars and trucks submerged, people riding boats where they used to drive, entire neighborhoods reduced to what look like miniature archipelagos — just the roofs of houses visible above the waterline. So much rain has fallen thanks to Hurricane Harvey that it has set a new record for most rainfall in the continental United States. The flooding in the southern and southeastern part of the state has been unprecedented and the aftermath of the deluge has left over 50 people dead and over 30,000 people displaced.

It is hard for many, especially those who live in America, to imagine their entire community and all of their belongings washed away by a hurricane. Unfortunately, many have lost valuable possessions; for example, reports indicate that nearly a million vehicles will be declared total losses.

Seeing the flooding in my adopted state of Texas, which I love, reminds me of the Great Flood which occurred thousands of years ago. God sent that worldwide flood to not only destroy the earth, but to destroy every living thing — people and animals — except those who were safe with Noah in the ark. God sent the flood then because the people of earth had become exceedingly wicked and violent and God decided to rid the earth of them and start all over with Noah and his family and the animals.

After that flood, the Bible tells us that God put the rainbow in the sky as a sign of His promise that He would never judge the earth again by a worldwide flood. The rainbows we see today are a beautiful reminder of that promise.

However, we should also be reminded of something else from the Word of God — that God still hates sin and that we will still be judged for our actions in this life. The Bible says clearly that the “wages of sin is death” and that “all have sinned.” If you are alive, you are a sinner, and that means that you will one day die. However, death does not have to be the end of the story. God loves you and wants to save you from your sins in this life and from the eternal punishment for sin — separation from Him in a place called Hell. Whether you like it or not, that is the judgment that awaits every person who dies without taking care of their sin problem on this side of eternity.

Very briefly, I want to share with you how you can take care of your sin problem and avoid God’s judgment. Please listen carefully: Continue reading

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