Jesus Knows All About Your Troubles and Problems, So Come to Him Today (Gospel Light Minute X #374)

This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #374 titled, “Jesus Knows All About Your Troubles and Problems, So Come to Him Today” 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.

LIFE IS HARD. Jesus knows that. He is God’s Son and He left heaven to rescue you. As a man He endured all the hardships common to humanity. Although He never sinned, He endured pain, loneliness, rejection and death. At the end of His ministry, He offered Himself as a sacrifice and died on the cross to atone, once and for all, for the sins of humanity. God raised Him from the grave and Jesus now reigns in Heaven. He is alive. And He cares for you. Continue reading “Jesus Knows All About Your Troubles and Problems, So Come to Him Today (Gospel Light Minute X #374)”

How Can You Know for Sure You’re Going to Heaven? (Gospel Light Minute X #373)

This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #373 titled, “How Can You Know for Sure You’re Going to Heaven?” 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.

A recent poll indicated that for every American who believes he or she is going to hell, there are 120 who believe they’re going to Heaven. 

This optimism stands in stark contrast to Jesus Christ’s words written in the Bible in Matthew 7:13–14: “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”

The truth is that according to the Bible we don’t automatically go to Heaven. In fact, Hell—not Heaven—is our default destination. Unless our sin problem is solved once and for all, we can’t enter Heaven. That’s the bad news. 

But once that’s straight in our minds we’re ready to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ. Jesus took upon Himself, on the cross, the Hell we deserve so that we could experience for eternity the Heaven we don’t deserve!  Continue reading “How Can You Know for Sure You’re Going to Heaven? (Gospel Light Minute X #373)”

Another Mystery: The Trouble, the Twinkling, the Triumph

Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #136

TEXT: 1 Corinthians 15:50-55

The psychologist and psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud said, “Finally there is the painful riddle of death, for which no remedy at all has yet been found, nor probably ever will be.”

Jeanne Moreau said, “Death is an absolute mystery. We are all vulnerable to it. It’s what makes life interesting and suspenseful.”

Francine Prose said, “The mystery of death, the riddle of how you could speak to someone and see them every day and then never again, is so impossible to fathom that we keep trying to figure it out.”

In our previous two messages, we’ve been looking at the mystery of the Gospel. This mystery that was hidden from the Old Testament saints is simply that the saving grace of Jesus Christ is extended not only to the Jews but also to the Gentiles. No longer is there separation between us in God’s sight. We are all one in the body of Christ. We saw that the revelation of this mystery should cause us to become humble, should make us mission minded, and should make us willing witnesses for the kingdom of God because we are not only being watched by the world, but our actions are being observed by “principalities and powers” — angelic beings — in high places.

Today, we turn to another mystery spoken of in the New Testament. This mystery refers to something that happens as a result of the first mystery. In the first mystery, we are called out; in this second mystery, we are called up. In the first mystery, we are reckoned to be dead with Christ; in this second mystery we are resurrected in new life with Christ. This second mystery is very important.

1. The first thing we see in this mystery is the trouble. Verse 50 reads, “Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption…” When we were saved, when we gave our lives to Jesus Christ, we became the heirs of the kingdom of God. Basically, we became members of God’s family; we were adopted as His children. And, as Romans 8:17 says, “if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ…” Or, as Galatians 4:7 says, “if a son, then an heir of God through Christ…”

2. We see the twinkling. This is the resolving of the mystery. Verses 51 and 52 read, “Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound…” Here, Paul begins talking about death, and he says he is going to show us a mystery. The quotes I shared with you earlier show us that many people have thought of death as a mystery, a riddle, something that cannot be figured out. But, here, Paul tells us that he is going to show us a mystery.

3. We see the triumph. The last verses of our passage read: “So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?” This is the triumph of the transformation.

+ Plus, listen to The Mighty Clouds of Joy singing “Jesus is Coming Back and Al Green & Heather Headley singing “People Get Ready”

Duck Dynasty’s Uncle Si: ‘Jesus Beat the Grave and He Can Make You Beat it Too’ (Gospel Light Minute #111)

Uncle Si
Uncle Si

He is known as “Uncle Si” on the A&E TV hit, Duck Dynasty. Along with his show, he is a backwoodsman, duck hunter, and philosopher. He is the brother of Duck Commander founder Phil Robertson and uncle to Willie, Jase and Jep, his show co-stars. On the show, he has a penchant for telling stories that have been stretched with fiction. Growing up in Louisiana with six other brothers and sisters, his family lived in a small log cabin and were very poor. However, his older brothers fed the family by hunting and that is how the family tradition of hunting started. He has been married for over 40 years and has two children and seven grandchildren.

In an interview with LifeWay Christian Resources, he said this about his faith in God and the success of Duck Dynasty, “A lot of people say, ‘Hey, God doesn’t have a sense of humor.’ Yes, He does. God has a great sense of humor. Look at me. Look at Phil. Look at Willie. Look at Jase. God has taken four guys that look like five miles of muddy road and made them famous in the TV world. [People] ask us all the time, ‘How did you become so successful?’ That would be one answer: The Almighty is the one who has made this a success.”

While he has experienced success, he also credits God for being there for him in the difficult times. He said, “I wonder when people run into bad times, when they go to the doctor and they find out, ‘I’m dying of cancer,’ and they don’t believe in God, who do they turn to? We are all mortal. We are all going in that grave. There ain’t but one way you gonna beat it. If you’ve got something to offer me better than [Christ], I’m all ears. [Jesus] beat the grave and He promises you that since He beat it, if you believe in Him, He’ll make you beat it.” He offers his own apologetic for why he believes in the resurrection of Jesus Christ, he said, “In the winter, things are dead and dull, but then there is an explosion of life. That’s what He promises people who believe in His Son. That’s what all the Robertsons are banking on.”

His name is Si Robertson.

Four Lies About Life & Death

100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #63 | with Daniel Whyte III

SCRIPTURE — Hebrews 9:27-28: “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.”

We all have questions about death and what happens next. But death is not just an intellectual matter. This topic is really a matter of great spiritual significance. What you believe about death will affect how you live. Today, I want to address four lies that people believe about life and death and the truth that the Bible reveals.

Lie Number One is ‘I am going to live forever on earth.’
Lie Number Two is ‘if I fail in this life, I’ll get a second chance in the next life.’
Lie Number Three is that death is all there is.
Lie number four is that death means uncertainty and fear.

+ Plus, listen to The Winans singing “Tomorrow” and Deitrick Haddon singing “Sinner’s Prayer”

The History of Hell (Part 2)

100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #45 | with Daniel Whyte III

TEXT — Mark 9:43-48: “And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.”

On yesterday, we began looking at the origin of Hell. Today, we will continue looking at the history of Hell. Yesterday, we saw it’s origin. Today, we will see what kind of place Hell really is.

1. First of all, we will take a look at the first mention of Hell in the Bible.

2. Based on God’s words and Jesus’ words, we know that Hell is a place. We will examine what kind of place Hell is and the location of Hell.

3. We will take a look at what Jesus Christ did in Hell when He died on the cross.

+ Plus, listen to the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir singing “Holy is the Lord” and Deitrick Haddon singing “Sinner’s Prayer”