How to Face the Inevitable — Your Death (Gospel Light Minute X #395)

This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #395 titled, “How to Face the Inevitable –Your Death” 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.

I have found that one can tell how a person values life by his estimation of death. I once talked with a man who had never given serious thought to death until it was discovered that he had cancer. “Immediately my entire world changed,” he said. “The things I valued most became worthless, and the things that I thought were of little value are now the most important things in the world to me.”

GETTING READY FOR ETERNITY

Physical life is a possession that we all cling to, and yet we know we must all sooner or later bow to death. It enters the home of the rich as boldly as it enters the apartment in the projects. It brings down the final curtain as swiftly on the famous as it does on the unknown. Before this year ends, many people listening to this podcast will keep their appointment with death.

There are many who say, “I believe in life after death, but I’m not concerned about crossing that bridge until I get to it.” How strange that people should spend years preparing for retirement and not take so much as five minutes to prepare to meet God Continue reading “How to Face the Inevitable — Your Death (Gospel Light Minute X #395)”

Are You Ready for a Change? (Gospel Light Minute X #390)

This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #390 titled, “Are You Ready for a Change?” 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.

Fueled by unfulfilled promises, unrealized hopes, and increasing difficulties, “It’s time for a change” has become a common theme with both politicians and the general public.

THERE HAVE BEEN CHANGES IN THE PAST

Within the recent past, changes have occurred with surprising suddenness. Governments once thought to be stable have been toppled. Financial institutions have failed. Once-successful businesses have collapsed. Even more significantly, the moral fabric of society has been shattered by turning away from God and the principles of His Word, the Bible. The “do what feels good” mentality—casting off restraint and rejecting authority—has broken up families and ruined lives. This is nothing but lawlessness, the essence of sin, which has brought the disillusion, disease, death, and destruction we see all around us. Continue reading “Are You Ready for a Change? (Gospel Light Minute X #390)”

How to be Saved According to Barry the Saint (Gospel Light Minute X #382)

This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #382 titled, “How to be Saved According to Barry the Saint” 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.

DOGS CAN DO REMARKABLE THINGS!

One breed in particular, the St. Bernard, is known for saving lives. In the rugged, snow-covered mountains of the Alps, St. Bernards were ideal for rescue work because they could clear paths, predict incoming avalanches, and detect injured people buried beneath the snow. Continue reading “How to be Saved According to Barry the Saint (Gospel Light Minute X #382)”

A Little Girl Seeks a Preacher to Get Her Dying Mother Into Heaven (Gospel Light Minute X #370)

This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #370 titled, “A Little Girl Seeks a Preacher to Get Her Dying Mother Into 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 well-known preacher was about to retire for the evening when there was a knock at his front door. Opening the door, he saw a poorly dressed little girl drenched from the rain. She had walked through the rainstorm from her home in the slum district to find the preacher. As he stood looking down into her thin, haggard little face, she inquired, “Are you the preacher?”

“Yes, I am a preacher,” he replied softly.

“Well won’t you come down and ‘get my mother in’?” she asked. The preacher wisely answered this little inquirer:

“My dear, it is hardly proper for me to come and ‘get your mother in’. If she is drunk, you should get a police officer. He is better qualified and properly dressed for the occasion.”

“Oh no sir,” she replied in haste and with more urgency in her small voice. “You don’t understand! My mother is not drunk; she is home in bed, dying, and she is afraid to die. She wants to go to Heaven, but does not know how,” He told her that he would help her find a preacher to “get her mother in.” She paused briefly, “NO! You must come quickly, sir; she is dying! Please! We don’t have time to wait.” Continue reading “A Little Girl Seeks a Preacher to Get Her Dying Mother Into Heaven (Gospel Light Minute X #370)”

The Dangers of Loving the World, Part 1 (Onward Christian Soldier #85)

Onward Christian Soldiers
Onward Christian Soldiers

Our key Bible passage today is 1 John 2:15: “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”

Our lesson today is titled “The Dangers of Loving the World, Part 1”

Every Christian is called to spiritual warfare! The Bible speaks of three terrible enemies that war against the Christian—the flesh, the world, and the devil. We have already considered the flesh, so in this lesson, we will study about the enemy called “the world.”

The Bible uses the word “world” in three different ways. First, it can refer to THE EARTH or the cosmos which God created. Next, it can refer to PEOPLE as in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world…” A third use is found in I John 2:15, where the child of God is warned, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world.” Continue reading “The Dangers of Loving the World, Part 1 (Onward Christian Soldier #85)”

GLMX #245: How to Defy Death

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A recent feature story in the Washington Post states: “For centuries, explorers have searched the world for the fountain of youth. Today’s billionaires believe they can create it, using technology and data.” The story went on to describe how Peter Thiel, the co-founder of PayPal, and Larry Page, the co-founder of Google, met with a molecular biologist and theoretician to discuss how they can use technology to slow down ageing and greatly elongate the human lifespan. The story also reported that Larry Ellison, the founder of Oracle, “has proclaimed his wish to live forever and has donated more than $430 million to anti-aging research.” He told his biographer, “Death has never made any sense to me. How can a person be there and then just vanish, just not be there?”

No doubt, every person who has lived has had questions about death. And nearly everyone has wondered at one time or another how they can extend their life or remain younger longer. Television ads about anti-aging creams and techniques populate the airwaves. People fret over dieting and health issues in an effort to look and feel younger. People have a seemingly natural desire to live longer — even to defy death and live forever. Continue reading “GLMX #245: How to Defy Death”

A New Relationship, Part 2 (Onward Christian Soldier #76)

Onward Christian Soldiers
Onward Christian Soldiers

John 15:5: “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”

In our last lesson, we talked about how we are in Christ now that we are saved. As John 15:5 says, we are the branches and Christ is the vine. However, not only are the branches in the vine, but the vine is also in the branches. After the branch is grafted into the vine, the very life of the vine begins to flow through it. This is what keeps the branch alive and causes it to bear fruit. Continue reading “A New Relationship, Part 2 (Onward Christian Soldier #76)”

GLMX #242: So You Want Someone to Complete You?

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In 1996, the somewhat romantic comedy film “Jerry Maguire” was a smash hit at the box office. One of the most memorable scenes in the film is when Jerry tells his girlfriend, Dorothy, “I love you… You complete me.” That phrase, or some variation of it, has been repeated probably millions of times by people who are searching for their soulmate or who think they have found that special someone. Perhaps, you have even said something similar once or twice yourself. Even married couples sometimes refer to their spouse as their “better half”, implying that they are not whole without the other person.

At some point in our lives, everyone will feel a sense of emptiness or incompleteness. However, this does not indicate that we are simply in need of a romantic partner. In fact, many people who desire to be married and who are actively searching for someone to marry go through life single because they feel that they have never met that person who “completes” them. As relationship expert Jane Garapick says, those who are looking for someone to “complete them” often feel as though their life has no direction or purpose when they are not in a relationship or they have an emotional emptiness that they are looking for someone else to fill.

The problem with looking for someone else to “complete” you or fill a need in your life is that, often, that other person is looking for someone to “complete them” as well. They are looking to you to fill a need in their life! And there is no way two incomplete people can complete each other.

Today, I want to tell you about Someone whom you can find completeness in — complete happiness, complete joy, complete contentment, complete peace, complete fulfillment, and complete assurance about your life today and your future. His name is Jesus Christ. And the Bible tells us that those who know Him “are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.” Another translation of the same verse says that “you are filled [or fulfilled] in Him.” In other words, once you have Jesus Christ, you do not need anyone else to fulfill you or complete you. Continue reading “GLMX #242: So You Want Someone to Complete You?”

A New Relationship, Part 1 (Onward Christian Soldier #75)

Onward Christian Soldiers
Onward Christian Soldiers

John 15:5: “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”

In our last lesson we learned the wonderful truth that we are IN CHRIST. Because we are in Christ, we have a new standing before God. God sees us as perfect in Christ.

In this lesson we are going to learn more about what happened when we were born again. Not only do we have a new standing before God, but we also have a new relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. This new relationship can be expressed in two short sentences:

1. I am in Christ.
2. Christ is in me. Continue reading “A New Relationship, Part 1 (Onward Christian Soldier #75)”

GLMX #235: “What’s the Point of Everything?”

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One of the most acclaimed films of 2014 was “Boyhood.” It is remarkable in that it was filmed over a span of 12 years using the same actors who came together a few days each year. The film is simply billed as “the life of a young man, Mason, from age 5 to age 18.” It won Best Motion Picture and Best Director at the Golden Globe Awards and has been nominated for Best Motion Picture and five other awards at the Oscars.

One of the reasons why this film resonates with so many is because it is simply the depiction of the life of a boy, his family, and the people they come in contact with. Many people can relate to the experiences of the characters in the movie — growing up, attending school, graduating, making mistakes, marriage, divorce, moving from a place you have lived your whole life, etc. One reviewer noted that the fact that twelve years of a boy’s life has been condensed into less than three hours “has the remarkable — and no doubt intended — effect of making us realise just how short life is.”

Another effect the movie has is that it forces us to think about our lives in particular and about the meaning of life in general. Through the actions and words of the characters, we are reminded of how feeble we really are and how little control we really have over this thing called life. In one scene in the movie, the boy Mason says to his father, “So what’s the point?” His father replies, “Of what?” Mason says, “I don’t know, any of this. Everything.” His father says, “Everything? What’s the point? I mean, I sure don’t know. Neither does anybody else, okay? We’re all just winging it, you know.”

I don’t know about you, dear friend, but “just winging it” does not sound like a very optimistic view of life. Most of us will admit that what we want in life is some assurance about where we are and where we are going, some direction, some goals for the future, and some peace about what that future holds. In fact, if we knew that someone could tell us where we would be and what we would be doing with our lives five, ten, or fifteen years from now, we would be happy to get that information. If someone could tell us with certainty and proof what happens after death, we would eagerly sign up to know. We don’t want to live lives of uncertainty. We don’t want to just wing it. Continue reading “GLMX #235: “What’s the Point of Everything?””