Are You Drinking Yet Still Thirsty For More? (Gospel Light Minute X #386)

This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #386 titled, “Are You Drinking Yet Still Thirsty For More?” 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.

ARE YOU THIRSTY?
Have you ever been so thirsty that you can’t imagine going one more second without something to quench your thirst? All that you can think about is finding even one sip of cold, refreshing water. Our bodies crave water. In fact, the human body can only survive a few days without it.

How about your soul—is it thirsty? Do you feel that something is missing in your life? Maybe you’ve tried to fill the void by staying busy with work or friends. Perhaps you’ve sought satisfaction in buying new things. Some even try to quench their inner thirst with relationships, parties, alcohol, or drugs. Continue reading “Are You Drinking Yet Still Thirsty For More? (Gospel Light Minute X #386)”

How to Overcome Temptation, Part 88 (Onward Christian Soldiers #212)


Welcome to the Onward Christian Soldiers Discipleship Class. I am Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society and pastor of Gospel Light House of Prayer International. The purpose of this time together is to teach young believers everything they need to know about their faith in Jesus Christ and provide them with the knowledge they need to live victorious Christian lives.

Our key Bible verse is 1 Corinthians 10:13:

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

— PRAYER —

Our lesson today is titled “How to Overcome Temptation, Part 88”

In this section of our Onward Christian Soldiers discipleship class, we are looking at specific temptations that are, as the Bible says, “common to man.” We are looking at what the Bible says about these sins so we can be aware of its dangers and so that we can hide Scripture in our hearts to use when we are tempted.

The sin that we are looking at today is the sin of “sloth.” This is the fourth sin in a list of 12 temptations that comes from two sources — one ancient and one modern. The first source is a list that was developed by monks in the early church called “the seven deadly sins” or the “cardinal sins.” The second source is a Barna survey from 2011 which tracked the top temptations Americans admitted to struggling with.

Today, we will be looking at Romans 12:11. (Remember, the text of this lesson is made available online after each class, so you can go to our website GLHOPI.com, click the “Onward Christian Soldiers” banner on the home page, and begin to learn these verses by heart throughout the week.)

Romans 12:11

Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;

This verse comes in a series of pithy sayings in Romans chapter 12. Verse 11 gives us three interconnected commands that shed light on the issue of laziness especially for the Christian.

Christians ought not to be “slothful in business.” We ought to be eager and ready to work. Whatever the Lord leads us to put our hands to, we ought to be diligent and productive in doing it. Some people work, but they have no enthusiasm about their work. The Greek word translated as “in business” means “earnestness in accomplishing, promoting, or striving after something; to give all diligence [to a task].” In other words, if you are going to work, go all in. King Solomon said, “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might.”

Then, we are instructed to be “fervent in spirit.” The Greek word translated as “fervent” means “to boil with heat, to be hot, to have zeal.” In other words, the work you do ought to be something you are passionate about. If your spirit is fervent about the work before you, you will work, not only with your mind and hands, but with your heart and soul. Adam Clarke said, “In every thing, let your heart be engaged. Be always in earnest, and let your heart ever accompany your hand.”

Finally, we are instructed, in the midst of our work, to “serve the Lord.” Ephesians 6:5-7 tells us that, whatever work we do, we should work “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.” Every Christian’s life ought to be a life of service. Working in the church or on the mission field is not the only way to serve the Lord. Every believer is called to serve Christ diligently in whatever work he puts his hand to.

If you struggle with sloth or laziness, take this passage to heart and begin to use it the next time you face that temptation.

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If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Saviour, John 3:16 states, “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.”

The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 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 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. 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 trust Him 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 from Hell 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 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.”

Until next time, May the Lord Bless You!

How to Overcome Temptation, Part 84 (Onward Christian Soldiers #208)


Welcome to the Onward Christian Soldiers Discipleship Class. I am Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society and pastor of Gospel Light House of Prayer International. The purpose of this time together is to teach young believers everything they need to know about their faith in Jesus Christ and provide them with the knowledge they need to live victorious Christian lives.

Our key Bible verse is 1 Corinthians 10:13:

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

— PRAYER —

Our lesson today is titled “How to Overcome Temptation, Part 84”

In this section of our Onward Christian Soldiers discipleship class, we are looking at specific temptations that are, as the Bible says, “common to man.” We are looking at what the Bible says about these sins so we can be aware of its dangers and so that we can hide Scripture in our hearts to use when we are tempted.

The sin that we are looking at today is the sin of “sloth.” This is the fourth sin in a list of 12 temptations that comes from two sources — one ancient and one modern. The first source is a list that was developed by monks in the early church called “the seven deadly sins” or the “cardinal sins.” The second source is a Barna survey from 2011 which tracked the top temptations Americans admitted to struggling with.

Today, we will be looking at Proverbs 21:25-26. (Remember, the text of this lesson is made available online after each class, so you can go to our website GLHOPI.com, click the “Onward Christian Soldiers” banner on the home page, and begin to learn these verses by heart throughout the week.)

Proverbs 21:25-26

25 The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour.

26 He coveteth greedily all the day long: but the righteous giveth and spareth not.

This passage presents yet another dire consequence of being lazy or slothful. Even though the slothful person is unwilling to work, he still has desires for the things that result from hard work. Although “his hands refuse to labor,” he still desires the fruits of labor. And the Bible says this desire is so painful that it kills him. Have you ever wanted something so badly that you almost felt as though you would die if you did not have it? That is how the slothful person feels every day. Yet, despite his desires, he is still unwilling to work for that which he wishes to obtain.

The Bible says he “covets greedily all the day long.” He sits around looking at and longing for what other people have but won’t get up and get some for himself. In contrast, the righteous person, the hard worker, not only has enough for himself, but has enough to give freely to others. In “The Biblical Illustrator,” Joseph Exell expands on what it means for the slothful man to be killed by his own desire. He writes that the “suicide” of the slothful comes about by five elements: (1) Ennui (AHN-WEE) or boredom and listlessness arising from a lack of occupation; (2) Disappointment. Disappointment kills; (3) Envy; Seeing others succeed kills the slothful; (4) Poverty; Sloth fills cities with the poor and prisons with criminals; and (5) Remorse; regret and remorse weigh heavy on the human heart.

You don’t want your life to end up like the slothful. As quickly as possible, you want to be in a position where you will not want things; instead, you will be giving things away. Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” And hard, diligent labor now enables us to be on the giving end in the future.

If you struggle with sloth or laziness, take this passage to heart and begin to use it the next time you face that temptation.

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If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Saviour, John 3:16 states, “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.”

The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 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 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. 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 trust Him 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 from Hell 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 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.”

Until next time, May the Lord Bless You!

How to Overcome Temptation, Part 82 (Onward Christian Soldiers #206)


Welcome to the Onward Christian Soldiers Discipleship Class. I am Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society and pastor of Gospel Light House of Prayer International. The purpose of this time together is to teach young believers everything they need to know about their faith in Jesus Christ and provide them with the knowledge they need to live victorious Christian lives.

Our key Bible verse is 1 Corinthians 10:13:

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

Our lesson today is titled “How to Overcome Temptation, Part 82”

In this section of our Onward Christian Soldiers discipleship class, we are looking at specific temptations that are, as the Bible says, “common to man.” We are looking at what the Bible says about these sins so we can be aware of its dangers and so that we can hide Scripture in our hearts to use when we are tempted.

The sin that we are looking at today is the sin of “sloth.” This is the fourth sin in a list of 12 temptations that comes from two sources — one ancient and one modern. The first source is a list that was developed by monks in the early church called “the seven deadly sins” or the “cardinal sins.” The second source is a Barna survey from 2011 which tracked the top temptations Americans admitted to struggling with.

Today, we will be looking at Proverbs 19:15. (Remember, the text of this lesson is made available online after each class, so you can go to our website GLHOPI.com, click the “Onward Christian Soldiers” banner on the home page, and begin to learn these verses by heart throughout the week.)

Proverbs 19:15

The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing.

This verse speaks to the results of a slothful attitude and slothful behavior.

Another book by the wise writer of Proverbs informs us that there is a time for every season. There is a season for work and a season for receiving the fruits of our labor. The slothful person does not want to work when it is time to work, yet wants to reap when harvest time comes. The slothful person has all kinds of excuses for not wanting to work. For the man who will not plow and plant in spring, he claims it’s too cold. But, when harvest time and winter come, he will be worse off, begging for that which he would not work for.

John Gill said, “The sluggard shall ask of those who have ploughed and sowed, and are now reaping and gathering at harvest time. But if a man will not plough and sow, he cannot expect to reap, nor should he be encouraged in begging. This holds good in spiritual things as well. Such who have been slothful and sluggish about their spiritual affairs, unconcerned for the grace of God, and indolent in the use of means or performance of duty, will ask when too late, as the foolish virgins asked oil of the wise virgins when the bridegroom came and as the rich man asked for water from Abraham when in hell.”

This verse also implies the importance of patience and waiting for results from our work. Many people are willing to work if they can see the results instantly or the next day. But, more often than not, we will not see the benefits of our labor for weeks, months, and even years. The farmer plants in spring time, but sees no crops until fall, nine months later. In this way, we understand that work is itself an act of faith. You are expending energy with no immediate benefit to yourself. Perhaps in order to overcome sloth, our prayer ought to be, “Lord, increase our faith.”

If you struggle with sloth or laziness, take this passage to heart and begin to use it the next time you face that temptation.

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If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Saviour, John 3:16 states, “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.”

The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 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 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. 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 trust Him 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 from Hell 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 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.”

Until next time, May the Lord Bless You!

How to Overcome Temptation, Part 80 (Onward Christian Soldiers #204)


Welcome to the Onward Christian Soldiers Discipleship Class. I am Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society and pastor of Gospel Light House of Prayer International. The purpose of this time together is to teach young believers everything they need to know about their faith in Jesus Christ and provide them with the knowledge they need to live victorious Christian lives.

Our key Bible verse is 1 Corinthians 10:13:

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

— PRAYER —

Our lesson today is titled “How to Overcome Temptation, Part 80”

In this section of our Onward Christian Soldiers discipleship class, we are looking at specific temptations that are, as the Bible says, “common to man.” We are looking at what the Bible says about these sins so we can be aware of its dangers and so that we can hide Scripture in our hearts to use when we are tempted.

The sin that we are looking at today is the sin of “sloth.” This is the fourth sin in a list of 12 temptations that comes from two sources — one ancient and one modern. The first source is a list that was developed by monks in the early church called “the seven deadly sins” or the “cardinal sins.” The second source is a Barna survey from 2011 which tracked the top temptations Americans admitted to struggling with.

Today, we will be looking at Proverbs 15:19. (Remember, the text of this lesson is made available online after each class, so you can go to our website GLHOPI.com, click the “Onward Christian Soldiers” banner on the home page, and begin to learn these verses by heart throughout the week.)

Proverbs 15:19

The way of the slothful man is as an hedge of thorns: but the way of the righteous is made plain.

This verse speaks to the difference in the attitude of a slothful person and a person who is ready and willing to work. When they get up in the morning or embark on any endeavor, they have different mentalities about the way ahead of them. And this mentality plays a large part in how they approach work.

For the slothful or lazy man, the path ahead is full of thorns. Some versions read, “strewn with thorns” or “blocked by thorns.” The slothful person only sees the difficulties, the impediments to success. He uses any roadblock as an excuse to justify lazy behavior. John Gill writes in his commentary, ‘The way of the slothful man is made difficult by his own conduct. In his slothfulness, he implicates and entangles himself in such difficulties that he cannot extricate himself; his way is not passable, at least not very easily. In his own apprehensions, he raises difficulties about doing business, which to him seem insurmountable, and which discourage him from attempting it, it being like breaking through thorns and briers.’ The slothful man has a mentality which says, ‘Difficulty ahead. Don’t go there.’

The righteous man, on the other hand, sees the way before him as plain. The Hebrew word translated as “plain” literally means to raise a highway. The man who has a righteous, non-lazy mentality sees what lies before him as the means of getting from where he is to where he wants to be. He sets a goal and pursues it . He is not intimidated by the challenges that he may face — certainly not to the point that he never attempts anything.

If we are to overcome sloth in our lives, we must deal not just with our actions, but with our atitude — our mentality. We must choose to see what lies ahead of us as a way of opportunity — a way to reach our goals and accomplish what needs to be accomplished.

If you struggle with sloth or laziness, take this passage to heart and begin to use it the next time you face that temptation.

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If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Saviour, John 3:16 states, “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.”

The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 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 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. 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 trust Him 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 from Hell 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 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.”

Until next time, May the Lord Bless You!

How Not to Walk, Part 15 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #261)

A series of homilies on Ephesians.

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 (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.

TEXT: Ephesians 4:29:

29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

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J. Stuart Holden said, “God has called us to co-operate with Him in making the Gospel known to our generation.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “God wants you to move into fullness. He wants to move you into the place where you are steadfast, unmovable, and always abounding in the work of God. Only a risen, exalted Christ can make that possible. He’s got to have pre-eminence in your living, your thinking, your time, your language — in all things, not some things. Every day, every second should be holy for a man who has the Holy Ghost.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “During the Cane Ridge Revival, giving the people an invitation to come up to be prayed for was also blessed. The ministers usually, at the close of preaching, would tell the congregation that if there were any persons who felt themselves lost and condemned, under the guilt and burden of their sins, that [they could] come near the stage and kneel down…. Apparently under strong conviction, [people] would come and fall down before the Lord at the feet of the ministers and crave an interest in their prayers, sometimes twenty or thirty at a time.”

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Today, we move on to verse 29 in which we find another command for the new man in Christ. Paul writes, “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth…” One of our presidential candidates has faced criticism recently because of corrupt communication that proceeded out of his mouth.

The Greek word translated as “corrupt” means rotten, bad, worthless, or putrefied. Such communication, such words ought not to pass the lips of the new man or the new woman in Christ. To really grasp the meaning of this command, we must understand that words are powerful. God created the world just by speaking it into existence. Psalm 33:9 says, ‘He spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it came to pass.’ Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived said, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” Jesus Christ himself is called “the Word of God.” The majority of Jesus’ miracles — quieting the stormy sea, casting out devils, healing the sick, raising Lazarus from the dead — were performed simply by Him speaking the word.

Now, we cannot have right speech if we have wrong hearts. Dr. Warren Wiersbe notes: “The mouth and heart are connected. ‘Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaketh.’ We expect a change in speech when a person becomes a Christian. It is interesting to trace the word ‘mouth’ through the Book of Romans and see how Christ makes a difference in a man’s speech. The sinner’s mouth is ‘full of cursing and bitterness’; but when he trusts Christ, he gladly confesses with his mouth ‘Jesus Christ is Lord.’ As a condemned sinner, his mouth is stopped before the throne of God; but as a believer, his mouth is opened to praise God. Change the heart and you change the speech.”

The new man who has a new mind also has a new mouth. His speech flows out of his new mentality. He does not speak as He used to speak, but in a way that honors God and edifies his fellow man.

George Cuff wrote:

Let us watch our tongue today.
Consider God’s Word and fear it.
Let us submit our unruly heart
to the Lordship of God’s Spirit.
Let us reach up and trust our God
to give us the Spirit’s power
To live today governing our tongue
as we walk with Him each hour.

How Not to Walk, Part 14 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #260)

spiritual-warfare

A series of homilies on Ephesians.

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 (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.

TEXT: Ephesians 4:28:

28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.

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A.W. Pink said, “Christ is a Savior for those realizing something of the exceeding sinfulness of sin — who feel the awful burden of it on their conscience, who loathe themselves for it, who long to be freed from its terrible dominion — and a Savior for no others.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “God is looking for people who will live recklessly for Him — not concerned with public opinion or preacher’s opinions, but becoming a love slave of Jesus Christ.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “The Cane Ridge Revival popularized other revival activities as well: Singing was attended with a great blessing. At every meeting, before the minister began to preach, the congregation was melodiously entertained with numbers singing delightfully, while all the congregation seemed in lively exercises. Shaking hands while singing furthered the work. The ministers … go through the congregation and shake hands with the people while singing. And several … declared that this was the first means of their conviction.”

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As we return to this verse once again, one of the things our attention must be drawn to is the great difference between the way of the world and the way of God. The world, for the most part, agrees with Paul when he says, “Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands…” But, God’s Word takes things a step further when it says, “that he may have to give to him that needeth.”

Yes, Jesus expects that His children ought to work, not just so they can have for themselves, but so they can have to share with others. The old man thinks only of himself and what he can gain. The new man thinks of others and how he can be of service and help.

The devil can take a good thing like hard work and make it a selfish endeavour. That is what he specializes in — taking something that God has ordained and twisting it into something wrong and self-serving. But, as anyone who has lived long enough will tell you, if you live only for yourself, you will end up unhappy, unfulfilled, and dissatisfied with life. Albert Einstein said, “Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” Eleanor Roosevelt said, “Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give.”

As you work at whatever occupation you are engaged in, think about what you are able to give to others. Certainly, it feels good to receive a paycheck on a regular schedule, but God says, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

Fanny Crosby wrote:

To the work! To the work!
We are servants of God,
Let us follow the path
that our Master has trod;
With the balm of His counsel
our strength to renew,
Let us do with our might
what our hands find to do.

To the work! To the work!
Let the hungry be fed;
To the fountain of life
let the weary be led;
In the cross and its banner
our glory shall be,
While we herald the tidings,
“Salvation is free!”

To the work! To the work!
There is labor for all;
For the kingdom of darkness
and error shall fall;
And the love of our Father
exalted shall be,
In the loud-swelling chorus,
“Salvation is free!”

GLMX #248: The Solution for Jon Stewart’s ‘Dissatisfaction’

Jon Stewart
Jon Stewart

A few weeks ago, Jon Stewart, who has hosted the popular Daily Show on Comedy Central for the past 16 years, announced that he was stepping down. In a recent interview with the Guardian, he revealed his reason why. He said, “It’s not like I thought the show wasn’t working any more, or that I didn’t know how to do it. It was more, ‘Yup, it’s working. But I’m not getting the same satisfaction.’” He went on to say that in his type of work, “You have moments of dissatisfaction, and then you come out of it and it’s OK. But the cycles [of dissatisfaction] become longer and maybe more entrenched.”

Stewart also commented on the 24-hour news cycle saying, “Watching these channels all day is incredibly depressing. I live in a constant state of depression.”

Jon Stewart’s reasoning is not foreign to the vast majority of people today. Many — including some of the most wealthy, most famous, and most successful individuals — will admit that they experience dissatisfaction with their jobs, their home life, their families, or their lack of success. Many of us will also readily agree that the constant stream of (mostly) negative news about what is happening in the world can indeed be depressing.

The truth of the matter is: true satisfaction cannot be found in our jobs, in other people, or even in engaging in activities that are fun and entertaining. All of these are temporal and there will eventually come a time when they fail to fulfill what we desire for them to fulfill in our lives. You cannot find complete peace or satisfaction through your accomplishments or even through things that you find pleasurable and enjoyable.That will only come when you give your life to Jesus Christ. Many accomplished and successful people have stated that their greatest satisfaction comes in life from knowing Jesus Christ as their Savior and being loved unconditionally by God.

God wants to have a relationship with you. He wants to fill the empty place in your heart that you have sought so long to fill. He will do this today if you accept His Son, Jesus Christ, as your Lord and Saviour. When you become a follower of Jesus Christ, the Bible tells us that Christ comes to live inside of us. With Christ living inside of you, you will have the peace, love, joy, happiness, and fulfillment that you desire. On top of that, you will have eternal life, and you will go to Heaven to be with God after you die.

Jesus Christ said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” Are you willing to make the simple decision to trust Jesus Christ as your Saviour today? If so, allow me to show you how. Continue reading “GLMX #248: The Solution for Jon Stewart’s ‘Dissatisfaction’”

Disney Animator, Mark Henn, is Grateful that God has Blessed him to Live Out his Boyhood Dream (Gospel Light Minute #140)

Mark Henn
Mark Henn

He is one of the longest continuously employed artists at Disney. In over 30 years, his contributions to animation have included several leading Disney characters, mostly heroines. His work includes: Princess Jasmine in “Aladdin,” Belle in “Beauty and the Beast,” Ariel in “Little Mermaid,” Young Simba in “The Lion King” and Mulan in “Mulan”. He was also the animator of the 2007 film “Enchanted”, and he directed the award-winning short film, “John Henry.” Additionally, he was the supervising animator of Princess Tiana in Disney’s “The Princess and the Frog.” He has been nominated for an Annie award four times: three times for Character Animation for “The Lion King,” “Mulan,” and “Winnie the Pooh,” and once for Short Animated Film Direction for “John Henry.” Recently, he served as one of the lead animators, overseeing the development of all of the characters on the Oscar-winning film “Frozen”.

Emily Belz of World Magazine says that he is a Christian. In an interview, she asked him, “How does your faith play into your work, into character development and storytelling?” He said, “It’s a global impact as well as day-to-day and scene-to-scene. I’m very blessed. … This has been my boyhood dream to be a Disney animator. I’ve seen a lot of change and a lot of ups and downs. I was almost fired at one point. God has been incredibly gracious to allow me to be here, and I feel like this is where I’m supposed to be… God has gotten me through many a tough day and tough scene and tough production schedule. It’s nice to work for a company where the basic values we want to put across in our films are right in line with my faith.”

His name is Mark Henn.

John H. Tyson: Bold Faith in the Workplace (Gospel Light Minute #73)

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John H. Tyson
John H. Tyson

He is a businessman in the United States. He is the grandson of Tyson Foods founder, John W. Tyson, and the son of business guru and ex-Tyson CEO Don Tyson. He was the CEO of Tyson Foods from 1999-2006 and currently serves as its chairman. He graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX.

He says of his faith, ‘My mom and dad didn’t attend church, but I went to church. I was introduced to the Methodist Church by my granddad, John. He went to the First United Methodist Church of Springdale (Arkansas). I am a born-again Christian who believes that my values shouldn’t be pushed to the side when I enter Tyson’s doors. My faith is just an ongoing evolution, trying to understand what faith in the marketplace looks like, giving people permission to live their faith seven days a week. If people can talk about the football game on Monday, why can’t they talk about their faith?”

Faith also plays a large role in his company. It offers its employees chaplain services at plants across America. He said, “If people are saddened after the loss of a loved one or coping with a family emergency, these individuals are brought in to pray and assist those in need with coping.” One of the company’s “Core Values” is being a “faith-friendly” company. This commitment earned Tyson the 2007 International Spirit at Work Award from the International Center for Spirit at Work, an organization for companies that integrate spiritual values such as kindness, compassion, and integrity, into the workplace. Another “Core Value” maintains that Tyson Foods “strives to honor God and be respectful of each other, our customers, and other stakeholders.” Tyson Foods is also known for donating mass amounts of food to America’s poor. With a $2 million gift from the Tyson Family Foundation and Tyson Foods, he helped to establish the Tyson Center for Faith and Spirituality in the Workplace at the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas. His name is John H. Tyson.