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Daniel Whyte III is a full-time evangelist by calling. Through the Gospel Light Minute, his main aim is to present a short, clear, understandable presentation of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ which saved him over 30 years ago. Throughout his ministry, he has emphasized a clear presentation of the Gospel because he believes that many pastors and churches mix up the Gospel with other things, and this causes confusion for nonbelievers.

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José Altuve: “The Best Success is to Live Your Life the Way God Wants You to” (Gospel Light Minute X #408)

Though not big in stature, standing at only five feet six inches tall, he has become a fan favorite in baseball as he has dominated at the plate and in the field over the course of his nine-year MLB career. He is a six-time all-star, who led the American League in hits in four different seasons and played a major role in the Houston Astros’ World Series run in 2017. That same year, he was named the American League Most Valuable Player and after having won the World Series for the first time in Astros franchise history, he collected the Hank Aaron Award, was selected as the Associated Press Athlete of the Year and wore the banner of the Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year as well. The 29-year-old second baseman, who was given the Gold Glove Award in 2015, has also bagged several sponsorship deals, starring in a number of national television commercials for brands like 5-hour energy, Walt Disney World and DirecTV. He was the hero of Game 6 of the American League Championship Series in October 2019 when he hit a walk-off, two-run home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning against the New York Yankees to send the Astros to the World Series once again.

After hitting that home run, he wasted no time in praising the Lord for the accomplishment. In a postgame interview, he was asked by Fox Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal to talk about what was going through his mind when he saw the pitch and hit the ball. “First, I want to thank God and all the fans for the beautiful game, for the beautiful playoffs,” he said. He later explained: “Running around the bases, the only thing I was thinking was thanking God and just thinking that we’re going to the World Series once again.” In the past, he has expressed how important his faith in God was while growing up in his home country of Venezuela. “There were times in my life growing up that we did not have much. We faced obstacles, but my mom and dad made sure we trusted and followed God to help us. We did, and He did.” “I grew up in a family that always told me that to achieve success, we needed to have God first,” he said through a translator in a video released by the Astros in 2015, according to The Houston Chronicle. “To achieve success wasn’t to get to the major leagues or have the best season in the world. The best success is to live your life the way God wants you to. If you can do that, if you can be good with God, then I think you will have success in your life.”

His name is José Altuve.

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 Jose Altuve trusts Jesus Christ as his Saviour, 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!

Frank Reich Says God’s Plan is ‘Salvation in Christ’ (Gospel Light Minute #256)

Gospel Light Minute – Frank Reich (#256)

He is a current head coach and former player in the National Football League, known for his incredible comebacks. He was hired as the offensive coordinator for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2016, and swiftly went on to win Super Bowl LII with the team after the 2017 regular season.

He played college football for the University of Maryland. During the fourth game of his senior season, he suffered an injury which dimmed his prospects of having a chance to play professional football. “I separated my shoulder, and in many respects I felt like this was it, my whole life was going down the tubes,” he recalled in an interview with CBN. “It was through that injury that God rocked my world, and He really brought me to a place where I needed to fall on my knees before Him and confess that football was first in my life. The injury wasn’t so bad that I couldn’t play again. The problem was the guy that took my place played so well that when I got healthy again, they didn’t want to put me back in.” He was able to recover from the injury and later that season, in a game against the Miami Hurricanes, he came off the bench to play a key role in the high point of his team’s season. Down by a daunting 31 to 0, he led the team to a remarkable 42-40 victory.

He was chosen by the Buffalo Bills in the third round of the 1985 NFL draft, and during his career also played for the Carolina Panthers, New York Jets and Detroit Lions. He and Buffalo Bills starter Jim Kelly formed one of the longest-tenured backup-and-starter tandems, playing together for nine seasons from 1986 to 1994. For a time, he had the distinction of having led his team to the biggest comeback victory ever in both the college and NFL ranks.

Drafted by the Buffalo Bills in 1985, he started for the team in their 1992 wildcard playoff game against the Houston Oilers in a bid for the Super Bowl. As the Oilers charged to a 35-3 lead, he looked to stop their stampede one play at a time, engineering the greatest comeback ever in postseason history. Although no team had ever won after being down by 32 points, he recalled his college comeback. Buffalo captured the lead in the final minutes of the game and eventually won in overtime 41 to 38 – an NFL comeback record that still stands today.

During the second quarter of Super Bowl XXVII, he entered the game after Bill’s starter Jim Kelly was forced to leave due to injury. Unfortunately, the Buffalo Bills lost 52 to 17, one of the most lopsided Super Bowls of all time. Following the loss, he went from the highest mountaintop to the deepest valley in three weeks’ time. But in that painful journey, he still discovered victory – not victory on the field, but victory over disappointment and devastation. He found that each person’s hope and strength is in Christ, and through Him we prevail in the most difficult of times.

After he finished playing football, he attended seminary school and in 2006, he served as president of the Reformed Theological Seminary and pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church, both located in Charlotte, N.C. However, God was not done using him in the field of football just yet. In 2018, he had a homecoming of sorts and was hired as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts after having previously spent six years on the team’s coaching staff from 2006-2011. In his first season there, he led the team to the playoffs for the first time since 2014 after finishing with a 10-6 record. For his leadership, he was awarded the AFC Coach of the Year title.

In an interview with CBN, he shared this about his belief in God and Jesus Christ as Savior after having formed a personal relationship with Jesus during his college years: “God is the creator of the heavens and earth. God has created each one of us, and He has a plan for us to have an intimate relationship with Him. When we submit our lives to that plan, that’s when I believe He really sets us free for the first time. For those that sit and wonder what God’s plan for their life is, I think it’s clear that His plan is for salvation in Christ and in Christ alone.”

His name is Frank Reich.

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 Frank Reich trusts Jesus Christ as his Saviour, 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!

Tyler Lockett: “I Want to Show People by My Lifestyle That God is Real” (Gospel Light Minute #255)

He is an American football wide receiver and return specialist for the Seattle Seahawks. He played college football at Kansas State before being drafted by the Seahawks in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft. As the son and nephew of professional football players, he was a prominent member of three state high school championship teams—two in football and a third in basketball. In college, he set numerous Kansas State football records and was both a 2011 All-American (as a kickoff returner) & 2014 College Football All-America Team consensus All-American selection (as a punt returner). In college, he totaled 6,586 career all-purpose yards and 35 touchdowns, including 3,710 yards and 29 touchdowns as a receiver.

Through the first nine games of his freshman college season for the 2011 Wildcats, he led the nation in average yards per kickoff return. Although he got injured and missed the rest of the season, he was afterward recognized as an All-American return specialist. In 2012, he was an honorable mention All-Big 12 performer for the 2012 team. In 2013, he was a first team All-Big 12 performer for the 2013 team at both wide receiver and all-purpose receiver positions. That season, he established Kansas State school records for single-game receiving yards, single game all-purpose yards and career kickoff return yards. As a senior for the 2014 team, he surpassed his own father Kevin Lockett’s school records for career receiving yards, career receptions and career receiving touchdowns. As a senior, he was the Big 12 Conference leader in receiving yards and the national leader in punt return average.

A two-time Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year, he began his NFL career as NFC Special Teams Player of the Month for September 2015 when he posted both a punt and kickoff return touchdown in his first three games. He became the second rookie to win multiple Special Teams Player Of The Month awards and was the only rookie to be named 1st team All Pro for the 2015 NFL season. He was selected to the 2015 Pro Football Writers Association (PFWA) NFL All-Rookie Team at three positions. Despite breaking his tibia and fibula while making a catch during the 2016 season, he returned after surgery to finish the 2018 season as the Seahawks’ leading receiver with 57 receptions for 965 yards and 10 touchdowns, all career highs. When targeted by quarterback Russell Wilson, he produced a perfect 158.3 passer rating. No other receiver has ever put up a perfect passer rating while being targeted more than 15 times in NFL history. After making one of the most improbable touchdown catches ever during the 2019 NFL season, Wilson said ‘I’d fight anyone’ in support of him being one of the NFL’s best receivers: “He’s a rare person, rare talent, rare human being. He’s got a rare soul.”

A devout Christian, he is bold about sharing his strong faith in God and Christian beliefs with the world. At an Easter Sunday service held at Eastridge Church in Issaquah in 2017, the wide receiver told the crowd that he hated church as a kid, even to the point of hiding or faking being sick when his mother and grandmother made him go. But eventually, he shared, a pastor led him to salvation in Christ which fostered his outspokenness about his powerful faith on the large platform afforded him as an NFL player. In a 2016 interview with the Seattle Times, he talked about “the bigger picture” and how he “couldn’t run away from this platform that God had given me,” understanding that he is where he is for a particular purpose. Knowing how fleeting even the best football careers can be and acknowledging he will never have a bigger platform than the one he has right now, he is determined to use it for the Lord. “I just want to be able to show that you can be successful and represent God at the same time,” he said. “I always wanted to do that when I came out of high school and went to college. I understood the position I was going to be in, and the way I wanted to do it was to show people by my lifestyle that God was real. I knew that the higher I went, the more I was going to have to be able to represent it. So I’ve been trying to do that.” Indeed he has. In a recent appearance on Adam Schefter’s podcast, he opened up about how his Christian beliefs influence even on of the most personal areas of his life. Despite the wealth of temptations that come with being an NFL player, he revealed that he is a virgin and confirmed that he has remained committed to not having sex until he is married. “I have a girlfriend and she understands what I’m about and loves God as well,” he said. “She’s cool with being able to wait until marriage. So, for me, as long as somebody understands what they’re getting into and respects it, that’s all that matters. I think this is a healthier way for me to be able to go about that. I listen to my friends and stuff, and they tell me they wish they didn’t do it.”

His name is Tyler Lockett.

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 Tyler Lockett trusts Jesus Christ as his Saviour, 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!

Letitia Wright: ‘I Identify Myself as a Child of God’ (Gospel Light Minute #254)

She is a British-Guyanese actress best known for playing the role of Shuri in Marvel’s blockbuster hit “Black Panther.” Beginning her professional career in 2011, she has played roles in several British TV series, including Top Boy, Coming Up, Chasing Shadows, Humans, the Doctor Who episode “Face the Raven” and the Black Mirror episode “Black Museum,” the latter of which garnered her a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts named her among the 2015 group of BAFTA Breakthrough Brits for her role in the award-winning film Urban Hymn. In 2018, she achieved global recognition for her portrayal of the character Shuri, King T’Challa’s sister and princess of Wakanda, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe film Black Panther. She won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Breakthrough Performance in a Motion Picture for her work in the film, and she later reprised the role in Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, the latter of which became the highest-grossing film of all time. In 2019, she received the BAFTA Rising Star Award.

As her success has grown over the years and continues to grow, she has been outspoken about her Christian faith and credits God and her faith, which she discovered after attending a London actors’ Bible study meeting, for helping her overcome her struggles with depression. In 2018, she told Vanity Fair that when she first experienced depression at the age of 20, she “was in the dark going through so many bad things”. God got ahold of her heart at the Bible study she attended in 2015, and in order to focus on her recovery and her faith, she declined film roles including an opportunity to act alongside Nicole Kidman. She later explained that she “needed to take a break from acting” and “went on a journey to discover my relationship with God,” saying “I became a Christian.”

While accepting the BAFTA Rising Star Award earlier this year, she started her speech by boldly declaring, “I identify myself as a child of God and I can’t get up here without thanking God.” She continued to share her testimony, “A few years ago, I saw myself in a deep state of depression and I literally wanted to quit acting. The only thing that pulled me out of it was God, my belief, my faith and my family, and an email from BAFTA asking me to become part of the BAFTA Breakthrough Brits. I was like, ‘Let me try again.’ This wasn’t a click of a finger success and it’s still a work in progress; I’m still a work in progress.” She then ended her speech by thanking God one more time and encouraging others who are going through a difficult time to have faith. She said, “I want to thank God, my family, my team. I want to thank everybody who said yes to me, that gave me a chance, and just saw my talent and saw what God placed in me. I want to encourage young people. You don’t have to be young, you can be any age, but I want to encourage you – anyone going through a hard time, God made you and you’re important. There might be some of you here who might be going through a hard time. I just want to encourage you that God loves you. Just let your light shine.”

Her name is Letitia Wright.

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 Letitia Wright trusts Jesus Christ as her Saviour, 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!

Cyclist Ben King: “My identity is as a person loved by God first” (Gospel Light Minute #253)

Ben King at stage 5 of the 2014 Tour of Alberta

Since 2008, he has been a professional road racing cyclist. Currently, he rides for Team Dimension Data which is a cycling team based in South Africa. Prior to joining his current team, he rode for UCI Continental teams Kelly Benefit Strategies–Medifast in 2008 and Trek–Livestrong in 2009 and 2010. In September of 2010, he won the United States National Road Race Championships. Between 2011 and 2016, he rode professionally with Team RadioShack, RadioShack-Nissan, and Garmin-Sharp among a few others. In 2013, he took first place in the Shenandoah 100. In August of 2018, he won the first Grand Tour stage of his career at the Vuelta a Espana and backed this up with another victory on stage 9.

He said of his journey to faith in Christ, “I was raised in a Christian home and grew up with all the answers to big questions about life. I feel like my faith is constantly being renewed and strengthened by my own experiences, and facing my fears and doubts has led to affirmations.

“My faith grew a lot on a service trip I took in middle school to Chattanooga, Tenn. There the answers and theology I grew up with took on a life of their own. I saw God’s people at work loving their communities and offering hope and comfort in the midst of suffering and brokenness. Since then, I’ve been on a number of trips like that. For example, when Guy East, a former teammate of Trek-Livestrong, told me that he and Todd Henriksen, of AIA cycling, were organizing a four-day trip for athletes to build a home for a family in Tijuana, Mexico, I signed up.

“My identity as a person loved by God first and as an athlete second, has allowed me to deal with pressure and disappointment that accompany a sport where you’re only as good as your last race, and where for every good day there are 10 bad days. On the same note, it has allowed me to approach cycling as an act of worship, pouring my whole self into it, as in any other vocation. Colossians 3:23 (NIV) says: ‘Whatever you do, work at it with all of your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.’

“I feel alive on the bike. Each day of health and strength is a gift. I think it’s comparable to a musician worshiping. Cycling is a beautiful sport, and I like to think that with the right mind and heart it also pleases God.

“There aren’t really a lot of believers in the sport of cycling. So, my friends and family at home keep me level and grounded. My parents raised me to be well-rounded, which has helped me adapt to new countries, cultures, languages, teammates and circumstances since I became a pro cyclist. I read while I’m on the road and try to take advantage of quiet times. I found a small evangelical church in Italy near my home and I live with a fellow believer in Italy.

“I’ve been asked why I continue participating in a sport where I’m gone 10 months out of the year along with having to sacrifice many things in life in order to be a professional cyclist. I do it because I’m motivated by the desire to reach my full potential. I show improvement each year. Also, I love the sport. It’s a lifestyle. I even embrace the suffering. There is something purifying about coming home empty, knowing you’ve given your best effort and are working to improve yourself. I get to see the world and race in amazing places. I get the adrenaline of competition and have made lifelong friends through the sport.”

His name is Ben King.

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 Ben King trusted Jesus Christ as his Saviour, 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!

Patrick Mahomes: “My Faith Has Always Been a Big Part of What I Do” (Gospel Light Minute #252)

<> at RingCentral Coliseum on September 15, 2019 in Oakland, California.

He is the young quarterback phenom for the Kansas City Chiefs. The son of a former MLB pitcher, he played college football and college baseball at Texas Tech University after having nearly quit football in high school. In his junior year at Texas Tech, following his decision to quit baseball to focus solely on football after being named starter at quarterback for the team, he led all NCAA Division 1 players in multiple categories including yards per game (421), passing yards (5,052 yards), total offense (5,312), points responsible for (318), and passing touchdowns (53 touchdowns). For his performance, he was awarded the Sammy Baugh Trophy, given annually to the nation’s top college passer. He then declared for the 2017 NFL Draft where he was selected tenth overall by the Chiefs.

After spending his rookie season as backup quarterback, he was named the starter in 2018. In just his second game as the Chiefs full–time starting quarterback, he threw for 326 yards, six touchdowns, no interceptions, and a passer rating of 154.8. After throwing his fifth touchdown in the game versus the Pittsburgh Steelers, he broke the NFL record for most touchdown passes through a quarterback’s first three career games. Following his sixth touchdown pass in the game, he broke the NFL record for touchdown passes thrown in the first two weeks of the season. For his stellar play in this game, he won his second consecutive AFC Offensive Player of the Week award becoming the first quarterback since Tom Brady in 2011 to start the season with back-to-back player of the week awards, and was also named AFC Offensive Player of the Month. That season, he threw for 5,097 yards, 50 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He became the only quarterback in history to throw for over 5,000 yards in a season in both college and the NFL. He also joined Tom Brady and Peyton Manning as the only players in NFL history to throw at least 50 touchdown passes in a single season. He helped lead the Chiefs to a 12–4 record, to their third straight division title, and to their first AFC Championship since 1993. For his performance in his first season as starting quarterback, he was named to the 2019 Pro Bowl, First Team All-Pro and won the 2019 Best NFL Player ESPY Award and NFL Offensive Player of the Year. He also became the youngest player to be named NFL Most Valuable Player.

During his acceptance speech for the NFL MVP honor bestowed upon him after delivering one of the most-statistically impressive years in NFL history, the multi-talented football player made sure to give God the glory before thanking family, fans and teammates. “This season was special and there were a lot of people that helped me get to this point. First, I just want to thank God because without Him none of this would even be here,” he said. Even before his spectacular play on the national stage turned him into a household name, he shared about his Christian faith, saying in an interview with ESPN, “My faith has always been a big part of what I do. I’ve grown up in church and it really helps with why you’re playing the game and who you’re doing it for.” In a 2016 profile piece by The Ringer, his mother recounts how he made a personal decision to dedicate himself to the Lord and to church in the seventh grade and choosing to get baptized, publicly signifying how important he wanted his faith to be going forward. Above the dazzling success he has already obtained at the start of his NFL career, it is his faith in Christ that makes his mother most proud: “In middle school, he got real involved with his youth group,” she told IN Magazine. “He got saved. There was a night at church, he had his hands raised to the Lord and he was singing. I just felt overcome with this most awesome moment, more than any football game, because I knew where his heart truly is.” Already dubbed by some as a sure future Hall of Fame inductee, he is set to be a superstar in the sport for years to come, with a platform to reach millions. “I want him to stay humble; That means a lot to me,” his mother later told KSHB. “I always encourage him to pray and to thank God for the blessings that he has and his abilities.”

His name is Patrick Mahomes II.

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 Patrick Mahomes trust Jesus Christ as his Saviour, 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!

Sony Michel Aims to Reflect Christ in His Life (Gospel Light Minute #251)

He is an American running back for the New England Patriots. He played college football at the University of Georgia from 2014-2017. In his final year, he scored the final touchdown in the Georgia Bulldogs walk-off double overtime win against the Oklahoma Sooners. He was selected by the Patriots in the first round of the 2018 NFL draft with the 31st overall pick. As a rookie, after suffering a knee injury in training camp which caused him to miss the entire preseason and season opener, he made his debut in Week 2 and eventually helped the Patriots win the AFC East and earn the No. 2 seed for the AFC Playoffs. During the AFC Championship against the Kansas City Chiefs, he had 29 carries for 113 rushing yards and two touchdowns in the 37–31 overtime victory. He broke the record for most playoff rushing touchdowns for a rookie. During Super Bowl LIII against the Los Angeles Rams, he scored the lone touchdown late in the fourth quarter that gave the Patriots a 13-3 victory.

Before Super Bowl LIII, he spoke about his strong faith in God, which was passed down to him from his parents who emigrated from Haiti. He said: “Without Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, there is none of this. We get all this glory, but the glory is not for us, it’s for Him. We do this for Him. That’s kind of my purpose. So really, none of this matters to me.”

He aims to live out what the Patriots team chaplain taught the players in Bible study during the 2018-2019 season, encouraging them to be “glory reflecters” — to reflect God’s glory, not their own glory. He said: ““Once I step out of the house, I want people to be able to see that God is working in my life. It’s not me working, it’s not me doing the things that I do. It’s Him applying those things in my life … giving me the opportunity to be able to reach the next person, make an impact on the platform that I have. He gave me this platform so I can be able to make an impact and that’s what it’s all about. It’s just reflecting Him.”

He says the biggest lesson God has taught him is, “No matter what you’re going to go through, you’ve got to trust Him. He’s going to put you through some things, stuff you may think you can’t handle at times. But if you trust Him, you’ll get through it and you’ll see the light.”

His name is Sony Michel [SOH-NEE MICHELLE].

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 Sony Michel [SOH-NEE MICHELLE] trusted Jesus Christ as his Saviour, 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!