Ellen Renfroe: “Let God Transform You” (Gospel Light Minute #231)

Ellen Renfroe


She is a softball player who played from 2011 to 2014 with the Tennessee Lady Volunteers. In three of the four seasons she played, she was named All-American and each year she was an All-SEC player. In 2013, she played on the Women’s College World Series All-Tournament team, which finished second behind Oklahoma. This Fall, she will take on the duties of head coach of the Lady Wildcats at Tennessee’s Bethel University.

Writing for Beyond the Ultimate, she said, “I arrived at Tennessee with a pressure to perform. Over time I found myself trying so hard to please my coaches, impress the media, and get attention from our growing fan base that I was beginning to lose sight of what was really important in my life. I had become broken down — drained physically, emotionally, and most of all, spiritually.

“I was sitting in our dugout preparing for a big game when my older sister and fellow pitcher, Ivy, said to me, ‘Ellen, you have it all wrong. You need to remember that Christ is the only One you should be playing for. He is the One Who has given you the talent to play so you should give your best for him and no one else with each pitch you throw.’ I believe this was a turning point in my life spiritually. As I changed my perspective to competing for God instead of being caught up by those other things, I began to experience a new sense of energy each day I stepped on the mound.

“Romans 12:1-2 says, ‘I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice — the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.’”

She went on to say, “Jesus sacrificed Himself so that we can have a relationship with God. I struggled with allowing God to transform me into a new athlete; will you allow Him to transform your own life?”

Her name is Ellen Renfroe.

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 Ellen Renfroe trusted 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!


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

Matt Giordano Says God Has Shaped His Life (Gospel Light Minute #230)

Matt Giordano


He is a former professional football player who was drafted into the NFL in 2005 by the Indianapolis Colts. He played college football at Fresno City College before moving to the University of California, Berkeley from which he graduated. While at Fresno, he won All-State honors and was the Defensive MVP in the Northern California championship game. While at UC Berkeley, he won All-Pacific-10 Conference first team honors. Playing the position of safety, he helped the Indianapolis Colts defeat the Chicago Bears to win Super Bowl 41. After 2008, he went on to play for the Packers, the Falcons, the Saints, the Raiders, and the Rams.

When he was a child, he didn’t like having to go to church on Sundays, because he would rather have stayed home and watched football. In an interview with Beyond the Ultimate, he said, “My mom and dad would almost force me to go to church every Sunday morning. Though it was good for me to go, I saw it as more of a form of punishment. I didn’t like being pulled away from watching the San Francisco 49ers play on TV. After fighting with me about this every fall from the age of seven to probably ten my parents decided to stop taking me to church all together. It wasn’t until my freshman year in high school that I was invited by one of my closest friends to attend a youth night at the church he attended. Under the hope and anticipation that I might meet a really cute girl, I went. After hearing a testimony someone shared that night I met Jesus and asked Him to come into my heart and be Lord of my life. Emotions flowed in me, a weight from my shoulders was removed and a sense of freedom came over me.

“Looking back at that moment I feel it was one of many stepping stones that God has placed in my life. Ever since then, God has continued to form and shape my life into what He wants it to be. I still face struggles and trials, but I am comforted to know that God is in control. He has blessed me with an awesome family, a wonderful wife, and, of course, a great job. I feel that the Lord is using the opportunity I have to play football not for my glory, but for His. He has given me this platform to encourage every young man who is watching the game on TV to know and follow our Lord Jesus Christ.”

His name is Matt Giordano.

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 Matt Giordano 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!


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

Michael Sharkey: “My Faith is an Important Part of the Game” (Gospel Light Minute #229)

Michael Sharkey


He is a member of Great Britain’s goalball team. He was born with a congenital eye condition called retinitis pigmentosa which is a condition that makes sight in dark places difficult and causes one to be short-sighted. Despite his disability, he made his Paralympic debut at the London 2012 games where he competed in the preliminary stages. Outside of goalball, he serves as a physiotherapist for young children with special needs.

In an article for Beyond the Ultimate, he wrote of his upbringing and faith in Christ, “I have grown up in a Christian family. God is a very big part of my life. I believe that what I am doing in my sport is what God made me to do. He has given me this talent, and I want to invest in it, confident that it is bringing glory to Him.

“I think that when we are given talents by God we should invest them, like the parable where Jesus talks about giving one person 10 talents, another 5 talents, and another 1 talent. Each of them do different things with their talents. The ones who invest their talents would come back in a year’s time and give back to Jesus twice what they had been given; the person who had 1 talent had been so scared of losing his talent that he buried it. He wasted the talent and had not been able to grow with it. I think it is important that whatever talent we have been given, we should invest in it as much as possible. By doing that, we bring glory to God and are doing what God made us to do.

“My faith is an important part of the game. I try to pray before every game and give that game to God, to quietly affirm to Him that what I am doing is for Him and for His glory. I think if you ask the Holy Spirit to be with you, you have a strength that you can’t have without Him. That helps my performance, because it brings me into a good psychological place in my mind and helps me be ready for the challenge.

“When I was younger, I prayed a lot that I would be healed of my visual impairment, that God would take this difficulty away from my life. I was about 13 and it was quite a big moment when I prayed that prayer. Obviously, I did not have my sight healed. If I had, everything in my life would have been totally different, and I don’t know what that would have done for me. There would have been no goalball; I would not have met my wife; I would not have had all the friends I have.

“I certainly do not blame God for afflicting me with a disability. It has been a blessing for the most part in my life. I feel that by praying that prayer when I was younger, it brought me to a place in my mind where I could deal with the fact that I was disabled and move on and make something of my life rather than wondering how on earth I was going to cope.”

His name is Michael Sharkey.

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 Michael Sharkey 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!


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

Alice Cooper: “Instead of Serving Me I Began to Serve Christ” (Gospel Light Minute #228)

Alice Cooper
Alice Cooper

He is a rock singer, songwriter, and actor whose entertainment career has spanned well over 50 years. Known as “the Godfather of Shock Rock,” his stage performances feature everything from guillotines to baby dolls. His band which developed in the 1960s released its first album in 1969 and went on to become an international hit in 1971. In the 1970s, he left the band and decided to go solo, releasing his 19th album as a solo artist in 2011. He is often credited with helping to shape the look and feel of heavy metal rock as he was the first to introduce horror into his stagecraft. In both 1984 and 1997, he was nominated for a Grammy Award for “Alice Cooper: The Nightmare” and “Hands of Death (Burn Baby Burn)” respectively.

While he was a heavy drinker over the course of his lifetime, he described his journey to faith in an interview with GodReports.com. He said, “My father was a pastor and my grandfather was an evangelist, actually both were evangelists. I grew up in the church and all my friends were church kids. I had so much fun. I was in church Sunday, Wednesday night, Friday night. All my social life was based around kids in the church.”

When the Beatles hit the music scene, he and his friends formed a band of their own. He said, “I looked around and thought, ‘There’s no villains in rock and roll, why not create rock’s ultimate villain?’” Hence he created a character that was all his own. At first, he said, “I didn’t think about how that might affect my faith at all. The Bible is full of villains. I thought, ‘I’ll be this villain.’ I gave Alice his perimeters, those areas he wouldn’t go past.”

After the band’s first big success with the single “I’m Eighteen,” his life took a downward spiral as he headed for self-destruction and left behind what he had been taught. He said, “We were probably a threat to the public at the time. We were the ones who lived. Most of our friends died trying to be rock stars. I drank with these guys [Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Keith Moon] every night and I watched every one of them go down. The reason is that they tried to be their character off stage.”

His heavy drinking, however, took a toll. He said, “I drank for a long time. I was throwing up blood every morning. I was really a bad alcoholic. I wasn’t cruel or mean, but I was definitely self-destructive.” Following his tour in 1977, he checked in for alcohol treatment and cirrhosis of the liver. He said, “I had to go through the cure. I came out of the hospital and it was a miracle. My alcoholism was gone. God took it away from me. It was an absolute miracle. In 30 years I have never once had a craving for alcohol. That doesn’t happen every day.”

After realizing the miracle that was his life, he worked to get back to the faith he had been taught and reconciled with his wife, whose father was a Baptist preacher. The couple began attending church in Phoenix. He said, “There was a pastor in Phoenix who was hell-fire. There would be 6000 people there and he was talking to me, every Sunday. Of course he wasn’t, but he was, just nailing me. Every week I’d come out exhausted and I said, ‘I don’t want to go back.’ It was like torture, but I always came back. I finally decided I had to go to one side or the other. I had to make a decision because I was so convicted. The Lord really convicted me.”

He returned to church and gave his life to Christ. He said, “When that’s filled you’re really satisfied. That’s where I am right now. I’m very young in the faith even though I grew up in it, so I do a lot of Bible reading and Bible studies.”

He says that while he is still a rock and roller, he and his wife attend “a good, strong, Bible-teaching church” and he doesn’t do rock music the way he used to. He said, “I don’t do it in the same spirit I used to do it in. I watch the songs lyrically. Some of the songs I used to do were way over the line. Before I was self-centered. Everything was for me. Self was God. Humans make really lousy gods. We have to let God be God and let us be what we are. My focus changed. Instead of serving me I began to serve Christ. I am the perfect example of the prodigal son.”

His name is Vincent Furnier, better known as Alice Cooper.

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 Alice Cooper gave his life to Christ, 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!


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

Adam Wainwright Found True Faith in Christ Outside of the Church (Gospel Light Minute #227)


He is the starting pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals. He was selected in the first round during the 2000 draft by the Atlanta Braves. As a sharp player in the minor leagues, the Braves thought him to be one of their top pitching prospects. Although in 2003, they traded him to the Cardinals, he made his debut in 2005. Over the course of his career, he earned multiple top-ten finishes including in strikeouts and complete games. He has won over 100 games and earned two Rawlings Gold Glove Awards as well as three All-Star Selections. He won the World Series with the Cardinals in 2006.

He grew up in a single-parent Christian home with his mother and older brother. While he went to church and to Vacation Bible School, he did not accept Christ during that time. He said, “I am a true testament that just because you grew up in church does not mean you are a Christian or believer. I had doubts and was always questioning. Not that I didn’t believe in God, [but] I wasn’t listening to anything He wanted to tell me, and I was not ready to have Him in my life.”

He went on to say, “In 2002, my good friend, Blaine Boyer, and my agent, Steve Hammond, encouraged me to go to Pro Athletes Outreach meetings and to get some questions answered. I had several friends who were believers who said to get involved and search out what you believe. I took that as a sign and that I should figure out one way or another whether I am destined to believe or not believe. In doing that process, I really came to know the Lord. I made that leap of faith to accept Christ as my Savior.”

“Christ has changed my life dramatically in that I (now) try to see everything with a pair of godly glasses or lenses. I know Christ has made me a better husband and parent. I know God is watching me all the time, so I know I have that accountability all the time. He is in the room with me no matter what I am doing. My life means nothing to me unless I carry out the work given to me by God, the work of telling others the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and God’s mighty kindness and love.”

His name is Adam Wainwright. Continue reading “Adam Wainwright Found True Faith in Christ Outside of the Church (Gospel Light Minute #227)”

Hey, Mister “Preacher,” I Can Tell You Where God Is (Gospel Light Minute X #282)


Meet Jesse Custer. A man who cuts all ties to his life of crime and returns to dusty Annville, Texas, to take over his father’s church. His goal is to “save this town.”

Played by Dominic Cooper, he is the main character of AMC’s “Preacher”, the comic book-based show, also starring Ruth Negga and Joseph Gilgun, that just began its second season.

As a young pastor, Jesse Custer, commonly called “Preacher”, struggles with the demands the church people place on him. He struggles to keep attracting visitors as a megachurch starts up nearby. But, most of all, he struggles with knowing whether or not God is really present, whether he is hearing from God, and whether he is telling people what God wants them to hear.

However, he isn’t the only one in Annville who wants to know where God is. Continue reading “Hey, Mister “Preacher,” I Can Tell You Where God Is (Gospel Light Minute X #282)”

NHL Player Mike Rupp: “I Gave My Life Over to the Lord” (Gospel Light Minute #226)


He is a retired NHL ice hockey player. After being drafted in 1998, he played professionally for the New Jersey Devils, the Phoenix Coyotes, the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the New York Rangers and the Minnesota Wild from 2000 to 2014. In 2003, he scored the game winning goal and earned his first Stanley Cup playoff game. He helped the New Jersey Devils earn their third Stanley Cup championship. In college, he played for the varsity quad, helping the team win two back-to-back state championships in 1994 and 1995. He now serves as a studio analyst for the NHL Network and a post-game analysts for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

In an interview, he describes growing up in church but sports was his number one interest and goal. He said, “My young life included a lot of sports. We would go to church on Sunday, but it got to a point when that quickly got overtaken by hockey. As a child, hockey became my No. 1 thing over everything else, and I missed a lot of time at church.

“It wasn’t until I was 18 and had been drafted into the NHL that I first started struggling. Making it to the NHL was always a goal of mine, and I started questioning what would happen if I didn’t make it. Hockey was so much apart of me and in my mind that I thought it determined whether I would fail or not as a young man.

“I met my future wife at about that age, and she would question me about my faith and my relationship with God and I couldn’t answer those questions. I didn’t understand what she meant by a personal relationship with Jesus.

“At age 19, after going back to church and making it more of a priority, I gave my life over to the Lord. It has been a work in progress, and I’m growing each and every day. Faith has helped in a lot of ways, with my career and my life, as far as giving me a perspective on things and a freedom to play the game without being scared to fail.

“There are still times I struggle with making my career determine whether I’m a success as a man or not. But as I’m growing with the Lord and spending time with Him, it puts things in perspective. There have been challenges with just making it to the NHL and then maintaining that career. I’ve had to change my game, but the one thing that stays true is what I can do as a teammate that would reflect the image of Jesus. There is not going to be any selfishness in my game or putting me above the team. That’s something I would like to leave behind as a player, and that only comes from the Lord.

“I know that hockey is a pretty physically demanding and tough sport. But there have been some great Christian players who played the game the right way and just as hard as anyone in the history of the game. I think once you experience Jesus, there is a fierce passion and desire that comes along with that; there’s nothing soft about it.

“Faith gives you the ability to bounce back up, dust yourself off and go at it again, to fight that fight every day, whether it’s in life or on the ice. It’s given me the ability to play with reckless abandon and approach the game as one I want to have fun with. It’s given me the freedom to not fear anything, and that’s something only the Lord can give you.”

His name is Mike Rupp.

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 Mike Rupp gave his life to Christ, 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!


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

NFL Player Stefen Wisniewski: “Grace Is What God Offers Us for Eternity” (Gospel Light Minute #225)


He is an NFL football player and plays guard and center position for the Philadelphia Eagles. After playing college football at Penn State, he was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in 2011 and also played for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2015. In college, he became the first football student-athlete at the school to be named an ESPN Academic All-American three times and was part of the Big Ten Championship in 2008.

He describes his journey to faith in Christ after a car accident got his attention:

“I grew up going to church every week, but for a long time that was all that being a Christian was for me—going to church for one hour a week. But God started putting some events in my life that made me realize that being a follower of Jesus is not a once-a-week thing, it’s an all-day-every-day thing.

“At the time, I felt like my life was perfect: I was at the top of my class academically, I had a very successful football season, and lots of colleges were offering me full scholarships. I felt like I was invincible. But one summer night God reminded me in a big way that I wasn’t.

“First, God planted a verse [from the Bible] in my mind when I was listening to a Christian radio station in the car with my father. A pastor was preaching on Galatians 6:7 which says, “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.” I remember hearing it and thinking that it made sense that our actions had consequences and that we would get what we deserved, but I never thought about what the verse meant in regards to my life.

“I was like many teenage drivers in that I drove way too fast. I finally saw the consequences of that behavior one night when driving on a winding Pittsburgh road. I was going too fast around a sharp turn; I hit the guardrail, swerved back and forth for awhile, then went down a hill and ended up in someone’s backyard. No one in the car was hurt, but the car was totaled. As I stood around waiting for the tow truck and police to arrive, I had a lot of time to think about what happened. The verse from Galatians immediately came to mind. I thought I could mock God by doing what I wanted, but on that night I finally reaped what I sowed. In reality I received not justice from God, but mercy, as He protected all of us in the car from injury, and he stopped us from ending up in the lake that was only fifty yards ahead of where we stopped.

“That’s one of the great things about God that I learned from the experience: God either treats us exactly how we deserve, which is called justice, or He treats us better than we deserve, which is called mercy, or He treats us so much better than we deserve that it almost defies logic, which is called grace. And grace is what God offers us for eternity because due to our sins we deserve death for eternity. But if we believe that Jesus died for our sins and receive the forgiveness that comes only from Him, we can have eternal life in heaven with Him.

“Ever since I accepted His grace and committed my life to serving Christ I have seen God at work in my life in so many ways. The four primary ways that God brings me closer to Him are through reading the Bible and applying its principles to my life; through prayer; through friendships with other Christians at Penn State; and through attending a great church and some Bible studies.

“Christ is now a part of my life every day, and my relationship with Him has given me a purpose, it has given me strength, and it has given me peace.”

His name is Stefen Wisniewski (STEFF-EN WIZZ-NEW-SKEE).

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 Stefen Wisniewski (STEFF-EN WIZZ-NEW-SKEE) gave his life to Christ, 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!


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

NBA Player and Olympic Gold-medalist Michael Redd: I Want People to Say, ‘He Loved God and Represented Christ Well’ (Gospel Light Minute #223)


He is a retired professional basketball player. In 2000, he was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks and in 2002 set a then-NBA record after making eight three-point field goals in the fourth quarter. He was named to both the NBA All-Star and All-NBA Third Team in 2004. In 2011, he signed with the Phoenix Suns before retiring in 2013. Midway through his NBA career, he played for Team USA in the 2007 FIBA Americas tournament and went on to win gold in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

In a piece for Beyond the Ultimate, he described how he came to faith in Christ and what it has meant for his NBA success:

“I grew up in a Bible-believing home, my father being a pastor for 30 years; it’s all I’ve known. I received Jesus Christ [into my heart] when I was 17 years old but He didn’t really become personal to me until [some time after that]. It took some experiences, some trials and tribulations, that’s what helped develop my relationship with Christ over the last few years.

“God is Love, His Love is unconditional. God has pulled me out of situations that I knew I shouldn’t be in. But in His mercy, He loves me so much that He gives me a second chance [and] a third chance. I handle temptation by staying rooted in [reading and knowing] the Bible, and prayer. You literally have to do those things to avoid temptations. I walk in [God’s] Spirit and surround myself with people that love God and continue to encourage me.

“My dad is my role model, my hero. My dad has taught me everything I know as far as life and basketball. He has had a great impact on my life…to see what he’s gone through to be a fulltime dad, pastor and husband; it’s not an easy thing to do. Those are things I value, that is success.

“Success is being obedient to what God is telling you to do. Worldly achievements [like playing in the NBA] are a blessing from God, but not ultimate success. Winning championships, the Hall of Fame, or being mentioned as one of the best—MVP, these are not ultimate success.

“I believe basketball is the greatest sport in the world! But basketball is not who I am. I value my faith and my family more than basketball. After everything is said and done…after I retire, I want people to say, ‘He loved God and he represented Christ well.’”

His name is Michael Redd.

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 Michael Redd gave his life to Christ, 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!


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

Alana Beard: ‘Good Things Will Come if I Wait On the Lord’ (Gospel Light Minute #223)



She is currently a professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA. In high school, she led her team to four consecutive state titles and was named a WBCA All-American. In college at Duke University, she became the first NCAA basketball player to collect over 2,600 points, 500 assist and 400 steals. She helped her team reach two Final Fours. Since being drafted, she has played in 4 WNBA All-Star games and in 2016, she helped the Sparks win the WNBA championship.

Growing up, she and her family attended church at Greenwood Acres Baptist Church in Shreveport, Louisiana and at the age of 13, she gave her life to Christ. In an article for Sports Spectrum, there is a reason she doesn’t allow all the hype to go to her head. She said, “I believe in being humble because it’s in the Bible. Whenever I’m having problems or feel that nothing is going right, I always go to Matthew 6:25-32, which says that if you seek God’s kingdom first, everything else will be fine. Of course, I want to be the best. But I also believe in being patient. I know that good things will come when I wait on the Lord.”

Her name is Alana Beard. Continue reading “Alana Beard: ‘Good Things Will Come if I Wait On the Lord’ (Gospel Light Minute #223)”

Dallas Police Chief David Brown: ‘A Strong, Christian Man who Relies on his Faith to Get Through Each Day’ (Gospel Light Minute #216)

David Brown
David Brown

He is the chief of the Dallas, Texas Police Department since 2010. He holds degrees from Dallas Baptist University, Amberton University, and the FBI National Academy, and is certified by the State of Texas as a master peace officer and a police instructor. He has been praised for his efforts to reform the police department to reduce violent confrontations between police officers and the community.

While he is an intensely private person, he is a dynamic leader as was evidenced in recent tragic events in Dallas with the shooting of five police officers. Anna Hill, president of the Dolphins Heights Neighborhood Association in Dallas, said “He takes his job seriously. He takes community seriously. If we have a problem in our neighborhood and we contact him, he answers.

Former Lancaster Police Chief Keith Humphrey said about him during a time of personal tragedy surrounding his own son, “He was very humble. You know, he never made any excuses for his son. He’s a strong, Christian man, and so he relies on his faith to get through each day, and that was demonstrated during the whole incident…It’s not about him, it’s about others. He is an amazing leader. What you see is what you get on TV. He’s not putting on an act, and he’s definitely not performing for the media. He cares.”

His pastor, Dr. Tony Evans of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship, said, “He believes in bedrock Christian doctrine — faithful submission to God’s plan followed by an eternal reward. He sees his job as a “divine assignment” and brings a Biblical perspective to all his decision-making. He doesn’t compartmentalize his personal life and his professional life — he brings the same awareness of God to both. And he’s been able to keep leading the department despite his son’s death, through repeated calls for his ouster from his own officers, and now, this ambush. That’s because he has a “faith comfort level” that God has a reason for making things happen — even horrific things. There are innocent people who suffer for the wrong that people do. How God calculates that, I don’t know. All I do know is that nothing happens by chance. He sees himself as a representative of good fighting evil. That’s what keeps him grounded during tragedies and crises.”

His name is David Brown. Continue reading “Dallas Police Chief David Brown: ‘A Strong, Christian Man who Relies on his Faith to Get Through Each Day’ (Gospel Light Minute #216)”

How David Tyree ‘Cried Out to God from a Jail Cell’ and Later Gave his Life to Christ (Gospel Light Minute #215)

David Tyree
David Tyree

He is a former wide receiver who played for seven seasons in the National Football League from 2003 to 2010. He played college football for Syracuse University. He was drafted by the New York Giants in the sixth round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He also played for the Baltimore Ravens. In 2005, he earned a Pro Bowl selection as a special teams player.

He is best known for the miraculous Helmet Catch in 2008 which helped the New York Giants defeat the previously undefeated New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII (42). He is currently the Director of Player Development for the New York Giants. He retired from football in 2010.

In 2006, along with his wife, he started Next In Line, a project that counsels teenagers in his hometown. In 2011, he became an advocate against legalization of same-sex marriage in New York.

He says of his journey to faith in Jesus Christ: “The environment where I grew up was ‘anything goes.’ My mother was a Christian but she never pressed it upon us, and I was not interested in hearing about it. I started drinking at age 13. During college I was getting drunk every weekend and blacking out from too much alcohol, not knowing what happened. Basically, I was a functional alcoholic. I also began using and selling marijuana.

“When I began playing in the NFL I had a lot more money, which made things worse, as the addictions were easy to satisfy. After my first season, I was pulled over and arrested for possession of marijuana. At the time, I was dating my girlfriend — now my wife — and she was pregnant with our second child. I cried out to Christ from the jail cell and confessed that I needed him to forgive me and change me.

“On March 14, 2004, I walked back into my church to get my life right. I saw a woman at church who was so happy, but I didn’t know why. I discovered that she had also been forgiven by Jesus Christ. She had true freedom and peace with God. I wanted that too and gave my life to God.

“Now I’m all about getting to know God more intimately and allowing my life to be a testimony that he still lives today. I can’t separate any portion of my life from Christ because He is living in me.

“I now have a life with endless possibilities. God allows me to live a life of freedom, hope and joy. I had fallen victim to the surroundings that our society is engulfed in — money, pleasure, fame — that’s what I sought after and football was my pinnacle. But now I strive to know God and His attributes so I can show them to others. God continues to blow my mind by giving me an opportunity to know Him.”

His name is David Tyree.

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 David Tyree gave his life to Christ, 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!

Philip Rivers: God Wants Us to Get to Heaven and Take as Many People With Us as We Can (Gospel Light Minute #212)

Philip Rivers
Philip Rivers

He is the quarterback for the San Diego Chargers of the National Football League. He was drafted in the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft. His career passer rating is the fourth-best all-time among NFL quarterbacks. He ix ranked 3rd all-time in consecutive starts by a quarterback in NFL history.

In his first season as quarterback, he led the Chargers to a 14-2 record. In 2007, he helped the Chargers win their first playoff game since 1994 and eventually led them to the AFC Championship Game. His value as a franchise quarterback has come in the clutch, winning 80 percent of the games he’s played during the final five weeks before the post-season. Continue reading “Philip Rivers: God Wants Us to Get to Heaven and Take as Many People With Us as We Can (Gospel Light Minute #212)”

Stephanie Cox: ‘Faith in Christ Makes My Role as an Athlete More Meaningful’ (Gospel Light Minute #211)

Stephanie Cox
Stephanie Cox

She is a Mexican-American retired professional soccer defender and Olympic gold medalist. She attended the University of Portland, where she started 23 matches her freshman year. In 2005, after returning to the Pilots following a redshirt season to play for the US, Stephanie helped lead her team to an undefeated record of 23-0-2 and an NCAA Championship and was named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team. She most recently played for the Seattle Reign FC of the National Women’s Soccer League in 2013 and the United States women’s national soccer team. Prior to that she played for the Los Angeles Sol and the Boston Breakers. Continue reading “Stephanie Cox: ‘Faith in Christ Makes My Role as an Athlete More Meaningful’ (Gospel Light Minute #211)”

Mark Bradley On How God Brought him Through Life’s Struggles (Gospel Light Minute #210)

Mark Bradley
Mark Bradley
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He is a former NFL wide receiver who played five seasons. He played college football at the University of Oklahoma and was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the 2005 NFL Draft and played until 2008. He also played for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2008 to 2009, Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2009, and New Orleans Saints in 2010.

He said of his faith, “Over the past few years, I have experienced several setbacks and challenges in my life that directly impacted my family and my football career. These trials created frustration, disappointment, and sadness. But in the midst of it all, God brought me through. Continue reading “Mark Bradley On How God Brought him Through Life’s Struggles (Gospel Light Minute #210)”