LISTEN: The Awesome Value of Reading (The Brother’s Keeper with Daniel Whyte III)

Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

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Dear Y.B.M.:

This letter will be quite different from my previous letters in that I will not deal with the spiritual aspect of life, but rather the mental aspect of life.

First of all, may I kindly encourage you to spend as much time as you possibly can reading? At the writing of this letter, I am sitting in the Barnes & Noble bookstore in Hamden, Connecticut. Besides the library, a good bookstore is my next favorite place to be. If I am not careful, I can spend an entire day in a good bookstore. I go to libraries and bookstores often. When I go, there is always one thing that troubles me, however, and that is the conspicuous absence of young black men.

Why is it that many of us young black men do not read much? First, I believe that it is because many of us as young black boys were simply not turned on to reading as many of our white counterparts were. Rather, we were turned on to a heavy diet of television and sports. Another reason is because many of us had the wrong mentality and attitude about school while growing up. Instead of seeing it as a golden opportunity, we saw it as a place to skip, fight, run the girls, and as we got older, to party. Therefore, sadly, many of us missed out on gaining the importance and joy of reading. However, thankfully, it is never too late to start reading.

I am still sitting in the Barnes & Noble bookstore and every person walking through the door is a white male with the exception of one white female. Could it be that these people know something that we don’t? (By the way, in case you’re wondering, black people live all around this bookstore.)

You may ask: Well what is the big deal about reading? What are the benefits of reading, anyway? I am glad you asked. Consider with me some of the benefits of reading:

1. Through regular reading, you can become an “educated person” without following a rigid course of study.
2. Regular reading forces you to increase your vocabulary.
3. Through regular reading you can become a more interesting person to talk with.
4. Through regular reading, you are able to go places, mentally, that you may not be in a position to go physically.
5. Regular reading will help you become a better writer, speller and speaker.
6. Regular reading helps you to become a thinker.
7. Regular reading puts you head and shoulders above the crowd. As they say, “Readers are leaders.”

To help get you started in a fulfilling life of reading, if you have not started already, here are some suggested areas that you can explore outside of the Book of books – the Bible:

A. Read a good grammar book through a couple of times. This will help you immensely in so many areas.

B. Read a pocket dictionary through, over a good space of time, of course. (A page a day is a good pace.)

C. Read a good short history of the world. This will help give you a broader perspective on what is happening today.

D. Read a good history of Africa. This will help you to understand where you came from.

E. Read a couple of good Black American History books. This will help you to understand who you are.

F. Read the classics written by both black and white authors. These books will strengthen your vocabulary as well as put you in the category of the “educated people” in this society.

G. Read the great Christian classics. These will help encourage your faith.

H. Read a good weekly news magazine and a good daily newspaper. This will help you keep abreast of what is happening now. Your local librarian or bookstore owner will help you find any of the aforementioned subjects.

Read and Grow!

Signing off From Barnes & Noble,

Daniel Whyte III

Power Thoughts

P.T.: Someone once said, “A man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.”

Horace Mann said, “Resolve to edge in a little reading every day. If you gain but 15 minutes a day, it will make itself felt at the end of a year.”

Solomon B. Fuller said, “When you know that you don’t know, you’ve got to read.”

Langston Hughes said, “Books began to happen to me.”

William T. Vernon said, “Temples fall, statues decay, mausoleums perish, eloquent phrases declaimed are forgotten, but good books are immortal.”

James Washington said, “Books were my extended family.”

Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in twenty-three foreign countries. He is the author of thirty-four books. 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 which publishes a monthly magazine called The Torch Leader. He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts, The Prayer Motivator Devotional and 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 and the Second Coming Watch Update. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, and a Master’s degree in Religion from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for twenty-five years. God has blessed their union with seven children. Find out more at www.danielwhyte3.com. Follow Daniel Whyte III on Twitter @prophetdaniel3 or on Facebook.

LISTEN: The Modal Version of the Ontological Argument for the Existence of God (The Reasons to Believe #62 with Daniel Whyte III)

Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

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God has been under attack in the world almost since the beginning of time, but He and those who believe in Him are under attack more now than ever before. Atheism is increasing and atheists are becoming more vocal. This podcast is designed to equip Christians to do what the Holy Scriptures command, and that is to, “earnestly contend for the faith” and to “be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh us a reason of the hope that is in us”. But more importantly, this broadcast/podcast is designed to give you a reason to believe in God and His Son Jesus Christ.

The Reasons to Believe #62

Our Reasons to Believe Scripture passage for today is John 14:6. It reads, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

Our Reasons to Believe quote for today is from Frank Turek. He said, “It’s natural to be skeptical of a story like Noah. However, the greatest miracle in the Bible is not Noah and the flood. The greatest miracle in the Bible is recorded in the first verse: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” If that miracle is true, then every miracle in the Bible is at least possible (including Noah’s Ark). If God created the universe, then He can do whatever He wants inside it.”

Our Reason to Believe powerpoint today is titled “The Modal Version of the Ontological Argument for the Existence of God” from “The Handbook of Christian Apologetics” by Peter Kreeft and Ronald K. Tacelli:

Charles Hartshorne and Normal Malcolm developed this version of the ontological argument. Both find it implicitly contained in the third chapter of Anselm’s Proslogion.

1. The expression “that being than which a greater cannot be thought” (GCB, for short) expresses a consistent concept.

2. GCB cannot be thought of as:
a. necessarily nonexistent; or as
b. contingently existing; but only as
c. necessarily existing

3. So GCB can only be thought of as the kind of being that cannot not exist, that must exist.

4. But what must be so is so.

5. Therefore, GCB (i.e., God) exists.

Just because GCB must be thought of as existing, does that mean that GCB really exists?

If you must think of something as existing, you cannot think of it as not existing. But then you cannot deny that GCB exists; for then you are thinking what you say cannot be thought — namely, that GCB does not exist.

The Possible Worlds Version, a variation on the modal version, has been worked out in great detail by Alvin Plantinga. We have done our best to simplify it.

Maximal excellence: To have omnipotence, omniscience and moral perfection in some world.

Maximal greatness: To have maximal excellence in every possible world.

1. There is a possible world (W) in which there is a being (X) with maximal greatness.
2. But X is maximally great only if X has maximal excellence in every possible world.
3. Therefore X is maximally great only if X has omnipotence, omniscience and moral perfection in every possible world.
4. In W, the proposition “There is no omnipotent, omniscient, morally perfect being” would be impossible — that is, necessarily false.
5. But what is impossible does not vary from world to world.
6. Therefore, the proposition, “There is no omnipotent, omniscient, morally perfect being” is necessarily false in this actual world, too.
7. Therefore, there actually exists in this world, and must exist in every possible world, an omnipotent, omniscient, morally perfect being.

Dear friend, if you do not believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, may I encourage you to get to know Him today. John 3:16 says, “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.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live forever with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Until next time, my friend, please keep in mind these reasons to believe. God bless!

Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in twenty-three foreign countries. He is the author of thirty-four books. 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 which publishes a monthly magazine called The Torch Leader. He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts, The Prayer Motivator Devotional and 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 and the Second Coming Watch Update. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, and a Master’s degree in Religion from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for twenty-five years. God has blessed their union with seven children. Find out more at www.danielwhyte3.com. Follow Daniel Whyte III on Twitter @prophetdaniel3 or on Facebook.

LISTEN: The Teachers of the Church: Tertullian of Carthage, Part 1 (The History of Christianity #49 with Daniel Whyte III)

Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

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When I became a believer in Jesus Christ, I somehow had the false idea that Christianity began when I got saved. I had no concept of the hundreds of years of history that Christianity had gone through since the time of Jesus Christ over 2,000 years ago. I have found that many believers, young and old, have the same false idea. The purpose of this broadcast is to dispel this notion by sharing with listeners the history of Christianity from the ministry of Jesus Christ all the way up until the present day in an easy-to-understand format. You don’t have to worry: this is not a lecture. This is a look at the basic facts and figures of Christian history that every believer and every person needs to be aware of.

Our Scripture verse today is 1 Timothy 2:5 which reads: “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”

Our quote today is from Tertullian of Carthage. He said: “The Son of God was crucified: I am not ashamed – because it is shameful. The Son of God died: it is immediately credible – because it is silly. He was buried, and rose again: it is certain – because it is impossible.”

Today, we are looking at “The Teachers of the Church” (Part 6) from Dr. Justo L. Gonzalez’s fine book, The Story of Christianity (Volume 1).

Tertullian of Carthage (Part 1)

Tertullian was very different from Clement. He seems to have been a native of the North African city of Carthage. Although he spent most of his life there, it was in Rome that he was converted to Christianity when he was about forty years old. Having returned to Carthage, he wrote a number of treatises in defense of the faith against the pagans, and in defense of orthodoxy against various heresies. Many of his works are important for a number of different reasons. For instance, his treatise On Baptism is the oldest extant treatise on that subject, and is an important source for our knowledge of early baptismal practices. And his work To His Wife gives us an interesting glimpse into marriage among second-century Christians.

Tertullian was a lawyer, or at least had been trained in rhetoric, and his entire literary output bears the stamp of a legal mind. In an earlier chapter, we have quoted his protest against the “unjust sentence” of Trajan, ordering that Christians should not be sought out, but should be punished if brought before the authorities. Those lines read like the argument of a lawyer appealing a case before a higher court. In another work, On the Witness of the Soul, Tertullian places the human soul on the witness stand and, after questioning it, comes to the conclusion that the soul is “by nature Christian,” and that if it persists in rejecting Christianity this is due to obstinacy and blindness.

The treatise where Tertullian’s legal mind shines is Prescription against the Heretics. In the legal language of the time, a Prescription could mean at least two things. It could be a legal argument presented before the case itself was begun, in order to show that the trial should not take place. If, even before the actual case was presented, one of the parties could show that the other had no right to sue, or that the suit was not properly drawn, or that the court had no jurisdiction, the trial could be canceled. But the same word had a different meaning when one spoke of a “long-term prescription.” This meant that if a party had been in undisputed possession of a property for a certain time, that party became the legal owner, even if at a later time another party claimed it.

Tertullian uses the term in both senses, as if it were a case of a suit between orthodox Christianity and the heretics. His aim is to show, not simply that the heretics are wrong, but rather that they do not even have the right to dispute with the church. To this end, he claims that scriptures belong to the church. For several generations the church has used the Bible, and the heretics have not disputed its possession. Even though not all of scripture belonged originally to the church — for a large part of it was written by the Jews — by now it does. Therefore, the heretics have no right to use the Bible. They are latecomers who seek to change and to use what legally belongs to the church.

Next time, we will continue looking at The Teachers of the Church: Tertullian of Carthage.

Dear friend, simply knowing the facts about Christian history without knowing the One on Who this faith is based will do you no good. If you do not believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, may I encourage you to get to know Him today. John 3:16 says, “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.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can be a part of the church in this life and in the life to come. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Until next time, remember that history is truly His story.

Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in twenty-three foreign countries. He is the author of thirty-four books. 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 which publishes a monthly magazine called The Torch Leader. He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts, The Prayer Motivator Devotional and 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 and the Second Coming Watch Update. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, and a Master’s degree in Religion from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for twenty-five years. God has blessed their union with seven children. Find out more at www.danielwhyte3.com. Follow Daniel Whyte III on Twitter @prophetdaniel3 or on Facebook.

LISTEN: Evangelism Is…Hanging Out With a Purpose (The Soul-Winning Motivator #71 with Daniel Whyte III)

Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

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The simple purpose of this broadcast is to encourage you, exhort you, and motivate you to share your faith in Jesus Christ with those who are lost around you. Even though we will share some instructions on how to witness for the Lord from time to time, we believe that most Christians do not need to learn how to witness for the Lord, they just need to go and do it; so our aim is more motivational than instructional.

Our soul winning verse from the Word of God today is Esther 4:14 which reads: “For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”

Allow me to share with you some important insights regarding this Scripture from David Guzik’s Commentaries on the Bible:

Mordecai’s trust was in the faithfulness of God, not in the faithfulness of Esther. He knows that God will not let His people down, even if individuals let God down.

Mordecai reminded Esther that though the fate of God’s people rested in God and not in her, her own fate depended on her own faithfulness to God.

Mordecai knew that God had promoted this orphan in exile for a reason – and Esther must have the courage and wisdom to see that reason and fulfill it.

This principle applies to us also. God promotes us or puts in a place for a reason, and we need the courage and wisdom to see that reason and to walk in it. Spurgeon says, “You have been wishing for another position where you could do something for Jesus: do not wish anything of the kind, but serve him where you are.”

Our soul winning quote today is from Steve Sjogren. He said: “My own false perceptions about non-Christians had convinced me at one point that only the lowest forms of life on the planet hang around bars…God has shown me a different kind of love, a fertile love that reaches out towards everyone. For years I loved the lost in obedience to God and His Word. In recent years something has shifted in my heart. I feel I’ve grown. Now I don’t just love the lost, I even like them.”

Our soul winning devotional is part 54 of our series titled “What Evangelism Is” from Dave Earley and David Wheeler.

Evangelism Is…Hanging Out With a Purpose

Beach volleyball is a popular pastime for those blessed to live in warmer climates. It is, in fact, the passion of one mid-20s single man named Chris. As a strong Christian, he was convinced that he could mix what he loved most, volleyball, with a chance for others to hang out or do evangelism. So he did both. He called it the Midnight Volleyball Club.

It started small with only a few friends showing interest the first month. Through word of mouth, it was not long before this tight-knit volleyball club had turned into a weekly social gathering that averaged more than 40 young professionals.

The club met on the campus of a local university. Some people came wanting to hang out and meet new friends. Others saw it as an opportunity to minister by inviting coworkers to get involved and have some fun. Most of the guests would never socialize with the stereotypical church crowd.

Eventually Chris and others from the club became accepted into the beach subculture. This gave them the opportunity to meet new people who shared similar interests. As it grew, the Midnight Volleyball Club became a way to integrate these new friends into a Christian environment without the fear and pressure associated with going to church.

Upon arriving at the courts on Thursday night, they were greeted by a variety of young professionals who enjoyed volleyball and loved the Lord. What started as a way for friends to play ball and hang out during the week turned into a sports-driven mission field. The club’s motto soon became, “Always act like Jesus…because you never know who’s watching!”

This continued to grow as local college students prioritized Thursday nights as an opportunity to unwind in a safe but competitive environment. It was not long before the basketball courts also became a place of fellowship while others played games like four square, or brought their dogs to run and play. Unlike many churches, laughter – not judgment and condemnation – became the Thursday night language around the courts.

Chris and the Midnight Volleyball Club members attended a local young adults group that held a Tuesday night worship service. As the Midnight Volleyball Club members invited the people they met on Thursdays, the Tuesday evening worship service grew to more than 200 singles meeting every week. The volleyball and basketball courts served as an opportunity for club members to invite their new friends to come and see what was happening at church.

As a result of adding purpose to their hanging out, the Midnight Volleyball Club members made an impact. Large numbers of students and young professionals were introduced to Christianity, attended the weekly services, and surrendered their lives to Christ.

You Can Do It Too

It really is a simple concept. Take something you and others enjoy like softball, volleyball, dodgeball, bowling, golf, or hiking. Then adapt the concept of hanging out by adding intentionality and purpose.

In our next broadcast, we will continue to look at why evangelism is…Hanging Out With a Purpose.

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Dear friend, if you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, may I encourage you to get to know Him today. John 3:16 says, “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.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can be a part of the church in this life and in the life to come. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Until next time,

Keep the soul winner’s fire!