LISTEN: Art and the Divine; Reading a Story (Literature & Spirituality #VA1 with Daniel Whyte III)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

Welcome to the Literature and Spirituality podcast #1. My name is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International. Literature is defined as “imaginative or creative writing, especially of recognized artistic value.” Spirituality is defined as “the quality or state of being concerned with religion or religious matters.” The purpose of this podcast is to examine how these two subjects intersect with one another and how they relate to our lives.

Our passage from the Word of God today is Daniel 1:17 which reads: “As for these four young men, God gave them knowledge and skill in all literature and wisdom; and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.”

Our quote today is from C. S. Lewis. He said: “Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become.”

In this podcast, we are using as our texts: “Literature and Spirituality” by Yaw Adu-Gyamfi and Mark Ray Schmidt, and “Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Writing” by X. J. Kennedy and Dana Gioia. If you enjoy this podcast, please feel free to purchase any one of these books from our website.

Our first topic for today is “Art and the Divine, Part 1″ from the book, “Literature and Spirituality” by Yaw Adu-Gyamfi and Mark Ray Schmidt.

Rudolf Steiner said, “Art is the daughter of the divine.”

What is art, and what is the divine? Is there a relationship between the two? There are many ways to define art, but in very simple terms, art is the expression of human creativity. A work of art is the end result of one or more humans making unique connections – connections within the self of the artist and connections with the external world of persons and things. On most occasions, the artist feels an expansion of his or her self as new connections are discovered in the presence of the work of art. This expansion is similar to the joys of learning a new skill, like learning a new computer software program or learning to ride a bike. We delight in learning and feeling our inner selves growing.

We will continue looking at this topic in our next episode.

Our second topic for today is “Reading a Story, Part 1″ from the book, “Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Writing” by X. J. Kennedy and Dana Gioia.

Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “When I read a good book…I wish that life were three thousand years long.”

After the shipwreck that marooned him on his desert island, Robinson Crusoe, in the novel by Daniel Defoe, stood gazing over the water where pieces of cargo from his ship were floating by. Along came “two shoes, not mates.” It is the qualification not mates that makes the detail memorable. We could well believe that a thing so striking and odd must have been seen, and not invented. But in truth Defoe, like other masters of the art of fiction, had the power to make us believe his imaginings. Borne along by the art of the storyteller, we trust what we are told, even though the story may be sheer fantasy.

We will continue looking at this topic in our next episode.

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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. First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, 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.”

Also, the Bible states 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.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. 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.” 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 eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “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 with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Until next time,

God bless you!

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. 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/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 Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for over twenty-seven 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 Qualifications of the Minister, Pt 2; The Case for Preaching (PROCLAIM! #VA1 with Daniel Whyte III)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

This podcast teaches every Bible-believing Christian how to preach the Gospel by any means necessary in many different settings, including using the internet and the new “podcast pulpit”. If you are a Christian, you should be preaching the Gospel and the Word of God in some way, shape, form, or fashion because Jesus Christ said, “Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel.” In the New Testament, the word “preach” simply means “to herald or proclaim” the good news of the Gospel, and the purpose of this podcast is to show you how you can get started doing it, or help you do it better for God’s glory and for the salvation of lost souls.

Our Scripture verse on preaching is Exodus 4:10-12 which reads: “And Moses said unto the Lord, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue. And the Lord said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the Lord? Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say.”

Our quote on preaching today is from Richard Baxter. He said, “I preached as though I wasn’t sure I would preach again, and as a dying man to dying men.”

Our first topic is titled “The Minister’s Self-Watch, Part 2″ from “Lectures to My Students” by Charles H. Spurgeon. He writes:

We are, in a certain sense, our own tools, and therefore must keep ourselves in order. If I want to preach the gospel, I can only use my own voice; therefore I must train my vocal powers. I can only think with my own brains, and feel with my own heart, and therefore I must educate my intellectual and emotional faculties. I can only weep and agonize for souls in my own renewed nature, therefore must I watchfully maintain the tenderness which was in Christ Jesus.

Our second topic is titled “The Qualifications of the Preacher, Part 2″ from “The Preacher and his Preaching” by Alfred P. Gibbs. He writes:

To many, the statement that a preacher should be born from above may seem self-evident. The fact remains, however, that there are literally hundreds of preachers who have never experienced the regenerating power of the Spirit of God. They know nothing of what it means to be saved by the grace of God through personal faith in Christ. 

Our third topic is titled “The Case for Preaching” from “Biblical Preaching” by Haddon W. Robinson. He writes:

In spite of the “bad-mouthing” of preaching and preachers, no one who takes the Bible seriously should count preaching out. To the New Testament writers, preaching stood as the event through which God works. Peter, for example, reminded his readers that they had “been born anew, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God.” How had this word come to affect their lives? “That word,” Peter explained, “is the good news which was preached to you.” Through preaching God had redeemed them.

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. 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/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 School of Divinity. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for over twenty-seven 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…Being Yourself, Part 1 (The Soul-Winning Motivator #VA1 with Daniel Whyte III)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

Our soul winning verse from the Word of God today is 1 Corinthians 9:16 which reads: “For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!”

Our soul winning quote today is from Bill Hybels and Mark Mittelberg. They said: “Do you want to be a contagious Christian? Then stop apologizing for your God-given design. Quit trying to deny your individuality…Somewhere in your community, there is probably a seeker who’s one step from coming to faith but who needs to come in contact with someone like you-with your personality, your temperament, your passion, and your interests.”

Our soul winning devotional is part 38 of our series titled “What Evangelism Is” from Dave Earley and David Wheeler.

Evangelism Is…Being Yourself

David is an active and aggressive evangelist. He loves people and is determined to share his faith and see that no one goes to hell. He does not beat around the bush but cuts right to the heart of an issue or argument.

Ingrid is a fun-loving, talkative, persuasive, energetic people person. She seemingly has never met a stranger and has no problem sharing the gospel with people she has never met. Last week in the mall, she led to Christ two women she had never met before.

Steve is a servant. People say that he will give you the shirt off his back. He devotes every Saturday morning to cutting the grass of the elderly people in his neighborhood. Eventually he will ask them if he can pray for them. A month or two later he will share the gospel with them. After months of patiently mowing a widow’s yard, he will finally be able to share Christ with her.

Curt likes to study apologetics, cults, and world religions. He has been known to get into interesting discussions at the local bookstore and enjoys witnessing over the Internet to spiritual seekers, agnostics, and atheists.

Which one is right? Which one is most like you?

You’ve Got Personality

Everyone is different. God has given each of us unique personalities. Of the four people mentioned above, as long as each one shares the gospel as part of his or her lifestyle, they all are right. They have different personalities, and, as a result, the way they share the gospel is somewhat different, but all are effective evangelists.

Christians most effective in evangelism learn to evangelize according to their personality and the personality of their listener. One thing that gives evangelism a bad name is the notion that there is only one right way to do it. That is not true. The right way is to share the gospel in a manner that fits your personality and that of the person you are trying to reach.

In our next broadcast, we will continue to look at why evangelism is…being yourself.

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. 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/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 School of Divinity. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for over twenty-seven 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: Attitude Adjustment, Part 1 (Get Things Done #VA1 with Daniel Whyte III)

Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

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Thank you for tuning in to the “Get Things Done” podcast. The simple purpose of this podcast is to help you get things done every day so that you can accomplish something worthwhile with your life. I am a firm believer that God has put each person on earth to do something great for His glory. My name is Daniel Whyte III, founder and president of GLM Omnimedia Group LLC.

In this podcast, we are going through the book “Doing It Now” by Edwin C. Bliss. I had just finished speaking at a meeting in Philadelphia many years ago, and as I was walking through the airport, I picked up this little book and read it in its entirety. It is one of the best books that I have ever read on this subject, and along with prayer and the power of God, it is one of the reasons why I have accomplished so much in my life. Today, I want to share with you some of the principles that Edwin C. Bliss talks about in his book.

As we begin, let me give you this reminder from the Word of God. Ecclesiastes 9:10 says: “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.”

Leonardo da Vinci said, “It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.”

The first thing Edwin Bliss talks about in his book is “Attitude Adjustment”. The book is written in question and answer format, as though he were sitting down talking with you over lunch.

The first question is: Procrastination seems to be a universal fact of life. Shouldn’t we just accept it as part of human nature and let it go at that?

Not at all. Some people do, of course, but they generally turn out to be the ones who are defeated by life.

But when something is so widespread, isn’t it rather pointless to fight it?

No. Disease is widespread, but we don’t shrug our shoulders or ignore it. The important thing is not how widespread a problem is but whether something can be done about it. And in the case of procrastination it can.

Are you sure? Where is the evidence that this problem can be overcome?

The evidence is found in the life of every successful human being. Successful people do not procrastinate—at least in matters relating to their field of achievement. It’s as simple as that. Procrastination prevents success.

Wait a minute. Surely you can’t mean that. Practically everybody admits to being a procrastinator. It’s the common denominator of the human race.

Not really. It’s the common denominator of people who fail to live up to their potential. It’s true that nearly everyone will jokingly admit to procrastination. But when successful people do, what they are really saying is that there are some things that they would like to have done that they haven’t done. That isn’t the same thing as procrastination.

Maybe a definition would clarify things. Exactly what do you mean by procrastination?

I mean postponing something that you know in your heart should be done now instead of later. If you postpone a task in order to do something that really has greater importance and urgency, you can’t accuse yourself of procrastination.

So what you’re saying is that procrastination and justifiable delay are two different things.

Of course. And learning to distinguish between them is what this book is all about. That, and learning what to do when you catch yourself committing the sin of  procrastination.

Did you say ‘sin’?

Yes.

Isn’t that putting it a bit strongly? It’s a bad habit, admittedly. Even a peccadillo, perhaps. But surely it can’t be called a sin!

It certainly can. As any theologian will tell you, sin comes in two varieties. The sin of commission gets all the attention, but in the words of Ogden Nash:

It is the sin of omission, the second kind of sin,
That lays eggs under your skin.
The way you get really painfully bitten
Is by the insurance you haven’t taken out and
the checks you haven’t added up the stubs of and
the appointments you haven’t kept and
the bills you haven’t paid and
the letters you haven’t written.

Also, about sins of omission there is one particularly painful lack of beauty,
Namely, it isn’t as though it had been a riotous red letter day
Or night every time you neglected to do your duty;
You didn’t get a wicked forbidden thrill
Every time you let a policy lapse
Or forgot to pay a bill;
You didn’t slap the lads in the tavern on the back and loudly cry,
“Whee, let’s all fail to write just one more letter before we go home,
And this round of unwritten letters is on me.”

No, you never get any fun
Out of the things you haven’t done,
But they are the things that I do not like to be amid,
Because the suitable things you didn’t do
Give you a lot more trouble than the unsuitable things you did.

In this matter of doing things when they should be done, I think that if we can become saints instead of sinners, we will live happier, healthier, and more productive lives.

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We will continue this discussion regarding an attitude adjustment toward procrastination in our next podcast.

Now, let’s pray together —

Almighty and most merciful Father; We have erred, and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have offended against thy holy laws. We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; And we have done those things which we ought not to have done; And there is no health in us. But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders. Spare thou those, O God, who confess their faults. Restore thou those who are penitent; According to thy promises declared unto mankind In Christ Jesus our Lord. And grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake; That we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, To the glory of thy holy Name. Amen.

Now, the greatest secret to getting things done with your life for the glory of God is to have the Lord Jesus Christ in your life. When you have Jesus in your life, you can say with Paul in Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” 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 have a home in Heaven. 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.”

God bless you, and remember: if you have something to do, there is no better time to do it than now.

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.

Younger Southern Baptists Seek a Less Partisan Approach to Political Engagement

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney walks to his campaign plane with U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), second left, U.S. Rep. Connie Mack (R-Fla.), second right, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R), far right, after a campaign rally in Tampa, Fla., on October 31, 2012. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney walks to his campaign plane with U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), second left, U.S. Rep. Connie Mack (R-Fla.), second right, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R), far right, after a campaign rally in Tampa, Fla., on October 31, 2012. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Brian Snyder

As Southern Baptists prepare to interview Republican presidential candidates Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio in Nashville, Tenn., on Tuesday (Aug. 4), a group of mostly younger pastors is challenging the methods used by the old religious right and urging a broader agenda and more qualified support for the Republican Party.

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Is Russell Moore the Evangelical Version of Pope Francis?

Both are powerful, fresh-faced religious leaders of massive conservative Christian bodies whose behaviors and statements excite, infuriate, and confuse both conservatives and progressives by turns. Are they paving the way for a future expression of faith that we’ve only begun to imagine?

Both are powerful, fresh-faced religious leaders of massive conservative Christian bodies whose behaviors and statements excite, infuriate, and confuse both conservatives and progressives by turns. Are they paving the way for a future expression of faith that we’ve only begun to imagine?

Imagine for a moment a powerful, but fresh-faced, religious leader of a large conservative Christian body whose behavior and statements excite, infuriate, and confuse both conservatives and progressives by turns. You have just envisioned Pope Francis. You have also just imagined Russell Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.

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