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July 23, 2016

In a Ritual Becoming All-too-familiar, Hundreds Gather for Funerals of Slain Police Officers in Baton Rouge and Kansas City

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The East Baton Rouge sheriff’s deputy killed last Sunday ran to help another officer when he could have stayed safe in the convenience store where he was working off-duty, a minister said at his funeral Saturday. Continue reading “In a Ritual Becoming All-too-familiar, Hundreds Gather for Funerals of Slain Police Officers in Baton Rouge and Kansas City”

The Myth of ‘White’ Christianity

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Despite what one prominent Donald Trump supporter claims, the success of Christianity had very little to do with what many Trump supporters would see as white people.

On the first day of the Republican National Convention congressman Steve King suggested that white people had been responsible for humanity’s greatest achievements including, among other things, the spread of Christianity.

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Matthew Gerald, Police Officer Who Was Killed in Baton Rouge Attack, Honored by Family, Friends and Close Comrades

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Family, friends and close comrades came Friday to pay their last respects to Matthew Gerald, a 41-year-old rookie police officer and one of three officers slain by a gunman who was targeting the police.

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Dallas Police Department Sees Surge in Job Applications After Fatal Ambush Shooting

Police officers salute the hearse as they attend the funeral of slain Dallas police Sgt. Michael Smith in Dallas, Texas, U.S., July 14, 2016. (PHOTO CREDIT: Reuters/Carlo Allegri)
Police officers salute the hearse as they attend the funeral of slain Dallas police Sgt. Michael Smith in Dallas, Texas, U.S., July 14, 2016. (PHOTO CREDIT: Reuters/Carlo Allegri)

The Dallas Police Department, which was struggling to recruit officers, has seen a surge in job applications after the ambush shooting this month that killed five officers and brought global attention to the Texas city, officials said on Friday.

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African-American Lawyer Fights Jail Sentence for Refusing to Remove “Black Lives Matter” Button

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An attorney in Youngstown, West Virginia sentenced to five days in jail for refusing to remove a Black Lives Matter button has appealed the charge. Attorney Andrea Burton, who herself is black, was hit with a contempt of court charge by Judge Robert Milich in municipal court on Friday. While in court for a case, Burton had refused to remove the button during a conversation with the judge in chambers, local media reported. She was handcuffed and taken by a bailiff to the county jail. After Judge Milich refused to stay the sentence at the request of Burton’s lawyers, an appeals court agreed to stay the sentence until the appeal could be heard. Despite igniting controversy with his ruling, Judge Milich has defended his actions and said he was only trying to obey a 1997 ruling by the Supreme Court banning political buttons in the courtroom.

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SOURCE: The Daily Beast Cheat Sheet

FBI Joins Hunt for 10-Year-Old Boy Who Ran Away From Home

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The FBI has joined the hunt for a 10-year-old Arizona boy who is thought to have climbed out of his bedroom window and ran away last weekend.

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LISTEN: Reconciled to God, Part 1 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #170 with Daniel Whyte III)

A series of homilies on Ephesians

A homily is “a short talk on a religious or moral topic; a usually short sermon; a lecture or discourse on or of a biblical theme.”


Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

I am sharing a verse-by-verse series of short messages on Ephesians (as well as other passages of Scripture) specifically targeted at reviving families and encouraging and exhorting husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, and children to do what God has commanded them to do, for if the church is to be revived and the country is to be awakened, the family must be revived first.

TEXT: Ephesians 2:11-13:

11 Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;

12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:

13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.

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William Sprague said, “Let Christians remember, that in a season of revival as well as in a season of coldness, the evidence of piety is to be sought in the fruits of the Spirit. And let sinners remember that no degree of attendance or means, no degree of fervor, can be substituted for repentance of sin and faith in the Savior.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “If we had more hell fire preaching in the pulpit then we would have less hell bound people in the pew.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “The Moravian movement began with Count Nicholas von Zinzendorf a young nobleman converted to Christ early in his childhood. At age four, he wrote and signed his own covenant with God: ‘Dear Savior, do Thou be mine and I will be Thine.’ When asked later in life about the driving force of his life, Zinzendorf responded, ‘I have one passion: It is Jesus, Jesus only.’”

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In the first ten verses of Ephesians 2, Paul has reminded us of our status as sinners and how we were saved by grace. Now, he reminds us of our status as Gentiles, separated from the family of God. *** He says, “Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands.”

In the Old Testament, there were two classes of people: Jews and Gentiles. The Jews were God’s chosen people, the seed of Abraham, whom God had set apart to remain in communion with Him and to be a light of righteousness to the Gentile world. Many of the Jews became proud in their status as the “Circumcision” and began to look down their nose at those who were the “Uncircumcision.” They forgot that their mission was to bring people like us closer to God; instead, they enforced the division between Jews and Gentiles, taking pride in the fact that they were set apart. On top of that, the Jews often drifted from God and began to engage in idolatry, and God had to punish them. So the light that they were supposed to shine was very dim.

The Bible Exposition Commentary states, “God called the Jews, beginning with Abraham, that through them He might reveal Himself as the one true God. With the Jews, He deposited His Word, and through the Jews He gave the world the Saviour. Israel was to be a light to the Gentiles that they too might be saved. But sad to say, Israel became like the Gentiles, and the light burned but dimly. This fact is a warning to the church today. When the church is least like the world, it does the most for the world.”

Because we were cut off as Gentiles, the Bible says we were “without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world.” This verse describes the sad, lost state of one that is without Christ. An alien. A stranger. Hopeless. And without God. That is a terrible way to be.

This division continued until the time when Jesus came to earth. Even as Jesus and His followers began reaching across the divide to bring Gentiles into the fold, there was some resistance. Some of the Jews thought the sacrifice of Christ on the cross was for the Jews only. Others wanted the Gentiles to become Jews and to become circumcised before they came to Christ.

But, thank God, Jesus accepted us just as we are. As verse 13 says, “Now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.” Jesus is the bridge by which anybody can draw near to God through faith in Him. There are no middle-men or gatekeepers. Just Jesus, God Himself, standing before us all — Jew and Gentile alike — and saying, “Come.”

Charlotte Elliott wrote:
Just as I am, without one plea,
but that thy blood was shed for me,
and that thou bidst me come to thee,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Just as I am, and waiting not
to rid my soul of one dark blot,
to thee whose blood can cleanse each spot,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Just as I am, though tossed about
with many a conflict, many a doubt,
fightings and fears within, without,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Just as I am, poor, wretched, blind;
sight, riches, healing of the mind,
yea, all I need in thee to find,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Just as I am, thou wilt receive,
wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve;
because thy promise I believe,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Just as I am, thy love unknown
hath broken every barrier down;
now, to be thine, yea thine alone,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Let’s pray.

Now, if you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, please keep in mind that the Bible says, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.” Just pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will. I will be sharing more on the matter of salvation in the next segment of our service which starts in about 5 minutes.

Revival Prayer List

PRAY FOR SPECIFIC FAMILIES

Philippians 4:6 says, “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”

— Christine in Erath, Louisiana
heal her father Norman who is suffering from stage 4 kidney failure, congestive heart failure, COPD, prostate cancer, and thyroid problems; bring his body total healing

— Cheryl in Picayune, Mississippi
heal her mother of cancer

— Tammy in Arnaudville, Louisiana
bless her financially

— Nalo in Converse, Texas
bless her and her children and deliver them from financial struggles
heal her of the constant pains that wrack her body
help her to forgive her husband for abandoning them and to move on with her life
help her to love her children and herself; be spiritually healthy and be devoted to You

— Tonya in Los Angeles, California
bring healing to her and her daughter and have their desires to be fulfilled;
have her enemy who has harassed her for seven years to be removed from the complex

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PRAY FOR CHURCH LEADERS

Paul said in Ephesians 6:18, “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.”

Leaders of the AME Church

Rose Marie Rhodes Miller
Tania E. Wright
Delman Howard
Glenda F. Hodges
TaShun Bowden-Lewis
James T. Golden
Frederick D. Sherrod III
Warren Dawson
Shirley Cason Reed
Leodis Strong

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PRAY FOR GOVERNMENTAL LEADERS

1 Timothy 2:1-2 says, “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.”

MONTANA STATE CABINET MEMBERS

Ron Baldwin
Sheila Hogan
Ron de Yong
Dan Villa
Meg O’Leary
Dan Ritter
Mike Batista
John Rogers
Tom Livers
Jeff Hagener


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.

LISTEN: Three Steps to Guaranteed Happiness, Part 3 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 205 with Daniel Whyte III)


Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: John 13:12-17

12 So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you?

13 Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am.

14 If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet.

15 For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.

16 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.

17 If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.

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Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to keep the main thing the main thing — and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents, politicians, and people, but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey the Lord’s Great Commission which is to, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to “pray without ceasing” for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate to win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.

This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”

This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 205.

Roger E. Olson said, “No truth is more pervasive in Scripture and Christian tradition than this one — that real freedom is found in obedience and servanthood. And yet no truth is more incongruent with modern culture. Here we stand before a stark either/or: the gospel message of true freedom versus the culture’s ideal of self-creation, autonomy, and living ‘my way.'”

The first step to gaining genuine happiness is having a humble spirit and attitude.

The second step to gaining genuine happiness is being obedient to God by the power of the Holy Spirit.

The third step to gaining genuine happiness is in being a true servant of others. *** Jesus Christ said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him. If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.”

Because Jesus is our Master and Lord, we are already in the position of a servant. He is the head; we are the body. We carry out the tasks that He intends for us to do. The problem comes when we who are servants do not want to serve. Everybody is seeking preeminence, importance, a position, or a title, but nobody wants to serve. We forget that we are not greater than our Lord who was the greatest servant of all. Jesus did not think it beneath Him to wash His disciples feet. While He was indeed trying to teach them a lesson, He genuinely had a heart that would carry out that kind of service.

Even those who are considered Christian “leaders” today — pastors, evangelists, missionaries, heads of ministries, etc. — are actually servants. They are servants of God, servants of other believers, and servants of sinners.

The word translated “servant” in our text is defined as “one who gives himself up to another’s will; those whose service is used by Christ in extending and advancing his cause among men; one who is devoted to another to the disregard of one’s own interests.” A true servant is one whose primary focus is on God and others. He is not concerned about himself and what he wants because he knows that if he takes care of what God wants, God will take care of him. A servant knows that he does not live for himself. He wakes up each morning asking, ‘God, how do you want to use me today? How can I serve you today? How can I serve others today?’

It has been taught so much that it sounds trite: it is more blessed to give than to receive. Mark Snyder, a psychologist and head of the Center for the Study of the Individual and Society at the University of Minnesota, said, “Volunteering and serving others seems to run against the strong dynamics of self-interest…. [But] people who volunteer tend to have higher self-esteem, psychological well-being, and happiness. All of these things go up as their feelings of social connectedness goes up, which in reality, it does. It also improves their health and even their longevity.”

This is the way God has set up the universe. People who are givers, servers, and carers are more happy, satisfied, and blessed. People who are stingy, selfish, and self-centered will never be satisfied. Jesus Christ said, “If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.” Do you want the blessings of God upon your life? Do you want consistent peace, joy, and happiness? You can have it if you serve God and others in a spirit of humility and holiness.

Warren Wiersbe said, “Be sure to keep these lessons in their proper sequence: humbleness, holiness, happiness. Submit to the Father, keep your life clean, and serve others. This is God’s formula for true spiritual joy.”

In closing, let me remind you of these words by John Wesley:

“Do all the good you can.
By all the means you can.
In all the ways you can.
In all the places you can.
At all the times you can.
To all the people you can.
As long as ever you can.”

If you are ready to follow Jesus Christ in His example of humility, holiness, and servanthood (the steps to guaranteed happiness), I encourage you to start by making Him the Lord and Master of your life today by trusting him as Saviour. 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.”

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.”

If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please e-mail me at dw3@gospellightsociety.com and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.

God loves you. We love you. And may 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 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.

Transgender Student Who Was Born a Girl Sues Wisconsin School District Over Not Being Allowed to Use the Boys’ Restroom

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A transgender student filed a lawsuit against a Wisconsin school district Tuesday, alleging that the district won’t let him use the boys’ restrooms and repeatedly uses his female birth name, violating federal anti-discrimination laws and the U.S. Constitution.

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