PODCAST: Whyte House Family Spoken Nonfiction Books Holiday Edition #28: Just Jesus Part 3

Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Nonfiction Books podcast: Holiday Edition episode #28. Today we are reading chapter 3, part 3 of the book “Just JESUS: The Greatest Things Ever Said About the Greatest Man Who Ever Lived” by Daniel Whyte III.

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Christ and the Common Man (part 3)

Without faith, we are nothing, and without God in my life, personally I am nothing…Jesus was the greatest example that [God] gave us. Having faith in him and what he did for us is awesome. —Colt McCoy, American football player 

The good news is that in the face of Jesus Christ we see the very face of God, the One who has decided to be with us and for us in spite of our sin. —Kevin VanHoozer 

The dearest friend on earth is a mere shadow compared to Jesus Christ. —Oswald Chambers, A Scottish Protestant minister 

Christ alone has succeeded in so raising the mind of man towards the unseen that it has become insensible to the barriers of time and space. —Napoleon Bonaparte 

God is everywhere. His truth and his love pervade all things as the light and the heat of the sun pervade our atmosphere. But…God does not touch our souls with the fire of supernatural knowledge and experience without Christ. —Thomas Merton 

I say unequivocally that the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus Christ is so overwhelming that it compels acceptance by proof which leaves absolutely no room for doubt. —Sir Lionel Luckhoo, Trial lawyer 

I want kids to understand that strength doesn’t come from what goes on around you. It comes from inside you, and that comes from Jesus Christ. —Willie Aames, American actor, film and television director, television producer, and screenwriter 

The risen life of Jesus is the nourishment and strengthening and blessing and life of a Christian. Our daily experience ought to be that there comes, wavelet by wavelet, that silent, gentle, and yet omnipotent influx into our empty hearts, this very life of Christ Himself. —Alexander MacLaren 

 

He became like us that He might make us like Him. —Alan Redpath 

The greatest need in the world is the transformation of human nature. We need a new heart that will not have lust and greed and hate in it. We need a heart filled with love and peace and joy, and that is why Jesus came into the world. —Billy Graham, Christian evangelist 

Jesus came for the least, the lost, and the last. —Marilyn Hickey 

Jesus feels for thee; Jesus consoles thee; Jesus will help thee. No monarch in his impregnable fortress is more secure than the cony in his rocky burrow. The Master of ten thousand chariots is not one whit better protected than the little dweller in the mountain’s cleft. In Jesus the weak are strong, and the defenceless safe; they could not be more strong if they were giants, or more safe if they were in heaven. Faith gives to men on earth the protection of the God of heaven. More they cannot need, and need not wish. The conies cannot build a castle, but they avail themselves of what is there already: I cannot make myself a refuge, but Jesus has provided it, His Father has given it, His Spirit has revealed it, and lo, again tonight I enter it, and am safe from every foe. —Charles Haddon Spurgeon

I started to discover Jesus Christ, his life and teachings. I’m still learning about the liturgy, and there’s no doubt that as I read I struggle both with aspects of the Bible, especially the Old Testament, and with the actions, past and present, of the organised church. What I know, though, is that none of that matters too much. The core of my Christianity is a belief in the wisdom of Jesus’s words as told in the Gospels. —Derek Draper 

When all other doors in life are closed to us, Jesus will be for us the ever open door. If we really believe this then no situation in life will ever be hopeless. For to call any situation hopeless is to shut the door on God. —Anthony M. Coniaris 

Irrespective and irregardless to whatever [Evander Holyfield’s] skills and talent are in the boxing ring, his heart is right with God, and that’s what’s first and foremost. I have come this far by faith, trusting in [God’s] holy Word, leaning on Him, and He’s never failed me yet. How does our success come about? Just look up and ask for Jesus Christ, the matchless Lamb, the Prince of Peace… and you will find the answer. —Don King, American boxing promoter 

I entered the game wearing a ‘Jesus Is the Reason’ wristband as a reminder to focus on Jesus Christ and let my God-given playing abilities take over. I don’t have to worry about filling anyone’s shoes, because I play for Jesus Christ. I have no fear of losing or of failure because Jesus Christ has already won the greatest victory for me on the cross. —Cameron Dollar, American mixed martial artist 

I believe that Jesus Christ is truly God, born of the Father in eternity and also truly man, born of the Virgin Mary. He is my Lord! He redeemed me, a lost and condemned person, bought and won me from all sins, death and the authority of the Devil. It did not cost Him gold or silver, but His holy, precious blood, His innocent body — His death! Because of this, I am His very own, will live under Him in His kingdom and serve Him righteously, innocently and blessedly forever, just as He is risen from death, lives and reigns forever. —Martin Luther 

For thirty five years of my life I was, in the proper acceptation of the word, nihilist, a man who believed in nothing. Five years ago my faith came to me. I believed in the doctrine of Jesus Christ and my whole life underwent a sudden transformation. Life and death ceased to be evil. Instead of despair, I tasted joy and happiness that death could not take away. —Leo Tolstoy 

The holy one…The divine man…The human mind, no matter how far it may advance in every other department, will never transcend the height and moral culture of Christianity as it shines and glows in the gospels. —Goethe 

Jesus took my place on the cross to give me a place in heaven. —Unknown 

We should allow Christ to influence every word we speak and every action we take. I believe glorifying God in this way in the business world will bless everyone involved. —J.L. Jackson, Businessman 

I pray and meditate every single day, every morning. You know, I pray in cabs. I pray in airplanes. I don’t really ask for anything—I just pray that Jesus will give me the strength to follow Him. That’s all I pray for. And that I will always turn my will and my life over to His care. —Lawrence Kudlow, American economist, TV personality, and newspaper columnist

First of all, you have to meet God with light! I do not believe that any man can solve the problems of life without Jesus Christ. —Billy Graham, Christian evangelist 

My worldly faculties are slipping away day by day Happy it is for all of us that the true good does not lie in them. As they ebb, may they leave us as little children, trusting in the Father of Mercies and accepting His unspeakable gift. I bow before Him who is Lord of all. —Michael Faraday 

Jesus was never against politics. He just wants us to recognize that there is a greater power above. We must all recognize there is a King of kings and a Lord of Lords, Jesus Christ, who is above every political system. —Frederick Chiluba, President of Zambia 

Men point to the sad incidents of human life on earth, and they ask “Where is the love of God?” God points to that Cross as the unreserved manifestation of love so inconceivably infinite as to answer every challenge and silence all doubt for ever. And that Cross is not merely the public proof of what God has accomplished; it is the earnest of all that He has promised. —Sir Robert Anderson

Whatever may be the surprises of the future, Jesus will never be surpassed…The greatest among the sons of men. His suffering will melt the noblest hearts and bring forth tears from innumerable eyes. —Ernest Renan 

Some people think that if you believe in God, there’s going to be a miracle every day. You cannot do that. You have to go out there and talk to yourself, talk to God; because every time you talk to God for real, you’re going to find that He means every word. He never gave up. He never walked out on you and He’s there for you. You just have to say: “Jesus, help me out please,” and He’ll be there for you. —Sammy Sosa, Major League Baseball player 

God may thunder His commands from Mount Sinai and men may fear, yet remain at heart exactly as they were before. But let a man once see his God down in the arena as a Man—suffering, tempted, sweating, and agonized, finally dying a criminal’s death—and he is a hard man indeed who is untouched.  —J.B. Phillips 

When I say God, I mean Jesus Christ. Not for the sake of anyone’s orthodoxy—far from it. Because in all my seventy-three years, I have found no more comprehensive, usable meaning. For much of my young life, I searched intellectually for what I felt secure in calling my concept of God. And then, through the life of a friend, almost by divine accident, I saw that my way of searching had been all wrong. I was making it all complex when God had two thousand years ago, already made Himself plain in the person of Jesus Christ… —Eugenia Price Writer 

I know that it’s only because of Him that I’m successful. I only want to give Him all the glory and all the praise…Every step I take He’s guiding me, watching over me and molding me. —Michelle Snow, American professional women’s basketball player 

In every man’s heart there is an emptiness that only God can fill with his son Jesus Christ. —Blaise Pascal 

Since I asked Christ to be my Lord and Savior, there are still some peaks and valleys. But I am being operated on by the greatest Doctor of them all, so the glory goes to Him. —Julius “Dr. J” Erving, American basketball player 

The fateful night in November 1982 started just like any other. I watched TV, grumbled in my $300,000 house, and went to bed about midnight. But I could not sleep. All the sins of my youth kept parading through my mind. This had never happened to me before. I was up all night. I cried out to God, suddenly remembering the gist of the prayer offered at that [Campus Crusade for Christ] conference seventeen years earlier. I asked Jesus to come into my life. Nothing gave me the peace that Jesus gave me that night. I eventually got back into basketball. And when I finally got that ring with my name on it, do you know what Bible verse popped into my mind? “For what will a man be profited if he gains the whole world and loses his soul?” (Matthew 16:26). —”Pistol” Pete Maravich, American professional basketball player

I was a Muslim at one time, and I remember knowing about Jesus, studying about Him with my friends and Athletes In Action. I attended things like that. I remember coming here to Green Bay and saying, “You know something? I know about Jesus. I’ve been doing it my own way for 22 years, and it brought me nothing but sadness. Let me do it His way”…Jesus loves me. He died for my sins. That’s what makes me happy, not because of the success I’m having. He just happens to be using me. I’m grateful for that. I am honored that He wants to use me in that way. I just want to serve Him in any way. —Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, American football player 

It has been the cross which has revealed to good men that their goodness has not been good enough. —Johann Hieronymus Schroder 

Human-made gods tend to be very self-focused, egomaniacs whose whims we basically have to placate. We mere mortals have to duck to avoid their temper tantrums. They are projections of the human ego. We indeed want to be masters of the universe in this clash of the titans. Jesus Christ is the Master of the Universe and yet he became the Suffering Servant. He is the Alpha and Omega, yet died the death of a common criminal…Last Sunday [Easter Sunday 2010], we celebrated real power; the power of the one, true living God over death and hell. He laid down his life and He took up his life again. His clash with evil won our freedom and deserves our all. The gods we create are amateurs in comparison. —Ergun Caner, Christian minister and professor 

You are who you are in Christ. There is pressure sometimes and there is not pressure other times. But I don’t flip a switch and turn my faith on and off. Once Christ’s peace, joy, compassion, love and patience is in you, it affects everything. —Chan Gailey, American football coach 

To be in Christ is the source of the Christian’s life; to be like Christ is the sum of His excellence; to be with Christ is the fullness of His joy. —Charles Hodge 

My life isn’t good because I’m a football player. I’m a football player because my life is good. Jesus Christ has made my life good. His grace and His forgiveness have changed me. —Jon Kitna, American football player

Talking about my relationship with Jesus Christ is as natural as breathing for me. I say relationship because it’s a day-by-day, night-by-night, ongoing communication between Jesus and me. I’m not saying that any person can use the name of Jesus and beat every opponent. If that were true, I could skip all my practices, and forget about my weight training and conditioning. But I do want to live and breathe Jesus Christ so much that when people see me, they see Him. I still mess up and fall short of imitating Him in my life, but He always forgives and encourages me. —Reggie White, professional football player 

Now there’s a peace in my life, and I know that Jesus is a part of everything I do, on or off the ice. My focus has changed, knowing that I don’t have to worry about results. It really becomes simple. I put in the training and technically I know what to do. Then I just go out and skate as well as I can and leave the rest up to the Lord. That’s the attitude I took with me to Nagano, Japan for the 1998 Winter Games. I knew that no matter how well I did, Jesus would be there for me. This time around I skated well, and captured the gold medal in the 500-metre race. And though it was great to win the Olympic Gold again in Salt Lake City, I know it’s my relationship with Jesus that gives me true significance. He loves me, brings joy to my life and gives me peace. With him, my life is truly fulfilling. —Catriona LeMay Doan, Canadian speed skater and Olympic champion

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Thank you for joining us for this episode of Whyte House Family nonfiction books. You may purchase a copy of this book and any other Christian nonfiction books read on this podcast from Amazon.com. 

Now, dear listener, please know that God—the divine Author of all things—wants to write a great story with your life as well. But first you must give Him the pen by trusting Him with the life He gave you and surrendering your heart to Jesus Christ as Savior. 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.” 

 

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

 

  1. 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.”

 

  1. 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.”

 

  1. 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.”

 

  1. 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.”

May God bless you until next time.