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So You Want to Be Rich and Famous? (Gospel Light Minute X #283)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

The latest album from Christian rock band NEEDTOBREATHE contains an important message in the song “Money & Fame.” Lead singer Bear Reinhart explores the life of a man who lived as he pleased for years, seeking wealth and recognition, but later came to regret it. He sings:

I was sleeping with a loaded gun
I was scared of all things I’d done
Yeah, I know I’m not the only one
It’s alright, it’s alright, it’s alright now

I was chasing down a high again
Trying to take whatever I could get
But you know I had to pay for it
It’s alright, it’s alright, it’s alright now

Yeah, I’ve done some things that I regret
I was thinking I was fortunate
Now I’m working just to pay the debt
It’s alright, it’s alright, it’s alright now

The singer concludes with this lesson that we all would do well to take heed to:

What do you kids wanna know about now?
I made enough to make a young gun proud
Money and fame bring a man to shame
Ain’t no doubt about it
What do you kids wanna know about now?
I found the bottom from the top somehow
Money and fame bring a man to shame
Ain’t no doubt about it

Are you pursuing money and fame today? Are you willing to do “whatever it takes” to get it? If so, you will end up doing some things that you will come to regret. You may reach the top, but will, one day, find yourself at the bottom somehow. Life is about far more than success and gaining wealth. And people who focus on these things their whole lives are disappointed to find that reaching such goals doesn’t bring the fulfillment that they had hoped for. This is because their pursuit of money and fame only masked what they were actually searching for — happiness, joy, love, internal peace, and assurance about the future. These things last forever and keep our hearts at rest during times of turmoil and conflict. Money cannot buy such things. And the adoration of millions cannot supply them. Only a Person can give them to us. And that Person is Jesus Christ.

Christ alone can give us peace and joy. In John 16:33, He said, “…in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” He also said in John 15:11, “These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.”

Christ alone can love us unconditionally with a love that never ends. Romans 8:38-39 says, “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Christ alone can give us eternal life. In John 10:28, he said, “I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.”

Christ alone can give us rest and set our hearts at ease in this turbulent world. In Matthew 11:28-29 he said, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.”

You can have all of these things that money can’t buy and that fame can’t give you by giving your life to Jesus Christ today. No matter how much money or success you have, you will never gain these things that matter most. Let Jesus take over and let Him provide fulfillment, happiness, joy, peace, love, and eternal assurance about your future in a way that you can only dream of. Here is how:

First, you must realize and admit that you are a sinner and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7:20: “For there is not a just man upon earth that doeth good, and sinneth not.” Romans 3:23 reads: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” In fact, I am the chief of sinners, so don’t think that you’re alone.

Second, you must understand that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…” This is both spiritual death and physical death. We die physically and go to the grave because of sin and we die spiritually and go to hell because of sin.

Third, you must understand that you are on the road to hell because of your sins. 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.”

Fourth, you must 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 the gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

Fifth, you must accept the fact that God loves you more than you love yourself, and that He wants to save you from hell. Because of God’s love for you, he sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to pay the penalty for your sin. 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.” Because God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for our sins, we can live with God in Heaven for all eternity after we die.

Finally, with these facts in mind, you must 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.”

If you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me the following simple prayer: Holy Father God, 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 trusting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour!

Believe by faith. Share the faith. And keep the faith! 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.

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


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

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

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

However, he isn’t the only one in Annville who wants to know where God is. Continue Reading…

How to Prepare for an Untimely Death (Gospel Light Minute X #281)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

Death is sure. Death is common. No one likes it, but sometimes we expect it. A grandfather in his seventies. A mother who has been battling a terminal illness for decades. An actor with a long, successful, much-feted career. The victims of a long-running war in which hundreds or thousands have already died. In these cases, we grow numb to death. We expect it. We prepare for it.

But, sometimes, death hits us in surprising ways — slaps us in the face, causing us to startle in surprise at how truly painful and horrible it is. And we were reminded of that this past week.

An up-and-coming French singer, Barbara Weldens, was performing at a concert inside a church when she collapsed and died mid-song. She was only 35 and had recently won acclaim for her first album released earlier this year.

In another shocking incident for the music industry, Chester Bennington, lead singer for the rock band Linkin Park was found dead at his home. He was just 41, and left behind a wife and six children. He had just released his band’s seventh album and was about to go on tour this week. Sadly, the cause of his death is apparently suicide.

These untimely deaths shock us into considering that we too might die, as they say, “before our time.” The future is guaranteed to no one — not the next day, not even the next hour. Many of us act like the rich man in the parable that Jesus told in Luke chapter 12. We store up our goods and make plans for the future as if we have all the time in the world. We eat, drink, and enjoy today like there’s no tomorrow. But, one day, there might literally be no tomorrow. As God said to that rich man, “Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee.”

What if your soul is required of you tonight? You might not think it is your time to die. You might be young and energetic. You may have eaten healthily and exercised consistently for the past 20 years. You may have big plans about where you want to be ten years from now. But none of that matters if death comes knocking. The only thing you can do is be prepared to die at any time — and that means settling the destination of your eternal soul. Doctors, law enforcement officials, and psychologists will spend days trying to figure out what caused the deaths of Barbara Weldens and Chester Bennington. But the only thing that really matters is whether or not these two made their peace with God and settled the destination of their souls. And that is what I invite you to do today.

Get to know the God Who made you so that He can save you so that when your time to die arrives — whether it’s tomorrow or thirty years from now — you will be ready. Here is how:

First, you must realize and admit that you are a sinner and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7:20: “For there is not a just man upon earth that doeth good, and sinneth not.” Romans 3:23 reads: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” In fact, I am the chief of sinners, so don’t think that you’re alone.

Second, you must understand that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…” This is both spiritual death and physical death. We die physically and go to the grave because of sin and we die spiritually and go to hell because of sin.

Third, you must understand that you are on the road to hell because of your sins. 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.”

Fourth, you must 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 the gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

Fifth, you must accept the fact that God loves you more than you love yourself, and that He wants to save you from hell. Because of God’s love for you, he sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to pay the penalty for your sin. 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.” Because God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for our sins, we can live with God in Heaven for all eternity after we die.

Finally, with these facts in mind, you must 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.”

If you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me the following simple prayer: Holy Father God, 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 trusting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour!

Believe by faith. Share the faith. And keep the faith! 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.

Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and Bill Gates Can’t Save the World; Meet the Person Who Can (Gospel Light Minute X #280)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

During this year’s TED Conference in Vancouver, Elon Musk, the billionaire investor, inventor, and engineer, was interviewed about his ventures building electric cars, rockets, super-fast mass transit systems, and making space tourism a reality. He told the audience, “There have to be reasons you get up in the morning and want to live. If the future doesn’t include being out there in the stars, being a multi-planet species, that is incredibly depressing.” He added, “I’m not trying to be anyone’s savior. I’m just trying to think about the future and not be sad.”

Since the beginning of time, when things got tough, mankind has looked for a saviour — someone to deliver us from the problems we face. Despite the rise of humanism, which teaches that man is the be-all and end-all of the world, the desire for a savior is still just as strong today. The popularity of superhero movies, the near-worship of politicians, and the hopes we place in technology to solve the problems of the future all testify to the common feeling that we are not all right on our own. We would like for someone or something to save us from the dangers of the world. Now, many have put their trust in billionaire titans like Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and Bill Gates — banking on them to solve nearly every problem from global warming and drug-resistant bacteria to aging and even death.

But Elon Musk has the right idea. Deep down, he’s like the rest of us — trying to think about the future and not be sad. (Though, often, when we think about the future, we can’t help but feel a little sad.) He might be able to solve some of the world’s problems, but ultimately, he can’t be anyone’s savior. Like all of us, he needs a saviour — someone who may not solve all of the world’s problems, but someone who can save each of us individually from our biggest problem which is sin — the certainty of death because of sin and the uncertainty of what comes after that.

Jesus Christ, the Man of whom I speak, makes no qualms about who He is and what He came to do. In John 3:17, He said, “God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” The Apostle Paul wrote, “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.” The problems that exist in the world are a result of our sin. The sadness and depression we often feel about the future is because we know that we will continue to face the results of our bad behavior. On top of that, the specters of disease, ageing, and death hang over us no matter what we do to ward them off. They are problems that can’t be solved — without Jesus.

Allow me to share with you how you can get to know this Hero of heroes, this Titan of titans, this King of kings, this Lord of lords, the Son of God, Jesus Christ, Who can solve your biggest problems.

First, you must realize and admit that you are a sinner and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7:20: “For there is not a just man upon earth that doeth good, and sinneth not.” Romans 3:23 reads: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” In fact, I am the chief of sinners, so don’t think that you’re alone.

Second, you must understand that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…” This is both spiritual death and physical death. We die physically and go to the grave because of sin and we die spiritually and go to hell because of sin.

Third, you must understand that you are on the road to hell because of your sins. 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.”

Fourth, you must 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 the gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

Fifth, you must accept the fact that God loves you more than you love yourself, and that He wants to save you from hell. Because of God’s love for you, he sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to pay the penalty for your sin. 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.” Because God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for our sins, we can live with God in Heaven for all eternity after we die.

Finally, with these facts in mind, you must 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.”

If you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me the following simple prayer: Holy Father God, 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 trusting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour!

Believe by faith. Share the faith. And keep the faith! 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.

In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Peter Quill Finally Found his Father, and it’s Important That You Do Too (Gospel Light Minute X #279)


Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 is in theaters now, and one of the greatest mysteries of the popular addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe — Who is Peter Quill’s father? — has been answered. The first film saw the boy Peter being taken from Earth by alien bounty hunters after his mother, who was dying of cancer, tells him that his father is an angelic, light-filled being. By the end of the film, Peter, who is now a grown man played by Chris Pratt, learns that his father is someone ancient, unknown, and unseen. In Volume 2, Peter finally meets his father, Ego, played by Kurt Russell. Ego is an immortal “living planet”, immensely powerful, who has also been traversing the galaxies searching for his son. Peter learns about his own true nature from his god-like father and realizes that he is far more important than he ever imagined.

Just as Peter does not understand himself or begin to reach his full potential until he meets his father, we will not understand ourselves or begin to reach the highest levels of satisfaction, joy, and contentment until we meet our Divine Father, the Creator God. Augustine prayed, “You have made us for yourself, O God, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in you.”

Preaching to the Greeks in Acts 17, Paul said, “God made the world and all things therein. He hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.”

In order to live in full confidence of who you are and where you belong in life, you need to get to know God as your Father. He created you, and He longs for a relationship with you. He wants to be your Father not just in name, but in reality. He loves you already, but He wants to direct you, teach you, guide you, and most importantly, take you to Heaven to be with Him forever. And He has already put everything in place for you to join Him. The death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ paved the way for you to meet your Father, for Him to meet you, and for you both to enjoy eternity together. Allow me to explain how you can begin a relationship with God today. Continue Reading…

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