The Man in the Mirror

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This podcast is directed to all young people, but primarily to young black men, young black women, and their parents. We are thankful for all the people who are standing up for justice and racial equality. But this podcast is about the man in the mirror. What are you doing for the glory of God, to make life better for others, for your family, and for yourself? This podcast is about living life in such a way that it cuts back on the chance of being harassed or killed by the authorities or anyone else and helps you to live the good life of peace and joy.

Psalm 119:9 says, “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.”

Jim Rohn said, “You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself.”

Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'”

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Gratitude, Part 4 (The Man in the Mirror #70)

I’m Daniel Whyte III and you’re listening to The Man in the Mirror, Episode 70

This podcast is directed to all young people, but primarily to young black men, young black women, and their parents. We are thankful for all the people who are standing up for justice and racial equality. But this podcast is about the man in the mirror. What are you doing for the glory of God, to make life better for others, for your family, and for yourself? This podcast is about living life in such a way that it cuts back on the chance of being harassed or killed by the authorities or anyone else and helps you to live the good life of peace and joy.

Psalm 119:9 says, “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.”

Jim Rohn said, “You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself.”

Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'”

In keeping with our theme of dealing with the man (or woman) in the mirror, we are going to continue discussing the building of important biblical character traits in your life. Today, we are looking at the quality of Gratitude, Part 4 from the Institute in Basic Life Principles.

Long ago, leprosy was considered a symbol of sin and judgment from God. This disease of the skin and nervous system had no cure. A leper’s hands and feet became damaged due to the inability to feel pain when injured. Lepers could experience physical deformities, raspy voices, and even blindness. Because people thought that leprosy was an extremely contagious condition. those infected were forced to separate themselves from others and live outside the city. These ailing people were shunned as outcasts of society. They had to wear torn clothing and shout, “Unclean’ so others would know they were near. Only the priest could declare someone “clean” (well) who had been suspected of having leprosy. One day, as Jesus traveled between Samaria and Galilee on His way toward Jerusalem, He was met by ten lepers outside a village. This mixed group of Jewish and Samaritan lepers had overlooked their national prejudices, even though Jews didn’t normally intermingle with Samaritans. They now were united by a common factor—their illness. Hearing of Jesus, these alienated men cried out for healing. Would their request be fulfilled? What would Jesus say to them? ‘What would they experience that day, and would they make time to express their gratitude to Jesus?

Luke 17:11-19 reads:

11 And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee.

12 And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off:

13 And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.

14 And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.

15 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God,

16 And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.

17 And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?

18 There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.

19 And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.

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Let’s Pray

Now, in closing, in order to be saved — in order to get right with God — you cannot look at the man in the mirror, but the Man Christ Jesus. First Timothy 2:5 says, “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”

If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, here is how.

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.

Gratitude, Part 3 (The Man in the Mirror #69)

I’m Daniel Whyte III and you’re listening to The Man in the Mirror, Episode 69

This podcast is directed to all young people, but primarily to young black men, young black women, and their parents. We are thankful for all the people who are standing up for justice and racial equality. But this podcast is about the man in the mirror. What are you doing for the glory of God, to make life better for others, for your family, and for yourself? This podcast is about living life in such a way that it cuts back on the chance of being harassed or killed by the authorities or anyone else and helps you to live the good life of peace and joy.

Psalm 119:9 says, “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.”

Jim Rohn said, “You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself.”

Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'”

In keeping with our theme of dealing with the man (or woman) in the mirror, we are going to continue discussing the building of important biblical character traits in your life. Today, we will continue looking at the quality of Gratitude from the Institute in Basic Life Principles.

We see how God is worthy of our gratefulness, how Jesus demonstrated gratefulness, and why we can be grateful for the Holy Spirit in these things:

– God’s magnificent creation. mighty acts, and glorious majesty merit our public praise and testimony.

– God, Who in His overwhelming mercy and love wrought salvation for us, is worthy of our gratitude.

– God gives us good and perfect gifts for which we give thanks.

. God Almighty will receive adoration and thanksgiving from His saints throughout eternity.

. Jesus gave thanks to the Father for His wisdom in revealing the plan of salvation.

– Jesus expressed His gratitude to the Father for hearing His prayer before resurrecting Lazarus.

– The Holy Spirit is an invaluable Gift from the Father to believers to be treasured as our Comforter, Teacher, Advocate, and Intercessor.

1 Corinthians 4:7 says, “For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast than that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?”

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Let’s Pray

Now, in closing, in order to be saved — in order to get right with God — you cannot look at the man in the mirror, but the Man Christ Jesus. First Timothy 2:5 says, “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”

If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, here is how.

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.

Gratitude, Part 2 (The Man in the Mirror #68 with Daniel Whyte III)

I’m Daniel Whyte III and you’re listening to The Man in the Mirror, Episode 68

This podcast is directed to all young people, but primarily to young black men, young black women, and their parents. We are thankful for all the people who are standing up for justice and racial equality. But this podcast is about the man in the mirror. What are you doing for the glory of God, to make life better for others, for your family, and for yourself? This podcast is about living life in such a way that it cuts back on the chance of being harassed or killed by the authorities or anyone else and helps you to live the good life of peace and joy.

Psalm 119:9 says, “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.”

Jim Rohn said, “You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself.”

Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'”

In keeping with our theme of dealing with the man (or woman) in the mirror, we are going to continue discussing the building of important biblical character traits in your life. Today, we will continue looking at the quality of Gratitude from the Institute in Basic Life Principles.

Even when you do not feel grateful or do not see how God is working through a certain situation, you can still give thanks—by faith. Faith is taking a step of obedience, even when your feelings and understanding are not there. You have an adversary, Satan, who wants to defeat your faith and steal your joy. If he can entice you to dwell on anxious, discontented, or resentful thoughts, he can divert your attention from the truth you know of God’s Character, power, and goodness. Don’t listen to the enemy; rejoice and give thanks always, knowing that God is for you! No matter your circumstances, praise God for Who He is and trust that He is working greater purposes than you could eyer imagine. “But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel. Our fathers trusted in thee: they trusted, and thou didst deliver them”.

Proverbs 2:1—6 says, “My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for bid treasures; Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God. For the LORD giveth wisdom out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.” What a privilege to study the rich truths of God’s Word, hide them in your heart, and apply them to daily life! These truths are priceless treasures, far above the value and beauty of rubies and diamonds. As you dig deeper into God’s Word, see Who He is, and allow Him to work in you, your life will be a radiant expression of His love. He will be glorified as His character is seen in you.

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Let’s Pray

Now, in closing, in order to be saved — in order to get right with God — you cannot look at the man in the mirror, but the Man Christ Jesus. First Timothy 2:5 says, “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”

If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, here is how.

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.

Gratitude, Part 1 (The Man in the Mirror, Episode 67)

This podcast is directed to all young people, but primarily to young black men, young black women, and their parents. We are thankful for all the people who are standing up for justice and racial equality. But this podcast is about the man in the mirror. What are you doing for the glory of God, to make life better for others, for your family, and for yourself? This podcast is about living life in such a way that it cuts back on the chance of being harassed or killed by the authorities or anyone else and helps you to live the good life of peace and joy.

Psalm 119:9 says, “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.”

Jim Rohn said, “You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself.”

Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'”

In keeping with our theme of dealing with the man (or woman) in the mirror, we are going to continue discussing the building of important biblical character traits in your life. Today, we will begin looking at the quality of Gratitude from the Institute in Basic Life Principles.

If you weed the garden or mow the lawn, and your dad says, “Well done!” does that make you feel happy inside? If you surprise your room by mopping the kitchen floor without being asked and she rewards you, does her delight cause you to smile? Your parents stopped what they were doing, took time to acknowledge your helpfulness, and demonstrated their gratefulness to you with a word or an action. You can give that same encouragement to others! Instead of grabbing the popsicle Mom made for you and rushing outside, stop and thank her for the yummy treat. In the excitement of opening a birthday gift, pause to let the giver know that you appreciate his thoughtfulness. It only takes a moment to express gratitude, but what a difference your thanks can make in another’s life!

The operational definition of gratefulness is “making known to God and others in what ways they have benefited my life.” What would happen if no one ever taught you how to read instructions, road signs, or the Bible? How long would you live if you never received food? What would you do if no one provided a roof over your head? Even the very breath needed for life is a gift God has given to you! Every day you can find reasons to appreciate what God and others do on your behalf. Recognizing these gifts and those individuals who have given them is the fist step in giving honor where honor is due. Gratefulness is then complete when you take that extra time and care to demonstrate outwardly through your words or actions how much you inwardly appreciate what they have done for you.

The opposite of gratefulness is thankfulness. An thankful person does not notice how much others have done for him He may proudly think, “I did such a good job!” without acknowledging those who have helped or trained him. He forgets to say “Thank you,” but rather has the attitude that he deserves certain benefits or favors. He might even murmur or show displeasure with another’s act of kindness toward him, if the deed was not done to his satisfaction. Because he is self—centered, he is also unable to see the efforts of others and how he is blessed by them. The one who is ungrateful misses the opportunity to encourage those around him with a contented attitude, a cheerful countenance and a verbal appreciation for their efforts.

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Let’s Pray

Now, in closing, in order to be saved — in order to get right with God — you cannot look at the man in the mirror, but the Man Christ Jesus. First Timothy 2:5 says, “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”

If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, here is how.

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.

Discernment, Part 4 (The Man in the Mirror #66)

This podcast is directed to all young people, but primarily to young black men, young black women, and their parents. We are thankful for all the people who are standing up for justice and racial equality. But this podcast is about the man in the mirror. What are you doing for the glory of God, to make life better for others, for your family, and for yourself? This podcast is about living life in such a way that it cuts back on the chance of being harassed or killed by the authorities or anyone else and helps you to live the good life of peace and joy.

Psalm 119:9 says, “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.”

Jim Rohn said, “You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself.”

Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'”

In keeping with our theme of dealing with the man (or woman) in the mirror, we are going to continue discussing the building of important biblical character traits in your life. Today, we will continue looking at the quality of Discernment from the Institute in Basic Life Principles.

Many other classic hymns were written by Miss Hewitt, including “Will There Be Any Stars in My CrownP”, “Stepping in the Light,” and “When We All Get to Heaven.” Though the severity of her injury prevented her from teaching school again, once recovered, she continued her Sunday school involvement and ministry in a local orphanage.

Her hymn. “More About Jesus,” speaks of a deep longing to know more about our Lord Iesus and to understand more of His ways:

More about Jesus let me learn,
More of His holy will discern;
Spirit ofGod, my teacher he,
Showing the things ofChrist to me.

Even though Miss Hewitt’s spinal injury took her from the job she had trained for, the months of pain and deprivation served a greater purpose. If she had merely become angry and bitter, God could not have used her as effectively. But because she discerned that He had a plan for her life and sought Him during her difficulty, God was able to reach more people through her hymns than she could have reached in her classroom.

When we encounter unexpected or grievous situations as Miss Hewitt did, and we can’t understand “why” with our human senses, we need to ask God to enable us to view things from His perspective. As we draw closer to Jesus and seek to know Him more. God will enable us to understand His purposes and why things happen.

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Let’s Pray

Now, in closing, in order to be saved — in order to get right with God — you cannot look at the man in the mirror, but the Man Christ Jesus. First Timothy 2:5 says, “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”

If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, here is how.

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.

Discernment, Part 3 (The Man in the Mirror #65)

This podcast is directed to all young people, but primarily to young black men, young black women, and their parents. We are thankful for all the people who are standing up for justice and racial equality. But this podcast is about the man in the mirror. What are you doing for the glory of God, to make life better for others, for your family, and for yourself? This podcast is about living life in such a way that it cuts back on the chance of being harassed or killed by the authorities or anyone else and helps you to live the good life of peace and joy.

Psalm 119:9 says, “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.”

Jim Rohn said, “You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself.”

Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'”

In keeping with our theme of dealing with the man (or woman) in the mirror, we are going to continue discussing the building of important biblical character traits in your life. Today, we will continue looking at the quality of Discernment from the Institute in Basic Life Principles.

A brilliant student, Eliza Hewitt was the class valedictozian when she graduated from Philadelphia’s Girls’ Normal School. Her high school trained young ladies to become teachers upon graduation. Thus, Miss Hewitt became a public school teacher in the town of her birth where she lived her entire life.

A short time later, however, Miss Hewitt had to leave teaching due to a spinal injury. The common understanding was that the injury resulted while she disciplined one of her students. The unruly boy struck a painful, damaging blow to her back with a heavy slate! Bedridden due to the pain, she could no longer do the normal, everyday things she had enjoyed.

During those months of suffering following the injury, Miss Hewitt spent much time with God in prayer and in His Word. She wanted to express to others her special relationship with Him. As a result, she began writing poems for children and for Sunday School resources. With the removal of the heavy, restrictive cast required for her recovery, she is said to have written the hymn, “There Is Sunshine in My Soul Today”! Miss Hewitt found that. in her time of suffering and rehabilitation, God used something grievous to bring forth blessing in her life. How excited she was to tell others!

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Let’s Pray

Now, in closing, in order to be saved — in order to get right with God — you cannot look at the man in the mirror, but the Man Christ Jesus. First Timothy 2:5 says, “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”

If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, here is how.

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.

Discernment, Part 2 (The Man in the Mirror Episode 64)

This podcast is directed to all young people, but primarily to young black men, young black women, and their parents. We are thankful for all the people who are standing up for justice and racial equality. But this podcast is about the man in the mirror. What are you doing for the glory of God, to make life better for others, for your family, and for yourself? This podcast is about living life in such a way that it cuts back on the chance of being harassed or killed by the authorities or anyone else and helps you to live the good life of peace and joy.

Psalm 119:9 says, “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.”

Jim Rohn said, “You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself.”

Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'”

In keeping with our theme of dealing with the man (or woman) in the mirror, we are going to continue discussing the building of important biblical character traits in your life. Today, we will continue looking at the quality of Discernment from the Institute in Basic Life Principles.

Not only can we misjudge people, but we can also judge situations wrongly. Jesus pointed out this problem to those who came to Him asking Him to prove He was Who He claimed to be. While rightly dissenting some factors, they failed to see the greater event. Similarly, when disciplined by your dad, do you accuse him of not loving you, or do you discern the reasons why he is correcting you and the greater purpose for his discipline? When you have a conflict with your friend, do you blame her alone, or do you ask God to show you your fault in the dispute? When devastating tragedy occurs, people often ask, “Why did God let this happen?” As you allow the Lord to teach you His perspective, you will begin to see His hand in the situations around you.

Proverbs 2:1-6 says, “My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for under- standing; If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God. For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.” What a privilege to study the rich truths of God’s Word, hide them in your heart, and apply them to daily life! These truths are priceless treasures, far above the value and beauty of rubies and diamonds. As you dig deeper into God’s Word, see Who He is, and allow Him to work in you, your life will be a radiant expression of His love. He will be glorified as His character is seen in you.

We see examples of discernment in God’s character in the following ways:

– God is the source of all wisdom and knowledge needed for discernment.

– God is able to see beyond man’s outward actions to the thoughts and intentions of his heart.

– Before judgment, God establishes the facts about a person’s heart.

– Jesus knew to reject evil and choose the good.

– Jesus could discern the true motivations behind the questions He was asked.

– Jesus helped His disciple identify the consequences of having violent and destructive reactions.

– The Holy Spirit freely gives the believer understanding into the deeper things of God.

Now let’s examine some ways God wants us to live out discernment daily.

– Before making a decision, do I thoroughly consider all the consequences that could result?

– How has God enabled me to understand His ways?

– How can I discern what is good?

– Instead of making superficial changes to my appearance, what inward changes does God want to make in my heart?

– How can I keep from rushing to judgment?

– Do I carefully examine what I am taught to ensure it agrees with the Word of God? (See Acts 17:10—11.)

– How is my spiritual growth affected if I do not give heed to God’s Word and learn to use it skillfully?

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Let’s Pray

Now, in closing, in order to be saved — in order to get right with God — you cannot look at the man in the mirror, but the Man Christ Jesus. First Timothy 2:5 says, “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”

If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, here is how.

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.