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Welcome to the How to Stay and Survive the Coronavirus Plague Briefing Podcast #82. My name is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International.
Numbers 11:33 says, “And while the flesh was yet between their teeth, ere it was chewed, the wrath of the LORD was kindled against the people, and the LORD smote the people with a very great plague.”
Thomas Constable said, “The wind blew from the southeast and apparently brought quails from the Gulf of Aqabah. Normally quails migrated to the northeast, from central Africa, so the direction from which these quails came was an abnormal provision of the Lord. The sickness of the people was a judgment for their greed. They wanted something for themselves that God had not chosen for them.”
2 Chronicles 7:14 says, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
Revelation 2:4-5 says, “Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.”
Leonard Ravenhill said, “There are only three classes of people in the world today: those who are afraid, those who do not know enough to be afraid, and those who know their Bibles. Sodom, which had no Bible, no preachers, no tracts, no prayer meetings, no churches, perished. How then will America and England be spared from the wrath of the Almighty, think you? We have millions of Bibles, scores of thousands of churches, endless preachers—and yet what sin!”
According to France24, The coronavirus pandemic in the US claimed at least 122,000 more lives than would be expected in a normal year, for a rise of 18 percent, says a study released Wednesday.
According to CNBC, The number of confirmed U.S. deaths due to the coronavirus is substantially lower than the true tally, according to a study published Wednesday in JAMA Internal Medicine.
According to ProPublica, internal messages highlight the growing strain that the coronavirus crisis is putting on hospital systems in the Houston region, where the number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 has nearly quadrupled since Memorial Day. As of Tuesday, more than 3,000 people were hospitalized for the coronavirus in the region, including nearly 800 in intensive care.
According to the Daily Mail, New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut extended their 14-day coronavirus quarantine to travelers from 16 states.
According to Pew Research, the mood of the people is growing grim as just 12 percent of Americans are proud of their country and 87 percent are dissatisfied, with a majority calling government leadership ‘poor’ or ‘terrible.’
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Proverbs 14:23 says, “In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.”
QUESTION: Rhett in Houston and his brother are involved in a family-owned business their father started. How do they keep the brilliance of the founder alive while allowing the second generation to make their own mark?
ANSWER: The second thing is 1) we admit that it’s hard emotionally, 2) we say that the thing’s going to die if he doesn’t do it. That’s true of all of our businesses. Then 3) he’s got to lay out some milestones for you guys—that says he begins to trust your competence and your integrity, which as we found in the delegation lesson is the secret to delegating. At these performance milestones—not age, but performance that indicates your maturity in business regardless of your age—he’s going to begin to turn loose this amount. He’s going to turn loose this amount. And the final release is he slips to the side and takes a position of honor. It doesn’t mean he can never come to the office, but he’s no longer in charge. And he can’t come in and spread hate and dissension anymore, which is what we founders do. We tend to walk through the place and just blow things up. He can’t do that anymore. He’s going to destroy the thing he loves if he does that. I’m not saying he does that. I’m saying all of us who are founders do that. We’ve got to systematically hand over.
One of the guys I was interviewing in family business had a great word picture for me. He said, “If you visualize an Olympic-level relay race, if you’ve ever seen them hand the baton off, they run so close and so in sync that when the baton leaves one hand and goes into the other, it’s so in sync, no one realized it happened.” It’s so smooth and so gradual and so predictable and so practiced and so communicated. And so should be a transition.
You guys are in your 30s, I assume. By the time you’re 40, this thing needs to be done because you can’t ask two sharp guys in their 30s to still be subordinates when they’re 60. That’s kind of stupid. It doesn’t work. And you’re going to want to go do something else if he won’t do it. He needs to develop this gradual process to where the team and the customer base—when the transition occurs and one of you becomes the CEO—they all say, “Oh, he’s a CEO? Gosh, I thought he already was,” because everybody’s been leaning more and more and more on you and less and less and less on him to where a gradual, gentle transition happened. If he doesn’t do that, he’ll be a typical founder and he’ll kill his own business.
First, please understand that you are a sinner and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Please understand that because of your sins, you deserve punishment in hell. Romans 6:23 says “the wages of sin is death…” This is both physical death and spiritual death in hell.
But here is the good news. John 3:16 reads, “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.”
The phrase “For God so loved the world” means that if you are in this world, God loves you no matter what you have done.
The next phrase, “that He gave His only begotten Son” refers to Jesus Christ. He is God’s son who suffered, bled, and died on the cross for your sins and for mine, and He was buried and rose again.
Our next phrase is “that whosoever believeth in Him”. The word “whosoever” means anybody at anytime. The phrase “believeth in Him” means to trust in Him, to depend upon Him, to rely on Him, or to have faith in Him for your salvation.
Our next phrase, “should not perish”, refers to eternal punishment in a place called hell.
And, lastly, the phrase “but have everlasting life” means to live eternally in Heaven with God.
The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 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 email me at [email protected] 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.