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Welcome to the How to Stay and Survive the Coronavirus Plague Briefing Podcast #88. My name is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International.
Revelation 9:20 says, “And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:”
Thomas Constable said, “These severe judgments will not move the remaining unbelievers as a whole to repent. Idolatry is ultimately worship of demons, an understanding that John reflected here. Ironically, these earth-dwellers refuse to stop worshipping demons who are responsible for their misery under this sixth trumpet judgment. These unresponsive people will also continue in their moral sins: murders, sorceries, immorality, and stealing. These trumpet judgments, as the seals, will grow more intense as they proceed. Most people living on the earth during these days will be so hard of heart that they will not turn to God in repentance. Nevertheless some will become believers in Jesus Christ”
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, “How can you pull down strongholds of Satan if you don’t even have the strength to turn off your TV?”
According to NBC, As coronavirus cases surge, inundating hospitals and leading to testing shortages, a rapidly growing number of Houston area residents are dying at home. An increasing number of these at-home deaths have been confirmed to be the result of coronavirus, Harris County medical examiner data shows.
According to Reuters, Wednesday was the second day in a row that U.S. deaths climbed by more than 900 in a day, the highest levels seen since early June. Infections are rising in 42 out of 50 states.
According to Dayton 24/7, A woman who caught coronavirus after attending Gates of Praise Church in Fairborn, Ohio, is fighting for life on a ventilator.
According to ABC, Saint Bartholomew Roman Catholic Church in Queens, New York has seen at least 74 parishioners dead from coronavirus.
According to ABC, Saint Peter’s Lutheran Church in Manhattan, New York, has seen a coronavirus death toll of 60 people and the pastors say it’s too risky to open any time soon.
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Proverbs 18:9 says, “He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.”
QUESTION: Charles in Nebraska works for his parents, and they’ve been in business 30 years. Charles has been in business with them for 16 years. Now, they’re in their 60s, and Charles feels he needs to have a conversation with them about beginning to transition the business. How does he start that conversation?
ANSWER: I’ve been studying small business generational transition for a couple of years now, and I’ve found several very successful transitions. The most difficult transition emotionally, relationally, and communication-wise is the first one. The founders of a business—including me—are typically hardheads. That’s what has allowed us to start something from nothing and to survive. The very thing that caused us to do that makes us hardheads and control freaks. Prying their hands loose from the thing even after they’re dead is tough. You can just talk about that upfront and say that’s the way it is. You can also start talking about the idea that transition after death is what’s known as stupid. It doesn’t work. If he dies today, the chance of this business surviving if he—over the next three to five years—systematically moves you into ownership and leadership and systematically moves himself out, that business is 20 times more likely to survive than if he drops dead today. Transition after death is almost certain doom for the business, because you’re not prepared and your team isn’t prepared for you to take over. It’s kind of like standing on one side of the football field and throwing a baseball bat across the field hoping somebody will catch it versus running in a well-synchronized relay race where the baton is handed off seamlessly.
The transition ought to be so gradual and steady that your team—the day you are named president and owner—doesn’t have an emotional ripple. You have to talk to him about that. There’s tons of stuff online about family business. Kennesaw State University in Georgia has a degree in family business. There are some books out on it. Family Business Magazine can be subscribed to online. Talk about it as a way of making sure that his hard work survives him. Then you’ve got to be very careful so long as he lives to honor him through the business.
The son or daughter taking over has to learn to survive the quirky brilliance of the business founder. Most of us founders have a quirky brilliance. It’s not systematized, and it’s not a process. We fly by the seat of our pants. We make great decisions. That can only take a business so far, and it will not transition it. The business will die if you don’t begin the transition prior to death. If he can’t do that, then threaten him with you not sticking around to watch it die. You can be diplomatic about it.
I’m 50, my kids are in their 20s, and I’ve already started. I’ve already started training them, talking about it, thinking about it, and I figure it’s 20 years before one of them is completely in the saddle—maybe 15. I’ll be here until I die, spreading hate and dissension, but one of them will be running it.
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.