Ordained Chaplains Training: Out of the Depths #18
Our Ordained Chaplains scripture verse for today is Matthew 25:44 which reads, “Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?”
Our Ordained Chaplains quote for today is from Alistair Begg. He said, “When Ezra preached to the people in Nehemiah 8, the attitude with which the listeners came to hear him was crucial. We need to follow their example by committing ourselves to attend expectantly, listen carefully, and apply the Scriptures properly. Then we can leave the service with joyful hearts.”
In this podcast, we will continue discussing the book “Out of the Depths: An Autobiographical Study Of Mental Disorder And Religious Experience” by Anton T. Boisen. We continue today with “Halfway Long Pants” (Part 3):
During this period I became much interested in physical culture. I invested in a pair of dumbbells. I made a pair of Indian clubs on my grandfather’s turning lathe, and spent hours twirling them; I would take deep breaths and raise myself up and down on my toes; I would go to the quarry near our home and throw stones by the hundred. During my second year in high school we were given the privilege of using the University gymnasium three times a week. Of this I availed myself to the full I never became proficient on the diamond or the gridiron, but I was at least above average in strength.
I was ill at ease. I did not learn to dance. This was not due to religious scruples, but rather to the fact that my closest friends did not dance. With my sister s friends I had few dealings. They were only “kids,’ not yet in their teens.
Concerning sexual problems my memories of the high school period merge into those of later years. It is only necessary at this point to say that there was plenty of stress and that the “facts of life” were explained to me somewhat belatedly by a book mother gave me, telling what adolescent boys ought to know. I also did some surreptitious exploration of my own in Rees’s Encyclopedia and in some medical books. The trouble was not in lack of knowledge. I knew enough. In fact the information thus obtained became itself a source of thing fascinating and terrifying about which I was afraid to talk. I know that serious difficulty began at this time, but it is difficult for me to separate this period from that of later adolescence in which I shall consider it more in detail.
In our next podcast, we will continue with Part 4 of “Halfway Long Pants.”
Now, if you have come across this podcast, and do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, allow me to show you how.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, 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.” Also, the Bible states 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.”
Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. 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.” 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 live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9-13 says, “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 with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Until next time, my friend, please keep in mind these reasons to believe. God bless!
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.