Ordained Chaplains Training: Out of the Depths #24
Our Ordained Chaplains scripture verse for today is 2 Corinthians 1:4 which reads, “Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.”
Our Ordained Chaplains quote for today is from Frederick Buechner. He said, “Compassion is sometimes the fatal capacity for feeling what it is like to live inside somebody else’s skin. It is the knowledge that there can never really be any peace and joy for me until there is peace and joy finally for you too.”
In this podcast, we will continue discussing the book “Out of the Depths” by Anton T. Boisen. We continue today with “A New Start” (Part 1):
The failure to find employment immediately after graduation was a terrific blow to me. However, I had a good idea of where the trouble lay and I set to work at putting my house in order. I began that task by fixing up my room and raising the standards of caring for it. I also undertook the care of our garden and did a really good job. I followed through a course of reading and study, and I began to give attention to my handwriting, which had been unformed and changeable. I tried to work out a style of my own modeled somewhat after that of an English teacher for whom I felt a considerable liking. At the end of the summer I enrolled in the graduate school.
During the fall of 1897 things went well. I entered the new school year with a sense of virtue because of the vigorous work of the summer. I got a job as desk attendant in the University library and I became deeply interested in my studies, especially in the reading of William James’s Principles of Psychology under the guidance of Dr. Bryan. I also took a course in experimental psychology under Dr. Bergstrom, and more German, more French, more Greek. Not without Importance was the Bible class I attended at the United Presbyterian Church under Dr. Bryan.
All went well until the Christmas vacation. Then came a fall from grace, I read a novel of Zola’s, one of the kind I could not assimilate, and I crossed the line I had determined not to cross. As a result I felt stripped of self-respect and burdened with a heavy sense of failure and guilt. It was in this mood that I entered the new quarter of study.
As the quarter advanced the inner tension increased. We were reading Professor James’s chapters on “Habit” and “Will.” These did not bring me any comfort. Then, if my memory serves me aright, we had that winter a visit from Colonel Francis Parker of Chicago, one of the recognized educational leaders of the country and an old friend of my father’s, In the course of his lecture he made some pointed remarks about abuse of the imagination. When at the close I went up with Mother to speak to him, he remarked that my father was the greatest teacher he had ever known and that William T. Harris had said the same thing. Here, then, was the touching of a sore spot by a man who represented my father. It intensified the idealistic component and at the same time made me aware of my shortcomings.
In our next podcast, we will continue with Part 2 of “A New Start.”
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.