Out of the Depths #17
Our Ordained Chaplains scripture verse for today is James 5:13-15 which reads, “Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms. Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.”
Our Ordained Chaplains quote for today is from Alexander Strauch. He said, “Prayer requires effort. When we pray for people, we focus our thoughts on them; we take their burdens upon ourselves; we intercede before God for them; we sacrifice our time for them; we commit ourselves to their wellbeing. We demonstrate true care and compassion.”
In this podcast, we will continue discussing the book “Out of the Depths” by Anton T. Boisen. We continue today with “Halfway Long Pants” (Part 2):
I am not sure that it would be correct to speak of any scholastic aspirations during this period, for I was halting between two opinions. On the one hand was the opinion of the “bunch” that it was not good form to get marks that were too high. On the other hand was a desire to excel in a field in which I was best adapted. Actually I did neither the one nor the other. I stood second at the end of my senior year in high school My favorite study at this time was mathematics. This was not because of any unusual ability along that line. In die grades I used to hate arithmetic. But it so happened that by dint of much effort I succeeded on several occasions in solving problems that no one else in the class had solved. The words of commendation which I received on these occasions were pleasing to my ears and I began to get interested in algebra. In geometry I was still more interested. But English I hated. At least, I did not like to write, and English literature was for me a vague and tedious thing. I did like grammar. In Latin I was only fair, owing largely to the fact that I used to go to my grandfather for help, and thus I failed to develop any proficiency of my own.
It was chiefly in my social relations that I had difficulty. In the grades I had been shy and distrustful of myself, more at home with my books or in the workshop than with my schoolmates. This tendency became accentuated in high school. On Friday afternoons, the period which in those days was reserved for declamations and speeches, I suffered severely from stage fright. Even in the classroom I had spasms of timidity. Also among other boys I felt insecure. I found my greatest satisfaction in the companionship of a few friends. During my first year in high school and part of my second year, my special chum was the son of one of the college professors. He lived on the opposite side of the town, but I spent a good bit of time at his house, and he at mine. We made expeditions together out into the country in search of butterflies or hickory nuts or whatever the season offered. We went together to baseball and football games and we experimented in woodworking. I do not recall that we
discussed girls or sex matters except incidentally.
During the second year in high school the stamp-collecting craze struck town. That was in 1891-92. In Bloomington no one had collected stamps before, and we had a glorious time ransacking attics. One great find was in the attic of an old foundry where rifles had been made for the Union Army during the Civil War. Here we found stamps of large denominations in great abundance. One of our group came from a missionary family. His parents had lived in China twenty-five or thirty years before and had a store of valuable stamps. I had our attic where my grandfather had carefully filed away his old letters, envelopes and all, going back before the time stamps were first introduced. Into this enterprise I was initiated by this friend of mine, who had already become familiar with the game. Early in my searches I chanced upon a valuable stamp, a United States three-cent stamp of the 1840s made from an unusual die. My friend suggested a trade. I consented, and traded to him a stamp listed at fifteen dollars for one listed at fifteen cents, When I discovered what had happened I took it rather hard.
In our next podcast, we will continue with Part 3 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.