Out of the Depths: An Autobiographical Study of Mental Disorder and Religious Experience, by Anton T. Boisen, #14 (Ordained Chaplains: Out of the Depths #14 / Gospel Light Society University)
Our Ordained Chaplains Scripture verse for today is Luke 10:34 which reads, “And [the Samaritan] went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.”
Our Ordained Chaplains quote for today is from Martin Luther. He said, “A true Christian lives and labors on earth not for himself but for his neighbor. Therefore the whole spirit of his life him impels him to do even that which he needs not do, but which is profitable and necessary for his neighbor.”
In this podcast, we will continue discussing the book “Out of the Depths” by Anton T. Boisen. We continue today with “In the Old Home” (Part 4):
My sister, who has been an important factor in my life, was an extremely bright and active youngster with a keen sense of humor. At the age of eight she started writing verses, some of which were very clever. In that same year, 1887, she established a record in an intelligence test given in the city schools. This test consisted of a series of errors which the pupils were to correct. My sister, then in the third grade, made a perfect score and was the only one in all eight grades who made a perfect score. William Lowe Bryan, a pioneer in intelligence testing and later president of Indiana University, who gave the test, has told me many times of her performance. He was quite impressed by it. With all her brilliance she was at the same time an outgoing, attractive child, unusually free from malicious tendencies, and I cannot recall any clashes between us, except perhaps for a good-natured joke at my expense.
With the exception of two or three friends I do not recall having had much to do with other youngsters outside of the home circle until my eleventh year. I then became a more or less regular member of the gang made up mostly from the “gown” element in that college town. I played on their baseball and football teams, but I was no shining light.
It may be of interest to note that the real leader of our gang, Oscar Perry, was never so recognized. Oscar was a capable, attractive fellow, fertile in ideas, well-supplied with self-confidence and really skillful in the various sports. Most of our meetings were held in his father’s barn. In spite of these qualifications, he was never elected captain either of the baseball or football teams. For this his undersized twin brother was chiefly responsible. He electioneered against him. His usual argument was this: “You know, Oscar would kinda like to be captain. But really it would not be good for him. He’s too stuck on himself already” That argument always carried. But Oscar took it in good part. Later on, in college, he was elected captain of the varsity football team. He became a very successful mining engineer.
One thing I did not do was to study music. Mother could have taught me to play the piano, but I was not interested. Music was frowned on by our gang as being “girls’ business,” and Mother did not believe in bringing pressure to bear.
In our next podcast, we will continue with Part 5 of “In the Old Home.”
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.