Out of the Depths: An Autobiographical Study of Mental Disorder and Religious Experience, by Anton T. Boisen, #9

Our Ordained Chaplains scripture verse for today is Proverbs 21:13 which reads, “Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard.”

Our Ordained Chaplains quote for today is from D.L. Moody. He said, “Christ is a loving, tender hand, full of sympathy and compassion.”

In this podcast, we will continue discussing the book “Out of the Depths” by Anton T. Boisen. We continue today with “Early Years: Earliest Impressions” (Part 5):

I recall in particular one occasion when I went with him and several of the boys on a hike. We were to search for trailing arbutus, which was reported as growing nearby. This was his favorite flower, and he promised me a silver dollar for the first leaf I found. It was a long hike, some ten or twelve miles as I recall it. I came through without the dollar, but with enough energy left to demand inclusion in a drive he was making to Trenton. When he refused, I set up a loud wail. His response was to put me in a dress and give me a doll to play with. This he did somewhat playfully, saying that boys of seven who could go on long hikes were too big to cry. My recollection is that I at once stopped crying and the dress was promptly removed. I caught his spirit, and felt that he was perhaps proud of the fact that I had gone through with the hike,

My father always worked under tension, very high tension, and he had both the strengths and the weaknesses which go with such a temperament. In any case, at the age of thirty-eight he burned himself out, dying of heart failure on January 16, 1884.

There had been two previous attacks, one the year before, another several weeks before; but apparently the gravity of the situation was not recognized. The end came about seven o’clock in the evening just after my sister and I had gone to bed. All was over in a few minutes. I can remember the excitement, then the quiet, and my mother’s gentle sobbing. She took It bravely; but she did little with her music afterward.

My father thus died when I was only three months past my seventh birthday, but his memory, reinforced by my mother s picture of him and that of others who knew him, has remained a potent force in my life, one which for me has been associated with my idea of God.

In our next broadcast, we will continue with Part 6 of “Early Years: Earliest Impressions.”

—PRAYER—

Now, if you have come across this broadcast, 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!

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