LISTEN: Out of the Depths: An Autobiographical Study of Mental Disorder and Religious Experience, by Anton T. Boisen, #11 (Ordained Chaplains: Out of the Depths #11 with Daniel Whyte III / Gospel Light Society University)
Our Ordained Chaplains scripture verse for today is Psalms 86:15 which reads, “But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.”
Our Ordained Chaplains quote for today is from Thomas Aquinas. He said, “I would rather feel compassion than know the meaning of it.”
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 1):
Following my father’s death we returned to Grandfather Wylie’s home in Indiana. For my grandparents this was the beginning of a very trying period. In 1885, the year following our return, there came a change of administration in the University. David Starr Jordan took over. At that time thirty-four years of age, he had already won world-wide recognition as an authority on fishes and he was soon to be recognized as one of America’s really great university presidents. He wanted a faculty of young specialists and a university in which the student would have a chance to participate in actual research while still an undergraduate. This meant change, and my grandfather was the outstanding representative of the old order that had to go. His desire to round out fifty years of service was therefore not honored and he was retired at the end of his forty-ninth year of teaching.
To make the situation worse, Uncle Brown Wylie, his son, my mother’s brother, who had stepped into the position of assistant in chemistry without having obtained his doctorate, had just been relieved of his office.
Meanwhile Mother had taken a position in the Bloomington city schools as teacher of drawing in order that we might not be wholly dependent upon her parents. This teaching, together with housework and the care of a considerable flower and vegetable garden, was a heavy drain upon her time and strength.
Throughout this period the household was run by my grandmother with the help of our Negro cook, Lizzie Breckenridge, who served our family nearly fifty years.
My grandmother was a cheery, confident, practical person. She was never much interested in books, but all the family came to her with their aches and pains and cuts and bruises. We considered her to be as good as a doctor. She was, as I remember her, a charming hostess, witty and tactful and resourceful. I do not recall ever seeing her sick except as she faded away toward the end of her one hundred and one years.
In our next podcast, we will continue with Part 2 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.