The End Is The Beginning – Cloverton

For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me.
Matthew 16:24

The Healing Power of the Twenty-Third Psalm

Our modern word “psychiatry” comes from two Greek words that mean (1) “Soul” or “mind” and (2) “treatment” or “healing.” Together, they mean “the healing of the mind,” or, as David might have said, “the restoring of the soul.” And only God can heal the soul.

So, the first and most important psychiatry must be God’s psychiatry, the essence of which I find contained in the best-known passages of the Bible.

A man I admired came to see me. Many years ago, he started with his company at the bottom, but with determination to get to the top. He had unusual abilities and energy and he used all he had. Today, he is president of his company and he has all the things that go with his position.

Yet, along the way, he left out something, and one of the tings he did not achieve is happiness. He was a nervous, tense, worried, and sick man. Finally, his physician suggested that he talk with a minister.

We talked of how his physician had given him prescriptions and he had taken them. Then, I took a sheet of paper and wrote out my prescription for him. I prescribed the Twenty-Third Psalm, five times a day for seven days.

I insisted that he take it just as I prescribed. He was to read it the first thing when he awakened in the morning. Read it carefully, meditatively, and prayerfully. Immediately after breakfast, he was to do exactly the same thing. Also immediately after lunch, again after dinner, and, then finally, the last thing before he went to bed.

It was not to be a quick, hurried reading. He was to think about each phrase, giving his mind time to soak up as much of the meaning as possible. At the end of just one week, I promised, things would be different for him.

Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “A man is what he thinks about all day long.” Marcus Aurelius said, “A man’s life is what his thoughts make it.” And the Bible says, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7)

The Twenty-Third Psalm is a pattern of thinking, and when a mind becomes saturated with it, a new way of thinking and a new life are the result. It contains only 118 words. One could memorize it in a short time. In fact, most of us already know it. But its power comes not from memorizing the words, but rather in thinking the thoughts.

The power of this Psalm lies in the fact that it reprents a positive, hopeful, faithful approach to life. We assume it was written by David, the same David who had a black chapter of sin and failure in his life. But he spends no time in useless regret and morbid looking back.

Take the Twenty-Third Psalm as I prescribe, and in seven days a powerful new way of thinking will be deeply and firmly implanted within your mind. And that will bring marvelous changes in your thinking and give you a new life.

-Charles L. Allen
From God’s Psychiatry by Charles L. Allen (c) 1953 by Fleming H. Revell Co.

The Power of Jesus Christ Saves

“Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even unto the very end of the age.” Are you trusting in Jesus Christ today? The world and the flesh weakens, but Christ strengthens the Spirit. LIVE FOR HIM TODAY

Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. – James 5:13

In my distress I called to the LORD; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears. – Psalm 18:6

When I was in distress, I sought the Lord; at night I stretched out untiring hands and my soul refused to be comforted. – Psalm 77:2

Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. – Psalm 107:6

Then when you call, the LORD will answer. ‘Yes, I am here,’ he will quickly reply. “Remove the heavy yoke of oppression. Stop pointing your finger and spreading vicious rumors! Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon. The LORD will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength. You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring. – Isaiah 58:9