Why does God not make Himself more obvious? – so the question goes. Though His existence is obvious, it is obscured by mankind’s attitude to Him. Here are the reasons for our hostility and alienation, and how God ends the ‘war’ by the conversion of seekers.
Why does God not make Himself more obvious? – so the question goes. Though His existence is obvious, it is obscured by mankind’s attitude to Him. Here are the reasons for our hostility and alienation, and how God ends the ‘war’ by the conversion of seekers.
The ‘natural man’, says the Bible, does not receive the things of God, regarding them as foolishness. Why is this? What are the differences between ‘natural’ (unconverted) people and those who believe? How may we find forgiveness, spiritual life and purpose from God?
The ‘natural man’, says the Bible, does not receive the things of God, regarding them as foolishness. Why is this? What are the differences between ‘natural’ (unconverted) people and those who believe? How may we find forgiveness, spiritual life and purpose from God?
A brief biography of Peter, one of the first disciples, showing his calling by Christ (and partial response), then his conviction of personal sin, his realisation of Christ’s divinity and work, and the critical stage – the full dawning of faith and surrender.
In a simple verse Paul pictures the captivity of a materialistic, unbelieving life in which we are unaware of God and the need for rescue. Here are the limitations and the chains that bind us, and Christ’s manner of deliverance and restoring to life.
King Herod Agrippa II exclaimed “almost you persuade me to be a Christian” on hearing Paul’s testimony. What so gripped his mind and conscience? And why did he shy away? His reason may be ours also, if we recoil from faith in Christ.
The Bible’s most famous verse mentions the astonishing scope and depth of Christ’s love in sending a member of the Godhead into our corrupted world. In what sense could God love this world? And what was it that Christ did to save lost people?
‘What is your life?’ asks James, ‘it is even a vapour’. Here is material, physical life without God, its instability and brevity, its insubstantial character and its lack of merit and value for eternity. How very different it could be with the intervention of Christ the Lord.
The biblical view of man held for centuries until recent times and very obvious to all, is that human nature is flawed, especially by pride. Here is how pride steers us, its characteristics, its consequences and how it may be pardoned and cured by Christ.
Christ explains the militant and orchestrated presence of evil in the world, and speaks of the hold that Satan has on human souls. He also shows the love of God in providing a way of reconciliation and life for all who desire and seek Him.
Christ’s healing of the man with the withered hand is amazingly descriptive of the need and healing of the soul. Here is the step-by-step illustration of the elements of conversion in the Saviour’s words: “Rise up… stand forth… stretch forth thy hand”.
Paul describes the personal work of Christ, His divine nature and His eternal attributes. He speaks of His becoming a man and His atoning death. Here are the reasons why He will reign in glory, and precisely what He has achieved for us.
The struggle for the soul, says the Bible, is like an Olympic wrestling match, yet many do not even begin the search for God, and opposing influences win the day. Here is how God enables us to come through all resistance to find His pardon and love.
Just as we came into the world with nothing, so we shall leave it. When we appear as souls before our Maker, how will we be provided for? Will we have a Saviour, a pardon for all sin, and eternal life?
When the jailor of Philippi cried ‘What must I do to be saved?’, Paul replied in one word: ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ’. No works or deserving or ceremonies were required, only trust in Christ to bring about the transforming power of conversion.
How influenced and confirmed we are, if only we knew it, to society around us! How unoriginal, how alike – yet all that shapes us is external, while our greatest needs are within. Here Paul presents the inner transformation that conversion to God brings about.
The last thing on the mind of the Samaritan woman who encountered Christ at Jacob’s well at Sychar was her soul. Here is the Lord’s way of awakening her need and understanding for a personal walk with God, with joy and eternal life.
No one has ever spoken like Jesus Christ. Vast crowds listened spellbound to Him, so gentle yet full of authority, so clear and yet so profound. His words to the soul have brought millions to find Him. Listen to some of His calls to human hearts.
Here are essential facts (from John the Baptist) that many people do not know about Christ. (1) He has come to earth, (2) He alone takes away sin, (3) There is no other Saviour of the world, (4) He is easy to approach.
When pilgrimages to Jerusalem reached the last stage of the journey, and the mountains of the city were in sight, this psalm was sung and explained – a call to look to God for reconciliation with Himself, pardon, life, and His power and guidance to eternity.
Conversion involves a colossal change in status before God, in our eternal future, and in our character. But why do people recoil from it? Here is the answer, looking at the motives of Saul of Tarsus for rejecting conversion, and the transformation when God drew him to Himself.
The Bible portrays life as a turbulent sea ever threatening to draw the stricken vessel of humanity away from God and to eternal disaster. Here are the dangers to the soul, and God’s gracious call to come for refuge, relief, conversion and eternal life.
To know ‘the love of Christ which passeth knowledge’ is to soar above all that may be learned and known in this world, however sensational the experience, or whatever the field of learning may be. Here are elements of Christ’s infinite love for those who seek Him.
The conscience, originally programmed by God, operates in both Christian and pagan societies. Although damaged and weakened by sin, its underlying standards are dramatically revived in individuals by the power of the Gospel, as we see in these major biblical conversions.
A passage that highlights the key moments in conversion to God; when personal sovereignty collapses, we see our separation from God, and then – the crowning moment – we see the price Christ the Saviour has paid for our forgiveness and reconciliation with Him.
With great concern and sympathy the inspired writer warns that the ‘heart’ (encompassing mind, affections, will and conscience) may be luring us into unbelief or rebellion against God. Here are the dangers, and the only remedy for the power of unseen inner prejudice against God.
The cross of Calvary is the heart of the Christian message, for without an atonement for sin there can be no reconciliation with God. Here is God’s call to us from the mysterious three hours of darkness that occurred while Christ suffered for sin.
Four words display the heart of Christ in redeeming souls. Here is why He could only be executed at Golgotha, why the leaders and the people supported it, why crucifixion was the only possible method of death and the unique significance of the One who died.
Why the removal of guilt is vastly greater than wealth, power or fame, and how it brings about union with God. Here is the full spectrum of our need in the sight of the Lord, and the benefits that the removal of guilt unblocks.
The great emphasis of the Bible is that conversion to God is a free and gracious gift that cannot be earned or deserved. And yet we have hindrances that deter us from approaching Him. Here they are, and how they may be resolved.
The parable of the disappointing fruit tree portrays God the Father and God the Son considering the saving of unbelieving people. Here is the human situation from God’s point of view, and the heart of God in providing a way of salvation and life.
Christ’s disciples were astonished when the Lord asserted the impossibility of people contributing anything to be accepted into the Kingdom of God. ‘Who then can be saved?’ they cried. Here is the answer of God – the only way to obtain pardon and eternal life.
Christ’s parable of two houses portrays us all as builders of a house of life. One house had no foundation, being all appearance, and lack of foresight led to tragedy. Here is the foundation of conversion to God that builds for now and eternity.
The care of a synagogue ruler who comes to Christ for the healing of a dying daughter illustrates the necessity of believing. Here are the reasons why belief is essential for conversion, its components and how it may come about. A message of life’s purpose. Full Service Recordings:
Christ’s miracle of the stilling of the tempest initially brought great fear to the disciples, because they realised as never before that He was divine. Now their minds were open to grasp His real purpose in reconciling people to God, and how He would achieve it.
What did Christ mean when he said ‘I am the light of the world’? Here is why he is the supreme light, and the reason for the world’s continuance, and how following him leads us to walk with God now and for ever. Full Service Recordings:
Atheism steals the key to understanding of life, claiming there is no God, eliminating the soul and eternal life. It is unable to answer all ‘why’s?’ of life or to forge character. It is bleak, purposeless, and useless in sickness and death. Full Service Recordings:
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The Bible has many biographies of people who came to know God, and of others who failed to do so. The story of Micah remarkably portrays dead or false faith, and how it differs from a sincere approach to God, and authentic conversion. Full Service Recordings:
The mystery of three seemingly keen disciples who were declined by the Lord. God does not always receive those who appear to seek Him, and here Christ shows why. Here also is the right way to desire salvation and what sincere seekers experience. Full Service Recordings:
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Christ’s parable of the lost sheep tracks the giving of the parable to record crowds including many hostile leaders. He emphasises that God’s mercy is to individuals, showing the divine motive, our lost condition, the costly recovery of the lost, and the Saviour’s ultimate victory. Full Service Recordings:
One of the Lord’s shortest parables tells through the story of two sons the privileges of mankind, the rejection of Almighty God, the startling regret and repentance of the most outspoken ‘rebel’, and the mercy and goodness of God toward all who seek Him. Full Service Recordings:
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People have always looked outside the concept of one true God to man-made gods (and to ‘no-God’) for the meaning of life. Here is why, and all that they miss, and here also is how God enters countless lives bringing eternal blessings. Full Service Recordings:
Here are our three greatest mistakes about God that keep us from seeking Him, and here also are the three charges that God will bring against us if we ignore Him in our lives. Best of all, here is God’s way of forgiveness and real life.
In this prophecy of the church age Isaiah demonstrates the challenging character of Gospel preaching, first stressing the obviousness of God, then His sovereign rule throughout history, and finally the rewards of faith and prayer – especially the power and strength imparted by Him.
Guilt for sin must be forgiven for God to be found and Heaven reached. Here are our common objections and the remedies we propose for calming and silencing any feelings of guilt. But here also is God’s salvation – the only way – leading us to Him.
Society today is confident that natural gifts are enough to achieve a happy and fulfilled life: God is unneccesary. But Scripture shows that there are other ‘gifts’ that must be obtained from God to make a person complete. Here are priceless things given to seekers only.
Here are the aims and desires of all who live life without God, and their failure to gain what is desired. Here also are the obstacles that keep us from God, the benefits that come with His forgiveness, and how He is to be approached.
The coming of Christ into the world was unique and essential for the provision of spiritual life to needy people. But why do so many have no idea of their need of it? Here are its transforming qualities, and how it is received.
Israel’s greatest king – David – was also a remarkable teacher, prophet and psalmist. But it was as a youth that he found a personal relationship with the living God, and this psalm recalls the experience that changed his life and took him from shepherding to ruling.
Christ’s famous words of hope to a gravely backslidden church lacking spiritual life apply to all people in need of reconciliation with God. Here is the Saviour’s famous illustration of the barrier between us and Himself, removed by trusting in Him and His saving work and atoning love.
Christ’s parable of the rich fool shows a man detached from the deeper realities of life, carried along by the here-and-now, consequently forfeiting all, and surrendering his soul to judgement. Here is the love of Christ in saving both life and soul for eternity.
“Why be thankful to God?” we may ask. We grasp at attempts to explain away the evidence of design in our universe, and we do so, according to scripture, because of human pride. Here are the psalmist’s steps for paying homage to God and finding Him.
When Christ healed the paralysed man at Bethesda’s pool, He provided a challenge that would span the centuries. Here are the stages of reconciliation with God: a hopeless scene; a listless person; Christ’s unsought initiative; a vital question; an impossible command, and a glorious outcome.
Healing the bent-over woman in the synagogue, the Lord declares her ‘loosed’ rather than healed, showing the miracle to be a picture of our release (at conversion) from all the moral and spiritual limitations that bind us away from God. Here is true conversion.
Following the sermon on the mount, a leper runs to Christ for healing, providing a clear pattern for approaching Him for pardon and new life. Here is the faith that connects to God, how it emerges and how it is explained, leading to reconciliation with Him.
In the Lord’s parable of the ten pounds, a nobleman’s citizens cried, ‘we will not have this man to reign over us!’ Here is why, how it parallels our rejection of God (before conversion), and what makes His reign ‘over us’ so magnificent.
Judgement Day is almost unmentionable in today’s society, yet it awaits us all at the end of time. Here is the motive of God’s justice, how He has made His standards known, and how Christ secures release from judgement for all who trust in Him.
The Scriptures exclusively explain the human condition, the presence of sin and suffering, and God’s way of salvation. Here is the doctrine of the Fall – the understanding of which is the door to reality and seeking for God and conversion to Him.
It is a profound change of life only achievable by God, by which one is completely forgiven, enlightened, adopted into God’s family, changed in character and given an eternal inheritance. It is so unmistakable it proves the reality and power of God. Is it our experience?
The scribes of Christ’s day were accomplished men, but a strange fog clouded their reaction to Him. Though amazed at His person and teaching, they refused to listen. Here is why, and how the same mental block shuts us off from God today.
David, pursued by 3000 military men of Saul, has taken refuge in a mountain cave. Bereft of all help, he turns to God, and is delivered. Here he recalls his sense of helplessness in order to illustrate the realisation of spiritual isolation and loss that usually precedes conversion to God.
A trick question is put to Christ by the Pharisees in the hope of discrediting Him, to persecute Him, but He confounds them with a disarming reply that imparts all we so much need to know about the kingdom of God, and how to enter it.
In three short sentences, designed to surprise and challenge, the Lord shows the emptiness of possessing only ‘material’ life and clinging tenaciously to it, then the vast superiority of having life in the soul. Here is what it means to follow Christ, and be eternally safe.
In an atheistic age people do not think about owing anything to God. But our lives, gifts, powers and bodily provisions are all from Him, and we surely owe Him thanks and obedience. How will we stand before our Maker at the end of our journey?
Paul tells of how he once lived as a Jewish intellectual without concern about his condition before God. Then the day came when the commandments of God suddenly shook his conscience and led him to faith. Here is the discovery of life’s purpose.
The feelings of God disclosed by the prophet for all who live and die without knowing Him and His forgiveness, wasting the treasures of life, and going into a lost eternity. Here is the call of God to come to Him for new life.
Of itself, faith has no merit or power to earn God’s favour, or to obtain life, yet it is vital to conversion. Here is what it is not, contrasted with what it is, showing what it believes and how it stretches out to receive salvation.
A very remarkable presentation of the way to find God in which the psalmist uses ten illustrations in just five verses, to show (1) the human predicament – cut off from God; (2) the remedy – what God has done; (3) our response; and (4) the result.
The Saviour’s call to ‘ask-seek-knock’ conveys the whole message of salvation in a single illustration. Here is how to ask (with the mind) to seek (with the heart) and to knock (with the will) on the door that opens to Christ and new life.
Paul’s appeal to the Galatians – shrewd independent thinkers – not to be entranced by the ancient heresy of salvation by works. How easily we, though able thinkers, succumb to the poor arguments of unbelief today! Here are the issues that should lead us to find the Lord.
The moral law of God is an act of great kindness, intended to give order to the human race and to show how far short of God’s standards we fall, and how greatly we need free forgiveness. Here is how we receive grace from God.
Using a military analogy, Paul compares waking from soul-sleep to soldiers being roused to defend against an attack. Here are spiritual realities unseen while we live with no thought of God. Here is the new life that dawns with finding Him.
In two miniature parables, Christ shows the necessity of taking stock of life to avoid the loss of spiritual life and blessing. Here is the building of a tower that could not be completed, and the fighting of a war that could not be won.
Appealing to individuals to seek the Lord, Jeremiah uses powerful illustrations to show how we are seen by God. He speaks of the inevitable things in life, of our vulnerability to unbelief, of things that distract us from God, and of how we may find Him.
The Bible asserts there is one mediator between God and man. Why is a mediator necessary? Why is there only one? Why cannot people reconcile themselves with God? Why must God do this Himself? Do other religions offer a mediator? What does a mediator achieve for us?
This is the occasion Christ called the multitudes around Him to make a momentous statement of principle. It was a matter on which Israel’s ‘clergy’ had misled them – what defiles people to keep them out of Heaven? Here is the Lord’s answer, and the only remedy.
Christ calls us to think about what life should really accomplish and the central importance of the soul. They show how much we need God’s words for the soul to live, and the tragedy of devoting our entire lives to this material life and losing Heaven.
It is amazing that Jesus Christ the Son of God, who entered into the world, should describe Himself as the ‘bread of life’. Here is why He came in humble form, what He did to atone for sinners, and how we come to Him.
As Christ hung on the cross in agony of body and soul, making atonement for all who are saved, a criminal executed alongside Him began to see Him in a new light, and yielded his life to Him. Here is that ‘model’ conversion, and what was involved.
Why were the philosophers of Athens so eager to hear Paul? What were their beliefs? How did he go about showing their emptiness of thought and their need of Christ, and what were their various reactions? How closely their ideas of God reflect those of today!
King David’s burden is to convey the very real experience he had of association with God. He spells out the tangible changes in his life through conversion, the evidences and scale of God’s interventions and helps, then the terms on which one must approach Him.
Christ’s most famous call to souls, showing who He is who calls, why He does so, what He calls us from, why we should listen, who will respond, and what He will do for us – illustrated with examples of those who have responded and found Him.
The Bible describes the necessity of conversion to God. In this verse it is presented as something radical, sudden, a complete event accomplished in an instant by God, and not by us. Here are the great features, and how we may come to it.
Isaiah’s sublime poetry exhorts the superiority of God’s thoughts and plans – so benevolent, magnificent and certain. Here is what God thinks of us, and what He is ready to do for us, if we listen to Him and turn to Him for a new life.
Here is Paul magnificently explaining first, how not to gain the ear of God, and then how to do so – by understanding how He saves the soul and changes the life; also how to approach Him. This is the way to find and know Him.
Suggested by the teaching of Jeremiah, here are the reasons why people are inclined to turn away from God, and to block out thoughts of His help and of eternity. Here also is a summary of all that is lost, and how to find Him.
The most jarring aspect of the Bible’s message is that people, however accomplished and praised, have no claim to be approved by God if they have no relationship with Him. Human pride is offended, but here are God’s reasons and His terms for acceptance.
Paul gives a unique definition of conversion as the entry of Christ into a life, and here is the explanation of what this means, how Christ’s work in us is carried out, and how we are changed and enriched for life and eternity.
The remarkable high priestly blessing given by God to be pronounced in Old Testament times lists the elements of spiritual life and experience given freely by God to all who sincerely seek and trust Him. Here is the substance of a true meeting with God.
The apostle Paul was converted from a career as a persecutor of Christians to being a tireless missionary to the Gentiles. Here he describes the viewpoint of God as He considers rebellious mankind. This is Paul’s magnificent survey of our need, and Christ’s kindness to save.
“Buy the truth” urges Solomon – a search for the explanation and meaning of life, and a relationship with the Lord. Don’t sell it, as many do, for a godless life. Here is how the heart is given to God, and how eyes are opened.
Here is the whole Bible in one verse, showing the great division in society; also that unbelief must have consequences; then – the meaning of sin, the true meaning of death, the extraordinary gift of God, and the price paid by the Giver.
The ‘depraved’ human condition was acknowledged for centuries past because it is so obviously true. Here Isaiah shows human unreasonableness before God, alienation, rebellion, and inability to change. Here also is the way to find God’s forgiveness and life-changing power.
It is astounding how many illustrations and arguments the prophet Jeremiah uses to persuade people in 586 BC to turn back to God. Yet today his reasoning is just as vital, as he stirs us to see our need of spiritual life.
The reality of the state of war between all people and God before conversion. The full consequences of war throughout life, and its futility. Then the multiple benefits of peace on reconciliation, how it is achieved, and how we may be certain of it.
As far as human beings are concerned, the multitude of God’s tender mercies are the towering wonder of His divine attributes. Here are His mercies of salvation, their benefits, the great cost to God of their implementation, and the happiness of receiving them.
Christ’s parable of the pounds had a message for His Jewish hearers, plus an ongoing one to the people of all times, namely that everyone has an awareness or instinct of God and should invest it by seeking to find Him and know Him.
Undoubtedly there are attractive-sounding benefits from rejecting God and investing in life without any spiritual concerns, and here are some of these. But see the weighty losses and the burdens, and also the compassion of Christ for human ‘sheep not having a shepherd’.
Sin is the impassable barrier between God and men, which must be removed and forgiven before reconciliation. Repentance is not enough. There must also be faith. Here is why, what faith must be in, and why alternatives are disastrous.
The short parables of the treasure hidden in a field and the pearl of great price proclaim the discovery of Christ, salvation and His superiority over everything else sought after on earth. Here is the person and work of Christ, and the experience of finding Him.
Bandits raiding the trade routes of the biblical world paid a price in wounds and death at the hands of militia. Solomon applies their lifestyle to the spiritual cost of disdaining the Lord. Here are the blessings lost by neglect, or gained by coming to Christ.
Despite the intellectual brilliance of the human race, we are capable of great foolishness in our dismissal of God, as King David points out. Here are the reasons why we suppose that God keeps no account of our lives, and all that we lose by this thinking.
Mankind has been enabled by the Creator to accomplish many things, but without Christ we cannot see, taste or know spiritual realities, overcome flaws and sins, be reconciled with God, know deep purpose and happiness, or have eternal life. Here is how we find Christ.
The doubts some people had about Christ (when on earth) mirror our doubts today. Here are the Lord’s own answers to people then, answers that resolve our misunderstandings in modern times, showing the reality of the faith, and the necessity of finding and knowing God.
The Roman military commander of Capernaum gradually sees he is unfit for God, and grasps the soul-saving purpose of Christ. He gives up the six beliefs of all who hope that their works will gain God’s favour, and embraces free forgiveness by grace.
A short parable of Christ about a failing fig tree, illustrating the Saviour’s lovingkindness and mercy in redeeming and transforming worthless and dying souls. Here is the privileged uniqueness of humankind, tragically alienated from God, and the way from meaninglessness to union with the Lord.
Christ’s parable illustrated spiritual truths marvellously, riveting minds, but they required thought, or the meaning would remain obscure. Here are the motives that would lead hearers to the meaning (both then and now) and to obtaining pardon and new life from Christ the Saviour.
The parable of the sower reveals four different reactions to spiritual matters, in particular – to the good news of pardon and life from Christ. What influences our response against our deepest and eternal interests? Christ tells us how we may change.
The basis of salvation taught throughout the Bible and down the centuries by Christian preachers is the doctrine of justification by faith alone. Here is the meaning of this greatest message of love, and why there can be no other way of meeting God.
What do we lose by forgetting God and the soul, and building our lives without interest in these things? Society currently urges us into unbelief, but here is how God reasons with us about the purpose of existence and the way to eternal life.
Conversion to Christ may take place in a moment, but more often we discover what it means to find Him by stages. Here is the experience of Simon Peter, tracing his phases of reluctance up to the great moment of genuine faith.
Christ’s miniature parable of the ‘evil eye’ uses seeing disorders to illustrate our inability to see the spiritual purpose of life, our predicament before God, and our need of forgiveness and reconciliation. Here is God’s provision for us, and the way to know Him.
An acclaimed and magnificent jewel of poetic literature by Solomon shows that we are not free, but subject in all things to forces outside our control. Then, by a parable, he shows how conversion to God is the way to real freedom and purpose.
A final appeal of Moses to men and women about their need of God, which describes the human struggle for independence from Him – and the cost. Moses sets out the things that God bestows now and eternally, and pleads to us all to consider.
Our society today knows so little about almighty God, having wilfully shut Him out of all consideration. But look, says the Bible, at His attributes, ways and plans. Consider the uniqueness of God and compare His actions, plans and promises with those of human society.
The tragedy of human pride, affecting everyone, is here probed. God, the Bible says, arranges Himself in battle against the proud. Why is it so abhorrent to God? What are its forms and manifestations? How may we push through it to seek and find Him?
One of the greatest problems of mankind is an upside-down estimation of good and bad, desirable and undesirable, here challenged by King Solomon pleading for a spiritual view of life, without which we will never seek or find God. Here are his ‘shock’ arguments.
Preachers down the centuries have identified the problem of self-righteousness as the greatest barrier to seeking Christ and salvation. Here is the evidence for its near universal hold on the hearts and minds of people, and how it is only cured by faith in Christ.
Who is truly wise and understanding? – asks King Solomon. ‘The Preacher’ answering the question in a series of unusual and striking illustrations, showing the necessity of finding the eternal purpose of earthly life, and coming to know and walk with God.
Isaiah portrays God as issuing a call to us to reason or argue with Him about His terms for a relationship. What are our grounds for keeping away from Him? What would He say about this, and how would He deal with us?
Being ‘born again’ is a greatly debased term today through light usage, but it is vital to genuine conversion and spiritual life. Here is how Christ’s term brings to life what happens when people come to Christ, what it feels like and what it leads to.
Christ the Saviour was pleading with people to see their need of true conversion when He spoke of many who assumed they were bound for heaven, who would in fact be shut out. Here is why, and what we must do to enter eternal life.
Christ’s parable of a crooked estate manager is about making arrangements for life and eternity. How stable are our riches and accomplishments? How useful are our contacts and friends in terms of eternal influence? Here are the real riches of life that only the Saviour gives.
Unbelief in the Gospel is described in the Bible as wilful and deeply damaging to us, whereas modern thought says it is reasonable critical thinking. Here is the Bible’s analysis of its cause and course, and how its cure is the greatest imaginable benefit.
The feeding by Christ of 5000 men plus women and children on the north-eastern shore of Galilee was one of the most significant of all His ‘teaching miracles’. Here is what it said to the people, and to us, about our need for conversion to Christ
Why do Christ and numerous Bible passages insist on believing as the only way to approach God and experience conversion to Him? Why not actions or works or ceremonies? Here is what is unique and vital about believing, and what one must believe.
Our greatest needs in life are light and understanding about the reason for our being, an explanation of the state of the world, and how we may relate to God and have a future life. Finding Christ is the solution, and knowing His power.
In giving sight to a blind man at Bethsaida the Lord (unusually) healed in two stages, providing a lesson of hope for seekers who have seen through the world and begin to feel their need of forgiveness. Soon the full experience of conversion will follow.
The well-known extraordinary conversion of Manasseh, Judah’s most evil king, provides a picture of how God draws people to Himself, imbuing them with a deep realisation of their need, so that they give Him their lives to be entirely changed.
The human plight of today is looking away from God and alienation from Him. Here is the gracious appeal of God that stirs us from unawareness to see our spiritual need, and to experience His reconciling kindness in conversion. Here is the call of God.
Millions pray to the one eternal, almighty God. Who may pray to Him, and how? On what basis may the Holy One be approached? What makes prayer acceptable or futile? What kind of request is heard, and what is the proof? Here are David’s answers.
– Especially if God is set aside. The limitation of idols listed in this Psalm apply to the idol of today – materialistic atheism. Lacking voice, vision and hearing it has no explanation of life’s purpose, no help and no power. The Gospel of Christ is the opposite.
Paul’s racing analysis of the human condition before God – the extent of our spiritual lifelessness and its consequences, set alongside the astonishing power and love of Christ in the conversion of innumerable individuals, and their new lives. Here is conversion – truly a raising from the dead.
Simon Peter was overwhelmed on first meeting Christ, but although he became a follower, he was not immediately converted. Here are the key stages in his experience which have helped seekers over many centuries. His discoveries may help us to trust Christ for salvation.
The 23rd psalm is the most famous of David’s poetic compositions, but people often do not realise it is the king’s brilliant summary of his view of life – of how he saw himself before his Creator – and how he came to find and know Him.
We track the events of an astounding chapter that sees many disciples turn away from Christ. It was the opposite of what usually happened. They found Christ’s statements about eternal life unpalatable. Why? The answer moves us to take seriously the needs of the soul.
Paul here names three elements of conversion to Christ: ‘Power’, describing the great change of life; ‘love’, describing all that Christ has done to secure pardon for us; and ‘a sound mind’, describing the clear view of God, of life and of eternity that conversion brings.
Paul outlines the teaching that runs through the Bible about Heaven, showing the way to be accepted by God and also the way God confirms to those who believe in Him that they possess everlasting life. There is surely no greater knowledge than this.
In the parable of the great supper an invited guest declines to attend, implying he has better things to do. Here the Lord reasons with His hearers about their supreme need of God, and the consequences of being confined to a life of materialism.
Paul’s analogy of war shows our state before God. We are enlisted in a war against Him, using faculties and powers as weapons. It is a moral war, a rebellion, in which we will fall. Here is the possibility of amnesty and reconciliation.
What is Christ really like? How does He compare with the mighty of this world? What is it like to meet Him in prayer? How do Christian believers ‘prove’ Him and know Him? Is it mere hope and imagination? Here are answers, and the terms.
King David, a man of immense ability naturally, tells from experience of the journey from self-confidence and self-satisfaction to being humbled to see his vital need of God, and going on to seek and find a life-changing relationship with Him.
Why should vague or false ideas about God so offend Him? Here are the marks of wrong religion, and how they differ massively from the faith of the Bible. Here also are the motives for false faith, and the benefits of the true.
A prophet of 700BC shows the sympathetic heart of God and sets out the terms and the manner for approaching Him, providing the words and the promises that God will hear. Here are our greatest needs, and how God amazingly meets them, and the outcome in our lives.
Our pride instinctively recoils from being depicted in the Bible as sheep, but it is a profound and challenging depiction that enables us to see the depth of our spiritual need, and the costly and glorious work of Christ, the shepherd of lost souls.
Many people do not know how the cross of Christ can give new spiritual life and reconcile them with God. Yet the cross of Christ stands infinitely higher than every other event of history in its kindness, power, enduring effect and costliness to God. Here is how.
At 40, Moses was a famous prince of Egypt, accomplished, admired and probably heading for the crown. But he left it all, preferring obedience to the one true God. Here are the factors which cause countless people down the centuries to take the same pathway.
King David’s last words combine a history of time with a ‘world view’ from God’s perspective. Here is the solution to the greatest problem of mankind – moral disorder and alienation from God – and how Christ saves countless souls out of every age of time.
A terribly sick woman who had haemorrhaged for twelve years crept up behind the Saviour in a crowd and touched the hem of His garment. The purpose of this healing miracle was to portray how faith secures God’s healing of the soul and eternal life.
When a Canaanite woman in great need pleaded for Christ’s help, she was (seemingly) rebuffed. But the Lord was turning the encounter into a lesson in prayer. Here are the ten factors that made her prayer (and her prayers for salvation) acceptable to God.
So often people seem to have no inclination whatsoever to know about God, or what His plans may be. Here is why this is, and how much we miss, if this is our case, and what lies ahead if we do not find Him.
Everyone, whether aware of it or not, is searching for fulfilment and happiness, and here are the forms this search takes. But the true needs of the heart can only be met by finding God. Here is the real search, and how to make it.
The Bible speaks of a spiritual and moral gulf between God and mankind which can only be bridged by a mediator, Who must be divine as well as man. Here is the record of Jesus Christ and what He has accomplished to be our Saviour.
When the apostle Paul preached to the gathered leaders of many Jewish Synagogues in Rome, about half truly believed in Christ, but others did not. But why did half respond and others reject? The answers help us to examine our own response to Christ.
When Christ called the first disciples, He asked three things of them. They must first see their need of Him. Then secondly, accept the changed life He gives and thirdly yield their lives to follow Him. Here is how they came to see Him as God and Saviour, and respond.
There are really only two forms of religion: one where you only know about God (or ‘gods’) and the other where you know Him in an unmistakable personal way. Here are Christ’s words about His ‘friends’, how this comes about, and what it is like.
The good Samaritan is perhaps the best known and least understood parable of Christ. It has an ethical message plus a parallel message which became obvious once Christ was crucified. He was the ‘Samaritan’ who tends those dying eternally from the wounds of sin.
The authentic call of God when a ‘voice from behind us’ breaks through the turmoil of life summoning us to consider our Maker. The call is about reconciliation with God, about forgiveness and how Christ has secured it, about receiving new life. Will we respond to Him?
Here is how Paul the Apostle evaluated himself before his conversion, his worth as a person and his prospects, and how he came to see his worthlessness, and the overwhelming superiority of knowing Christ, and His transforming power and love.
The hindrance identified in the Bible is the inner reservoir of self-regard, the great ‘I’, that interferes with all taste, desires, aims, decisions and actions. Here is what we do not see of God, and here also is the transformation that conversion brings.
Most people, even if they barely believe in God, feel they would pass any test for acceptance by Him. Here Christ, in a parable, shows what Heaven’s terms really are, how we should see ourselves, and God’s readiness to forgive those who own their unworthiness.
The greatest tragedy of modern life is that so many people are deprived of any knowledge of a real relationship with God. Here is one of the first accounts in the Bible of how we may come to experience and know Him. This is Jacob’s great discovery.
The paralysed man famously lowered through the roof into the place where Christ was teaching was not only healed but forgiven all his sins. This deeply significant miracle pictures the paralysis of the soul, and how life and a new experience comes by conversion to Christ.
Christ’s parable of the rich fool who preserved his riches but neglected his soul, is a truly sympathetic way of showing us how we plan and act when away from God. Here is how we think, and its cost, unless conversion to Christ intervenes.
Many wonder how any person could love God. Is not love an affection we have for people, or beauty or a cause? Here is an insight into how countless people, great and small, have stumbled into an experience of great love of God.
Perhaps the best known of the Lord’s parables is the prodigal son, but most people do not realise how closely it portrays the life-course of us all when we forget the soul, and also when we seek and find Christ in a personal way.
Christ’s own call to consider the needs of the soul, to see our spiritual predicament and our need of Him. Here are the reasons why we lock the door of the heart against Him and resist every divine approach, and here is the momentous experience of yielding to Him.
The Bible is a book of promises. They are the overtures of God to our souls, pointing the way out of alienation from Him and a spiritual living death, and urging us to something infinitely better. Here are God’s promises and how He keeps them.
Many think that Christianity gives a narrow, restricted view of life, when it is a materialistic outlook that imposes a limiting cage. Here is the vastly wider view that comes from listening to God’s Word, and what it means to know and prove Him.
Rahab of Jericho typifies the journey vast numbers take from materialism to faith. A harlot – hostess began to reason, here is how, and came to meet with God. From her experience, here is the way to approach God for forgiveness and new life.
All the healings of Christ serve to portray spiritual conversion, one of the most stirring being the healing of a demonised and epileptic youth in the Caesarea Philippi area. Here are the equivalent spiritual and moral afflictions found in all of us, only healed by conversion.
The Bible portrays the human problem as a rebellion or war against God, with all the consequences of war picturing the trouble in our lives. Christ is the Saviour who gives peace (reconciliation) with all its benefits, and who rebuilds lives. Here is how.
Christ’s parable of the unforgiving debtor gives a remarkable picture of all human life, including our debt to God. If fear or need drives us to pray to Him, will our appeal be sincere or shallow? This parable answers, and teaches us to seek Him.
From the beginning to the end of the Bible, the way of finding Almighty God never changes. Remarkably, the life of Cain so long ago shows the same bitter resistance to God that we maintain until the day we turn to Him for free forgiveness.
Even scientists do not always consider how much of the human condition cannot be explained by scientific knowledge, including vast matters such as consciousness. Here are evidences for God, including aspects of Christian conversion that can only come about if God is at work in the soul.
Atheism, of course, has no conception of the power and purposes of God. Here, by contrast, is proof of the unique nature and infallibility of the Scriptures and the revelation of God’s purposes for us. Here is the power that comes by hearing Him.
Why do we believe the things we do, that drive our lives and shape our tastes and decisions? Who gave us our views? Can their truth be tested? Here are today’s typical ‘values’, compared with the rule given by Christ for building a life for now and eternity.
Countless people put no value on their soul. They feel no need of help for either this life or eternity. Here, through an unusual parable, Christ shows His availability to seekers for spiritual life, how they must approach Him, and what He will do for them.
Isaiah shows God’s case in His dispute with mankind, and the limitations and bondage of life without Him (seen in the prophet’s famous ‘cart-rope’ illustration). Here is all that God has done for mankind, and His power and kindness in receiving individual seekers.
Paul’s famous words reveal the greatest human need and God’s astounding remedy in drawing countless individual people to Himself. Here is the Bible’s view of the plight of man and Christ’s redeeming work, in a single life-changing chapter.
It is amazing to possess conscious life and feeling; to perceive, to reason, and to enjoy family and social companionship. But what about spiritual life? Why should the soul be dormant and inactive? Here is the reason, and how Christ gives complete life by conversion to Himself.
The great question posed and answered by James, half-brother of the Lord Jesus Christ, illustrates life as a vapour, so brief, inconsequential, unstable, and insubstantial, with other deficiencies here unfolded. But the opposite characteristics fill our lives when we come to Christ.
Christ’s literal healing of a man born blind was intended to picture the healing of spiritual blindness. Here are the things we do not see in life, in ourselves, in God, or in the future. Only God’s Word gives understanding of life and conversion.
Like someone in denial about an illness, we somehow shut out all thoughts of our relationship with God and of eternity. We cannot see why God would reject us. The Bible tells us how much we need to find Him, and how He has made it possible.
The existence of the conscience has invincible proof, but much modern thinking hates and rejects it, claiming it is merely a remnant of brainwashing. Certainly it may cause much trouble, even illness, but here is God’s way for the conscience to be cleansed.
Christ’s healing of ten lepers not only illustrate the spiritual life He gives to countless people living far from God, but shows that our perception of ‘need’ is limited to earthly, material things. Here is why we must see beyond these, to the needs of the soul.
It has been said that atheists have more ‘gods’ than anyone, but all have more than they realise. Here is what they are, why we cling to them, and what they do to us. Only conversion to the true God releases us from them and their service.
The actions of a king in choosing earthly counsels in times of trouble, rather than God’s solution, amazingly mirrors the actions of most of us as we fashion our policy for life. Here are our reactions to life’s troubles, and the earthly or heavenly options before us.
A half deranged outcast man is put into his right mind and transformed as a person at the word of Christ. Here are the elements of conversion that are intended to be traced from the event, and how much is accomplished in our lives.
The most brilliant of men and women may be altogether disconnected when it comes to spiritual awareness or concern. Here are Solomon’s jolting miniature parables designed to draw us from indifference to God and the soul, and bring us to know Christ the Lord.
The call of God to the young Samuel provides an insight into how a person’s heart is first engaged and then drawn to spiritual conversion and life. For so many, is the story of alienation and resistance giving way to discovery of and reconciliation with God.
In striking symbolic language, John shows a new heavenly realm prepared for the eternal future of all who find the Lord while on earth, providing insights into that astounding realm, and speaking of the terms of entry, at the end of life’s journey.
The sad scene of a widow’s only son lying dead led to the son being raised to life through Christ’s compassion. The event is intended also to picture spiritual death and all it deprives us of, and how we can receive spiritual life from the Saviour.
Human pride, perhaps, is the greatest snare, having many forms, immense subtlety, and bringing upon us the opposition and indignation of God. Here are its main injuries to life and soul, and the only way to end its dominance, by the power of God.
Atheists claim Christianity uses hell to scare people into believing. But it would be amazingly callous not to mention Christ’s teaching on judgement, so that people never knew their situation. The aim is not fear, but openness to consider the love and mercy of God.
Every statement in Christ’s sermon on the mount is a calculated surprise, even a shock, as He shows how we need to have God’s forgiveness and new life. Here is His call to be aware of our need, and to seek Him.
The name of Damaris has been preserved for centuries in every language through the Bible, yet nothing is known of this obscure lady except Paul’s sermon that brought her to believe. Here is how she became known to God, and how we may be also.
Here is what makes the message of Christ so foolish in the eyes of the world, and why, despite its simplicity, it is really the wisest, most profound, and most effective message for the deepest human needs, in its diagnosis, remedy and outcome.
The phenomenon of human love, what drives it, its strengths and limits and why rationalists cannot explain it. The superiority of Divine love, the mystery of why it is not wanted, the consequences of missing it, and how it may be experienced and proved.
While God’s forgiveness and spiritual life are free, the questions asked by buyers of large acquisitions may be asked when seeking a religion. Who made it? Does it have a Saviour? Does it work? Will it last? How will I be affected? What are the alternatives? etc
700 years before Christ, Isaiah describes the radical change that conversion brings about, using pictures of sight to the blind, agility to the crippled, and rivers streaming into the desert. Here is how the phenomenon of new life enters heart and soul when we come to Christ.
The Bible speaks of an appointment that all will keep, when we shall stand before God to give account for our lives. Here is the role of memory (largely submerged now) that is revived for that decisive day. Here also is Christ’s way of deliverance.
‘Remember thy Creator’, said the billionaire king whose attempts to make atheism and self-indulgence work all failed him. Here is his counsel to learn about God and grace while there is time for this to transform us and fill our lives here, and prepare us for eternity.
To underestimate Christ is the greatest tragedy leading to eternal loss. Here are Christ’s attributes and work; His incomparable compassion for souls, His accomplishments, what it means to find and know Him, and why His name is above every earthly name.
God’s message through the ‘reasoning prophet’ was that society in general makes two massively harmful decisions. One is to reject spiritual life from God, and the other is to live for short-lived material things alone. Here the gains and losses are compared.
When Christ came the Jewish leaders wanted His mighty miracles on their side, without His message of conversion. But He insisted on the great change of life He gives to needy souls. Here is how He described it, and what it achieves in us.
A blind beggar of Jericho called out to Christ for healing and was rewarded. But this was more than a miracle. It was a demonstration of what Christ would do for billions who cry out for spiritual sight, forgiveness and life. Here is how these are obtained.
We do not need much faith to know that God is there. The Bible teaches that unbelief is inexcusable because the evidence of God’s creative power is overwhelming. But faith is vital for salvation, and here are the reasons, and the way to find The Lord.
Isaiah the prophet long ago uttered the famous message to King Hezekiah of Judah, ‘set your house in order: for you shall die’. Here we view the five ‘departments’ of the soul and ask if they are fit for the great journey into eternity?
Three days before execution, Christ spoke of His return and the judgement of all, using the sheep and goats analogy to describe all people. Here is how God views us, and how we may be prepared and safe for the coming great day.
The Bible presents God using terms of massive significance such as omnipotent, omniscient, sovereign, holy, just, unchanging and merciful. He is personal and may be known and approached – but how? Here is the way made open by Christ the Lord that the Bible sets before us.
‘The Truth’ is greater than the total of all the facts in the world, reaching beyond material things to the purpose of life. Christ’s declaration that He is ‘ The Truth’ makes Him the reason for the world’s existence, and the key to finding God.
The old view that human nature is influenced by sin-tendencies, and in need of regular cleansing and servicing has been thrown out, so that few take note of what drives them. Here is God’s book on the subject of pride, its stealth, power, and only cure.
Conversion to Christ is entirely by grace, or free, yet coming to Him involves leaving several things behind, and here are those things. The Lord’s encounter with a very rich young ruler, whose search for eternal life was aborted, shows what our approach must be.
It may seem open-minded and non-judgemental to be vague about God and spiritual matters, but here are some of the things vagueness will forfeit and miss. Many are surprising, and all have lifelong consequences. Here are the benefits of following Christ.
Wandering far from God we may be entirely ‘at peace’, having no spiritual interest or troubles of conscience, even dismissing God with scorn. But here is the basis of this peace, what happens when it is broken, and how real peace with God may be found.
In the Bible, the ‘natural’ person is incomplete, lacking spiritual life and experience. By contrast, the ‘spiritual’ person has heard the call of Christ, and obtained from Him an understanding of life’s spiritual and eternal context, and a personal relationship with God. Here is how.
Proven facts about the reliability of the Bible, verifying its unique, inspired character. Why believing in Christ is the only way of escaping humiliation at the end of life’s journey. How an unmistakable experience of God’s forgiveness and presence may be obtained.
Before conversion, we do not realise how out of touch with God we are; how little we know about Him, and how unable we are to even address Him. This healing miracle by Christ teaches how channels of communication are opened by His loving kindness.
King Solomon long ago named the six main false ideas about the human race and its viability without the need of God. These are still the basis of confident unbelief, even though repeatedly proved mistaken. Here is how knowing Christ solves everything.
The title mirrors words of Christ to a spiritually confused person. If only we knew about God, and ourselves, and what Christ has done for us! Here are samples of present day unawareness of eternal realities, and how these may be proved.
Here are the circumstances that prepare us to open our minds to God, creating a sense of need, a willingness to learn, and a desire to be reconciled with Him. Here also Christ describes the means of finding Him and the experience of all who do.
According to the Bible, death is every person’s greatest enemy, and is personified as a seemingly invincible ruler over us. But Christ is the opposite of death, and here the help He offers us is compared with the hostile activities of death. To whom will we yield?
The Bible teaches that before conversion to God we are like prisoners, except that we do not know it. We need to experience the freedom, reality and fulfilment that comes with the pardon of God. Here is the biblical picture of our ‘captivity’ and the way out.
Christ’s parable of the rented vineyard was intended to illustrate how we grasp life for ourselves and resist all the overtures of God. The parallels are clear and challenging, showing the length to which Christ has gone to save lives for eternity.
Everyone, though we may deny it, esteems, worships and obeys a variety of ‘forces’ and people, becoming shaped by them. The need to admire and submit is inescapable. Here is God’s remedy for misplaced servility, and the vast superiority of yielding to Him alone.
God’s own campaign for our souls, and His statement of the human problem of unbelief and detachment from Him. Here, through Isaiah, is God’s reasoned call to us, with what He must do if we refuse, and His amazing kindness if we respond.
Conversion occurs when God’s call suddenly cuts and pierces the heart as never before. It so often comes when a preacher, without histrionics, presents the needs of the soul. Here is the first sermon of the Christian church, that had this effect on thousands.
Most people are surprised – even shocked – when they hear these four vital facts of the Christian faith. Yet these have been the means of drawing vast numbers to seek Christ since He came to earth. Here is how John the Baptist introduced the Saviour
A prophet of old denounced his generation for shutting their ears to the voice of God, rejecting His call, and refusing to approach Him for help. Here are the steps that lead to a sure discovery of Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour.
Many only ever approach God over emergencies, but not to find Him or to have Him as their God. Others approach Him in a way He has already said in the Bible is unacceptable to Him. King David shows the way, and here is his effective approach.
Christ taught that the Commandments would never change and would be the standards for the Day of Judgement. This summary shows their unique positive benefits in life. Also, how Christ by His atoning death, purchased pardon and life for all who believe.
The preaching of Paul in Philippi led to his jailing and to the conversion of the hostile jailer, providing a model of how God turns people from spiritual lifelessness and even antagonism to himself, bringing them to a burning awareness of their need of His pardon and power.
In teaching the afterlife, Christ speaks of ‘seeing’ death, which includes tasting it. He describes the most terrible experience conceivable, leading to judgement. But those, He says, who believe His message will never see it. Here is how He is able to deliver believers.
David provides eight reasons why we commit personal sin, then sets out the magnitude of God’s mercy, His promises of pardon and life, His soaring unchangeable standards, His provisions of help, and the precious thing He gives to those who trust Him.
Before vast crowds from many lands disperse from Jerusalem after the Feast of Tabernacles, Christ stands in the Temple to give a stirring appeal that will be spread afar. Here is His passionate call to draw people to know and walk with Him.
The parable of the fig tree – one of the shortest – illustrates Christ’s timetable for human history, and also the way He works in the lives of all who seek and find Him. Here is life in the soul, reconciliation with God and eternal life.
The apostle Paul describes the losses incurred from being without Christ, without heavenly citizenship, without forgiveness, without eternal hope, and without God’s blessing in this life also. Here also are the overwhelming gains of having Christ and proving His power.
The quest for safety, success and satisfaction is the story of life, but are they spasmodic or delusory? And do we seek them only in the material realm? Here is the reality of our spiritual needs and standing before God, and how we may know Him.
Many strive for liberty from laws, daily toil and even the thought of God; but Jesus Christ said there is one true freedom – release from the power and condemnation of sin. All other freedoms bring their own bonds, but pardon and spiritual life give unsurpassed peace and strength.
Christ, in great sympathy, dissuades a multitude from toiling primarily for earthly satisfaction which fails and perishes, to seek as first priority the spiritual life that He gives freely, that expands into everlasting experience. Here is what He gives, and how He imparts it.
Biblical facts about the soul and life after death. Here also – facts about our alienation from God, our future judgement, why God would allow it, and what He has done, at great cost, to save us from it. Here is the kindness and power of God to all who trust in Christ.
The call from spiritual aimlessness and emptiness to Christ, who gives new life to those who respond. Who is He? Why should I listen? What does He give? Why does He offer this? How does it come? What is the outcome of refusing Him?
Almost the last words of Christ – ‘It is finished’ – refer chiefly to the tornado of punishment taken on Calvary’s cross on our behalf. Here is what He ‘finished’ for us, such as fear of death and eternal loss. With Christ, our life will never finish.
Just as Christ warned the multitudes to beware of false teachers, we must make known the fallacies of non-Christian world-views which increasingly shape lives today. Are they a fit foundation for life and eternity? Here is the way of Christ and the Bible.
Life’s end point challenges all our values and goals. Is there a ‘next world’? Here are the indications. Also, God’s amazing description of Himself, our alienation from Him, and how we may be reconciled to be sure of safe passage on the ultimate day of life.
True religion is a meeting with God, but how and where and on what terms? What does God require from us? In a society that suppresses all thought and knowledge of God, here is the teaching of Christ about how He may be found.
When a wealthy man had to choose between riches and Christ, he chose riches, demonstrating the hold that this material life has on the human heart. But God has transformed every conceivable kind of earth-tied person down the centuries, and here is how.
People often do not realise how much is accomplished if God forgives their sins. Here are the facts of guilt and forgiveness – what cannot secure forgiveness, and what does. Here also are the gains and benefits (and the cost to God Himself).
Isaiah’s remarkable prophecy of Christ on the cross – written 700 years beforehand – describes 30 different things that were perfectly fulfilled. Here are some of them, all proving that Christ is the Son of God and Saviour of all who trust in Him.
The battle for the soul is the most vital because it determines life and eternity. Here are the earthly battles we prefer to fight to get personal gains, and the fight we put up against God, Who would give us free life and glory if we asked.
Christ’s statement that without Him people can accomplish nothing refers first to spiritual things, but also to all of life. How limited is mankind! Here are just the main shortcomings, the missing factor that causes them, and the difference that it makes to know Christ.
King Agrippa said, in effect, to Paul, ‘You will make me a Christian any moment now’. Here are the differences between knowledge of the Faith, and real experience of God’s saving power; also, why we may pull back from yielding to God, and how to resolve this.
With seemingly unending wars, terrorism, increasingly destructive weapons and moral collapse, Christ’s teachings about the end of the age are uniquely accurate. Here are His words on how the present age will end and how we may find Him now, and be His at the final account.
Another group of compelling and intriguing illustrations from Solomon showing how we appear to God when we live without desiring or seeking Him. Here too, are God’s persuasive appeals to wanderers to approach Him, and to discover His life-changing power and companionship.
Miniature parables or illustrations (from King Solomon) showing our condition when we try to live without God, and why we need Him. Here also are life’s spiritual dangers – what we lose without God, and what is gained when we come to Him for new life.
Three seekers, one a scribe, another a regular observer of Christ, desire to become full disciples, but something is wrong. All have some reservation or hesitation. Christ shows each one what prevents him from wholehearted ‘conversion’. It is priceless counsel for seekers in every age.
Reasons why we reject God, and what unbelief takes from us. How atheism shapes us, imparting distinctive characteristics of thought and action. Proof that it is itself a religion. The contrasting benefits of believing in God, and how He may be found and known.
Christ’s healing of the man with a withered hand was one of the smallest of His miracles, yet an immensely important picture of the non-functioning soul, and its needs. Here is His enacted message to draw people to Himself for spiritual life and salvation.
What the Bible says about God’s infinite knowledge is both surprising and humbling. His knowledge of us is particularly moving, for it is a longsuffering and concerned knowledge that has provided a way of forgiveness and life to countless people who see their need of it.
A young man sees for the first time divine realities. The testimony of Elisha’s servant speaks to young people today. Here are the unseen factors about every person’s spiritual condition. Here also is God’s solution and the experience of seeing and embracing it.
There was never a teacher like Christ. No one has ever been so understandable, and yet so profound and compelling. Here are examples of the unique superiority of His message and style. Everything He said has come to pass. Why trust your life (and soul) to others?
The Saviour’s illustration of grain being sown to bring about a crop describes His atoning death on Calvary. It also pictures the laying down of a seeker’s old life so that he may be given a new life by God. Here is how we must approach Him.
Christ’s teaching on the end of the world and what will happen to us all in the last judgement. We learn in scripture of mankind being divided into two vast groups – believers in Christ and unbelievers. Here is how we may be counted among those who have eternal life.
The mountains of Jerusalem, especially the Temple Mount, remind the psalmist of the Creator, and of his own human smallness, and need of spiritual life. Here is how this powerful metaphor persuades us to reach out to God for life and purpose.
… to be reconciled with God. Here are the facts set out by Paul, the apostle. We must know about the state of mankind, our future in eternity, what Christ has done to help us, how He can rescue us, and what happens at conversion.
What and where is the soul? Is my soul active or asleep? What am I missing if it is inactive? How is life affected? Is there fulfilment without making provision for the soul? Here is how the soul may receive life and communion with God.
Christ’s parable of the two son who changed their minds shows us ourselves, and what forces shape our attitude to God. There is nothing quite like this parable to challenge us to deeper thought about our need of new life from Christ.
Drawn away from God by various influences (mentioned here), we become our own god, requiring ‘worship’ and admiration, and inventing our own ruler. Then God intervenes, and we see ourselves as we really are. Only He can turn us round to find and walk with Him. Here is how.
Christ says that His salvation is easy, yet He also mentions difficulties. Here are the things that make it difficult, that we are reluctant to accept. But here also are the things that make it easy for us to open the gate of new and eternal life.
In this royal testimony of conversion David describes his previous ignorance, and how the wonder and majesty of the night sky stamped on his mind God’s infinite being, and his own smallness, bringing him to seek the kindness that stoops, pardons and imparts spiritual life.
The coming of Christ was unique, extraordinary, and essential – if people are to be enabled to find and know God. He came to give spiritual life to countless individuals who believe in Him. Here are the immense gains of spiritual life, and how it may be received.
Only God can purge the conscience. Here is why, and how He does it. Animal sacrifices could not do it; they were only illustrations of what God would do. Other religions proclaim no Saviour. Here is how we may know that our guilt is removed.
Christ’s parable of the lost sheep presents His concern for individuals, His costly labour for them, and His readiness to carry the spiritually wandering to eternal life and safety. Here an apparently simple plot conveys the deepest and most needed message in the world.
Wealth, fame, power, health, ability and pleasure all rank among the things most desired by men and women. But the Christian message ranks the forgiveness of God greater than them all. Here are the limits and costs of the former, and the eternal gains of free forgiveness.
Here is the life and attempted coup of Absalom, son of king David, with its startling parallels of everyone’s rebellion against their God. We trace Absalom’s thoughts and plans, and his end. Here is the gentle searching of our hearts by God, designed to lead us back to Him.
The necessity of the Cross of Calvary; the unfolding story; the mysterious three hours of darkness that terrified and silenced the vast crowd; their meaning and their message; why Calvary is the greatest event in history; the eternal significance of our personal reaction.
All people have their distinctive aptitudes as gifts, but no one is entire or complete, for vital faculties are missing until God works in our lives. Every ‘good’ and ‘perfect’ gift, says the Bible, comes from above. Here are the missing gifts, which God gives to those who seek Him.
Christ’s great parable of two houses speaks to all of us who shape our lives and future entirely on this material world, forgetting our spiritual purpose. Here is the outcome, as years pass, and here is the amazing experience, by contrast, of finding the Lord.
Rejection by God at the end of life’s journey is surely the most terrible shock imaginable. Here are the reasons set out in the Bible, along with God’s method of showing mercy and love to all who will receive it, while there is time.
Christ’s parable of the faithful servant portrays our duty to God, who gave us our bodies, faculties and powers. What do we do with these, and with Christ’s invitation to spiritual life and power? Here are the message and the promises of a life-changing parable.
Christ constantly combined compassionate works of healing with illustrations of spiritual conversion. His healing of the helpless man at Bethesda’s Pool is a remarkable example, showing the dramatic course and features of how Christ is to be approached, and what He will do for seekers.
King David shows that no ruler or society or relation or loved one can help an individual person concerning the soul. This central, vital core of our being can only be enlivened and protected by God, and David’s message is about God’s way of saving the soul.
The Pharisees asked Christ a question to trap Him, but He gave a totally unexpected reply that challenged them – and us also. Is the Kingdom of God in us, and are we in it? Here are its characteristics and blessings, and how it may be entered.
The healing of a severely bent-over woman by Christ was certainly an act of compassion, but it was also a picture of release from spiritual bondage. Here are the limitations that bind us through life, that can only be removed by the Saviour of the world.
‘I am the door,’ said Christ, providing one of the richest analogies in the Bible to describe the experience of coming to know Him, and entering into His kingdom. Here earthly doors of opportunity with their limited gains are contrasted with the great door of conversion.
God’s thoughts are so much higher than ours. He knows everything that happens – past, present and future – all the time, and His plans and intents are holy, perfect, just and fair. Ours are so different. Only God could conceive of a plan of free salvation for us, described here.
To know Christ we must first submit to Him, but who will? It offends our pride. But in rejecting God we unwittingly submit ourselves to a host of other influences and forces. How much better and greater is the love and power of the Saviour of souls.
According to the Bible morally evil behaviour is both. People sin knowingly and wilfully, and this turns into a disease, but one for which they remain responsible, because God’s forgiveness and re-making is freely available. Here are the facts about conversion to the Lord.
We see the marvels of Creation, but do not grasp the attributes of God, nor how He reconciles people with Himself. We are usually amazed when we first focus on the ‘unexpected things of God’, that draw us to seek Him.
The Saviour’s parable of the wise and foolish bridesmaids shows the unreadiness of so many to meet their Creator. Here are the reasons for spiritual indifference, and their cure, how we should stir up our thinking and desire for real meaning in life, and a walk with God.
Why, when there is so much in the world to admire and aspire to, should we follow the Bible and place our hopes on Jesus Christ impaled on a Roman cross? Here are tremendous reasons which have led millions to Christ and to Heaven.
All Christ’s healing miracles demonstrated both His divinity and the way He restores spirtually all who come to Him. The Lord’s first healing of a leper says everything about the way to approach Him for the great experience of conversion, and the receiving of a new life.
A call to conversion in one of Christ’s shortest sermons. Conversion is presented as a personal approach to Him for pardon and a transformed, eternal life. Here is what He does in one’s life, and the gains and losses involved in yielding to Him or rejecting Him.
The infinite and eternal God is a personal God who knows all things, and has a record of all human conduct, including thoughts, words, acts, and motives. Here is the biblical teaching, especially on the ‘book of life’ and who is listed in it.
We do not realise how conformed we are to the programming of society. Even when young and experimental we are being shaped in the ways of the world, but there is a way of escape and freedom – in fact radical transformation – in conversion to Christ. Here is how.
Whether or not we are thankful to God (the highest duty of the human heart) says more about our souls, our direction in life, and our eternal destiny than we realise. Here a range of attitudes to God are reviewed, showing our need to experience His power and love.
‘God is unfair,’ they said. But God declares that He has no pleasure in seeing lives thrown away in materialism, unbelief and spiritual loss. Here is the cause of the problem, God’s remedy, His fairness, His mercy, and what He does for those who turn to Him.
Life is a search for dependable things in an unreliable world. Apart from wilful lies there are countless mistaken ideas, half-truths, empty promises, excuses and exaggerations, not to mention gossip and slander. Here the truthfulness of God is presented and His solid promises to all who come to Him.
Faith is repeatedly described in the Bible as the key to finding Christ in a living, personal way. Here is the biblical definition of faith, how we get it, what it must believe, how it is expressed, and the great reward it secures.
A psalm vividly portraying the traps and snares life presents to the soul, and the vulnerability of unbelief. How these snares are baited, and minds are made entirely materialistic. Here also is how the mind may be woken to find and trust in God
The message in Christ’s feeding of 5000 men is to show that He is the sole source of spiritual life, and to highlight the very surprising nature of conversion as an experience. Also, the free nature of it and how God must be approached
The forgiveness of God and reconciliation with Him can never be earned or deserved. They are free. Yet Christ tells us there are conditions. Here is how we must approach Him – what we must think, believe and say. When sincerely followed, these instructions open the door to Life.
Paul expresses amazement at how many intelligent people are so easily duped into rejecting Christ, and mesmerised by vain hopes of fulfilment without God. Here are the traps, and their deceitful attractions. And here are the proven results of finding Christ and conversion.
Around 1350BC a community lived luxuriously at Laish near ancient Sidon, carefree, having no enemies, no magistrates, and no allies. The marauders destroyed them. Seen as a parable of life without God this narrative has stirred many to consider their soul, and seek the Lord.
Before we know the Bible, we have a distorted view of it, thinking the Old and New Testaments contradict each other. Here are the two great themes that run through both, God’s law and God’s grace, both representing His kindness and leading us to find Him.
The Bible describes the inactivity or sleep of the soul in many lives, if we live oblivious to our detachment from God, and our eternal destiny. Here are Paul’s sympathetic pleadings that call us to turn from a spiritually empty life and seek reconciliation with our Creator.
Here is the Bible’s definition of moral wrong, together with surprising insights, forgotten and unknown by today’s society. Here also is the extraordinary scope and power of sin to control us and cause eternal condemnation,and the only solution, provided by Christ our Saviour.
Moses tried in vain to liberate Israel from slavery at 40 years of age. Then at 80 he succeeded, by divine intervention. He applied the lesson to any person seeking a new life from God. Here are remarkable parallels which show us the way.
Christ told a vast multitude twin parables, first of a high-achiever building a conspicuous tower for self-gratification and of a hostile ruler waging war. Both depict the human desire to live independently of God’s rule and help. Here is the vastly happier better course.
A biblical case history – the life of Micah, who possessed great faith in religion, but a shallow empty life, devastated when his earthly goods were plundered. By contrast, here are others, whose faith led them to know the living God, and real fulfillment and happiness.
With rough water in the Sea of Galilee the hard-rowing disciples see the Lord walking on the water. This was a faith-building event for them, an incident intended to teach them-and us-how to yield their lives to Him. Here is the process of conversion for us all.
It is a humbling thought that no ‘flesh’ shall glory in the presence of God. When He is left out of life, no human ability or accomplishment is acceptable to Him. Here is why; and here is the way, through Christ, to acceptance and union with God.
With graphic and intriguing appeals the prophet presents our typical approaches to life, our expectations and desires. Each brief picture says something startlingly true about life, and points to our need of the Saviour of the world to bring an eternal direction into our earthly journey.
Christ’s parable of labourers hired at different times of a day portrays the stages of life in which people either accept or reject His call to salvation. Here are these stages, and how and why we react to Christ, either to refuse Him or to find Him.
A Roman centurion came to faith in Christ, but how? It begins with a great need, continues with the realisation of sinfulness, is accelerated by his awareness of who Christ is, and concludes with his believing appeal for the Lord’s help. Here is how we may have a parallel experience.
To shock complacent hearers Christ spoke of conversion being harder than a camel going through the eye of a needle. Many do not realise that they need personal faith and a personal relationship with God. Here is what the Lord meant, and the way to know Him.
The Lord’s second great public declaration of His messiahship using the words, ‘I am’. The prophets said ‘the sun of righteousness’ would arise, and He duly came, working countless authenticating healing miracles. Here is how He is light to our souls if we yield to Him.
Christ uses water as an illustration of all that we need to support physical life and contentment – but it has limits. He then uses ‘living water’ to illustrate the inner spiritual life that only He can give. Do we have this ‘more abundant life’ which never ends?
A sermon in a single verse from the Saviour of the World tells us not to be astonished or offended that a complete renewal of life and nature – performed by God – is essential in order to know Him, and go to Heaven. Here is the way to life.
A world without God does not recognise God-given standards. It has no ‘Book of God’ explaining His purpose. It denies life after death. It offers no motives, or effective help to overcome personal wrongdoing, and to live a better life. Here, by contrast, is God’s life-plan for us.
The best known of all Christ’s parables is surely the prodigal son, showing the nature of our rebellion against God, our spiritual vacuum, and what happens when God wakes us up to our condition, and draws us to find Him by repentance and faith.
Christ’s parable of the barren fig tree portrays our privileges as human souls, our failure to produce homage for our Creator, and His mercy in providing a way of salvation. Here is what Christ did to secure pardon, and what He does in the lives of all who seek Him.
When the disciple Nathaniel was called to follow Christ, he had initial doubts, soon dispelled by the Lord. Here are our doubts and barriers to believing in God, and the answers to them. A message for all who need to find the Lord, and prove Him personally.
Sin and guilt do not come, says Christ, from eating ritually banned foods, but are generated from the thoughts of the mind – the ‘heart’. These contaminate us, shutting us off from God and Heaven. Here is the Lord’s list of our sins, and His remedy for a new life.
The Bible presents the only meaningful explanation of the source of evil behaviour in the world, showing that it stems from wilful independence from God, and self-indulgence. Here is how it began, its extensiveness, its effects, and how, amazingly, people may be forgiven and restored by God.
As the disciples witnessed the miracles of Christ, they increasingly grasped that He was divine, the promised Messiah. This parallels our dawning realisation of His work in saving souls, which in turn brings us to seek His forgiveness, and the life-changing experience of conversion.
The experience of conversion to God usually begins when we see our inner person – what we are really like. Christ taught that three features of our real self are recognised, and then we realise how much we need His forgiveness, and His rebuilding work on our lives.
Here is a view of the astounding love of God for fallen humanity, and of the lengths to which He went to bring salvation. Here also is how we must respond to be saved, and the great goal of everlasting bliss, the true purpose of this present brief life.
The Lord’s first miracle – water into wine – is an unfolding picture of what He had come to give mankind. Here are all the elements of the Gospel and salvation in one magnificent illustration, showing how Christ brings forgiveness, transformation and eternal life to seeking souls.
Christ’s parable of the pounds challenges us about something that God has placed in our constitution – an awareness, by instinct, that He exists. Do we invest this knowledge, or suppress it? To invest means to find out about God, and how to approach Him for pardon and life.
Here is how bread, through most of history vital to wellbeing, pictures the way life comes to the soul through the gift of Christ. Using the bread metaphor, the Lord shows how He alone prepares and conveys new spiritual life – to seeking souls.
All have the urge to choose their own ‘gods’, things to bring fulfillment or pleasure. These get our homage, but our ‘gods’ are lifeless and far too small to satisfy the soul. Here are the eternally superior qualities of the true God and Saviour.
The dramatic narrative of Paul preaching to deeply cynical philosophers at Athens reveals the collision between opposing views of life – atheistic or Christian. What is the aim and purpose of life? What makes sense? May God be found and known? Here are the timeless answers of God’s Book.
One of the thieves crucified next to Christ came to view Him in a new way, and to ask for eternal life. This event provides a perfect picture of conversion to God. What brings us to seek Him? How may we find Him? A message to change lives.
Christ’s parable of a great supper with invitations refused, reflects our rejection of God’s overtures to us. Here are our main reasons for refusing Him, and all that we lose by it. Here, too, is how we may reverse our rejection, the greatest moment of our life.
Most people would be amazed to hear that they owe anything to God, or rob Him. Does not God possess the universe and infinite resources? Yet the Bible calls us thieves, duly cut off from God. Here is what we steal, and how we must be reconciled
Conversion is often thought to be just a change of loyalty from one religion to another, but it is far more. It involves a great change in one’s life, and a new experience of God Himself. Here are the details of what Christ does for us.
The first preachers of Christianity were not embarrassed by their message offering personal reconciliation with God, for it towered above all religions of the day, and still does (including atheism). Here are its superior features of beauty, credibility, and power to change.
In one of his most surprising illustrations Paul shows that, before conversion, we are in the employment of sin. If only we could see that it is the worst possible employer, giving disastrous rewards. By contrast, here is what we gain by turning to Christ.
In the parable of the rich fool, Christ the Lord, shows us our self-confidence, self-esteem, self-consideration and self-destruction. We see all that we lose by a life of materialism, and its inherent foolishness. Here, Christ pleads with our souls.
King David sympathetically and appealingly spells out the terms and conditions of salvation. Speaking from his own experience, he shows what we must believe, what our attitude should be, and how we ought to ask for new life from God. He also describes God’s response.
Belief in Christ is not blind faith. It is based on understanding His message and seeing the authenticating evidences. It follows the discovery that only He has atoned for human sin, and only He has the words of eternal life. A message for all who are searching for meaning.
Here is why Christ was rejected by the leaders of the people, and why we too recoil from Him today. These are our mistakes – which make us spiritually lost. Here also, is what we gain when we see who Christ is, and what He has done for our souls.
Is Christ true? Is reconciliation with God possible? Is the source of Christian salvation – the Bible – true? Can it be tested? Does it work? What about alternative explanations and policies for life? These answers to plain questions will help all who seek reality, and peace with God.
Our greatest problem is not sickness, hardship or even death, but something we carry beyond death – the silent burden of guilt. Only the forgiveness of God can eradicate guilt and here is how God has made this possible, and how we may be reconciled with Him.
Having no hope of God’s friendship and eternal life forces all our hope and anticipation to look for short-term earthly gains. This message is about the human necessity of hope, its origin and its penalties, and especially the only satisfying hope and how to possess it.
Life can only be measured in terms of our value and significance before God. King David recalls that he had fallen into backsliding, but grasped afresh the brevity and futility of life without a living experience of God. Here are the thoughts that brought him to renew that experience.
‘Refuge’ is a significant Bible word, echoing the cities of refuge set up by Moses for people fleeing from ‘mob’ justice. But these cities also illustrate how we must all take refuge in Christ’s salvation to escape our deserved justice for rebellion against God. Help for seeking souls.
Famous militant atheists make many mistakes in their claims, and here are some, along with powerful proofs of God. Here too are the strong attractions of atheism, together with the deep and lasting losses. Also, here are the immense gains of belief in God and the experience of conversion.
Other issues in life may sweep God out of our thought, or we may be indifferent to Him, or deliberately forget Him. But God and the soul are the most tragic losses to any person. Here is what we lose, and how we may find all we have lost.
The supreme and most vital teaching of Christianity about salvation – the key to knowing God – is the teaching of justification by faith alone. What does it mean, in plain terms, and why is it essential for any personal discovery of God?
Saul of Tarsus held a high opinion of himself and his standing before God, but one day it all came crashing down, and he saw the real situation. It led him to know God truly, and receive a new life. His great and eternal gains may also be ours.
Countless people, pre-occupied with material things, have suddenly heard about the real God, His powers and plans, and been totally surprised. Then they have heard about human alienation from God and the remedy and have found Him for themselves. This is for all who have never considered their God.
Christ’s teaching on Heaven and future glory constitutes the only hope for eternal souls. Here is the promised future realm: its holiness, beauty and marvels. Here too are its people and their privileges. Here are the qualifications for admission and the terrors of exclusion. Are we ready?
Before conversion, the claims of God mean nothing to us, but when God’s Word speaks to our hearts, the challenge becomes inescapable. Self-searching begins, and the kindness of God’s forgiving love is grasped as never before. Here is God’s reasoning with souls.
Through the life of Simon Peter we may trace several stages of his opening up to Christ and seeking personal spiritual life. Conflicting aims and misunderstandings are resolved as he comes to the decisive point of faith and surrender to the Lord of life. His experience helps us.