Last night I listened as the Rev John Dixon, founding Director of the Centre for Public Christianity commented on his lecture series relating to the Historical Jesus. The course is presented to students at Sydney University over a semester. It deals with the historical evidence for the life of Christ and examines the veracity of New Testament accounts. The evidence for the existence of a historical Jesus as presented was compelling.
As the conclusion of the presentation John was asked what the factors had led to his own conversion. He listed five. The first three dealt with historical aspects of the Gospels. The fourth and fifth however were ‘experiential’ he said. They were that God answers prayers today, and that He changes the lives of men and women, his own included.
In The Man in White, you will meet the person of Jesus Christ, perhaps for the first time in your life. You may be well acquainted with the history of His life and times. But be assured as He was then, so He is now. ‘Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today and forever’. (Hebrews 13:8). You will read the most extraordinary true accounts of His intervention in people’s lives as they reached out to Him sometimes in the direst of situations.
As you draw near to Him, so He will draw near to you. If you allow Him He will take you by the hand and lead you through every life situation.
As Peter said, ‘Where else can we go? You have the words of eternal life.’
Had a great time at Penrith Koorong yesterday April 29. Made very welcome by store manager Warren and assisted by Laura. Met old friends and made new friends. There was ministry and a bit of prayer counselling. Lots of books sold! People bought books for themselves and others. Great to have books that deal with healing and with courageous faith. Koorong are doing such a great job.
This coming Saturday will be signing copies of ‘When Oceans Roar’ and ‘Nine Minutes Past Midnight’ at Koorong at Penrith from 11am till 3pm. They have assured me of a great cup of coffee and am really looking forward to making new and meeting old friends for a chat. Looking very much forward to seeing you!
The Oxford dictionary word of the year is ‘post-truth’. We live in a post truth generation where 80% of what we hear on social media is corrupted by spin and deception. It’s timely to remind ourselves that Jesus said ‘I am the way the truth and the life.’ and also, ‘The truth will set you free.’
Great words by Auden: ‘In the prison of his days, teach the free man how to praise.’
When Oceans Roar tells the remarkable stories of people who heard the still small voice of God, and saw God do amazing things when they took Him at his word and surrendered themselves to him.
The stories told in this book represent roads that few people would have chosen. Yet having said ‘yes’ to God, and taken the first step, each one was strengthened, empowered and equipped for the journey ahead. It includes the story of a couple who prayed over their child who had no heart beat for three days in the sure knowledge that God would meet them at their point of need, and of a Bangladeshi freedom fighter taken before a firing squad only to learn that God had a plan for his life. This is a book that will challenge you to find your true identity, and having done so to step out of complacency and take risks in the sure knowledge that God will never leave you or forsake you as you surrender yourself to him. Be inspired to listen out for the still small voice of God above the ocean’s roar.’ Authentic Media.
The book also tells the story of Pastor Andrew Chan of the Bali Nine and of the remarkable impact that his experience and his courageous faith have had on the people in Bali and in the world at large. In August of 2015 I travelled to Bali and visited Kerobokan prison where I had the opportunity to see this with my own eyes.
THIS IS GOD’S BOOK. IT WILL MAKE YOU LAUGH AND IT WILL MAKE YOU CRY. IT MAY WELL CHANGE YOUR LIFE.