“Do not be afraid. I bring you good news….Today …a Savior has been born to you;… ” (Luke 2:10-11).
Between the Old and New Testaments, God had been silent for over 400 years but at the appointed time, at the birth of Christ, He began to speak. In the Christmas story God spoke at different times through dreams, visions, songs, prophecy and through the Galaxy.
In Luke 2:10-14, an Angel of the Lord appeared to a group of shepherds who were in their daily workplace at night-time. He gave them a message that would change the course of history forever. As the Angel spoke about the birth of the Messiah, a great heavenly choir began a song of praise and the sky shone with the glory of God; probably like an amazing celestial fireworks display.//CONTINUE READING THIS//
It is said that a well- known evangelist was once preaching in Chicago on the first day of a series of Gospel meetings. At the end of the sermon, he felt the prompting of the Holy Spirit to give people an opportunity to invite Jesus into their hearts. However, since the meetings were scheduled to go on for many days, he apparently decided to make that invitation the following day. That night, the great fire of Chicago swept through the town, causing much havoc, destruction and loss of lives. As a result, the evangelist decided that he would never again close a Gospel message without giving people an opportunity to invite Christ into their hearts and to receive His salvation and eternal life.
SCRIPTURE – The name of the second (son) he called Ephraim: “For God has caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction” (Genesis 41:52) NKJV.
In this sermon we will look at the life of Joseph. It’s an amazing story, the kind of story that dreams are built on. After many unexpected twists and turns, and thirteen years of toil and affliction, God blessed Joseph in an unimaginable way! As a result, he became the second most powerful man in Egypt (Genesis 41:41-44), and thereafter, God blessed Joseph with two sons (Genesis 41:50). He named his second son Ephraim, which had the meaning of being ‘fruitful through affliction’ (Genesis 41:52). The word ‘affliction” is translated ‘suffering’ in the NIV.
I once read a story in a magazine of an atheist who loved nature & had gone on a hike on a nature trail. As he kept admiring the scenes around him, he lost track of the trail. When eventually the time came for him to get back, he realized that he was hopelessly lost. So, for the first time in his life, he prayed to God.
(This is the outline of the sermon video I posted a few days ago about the conflict between Paul and Barnabas. I pray the video and this outline will be a blessing to you.)
Acts 15:36-41 “Some time later Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us go back and visit the believers in all the towns where we preached the word of the Lord and see how they are doing.”37 Barnabas wanted to take John, also called Mark, with them,38 but Paul did not think it wise to take him, because he had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not continued with them in the work.39 They had such a sharp disagreement that they parted company. Barnabas took Mark and sailed for Cyprus,40 but Paul chose Silas and left, commended by the believers to the grace of the Lord.41 He went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches.”
This is the video of a sermon preached at the People’s Church, on 19th August 2018, that deals with conflicts in Christian ministry.. It is based around the serious conflict that arose between Paul an Barnabas in Acts 15. The sermon contains 4 main points and is part of a series on The Book of Acts.
This 4-day Bible reading plan shows how God can bless us with ‘Unexpected Divine Appointments’ when we are confronted by unexpected challenges. God works in unexpected ways to bring about ‘Divine Appointments’ for His children. Get it here.
For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. (1 Thessalonians 4:17)
After escaping from the Philippine Islands in 1942 during World War II, General Douglas MacArthur is reported to have said, “I came through and I shall return”. MacArthur did return as head of the American army in 1944 and freed the Philippines from occupying forces.
A thought that came to me about God’s protection as I was reflecting on Isaiah 43:2 which says, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you”.
“Palitha, you may have difficulty in continuing with the choir”. Something similar to those words, were spoken to me by our Choir Director; one of my closest mentors. I had always loved music and one of the first ministries I signed up for, after accepting Jesus, was the choir. But now, my Choir Director had to break the unpleasant news to me. I apparently had a problem with correctly pitching musical notes.
As I look back upon that encounter, what I remember most is the grace and love with which the Choir Director handled what was obviously an unpleasant task. I might have otherwise given up on ministry altogether.//CONTINUE READING THIS//