Devotional : Building a City on Prayer – Part 3

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So far in this series, we have discussed the following prayer strategies of Nehemiah.

  • He prayed fervently
  • He focused on the greatness of the One he was praying to
  • He prayed for favor
  • He prayed the promises of God
  • He prayed against resistance
  • He prayed for strength
  • He personalized his prayers

Many years ago, the music band Starship recorded a hit song called ‘We built this city on rock ‘n roll’. However, Nehemiah built the walls of Jerusalem on prayer, and through the guidance, wisdom and courage he received as a result of his prayers. Continue reading “Devotional : Building a City on Prayer – Part 3” »

Article : Sports Imagery in the Scriptures

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Since last week, the eyes of the sporting world have been firmly fixed on the Rio Olympics. As expected, new records have been set, new talented athletes haven been discovered and some of the more seasoned campaigners have also proved that they are still at their best!

I have always been a fan of sports and my favorites have been cricket, football and tennis, in that order. As a schoolboy, I remember waking up very early to listen to cricket commentaries on short-wave radio from Australia, staying up late when they were being transmitted from England, and staying up even later to listen to commentaries from the Caribbean. All the listening was done through a small radio we owned. Another memory that will always be entrenched in my mind is tuning in at around 3 in the morning to listen to the 1970 Football World Cup final between Brazil and Italy, being played in Mexico. I still remember the thrill I felt when the legend Pele scored the 1st goal and very specially, the final goal scored by the Brazilian captain, Carlos Alberto, later to be described as one of the most memorable goals in World Cup history! The commentary team from BBC Radio made you feel like you were actually watching the game! Continue reading “Article : Sports Imagery in the Scriptures” »

Devotional : Building A City On Prayer – Part 2

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Hi Friends, in our last post we shared 4 prayer pointers from the life of Nehemiah. They were,

  • He prayed fervently
  • He focused on the greatness of the One he was praying to
  • He prayed for favor
  • He prayed the promises of God

Today, we will look at 3 more prayer thoughts from Nehemiah. They are, Continue reading “Devotional : Building A City On Prayer – Part 2” »

Devotional : Building A City On Prayer – Part 1

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The book of Nehemiah is one that is filled with courage, effective leadership, faith, motivation, a great sense of adventure and a desire to honor God. Upon receiving information that the walls of Jerusalem were broken down and in ruins and the gates burned with fire, Nehemiah clearly understood the dangers and disgrace involved (Nehemiah 1:3). It meant the city was unprotected, probably a laughing stock, with its security under grave threat from enemies. He therefore resolved to do something about it. This great task that he undertook and finished efficiently was undergirded by much prayer. Continue reading “Devotional : Building A City On Prayer – Part 1” »

God’s Splendour

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Lessons From The Life Of Joseph – The Palace Factor

This is a a sermon preached at the People’s Church, Sri Lanka recently. The sermon is based around the time when God was training Joseph in Potiphar’s house for the great task ahead!