Sermon: God’s Restoration of the Lost Years

Sermon : God’s Restoration of the Lost Years

Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka – Photo Credit: Vasantha Jayasooriya

INTRODUCTION

One of the historical wonders of Sri Lanka is the complex rock fortress, Sigiriya, and the palace built on it by one of our former Kings, Kasyapa, many centuries ago. It is an amazing place to see & tourists flock there to view its beauty, grandeur and craftsmanship. One of the highlights of Sigiriya is the frescoes that are painted on the rock walls. These and the site itself are considered National treasures, with UNESCO listing Sigiriya as a world heritage site. (If ever you come over to Sri Lanka, you need to visit Sigiriya). Many years ago, some of the frescoes were vandalized by an unknown group of people, with, (if I remember correctly), either ink or paint being thrown, to deface them. As a result, many experts had to be brought in (foreign and local), to work at restoring these frescoes back to their original state. Thankfully, they succeeded in most of their painstaking efforts. Read More

Sermon: Living One Day At A Time

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Introduction

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. Read More

Sermon: The God of unexpected divine appointments

Sermon: The God of unexpected divine appointments

Image courtesy: Inertia NC

Introduction

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 and when 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. Read More

The Names of the Christmas Child

This is a sermon I preached at the People’s Church in Colombo, Sri Lanka on 17th December 2017. I trust you will be blessed by it as you view it. The sermon is based around four names relevant to the Savior who was born.

Christmas Reflections (A 14 – Day Devotional for the Season)

Dear Friends of The Preaching Platform: By God’s grace we were able to publish our first e-book on Amazon Kindle a few days ago. It is a Christmas Devotional titled, ‘Christmas Reflections’. As you well know, for the past 2+ years we have provided our sermons and devotionals at no cost, to help you in your spiritual journey. We will continue to do so in the future as well. You now have an opportunity to bless this ministry. You can do so by purchasing our devotional which I believe will be a great inspiration to you during the Christmas Season. Your response will surely encourage us to go on . Click here to order.

Don’t Back Down When Facing Trials

If you prefer watching sermon videos, trust this will bless you. It was recorded a few weeks ago and runs for 4.31 minutes.

Devotional : The Power of Prayer

“…, people brought the sick into the streets and laid then on beds and mats so that at least Peter’s shadow might fall on some of them as he passed by… and all of them were healed” (Acts 5:15-16).

As you think of the Apostle Peter’s ministry in the book of Acts, what comes to mind? Is it fearlessness, anointing, miracle worker, dynamic preacher?

Yes, all these are true and God used Peter powerfully. Through Peter God healed a crippled (Acts 3:6-7) and a paralyzed man (Acts 9:32-35), raised the dead (Acts 9:36-43), opened prison doors and gates (Acts 5:19, 12:8-10) and brought thousands to salvation [Both Jews and Gentiles](Acts 2:41,4:4,10:44-46). As the opening scripture in this devotional records, people even expected to be healed by having Peter’s shadow fall on them as he passed by. Read More

‘Don’t Back Down’ When Facing Trials

Popular singer/songwriter Tom Petty passed away last week after a highly successful career. One of Petty’s most loved songs was titled ‘I Won’t Back Down’. Some of the lyrics go like this:

Well, I won’t back down
No, I won’t back down
You can stand me up at the gates of hell
But I won’t back down

No, I’ll stand my ground
Won’t be turned around
And I’ll keep this world from draggin’ me down
Gonna stand my ground

While Tom Petty was probably singing about the injustices and human challenges we have to face, the Apostle Paul says something similar regarding the spiritual challenges and battles we encounter as God’s children. He says, “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand (Ephesians 6:13). The imagery is that of a well-trained soldier, planting his feet firmly on the battle field and refusing to back down. In other words, Paul may be saying, ‘Don’t back down’. Ever! Read More

Sermon : Victory Against Overwhelming Odds (2 Chronicles 20: 1-23)

Introduction – This past week I’ve had to pray with people battling heavy odds against cancer, children’s health issues, relationship problems, addictions, emotional distress, a burnt down house and many other issues. They feel overwhelmed and discouraged. What about you? Are you struggling against overwhelming odds today?

As we read 2 Chronicles 20, we find that a coalition of armies had come against King Jehoshaphat and the nation of Judah.  It was a strong, vast army (verse 2-4) that brought a sense of terror upon the inhabitants of Judah.  King Jehoshaphat realizing the seriousness of the challenge before him, cried in desperation, “We have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do…” (verse 12). Maybe you too are in a similar situation? Read More