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Video: Delays can be Divine Appointments

Delays are Divine Appointments

I once heard a Pastor mention that he waited 6 long years to win the affection of his future wife. The Founding Pastor of People’s Church in Sri Lanka, Pastor Colton Wickramaratne received a vision from God in 1957 about his future ministry. He had to persevere through many delays and challenges before the large vision became a reality. When I began my career in Radio Broadcasting, I waited 3 years to get a proper break on the Radio Station. I almost quit, but thankfully God came through at the right time and my broadcasting career expanded thereafter. A number of couples I know prayed earnestly for a child for many years before the prayer was answered.

All these stories have one common thread; delay.

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Finishing the Race Well (2 Timothy 4)

This is the video of a sermon that was preached on Sunday, November 25th,2018, at the People’s Church in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The sermon shows how we can finish our race well through 5 practical points. It is based around the Apostle Paul’s final instruction to Timothy in the last chapter of 2 Timothy. May it encourage you to finish your race well!

Sermon: The Names of the Christmas Child

The Names of the Christmas Child

What’s in a name?

We would normally do anything to protect our name. My surname Jayasooriya is spelled with the letters ‘soo’.., but pretty often, people spell it with ‘su’. I don’t mind it but I like it when my name is spelled correctly. From the days I was in school and even up till today, if you saw the figures or number 007, what would you think of, or who would you think of? That’s right, it’s James Bond! Right through my entire life the name Elvis Presley has been a very well known name. A name like Mohandas Gandhi is a very well known name. And for the more modern generation, who are into modern day entertainment, names like Luke Skywalker or Darth Vader are the kind of names that they are familiar with right now. For instance, if last Sunday we had announced that an internationally known preacher was speaking at this service on Sunday morning, I am sure that more people would have turned up just to hear him because the name carries some value with it.//CONTINUE READING THIS//

‘Christmas Reflections’ – Christmas Devotional

Christmas Devotional:

Dear Friends of The Preaching Platform,

We are thrilled at being able to publish our 21 – day Christmas Devotional titled ‘Christmas Reflections’ this year. It covers different aspects of the Christmas story with 3 devotionals for the New Year included.  It can be used as follows:

  1. As an add on to your Christmas gifts for family, friends and office staff.
  2. As as tool for Christmas outreach meetings.
  3. As a personal devotional booklet during the Christmas Season.
  4.  For Small Group study.

Please email us at palitha.j@preachingplatform.org for purchases and courier options. Thanks.

Devotional : God Still Speaks Prophetically

“But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?” (Luke 1:43)

In the story of Jesus’ birth, although Mary had believed and accepted the message of the Angel Gabriel, she may have still been perplexed as to how the message would become reality. She probably needed some assurance and she went to the right person; Elizabeth, who was a godly relative. Elizabeth’s response to the visit was exactly what Mary needed.

Elizabeth’s Prophecy

As Mary and Elizabeth met, two prophetic happenings took place. The first was that the baby in Elizabeth’s womb did a leap of joy, as Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. The second was that she prophesied over Mary, confirming the Angel’s message to Mary. She said, “Blessed is the Child you will bear”, and then identified Mary as “the mother of my Lord” (Luke 1:39-45). These were powerful prophetic utterances.//CONTINUE READING THIS//

Devotional : God Speaks in our Daily Routine

“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//

Sermon: Conflicts in Christian Ministry

CONFLICTS IN CHRISTIAN MINISTRY

(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.”

 

Main thought: God can bring blessing out of all the conflicts or challenges we face.//CONTINUE READING THIS//

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