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//
We know that many ingredients need to be put together to make a good curry or bake a good cake. Similarly, for a church to be one that glorifies God, there are certain ingredients that need go into that community. Acts 2:42-47 gives us some idea about the ingredients that are required for the Body of Christ to glorify God.
7 Characteristics from the Acts 2 Church:
This video sermon was preached recently in Sri Lanka at one of our services and It is based on Acts 2:42-47. It covers 7 characteristics needed to glorify God and is a powerful example for us to follow!
Introduction: It is said that Billy Graham once attributed the large number of responses to his sermons on one central theme. It was, that he always drew attention in his sermons to the Lord Jesus Christ and to ‘the power of the cross’.
As we draw close to Good Friday, it’s good to remind ourselves of the power of the cross and what the Lord accomplished through His mighty sacrifice. Although the cross was a symbol of execution at that time (much like an electric chair today), God’s saving power in full was revealed at the cross. It symbolized the greatest rescue mission the world has ever seen!!
From Colossians 2:13-15, I would like to leave 3 thoughts about ‘The Power of the Cross’ in this sermon outline. They are:
We are glad to bring you ‘Responding to God – Lessons from Palm Sunday’. This 4 Day Devotional Plan for Palm Sunday is now available on YouVersion . Click here to start reading. The Reading Plan shows 4 practical ways we can honor God during the season that leads up to Palm Sunday.
If you like following Bible Reading Plans, you could consider doing this 4-Day Plan and Devotional on YouVersion. May it encourage you to seek God’s amazing Favor. Click here to start reading this plan.
“O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His steadfast love endures forever.” (Psalm 107:1)
Soul singer Lionel Ritchie was once deeply impacted by a speech in which his father had honored his mother, on their 37th wedding anniversary. In his speech, Ritchie Senior had lovingly given thanks to his wife for sticking by him through the ups and downs of life. Said Lionel, “What a great story because I pass through my house every day and I don’t say thank you. I just take for granted that certain things be done”. That speech moved him to compose one of his best loved songs, ‘Three Times a Lady’.