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Another 2-3 minute weekly podcast to bring encouragement for your daily challenges. This is Episode 5 to give you encouragement to face the year ahead! It is based around the promise God gave His people in Deuteronomy 65:11.
We have started a 2-3 minute weekly podcast to bring encouragement for people’s daily challenges. This is Episode 6 to give you encouragement to face the year ahead! It is based around the promise God gave His people in Deuteronomy 11:12, as they prepared to enter the promised land.
Episodes 1-5 will be published over the next 2 weeks.
Introduction to sermon on ‘Questions in the Christmas Story’ :
When I was much younger, there was a song that used to play on the Radio that I liked very much. It was titled ‘There are more questions than answers’ sung by Reggae singer Johnny Nash. The song asked a few questions like ‘what is life?’, ‘how do we live?’, ‘what should we take?’, and ‘how much should we give?’
Questions are very much a part of life and asking questions can help us increase our knowledge. There are many types of questions we ask. For instance, some of you may be asking some very personal questions right now, like, ‘Will I get a salary bonus this year?’, ‘How much will it be?’, ‘will my medical tests come out all right?’ (I had first-hand experience of this when I prepared this sermon as my wife and 2 sons were down with viral fever with one of my sons having to be hospitalized. There was tension with each blood report of his that came in, due to the threat of dengue fever).
Outline of a sermon preached at the People’s Church in June 2022.
Introduction – It is said that Thomas Edison lost much of his work due to a severe fire in his lab. It happened at a time when money was in short supply and Edison was in his senior years. His son was worried as to how his father would handle the great loss. Edison’s response however was, “we will build bigger and better on the ruins!”
Background to the Book of Nehemiah:
Nehemiah (meaning – ‘The Lord comforts’) was cupbearer to the King of Persia. He received news that the walls of Jerusalem were still broken and in ruins, with the gates burned down (Nehemiah 1:3).
This meant that the city would most probably face insults and mocking from surrounding nations. Also, that Jerusalem would be in great danger, and vulnerable to enemy attacks. The people were living in disgrace.
Many Waters to Cross – This is a short excerpt (including a prayer) taken off a sermon I preached at the Peoples’ Church in Colombo on the last Sunday of 2021. To watch the full sermon click the link below. https://youtu.be/dm0F-NvilIY
“Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time (Colossians 4:5 – ESV)
Devotional on Giving Time:
It was going to be a busy day – I was already running late for my first meeting. While struggling to get into my car hurriedly, I peered into the vehicle passing by. Instantly, I recognized the face – it was an old friend who now lived overseas. I waved at him, silently thankful that he passed by without stopping. I had no time for chats today. We could maybe meet up later.
To my dismay, I heard the screech of brakes behind me. “Oh no,” I thought, “He’s stopping.” I looked back and sure enough, the car was being reversed. “No option but to talk now,” I said to myself as he stepped out. After a brief but pleasant chat my friend ended the conversation saying, “Happy we could meet Palitha. I’m leaving tomorrow. Let’s stay in touch.” He then drove away.
Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? —Matthew 6:26
It was with a heavy heart that I sat down for my daily hour of meditation and prayer. “Lord, I need added faith this morning” I prayed. Many anxieties weighed upon me – chief among them being that my son would have to physically attend his main Cambridge exam in the midst of a lockdown, with Covid infections rising.
A few minutes later, I felt an urge to open our balcony door; something I normally don’t do till I finish praying. Little did I realize that such a simple decision, ordained I believe by God, would provide me with a powerful lesson.
What are your hopes for Christmas this year? Are you surrounded by unfulfilled dreams, unanswered questions, setbacks, and loneliness? Are you looking for restoration and hope after the challenges of the pandemic? This devotional titled ‘Christmas Reflections’ contains 21 easy to read nuggets of inspiration that will give you encouragement to face the Christmas Season.
Christmas ReflectionsContents –
The topics covered in this 21-day Christmas Devotional are :
Christmas – A Season for Dreams (3 Devotionals)
The Christmas Light (3 Devotionals)
The Heart of Christmas (3 Devotionals)
Questions at Christmas Time (3 Devotionals)
The Christmas Names – of the Christ Child (4 Devotionals)
God Speaks at Christmas Time (2 Devotionals)
Also included – God’s Favor on the New Year (3 Devotionals)
Our prayer is that the contents in this devotional will inspire you to enjoy the best Christmas yet! Get your copy today from amazon.com here.