Resurrection Sunday Greetings!
The resurrected Lord “opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and said to them, ‘Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in His name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.’” Luke 24.45-47
Hallelujah! He has risen!
We pray that this wonderful resurrection Sunday morning will bless your hearts as you glorify God, and that the repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached around the world!
It is a wonderful time of the year. Opportunities to share what Christ has done are plentiful. We had a special Good Friday evening sing-along in our new church replant. We invited so many people, but we only had one visitor from the community come. We have been praying for by name for several weeks. It was a blessing to see her actually come. We also had a couple come from sister churches that we had invited to come join us in the outreach. It will help them to know better how to pray for the ministry here.
Resurrection Sunday morning was low in attendance as we had many away on holiday (vacation) with extended family. We did however have a sporadic visitor back and Joy (who came to Friday night’s sing-along) came and brought her single adult daughter. Three visitors from the community in one service – not bad! The message was from the Romans 6 and how Christ was raised to the glory of the Father and we too, as pictured in baptism, are dead to sin and alive to God. It was received well – maybe because it was the shortest message I have preached in months at just about 33 minutes.
We would like to spend some family time together for the next couple of days. Australian’s have a 5 day weekend with Good Friday through ANZAC day all off. While the ministry necessitates work during that time we are going to take a couple of “comp” days and enjoy being a family before Luke has to get back to school.
We pray that your weekend of celebration is wonderful and your worship of our Risen Saviour is “lifechangingly” sweet.
In His service,
Matt, Barb, Amy, & Luke Douglas
ABWE – Australia