Friday, March 25, 2005

Christ is risen! Christ is risen indeed!

A crucified Savior--dead, buried and laid in a borrowed tomb. But, death could neither conquer nor hold Him, and three days later our Lord Jesus Christ rose from the dead just as He had said He would. There would not be a world-wide church today were it not for the truth of the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ. So, Christians throughout the world will gather on Sunday morning, March 27, to celebrate the resurrection and to worship a Living Christ. Many nominal adherents, those who usually are not to be found in the gatherings of faithful believers week after week, will come out on that day if only for tradition's sake or as the in thing to do. In Denmark, as in every country of Western Europe and Scandinavia, churches that usually have but a handful of the faithful in attendance will be filled, and some to overflowing, on Easter Sunday. Nominal Christianity is a curse upon any land. Nominal believers in any country need to feel the touch of flaming re-evangelism as the Holy Spirit brings men and women to a firm and unwavering commitment to Jesus Christ. This is why we pray for evangelism, church renewal/revival, and the planting of new churches throughout Denmark. For that to occur, pastors need to experience personal revival and an anointing to preach the Truth of the finished, saving work of Christ as attested to and confirmed in His resurrection. "He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification" (Romans 4:25, NIV). Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!

PRAY that Danes who are unbelievers, or at best nominal believers, will be brought face to face with the Risen Christ and the truth claims of the Good News this Easter Sunday.

PRAY that Danish pastors in both the majority State churches and the minority free churches will not merely involve themselves in festive Easter liturgies and pious homilies, but will be empowered by God's Spirit to proclaim an unadulterated Gospel that calls for a commitment of repentance and personal faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.

PRAY that Danes will come to recognize that Danish free churches are not religious cults, as is widely and falsely believed, but that they are churches holding firmly to the historic, orthodox Christian faith, teaching and preaching the Word of God as their only rule of faith and practice.

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