Hi all

It’s Sunday afternoon and 35c here in Katoomba NSW! I’m here for the CMS Summer school and we’re off to a great start.

You can listen to the first two excellent Bible studies on Colossians 1:1-14 and Colossians 1:15-23 by clicking those references.

I also went to an amazing missionary session on the church and persecution. The two missionaries who shared amazing stories, are unable to be identified, nor is the location of where they are serving. It’s just too dangerous! One told the story of a person who became a Christian one weekend and was murdered by his boss during the following week. There were many other moving stories shared.

We claim lots of promises in the Scriptures but we need to clear on this promise from 2 Timothy 3: …everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.  The speaker suggested that if we’ve not been persecuted or ridiculed for our trust in Jesus, it’s because we’re not opening our mouths! Very challenging as he reminded us that since the beginning of the church (as we see clearly in the books of Acts), persecution is the norm!!

Tonight, the archbishop of Sydney, Dr Glenn Davies, who preached at our church last year on Fathers’ Day, will preach at  the conference communion service.

Summer School has 2,000 adults in attendance, 1,000 young people in the creche-Yr 12 program, 250 youth and children’s leaders and 250 other volunteers!

What an encouraging way to start the year. I’ll continue to share as much as I can and I’m sure will return home ready for a new year of exciting ministry at church. Please see our church facebook page for reports during the week.

My great thanks to Michael Calder and Ruth Craven for preaching this morning. I’m looking forward to listening to both messages.

Every blessing