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Scripture Memory: Provision.

VERSE : 2 Corinthians 9:8 “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.”

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness 

24 January 2016

8am & 11am: Worship Service

Rev Lee Hock Chin (Healing at the Beautiful Gate, Acts 3:1-26)

6:00 pm Evening Service

Rev Colin Wong (The Mote and the Beam, Matt 7:1-5)

31 January 2016

8am & 11am: Worship Service

Rev Gabriel Gan (“Why I’m Not a Christian”, Lk 14:15-24)

6:00 pm Evening Service

Rev Calvin Loh (Two Gates, Two Ways, Matt 7:13-14)

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A SONG OF CONFIDENCE

The prophet Habakkuk lived at a very difficult time in Israel’s history. God had revealed to him that his people would soon be conquered and subject to the whims and fancies of the Babylonian Empire. In times of war, the very worst aspects of human depravity become fully expressed. There would be violence, bloodshed, killing, torture and inhumane treatment. Habakkuk was naturally very concerned. How can God allow such atrocities to happen?

Habakkuk’s Question

Such questions have perplexed people in every age. In Habakkuk’s time the answer was that the people had sinned. Justice was perverted and the poor were terribly oppressed (Habakkuk 1:2,3). Wickedness abounded under the reign of King Jehoiakim. Since God is “of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity” (1:13), He would not endure their sin and wickedness any longer. The day of reckoning was about to come.

The same thing is happening today. The world is becoming increasingly ripe for judgment. Moral values are losing ground and sinful lifestyles are gaining more acceptance. Countries that used to have a strong Christian influence are descending deeper into lawlessness and ungodliness. While these changes are being felt more in the West, it is only a matter of time that they will reach our shores through the media. Iniquity will abound and the love of many shall wax cold (Matthew 24:12).

God must deal with sin whether it is found in His own people, or in others. This is reflected in God’s judgment of the wickedness in Judah in the time of Habakkuk. As much as Habakkuk hated the sins of his own people, he also hated to see them suffer as a result of even worse acts of sin executed upon them by the Babylonians. The wicked would not be the only ones to suffer at the hands of these invaders – many innocent Jews were also going to suffer along with them.

God’s Answer

This question bothered Habakkuk so much that he refused to rest until God answered him (2:1). The answer he received was: Although God used the Babylonians to punish his people the Babylonians themselves would face God’s judgment for their own acts of brutality and violence against Judah.

God’s holiness and goodness are never compromised when He uses the wicked to punish the wicked, because the wicked act according to their own sinful motives. This is brought out in the first part of Habakkuk 2:4 – “Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him…” This clearly shows that the Babylonians invaded Judah out of their own selfish greed for wealth and power.

What should the righteous do when the wicked come against them? The answer is found in the latter part of the verse – “…but the just shall live by his faith.” This means that whatever the outcome may be, the God’s people should simply trust in God for help, and for every provision and protection.  By doing this, he will ultimately see life and blessing, while the wicked will ultimately see death and cursing.

We must patiently trust God to work out His divine purposes for us in His good time. And whenever wickedness abounds we must not doubt His goodness and justice. God is able to deliver the righteous from the wicked, but even if He chooses not to do so, the righteous should still remain faithful to God. This has been the lot of many through all ages of history – thousands of suffering saints have lived by faith in God and have triumphed by doing so.

Habakkuk’s Song

If you have faith in Jesus Christ, Habakkuk’s song at the end of his book will be yours as well when you face the worst trials of life. This is the most wonderful part of his book: “Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The LORD God is my strength, and He will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and He will make me to walk upon mine high places.” (3:17-19)

This song brings out two things that every believer can have in life: The first is joy in the midst of adversity. One essential characteristic of the Christian life is joy. In Philippians 4:4 we are told to “rejoice in the Lord always.” We can rejoice in any circumstance – good or bad – because we know that whatever happens to us, our salvation is already assured! We can rejoice in any circumstance, because we know that Jesus Christ is with us, and that He will never leave us nor forsake us.

Perhaps you are now facing a most challenging situation – the awful prospect of retrenchment, loss of income, depletion of resources, a long struggle with sickness or even death. News of an impending global economic downturn has brought the most unpleasant feelings of uncertainty and anxiety. What if your future turns out to be bleak and awful?

To Habakkuk, the question was what if the fig tree does not blossom? What if there are no more fruit on the vines, no more olives, and no more harvests? What if the flocks of sheep and herds of oxen all perish? Can he rejoice in the midst of a total economic disaster? Yes, he can rejoice – because he had found assurance by trusting in the Lord. This joy can be yours as well if you have found your assurance by trusting in the Lord.

Confidence in God’s provision is the other thing in Habakkuk’s song which every believer can have in life. “The LORD God is my strength, and He will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and He will make me to walk upon mine high places.” (v.19) The high places here refer to the rocky terrain of the mountains. It is difficult to go over such uneven terrain. But hinds or mountain deer are able to traverse such terrain quite easily and effortlessly because God gave them the kind of legs that are well-suited for rocky mountains. In the same way, God can also enable us to travel over the rough patches of life.

When Habakkuk wrote these words, he knew that he was going to see difficult times very soon, because of the coming Babylonian invasion. But he had the fullest confidence that he would be able to cope with them, because God Himself will provide the enablement he needs.

You can find the same enablement from God to go through every trying moment in life. When you have to face these trials, please don’t despair. Do not let your mind dwell on your worst fears, your weaknesses and inadequate resources. Look beyond them with eyes of faith, and see the goodness of the Lord providing all the strength you need, all the courage you need, and all the wisdom you need to press on.

Dear Reader, will you commit yourself to live from now on with a confidence that comes from God alone, the confidence that enables you to rejoice even in the midst of the worst trials of life?                                                        —Pastor

 

 

God is in Every Tomorrow

God is in every tomorrow

Therefore I live for today.

Certain of finding at sunrise,

Guidance and strength for the way;

Power for each moment of weakness,

Hope for each moment of pain,

Comfort for every sorrow,

Sunshine and joy after rain.

God is in every tomorrow,

Planning for you and for me;

E’en in the dark will I follow

Trust where my eye cannot see.

Stilled by His promise of blessing,

Soothed by the touch of His hand,

Confident in His protection,

Knowing my life path is planned.

God is in every tomorrow,

Life with its changes may come,

He is behind and before me,

While in the distance shines Home!

Home – where no thought of tomorrow

Ever can shadow my brow

Home – in the presence of Jesus,

Through all eternity – Now!

- A. J. Flint -

 

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GOSPEL SUNDAY (English Service)

Date: 31st Jan 2016 (Next Lord’s Day)

Time: 8 am & 11 am

Topic: “Why I’m Not a Christian”

Speaker: Rev Gabriel Gan

Members are encouraged to invite their friends and relatives.

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Combined Lunar New Year Service (Bilingual)

8 Feb 16 (Mon), 8.00 am.

Beulah MPH

“Thanks to God” (Psalm 100)

Speaker: Rev Peter Chng

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1) Infant Baptism on Easter Sunday, 27 Mar 16. Parents who intend to have their infants baptised must register by 19 Feb 16. Please call the Church office (65949399) or email Yin Chan giving child’s name, date of birth and parents’ names and contact.

2) Membership Roll Update Exercise: If you are a member of Life B-P Church, please fill the form and put it in the box at the church entrance.

3) Traffic Safety: To avoid accidents, worshippers are advised to exercise care and to watch their young children when crossing the car parks as vehicles are moving in or out of the church premises on Sundays.

4) The Life B-P Church Camp 2016 will be held from 13 to 16 June 2016 at Novotel Melaka Hotel, Malaysia.  Speaker: Rev Edward Paauwe. Theme: “The Fruit of the Spirit”  Please book your annual leave now to avoid disappointment. Registration is open.

5) Far Eastern Kindergarten is looking for a Christian Preschool teacher with  the following qualifications: Enjoys teaching the Word of God to little children; DPT or Degree Holder; Minimum B3 in English; Computer Literate; Singaporean or PR. Please call 62513676 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested.

Preaching appointment: Rev Wong at Life Evening Service, 6.00 pm. Rev Khoo on overseas Bible teaching trip, 22 to 31 Jan.

Vision & Mission

 

To build a united church family that is committed to making disciples through Salvation, Sanctification and Service, to the glory of God.

Verse for the Week

October 15 & 22 - The Cost of Discipleship

For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. Matthew 16:25