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Scripture Memory: Provision.

VERSE : Luke 12:24 “Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls?”

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness 

21 February 2016

8am & 11am: Worship Service

Rev Charles Seet (Serving God with Purity and Fear, Acts 5:1-16)

6:00 pm Evening Service

Pastor Tan Soon Yong (More Love to Thee, Lk 7:36-50)

28 February 2016

8am & 11am: Worship Service

Rev Colin Wong (Obeying God rather than Men, Acts 5:17-42)

6:00 pm Evening Service

Rev Quek Keng Khwang (Of Sparrows and Hairs, Matt 20:29-31)

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PASTORAL CHAT

Over the past few months there has been an increasing sentiment that global economic conditions are souring rapidly. We are told that the annual growth of our nation’s economy has been marginal and slowing consistently over the past few years. The outlook is certainly not favourable.

As the world slides closer and closer into a recession that may have an adverse impact on us, let us remember that God often uses national and personal crises to draw His people closer to Him. No matter how difficult the situation may become, we must trust that God is still on the throne and that He will never leave us alone.

If you are employed, the crisis may come to you in the form of retrenchment. This personal setback needs to be handled with care because a person’s job is his means of livelihood and the earthly sustenance for him and his family.

How can you prepare yourself to respond well to retrenchment? A Lifer, who went through a nine-month journey of having no permanent job, shared the following steps to encourage others during the economic crisis of 2008-2009:

“1. Seek God all the more when we are in a crisis: It is very tempting to dive straight into the ‘blame game’ or humanistic helps such as financial seminars, motivational talks or reading worldly inspirational books, a frantic scrambling of job hunting, get-rich-quick schemes etc. Rather, with time in our hands, start the day with the Lord by Bible-reading, quiet time and prayer.

2. Shun idleness and self-pity by keeping productively busy: The evil one can discourage us when we are without work for a season. Rather than spending hours lazing around, reading the newspapers, watching television, surfing the Internet, playing computer games etc, engage in some healthy sports, read a good Christian book, do volunteer work like in the SCC, or attend prayer meetings and theological seminars.

3. Cutting costs: Depending on the financial situation, we may need to take cost–cutting measures. Less is best to reduce spending considerably without necessarily lowering the standard of living. Conserving energy at home, and making the right choice of food, entertainment and leisure can help tide over the crisis. The car may have to go and more expensive lifestyles reduced.

4. Be open to new avenues of work: Since the economic crisis is global in nature, it may take a while before one can land a job of choice. Hence one cannot be too picky about jobs. Perhaps the Lord wants us to consider avenues of work which are in greater demand such as Healthcare, Education and Defence. Temporary jobs can help lift our spirits while waiting for a more permanent job. One need not be ashamed of taking up a part-time clerical job just because one was a manager before.

5. Let friends and loved ones encourage and support you (Psalm 18:24 – “A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.”) We Asians are more abashed about losing jobs than others. The fact is no job is guaranteed in today’s context and we should not hide or be ashamed of our situation. More often than not, those who are open get help and jobs more quickly.

6. Trust God and know that God has a purpose (Psalm 37:5 – “Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.”) Very often we lead our lives with our head and not with the spirit. We want God to show us the best deal in life quickly. The Lord does not work that way. God has His agenda for us. Perhaps it’s the journey that He wants us to experience rather than the destination.”

I trust that the above steps will help to make the ‘out of job’ journey a blessed one for Lifers who suffer job loss or who are unable to find employment just after graduation. Pastoral support is available for them as part of the mercy ministry of our church. Some members who had received material support from the church mercy fund to tide them over their crisis have expressed their gratitude by contributing to the fund after the Lord blessed them with new jobs.

The rest of us who are spared from going through this journey have a role to play as well. Let us be ready to render help and support to fellow members of God’s family with our prayers and encouragement. 1 Corinthians 12:26 – “And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.” Galatians 6:2 – “Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.”

A global recession may well provide an opportune moment for us to serve one another with love. – Pastor

 

 

He knoweth the need of my life

For shelter and raiment and food;

In each trifling care of the day

The word of His promise is good;

He knoweth my thought from afar,

The wish that I never have told,

And every unspoken desire

His wisdom doth grant or withhold.

 

He knoweth the way that I take;

Each step of that way He hath planned:

And, walking through sunshine or storm,

I walk in the shade of His hand.

In deserts untrodden and drear,

Where foes in the darkness may hide,

He leaveth me never alone;

He sendeth me light and a guide.

 

He knoweth the need of my soul—

The trial that calls for His grace,

The weakness that leans on His strength,

The fear that looks up to His face.

He knoweth what sifting is best

To scatter the chaff from the wheat

And lay all my self-righteous pride

Low down in the dust at His feet.

 

He knoweth me – yet He can love,

Can wait with love’s patience divine,

My stubborn and arrogant heart

Its will to His own to resign;

He knoweth my frame is but dust;

He knoweth how much it can bear;

I rest in that knowledge supreme;

I trust in His power and care

- A.J. Flint -  

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Biblical Chinese Class (for beginners)

Date:         2 Mar to 25 May 16 (every Wed)

Venue & Time:        Rm 2-1 Beulah Centre, 7.30-9 pm.

Instructor: Rev Daniel Khoo

Closing Date:          29 Feb 16

Course Content: Scripture Reading, Gospel Sharing and Personal Testimony, etc.

Forms are available at the front counter. Please drop response slips into the box.

Only 15 vacancies left!

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1) “Disciplines of a Godly Man.” All brothers are welcome to join this fortnightly study facilitated by Rev Lee HC. Choice of either Saturday 3pm or Friday 7.30pm (starting 25 & 26 Mar). Please register at the front portico or onlinehttp://goo.gl/forms/HmdOQQavLv.  For enquiries: Jonathan Tan (96268648).

2) Far Eastern Kindergarten Online Registration

2017 Intake: Pre-Nursery (YOB 2014) & Nursery (YOB 2013). Priority registration in February for church members at http://fek.qoqolo.com/cos/o.x?c=/ca4q_fek/registration. Please visit our website http://www.lifebpc.com/fekedu/ or call 6251 3676 for more information.

Priority registration for members ends on 29 February 2016. Public registration begins on 1 March on a first-come-first-served basis.

3) 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.

4) Our condolences to Winston Chiam and Roland Chiam and family on the homegoing of their mother,  Mdm Tan Ah Moay on 17 Feb 16 at the age of 89.

Preaching appt: Rev Seet at Thai Service, 2.30 pm. Rev Lee is overseas from 22 Feb to 2 Mar.

Rev Khoo is teaching overseas from 20 to 27 Feb.

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