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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 

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)

      6 March 2016

8am & 11am: Worship Service

Rev Mark Chen (Compassionate Waiters in the Church, Acts 6:1-7; 1 Tim 3:8-13)

6:00 pm Evening Service

Rev Mark Chen (The Four Hearts, Matt 13:1-23)

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THANK GOD FOR A LEAP DAY!

 

Hopefully you realize that 2016 is a leap year and tomorrow is 29th February, a leap day. The Earth actually takes 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes and 46 seconds to complete its orbit (about 365 1/4 days). Those extra hours gradually add up so that after four years, the calendar is out of sync by about one day. Adding a day every four years allows the calendar to match up to the solar year again.

This leap day would be most special for those celebrating their birthdays and anniversaries. It is fascinating that a person born on a leap day who is 64 years old would be celebrating his or her 16th birthday. Moreover, it is believed that those who are born on this day would have unusual talents, such as the ability to paint like Picasso.

However, not all are happy with a leap day. Workers who receive fixed monthly salary will complain that they have to work an additional work day for free! For many of us, 29th February is just another day of the year going about our daily chores. Little thought is put into this extra day that the Lord has given to us. In our hurried life, don’t we often lament, “If only I had more time.” For this month, God has given us an extra 24 hours. Let us seize the day for His glory!

When Hezekiah was on the verge of death, he prayed that God would extend his life. His prayer was heard and God gave him not just a few days but 15 more years. But he was ungrateful and his heart was filled with pride (2 Chronicles 32:24-25). In self-glory, he flaunted the treasures of the temple and all that Israel had before the Babylonians (2 Kings 20:13; Isaiah 39:2). Would we be like Hezekiah indulging in our pride and sins? Moses reminded us, “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom” (Psalm 90:12). May the Lord help us to have eternity’s values in view.

Let us take heed to what Apostle Paul exhorts us, “See then ye walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:16, 17). Gleaning from the 18th century revivalist and theologian, Jonathan Edwards’ 70 resolutions (in modern English*) would be of help to contemplate and act upon on this leap day:

•   Resolved: Never lose one moment of time; but seize the time to use it in the most profitable way I possibly can.

•   Resolved: Never to do anything out of revenge.

•   Resolved: Never to do anything, which if I saw another do, I would consider a just reason to despise him for, or to think in any way lesser of him.

•   Resolved: To examine carefully, and constantly, what that one thing in me is that causes me to doubt of the love of God, even the least little bit; and then to direct all my forces against it.

•   Resolved: To study the Scriptures so steadily, and so constantly, and so frequently, that it becomes evident – even obvious – to myself that my knowledge of them has grown.

•   Resolved: Never consider something a prayer, nor to let pass for a prayer, any petition that when making I cannot actually hope that God will answer; nor offer as a confession anything which I cannot hope God will accept.

•   Resolved: Never to give up, nor even slacken up, in my fight with my own corruptions, no matter how successful or unsuccessful I may be.

May we not only thank God for this extra day but make it count for God.

                             —Rev Quek Keng Khwang

(* source: http://verticallivingministries.com/tag/70-resolutions-of-jonathan-edwards-in-modern-language/)

 

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REFLECTIONS ON THE 2015 SCRIPTURE MEMORY PROGRAMME

“Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” (Psalm 119:11)

Our Scripture memorisation programme which started 12 years ago has taken us through more than 360 verses from 39 books of the Bible. Within that time $18,135 worth of prizes have been won by participants. Last year, there were 80 participants. It is encouraging to see that a good number of us are committed to memorising Scripture. May the Lord help us to keep up the effort, not just for a material incentive but for the biblical reasons for hiding God’s Word in our hearts, e.g.

1. To obey God’s commandment in Deuteronomy 6:6; 11:18

2. To overcome temptations to sin (Psalm 119:11; 37:31)

3. To make choices that are in line with God’s will (Psalm 40:8)

4. To equip us to teach and admonish one another (Colossians 3:16)

5. To have ready comfort in times of affliction (Psalm 119:52; Jeremiah 15:16)

Dallas Willard, professor of Philosophy at the University of Southern California, wrote, “Bible memorization is absolutely fundamental to spiritual formation. If I had to choose between all the disciplines of the spiritual life, I would choose Bible memorization, because it is a fundamental way of filling our minds with what it needs. This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth. That’s where you need it! How does it get in your mouth? Memorization.”

Here is a bonus for those who are elderly: Research has shown that most age-related memory loss results from a lack of mental activity. Memorising verses of scripture and recalling them is a good way to keep the brain active and so delay the onset of dementia. But please don’t forget that the spiritual enrichment from memorising Scripture is worth far more than the mental enrichment. Although it requires time and discipline, it produces blessings in your life that will flow to others as well.

Memorising Scripture is a very ancient practice. The Jews were extremely good at this, and some Jewish rabbis were able to recite the whole Old Testament completely from memory. How were they able to do this? God has given us a very powerful mind. When properly trained and used, the human mind can store up to 100 billion gigabytes of information and process 1 million billion operations a second. It is claimed that most of the time we are only using about 10 percent of our brains. So our minds are capable of doing much more than we think.

If you have not been hiding God’s Word in your heart, why not start now? There are 28 passages of Scripture based on the theme, “O How I Love Thy Word!” These passages are available in a booklet at the front counter of the church sanctuary. Alternatively you can scan the QR Code below with your mobile device to get them online and obtain a special smartphone app, and beautiful wallpapers that you can set as your desktop background to help you memorise them.

A review exercise will be conducted after every two months (The first one for this year starts on 20 March). Write out the eight verses for the three months from memory on a review sheet from the front counter, and submit it by the given deadline. You will receive a certificate if your verses are at least 70% correct. To win the 1st prize ($40) you must obtain certificates for all four review exercises. If you obtain three certificates you will receive the 2nd prize ($30). Two certificates will qualify you for the 3rd prize ($20). Consolation prizes ($10) will be given to those who obtain one certificate.

Let me urge you to join this year’s Scripture memory programme so that you will develop the habit of hiding God’s Word in your heart. May you be encouraged to do so as you read the testimonies and memorisation tips shared below by some of last year’s prize winners.                                                 —Pastor

 

THERE are many verses in the Bible that advocates scripture memory. However, memorizing Bible verses was a grossly neglected spiritual discipline in my life until last year. I thank God for leading me to the church’s Scripture Memory Program (SMP) and for seeing me through it thus far.

The regular memorizing of God’s word and periodic review through the SMP have been an entirely rewarding journey. Firstly, when I intentionally pause to memorize a verse, it saturates my mind in the very moment and feeds my soul. There is a well-known quote by George Carlin that says “An idle mind is the devil’s workshop”. Memorizing scripture is one effective way to defense against the devil’s assault.

Secondly, it is extremely humbling to experience the way memorizing scripture have shaped my mind and empowered me to edify others with the very word of God.

Colossians 3:16 – “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”

How I did it:

  Purpose in the heart
Understand it
Repeat it
Keep it handy
Make it visible (stick colorful post-it everywhere) 
Turn it into prayer

Hope this helps! – Lee Jing Jing

 

I HAVE benefited from participating in this memory verse program. This program helps me to understand more about God’s Word and also helps me to remember the verses and use them whenever I can. I really like this program as it also encourages me to apply the Bible verses in my life. I think everyone will benefit from this program.

Some people ask me: How do you memorise the verses? For me, it was difficult at first. Then, I realised that there was a method and I followed it: For example, if the verse is in three parts, I will break them up into small sections and memorise them one by one. Then, after lots of practise, I will put the whole verse together. I hope this method works for you too. I hope everyone is now more encouraged to memorise and participate in this year’s program. Thank you and may God bless you always! – Chloe Saw

 

THIS memory verse program has been beneficial to me as it allowed me to be more familiarised with God’s Word and to know Him better. As the verses are memorised, I am able to meditate on them daily.

A few personal tips I have on memorising verses are to firstly, memorise the source of the verse and then memorise the main context of the verse. Thirdly, read the verse twice and then recite it without looking at the Bible. Repeat this step until one is able to memorise the verse completely. – Laura Chiang

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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 4 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) Parenting Seminar (Part 3) organised by FEK

“A Wise Son Makes A Father Glad”. All are welcome!  Date: 2 April 2016.  Time : 0900h - 1200h. Speaker: Pastor Tan Soon Yong. Venue: MPH, Beulah House.

Registration is open at www.lifebpc.com/fekedu/fekseminar.htm.   Topic: Discipline Your Son while there is Hope, And Do Not Desire His Death. Register before 11 March 2016 to enjoy Early Bird Rate. Closing date for registration: 25 March 2016

3) 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.

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) The following families would like to express their heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to the pastors and members of Life Church for the outpouring of love and concern during their recent bereavement: (1) Winston & Roland Chiam on the homegoing of their mother on 17 Feb 16; and  (2) Yee Yin Cheong on the homegoing of his father on 20 Feb 16.

Preaching appt: Rev Seet at Life Chinese Service, 11am. Rev Lee is overseas from 22 Feb to 2 Mar.

 

Vision & Mission

 

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

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