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Scripture Memory: Sufficiency.

VERSE : Psalm 23:1 “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.”

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

13 March 2016

8am & 11am: Worship Service

Rev Lee Hock Chin (The Trial of Stephen, Acts 7:1-53)

6:00 pm Evening Service

Rev Colin Wong (Who Is My Neighbour?, Lk 10:29-37)

20 March 2016

8am & 11am: Worship Service

Rev Charles Seet (Hosanna! Hosanna! Jn 12:12-26)

6:00 pm Evening Service

Eld Chia Ah Lak (Behold, Your King! Matt 21:1-11)

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PASTORAL CHAT

Passion Week begins next Sunday. This is the time when Christians all over the world remember the death of our Lord Jesus and the events which led up to it. To help us reflect on these events, we have prepared readings from Matthew 21-28 for each day of Passion Week (20-27) with questions to ponder on each event. These can be accessed online at http://www.lifebpc.com/passionweek.htm or by scanning this QR code.

In Life Church, the Good Friday service has always been held at 8:00 pm. As this is a bilingual service with Holy Communion, it usually ends quite late – at about 9:45 pm. Members who have difficulty coming out at night may not be able to benefit from it. Thus, from this year onward our Good Friday service will be held at 9:00 am instead of 8:00 pm. With this change, it is hoped that many more will be able to attend the service and receive the Word that can draw us closer to our Lord Jesus. Perhaps non-Christian friends who are invited to this service may also be more willing to come when it is held in the morning.

Besides these practical reasons, there may be another reason to change the time of our Good Friday service. According to Mark 15:25, the crucifixion of Jesus actually began at the third hour. Since the Jews counted their hours from sunrise, the third hour would be 9:00 am in the morning. Following the rest of Mark’s account, an unusual darkness covered the land from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm. The time when Jesus died was about 3:00 pm. As the Sabbath would begin at sunset, Jesus was taken down from the cross and laid in the garden tomb before 6:00 pm that day.

May the Lord help us to grow in love and serve Him with love as we remember how Jesus took upon Him the form of a servant, humbled Himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross (Philippians 2:7,8).

Life B-P Church Camp 2016 (13-16 June)

Our Church Camp is now only three months away and more than 100 have already signed up for it. To avoid disappointment, please do not wait until it is too close to the deadline for registration (8 May 2016). Get your application for leave done soon and then register on-line at http://www.lifebpc.com/churchcamp2016.htm.

Some of us have asked about the journey to the campsite. It takes about 4½ hours by coach to travel from Singapore to Malacca with one or two rest stops along the way. This is much less tiring than the long journey to Awana for our previous church camps in Malaysia. On the last day those who travel by coach can expect to arrive at our church premises by about 6:00 pm.

We will be spending four days at the 4-star Novotel Melaka Hotel, situated within the historical and cultural centre of the city. Although there are many interesting tourist attractions to explore in Malacca (which was voted as a UNESCO World Heritage site 8 years ago) the purpose of our church camp is to be edified through a time of concentrated spiritual feasting and Christian fellowship. Much effort has been put into its preparation and planning so that all campers will be able to enjoy a blessed time of spiritual enrichment together.

In the Old Testament, all the men, women and children of Israel were required to come to hear the Word of God read out to them every seven years, during the Feast of Tabernacles so that “they may learn, and fear the LORD your God, and observe to do all the words of this law.” (Deuteronomy 31:10-13) We can only imagine the huge commitment required for families to go through all the inconvenience of traveling from their homes to the Tabernacle or Temple, and the logistic nightmare that ensued from having thousands of Israelites living and meeting together to learn God’s Word for those seven days. But doing all this would strengthen their unity and reverence for God and His Word so that they would become a holy nation, a peculiar people, showing forth the praises of Him who had called them out of darkness into His marvelous light!

This can now be done with so much greater comfort and convenience. Church camps provide a time for us to rest from all the stresses and distractions of our busy city life to let our souls be fed and our hearts challenged for a closer walk with God. Let us therefore not forsake the assembling of ourselves together but come for the church camp, praying and expecting the Lord to do great things for us.

Come and learn what it means to be a fruit-bearing Christian through messages based on Galatians 5:22,23 – “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” Our study of the Acts of the Apostles in the Sunday morning sermons has demonstrated how the early church grew exponentially through the power of the Holy Spirit. We need to rely on the Spirit’s power to change us from within and to empower us to exhibit these nine Christian virtues in our lives. This will enable us to serve God and one another with love.

The Lord’s messenger this year is Dr Edward Paauwe, whose preaching has been a blessing to us in past years. Dr Paauwe, who hails from Providence B-P Church in Adelaide, South Australia, will also be ministering at both 8:00 am and 11:00 am worship services before and after the Church Camp, viz. 12 and 19 June. He will also be delivering three messages on the theme “How Should We Then Live?” at a seminar on the Saturday afternoon just after our church camp (18 June). Pray for him as he prepares to minister to us.

If you have Chinese-speaking family members, please bring them with you to the Church Camp, as there will be messages in Chinese on the same theme by Rev Hendro Lan, the pastor of Faith B-P Church. Children of age 4-12 will also benefit from learning about the fruit of the Spirit from Daniel and Tabitha Tan of Grace B-P Church. May the Lord bless us in this year’s Church Camp!  – Pastor

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The World’s Bible

 

Christ has no hands but our hands

To do His work to-day,

He has no feet but our feet

To lead men in His way,

He has no tongue but our tongues

To tell men how He died,

He has no help but our help

To bring them to His side.

 

We are the only Bible

The careless world will read,

We are the sinner’s gospel,

We are the scoffer’s creed,

We are the Lord’s last message,

Given in deed and word.

What if the type is crooked?

What if the print is blurred?

 

What if our hands are busy

With other work than His?

What; if our feet are walking

Where sin’s allurement is?

What if our tongues are speaking

Of things His lips would spurn?

How can we hope to help Him

And hasten His return?

 

- Annie Johnson Flint -

 

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Good Friday & Easter Services

 

Good Friday (Bilingual Service), 25  Mar, 9 am

“Father, Forgive” (Luke 23:26-38) by Elder Lim Teck Chye.
(The Lord’s Supper will be served.) From this year onward, the Good Friday Service will be held at 9.00 am in the morning instead of at night.

 

Easter Sunday (Baptismal Service), 27 Mar, 7am

(followed by Breakfast Fellowship).   
“Do You Believe in the Resurrected Lord?”
(John 20:24-29) by Rev Calvin Loh.

 

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1) Sanctity in Worship: Come early on Sunday. Being habitually late for worship dishonours God. Remember to switch off your handphone, and avoid conversation during worship.

2) VBS-2016 Faith is the Victory! Story of Joseph. Inviting helpers to serve in this ministry during 1st week of June 1-3, 8am to 1pm. Kindly register at http://bit.ly/lifebp-vbs-help. For inquiries: Dn Benedict Sim.

3) YF Outreach Event - Death to Life: Could Jesus Have Risen From the Dead? by Rev Seet. 26 March, 4pm at Beulah Centre MPH. Dinner provided. All youths are invited to bring their non-christian friends. For more information please contact Shawn Lim.

4) YAF Retreat 2016. Theme: Why Work? Speaker: Dn. Roger Lim. Date: 6-8 May 16 (Friday evening to Sunday afternoon). Venue: Changi Cove. Closing date for registration: 3 Apr 16.

5) EDD is organizing a Street Evangelism at Orchard Road . Pls come and join us.Date: 18th Mar 2016 ( Friday )

Prayer Time :  6.30pm in Beulah House.  Evangelism Time:    7.00 to 8.30pm (Evangelism time at Orchard Road walkway (commence outside CK Tang Entrance).

6) “Daily Manna”: Daily Devotional by Rev Isaac Ong (Apr to Jun 2016). Available at the front counter. The same devotions are available at http://www.calvaryjurong.com/index-4.html.

7) 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

8) 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.

 

Preaching appt: Rev Seet at Thai Service, 2.30 pm.  Rev Wong at Life Evening Service, 6.00 pm. Rev Khoo at Chinese Evening BSF, 7.00 pm.

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

December 3 & 10 - Holy Living

Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, 2 Peter 3:11