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Scripture Memory: Strength in the Lord.

VERSE : Isaiah 26:4 “Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength.”

 

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

3 April 2016

8am & 11am: Worship Service

Rev Quek KK (Are You for Real? Acts 8:9-25)

6:00 pm Evening Service

Rev Ho Chee Lai (The Friend at Midnight, Lk 11:5-8)

10 April 2016

8am & 11am: Worship Service

Rev Charles Seet (Always Ready to Serve, Acts 8:26-40)

6:00 pm Evening Service

Rev Colin Wong (God’s Concern for the Lost, Lk 15:11-32)

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EASTER TESTIMONIES (Part 2)

 

Before I accepted Christ I was quite a vulgar and direct person. I let nothing stop me in terms of getting the things I wanted. I was very competitive, be it when I’m playing basketball, in my studies or even in minor things like wanting to defeat my younger cousin in computer gaming. Put simply, I could not stand losing. Despite all I’ve accomplished (which, is in fact, not a lot, to my disappointment), I always knew deep down, that my life had no purpose or meaning. I constantly asked myself questions like “What am I here for? Why are WE here?”

The Turning Point:

In secondary school I played basketball a lot, basketball was my life. However, I was interested in this God a good friend of mine kept preaching about. One day I decided I could no longer hold back my own curiosity, and I asked my friend about it. Of course, he shared the gospel with me. And of course, I was not willing to fully believe in a God I can’t see, touch or hear. But I chose to accept Christ, simply because I had no meaning in life and my friend told me doing so would give me purpose and meaning I couldn’t find anywhere else in this world. He was someone of integrity and uprightness, so I chose to believe him, and the God he believed in.

After:

My choice led to a rollercoaster ride for all my years in my secondary school. But as I chose to take the step of faith to trust in this God, I began to see and do things differently. The Bible book Ecclesiastes particularly caught my interest. It spoke of King Solomon, who had it all: wealth, power, fame, pleasure and perhaps even everything one could ever dream of having. And yet he said that everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind. This book spoke to my heart deeply, as I slowly began to realize that the things we do on this planet are meaningless as they could never truly satisfy. Solomon concluded that Man’s chief purpose is to fear God and keep His commandments. Touched by what he said, I began to strive to live life God’s way. In secondary 3, my basketball friends realized that I stopped speaking vulgarities, and wondered how is it that someone like me could control my tongue. In secondary 4, I failed chemistry throughout the year, even my prelims. In the midst of my worry, I chose to trust God and to have unwavering trust in His plan for my life.

To my amazement, I got a ‘B’ for my O levels, and when I held my results slip in my hand, this verse came to my mind that brought me close to tears: “He who calls you is faithful, and He will do it” 1 Thessalonians 5:24. At that moment in my life, I reflected at how much I had changed since the day I accepted Christ into my life. I overcame my habit of vulgarities and my various insecurities. Mostly importantly, I got rid of my “competitiveness”(or rather, the need for approval, the fear of failure, and the desire to always be better than others). I realized I did not have to be the best, I did not have to be the smartest or the strongest to find meaning in life, or for God to love me. He loves and accepts me unconditionally. And today, it is my prayer that you who are lost in finding meaning, satisfaction or purpose may come to know this same God.  —Bervyn Yeo Si Jin

 

I grew up as a Buddhist and was taught to follow its customs and beliefs throughout my life, but I always knew there is something missing from the religion which appears to me more like a way of life than a religion; I was lost for many years, trying to understand different religions and explored different beliefs and practices but none made sense to me. I had always been unsure what my true faith is and it was only until recent years that I truly have come to know, accept and understand the love of God.

One of the most relevant statements (and it took me a long time to appreciate) is a quote from Proverbs 3:5-6: Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

There have been many challenges and obstacles throughout my life which often brought me to low points, from the death of love ones, issues with relationships, work problems to study difficulties. Sometimes, at each juncture, all I saw was darkness and there seemed to be no way out. It was especially difficult when I relied entirely on my own strength to overcome the issues. However looking back and recounting each challenge, I always prayed hard for God’s guidance and my prayers were answered often in mysterious and different ways. I realised He is always there no matter how big or small one’s faith is and regardless of the magnitude of the problem. HE always has a plan for each of us.

I want to take this opportunity to praise and thank God for all his goodness, love and protection which he has showered upon me and my family and friends and I hope to continue to learn and grow in His mighty love.                        —Alfie Ang Zhixiang

 

I was born in a non-Christian family and grew up hearing bits and pieces about Jesus Christ when I was attending high school. I was always amazed with the churches that I have visited but never thought of believing in God in the past

I did not understand the plan of salvation until my husband became a Christian. For months, he was trying to persuade me to attend Sunday church services which I was not keen and did not think I need any religion. He continued to preach to me but I turned down his invitation many times. Until one day, I observed very positive changes in my husband and I decided to find out more about Jesus. Hence I attended several church services with my family.

Whenever I attend church services, I feel a strong sense of belonging and I begin to feel that I do need Christ to support me spiritually. One day, I decided to believe, and I received Christ as The LORD and Saviour. I felt very much relieved when I started to admit that I am a sinner. I repented and prayed to God wholeheartedly. There was peace and joy which I had never experienced before. At that moment, I truly believe the presence 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.”

The above phrase once again reminds me to continue to listen to God’s word, enrich my biblical knowledge and gain wisdom from God.

May God bless all Christians. Amen.                                —Grace Ng Fei Keng

 

LIFE BEFORE SALVATION

I was born in Uzbekistan and came to Singapore in 2013 after I met my husband. At that time, I was still not a Christian. My mother worships in a Russian Orthodox Church and I remember being sprinkled with water as a form of baptism when I was around nine years old. My brother was already a Christian for many years. Although my brother always brought me to church and asked me to accept Christ, I never understood and nothing changed. One time when singing a song on how Jesus suffered and died on the cross, I cried. But I still did not understand the meaning of Christ’s death. I didn’t care and did not like it when my brother kept telling me that God and Jesus loves me. I continued to lead a sinful life. I was also always quarreling with my mother. My mother also tried to bring me to church. But I continued to mix with bad company. On one occasion, I was drunk and jumped out of a moving car, causing injuries mainly to my face and legs. My mother said God’s angels saved me.  Looking back, I realized that God gave me a second chance to live because he has a wonderful plan for my life.

The Turning Point

I accepted Christ as my Lord and Saviour on 12 April 2015. This change happened suddenly.  I had been seeking advice from my brother about my problems and one day, my brother told me that he would call me again the next day and I was to be ready to repent of my sins. By God’s grace, I repented of my sins and opened my heart to Christ. Later I asked my brother how I was saved so suddenly. My brother revealed he shared with his pastor about me and many had prayed for my salvation. My brother had been praying for me for a long time.

Life After Salvation

How have I changed since my salvation? It is coming to one year since I accepted Christ. My name is now in the Book of life. I am so thankful to God that by his grace I am saved. My conscience started to speak to me. I started to be conscious of my sins. My spiritual eyes were opened. My mindset changed. I now see the things I did in my past life as disgusting, wrong.  I cannot imagine how I will spend my life without Jesus and struggle on my own without God’s help. I try not to sin. I have a desire to learn more and understand God’s word. But I still have to fight against my human weakness of being lazy. I am also trying to learn more self- control - to be careful with my speech when I am angry. May God help me.                                                      —Violetta Borisovna Etingof

 

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Notice of Annual Congregational Meeting,

Lord’s Day, 24 April 16, at 10.45 am sharp

All members of Life B-P Church are reminded to attend this meeting. The combined English worship service begins at  9.00 am.

The ACM Notification Letter (personalised with your name) will be either e-mailed or post-mailed to all resident voting members of good standing. For those receiving via e-mail, please print out the ACM Notification Letter directly from your e-mail.

A blue/green Member’s Record Verification Form (MRVF) will be post-mailed to you. Please bring the MRVF to the ACM as a form of pre-registration for the determination of the quorum for ACM.

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Chinese Service Parents’ Night

30th April (Sat). 5:30 to 9 pm.

Venue: Pin Si Restaurant @ Yishun Safra.

Program: Gospel Sharing by Rev Peter Chng. Chinese 8-Course Dinner. 

Transportation will be provided from Khatib MRT to SAFRA Yishun.

Fees: $30  (13 years old & above); $20 (4 to 12 years old). Free (infant to 3 years old).

Please register at Beulah House MPH after 11 am service.

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Men’s Fellowship 26th Anniversary Thanksgiving Service

9th Apr 16 (Sat) at 6pm, Beulah MPH

Topic: “Accounting to God for Oneself” (Romans 14:8-13)

Speaker: Rev Charles Seet

All are welcome

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1) Medical & Dental Mission to Sumatra, 26-30 May. Includes programs to reach out to children and women. Those interested can contact David Cheong at 9855 8999.

2) Missions in Action Seminar 2016 will be held on Saturday 30 April at Beulah MPH, from 3-6pm to be followed by dinner. There is no registration fees. Register at:  http://www.lifebpc.com/component/proforms/missions-in-action-seminar.

3) Scripture Memory Verse Review No. 1.  Please submit by today.

4) 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 9475-6045.

5) 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: TODAY.

6) Life B-P Church Camp 2016, 13-16 Jun 16 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 in Batam. Rev Wong at Thai Service, 2.30 pm. Rev Khoo overseas from 5-12 Apr.

 

 

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