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Scripture Memory: Strength.

VERSE : Isaiah 40:31 “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

 

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

29 May 2016

8am & 11am: Worship Service

Rev Philip Heng (After Death, What? Heb 9:27; Lk 16:19-28)

6:00 pm Evening Service

Rev Lee Hock Chin (The Forgiving King, Matt 18:21-35)

5 June 2016

8am & 11am: Worship Service

Rev Lee Hock Chin (Barnabas: The Encourager, Acts 4:36-37, 9:23-30, 11:22-30)

6:00 pm Evening Service

Rev Quek Keng Khwang (The Householder and His Servants, Matt 20:1-16)

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My dear Reader,

DEATH IS A REALITY!

Death is a terrifying reality.  By and large, many people are not prepared to face death.  Most of them think that they are all right (even though they have a little sickness here and there) and that they can live a long life by eating well and by exercising.  That is an illusion!

The Bible says, “My times are in thy hand” (Psalm 31:15a).  The length of our lives is decided beforehand - the number of months we will live.  God has settled it, and it can’t be changed (Job 14:5).  Look at the obituary in the Straits Times and you will find people of all ages dying.  Death is a fact of life.  Yes, life is short compared to eternity.  Life is like a puff of smoke.  Life is like morning dew.  Life appears for a little while and soon it vanishes into thin air.  Life is uncertain and death is certain. 

Death is no respecter of persons.  Death may come at any time of the day.  When death knocks at your door, it’s time for you to go.  There is no delay.  This will happen to all of us.  The Bible says, “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). 

Each one of us has an appointment with God.  Each one of us will stand before God one day to be judged for the things we have done.  The Christian will be judged by his works and be rewarded accordingly (1 Corinthians 3:12-15).  He will not face eternal death or eternal separation from God because Jesus has died for him and saved him from sin, hell and death.  The non-Christian will have a different judgment.  The last Book of the Bible says, “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.  And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:14, 15). 

Sadly, most people of the world would rather not think or talk about their own death.  But ignoring your death won’t stop it from happening - the mortality rate is still 100%.  Medical advances extend lives, but no one lives forever.  In the end, doctors lose every patient.  Eventually you and everyone you love will die.  Every life on this earth ends in death.

Friend, have you ever taken time to ponder on the subject “After Death, What?” Where will you spend your eternity? Heaven or Hell?

Regrets of Life

Precious lessons of life are learned at a vigil or funeral service, and not in the company of fun-loving people.  I attended a vigil service some time ago and the husband of the deceased said something that struck my heart.  He said that through the death of his wife, he has learned a couple of precious lessons. 

Firstly, do not think that you can be with your loved ones forever.  There is no guarantee how long you can be with them.  Secondly, do not take them for granted.  He regretted taking his wife for granted.  And thirdly, make sure you express your love to them.  He regretted not saying “I love you” to her enough.  

Coming to a vigil service is a good thing because it forces us to look at life realistically.  King Solomon said, “It is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men and the living will lay it to his heart” (Ecclesiastes 7:2). 

Solomon, in his pursuit of life, tried power, popularity, prestige and pleasure, and realized that none of these pursuits could satisfy him.  Yes, none of these could satisfy man’s thirst.  None of these could fill man’s emptiness.  He said, “Vanity of vanities: all is vanity” (Ecclesiastes 1:2).  The Buddhist has a saying, “This world is a sea of sorrow.”  Since man disobeyed God, sorrow (which is a judgment from God) fills the hearts of men (Genesis 3:16). 

Friend, what is it that gives you the most joy? What is it that makes you happy? Is it wealth, health, family or prestige?  Jesus said, “Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven” (Luke 10:20).  Jesus tells us not to rejoice over what we possess – a big car, a big house, a prominent position, prestige, popularity – because our true life is not made up of the things we own, no matter how rich we may be (Luke 12:15), but rather rejoice that our names are written in heaven. 

There is a saying, “Born once, die twice, and die for ever; born twice, die once and live forever.”  Without a natural birth we should never have lived and moved on earth; without a spiritual birth we shall never live and dwell in heaven.  Jesus said, “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). 

You may ask me, “How can I see the kingdom of God?” Or “How can I become a child of God?” Here are 3 simple steps to see the kingdom of God or become a child of God:

1.   You need to acknowledge that you are a sinner and that you cannot save yourself from sin, misery and eternal condemnation (Romans 3:23).

2.   You need to acknowledge that Jesus died for your sin (Romans 6:23).

3.   You need to accept Jesus to be your personal Saviour and Lord (John 1:12).

The Bible says salvation is a gift of God (Ephesians 2:8, 9).  If it is a gift, then you do not need to work for it.  All you need to do is to accept it and say thank you to God for it.

Friend, Jesus can save you from your sin.  The Bible says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Romans 10:9, 10).

Will you respond to His call of salvation? “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2).  Amen.                                                 

 

Christ Is All I Need

I’m complete in Christ,
it’s not of my deed
His sufficiency . . .
is all I’ll ever need.
 

I’m made whole in Christ,
it’s not of my self
there is only Jesus
there is nothing else.

I’m made free in Christ,
it’s all His doing
otherwise my soul
I’d just be fooling.
 

I’m made new in Christ,
its Him inside of me
it’s believing and trusting
for what I cannot see.
 

I’m complete in Christ,
His sufficiency is enough
everything else is . . .
just denominational stuff!

 

(Deborah Ann Belka)

                                      

                                              —Pastor Colin        

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Combined Fellowships & NBCs Seminar

How SHOULD WE THEN Live? :
A Consideration of Christian Conduct in Light of Christ’s Coming Again

Speaker: Rev Edward Paauwe

Date: 18th June 2016, 2.30pm - 5.30pm

Dinner is provided.

Closing Date: 29 May 2016

Please register online at http://www.lifebpc.com/combined-seminar

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ERBL Seminar 2016

by Dr John A Battle

Day Lectures: A Biblical Appraisal of the Crucial Contemporary Concerns of the Postmodern Era, Mon-Fri (20-24 Jun), from 8.30am-1pm, Exams (Sat). Audit/Credit: $40/$80

Night Lectures: Biblical Formation & Church Growth, Mon (20 Jun) & Thu (23 Jun), 7.30 pm - 9.30pm. Cost: Free.

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CREATION MINISTRY INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR

Topic: QUESTION EVOLUTION! ARE YOU READY FOR ANSWERS?

Speaker: Dr Mark Harwood

Date: 23 July 2016 (Saturday)

Time: 9.30am – 2.30pm (Lunch provided)

Venue: Beulah Centre MPH

On-line registration: http://www.lifebpc.com/cmi-seminar

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1) Life B-P Church Camp 2016. Today is the last day to pay your Church Camp fees. Timing is between 9.30-10.45am and after second service, till 1pm.  Location will be at Church Office Level 3 at Beulah Centre.

The camp briefing will be held on 7 June 2016 (Tue) 7pm at Beulah Centre MPH. All campers are to attend this briefing and are strongly encouraged to join in the prayer meeting immediately after it.

Love gifts and offerings to defray the cost of the church camp are welcome.

2) Combined BP Youth Conference 2016 “Who am I? Full or Fool?” Speaker: Ps Jack Sin. We welcome all youths to joins us on 2 July (Sat) 9am to 4pm, at Beulah Center MPH, lunch provided. Programs catered for age groups from 13-24 yr old. Please register online at https://tinyurl.com/cbpyc16 

3) Comfort Ministry. Those who can participate in Vigil Visits, drivers, and those able to provide transport, are requested to provide your contact numbers to Sis. Sim Mong Eng.

4) Coffee Corner. 3 more helpers required at 8.30 am. Please contact Daniel Phang .

5) Musicians are needed for vigil services. Please contact Daniel Phang . 

6) Catechism Class for Anniversary Baptism on 16 Oct 2016 commences on 10 Jul 16 at Beulah Centre Rm 2-1, 9.30am. Please pre-register by emailing church office or filling up the form available at the front counter. Those seeking baptism, reaffirmation of faith and transfer of membership must attend the catechism class. Closing date: 4 Jul 16.

Preaching appointment: Rev Seet overseas, 1-8 June. Rev Wong at New Life BPC (Tamil Service), 9.30 am.

 

Rev Quek at New Life BPC, 9.30 am. 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