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Scripture Memory: Joy.

VERSE : Psalm 16:11 “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”

 

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

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)

12 June 2016

8am & 11am: Worship Service

Dr Edward Paauwe (How Great Is Your Love? Deut 6:1-5; Lev 19:18)

6:00 pm Evening Service

Rev Colin Wong (The Wicked Husbandmen, Mt 21:33-46)

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GENETIC ENGINEERING

We are created in God’s image. This means that human life has very great value and must be protected against all harm and danger. It should not be tampered with. However, those who do not believe that human life was created by God usually believe that man evolved over millions of years from dead matter.

If we evolved from dead matter then human life does not have much value. The only value it has is usefulness to society. It is just like any other life form that evolved from dead matter. Hence it would be no crime to treat a human being like an animal or insect, since they are merely different forms of life. It can be tampered with, e.g. by doing experiments on people just like animals in a laboratory. Unfortunately the world today largely accepts evolution as the origin of human life, and this is one of the main causes of the present devaluation of human life.

In a book entitled High Tech, High Touch, author and social forecaster John Naisbitt shows the need to understand the powerful changes that technology is bringing to human life. This is what he wrote about genetic technology: “The consequences of genetic technologies will overwhelm the importance of information technology. Information Technology has been hyped as a great revolution, but it merely helps us do what we want to do faster, better, more efficiently. Our understanding of DNA will put us in control of our own evolution. That knowledge and the technology it spawns are the real revolution.”

Genetic technologies may one day be used to remove defects from the human race and even to breed a perfect race. Some things which were once considered impossible have now become possible and in some instances even available, e.g. genetic screening which is used to detect abnormalities in couples before they start having babies, gene therapy which is used to eradicate those abnormalities, nuclear transplantation which replaces the genetic information in a cell with that from another person’s cell, parthenogenesis where human eggs are stimulated to develop into embryos without being fertilized, cloning or making exact copies of organs and human beings, and prenatal diagnosis to detect genetic abnormalities in an unborn child.

Scientists have already succeeded in using genetic engineering to modify soya beans and corn to make them more resistant to pathogens and herbicides and also more nutritious. They have bred goats that produce tons of spider web silk in their milk. They did this by splicing the silk-producing genes of a spider into the mammary gland cells of a goat. This was done for commercial purposes – spider web silk is very light but seven times stronger than steel.

Using the same technique Korean scientists have genetically modified cats to glow in the dark, Japanese scientists have genetically modified mice to chirp like a bird, American scientists have developed salmon that grow twice as large as ordinary ones, Indian scientists have developed bananas that immunize those who eat them against Hepatitis B, a British scientist developed chickens which lay eggs that help fight skin cancer, and Chinese scientists have developed cows that produce human breast milk.

The list of options is staggering! Genetic technology is presenting society with more options than it should use. One controversial question is about using human embryos for genetic engineering research. The problem is that such research sometimes involves the destruction of the embryos. Some claim that a human embryo which is less than 14 days old is not a person at all, but a mass of tissue which can be used for experiments. But the Bible teaches that life begins at the moment of conception. Here are some passages:

Psalm 139:13,14 – “For Thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise Thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are Thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.”

Psalm 22:10 – “I was cast upon Thee from the womb: Thou art my God from my mother’s belly.”

Jeremiah 1:5 – “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.”

Job 3:2-3 – “And Job spake, and said, Let the day perish wherein I was born, and the night in which it was said, There is a man child conceived.”

Psalm 51:5 – “Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.”

The unborn child is therefore a precious soul that should not be tampered with from the time of conception.

One danger associated with these options is that in a humanistic and utilitarian framework where everything is focused on what works best for man, children will be treated as commodities that differ in value and dignity according to some measure of perfection. Parents will not only want the best for their children, but they will want to start by having children that have all the right hardware to take in the best software. They will choose the best genes for physical features, intelligence and abilities for each child before it is born. However, this may result in lawsuits of children against parents who did not design them properly.

As with all other kinds of technologies, mistakes will be made in genetic engineering. Freaks may be produced because of human error. This can happen because the way that genes work and interact with each other is actually very complicated. A gene that predisposes a person to an illness may be protecting that person from another illness. For instance, studies have shown that individuals who are carriers of the sickle cell gene have a 60% protective advantage against malaria. Hence, deleting the sickle cell gene from a population would cause many to die of malaria.

Because of this, leading biologists in the US have sounded an alarm to halt the use of a new DNA-changing technique which can edit the human genome very easily. They said, “We worry about people making changes without the knowledge of what those changes mean in terms of the overall genome. I personally think we are just not smart enough — and won’t be for a very long time — to feel comfortable about the consequences of changing heredity, even in a single individual.”

We may have the complete human genome and the tools to make changes to it, but we need to proceed with great care, because we are trying to alter God’s intricate design without having God’s infinite wisdom and knowledge. May the Lord help us to uphold and declare the truths God has given to us and even speak out against anything that is unacceptable.                —Pastor

 

QUESTION EVOLUTION! – ARE YOU READY FOR THE ANSWERS?

Invite your friends to come to this seminar and hear the good news that the biblical account of origins is not only historically accurate but makes better sense of the evidence.

Speaker: Dr Mark Harwood completed his tertiary education at the University of Sydney where he received B.Sc., B.E. (Hons) and Ph.D. degrees. His postgraduate studies were focused on radio telescopes and computer techniques for antenna design and measurement.

Mark played a key role in the development of Australia’s national satellite system from its inception in 1980. He was responsible for the conceptual system design for four generations of Optus satellites. Mark has now retired from Optus where he was General Manager, Strategy and Planning for the satellite business.

During his university years, Mark was something of a ‘closet Christian’ because he could not understand the basis of his faith. He assumed that God must have created through the processes of evolution (theistic evolution) but that idea provided no meaningful basis for Christ’s sacrificial death on the cross. When he was confronted on the historical truth of Genesis he realised that the early chapters of Genesis were actually true and fundamental to the Christian faith. His subsequent journey of investigation convinced him of the theological and scientific basis of the Genesis account of creation.

Dr Harwood is now employed by CMI as a speaker and scientist and he has oversight of the speaker development program and the Australian and Singaporean volunteer groups. Today, he speaks passionately about the Gospel relevance and the scientific integrity of the Genesis account of creation, both in Australia and internationally.

Topics:

1. A Brief, but True, History of Time

•   Traces the timeline of the opening chapters of the Bible showing the theological significance of the events described and pointing to the scientific evidence in the world around us.

2. The Heavens Declare – Astronomy and the Bible

•   The wonders of the cosmos point unmistakably to a Creator God. 

•   The sun/earth/moon system is brilliantly designed and could not have come about by chance.

•   Tidal locking processes acting on the earth indicate a young age for the solar system.

•   What is our response to the reality of a Creator God and claim He makes on our lives?

3. Made in the Image of God – Biology and the Bible

•   Biological systems exhibit the most profound and unmistakable evidence for the existence of a Creator God.

•   Information abounds in the genetic code which cannot have occurred by chance, no matter how much time is allowed.

•   Natural selection and mutations operate in the wrong direction for evolution.

•   Genetic entropy argues powerfully against Darwinian evolution and for the Biblical account of history.

When: Saturday 23 July, 9:30 am – 2:30 pm (Buffet lunch provided)

Where: Life B-P Church, 9A Gilstead Road, Singapore 309063

Admission free – donations accepted. Creation resources available.

Register at http://www.lifebpc.com/cmi-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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LTF 29th Anniversary 2016

Theme : Renewing Your Relationship with God (Isa 1:18)

Speaker : Eld Ng Beng Kiong

Date : 25 June 2016

Venue : Beulah MPH

Time : 2.45-6.30pm (Dinner provided thereafter)

All are invited! A special message to all youths aged 12-18: LTF hopes that you and your parents will join us on this joyous occasion.

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1) Camp Briefing (7pm) and Prayer Meeting (8pm) this Tuesday, 7 June 2016 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) Sunday School Missions Sunday (12 June @ 9.40am) Venue: Sanctuary. For: all adults, and Sunday School students in Senior & Young Teens departments. Gospel Missions in Cambodia, China & India. Speakers: Dn Victor Loo, Rev Daniel Khoo & Rev Colin Wong.

3) 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

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 Wong at Thai Service, 2.30pm. Rev Khoo at Chinese Evening BSF, 7.00pm.

 

Rev Seet overseas, 1-8 June.

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