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Scripture Memory: National Blessing.

VERSE : Psalm 33:12 “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.”

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

7 August 2016

8am & 11am: Worship Service

Rev Lee Hock Chin (This is My Country, Rom 13:1-10)

6:00 pm Evening Service

Rev Quek Keng Khwang (The Government and You, Rom 13:1-7)

14 August 2016

8am & 11am: Worship Service

Rev Charles Seet (Strengthening New Disciples, Acts 14:21-23)

6:00 pm Evening Service

Ps Tan Soon Yong (Who Can Forgive Sins? Mk 2:1-12)

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My dear Reader,

PRAY FOR OUR GOVERNMENT

Every Christian ought to pray for his or her government and all who are in high positions.  This is a command from God (1 Timothy 2:1, 2).  Perhaps, some of us may not agree with our political leaders on certain things said or done, but as Christians, you and I, for the sake of God, are to submit ourselves to them who have been appointed by God to punish those who do wrong and to praise those who do good (1 Peter 2:13, 14; Romans 13:1).  Therefore, whoever opposes them opposes what God has appointed and anyone who does so will bring judgment on himself or herself (Romans 13:2).

Being a citizen of Singapore, I thank God for a good and efficient government.  A good government always seeks to do what is right.  Proverbs says, “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people” (Proverbs 14:34).  The Cheat Sheet published a very interesting article last year listing the 10 most corrupt countries in the world.  The author said, “Corruption and economic turmoil often go hand-in-hand.  In western nations like the United States and many European countries, we often see corruption come to light as the result of whistleblowers or journalistic efforts.  But in many other areas of the world, however, corruption plays a major role in fostering staggering poverty and broken economic systems in a much more blatant way.  Oftentimes, specific power structures and government architectures provide an easier means for corrupt politicians, businessmen, or military officials to exploit the system.  Many governments have their roots in constitutions from generations ago, and have outgrown their current systems. Many other countries are ruled by a variety of independent tribal leaders and often lack a centralized power structure with any meaningful sway” (Sam Becker, The 10 Most Corrupt Countries in the World, 11 August 2015).

Singapore is not like ancient Rome.  When Paul and Peter wrote these words to the churches, Nero Claudius Caesar August Germanicus (simply known as Nero) was the Emperor.  He was one of the most notorious political leaders in the history of the world.  He was a bloody murderer.  According to the Roman historian Tacitus, he set Rome on fire and after the fire had consumed half of Rome, he decided to blame it on Christians.  Tacitus recorded that, among other things, the early Roman followers of Jesus “were covered with the skins of wild animals and then torn apart by dogs, some were crucified, some were burned as torches to light as night” (The One Year Christian History, p. 322).

Thankfully, none of our political leaders can claim such infamy.  We thank God for giving us good, competent leaders, and more so, many of them are godly Christians like Nehemiah in the Persian Court or Daniel in the Babylonian Court.  Though none of them are perfect, all of them try their best to serve the nation faithfully and sacrificially. 

Paul exhorts every Christian to thank God for our nation’s leaders and pray for them.  How then should we pray for them? Let me suggest the following:

First and foremost, let us thank God for appointing our President, our Prime Minister and his Cabinet, and every Minister of Parliament to take care of our nation.

Second, let us uphold them and their families in fervent prayer that God may grant them good health and strength, and keep and protect them from all harm and danger (Ezra 6:10b).

Third, let us pray that God may grant them godly wisdom and understanding to govern Singapore well, not for personal gain or for the advantage of a favoured few so that her people may lead a peaceful and quiet life, always lived in a godly and reverent way (Jeremiah 29:7).

Fourth, let us pray that justice be executed fairly, protecting those who live decently and punishing those who do wrong (Romans 13:3, 4).

Fifth, let us pray that our leaders are always humble, teachable, and willing to change for the good of the nation (2 Chronicles 33:1-20).

Sixth, Proverbs reminds us “The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will” (Proverbs 21:1).  Let us pray that our nation’s leaders may acknowledge that there is a most high God that is in control and that He will fulfil His purpose on earth (Daniel 4:17).  

 

One People, One Nation, One Singapore

 

We’ve built a nation with our hands

The toil of people from a dozen lands

Strangers when we first began,

now we’re Singaporean

Let’s reach out for Singapore,

join our hands forevermore

 

Chorus:
One people, one nation, one Singapore

That’s the way that we will be forevermore

Every creed and every race,

has it’s role and has it’s place

One people, one nation, one Singapore

 

And when the time comes for the test

Our vigilance will never rest

We’ll be united, hand in hand

We’ll show the world just where we stand

And reach out for Singapore,

join our hands forevermore

 

—Pastor Colin

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Be A Soul Winner

Be Equipped to share the gospel to Your Loved Ones and Friends.

Good Soil Evangelism & Discipleship 2016

12 & 17 Sep, 2016

Register at LBPC Website or URL: bit.ly/gsed2016

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Men’s Ministry BBQ

Date: Sat, 20 August

Time: 4pm

Speaker: Rev Lee Hock Chin

Venue: Maplewoods Function Room

985, Bukit Timah Road S(589627)

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1) The annual Lively Teens Fellowship Camp will be held on 5-9 Dec 16. All teens who are 11-17 years of age are encouraged to join! More details will be announced when registration opens in Oct.

2) Infant Baptism on Anniversary Sunday, 16 Oct 16. Parents who intend to have their infants baptised must register by 28 Aug 16. Please call the Church Office (6594 9399) or email Yin Chan giving child’s name, date of birth and parents’ names and contact.

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

4) Congratulations to Mr & Mrs Caleb Chia on the birth of a baby boy on 30 July 16.

 

Preaching appt:  Rev Seet in Batam. Rev Wong at Maranatha BPC, 10.45am and Sharon BPC, 4.00 pm. Rev Lee at Maranatha YF, 1.30 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

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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