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Scripture Memory: Thanksgiving.

VERSE : Psalm 126:3 “The LORD hath done great things for us, whereof we are glad.”

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

16 October 2016

9am 66th Church Anniversary Combined Baptismal Service

Rev Charles Seet (The Challenge to Serve Faithfully, Acts 20:17-35)

6:00 pm Evening Service

Rev Colin Wong (The Unpardonable Sin, Matt 12:22-32)

23 October 2016

8am & 11am: Worship Service

Rev Colin Wong (From Persecutor to Persecuted, Acts 21:27 - 22:23)

6:00 pm Evening Service

Rev Ho Chee Lai (Faith Is the Victory! Matt 15:21-28)

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My journey to finding God begun when I was 14 years ago. I was born into a family believing in Buddhism. However I never felt a connection in that faith. When I was age 12, a missionary from the Church of Jesus Christ for the latter-day saint approached me and talked to me about Christianity. Not knowing about Mormonism at that time, I was interested. I joined the church and read about the Bible since then. Upon knowing that it is a Mormon church, I stopped attending and looked for other churches. I went to Hope Church and Heart of God over the past few years.

My experience with God happened in 2007. I was experiencing a very difficult time in my junior college years, both due to stress from studies and problems in my relationships. The pain, heartbreak and dis-appointment from break-down in my relationships pushed me to find God and truth year after year. Each time I experienced heartbreak from relational issues, God revealed His truth through His words and gave me peace. The most memorable experience was in 2007 where I kneeled down in my room to pray, crying from the pains of man’s sins. God revealed to me, and I see a beam of light before me and feel the calming and peaceful touch of God in my heart. That was my first experience of God.

Over the years, reading God’s Word has always been an important time for me to remain grounded in His ways, to not lead life seeking for gratification which man today seeks. This journey with God is an everlasting one, with temptations and trials now and then, but the strength and blessing of God is what led me to where I am today and what I have been able to achieve.                                               —Eve Lee Ee Hui

 

When I was young, I came to church not because I love God and want to worship him. Instead I came because I looked forward to what I would be doing after church.

In school, I was very mischievous and I did not behave as Christians should. If my friends ask me about my religion, I would be afraid to tell them that I am a Christian because at that time, I had not accepted Christ as my Lord and Saviour and was embarrassed of being a Christian.

As time went by, I felt that going to church is a chore that is needed to done every Sunday and never had that love for God except when I am in need. I started saying things I am not supposed to say and do things I am not meant to do and during that period of time, I even asked myself whether I would go to heaven if I die. I was a very sinful boy but God was still merciful to me and never gave up on me.

When I was in primary 5, I attended the Lively Teens Fellowship (LTF) camp in 2015. I still remember that we sang a song called ‘I am resolved’ and there is one part which said, “I am resolved no longer to linger”, and another part which said, “I will hasten to Him, hasten so glad and free; Jesus, greatest, highest, I will come to Thee.” After hearing this song, later that night, I thought to myself that I want to leave the paths of sin and hasten to God and did not want to fall into temptation and sin against God who has blessed me so much.

Since then, I did my quiet time and pray every day to keep my walk with God healthy and strong. When friends of mine ask about my religion, I am not afraid to tell them that I am a Christian as I know that He is my Lord and Saviour and should never be ashamed of myself for being a Christian though most of my friends are non-Christian.  I thank God for what He had done for me.           
                                                —Jonah Koh Wen Bao

I was born and raised in a Taoist family. Even though there were no idols in our home but out of obligation, religious rites were performed regularly by my parents. During my primary school days, I asked my father questions like: Where did we come from?  Where would we be going when we die?  How did the universe come into existence? Will the earth last forever? and many other questions.  My father was unable to give me any satisfactory answers.

At age 10, I picked up a tract, read the gospel message and said the sinner’s prayer. Having nobody to explain or guide me further, I soon forgot my prayer of acceptance of Jesus. In secondary school, my classmates would hand me gospel tracts to read and I was  invited to attend the prayer meetings held in their houses.  At work there were colleagues who shared the gospel with me. There was a certain emptiness within me and that led to a long search to find better explanations of why we exist on earth.

Sometime in 1973, at a friend’s invitation, I attended a talk given by an overseas Buddhist monk. One thing I remembered vividly was his contrast between the concept of reincarnation versus the teachings in the Bible that the world has a beginning and an end. On reflection, I reasoned that what the Bible said was more reasonable – for all life does have a beginning and an end. This reflection created a deep yearning to read the Bible which a Christian friend loaned me.  Before that I had never been told that the universe had a Creator until I sighted Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth”. I was elated and that satisfied a deep longing in my heart that at last I found the answers I had been searching for so long. It also explained the meaning of our existence. From then on, I started attending church and learned that Jesus  died on the cross and shed His blood for my sins and rose again the third day.  I realized that I am a wretched sinner and was convicted of my sins. By the grace of God I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Saviour and was baptized in January 1975.

 I used to enjoy listening and singing contemporary pop songs when I was an unbeliever. When I became a Christian I had no more desire for contemporary pop songs. Instead, listening and singing hymns and spiritual songs had become very meaningful and edifying.  The occasional visits to cinemas to watch secular movies stopped as I lost interest. Truly, “if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Cor 5:17). I have zeal to share the gospel with unbelievers and a deep hunger to increase in my knowledge of God’s Word. I diligently read through the Bible regularly but was not able to understand much.  I thank the Lord for leading me to a Bible-Presbyterian church where I had the opportunity to attend night Bible classes and I learnt God’s word in a systematic way that helped me grow in my understanding of His word. 

       I thank the Lord for His grace and mercy in saving me from my sins and giving me the assurance of eternal life.  Till today, I continue to study the Scriptures, attend biblical seminars and lectures to have a solid grounding in God’s Word to discern and guard against false and unsound teachings; to apply God’s word in my life and  for personal sanctification,  edification, encouragement, strengthening of faith and to be more effective in sharing the truth with unbelievers “that we be no more children tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine”(Eph 4:14).  The word of God has been the focus in all my thoughts, beliefs and practices. It is my prayer that I continue to be obedient to His word and serve Him faithfully all the days of my life and paraphrasing Psalm 90:12 that the Lord will “teach (me) to number (my) days that (I) may apply (my heart) unto wisdom”.                                            —Koh Ngin Gek 

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Family Seminar by Dr Tedd & Margy Tripp

Date : 11 to 14 November 2016

Venue : Life Bible-Presbyterian Church
(9/9A Gilstead Road)

Fees : Lifers – $10 | Non-Lifers – $20

 

11 Nov (Fri)                         7.30pm - 9.30 pm   : Marriage as Designed by God*

12 Nov (Sat)                        9am - 5pm   : Shepherding a Child’s Heart*

13 Nov (Sun)                      8am & 11am           : Sunday Sermon - Freeing Our Hearts from Idols

14 Nov (Mon)                      2pm - 4pm   : Dad with Dr Tedd Tripp; Moms with Mrs Tripp

                    7.30 pm - 9.30 pm    : Instructing a Child’s Heart*

(* Children workshop will run concurrently, for children aged 4 to 12)

Register at counter outside Sanctuary on 16 Oct (closing date).

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GOSPEL SUNDAY
(English Service)

Date: 30th October 2016      Time: 8 am & 11 am

Topic: “The Sting of Death is Sin”

Speaker: Pastor Tan Soon Yong

Members are encouraged to invite their friends and relatives.

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1) Prevention of Theft: Worshippers are advised to watch their belongings in the church premises to avoid losing them.

2) 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! Registration opens on 30 Oct.

3) Congratulations to Mr & Mrs Russell Indran for the gift of a baby boy on 11 Oct 2016.

 

Preaching appointment: Rev Wong at Life Evening Service, 6.00 pm. Rev Quek at Thai Service, 2.30 pm.   Rev Khoo at Chinese 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