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Scripture Memory: Rejoicing in God.

VERSE : Habakkuk 3:18 “Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness 

27 December 2015

8am & 11am: Worship Service

Rev Quek Keng Khwang (Examine Yourselves, 2 Cor 13:1-13)

6:00 pm Evening Service

Rev Ho Chee Lai (Teach Us to Number Our Days; Ps 90:9-12)

3 January 2016

8am & 11am: Worship Service

Rev Charles Seet (God’s Amazing Plan and Promise, Acts1:1-11)

6:00 pm Evening Service

Rev Quek Keng Khwang (Building Upon the Right Foundation, Matt 7:24-27)

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My dear Reader,

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE MINISTRY OF VISITATION

Visit your members! How often do pastors hear these words? According to a report, there is a worldwide decrease in pastoral visits to church members (N. Ashok Kumar).  The ministry of visitation is an important part of ministry and members are blessed by such visits.

But sadly, many a time home or hospital visitation is sometimes done gracelessly rather than as a ministry unto the Lord. Life church is a growing church. Therefore, visitation forms a very important part of the ministry. Every member needs encouragement, comfort, counsel and prayer. 

The ministry of visitation is as old as the Bible itself. God visited Israel in their predicament (Exodus 3:16, 17; 4:31). Jesus visited Mary, Martha and Lazarus (Luke 10:3811:15).  Paul visited the churches he founded (Acts 15:36).  And it was the practice of the early church to visit fellow saints in order to stir up one another to love and good works (Hebrews 10:24, 25). Therefore, every Lifer ought to seek opportunities to visit needy members of the church.

James asks, “What is pure religion?” Pure religion is this: To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction….” (James 1:27).  When was the last you visited a needy member of the church?  

The tragic story is told of a church member who pleaded with her pastor for a year to talk with her daughter who had begun to drift from the faith.  After the girl had been left to drift for twelve months, the pastor casually asked her whether she attended worldly places of amuse-ment.  Learning that she did, the pastor informed her that that was against our standards, and that she would be dropped from church fellowship.  And she was.  One cannot help wondering whether the outcome might not have been en-tirely different had the pastor fulfilled his obli-gation as “shepherd of the flock” by calling upon this girl and seeking to guide her in a friendly manner (John Todorovich).  There is no substitute for heart to heart personal work.  

Dearly beloved in Christ, let us avail ourselves (if we are able) to join the Tuesday Afternoon Visitation Team to comfort the faint-hearted and support the weak (1 Thessalonians 5:14).

I praise and thank God for a team of faithful, gracious and compassionate brethren who join me every Tuesday Afternoon Visitation.  Here are three testimonies from them to encourage you, and hopefully provoke you unto love and good works (Hebrews 10:24).

Testimony 1 (by Mr Yoong Moke Kam)

When I first attended visitation to the home of brethren, I had no idea what we were to do.  It started with Pastor Colin Wong leading us to sing various hymns to encourage the brethren who were emotionally downcast and stressed.  Then he led in prayer to the Lord to keep them safe.

Next, Pastor Colin read John 3:16 from the scriptures and reminded us that sinners like us can be saved eternally.  Finally, as we partook of the Lord’s Supper being led by Pastor Colin, we were reminded of the great debt of gratitude we owe to the Lord for his saving grace.  Also, drawing faith in Christ to bear a good testimony for Him.

Through this experience, I learnt that one of the purposes of visitation was to encourage the brethren who were suffering emotionally and to lead them back to a life of peace through regular reading of the Word and consistent prayer.

Do join us in this wonderful ministry of encouragement to encourage the downcast and draw them to focus on Christ.  May the Lord bless us all.

Testimony 2 (by Judy Loon)

I would like to take this opportunity to share how the Lord has blessed me and my family members through this Love and Care Ministry which I joined in 2009. 

When I look back, how I thank God for blessing my late mother and sister Irene, who passed away on 4 April, 2009 and 27 Jan, 2015 respectively.  My late mother, Mdm Kok Zoon Mui, was converted to Christianity sometime in 2005 and baptized the same year in December after Pastor Colin Wong and a few members of our Ladies’ Fellowship visited and witnessed to her the Gospel of Christ.  My mother was very encouraged spiritually and always looked forward to their visits at our home where Pastor Wong would pray for her, read and explain to her the holy scriptural passages and conduct Holy Communion for her.  She was very touched by the love of God through Lifers who visited and ministered to her indeed.

In the case of my late sister, Irene, Pastor Wong, together with his visitation team, also visited her at home as well as in hospital when she was seriously sick, and cheered her up through the Word and prayers.  Sister Irene, though suffering much in her terminal illness (cancer), was very much strengthened in her faith for the Lord and comforted with constant prayer support from brethren in our church. She was very encouraged and moved by the love of God through the care and concern of our Lifers, especially our pastoral team and LF members. She fought hard with her cancer without murmur or complaints against God, and, remained in a cheerful spirit and told us that she would be meeting our Lord Jesus in heaven.  Subsequently, she faced her death with confidence in the Lord.  In fact, I was very encouraged by her boldness in overcoming suffering and death in the last days of her life!

Besides my abovementioned experiences, through many incidents over the past years, I could see how God worked in our midst to help to comfort, encourage and strengthen the faith of the lonely, the elderly, the backsliders, as well as the sick with infirmities (By the way, I was one of those who backslid in my spiritual life before I encountered my Lord and revived in spirit again since 2005).

James 1:27 says, “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.”  Indeed, this is one of the most important ministries we can consider to serve in our church.   I would strongly encourage more brethren to join us, giving spiritual and emotional support in ministering to those who are in dire need of love and care. Amen.

Testimony 3 (by Mrs Lydia Lau)

Here is a poem written by her on visitation.

                     Visitation

 

For the love of Christ constraineth us

A cheerful greeting, a comforting hug

A sincere smile, a gentle touch

 

Blessed Assurance, Jesus Loves Me

We sing in praise to the Almighty

With the aged, the sick and the lonely

 

Aches of old age, pains of affliction

Sufferings of those in poor condition

God promised His grace is sufficient

 

Joys of deliverance, births of newborn

Celebrations of those who live long

With blessings and mercies, we live on

 

Those whom we visit and seek to love

In their own ways, they too do serve

For they bless us who visit their turf

 

Trials and testings, blessings untold

Strengthen our faith, purify our souls

That we may come forth, as pure as gold

 

We go to visit, seeking to bless

To share, to listen, to show that we care

But blessed we are instead, beyond compare

Wishing you a blessed New Year and a wonderful and fruitful year of labor for the Lord!

Sincerely in the Lord,

Pastor Colin

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Watchnight Service 
(with Holy Communion)

31 Dec 15 (Thu), 10.30 pm - 12.00 am

“A Year-End Benediction”

(2 Cor 13:14) by Rev Charles Seet

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ERBL LECTURES (JAN-MAY 2016)

Day                      Time              Course   Lecturer

Mon            7.30 - 9.30 pm  Joshua      Rev Dr Jack Sin

Tue             10 - 12.00 pm   Hebrews    Rev Ho Chee Lai

Wed           10 - 12.00 pm   Ezra & Nehemiah Rev Isaac Ong

Thu             10 - 12.00 pm   Paul and His Writings     Rev Ho Chee Lai

                  7.30 - 9.30 pm   The Major & Minor Prophets     Rev Charles Seet

Fri              10 - 12.00 pm    The Work & Life of John Calvin Rev Isaac Ong

Lectures begin on 11 Jan 16. Please complete registration forms and place them in the box, together with payment.

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1) Scripture Memory Verse Review No. 4. The deadline for submitting the review is 3 Jan 16. Review Nos. 1-3 are also available. Obtainable at the front counter.

2) The Life B-P Church Camp 2016 will be held from 13 to 16 June 2016 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 will begin in January.

3) 62nd YF / 34th YAF Anniversary 2015. 31 Dec 15 (before Watchnight Service). 7pm. Beulah MPH. “Remember Thy Creator in the Days of Thy Youth” (Ecc 12) by Elder Sherman Ong. Everyone is invited to fellowship over dinner thereafter (dinner will be provided).

4) Congratulations to Mr & Mrs Clarence Khoh on the birth of a baby boy on 18 December 2015.

5) Our condolences to: (1) Charlene Tan on the home going of her mother (Mdm Pek Sew Yeok 70 years old) on 21 December 2015.

(2) Patrick Lim on the homegoing of his father (Mr Lim Doa Hin 92 years old) on 22 December 2015.

Preaching appointment: Rev Wong at Maranatha BPC, 10.45am. Rev Daniel Khoo at Chinese Evening BS Fellowship.

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