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Scripture Memory: Strength for Living.

VERSE : Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

29 March 2015

11am Combined Ordination Service

Rev Jack Sin (Biblical Elements for the Shepherding Ministry, Ps 78:70-72)
6:00 pm Evening Service
Rev Quek Keng Khwang (Great Expectations, Mt 21:1-11)

5 April 2015

7am Combined Easter Service

Rev Charles Seet (Christ Is Risen in Glory and Power, 1 Cor 15)
6:00 pm Evening Service
Rev Ho Chee Lai (Come and See, Matt 28:1-10) 

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TESTIMONY OF MY CALL TO SALVATION AND FULL TIME SERVICE

 

by Lee Hock Chin, Ordinand

I WAS the only son, and youngest child, in a family of six sisters. My mother died of cancer when I was a toddler. I am grateful to my elder sisters who lovingly cared for their younger siblings while my father worked hard to support the family.

My goal in life then was to study hard, get out of poverty, and secure a good job. Our family of seven used to squeeze into two tiny rented rooms in a prewar timber shophouse at Jalan Besar. One night, a fire broke out and gutted the house. Thankfully all residents were safely evacuated. The government gave us compensation and we were resettled in our new HDB flat that would otherwise be beyond the reach of poor families like us. It sounds terrible, but I have been grateful for that fire and our government that gave us this generous ‘windfall.’ Of course, looking back, I can only thank our sovereign God for being merciful to my family.

Growing up amid poverty, I was perplexed by life’s sufferings and injustice. Life seemed so meaningless. Why do we have to go through stress and many exams? If you’re lucky, you get rich and enjoy luxuries, only to succumb to sickness and death. If life consists only of studying, passing exams, working, eating, entertaining, sleeping, retiring, dying, raising children and pushing them to repeat the same cycle, it all seemed so pointless.

When I was in BMT, I was impressed with a Christian recruit who read the Bible every night. I saw that he had peace and a good attitude despite the tough training. Then came my NUS first year exams. I thought I failed one paper and started having suicidal thoughts. It was the mercy of God, and love of my father and sisters that kept me back from killing myself. That incident increased my yearning to know the true meaning of life. Why am I here on earth? Is this life all there is? A horrible nightmare was to die without knowing the meaning of life. I must get to the bottom of this. Shortly after, a Christian classmate invited me to join their fellowship meeting. The preacher spoke of the reality of a living God who loves us, Satan who opposes us, and after death, a real heaven and hell. Compared to these big issues of life and eternity, my preoccupation with grades and riches was so self-centred and shallow. I started attending a Bible study to find out what the Bible has to say about the meaning of life. As I read the Bible, I was touched by Jesus’ great compassion for the poor, the needy, the sick, the social outcasts, the depressed, the oppressed and the enslaved. But Jesus is more than just a good man. He is the Son of God. Everywhere He went, He performed miracles that only God could do: the lame could walk, the blind could see, the dead raised to life, and the greedy found that life is much more than about money.

Mark 8:36 spoke personally to me: “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” Why be so obsessed with work all of life in order to earn riches or enjoy pleasures that can only be savoured for a short period? The greatest tragedy is to have earthly riches yet lose the treasures of eternal heaven. My life would be wasted if I do not know my Creator God. After death is God’s judgment. But Jesus loved me and died for me. I realised I was a sinner who had rebelled against a Holy God. My sins (pride, anger, hatred, selfishness, lies, lusts) would condemn me to hell. There was nothing I could do to save myself. But “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16. The good news is that God loved me so much that He gave me His Son Jesus, who died on the cross to pay the penalty of my sins. Now God offers this gift of eternal life to anyone who believes.

I was touched by the life of Jesus, and His noble sacrificial love. He taught by example to love others, even our enemies. His teachings are so different from man’s philosophy. God opened my eyes to see the truth. All my life, I wanted to get a better life to be rich by my own strength. But I realised how foolish I was: a life without Jesus would lead to futility, misery and slavery to sin or pleasures. Only Jesus could save me. I humbled myself, confessed my sins, and cried out to God to save me. At the age of twenty-two, I received Jesus as my Saviour and Lord. God forgave all my sins. Great joy flooded my soul. I was born-again!

Baptised in 1986 in a charismatic church, I felt increasingly uncomfortable with their tongues-speaking and left in 1988. Thereafter I joined Life Church through Wendy’s invitation. I loved the people here, its good teaching and warm fellowship especially in the Choir and Young Adult Fellowship. In 1991, Wendy and I exchanged our marriage vows in this church sanctuary. John was born 2.5 months premature in 1994. We were very anxious if he would grow up normally. Slowly we learnt what is means to submit to God’s will. We were touched by pastors, leaders, and church members who came and prayed for John. We also thank God for the dedicated and loving doctors and nurses at SGH’s neonatal ward who nursed John 24/7 for two months, as well as the support of my family and especially my experienced mother-in-law who took special care of John in his infancy. Today we look back with joy and gratitude to God for blessing John with good health and strength. God is so good to us. How can I thank God for all His bountiful blessings? Marc was born one year later, and thankfully, his birth was uneventful. In 2002, I joined the Session as a deacon.

In 2006, as part of the project team tasked with the rebuilding of Beulah House, I joined the consultants to inspect the condition of the roof trusses. I took a wrong step and fell through the false ceiling onto the floor of the second storey. Though I landed on my right heel, there was no sprain or fracture. Apart from superficial abrasions, I sustained only a torn ligament on my ring finger. Dn John Ching rushed me to the hospital, while Elder Khoo and Pastor Seet prayed for me. Surgery to repair the ligament was successful. I recovered quickly, and regained finger dexterity aided by painful finger exercises. While I rested a week at home, a Straits Times news report caught my eye: a construction worker fell from the false ceiling to the floor. It was eerily similar to my fall! But he died. I realised that I came so close to death. A week later, brother Beng Hai from New Life B-P Church heard of my fall and told me that he was in a coma for several months after his fall some years back.

James 4:14 reminded me: “For what is your life, it is even a vapour that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.” So I asked God, why have you spared my life? Do you have work for me to do? After months of prayer, God laid the burden upon my heart to serve Him full-time. I felt unworthy to serve God. Maybe I can serve after I retire? But should not my Creator deserve my best years, instead of my evening years? Besides, I might not live to 70 or 80. I recalled a secondary school classmate died at 18 and two church friends before 30. I was then past 40, holding an interesting job as Managing Director of CapitaLand Financial Services Ltd. Gradually, the desire to make money for my rich clients waned, as I became increasingly burdened to help men and women to be rich in faith. Some say it’s too great a sacrifice to give up a good job. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones gave up a lucrative medical career, preferring to be a doctor of souls than of bodies. The apostle Paul points to a greater sacrifice in Jesus Christ, who being God, became a man and went to the cross to die for sinners (Phil 2:3-8). In 2007, I shared with Wendy my desire to answer God’s call. Her wise advice was: wait upon God to be absolutely sure. After months of prayer, I sought advice of Rev Seet, Rev Wong, Rev Sin, brother Mark Chen and elders, who encouraged me to pray for God’s leading. In early 2008, the Board of Elders supported my desire to enter Bible College and serve the Lord full-time.

Only one life, yes only one, Soon will its fleeting hours be done;

Then, in that day my Lord to meet, And stand before His Judgment seat;

Only one life,’twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last.

- C. T. Studd

In August 2008, I resigned from my job and began a 3-year Master of Divinity programme at Geneva Reformed Seminary, USA. By the grace of God, I completed my studies in June 2011. On 1st July 2011, I began serving as full-time staff worker in Life Church. I have experienced God’s provision and guidance, empowering me in my preaching, teaching, counseling and visitation ministries. May the Lord be pleased to use me for His glory. Please pray for me and my family as I take this step of faith to serve our Lord & Saviour Jesus Christ.

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Combined Easter Service
Next Lord’s Day, 5 April 2015, 7.00 am.

Fellowship Breakfast after Service

(Offerings to defray the cost of the breakfast are welcome. Contact Dn Benny Goh, 9743-3383)

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1) There will be no prayer meeting on Tuesday. Instead there will be a Prayer Fellowship on Maundy Thursday, 2 Apr 15 at 8.00 pm. Rev Quek Keng Khwang will be speaking on “Lord, Is It I?” (Matthew 26:21-22).

2) Holy Communion for April. Please note that as Easter Sunday falls on 5 April which is a 1st Sunday, the Holy Communion for the 11.00 am service will be moved to the 2nd Sunday (12 April). Holy Communion will be served at both 8 am and 11 am service on 12 April.

3) Chinese Service Parents’ Night. 2nd May (Sat). 5:30 to 9pm. Venue: Pin Si Restaurant @ Yishun Safra, 60 Yishun Ave 4, #02-V1,Yishun Safra Country Club,S769027. Program: Gospel Sharing by Rev Daniel Khoo Hung Siang (in Mandarin).Testimony by a brother from Helping Hand (in Mandarin). Choir Presentation. Chinese 8-Course Dinner. Fees: $30  (13 years old & above); $20 ( 4 to 12 years old). Free (infant to 3 years old) 

(The fees are subsidized by the Chinese Service.)

4) Parenting Seminars organised by FEK “A Wise Son Makes A Father Glad”. All are welcome!

Dates  : 18 April, 11 July & 12 Sep 2015

Time : 9.00am – 12.00pm

Venue : Life BPC

Speaker : Pastor Tan Soon Yong

Registration is open for 18 April 2015 seminar at ww.lifebpc.com/fekedu/fekseminar.htm

Topic: Like Arrows in the Hand of a Warrior, so are the Children of One’s Youth

Register before 5 April to enjoy Early Bird Rate.

Closing date for registration: 13 April 2015

5) Congratulations to Dn & Mrs Peter Koy on the birth of a baby girl on 23 Mar 15.

6) Rev Wong is overseas till 10 Apr. 

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