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Scripture Memory: Man’s Sinfulness.

VERSE : Romans 3:10 “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.”

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

8 February 2015

8 am & 11am Worship Service
Rev Mark Chen (Serving God God’s Way, 1 Cor 3:10-17)
6:00 pm Evening Service
Eld Khoo Peng Kiat (More Than a Beauty Sleep, Pro 3:24-26)

15 February 2015

8 am & 11am Worship Service
Eld Chin Hoong Chor (Being Stewards of God’s Mystery, 1 Cor 4:1-6)
6:00 pm Evening Service
Rev Quek Keng Khwang (Not Withholding Good, Pro 3:27-35)

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LTF CAMP 2014 TESTIMONIES

WE ARE often tempted to believe that the LTF Camp has power, in itself, to change people’s lives. But in reality, the only one who has power to change the lives of the teens is God himself; he simply chooses to work through the LTF Camp and the camp committee year after year. We thank God that this year was no different.

I shared with the committee before the camp that the Camp Advisor, Nicholas, and I were feeling quite apprehensive because of some hiccups in the planning process. Nonetheless, with the exhortation to glorify God in whatever we do, and trust that His work and will would be done, we began the camp. It was truly great to see, on hindsight, that God had indeed been faithful to us to the end. On the final night, approximately half of the campers came forward, nerves notwithstanding, to share the lessons learnt and resolutions made with the other campers. This was an unexpectedly large number. Indeed, God works in ways which we cannot fully comprehend; we can stand in awe and gratitude for what He has done.

The camp theme this year was “Spiritual Exercise”. We recognise that as young people, it is important to develop the basic disciplines of the faith, and we sought to emphasise this throughout the camp. We thank God for the five very relatable messages by Mr Lim Chien Chong within the 4½ days of camp, covering the Gospel, the Word of God, fellowship, breaking of bread and prayer. Mr Lim also graciously answered many of the teens’ questions raised during discussions.

A workshop was also given by Aunty Poh Yok, entitled Expressions of the Heart. The workshop focused on effective communication between the teens and their families and friends, such that they could improve their relationships with one another. We also heard three separate devotions on the mornings of days 2-4, delivered by Rev Colin Wong, Rev Charles Seet and Mr Lee Hock Chin.

We had a much younger group of campers this year (of a total of almost 80 campers, 22 were 11 or 12) compared to past years, and we thank God that we were able to minister to their needs and ensure the safety of all the campers despite some unpredictable weather, as well as the need to cross roads frequently.

As you will see in the testimonies below, many of the teens learnt much from the experience. The camp committee and leaders of the LTF would like to give all praise and glory to God for the wonderful work that He has done, and we hope that you will be encouraged by their testimonies. – John Lee

“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us…” – Ephesians 3:20

INDEED this year’s LTF Camp allowed the Camp Committee to see God’s Hand in enabling our Camp activities to be conducted smoothly and for everything to fall into place in His Sovereign will. This year, the Camp Committee faced far more challenges then in previous years. From a small camp committee size to unexpected delays during the planning process, it was truly by God’s grace that He enabled everything to work out successfully. We also praise and thank God for the many leaders who led discussions, kitchen aunties led by Aunty Poh Yok who served us scrumptious meals, as well as the financial contributions that helped us keep the camp safely within budget. We also would like to thank God for the provision of our Camp Speaker, Mr Lim Chien Chong, who brought forth God’s Word. Indeed, anyone, both young and old, could understand and relate to the messages. Most of all, we would like to thank God for bringing more than 70 campers for camp this year. Unlike previous camps, there was a greater proportion of younger campers, which proved to be more challenging as we did not have enough discussion group leaders for the younger ones. However, we thank God for His timely provision of adults who lovingly took on the role of discussion group leaders for the Primary 5s and 6s.

Although camp might have ended, it is still our sincere prayer that the teens will remember the lessons and resolutions made during camp, and that they will continue to be aflame for Christ in the year ahead. Moreover, James 2:26plainly puts, “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” The objective of the camp will only be met if we exercise the spiritual lessons that we have learnt and it is our earnest prayer that the teens will experience and know God, and walk in His Will. – Nicholas Lim

LTF CAMP 2014 was my 6th LTF camp. However, it was a camp of many firsts. I thank God for the opportunity to serve in the camp committee as logistics co-head, as well as taking on roles such as assistant discussion leader as well as dorm leader. In many of these roles, it was my first time taking on such a responsibility.

Looking back on the entire process, from being asked to serve in the camp committee, to the end of the camp itself, it was truly God’s grace and mercy that helped me through, meeting deadlines and juggling such responsibilities with school work. Many times along the way, it felt like a huge struggle to plan for the logistics for camp, especially with the resolution of the premises-sharing coming only about two weeks from camp itself, potentially affecting which areas we could use (thank God there weren’t many major changes). With the many last-minute arrangements and changes, as well as unforeseen circumstances, it is truly a miracle that we managed to execute the camp as we did. No matter how I look at the entire unfolding of the camp, God’s providence certainly cannot be denied. By His granting of wisdom and strength, the camp was carried out effectively, with many, even myself, being blessed through the programme and the messages.

I thank God for the rest of the camp committee, some of whom had these “firsts” along with me, but God had made great use of them not only for the camp, but even to guide me along the journey to plan for LTF camp. Again, it is only by God’s grace and mercy that helped me, even with the execution of the camp itself, when logistics is usually the busiest, running around to prepare and clean up.

It is truly a blessing to be used by the Lord to serve His people. I thank God for the many lessons that these “firsts” have taught me. This whole journey has taught me to recognise and to rely on the Lord’s mercies, to seek Him for strength and wisdom each and every day. Praise the Lord for His bountiful blessings, and for the lessons learnt from camp. “To God be the Glory, for the things He has done!” – Ryan Cheung

DURING this year’s LTF camp, I served as the Games IC. The preparation for this year’s camp was one fraught with many stresses and worries, and in retrospect, it is truly by God’s grace that we managed to plan this camp. Things like location issues and logistics often threw us off balance and created many problems for us, but God delivered us through them all.

During the camp itself, we also encountered numerous setbacks that forced us to change our plans. One memorable experience was when unpredictable weather resulted in us having to reschedule a particular mass game. That day was a great reminder of God’s sovereignty and also of his perfect plan, which is without flaw. So the game was rescheduled to another day, and on that day itself, there was heavy rain right as the game was about to begin. At that time, I was worried and stressed beyond limit, as we would have to resort to carrying out our wet weather plan, which was not as fun for everyone. However, John, our camp commandant, suggested that the entire camp pray together for the rain to stop, and lo and behold, right as we finished our prayer, the rain ceased. This whole episode really taught me the importance of faith in God, and also of the power of prayer, which was also the theme of one of the messages spoken in camp.

This year, the theme of our camp was spiritual exercise, and the messages covered some basic rudiments of the Christian life, namely, reading God’s Word, prayer, the Lord’s Supper, and fellowship. These messages really highlighted the standard of life we should be living as Christians, and the proper attitudes with which we are to approach the various components of the Christian life. They also struck me, helping me see the inadequacy with which I had been conducting my walk with God this past year, and how I had let routine and laziness stymie my time with God.

In this camp, I was also brought to remembrance of my first LTF camp, which was also the camp in which I accepted Christ into my heart. The words of the theme song of that camp, “For you I will live”, hit particularly close to home at that time, which go, “Why have you chosen me, out of millions your child to be, you know all the wrong I have done.” Now, in this present day, the words of the song still speak to me, albeit a different part of it. “My life I now give, for you I will live, and walk by your side all the way.” From the first camp that I have attended, LTF Camp has never failed to be a blessing to me, and I would encourage all teens to attend it. All glory to God, and praise Him from whom all blessings flow! – Ryan Lim

I WOULD really like to thank God for allowing me to come for this year’s LTF camp. This year, serving in the Games Committee was a great blessing and opportunity. Many times, when we were about to play the outdoor games, it started to rain. Even though I prayed to God, I did not fully rely on Him and I was feeling pessimistic about it, wondering why God let the rain come at that point of time. But indeed, God has His own perfect will and the rain soon stopped. Even though halfway through the wet games it started to rain, thank God that there wasn’t any lightning or thunder. Hence, we could enjoy ourselves under the rain while playing wet games. God has really shown me His goodness just by the way He controls the weather.

Through the messages, I learnt the importance of reading God’s Word and how I should never treat it lightly because it is the word of someone with a great authority – God himself. I was also reminded to always make the effort to understand everything that I read in the Bible and not just read it blindly. I also learnt the importance of caring for my fellow friends, accepting each other’s differences and resisting self-interest in order to have a sweet fellowship as God’s people. Praying to God is also an important element to be spiritually fit. It is a way to express our confidence in God. I was reminded to fully trust in God, being confident that He listens to my prayers. Whenever we have problems, we should first seek Him and He will surely understand our problems and help us along. Thank God for this fruitful camp where I got to make new friends, fellowshipping with them and learning many new edifying things which helped me to grow closer to God. Let’s remember to be spiritually fit and press on! – Beatrice

THE ‘RACE’ of every Christian’s life is a grueling marathon that must be run. It’s a race that requires endurance and full submission. It’s essential that we set aside every weight that will hinder us and get rid of everything that will slow us down from running the race.

This year’s LTF theme song was Press on. Each time when this song was sung in the camp, I reflected how God had helped me through this year in times of sadness and grief. Each time when I was on the verge of giving up and dropping out from the race, I was reminded of this song and God’s promises.

“There’s a course that must be finished,

There’s a race that must be run,

There’s a mission to accomplished,
and a battle to be won!

We’ve been called to take the challenge
by God’s might and through His son;

He will give us grace to complete the race,

Moving forward, pressing on!”

I truly thank God for this year’s LTF camp that has substantially changed my walk with Him. I accepted the Lord Jesus Christ in 2011. From then till now, it has been almost four years. During the camp, I reflected on the race that I had been “running” in the past years and I started asking myself questions like “Am I even running a Christian race, or am I running my own race?” “Is this how a Christian should be running - a race without endurance and full submission to the Lord?” (Full submission - Surrendering your life fully to God)

On one of the nights in camp, I just couldn’t sleep. I lay down and started cogitating on the race that I have been running and it horrified me. The “race” that I thought I was running were merely just a lie I used to assuage myself that I am saved and not knowing that each time I do so, I am actually generating more and more unnecessary weight (sins) that eventually impeded me from running the race. Through the years of my Christian race, instead of running the marathon with perseverance and having full confidence in God, I relied upon the strength of my own in the midst of trials/temptation and hasted through the marathon. Each time I sprinted, I fell. I stood up, continued, and fell yet again. The cycle just kept repeating. As a “runner”, I was tuckered out. I eventually stopped running. I was exhausted. But through this camp and the messages that were preached, I came to recognise what a Christian race is all about and what is required. A Christian race is definitely NOT A SHORT DISTANCE RACE that you sprint through with your own power. It’s a long distance marathon you need to persevere through with the strength from God and complete trust in His promises, that all things will be good in His due time.

“God didn’t promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, or sun without rain, but He did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears, and light for the way. If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.”

The three lessons I learnt on perseverance are: 1) Setting aside every weight that can hinder you; 2) Setting your sights on Christ-centred goals and 3) Setting your heart to finish well for Christ.

To end off, I’d like to share a poem the speaker shared during one the messages:

The Master’s Weaver Plan

My life is but a weaving

Between the Lord and me;

I may not choose the colours

He knows what it should be

For He can view the pattern 
            upon the upper side

While I can see it only

On this, the underside.

 

Sometimes, He weaves in sorrow

Which seems so strange to me;

But I will trust His judgement

And work on faithfully

 

’Tis He who fills the shuttle

And He knows what it best;

So I shall weave with earnest,

And leave with Him the rest.

 

Not ‘till the loom is silent

And the shuttles cease to fly

Shall God unroll the canvas

And explain the reason why.

                                                    - a LTF Camper

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Men’s Fellowship Meeting

13 Feb 15 (this Fri) at 8 pm, Beulah Centre Rm 2-1

The Danger of Anger (James 1:19-27)

Speaker: Rev Ho Chee Lai. Chairman: Wu Yong Lin

All are welcome.

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1) The Coffee Corner is open at the FEK corridor between the 2 Sunday morning Services (except for the Sunday School period). Lifers and visitors are encouraged to visit the coffee corner to fellowship over refreshments.

(1) Volunteers attending 2nd service needed urgently.  Start at 8.45am in FEK kitchen. Monthly roster.  More hands make work light.  Contact Bro. Daniel (hp: 96919853) or Sis. Amy (hp: 97962880). (2) Food contribution.   More are encouraged to contribute.  Contact Sis. Amy latest by each Wed. to roster.  Thank you all who have given so generously. 

2) Infant Baptism on Easter Sunday, 5 Apr 15. Parents who intend to have their infants baptised must register by 1 Mar 15. Please call the Church office (6594-9399) or email Yin Chan giving child’s name, date of birth and parents’ names and contact.

3) Traffic Wardens are needed during the following time frames - before & after 8am worship; before & after Sunday school and before & after 11am service. Please contact Dn David Tan, 9667 9733.

4) Far Eastern Kindergarten Online Registration: 2015 Intake - Limited vacancies

2016 Pre-Nursery (YOB 2013) & Nursery (YOB 2012) - New Intake. Priority registration in February for church members at http://fek.qoqolo.com/cos/o.x?c=/ca4q_fek/registration. Please visit our websitehttp://www.lifebpc.com/fekedu/ or call 6251 3676 for more information. Priority registration for members ends on 28 February 2015. Public registration begins on 1 March on a first-come-first-served basis.

5) Online registration is open for Life B-P Church Camp 2015, which will be held from 15-18 June 2015 at Nirwana Resort Hotel, Bintan, Indonesia.  Dr Carl Martin will speak on the theme “Changed into His Image.”   Come and join us for a time of sweet fellowship and feasting in God’s Word!

6) Missions Awareness Seminar, Sat 14 Mar 15. Please E-register via LBPC website at www.lifebpc.com/missionsaware.htm. Registration closes on 1 Mar 15

7) The family of the late Irene Lun Lye Peck would like to thank Pastors, Session, Ladies’ Fellowship and Lifers who gave  encouragement and support through fervent prayers during the time of crisis, especially when  Irene, was fighting a tough battle with her cancer these past 5 months.

Preaching appointment: Rev Seet at Indonesian Service, 4pm. Rev Wong at New Life BPC, 9.30 am. Rev Quek at Thai Service, 2.30 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

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