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Scripture Memory: Comprehensive Praise.

VERSE : Psalm 150:6 “Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.”

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

28 December 2014
8 am & 11am Worship Service
Eld Chin Hoong Chor (Faithful Until the End, 2 Thes 3:3-5)
6:00 pm Evening Service
Rev Mathews Abraham (Consider Your Ways before the Lord, Haggai 1:1-12)

4 January 2015
8 am & 11am Worship Service
Rev Charles Seet (Called to be Saints, 1 Cor 1:1-9)
6:00 pm Evening Service
Rev Quek Keng Khwang (Starting the New Year with Wisdom, Prov 1:1-7, 20-33)

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JORDAN & ISRAEL STUDY TOUR TESTIMONIES

I THANK GOD for enabling me to lead the 45 of us safely to Jordan and Israel for a Study Tour from 22 November to 3 December 2014. Prior to the trip, we had two nights of preparatory lectures on the scriptural and historical background of the places we were visiting and a time of prayer. Despite the media reports of the conflicts happening in Israel, we were assured by the Tour agency of the security and safety there. Ultimately, we trusted in God’s promises that He will be with us and will preserve our going out and coming in.

It was raining when we reached Jordan. However, God withheld the rain when we visited Mt Nebo and Petra. We were enthralled by the sight of the Promised Land at Mt Nebo and the magnificence of Petra at the land of Edom. We have an opportunity to “relive” the experience of the Israelites crossing the Jordan River when we crossed the Allenby Bridge from Jordan to Israel. Unlike the Israelites who took 40 years to get into Israel, it took us about 4 hours from the time of departure from the hotel to cross over to Israel. We thank God for the uneventful clearance of the customs.

At Israel, we had a very experienced Messianic Jewish guide. He brought to life the Bible when we visited Tiberias, Capernaum, Chorazin, the Sea of Galilee, Megiddo , Mt Carmel, the City of David, Mount of Olives, Gethsemane, Qumran, Ein Gedi, Masada, the Dead Sea and the Garden Tomb to name a few.

The Lord has blessed Israel. We saw for ourselves how they managed to transform the barren land into fertile land with irrigation. We thank God He has preserved this nation against all odds for the fulfillment of Bible prophecies. Incidentally, while traveling in the bus on the road to Jerusalem we saw a rainbow appearing in the sky which reminded us of God’s covenantal love for His people (Gen 9:13). It was an exciting journey to see the Bible in living colours and to wonder in amazement that we were able to walk where Jesus walked. It was certainly a spiritual experience for all of us and we will pray for the peace of Jerusalem (Psalm 122:6). Below are some further sharing of our brethren who testified of their experiences of the trip. – Rev Quek KK

 

IT WAS WITH anticipation and excitement as I embark on the study trip to Jordan and Israel with fellow church members in November 2014. I believe that I will truly experience ‘the bible comes alive’ as many have testified before and I had prayed that the Lord will speak to me during this trip as I reflect upon 2014 that is coming to a close and the way forward.  Indeed, he has answered my prayers and blessed me with much more during the trip; with the wonderful sights I see, the many bible lessons that were brought afresh and the fun and warm fellowship of God’s people.

The geographical references in the bible had never meant much in the past when I read the bible, but after visiting the many significant sites and locations of the holy land, I realized that the context of the passages of the bible can be appreciated much better knowing the physical location.

Whilst I was awed by the magnificent Petra, one of the Seven Wonders of the World; it is the other sites, from Mount Nebo to the beautiful and peaceful Tiberius area and onward to Jerusalem in Zion that I can identify with and invokes the sense of spiritual focus on God and our Lord, Jesus.

It was a sobering experience standing on Mount Nebo in Jordan (just as Moses did in Deut 34:1-6) looking across the entire Promised Land. Many including Moses did not cross over the Jordan River due to sin and unbelief.  Today we are blessed to have received the promise of an even better inheritance, that of eternal life through Jesus, to become the sons of God.  I am reminded to be courageous just as Joshua and Caleb were commanded and obeyed, to do what the Lord directs trusting that our God is faithful to those who follow Him.

Our group also had the privilege to see the different moods of the Sea of Galilee; the raging waves under the darken sky as it rained when we arrived (it hardly rains in Israel) versus the perfect calm on a bright day when we went on our boat ride. God is indeed good.  The Sea of Galilee brought to mind the encounter of Jesus walking on water by the disciples.  I was challenged by Peter’s faith and response to ask of Jesus to allow him to walk on water too.  Have I been too timid to walk on water? Too little faith and noticing the waves with sinking being a sure thing at the back of my mind even before putting my foot forward? This together with the lesson at Mount Nebo has helped me to evaluate my plans in the market place and my role in the family and in His service.  May God grant me the courage to follow his leading and to trust Him fully.  And this is possible only with a closer walk with Him.   

Lastly, walking round and about Jerusalem and immersing myself in its history centering around the many victories and defeats of Jerusalem and the temple of the Lord, ultimately points me to the focus on the hope of our Lord’s second coming.  I see the love and revere of this place by the many tribes and pilgrims who throng the grounds of Jerusalem co-existing with the rivalry and division of nations over this land.  Mixed emotions of different factions and races have translated into tensions that can spark a scuffle or a war and this can only be felt when you are physically there.  I am reminded that all these can only be settled once for all with the fulfillment of the scriptures, with the glorious return of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Till then, may we continue to be faithful in our walk with God and “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.” Psalms 122:6. – Stephanie Chin

 

MY COLLEAGUES ASKED, ‘Are you sure you are going to Israel with all the tensions over there’? I replied, ‘Go in faith’. Before the briefings by Rev Quek, I was glued to the television nightly for any news coming out of Israel. There were two incidents two to three weeks prior to the trip. An American Jew was stabbed at the Temple Mount and a taxi driver drove his vehicle into the crowd. The biggest fear was the alarming threat posed by ISIS along the Syrian and Iraqi borders.  

However, we were assured that ‘business was as usual’ in the Holy Land but honestly, it was not very reassuring. The thought of the 4½ hours wait at the Israeli immigration also did not help.

We asked ourselves what we had gotten ourselves into and were secretly having second thoughts about the trip. Nevertheless, we prayed and committed everything to the Lord.

We thank God for safety for the 45 of us and in particular for the rather smooth clearance at the Israeli immigration which also surprised our Jewish guide. All of us were thankful to God for the ease of travel within the Holy Land. We thank God for enabling us to complete all the long walks up and down the hilly terrain. With careful planning by our leaders, we were not caught in any traffic jams nor did we have to jostle with other tourists at the places we visited. It was delightful to start the day singing praises to God, prayer and hearing His Word read in the bus and at the sites we visited.

We could better visualise the lifestyle of the people who lived in the time of Jesus with each visit to the places where Jesus walked. The Temple Mount, Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, Petra and Mount Nebo in Jordan stood out vividly in my mind. We had a panoramic view of the Promised Land and the River Jordan from Mount Nebo (Deuteronomy 32:49, 34:1). The picturesque gorges and other sandstone rock formations in Petra reminded us of our great Creator. Our short visit inside the Temple Mount was another experience in faith as there were reports of unrest before our visit.

There were also light-hearted moments when some of us took a dip in the Dead Sea. It had been raining for three days and rain was considered to be showers of blessing by the local people. But God answered all our prayers and blessed us with sunny weather throughout that day so we could enjoy ourselves. It was also the start of fine weather for the rest of the trip for which we thank our Heavenly Father.

We thank God that He has sustained us throughout the whole study tour and enabled us to make new friends and have good fellowship with the other brethren. It is truly a privilege to be given a chance to visit the Holy Land. Finally, we were glad to have attended Pastor Charles Seet’s Pentateuch class which gave us a better understanding of the places visited. Amen. – Vincent and Jennifer Goh

 

I REALLY THANK GOD for allowing me to go on the trip to Israel. During the months preceding the trip, there was a chance that the trip would be cancelled due to the rising tensions in the Holy Land, coupled with the outbreak of deadly diseases such as the Middle-East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Ebola. However, it was given the go-ahead, and I am very thankful for that.

 I thank God that nothing extraordinary or eventful happened throughout the course of those 12 days (besides having people locked out of their rooms, almost losing passports and bringing the wrong passport), and that the border crossing from Jordan to Israel was smooth. Indeed, the Bible really came alive as we travelled through the Holy Land, and we learnt much from our guides.

We viewed the Promise Land as Moses did from Mount Nebo, stood on the mountain where Elijah challenged the prophets of Baal, walked in the ruins of the City of David, and even got to experience Nazareth in the days of Jesus. One lesson that I really felt was worth sharing was when we were viewing the ruins of the 2nd Temple. In Luke 4:9, Jesus was brought to the pinnacle of the temple, which is actually translated as the corner of the temple wall. Satan then asks Jesus to cast himself down from the temple. Beside the temple wall there was a market, and if He had really cast himself down, thousands of people could have seen Him perform the act. If all the people had seen the angels save Him, they would have hailed Him as Messiah. Hence, His death would not have occurred and we would never have been saved. He chose the hard way instead of the easy way, so as to atone for our sins. Besides this lesson learnt I gained many other insights throughout the entire trip.

Nevertheless, this trip would not have been as interesting without the people around me! Last but not least, I want to thank God for sustaining the health of everyone, so that we could enjoy the trip to the fullest. –Samuel Quek

 

‘BLESSED be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.’ (Eph.1:3) We certainly regard our recent trip to the Holy Land as one of God’s spiritual blessings. We felt a peace and safety that only God can provide throughout the trip. Thank God the bonding and the fellowship of the whole group was truly remarkable. 

I had always wanted to travel to Israel, but wasn’t sure if I would physically be able to make it. Thank God that throughout this trip He has kept me strong and healthy. I feel so blessed. As I reflect on the trip, it is a special place and evokes so many emotions and feelings as the Bible comes alive. I was filled with awe and wonder as I stood on the shore of the Sea of Galilee where Jesus delivered the Beatitudes and fed the five thousand. Having communion at the Garden Tomb was meaningful and beyond words.

One of the highlights was visiting the Temple Mount which was facing some tension. I finally understood in a very real way the exhortation of Psalm 122 to “pray for the peace of Jerusalem.” The historical events of the Bible now seem more real to me after seeing many sites recorded in the Old Testament including Jericho, and the Ein Gedi caves where David hid from King Saul.

After seeing and walking in places where Jesus walked, when I read the Bible, it comes ‘alive’. My Bible comprehension is greatly enhanced with beautiful memories of Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth Village, the Sea of Galilee, etc… and that brings a whole new reality to my walk with God. I pray that in the coming New Year 2015, I will walk closer to God and serve Him better.

I would highly recommend and encourage this Israel Bible Study Tour to anyone who desires to deepen his/her faith or have a better understanding of Scripture. – Leong Sow Mun

 

BY GOD’S GRACE, the trip for 45 brethren to Jordan/Israel came to fruition after months of planning and preparation. We first landed in Amman, Jordan on 23 Nov 2014. The highlight of the tour to Jordan was the visit to Mount Nebo where we witnessed the vastness of the Promised Land that God promised to give to the Israelites. The view was breathtaking and we probably had an inkling of the exhilaration that Moses must have felt as he viewed the land. The next highlight in Jordan was a visit to Petra, one of the seven wonders of the world.

We were greatly blessed with safety and smooth custom clearance at every check point. The crossing into Israel was uneventful and we were immediately whisked off to visit the baptismal site at the Jordan River. The Tiberias region, where Jesus’ ministry was largely concentrated in, was home to us for the next 3 days. There we visited Capernaum, the town of Jesus; climbed Mt. Arbel to catch a bird eye view of the entire Tiberias region; sailed on the Sea of Galilee; experienced the Nazareth Biblical Village and visited various sites of interest.

No visit to Israel would be complete without a trip to Jerusalem and the Dead Sea region. While we had a couple of days of rain when in Tiberias, we were blessed with perfect weather during our next 5 days in Jerusalem. One highlight was a trip to Masada, an ancient fortress situated in the Judean wilderness and overlooking the Dead Sea.

While we traced the Via Dolorosa route in the old Jerusalem city, the most poignant lesson that struck me as we visited each site was the tussle between the traditional and the historicity of each site. The traditional site is where traditions believe a certain biblical event took place.

Very often, a church would be built at a traditional site, such as the Church of the Holy Sepulcher which was built at the location where it was believed that Jesus was crucified. However our Messianic Jewish guide often stressed to us that the traditional sites that we visit may not have been the exact location where the biblical events took place. It could have happened at this mountain, or the mountain beside; it could have been this location or another location a few hundred meters away. While we cannot pinpoint the exact location, it was sufficient to know that the events happened in that region. What was more important was the spiritual lessons to be learnt for each event recorded in the Bible. That said, the Jordan/Israel trip made the Bible come alive for us. We were able to better understand the geography, historicity and significance of various events recorded in the Bible.

The trip concluded with a visit to the Temple Mount where we witnessed first-hand the tension between the Jews and the Muslims. We also had Holy Communion at the Garden Tomb, which reminded us why we were visiting Israel. We did not visit Israel to see the tomb of a historical dead person. We were visiting Israel because we believe in a true and living God. We believe that Jesus once walked the places we visited and all the events recorded in the Bible are true. Jesus is alive and His body is not in the tomb. – Quek Huey Ching

 

THANK GOD for making this trip possible despite the tensions in Israel. The Bible Study tour was a real eye-opener and thank God for a very good guide who is a Messianic Jew. We visited many places where Jesus had possibly walked, from His birthplace, Bethlehem to Nazareth to Capernaum and finally to Jerusalem, where He gave His life for us. The many Bible stories in both Old and New Testaments came alive before our eyes as we visited those places through the explanation of the guide. We now appreciate and understand the Word of God more and were richly blessed.

We also enjoyed the sweet fellowship with fellow church members and made some new friends. Everyone took care of one another during the entire trip. It was blessed fellowship!

Lastly, thank God for Rev and Mrs Quek who were our shepherds during the entire trip. They took care of the logistics – including water and medicine. During the trip, Rev Quek and Eld Beng Kiong conducted two worship services and administered the Lord’s Supper which was a real treat for our souls.

In conclusion, if the Lord wills, we pray that we can visit the Promised Land again in the near future! Praise be to God! – Goh Soon Huat & Kwee Lan

I’VE KNOWN the Lord for many years, but my knowledge of the Bible has always been shallow. I thank God for the opportunity to visit the Holy Land. I got to hear God’s Word, see the places of where biblical events took place, and even walked the path our Lord Jesus once walked. My faith in God will positively increase as I meditate on His word daily, and continue to ‘grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.’ (2 Pet 3:18). – Veronica Cheong

 

I THANK GOD that I decided to make this trip to Israel/Jordan with my wife who had not been to Israel. I had been to Israel once and had visited Jerusalem and other secular tourist attractions. However, this trip covered more places mentioned in the Bible and was led by a competent Christian guide, who gave the biblical background and spiritual lessons at the places visited. We were also blessed by the very warm fellowship we had with so many wonderful and helpful friends.

My most memorable moments were at Jerusalem. At the Temple Mount, I recalled 1 Corinthians 6:19 “... your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost, which is in you.” So, I felt like I was a mini walking temple mount while walking on the famous Temple Mount. There was some tension at the Temple Mount at the time of our visit, and that reminded me of the occasional tension within me. Jerusalem has partitions where different groups co-exist. Like Jerusalem, my left and right brain have to co-exist. Jerusalem had good and bad kings, just as I had been good or bad in my life. The lesson is that we should always strive to do the good things that good kings do. Most importantly Jerusalem was chosen by God, just as God chose me and you, and we all wait for Christ’s return. – Dennis Khoo

 

IT WAS our second trip to Israel. But for our daughter, Kimberly, it was her very first trip! Whereas we landed in Israel itself during our first trip; this time, we entered via Jordan. In biblical times, Jordan was the land of the Ammonites, the Moabites and the Edomites. There, we climbed Mount Nebo to view the “Promised Land” just as Moses did so many years ago. Moses must have felt very sad for he was so close to the land he took 40 years to reach but was forbidden to enter.

Further south, we witnessed the majesty of Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage site. We trekked for about several kilometres from the entrance through the Siq, past the Royal Tombs and stopped at the Temenos Gateway before returning the same way. Time did not permit us to go all the way in to view the Monastery. Petra will be memorable not just because of its rock-cut architecture but also because we had a chance to take a sniff of aromatic myrrh and frankincense, two exotic spices mentioned in the Bible.

Crossing the Allenby Bridge brought us to Israel. We stopped at the Jordan River where Jesus was baptised by his cousin, John the Baptist. Then we travelled to Galilee where Jesus had begun His ministry. Our Israeli guide informed us that the sites we were visiting might not be the actual sites where biblical events took place but nonetheless, they were good reminders of those events. Imagine! We were retracing the steps of Jesus and His disciples from climbing the Mount of Precipice (where Jesus supposedly escaped being thrown off) to the boat ride on the Sea of Galilee (reminiscent of the times Jesus spent with His disciples) to the descent down the Mount of Olives (where Jesus was greeted by well-wishers on His way to the Temple).

We were also thankful for several references our guide made to the Bible so we could better relate to the sites we were visiting. A few highlights included an explanation of the ritual bath in Chorazin and the stone tomb located on Mount Scopus. They gave us a better glimpse of what life must have been like in those days.

After visiting Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus, and the places where He ministered; we arrived in Jerusalem, the place where Jesus was tried, crucified and buried. There were some tense moments while we were visiting the Temple Mount. Some orthodox Jews decided to make their presence felt by walking past the many groups of Muslim men and women who were assembled there. Chants of “Allahu Akbar” punctuated the air. The chants only ceased when the Jewish men were escorted out by the police. Thank God, nothing else happened and we safely descended the mount.

A high point of our study tour was the garden tomb where we took Holy Communion to remember what Christ had done for us. The short communion service never failed to move me. I was touched during such a service in 2011 and I was still moved in 2014. The song “Because He Lives” was very aptly chosen. Truly, we can gladly echo the words, “And life is worth the living, just because He lives”.

May we always look “to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith; who endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2. Amen. – Song Ching, Khek Teong and Kimberly

 

THANK GOD for the opportunity to visit Israel with a large group of believers. It has helped me to understand God’s perfect plan and its primary goal is to demonstrate the glory of God.

Israel’s establishment as a nation in 1948 was indeed a most remarkable event albeit that the Jews had to undergo the Holocaust. God’s promise to Abraham, an everlasting possession of the Promise Land to his descendants; and that He will be their God (Genesis 13:15; 17:7-8) holds true.

Basically, most parts of Israel are peaceful (lots of walking, though) except for the Temple Mount. Sadly, some non-believing Jews and the radicals wanted to hasten to build the Third Temple that caused the tension over there.

There is no doubt that Abraham and his believing descendants saw the final fulfilment of the Promised Land, Canaan, but it is not just a return to that land. Rather it is to “a better country—a Heavenly One” through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ (Hebrews 11:15-16) and Hebrews 11:10 “For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.” (Hebrew 11:10)

Every believer in Jesus is an heir to the promise God made to Abraham regarding the land of Canaan. Even those who are not blood descendants of Abraham, if they are in Christ, are “Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise” (Galatians 3:29). – June Lim

 

I HAD THOUGHT a tour of Israel should give me a lesson on biblical sites awareness by visiting the places that I read and hear so much about in the Bible. From historical sites of the old city of Jerusalem to the birthplace of Christ at Bethlehem, the Garden of Gethsemane where He was betrayed and of Golgotha where He was crucified and the tomb where He was buried and resurrected, there should be plenty to see. With a simple prayer to God that the Bible would come alive to me and bracing myself for the drudgery of more than 10 hours of flight and two hours of transit I set off for the Holy Land with nothing more than the expectations of a good but straightforward Bible awareness lesson.

As it turned out the Lord has not just answered my prayer but went beyond it. Not only did the Bible come alive to me, He gave me such a personal and spiritual experience, before I could get over my jet-lag after returning home I was already missing the land on which my own Lord Himself had trod.

Far from being a plain Bible awareness lesson, at every biblical site there was something to learn and connect with spiritually. The biggest impact however is the dawning on me of the very fact that God, in the person of our Lord Jesus Christ, was physically on earth, and how He single-mindedly and unwavering in obedience executed His Father’s will of great love to redeem His people and become my Saviour.

I have only space here to share two sites of special meaning to me. The first is the Garden of Gethsemane. The second is Mount Arbel.

The Garden of Gethsemane, situated at the foot of the Mount of Olives, is filled with ancient olive trees. Olive oil is extracted from olives by placing ground olive paste under the pressure of the olive press. Traditionally the olive paste goes under the olive press three times to fully extract the oil. Bearing the pressure of exceeding sorrow, even unto death, all by Himself, the Lord prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane three times. The burden was so heavy that He asked His Father if it could be taken away from Him. But in His great love and obedience He said, ‘nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt’ (Matthew 26:39).

How marvellous! How wonderful!
And my song shall ever be:
How marvellous! How wonderful!
Is my Saviour’s love for me!

On the western shore of the Sea of Galilee tower the beautiful cliffs of Mount Arbel. Of all mountains and views that they offer, Mount Arbel is the most spectacular I have seen. After the Lord was betrayed, crucified, buried and rose from the dead, He met His disciples at an appointed mountain in Galilee. Though the mountain was not specified in the Bible, Mount Arbel is often cited as a possible site where the Lord gave the Great Commission.

In the Lord’s continuing plan of redemption and unrequited love, He commissioned His disciples to go into all the world and preach the gospel. As He was close to His Father and was strengthened by Him as He followed His Father’s commands on earth, He promises those who go out to preach His gospel as He has commanded that He is with them always, even unto the end of the world (Matthew 28:18-20).

All pow’r is given unto Me,                                      
All pow’r is given unto Me,
Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel,
And lo, I am with you alway.
 Amen. – Sarah Chng

 

AS WE STOOD at the edge of Mount Nebo, looking down at the Promised Land that momentous first day of our pilgrimage (holy land study tour), I felt a deep sense of awe. God, on that day, some 3000 years ago, showed Moses, the boundary of the holy land from the north (land of Gilead, unto Dan) down to the south (the valley of Jericho, unto Zoar) (Deut 34:1-4). I imagined myself, thrilled as the Israelites, ready to cross into the Jordan valley, into the land which God had sworn to the seed of Abraham. From that point on, my heart was lifted, seeing how the archaeological and historical sites (we visited over the next 9 days) revealed God’s marvellous plan of bringing salvation to the gentile world. Our covenant-keeping God, in the generations to come, would preserve His chosen people; and through ‘the rod of the stem of Jesse’ as promised in Isaiah 11, our Lord Jesus Christ would reconcile sinners back to a holy God through His life, death and resurrection. We were richly blessed as we traced Christ’s footsteps in His Galilean ministry down to Jerusalem, visiting numerous places mentioned in the Bible, facilitated by our tour guide. Each site, each ruin, each item, was meticulously explained with reference to the Bible. We began to see activities and events with greater clarity. As each day unfolded with more sights to behold, I am reminded of how our God ‘is not slack concerning His promise…..’ (2 Pet 3:9a). Though His people (both Jews and Gentiles) had many times through the course of history forsaken Him, turning to idols and disobeying His commandments, yet our God ‘is long suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance’ (2 Pet 3:9b). In God’s infinite grace and mercy, He has preserved His people, throughout all generations. Like the Psalmist, I just want to praise and thank God for His faithfulness.

Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen… The Lord hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.” – Psa 126:2-3

I’ve gained so much from this spiritual journey. My only response and desire is to daily seek His face, and endeavour each day to do His perfect will. Even in life’s arduous and sometimes trying journey, I know I can always trust and lean on the promises of God my Saviour and Redeemer. May God’s name be magnified. – Bernard R. Bagtha

 

I HAVE LEARNT MUCH from the Study Tour trip to the Holy Land. One lesson I learnt is God’s expectation of His people is very simple; to love, obey and wait. It’s simple but we all fail. For me I’ll strive to love Him more, to obey Him always and to wait upon him to claim His promises. God willing, I wish to visit His Holy Land again not by myself but with my daughter as the feeling of His presence is very different. – Pauline Quek

 

THERE WAS an air of excitement and perhaps some apprehension as the 45 of us gathered at Terminal 1 of Changi International Airport on 21st November for our flight to Jordan. Everything seems normal, only later did we realize that Satan never fails to put obstacles in our paths: someone couldn’t locate her passport! However, our God is always gracious and a present help in our times of need; and soon all 45 of us were on our way.

The next few days were a blessed time of seeing Bible places coming alive in Jordan and Israel. Our guide in Israel, a Messianic Jew, explained the cultural context and significance of events that took place at the various places that we visited. I find this very helpful and provide fresh insights to those events. It was a great blessing to tread where our Lord Jesus walked, taught his disciples, met the needs of the people and performed miracles.

One of visits that cast a deep impression on me was the visit to the Holocaust Museum. It was actually quite depressing looking at the exhibits and listening to the experiences of victims. It makes me shudder at the depth of wrong committed resulting in the death of 6 million Jews, adults and innocent children included. The Nazis, under the leadership of Hitler, believed Jews to be the murderers of Jesus and therefore offspring of the Devil that must be destroyed. It is a painful lesson that misguided beliefs with revenge can have such devastating consequences: the Jewish race was almost wiped out. However, God is always faithful and preserved a remnant of His chosen people; hence the nation of Israel still exists today, and every Israeli soldier has to learn this history lesson at the Holocaust Museum. To me, it literally drives home God’s word in Deuteronomy 11:26-27 “Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse: the blessing, if ye shall hearken unto the commandments of Jehovah your God, which I command you this day; and the curse, if ye shall not hearken unto the commandments of Jehovah your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day…” May the Lord help us.

I thank God for allowing this trip to go ahead despite the constant tensions in Israel; for His protection; for the sweet fellowship amongst brethren and for all the spiritual lessons and insights gained. – Yeo Sew Hoon

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Watchnight Service 
(with Holy Communion)

31 Dec 14 (Wed), 10.30 pm - 12.00 am

“There Is Always a New Beginning”

(Jer 17:8) by Rev Colin Wong

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1) Catechism Class for Easter Baptism on 5 April 2015 commences on 4 Jan 15 at 9.30am. Please note that the first class will be held at Beulah Room 5-4, and subsequently at Room 2-1. Please pre-register by emailing YIn Chan or filling up the form available at the front counter. Closing date: TODAY.

2) Scripture Memory Verse Review No. 6. A written review exercise of the verses are obtainable at the front counter today. Please submit by 11 Jan 15. Review Nos. 1-5 are also available for those who missed them.

3) Australian Orientation Mtg, 17 Jan 15 (Sat), 12.30 pm. Maranatha B-P Church, 63 Cranwell Road. Encouragement by: Rev Jack Sin. Others: Info session, fellowship with students back here on school break. Parents of students are also welcome.

4) The Life B-P Church Camp 2015 will be held from 15 to 18 June 2015 at Bintan’s Nirwana Resort Hotel in Indonesia.  Speaker: Dr Carl T Martin. Topic: “Changed into His Image.”  Please book your annual leave early to avoid disappointment.   Online registration begins in Jan 2015.

5) ERBL Lectures (Jan-May 2015) commencing 12 Jan 15. Please complete registration forms and place them in the box, together with payment.

6) Available at the front counter are: Daily Devotional (The Believer’s Daily Remembrancer), Scripture Memory Verse booklets and Life B-P Church Calendar.

7) Our condolences to: (1) the family of the late Mdm Sim Keng Cheng (Mrs Lim Ah Poh, age: 92 years old) on her homegoing on, 22 Dec 14.

(2) Ong Zhong Liang and Sue Sann on the homegoing of their grandmother Mdm Sudawati alias Sin A Suat (87 years old) on 23 Dec 14.

Preaching appointment: Rev Wong at Emmanuel BPC, 9.30 am. Rev Quek at Filipina Service, 11 am.

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