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Scripture Memory: Eternal Blessing.

 VERSE : Psalm 146:5 “Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God.”

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

30 November 2014
8 am & 11am Worship Service
Rev Colin Wong (Prepare to Meet Thy God, Amos 4:12)
6:00 pm Evening Service
Rev Charles Seet (Warning Against Judging Brethren, Rom 14:1-12)

7 December 2014
8 am & 11am Worship Service
Rev Charles Seet (Always Loved by the Lord, 2 Thes 2:13-17)
6:00 pm Evening Service
Eld Chia Ah Lak (Am I a Stone in One’s Path? Rom 14:13-23)

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DOES HELL EXIST?

The answer that God gives in the Bible is a clear and resounding “Yes!” There is a place called hell, where the unsaved will suffer punishment for all their sins forever. In fact, hell is mentioned no less than 54 times in the Bible.

However many people think that hell does not exist. To them, death is the end of all things and there is nothing for them to fear after death. In fact some even see death as a way out of their problems in life. When everything has gone wrong and there is no way out of all their troubles, sickness and suffering, they say, “I am going to end it all now by taking my own life.”

Some believe that death gives them the opportunity to be reincarnated, so that they can start all over again with a new clean slate. Others think that after they die they will become a ghost or wandering spirit, able to help their living relatives who worship them and make offerings to them. There are also others who believe that the only life they have after death is the legacy they leave behind. Others will enjoy the fruits of their life, but they themselves will not know nor be able to enjoy anything, because they will have passed out of existence forever. Well, these ideas of death’s prospects are not so bad, if only they were true.

Unfortunately those who choose to believe such things will be dismayed to discover that death does not end all their troubles, but is only the beginning of their worst sorrows! “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” (Hebrews 9:27) After death, there is a judgment that everyone will have to face. We must focus our attention now upon this judgment, because it will come. It will certainly come – as certain as death will come!  

The Judgment before the Holy Judge

There are several questions that may be asked: What will this judgment decide? It will decide where sinners will spend the rest of eternity. Who will preside over this judgment? God will. It is not a human judge that sinners will have to face, but the supreme judge of all the earth. God sees everything, and nothing can ever be hidden from Him. He knows every detail of your life, even your most private thoughts and concealed motives of your heart.

What criteria will God use to judge the sinner’s life? It will not be the number of good works he has done. But it will be whether or not he has sinned in his deeds and in his thoughts. If there is any sin in his life, he will stand condemned by God’s righteous judgment. Dear Reader, no matter how good you are in your present life, your sins will still stand out starkly like a deep stain in your record.

The outcome of this judgment will be the same for all unsaved sinners – condemnation! Even the very best person in this world will be condemned if he does not have Jesus Christ as his saviour. God takes no delight in seeing even a single soul condemned for his sins. He said this in Ezekiel 33:11 – “I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die?”  But God must condemn sinners because He is holy. The holiness of God requires us to be holy, like Him, and that means being absolutely sinless. God cannot tolerate the slightest sin in His sight.

Eternal Death in Hell

This means that there can only be condemnation for every person who faces judgment because all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). What will be the outcome of this condemnation? It will not be just a thousand-dollar fine nor a jail sentence, but something much worse. It will be a death sentence – the sentence of eternal death. This does not mean ceasing to exist altogether or becoming totally unconscious. It is an awful punishment of conscious unending suffering in a place called hell.

Some people may laugh at the very mention of hell and make jokes about it. Some even believe that no such place exists, and that hell is only a way of describing any horrible experience on earth. They may say, “I went through hell,” just after a grueling and stressful ordeal.

But hell is a very real place. Listen carefully to what Jesus Christ said about it: “…it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.” (Mark 9:43,44)

Some people believe that hell exists and that they will probably end up paying for their sins there. But they console themselves with this thought: “Even though I will suffer there, at least I will be suffering with many others, and even with my departed loved ones and friends who are there.” They are utterly mistaken, as there will be no reunion at all with loved ones in hell. I have met people who when confronted with the Gospel, say that they are not keen on going to heaven, because they want to be together with their loved ones in hell!

The truth is that outside of heaven there can be no joyful reunion together with others who have departed. Hell offers no comfort at all of being able to enjoy fellowship with fellow sufferers. Hell is a place of utter separation - separation from God and separation from one another. This can be seen in the Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus that Jesus told:

Luke 16:19-26 – “There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.”

What an awful prospect awaits all who are unsaved! Since hell is a real place awaiting sinners, let us be most urgent to warn others about it! They need to know that this is where they will be if they do not turn to Christ in this life. Let this warning also be taken seriously by anyone who reads this article.

If you have not received Christ as your Saviour and Lord, death is not going to be the end of all things for you. After death, there are only two places that you can go to: heaven or hell. Where will you be going? The answer to this question must be settled now, without delay. Do not wait until death comes knocking at your door – it will be too late! The only thing you will be able to do then is to spend eternity in deep remorseful regret.

In this Parable there were two men – one who is just called “a certain rich man” and the other named Lazarus. One was living in opulent luxury and pleasure. The other was a beggar, who was destitute and sick. But this situation was reversed after death. Now it was Lazarus who enjoyed the bliss of life in heaven, at Abraham’s bosom. And it was the rich man’s turn to suffer. What intense suffering he had!

This brings out the unexpected change that took place after their deaths. The rich man did not expect his terrible torment in hell and by the time he knew about it, it was far too late. During his lifetime he had looked at Lazarus begging at his gate every day, and he probably had thought to himself, “This useless beggar will never amount to anything in life.” And now he desperately sought Lazarus’ help to alleviate his excruciating pain! The point of this parable is that a person’s present physical state is no indicator of what will happen to him after death.

How does this apply to us? When we look at the world today, we see believers and unbelievers living differently according to the different values and priorities they hold. Oftentimes, unbelievers are the ones who seem to be successful and enjoying all the good things in life, since they strive for riches, power, fame and fortune not caring about how they do it. And when we look at them now, going on through life carelessly without God, who would imagine that they will one day be totally devastated?

Believers on the other hand, may sometimes seem to be greatly disadvantaged, since they are willing to deny themselves anything that may compromise their faith, love and service to God. Who would ever imagine that they will one day become the most honoured guests in God’s Kingdom?

Let us be very careful about how we look at life now. Do not live just for the present, blindly following what most people are doing. They live with hardly any thought for what comes after death. If you live like that, you will one day be utterly shocked and filled too late with regrets. Death holds absolutely no good prospects for the unsaved. They have every reason to be afraid to die.

Please ensure that you live in the light of the future, according to what will happen after death. The way to start doing this is to surrender your life to Jesus Christ. Ask Him now to save you from your sins by His death on the cross, and begin to live your life for Him and with Him every day. If you do this, then death will have no fearful prospects for you. When the Lord calls you home, you will be able to leave this world with joy and peace, knowing that this is the beginning of eternal life in heaven, a life filled with His wonderful blessings! If you have not yet turned to Christ for salvation, will you come to Him right now?     — Pastor

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Christmas Programme

Sunday School Christmas Gathering 
20 Dec 14 (Sat) at 10.00 am

Combined English Christmas Service 
21 Dec 14 (Sun) at 9.30 am

Christmas Carol Service (English & Chinese) 
24 Dec 14 (Wed) at 8.00 pm

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EDD is organizing a Street Evangelism at Orchard Road. Please come and join us.

Date:                     20th Dec 2014 (Saturday)

Prayer Time :         6.00pm in Beulah House 

Departing Time:      6.30 pm (leave church to outside CK Tang Entrance)

Evangelism Time:   7.00 to 8.30 pm (Evangelism time at Orchard Road walkway )

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ERBL LECTURES (JAN-MAY 2015)

Day   Time                  Course                               Lecturer

Mon   7.30 - 9.30 pm    The OT Historical Books      Rev Charles Seet

Tue    10 - 12.00 pm     The Doctrine of the Church  Rev Isaac Ong

Wed   10 - 12.00 pm     Daniel                                Rev Ho Chee Lai

Thu    10 - 12.00 pm     Colossians                         Rev Colin Wong

         7.30 - 9.30 pm    Equipping Lay Leaders        Rev Dr Jack Sin

Fri    10 - 12.00 pm      Westminster Standards        Rev Isaac Ong

Closing date for ‘Early Bird Discount’ of $5 is 7 Dec 14 (next Sunday). Lectures begin on 12 Jan 15. Please complete registration forms and place them in the box, together with payment.

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1) Life B-P Church Calendar 2015. Members who wish to have additional calendars as Christmas gifts for their friends and loved ones may request for 1 more copy from the deacons.

2) Catechism Class for Easter Baptism on 5 April 2015 commences on 4 Jan 15 at Beulah Centre Rm 2-1, 9.30 am. Please pre-register by emailing Yin Chan or filling up the form available at the front counter. Those seeking baptism, reaffirmation of faith and transfer of membership must attend the catechism class. Closing date: 28 Dec 14.

3) Congratulations to Dr & Mrs Andrew Ong on the birth of a baby girl on 27 Nov 14.

Overseas: Rev Quek in Israel (till 3 Dec 14).

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