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Scripture Memory: Praise.

VERSE : Psalm 103:1 “Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.”

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

5 October 2014
8 am & 11am Worship Service
Rev Jack Sin (Knowing and Obeying God’s Will with Gratitude, 1 Thes 5 :18)
6:00 pm Evening Service:
Rev Quek Keng Khwang (Jesus Is Not a Disappointment, Rom 10:1-13)

12 October 2014
8 am & 11am Worship Service
Rev Charles Seet (Telling the Difference, 1 Thes 5:19-22)
6:00 pm Evening Service
Rev Colin Wong (What God Wants of Me, Rom 12:1-2)

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ILLUSTRATIONS ON THANKSGIVING

Thankful For Unusualness

Dr Alexander Whyte of Edinburgh was famous for his pulpit prayers. He always found something to thank God for, even in bad times. One stormy morning a member of his congregation thought to himself. “The preacher will have nothing to thank God on a wretched morning like this.” But Whyte began his prayer, “We thank Thee, O God, that it is not always like this.”

Thankful After Robbery

Matthew Henry, the famous scholar, was once accosted by thieves and robbed of his purse. He wrote these words in his diary: “Let me be thankful first, because I was never robbed before; second, because, although they took my purse, they did not take my life; third, because, although they took my all, it was not much; and fourth, because it was I who was robbed, not I who robbed.” –Church of Ireland

First Proclamation After Plymouth

Governor Bradford of Massachusetts made this first Thanksgiving Proclamation three years after the Pilgrims settled at Plymouth:

“Inasmuch as the great Father has given us this year an abundant harvest of Indian corn, wheat, peas, beans, squashes, and garden vegetables, and has made the forests to abound with game and the sea with fish and clams, and inasmuch as He has protected us from the ravages of the savages, has spared us from pestilence and disease, has granted us freedom to worship God according to the dictates of our own conscience.

Now I, your magistrate, do proclaim that all ye Pilgrims, with your wives and ye little ones, do gather at ye meeting house, on ye hill, between the hours of 9 and 12 in the day time, on Thursday, November 29th, of the year of our Lord one thousand six hundred and twenty-three and the third year since ye Pilgrims landed on ye Pilgrim Rock, there to listen to ye pastor and render thanksgiving to ye Almighty God for all His blessings.” –William Bradford, Ye Governor of Ye Colony

Pastor’s Conclusion

A clergyman included in his annual parochial report the item “Nine persons lost at sea.” When the congregation expressed shock and amazement, he said, “Well, eleven persons requested prayers for those going on sea, and only two asked me to give thanks for a safe return, so I assume that the other nine were lost at sea.

Mankind’s Greatest Debt

Winston Churchill paid a great tribute to the young men in the Royal Airforce who guarded England during the war, saying, “Never in the history of mankind have so many owed so much to so few.”

The Battle of Bastogne represents one of the bloodiest actions in World War II. A monument there pays tribute to the heroism of the US 101st Airborne Division: “Seldom has so much American blood been shed in the course of a single action. Oh, Lord, help us to remember!”

But when thinking of the cross of Christ, we can say: “Never in the history of the universe has mankind owed so much to One.”

Aristeides Observed The Christians

About the year 125 AD a Greek by the name of Aristeides was writing to one of his friends about the new religion, Christianity. He was trying to explain the reasons for its extraordinary success. Here is a sentence from one of his letters:

“If any righteous man among the Christians passes from this world, they rejoice and offer thanks to God, and they escort his body with songs and thanksgiving as if he were setting out from one place to another nearby.” – J.G. Gilkey

The Lion Sermon

There is a curious service held in an old church in the city of London. On October 16th, every year, is preached in St Catherine Church, Leadenhall Street, what is called the “Lion Sermon.” It has been preached every year in that same church for the last two hundred and fifty years (as of 1890).

If you want to be present and would go a little earlier than the hour, you would hear the most lovely chime of bells – a chime beginning in the “Sun of my Soul,” “Abide with me,” “The Happy Land,” and the like. Then there is the service, made very short; then the event of the evening – the sermon, the “Lion Sermon.”

The story: There was once in the city a very pious man called Sir John Gayer (or Gair). At one time he was Lord Mayor of London. Sir John happened to be in Asia at one period of his life, and when with his caravan, was traveling through a desert place, he found himself face to face alone with a lion. Everybody of his company who could have helped him had gone forward. Sir John knew that only God could deliver him. He thought of Daniel in the den of lions. He perhaps thought of Paul, who at one time expected to meet an Emperor who was as cruel as a lion. And he fell on his knees there before the beast and shut his eyes and cried to God to shut the mouth of the Lion.

When he had finished his prayer and opened his eyes, the lion was nowhere to be seen. So when he came back to London he set aside a sum of money to be given away in gifts to poor people every October 15th and to secure that a sermon should be preached to tell the generations to come how God had heard his prayer and delivered him from the mouth of the lion. –Cut Gems

Cyprian’s Thanksgiving

Having been banished, Cyprian suffered martyrdom in Carthage in 258. When the sentence of death was read to him he said, “I heartily thank Almighty God who is pleased to set me free from the chains of the body.”

A New Note in Preaching

Years ago, I was pastor of a church in North London, which is still dear to my heart. Stricken, smitten, and afflicted, I came to the very borderland of eternity; spent a day and night there expecting to cross over. After I came back to life the first man I went to see was Joseph Parker of the City Temple who to me was always as tender as a mother.

I said to him: “I do not understand the experience through which I have passed. I cannot understand the suffering, the sorrow, the breaking of it.” He put his two hands on my shoulders and said, “My boy, never mind; your people will get the value; there will come another note into your preaching which you never could have found, if you had not suffered.”

I went back and said: “If that be so then thank God for all the breaking and all the pain.” 
                                              –G Campbell Morgan

He Was Thankful For Blindness

A well-known English minister preached one Sunday for Dr Phillips Brooks in Boston. After the service he started to walk to his hotel. He needed direction so he asked a man behind him the way. “Why you’re the minister I just heard. I know your voice. I am blind, but I can show you the way. I can take you to the door.”

The minister protested, but the blind man insisted, saying, “You will not refuse me the pleasure of helping you? I so seldom have the opportunity to render service. Everyone is so kind to me.” The two men walked arm in arm for ten minutes. “Here’s your hotel,” said the blind man.

Before parting, the blind man said, “I live alone. I can go about the streets without a guide. I am thankful for my blindness, because I have so much time for quiet meditation. There will be time enough in heaven for me to see everything!”

Praying For The Water

I was once invited to a luncheon where thirty or forty Christians – ministers and laymen – were gathered together for discussion of a certain problem of Christian work.

A well-known layman was asked to return thanks before the meal. I have heard the blessing asked hundreds of times, but suddenly my attention was aroused. The man who was praying said, “We thank Thee for all these gifts, for our food, for our water . . .”

I do not know what else was said in the prayer, but that thought gripped me. Thank God for the water . . . I have asked the blessing before thousands of meals, but that day for the first time, I thanked the Lord in spirit and in truth for common ordinary water, and for the Living Water. I then began to think of other common things for which we never thank God, and began thanking Him.  —Donald Grey Barnhouse

Grateful For Wheelchair

Dr Hubert Davidson visited the noted poetess, Myra Brooks Welch, who perhaps is best known for her masterpiece, “The Touch of the Master’s Hand.” As he turned to leave her home, Myra Welch patted the arm of her wheelchair and said, “And I thank God for this.” Imagine being grateful for a wheelchair! But her talent lay undiscovered prior to her wheelchair days. Rather than becoming bitter, she chose a better way, and a wonderful ministry opened new doors of blessings for her. Her poems have blessed the whole world.

(Source: Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations by Dr Paul Lee Tan)

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GOSPEL SUNDAY

Date: 30th November 2014

Time: 8 am & 11.00 am

Topic: Prepared to Meet God (Amos 4:12) 

Speakers:
Rev Colin Wong (English Service)

Rev Kew See Keong (Mandarin/Hokkien)

Members are encouraged to invite their friends and relatives.

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MF & LF Combined Meeting

10 Oct 14 (Fri) at 8pm 
Beulah Multi-Purpose Hall

Topic: “Make Sure Your 4th Generation Walk with God”

Speaker: Rev Yap Beng Shin

All are welcome

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1) Combined B-P Youth Camp, 15-18 Dec at Oldham Hall at ACS (Barker Road). “The Lordship of Christ” by Rev Isaac Ong. Register at https://cbpyc14.com/. Cost: Now till 30 Sep - $70; 1 Oct till 30 Nov - $90. Contact: Joshua Lim,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

2) Chinese Vacation Bible School (CVBS), 3 - 5 Dec 2014. Registration Forms for Helpers and Children are available outside the Sanctuary. Completed forms can be deposited into the collection box. Forms are also available online @http://www.lifebpc.com/cvbs. Closing date for Registration is 16 Nov 14. For enquiries, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Preaching appointment: Rev Seet in Batam. Rev Wong at Olivet BPC, 9.30 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

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