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Scripture Memory: Protection.
VERSE : Psalm 46:1 “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” 

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

4 May 2014
8 am & 1045am Worship Service
Rev Charles Seet (Being Changed into His Image, 2 Cor 3:18)
6:00 pm Evening Service:
Dn Lee Hock Chin (I am Alpha and Omega; Rev 1:7-8)

11 May 2014
8 am & 1045am Worship Service
Eld Lim Teck Chye (O Woman, Great is Thy Faith, Mt 15:22-28)
6:00 pm Evening Service
Eld Sherman Ong (Ephesus-The Loveless Church, Rev 2:1-7)

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My dear Reader,

SPIRITUAL EYES AND EARS

Bible reading ought to be a daily affair of the Christian.  That is how God communicates with us daily.  Through reading His Word you and I will know His desires for us and be able to live a life that is pleasing in His sight and according to His holy will (Psalm 25:4). 

All of us know that, but many of us have difficulties reading and understanding the Bible.  I can hear some of you lamenting, “I have been trying to read the Bible, but every time I do my concentration just isn’t there.  I am reading it but I am not picking any of it up or fully understanding what I am reading which really annoys me.  I really want to read and understand what God says so that I can live a holy life.” 

Dearly beloved, I can sympathize with you because I am one of them.  Though I am theologically trained, but believe it or not, there are still many things I do not know in the Bible.  I am like you crying out to God for understanding of His Word so that I can live a more sanctified life.

Over the years I have come to understand why so many Christians have gradually lost their interest in reading the Word.  Let me share with you a couple of reasons and hopefully it will help you to revive your interest and love for the Word.

The Bible is not like any other book

The Bible is not like any other book in the library.  The Bible is God-inspired Word (1 Timothy 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 1:20, 21) and it is not the words of men.  Therefore, it should not be read as any other book.

Paul said in 1 Corinthians 2:13“Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.”  Paul’s teaching is not based on human wisdom. What he teaches is from the Holy Spirit of God.  And therefore, it must be explained in a spiritual way.  Spiritual things are to be interpreted in spiritual words.  Spiritual things are for the Christian, not for the non-Christian because he or she does not have the Spirit of God in him or her to understand them (1 Corinthians 2:14). 

Dearly beloved, if you desire to understand the Word, you must not read it as any other book, but as God’s authoritative Word.  John Calvin said, “The authority of the Scriptures rests first of all in God being the Author… and they have authority over the believers, and are to be received as the very words pronounced by God Himself” (James 1:21).

The Pages of the Bible talk about Jesus

One of the reasons why Christians do not enjoy reading the Bible is familiarization.  Let me explain.  Addressing the Jews in his days, Jesus said, “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.  And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life” (John 5:39, 40).  The Jews had familiarized themselves with the Old Testament Scriptures or the Torah.  They were even looking for salvation by reading them but in vain. 

What was the problem? The problem was that the Jews thought that they would find salvation in the pages of the Holy Scripture.  So they devoted themselves to reading them but not to what God had revealed in them.  They were so familiar with them but not to the message or messages God wanted to convey to them.  As a result, they missed Jesus within the pages of the Old Testament Scripture.

Like the people of Judah, God summoned Jeremiah to declare to them, “Hear now this, O foolish people, and without understanding; which have eyes, and see not; which have ears, and hear not” (Jeremiah 5:21).  Speaking to Israel, God said, “Hear, ye deaf; and look, ye blind, that ye may see…Seeing many things, but thou observest not; opening the ears, but he heareth not” (Isaiah 42:18, 20).  This was what happened to the Jews.  They had eyes that could see, but they had not paid attention and that they could hear, but they were not listening.

These Jews had the ability to physically see with their eyes but could not see with their spiritual eyes.  They had physical ears to hear sounds, but they were spiritually deaf to the Lord’s message.  Therefore, they had read the Old Testament Scripture in vain or wrongly. 

We have a classic case in the Gospel of Luke 24:13-32.  Two disciples were walking on the road to Emmaus whom Jesus appeared to them after His physical resurrection.  They were talking about all that had happened in Jerusalem concerning Jesus.  They were confused and sad.  As they were discussing the event of the day, Jesus approached them and inquired about what they were talking about.  Surprisingly, they did not recognize Him.  They told Him all about the crucifixion.  They said that they had hoped that Jesus would redeem Israel.

Having heard them, Jesus responded to them saying, “O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?” And the Lord explained to them what was said about Himself in all the Scriptures, beginning with the books of Moses, the writings of all the prophets and in the Psalms (Luke 24:44).  However, they did not understand what the Scriptures had said of the crucifixion and resurrection, and they did not know that they were talking and walking with the Risen Saviour.  Sadly, they had missed Jesus in the Scripture and were missing Him in the flesh also until He opened their spiritual eyesight (Luke 24:45).

Dearly beloved, is this also your problem in Bible reading? We need spiritual eyesight to see spiritual things and ears to hear spiritual things.  J. Oswald Sanders aptly said, “Eyes that look are common, eyes that see are rare” (Psalm 119:18).  May God open our eyes that we may see glimpses of truth that He has for us and open our ears that we may hear voices of truth that He sends us clear.

Suggestions to Reading the Bible Profitably

1.  Read the books of the Bible sequentially, consecutively and not randomly.

2.  Develop a workable schedule.

3.  Read the Bible prayerfully.  Say a prayer before you read it.  Ask God to illuminate your spiritual eyes to see and open your ears to hear (Revelation 2:7, 17, 29; 3:6, 13, 22).

4.  Underline or highlight verses that impress you like God’s character or names or titles given to Christ.

5.  Don’t seek to understand every verse or passage you read.  Seek a general understanding of the book you are reading.  Difficult verses or passages can be dealt with later with the help of a commentary.

6.  Muse on a verse or a passage that impresses on you.  Pray, reflect and apply it (Psalm 119:15). 

7.  Use other good versions of the Bible for comparative reading (e.g. New King James Bible, New American Standard Bible or English Standard Version).

8.  Look for practical helps (e.g. Reformation Study Bible or ESV Study Bible). 

Job obeyed the Word and would do whatever God commanded him to do.  No wonder he treasured the Word of God more than his necessary food (Job 23:12).  I hope this short sharing of mine can help some of you revive your interest and love for the Bible.  Amen.

“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” (Psalm 119:105).    —Pastor Colin

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Results of the Election of Session Members (2014-2017)

By a simple majority vote all 27 candidates were elected to their respective appointments as listed.The figures indicate percentage of Yes votes.

Pastor

Rev Charles Seet Chim Seng 99%

Assoc Pastor

Rev Colin Wong Tuck Chuen 95%

Asst Pastors

Rev Calvin Loh Kok Howe       97%

Rev Quek Keng Khwang         98%

Elders

Eld Lee Heok Seng                   94%

Eld Lim Ching Wah                   93%

Eld (Dr) Lim Teck Chye             94%

Eld Ng Beng Kiong                   95%

Eld (Dr) Sherman Ong Eng Lam 89%

Eld Sng Teck Leong                  98%

Eld Tan Cheow Hock                96%

Eld Tan Yew Chong                  92%

Deacons

Dn Charlie Chan Weng Keong   95%

Dn Benny Chng Seck Kherng     96%

Dn Choong Chan Yong           91%

Dn Benny Goh Li Nee              95%

Dn Mark Heah Eng Siang        93%

Dn Heng Shao Sheng              92%

Dn Peter Koy Su Hua               95%

Dn Roger Lim Tow Hong          96%

Dn Victor Loo Lam Hua            96%

Mr Ong Beng Hong                   86%

Mr Michael Sim Khit Hoe          85%

Mr Benedict Sim Yew Meng    88%

Dn David Tan Boon Keong     95%

Dn Clement Tan Woon Teck   97%

Dr Wang Chin Kiong                90%

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Vacation Bible School 2014: 
“A whale of a time!” (Jonah 2:9)

Dates4th to 6th June (Wed to Fri)

Registration is open for all P1-P4 children. Registration is closed for N2-K2 children due to overwhelming response.

Helpers (teachers & logistics/games) are needed. Please avail yourself to serve (Titus 3:8).

Registration forms for children and helpers are available at the front of the Sanctuary. Registration may also be done online at www.lifebpc.com/vbs. Sign up now! Closing date: 11 May.

CONTACT: Russell Indran at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 9188-9980.

Note: VBS Staff briefing at MPH for all helpers on 18 May 2014, 12.30pm to 3pm (lunch provided at Beulah House). Attendance is compulsory.

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GAF Morning Fellowship

10 May 2014 @ 9.30 am at Beulah Centre Rm 2-1

Screening of “The Hope” movie.

The entire Bible story of salvation. 
(Please refer to flyer.)

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Day Seminar
Archaeology and the Trustworthiness of the Holy Scripture

Speaker  :            Dr John Davis, Th.D., D.D.
Date      : 14 June 2014 (Saturday)
Time      : 2 pm – 5 pm
Venue   : Life B-P Church
*Sign up online at this link: bit.ly/LifeArc
(Registration ends by 1 Jun 14.)

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1) The Board of Elders has appointed Mr Lee Hock Chin as Pastor Intern with effect from 28 Apr 14.

2) Scripture Memory Verse Review No. 2. A written review exercise of the verses is obtainable at the front counter. Review 1 is also available for those who missed it. Please submit by 11 May 14.

3) Life B-P Church Camp, 16-19 June 2014 at Awana Genting, West Malaysia.  On-line registration at the church website, www.lifebpc.com/churchcamp2014.htm  Registration forms are also available at the front entrance for those who have no internet access.

Preaching appointment: Rev Quek in Batam.

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