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Scripture Memory: Christ’s Resurrection.
VERSE : Psalm 16:10 
“For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. 

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

20 April 2014
7 am Combined Easter Service
Rev Charles Seet (Faith in Our Risen Lord, Jn 20:19-31)
6:00 pm Evening Service:
Rev Quek Keng Khwang (Because I Live, Ye Shall Live Also, Jn 14:19-21)

27 April 2014
9 am Combined Worship Service:
Rev Quek Keng Khwang (Holding Forth the Word of Life, Phi 2:14-16)
6:00 pm Evening Service
Rev Charles Seet (Making Us Kings and Priests, Rev 1:4-6)

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EASTER TESTIMONIES (Part 1)

Being born into a Christian family was one of the few things I took for granted before. Since young, I have been attending church and fellowships. However, I did not bother much about my faith and only went to church because my parents told me to. All the messages that I heard had no effect on me.

There wasn’t a specific event that caused me to change but rather it was a duration that consisted of various learning experiences that spur the conviction within me. It happened in Secondary 3/4, which marked one of the most sinful periods in my life. It was then that I decided to become a more mature person all together even though religion has not come into the picture yet. This sense of change was more of a personal drive. From there, I started to go to church through self-motivation and started listening to messages and after a while, applying them into my life. This, coupled with the many blessings the Lord has given me, which I could see in my life, made me truly accept the Lord as my Saviour.

I continued to experience His working within me and the issue of reaffirmation came up. At first, the idea was not appealing as I did not want to make any vows that I fear I might break in future. However, I was reminded through YF camp that we shouldn’t waste any time in reaffirming our faith, that every second counts and also given the assurance to reaffirm.

I would really like to thank God for providing for me all this while and showing me that it will never be too late to get back on track with Him. Although I still have to work on certain areas, I believe that with God’s help, I will be able to overcome anything that comes my way. Praise Him!            

Calvin Choo Zhe Kai

      

I was born into a Christian family. I was baptized in Life Bible-Presbyterian Church as a baby. I know of Jesus through my mother. As far as I could remember, from the time I was 5 years old, every Sunday I had to go to my grandparents’ house as Mum had to work. My grandparents were blessedly converted to Christians then and Mum encouraged me to attend the church that my grandparents attended. The children’s session was in Mandarin. As time went by, I realized I had learnt nothing about God or Jesus. I tried to understand. I wanted to learn about Jesus, about the God that Mum had told me stories of. Sadly, for a long time, I still learned nothing at all.

As I got into Primary School, I learned what was discipline and respect for the teachers. On reflection, I think it was due to lack of discipline in the kids and respect for the Sunday school teachers that had prevented our learning of Jesus. They were running about, ignoring the lessons completely. The teachers had a hard time. I decided that perhaps, I would give it another try in that church.

When I managed to memorise my first Bible verse, John 3:16 on my own (which Mum always says it together with me every night before bed) and learning the meaning of it, I finally told Mum about the church that my grandparents had been bringing me to every Sunday. Surprisingly, Mum apologised. She said that she should be the one bringing me to the church. She said that I made her realise that she had put work before God on Sunday, which was wrong because she needed the job and to reject job assignments then was to be unemployed. From then on, Mum and I prayed every night.

God worked on Dad, who never attended church a long time since his youth, except for Christmas. He suddenly told Mum that he just got a vision that he had to attend church and to bring me along. Mum told me that part of our prayers was answered and we thanked Him. I attended Life Bible-Presbyterian Church with Dad. Mum said that we must continue to pray that she could be released from Sunday work assignments to attend church together as a family. The following year our prayers were answered.

I attended PWS and JWS. I learned more about God and Jesus. Mum always praised me, saying that I was better than her in Bible knowledge. It made me proud of myself and I wanted to know more.

When I was in Secondary 1, I wanted to reaffirm my faith. I just felt God was calling for me to reaffirm my faith, so I asked my parents whether I could reaffirm my faith. Mum said to wait one more year, and if I think I am ready, just go for it!

This year the feeling to reaffirm my faith was stronger than ever and Easter was a most meaningful day for me to do it. Praise the Lord our God! Amen.            —Emmanuel Lau Yeong         

I was born into a Christian family and attended church regularly every Sunday. I assumed that by doing this, I was a Christian. I only sought the Lord when there was a need to, when I was sad, or when I did well. Other times, I would immerse myself in worldly pleasures, things that seemed more enjoyable. I always tried but failed to be closer to God, as being tempted by these worldly pleasures, I was more focused on them and God had a second place in my heart. My faith in God wasn’t strong enough. I neglected God and procrastinated being close to him, which was a very large commitment I had to make to place him in the centre of my life. Although I attended church and listened to the gospel, I felt so distant from the Lord.

There was once I made up my mind to reflect on God’s word, and realized that I did nothing for the Lord despite all that He had done for me. Everyone is born a sinner, but only by God’s grace we are saved from sin and can have everlasting life in heaven. God suffered on the cross to save us despite how undeserving we are as sinners. God was so gracious and merciful, His love for us was so strong. But I took it for granted and did not love Him as much. I felt so guilty and prayed to the Lord for forgiveness and asked Him to save me of all my sins.

Now, I believe that God is real and He is the only way to heaven and I put my trust in Him. Life is more meaningful now, knowing that I have a God so great that I can look up to. I thank God for providing for all my needs and saving me from my sins. I aim to place God in the centre of my life and draw strength from Him. I pray that God will strengthen my faith in Him, guide me, and that my walk with Him will be closer each day.                                            —Lynne Lee Jing Yi       

I was born into a Taoist family whereby my parents worshipped and prayed to the gods passed down by the ancestors.  Following my parents, I prayed to these gods as was customary. Yes, I feared them and prayed for their forgiveness and mercy whenever I do something wrong and for their blessings to do well in my studies.  When I was older and came to know the different religions, I started to enquire about Christianity.  I cannot remember exactly what I was told but somehow have the impression that it is something we cannot touch and we need to believe in our own faith.  Years passed and I remained shut to Christianity not wanting to hear more about it whenever someone shared with me.  I would always avoid them or just turn away though I was not really against it.  As time went by, I noticed that Christians are generally happy and seem to be doing well and in a way I envied them and longed to be one of them.  However, I understood my parents’ stand and never would I dare to talk about this.

One day a group of CCC (Campus Crusade for Christ) was evangelizing in our campus during lunch and one of the members patiently shared with me and I accepted Christ.  Up till today, I cannot understand what and why. There was joy in accepting Christ but fear in that I dared not tell my parents as they would surely drive me out of the house.  I joined them for the follow-up whereby we have Bible studies and at times fellowship. I was encouraged to join them in church but dared not as I was quite certain my parents would not permit. Soon my senior graduated though I continued to meet with her for Bible study till I graduated. 

As I entered the workforce and being a lone Christian without any Church support, gradually my faith withered though I continue to read the Bible and pray to God. Through the grace of God, I moved to my 2nd job where there was a Christian group which I joined for Bible study and fellowship. Due to recession, the company folded and we parted.  We continued our Bible study for quite some time but eventually the group dispersed as we were all too busy with our own personal pursuits. 

In those busy years thereafter in pursing my further study, career and thereafter having my family, God kept me and I had not forgotten that I have accepted Christ.  I would read the Bible and pray though still not attending church and thought that I could be a good Christian so long as my heart was there.  However, I felt an emptiness and had a lot of frustrations and unhappiness though outwardly I appeared to be leading a comfortable and successful life.

In 2011 while attending the funeral of my husband’s uncle, he asked me when we die, what religion we would use for our rituals.  Surprisingly, I was confident in telling him that I wanted a Christian ritual but I do not know which church to go to.  It was then that it dawned upon me whether I am really a Christian.  It is perhaps time for me to go to church. 

In 2012, my eldest son came back for vacation and told us that he has accepted Christ.  I was glad for him and was happy that my husband accepted his conversion readily.  With his acceptance of my son’s conversion, I felt more confident and looked around for a church.  I was wearied for attending churches which I may not fit in and was also not sure if they are cults.  I also have no idea how I ended up in Life when actually I tried 2 churches earlier that morning but dared not go in.  It has been a long journey since the day I’ve accepted Christ to finally attend a Church.  I’m glad for God’s guidance and would like to thank him for keeping me faithfully in attending to the Lord’s Day without fail.

When I was a child, I was attracted to Christianity as I saw them as happy and successful people. After I accepted Christ, I prayed for forgiveness of sins taking for granted that He would always forgive me over and over again.  I prayed for God’s help whenever I ran into difficulties or wanted something assuming that “ask and you will be given”.  Little did I realize that to be a Christian, we need to carry the cross and leave the world behind us. As this become clearer and clearer to me after each week of worship, I was hesitant.  Yes, this is not going to be an easy journey, the bed of roses that I’ve always thought but the message is clear that we need to follow Jesus and there is no turning back. As God’s command, I need to “trust and obey” as there is no other way. Though I am still struggling to live the Christ-like life, I am sure God will help me to overcome all my weaknesses.                               —Yeow Siew Cheng

      

I was born into a Christian family. I accepted Christ at a very young age, when I was around 5 years old. I attended church very regularly. Over the years, going to church became like a routine to me. Every Sunday without fail, my mother would wake me up at 7.00 am, and then I would go with my family to church.

As I grew older, I began to unknowingly drift further and further away from God. Bible reading and prayer became a daily routine and I no longer found joy in reading God’s Holy Word. The number of times I prayed a day would be an average of 5 times: 3 during meal times and 2 during quiet time; one before and one after. 

My walk with God was horrible. Believe it or not, sometimes I forgot to even ask God to cleanse my heart from sin! My father would bring me back closer to God occasionally, but each time I would go back to my previous ways. This continued over the years and although my conscience constantly pricked me, I shrugged it off and continued in my evil ways.

That went on, until recently.  I attended the 2013 LTF Camp, entitled ‘What God wants of me’, by Uncle Lim Chien Chong. God spoke to me through him and the Bible. One message particularly pricked me, and that was the 1st message, ‘Am I a child of light?’ I specifically remember him saying these words, “Repentance is a TOTAL change of mind and heart before God”. How many times have I asked God in my prayers to help me repent, and the next moment I go back to doing the same thing again? Uncle Chien Chong also mentioned, “Children of light no more walk in the dark - instead they live out the character of God.” The message pricked my conscience and heart, and after the camp, at night, I cried my heart out to God.

 How long had I actually neglected and forsaken him?! Had I been grieving him with my evil ways, making his heart break with my heart of stone, refusing to heed to his Words?

After that night, I resolved to change. Quiet time would no longer be a chore, but instead, it would be wonderful and enriching, having a personal relationship with God. Prayer would be not just before meal times and quiet time, but instead, I would pray anytime, anywhere. Prayer should not be repetitive, but instead from the heart, pouring out the troubles of life and praising him.

Church is not a routine anymore; instead, it would be a time to learn more about God’s Word, and to fellowship with other Christians.

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,

That saved a wretch like me.

I once was lost but now am found,

Was blind, but now I see.

I thank God for bringing me back to Him, allowing me to once again enjoy fellowship with Him.          —Samuel Quek Yi Xin  

 

I was born a second-generation Christian. As such, I attended a B-P church when I was young as obedience to my parents, got baptized as an infant, attended Sunday school etc. Over the years, it became a routine and mundane thing, one that did not interest the primary school child that I was. Then, things happened in the family and I stopped going to church for a long time. At that point, life didn’t feel any different. It was as if church did not really play a role in my life at all. As I matured in years, there was always this remote nagging at the back of my mind to go to a church again but I always dumped it aside, something that wasn’t important.

Afterwards, my father brought me to Life B-P Church and I started attending fellowship groups, Sunday school and service again. My life then was still ungodly, I wasn’t sure of my salvation and even what being a Christian meant.

As time passed and I grew in the knowledge of Christ, at some point between then and now, the Lord saved me.

I can’t really pinpoint when the change happened but it was a gradual one, as with most second-generation Christians today. Many trials and events happened in that time, with each one prompting me and helping me to grow closer to Christ.

One of the major events was the diagnosis of my condition. I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in March 2012 during my school holidays. I found myself lying on a hospital bed for a week, thinking about how to continue my life injecting insulin four times a day. I was actually a little scared of needles at that time, so it proved to be quite a challenge in the beginning. Thankfully, God helped me through this period of my life and he brought me closer back to him slowly but surely. I realised that I needed God in my life and after that my life started to revolve and depend on Him again.

Now, my condition has become more stable and by God’s grace, I’m able to live my life not much differently from a normal person.

I have learnt to give up my life for Christ and to let him direct the path of my life for me.  With this reaffirmation, I hope to trust in him more and be a better Christian for him.

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all the ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6       —Jathniel Ho Wen Kai

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Notice of Annual Congregational Meeting,

next Lord’s Day, 27 April 14,

All members of Life B-P Church are reminded to attend this meeting. The combined English worship service begins at  9.00 am.

For all resident voting members, please remember to bring your ACM Notification Letter to exchange for the ballot sheet.

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

Dates: 4th to 6th June (Wed to Fri)

Registration is now open for all N2-P4 children.

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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EMMANUEL REFORMED BIBLE SEMINAR
by Rev Dr Tim Yates

Biblical Precepts for Effective Leadership and 
Discipleship for the Local Church

23-28 June 2014 (Mon-Sat) at Beulah MPH  
8.30 am-1.00 pm (Mon - Fri); Exam on Sat morning.
Details are available at www.lifebpc.com.
Please complete registration forms available at the reception counter and place them in the box, together with payment.  Closing date: 15 May 14. 

Free Evening Lectures, 7.30 - 9.30 pm

Christ-Centred Bible Application

23  June (Mon). Be Thou My Vision: The Supre-macy of God in the Biblical Change Process.

26 June (Thu). Be Thou My Vision: The Supremacy of God in the Biblical Interpretation and Practical Application.

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1) Prevention of Theft: Worshippers are advised to watch their belongings in the church premises to avoid losing them.

2) Door to door evangelism at Yishun TODAY will be at 1pm instead of 2pm. For those going directly from church, meet at 11:30am in E-Band room Rm 2-11.

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.

4) Reformation Tours 2014 organised by SCCC, (29 Sep-8 Oct) to Germany, France and Switzerland, with an Extension Tour to include Scotland (29 Sep-12 Oct). For details, seehttp://lifebpc.com/ReformationTour.pdf.

5) Congratulations to Mr & Mrs Cheong Kim Seng on the birth of a baby girl on 10 Apr 14.

Preaching appointment: Rev Seet at Thai Service, 2.30pm

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