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Scripture Memory: Security.
VERSE : Psalm 18:2 
“The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.”

 

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

9 February 2014
8 am & 1045am Worship Service:
Rev Charles Seet (Secure in God, Ps 18:1-3)
6:00 pm Evening Service:
Rev Colin Wong (Christ’s Zeal for God’s House, Ps 69:9,21)

16 February 2014
8 am & 1045am Worship Service:
Rev Colin Wong (The Lord Loves Righteousness, Ps 11:1-7)
6:00 pm Evening Service:
Dn Lee Hock Chin (Finding Sufficiency in Christ, Ps 35:11)

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Do You Care for the Poor?

“He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.”(Proverbs 19:17)

The word ‘poor’ in this proverb refers to anyone who is lowly, weak, deprived or helpless. It generally describes anyone who needs help from others, and the help that is needed is not necessarily money. For instance the apostle Peter helped a poor beggar who was lame from birth. Instead of giving him money, he said, “Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.” (Acts 3:6-8) And after that the lame man was walking was leaping and praising God! Although Peter did not give the poor beggar what he asked for, what he gave turned out to be far better that all the alms the beggar had ever received.

This helps us to widen our understanding of the spirit behind Proverbs 19:17 – It teaches us to be willing and ready to help anyone who is in need. For example, an old lady who has difficulty crossing the road, someone who has lost his way, a friend who has fallen ill, or a family that has lost a loved one. All these may not necessarily need financial help, but someone who can understand their plight and is able and willing to help meet their need. It requires us to demonstrate loving care and kindness.

God wants you to be a blessing to others. Sometimes all the help that may be needed from you is a word of encouragement or a prayer. There are times when you may have to go out of your way to help someone, e.g. to visit him, run an errand for him, or even to lend him the use of something you have.

What makes it so difficult for us to be caring, generous and helpful to others, is that our natural inclinations are self-seeking and self-promoting. We love to be served rather than to serve, to receive rather than to give; to be helped rather than to help. And when we do give or help someone, it is often with a motive of gaining something for ourselves in return. There is often the thought of ‘What’s in it for me?’ before we decide to do anything for others, even if it is just to build a good image, or to be well-regarded or appreciated by our own peers. How do we move out of this self-centred thinking and become more kind and caring towards the poor? I would like to suggest three incentives:

1. Caring for the poor honours God

The first part of the proverb tells us: “He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD…” The Lord wants us to know that He regards any selfless help we give to the poor and needy as something we are giving to Him. It honours Him! In fact it honours Him as much as any selfless praise and worship which we give to the Lord in our personal devotions and in corporate worship. And so, if your heart is all aflame for the Lord and you earnestly desire to honour Him, please be ready to help those who are in need.

2. Caring for the poor makes us useful to God

The second part of the proverb reads, “…and that which he hath given will He pay to him again.” How can this happen? Some have testified that the Lord blessed them when they helped others. They gave a certain amount of money to help provide for a certain need, expecting nothing in return. But somehow they received an unexpected gift which was almost or exactly the sum they had given.

Others have testified that when they went out of their way to visit and encourage a brother who was sick, they were the ones who were encouraged instead. Sunday school teachers who devote much time and energy to teach God’s Word, are blessed in the process of teaching with a deeper knowledge of His Word. God has His ways of blessing and repaying those who care for the poor and needy.

But if we give in order to receive blessings from God in return, would that not make our motives very selfish? Yes, it would. It is like trying to score points with God, or to buy blessings from Him. Let us understand that any blessing God gives to us is purely by His grace alone and is undeserved, even if it comes as a result of our caring for the poor and needy. We should always give with no expectation of reward at all.

But if that is the case, then why would the Lord pay back to us what we have given to the poor? It is because He wants us to know that He is the One who is helping the poor and that we are merely a channel through which He helps them. This gives Him all the glory for our giving, and there is no greater privilege than to be used of God for His glory. That means we have not lived our lives in vain.

To extend this thought further, please consider this: God has actually reimbursed us well in advance for all the help we will ever give to others. He has given us salvation so rich and free, plus a blessed inheritance that is undefiled and reserved in heaven for us. This means that we now owe a lot of giving to the poor and needy whom we can help. This is one reason why Romans 13:8 says, “Owe no man any thing, but to love one another…”

3. Caring for the poor makes us more like God

This incentive comes from reflecting on the first part of the proverb which says, “He that hath pity on the poor…” Who has shown the most pity on the poor? The rest of the Scriptures make it plain that God had great pity on us when we were poor, wretched, blind and helpless. He loved us and cared enough to give His only begotten Son for us while we were yet sinners. It is god-like to be merciful and gracious.

Since we were made to bear the image of God, surely nothing can bring greater joy to us than to be like Him. Let us therefore make full use of every opportunity to be like Him by showing greater love, care and concern for others, including the poor and needy. And since man’s greatest need is to be saved from sin and eternal death, let us be willing to share the Gospel of Christ with them. Any material help we give will only be useful to people for a short time, but giving them the Gospel will help them for eternity. May the Lord make us channels of blessing to others.      —Pastor

Disbursement of Christmas Eve Offering 2013

At our Christmas Eve worship service that was held on 24 December 2013 we collected an offering that was designated to help the poor, needy and underprivileged through Christian ministries in Singapore and overseas. We thank God for the generous giving at this worship service which amounted to S$47,815.34. This has been distributed as follows:

 

Local:

1.    Needy families of students in Life SCC Ltd............................... S$10,315.34
(Our student care ministry in three centres in Yishun)

2.    The Helping Hand .......................................................................... S$ 5,000.00
(A Christian half-way house for the rehabilitation of ex-drug addicts and ex-offenders)

3.    Breakthrough Missions................................................................... S$ 5,000.00
(A Christian drug rehabilitation half-way house)

4.    Bishan Home for the Intellectually Disabled.............................. S$ 5,000.00
(A joint effort of the MCYS and Bible-Presbyterian Welfare Services)

5.    Prison Fellowship Singapore ....................................................... S$ 5,000.00
(A Christian ministry to help inmates of prisons in Singapore) 

Overseas

6.    Blind Ministry in Medan, Indonesia.............................................. S$ 3,500.00
(A ministry of sister Roska Choi of Yayasan Hidup Baru, Indonesia)

7.    Filadelfia Shelter Home in Batam, Indonesia ............................ S$ 3,500.00
(A ministry of Filadelfia B-P Church, Batam)

8.    Children of poor Christian families from Ottreth village ........... S$ 3,500.00
(A ministry of Rev Moses Hahn, our Partner-in-Missions in Cambodia)

9.    Poor Christian families of mountain tribal villages.................... S$ 3,500.00
(A ministry of Rev Nirand Tamee of Eternal Life Church, Thailand)

10.  Operation Hope Foundation ......................................................... S$ 3,500.00
(A Christian charity that helps orphans and the poor in developing countries)

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GOSPEL SUNDAY

Date: 30th March 2014

Time: 8 am & 10:45 am

Topic: GPS - God’s Plan of Salvation

Speakers:
Rev Tan Eng Boo (English Service)

Pastor Hendro (Mandarin/Hokkien)

Members are encouraged to invite their friends and relatives. 

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1) Life B-P Church Camp, 16-19 June 2014 at Awana Genting, West Malaysia.  On-line registration commences today 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.

2) Far Eastern Kindergarten Online Registration: 2014 Pre-Nursery(YOB 2011) & K1 (YOB 2009) - Limited vacancies.

2015 Pre-Nursery(YOB 2012) & Nursery(YOB 2011) - New Intake. Priority registration in February for church members at http://fek.qoqolo.com/cos/o.x?c=/ca4q_fek/registration. Please visit our websitehttp://www.lifebpc.com/fekedu/ or call 6251-3676 for more information.

Priority registration for members ends on 28 February 2014. Public registration begins on 1 March on a first-come-first-served basis.

3) Young Adults Fellowship Retreat 2014 will be held at Pulai Desaru, from 15 (Sat) - 18 (Tue) Mar 2014.Theme: Our Spiritual Conversation – Do We Walk the Talk? Speaker: Rev Patrick Tan. More details and sign up at http://bit.ly/yafretreat2014 For any queries, please contact Caleb Chia at 9438 8889 or email toThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

4) Our condolences to: (1) Dr Leong Khai Pang & family on the homegoing of his mother, Mdm Lee Sow Har, age 84, on 5 Feb14. (2) Dr Tan Ai Leen & family on the homegoing of her mother, Mrs Tan Ai Cheng, age 81, on 5 Feb 14.

Preaching appointment: Rev Seet at Indonesian Service, 4pm. Rev Wong at Filipina Service, 10.45am and Evening Service, 6.00 pm..

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