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Scripture Memory: God’s Eternal Existence
VERSE : Psalm 93:2 
“Thy throne is established of old: thou art from everlasting.”

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

2 February 2014
8 am & 1045am Worship Service:
Rev Patrick Tan (The Lord Reigns, Ps 93:1-5)
6:00 pm Evening Service:
Dn Joel Seah (Christ’s Delight to do God’s Will, Ps 40:6-8)

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)

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My dear Reader,

SO YOU WANT TO GO TO HEAVEN?

       If you ask a congregation, “Who wants to go to heaven,” I am very sure every congregant will raise his or her hand.  If you ask them again, “Why do you really want to go to heaven,” I am afraid you won’t get the same enthusiastic response. 

       In the course of my ministry, I have the blessing of meeting a handful of God-fearing saints who like Paul of old, “having a desire to depart and to be with Christ; which is far better” (Philippians 1:23).  On the contrary, it saddens me to meet Christians who are not ready to bid the world goodbye or ready to meet the Lord Jesus in the air. 

       Why? I believe one of the reasons is the pleasures of the world and its constant busyness that keep drawing them, draining their energy, occupying their time and dominating their thoughts from reflecting on their Christian beliefs like “Why do I really want to go to heaven?”

       Dearly beloved, if what I said is true of you, I would like to encourage you to make a firm resolution to spend time daily with God and His Word to reflect on what you believe and why you believe, particularly on the question: “Why do I really want to go to heaven?”

I ask myself the same question also.  Having given some thought to it, let me share with you why I long to go to heaven when my work is done on earth.

First, I want to go to heaven because I want to see my Savior over there.  Frances Jane (“Fanny”) Crosby is one of my inspirations.  She was born into a family of strong Puritan ancestry on March 24, 1820.  As a baby, she had an eye infection which an incompetent doctor treated by placing hot poultices on her red and inflamed eyelids.  The infection did clear up, but the result was that scars formed on the eyes, and Fanny became blind for life. 

Concerning her blindness, Fanny said: “It seemed intended by the blessed providence of God that I should be blind all my life, and I thank him for the dispensation. If perfect earthly sight were offered me tomorrow I would not accept it. I might not have sung hymns to the praise of God if I had been distracted by the beautiful and interesting things about me… If I had a choice, I would still choose to remain blind...for when I die, the first face I will ever see will be the face of my blessed Saviour.”  What inspiring words!

We all know that she was a great hymn writer.  She had written more than 7000 hymns and had blessed millions of hearts, even today.  Once she was asked who would she like to see when she get to heaven.  Her answer was most gratifying to my soul.  She said, “When I get to heaven, the first face that shall ever gladden my sight will be that of my Savior.”  That’s what I desire in my heart also.

Second, I want to go to heaven because I want to see the old saints I read about both in the Old and New Testaments.  Think about the awesome experience Peter, James and John had on the Mount of Transfiguration (Matthew 17:3, 4).  Even though they had never met before, yet they could recognize them as Moses and Elijah.  Jesus never introduced them or told the disciples who these men were, but interestingly they already knew them.  This must be an overwhelming, indescribable experience for them.

I believe this is something I will experience when I get to heaven.  It’s going to be an exciting time talking to them and listening to them sharing their experiences on earth. 

Some may ask, “Will we be able to recognize the old saints in heaven?” The answer is a resounding yes.  MacArthur writes: “All the redeemed will maintain their identity forever, but in a perfected form. We will be able to have fellowship with Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Jacob, Samuel, Moses, Joshua, Esther, Elijah, Elisha, Isaiah, Daniel, Ezekiel, David, Peter, Barnabas, Paul, or any of the saints we choose.  Remember that Moses and Elijah appeared with Christ on the Mount of Transfiguration. Even though they died centuries before, they still maintained a clear identity (Matthew 17:3). Moreover, Peter, James, and John evidently recognized them (4) – which implies that we will somehow be able to recognize people we’ve never even seen before. For that to be possible, we must all retain our individual identities, not turn into some sort of generic beings” (John F. MacArthur: “Will we recognize and be reunited with our loved ones in heaven?”).   

So I am looking forward to that glorious day.  Are you?

Third, I want to go to heaven because I want to see people whom I had the privilege to minister to and godly people I got to know over the years and continue fellowship with them.  No fellowship on earth is forever, for either circumstances or death eventually part us.  Earthly relationship or fellowship ends the moment God takes us home to be with Him.  Jesus explained that spouses will not remain married in heaven, for they will be like angels, not become angels (Matthew 22:30), but with glorified bodies, believers will know one another there.  Abraham was still Abraham and Lazarus was still Lazarus there (Luke 16:31).  If that is the case, I can still continue to have fellowship with people I know and people I will somehow recognize in heaven. 

So it is going to be very exciting to renew fellowship with people you had ministered to and loved while they were on earth.

Truly, my longing for heaven gets stronger whenever I make a trip to the cemetery to conduct a funeral service.  The older I grow the more I talk about people of the past like pastors and missionaries in the Lord’s vineyard.  Come to think about it, I may have more loved ones on the other side than I have here.  

Dearly beloved, there will be a heavenly family reunion when believers meet the Lord Jesus in the air (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).  What joy to be reunited with our loved ones and fellow Christians who have gone before us!   

However, there will be loved ones, colleagues or people from your neighborhood missing the rapture because of their refusal to believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  They will be lost forever in hell.  So why don’t you share the Good News with them and tell them that you will see them again someday and know them by name in heaven.  

I would like to encourage you to bring the Gospel blessing to as many people as possible during this Lunar New Year.  There is no other way to heaven but the Jesus Way (Acts 4:12).  Amen.

I WANT TO GO TO HEAVEN 

Music and chorus written by Betty Johnston - 
Verses written by Joan Babcock - Octavia, OK 1997

 I want to go to heaven when I bid this world goodbye.
I want to see my Savior over there.
I’ll see my friends and loved ones in that sweet by and by.
Yes, I want to go to heaven when I die.

   I lived my life the way I wanted, never thought about my soul.
I cared naught for heaven’s treasures, but found nothing could make me whole.
And then Jesus touched my sin-filled heart.  
He drew me to His side.
And now I want to go to heaven when I die. 

I want to go to heaven when I bid this world goodbye.
I want to see my Savior over there.
I’ll see my friends and loved ones in that sweet by and by.
Yes, I want to go to heaven when I die.

Now I’m looking for his coming, going to meet Him in the air.
He’ll bring all the saints home with Him, 
I’m so glad that I’ll be there.
If you’ve not made Him your Savior, “Please come,” He gently cries.
Then you’ll surely go to Heaven when you die. 

 

Don’t you want to go to heaven when you bid this world goodbye?
Don’t you want to see your Savior over there?
You’ll see your friends and loved ones in that sweet by and by.
Yes, I want to go to heaven when I die.

Tag (last time after chorus): Don’t you want to go to heaven when you die?

Have a blessed and joyous Lunar New Year!               —Sincerely in the Lord, Pastor Colin

 

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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) 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.

2) Membership Roll Update Exercise: If you are a member of Life B-P Church, please fill the form and put it in the box at the church entrance.

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) The Life B-P Church Camp will be held from 16 to 19 June 2014 at Awana Genting, West Malaysia.  Dr John J Davis will be preaching on the theme “Called unto Holiness.”  Please book your leave early to avoid disappointment. Registration begins early 2014.

5) Congratulations to Mr & Mrs Terence Lum on the birth of a baby girl on 26 Jan 14.

Preaching appointment: Rev Seet 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

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