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Scripture Memory: True Friendship.
VERSE : Proverbs 17:17 
"A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity."

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

9 June 2013
8 am Worship Service:
Rev Colin Wong (Victory through Fervent Prayer, Jas 5:16-18)
1045am Worship Service:
Dn Lee Hock Chin (Victory through Fervent Prayer, Jas 5:16-18)
6:00 pm Evening Service:
Rev Mathews Abraham ((Christ Will Return for Us, 1 Thes 4:13-18)

16 June 2013
8 am & 1045 am Worship Service:
Rev Charles Seet (Biblical Family Relationships, Eph 6:1-4;)
6:00 pm Evening Service:
Rev Quek Keng Khwang (Christ Will Reward Us, 2 Tim 4:8; 1 Pet 5:4)

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WHEN CANCER STRIKES

How can you help a loved one who is diagnosed with cancer? Or how can you cope if you are diagnosed to have cancer? These are realities that we have to face in life. They may come when we least expect it. The common response to them is to ask the question, "Lord, why have You allowed this to happen?"

Responding to Cancer

Instead of complaining to God and doubting His goodness, we must learn to accept the unexpected affliction as part of His divine purpose. God takes no delight in seeing any of His children suffer (Lamentations 3:33-36). He may allow it in order to humble us and make us turn back to Him. God may use cancer as a crucible to refine our faith in Him (1 Peter 1:7). Many have testified how their struggle with cancer provided opportunities for proving their faith as well as proving God’s love and faithfulness to them.

One possible reason why God allows us to have cancer is that we love this present world and our present life on earth far more than we should. When we are physically healthy and strong we are most easily tempted to put all our hopes here and give little thought to anything beyond this life. Cancer may then come as a necessary wakeup call from God. It brings us back to the reality that our present life is frail and temporary. It makes us long for a better life and a better world than this present one, a life where sin and sickness will no longer exist: Eternal life with God in heaven!

So if you ever need to deal with cancer that afflicts you or your loved one, please remember that your salvation has given you this heavenly hope through Christ, and that one day you will have an incorruptible body that can no longer be ravaged by cancer.

Coping with Cancer

Perhaps you have come to terms with the cancer, and you have accepted it as God’s will for you or for your loved one. But now comes the more difficult part – How to cope with it. Someone has likened coping with cancer to taking a long and arduous journey into the unknown. That journey begins when the diagnosis is confirmed and it will take the cancer patient into a whole new world of medical terms, tests and treatments he has never heard of before.

At times the journey may bring him up to mountain heights of hope as his condition improves and the cancer seems to shrink. But after that it may plunge him right down into the darkest of valleys as his condition worsens and the cancer grows again. This roller-coaster experience can leave him and his caregiver emotionally drained.

But if you are in this situation, whether as a cancer patient or as a caregiver, you cannot afford to remain drained for long, because you need to press onward in the journey. You have to find new strength to get yourself going again.

Those who know the LORD have one important resource for doing this that others do not have. This resource is given in Isaiah 40:28-31 – "Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his undserstanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint."

Confidence in What the LORD Can Do

Your greatest resource for coping with cancer is God Himself! According to verse 28 God never faints or becomes weary. He continually upholds the whole of Creation by the word of His power. If God were to become weary for even one split second, the whole fabric of nature would immediately disintegrate, and universal chaos would set in!

How does this truth relate to you? By knowing that God is constantly watching over you and holding you. He never grows tired of being your Caregiver. Not even the tiniest little detail about you escapes His attention. As the Lord Jesus said in Matthew 10:30, even "the very hairs of your head are all numbered."

The next thing we see in verse 28 is that there is no searching of His understanding. None can ever measure the depths of God’s infinite wisdom! This is one precious truth that you must relate to every circumstance of life. You may sometimes wonder why God has allowed you or your loved one to suffer from cancer. You cannot see at all how it can ever work out for good or for God’s glory. But if you know that God’s ways are unsearchable, you can simply trust that He knows what He is doing, and that one day you will be able to look back with amazement at what great wisdom there was in His mysterious ways!

You must have confidence that God can do anything at all that He wills to do. It is well within God’s power to raise the dead back to life if He wants to, or to remove all traces of the cancer if He wants to. But while all things are within His power to do, this does not mean that He must always choose to use His power the way that you would like Him to use it.

If God wills, He can remove the cancer immediately and miraculously. But you must not presume that He will do that in your case, as you have no right to expect Him to do that. You must simply accept whatever God chooses to do for you, as good. His ways are so much higher than your ways. He may choose to remove it by means of chemotherapy or by other forms of medical treatment, or He may choose to let it remain. This last option does not mean that God is any less powerful than what He really is.

Comfort from What the LORD Will Give

The last thing mentioned about God is what He will give. Verse 29 tells us that He gives power to the faint and that He increases the strength of those who have no might. The strength mentioned here is not physical strength but the courage and willingness to keep doing His will even under the most trying circumstances of life. This truth can be a constant source of joy and comfort for you to press on.

Consider how Paul testified of this very thing in 2 Corinthians 12:9,10. Paul had prayed that God would remove his thorn in the flesh. But instead of granting Paul’s request, the Lord answered, "My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong."

Whenever you feel overwhelmed with weakness from your illness, or with inadequacy for your task of caregiving, cling to this great promise of God: "My strength is made perfect in weakness." You now have the unique opportunity to experience a strength that is not your own, so that Christ may demonstrate what His power can do in and through your life. If the life of Paul could become such a demonstration, so can yours.

Commitment to Wait upon the LORD

But there is something you must keep doing in order to possess this strength from God. This brings us to the point in verse 31 of our text. "But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint."

The phrase "to wait upon the Lord" must be understood correctly. To wait upon something is to attend to it. Psalm 145:15 tells us – "The eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season." The end of 2 Chronicles 13:10 says, "…and the Levites wait upon their business." In both of these verses the idea is not just that of attending, but of regular, constant attending.

Waiting upon the Lord therefore means spending time regularly in God’s presence. In practical terms, we wait upon the Lord when we commune with Him daily. We should live our lives at all times in God’s presence through prayer and meditating on His Word. King David testified of his communion with God in Psalm 16:11,"…in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore." If you maintain such blessed communion with God every day, you will have an endless supply of spiritual strength – The strength that you need to persevere no matter how long you have to cope with cancer.

Please do not say that you don’t have time to wait upon the Lord. You must plan it into your daily schedule, because it is the source of your spiritual strength (cf. John 15:5; Philippians 4:13). If you do not make it a priority, you will not be able to last for long in coping with cancer. But if you make it a priority there are four wonderful results you can look forward to –

1) You will renew your strength. As we have seen above, this strength is the courage and willingness to persevere in doing God’s will even during the most trying circumstances of life. You will "…be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might." (Ephesians 6:10)

2) You will mount up with wings as eagles. Your close fellowship with God will take you upward to new heights of glory that you have never known before! There are things of the spiritual realm that God has prepared for those who love Him that no eye has ever seen, no ear has ever heard, and no heart has ever imagined. These are the deep things of God which are revealed to us by His Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:9,10).

3) You will run and not be weary. This run refers to the spiritual race that God calls every Christian to run – a long race of endurance that may take you through the most awful terrains of life.

4) You will walk and not faint. This walk probably refers to the daily conduct and testimony of your life that will enable you to be patient, kind and loving like our Lord Jesus Christ. If you can give your loved one who has cancer such Christ-like love and care, you will be the best caregiver that he could ever have. And if you who have cancer can give others who are coping with the same illness such kindness and love, you will become their best hope and inspiration to keep pressing onward.

Finishing Well

Now that you have seen that God is your greatest resource for coping with cancer, I trust that you will apply these lessons to draw all the strength and help that you need from Him. Keep your eyes focused at all times on LORD Jesus "…who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God." (Hebrews 12:2)

If the Lord is gracious to see you or your loved one through the long journey and bring complete remission, then give thanks to Him for the deliverance. But if not, then please let your response be like Job’s – "Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD." (Job 1:21) May God help us to bring glory to Him whatever the outcome of the cancer may be. – Pastor

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GOSPEL SUNDAY

Date: 30th June 2013

Time: 8 am & 10:45 am

Topic: O Grave, Where Is Thy Victory?

Speakers:
Rev David Wong (English Service)

Pastor Willy Ng (Mandarin/Hokkien)

Members are encouraged to invite their friends and relatives.

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Father’s Day Celebration: Dad’s Legacy

Date : 15 June 2013 (Sat)

Venue : Beulah MPH

Time : 5.30 pm - 8.00 pm

$5 per person (above 12 to 65 yrs); FOC (all other ages)

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ERBL LECTURES (JUL-NOV 13) : Expanded to Day Lectures!

Day Time Course Lecturer

Mon 7.30 - 9.30 pm OT Survey I Rev Charles Seet

Tue 10 - 12.00 pm Basic Greek I Rev Ho Chee Lai

Wed 10 - 12.00 pm Ten Commandments Rev Charles Seet

Thu 10 - 12.00 pm 1 Corinthians Rev Isaac Ong

7.30 - 9.30 pm NT Survey I Rev Ho Chee Lai

Fri 10 - 12.00 pm Christian Education Rev Dr Jack Sin

Closing date for ‘Early Bird Discount’ of $5 is TODAY! Lectures begin on 8 Jul 13. Please complete registration forms and place them in the box, together with payment.

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1) Camp briefing (7pm) and Prayer Meeting (8pm) this Tuesday, 11 June at Beulah MPH. All campersplease attend the camp briefing.

Church Camp Registration Office. Please pay your camp fees at FEK Resource Room by today. Love gift to defray the cost are welcome.

2) "Morning by Morning": Daily Devotional by C H Spurgeon, Vol 3 (Jul to Sep 2013). Available at the front counter. The same devotions are available online at http://www.lifebpc.com/devotions.

3) Catechism Class for Anniversary 2013 Baptism will commence on 7 Jul 13, 9.30 am at Rm 5-4, Beulah Centre. Those seeking baptism, reaffirmation of faith and transfer of membership must attend the Catechism Class.

4) Our condolences to Paul Tay and family on the homegoing of his father, Larry Tay Chin How (80 yrs) on 6 Jun 13.

Appointment: Rev Seet at Korean Church Dedication Service, 11.30 am and Indonesian Service, 4.00 pm.Rev Wong at Life Chinese Service, 10.45 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

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