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Scripture Memory: Hatred and Love.
VERSE : Proverbs 10:12 
"Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins."

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

7 April 2013
8 am Worship Service:
Rev Quek Keng Khwang (Victory Over Worldly Rivalry, Jas 4:1-10)
1045am Worship Service:
Rev Colin Wong (Victory Over Worldly Rivalry, Jas 4:1-10)
6:00 pm Evening Service:
Dn Joel Seah (Christ in the Old Testament, Lk 24:44)

14 April 2013
8 am & 1045am Worship Service:
Rev Calvin Loh (Victory over a Judgmental Attitude, Jas 4:11-12)
6:00 pm Evening Service:
Rev Charles Seet (Christ Restores His Disciple, Jn 21:1-19)

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YOUR LABOUR IS NOT IN VAIN!

Whatever you do for the Lord is not in vain. It is not futile or wasted effort. It is useful, purposeful and meaningful because God is able to use your labour to accomplish His divine purposes on earth. Take for example, your efforts to bring a certain person to Christ. Perhaps you know that many others have already tried to share Christ with him before, without any success. You may think that it is futile for you to witness to him. But you should not let this deter you from making an effort to give him the gospel.

Sometimes a person may have to hear the gospel ten or even twenty times before he responds to it, asking the Lord to come into his heart. And your witness may just happen to be that final decisive time when he will be saved. Salvation is brought about by God’s unseen mysterious work in the hearts of men.

Success is not measured by the number of souls you win to Christ but by how well you have used your opportunities to share the gospel with people around you. Listen to what God’s Word says in Psalm 126:6 –"He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him." Keep on sowing the gospel seed in every place you go. Your labour is not in vain!

To encourage you to keep on labouring, please read the following testimonies written by Lifers. The first one is about salvation brought about through contact made during street-evangelism, and the second one is testimony of some from our Youth Fellowship in 1970 who assisted in church planting work 42 years ago. May you be ‘provoked unto love and good works’ by what they have written. —Pastor

ATTACHED is an encouraging note we received recently from Margie Subido, a Filipino domestic helper. We met Margie on 7th April 2012 during our Easter street-evangelism at Orchard Road.

[Last time I don't bother to read or open the bible or what I say I don't care. I rather read my SMS or read newspaper but since I meet Miss Ong Chuay Ying in Lucky Plaza and starting my lesson now I begun to open or read my bible. Thank you for opening my eyes, my heart, my soul.]

Margie was sitting near the money-changers at Lucky Plaza, whiling away her time and waiting to make a trip back to the Philippines for a two-week break. I immediately seized the opportunity to witness to her, telling her the difference between the false Roman Catholic gospel and the true biblical gospel which is the only authentic gospel that has the power to save. She listened intently and signed up for the Bible Correspondence Course. To-date, she has consistently done 30 Bible lessons and has accepted Christ. Thank the Lord for His grace and mercy!

As a body of Christ, may we appropriate the sermon that was preached on 6 January 2013 to be focused on: (1) Our Mission – to make disciples of all nations for Christ through salvation, sanctification and service. (Matthew 28:19,20); (2) Our Vision – to become a united church family committed to the glory of God. To God be the glory! "Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth’s sake." (Psalms 115:1) For Jesus only ~ Chuay Ying

ON SATURDAY 5 January 2013, a group of 1970 Life Church YFers were invited by our ex-Sunday School students from Calvary B-P Church to join in the celebrations of their 40th Thanksgiving Service. We were very encouraged by the faithfulness of God in preserving this batch of pioneers, keeping them faithful for over 40 years.

Some 42 years ago, Rev James Chan answered God’s call to pioneer the work in Jurong. Rev Chan invited his Life B-P Church Bible study class, comprising of 17 and 18 year old YFers, to assist him. We were all young first generation Christians with very limited Bible background. We felt inadequate but knew Rev Chan will continue to counsel us. But most of all, we knew God will go before us.

We taught Sunday School held in the sitting room, kitchen and common corridor of Rev Chan’s Jurong Town flat. The students were all locals and we got to know them by playing games with them and sometimes even helped them with their school work. Then, Jurong was developing as an industrial town and facilities were basic and quite spartan.

At that point in time, we could not imagine that some of these Sunday School students would one day be serving in a thriving Calvary B-P Church. We are reminded of Philippians 1:6 – "Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ."

God will surprise us with how He can use us to begin a good work and we know He is faithful to perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.

Today there are outreach opportunities in newer towns like Punggol, Sengkang and Yishun. May we encourage YFers and YAFers to consider serving at Yishun, the LCC and LYC. If you are not adequately trained, you can learn along the way as there are always more mature Christians leading the charge. Facilities may be lacking initially but we can trust God to provide in His good time.

Let us encourage our young people to come forward and be willing hearts and hands for God’s use. ~ YFers 1970

OUR PRAYERS ARE NOT IN VAIN!

How important is prayer to us? When the apostle Paul wrote his first epistle to Timothy, there were many things on his mind that he wanted to write about. He wanted to give instructions about how to organise the church with a godly and qualified leadership. He wanted to warn them about false teaching. He wanted Timothy to be a caring pastor, ensuring that the poor were well taken care of, that the elderly were given proper respect, and that the rich would be warned not to be covetous.

But before Paul did all that, the first thing he did was to emphasise the necessity of prayer. "I exhort therefore, that first of all,..." The words "first of all" here means "above all things." That indicates primacy of importance. Prayer must take an important place in the life of every believer and in the life of the church. Whatever we do, and no matter how busy we become, we must never forget to pray.

When the prophet Daniel knew that praying might cost him his life, he continued to pray as he did before (Daniel 6:10). Nothing could prevent him from keeping his prayer time with God, not even a royal decree. Yet many today would readily sacrifice the time of prayer for other activities and pursuits. They can hardly find time to pray because of their many commitments at work, school or home. This is due to an unbalanced order or priorities. As greater priority is given to other pursuits and concerns in life, prayer is gradually pushed down to a lower priority.

Martin Luther once said that the busier he was, the more time he would spend in prayer. When something becomes a necessity, we will make time for it. The same principle applies to prayer. If we regard prayer as the most important ministry of the church we will make time to pray no matter how busy we are.

One event which demonstrated the necessity of prayer took place soon after the Exodus. As the Israelites were almost reaching Mount Sinai they were suddenly attacked by an army of ruthless Amalekites. The Israelites were caught unprepared, but they had to rally together to defend themselves against the foe. So Moses instructed Joshua to organize the men into an army and lead them to battle the Amalekites.

But Moses and two other men did not join in the battle. They went to the top of a nearby hill – not to save their skins if the Amalekites were to win, but to do something important. In fact what they did on that hill turned out to be the decisive factor in the outcome of that battle. "And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed." (Exodus 17:11)

The holding up of Moses’ hands indicates that prayer was being made to God for the Israelites. Letting his hands down means that he ceased to pray because of tiredness. Praying is hard work. It is the work of the soul wrestling with God.

What is striking is that as long as Moses prayed, the battle went in favour of the Israelites. But when his prayers ceased, the Amalekites gained the upper hand. This convinced Aaron and Hur that if Israel was to win, Moses must keep praying for Israel. Therefore they helped him by supporting his arms. It was only with their help that Moses was able to keep praying until the sun had set and Israel’s victory was sealed.

Without prayer, all the Israelites would have been slaughtered, for they were no match for the Amalekites. They knew nothing about fighting because they had been slaves in Egypt who had never wielded any weapons before. They knew nothing at all about military tactics and strategies. And yet, even the weakest army can defeat the strongest adversary through prayer!

We as a Church are just as weak as those Israelites. We cannot succeed in doing any work for the Lord. There is a foe that relentlessly hinders God’s work and opposes God’s people, and he is much worse than the Amalekites. At least they were visible to the Israelites. The enemy of our souls is invisible and far superior to us in prowess and knowledge (Ephesians 6:12). There is only one thing we can do to turn the tide in our favour: Pray!

May we all be convinced that our prayers are not in vain, and that we need to become a praying church in order to fulfill our mission and vision. —Pastor

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Notice of Annual Congregational Meeting Lord’s Day, 28 April 13, at 10.45 am sharp

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

Beginning with this year, we will send e-ACM papers to your email address registered with the church office. Members who do not have email accounts will receive the printed ACM papers by mail.

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Men’s Fellowship 23rd Anniversary Thanksgiving

13 Apr 13 (Sat) at 6pm, Beulah MPH

Topic: "A Slave for Christ"

Speaker: Rev Charles Seet

All are welcome

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Vacation Bible School 2013 (5-7 June, Wed to Fri)

"Happiness is the Lord!" (Luke 15:10)

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: 12 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 19 May 2013, 12.30pm to 3pm (lunch provided). Attendance is compulsory.

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1) Flora, Sock Khim and Christine thank pastors, session members, ladies fellowship, adults fellowship and church friends for their prayers and condolences during their beloved brother, Lau Chin Kwee’s homegoing on 24 Mar 13.

2) Congratulations to Mr & Mrs Michael Ong for the gift of a baby boy on 30 Mar 13.

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