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Scripture Memory: True Value. 
VERSE : Proverbs 13:7 
"There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches."

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

24 March 2013
8 am & 1045am Worship Service:
Rev Charles Seet (Why Jesus Wept for Jerusalem, Luke 19:41-44)
6:00 pm Evening Service:
Rev Matthews Abraham (Christ’s Triumphal Entry, Jn 12:12-19)

31 March 2013
7 am Combined Easter Service:
Rev Colin Wong (Is It Possible for God to Raise the Dead? Acts 26:8)
6:00 pm Evening Service:
Rev Calvin Loh (Christ, the Resurrected Lord; Jn 20:19-31)

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THE SUFFERING SAVIOUR

This week is known to Christians as Passion Week. The events of this week, culminating in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, hold a central place in our Christian Faith. It is of supreme importance to us as believers to understand the events surrounding the death of Christ and the chronological elements of His death. These events will enable us to stand in awe as we see how Christ’s death has perfectly fulfilled the prophecies of the Old Testament. Understanding the events of Passion Week will lead us to worship Christ the suffering Saviour who alone is worthy of our worship, in a more meaningful way.

Today is Palm Sunday. We see Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem, riding on a donkey with a great multitude of people who went before and behind Him, crying and shouting, "Hosanna to the Son of David. Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest" (Matthew 21:9) These cries are loud and clear but momentary. His people sing praises and proclaim Him King for the moment but none of them knows that He weeps for them and over Jerusalem. He knows of the coming destruction of the city, the temple and that His people will be taken captive (in AD 70) due to their disbelief of Him as their Messiah, sent from God, to save them from their sins.

What about us, the followers of Jesus who have professed Him as Saviour and Lord? On this day of His triumphant entry into Jerusalem do we simply praise Him with our lips but not our hearts, like the people of Jesus’ time? Hear what Jesus has said of them, "This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoreth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me." (Matthew 15:8-9). Will Jesus say likewise of us? "O Lord, create in us a sincere heart of praise to worship you, even to closely follow your steps as you take your journey to the cross."

On Monday, we see Jesus in the temple in Jerusalem, casting out the money-changers and other merchants who used the temple for their business and individual gains. Jesus said unto them, it is written, "my house shall be called the house of prayer, but ye have made it a den of thieves." (Matthew 21:12-13). Let us take heed of Jesus’ rebuke lest we too fall into the same temptation. Today, we see churches becoming commercialised, using all kinds of methods and ways to promote wealth and preaching the prosperity gospel. How we need to constantly check against such practices and seek the Lord to keep us pure in our thoughts and conduct. Remember, our body is the temple of God. It must be kept clean and pure for the Lord’s use. "O Lord, break down every idol within me, wash me and lead me in the way everlasting" (Psalm 139:24). As a Bible believing church, even Life Bible-Presbyterian Church, we are to preach "Christ and Him crucified." Never allow the pulpit to be used for preaching the social and prosperity gospel. But follow the manner of preaching of the Apostle Paul. He says, "I determined not to know anything among you, save (only) Jesus Christ and Him crucified…And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in the demonstration of the Spirit and of power. That your faith should not stand of the wisdom of men, but in the power of God" (1 Corinthians 2:2-5)

On Tuesday, we see Jesus rebuking the Pharisees, priests and scribes (the spiritual leaders in His time). The Lord knew of their hypocrisy and the wickedness in their hearts. He said unto them, "ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and all uncleanness. Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity" (Matthew 23:27-28) May we steer clear from such a state of mind and appearance, but constantly seeking the Lord to "search me, and know my heart, try me, and know my thoughts and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting." (Psalm 139-23-24) By His cleansing power, let us resolve to live a life worthy of His name.

On Wednesday, we see Jesus ministering to various groups of people. Though He knew His hour was near, He laboured on relentlessly. He spared no time to seek the lost. He, the Son of man, is come to seek and save the lost. (Luke 19:10) His mission to earth was to fulfil the Plan of Redemption for the fallen race since the day of Adam’s disobedience. Today, He is still seeking for the lost and weary. Jesus says, "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart, and ye shall find rest unto your souls; for my yoke is easy and my burden is light" (Matthew 11:28).

Jesus is calling all who are weary and heavy laden to rest in Him. Bring to Him your burden and you shall be blest. He will not turn you away. He is waiting for you to invite Him into your heart. Yes, sing with me, "Into my heart, into my heart, come into my heart, Lord Jesus. Come in today, come in to stay, come into my heart Lord Jesus."

On Thursday, we see Jesus having supper for the last time with His disciples. He saw the weakness of His disciples whose hearts were filled with jealously and pride. Silently, He humbled Himself as a servant and began to wash their feet, so as to teach them the lesson of humility. What about us? Are we better off than the disciples? Are we not filled with jealously and pride, too? How we need to spend time to examine ourselves during this Passion Week. May we earnestly seek Him, praying, "O Lord, wash me from my sin of jealousy and pride. Help me to emulate you, even to humble myself as a servant."

After the supper, we see Jesus and His disciples in the garden of Gethsemane. Here, He said to His disciples, "my soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death; tarry ye here, and watch with me." And He went a little further, and fell on His face, and prayed thrice, saying "O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup (of death) pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt." God the Father turned His face from Him.

When He returned to His disciples, He found them fast asleep. He said unto them, "What, could ye not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation, the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak." (Matthew 26:40-41). Do we hear Him, saying the same to us today? Watch and pray always! While leaving the garden with the disciples, Jesus, betrayed by Judas, was arrested and brought to trial before the High Priest and then Pilate who sentenced Him to death in response to the people’s shouts, "Crucify him! Crucify him!"

On Friday, we see Jesus hanging on the cross at Calvary hill, despised and rejected of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief, stricken, smitten of God an afflicted. He was wounded for our transgressions; He was bruised for our iniquities (Isaiah 53:3-4) He gave Himself to save us. He suffered, bled and died alone, forsaken by the Father. Do these mean nothing to you? Should we not repay Him for such a sacrificial love for you and me? The least we can do for Him, is to be kind one to another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven us. (Ephesians 4:32)

At 3 pm on the same day, Jesus utters the most important word to the believers when He cries with a loud voice, saying, "It is finished" This phrase literally means "paid it all" - all our sins. "Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe, sin had left a crimson stain; He washed it white as snow." O Lamb of God, may I visualize the scene of your agony and suffering on the cross before me. Help me walk, from day to day, with its shadow over me. "In the cross, in the cross, be my vision glorious, all my sins are washed away in the blood of Jesus."

Christ bled alone

On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross, the emblem of suffering and shame. On this cruel cross, Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, was slain.

Alone, on this cross of shame, He was despised and rejected of man. The people jeered at Him and ridiculed Him, saying," If thou be the Son God, come down from the cross". Likewise also the chief priests, the scribes and elders mocked Him, saying, "He saved others, himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross and we will believe him." (Matthew 27:4-42)

Alone, on the cross of sorrow, He bore our grief and carried our sorrows. He was forsaken of the Father, stricken, smitten of God and afflicted. Yes, Christ died for me and my sin. "It was His love for me that nailed Him to the tree, to die in agony, for all my sin. For all my guilt and blame, the great Redeemer came, willing to bear the shame, of all my sin."

Alone, on the cross of suffering, He was oppressed and afflicted. Yet He opened not His mouth to murmur or complain. He was willing to die in our stead so that our souls so unworthy might be saved. For we are His own. He knows us by name and will gladly lay down His life for us (John 10:14-15).

Alone, on the cross of sacrifice, He paid the death penalty for our sins. By His death He reconciled us to God, and being reconciled we shall be saved by His life (Romans 5:10). Indeed, He gave His life a ransom for all (1 Timothy 2:6). Alone, alone, Christ bore the cross alone. Let us sing this hymn, in remembrance of Christ’s suffering for you and for me:

Alone

1. It was alone the Saviour prayed, in dark Gethsemane;

Alone He drained the bitter cup, and suffered there for me

Chorus:

Alone, alone, He bore it alone.

He gave Himself to save His own.

He suffered, bled and died alone, alone

2. It was alone the Saviour stood in Pilate’s judgment hall;

Alone the crown of thorns He wore, Forsaken thus by all

3. Alone upon the cross He hung, that others He might save;

Forsaken then by God and man, Alone, His life He gave.

Christ has suffered in great agony for our sins. Must He bear the cross alone and we go free? Nay, we are to cling on to this rugged cross, come what may, rain or shine, in sickness or sorrow, till our trophies at last we lay down and exchange it someday for a crown, even the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give you and me on that day, and not to us only, but unto all them also that love His appearing (2 Timothy 4:8) Let, us press on relentlessly toward the mark for the prize of high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

At even time on the same day, Joseph of Arimathea, with permission from Pilate, took down Jesus from the cross and after wrapping Him in a clean linen cloth, laid Him in his own new tomb. He then rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre and departed.

On Saturday (being the Sabbath day of the Jews) Jesus laid in the grave.

On Sunday which is Easter Sunday, Christ arose from the dead. "Up from the grave He arose, with a mighty triumph over His foes, He arose a Victor from the dark domain. And He lives forever with His saints to reign. He arose! He arose! Hallelujah Christ arose!"

After His resurrection and having been seen by His disciples, Christ returned to God the Father in Heaven, to prepare a place for us. And He will come again to receive us unto Himself and we, being redeemed by His precious blood shed on Calvary’s cross, shall be with Him and our loved ones who have gone before us, eternally.

Yes, when Christ shall come, we believers shall be transformed. We will be like Him. "So till He come, I will watch and pray and rejoicing. Till He come, each day I will labour on. Then soon one day, my eyes shall see my Saviour descend the clouds, O glorious Day." —Elder Joshua Lim

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EMMANUEL REFORMED BIBLE SEMINAR

The Art and Science of Understanding the Bible 
by Dr Timothy Okman Ki

24-29 June 2013 (Mon-Sat) at Beulah MPH 
8.30 am - 1.00 pm (Mon - Fri)
7.30 pm - 9.30 pm (Mon, Wed, Thu & Fri)
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 13.

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1) There will be no prayer meeting on Tuesday. Instead there will be a Prayer Meeting on Maundy Thursday, 28 Mar 13 at 8pm at Beulah MPH. Rev Quek Keng Khwang will be speaking on "It is Finished!"

Preaching appointment: Rev Quek at YAF Retreat, 21-24 Mar.

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Results of Scripture Memory Verse Programme Review Exercise No.1

We congratulate the following who have achieved a score of 70% and above:

1. Adrian Teh Tian Xin

2. Angela Tan

3. Annette Kunst-Teh

4. Carina Teh

5. Chan Sok Kheng

6. Charmaine Low

7. Chiam Tok Ling

8. Claire Tan Liu Yan

9. Daniel Tan

10. Deborah Chan

11. Dominic Yeo Jing Teng

12. Fidelia Beatrice Alvina

13. Flora Lau Seck Hong

14. Grace Heng

15. Ian Liu

16. Iris Loe

17. Janice Lee

18. Jennifer Goh

19. Joanne Cheong

20. Johannah Koh Mei Choo

21. Joy Tan Ler En

22. Joyce Ang

23. Joyce Loo Jia Le

24. Lee Chee Weng

25. Leong Li Peng

26. Leong Sow Mun

27. Leslie Tan

28. Lorene Yeo

29. Low Siew Kiang

30. Magdalene Huang

31. Mark Liu Liwen

32. Melina Te

33. Michael Lee Yew Chuan

34. Nicholas Lim Song Ping

35. Nigel Teh Tian Li

36. Ong Phei Hong

37. Prudence Lim

38. Rhoda Lim

39. Russell Joel Indran

40. Ryan Cheung Hao Han

41. Samuel Quek Yixin

42. Sharon Quek

43. Sim Siew Hoon

44. Sim Yen Hua

45. Tabitha Lee

46. Tan Khoon Lee

47. Tan Kwee Mui

48. Tessa Teh

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