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Scripture Memory: Guidance from God
VERSE : Proverbs 3:6 
"In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths."

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

20 January 2013
8 am Worship Service:
Dn Lee Hock Chin (Victory over a Materialistic View of Life, Jas 1:9-12)
1045am Worship Service:
Eld Chin Hoong Chor (Victory over a Materialistic View of Life, Jas 1:9-12)
6:00 pm Evening Service:
Rev Colin Wong (Christ, the Firstborn of Every Creature, Col 1:15-17)

27 January 2013
8 am & 1045am Worship Service:
Rev Quek Keng Khwang (Victory Over Temptations to Sin, Jas 1:13-18)
6:00 pm Evening Service:
Dn Lee Hock Chin (Christ, the Living Word Made Flesh, Jn 1:1-14)

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My dear Reader,

GOD HAS A MISSION FOR YOU

There should be no idle Christian in the Lord’s vineyard. If you are a child of God, you have a role to play in the Kingdom of God. Have you ever asked God about it – "Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?"(Acts 9:6)

I would like to share with you about a shepherd boy who once lived, and in him God was to accomplish His plans for his life. His name was Joseph. As early as seventeen, he was actively involved with his brothers in shepherding his father’s flocks. One day, he had a dream. In his dream, God revealed His plans to him. None of his family members believed his dream. His parents rebuked him and his brothers hated him so much that they sold him to Egypt to work as a slave (Genesis 37).

But God was with Joseph. Whatever he did, God prospered him. He became the Prime Minister of Egypt (Genesis 39; 41). A famine brought his brothers to Egypt to search for food (Genesis 42). After a period of time, Joseph could not refrain his strong emotions before his brothers, so he told them who he was. Needless to say, they were very afraid, fearing that he would take revenge of them for what they had done to him. Instead, Joseph pleaded with them to come near to him. What a picture of forgiveness and acceptance! Then he said to them, "Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life" (Genesis 45:7, 8; 50:20; Romans 8:28).

God had a mission for Joseph. Likewise, He has a mission for us. What is that mission? How can we know it? On our part, we are to walk with Him in obedience to His Word, pray and wait on Him. On God’s part, He will direct our paths and reveal to us His next line of action in His appointed time. Obedience is the key to accomplishing His purpose for our lives (Acts 16:6-10).

However, because of our weaknesses, we tend to become anxious how God would lead us. The road ahead of us is full of darkness. We hesitate to move forward. We fear what we do not know. This is a result of lack of faith. We are told that without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him (Hebrews 11:6).

Beloved brethren, let us remember that in accomplishing God’s mission, God does not need to show us everything. He decides what and when to show us. We need to trust Him wholly to lead us through moments of darkness in order to accomplish His purpose for our lives (Proverbs 3:5, 6).

Let me illustrate. God willing, a team of nine brethren will be going to Nepal on 21-29 January 2013 to teach the Word, train Sunday school teachers and evangelize the children. We did our best to prepare ourselves for the mission ahead of us. However, no matter how well our preparation may be, there will be things that come unexpectedly along our way. Perhaps, these will be surprises God sends to mold and shape us to be better servants of the Lord (2 Corinthians 4:16-18; Romans 8:18).

What then should we do? The answer is to continue to walk with Him in the light of His Word. We must not be detached from Him. He is the Source of our strength (John 15:5). When we keep in communion with him, God will reveal His mind to us (1 Corinthians 2:16), and in His good time, He will bring His plans to pass for us.

How does God accomplish His mission for us? God has given us spiritual gifts, natural talents and abilities to prepare us for our mission on earth (1 Corinthians 12:11). These are to be used to accomplish His mission. God will entrust into our care little things and we are to do them with love, diligence and commitment because we are to give God a good account of what He has entrusted into our care. When we are able to do the little things, He will lead us to do bigger things (Luke 16:10; 19:17).

One of the problems many of us face is the job description. All of us want to do something big for the Lord. But that is not always the case. God knows our ability and capability. Whatever gift(s) He bestows on us is always fitting and it benefits the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:7). We may not be the one to preach or lead a prayer session, but we may be responsible for distributing the Weekly to worshippers on the Lord’s Day or for doing something behind the scenes.

The point is that whatever role God assigns to us to do, we must not take it lightly because an account will be required of whatever we do here on earth (Matthew 25:14-30; Colossians 3:24). With that in mind, let us do God’s bidding wholeheartedly as unto the Lord (Colossians 3:23). Whatever small things God assigns to us is preparing us for something bigger. As the saying goes, "He who is true in a little, is true in much; he who is false in small things, is false in great."

Therefore, no role is too small to accomplish for the Lord. If we fail to do well in that "little" role that God has assigned to us, then we should not expect God to assign to us bigger things. King Solomon reminds us that no matter how small our role is or how people look down upon our role, we must determine to do it with all our heart, mind and strength (Ecclesiastes 9:10).

Beloved brethren, God has a mission for you. Do you know what mission He has assigned to you? May I encourage you to seek the Lord’s mind for your role in the Kingdom of God and then make every effort to fulfill it in the year 2013. Amen.

CHRISTIAN, DO YOU LOVE ME?

Christian, do you love me,

Enough to give of your time and money

Enough to give your energy

To work for me continually?

Christian, do you love me,

More than what this world offers thee

More than money, friends or family

To live a life surrendered to me?

Christian, do you love me?

Then take up your cross and follow me

So that in you others will see

The love of God as was shown to thee.

Christian, do you love me

Enough to tell of Calvary

that while you live, where ere you be

You will be a missionary.

Christian do you love me,

Enough to go across the sea

Leave your friends and family

And make a difference for eternity.

Emily van Rijn

New Zealand

Sincerely in the Lord, Pastor Colin

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Results of Scripture Memory Verse Programme Review Exercise No.4

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. Claire Tan Liu Yan

7. Daniel Tan

8. Flora Lau Seck Hong

9. Ian Liu

10. Janice Lee

11. Jennifer Goh

12. Joyce Ang

13. Leong Li Peng

14. Leong Sow Mun

15. Leslie Tan

16. Low Siew Kiang

17. Lui Phui Ying

18. Mark Liu Liwen

19. Michael Lee Yew Chuan

20. Nigel Teh Tian Li

21. Ong Phei Hong

22. Samuel Quek Yixin

23. Sharon Quek

24. Tan Khoon Lee

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1) 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.

2) Mark Cheang, the church MTO, has resigned. For all PA arrangements, please contact bro Lun Chee Leong at 9652 8013 until a replacement is found.

3) VBS in Myanmar (20 - 24 March 2013). Calling for 6 labourers and harvesters to conduct Vacation Bible School in Yangon during the March school holidays. If you would like to share the gospel with Myanmar children, please register with Dn Lee Hock Chin: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before 27 Jan.

4) Combined Lunar New Year Service, 10 Feb 13 at 9.00 am. Rev Peter Chng will be speaking on "With God Through 2013".

5) 2013 Life B-P Church Camp will be held from 17-20 June 2013 at Bintan Lagoon, Indonesia. Please apply for leave early and join us for a time of spiritual feasting as Dr Paul Choo shares on the theme "Armoured for Victory." Look out for more information when registration opens in early 2013.

Preaching appointment: Rev Wong at Life 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