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Scripture Memory: Grace for Living.
VERSE : 2 Corinthians 12:9 
"And he said unto me, 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."

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

23 December 2012
930 am Combined English Christmas Service:

Rev Ho Chee Lai (For Unto Us a Child is Born, Isa 9:6,7)
6:00 pm Evening Service:
Rev Charles Seet (Joy to the World, the Lord is Come! Psalm 98)

30 December 2012
8 am & 1045am Worship Service:

Rev Colin Wong (Simeon: Waiting to See Christ, Luk 2:25-35)
6:00 pm Evening Service:
Rev Calvin Loh (The House that is Blessed, Psa 128)

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BORN TO DIE

Christmas 2012 is come!

Once again, we witness afresh, in the spirit, of God’s coming to earth. God incarnate - clothed in human form in the person of Jesus Christ.

His Birth Was Foretold

Long before Christ’s birth, the Bible declared in harmony of His coming. The prophets of old wrote of it. One of them, the prophet Isaiah, declared, "Behold a virgin shall conceive and bear a son and shall call his name Emmanuel" (Isaiah 7:14). Emmanuel means God with us (Matthew 1:23). The apostles and the saints of old rejoiced and built their hope on it. What about you, my fellow Lifers and friends? Let us sing with praises, "Joy to the world the Lord has come! Let earth receive her King…."

When the fullness of time was come, God the Son left the heavenly throne for earth and took on a lowly birth, lying in a manger (Luke 2:12) for there was no place for him elsewhere. At the first Christmas, over 2000 years ago, the angel of the Lord announced his birth not to kings nor nobles but to shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night in Bethlehem, saying, "Behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord." (Luke 2:10-11) Upon hearing and believing the good news, the shepherds in faith left the field and went to look for the Savior. They found the babe Jesus lying in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn. Then came in the wise men from the east, led by the Star, to the manger. When they found him, they worshiped him and presented unto him gifts, gold, and frankincense, and myrrh (Matthew 2:10-11) and "rejoiced with exceeding great joy."

He Came to Save Us

Today, as we rejoice with the shepherds and the wise men, what have we brought with us for Jesus? What is our response to the coming of our Lord on this Christmas Day? Have we a place for him in our heart? Will you open your heart to him and say: "O come to my heart, Lord Jesus, there is room in my heart for Thee! My heart shall rejoice, Lord Jesus, when Thou comest and calleth for me!" May this be your earnest prayer and cheerful response for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, this Christmas. For He has come to save us from all our sins and to give us eternal life.

Though Christ was eternally rich, glorious and exalted but for our sake he became poor, so that we through his poverty might be rich (2 Corinthians 8:9) Yea, He came not to lead a princely life but to dwell among us and to participate in our pain, our suffering, our conflicts and our sorrows. (Isaiah 53:4). He came to save us from eternal condemnation because of our sin. The Bible says, "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God." Yes, the word "all" embraces you and me. The apostle Paul says, "Christ Jesus came into this world to save sinners, of whom I am chief." (1 Timothy 1:15) Are we in any way less sinful than the apostle Paul? May God speak to our hearts today. Let us turn away from our sinful ways even as we fully surrender our lives to Him. Yes, "All to Jesus I surrender, All to Him I freely give; I will ever love and trust him, In His presence daily live." May this be our daily prayer.

He Came to Die for Us

Christ’s coming to earth demonstrated the unchanging love of God for mankind. Though we have sinned against God, yet He still loves us and cares for us. In tender love, He sought us when we were lost in sin. By His grace, He brought us back to His fold. Indeed, His love for us is sweeter and sweeter as the day goes by, even from Christmas to Christmas! The Bible says, "God commendeth his love towards us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8) Yes, He was born to die, for you and for me!

As we celebrate Christmas 2012, let us remember that it was God’s wondrous love for you and me that led Christ to Calvary. There, on the hill of Calvary and without a murmur, He bore the anguish of the cross so that He may redeem us unto glory. By the shedding of His precious blood on the cross and pay the penalty of our sins we are no longer under the curse of sin. Instead, we are given eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Through His death we are lifted up into communion with God. With His resurrection from the grave on the third day, we shall have power over the grave and we will be with Him in our glorified body when He returns to receive us unto Himself. On that glorious Day, our corrupted bodies "shall have put on incorruption and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." (1 Corinthians 15:55-57) Hallelujah, what a Savior we have in Christ Jesus. Praise God, Christ has closed the gap and filled the gulf which had separated us from our God and our Creator.

Beloved, let us reaffirm our hope and faith in Christ, this Christmas, even as we raise our voices together with the heavenly host, praising Him our Redeemer till heaven and earth re-echo. May the peace of Christ abide with us till we see Him face to face. As for now and while the Lord tarries in His return to receive us unto Himself, how we ought to deeply appreciate and be thankful always that Christ was born to die for us. Through his death and resurrection from the grave, we shall live together with him forever, one day.

He Is Coming Again

Christ is coming soon! The Bible says, "For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God; and the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air, and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words" (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18)

Christ shall surely return but no man nor the angels in heaven know the day but God the Father only (Matthew 24:36). Nonetheless, we are to be ready at all times "for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh" (Matthew 24:44). It may be morning, it may be night or noon. But we know by faith He is coming again. The Bible says: The day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise and the earth also shall melt with fervent heat and the works therein shall be burned up. Seeing all these things shall come to pass, let us live a holy and godly life. Let us be diligent and be found of him in peace, without spot and blameless till the end of our pilgrim journey. (2 Peter 3:10-14)

As we await Christ’s glorious return in the clouds of glory, "let us not sleep, as do others (even the people of the world) but let us watch and be sober." (1 Thessalonians 5: 6). "Be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord." (1 Corinthians 15:58)

May the peace of God sanctify us and preserve us blameless unto the second coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To God be the glory! Amen. —Elder Joshua Lim

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Watchnight Service (with Holy Communion)

31 Dec 12 (Mon), 10.30 pm - 12.00 am

"Lord, What Wilt Thou Have Me to Do?"

by Rev Charles Seet

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1) The YF and YAF will be celebrating their 59th and 31st anniversaries on 31 Dec 12 at 7pm. Theme: Rise up again. Speaker: Eld Ng Beng Kiong. The event will be held at the MPH in Beulah Centre. Dinner will be provided and all members of the church are invited to join us for this event. Please contact Cornelius (83996638) or Joshua (91529628) for more information.

2) 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.

3) Scripture Memory Verses 2013: "Wisdom for Daily Living". Memory verse booklets are available at the front counter.

4) The Korean Church has moved to their new premises. Hence, our neighbour’s car park will be closed at 1pm on Sundays.

5) "Morning by Morning": Daily Devotional by C H Spurgeon, Vol 1 (Jan to Mar 2013). Available at the front counter. The same devotions are available online at http://www.lifebpc.com/devotions.

6) Life B-P Church Calendar 2013. Members who wish to have additional calendars as Christmas gifts for their friends and loved ones may request for up to 2 additional ones from the deacons.

7) Congratulations to (1) Mr & Mrs Jeremy Khoh for the gift of a baby girl on 2 Dec 12. (2) Mr & Mrs Wang Chin Kiong for the gift of a baby girl on 17 Dec 12.

Preaching appointment: Rev Seet at Life Evening Service, 6pm.

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