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Scripture Memory: Journeying Mercies.
VERSE : Psalm 121:8 
"The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore."

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

4 November 2012
8 am Worship Service:

Dn Lee Hock Chin (Job: Blessing God in Times of Trial , Job 1:21,22)
10.45 am Worship Service:
Rev Quek Keng Khwang (Job: Blessing God in Times of Trial , Job 1:21,22)
6:00 pm Evening Service:
Rev Charles Seet (How Great is God’s Love? Ps 103)

11 November 2012
8 am Worship Service:

Rev Colin Wong (Elijah: Effectual Fervent Praying, Jas 5:16-18)
1045am Worship Service:
Eld Lim Teck Chye (Elijah: Effectual Fervent Praying, Jas 5:16-18)
6:00 pm Evening Service:
Dn Lee Hock Chin (Living in Light of Eternity, Ps 90)

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My dear Reader,

THOSE THINGS THAT ARE REVEALED TO US IN THE BIBLE

Human beings are inquisitive people, especially young people who often wonder why certain things are not revealed to them in the Bible. These include the following questions: Why did God permit evil in the universe? If God is all-powerful, why didn’t He prevent sin from happening in the Garden of Eden? Why did He create Lucifer in such a way that he could sin, and so become Satan, bringing sorrow to mankind? Why would God create Adam and Eve and command them to fill the earth, knowing beforehand that the vast majority of them would end up in hell? How can God justify himself by sending millions of people who have never heard the Gospel to hell?

There are no easy answers in the Bible. The reason is that "these things belong to the Lord" (Deuteronomy 29:29a). God does not see it wise to reveal them to us simply because He has His own reasons for not doing it. However, "Those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law" (Deuteronomy 29:29b). What "things" that have been revealed in His teachings belong to us and to our children forever, and we must obey every word of these teachings.

Let me share with you five of them and you pray that God may grant you strength to follow them through in your daily living.

Fear God

What is the meaning of "fear" in the Bible? "Fear" is used in many ways in the Bible. It may be a feeling of reverence, awe, and respect (Psalm 139:14), or an unpleasant emotion caused by a sense of danger or terror (Genesis 15:1; 26:24; Deuteronomy 3:2; Matthew 10:28; John 20:19; Philippians 1:28). "Fear" may be directed toward God or man. "Fear" may be either beneficial or harmful. Thus "fear" may be either your friend or foe.

The word "fear" occurs 28 times in Deuteronomy and it speaks of a reverential fear or a godly respect for God. This kind of fear is good and beneficial. For example, God summoned Moses to gather the people of God together at Horeb to hear His words that they would learn to show reverential fear to Him as long as they live on earth, and whatever they had heard, they would teach their children the same thing (Deuteronomy 4:10; 6:6-9). God said that if only they would fear Him and obey all His commandments as long as they live, then things would go well for them and their children forever (Deuteronomy 5:29).

What is meant by the fear of the Lord? First, God’s majesty incites reverential fear in us. What causes us to stand in reverential awe? One of them is God’s creation. The Psalmist said, "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork" (Psalm 19:1). Why do we sing that beautiful hymn, "How Great Thou Art"? It is because that hymn speaks of the majesty of God and it causes a reverential fear in us toward God.

Second, God’s holiness incites reverential fear in us. "Fear of God" does not mean "fearfulness of God" or"being afraid of him," but "walking, speaking, and acting in such an intimate relationship with Him that we are in continual awe of what He is doing in our lives." And because of that, we are constantly watching for and fleeing from anything that would hinder or quench our intimacy with Him.

God is holy. He is so holy that He cannot come into contact with sin (Habakkuk 1:13). Jesus was a good example. When He was on earth, He lived a perfect life. He had communion with His Father. We read in the Gospels that He often slipped away into a lonely place to pray to God alone. His communion with God was unbreakable.

But when He was on the cross, why did He cry, "My God, my God, why has thou forsaken me?" (Matthew 27:46) God had never forsaken His Son before. Why did it happen now? The reason is because of sin. The sin of the whole world came upon Him. Isaiah tells us that "… the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all"(Isaiah 53:6, 11). That is why God turned His face away from him.

Has God’s holiness incited any reverential fear in you? If not, you have not truly known what it means to hate sin. You see, the more a Christian gets closer to God, the more he sees his own wretchedness. It is not that the sin wasn’t there before, it certainly was. It is just that he is able to see it so much more clearly than he ever did before. And so he cries, "Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight"(Psalm 51:4). "O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?" (Romans 7:24)

Third, God’s love incites reverential fear in us. When we think of the love of God demonstrated for us at the cross of Calvary, does it incite a reverential fear in us? (Romans 5:8)

Dr Walter L. Wilson tells the story of a woman who had attended one of his meetings and waited after the service for spiritual help. When he asked her if she could quote any part of the Scripture, she said that she had once learned John 3:16 in Sunday School. He then asked her to quote it. She recited: "For God so loved the world that he gave his only forgotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

Noticing that she had mistakenly said "forgotten" instead of "begotten," he said, "Do you know why God forgot his Son?" She said, "No, I don’t." And Dr Wilson said: "It was because he wanted to remember you." Then Dr Wilson led her to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. That’s awesome! That’s the love of God for us.

Keep God’s Commandments

God said that these laws are for His people’s own good as long as they live so that He would preserve their lives (Deuteronomy 6:24). God said that if only they would fear Him and obey all His commandments as long as they live, then things would go well for them and their children forever (Deuteronomy 5:29). God said to them that it was for their good to keep the commandments (Deuteronomy 10:13).

Therefore, God’s commandments are not burdensome (1 John 5:3) because knowing and keeping the law of God keeps us from sin (Psalm 119:105; 9, 11), nourishes us spiritually (Job 23:12; Jeremiah 15:16), causes us to live righteously (Psalm 119:138) and blesses us in all that we do (James 2:25).

Love God

God not only requires us to fear Him and keep His commandments, but also to love Him unreservedly (Deuteronomy 6:5; 10:12). The word "love" occurs 16 times in Deuteronomy. What does it tell us? It tells us the importance of loving God. A teacher of the law tried to trap Jesus with a question. He asked, "Master, which is the great commandment in the law?" Jesus said unto him, "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment" (Matthew 22:36-38).

We are commanded to love God fervently – with all our heart, soul and mind, and Mark adds, "… and with all thy strength" (Mark 12:30). That is to say, we are to love God unconditionally with our whole being (1 John 3:1).

Therefore, let me strongly encourage you to love God wholeheartedly; otherwise our love for Him will not be perfect.

Serve God

God warns us not to serve man-made gods of wood and stone (Deuteronomy 4:28; Psalm 115:4-8). We are not to bow down to them (Deuteronomy 5:9; Exodus 20:4, 5).

The word "serve" occurs 25 times in Deuteronomy. Out of the 25 times, 5 times we are told to serve God, 17 times we are told not to serve other gods and 3 times talk about serving the enemies. God reminds us again and again (17 times) not to serve any other gods.

To serve God means to worship Him. To serve any other gods means to worship these gods. To do it is to commit idolatry. What is idolatry? Idolatry consists of not only the worship of false gods, but also in the worship of the true God by images.

John exhorts us to keep away from anything that might take God’s place in our heart (1 John 5:21; Matthew 6:24). What are our idols? Our idols could be our possessions, career, study, girlfriend or boyfriend, popularity, status, family, or pursuit of life.

When Joshua challenged God’s people to choose who they would serve today, he said, "… but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD" (Joshua 24:15b). Who would you choose to serve today – God or idols?

Walk in his ways

"Walk" occurs 12 times in Deuteronomy, and 9 times we are told to walk in His ways (Deuteronomy 10:12)."Walk" here speaks of a person’s manner or conduct of life before God and man. John says that if we say that we have an intimate relationship with God, then we should live the way Jesus lived (1 John 2:6; Acts 10:38). Paul encourages us to conduct ourselves in a manner worthy of the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Philippians 1:27; Colossians 1:10). He also urges us to walk in the Holy Spirit, for in doing so, we will not fulfil the lust of the flesh (Galatians 5:16, 25).

Let us make every effort to fear God, keep His commandments, love Him, serve Him and walk in all His ways – be it by testifying for him, suffering for him or dying for him. Amen.

—Sincerely in Christ, Pastor Colin

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EMMANUEL REFORMED BIBLE LECTURES

Time: 7.30 pm – 9.30 pm; Venue: Beulah House.

Mondays: The Poetic Books of the Old Testament (Rev Charles Seet)

Thursdays: The Revelation of Jesus Christ (Rev Ho Chee Lai).

Lectures begin on 7 January 2013.

Please complete registration forms available at the reception counter and place them in the box.

‘Early Bird Discount’ of $5 will be given to those who register before 3 Dec 12.

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1) LTF Camp 2012. Speaker: Rev Peter Chng. Theme: "Metamorphosis!" (2 Cor 5:17). Dates: 10-14 Dec. Age: 12-17. Please register early. For more information, contact Elder Lim Ching Wah at 9183-6783.

2) YF Camp 2012. Theme: Fear of the Lord. Speaker: Rev Jack Sin from Maranatha BP Church. Camp dates: 17-21 Dec. All youth aged between 16-24 are invited. Registration opens today, ends on 18 Nov. Contact John Lim (9660-5446) for more information.

3) Infant Baptism on Christmas Sunday, 23 Dec 12. Parents who intend to have their infants baptised must register by 25 Nov 12. Please call the Church office (65949399) or email Yin Chan giving child’s name, date of birth and parents’ names and contact.

4) Catechism Class for Easter Baptism on 31 March 2013 commences on 2 Dec 12 at Beulah Centre Rm 5-4, 9.30 am. Those seeking baptism, reaffirmation of faith and transfer of membership must attend the Catechism Class.

Preaching appointment: Rev Seet at Evening Service, 6pm. Rev Wong in Batam.

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YF ExCo for 2012/13
Chairman : Christopher Goh Shi Yang
Vice Chairman : Joshua Chia Shao Xuan
Vice chairman : Joshua Lim Song Wei
Secretary : John Lim Jia Song 
Treasurer : Stella Seet Seok Beng
Member : Joash Tan Zhi Hao / Samuel Ang

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