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Scripture Memory: God’s Sovereignty.
VERSE : Isaiah 55:9 
"For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts."

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

26 August 2012
8 am & 1045am Worship Service:

Dn Lee Hock Chin (David: A Man after God’s Heart, Acts 13:22)
6:00 pm Evening Service:
Rev Frank Low (The Blessed Man, Ps 119:1-8)

2 September 2012
8 am & 1045am Worship Service:

Rev Charles Seet (Daniel: A Youth with Solid Convictions, Dan 1:8)
6:00 pm Evening Service:
Rev Quek Keng Khwang (When the Going Gets Tough, Ps 34)

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THE LADIES’ PRAYER GROUP

"Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another and the Lord hearkened and heard it and a book of remembrance was written before Him for them that feared the Lord and that thought upon His name." (Malachi 3:16)

AS A CHRISTIAN, I am grateful to God for providing various means of grace to help me live a life of faith and repentance. One such means of grace is the Ladies’ Prayer Group.

The Ladies’ Prayer Group is not an extraordinary group of women. Like you, we are still work-in-progress, working on our personal holiness. Most of us are mums and retirees, very ordinary people. Every Thursday morning, we gather at Beulah House to worship God and fellowship. We read His Word and then we pray. There is much spiritual bonding as we share about His work and how He is actively working in our lives.

We are prayer-list intercessors. What we do is to first pray for our beloved pastors, ministry staff and session members, and then pray through the assignments given to us on our weekly bulletin. We are also concerned about the spiritual revival of our church as we are living in the last days. Praying for the needs of the church undergirds the church with the Lord’s power and protection. We welcome the occasional emergency request but our priority is to consistently and regularly pray for the individuals, missions and issues on the prayer-list.

Prayer is a privilege given to all believers and it is a privilege that we must use. As we pray together, we enter into God’s loving presence. As we pray, He allows us to share His heart by aligning our goals and purposes to His goals and purposes. In prayer, He teaches us to listen to Him. So, prayer is not just about us talking and petitioning but it is also about Him teaching us to listen. Often, through the working of the Holy Spirit, transformation happens as He shows us where we have gone wrong. God teaches us about humility in prayer.

Time and again, we are refreshed and strengthened as we see how God answers prayer. He gives us evidence of fruit when souls embrace Christ through the Life Children’s Club, Children’s Ark, VBS, gospel Sundays, camps, The Mailbox Club, personal, street and door-to-door evangelism. The Most High God delights in hearing us, teaches us how to pray and accepts our imperfect prayers. Isn’t He wonderful?

Corporate intercession has enriched my closet prayer life. I have learnt to pray for people the Holy Spirit leads me to. It has also deepened my intimacy with Him. In my daily personal prayer, He continues to inspire my heart with His continual love through loving communication with Him. Should I become immobile one day, I can still serve Him by interceding for others. There is no retirement from kingdom work.

Biblically, women are to remain silent in the church so we welcome sisters to join us in supporting our brothers who are in the forefront of the battlefield. Be blessed as I have been blessed!

Through corporate intercession, may God make us women "aflame for Christ, and committed to godliness." –Ong Chuay Ying

I THANK GOD for His salvation so rich and free. He is very faithful and true to answer my prayer. I was brought up in a small mission church in KL whose brethren spent much time fasting and praying. As I was young then, I just followed them but as years went by I realized that it has shaped my Christian life. Prayer became a way of life and the times spent in prayer and supplication have never been wasted because the Lord strengthened my faith and the Holy Spirit of God enlightened me and deepened my understanding of God when I prayed. God has never failed to lead and guide me through prayer. And He is ever faithful to answer prayer (Isaiah 58:9). As a housewife only, I am not able to help my husband in his times of difficulty in his work and neither do I have the ability to guide my children in each level of their lives. But I have a God who listens to my prayer and helps me to solve my problems and conflicts (Psalm 91:15). I am indebted to His great goodness towards me. I joined the Thursday Ladies’ Prayer group to pray for our church leaders, ministry and mission. As EM Bounds in his book said, the life, power and glory of the church is prayer. The life of its members is dependent on prayer. The presence of God is secured and retained by prayer. Prayer is the Christian’s vital breath, the Christian’s native air, His watch word at the gates of death. He enters heaven with prayer. – Christina Toh

I THANK THE Lord for the opportunities I had to join the Ladies’ Prayer Group. I feel that this ministry is very meaningful as it is important for us to be "Prayer Warriors" in the Church. And though we might not be able to help everybody physically, we can still support them by praying for them. Despite feeling a bit scared and awkward at first, praying out loud in a group, it was not as scary as I thought it would be. I thank God for allowing me to be able to take time off and gather with my "older sisters" to commune with Him. Not only that, it was very refreshing to take a break from the business of life to sing praises to God and going to Him in "prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving". – Esther Toh

I CAME TO the Ladies’ Prayer Group in 2010. I found it interesting. After praying I felt the joy of my soul lifted up. I was encouraged to come again and when Thursday morning comes, I pray for journey mercies. God answers prayer. When one or two are gathered together, God is in the midst of us. I encourage sisters in Christ to come to pray. To God be the Glory. Amen. Saved by Grace alone. – Christine Low

IN 2006 I had the privilege to experience His healing power, permitted by my Saviour and Lord Jesus Christ.

Just two years earlier, I lost a younger brother and in 1993 I had lost an older brother, both to lung cancer. During a tearful sharing at a prayer meeting, I asked for prayer that I’ll be spared of the same ordeal. The Lord comforted me with a card from a deacon, with His Word on Isaiah 40:31 "But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." His promise has preserved me and encouraged me to wait upon Him and to be in total surrender to His will for me. I had breast cancer.

I broke the news of my illness to a sister after Sunday worship. I was very thankful to God for her spontaneous reaction in gathering another sister to pray for me in the privacy of the FEK restroom. As they prayed, I felt their love and presence of God with us (Matt 20:18 "For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them"). My tears rolled uncontrollably as I felt the comfort and assurance of His love and care upon me. Thereafter I was greatly benefited by every sincere, earnest and fervent prayer made for me. John 33:16 "These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." The Lord gave grace and peace throughout my treatment and healed me. Praise God.

My dear sisters, God is good. He will not turn away those who seek Him in faith and with loving hearts. Do join us at the Ladies’ Prayer meeting each Thursday morning and allow Him to fill our mouths. Psalm 81:10 "I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide; and I will fill it." –Jenny Kan

FIRSTLY, I thank God for leading me to this Ladies’ Prayer group. It opened my under-standing that regardless of whatever background we may come from or level of authority in the church, we can humbly come to pray together in unity to our Abba father who loves us. We bring all our petitions before His throne of grace to seek His grace and mercy. John 15:7 says "If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will and it shall be done unto you."

Truly I count it much joy and blessedness to be able to exercise to pray continually with this praying group for our pastoral team, our elders and our deacons that each will receive God’s bountiful blessings and guidance as they serve faithfully in their own individual roles and work in harmony and in unity together for the well-being of our church to lead the church members. We remember also to pray for their spouses and loved ones too.

It gives us joy also to include the administrative staff including the cleaner of our church in our prayers. They are not forgotten as they play an important role too to give the much needed administrative support to the whole church.

We remember those who are unwell or on beds of affliction and also those who are going through crises in their lives or anyone who needs our prayer support. It is a privilege to be able to pray for each and every one of them.

It is also a privilege to be able to pray for our missionaries and the mission outreaches beyond our shores and also gospel outreaches on home ground and others. I often told myself that I cannot preach neither can I teach, but I can pray. Therefore, it is a joy to be in this Ladies’ Prayer Group to be able to do a little on my part to pray for others some of whom I may not even know but by name only. I also learned to overcome my fear of being unable to pray clearly in public whenever I am called to pray before a group of people.

When prayers are answered, it gives me much joy and encouragement to continue praying together. We continually pray also for more sisters to come to pray together with us, and to share with one another of God’s grace and mercies, thus encouraging one another in the faith.

I feel good and greatly relieved that I can pray to the Lord, whom I know will take care of my burdens, my anxieties and help me to overcome the trials that come each day. John Bunyan, the great author and preacher once said: "If thou art not a praying person, thou art not a Christian".

May God grant all of us joy and peace as we look to Him always in prayer. "Lord, teach us to pray." (Luke 11:1) – Hazel Wong

IN THE PAST 28 years, I have not been actively involved in God’s ministries, and had only been worshipping God every Sunday as a ‘Sunday Christian’. My spiritual life then was very dry like a ‘desert land’. Reading the Word of God had become very mundane, and there was not much joy in praying. My life then was centred more on building up my career and carving a niche in my place of work. I wanted very much to self-actualise in my career life. I wished also to prove to my boss and fellow colleagues that I could take up the role I was given in the Logistics Department, with a team of administrative staff and store assistants under my supervision.

One fine day in 2003, God chastened me and woke me up from my dreamland. I began to realise that indeed I had backslided to a stage of centering my life on self and NOT on God Himself. I came to His throne of Grace once again like a young child seeking His forgiveness and asking Him for a renewal of my heart and spirit.

A life full of praise and thanksgiving to God would lead us closer to Him. In fact, I could see how God marvelously answered our prayers for my mother who, though a very staunch ancestral worshipper, came to accept the Lord Jesus as her personal Saviour and was baptised in 2005. In her life, I saw how the Lord extended her life span (I was told by her heart specialist that she had above 90% blockages in her heart arteries back in 1999 and was asked to be prepared for a fatal heart attack anytime then). However, God gave her another 10 years to live on, in order that she could hear the Gospel and come to the saving knowledge of our Lord! She was eventually called home to be with the Lord in 2009. I reckon that this is indeed the power of prayer as nobody can be converted except by the working of the Holy Spirit. Praise the Lord!

Subsequently, our dear Lord showed me His way and directed me to the prayer ministry, viz. the Ladies’ Prayer Group. Not many people were available to join this group as ‘prayer warriors’. When I first joined the Ladies’ Prayer Group together with 2 other Ladies’ Fellowship members in 2010, there were only 3 regulars in this group. Though this group remains small (6 regulars), I really enjoyed having a close bond of fellowship with them through prayer. This is what I always yearned for, to have a group of committed Christian sisters to co-labour with. I eagerly look forward to meet them every Thursday and I thank and praise God that He has given me this opportunity to serve Him in His ministry. I regard these members as my ‘prayer partners’ with whom I can share my life openly, trust and commit, whenever we have any needs for mutual prayer support. I am now cultivating a habit of praying earnestly and boldly claiming promises from God through prayer. Indeed, through constant prayer, God has changed my outlook and lifted my spirit up to seek Him each day.

In this Prayer Group, we not only pray for one another’s needs, but we also sing hymns of praise to God and share devotions with each other. Our prayers are centred on our church Session Leaders, and the Weekly Prayer Requests List on various mission stations, church ministries and individuals who are sick and suffering affliction.

One of the main concerns we have is, that our spiritual leaders really need a lot of our prayer support as they are the ones leading and shepherding our souls spiritually.

Of late, there are lots of news on sex scandals and corruptions slowly surfacing in our society, which involve renowned persons who are holding high places of authority in churches, as well as professionals like doctors, teachers, principals, etc outside the churches.

In connection with a recent sex scandal case, I was very disappointed and sad in seeing one of my former spiritual leaders who had fallen into the sin of extra-marital affair. He was, once upon a time, regarded highly as a very godly man, who led and guided me in a Bible study group; and even involved in God’s ministries in my former church some 30 years ago. Now, he has to pay a high price for being sued in court and his license to practise as a doctor is now being suspended. Indeed God’s name is being tarnished through his misconduct. This incident gives me an understanding that no matter how many years you have been a Christian, as long as you are not walking closely with God, you can be easily lured away from Him and fall into Satan’s trap. One can have a good start in life with God but that does not guarantee that he ends well if he cannot be steadfast in his walk with Him daily. The only thing I can do now is to pray for him to repent and seek forgiveness from the Lord.

Obviously sins are now abounding everywhere in our midst every day. Hence, all of us in the prayer group strongly feel that we ought all the more to be vigilant to guard our hearts diligently, as well as to pray fervently for ourselves and our leaders to walk closely with God and that He would protect and preserve us from falling into the temptations of the world.

My prayer for our church is that we will one day not only be an evangelistic church, but also, a church of prayer like the early church that was filled with the power of the Holy Spirit. I would strongly encourage more sisters to come and co-labour with us in this prayer ministry.

"But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word." (Acts 6:4) - Judy Loon

EVERY THURSDAY from 9.30 am to 12.30 PM, a group of 5-6 sisters gather at Beulah House (2-12) to share God’s Word and to pray for the needs of the Church members as stated in the Church Bulletin.

On a few occasions I was able to join the group during my leave from work. I was truly blessed by the sharing of God’s Word, the ardent sincere prayer, and the fellowship by these sisters although the group is small in number. Indeed, "For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst", Matthew 18:20. Prayer is hard work, yet these sisters come faithfully week after week to pray for others.

Hence, it is my prayer that more ladies would endeavour on a regular or ad hoc basis to join the group not only to encourage these sisters but also to be part of the blessing that prayers bring.

For those who are keen to join, please contact sister Christina Toh, 96737138.

Ang-Chng Suat Neo

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Creation Ministries International (CMI) Seminar

Topics: (1) Creation / Evolution: the Controversy; (2) Dinosaurs & the Most-asked Questions— Answered!

Speaker: Dr Carl Wieland (Managing Diector, CMI Australia; Founding editor of Creation magazine)

Date: Saturday, 22 September 2012

Time: 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Venue: Life B-P Church Sanctuary

Cost: Free. All Are Welcome!

(CMI is a Christ-centred, non-denominational ministry dedicated to upholding the authority of the Bible from the very first verse. More details about CMI are available at www.creation.com)

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Infant Baptism on Anniversary Sunday, 21 Oct 12. Parents who intend to have their infants baptised must register by 2 Sep 12. Please call the Church Office (6594 9399) or email Yin Chan giving child’s name, date of birth and parents’ names and contact.

Preaching appointment: Rev Wong at Life Chinese Service, 10.45 am.

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