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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

19 August 2012
8 am Worship Service:

Rev Calvin Loh (Ruth: How to be a Godly Daughter-in-Law, Ruth 1:16,17)
1045am Worship Service:
Rev Colin Wong (Ruth: How to be a Godly Daughter-in-Law, Ruth 1:16,17)
6:00 pm Evening Service:
Rev Charles Seet (No Security without God, Ps 49)

26 August 2012
8 am & 1045am Worship Service:

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

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Myanmar Mission (19-24 October)

More than a century after the missionary work of Adoniram Judson, Myanmar is opening its doors to the world. Today, Christians make up only 4% of Myanmar’s 60 million population. Much urgent gospel work needs to be done. Our missionary Rev Andrew Kam has faithfully shepherded his Yangon flocks for many years.

On 19-24 October 2012, God-willing, a mission team will go to Yangon to support Rev Kam’s work. We need teachers and helpers to share the Gospel to 100 children from ages 7 to 12 in two churches and an orphanage. We would also like to train women to teach other women and children. I will conduct Bible training for leaders and pastors. Keen to join us? Sign up with me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 9456 2516 before 31 Aug. – Dn Lee Hock Chin

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Adoniram Judson, Missionary to Burma (1788-1850)

Our Lord Jesus solemnly said, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone; but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal." (John 12:24-25).

Jesus was that seed who died for us and bore much fruit. He calls us to follow Him. Adoniram Judson, the 19th century American missionary to Burma (the former name of Myanmar), was one who gave His life for the gospel.

His Salvation. Son of a Congregationalist minister, Adoniram Judson Jr. was blessed with a godly upbringing. At 16, he entered Brown University and graduated as valedictorian three years later (1807). However, Adoniram backslided when influenced by his unbelieving deist friend, Jacob Eames. He broke his parents’ hearts when he said he had no faith in Christ. He went to New York to work as a vagabond writer for theatre.

One night while he stayed in a village inn, the innkeeper apologized that his sleep might be interrupted by a critically ill man in the next room. Through the night he heard groans, and people coming and going. It bothered him that the man might not be ready to die. He had terrible thoughts of his own death.

Before leaving the inn the following morning, he asked if the sick man was better. The innkeeper said, "He is dead." Struck by the finality of death, Judson asked, what’s his name? "Young man from the college in Providence. Name is Eames, Jacob Eames." Like a thunder bolt from heaven, he was shocked that his good friend died last night. If his unbelieving friend was right, this was a meaningless event. But Jacob died; Judson lived. God was after him. ‘That hell should open in that country inn and snatch Jacob Eames, his dearest friend and guide, from the next bed – this could not, simply could not, be pure coincidence.’

His conversion was not immediate. But there was no escape from God. After months of struggle, he entered Andover Seminary in 1801.

An Awakening for Global Missions. At Andover, missionary fervour was burning. In 1810, Judson was dedicated for missionary service in the East. He met Ann, and sought her father’s permission to let her marry a missionary: "I have now to ask, whether you can consent to part with your daughter… and her subjection to the hardships and sufferings of missionary life; … dangers of the ocean, … every kind of want and distress; to degradation, insult, persecution, and perhaps a violent death. Can you consent to all this, for the sake of Him who left His heavenly home, and died for her and for you; for the sake of perishing, immortal souls,… and the glory of God?"

Most fathers today would probably say, "No way!" Amazingly, her father let her decide. Ann confided in a friend: "I feel willing, … to spend my days in this world in heathen lands. … to give up all my comforts and enjoyments here, sacrifice my affection to relatives and friends, and go where God, in his Providence, shall see fit to place me." May the Lord raise up Adonirams and Anns in our midst!

The pain of Adoniram Judson illustrates the purpose of suffering. William Carey warned Judson not to go to despotic Burma that had zero tolerance for other religions. All previous missionaries had died or left after periods of barrenness.

Thankfully, Judson ignored that warning and landed in Rangoon (today’s Yangon) in 1813. He was 24 years old; Ann was 23. For the next 38 years he laboured in Burma until his death at age 61, with the exception of one trip home after 33 years. He was a seed that died and bore much fruit. If he were alive today, he would be pleased to see the flourishing Myanmar Baptist Convention with 3,700 congregations and 617,781 members. It was not just Judson. Hundreds of other missionaries came. Many died younger.

How did Judson persevere for 38 years while others gave up after months? He trusted in God’s sovereignty and goodness, "If I had not felt cer-tain that every additional trial was ordered by (God’s) infinite love and mercy, I could not have survived my accumulated sufferings." He battled cholera, malaria, dysentery, and diseases that took two of his wives, seven children and colleagues. Ann bore three children to Adoniram. None survived. Even when her second child died, Ann’s faith was firm: "Our hearts were bound up with this child; we felt he was our earthly all, our only source of innocent recreation in this heathen land. But God saw it was necessary to remind us of our error, and to strip us of our only little all. O, may it not be vain that He has done it."

Judson’s faith was strong because he believed in God’s inerrant Word. Once, a religious teacher told Judson he could not believe Christ died on the cross because no king would permit such indignity to his son. Judson replied: "A true disciple (of Christ) inquires not whether a fact is agreeable to his own reason, but whether it is in the book. … Break down your pride, and yield to the word of God."

Eight years into their mission, Ann fell ill and returned to the States. While recuperating, she wrote An Account of the American Baptist Mission to the Burman Empire, a book used of God to raise support for their fledgling mission. This would never have happened without her sickness. Most of the time, however, God’s good purposes for pain were not so clear.

Sowing and reaping were hard. 10,000 tracts were distributed through six years of street evangelism before their first convert came. 12 years of ministry yielded 18 converts. More sufferings came between the first convert in 1819 and the 1831 revival. In May 1823, the British fleet arrived and the Burmese imprisoned all westerners (including Judson). Every night was unbearable torture. Judson would be lifted upside down until only his shoulder and head rested on the ground. This continued for a year. Judson was moved to another prison where he was almost driven mad by the mosquitoes. Suddenly in 1825, Judson was freed as he was needed as interpreter in negotiations with Britain.

Darkness Settled Over His Soul. Eleven months later, Ann died, followed by his daughter. Three months later, his father was promoted to glory. Overwhelmed by grief, he snapped. He stopped translating the Bible, gave away his wealth, and retreated to a jungle hut and dug a grave for himself. In his deepest despair, he wrote, "God is to me a Great Unknown. I believe in Him, but I find Him not."

The following year, his brother Elnathan died in faith. God used that to revive him to continue his calling. As he recovered, the winds of revival were blowing. In 1834, he married Sarah Boardman, a missionary widow. They had eight children of whom five survived. Gifted in Burmese language, she was an able help. 11 years later, she fell sick and they both sailed for America. She died on board.

Do not Hope in this World. This time he did not succumb to depression as he had learnt to view his earthly life without bitterness or self-pity. He married Emily Chubbuck in 1846 and the next four years were the happiest of their lives. He fell ill, and was carried on a ship where he died on April 12, 1850, away from his family and his Burmese brethren. God has granted him a well-deserved rest from all his labours. The Burmese Bible was done. The dictionary was completed. Hundreds of converts were leading the Burmese church.

Be a part of what Judson and Christ died for. Life is fleeting. We will soon have to account to our Lord for our use of gifts and resources. We in Singapore have benefitted from the pioneering work of western missionaries in the past century. It is now our responsibility and privilege to continue the gospel work in the region. May the life of Adoniram Judson challenge you to fulfil the Great Commission.

[Visit www.desiringgod.org for a free ebook: Adoniram Judson, John Piper]

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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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1) Infant Baptism on Anniversary Sunday, 21 Oct 12. Parents who intend to have their infants baptisedmust 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.

2) Notice of Ordination: At the request of the Session of Covenant B-P Church, Australia, the Board of Elders convened an Ordaining Council to examine Mr Mark Chen Chih-Chuan for the purpose of ordaining him as a Minister of the Gospel. As the council has examined him, notice is hereby given that he will be presented for ordination at an ordination service that will be held in Life B-P Church on 16 September 2012. If any person knows any valid reason or impediment why he should not be ordained, he is to inform the Board of Elders by today. (Please contact Rev Seet at 6594-9380.)

3) Our condolences to Selina Lim and family on the homegoing of her mother, Mdm Wong Keng Chan (72 years old), on 16 Aug 12. Vigil service tonight at Mount Vernon Parlour 1, 121 Upper Aljunied Road. Funeral tomorrow at 9:30am. The cortege leaves at 10:00 am for burial at Choa Chu Kang cemetery.

Preaching appointment: Rev Seet at Evening Service, 6.00pm. Rev Quek at Life Chinese Service, 10.45 am and Thai Service, 4.00 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