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Scripture Memory: Trust
Psalm 91:2 
"I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust."

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

15 July 2012
8 am & 1045am Worship Service:

Rev Colin Wong (Stephen: Full of Faith and of the Holy Spirit, Acts 6:5)
6:00 pm Evening Service:
Rev Quek Keng Khwang (Kiss the Son, Ps 2)

22 July 2012
8 am Worship Service:

Rev Colin Wong (Lydia: The Lord Opened Her Heart, Acts 16:13-15)
1045am Worship Service:
Rev Charles Seet (Lydia: The Lord Opened Her Heart, Acts 16:13-15)
6:00 pm Evening Service:
Mark Chen (Pleasant and Good Unity, Ps 133)

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MY TESTIMONY: I AM NOT ALONE

On 13 March 2012, God graciously saved me and gave me a new lease of life.

I never thought I would need to be saved by God one day. I had always been a mature, sensible, hardworking and responsible person. I did not go through the difficult teenage years of being rebellious and wanting to just have fun. I studied hard without being told. After I graduated from university, I worked hard and made a good living. My heart was in the right place. I knew exactly what I was doing. I was in control of my life; or so I thought.

Somewhere along the way, I crossed the line and became extremely hard on myself and the people around me. I rationalised that if I could be so hard on myself, why couldn’t I be equally hard on others? If I could get things done well and quickly, why couldn’t I expect the same of others? If I could be so self-motivated and disciplined, why couldn’t others be the same? Soon, I was only capable of viewing life and people through my own eyes and based on my own standards. I did not know how to be kind and compassionate. I was acutely aware of my flaws and truly wanted to change and be a better person, but I did not know how. Each time I failed, I would rationalise that "I am what I am, and this is just how I am wired up".

I managed to bulldoze through life on my own terms for a long time, causing many heartaches and sufferings for myself and others along the way. The few high points in my life only convinced me that I had the right formula to living life well. I could do no wrong.

A wake-up call came about three years ago. I had just returned from a difficult overseas assignment, completely drained. Back home, I soon became restless, angry and frustrated that I was not getting anywhere in my career. I felt that I deserved better and could not understand why my contributions were not duly recognised and rewarded. I resented my colleagues and became allergic to work. I no longer had any energy or interest to slog for an employer that did not appreciate me and my contributions. I worked myself into a deep depression, consumed with anger, bitterness, hatred, frustration, cynicism and all things negative. I thought to myself: "If I was not good enough, then what gave these equally flawed individuals at work the right to play god and judge me?" I succumbed to many temptations during this dark period and did not know how to get out of it. I was completely lost.

Just when everything seemed so bleak and hopeless, that remaining bit of conscience in me prompted me to pray to God for help. I repeatedly called out to God to forgive me for all my sins, purge me of all negative thoughts and feelings, and make me a good person.

God heard my cry for help and decided that it was now time for Him to come into my life. God reached out to me first through my sister Karin, and through her, Pastor Charles. My nephew Joshua taught me a most basic but profound lesson in faith – that Christ is best accepted in a childlike manner, that is, unquestioningly and wholeheartedly based on nothing but good faith.

While I knew something wonderful was happening to me when my sister and nephew, and Pastor Charles first shared God’s Word with me, I did not know exactly what was happening. Now I know that God had in His own timing blessed me with a powerful mental and spiritual transformation so that I could understand and accept His Word in good faith. The dis-appointments and frustrations I faced at work and my subsequent plunge into depression had been God’s way of nudging me towards salvation and a new way of life; they had nothing to do with fate, destiny or karma.

I definitely could not have come this far without God’s help. Up until then, I had been too contaminated and distracted to accept and welcome God into my life. I knew of God but never allowed myself to know Him better. In fact, I found the Christian notion that only the saved would go to heaven and the others to hell most obnoxious and unacceptable. I was quite happy to be without a faith. I remembered as a fresh graduate, I was asked at a job interview about my religion, and I replied that I was a staunch free thinker. The panel of interviewers laughed and asked me what I meant. I explained that I was a strong person who would not easily waver and be converted. My heart was that hardened. I believed that religion was meant for the weak and I was not one of them.

I no longer want to question the existence of God. There is no need to. I can feel it in my heart and in my soul that God is now living in me as my Saviour, my rock, my shepherd and my shield. I still face many sufferings and problems. I still struggle against my many inner demons and fears. But I now think many times over when I am tempted to go against my inner voice because I know that that is God speaking to me, keeping me honest.

My key task now is to work hard at sustaining and deepening my newfound spiritual communion with God so that I may also live in Him and play a meaningful part in His eternal plans. God has given me a precious second chance to live life right, and I must not fritter it away. Thanks be to God.

—Lee Lorling, 10 May 2012

OUR TESTIMONY: GOD’S GRACIOUS GIFT

Psalm 145:9 – "The Lord is good to all: and His tender mercies are over all His works."

We are here today to bear witness of the Lord’s graciousness and goodness. This is our 46-day old son EOIN and his name means "God’s gracious gift," and indeed God has been gracious to us.

Eoin’s story began long before he was born, or even conceived. We have been married for 12 years now and for many years happily as a couple without children. We moved to Singapore from London four years ago, and it was here that the Lord granted us our hearts’ desire for kids.

In June last year, the Lord granted our request and to us was born a daughter, Isobel, which means "God’s promise". During the routine 22nd week anomaly scan, it was revealed that she had a gross heart condition which needed immediate surgical intervention in order for her to survive. After two open heart surgeries being just days old, multiple organ complications, countless bouts of infections, complete dependence on the ventilator and 229 days (7½ months) stay in the intensive care unit, our merciful Lord has safely brought her home to spend eternity with Him. We know that many here were praying for her and we thank you dear brothers and sisters in the Lord. We thank Pastor Seet for leading Isobel’s baptism whilst in the ICU, and for the Pastors and Elders who came and comforted us at her Memorial service.

Amidst the most difficult and painful period in our lives, it was during this time that Eoin was conceived. It was a back to back pregnancy. We did not know we were pregnant until late in the first trimester. As our days and nights were spent in the ICU, we were bombarded with mobile x-ray radiations, common colds and infectious diseases around us, relying on vending machines for food. Unknown to us, it was the Lord’s goodness that sustained little growing Eoin. After our daughter’s homegoing last February, the Lord allowed Eoin to push us to carry on as best as we could, even if we did not feel like it - for Eoin’s benefit. Eoin was born last 30 May.

We stand here thanking our God for His precious gift. Our prayer is that Eoin grows up to have a heart for the Lord and that we as parents are able to guide him in doing God’s will for his life.Psalm 145:21 – "My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord: and let all flesh bless His holy name for ever and ever."

—Evan and Cecilia Legaspi

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GOSPEL SUNDAY

Date: 29th July 2012

Topic: You’d Better Be Sure!

Speakers:
Dr Paul Choo (English Service, 8:00 am & 10:45 am

Pastor Willy Ng (Hokkien with interpretation to Mandarin, 10.45am)

Members are encouraged to invite their friends and relatives.

 

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EMMANUEL REFORMED BIBLE LECTURES

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

Mondays: Historical Lessons from the Ancient and Medieval Church (Rev Jack Sin)

Thursdays: The Epistles of Peter: Triumph & Truth (Rev Isaac Ong).

Lectures begin on 16 Jul 12.

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1) Church Camp 2012 Message & Photo CDs are available at the Front of Sanctuary after 1st & 2ndServices TODAY. Thereafter, get the CDs from RTL Office after Service time. CD at S$1/- per copy.

2) Bus Shuttle Service from Newton MRT to Beulah House.The Chinese Service bus shuttle service between Newton MRT and Beulah House is now open to all.

Incoming (boarding at Newton MRT taxi stand - on the side heading towards Orchard Rd). 9.15am to 10.40am (15mins interval). Outgoing (boarding at Beulah House driveway shelter). 12.05pm to 12.30pm (15mins interval)

Preaching appointment: Rev Seet at Maranatha YAF, 1.30 pm and Sharon BPC, 5.00 pm.

Rev Quek at Maranatha BPC, 10.45 am and Life Evening Service.

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