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Scripture Memory: Salvation
John 20:31 
"But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name."

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

13 May 2012
8 am & 1045am Worship Service:

Rev Charles Seet (A Mother’s Love, 2 Tim 1:3-5; 3:14,15 )
6:00 pm Evening Service:
Rev Matthews Abraham (Passing on our Godly Heritage, 2 Tim 1:5-7;)

20 May 2012
8 am Worship Service:

Mark Chen (The Mirth of the Merciful, Mat 5:7)
10:45 am Worship Service:
Eld Lim Teck Chye (Blessed Are the Merciful, Mt 5:7)
6:00 pm Evening Service:
Rev Colin Wong (God Can Do the Impossible for Us, Gen 17:1-27)

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A TRIBUTE TO MOTHERS

The world celebrates Mother’s Day on the second Sunday of May, each year. It is a day set aside to honor the mothers for their cares, comforts, concerns and cheers for the families. Indeed, the appreciation and love for mothers is universal.

On this Mother’s day (May 13, 2012) we are not just to celebrate it but more importantly to offer our thanksgiving to the Almighty God for our mothers, with our prayer that God will continue to give them good health and strength all the days of their lives. Thank God for godly mothers and their unconditional care, comfort, concern and cheer for the physical and spiritual well being of their children in Christ Jesus; for their enduring love, devotion and prayers, day and night; for their children in their going out and coming in, at school, at work, at recreation and even on vacation in other lands. Let all children, young and old, no matter how old you are, cherish and love your mothers while they are around. Treasure the precious days God has given you. Mother is great! "She openeth her mouth with wisdom, and in her tongue is the law of kindness. She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her." (Proverbs 31:26-28)

While mothers are around, we must make use of every opportunity and hour to take good care of them and bring to them joy and happiness in every situation and circumstance and in all our endeavors. For in so doing, God will reward us with many blessings. The Bible says, "Honor thy father and thy mother, that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee." (Exodus 20:12) This blessing was reiterated by the Apostle Paul, saying, "that it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth." (Ephesians 5:3). Obedience to this command comes with a promise of blessings of long life and prosperity in our lives. Let us treasure, therefore, the presence of our mothers in our daily lives.

Mother’s Love is endearing. It begins from the day you and I were born. It is a sacrificial love. A love which never looks at the hours of labor she puts in nor the weights of her toil she bears, a love that answers every call, day and night. She is mindful of her motherly duty and devotion to the total well-being of her children, be it spiritual, moral, physical, social, or financial. These thoughts and concerns are foremost on her mind. Day by day and with each passing moment, she seeks God for strength and wisdom to care for us, without a murmur or a sigh.

Mother’s Prayer is unending. Her prayers for her children are ceaseless and unbroken. She remembers her children daily in prayer before the throne of God, pleading with Him for mercy and grace upon her children and seeking His divine wisdom and strength to instruct them in the most holy faith in Christ Jesus.

Mother’s Care is multiplying. Day and night, she will labor on to make sure her children are well fed, clothed, and protected from all harm and danger. She will give of her level best to her children and suffer in silence in time of trial and testing. Such is the sacrificial love, devotional prayer and tender care of our mother.

Remembrance of my mother

I remember my mother’s love and care for me, even though it was for just 13 short years of my life. When I was a baby, mother was always by my side, feeding me and singing me to sleep when there was no food in the family. As I grew older, mother never neglected me, but nurtured me, molded me, and instructed me to trust God and put my faith in Christ Jesus – the author and finisher of my faith (Hebrew 12:2). Her tender care and self-denial were matchless and invaluable. As a boy, I learned from her of God’s faithfulness to us in every situation, in poverty and in sickness. Unfortunately, her life was cut down when she was killed during World War II. On that fatal day of 29 April 1943 (69 years ago) our temporary abode in Rangoon (Yangon), Burma (now called Myanmar) was bombed. The building collapsed and half of mother’s body was buried in the debris. By the time she was pulled out, her groan was faint. She was rushed to hospital with serious internal injuries. Though she was in great pain and agony, her love, care and concern for me was not diminished. Her faith in God remained strong and unmovable. Though she knew that she was going to leave me, she failed not to comfort and to cheer me with the words of God.

With a faint voice, she whispered to me, "My son, I know your three sisters (buried in the debris) have gone home to be with the Lord. (saying with absolute confidence in God) I think I cannot make it…I see angels of the Lord beckoning me…and I am going soon…to join your sisters in heaven. But be strong and of good courage. God will protect you…and keep you…in this difficult time. Take good care of grandma and Ah Cheng (my youngest sister who was injured in the bombing but survived). Remember to live a life that honors God….Good-bye son…God be with you till we meet again…in heaven." Her voice trailed off as she breathed her last. She was called home to be with the Lord some ten hours after her admission to the Rangoon General Hospital.

Here is mother’s love for me and her faith in God, even as she breathed her last breath. Her unfeigned faith and trust in God is engrained in me to this day. Whenever I recall her words spoken to me some 69 years ago, I would still cry uncontrollably but my strength was renewed and my hope reassured knowing that my beloved mother had gone to a better place where "there shall be no more death, neither sorrow nor crying." (Revelation 21:4)

As I committed my mother and my three sisters to the Lord at the Christian cemetery under the April scorching sun and singing the hymn, "In the sweet, by and by, we shall meet on that beautiful shore..." which my mother had taught me from young, I was comforted with the blessed hope of uniting with them when Christ comes in the clouds of great glory to receive us unto himself, one day.

The memory of my mother’s love and parting words to me (while she lay on the stretcher along the corridor of the Rangoon Hospital) lives in my heart to this day. This is the blessed hope and comfort that mother has placed in my heart. This is the precious legacy that mother has bequeathed to me. I thank God for such a wonderful mother whose law laid down a rule of action, which preserved my moral character and a restraint against sin all these 82 years of my life.

The Love, care and prayer of every believing mother

Praise God that this love, care and prayer, which I received from my late mother, are found in every believing mother. Beloved in the Lord, young and old, today as you celebrate Mother’s Day, show her your great appreciation and love, not just by words, but by your conduct and action. Do this not just on Mother’s Day but on all the days of her life. Hide the words of God and His commandments in your hearts at all times! Kindle them in your thoughts for your mother at all times while she is around.

(1) "Forsake not the law of thy mother." Proverbs 1:8 says: "My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother." This verse in simple words means "father instructs and mother teaches." They share the responsibility. Paul, writing to young Timothy, says, "when I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice and I am persuaded that in thee also." (2 Timothy 1:5). "And that from a child thou hast known the Holy Scriptures (because your mother taught them to you) which are able to make thee wise unto salvation (give you wisdom and lead you to salvation) through faith which is in Christ Jesus." (2 Timothy 3:15).

Mother’s teaching is likened to a graceful wreath on our head and an ornament about our neck (Proverbs 1:9). Her laws are rooted in the fear of the Lord (Proverbs 1:7) Yes, mother’s godly teaching is priceless. It is better than all the riches of the world. Her instructions on our dealing with others and manner of life help us to build up a god fearing life. It works for our blessing when we establish our own family, and, down the years, when we are mother, grandmother and even great-grandmother. While growing up, and especially during our teen years, many of us have probably felt that our parents’ discipline was too strong or too strict. Over the years we come to realize that our parents disciplined us because they loved us. Let us thank mother for her love, wisdom and guidance.

(2) "Despise not thy mother when she is old." (Proverbs 23:22) God wants us as Christians to be different from others in the society. If you have a mother who is still alive, this verse applies to you. As you grow up and establish your own family, even with grown-up children of your own, and no matter how old you are now, you must not forget the concerns, the cares and the comfort, the cheer, of this special lady the Lord has given you – the lady you call "Mom." Treasure and honor thy mother and shield her and shower her with your love and care.

Never put her in an old people’s home like many in society do for their own convenience. Never regard her as a nuisance and a burden because of her old age. Remember, you too will grow old one day and will be like her. Honor your mother in all your days and in turn your children will honor you in your old age. This is the command with blessings from God. "Let us not love (mother) with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth" (1 John 3:18) Show your love with a thankful heart and action!

On this Mother’s Day, we should remind ourselves, as sons and daughters, no matter how young or old we are, that the fountain of life, and the strength, confidence and the deep satisfaction that came from honoring all the truths that our mothers taught us, will be a great blessing to us. This blessing will also come back to our mother as a crown of joy and honor and blessings in her later (golden) years.

"Let your father and mother be glad and let her rejoice who gave birth to you." (Proverbs 23:25) Amen. - Elder Joshua Lim

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EMMANUEL REFORMED BIBLE SEMINAR

Spiritual Insights into The Minor Prophets

by Dr John A Battle

18-23 June 2012 (Mon-Sat), 8.30 am – 1.00 pm at Beulah MPH. Details are available at http://www.lifebpc.com/erbl.htm 
Please complete registration forms available at the reception counter and place them in the box, together with payment. 
Closing date: 16 May 12.

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VBS 2012 (5-7Jun); "Mission Possible"

Teachers and helpers needed. Contact: Rev Quek. NOTE: VBS Teachers/Helpers Briefing @ Beulah House: next Sunday, 12.30pm-3pm. (Lunch provided). Attendance is Compulsory.

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LF ExCo Members for the Term, 2012-2014

Chairman : Sim Goh Mong Eng

Vice-Chairman : Jennifer Goh

Secretary : Khor Chiew Ling

Treasurer : Jenny Kan

Committee Members : Judy Loon, Lynda Kwan,

Sim Siew Hoon, Lilian Lim

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1) A Blessed Mother’s Day to All Mothers! Tokens of appreciation for mothers are available for you immediately after the 2 services. It is a handmade cross stitch bookmark, a combined collaboration by LF/YAF/YF. Young distributors will be at the main and side exits of the sanctuary handing out the bookmarks.

2) Installation of Assistant Pastor: Rev Calvin Loh will be installed at the Chinese Worship Service next Sunday (20 May 2012, 10:45 am service, Beulah Multi-Purpose Hall). Please pray for him.

3) Life B-P Church Camp 2012. 11-14 Jun 2012 (Mon-Thu). Theme: Unity in Diversity. Camp Registration Office set up in FEK Resource Room (the old MIS Office) for collection of camp fees, passport submission and enquiries. Opening hrs are 0930-1045hrs and 1200-1300hrs. To register online, please log in to http://www.lifebpc.com/churchcamp2012.htm. Closing date: 20 May.

4) Bus Shuttle Service from Newton MRT to Beulah HouseThe 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)

5) Congratulations to Mr & Mrs Ang Soon Nam on the birth of a baby boy on 5 May 12.

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

October 15 & 22 - The Cost of Discipleship

For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. Matthew 16:25