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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

6 May 2012
8 am Worship Service:

Rev Quek Keng Khwang (The Fulfilment of the Famished, Mat 5:6)
10:45 am Worship Service:
Rev Colin Wong (Jesus' Way To Happiness, Mat 5:6)
6:00 pm Evening Service:
Dn Lee Hock Chin (When Man Turns to His Devices, Gen 16:1-16)

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;)

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My dear Reader,

FOR SUCH A MOTHER

Next week is Mother’s Day! Mothers, how would you celebrate it? Husbands and children, how would you celebrate Mother’s Day?

Jasmine had two beautiful children. Timothy and Eunice said, "Mum, tomorrow we are going to prepare breakfast. You stay in bed. Please do not come to the kitchen until we call for you. Ok?" Mother Jasmine was so happy. She was happy not because she could sleep a little longer. She was happy because her children were preparing her a beautiful breakfast to honor her on Mother’s Day.

Morning came. She could hear her children busy preparing breakfast in the kitchen. She could smell something but could not tell what it was. She was eager to go downstairs to find out. She said to herself that she is going to have the best breakfast in her life. She waited and waited patiently. And finally, her children called for her, "Mum, we are ready. Please come down."

She jumped off her bed, made herself presentable and hurried to the kitchen. The moment she stepped in, her children shouted, "Happy Mother’s Day! This is how we celebrate Mother’s Day by preparing our own breakfast." Jasmine’s heart dropped and she almost fainted before them.

Is this how Mother’s Day is celebrated? Mothers, how would you like this day to be remembered?

Nowadays, mothers are ill-treated in many ways. There is a lack of respect for them. The fifth commandment – "Honor … thy mother" – is often violated by ungrateful children (Exodus 20:12). Agur, the son of Jakeh aptly said, "There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not bless their mother" (Proverbs 30:11).

Children, how often do you bless your mother? (Proverbs 31:28a) When I was young, I did not know how to appreciate my mother and her love for me. Now that she is gone, what can I do? Nothing can be done but only remorse and regrets!

Mothers, especially godly ones, are a real blessing not only to the homes but also to the society. Godly mothers are the architects of the next generation. That is why the highest and most noble pursuit of womanhood is none other than to be godly mothers (Proverbs 31:10).

However, it is never easy to be a godly mother because the world has many temptations to distract them from God’s high calling on their lives. Sadly, many of them have given in to what the world offers. As a result, mothers find little time or no time for spiritual investment in a child’s life. Eventually, the child is neglected and becomes delinquent.

Mothers, allow me to encourage you to emulate the faith of Lois and Eunice. We need such grandmothers and mothers in our homes to produce "Timothys" (2 Timothy 1:5) and praying mothers like Hannah to produce"Samuels" in our homes today (1 Samuel 1-3).

Monica was concerned for her son Augustine’s salvation. One day she went to see a certain holy bishop, St Ambrose to seek consolation. He consoled her with these famous words, "The child of those tears shall never perish." God heard her heartfelt prayer. He not only became a Christian but also the Bishop of Hippo in later years (November 13, 354 – August 28, 430).

The Characteristics of a Godly Mother

Who is a godly mother? Proverbs 31:10-31 portrays a woman every Christian woman ought to emulate. She was no ordinary woman. In her life as a wife and mother, she accomplished much, so much so that her husband sang her praise and her children rose up reverently and called her "blessed" for she had on her part brought the house and them to such prosperity, such a position of respect and to a state where love reigned (Proverbs 31:28). Such a mother, who does not want!

1. A Priceless Mother

A woman of virtue is worth more than precious stones. She is priceless. Such a woman of moral courage is rare, though not entirely wanting. Her husband has no problem putting his trust in her and he does not lack anything good. Her trustworthiness makes him live in peace (at least he has no fear of her going after other men) and in delight for the rest of his life (Proverbs 31:10-12).

Truly, a man who finds such a wife finds a good thing because she is a precious ruby and is to be well-spoken of at all times, for she shines and touches lives (Proverbs 18:22; 31:30).

2. A Hard-Working Mother

Proverbs 31:13-22 gives a description of a hard-working, busy, productive, conscientious, energetic mother.

a) She is a responsible woman 
(Proverbs 31:13-15)

She makes sure that food and clothing are provided for her family (Proverbs 31:19). She makes good choices. She works with her hands. She ensures that food for the day is on the table.

The simile with the merchant ships ("She is like the merchants’ ships") suggests that she brings a continual supply of abundance. Simply put: She never fails to go marketing. There is always food on the table. Such a mother, who does not want!

b) She is a wise businesswoman 
(Proverbs 31:16-18, 22, 24)

She makes wise investments from her earnings. She does not invest blindly and get herself indebted. She works vigorously and tirelessly. The first part of verse 17 says, "She girdeth her loins with strength." "Gird" is an expression for preparation for serious work. Consequently, she learns by experience that her labours are not in vain (Proverbs 31:17b). She burns the midnight oil in following through a business opportunity (Proverbs 31:18b). Such a good mother, who does not want!

c) She is a charitable woman 
(Proverbs 31:20)

She provides for the poor. The text says, "She stretcheth out her hand to the poor" which means she gives to the poor with liberality (Psalm 112:9; Galatians 6:9, 10). She uses her industry in charitable ways. Such a good mother, who does not want!

d) She is a well-prepared woman
(Proverbs 31:21, 25)

She is well-prepared for days and months and years ahead. When winter comes, there is no fear. She has prepared warm clothes for the family. The word "scarlet" can also mean "two cloaks" suggesting a double garment for warmth.

She is diligent and prudent in her work. Her strength and honour come from her solid financial and economic position. Therefore, she has no fear but is full of confidence to face the future. Such a good mother, who does not want!

e) She is a wise woman (Proverbs 31:26, 27)

She is a wise woman. She is gracious in her speech (Colossians 4:6). She is good and practical in her discussion. She is full of common sense. That is why her instruction is reliable. And finally, she is like a watchman watching over the affairs of her household. Such a good mother, who does not want!

f) She is a praiseworthy woman 
(Proverbs 31:28, 29)

She does not praise herself (Proverbs 27:2). But she inspires praise from her family. Truly, those who know her well will praise her highly. She is highly praised by her children. The children must have seen something in her that is worthy to be praised. And so, they call her "blessed." No wonder she surpasses all other women. Such a good mother, who does not want!

Husbands, are we guilty of withholding these words from our wives? To redeem ourselves, let us better do it on this Mother’s Day.

Conclusion

Praise God for mothers! Children, may I encourage you to go and give praise to your self-sacrificing mother not only on Mother’s Day but also all year round. Amen.

Sincerely in Christ, Pastor Colin

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Praise the Lord for Christian Mothers

Praise the Lord for Christian Mothers!
God has trusted to their care
little children, precious children,
for His kingdom to prepare.
Sometimes sweet and sometimes frightening
is this awesome task they bear,
but, praise God, He is beside them,
and He hears each mother’s prayer.

Gracious Father, Lord of Heaven,
Thank You for each precious life!
Each a challenge, each a privilege;
Help me show them love, not strife.
Help me stern be when it’s needed;
Tell me when to speak so mild.
Make me worthy, dearest Father,
to be mother of a child.

Gift of God, bestowed upon her -
Mighty challenge from her Lord.
They are His, but graciously He
bids her train them through His Word.
Bring them up to love and serve Him,
tell them of His home above.
Gently lead them to the Savior -
Love them with His boundless love!


- Connie Faust -

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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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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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Life B-P Church Camp 2012 (11-14 Jun, Mon-Thu)

To register, please log in to http://www.lifebpc.com/churchcamp2012.htm  for online registration.

Venue: Nirwana Resort Hotel, Bintan, Indonesia. Theme: ‘Unity in Diversity’.’ Speaker: Pastor Tan Soon Yong from Fishermen of Christ.

Registration forms are also avail-able at the front entrance for those who have no internet access.

Closing date for registration: 20 May 12.

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Our condolences to Eunice Chew on the homegoing of her grandmother, Koh Tong Peng (87 years old) on 30 Apr 12.

Preaching appointment: Rev Seet in Batam, 1.30 pm. Rev Wong at Thai Grace BPC, 4.00 pm. Rev Quekat JB Sunset Gospel Hour, 6.00 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

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