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Scripture Memory: Answered Prayer
2 Corinthians 5:21 
"For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him."

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

29 April 2012
8 am Worship Service:

Rev Colin Wong (The Heritage of the Humble, Mat 5:5)
10:45 am Worship Service:
Rev Quek Keng Khwang (The Heritage of the Humble, Mat 5:5)
6:00 pm Evening Service:
Rev Jack Sin (Spiritual Obligations and Privileges of Believers, Heb 13:1-12)

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 (The Fulfilment of the Famished, Mat 5:6)
6:00 pm Evening Service:
Dn Lee Hock Chin (When Man Turns to His Devices, Gen 16:1-16)

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BE ON GUARD!

News of the arrest of eighty men for prostitution with an underaged girl was splashed on the newspapers recently. One of them was a primary school principal. As we are gripped by this news, we should realize how weak we are in the face of temptations. If not for the grace of God, what happened to the principal could happen to anyone of us. Remember King David? He fell from grace in committing adultery and murder. If these horrid sins could happen to the sweet Psalmist of Israel who is called a man after God’s own heart, can it not happen to us mere mortals? We live in a world where temptations lurk in every corner we turn to. Satan fires his fiery darts on us to destroy us but God allows all these testings to refine us and to draw us closer to Him in faith. I would like to share with you a story which a sister forwarded to me on how a pastor was tempted and tested.

Several years ago, a preacher from out-of-state accepted a call to a church in Houston,Texas . Some weeks after he arrived, he had an occasion to ride the bus from his home to the downtown area. When he sat down, he discovered that the driver had accidentally given him a quarter too much change... As he considered what to do, he thought to himself, ‘You’d better give the quarter back. It would be wrong to keep it.’ Then he thought, ‘Oh, forget it, it’s only a quarter. Who would worry about this little amount? Anyway, the bus company gets too much fare; they will never miss it. Accept it as a ‘gift from God’ and keep quiet.’

When his stop came, he paused momentarily at the door, and then he handed the quarter to the driver and said, ‘Here, you gave me too much change.’

The driver, with a smile, replied, ‘Aren’t you the new preacher in town?’

‘Yes’ he replied.

‘Well, I have been thinking a lot lately about going somewhere to worship. I just wanted to see what you would do if I gave you too much change. I’ll see you at church on Sunday.’

When the preacher stepped off of the bus, he literally grabbed the nearest light pole, held on, and said, ‘Oh God, I almost sold your Son for a quarter.’

The pastor, a servant of God was tempted to trivialize dishonesty. Satan desired to have him and sift him as wheat as what he did to the apostle Peter (Luke 22:31) and God allowed the test to prove that He has a faithful servant. The pastor passed the test and did not betray the Lord.

This story ended with a lesson, Our lives are the only Bible some people will ever read. This is a really good example of how much people watch us as Christians, and will put us to the test! Always be on guard — and remember — You carry the name of Christ on your shoulders when you call yourself ‘Christian.’

What Kind of Religion Do You Have?

It is not men but ultimately God who puts us to the test. How will people see Jesus in us if we continue to succumb to temptations? God wants us to be men and women after His own heart. How often we turn the Christian faith into a do religion. We think that it is the externals that matter most. We do good and put on our very best behavior in church on Sundays. But, deep inside us, our hearts are far away from the Lord. Hardly do we realize we commit the same transgression as the scribes and Pharisees. Jesus outrightly admonished them saying, This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. (Matthew 15:8)

The Christian faith is an inside out religion. When the Holy Spirit regenerates us, we become a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). We are thus created in Christ Jesus unto good works…that we should walk in them(Ephesians 2:10)These good works do not consist only of service but also of our sanctification which means that we must live a life that is obedient to Him. Christ’s love for us should constrain us. There must be an inward motivation to be more like our Lord. Having received the abundant grace of God, we should with gratitude desire to walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God (Colossians 1:10).

We must be Christ-like. Building a Christian character is to model our Lord Jesus Christ. It does not seek what Jesus would do but what Jesus would have us to do.

We can never live a perfect life like Jesus did on this side of eternity. But as long as we desire to be conformed to His image and are willing to surrender to the Lordship of Christ, by His grace, He will change us. Christian character development or sanctification is not instantaneous. It is a slow process. As the Westminster Shorter Catechism states, Sanctification is the work of God’s free grace, whereby we are renewed in the whole man after the image of God, and are enabled more and more to die unto sin, and live unto righteousness.

Can Christ Be Seen in You?

As we are ambassadors for Christ, He is seen by who we are. When we stand up for the faith and act in good character, people will come against us as in the case of the prophet Daniel (Daniel 6:3-5). We are being watched! So, when we live to honor God, people will see Christ in us and glorify [our] Father which is in Heaven (Matthew 5:16). Our duty is to be faithful to His calling that we may continue to shine forth as lights (Matthew 5:16).

Young and old, we have to turn our backs on evil and resolve to live uprightly in Jesus Christ. The intense focus on academic, career and materialistic pursuits have eclipsed the light that is in us as children of Light (Ephesians 5:8). It must be our resolve to be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain (Philippians 2:15-16).

Keep Watching Yourself!

If not for the grace of God, our sin may be more hideous than the sin of those eighty men. We could have sold Jesus away for a moment of self gratification or pleasure. Therefore, we must take heed to ourselves because we love God and want to bring glory and not shame to His name. Proverbs 4:23 admonishes us to keep our hearts with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall (1 Corinthians 10:12). —Rev Quek KK

ILLUSTRATIONS ON TEMPTATION

Opportune Time

Anyone who travels to Edinburgh, Scotland will find Edinburgh castle a tower of seemingly insurmountable strength. But the truth is that the castle was once actually captured. The fortress had an obvious weak spot which defenders guarded—but because another spot was apparently protected by its steepness and impregnability, no sentries were posted there. At an opportune time, an attacking army sent a small band up that unguarded slope and surprised the garrison into surrender. Where the castle was strong, there it was weak. (Today in the Word, Feb. 89, p. 36)

No Access to Devil

Suppose you had a thousand-acre farm and someone offered to buy it. You agree to sell the land except for one acre right in the centre which you want to keep for yourself. Did you know that in some areas the law would allow you to have access to that one lone spot? And that you would have the right to build a road across the surrounding property in order to get to it? So it is with us as Christians if we make less than 100% surrender to God. We can be sure that the devil will take advantage of any inroad to reach that uncommitted area of our lives. (A.T. Pierson, in Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations, Paul Lee Tan)

Closing Seashore Window

Trochilus, one of the disciples of Plato, miraculously escaped from a storm at sea in which the ship was sunk and he himself almost perished. When he reached home, the first thing he did was to order his servants to wall up two windows in one of his chambers which looked out upon the sea. His fear was that on some fine, bright day, looking out upon the sea when it was calm and tranquil and flashing in the sunlight, he should again be tempted to venture upon its treacherous waters. (Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations, Paul Lee Tan)

The Trained Dog

I once learned a lesson from a dog we had. My father used to put a bit of meat or biscuit on the floor near the dog and say, "No!" and the dog knew he must not touch it. But he never looked at the meat. He seemed to feel that if he did so, the temptation to disobey would be too great, so he looked steadily at my father’s face. There is a lesson for us all. Always look up to the Master’s face. (Leslie E. Dunkin, in Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations, Paul Lee Tan)

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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 House, 10 Gilstead Road.

Details are available at http://www.lifebpc.com/erbl.htm Please complete registration forms 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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Evangelism Workshop

Sat, 19 May & 26 May 12, 9am to 5pm

Chinese Service Hall.

Title: Good Soil Evangelism & Discipleship

Facilitators: John Ching, Tan Thiam Hong, Ong Beng Hong

Registration closes today. Forms available at front entrance.

Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. *Lunch provided.

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

Registration opens for all N2-P4 children.

Closing date: 6 May. Teachers and helpers needed. 
Registration forms are obtainable at church’s front entrance or register online www.lifebpc.com/vbs. Sign up now! 
Contact: Rev Quek@ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
NOTE: VBS Teachers/Helpers Briefing @ Beulah House: 
20 May 2012, 12.30pm-3pm. (Lunch provided). 
Attendance is Compulsory

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

To register, please log in to http://www.lifebpc.comchurchcamp2012.htm for online registration.

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

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

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1) Election Result: By a simple majority vote of 97.9% Rev Calvin Loh was elected to the office of Assistant Pastor on 22 Apr 2012.

2) We thank God that the Chinese Service website is now available via the Life BP site under ‘Ministries -> Chinese Service’ or the direct web address ‘http://www.lifebpc.com/lifechinesesvc/index.html’. We pray that God would use this website greatly for His Kingdom.

Preaching appointment: Rev Seet in Batam, 1.30 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