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Scripture Memory: Repentance
Acts 3:19 
"Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord."

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

8 April 2012
7 am Combined Easter Service:

Rev Colin Wong (Because He Lives! Mat 28:6)
6:00 pm Evening Service:
Rev Quek Keng Khwang (Living by Faith, Gen 12:4-9)

15 April 2012
8 am & 10:45 am Worship Service:

Rev Charles Seet (The Prosperity of the Poor, Mat 5:3)
6:00 pm Evening Service:
Rev Charles Seet (When Faith is Tested, Gen 12:10-13:4)

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EASTER TESTIMONIES

My name is Lim Kok Hoe. I have been retired for 15 years. Most of my family members are Christians but one that made an impression on me was my late mother, who was a devout believer. In the early days, it was my mother who brought all her children and grandchildren, including my son and daughter, to church at Telok Ayer Methodist Church to learn of the Gospel.

Unfortunately, I was not one of the few that attended church as it simply was not in my interest. For as long as I can remember, I did not believe there was life after death. Either it was ignorance or denial; I held on to the belief that after death, everything simply disintegrates or vanishes. How convenient this would be as it carries no baggage.

In spite of this, I started to attend services in LBPC about 6 years ago following my son and his family as they are members. As recently as 2 years back, a few members and Rev Colin Wong began to talk to me about the Gospel and salvation. But each time, at the back of my mind, I just tell myself that it is all the same, nothing new.

However, 3 incidents that happened in the past years got me to reassess my beliefs. First was my eldest brother who was struck with cancer but eventually succumbed to it. Before this event, my eldest brother had a heart-wrenching episode watching his eldest daughter at her death-bed succumbing also to cancer. Before she left, she pleaded with her father to accept Christ and the Gospel so that they could one day meet again. My eldest brother did so and he is now with Jesus in heaven.

A few years later, my eldest brother’s wife was also taken seriously ill and in her last days, she constantly told her family that it was her wish to "go home to be with her Saviour". Thankfully, she is now safe in Jesus’ arms.

Just last year, my 2nd eldest brother was taken seriously ill also with suspected cancer. My 2nd brother was already a believer and it was amazing that he was very peaceful during his trying and painful periods of illness. During this time, I was by the side of my 2nd brother’s wife to comfort her. She told me that my 2ndbrother made many plans to ensure her comfort as he told her that soon he will be going to meet his Creator. This he did at the end of last year.

At the start of this year, my neighbour, Shirley who attends LBPC, had asked me to join her for the catechism class. I did and later found myself ‘studying’ about the basic doctrines of Christianity as taught by the church leaders.

All was well until the moment of truth came to me. I was told that besides submitting my application for baptism, I will have to give my testimonial!

I told my son who promptly told me that baptism is a serious matter and not to be taken frivolously. But more importantly, he told me that one cannot be baptized without first believing the Gospel and accepting Christ as Saviour and Lord.

My son started to spend a few nights to explain to me the entire Gospel, the Fall of Mankind, how sin entered into this world and why God the Father in His love for us had sent God the Son to be the perfect sacrifice to save man from their sins. What struck me is that there is actually life after death. But more importantly, there are only 2 destinations once we leave this earth – heaven or hell.

What was frightening was that hell was a default destination for everyone because all have sinned since Adam and come short of the glory of God. And the striking thing is that Jesus, who was born of a virgin, came into this world to die for our sins. This is unspeakable love. For once in my life, I realized that I am a sinner and that I cannot save myself from sin and hell no matter how much good works I have. Only by repenting of my sins and inviting Christ who shed His precious blood, into my heart to save me, will I escape eternal damnation in hell.

After a few nights with my son, he started to ask me all the questions on my understanding of the Gospel. But more importantly, he asked if I truly believe each and every part of the Gospel. He cited the story of the dying thief on the cross with Jesus and it struck me that Jesus saved that thief from hell without the thief having to do any work but only by believing wholeheartedly.

For the first time, I understand what it means to be a genuine Christian. There and then, my son said why don’t I put it into practice and invite Christ into my heart to save me. I said yes and he led me in prayer and I truly confessed my sins asking Jesus to be my Lord to forgive and save me. I want to thank God for His patience with me and His grace in extending His love towards me. Praise God! —Lim Kok Hoe

It all began when I started attending Sunday school at St George’s Church and my mum borrowing Christian books from the library there to read to my three siblings and I at night. I was always the one who said the Lord’s Prayer because I was the youngest. My siblings and my mum would then take turns to pray: adoration, confession, thanksgiving and supplication. We would pray for the salvation of a list of friends and relatives. Happily, as years of prayers passed, we discovered that we could drop many names from the list as they have believed in the Lord Jesus Christ. One of them is an elder of a church.

For as long as I can remember, I believed that God has died on the cross for my sins. He has shed His precious blood to wash away all my sins - past, present and future, so that I may have eternal life in heaven with Him. My love for God was so strong that when my best friend (whom I got to know in primary 1) rejected Jesus, I stayed away from him. As not only did he do that, he also said that he hated God and criticized Him.

Now and then, I suffer periods of backsliding. God has always brought me back to him through my mum by reading through the Bible with me every night before I go to sleep. At present, we are also going through a book written by Stuart Olyott on the book of Hebrews. Besides this, I do my own quiet time with the church’s devotion book and Devos for teens.

I pray whenever something good or bad happen throughout the day. I thank God that we can come to Him as often as we feel like, as the apostle Paul says in Hebrews, "Run a good race" and that is what I want to do.

Paul Anthony Ongkowidjaja

Before I came to know God, I lived a very selfish life. Perhaps it was normal in terms of worldly standards, but in terms of God’s expectations I was seriously falling short. Coming from a non-Christian family, my parents were happy as long as I got good grades and did not do anything that was blatantly wrong – so that was how I lived. As I attended a Christian kindergarten, I had prior knowledge of God and His agape love through the Bible stories told. However, I chose to ignore them in favour of a more flexible lifestyle. Having rationalized that my achievements were the result of my efforts, I took full credit for them and treated the subject of God with disbelief and ignorance.

A few years ago, both my grandfathers passed away around the same time. One was a Christian and the other a Buddhist. The Christian funeral was full of love and hope despite the passing of my beloved grandfather. The latter, however, was tainted with sadness and uncertainty despite the huge amounts invested in hell notes and an enormous paper mansion; complete with two cardboard Ferraris. It was at that point that I realized how meaningless life was without God, and how horrible afterlife would be without Him. I wanted to learn more about God, but did not know where or how to. Thankfully, it was during that time that my cousins and my best friend encouraged me to go to church. I decided to tag along with my best friend who brought me to Life Bible-Presbyterian Church.

Through attending Sunday school and service, I came to learn more about God and his ways. I realized how sinful my life had previously been and vowed to change. Not surprisingly, I was faced with many challenges and constantly struggled with sin. At that point of time, part of me believed that I could overcome sin by myself, and another part was too shy to trouble God over what I thought were trivial problems. I soon learned that being born from sin; we are powerless to save ourselves. Thankfully, I also learnt that God’s love for man is unsurpassed, so much so that He gave His only Son to die on the cross for us. On 20th October 2010, I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Saviour and welcomed God into my heart. From that day onwards I could feel the Holy Spirit’s presence within me wherever I went; I never felt more loved in my entire life. In the past I would have cringed at the thought of having to spend so much time on religion, but after being born again, I feel a sense of longing for God’s word as well as an eagerness to please Him. I might not be perfect, but I thank God for constantly bringing me back to Him. I truly and surely feel like a new creature. I am thankful that I have a God who is almighty, holy, and wise, and yet would take the time to save a sinner like me.

Ng Jo-Ann

I was baptized as a Roman Catholic when I was 7 years old. I made a first confession to the priest and after that I received Holy Communion every Sunday. After confessing my sin to him one day, I realized that he used it as an example in his sermon. I had confessed that I spoke bad words to one guy because he said that he liked me. Upon hearing what he said, I was very angry with the priest. I told myself that I was not going to make confessions again. Why should I confess to a priest instead of confessing straight to God?

When I was in secondary 3, I stopped confessing to the priest even though I know that was wrong. My mother scolded me for it. I also stopped receiving the Holy Communion. In the month of September, when Virgin Mary’s birthday was celebrated, her big statue was placed in the church. I saw my mother kneeling down, asking for the forgiveness of my sin because I refused to trust the priest anymore. She was angry with me. I ignored her and did not argue with her. Years passed and I finished my secondary and university studies. We were still arguing about confession. I always obeyed my mother except about confession. I went abroad to work for two years and came home waiting for posting to a new employer. Por Por always gave me Christian testimonies to read. They were interesting. I liked reading them. After 2 years of my contract I went home again. Mother had asked me to buy her a big statue of the Virgin Mary. To please her, I bought it. She displayed it at the altar together with other statues of baby Jesus, Mary and Joseph.

After 3 months, I came to work for my new employer, a Christian family. They are very good. I still kept the holy rosary that I used to pray with. My employer saw it hanging in the drawer inside my room. She slowly, slowly explained to me about God and those images. I always followed the family to church and she would bring me to do wedding decorations, Ladies’ Fellowship, etc. I had planned to one day ask my employer "What should I do if I want to be a Christian?" It seemed like she read my mind, before I could ask her she asked me to join the catechism class. Miss Karen, her daughter, asked whether I believed. I said, " Yes." Last May, I took two weeks holiday home and my mother asked me to go to church for confession. I didn’t follow her. I’m so happy because she told me it’s up to me. I told her that I had not been to a catholic church for more than 2 years as I have been attending a Christian Church. For more than 3 years working with my present employer, I slowly understand more about God.

And I’m thankful to God for I have a very good employer, a family of four, who treat me like a member of the family. This is how God changed my life – from the wrong faith to the right. —Marie Antoniette Mamon Agustin

Romans 8:29a "For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son." This is true for me. I was a very negative uncaring child-even at a young age. I grew up in a superstitious household - dragons, lucky calendars, Buddha heads, ZODIAC symbols. I felt this had a lot to do with my negativity. The Vietnamese also believe in worshipping ancestors. I remember thinking - who am I supposed to pray for or to? I will pray to Jesus instead of my Grandfather- who has already passed away.

We had left Vietnam one evening - everything. "Tonight, we must go. We must travel lightly," my father had said to my mother. Except for a few family tokens – remembrances of a lifetime ago, my parents had left country, house, family…EVERYTHING. They had the clothes on their backs and their children. My father paid someone for a boat to Thailand. I wondered how my Dad had such foresight and courage to leave everything for his young family with only a word - not even promise of a better tomorrow. His friends had talked. "Vietnam will fall soon." I was only a year old and my sister three. You may wonder how God can bring something beautiful out of war - the sacrifice of a country - of a man to his family. God slowly did - in His manifold wisdom - God did. I am reminded of the story of Joseph and how God used his brothers’ hatred and enslavement to preserve life. Genesis 45:6

We had been sponsored to Hot Springs, AR. My dad was an artist and a man hired him to be a potter. I attended Vacation Bible School at Grand Avenue Baptist Church. We were just playing at my sister’s friend’s house - Lori Carpenter. It was summertime. I had lots of fun listening to Bible stories, singing songs, and bible crafts. I especially loved the lemon cookies served at snack time. Then, my sister and I began going to church regularly over the course of 2-3 years. The Holy Spirit worked a good work in our hearts. My sister took the Lord as her Saviour first. I had asked "What happened in the private room where the church leaders talked with you about accepting Christ?" My sister said there was nothing to be afraid of. The following Sunday, I didn’t hesitate at invitation time. I bounced up there and took Jesus as my Lord and Saviour.

Spiritual clothes: Psalm 30:11-12 "You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sack cloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing to you and not be silent. O Lord, my God, I will give you thanks forever." The Lord clothed me with joy, given me a positive outlook on life and a discerning spirit. He made me empathetic towards my neighbor. I have seen God move immensely in dire circumstances where pagans and idols seemingly prevail, so does His AMAZING GRACE.

I have a reason for my life. I understand that there isn’t fairness in a fallen world. I understand that evil can prosper on earth. I understand Christians can die unjustly, but not without reason. God is purposeful. I am truly blessed that Jesus paid the ultimate price for my life, for my sins by dying on the cross. I don’t have to make animal sacrifices. I am thankful to accept His free gift of salvation.

God even gave me a sign to start coming regularly to Life Bible Presbyterian. My family and I had just moved to Singapore and I had researched three churches. Life was similar to my Baptist church in Arkansas. I prayed to God where He had wanted me to go. It was a teary-eyed prayer as I had been going through culture shock. I was a new mother and had virtually no "mom" friends to talk or share with. My family had also missed several Sundays as we all had flu. Yes, the flu had lasted awhile the first year here. God answered very quickly. As the first family I met at Life church called me to tell me they were coming over. As they are a Singaporean family (you know who you are), one does not just ring to say they are dropping by. They did in this instance. They dropped by and gave us some fruits. I was so amazed how quickly God had answered. I knew beyond a shadow of doubt that Life would be the church! Thank God for answered prayer. I continue to learn about His grace and mercy and gladly move my membership to Life Bible Presbyterian.
Uyen Thuy Nguyen

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Notice of Annual Congregational Meeting on Lord’s Day, 22 April 12, at 10.45 am sharp

All members of Life B-P Church are reminded to attend this meeting. The combined English worship service begins at 9.00 am.

Please collect the ACM package which will be given out on Sunday, 8 Apr 11 after the Combined Easter Service which begins at 7.00 am.

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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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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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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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2012 Combined B-P Youth Conference

Sat, 5 May 12, 9am to 4pm. Beulah Centre.

Theme: Always Reformed, Always Reforming

Speaker: Rev Ho Chee Lai.

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

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1) The Lord’s Supper will be served at the 8am service next Lord’s Day.

2) Prevention of Theft: Worshippers are advised to watch their belongings in the church premises to avoid losing them.

3) Evangelism Workshop. Sat, 19 May & 26 May 12 (Sats), 9am to 5pm. Title: Good Soil Evangelism & Discipleship. Speakers: John Ching, Tan Thiam Hong, Ong Beng Hong. Registration from 8-29 Apr, forms available at front entrance. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. *Lunch provided.

Preaching appointment: Rev Seet at Indonesian Service, 4pm. Rev Quek at Evening Service, 6 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