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Scripture Memory: Sin
Romans 3:10,11 
"As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that undertandeth, there is none that seeketh after God."

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

19 February 2012
8 am & 10.45am Worship Service:

Eld Ng Beng Kiong (Are You Serving? Mat 25:14-30)
6:00 pm Evening Service:
Rev Charles Seet (How to Really Love Jesus, Col 3:1-11)

26 February 2012
8 am & 10.45am Worship Service:

Eld Khoo Peng Kiat (Are You Praying? Lk 18:1-8)
6:00 pm Evening Service:
Rev Matthews Abraham (Let Us Rise Up and Build, Neh 2:11-18)

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REFLECTIONS ON THE 2011 SCRIPTURE MEMORY PROGRAMME

"Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee." (Psalm 119:11)

Since Scripture memorization became a regular part of our church in September 2004, many Lifers have benefited from participating in it. We thank God for 74 who have done well enough to receive awards for their review exercises in the 2011 Scripture Memory Programme of 28 Scripture verses on the theme, "Following Jesus."

Out of these, 30 have received the first prize. Some of them have written to share how they have benefited from participating in the programme and some personal tips on how to memorise Scripture verses successfully (see below). Please read them and be encouraged to participate in this year’s Scripture Memory Programme of 28 verses on the theme, "Equipped for Every Good Work." Memorising these verses will equip you to share the Gospel with others, as well as to help Christians who are in need of comfort and assurance to face life’s trials.

In addition to the pocket-sized memory verse booklets available from our church front counter, you can also download beautifully designed wallpapers with the memory verses from http://www.lifebpc.com/memoryvs.htm and install them on the desktop of your PC.

At the end of each quarter a review exercise will be conducted (The first one for this year is on 18 March). Write out the seven verses for the quarter from memory on a review sheet from the front counter, and submit it by the given deadline. You will receive a certificate if your verses are at least 70% correct. To win the 1stprize (a $40 voucher) you must obtain certificates for all 4 review exercises. If you obtain only 3 certificates you will receive the 2nd prize (a $30 voucher). Two certificates will qualify you for the 3rd prize (a $20 voucher). Consolation prizes (a $10 voucher) will be given to those who obtain one certificate.

May the Lord help us to hide His Word in our hearts! —Pastor

"ALL SCRIPTURE is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correct, for instruction in righteousness. That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works." (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

I memorize concepts in textbooks and best-selling books to gain worldly success; but for years, I never got down to memorizing scripture for godly success. It was not until I read through the entire Bible in 2009 that I found out how sorely lacking my Biblical knowledge was, and that I was missing out on the ‘inspiration of God.’ Many things in life inspire us but how many of us are inspired by God? Sometimes we get by life with wise maxims of great men like Aristotle, Warren Buffett and Robert Kiyosaki but how many of us get through life with the wisdom of God?

After reading a great deal of best-sellers and a Bible, I was enlightened to the fact that the Word of God would trump any wise words of Donald Trump, stir us to excel in our jobs far better than the sayings of Steve Jobs, and guard us against the buffets of Satan.

From henceforth, I devoted more time to meditate on scripture, and scripture memorization became a painless task when I sought to truly understand each verse for all its worth instead of pure regurgitating. The verses serve as a constant source of wisdom in evangelism, comfort in distress and encouragement in life, and it would certainly be an understatement to say that scripture memorization has been beneficial to me as the Bible is God’s instruction manual for me to live this life. – Joshua Chia

OUR FAMILY has participated in the Scripture Memory Verse Programme for several years, and has benefited greatly from it. Each Sunday, we learn the new verses and recite the old ones during family devotions. This not only brings our family closer together, but ensures that we spend some time each Lord’s day memorising and meditating upon the Word of God. By committing the scriptures to memory, we are learning to hide God’s Word in our hearts, that we might not sin against Him (Psalm 119:11). It is also quite a thrill for us to hear a sermon being preached at the pulpit, and be able to recite the verses along with the pastor!

Personally, the Scripture Memory Verse Programme 2011 has helped me tremendously in my day-to-day Christian living. As the Apostle Paul aptly wrote in 2 Timothy 3: 16-17, "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for instruction, for correction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works." For example, when I began complaining about the heavy workload after facing a particularly hectic week at school, Philippians 2:14 – "Do all things without murmurings and disputings" (Sept 18 & 25) popped into my mind to rebuke me. In addition, the memory verses on Christ’s humility (March 20 - April 24) constantly reminded me that if Jesus himself was so meek and humble, I had all the more no reason to be proud of any of my achievements. One of the verses, 1 Corinthians 15:58 (March 6 & 13), also helped me to encourage a Christian friend who had made many attempts to share the gospel with another non-Christian coursemate but received no favourable response –"Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord."

Charles Spurgeon once spoke this of John Bunyan: "He had studied…till his whole being was saturated with Scripture…Prick him anywhere; and you will find that his blood is Bibline, the very essence of the Bible flows from him. He cannot speak without quoting a text, for his soul is full of the Word of God." May we likewise strive to memorise Scripture and nourish our souls with God’s Word. – Claire Tan (and family)

I REMEMBER Scripture best when I apply it to my life. I first reflect on the verse and its relevance to my life. I write down my thoughts in a journal and I consciously use this verse daily (for 2 weeks) to guide me in my everyday living.

I share with you my journal entry on Running the Race (Philippians 3:13) – "Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before"

"Like the apostle Paul, I have not laid hold of Christlikeness, but in my process of sanctification, I must forget those things which are behind – namely my past failures and sins where my children and spouse are concerned.

I must not rely on past virtuous deeds and achievements in my ministry and continue pressing on in my service to the Lord.

My present efforts must have the clear goal of pursuing Christlikeness and not be hampered by my focus on past sins and failures. The Lord has been gracious and has forgiven me and His mercies are new everyday." – Hui Tin

"THE LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me…." (Psalm 23:1-4)

These precious verses accompanied me as I laid on the operating table because of a miscarriage more than 10 years ago. I learnt these verses by heart during a Daily Vacation Bible School held at Calvary Jurong at a young age of about 7. Since then, I have never forgotten a single word from Psalm 23. This confirmed the belief in me that everyone should start memorizing God’s Word from a young age because we need God’s word at every point of our life, especially at the lowest point.

With this conviction, I encouraged my children to embark on the church’s Scripture Memory Program. Lois (now 14 years old), Samuel (now 10 years old) and Sharon (now 6 years old) started memorizing God’s word when they were attending the Pre-Nursery Sunday School class. When the church started the Scripture Memory Program in 2005, I encouraged my children to participate.

I was amazed at how fast the children could memorize God’s word. While adults have a more difficult time with memory work, most children find it a breeze. Children need to understand what they are memorizing. Hence I would explain the meaning of the verse, phrase by phrase. Very often, a long Bible verse becomes easier to memorize when one understands the meaning of it.

Subsequently, we will attempt to read through the verse a few times and memorise a short portion of the verse each day. We will move on to the next part of the verse after perfecting the earlier ones. The secret is to memorise the verse every day, bit by bit.

Memorizing Bible verses gets difficult for my older kids because heavy academic load vie for their time. During such times, I remind the children that if they put in so much effort into their academic work, should they not put in the same, or even more effort to memorize Bible verses? These Bible verses have eternal values and will accompany them for life.

May many young parents be encouraged to memorize God’s word together with their children. We can be sure that at some point in their lives, God’s word will be there to comfort, strengthen, encourage and guide them in their life’s journey. – Huey Ching

THANK YOU LORD for giving me this opportunity to testify to Your Word and the many blessings I received from You, Lord, in all areas of my life, like having good health, good siblings and a loving old-age mother whom I am taking care of now.

Taking advantage of this programme has given me confidence to memorise His Word and to know more of God everyday. My method of memorising His Word is through prayer and reading the verse as often as possible. Remembering the first word of the verse is important and so is its Scripture reference. I do this before memorising the verse over and over again until the full verse is recalled automatically. This is how I practise for each review exercise in this Scripture memory programme.

I am filled with wonder that God has blessed me through this programme and given me the opportunity to encourage more Christians to live and follow our Lord Jesus Christ, for without Him we can do nothing. May our Lord bless more members of the church to participate and make this Scripture Memory Programme a success for His Kingdom. – Flora Lau

Taking part in our church’s memory verse programme has helped me to discipline myself to memorise selected verses on a regular basis. It has also helped me appreciate God’s Word at a deeper level when I keep going through the verses over and over again. E.g. when we were memorising verses on Christian love a few years ago, I saw through the verses Christ’s intense desire for us, His disciples, to love one another.

Personal tips on how to memorise verses. Believe I can do it - if I can remember things like my address, telephone number and IC number, I CAN memorise scripture. Moreover, our Heavenly Father will always supply the abilities we need for the work He desires us to do.

Sometimes, the verse includes a list, for which I find the order difficult to remember e.g. 2 Cor 12:10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses .. . For this verse, I used acronyms, IR (integrated resort) and NPD (NDP National Day Parade, order reversed) to help me remember the list. – Khoon Lee

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YAF RETREAT

Theme: Did you think to pray?

Date: 15-18 March 2012

Venue: Pulai Desaru, Johor Bahru

Speaker: Elder Ng Beng Kiong

Retreat fees: Working – S$285 ; Non-working – S$235

Contact: Tim Goh @ 9876-8654/ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. OR Sign-up @ http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/XCV6FZK

Deadline for registration: 26 Feb 12

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1) Infant Baptism on Easter Sunday, 8 Apr 12. Parents who intend to have their infants baptised must register by next week. Please call the Church office (6594 9399) or email Yin Chan giving child’s name, date of birth and parents’ names and contact.

2) Far Eastern Kindergarten Registration for 2013: Pre-Nursery (2010); Nursery (2009). Priority for Members’ Closing Date: 28th February 2012. Please call 6 251 3676 or log on to www.lifebpc.com/fek/ for more information.

3) Barbara Seow and family would like to thank the pastoral team, Session members and church for their condolences, presence, prayers and thoughts during the homegoing of her father, the late Edward Lee Hee Seng.

Preaching appointment: Rev Seet at Thai Service, 4pm and Evening Service, 6pm. Rev Quek at AF, 1pm.

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