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Scripture Memory: The Vine.

VERSE : John 15:5 “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

19 March 2017

8am & 11am: Worship Service

Rev Quek Keng Khwang (Pray Without Ceasing, Dan 6:1-11)

6:00 pm Evening Service

Eld Khoo Peng Kiat (How Can I Know God? Psalm 19)

26 March 2017

8am & 11am: Worship Service

Rev Calvin Loh (The God Who Rescues the Righteous, Dan 6:4-28)

6:00 pm Evening Service

Rev Yeo Seow Phong (Trusting Jesus, That Is All, Ps 20)

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THE LADIES’ PRAYER GROUP (Part 2)

When I look back in year 2010, how I thank God for His wonderful and abundant blessings leading me to join the prayer ministry, viz. the Ladies’ Prayer Group.

Since then, I have been regularly attending the prayer meetings and never feel regret for taking a few hours on every Thursday morning to meet our godly sisters at His throne of Grace. Indeed through these regular prayer meetings, there are three-fold benefits which I am always enjoying:

Firstly, it helps me draw much closer to God and commune with Him through prayers together with other members.

Secondly, the Lord shows His mighty power and blessings in answering our persistent prayers, encouraging and strengthening our faith and love for Him day-by-day.

Finally, we get to know one another better and more openly in this prayer group through sharing of devotions, personal prayer items and blessings from God’s answered prayers. We are able to encourage and edify one another in His Spirit and learn to ‘fight’ the spiritual warfare side-by-side in ONE MIND and Spirit together. Truly, the Lord has indeed blessed me and helped me to grow in grace and knowledge of Him as well as enriching my prayer life too.

At times I do ponder over the issue of when I grow too old and frail in future, then, what role can I play in the church ministry. Will I still be of use to serve the Lord by then? The answer came one day when I read Luke 2:36-38. In this passage, the Lord showed me how Anna, the prophetess of God who was of a great age, and was a widow of about fourscore and four years, i.e. 84 years, “…..which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.” (verse 37) Verse 38 says: “And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem”. Anna was so old and yet her heart still centred on the Lord and served Him “with fastings and prayers night and day,” and still witnessed to “…all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem.” What a good and wonderful testimony and godly example we can emulate from Anna!

In my previous testimony, (Church Weekly, published “The Ladies’ Prayer Group” dated 26 August 2010 on our church website), I mentioned that I really yearned to have committed Christian sisters with whom to co-labour in the prayer ministry and I always regard them as my “prayer partners” then.

Now, the Lord has given me a new vision and perspective that we are not merely “prayer partners” but, we are God’s “prayer warriors” in this prayer ministry. I am fully aware that we ought not only to be good soldiers of Christ but to put on His armour completely to fight the spiritual battles as His “prayer warriors”, especially in challenging and difficult times of our lives. So, we pray for the safety and protection of our nation, our Singapore Government leaders to rule our country with God’s righteousness, church ministries, Session leaders by their names, missionaries (local & abroad), overseas mission stations, church full-time staff (by name), those who are sick listed in our church weekly and others whom we know privately by their names.

In this instance, I would like to mention my gratefulness and thanksgivings to God that our church leaders, congregation members, Ladies’ Fellowship and Ladies Prayer Group had been praying fervently for two of my family members, viz. my late mother and late sister Irene, during the time when they were seriously ill few years ago. It was very very encouraging and comforting to know that I have brethren who loved and cared for me and my loved ones too. Indeed their fervent prayers and love for us have touched the hearts of my family members and mine too. All glory unto Him!

I mentioned in a previous testimony that my prayer for our church is that we will, one day, not only become an evangelistic church, but also a prayerful church like the early church which was filled with the power of the Holy Spirit. It is still my desire to see that there is a spiritual revival in our midst and that many who slumber be rekindled with their first love for the Lord again.

Psalm 127:1 says “Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it; except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.” This verse already tells us that all is in vain in our works without Him being the God and Lord of all the church ministries; Moreover, fervent prayers unto Him are much needed in order to receive blessings from Him in our service for the Lord!

I strongly encourage more sisters, young and old, to come and join us to pray earnestly together. May God help us to fully occupy ourselves with His good works and fervent prayers. May we experience the power of His Spirit working in and through us till we see Him face to face. Amen.

                                                            —Judy Loon

“Sweet hour of prayer! Sweet hour of prayer!
That calls me from a world of care,
And bids me at my father’s throne.
Make all my wants and wishes known.”

These lyrics from the hymn, “Sweet Hour of Prayer” sum up my experience at the Ladies’ Prayer Group (LPG) prayer meeting.

Every Thursday morning, we gather at Beulah House for intercessory prayers. At the start, we have fellowship through songs and hymns, followed by Bible devotion. We then pray for the church session, individuals and fellowship groups.

We serve God by praying for others. When time permits, we will also pray for special needs amongst ourselves. Through WhatsApp, we share prayer requests and testimonies. We serve without expecting returns yet the Lord has always blessed us with answered prayers and close fellowship within the group.

Let me submit to you that, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). May we encourage sisters-in-Christ who are available on Thursday mornings to labour in prayer with us. As the old saying goes, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” Take that step of faith to join LPG. You will not look back once you embark on this journey.                                     —Karen Chan

Judy Loon sent me an email in Jan 2016 inviting me to join the ladies Prayer group on Thursday mornings.

As I was quite new to the church (transferred membership from Maranatha BPC), I agreed to give it a try as I was free on Thursday mornings.

I found the group to be very sincere in their praying. It was praying for the church…each pastor (both English and Chinese services), missionary, elder, deacon and church worker including Rahman, everyone mentioned by name. We pray for their families too. It was not about praying for themselves. If only such prayers are carried out in all the churches, what a difference it would make to the world.

Like Paul had prayed for the different churches as in the book, ‘The Ability of God…Prayers of the Apostle Paul’ by A.W. Pink, this group has been praying for years, unselfishly. Being in this group takes me closer to our Lord’s Throne of Grace and it has been very edifying for me.

I encourage any lady who can spare the time to join us.                                                  —Chan Kim Siu

For those who are keen to join, please contact sister Christina Toh at 96737138.

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THANK GOD FOR JOURNEY MERCIES

My family and I were on our way in a coach bus to the airport in Sapporo, Japan last December after our skiing trip when the bus’s engine caught fire one hour into the journey and half the bus went up in flames within minutes.

On that eventful day, the bus arrived at our hotel at Niseko as scheduled at 12:30pm. Upon boarding the bus, we immediately noticed a smoky burnt smell that pervaded the entire 50-seater coach bus. However, as none of the other passengers seemed to mind and with the false sense of security thinking that this was Japan where things work, we brushed this off as a minor irritant that would go away soon.  But the smell followed us on our journey even after 15mins and we decided to open some windows for some fresh air. It wasn’t long before we were all lulled to asleep by the wind.

I was suddenly awakened by the bus stopping and the sound of the bus door opening. The bus driver had pulled the bus over to the side of the road and was alighting.  As I looked out of the window, I was horrified to see thick black smoke rising from the left rear of the bus, amidst the pristine white of the snow-covered countryside.  I immediately shouted for everyone to wake up and after quickly gathering our belongings, disembarked into the heavy snow.

The smoke was coming out of the engine compartment, which was on fire.  The driver was frantically trying to put it off with his small fire extinguisher but it didn’t help much.  After a few seconds, with the extinguisher used up, the driver furiously scooped snow from the side of the road with his bare hands and threw them onto the engine to try to cool it down. I was about to help him when my concerned family persuaded me to follow the rest of the passengers to run away from the bus.

We ran along the side of the road in the snow, clad in our indoor attire for about 100m where we felt safe enough.   Thankfully I managed to salvage our laundry bag where we stored our winter jacket so that we had some protection from the cold. The single lane road was now not passable to traffic and all vehicles had to stop. A kind American tourist in his rented MPV took my youngest daughter Chloe and my wife into his car to shelter them from the cold.

By then, the driver had given up trying to put out the fire and had started to retrieve the luggage from the luggage compartment and placing them at the front of the bus.  A few of us, including my eldest daughter Faith, decided to take a risk and ran to retrieve our luggage.

Not long after, a couple of mini explosions were heard.  Within minutes, the fire had spread to half of the bus. The fire engine and the police arrived soon after.

We thank God for a kind villager who ushered us to her century old kindergarten some 400m away where we could take refuge in her kitchen and for some warm milk. The police came to take our particulars, and after about 2 hours, a replacement bus came to fetch us to the airport.

As I ponder on this incident, and considered the What Ifs, I can only thank God for preserving our lives and for all that had happened.  This incident has taught me not to take life for granted, to redeem the time, and to always live according to God’s will in my life.  Praise God from whom all blessings flow.               —Eugene Ooi

“The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.” (Psalm 121:5-8)

 

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VBS 2017. Truerassic Park, a Bible Adventure in Creation & Dinosaurs! We wish to invite you as our VBS helpers to serve alongside with us. The event is hosted at Life Church during the 1st week of school holidays from May 31 to Jun 2. Kindly register at “www.lifebpc.com/vbs” For inquiries: Mr Yeo Hock Seng at 9740-6547.

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1)  Scripture Memory Verse Review No. 1. A written review exercise of the verses is obtainable at the front counter. Please submit by 2 Apr 17.

2) “Daily Manna”: Daily Devotional by Rev Isaac Ong (Apr to Jun 2017). Available at the front counter. The same devotions are available online at http://www.calvaryjurong.com/index-4.html.

3) Life BP Church Camp 2017 will be held from June 12-15 (Mon-Thu) at Batam Holiday Inn Resort. Please register early as we need to meet the registration quota by end April.

4) Missions Seminar - White Unto Harvest. Sat 1 Apr 2017. 3-5.45 pm (Dinner at 6pm). Beulah MPH. Register at http://lifebpc.com/missions-seminar.

5) The family of the late Mdm Lee Mee Lan (Sis Lilian Lee’s mother) wishes to thank Life BP Church for the prayers and the generous giving of brethren during their recent bereavement. They appreciate your kind attendance at both the vigil service on Sunday 12/3/17 and the funeral on Tuesday 14/3/17. To God be the glory.

6) Our condolences to: (1) Sisters Grace Tay and Hannah Khoo on the homegoing of their beloved paternal grandmother Mdm Jee Ah Hong (82 years old) on 13 Mar 17.

(2) Sister Lim Chwee Eng & Elder Tan Yew Chong and family on the homegoing of Chwee Eng’s mother, Mdm Yeo Siong Gean (82 years old) on 15 Mar 17. Vigil service tonight at 8:00 pm will be conducted in Chinese at Everton Park Block 1 Multipurpose hall, S081001.  Funeral tomorrow at 9.45 am after which the cortege will depart at 10:00 am for Mandai Crematorium.

 

Preaching appt: Rev Wong on mission trip (16-22 Mar 17). Rev Khoo on mission trip (16-26 Mar 17).

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