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Scripture Memory: The End of the World.

VERSE: 2 Peter 3:10 “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.”

 

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

 

19 November 2017

8am & 11am: Worship Service

Rev Calvin Loh (An Antidote for Anxiety, Matt 6:25-34)

6:00 pm Evening Service

Mr Lim Chien Chong (There is Forgiveness with God, Psalm 130)

 

26 November 2017

8am & 11am: Worship Service

Rev Charles Seet (The Folly of Fault-Finding, Matt 7:1-5)

6:00 pm Evening Service

Rev Peter Tan (Blessed Quietness in God, Psalm 131)

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WHY WORRY?

Worrying is one of the worst habits that has afflicted mankind. It causes people to lose sleep, lose their appetite and lose their effectiveness. Medical research has proven that worry breaks down our body’s resistance to disease, and causes stomach ulcers, headaches and heart problems. When carried to an extreme, worrying brings about severe depression, irrational behaviour and even suicide. How should you deal with worry? Here are some scriptural principles that can help.

 

Life is more than mere existence.

Have you become so concerned about mundane things that they become all that you care about? For many people, meeting their physical needs is their primary concern in life. Worrying about these needs is translated into worrying about getting and holding on to a well-paid job to pay for them. And that in turn is translated into worrying about getting the right educational qualifications and therefore getting good grades for exams. But our Lord Jesus said, “Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on.” (Matthew 6:25)

One reason why many Christians have no time to attend church and prayer meetings regularly or to keep their daily devotions is that they are too busy taking thought of their physical needs. When important exams are around the corner, they cease all spiritual activity. When they are offered a well-paid job that requires them to be absent from church on Sundays, they take it thinking that livelihood overrides all other considerations. And when their income is reduced they stop giving to the Lord.

If we do this, we are denying one very important principle which is found in the words of Jesus – “Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?” Isn’t there more to life than just making a living and keeping ourselves alive? Yes! Life is meant for us to know God and to glorify Him. Without Him we would have no life at all. But how can we glorify God if we don’t survive? And how can we survive if we don’t worry about our physical needs? The answer is that God Himself will ensure that our physical needs are met. He who gave us life is surely concerned about our survival.

 

God cares for His creation.

Jesus illustrates this in Matthew 6:26 – “Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?” This addresses the need for food and daily sustenance. The other illustration addresses a different need – the need for clothing: “And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.” (Matthew 6:28-29)

The thrust of these illustrations is the same: If God cares for the animals and plants, how much more will He care for us, who are created in His own image and likeness? As our heavenly Father He will certainly provide for our needs. Worrying about our daily provisions insults God’s fatherhood. It portrays Him as a father who is so irresponsible that we have to make up for His shortcomings by depending on ourselves and others.

Worrying also insults God’s knowledge. When we keep on worrying about our daily provisions people will think that God does not know our needs well enough. What a bad testimony about God we give to the world whenever we worry. So let us quit worrying and start believing!

 

Material concerns should not usurp spiritual priorities.

Jesus said, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33) The key word here is ‘first.’ How can you give your best efforts to God’s kingdom if you are preoccupied with accumulating wealth? How do you think He feels to be placed on a lower priority than your physical needs? What will you do when you face a crisis that endangers your livelihood and affects your physical well-being? Will you forget God or will you trust Him to help you?

Instead of seeking to meet all your physical needs, you should seek the Kingdom of God. A truly fulfilled life is possible only by setting your heart on loving the things of God. Building up your relationship with God and promoting His kingdom are worth your time and energy. Divert your energies to glorifying God in every possible way and in every area of life. Then your heart will be excited about spiritual things, and your mind will see everything from His perspective. God will become the reference point in all your thoughts, and your pursuits will not include anything that may hinder the advancement of His Kingdom.

 

Respond to life’s challenges as they come.

One important way to stop worrying is to take life one day at a time. As Jesus said in Matthew 6:34 – “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”

Oftentimes the things that we fear about tomorrow never happen. When Jacob was traveling back to Hebron with his family and flocks, he received news that Esau was coming to meet him with 400 men (Genesis 32:6). He imagined the worst that could possibly happen. He worried so much about what Esau would do to him because of his past misdeeds, that he tried every means to prevent the inevitable revenge from coming. He sent gifts to pacify his brother’s anger. And when he could not sleep that night he divided his family and flocks into two camps separated by a river so that at least half of what he had could survive an attack.

When the next day arrived so did Esau and his 400 men. But instead of the expected massacre, the two brothers had a blessed reunion! If only Jacob had trusted God, he could have spared himself from a day and a night of heart-wrenching worry!

Let us trust God about tomorrow and not be overly concerned about the future. It is good to be prepared to face any future contingencies, but we should not allow these uncertainties to rule our lives and make us worry unnecessarily. Why waste so much time and energy on things that may never happen at all?

Instead of worrying, we should get into the habit of praying. Come regularly for our Tuesday night prayer meeting and you will soon develop this habit to counteract your habitual worrying. Each time you feel like worrying, remember to pray. And as you pray, your worrying will gradually give way to a wonderful sense of serene calmness. This is the inward peace that comes from God, a peace that passes all understanding. As the hymnwriter Joseph Scriven wrote: “Oh, what peace we often forfeit, oh what needless pain we bear. All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.”                                                                                                                                                           – Pastor 

 

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1) Please note that the Church Library will only be opened  from 12.15 to 12.45pm today.

2) Combined B-P Youth Camp. Theme: “Steady Steady pom B-P”, 18-21 Dec 2017, at Life B-P Church. Between 15-25 year-old. Please register by today at: tinyurl.com/CombinedBpCamp2017

3)        Infant Baptism on Christmas Sunday, 24 Dec 2017. Parents who intend to have their infants baptized must register by today. Please email Doris Chik by giving child’s name, date of birth and parents’ names and contact.

4)        The EDD is organising a Street Evangelism on

Friday                  : 1st Dec & 8th Dec 2017 - 7.30 pm

Saturday       : 16th Dec & 23rd Dec 2017 - 7.00 pm

Please meet in front of ION Orchard.

5)        kNOw fear! LTF Camp 2017, 11-15 Dec. Registration booth outside Sanctuary until 26 Nov when camp registration closes. See you there!

6)        Catechism Class for Easter Baptism on 1 Apr 2018 commences on 17 Dec 2017 at Beulah Centre Room 2-1, 9.40 am. Please pre-register by emailing to Church Office or filling up the form available at the front counter. Closing date: 10 Dec 2017.

7)       You are invited to join the Door to Door Evangelism at Yishun on every 1st and 3rd week of the month. For enquiry, please contact Amos.

8) Our condolences to: (1) Laura and Joanna Chua on the demise of their mother, Mdm Tan Meow Kee on 13 Nov 2017. (2) Stephanie and Joanna Chin on the homegoing of their grandmother, Mdm See Geok Or (100 yrs old) on 14 Nov 2017.

Preaching appt: Rev Seet at Life  Chinese Service, 11am. Rev Quek at AF Retreat, 18-20 Nov.

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