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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

 

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) 

3 December 2017

8am & 11am: Worship Service

Rev Quek Keng Khwang (Beware of Dogs and Hogs, Matthew 7:6)

6:00 pm Evening Service

Mr Joel Seah (The Joy of Unity, Ps 133)

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LET US GIVE THANKS! 

In the year 1620 a group of English settlers arrived at the east coast of North America after a grueling two-month voyage on board the Mayflower. Many of them were godly Christians seeking for a place where they could practice their beliefs freely without restrictions. During their first winter 58 died of scurvy and malnutrition, but through the kindness of local Native Americans 44 of them survived. The Wampanoag tribe provided food for them and a local native named Squanto taught them how to grow corn effectively.

 

When a drought threatened to wipe out their crops, they cried out to God for help. The rains came on time, and by autumn of 1621 they had reaped a bountiful corn harvest. The Pilgrim Fathers (as they were designated later) gave thanks to God and observed a three-day feast together with about 90 Wampanoag tribesmen.

 

This feast has become a part of American culture. In 1863 President Abraham Lincoln declared the last Thursday of November as Thanksgiving Day, a day for the entire nation to express gratitude to God for His help and provision. A law was passed in 1941 to change it officially to the 4th Thursday in November.

 

Last Thursday (23 November) was Thanksgiving Day in the USA. It has become a day when families gather to enjoy a meal together, to pray and reflect upon all that God has done for them. Since we are now coming toward the end of the year, it is good for us to reflect on what God has done for us, and give thanks to Him.

 

Why We Fail to Give Thanks

 

One reason why we fail to give thanks to God is forgetfulness. The Israelites were told: “Beware that thou forget not the LORD thy God, in not keeping his commandments, and his judgments, and his statutes, which I command thee this day: Lest when thou hast eaten and art full, and hast built goodly houses, and dwelt therein; And when thy herds and thy flocks multiply, and thy silver and thy gold is multiplied, and all that thou hast is multiplied; Then thine heart be lifted up, and thou forget the LORD thy God” (Deuteronomy 8:11-14).

 

There was once a talented student who needed only one more course to graduate from university, so he relentlessly pursued his professor in hopes that he would grant him an independent study course in writing. The student expressed that he would be eternally grateful if the professor would just grant this one request — even though it would involve a lot of extra time and work on the professor’s part.

 

The professor finally agreed to the idea, but it proved to be a huge headache for him. The student skipped appointments, missed deadlines, and ignored the professor’s evaluations of his writing. The young man even turned in his last assignment just hours before graduation. Nevertheless the professor went the extra mile to help him and even to plead with the rest of the faculty to be lenient to this student. And finally the student was allowed to graduate.

 

After so many allowances and concessions had been made for him, you would think he would have been very grateful to the professor. But there was not even one sincere word of thanks from him. Having got what he wanted, the student completely forgot all the goodness that had been shown to him. Are we like that student? Do we forget how much God has done for us? Do we take God’s goodness for granted?

 

Why is it so hard for us to give thanks to God with a grateful heart? Perhaps it is because we often focus on what we don’t have rather than on what we have. Then we start to whine and complain. Unfortunately we Singaporeans are known to complain a lot. If you are in the habit of complaining, please read this little poem carefully:

 

Today upon a bus, I saw

a lovely maid with golden hair;

I envied her – so beautiful,

and how I wished I were so fair;

When suddenly she rose to leave,

I saw her hobble down the aisle;

She had one foot and wore a crutch,

but as she passed, she wore a smile.

Oh God, forgive me when I whine,

I have two feet – the world is mine.

 

And when I stopped to buy some sweets,

the lad who served me had such charm;

He seemed to radiate good cheer,

his manner was so kind and warm;

I said, “It's nice to deal with you,

such courtesy I seldom find”;

He turned and said, “Oh, thank you sir.”

And then I saw that he was blind.

Oh, God, forgive me when I whine,

I have two eyes – the world is mine.

 

Then, when walking down the street,

I saw a child with eyes of blue;

He stood and watched the others play,

it seemed he knew not what to do;

I stopped a moment, then I said,

“Why don't you join the others, dear?”

He looked ahead without a word,

and then I knew he could not hear.

Oh God, forgive me when I whine,

I have two ears – the world is mine.

 

With feet to take me where I'd go;

With eyes to see the sunsets glow,

With ears to hear what I would know.

I am blessed indeed. The world is mine;

Oh, God, forgive me when I whine.

 

Instead of whining and complaining let us get into the habit of giving thanks to God at all times for everything we have, and even for the things we don’t have. So what can you thank God for if nothing at all is going well for you today? You can say, “I thank you Lord, that things are not always as bad as this.”

 

Reasons for Giving Thanks to God

 

  1. Giving thanks keeps us from taking His blessings for granted.

 

Psalm 136:1-3 – “O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. O give thanks unto the God of gods: for his mercy endureth for ever. O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth for ever.”

 

The word ‘mercy’ shows that we don’t deserve God’s blessings. By right, God should not bless us at all, since we have not done anything good for Him. But He still blesses us despite our sins and failures. We must never lose our sense of wonder at the greatness of God’s mercy to us.

 

  1. Giving thanks is the will of God for us.

 

1 Thessalonians 5:18 – “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

 

We ought to love God enough to do His will. Some may then ask, “What is God’s will for me?” The answer is found here – giving thanks in every thing. Since it is God’s will that we give thanks for everything, let us always be ready to thank God for anything, whether good or bad. We can always find something to thank God for in every situation in life, no matter how bad it may be – ‘Every cloud has a silver lining.’ Let us look for it and give thanks instead of murmuring and complaining.

 

  1. Giving thanks shows that we are well spiritually.

 

Colossians 2:6-7 – “As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:  Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.”

 

You can tell how spiritually mature a Christian is by his thankful spirit. Thanksgiving is an outcome of being rooted and built up in Christ. It is also one of the evidences of being filled with the Holy Spirit.

 

Ephesians 5:18-20 – “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;  Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

  1. Giving thanks acknowledges that it is God who saves sinners and sanctifies the saints.

 

Whenever we wonder how is it that we and our loved ones have believed in Christ while so many people are still living in darkness and sin, we should always be very thankful that God had chosen us from the foundation of the world. The apostle Paul always did this whenever he saw people responding to the Gospel and growing in their faith. Here are two examples:

 

2 Thessalonians 2:13 – “But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth.”

 

While it is good to give thanks to God for healing and providing for our needs, let us never forget to thank God for saving us from sin and eternal death, as this is His greatest gift to us. And when we can see God changing the lives of others, especially our own children – we must really thank God!

 

Ephesians 1:15-16 – “Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers.”

 

  1. Giving thanks gives God all the glory.

 

Luke 17:15-18 – “And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.  And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?  There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.”

 

May the Lord be glorified as we give thanks to Him today.      – Pastor 

 

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Annual Christmas Gathering 

“By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” (John 13:35) 

The Church Community is characterised by the love it displays. Instead of merely preaching about the love of God, as a Church Community, we want to display this love in order to touch the lives of those outside the Church Community. Our Annual Christmas Gathering will focus on displaying the love of God as we invite the Sembawang Secondary School Girls’ Brigade (GB), the Students Care Centre (SCC)/Life Children’s Club (LCC), and their parents/guardians to commemorate Christmas with us on 23rd of December, from 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. (with lunch included). This is a time for us to interact with the GB Girls, SCC/LCC Students and Parents/Guardians, and of course with one another, to get to know them, and show them the love of the Church Community. We will be breaking into small groups to present carols to one another, and in the process, teach them the meanings of the carols in relation to the Gospel. 

Dear brother and sister-in-Christ, may we encourage one another to experience the joy and the warmth of Christian love with our visitors and with one another on 23rd of December 2017!       - On behalf of Sunday School 

 

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1)        Sanctity in Worship: Come early on Sunday. Being habitually late for worship dishonours God. Remember to switch off your handphone, and avoid conversation during worship.

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

3)        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.

4)        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.

5)        YF/YAF Anniversary 2017, 30 Dec, 4pm-7pm, at Beulah MPH. Theme: “Be Ye Heavenly Minded”. Speaker: Rev Colin Wong. All church members, especially previous YF/YAF members, are warmly invited for this anniversary. Dinner will be provided. Contact Jeremiah for any queries.

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