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Announcements (15 Oct 2017)

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Oct 152017
 

Adults SS Class (Today @11.30am): On “WCF Chap 24 – On Marriage and Divorce” by Eld Sim at The Chapel.  All adults are cordially invited!

Wed Prayer Meeting @8pm:  Members are encouraged to come and pray as a Church.  “We shall never see much change for the better in our churches in general till the prayer meeting occupies a higher place in the esteem of Christians.” – C H Spurgeon

SAF Meeting (21 Oct, Sat):  Would like to invite you and your friends to attend a talk entitled “Mental Illness – Breaking the Silence!” at the coming SAF Meeting on the 21 Oct @NLBPC Chapel.  Ms Margaret Ong, who is a sole caregiver to her dear husband had published a book about her family’s ordeal.  She will share the mental illness landscape and support affiliations she gotten and more importantly, thank God that she is a believer.  She has agreed to take a Q&A session after her talk, and you could chat with her privately during our pot-luck fellowship dinner at the Fellowship Hall after the talk.

In-Conversation (28 Oct, 4-6pm) – At the Chapel.  All New Lifers are encouraged to attend.

Programme

4.00-4.15pm: Meet the New Session

4.15-4.30pm: Theme & Goals for 2018

4.30-4.45pm: Church’s Organization Chart

5.00-5.15pm: Tea/Coffee Break

5.15-6.00pm: Q & A

15 Oct 2017 – Divine Marching Orders

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Oct 152017
 

By Rev Gabriel Gan

After Moses died, Joshua took up the reins of full leadership of Israel. He must have done so with no small amount of fear and trembling. But he no sooner assumed leadership that the Lord appeared to calm his nerves and steel his resolve. As we examine the Lord’s words to Joshua, we can easily identify the concepts of ‘trust’ and ‘obey’ (cf. John H. Sammis’ hymn).

I.  A Call to Trust (vv. 2–6, 9)

Joshua was instructed by God to believe certain things:

A. The land of Canaan was God’s gift (vv. 2–4)

Three times the Lord stressed that he was giving Canaan to Israel (vv. 2, 3, 6), and he left no doubt about them possessing it, emphatically saying it ‘shall be your coast (or territory)’ (v. 4) and ‘you shall divide as an inheritance the land’ (v. 6).

The fact that the land was given to them did not mean there was nothing for them to do. The Lord said to Joshua: ‘Arise, go over this Jordan, thou and all this people, unto the land’ (v. 2). And once they got into that land, they had to fight, as the rest of this book of Joshua makes abundantly clear.

B. Israel’s enemies would be defeated (v. 5)

Forty years earlier, the people of Israel wavered in faith because their spies had seen great warriors in Canaan. Those warriors had not gone away and had not lost any of their military prowess. But Joshua and Israel would have success against them because the Lord promised that He would make them flee; God was greater than those enemies.

C. The Lord would be present with him (vv. 5, 9)

What was Joshua thinking when he took up the mantle of leadership? Did he wonder how he could possibly follow a man as great as Moses? If that was his thought, he must have been tremendously relieved to hear the Lord say, ‘As I was with Moses, so I will be with thee’ (v. 5). Joshua had nothing to worry about with Moses gone because the Lord was not gone.

For N.T. believers, our Lord Jesus promised His presence with us to the end of the age (Matt. 28:20). As long as God is with us, we need not fear the uncertain future!

II.  A Call to Obey (vv. 7–9)

In these verses, the Lord strongly cautions Joshua to ‘observe to do according to all the law’.  He was not to deviate from it in any way (v. 7), but rather was to keep it in his mouth and on his mind (v. 8). Furthermore, he was to do ‘all’ that was written in the law (v. 8). He was not to be satisfied with partial obedience!

The Lord explicitly tied obedience to success (v. 8b). The experience of their fathers forty years earlier gave grim testimony to the importance of obedience.

When God’s people unite and obey God, they can rest assured that He will bless them in wonderful ways.

Lessons for us

The Lord’s dealings with Joshua speak to us in the following ways.

  1. We are to rejoice in the grace of God

It was the grace of God that caused Him to promise to give the land of Canaan to Israel. Joshua and his people did not deserve any of these things, but God graciously granted them. We are no more deserving of God’s blessings than they. So every blessing we receive must be attributed to the kind and merciful nature of God. Have you counted your blessings and given thanks to God?

 

  1. We are to trust God to keep His promises

God has made promises to us even as He did to Israel of old. We can be assured, therefore, that the Lord is with us (Heb. 13:5), that He will sustain His work in us (Phil. 1:6), that He will bless His word (Isa. 55:10–11) and sustain His church (Matt. 16:18), that He will eventually come again to receive His people to Himself (John 14:3).

With such a faithful God to fulfil such fantastic promises, we should be buoyed with zeal for every task and confidence for every trial (Rom. 12:11). Let us persevere in sowing the seed and watering it, and we shall surely reap some day (Gal. 6:9).

  1. We are to keep close to ‘the Book’

Nothing is more important in successful Christian living than careful attention to God’s book, which is a ‘lamp’ for our feet and a ‘light’ to our path (Ps. 119:105).

Our adherence to the Word of God must be of such a nature that we make it the standard for judging everything, saying with the prophet Isaiah: ‘To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because there is no light in them’ (Isa. 8:20). The Bible is our sole authority for faith (creed) and practice (conduct) – 2 Tim. 3:16-17.

  1. We are to keep close to Christ

No one has ever perfectly trusted and obeyed except the Lord Jesus Christ. Walking close to him will ensure that we walk in faith and obedience. Let me conclude with Paul’s words to the church at Colossae: “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving” (Col. 2:6-7).

Reflection

  1. Read 1 Samuel 15:17–23. What does Samuel say to King Saul about the importance of obeying the Lord?
  2. Is there any area of your life in which you are disobeying the Lord? What measures can you take to remedy this?
  3. What are some of the ways in which we can deepen our trust in the Lord?

Movie Outreach on 25 Nov (Sat)

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Oct 112017
 

As part of our movie outreach, we are inviting all those keen to watch the movie “Faith like Potatoes” to join us on 25 Nov 2017 (Sat), 2:30pm. Door will be open from 2:00pm onwards. There will also be a gospel sharing after the movie, and before the refreshment. All are welcomed!

Announcements (08 Oct 2017)

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Oct 082017
 

SAF Meeting (21 Oct, Sat): At the NLBPC Chapel from 4:30 – 6:30pm. A talk entitled “Mental Illness – Breaking The Silence” will be given by Ms Margaret Ong, an author of newly published book “Love the Man, Hate the Sickness”. Come and hear her life experience as a caregiver! Please invite your friends and fellowship with us over a pot-luck dinner after the talk.

In-Conversation (28 Oct, 4-6pm) – At the Chapel. All New Lifers are encouraged to attend.

08 Oct 2017 – True, Biblical Friendship

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Oct 082017
 

By Dn Ronnie Tan

A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

(Proverbs 17:17)

A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. (Proverbs 18:24)

Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful. (Proverbs 27:6)

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:13)

The best biblical example of what true friendship entails can be seen in the relationship between David and Jonathan. While much has been said and preached about David, Jonathan’s part in demonstrating what true, biblical friendship is all about is worth studying and emulating. Indeed, we can derive a number of meaningful, biblical lessons when we examine the friendship of these two men. Here are some of them:

It transcends status. When Jonathan, a prince, met David, a shepherd, Jonathan immediately formed a very strong friendship with David. (1 Sam 18:1-4) Jonathan did not allow David’s lowly status in society to stop him from forging a strong, lasting and meaningful friendship.

It is sincere. To show David that he truly treasured their friendship, Jonathan gave him his robe, garments, sword, bow, and girdle. (1 Sam 18:4) Jonathan’s gifts also signified his sincerity towards David which would last a lifetime.

It means going to great lengths to stand up for someone who has done no wrong.  Jonathan stood up for David, even at the expense of angering his father, King Saul. (1 Sam 20:32) He correctly pointed out to his father that David had done him no wrong and should therefore not be hunted down like an animal and killed. For being true and faithful to his friend, we read that Jonathan was nearly slain by his own father. (1 Sam 20:33) However, that did not deter him from continuing to defend David time and again.

It means being ready to sacrifice for the other party. Jonathan had already known that David would be king at his expense if David was allowed to live. (1 Sam 20:31) It is unthinkable for a prince to give up his right to the throne for a shepherd. However, Jonathan was prepared to give up his right to the throne by letting David live. (1 Sam 23:17)

A true friend will never betray the other party come what may. At one point, when David wanted to know how Saul felt about him, they arranged that Jonathan shall signal to David about his father’s attitude towards the latter. In this instance, Jonathan had the perfect opportunity to betray David and cause the latter to be slain. All he had to do was to give David the wrong signal and it would result in David’s death. Indeed, Jonathan’s refusal to take advantage of the situation showed what a principled man he was. His actions allowed David to elude Saul yet again, thus ensuring that the throne would eventually go to David.

A true friend keeps promises.  In 1 Sam 20:14-15, Jonathan asked that David be kind to his descendants and both men made a covenant to that effect. We are later told that Jonathan was tragically slain in battle. (1 Sam 31:2). Saul’s death paved the way for David to be king. After David ascended the throne, he did not forget the covenant he made with Jonathan. In 1 Sam 9, we read about David putting in effort to find out if any of Saul’s family members were still alive for him to shower with kindness. When he found out that Jonathan’s son Mephibosheth was still alive, David fetched him to the palace and even asked him to have his meals at the king’s table.

The meaning of true, biblical friendship, as exemplified by Jonathan and David, may seem a hard act to follow, but it is certainly not an impossible example to emulate. May God help us Christians not to be fair-weather friends but be friends who love at all times. (Prov 17:17)

Announcements (01 Oct 2017)

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Oct 012017
 

Fellowship Lunch (Today after Worship Service):  Members and friends are encouraged to stay back for this meal and get to know one another.  No Sunday School Classes TODAY.

Catechumens Final Interview (Today @12-1pm):  At the Kindergarten Office.  Elders please attend.

Children’s Sunday (8 Oct):  All children are invited to join this special program from 9.30am-1.00pm at the Kids’ Church Room.

Wed Prayer Meeting @8pm:  Members are encouraged to come and pray as a Church.  “We shall never see much change for the better in our churches in general till the prayer meeting occupies a higher place in the esteem of Christians.– C H Spurgeon

In-Conversation (28 Oct, 4-6pm)At the Chapel.  All New Lifers are encouraged to attend.  If you have any questions, please email to the Church Office by 14 Oct.

New Life Kindergarten:  Is looking for a Vice-Principal.  The pre-requiste is at least a Certificate in Early Childhood Education (Leadership).  Interested person can call Mrs Agnes Chee at 63689567.

01 Oct 2017 – How many Saturday have you left?

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Oct 012017
 

by Eld Yap Chee Kian

Those who rush arrive first at the grave. – Spanish Proverb

Saturday Mornings

A common experience we all have is how time seems to pass by so quickly. Perhaps that’s the reason why Saturdays always seem so special. It is the moment of quietness, or maybe it is the joy of not having to be at work which made the first few hours of a Saturday most enjoyable. This reminds me of a story I heard several years ago. It began with an older man talking to a younger man Stan about his theory of a “thousand marbles”.

“You see, I sat down one day and did a little arithmetic. The average person lives to about seventy-five years. I know, some live more and some live less, but on average, folks live about seventy-five years. Now then, I multiplied 75 times 52 and I came up with 3900 which is the number of Saturdays that the average person has in their entire lifetime.

Now stick with me Stan, I’m getting to the important part. It took me until I was fifty-five years old to think about all this in any detail, he went on, and by that time I had lived through over twenty-eight hundred Saturdays. I got to thinking that if I lived to be seventy-five, I only had about a thousand of them left to enjoy. So I went to a toy store and bought every single marble they had. I took them home and put them inside of a large, clear plastic container right here in my workshop next to the radio. Every Saturday since then, I have taken one marble out and thrown it away.

I found that by watching the marbles diminish, I focused more on the really important things in life. There is nothing like watching your time here on this earth run out to help get your priorities straight. Now let me tell you one last thing before I take my lovely wife out for breakfast. This morning, I took the very last marble out of the container. I figure if I make it until next Saturday then God has blessed me with a little extra time to be with my loved ones. It was nice to talk to you Stan, I hope you spend more time with your loved ones, and I hope to meet you again someday. Have a good morning!”

How many Saturdays do you have?

The story wakes us to the brevity of our time on earth. Moses exhorted us in Psalm 90:12 “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom”. This is not a fatalistic view of life, but rather one of hope and joy knowing that each day brings us into closer conformance to the image of Jesus Christ. As children of God, we are to mutually encourage one another as in Hebrews 13:3 “But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.”

Another perspective – One square at a time

Dr Lewis Smedes, a wise Dutchman who was also a renowned Christian author, ethicist, and theologian in the Reformed tradition, reflected on this some decades ago when he bought a date book. This is a kind of diary for a year, usually spiral-bound with pages of blank boxes. People used it to keep track of their everyday activities.

Smedes wrote: “I looked at the four lines that make up each box as the walls of time that organize my life. I lived one square at a time and each box has an invisible door that leads to the next square. And then as if by a silent stroke, the door opens, and I am pulled through, sucked into the next square in line.  There I will again fill the time frame that seals me, fill it with my busyness, just as I had done the square before. One day I will walk into a square that has no door. There will be no mysterious opening, and no walking into an adjoining square. One of those squares will be terminal. I do not know which square it will be“.

On the day we were born – you and I were each given a lifetime of squares to fill. Some of us got lots of squares to fill and some only a few. On 19 December 2002, Smedes was up on a ladder putting Christmas lights around the outside of his house.  He fell and hit his head and died a few days later. That final box, the one he had written decades ago, came for him.

Smedes continued, “… when we walk into that final square, it isn’t a box at all. It turns out to be a door. The four walls that confined us melt away, and time is no more. Then our real life, far from being over, turns out to have just begun“.

Conclusion and Reflection

As we throw away a marble every Saturday, as we fill up each box on the calendar, how have you prepared yourself for the final box? It does not matter whether we are young or old, rich or poor, healthy or sick. I urge you to read Matt 6:25-34 and reflect on v33 as we fill each square that God has given to us.

Story taken from: https://davidmcleanuk.blogspot.sg/2010/03/fill-each-square-with-what-matters-most.html

Announcements (24 Sep 2017)

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Sep 242017
 

Catechism Class (Today @11.30am): Catechism please proceed to the Kindergarten Office  for the Catechism Class with Ps Gan.

Indian Mission Presentation (Today @11.30am):  At the Chapel.  All are welcome!

Fellowship Lunch (1 Oct @11.30am)There will be a Fellowship Lunch next week. New Lifers are encouraged to stay for fellowship.

Children’s Sunday (8 Oct) – All children are invited to join this special program from 9.30am-1.00pm at the Kids’ Church Room.

24 Sep 2017 – Fake News and Good News (Part 2)

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Sep 242017
 

by Elder Sim Chee Seng

DISCERNING FAKE NEWS

Firstly, beware of news from social media. Do not use social media eg Facebook alone as your news source. Many of such sites aim to keep you “clicking” for personal financial gain. These sites tweak your news feed so that you get small bites of news you like with limited perspective. Also do not depend on your friends only for news. Read broadly and check other sources for different viewpoints.

Secondly, questioned if it is news or propaganda. Every news organization has its particular bias or philosophy in reporting.  Consult multiple reputable news sources and try to diversify your news consumption.  Learn to differentiate between quality news and propaganda.

Thirdly, always consider the source of news. Some countries monopolize news through direct media ownership or severe restrictions. Be wary of blogs or articles without author attribution or funny domain names eg “.co” Consult Wikipedia for listing of sites of fake news.

Lastly, beware of sensational headlines which are eye catching but they don’t tell the whole story. Use internet, fact-checking resources like Snopes.com or FactCheck.org, if the news is questionable or suspicious.

 

WHAT SHOULD BELIEVERS DO?

Firstly we need to know our Bible well. A currency expert was asked how he could tell the difference between a genuine dollar and a fake note.  He replied “I do not study the fake but I study the genuine note very, very carefully. I know every details of the genuine note, so that any deviation from the real, I know is a fake.”  So the same thoroughness should be applied to the learning of Biblical truths.  To know if something is true or false,  we need to know our Bible well. The Bible is the only inspired and infallible source of truth for us. It is the only written resource where fake news cannot reside because God cannot lie.

Secondly, we need to check all information against biblical truths. If what has been written, taught or propagated is not found in or prescribed by the Bible, we should reject it as fake news.

Thirdly, we should not propagate fake news. It is best to view all news with a certain degree of skepticism.  If uncertain, it is best to wait and check than to be sorry.

Lastly, in view of Christ’s return,  we need to be watchful and prayerful, seeking to know the “signs of the times of Christ’s return, ” and not be caught unaware by fake news and false teachings. (See an example how Paul dealt with the fake news in 2 Thessalonians chapter 2). Understanding that the deluge of fake news will make our spiritual journey increasingly difficult, we should earnestly seek His guidance and protection from error. (Mt 16:3 and 24:3).

 

SHARING THE GOOD NEWS.

By His grace,  may we use this period of time wisely to fulfil His great commission “… Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” (Mk 16:16) “ For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth…” (Rom 1:16)  “ To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God…” (Acts 26:18)  The Gospel is the good news of Christ that mankind needs to hear.

 

CONCLUSION

We are living in the last days. “Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.” (1 John 2:18).  There is increasing Satanic opposition to biblical truths and the preaching of the Gospel. (1 John 2:22) Therefore, it is important to know the Bible well in order to counteract fake news or errors. The Bible will reveal to us the “signs of times” of Christ’s return. Meanwhile, we must share the Gospel and “earnestly contend for the faith” (Jude 1:3).  We need to follow Paul’s example “ … (renouncing) the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.” (2 Cor 4:2)  We too renounce falsehood and speak the truth before God.  So, let us boldly claim His promise ” If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:31-32)  Amen.

Announcements (17 Sep 2017)

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Sep 172017
 

Adults Sunday School (Today @11.30AM):  At the Chapel.  WCF Chap 21 & 22, “Of Religious Worship & Sabbath Day” and “Of Lawful Oaths & Vows” by Elder Sim.  All are welcome!

Catechism Class (Today @11.30am):  Catechumens please proceed to the Kindergarten Office for the Catechism Class with Ps Gan.

Session Meeting (Today @1.45pm):  Session Members please meet at the Conference Room.

Wed Prayer Meeting @8pm:  Members are encouraged to come and pray as a Church.  A prayerful Church is a powerful Church (C H Spurgeon).

Indian Mission Presentation (24 Sep @11.30am):  At the Chapel.  All are welcome!

In-Conversation (28 Oct, 4-6pm) – All New Lifers are encouraged to attend.

Programme

  • 4.00-4.15pm: Meet the New Session
  • 4.15-4.30pm: Church’s Organization Chart
  • 4.30-4.45pm: Theme & Goals for 2018
  • 5.00-5.15pm: Tea/Coffee Break
  • 5.15-6.00pm: Q & A