Announcements (25 Aug 13)

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Aug 252013

Session Meeting: TODAY at 1.30 pm in the Conference Room.

Church Family DaySat 7/9 Time: 10.30am-5.30pm. @ River Safari (next to zoo) Admission Fee: Child $13 (3-12 years old). Adult $20.Senior Citizen $12.50 (60 years old and above). Registration Closes: TODAY. Register with Bro. Justin Gumaponat the Fellowship Hall.

Pastoral Visitation on Sat 14/9 2pm: If you would like to open your house for visitation, or you are interested to join the visitation teams, please contact PrLek by 8/9.

Philippines Team Presentation: The team from AF, who has just returned from their recent trip, will share the Lord’s work in Calapan on Sat 14/9 4pm @Chapel. This presentation is organised by the YF who wish to invite all Fellowship groups to this meeting. Dinner is provided; for catering purposes kindly register by 8/9 with David Lim or Aw Jie Shi if you are coming.

Church 30th Anniversary Thanksgiving Dinner on Sat 9 Nov: Time: 5pm to 8:30pm @ NLBPC.  $25/seat; $15/seat for child <12 yrs old & seniors >=60 yrs old. Registration on 15 & 22 Sep. Do keep the date free.

25 Aug 13 – Standing on Holy Ground

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Aug 252013

Standing on Holy Ground

By Eld. Prasad

The story of the Burning Bush tells us a great deal about God. God’s revealing Himself to Moses is considered one of the benefits given by God to humanity. What did it mean to Moses and what can it mean to us?

Moses and the burning bush is one of the most famous records in the Bible. Through the burning bush, we are told, God gave His instructions to Moses. God used the burning bush to start Moses’ journey to save the Israelites. God used the burning bush to display He was the source of power in the form of fire.  God also displayed that He had both the power to destroy, and the power to save: He had the power to save the burning bush from being consumed by the flames.

Moses’ first 40 years had been anything but humdrum. He was a prince of Egypt and it was during that time that by the first stirring of the Spirit and perhaps through a pang of conscience, he contrasted his life of privilege with the poverty and pain of his fellow countrymen who were Hebrew slaves. The trouble was that Moses had wanted to serve God but had tried to do it in his own strength, only to find that his attempts failed and ended in disaster! He had acted in good faith but rashly, and had to flee for his life.

Moses was content to dwell with his father-in-law and kept his sheep (Ex2:21). Though his lifestyle had radically altered from the luxury of the palace to the harsh existence of the desert, it was probably the happiest years of his life. Like Moses we too can learn to be happily contented in whatever situation we may be in through the encouraging and familiar prayer of Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971):

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,

the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

God had given Moses a wife and security. Moses had settled down and accepted that his plan of being a blessing to his people was only a faded dream, which could never be realized. Day in and day out he did his shepherding duties. Moses may have taken his contentment too far and for it to slip into complacency. But the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a blazing fire from the midst of a bush; and he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, yet the bush was not consumed (Exodus 3:2).

When Moses approached the bush and heard God call his name, he simply replied, “Here am I”(Exodus 3:4). Moses had no idea how the next few moments would change his life. Initially, he didn’t even know if it was God who called. But God was at work, and Moses’ answer signalled his availability. Moses had a huge task ahead of him, but he would do so under the banner of the name of God, by God’s power and authority.

Though Moses drew near and was available, he was not yet prepared to hear God’s call. God did not speak to Moses until he had his full attention. Likewise God is not going to yell over the noise of our busy lives to get our full attention.

The phenomenon of the bush which kept on burning isn’t that important, it was just the means that God chose to get Moses’ undivided attention. Today, for us, it could just as easily be some disruption from our routine – a news flash on TV, an accident, an illness; perhaps an unwelcome change of circumstances, such as a loss of job. God can speak to us in strange ways. God will often get our attention by causing uncommon events to occur. We may call them coincidences but these are not chance events. They are God’s way of tapping us on our shoulder so that we will sit up and take notice of what He has to say. God can also do so in less dramatic ways – as we read the Scriptures or even listen to a sermon! 

Exodus 3:5 – ‘Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground’.

Sandals were worn those days and were in constant contact with the ground. They were continually stepping in dirt, and faeces left from the animals. It was unthinkable to allow something so unclean to be in contact with the holy ground of God’s presence. This act of reverence was expected, even demanded, by God. Likewise when we approach God, we must do so with proper reverence and respect. God is holy and we must remember that. So often we think of how much God loves us and that He died for us and that He wants the absolute best for us, as any loving father does, and all of this is true, but we cannot lose sight of the fact that our God is a holy God. Ungodly behaviour hurts our fellowship with God. We can easily restore that fellowship through repentance, but we must know that our actions affect our closeness to God. God told Moses not to come any closer until he removed his sandals. If we want to get close to God, we must do so with proper respect.

Our relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ should produce great assurance, ‘In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him’ (Ephesians 3:12). But as we approach the throne, we must always remember He is the King and the Creator of ALL things. God has invited us into an intimate relationship, but we must never attempt to enter into God’s presence with a causal or assuming attitude.

If we desire to hear from God, we must first establish a time which is free of distractions. We must be able to see the places in our lives that He has caused to “burn” and listen for His call. Then we must have an available heart which daily cries out “Here am I.” Finally, we must draw near in reverence and humble submission.

The presence of God demands holiness, it creates holiness and it IS holiness! “Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:16). Without the presence of God, our church and home are nothing but walls and a roof; and our lives are nothing but empty shells of flesh. But as we love and worship Him with all our heart, His presence resides within us and we can live with purpose and direction.

Through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ we have become His living temple. Let’s take off our shoes by confessing and repenting of ALL that is unclean in our life. Let’s live every day and take every step to honour Him; for we are His, and we are standing on Holy Ground. God has a task for each of us. When we approach it by His name, His power and His authority, we can accomplish more than we ever dreamed.

Brethren, Be Holy for we are standing onHoly Ground.

Announcements (18 Aug 13)

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Aug 182013

Carparking: When you have parked your car and find that it is blocking other cars, please leave your contact number on the dash board so that when we need to move your car, we can call you.

Extraordinary Congregational Meeting TODAY @ 11.15am. Please stay back for the ECM. The meeting cannot proceed without the required quorum. Lunch will be provided.

Session Meeting: Session members, please attend the meeting NEXT SUNDAY 25/8 at 1.30 pm in the Conference Room.

Church Family Day Sat 7/9 Time: 10.30am-5.30pm. @ River Safari (next to zoo) Admission Fee: Child $13 (3-12 years old). Adult $20. Senior Citizen $12.50 (60 years old and above). Registration Closes: NEXT SUNDAY 25/8. Register with Bro. Justin Gumapon at the Fellowship Hall.

Pastoral Visitation on Sat 14/9 2pm: If you would like to open your house for visitation, or you are interested to join the visitation teams, please contact Pr Lek by 8/9.

Philippines Team Presentation: The team from AF, who has just returned from their recent trip, will share the Lord’s work in Calapan on Sat 14/9 4pm @Chapel. This presentation is organised by the YF who wish to invite all Fellowship groups to this meeting. Dinner is provided; for catering purposes kindly register by 8/9 with David Lim or Aw Jie Shi if you are coming.

18 Aug 13 – The Work of Soul Winning (Matthew 9:35-38)

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Aug 182013

The Work of Soul Winning (Matthew 9:35-38)

By Pr. Lek Aik Wee


Jesus sets for us the example par excellence in soul winning during His earthly ministry. How did Jesus win souls for the kingdom of God?

(1) It is Hard Work (v35)

35 And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.

The adjective “all” and “every” was used three times to describe the scope of Jesus’ work. It was comprehensive. He covered the grounds, left no corner of cites and villages not evangelized. Indeed, “How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!” (Rom. 10:15b cf. Isa. 52:7). It is physically demanding. Our Lord went about all the cities and villages and He was among the people. We can see the picture of physical weariness and toil in the work of the gospel. It required physical, mental and spiritual endurance. It is a greatly sacrificial work. And yet highly rewarding for it is the souls of men and women snatched from the clutches of hell and transported to the glory of heaven. Our Lord demonstrated to us this commitment for our emulation.

The principal activities were preaching and praying. He was spreading the good news of the gospel to all who were willing to listen. And Jesus taught. He showed to them the true sense of the laws of God in Matthew 5-7. How do we live our lives in the light of God’s Word that will bring God’s blessings! He also healed the sick. These mighty works authenticated Jesus’ credentials as the living and true God. Today, we do not possess such supernatural power of miracle healing but we can pray for the needs of those we meet, acknowledging that power comes from God, and we submit ourselves to His sovereign power and will to heal.

(2)           It is “Heart” Work (v36)

36 But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.

The hard work was undergirded with a resolve and purposeful determination in the heart to this gospel work despite setbacks. Matthew described by two verbs, Jesus “saw” and “moved with compassion”. Jesus is able to read the hearts and see the burdens in the hearts of the multitude. There were sorrow, grief, affliction and sin that were in the hearts of these.


As He saw their lost estate, it drove Him to action. Jesus felt deeply for them. He is the good Shepherd who cared for His sheep. This unconditional and sacrificial love is God’s power flowing in the life of God’s children. It comes as an overflow of the Holy Spirit’s power in the believer’s heart. It comes because the child of God has been touched by God’s love. Jesus demonstrated the greatness of this love in His ministry on earth.


For God’s children, the work of soul winning flows out of a heart full of gratitude and indebtedness because we have been forgiven much, though undeserved. Unless we realize our lost estate and experienced in our hearts the reconciliation with God by the finished work of Christ on the cross, we cannot live out this love. It keeps us humble and loving.

(3)           It is Holy Spirit-Led Work (v37-38)

37 Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; 38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.

Jesus used a farming imagery to help us to see the urgency of the work. When the farmer first sows, there is a season of cultivation, when he waters and fertilizes. But when harvest time comes, the entire field is ready at the same time. This is the picture of the harvest that Jesus wants us to see. It is urgent to reap quickly the fruits of the harvest before they turn bad, or before the birds, worms and insects come to feed on them. He shows to us the vast field of work still undone.

Jesus urged His disciples to pray. For no man by himself can discharge this work unless the Lord raises him or her up and endows him with the strength and ability to go forth. There are a great number of people who needs instruction but there are few able to instruct these needy people in the ways of righteousness and truth. Pray the Lord by His Spirit would call, train and commission more to serve in this ripe harvest field. May the Lord help you to prepare well.


The Lord grant to you His grace as you embarked on the work of soul winning. Amen.

Announcements (11 Aug 13)

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Aug 112013

Catechumen Interview by the Elders at 11.30am TODAY in the Kindergarten Office.

Extraordinary Congregational Meeting NEXT Sunday 18/8 @ 11.15am. There will be a Combined (English & Chinese) Worship Service @ 9.30am. Lunch will be provided.

Session Meeting: Session members are requested to attend the meeting on 25/8 at 1.30 pm. in the Conference Room.

Pastoral Visitation on Sat 14/9 2pm: If you would like to open your house for visitation, or you are interested to join the visitation teams, please contact Pr Lek by 8/9.

Church Family Day @ River Safari (next to zoo) on Sat 7/9 Time: 10.30am-5.30pm. Admission Fee: Child $13 (3-12 years old). Adult $20. Senior Citizen $12.50 (60 years old and above). Registration Closes: 25/8. Register with Bro. Justin Gumapon at the Fellowship Hall.

11 Aug 13 – The Need for Prayers

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Aug 112013

The Need for Prayers

By Rev. S. V. Nathan


The great need of a Church today is, more of the spirit and practice of intercessions and prayers. If we ask everyone, there will be an honest confession: we pray too little!  Hence, we need to reconsider the relation of the Spirit to prayer in our churches. Whereas the whole Bible records the power and importance of prayer and we too know about it. Nonetheless, the church at large has failed in this area, as Leonard Ravenhill says that, “Poverty-stricken as the Church is today in many things, she is most stricken here, in the place of prayer. We have many organizers, but few agonizers; many players and payers, few pray-ers; many singers, few clingers; lots of pastors, few wrestlers; many fears, few tears; much fashion, little passion; many interferers, few intercessors; many writers, but few fighters. Failing here, we fail everywhere.” (Taken from Why Revival Tarries, by Leonard Ravenhill. Published by Bethany House Publishers.

I believe the same can be said about the average Christian’s prayer life.  The problem is not that his prayers are being hindered by sin or by unbelief. The main problem with the average Christian’s prayer life is that he simply doesn’t pray!     Samuel Chadwick says, “The one concern of the devil is to keep Christians from praying.  He fears nothing from prayerless studies, prayerless work and prayerless religion. He laughs at our toil, mocks at our wisdom, but he trembles when we pray.” (

I too believe that the success and failure of a church and believers depends on whether people are on their knees. How much time do we spend in prayers and intercessions as a body of Christ? Our prayer meetings are very poorly attended when we compare with other programs and ministries of our church and this reflects our spiritual dryness and weakness. Hence, I would like to encourage everyone to make extra effort and commit to spend time in prayer for the leadership, ministries and missions of our church.

1. Pray like Anna (Luke 2:36):

Anna was not a priest or a religious leader, but simply a widow who devoted herself “day and night” to “worshiping God with fasting and prayer (which departed not from the temple, but served  God with fastings and prayers night and day“).  She made a real difference because she was committed to prayer. Today, remember that we can make a difference through prayer. All we need is commitment and a decision to devote our time and energy to seeking God. Then, start praying—silently or loudly. The Bible makes it clear that there are no distinctions in prayer, any believer can pray with power, at any time and anyone can have an effective prayer life!

Ask God to give you a burden for prayer. Spend time with Him in your “prayer closet.” Seek Him for the needs of your friends and family. Intercede for your church and the members. Pray for the spread of the Gospel. And when you have the opportunity, come and pray together with others in the church.

God is available. Don’t delay. Call on Him right now! “The prayer power has never been tried to its full capacity. If we want to see mighty wonders of divine power and grace wrought in the place of weakness, failure and disappointment, let us answer God’s standing challenge, “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not!” (J. Hudson Taylor-

2. Pray Constantly (Romans 12:12):

Many people think of prayer as something to be done in the morning or at night, before meals, during church services, or just when we are in trouble.  But the Bible calls us to embrace a deeper dimension of prayer. We are called to be devoted to prayer to continue in an attitude of prayer every minute of the day, to pray all the time, and to persevere in prayer, without giving up.  Through prayer, you can change the world, influence the lives of your friends and family, and bring revival in your own life. This starts after you’ve surrendered yourself to God and dedicated yourself to a life of prayer.

3.  Pray – Set Time with God

Through prayer, we can commune with God, cry out for His help, and seek answers to the problems in our own lives and the church. The privilege you have to be able to spend time with God in prayer. Seek Him with the issues you face. Seek Him for the problems in your life, the family, and your church. Make it your commitment to pray without ceasing. You have that opportunity, right now. Make prayer a priority. Set time with God like servants of God in the scripture.


We should understand that prayerlessness is sin, (“God forbid that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you” – I Samuel 12:23), because Samuel considered praying as his duty for the people of Israel. Hence we are required to pray for our church and others. Thus, scriptures command us to pray; “Pray without ceasing.” (1Thes. 5:17), “Jesus spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint” (Luke 18:1). Eph 6:18 says that the Christian is to be “praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints”. There are many commands in the Bible that Christians should pray.  Jesus warns His disciples more than once to watch and pray lest they should enter into temptation.   Early churches’ spiritual growth was determined by the power of the prayer, therefore, prayer is one of the four pillars on which church stands (Acts 2:42).

Hence, we must recognize the importance of prayer, the power of prayer, and the privilege in prayer. Prayer is a very important component in any successful Christian’s life and church.  William Cowper says, “Satan trembles when he sees the weakest Christian on his knees.”  John Bunyan says, “Prayer will make a man cease from sin, or sin will entice a man to cease from prayer.” (

Announcements (04 Aug 13)

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Aug 042013

J.O.Y. Sunday:All youths Sec 1 upwards are welcome to this youth programme @ the Chapel 11.30am. Today’s topic is:“I am thevine”John 15: 1 – 5

Extraordinary Congregational Meeting on Sunday 18/8. Members will collect their Notification letters TODAY. Please sign for the letters.

Catechism Class Registration is now open for those who are seeking baptism, reaffirmation or transfer of membership. Please collect the registration form from PrLek (Eng. Cong.). Closing date for Registration: TODAY. Elders will interview the candidates NEXT SUNDAY 11/8.

Pastoral Visitation on Sat 10/8 2pm: If you would like to open your house for visitation, or you are interested to join the visitation teams, please contact PrLek by TODAY.

Church Family Day @ River Safari (next to zoo) on Sat7/9 Time: 10.30am-5.30pm. Admission Fee: Child $13 (3-12 years old).Adult $20. Senior Citizen $12.50 (60 years old and above). Registration Closes: 25/8. Register with Lee MengKionghp: 97734530at the Fellowship Hall.

04 Aug 13 – A Gospel Worthy Of Your Life

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Aug 042013

A Gospel Worthy Of Your Life

Pressing on to the goal of the Gospel – Phil 3:12-21, 4:4-7

  1. Forgetting what’s behind and pressing forward

Phil 3:12-14 ” Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. 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, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”

The concept of forgiving oneself is popularized by many Christian authors. Though the concept sounds biblical, there is actually no bible support for it. As faithful evangelicals, we are called to speak the truth and not to add to or teach what is not given in the Bible.

God has laid hold of the apostle Paul and God has set him free. However, he is ashamed of his past. He remembered how as a zealot, he persecuted the Christians, how he approved the stoning of Stephen to his death and how he was an enemy of God. But now he belongs to Christ. It is not that he has reached the goal or become a perfect Christian, but this one thing he will do – forget what is behind him (his putrefying pride, murderous heart and misguided zeal), and press forward towards the goal to win the prize of the high calling God in Christ Jesus.

There are many spiritual battles we face in the Christian life. It is sad indeed if our affections are set on small things (our career, possessions, success, influence or power) instead of on Christ. It is sad indeed if we will not see ourselves through the eyes of God, if we will not walk away from our past and if we will not believe in what God has said. Be like the apostle Paul – what is behind, will be left behind. God has dealt with it on the Cross.

2. Christ has forgiven you all trespasses

Col 2:13-15 “And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.”

The apostle Paul emphasizes in Col 2:13 that God has forgiven you all trespasses. He has dealt with all our sins on the cross of Jesus Christ.  He mentions that the ordinances (certificate of debt or prison sentence) against us has been crossed out and paid in full when Christ shouted “It is finished” on the cross. Christ paid for all our trespasses on the cross. He spoiled principalities and powers and triumphed over them.

Satan is a liar. He wants us to live in our shame and our past. The only effective way to deal with our past is to nail it to the cross of Christ. The truth is that we really do not have enough time to unravel our past, our hurts, our sins etc. We cannot possibly do it except through the cross.

3. There is no condemnation in Christ

Rom 8:1-4 “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”  

In the above passage, there is the contrast between law and grace. The law says “Do, do, do,” while grace exclaims “It is done!” There is now no condemnation to them who are in Christ Jesus and who walk in the spirit. What is past is past and what is behind is behind. You cannot put down your past in your own effort; however, Christ has done it for you. You are what God says you are.

4. God works with you in all circumstances

Phil 4:4-7 “Rejoice in the Lord alway:and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

The command to us is to rejoice in the Lord. It is a call to rejoice even in pain and suffering. The Lord is at hand. He is with us in all things and in all circumstances. We are not to be anxious but to be patient. We are to pray for all our needs and in everything. Supplication refers to the deepest needs of our souls, our battles in life and the cries of our hearts – we are to bring all these to the heavenly Father. We come to Him with the attitude of thanksgiving. And the peace of God shall guard our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

We live in a fallen and broken world. When we meet with adversities, we hope for two things – (1) the desire for deliverance from the pain or suffering and (2) the desire to understand the reason for such pain or suffering. But God is sovereign. He is often silent but it does not mean He is absent from us.  For the apostle Paul, the presence of God with him in the flame of trials or pressures in life is a bigger answer to his hope than deliverance. Remember Daniel’s three friends who went through the fiery furnace, seeking neither for deliverance nor understanding God’s will, but simply obeying God. Remember what King Nebuchadnezzar saw “… four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God. (Dan 3:25)” The presence of the God with us in all circumstances is the answer we need to face all trials and difficulties of life.

5. God shall supply all our needs

Phil 4:11-13 “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound:every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

The apostle Paul has learnt to be content in whatever state he is in. Contentment is having the settled peace of God in all circumstances. Three times in the Bible, it is mentioned that God’s will for handling money is contentment. The presence of strife, pride and personal issues disturb the peace of the church and distract us from sharing the Gospel. They steal away our freedom to serve the Lord.

In verse 19, Paul affirms that “ God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” We need to ” seek ..first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness… (Mt 6:33)”Let us seek His kingdom and be completely confident that He will help us. He gives us the peace and freedom to do His will.  Let us press on to the goal of the Gospel by His grace. Amen.

Summary of Rev Bill Mill’s last thematic message by Elder SimCheeSeng.

New Life BP Church Camp, 12-15 June 2013 at Bayou Lagoon Park Resort, Melaka, Malaysia.