Announcements (24 Nov 13)

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Nov 242013
 

Adults Sunday School Class Today:Our invited guest, Rev. Tan WaiChoon, will be sharing on “More Than Conquerors” (Romans 8: 28 – 39) today in the Chapel at 11.30am today. All are welcomed.

Haiyan Typhoon Fund: Thank God for the generous giving and we have raised a total of $8,953.00. Please see back page for the breakdown.  Please continue to pray for our Christian brethren that the Lord be their comfort and their strength and they receive the practical help that they need.

Mission Fund: We are raising funds (target: $6000)for the Philippines and Cambodia Mission.

24 Nov 13 – The Faithfulness of our God

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Nov 242013
 

The Faithfulness of our God

By Lilian Lee

It is nearly the end of the year when it is a good time to reflect and give thanks to the Lord for His faithfulness. At the same time, it is good to evaluate how we have been doing personally and as a church. One of my life verses in 1 Cor 15: 58 says:

 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable,
always abounding in the work of the Lord,
forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

The verse challenges us to continually apply ourselves to labour for the Lord. The encouragement is thatindeed our labour in the Lord is never in vain!

This year seems to be a critical year for our church. In recent months we saw a lot of changes and some of them have disturbed many of us in the church. There are some among us that have even judged that we are on a downward slide. Last week we began at our pulpit a series of Christ’s messages to the 7 Churches taken from the Book of Revelation. In the first message to the church at Ephesus, we heard how there were many things commendable about thischurch. It was active and diligent. It was patient and upright and it was uncompromising in doctrine. And yet the Lord lovingly pointed out a shortcoming: it does not love the Lord the way it used to. A stern warning was added that if the church fails to return to that fervent first love for the Lord Jesus, the candlestick shall be removed. In history, we saw that today the church at Ephesus is no more. We only see ruins today when we visit Turkey where Ephesus was located, and even the famous ruins we see there were of a pagan temple. May God help New Life to be careful and not take for granted that our church will continue to do well. We may be busy doing a lot of things – and as Singaporeans, we are very busy! But we must cultivate the discipline to seek that private time to be intimate with the Lord. There is a lot of concern that many of us are not doing our devotion daily. Many of us are Christians for many years but many of us still do not know our Bible. Let us draw nigh to God and let us love His Word, and let us make the effort to personally know God and His Word.

It was wonderful to attend the recent Church Anniversary. This year we celebrate our 30th Anniversary – and it really calls for much celebration because at 30 years old, a man will normally take a wife and set up his own home! We thank God that the Adults Fellowship put in tremendous amount of work to make the occasion memorable for all of us! Who can forget the fun we all had taking photos at the booth! There was a lot of laughter and family togetherness that night! I am sure many of us got to know one another better that evening at the dinner too. Most of all for me, I was so much taken by the sharing of the Beulanders– these were the group of very young people from Life BP Church who took the initiative to set up a new church in the Woodlands area and that became our church today. Their story has that freshness of youths and their idealism. They had focus and vision and they got down to work. The old photo of Bro. Steve Tan holding a hammer somehow stayed in the mind – it reminded me of the Jews in the Book of Nehemiah when they held their tools to build the wall of Jerusalem which had remained in a state of ruins for 140 years! This was a photo of a young man with the same kind of cheerful determination and purpose, and he knew what he was building!

In my heart, I was asking the Lord: will our Youth Fellowship ever have that same kind of zeal for the work of the Lord? May the Lord renew our vision – today many of our “young people” ministries seem to have a problem of numbers. Our Sunbeam Choir is so small and now as Sis Mei Hwa plans the Children Christmas Programme, she has expressed concern that the children are not coming. The YF has a similar problem – not many youths are coming for YF. This is in fact cause for concern: will the next generation be there to collect the baton that will be passed to them? Ps Lim also spoke that evening of how young men are not coming forth to serve full time and equip themselves for the ministry. Let us know deep in our hearts that in the final analysis, very few things matter compared with that which is eternal.

I also felt privileged that evening to be given a chance to rehearse once again the faithfulness of the Lord in Maasai land. It brought back many memories – some painful but mostly very sweet. I was also reminded of the love of many brethren who visited Kiluani over the years. When I asked these visitors to come forward to sing with me, so many of them readily did so and praise the Lord, we sang well even without any practice! As we watched the Kiluani slides together, I felt as if all my Kiluani boys were there with us in the very Church that they have heard about and admired and thanked God for always. It is again my privilege to go out this December with about 10 youths to the Philippines. Pray for us that this mission trip will be a blessing for the givers and the receivers – may it be an experience that will change the lives of our young people.

May the Lord continue to stay His hand upon each one of us and find us faithful. May He motivate us to increase our love for Him. May the Lord for His own glory protect New Life and raise up a standard for Himself at our church.

Announcements (17 Nov 13)

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Nov 172013
 

Thank God for our Church Anniversary! We thank God for His faithfulness in keeping New Life in the past 30 years. In celebrating the Anniversary last week, we saw His steady hand upon our Church. May He continue to use New Life for His own glory for the next 30 years and beyond. Please have a look at the photos in the Church’s Facebook.

Congratulations to the proud parents Joel and Esther Pang for God’s gift of a baby boy Caleb Pang Jia Le on 9 Nov 2013. May the Lord enable the parents to bring up the child in the fear and admonition of the Lord.

Adults Sunday School Class Today: Our invited guest, Rev. Tan Wai Choon, will be sharing on “Forget Not His Benefits” (Psalm 103: 1 – 22) today in the Chapel at 11.30am today. All are welcomed.

Mission Fund: We are raising funds (target: $6000) for the Philippines and Cambodia Mission.

Christmas Worship Service 25/12 10am. This year the Church has a Combined service (Eng & Chinese). Carolling is being planned for Christmas Eve 24/12.

17 Nov 13 – What does it mean to glorify God?

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Nov 172013
 

What does it mean to glorify God?

By Eld. Prasad

Let me share with you what I have read from an article written by S. Machael Houndmann, founder and president of Got Questions Ministries.

To “glorify” God means to give glory to Him. The word glory as related to God in the Old Testament bears with it the idea of greatness of splendour. In the New Testament, the word translated “glory” means “dignity, honour, praise and worship.” Putting the two together, we find that glorifying God means to acknowledge His greatness and give Him honour by praising and worshiping Him, primarily because He, and He alone, deserves to be praised, honoured and worshipped. God’s glory is the essence of His nature, and we give glory to Him by recognizing that essence.

The question that comes to mind is if God has all the glory, which He does, how then do we “give Him” glory? How can we give God something which is His in the first place? The key is found in 1 Chronicles 16:28-29,

Give unto the LORD, ye kindreds of the people, give unto the LORD glory and strength. Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.”

In this verse, we see two actions on our part that make up the action of glorifying God. First, we give glory to Him because it is His due. No one else deserves the praise and worship that we give to glorify Him. Isaiah 42:8 confirms this:

“I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.”

Second, we are to “bring an offering” to God as part of the worship that glorifies Him. What is the offering we bring to God to glorify Him?

The offering we bring to God as we come before Him in the splendour or beauty of His holiness involves agreement, obedience, submission, and rehearsing His attributes or extolling Him. Glorifying God begins with agreeing with everything He says, especially about Himself. In Isaiah 42:5 God declares,

Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein”. 

So listen to what God says, 

“The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple” (Psalm 19:7)

We glorify Him by listening to and agreeing with them. God’s Word, the Bible, is His Word to us, all that we need for life in Him. Listening to and agreeing with Him, though, will not glorify Him unless we also submit to Him and obey the commands contained in His Word.

“But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children. To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them” (Psalm 103:17-18).

Jesus reiterated the idea that glorifying and loving God are one and the same in John 14:15, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.”

We also glorify God by rehearsing His attributes and His deeds. Stephen, in his final sermon before he was killed for his faith, retold the story of God’s dealings with Israel from the time Abraham left his country in obedience to God’s command, all the way to the coming of Christ, the “Righteous One,” whom Israel betrayed and murdered. When we tell of God’s work in our lives, how He saved us from sin, and the marvellous works He does in our hearts and minds every day, we glorify Him before others. Even though others don’t always want to hear our glorifying God, He is more than pleased by it. The crowd who heard Stephen hated what he said, covering their ears and rushing at him to stone him.

“But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up steadfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God” (Acts 7:55).

To glorify God is to extol His attributes – His holiness, faithfulness, mercy, grace, love, majesty, sovereignty, power, and omniscience, to name a few-rehearsing them over and over in our minds and telling others about the singular nature of the salvation only He offers.

Announcements (10 Nov 13)

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Nov 102013
 

SPECIAL PRAYER:  Pray for the catechumens who are seeking baptism and reaffirmation of faith as well as transfer of membership in NLBPC today. May the Lord bless them and strengthen them to follow after the Lord Jesus Christ in all things.

Mission Fund: We are raising funds (target: $6000) for the Philippines and Cambodia Mission.

Announcements (03 Nov 13)

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Nov 032013
 

Note of Thanks to all who came for the church Op Clean up yesterday.

J.O.Y. Sunday:All youths Sec 1 upwards are welcome to this youth programme @ the Chapel 11.30am. Today’s topic is: “Healing of the Lame Man at the Pool of Bethesda” John 5: 1 – 18       

Catechumens’ interview with the elders: Please attend TODAY at 11.30am in the Kindergarten office.

Church 30th Anniversary Thanksgiving Dinner THIS Sat 9 Nov: Time: 5pm to 8:30pm @ NLBPC. All who have bought the tickets or who have been invited, kindly note that the celebration will begin in the Sanctuary. There is limited parking lots on first come first served basis.

Church 30th Anniversary Next Sunday 10/11: There will be a combined baptismal worship service for all three congregations. Please remember the catechumens in prayer.

Mission Fund: We are raising funds (target: $6000) for the Philippines and Cambodia Mission.

03 Nov 13 – Serving God Alone

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Nov 032013
 

Serving God Alone

By Rev. S.V. Nathan

“No man can serve two masters:

for either he will hate the one, and love the other;

or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other.

Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” (Matthew 6: 24)

Introduction:

“Pastor, will you pray for me? I need help. I used to have such a passion for God. I don’t have the faith I desire in my life. I want to be close to God again.” Lisa is a young girl who is smart, gifted and has so much going for her in life. In our conversation, I discovered she was living with her boyfriend. I said to her, “You need to move out from living with him.”  “I couldn’t do that. We’ve been together for so long. We love each other.” She protested.  “You can’t have it both ways. You need to decide whom you want to serve and whom you want to honor.” I told her.  She made her choice — she stayed with the young man and let her faith continue to dwindle. (Taken from Philip Wagner, http://www.churchleaders.com/pastors/pastor-articles/170957-philip-wagner-hollywood-can-teach-you-a-thing-or-two-about-idols.html). Is it not the same with many of us today? Are we not struggling with two forces such as God and the worldly desires?

Though many profess to love Jesus and their Savior, few want to serve him as a slave and let Him be their Master. When it comes down to it, most Christians want blessing from Jesus and also blessing that the world has to offer. They want to serve God and Mammon alike. If you want to serve God alone, I hope that this little article will encourage you.

Master verses Mammon

The original Greek of this verse says that we cannot serve God and mammon (an Aramaic word meaning money or possessions). Jesus personifies mammon here, revealing its demonic power to hold us in slavery. Money is supposed to be a tool we use for good. In fact, it often becomes like a demon that possesses and controls us. For this reason, Jesus is clear that we cannot serve both God and mammon. Neither will share our allegiance as both want our full attention and loyalty.

Yet, if we’re honest with ourselves, most of us are servants of mammon. When I buy something I don’t need so that I’ll look good to others, I’m serving mammon. When I neglect to give away generously what God has entrusted to me because I want to have more luxury items for myself, then I’m serving mammon. When I spend more time worrying about money than I do seeking the kingdom of God, mammon demonstrates its grip on my heart. Mammon can be anything that stands between God and you, or it takes the place of God in your life as it drives out your love and passion for God.  This could be materialism, possession, power, name and fame and so forth.  In the above case Lisa’s mammon is her boyfriend. What is your mammon which hinders your love and service to God?

Serving our Master Alone:

How can we free ourselves from slavery to mammon so that we might serve God wholeheartedly? We begin by honestly admitting our desire for mammon. We confess our mixed loyalties to God, seeking his forgiveness and cleansing. Next repent and rededicate our life solely for God.

Serving God alone requires from us a hundred percent devotion and commitment. Hence Abraham left everything – his country, race and possession – to obey God. He was even willing to sacrifice his only son, Isaac. Would you give up your relationship with your mother and father, your sisters and brothers, your spouse and your children or are these more than God? Would you sell what you own and leave your country and leave all those people behind to serve God like Abraham? Do you know that Jesus said, a person that is not willing to do that is not worthy of serving Him? It means that you cannot serve God by only doing what you want to do. It means when you want to follow Jesus you need to take up your cross, deny your own life and walk in the very steps of Jesus. Losing your life for Jesus is found in self-denial.

Deny yourself and not only relationships or love of money, possessions, clothes, things, and entertainment. Give your money instead to the Lord’s work. What about denying our leisure time? Do we spend inordinate amount of time with friends, in front of the TV, reading papers and magazines?We should invest the time instead in strengthening our relationship with the Lord Jesus. Let us deny the time we spent in relaxing after work and spend that time serving God wherever there is a need.

Yes, self-denial can be talked about but it is not often practised. You will never live up to God’s will in your life without self-denial. And you may say you love Jesus and worship Him but you will never be LIKE HIM unless you FOLLOW HIM in a life of self-denial. With self-denial and obedience to the Holy Spirit’s directions there is nothing you cannot do!  Thus, surrender your life regularly to the will of God, feed yourself with His eternal word and never miss the fellowship with His people.

Conclusion:

We cannot serve two masters, God and Mammon, just as we cannot serve in two governments and please both. We need to take a stand: whom do we want to serve? If you want to serve God alone, repent from the sin you’re in. Commit and consecrate yourself to serve Our Master Lord and Savior Jesus. Take up the cross and follow in His service. May our good God bless you richly.