31 May 15 – Comfort during Difficult Times

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May 312015
 

By  Eld. Prasad

The Bible is the Word of God written to His people and, as such, it contains everything we need to be “complete” (2 Timothy 3:15-17). Part of the “everything” we need is comfort. The Bible has a lot to say about comfort and has many passages that comfort us in life’s tough times.

Life is fraught with many difficulties. We all experience setbacks in one way or another. Sometimes they are sudden; but sometimes they are gradual. Maybe we have suffered the death of a loved one or we have been forsaken by a loved one. Maybe our health is poor or our finances are uncertain. Whatever the difficulties, they affect all of us at some point in our lives, and the Bible states that this is inevitable (Genesis 3:17; Job 5:7; Proverbs 22:8). The Bible is the Word of God (Isaiah 55:11), written by God’s servants under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:21) and provided us both a guide and an aide to our daily living.

But perhaps the most important aspect of God’s Word are the promises that are contained within, promises that the Lord makes to those who are prepared to trust Him. It is these promises that bring comfort, promises that feed off the weakest spark of saving faith to provide the reward of comfort, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. There are many promises in the Bible that have to be combined with faith to be realized, for without faith it is impossible to please God, the provider of comfort in times of trouble (Psalm 46: 10; 2 Corinthians 1:5; Hebrews 11:6 ).

Clearly, the promises of God cannot be appropriated in the same way by the unbelieving, with whom God is angry continually (Psalm 7:11). Nevertheless, it is because of God’s grace, through the work of regeneration that happens at conversion that these promises are realized and become the very fuel that spurs His people on to greater faith and greater obedience. These things go hand in hand; we trust God’s promises, and He has promised to reward us accordingly with joy, peace and comfort, intangible things that the world can never supply. One of the most wonderful verses that has brought comfort to many is Isaiah 26:3 –

“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace,

whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in time”.

Embrace it in faith, asking for the Lord’s help, and there will be no disappointment.

Announcements (31 May 15)

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May 312015
 

Note of thanks to all who helped in The Ultimate Quest last Saturday. The Lord bless your labour of love.

New Life Youth Conference (13 June):  All youths (13-20 years old) are encouraged to participate. Topic: Who is Your First Love? Workshop will cover BGR, etc. Speaker: Mr. Ben Roland (youth pastor, PPCC). Registration starts TODAY.

Junior Sunday School (JSS) Training on Saturdays 4 & 25 July 2pm to 5.30pm @ Chapel): Conducted by Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF), the training is for all JSS teachers as well as for the Junior Worship teams. Others who are interested in serving in the Junior Ministry but don’t know how to start are also welcome to attend. There will be a registration fee of $5 to help defray the cost of refreshments and the printing of training materials. Topics include:

  • Your Call as a Teacher
  • Teaching Life Changing Bible Lesson
  • The Wonder of Worship
  • Teaching with Music

Please register with Sis Tan Li Ping. Registration starts TODAY.

Adults SS Class will take a break this Sunday.

SMS Mass Broadcasting System is now defunct because of the PDPA. The Church can no longer use the services as they have been suspended.

Ju Eng Home: Are you free this afternoon? Why not join the North West/ Yishun NBC for the chapel service at Ju Eng Home today? You will be an encouragement to the residents! The chapel service is at 3pm and the church van leaves at 2.15pm. All are welcome. Speaker: Dn. Ivan Lim

Personal Data Protection: Consent Form for Members and Regular Worshippers:
– To date, 53 in the English Congregation have NOT completed the forms.
– Please if you have not done so, pick up your envelope with the name of the head of your household, or your own name if you are single.
– If you need more forms than what is in your envelope, you will find the forms at the foyer of the Sanctuary.
– Many who have completed the forms fail to indicate if you consent or not – the office will take it that you have given your consent. If this is not correct, please notify the office about it.
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Announcements (24 May 15)

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May 242015
 

Adults SS Class at Chapel, 11.30am. View & Discuss short DVD film on The Touch of the Master’s Hand. All are Welcome!

New Life Youth Conference (13 June):  All youths (13-20 years old) are encouraged to participate. Topic: Who is Your First Love? Workshop will cover BGR, etc. Speaker: Mr. Ben Roland (youth pastor, PPCC).

Parents’ Appreciation Night (Sat 30/5): If you have bought tickets, please remember dinner starts at 6.30pm @ Toa Payoh SAFRA Club. Note bus transport leaves church at 5.30 pm.

Personal Data Protection: Consent Form for Members and Regular Worshippers

  • To date, 72 in the English Congregation have NOT completed the forms.
  • Please if you have not done so, pick up your envelope with the name of the head of your household, or your own name if you are single.
  • If you need more forms than what is in your envelope, you will find the forms at the foyer of the Sanctuary.
  • Please help the office to complete this exercise.

24 May 15 – Honour Thy Father and Mother

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May 242015
 

Honour Thy Father and Mother – the fifth commandment

Exodus 20:12 / Deuteronomy 5:16

By  Bro. Neoh Kuan Soon

As we will be celebrating Parents’ Night Appreciation, it is good for us to consider this important commandment which is the first commandment with a promise (Ephesians 6: 1 – 3). The fifth Commandment is the Almighty Creator God’s direct instruction for men (and women, of course) on how they should treat and relate to the closest of their kin.   The fact that God has specially handwritten this commandment in stone demands our closest attention and obedience.

But alas, in these last days, “men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy.” (2 Tim 3:2). Sad to say, many professing Christians – especially the younger ones – also fit this description.

In generations up to mine, as soon as the children grew up, they knew their duties and obligations. They would do their best to help out in the home by for example, taking on a part-time job, if necessary to supplement the family income, and they would take care of the welfare of their increasingly aging parents.  They would make personal sacrifices – especially monetary ones – to ensure that their parents get at least a life that is as good as their own. After all, all parents – as the children were growing up – worked hard to provide the best for their children because they love them.

Fast forward to the 21st century…. As the children grow up and mature physically, they became influenced by the world.   They believe that they owe their parents nothing, because they did not ask to be born into this world!  In fact, there have been some instances where the children blame their parents for their own troubles and unhappiness because they were born without their consent!

We see parents struggling with work and even loan repayments, just to support their children through their education.   Whereas in the past when the number one priority for the children after finishing studies was to secure a job to provide at least some financial relief to their parents, it is now becoming a ritualistic “must-do” to splurge on a “well-earned vacation” – while living out the high life on credit cards, and turning a completely blind eye to the struggles and sacrifices of their parents.

All too soon, the children – who are by now full-fledged adults – will declare loud-and-clear that they are already past 21, and hence, the parents have no right to question them.  Their lifestyles quickly degenerate into the abominable and the wanton.  Credit card debts pile up, and creditors’ lawyers’ letters deluge the mailboxes.   They foolishly get into endless get-rich-quick scams.   Finally, the day of reckoning comes, with a court order, threatening bankruptcy.

One can imagine the pain and mental anguish of the parents.  But I suspect that the children involved do not feel it at all. I know of a young lady from a Christian family whose frivolous exploits fit the foregoing bill.  It was always, “I first, parents last ”   She came from a mainstream conservative church with sound teaching on biblical doctrines but, as years passed, she left this church for a megachurch, whose teachings – in my opinion – have destructive effects on her life.

Therefore let us, sound bible-believing Christian parents, make it a number one priority to pray that the Almighty God will have mercy upon our children, to put his Spirit in them, to lead them and guide them in the ways that would please Him, and save them from destruction.

Our adversary, the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour. (1 Peter 5:8). He is also the subtle serpent, who in these last days, can deceive even God’s very elect.  Wherefore, let none of thinketh that he standeth, take heed, lest he falls. (1 Cor 10:12)   If he cannot get us, he will get our children!

We must pray earnestly that our children be protected from Satan and his minions on earth, and that our children will not succumb to their wicked lies, their Health-and-Wealth, Blab-It-and-Grab-it, and Name-It-and-Claim-it false gospels.

Only by the power of the risen Christ can these dark forces be defeated.  Amen.

Announcements (17 May 15)

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May 172015
 

Adults SS Class at Chapel, 11.30am. Training Our Children To Use Technology To God’s Glory by Dr. David Murray. All are Welcome!

Session Meeting: TODAY at 1.45 pm. in the Conference Room.

Parents’ Appreciation Night (Sat 30/5): Registration continues.

Cambodia Mission Trip (24-27 Sep): Please confirm your participation latest by TODAY (17/5). See Pastor Gan if you have any questions.

Personal Data Protection: Consent Form for Members and Regular Worshippers

–  To date, only 93 out of 291 in the English Congregation (or about 30%) have completed the forms.

–  Please if you have not done so, pick up from Sis. Lilian an envelope with the name of the head of your household, or your own name if you are single.

–  Please let us not waste any more forms which we have been printing. Kindly complete the forms and return to the office straightaway.

–  If you need more forms than what is in your envelope, you will find the forms at the foyer of the Sanctuary.

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17 May 15 – The Vision of God

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May 172015
 

The Vision of God – Isaiah 6:1-3 By  Rev. S. V. Nathan

INTRODUCTION:
                A couple had two little boys, aged 8 and 10, who were excessively mischievous. The two were always getting into trouble and their parents could be assured that if any mischief occurred in their town their two young sons were in some way involved.  The parents were at their wits end about their sons’ behaviour. The mother had heard that a clergyman in town had been successful in disciplining children in the past, so she asked her husband if he thought they should send the boys to speak with the clergyman.

The husband said, ‘We might as well. We need to do something before I really lose my temper!’ The clergyman agreed to speak with the boys, but asked to see them individually. The 8 year old went to meet with him first. The clergyman sat the boy down and asked him sternly, ‘Where is God?’ The boy made no response, so the clergyman repeated the question in an even sterner tone, ‘Where is God?’ Again the boy made no attempt to answer. So the clergyman raised his voice even more and shook his finger in the boy’s face, ‘WHERE IS GOD?’ At that the boy bolted from the room and ran directly home, slamming himself in the closet. His older brother followed him into the closet and asked what had happened. The younger brother replied, ‘We are in BIG trouble this time. God is missing and they think we did it.  (http://gatewaytojesus.com/humorouschurchstories.html).

This humorous story somewhat portrays our idea of God. Many really don’t understand or fully comprehend nature and character of God. The vision of God to Isaiah (Isaiah 6:1-3) reveals three important natures of God which helps us to comprehend who God is. Let us heed what Isaiah has to say about God.

  1. THE MAJESTY OF GOD (vs 1b): “I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.”

The vision gave Isaiah a glimpse of “THE MAJESTY OF GOD”. God is represented as a king, sitting on a throne (vs 1b). The “throne;” reveals God’s divine majesty which shows two important aspects of God.

Firstly we see the impressive beauty, magnificence, solemn grandeur, awesomeness of God in His throne and, nothing can be compared to Him. Thus Isaiah’s vison reveals that God is reverent in His majestic nature (Psalm 111:9).  Secondly the majesty implies that He is the ruler invested with royal power. He is sovereign God with the absolute authority and power over the seen and unseen realms. Kings may come and go, but the unshakeable kingdom and the eternal king are the only absolute eternal realities.

Thus, God’s majesty and awesomeness requires us to come to His throne with a sense of a deep, abiding reverential awe, and commit our life totally to His sovereign rule over us.

  1. THE HOLINESS OF GOD (vs 2-3): “Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts”

The vision gave Isaiah a glimpse of not only God’s majesty but also “THE HOLINESS OF GOD”. Even sinless and holy angels could not behold God and they covered their faces and feet, and were humbled in the presence of God.  With faces hidden, they called him three times: Holy, holy, holy.

The very god-ness of God means that He is separate from all that is not God. There is an infinite qualitative difference between Creator and creature.  The absence of a clear understanding of God’s holiness is the reason for our shallowness, our selfishness, our weakness, and our disobedience. Keep in mind that the Hebrew word “holy” in the Old Testament has the idea of something that is set apart and divinely unique.

In the presence of the holy God, Isaiah had a profound sense of his own sinfulness. He became instantly aware that God will not compromise with evil and he was filled with terror. God’s holiness is so radiant before which an holy angel or the sinful man cannot stand before. Yet, sinful and worthless human beings can enter His presence through the blood of Lord Jesus Christ that was shed for the remission of sins of humanity.

  • THE GLORY OF GOD (vs 3b):“the whole earth is full of his glory”.

The vision gave Isaiah a glimpse of not only God’s majesty, holiness but also “THE GLORY OF GOD”. He saw the temple was filled with the splendour of God’s glory! That was the “Shekinah,” or visible symbol of God. The glory of God is the beauty of His spirit. It is not aesthetic beauty or material beauty, but it is the beauty that emanates from His character. The eternal glory of God, which is manifested in all His attributes together, never passes away. His glory not only appears in the heavens but through all the world, and therefore all creatures are bound to praise him.

As it was when Christ dwelt in this world, wrought his miracles, and manifested forth his glory, and when his Gospel was preached everywhere by his apostles and as it will be, more especially in the latter day, when the world will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord; when the kingdoms of this world will become his, and his kingdom will be everywhere, even from sea to sea, and from the rivers to the ends of the earth; the earth is his, and all that is in it, and all declare his glory(Psalm 19).

CONCLUSION:

Remember that what we think about God is the most important thing about us, which will shape our conviction, commitment, theology of worship and attitude towards God in giving and serving. This is true in the life of Isaiah, seeing the holiness and majesty of the living God knocked Isaiah off his feet. The experience drove him closer to God; immediately he obeyed and surrendered to God’s call to go to do whatever He required of him (vs 8c Then said I, Here am I; send me.). Isaiah received an eternal perspective of life and began to see beyond the temporal. His ministry became more effective and productive after this encounter.

Let us examine our conviction and commitment to Him. Who is God in your sight? What does He look like? Is He majestic, Holy and full of glory? If so, how are you serving and giving? Thus, shall we all follow the Prophet Isaiah, by realising our inadequacy and sinfulness in front of our Majestic and Holy God, by surrendering to His will to glorify Him in our lives and proclaim His glory to others during our life time?

Announcements (10 May 15)

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May 102015
 

Mother’s Day: Session wish all mothers a Blessed Mother’s Day.

Adults SS Class at Chapel, 11.30am. Labouring Together with God at 11.30am, Chapel. All are Welcome! Next Sunday (17/5): Training Our Children To Use Technology To God’s Glory by Dr. David Murray.

TUQ Tracting: ROF invites all to come and distribute flyers to invite neighbourhood children for TUQ.  TODAY 10/5 & 17/5 1.45 pm – 3.30 pm. If you can help, please meet at kindergarten classroom opposite church office. Also, TODAY: 10/5 (5 – 7pm @ Admiralty Park).  For more info, please contact Dn. James@97461740.

Parents’ Appreciation Night (Sat 30/5): A gospel outreach to show our love for parents/ grandparents. VENUE: Toa Payoh Safra. COST: $40(Adult) /$25 (Student/ Sr. Citizens 60 years and above) pax. Speaker: Rev. Ng Boh Khoon. Registration continues.

Cambodia Mission Trip (24-27 Sep): Please confirm your participation latest by next Sunday (17/5). See Pastor Gan if you have any questions.

Camp Committee Meeting Today at 1.30pm. Praise God! Participants for camp exceeded target!

Personal Data Protection: Consent Form for Members and Regular Worshippers Please if you have not done so, complete the form and drop it into the box just outside the office. More forms are at the foyer at the entrance to the Sanctuary.

Funds Raising Targets:

  • Parents’ Appreciation Night: $3000/=
  • BB/ GB Fund Outstanding Target: $1350/=.
  • Camp Fund has exceeded its target – thank God for all generous contributors!

10 May 15 – Readings from Read Pray Grow

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May 102015
 

By  Rev. Wee Eng Moh

30 April 2015

1 TIMOTHY 2:1-6  PROVERBS 14:28-35                           Our leaders “are ordained of God.”

PRAY FOR OUR LEADERS

The Bible tells us that the Lord takes notice of a country’s righteousness: “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people” (Prov 14:34).

“A righteous administration of the government, impartial equity between man and man, public countenance given to religion, the general practice and profession of virtue, the protecting and preserving of virtuous men, charity and compassion to strangers (alms are sometimes called righteousness), these exalt a nation; they uphold the throne, elevate the people’s minds, and qualify a nation for the favour of God” (Matthew Henry).

This truth is clearly seen during the reign of David, a God-fearing king. Under his rule, Israel enjoyed many blessings: “And David perceived that the LORD had established him king over Israel, and that he had exalted his kingdom for his people Israel’s sake” (2 Sam 5:12). On the other hand, under the reign of Israel’s many evil kings, the kingdom was divided and her people suffered much. Civil war broke out between Israel and her sister Judah. Yes, sin has been the cause of many a nation’s downfall. Israel’s history speaks volumes on this issue.

God uses our leaders to fulfil His purposes on earth. It is our duty, as believers, to uphold those in high office: “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty” (1
Tim 2:1-2). Pray for God’s grace and wisdom to be upon our leaders to do that which is beneficial for the people. Pray for courage for them to rule wisely, and to make decisions that will preserve the peace, security, and moral standards of our country.

THOUGHT: “Righteousness is the only foundation of permanent national prosperity.” (Family Bible Notes)

PRAYER: Lord, grant wisdom that our leaders may rule well.

1 May 2015

ROMANS 13:1-7 TITUS 3:1-8             “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers…”

SUBMIT TO OUR LEADERS

Singapore is just a single dot on the world map. Yet, God has graciously blessed us with a good government, peace, stability, progress and safety. Despite our diminutive size and lack of natural resources, our country has excelled economically, socially and politically. Thank God for His merciful dealings with us as a nation.

As a democratic country, our government is set up through a free and fair electoral system. Our leaders come to power through the people’s choice. As with every authority, their high office is permitted and ordained of God.

Let us be thankful for the authority God has set over us. Submit to our leaders as exhorted by the Word of God (Rom 13:1-2). Our President, Prime Minister and Members of Parliament are, in a sense, “God’s ministers” placed in high office according to God’s will and purpose (Rom 13:6). May we “render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour” (Rom 13:7).

Remember that no earthly government is perfect. They may implement policies or rules that are widely deemed unpopular. But before we level criticism on them, do consider that they have access to a greater store of information than we, the common citizens. Although we may be unaware of the rationale behind their decisions, we should trust that our leaders must have carefully weighed the options before implementing certain critical policies.

Let us appreciate their efforts to protect the interests of our country and the welfare of us, the citizens.

THOUGHT: What is my attitude towards my country’s leaders?

PRAYER: Lord, teach me not to be critical of my leaders but to pray for them.