Announcements (30 Apr 2017)

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Apr 302017
 

Thanks to all who attended the In-Conversation yesterday.

No Sunday School classes except for P1 to P6.

Holy Land Presentation TODAY at 11.30am @ Tamil Chapel.  All are encouraged to attend.

SAF Meeting on 7th May in the Chapel from 12:00 – 1:15 pm. We will be having group discussions on the sermon Pastor Gan preaches that morning on : Every Member A Minister.” All are welcome to attend and fellowship, including friends and visitors as well.

Parents Appreciation Night (6 May, Sat): It will be held at New Life B-P Church. $25/pax (Buffet Dinner). Registration ends TODAY.  Please sign up with Dn Tan Wee Boon.

Evangelistic Movie Outreach: We will be screening the movie “Miracles from Heaven” on 13 May, 2.30pm at church, followed by light refreshments. Please join us and invite your unsaved family and friends to come along for an enjoyable afternoon! We appreciate more helpers to come forward for this event and for ROF tracting.

The Ultimate Quest (27 May, Sat): It will be held in church for children aged P1-P6. Registration has started and will end on 14/5. Those interested to volunteer for this event (games, food, facilitators, etc.) may sign up at the registration table or contact James Pang (9022 8956), Timothy Ho (9023 2362) or Min Wei (9144 0980).

Church Camp (14 to 17 Jun 2017): Registration CLOSES on 14/5. Please visit church website to obtain a copy of registration form or collect a hard copy from camp registration counter at fellowship hall. Submission of completed registration with payment can be made after Worship Service at the registration counter on 30/4, 7/5 and 14/5.

30 Apr 2017 – Lies and Liars

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Apr 302017
 

Lies and Liars (by Elder Yap Chee Kian)

1 Kings 13:18 “ … But he lied unto him”.

I was doing my devotion when I read this verse. It was during the time of the Divided Kingdom of Israel after the succession of Rehoboam, the son of Solomon. Solomon was the king of Israel for a long time because he obeyed God for many years. The kingdom reached its zenith with the building of the Temple. But the Jewish kingdom started its decline after Solomon’s marriage to the daughter of Pharaoh. That single act undermined his role as God’s chosen leader. When Solomon died, the kingdom was torn into two with Rehoboam as king in the southern kingdom of Judah and Jeroboam in the northern kingdom. A man of God from Judah came to prophesy against Jeroboam. When Jeroboam tried to seize him, “his hand, which he put forth against him, dried up, so that he could not pull it in again to him.” (1 Kings 13:4). This man of God was required to keep God’s three-fold command and his undoing was when he trusted in another old prophet who lied to him.

Satan, the father of lies

Satan is the “father of lies” and lying is his primary weapon against God’s children. He deceived Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden by lying to them. He misled them to doubt God’s goodness. He still uses this tactic today to keep unbelievers from trusting in a loving God who sent His Son to die for our sins.

Dr. Neil Anderson of Freedom in Christ Ministries made a very helpful observation that the Bible describes Satan in three ways as:

  • the tempter (Matt 4:3)
  • the accuser of the brethren (Rev 12:10)
  • the father of lies (John 8:44)

 

Dr. Anderson observed, “If I were to tempt you, you would know it. If I were to accuse you, you would know it. But if I were to deceive you, you wouldn’t know it. The power of Satan is in the lie. If you remove the lie you remove the power.”

When trouble interrupts our lives or when a calamity strikes, the father of lies whispers in our ears and suddenly we find ourselves questioning God’s goodness. It is even more difficult because the father of lies often appears as an angel of light. He often twists and turns the truth of God’s Word to confound us as he had done so in the Garden of Eden.

Therefore it is very important for the child of God to be obedient to his Heavenly Father. This helps us to discern what God is doing in our lives. Our final destination is the celestial Kingdom of God and while we are on our earthly journey there, He is sanctifying us as we grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18).

The danger of lying

While there is the danger of falling victim to lies, we are also in danger of lying ourselves. The prophet Jeremiah (17:9) said, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” It would not be an exaggeration to say that all of us had lied one time or another. In our fallen nature, we are tempted to lie. Only God is incapable of lying (Titus 1:2). We even invent a name for some lies that we consider harmless. We call that a white lie. Lying cannot be anything other than sinful because God cannot do it. Satan is telling another lie that there is such a thing as a lie with good intentions. If lying was ever righteous, then there would be something righteous that God cannot do.

One question posed to me was that Rahab lied to save the 2 Israelite spies. That is another deception by the father of lies that sometimes we have to tell lies to do good. In Hebrews 11:31, Rahab was commended for her faith in risking her life and trusting that the spies would later save her and her family. She feared the Lord more than she feared the king of Jericho. But she did not trust God enough to save her if she replied to the king in truth. Nehemiah spoke in truth when king Artaxerxes asked why his countenance was down. During those times, he could have lost his head by being sad as he was the cupbearer (Nehemiah 1:11). He spoke the truth and if you read the account carefully, he had been praying for a long time before that. We have to pray that the Lord will give us the right words when we are in a dilemma.

Conclusion

Let me conclude by quoting what one of the most evil person in history said about lying. Adolf Hitler was attributed to have said “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” We know what happened in history in Europe during that period. The personal danger of this is that we ourselves may even believe our own lies. This is called self-deception and the lies we tell other people are nothing compared to the lies we tell ourselves.  Fulke Greville who served under Elizabeth 1 said, “No man was ever so much deceived by another as by himself.”  May God help us to live in truth (John 8:31, 32).

Announcements (23 Apr 2017)

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Apr 232017
 

Thanks to all who submitted their Stewardship Reports punctually!

Session Meeting Today @Conference Room, 1.45pm.

In-Conversation (29 Apr, Sat @ 4pm): Topic for Discussion: The Future of NLBPC. Members are encouraged to send in questions to the Church email by 12pm today. This will allow Session time to deliberate the questions.

Holy Land Presentation next Sun (30 Apr) 11.30am@Chapel. All are welcome!

Parents Appreciation Night (6 May, Sat): It will be held at New Life B-P Church. $25/pax (Buffet Dinner). Speaker: Rev Lim Chee Boon. Registration starts from 23-30 Apr. I/C: Dn Tan Wee Boon. Please sign up early!

Evangelistic Movie Outreach: We will be screening the movie “Miracles from Heaven” on 13 May, 2.30pm at church, followed by light refreshments. Please join us and invite your unsaved family and friends to come along for an enjoyable afternoon! We appreciate more helpers to come forward for this event and for ROF tracting.

The Ultimate Quest (27 May, Sat): will be held in church for children aged P1-P6. Registration starts next week, 23/4 to 14/5. Those interested to volunteer for this event (games, food, facilitators, etc.) may sign up at the registration table or contact James Pang (9022 8956), Timothy Ho (9023 2362) or Min Wei (9144 0980).

Church Camp (14 to 17 June 2017): Registration starts TODAY and CLOSES on 14/5. Please visit church’s website to obtain a copy of registration form or collect a hard copy from camp registration counter at Fellowship Hall. Submission of completed registration with payment can be made after Worship Service at the registration counter on 23/4, 30/4, 7/5 and 14/5.

23 Apr 2017 – To fail or not to fail

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Apr 232017
 

TO FAIL OR NOT TO FAIL

By Emmanuel T Gumapon

All of us have failed in many ways in one way or another.

Failure comes in many forms. When failures are not being addressed as they come along, this may lead to many unsettled issues in our lives and for those who may not be able to take it all, it’s the end of the road. Whatever they do, it’s bound to fail and it seems there is no more hope or solution.

You hear of some faithful workers or pastors who stopped serving later in their ministry and are now insurance or real estate agents. What happened? What went wrong in their ministry?

I remember one person in particular, who was a close friend (being my roommate before I got married) and was at that time A New Testament Professor in a Theological Seminary after he completed his advance Theological Training in the USA. However, later in his life, we found out that he left his teaching job and went on his own personal ministry. What went wrong? We found out later that, he fell into the trap of Satan by succumbing into the temptation with his office secretary. We were supposed to push him to be our very own Theologian, but he failed and left.

When we do not know how to handle failures, it may have repercussions in our lives. Some of our failures may be due to our own wilful disobedience to God’s command which led us to sin against Him. If we are not careful and we do not let the Holy Spirit do His work of convicting us of our own personal sin, this will lead to the hardening of our hearts. Once the heart becomes hard one will not be sensitive to sin anymore. Instead the tendency is to justify all the sins and worse, one will no longer serve God and will be a very good pretender.

Failure can then cause people to stop serving God because they cannot accept their failures. Others can.

One example was Judas, he betrayed Jesus and failed; he realized his mistake but he did not go to the right person, instead he went back to the high priest. He was remorseful but in the end he hung himself.

The other example was Peter; he denied Jesus and was in tears. He even decided to go back to his old profession, but Jesus went to him while he was doing his normal work. Peter realized how sinful he was and confessed and Jesus assured him and accepted him back. He served until the end of his life and died as a martyr.

The Christian life is portrayed as a marathon race in Hebrews 12:1 “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,”. We are exhorted to run the race with endurance. Paul can say in his letter to young Timothy in 2 Timothy 4:7 “ I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Paul rejoiced that he finished the race well. But Paul in Galatians 5:7 asked the Galatians, “Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?” Sometimes someone hinders us from continuing the race and we get off the track. In 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 “24Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.25And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.26I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:27But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.” In some cases as shown in these verses we can disqualify ourselves from the race.

We too will fail many times. How do we view and accept our failures? Do we follow the Judas way (the world) or Peter’s way (confess and repent)?

One writer says, “Each one of us is a battleship load of failures. But the question before all of us is this: can you survive your failures? Those who know the depths and heights of the Lord’s kingdom have received the mercies of God to survive every obstacle, including failure.”

Let’s all be like Peter…

14 & 16 Apr 2017 – Choir Presentations

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Apr 162017
 

Good Friday Combined Service

Choir Presentation:


Easter Sunday Combined Service

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Announcements (16 Apr 2017)

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Apr 162017
 

No Sunday School Classes Today.

Stewardship Report 2016: Fellowships, Ministry groups and Missions please send in their reports to the church e-mail gabriel@nlbpc.org latest by 2359h TODAY.

English Task Force Meeting Today @Conference Room, 11.45am.

Session Meeting next Sunday, 23 April @Conference Room, 1.45pm.

In-Conversation (29 Apr, Sat @ 4pm):  Topic for Discussion: The Future of NLBPC. Members are encouraged to send in questions to the Church email by Next Sunday 23 Apr 17.  This will allow Session time to deliberate the questions.

Parents Appreciation Night (6 May, Sat): It will be held at New Life B-P Church.   $20/pax (Buffet Dinner.).  Registration starts from 23-30 Apr.  I/C: Dn Tan Wee Boon ign up early!

Evangelistic Movie Outreach: We will be screening the movie “Miracles from Heaven” on 13 May, 2.30pm at church, followed by light refreshments. Please join us and invite your unsaved family and friends to come along for an enjoyable afternoon! We appreciate more helpers to come forward for this event and for ROF tracting.

The Ultimate Quest (27 May, Sat): will be held in church for children aged P1-P6. Registration starts next week, 23/4 to 14/5. Those interested to volunteer for this event (games, food, facilitators, etc.) may sign up at the registration table or contact James Pang (9022 8956), Timothy Ho (9023 2362) or Min Wei (9144 0980).

Church Camp (14 to 17 June 2017): Venue: Avillion Admiral Cove, Port Dickson Malaysia. Theme: “Reaching out to one another’. Speaker: Rev Dr Lim Yew Cheng. Prices: Adult $280 per pax, Child 3 to <11 years old $110 per pax (without bed) and Child < 3 years old FOC. Registration starts on 23 Apr 17. Please pray and apply your leave to join us for a time of spiritual renewal!

Announcements (09 Apr 2017)

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Apr 092017
 

Amendments to the Constitution: Thank God the Registrar of Societies (ROS) and the Commissioner of Charities (COC) have approved the amendments of New Life Bible- Presbyterian Church’s constitution.

Congratulations to: Mr & Mrs Joel Pang on the birth of a baby girl, Charis Pang Jia Ying on 29 Mar 2017. May the Lord grant the parents grace to bring up Charis in the fear of the Lord!

Children Easter Special Program:  Today from 9.45am-12.00pm @ Music Room (level 2).

Joy Sunday @11.30 am. All youths, please assemble at the Chapel.

Adults SS Class will be held at the Fellowship Hall @11.30 am.  All are Welcome!

Good Friday Combined Service (14/4) @ 9.30am: Please prepare your hearts for worship as we commemorate the death of our Lord and partake in the Holy Communion.

Easter Sunrise/Baptismal Service (16/4): Easter Sunrise Service @7 am and Easter Baptismal Worship Service @9.30 am: Please come and rejoice with the Lord for His resurrection power!

Stewardship Report 2016: Fellowships, Ministry groups and Missions please send in their reports to the church e-mail gabriel@nlbpc.org latest by next Sunday (16 Apr).

Evangelistic Movie Outreach: We will be screening the movie “Miracles from Heaven” on 13 May, 2.30pm at church, followed by light refreshments. Please join us and invite your unsaved family and friends to come along for an enjoyable afternoon! We appreciate more helpers to come forward for this event and for ROF tracting.

Church Camp (14 to 17 June 2017): Venue: Avillion Admiral Cove, Port Dickson Malaysia. Theme: “Reaching out to one another’. Speaker: Rev Dr Lim Yew Cheng. Prices: Adult $280 per pax, Child 3 to <11 years old $110 per pax (without bed) and Child < 3 years old FOC. Registration starts on 23 Apr 17. Please pray and apply your  leave to join us for a time of spiritual renewal!

09 Apr 2017 – Hezekiah, The Praying King

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HEZEKIAH, THE PRAYING KING

The great religious reformation under King Hezekiah and the prophet Isaiah was thoroughly impregnated with prayer. The rare statement, “He did that which was right in the sight of the Lord,” is a glad and thrilling surprise when we consider all his ancestors and his environment (2 Chron. 29:1-3).

Worldliness, half-heartedness and utter apostasy marked the reign of his father, grandfather and his great-grandfather. His home surroundings as he grew up were far from being favorable to godliness and faith in God. But he was fortunate in having Isaiah for his friend when he assumed the crown of Judah. What a blessing to have a God-fearing man for a prayer partner!

Several observations about King Hezekiah:

1)  His Robust Faith (was revealed in his words to his army):

Be strong and courageous; be not afraid nor dismayed for the king of Assyria, nor for all the multitude that is with him; for there be more with us than with him.

With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the Lord our God to help us, and to fight our battles. And the people rested themselves upon the words of Hezekiah, king of Judah” (2 Chron.32:7-8).

Lesson: Such confidence can only be the product of a close walk with Yahweh (Heb.11:6; Phil. 4:10). How consistent is your walk with God?

2)  Prayer was his defence against their mighty enemies.

Judah was sorely pressed by the Assyrians, and, humanly speaking, defeat and captivity seemed imminent. The King of Assyria sent a commission to defy and blaspheme the name of God and to insult King Hezekiah. Note what Hezekiah did without hesitation – read 2 Chron. 32:19-23. He prayed and cried to the God of heaven.

Note the speedy answer and the marvellous results of such praying by this God-fearing king. First, Isaiah gave the king full assurance that God had heard the prayer, and would give a great deliverance. Then the angel of the Lord came with swift wings and smote 185,000 Assyrians. The king was vindicated, God was honored, and the people of God were saved. In meeting his enemies, prayer had been his chief weapon.

Lesson: We need to fight our spiritual battles on our knees. Prayer must undergird our evangelistic outreach (Children’s Easter Program, Movie outreach, Mission trips, Special Services, etc). The pulling down of strongholds requires the power of our Almighty God (2 Cor. 10:3-4).

3)  Hezekiah’s Prayer for Healing (2 Kings 20:1-7)

Hezekiah was very sick, and God sends Isaiah, his friend and counsellor to warn him of his approaching end, and to tell him to arrange all his affairs for his final departure in verse 1. The decree came direct from God that he should die. What can set aside or reverse that Divine decree of heaven? At once he gives himself to prayer (vs.2-3). Hezekiah had hardly finished his prayer, and Isaiah was just about to go home when God gave him another message for Hezekiah (see vs. 4-6).  God answered more than Hezekiah asked for. Hezekiah prayed only for his life, and God gave him life and in addition promised him protection and security from his enemies. God heard Hezekiah praying, saw his tears, and changed his mind, and Hezekiah lived to praise God and to be an example of the power of mighty praying.

Challenge

Three things to keep in mind: God hears prayer, God answers prayer, and God delivers by prayer. We need church leaders, and church members who demonstrate robust faith in God, and who know the blessing & the power of prayer.  May it be said of NLBPC that we are a “Praying Church!”

(Prayer Meeting Devotional Sharing, 5 Apr 2017 by Rev Gan)

Announcements (02 Apr 2017)

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Apr 022017
 

Please note that there will be No SS Classes Today!

A Note of thanks to all who came for the Ops Clean-up yesterday. May the Lord bless you for your labour of love.

BoE’s Exit Interview of Catechumens @ 11.45am, K-Office.

SAF Meeting Today in the Chapel from 12.00 – 1.15pm. Eld Yap will share a short exhortation, and followed by a short discussion among the groups. All are welcome to attend and fellowship, including friends or visitors as well!

Stewardship Report 2016: Fellowships, Ministry groups and Missions please send in their reports to the church e-mail gabriel@nlbpc.org latest by 16/4/17.

Children Easter Special Program will be on 9 Apr 17 from 9.45am-12.00pm @ Music Room (level 2).  It will be a time of joy and gladness as we remember what Jesus has done for us! Please invite relatives & friend’s children to this special event.

“‎Evangelistic Movie Outreach: We will be screening the movie “Miracles from Heaven” on 13-May, 2.30pm at church, followed by light refreshments. Please join us and invite your unsaved family and friends to come along for an enjoyable afternoon! We appreciate more helpers to come forward for event and for ROF tracting.”

Church Camp (14 to 17 June 2017)Venue: Avillion Admiral Cove, Port Dickson Malaysia. Theme: “Reaching out to one another’. Speaker: Rev Lim Yew Cheng. Prices: Adult $280 per pax, Child 3 to <11 years old $110 per pax (without bed) and Child < 3 years old FOC. Registration starts on 23 Apr 17. Please pray and apply your leave to join us for a time of spiritual renewal!

02 Apr 2017 – The Cross of Christ

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Apr 022017
 

The Cross of Christ by Pastor Nathan

But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ,

by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.” Galatians 6:14

Introduction:

We are approaching the Holy week, and will be commemorating our Lord’s suffering and sacrifice on the cross within two weeks’ time. At this juncture, what do we think and feel about the cross of Christ? What does it mean to us?  The Apostle Paul bans and would not want to boast his outward carnal privileges, and indeed he chose not to glory in anything. He meant to declare strongly, that he trusted in nothing but “Jesus Christ crucified” for the pardon of his sins and the salvation of his soul. Let others, if they would, look elsewhere for salvation; let others, if they were so disposed, trust in other things for pardon and peace—for his part the apostle was determined to rest on nothing, lean on nothing, build his hope on nothing, place confidence in nothing, boast in nothing, “except in the cross of Jesus Christ.”

Thus, we are called to understand that the Cross of Christ is place where we must boast and trust in on this earthly life. There are three basic things that made him to boast on the Cross of Christ. Let us see them below one by one. Let us listen to St Paul in Galatians 6:14, what does he have to say about the Cross of Christ?

  1. The Cross of Christ – The Plan of God (Gen 3:15; Isaiah 53):

First of all, the cross of Christ is the Plan of God for the redemption of mankind from eternity. The historical event of Christ’s death by crucifixion has eternal significance because of the identity of the one who was crucified. Jesus Christ, God’s Son, had become incarnated as a man, and “came to give His life a ransom for many” (Matt. 20:28; Mark 10:45; I Tim. 2:6). This plan of God was made before the fall of mankind by all-knowing God. (Gen 3:15; Isaiah 53:6, 10). At the cross, God achieved three things: 1) The salvation of sinners; 2) The revelation of himself and 3) The conquest of evil. Hence, the Cross of Christ reveals to me and gives me that great assurance that God loved me from the eternity. I am in the centre of God’s plan.

  1. The Cross of Christ – The Purpose of God (1 Cor. 15:3-4; Acts 17:2-3):

Secondly, the Cross of Christ and His death as a part of God’s divine purpose is the centrepiece of the gospel. In His death on the cross, Jesus was taking the death consequence of sin for all mankind. This He could do in that He was the sinless Saviour ratifying a consequential spiritual solidarity with the whole human race. The first man Adam, when he sinned all men died spiritually (Rom. 5:12), were constituted “sinners” spiritually (Roman. 5:19), and were condemned (Rom. 5:18) to everlasting death. God had originally told Adam in the garden, “In the day that you eat thereof” from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, “dying you shall die” (Genesis 2:17). “The consequence of sin was death in its various spiritual, psychological and physical forms” (James A. Fowler, The Cross of Christ)[1]. Therefore, God had a redemptive plan for the purpose to redeem the fallen mankind from the eternal damnation. Thus, the Cross of Christ reveals to me that it is the purpose of God to reconcile me to Him by forgiving my sins and giving me the hope of resurrection. We must cling to the old rugged cross. We must see the centrality of the cross in the life of Christian to boast.

  1. The Cross of Christ – The Power of God (1 Cor. 1:18-26):

It is the power of God This may either mean that the gospel is called “the power of God,” because it is the medium through which God applies his power in the salvation of sinners; or, the gospel changed the condition of fallen man, and is effectual in renewing him and sanctifying him and yet, that its reception by the human mind depends on the promised presence of the Holy Spirit (Albert Barnes’ Notes on the Bible). Thus, “the death of Jesus comprises the divine dynamic of the life of Christ in the Christian. Christians who are “being saved” from the dysfunction of fallen humanity receive that divine dynamic power in order to function as God intended” (James A. Fowler, The Cross of Christ). So, it is mere power of crucified Christ alone. Consequently, the Cross of Christ reveals me that on this earth fruitfully.

Conclusion:

Therefore, the Cross of Christ is the central theme of the whole Bible in short. If there is no cross, there is no Christianity. The Cross of Christ is the unique and important teaching and faith which differentiates us from others. The Cross of Christ is the symbol of love and sacrifice to all the born-again believers. God demonstrated His love for the mankind on the cross by sending His Son Jesus Christ to die, on behalf of us. The atoning death of Christ on the Cross provides redemption to sinners like us and makes us children of God, gives the promise of the eternal life in Christ. That’s why for Paul stresses that “For me it is not to glory, except in the cross of Christ.” as we are commemorating Holy Week, shall we follow St Paul and boast ourselves in nothing but the cross of Christ in our life.

[[1] James A. Fowler, the Cross of Christ. http://www.christinyou.net/pages/crosschrst.html]