Pastoral Exhortation - Series of 2010
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 24 December 2010
Dearly Beloved in the Lord!
May the peace and joy which the angels proclaimed at the birth of Christ fill your hearts as we gather together to worship Him.
“And the angel said unto them,
Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy,
which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour,
which is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:10-11).
“And suddenly there was with the angel
a multitude of the heavenly host praising God,
and saying, Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace, good will toward men” (Luke 2:13-14).
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 19 December 2010
It irritates all of us who love the Lord Jesus when we see that He is taken out of Christmas. That abject deed is not limited to only non-Christians – even Christians have adjusted to the commercialism of the holiday season.
The Pressure Of The Commercialised Christmas Celebration
We have become terribly unbalanced. We give a myriad of useless gifts at Christmas because it is expected of us and we feel guilty if we do not. The commercialised world now makes hundred-dollar toys seem perfectly acceptable...
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 12 December 2010
My beloved Gethsemaneans,
Another year-end is here; and such the first decade of 21st century is coming to a close! What will it be like in the next decade? Many changes are to be expected in the society, Christian realm and also in our individual life. As a church, we will have to face many changes as well. But we thank God that we have an unchanging God.
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 05 December 2010
In view of our church camp, starting tomorrow, I pray to the Lord that He will revive every one of us as we gather together around His Word for five days. I trust that you will also join me in praying that a true spiritual revival from the Lord will come upon our church. May the Lord create within us the right spirit that we may be blessed with genuine repentance from our sins and a renewed zeal to love the Lord, His Word and His work.
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 28 November 2010
Paul explains the true character of the Christian message in 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 to help us see its inherent power and also the vanity of relying on “the wisdom of words” in preaching the Gospel. “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world?
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 21 November 2010
Doctrinal differences and controversies among Christians are so many; and they have resulted in the formation of different denominations and even independent churches. Because of such diversity, some do ask, “Why are there so many different churches? How shall we know which one is right? Is it important that we should find the right church?” However, there are others who seek unity even at the expense of very important cardinal scriptural truths. Such compromising efforts are known as neo-evangelicalism and ecumenism; and it is certainly spiritually dangerous and deplorable.
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 14 November 2010
My beloved Gethsemaneans and friends,
May the grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be abundantly yours!
My Visit to India
By the time you read this pastoral letter, I would have left Singapore.
I will be away in India, together with my wife and children, to visit my parents and relatives for about 2 weeks. We have not visited my parents for more than three years. So it is with great joy and excitement that we return to my parents’ home. We covet your prayers for our safety in all our journeying, and also God’s blessings upon our family reunion and fellowship.
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 07 November 2010
For some years, my heart has been greatly disturbed by the casual, worldly appearance and attitude of worshippers in the churches. A great majority has the attitude that their religious performances, such as attending the worship service, giving tithes and singing hymns guarantee their acceptance by God. They are deluded. They are dreadfully mistaken. The reason why I say this is because among these apparently fervent worshippers, there exists a supercilious attitude towards a holy life.
Written by Errol D Stone Sunday, 31 October 2010
Bishop J. C. Ryle wrote an article, Why Were Our Reformers Burned?, in which he first recorded the cruelty that the reformers suffered, and then made a passionate plea to the post- Reformation believers not to despise the cause of Reformation, considering the great price that the reformers have paid for the defence and declaration of biblical truths.
Ryle wrote, “It is fashionable in some quarters to deny that there is any such thing as certainty about religious truth, or any opinions for which it is worthwhile to be burned. Yet, 300 years ago, there were men who were certain they had found out truth, and were content to die for their opinions. It is fashionable in other quarters to leave out all the unpleasant things in history, and to paint everything a rose-coloured hue.” He then went on to describe how the events have turned men of God who were gripped by the truths of God’s Word.
Written by Bro Ho Kee How Sunday, 24 October 2010
After accepting Christ in my late teens, I started regularly attending a Baptist church nearby my home. For a season, I was basking in my newfound peace and joy, brought about by an awareness of my sins being forgiven. After almost a decade, however, I found myself not growing in any significant way but rather uninspired by the teaching from the pulpit. Yes, the members there were active and enthusiastic to a large extent, but much of this ‘activity’ and ‘enthusiasm’ were self-generated. There was very little dependence on God, I felt; there was a general lukewarmness about the Word of God. I remember the time when the tide of Charismatic Movement was coming in strong among the churches. No clear stand was taken against it, save for a few feeble words of scepticism occasionally. As a result, many young members were confused (some were even swept over to Charismatic churches), while others (like myself) were, at best, undecided about this disturbing phenomenon. There came a point when I realized that if I didn’t go, my faith would go; but which church to go? I needed to beware of jumping from the frying pan into the fire!
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 17 October 2010
(A testimony given by Sis Cecilia Tan during t Call to Worship he recent Gospel Rally)
I am sure that it is God’s providence that helps me to stand here before you tonight to share with all of you how my God in His mercy and lovingkindness had dealt with me.
When I was in upper primary school, I came to know the Lord Jesus Christ through my teacher, Miss Gan. She would gather a few girls to teach us from the Bible. These Bible studies were held regularly after school in a nearby church building. After I had left the primary school, I attended church faithfully and convinced Pastor James Wong to baptize me by immersion.
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 10 October 2010
Two passions of my heart, which the Lord has placed there, are God’s Word and godly music. But I confess that I have not pursued music as much as I love to. One major reason is that I have followed hard after the Lord’s calling to feed the flock of God with His Word. Nothing has consumed my life for the last 20 years and more as much as studying God’s Word for my own blessing and preaching and teaching it to you, God’s dear flock. I am very thankful for so many opportunities to live out my life among you, by ministering the truth of God’s Word. I hope and pray that I will never be hindered all my life from preaching and teaching God’s Word in your midst.
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 03 October 2010
My beloved brethren,
The goodness of the Lord towards our church has been once again evident in the recent ACM. We are not only thankful to God for the sustenance and new blessings of our ministries, but also for the united brotherhood.
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 26 September 2010
Our next Gospel meeting is just two weeks away. I trust that you are making every effort to bring at least a friend or relative to hear the preaching of the Gospel of salvation. Let me exhort you, dear brethren, that you also give yourself to earnest prayer for the salvation of souls.
Nothing can be done effectively for the salvation of souls without the Lord’s blessings upon our labour. That is why we must gather to seek His blessings in prayer. If we were to be successful in bringing men to the Saviour, we must pray much.
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 19 September 2010
It is the church’s duty to evangelize the world. When the church as a whole prepares herself to receive sinners to hear the preaching of the Word of His grace, the Lord will use her to gather more souls to His kingdom. If our church would sanctify and equip herself to minister God’s love to people who come to seek the Lord, we shall see a glorious working of God in our midst that would result in a great soul-harvest. I believe this with my whole heart because the church is God’s agency on earth for evangelism.
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 12 September 2010
Proverbs 10:2a cautions us that “treasures of wickedness profit nothing”. This warning is more pertinent than ever before. Countries, organizations and individuals who have previously advocated and promoted a morally upright lifestyle and flourished economically, these days appear to have lost their determination and mettle to continue in maintaining the same principles. In the name of economic security and progress, immorality and destructive lifestyles are being accommodated everywhere. This tolerance of immoral lifestyle for economic reasons will not bring, according to the Bible, any true gain.
Written by Ralph Erskine Sunday, 05 September 2010
For your edification and reading pleasure, I would like to publish a poem “The Bride” by Ralph Erskine (1685- 1752). Ralph was a Scottish Presbyterian minister who was imprisoned for field-preaching and for refusing to approve the official Episcopalian church. He was a passionate preacher of God’s Word. He is still well known for his “gospel sonnets”, a collection of evangelical poems intended to press home particular Gospel truths. Ralph was the younger brother of the famous preacher Ebenezer Erskine.
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 29 August 2010
Every faithful church of the modern times must endeavour to preach the Gospel without diluting or altering the biblical concept and message of evangelism. We should never think of the success of evangelism as dependent on human skills and strategies.
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 22 August 2010
It is our special joy in the Lord to report to you that God has helped our Ethiopian brethren to obtain the necessary permits to build the Bible college and the church in the property that we have purchased in Alem Gena, Ethiopia. Firstly, we needed to obtain the government’s permission to change the use of land from industrial to church use. Secondly, we also needed a special building permit to construct the necessary buildings for the church and the Bible college. We thank God that both have been granted. For your rejoicing, we publish below the e-mail from Rev Ephrem, reporting on the above progress, and also copies of the permits obtained (These are in Amharic and Oromo languages of Ethiopia). All glory be to God.
– Pastor Koshy
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 15 August 2010
Unstoppable moral declension: a sign of our Lord's return
For more than two decades, there have been relentless efforts all over the world, in all realms of life, to get homosexual behaviour accepted as an alternative lifestyle. People from all walks of life - psychologists, politicians, religious leaders, actors and actresses - were seen trying to get society to accept this unnatural behaviour as a norm.
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 08 August 2010
Drug addiction is one of the leading perils of our modern society. It has ruined many a life and has broken many a family, more than any other vice ever did. It is a terrible and merciless affliction that brings despair and misery not only to the drug addict himself, but also to his relatives and friends. Though there has been constant effort to eradicate this problem, yet more and more young people continue to fall into its lure and come under its bondage.
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 01 August 2010
Letters and reports from our missionaries are regularly received. These customary communications are both information and tokens of mutual accountability on the part of our church and our missionaries.
I value the letters (emails, SMS, etc.) from our missionaries. It helps us to cement our partnership in Christ and to coordinate and enhance the work of the Lord. Especially when these letters come with good news of spiritual victories and advances, they enormously refresh our hearts. “As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country” (Proverbs 25:25).
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 25 July 2010
Without fail, we desire and pray for God's provision for our daily needs. We pray for jobs that we may earn a living. When our business struggle or fail, we pray for His help to meet our financial needs. When we face emergencies, we cry out for God's quick provisions. We do these because God's Word teaches us that "this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us" (1 John 5:14). But our desires and prayers are not always in line with God’s will and His ways. There is nothing wrong with asking for God’s direction, but it is wrong to go our own way without waiting for God’s answer. So, when we turn our finances over to God, we must also be willing to accept His direction. Too often, we impatiently seek our own way without any clear direction from Him, sometimes even borrowing money to do His work. Christians have forgotten that God says He will not allow His work to be frustrated for the lack of money. A discourse between our Lord and His disciples confirm this truth – "When I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes, lacked ye any thing? And they said, Nothing" (Luke 22:35). "God's work done in God's way shall lack no supply."
Written by Bro Ho Kee How Sunday, 18 July 2010
After becoming a Christian in my late teens at a crucial crossroad of my life, it soon dawned upon me that God has a plan for my life. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them” (Eph 2:10). This is not “fate” as some superstitious Chinese like to resign themselves to, but rather what the Bible calls “predestination”. I certainly didn’t want to be left to the dictates of my own will or depraved mental specifications (so warped by the world and media). Wanting God’s Good Plan for my life, there were 3 heartfelt prayers which I constantly made of the Lord. And looking back, I felt that all but one of them have been answered.
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 11 July 2010
The Apostle Peter in his first epistle exhorts all Christians, “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts” (1 Peter 3:15). Christians are urged to render their full devotion to the Lord. The word “sanctify” (in Greek, hagiazo) depicts the act of separating from all profane things and dedicating solely to God. Not to wholly dedicate to the Lord can mean desecrating the holiness of the Lord who indwells His children.
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