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Pastoral Exhortation - Series of 2010

Thanksgiving Anniversaries

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 04 July 2010

Beloved flock of God,

The month of July has seen anniversaries of several of our missions, both local and foreign. Today, we praise God for the 7th anniversary of our Chinese worship service. On the next two Lord’s days, four of our mission churches in the Philippines (Cebu, Bohol, Bogo and San Antonio) will commemorate their anniversaries. A team of brethren will be joining me in visiting these mission churches to rejoice with them during their anniversaries. They are Kenneth Wong and his family, John and Katherine Peh, Francis and Stephanie Lee, Dorothy Ng, Sarah Yong and Ruth Low. A series of Bible expositions on the Epistle of Jude, based on the theme “Earnestly Contend for the faith”, will be held over 5 days in Cebu. Today, we are happy to have a combined service with our Chinese congregation to praise the Lord for 7 years of God’s blessings upon this ministry. We salute all our brethren in the Chinese worship service and congratulate all of you on this happy occasion of your 7th anniversary. May your labour abound for the glory of Christ and for the salvation and edification of souls.


Tribulation And Cheer

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 27 June 2010

Jesus said, “In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33b).

“In the world ye shall have tribulation”

No Christian is fully shielded from troubles. Jesus said it plainly, “In the world ye shall have tribulation.” Jesus has not promised His followers a life totally free from sorrows, poverty, toil, sickness, slander, persecution or any of the common ills of mankind. Instead, He promised every follower a “cross”.


DVBS In Kemaman

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Written by Bro Ho Kee How Sunday, 20 June 2010

keehowkimamangroupMy family and I count it a privilege to be part of the Gethsemane BP Church’s DVBS team to Kemaman, led by Pr Daniel Lim. Others in the team include Bro Stephen, Sis Kim Lei and her 2 sons (Jie Wi & Jia Wi), as well as Bro Simon and Bro Ee Kuan (2 Care Ministry brothers who were of immense help to us). Thank God for enabling us to travel to Kemaman to serve, by His grace, in the children’s DVBS. This was held over 2 days: at Dr Wee’s large and spacious house on the first day (Wednesday, 9th Jun), and at the beach on the second (Thursday, 10th Jun), Friday being the Worship Service day.


Mission Trip To Ethiopia

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Written by Dn Lok Kwok Wah Sunday, 13 June 2010

“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1).

Praise God for the opportunity to visit Ethiopia and the Gospel work started by Rev Ephrem Chiracho Ouchula and to have a good time of fellowship with the brethren there.


Rev Ephrem Chiracho's Letter To Gethsemaneans

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Written by Rev Ephrem Chiracho Sunday, 06 June 2010

Dear Pastor and Session of Gethsemane Bible-Presbyterian Church,

Greetings in the blessed name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

“Then answered I them, and said unto them, The God of heaven, he will prosper us; therefore we his servants will arise and build: but ye have no portion, nor right, nor memorial, in Jerusalem” (Nehemiah 2:20).


Do You Minimise The Sinfulness Of Sin?

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 30 May 2010

"Hast thou seen this, O son of man? Is it a light thing to the house of Judah that they commit the abominations which they commit here? for they have filled the land with violence, and have returned to provoke me to anger: and, lo, they put the branch to their nose. Therefore will I also deal in fury: mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: and though they cry in mine ears with a loud voice, yet will I not hear them” (Ezekiel 8:17-18).


My Mission Journey To Kenya

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 23 May 2010

Though not planned for this year, God’s providential intervention has brought me to Kenya to teach God’s Word in the Bible College of East Africa. I am very thankful for the eleven days of His goodness. Below I recount just a few of His goodness I received in this trip to Kenya


Biblical Advice For Cultivating Good Friendships

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 16 May 2010

Good friendship is very vital in life. The Scripture sanctions and encourages good friendships. The book of Proverbs, in particular, provides some valuable advice on friendship. Godly friendship can be an inspiration in life. It can cheer us to great and wonderful experiences and achievements.

But cultivating and maintaining a good friendship is not easy. It can be easily destroyed if you take it lightly. Godly vigilance and efforts are required. I would like to share with you some biblical advice from Proverbs to help you cultivate and strengthen good friendships.


Timothy’s Mother

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 09 May 2010

Eunice! That was the name of Timothy’s mother. She is one of the celebrated mothers found in the Holy Scriptures.

Her motherhood is worthy of every Christian mother’s contemplation and emulation.

My wish for every mother in our midst on this mother’s day is that each of them will be empowered to be a mother to her children like Eunice was to Timothy.


Should A Church Borrow Money To Do God’s Work?

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 02 May 2010

All the instructions, promises and patterns that I find in the Bible teach me to answer this question with an emphatic “No”. All my ministerial experience also says the same.

I find it extremely imprudent to borrow money to do God’s work.


Thanksgiving To God’s Wonderful Provision (2010 Ethiopian Project)

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 25 April 2010

Many, O LORD my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered” (Psalm 40:5).


A Word To The Parents

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 18 April 2010

I would like to add a few more words of advice to the parents concerning the supervision of children in the main worship service. I would like to once again affirm that at Gethsemane B-P Church, we are eager to have our young children to join the worship service together with all the rest. We are happy to see our children’s participation in the worship from an early age.


Materialistic Pastors

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 18 April 2010

Men who became pastors for a career, or men who turned their pastoral office into a lucrative business enterprise for self-gain are not God-appointed pastors. They are the minions of the devil.

Preachers who preach for money are exploiters, extortionists and racketeers! The Apostle Peter depicted them as those who “… through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not” (2 Peter 2:3). In the words of the Apostle Paul, they are “… men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness” (1 Timothy 6:5).


Important Advice For Parents With Young Children

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 11 April 2010

Worship is not just for adults but also for children (cf. Deuteronomy 31:11-13; Joshua 8:35; 2 Chronicles 20:13; Nehemiah 8:2-3; 12:43; Matthew 14:21; 15:38; Mark 10:13-14). For this reason, we bring our children to church. Gethsemane B-P Church welcomes children to join the adults in the worship of God. Children are part of our church family, and their spiritual nurture is a great concern to our church. So we welcome them to our church’s most sacred activity, even the worship of God.

Having all the children in the worship is a wonderful experience to both the children and the whole church. Their coming to worship is vital to the church’s future. We pray that through their participation in worship, they would learn to worship God in a biblical and solemn manner. We also need to instruct and guide them to have the right mindset and mannerism when they come before the Lord in worship.


Christ's Resurrection And The Gospel

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 04 April 2010

"Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel." - 2 Timothy 2:8.

As Paul had suggested in the above verse, the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ is an essential element of the Gospel that we believe and preach. Let us meditate on how the resurrection of Christ make the Gospel a glorious truth in the hearts of everyone who believes it.


Death Abolished

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 02 April 2010

Our Saviour Jesus Christ “hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel” (2 Timothy 1:10). Two thousand years ago, Jesus Christ, the Son of God who became a man, died on the cross. He died to remove the curses of sin, even death. How has He done this?

Well, the Bible speaks of three different deaths. The first is spiritual death - separation of the soul from God. The Bible describes every man as “dead in trespasses and sins” (Ephesians 2:1). The second is physical death - the separation of the soul from the body. The third is eternal death - permanent separation from God’s mercy and love - Hell. All these are the deserved and predicted consequences of sin: “The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). However, the Lord Jesus has abolished these three deaths by dealing with the cause of them - sin.


Let’s Be A Fruit-Bearing People

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 28 March 2010

My heart rejoices on this occasion of the 22nd Anniversary Thanksgiving Service, and hastens to join all of you, my dear brethren, to give thanks to God for His multitudes of blessings upon our beloved church. Just as much as I praise Him, I also plead earnestly to Him that we will be a people who will separate ourselves from all ungodliness and unwholesome teachings of our time, and serve Him faithfully and fervently in the coming years, if the Lord tarries.


Startling Events In Modern Christianity

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Written by Gillian Flaccus Sunday, 21 March 2010

Extracted from 'Faith & Freedom', Feb 2010


Wife of prosperity gospel televangelist Benny Hinn files for divorce in California
By Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press, February 18, 2010

ORANGE, Calif. - The wife of televangelist Benny Hinn has filed for divorce from the high-profile pastor, whose reputation as an advocate of prosperity gospel has attracted millions of followers and criticism from lawmakers and watchdog groups over his lavish lifestyle.

Suzanne Hinn filed the papers in Orange County Superior Court on Feb 1, citing irreconcilable differences, after more than 30 years of marriage. The papers note the two separated on Jan 26 and that Hinn has been living in Dana Point, a wealthy coastal community in southern Orange County.


Pastoral Exhortation

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 14 March 2010

My dear Gethsemaneans,

We have two very exciting weeks ahead of us. Firstly, Bible Witness Media Ministry's first retreat will be held this week (17-19 March) at Pulai Springs, Johor. Thirty-five people have signed up. We pray for an exhilarating study of God's Word on the topic "The Glory of His Grace", and a refreshing time of fellowship. God willing, more of such retreats will be conducted by BWMM in the future.


Pastoral Exhortation

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 07 March 2010

Dearly beloved Gethsemaneans,

As I was reflecting on the present ministries of our beloved church, the words of Paul in 1 Corinthians 16:9 came to my mind – “For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries.” Those words of Paul were about the ministry that God had entrusted him in Ephesus. Though there were many difficulties and opposition, Paul still regarded the ministry as a “great door” opened before him.


Be A Soul-Harvester

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 28 February 2010

Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work. Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest” (John 4:34-35).


Family Gospel Night

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 21 February 2010

My beloved Gethsemaneans,

I can’t think of a greater joy that we can receive than the joy we experience when someone is saved by turning to Christ in faith. This joy reaches a greater height when it is one of our own family members or a close friend that turns to the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation.

 


A Chaste Wife (III )

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Written by Pr Dennis Kabingue Sunday, 14 February 2010

An Exposition of 1 Peter 3:1-6


A chaste wife is one who is meek and of a quiet spirit. “But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price” (1 Peter 3:4). The study of this text will bless Christian women with a good understanding why they should be preoccupied with their spiritual beauty and not with their external beauty. It also teaches them how to adorn themselves with it.


A Chaste Wife (II )

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Written by Pr Dennis Kabingue Sunday, 07 February 2010

An Exposition of 1 Peter 3:1-6


Today, we shall consider the second aspect of a chaste wife.

A chaste wife is one who is modest. “Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel” (1 Peter 3:3). This verse confronts women who are seeking after immodest appearance, and forbids them from doing so. Though it does not provide a detailed list of what constitutes immodest appearance, it sufficiently advises ladies how to be modest.


A Chaste Wife (I)

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Written by Pr Dennis Kabingue Sunday, 31 January 2010

An Exposition of 1 Peter 3:1-6


To be a chaste wife is the highest calling of a Christian wife. It is God’s will that she will be blameless and pure in her attitude to her husbands, in her outward appearance, in her behaviour at home, in the church and in the outside world.

This study is a short exposition of 1 Peter 3:1-6. Today, we shall study the first aspect of what it means to be a chaste wife. We will learn more next week.



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