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Exhortation-English - 2012

Testimonies: "Discerning Youths"

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 08 July 2012

Dorothy

Thank God for the retreat. I had a blessed time during the games and the study of God’s Word, along with the fellowship. The games were fun and engaging, and the topic of “Discerning Youths” was interesting. I have learnt a bit more about Hebrew vocabulary in the process and also more about Proverbs which took up the bulk of the sermons… I am also very thankful for Auntie Kim Lei who prepared the wonderful refreshments, and for Uncle Andrew and Uncle Donald who planned the games. For those who have missed this retreat, I would like to encourage you to join the next one as there are many lessons you can learn from the Bible to apply in your life. The Bible itself tells us not to forsake “the assembling of ourselves together”, and throughout the Bible, God instructs us to come together to worship Him. Once again, I’d like to thank God for allowing me to come to the retreat...


Discerning Youths

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 01 July 2012

It was my great pleasure to have an opportunity to interact with our youths and to teach them in the recent Youth Retreat (June 8-9). I thank the Lord for Ruth Low, Donald dela Cruz, Andrew and Lynn Koh, Sis Diana Chan and Sis Lee Kim Lei who have co-laboured with me in this retreat. About 30 youths participated in the retreat. How I wish that more youths had taken advantage of this opportunity to learn His Word and to draw close to God!

Every youth will have to make many choices concerning his studies, friends, activities, entertainment, etc. Youth are often under pressure from the world to conform to its ways which are displeasing to their Saviour and Lord, Jesus Christ...


Biblical Counsels For The Upbringing Of Our Children - II

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 24 June 2012

  • Keep control over the home! Your children must know who is in control. We must also teach them to respect proper authority. Ephesians 6:1-4 – “Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) that it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”
  • Love your children unceasingly! Hug them as much as possible, the infants love it a lot. Let them know just how much you love them! Mothers are commanded to love their children...

Biblical Counsels For The Upbringing Of Our Children - I

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 17 June 2012

  • Give thanks to God always for the children He has blessed you with! When God gives us children, we must view them as God’s gifts and thank God for the opportunity to have them. “He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the LORD” (Psalm 113:9). “Children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward” (Psalm 127:3).

God is Love!

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 10 June 2012

God is love.” Though short, it is a statement of eternal magnitude and significance. Never was more meaning encapsulated in so few words as in this short sentence – “God is love.” The Apostle John stated this truth twice in his first epistle (cf. 1 John 4:8, 16). The message of this short verse is splashed across the Bible.


Practical Suggestions For Family Worship

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 03 June 2012

As a sequel to my last Sunday sermon on “Family Worship”, I publish this article. My desire is that this article will provide all readers with practical advice on conducting family worship daily.

I am absolutely convinced that family worship is invaluable. My spiritual life was tremendously moulded, nurtured and strengthened through family devotions that my parents conducted every day in the morning and in the evening. Being convinced of the blessings of family worship...


Our Commitment To Global Missions

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 27 May 2012

Every true church must have an unswerving commitment to what her Redeemer and Lord has entrusted her to do, even to go into all the world and preach the Gospel and baptise and make disciples (cf. Matthew 28:18,19; Mark 16:15-16; Luke 24:47-48; Acts 1:8). Challenges to her efforts in global missions may be many and very exacting, but she must not flinch. The Lord has promised to the church that He will be with her in her global efforts to spread the Gospel – “Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen” (Matthew 28:20).


Manifold Purposes of Christians’ Divine Call - IV

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 20 May 2012

In this fourth and final article on Christians’ divine call, we will consider three more purposes of our calling. The Bible describes our calling from God in wondrous terms. In Hebrew 3:1, it is described as “heavenly calling”. In 2 Timothy 2:9, Paul describes it as “holy calling”. Philippians 3:14 refers to it as “high calling”. Such glowing descriptions of our calling impress upon us the need to understand and appreciate the call of God that we have received through Christ. That is why Paul prayed in Ephesians 1:18, “The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of His calling.”

10. The Call to Peace

When a person responds to the call of God by the Gospel, he may experience conflict at home. His closest and dearest ones may oppose and reject his faith in the Lord. In 1 Corinthians 7:15, the apostle Paul portrayed a scenario of a believer being abandoned by his unbelieving spouse. In such a case, we are told, “But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart...


Manifold Purposes Of Christians’ Divine Call - III

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 13 May 2012

In this part on the subject of Christians’ divine call, we will consider three more purposes of the calling. Thus far, we have learned that our calling is referred to in the Bible as (1) “The call to salvation”, (2) “The call to sanctification”, (3) “The call to separation” and (4) “The call to fellowship”, (5) “The call to sonship” and (6) “The call to eternal life and inheritance”. Today, we will consider three more purposes of the divine calling that believers receive from God.

7. The Call to His Marvellous Light

Scripture declares unto us in 1 Peter 2:9, “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light...


Manifold Purposes of Christians’ Divine Call - II

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 06 May 2012

When Scripture says that Christians are “the called”, it is not merely an indication that they are given an invitation or an offer to enter spiritual life and blessings. More importantly, it also denotes that they have been effectually drawn to inherit and experience the spiritual life and blessings which have been promised to them in the Gospel.

Last Lord’s Day, we have considered the first two of the manifold purposes of Christians’ calling, (1) “The Call to Salvation” and (2) “The Call to Sanctification”. Today, we will consider four more purposes of divine calling that believers received from God...


Manifold Purposes Of Christians’ Divine Call - I

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 29 April 2012

God’s Word speaks of Christians as “them who are the called” (Romans 8:28). Every Christian is called of the Lord; he hears and follows His voice. As Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:27; cf. vv. 4, 16). So Paul reminded the Roman believers that “Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ” (Romans 1:6). Every sheep in His flock responds to His call by following Him.

God’s call to Christians is not based on the merit of their works, but on His grace and His own purpose – “Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began” (2 Timothy 1:9). The source of both our calling and our salvation is His gracious purpose. Romans 8:28 also reminds us that we are “the called according to his purpose”...


God’s Care For The Elderly

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Written by Pr Jeremiah Sim Sunday, 22 April 2012

The latest Internet report shows that Singapore has a fast ageing population. Today, the age of one in five elderly ones is approximately 55 to 70 years. Among them, many are physically or mentally impaired and they struggle to cope with their physical disabilities and to maintain a sense of worth or dignity in life. Such a situation has caused many of these seniors to think of life as meaningless...


Our Ministry To The Seniors

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 15 April 2012

A special thanksgiving gathering was held by our church’s ministry to the seniors on last Thursday (12th April). About forty brethren gathered to praise the Lord. Elder Mah Chin Kwang led the meeting. There were special song items by elderly folks to praise the Lord and two testimonies of the Lord’s blessings through Gethsemane Seniors’ Ministry. During this gathering, I had an opportunity to recount the history of our church’s ministry to the elderly. It was with much joy that I narrated the Lord’s unfailing guidance and help. For your information, thanksgiving and prayer, I would like share briefly the story of the Lord’s guidance of Gethsemane Seniors’ Ministry.


Come And Dine!

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 08 April 2012

JOHN 21:1-14; ACTS 10:41

The risen Lord had instructed His disciples to meet Him in Galilee. “But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you” (Mark 16:7; Matthew 26:32; 28:7–10). So they all came up to Galilee, and Peter decided to go fishing in the Sea of Tiberias, which is also known as the Sea of Galilee. Peter and the other apostles had been called from the life of fishermen to follow Christ and be fishers of men (Luke 5:1–11).


The Death That Was No Ordinary Death!

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 06 April 2012

Christ’s death was no ordinary death, but a mighty act envisioned to vanquish sin and death. Christ died in anticipation of His triumph. He “gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works” (Titus 2:14). His death put to death our death. Now all those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ can possess eternal life and they can look forward to a renewed life of godliness and spiritual joy. Sin and hell can no more subjugate and enslave those who have truly come to Christ...


The Christians’ Hope

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 01 April 2012

Though the Bible predicts perilous times in the last days, Christians are urged to live with the hope of glorious experiences of heaven which their Saviour has promised them. They might have gone through many troubles and sufferings in this present world, but they can live with the hope of a glorious eternity to come. Every Christian can say confidently, “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18)...


Come Before Him With Thanksgiving

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 25 March 2012

Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God” (2 Corinthians 9:11).early Beloved in the Lord!

Every year, we dedicate one Sunday in the month of March as “Anniversary Thanksgiving Sunday”. As such, today is our 24th Anniversary Thanksgiving Sunday. This is an important and wonderful godly custom we have been observing...


Five Counsels To Growing Spiritually - Part II

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Written by Pr Dennis Kabingue Sunday, 18 March 2012

Proverbs 3:1-12


Last week, I discussed two biblical counsels from Proverbs 3:1-12 on how to grow spiritually. Today, we shall continue with three more counsels which I pray will be useful as you work on your spiritual growth.

Thirdly, trust in God’s preventive measures. This is the intent of Proverbs 3:7-8 – “Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones...”


Five Counsels To Growing Spiritually - Part I

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Written by Pr Dennis Kabingue Sunday, 11 March 2012

Proverbs 3:1-12


Our spiritual growth is greatly desired and loved by God. It is a testament to the transforming power of His grace in our lives.

The more we grow spiritually, the more we experience the sweetness of God’s love, the glory of His might, the faithfulness of His promises and the power of His Word. As we grow spiritually, the excitement of the world begin to lose their appeal, giving us greater victories over sin and worldliness...


Why Did God Give Music to His People?

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 04 March 2012

In the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, there is a constant reference to music. Some books in the Bible, in part or in their entirety, are songs or poems (e.g. The Book of Psalms). In God’s plan, music is the accompanying counterpart to the Word of God. Therefore, in our churches, we must regard scriptural music highly.

Music is God’s gift

The Bible makes clear reference to music as a blessed means of praise given by the Almighty to His creation. When God unveiled His glory to Job...


Worship Must Be Trinitarian

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 26 February 2012

When we speak of worshipping God, we must always be mindful that we speak of Trinitarian worship.

That God is one, and that He is three is the very essence of who God is. The Trinitarian doctrine of God – One God, Three Persons – is thoroughly biblical, and uniquely Christian...


Trinitarian Heresies

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 19 February 2012

Throughout the church history, many unbiblical teachings about the Triune God had been introduced, but were duly condemned as heresies. These heresies resulted from their proponents’ unwillingness to accept by faith the mystery of the doctrine of Trinity. To them, since the Trinity is not pleasing to their human logic, it must be rejected as untenable. But the greatest reason for believing in the doctrine of the Trinity is that it is the divine revelation in the Scriptures. Divine truths are based on divine revelation, hence Trinity must be believed and declared...


The Holy Trinity

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 12 February 2012

The doctrine of Trinity, which declares that God is Triune, is fundamental to the Christian faith. We must believe this grand doctrine because it is clearly taught in the Scriptures. But it is a doctrine that defies human logic. It is beyond man’s ability to fathom and explain.

Why is this doctrine so incomprehensible? God is infinite, and hence He is beyond human reasoning. We can know Him only because He has revealed Himself to us by His Word. Whatever He has revealed concerning Himself in His Word must be received by faith and with humility. “For we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7)...


Impressed To Be Equipped In His Word!

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Sunday, 05 February 2012

Testimony by Bro Kenneth Wong


My salvation

I started attending church at the tender age of 10, when I was in Primary 3. My elder sister who is a Christian brought me to church. My family was Taoist and ancestral worshippers. My father did not allow us to attend church.

My father passed away in 1985 when I was 13. Elder Ng, Sis Dorothy and a few brethren from Sharon B-P Church came to my house to visit and comfort my mother.


Revision Sharpens Our Thinking

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Written by Pr Dennis Kabingue Sunday, 29 January 2012

Revision sharpens our thinking. High achievers find wisdom in this proposition. Revision is demanding but it pays off. A second look is always a better look. When we work on our stored knowledge by way of revision, we are providing our mind with an opportunity to refresh our memory and more. As we sort out our ideas in our mind, our understanding of things is actually being refined, strengthened, deepened and broadened. That is why he who revises finds it easier to come up with good answers during examinations.

The concept of revision is also vital in our spiritual lives. If we are in the habit of revising the sermons that we hear in church, our souls will benefit from them greatly. There is a reason why God ordained the preaching and teaching ministry as central to our church life experience. God knows how much we need His Word.



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