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Exhortation-English - 2014

Biblical Roles of Christian Men and Women

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 06 July 2014

That is the topic of a seminar organised by Gethsemane Men’s Fellowship that will be held on 12th of July.

It is a topic that we cannot afford to ignore or neglect any more. Children and youths of this perverse generation are facing a very confused time about gender matters. The social media network, Facebook, now provides the users approximately 50 new custom options for “gender”. Our society is facing what some call “a gender identity disorder...


Expressions of Christian Fellowship - Part II

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 29 June 2014

(continued from previous week...)

Sharing and communicating of spiritual and material gifts: The sincerity and strength of the fellowship in the early church were demonstrated by the sacrificial giving to the needy among them. “And all that believed were together, and had all things common; and sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need” (Acts 2:44-45; cf. Acts 4:34-37). The early church in Jerusalem, which was a paragon of Christian fellowship, was driven by mutual love, care and self-abasement.

Likewise, the church in Philippi manifested their bond of fellowship through their gifts for Paul. “Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only” (Philippians 4:15). The word “communicated” here is translated from the same Greek word for “fellowship...


Expressions of Christian Fellowship

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 22 June 2014

Christian fellowship is one of the greatest blessings that will emerge from knowing Jesus Christ as the Lord and Saviour of our life. There is nothing like it on earth as far as close and affectionate relationships are concerned. We all enter into relationships whether by affinity or consanguinity, but when such relationships are not based on Jesus Christ and His truth, they tend to have great problems. Only the fellowship that comes out of the gospel of salvation carries a very special blessing...


The Meek

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 15 June 2014

We live in a society that renounces meekness as weakness and pronounces might as right. This society is very likely to laugh at Jesus who said, “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth” (Matthew 5:5). There is an old joke to revise the saying, “The meek will inherit the earth – if that’s okay with the rest of you.” This joke came about as a result of the general belief that meekness is weakness and the weak will always be dispossessed by the strong.

We should not doubt the veracity of the Lord’s saying because it is belittled by the world. We must believe and practise the sayings of our Lord to be truly blessed. As Christians, we should not allow ourselves to be shaped by what everyone else thinks in this world...


Inauguration of Our Fifth Mission Church in the Philippines

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 08 June 2014

The Lord has been pleased to guide us to establish a fifth mission church in the Philippines. Its inauguration service is held today in Dagupan City of Pangasinan Province, the Philippines. A team of thirty brethren from Gethsemane, Singapore, is here to rejoice and worship the Lord on this blessed occasion. I am glad that Rev Reggor Galarpe (Pastor of Gethsemane BPC, Cebu, the Philippines) is joining me here for the inauguration service. (As you know, Preacher Donald and Sis Se Jin were married yesterday in the mountain resort city of Baguio, which is about 3 hours’ drive from Dagupan. Rev Galarpe solemnised the wedding, and I preached the Word during the wedding...


A Special Season to Show Special Hospitality

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 01 June 2014

A dozen preachers of God’s Word, who are linked to our church, will be here in Singapore to participate in our 4th Missionary Conference. It will be an excellent opportunity for all of us to show the love that we have for the servants of God. May we take this opportunity to encourage and edify them in love.

Whenever the Apostle Paul sent a servant of God to the early churches, he would tell the saints to take good care of those co-labourers of God’s kingdom. For instance, he exhorted the Philippian church concerning Epaphroditus, whom he had sent unto them...


God’s Sovereignty

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 25 May 2014

Sovereign” is not a word that resonates well with modern people, especially in democratically governed nations. Its meaning, “a supreme ruler”, “a monarch” or “a person ruling over the world as the pre-eminent one or as the one with supreme and independent power”, is an intolerable idea to most people of our time. In fact, there is a strong aversion towards the idea of sovereignty in the minds of people. The modern philosophy is that there are no absolutes, even in the spiritual and moral realms; and because of this, monotheistic thinking is highly unpopular everywhere. Nonetheless, we are taught in the Bible that God is sovereign...


Tell ‘em What the Lord Has Done for You

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 18 May 2014

We should be ever ready to tell others of the goodness of our LORD. It will not only glorify the LORD, but also help those who are fumbling about in life, not knowing what to do. Our testimonies can spur another to seek the LORD and be saved. The recounting of the LORD’s mercies, truth, righteousness and power before others is a wonderful way of encouraging people to return to Him and trust Him for His care. The LORD had done great things for us; and let us not hesitate to declare what He has done for us.

I want to share with you David’s testimony which has given thousands of thousands of people a glimmer of hope in the midst of their horrible troubles. “I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings” (Psalm 40:1-2)...


Be A Christian Knight in God’s Armour

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 11 May 2014

13Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness. 15And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace. 16Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” (Eph. 6:13–17)

Christians need to arm themselves with “the whole armour of God” for their “adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Pet. 5:8). Our enemies are more than flesh and blood...


Christians’ New Passion

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 04 May 2014

Christians are to be a passionate people. Their passions in life have to be different from those which they cherished prior to their conversion. They have a new passion, which Paul described in Colossians 3:2, when he urged the Christians to “set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth”.

The Greek verb phroneo, translated as “set your affection”, means “direct your mind to something”. Christians’ thoughts should be directed to Christ and the heavenly domain where He now dwells. That is our ultimate destination; and hence it must be our preoccupation while we live on this earth...


Our 4th Missionary Conference

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 27 April 2014

Dear worshippers,

It is with great excitement that the Session and I have been preparing for this upcoming event in our church. Under Elder Mah Chin Kwang’s leadership, a team of our Session members and fellow brethren have been hard at work in putting in place all things necessary for the conference. We thank God for their zeal in organising this conference.

However, it is of utmost importance that everyone in our church now quickly acts to do his part. Only about a month remains for us to firm up our bookings with the conference centre and restaurant...


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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 20 April 2014

Some Important Biblical Facts About
Christ’s Resurrection

  1. His Resurrection was foretold by the prophets
    • Psalm 16:10 “For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.”
    • Acts 13:34-35 “And as concerning that he raised him up from the dead, now no more to return to corruption, he said on this wise, I will give you the sure mercies of David. Wherefore he saith also in another psalm, Thou shalt not suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.”

His Cross

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 18 April 2014

“And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha.”

—John 19:17

He was “delivered… to be crucified” (John 19:16). They placed on His shoulder the cross upon which He would be crucified. Bearing His cross, He went with His cruel and violent adversaries. He, who was to be crucified, first bore the cross for Himself. (Later, they compelled Simon the Cyrenian to bear His cross.)...


A Life Lived for Christ

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 13 April 2014

In the epistle to the Philippians, the Apostle Paul expressed the deep feelings that he had for Christ. His love for Christ was unbridled. He confessed, “For to me to live is Christ” (Philippians 1:21). Life itself was dedicated to Christ. He desired nothing that is incongruent with Christ’s purposes and glory. He would not pursue anything else other than that which pleases the Lord. His life was wholly committed to Christ. He was single-minded about the purpose and goal of his life; and it was to glorify Christ. What a rebuke it is to Christians who are lost in their pursuits of worldly pleasure, gain and fame...


Prayer in Affliction & Praise in Jubilation

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 06 April 2014

“Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms” – James 5:13

In a local congregation of believers, a variety of experiences may be found at a given time. While some people experience severe afflictions, others are presented with reasons for jubilation. It is also true that all alike are subject to afflictions and happiness. Both those types of experiences can be in different persons or in the same persons at the same time. And sometimes, change from one extreme to the other can happen suddenly.

Extreme circumstances, occurring among people whom we love earnestly, can affect our thinking. With varying events, our emotions will also rise and fall accordingly. Such divergent experiences in our congregations would make us wonder who we should attend to and how we should respond to those situations...


He Led Us Hitherto

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 30 March 2014

Twenty-six years have passed since the inception of Gethsemane B-P Church. How graciously and wonderfully our loving Shepherd, the Lord Jesus Christ, has nurtured and strengthened us! We must recollect His goodness towards us and praise Him. To help us to reminisce His goodness towards Gethsemane BPC, I have prayerfully written the following liturgy for today’s Thanksgiving Worship.

  • Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep” (John 10:11). “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want” (Psalm 23:1)...

Without Murmurings and Disputings

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 23 March 2014

“Do all things without murmurings and disputings.” – Philippians 2:14

We are dissuaded from engaging in two evils, namely murmuring and disputing. Interestingly, the apostle is concerned that some may engage in spiritual activities with murmuring and disputing. In other words, they practise religion without sincerity and joy. When God-given duties are done with murmuring and a disgruntled spirit, such service will be unacceptable. So, all Christians must guard themselves against such evil conduct. Both of those sins must be abhorred and avoided, if our services are to be effective and helpful...


More Gospel Doors Opening Before Us

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 16 March 2014

By the time you read this Pastoral exhortation, I expect to have been in Ethiopia already, to visit our mission churches and Rev Ephrem Chiracho, who has been unwell for some months. I am accompanied by my son, Andronicus, and, God willing, we plan to be back in Singapore by Tuesday (18 March) evening.

Today, I would like to report to you some of the Gospel mission outreaches we might be able to undertake in the near future. Just as Paul wrote to the Corinthian church, “Furthermore, when I came to Troas to preach Christ’s gospel...


Do Not Excuse Your Sins

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 09 March 2014

“He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy” (Proverbs 28:13).

First of all, we are warned of the danger of covering our sins – “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper.” But how does one cover or conceal his sins? One may cover his sins by putting the blame on another, like Adam who pointed his finger at Eve, or Eve who pointed her finger at the serpent (Genesis 3:12-13; cf. Job 31:33), or Saul who blamed the people (1 Samuel 15:24). Some hide their sins by pleading ignorance and dissociating themselves from any responsibility, as Cain did after killing his brother, Abel (Genesis 4:8-10). There are those who impersonate someone else when committing a crime and then run away from the scene quickly...


Children in the Church

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 02 March 2014

I am very thankful to God whenever I notice the presence of children in our church. I see them on the Lord’s Day at our worship services; I also see them sitting on the front rows of chairs on Tuesday nights for our Bible Study cum Prayer Meeting. I always have a surge of joy in my heart when I see them. How pleasing is their singing of hymns! They are ever eager to sing their choices of songs with the congregation. Their close proximity to the pulpit gives me the pleasure of hearing their enthusiastic singing. I rejoice when they hurriedly come to join me to pray. I also thank the Lord that they listen to the preaching of the Word attentively. Whether it be on the Lord’s Day or other days, it is wonderful to see many parents making every effort to bring their children along to the Lord’s House.


Church Leaders’ Pitfalls

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 23 February 2014

Pitfall #4: Self-pity that Excuses Worry, Bitterness and Other Sins

The struggles of a church leader are seldom fully understood by those who are around him. Paul has captured the troubles of the church leaders the best, when he wrote, “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed” (2 Corinthians 4:8-9).

Some in the ministry have been so plagued by problems that they allow their souls to plunge into self-pity and many other sins that accompany anxiety, worry and fear. Some leaders have used their needs, loneliness, problems to excuse their sins of greed, theft, sexual promiscuity, abusive behaviour, etc...


Church Leaders’ Pitfalls

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 16 February 2014

Church leaders are not free from the temptations of sin. They need to be always on guard lest they be suddenly overtaken by the deceitfulness of sin. My prayer, as I write this article, is that the Biblical expose of the deceitfulness of sin that surrounds church leaders will further intensify our vigilance and prayer, that we might keep ourselves pure for the work of the Lord.

Pitfall #1: A Sense of Self-Glory and Self-Vindictiveness

The Apostle John wrote about an early church leader who walked into this pitfall. “I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not” (3 John 9)...


The Grand Example of a Giving Church

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 09 February 2014

In Second Corinthians, Paul records for our learning how the brethren in Macedonia were motivated by love to spend and be spent. This record has an interesting background. While Paul was making his way through Europe, he made some effort to collect money for the hurting believers in Jerusalem. When he reached Macedonia, he announced the need of the fellow Christians in Jerusalem. What adds to the significance of this whole episode is that Macedonia was already an economically depressed area. It would be like encouraging some of the mission churches in poorer areas of the Philippines to support those in Ethiopia. This would be a strange appeal today! (Please read slowly and carefully the following words of Paul. Don’t skip even a word...


From the Horrible Pit onto the Rock of Ages

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 02 February 2014

“I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.” (Psalm 40:1-2)

What an inspiring testimony David bears here! He tells us how he handled his dilemma of being in a horrible pit of sin and its dire consequences. He responded to his peculiar trouble by waiting patiently for the LORD.

He was in a very distressing situation. He described his situation in verse 2 as “an horrible pit … of miry clay”. It was a picture of helplessness and despondency experienced by David which those words grimly painted. He was sunk in deep and dark depression. No one (least of all himself) could deliver him...


Ashamed of Your Suffering?

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 26 January 2014

In these days, Christians generally think that it is rather a shame for them to suffer affliction. They are often told by very popular, secular minded preachers that God would not let any of His children suffer. So they think that suffering Christians are an embarrassment to God’s name.

But the Apostle Peter exhorts us, “Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf” (1 Peter 4:16)...



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