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Not by might, nor by power But By My Spirit

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 25 August 2013

After 70 years of captivity, in 536 BC, a group of 49,897 Jews journeyed back from Babylon to Jerusalem (2 Chronicles 36:22, 23; Ezra 1:1-4). They returned with hearts that were determined to rebuild the temple of God, which was destroyed by the Babylonian army. Soon after they arrived in Jerusalem, in the second month of 535 BC, they laid the foundation of the temple of God (Ezra 3:11-13). But soon their enthusiastic efforts were met with opposition from the Samaritans who were denied any part in the temple construction. The work was disrupted for about 16 years.

When the construction works were halted, the Jews became discouraged, and their hearts wandered into selfish and sinful ways. Though people abandoned the work of the temple, the Lord did not forsake it...


Our Need for a Larger Place for Administration and Activities

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 18 August 2013

Raising S$5 Million by the end of 2015

We praise the Lord that He has steadily nurtured our church and blessed us with spiritual growth and an increase in worshippers and ministries. He has always been gracious to provide us with wisdom, strength and all the things that we have needed for the past 25 years.

Our growing church urgently needs a larger space for our church’s administration centre and various activities. It has been for a while that our present Church Resource Centre is overcrowded and overflowing. Though the church staff work joyfully and patiently in a jam-packed office, the cramped workspace affects efficiency, safety, etc...


Wisdom Decries Pride - Part I

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 11 August 2013

In chapter 8 of Proverbs, wisdom is personified as a lady who gives wise counsel to those who seek her. In verse 13, she lists those things which she hates, and one of them is pride. The Hebrew word for “hate” expresses a strong feeling of revulsion that is determined to exterminate. Why does wisdom chase away pride? To understand the reason for wisdom’s hatred for pride, we will pursue wisdom’s perspective and handling of pride.

Wisdom views pride as evil

In the list of evils mentioned in Proverbs 8:13, the first is “pride”. A study of various Hebrew words, translated as “pride” in the book of Proverbs, provides us with the following understanding of pride...


Follow Christ! Be Fishers of Men

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 04 August 2013

Though many may talk about evangelism, only a few persistently engage in reaching out to persuade others to follow Christ. I am convinced that one of the major reasons for the lack of zeal and success in evangelism is the fact that many in the church themselves are not following Christ. One’s lack of zeal and fruitfulness in evangelism is evidence of his spiritual waywardness.

Didn’t Jesus say, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men” (Matthew 4:19)? Unless you follow Jesus, you will not be “fishers of men” for Him. How can you ever impress anyone about the glory of Jesus if you do not wholeheartedly and passionately follow Him? How can you convince another about the joy and peace that is in Christ if you have been wandering away from Him?...


Let Us Be A Soul-Winning Church

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 28 July 2013

Achurch’s God-given mission on earth is to preach the Gospel of Christ that sinners may be saved and brought to the church for their spiritual growth. A church that is not committed to doing the Gospel work has no right to exist, and it shall soon weaken and die.

Preaching Christ is particularly important to the church that seeks true biblical growth. All its members must be engaged in the soul-winning ministry because it is the work that the Head of the church, the Lord Jesus, has given them to do. Jesus defined His work as “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10). Then, He told His disciples that “as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you” (John 20:21)...


Pastoral Chat

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 21 July 2013

Gethsemane Chinese Ministry
Sunday, 28 July

Next Lord’s day, we will have a combined service with our Chinese Ministry to praise God for its 10th anniversary. Let us all come together with thankful hearts on that day. We praise God for Pr Daniel Lim’s relentless efforts in the Chinese ministry. We also thank Him for those who labour as preachers of the Word; worship chairmen; pianists; ushers; providers of refreshment and other helpful support for the worship services on Sunday. May the Lord be pleased to bless the efforts of our brethren to reach out to more Chinese-speaking people with the Gospel.

Since its inception, the Lord’s hand of blessing has made it a fruitful and effective ministry. Through this ministry, scores of men and women, particularly those who are aged, have been brought to Christ. The Chinese Ministry has enhanced the overall work of Gethsemane B-P Church. Many of the worshippers in the Chinese service actively participate in the weekly gatherings of Gethsemane Seniors’ Ministry...


Departed for Far Better Things Above

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 14 July 2013

On last Lord’s Day (7th July), Preacher Dominino dela Cruz Jr, our missionary in Bogo, the Philippines, was called home to be with the Lord. He was only 46 years old. For about three years, he had been battling with a rare form of cancer around his stomach, which finally brought about his death. Our departed brother was a very industrious and dedicated servant of the Lord who established two mission churches in Bogo and San Antonio, and a children’s outreach in Libjo in a short period of 1 year. He was also an able and faithful expositor of the Word. His demise is a painful loss to his dear wife, Sis Sharon and their young son, Nehemiah, and to the young churches he planted, and to all of us who loved him and co-laboured with him in the Lord’s vineyard. It has pleased the Lord, his Saviour and Master, to call him to His glorious presence. “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints” (Psalm 116:15).

While we were preparing to travel to the Philippines to attend the burial of Preacher Dominino, on last Tuesday (9th July), we received the news of the home-going of Mr Lim Ming Tin (husband of Mdm Took Ah Quee, member of our Chinese Service, and father of Bernard Lim and May Ling of our English Service). Mr Lim came to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ on 3rd November 2011 when Preacher Daniel Lim and I visited him in Tan Tock Seng Hospital and told him about our Great Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. The same day, we baptized him on his hospital bed. Since then, though Mr Lim was not well enough to come to church for worship...


Wise Speech – Part II

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 07 July 2013

Words of Wisdom

The book of Proverbs lauds men who impart wisdom and understanding to others. In fact, it exhorts the readers to seek after such people and listen to them intently.

Who speaks words of wisdom? Proverbs 10:13 casts light on those who utter words of wisdom. “In the lips of him that hath understanding wisdom is found.” In Proverbs, a man of understanding is one who yields his mind to the fear of the LORD (2:5) as well as righteousness (2:9; 8:8; 10:32), learning (1:5; 16:21), prudence (14:8, 15; 16:21) and knowledge (2:5; 8:9; 14:6; 18:15; 19:25; 28:2). Such a man will possess wise thoughts and is deemed wise...


Wise Speech - Part I

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 30 June 2013

Pleasant Words

Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones” (Proverbs 16:24). The Hebrew word translated as “pleasant” (nō’am) occurs about seven times; and the King James Bible translated it as “beauty” four times, “pleasant” twice and “pleasantness” once. The root form of this word is even used to refer to the beauty of the LORD (cf. Psalm 27:4; 90:17a).

Here, pleasant words are compared to the sweet and healthy honeycomb. This comparison is meant to show us that pleasant words sweeten fellowship and restore troubled relationships...


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Sunday, 30 June 2013

During the June school holidays, a special programme for our youths was held by Gethsemane Youth Fellowship (GYF ). About 45 youths participated in the Youth Camp. We appreciate the joyful rendering of service and support by the YF committee and members of the church which have made this event possible. May the Lord bless all the labour of Gethsemaneans in bringing together youths in its respective programme that many souls be saved and edified...


Youth Camp 2013 – Testimonies

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Sunday, 23 June 2013

In the past one week of the school holidays, a special programme for our youths was held by Gethsemane Youth Fellowship (GYF). About 45 youths participated in the Youth Camp. We appreciate the joyful rendering of service and support by the YF committee and members of the church which have made this event possible. May the Lord bless all the labour of Gethsemaneans in bringing together youths in its respective programme that many souls be saved and edified.

Jenice Choy: I truly thank the Lord for a blessed Youth Camp. I praise Him that His everlasting goodness and mercy were upon each and every one of the youths. It was certainly a blessed time of feasting on God’s Word and learning how to be an effective soul winner for Christ


Charlatans of Christianity

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 16 June 2013

Beware! Modern-day Christianity is infested with spiritual charlatans. They are men who put on a godly appearance to mask their unbelief and decadence. They are so prevalent today that the general perception of our time is that they are the real deal. They dominate the pews and pulpits of the churches everywhere. Such men have always existed in Christianity, but never like now.

So many on the rise

In the Scriptures, Jesus forewarned us that there would be a proliferation of religious impostors in the end times. So it is gullible to presume that they are just a few. Jesus has cautioned, “And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many” (Matthew 24:11)...


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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 09 June 2013

“One Anotherness”
Three devotions taken from “My Soul’s Delight Vol. 1”,
written by Pastor Koshy and illustrated by Melissa Neo.

God expects all His children to love others. Those who genuinely love others will also show kindness and respect to them.

We must love others as God has loved us. So think about the great love that God has shown us. Because God loved us, He gave His Son to be our Saviour. Because Jesus loved us, He died for us to take away our sins and punishment. O how kind, generous and sacrificial our loving God is!

If we love others the way God loves us, we can bring joy and peace to them. But if we fail to love, there will be rudeness and disrespectful attitude, causing quarrels, fightings and hurts...


I hate every false way - Part II

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 02 June 2013

(Psalm 119:104b)

On the last Lord’s Day, I published the first part of this article; and as I continue it today, my prayer is that it will set our hearts aflame with a passionate love for God which will compel us to hate all that He hates. May our heart sincerely say, like the Psalmist, “I hate every false way” (Psalm 119:104b). Psalm 97:10 urges us, “Ye that love the LORD, hate evil.”

Consider the following biblical facts which insist that all genuine Christians must hate whatever the Lord hates. We cannot have a desire or passion for things that God would not love. May each of us say, “Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate every false way” (Psalm 119:128)...


I hate every false way

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 26 May 2013

The catchphrase of most Christians is love. It is good that Christians be of a loving heart because the Bible commands us to love God (Matthew 22:37), fellow brethren (1 Peter 2:17) and even enemies (Matthew 5:44). Nonetheless, love is wrongly understood and practised by the majority of Christians today. This is because one important aspect of it is often either overlooked or totally ignored. It is the aspect of hatred in loving others. This is a holy hatred. It goes right along with holy love. Yet we do not hear a lot about this holy hatred. We are not talking about the kind of hate that causes people to fight and kill one another. We hear the word “hate” and we think of gossip, slander, strife, murder, war, “hate crimes” against individuals and groups, jihads and crusades. There is nothing holy about this kind of behaviour; it is sinful. But what we have in mind here is a holy hatred that is the result of a holy love...


Visiting One Another

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 19 May 2013

James wrote with great emphasis concerning the importance of Christian brethren visiting one another. “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world” (James 1:27).

“Visiting” is not just about paying a visit. Here it refers to visiting in order to minister Christian charity, comfort and relief to those who are in need. The fatherless and widows are particularly mentioned as those who are in need of this ministry. Visitation ministry ensures that the needy are not neglected and oppressed in their affliction.

Pure religion must reflect the compassion of God; and, in this regard, it will lead to a life of practical benevolence. Visiting the needy to look after them is thus an imitation of God, who is a father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows...


The Christian’s Dangerous Toleration of Sin

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 12 May 2013

There is no greater danger than the sin that hides within us, which we cherish either secretly or openly. Sin is the Christian’s biggest problem.

Robert McCheyne once said of the presence of sin within: “The seeds of all my sins are in my heart, and perhaps the more dangerous that I do not see them.”

The consequences of conjecturing sinlessness

The apostle John, in his first epistle, has cautioned us of the dangers of hiding or neglecting the presence of sin in our lives...


Are You a Self-deceiving Hearer?

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 05 May 2013

Sunday after Sunday, for many years, most of you have been hearing the preaching of the Word of God. Some of you listen to sermons as a matter of religious formality that you would like to customarily practise. Some others are curious to hear the preaching because they are interested in theology. Yet there are some who listen to the preaching because of their liking for motivating speeches. I also know of those who would like to learn one or two points of Christian doctrines so that they can enter into a discussion with others on those points of doctrine. But I would like all of you to take heed to what James 1:22 has to say, “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.”

If you hear the truth of God’s Word and would not yield yourselves to practise it, you are being a selfdeceiving hearer. James’ warning is to those who hear without any intention to apply the truth into their lives. He finds no fault with those who are hearers but with those who are simply hearers and “not doers”...


The Holy Trinity

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 28 April 2013

The doctrine of the 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...


Christians in God’s Presence

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 21 April 2013

Christians must rejoice being in the presence of God, praying and worshipping Him. To a great many people, prayer is an activity that they engage in when they are perplexed. It is not just ‘running to God for help’. Though it is important that we call on God in our troubles, the activity of prayer is more than seeking His help to relieve us of our troubles.

The apostle Paul wrote, “I will therefore that men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting” (1 Timothy 2:8)...


Thanksgiving Emails

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Sunday, 14 April 2013

Rev Ephrem Chiracho
Alem Gena, Ethiopia

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

Thank God for succouring you in your ministry in Australia despite your going without medication and for the safety He granted to you in your journeys. I would also like to give thanks to God for the generosity of the mother church in sacrificing much for our coming to attend Gethsemane’s Silver Jubilee and making our stay convenient and comfortable...


Our Risen and Exalted Christ - Part II

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 07 April 2013

Our Perpetual Intercessor

Christ’s abiding presence before God as our High Priest provides us with a powerful and effective intercessor. Hebrews 7:25 affirms: “he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.” In chapter 9 verse 24, it is also unequivocally declared that Christ has entered heaven “now to appear in the presence of God for us”.

The Lord Jesus lives a mediatorial life for us in heaven. He not only died for us, but also lives for us and intercedes for us...


Our Risen and Exalted Christ

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 31 March 2013

The story of Jesus Christ did not end with His humiliation, crucifixion and burial. In fact, His death led His people to greater anticipation because He had spoken of great and mighty things that would follow: His resurrection (Matthew 12:39-40; 20:17- 19; 26:30-32; Luke 18:31-33; John 2:19-22), ascension and being with the Father in His glory (Luke 9:31, 51; John 6:62; 7:33; 12:32; 14:12, 28; 16:5, 10, 17, 28; 20:17), the new dispensation of the Spirit and global Gospel advancement (Acts 1:8; Matthew 28:18-20), and the preparation of a place for all His people in glory (John 14:2-3). The power and glory of His person is to have a greater impact after His death...


God Manifested His Love Through His Son

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 29 March 2013

We can know God, because His great love is manifested unto us. Immediately after making the assertion that “God is love”, the Apostle John wrote, “In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins” (1 John 4:9-10). God’s love has sent the Son of God to bear all our sins so that we may know Him intimately.

How amazing it is that God should love vile mortals like us. Who can fully comprehend that the eternal God, who is holy, would love ungrateful rebels such as we? What a great mystery and a grand miracle that the divine love would send His only begotten Son into the world for us! If this is not love, what then is love...


The Philosophy of Thanksgiving

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 24 March 2013

The article below is written by the late Rev Dr Timothy Tow, the founding pastor of Bible-Presbyterian churches in Singapore and Malaysia. Rev Tow was a man of thanksgiving. Very often, I heard him say, “Praise the Lord.” He often urged his church and his students in FEBC to cultivate a thankful spirit before the Lord. He would always call the church anniversary meeting “Thanksgiving Service”.

As we prepare for our Silver Jubilee Thanksgiving Service and Dinner, which will be held this Saturday evening, I pray that we will come together with a genuine heart of thanksgiving. May this article teach all of us to come before the Lord with a biblical spirit of thanksgiving – Pastor Koshy...



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