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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.


If We Would Not, The Stones Would!

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 24 January 2010

Will you praise the Lord, or hold your peace?

If you would not praise Him, then the stone would cry out His praise.

“And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen; saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest. And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples. And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out” (Luke 19:37-40).


My Calling To Serve A Gracious And Compassionate Saviour

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Written by Donald dela Cruz Sunday, 17 January 2010

Donald dela Cruz's testimony of his calling to the ministry


Bro Donald has just
joined the Master of
Divinity Course in FEBC.

I came to Singapore on August 30, 2004 and, like most Filipinos working overseas, I was focused on the goal of earning and saving much so that I can provide a comfortable life for me and my family. It has always been my dream to retire early and enjoy the fruits of my labour – to buy a vast tract of land and view its boundaries on horseback and see many of God’s creation living in it. To me, the best thing in life was to have my own farm, growing fruit-bearing trees and rearing domestic animals, especially horses. So I laboured day by day with this objective in mind. I was a new believer back then, having received the Lord only a month earlier on the 18th of July 2004.


Testimonies From Gethsemane Youth Retreat

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Sunday, 10 January 2010

Thanksgiving to God for the youth retreat 2009 (16th Dec to 18th Dec)

Praise God for this year's youth retreat, 2009. Praise God for the youths who took time to attend the retreat!

Praise God for Uncle Jeremiah who taught us God's Word. Indeed, it is very important to have a godly and persevering Christian fellowship, even amongst our fellow church friends and other believers.


He Will Prosper us, So Let us Arise and Build

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 03 January 2010

Happy New Year! Blessed 2010!
As we are brought by the Lord to the dawn of another New Year, let us arise with great joy and enthusiasm to do all His will concerning us.

In this New Year, many Gospel doors are opened before us to go in and achieve great things for the Lord; among these the chief is our 2010 Ethiopian project. We must prayerfully rise up with all our might to accomplish this project for the glory of our great Redeemer. Herein we have a wonderful opportunity to make a mark for Christ in the continent of Africa through this project in Ethiopia.


Nurture Of Godliness

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 27 December 2009

According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue. Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust" (2 Peter 1:3-4).

The Prospect of Godly Life

Christians struggle daily with temptations and sins that easily beset them. Is it then possible for us to live a godly life? Can we live a life that is holy and pleasing to God? Regardless of our doubts about the possibility of living a godly life, Peter firmly asserts that it is possible to live a godly life because "His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness...


A Perfect Child and His Mother

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 25 December 2009

One day, in the tiny village of Bethlehem, a young woman named Mary gave birth to her firstborn son. Mary knew that her son was different from all other children born into this world. How did she know it? It was told to her by an angel from heaven, namely, Gabriel. He told Mary about her child that “He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: and he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end” (Luke 1:32-33). The angel also told her that “the Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God” (Luke 1:35).

Every young mother thinks of her baby as beautiful and special. Mary must have thought so too. She was right! But more than that, her baby was the only perfect child ever born; and the most unusual baby—the only begotten Son of the Most High God! Earlier on, Mary had “pondered in her heart” the words of the angel Gabriel when he had announced the forthcoming birth of Jesus, saying that her son would be called “the Son of the Highest, the Son of God”.

Mary must have found it daunting as she contemplates the nurture of a sinless, perfect child. A normal woman, who has been affected by sin, like every other woman, is now faced with the unusual task of bringing up a child with no sin. It is a pleasurable task to fulfil, when the nature of the child is in view. On the other hand, it is an awesome task, when her imperfections are weighed against the perfection of the child. Nonetheless, she yielded to the will of God, saying, “Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word” (Luke 1:38).

Sometimes, the Lord calls us to bear burdens or perform tasks, which appear to be too big for us. But we must not shun His calling. Mary is a fine example of the fact that yielding to God is the best response to the challenges He brings to us. For in doing so, we open our lives to extraordinary experiences of His wonderful grace, wisdom and strength in fulfilling the task He has given us.

Now, after the holy child was born, she received further confirmation of her child’s uniqueness through the testimony of the shepherds, who were told by the angel that the child is “a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11). The implications of all these facts about her child must have been too much for her human mind to grasp. So, according to Luke 2:19, she “kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.”

Every heart that truly cherishes the meaning and purpose of the birth of Jesus can be filled with a joy similar to that which Mary had experienced when she cradled the baby Jesus in her arms and thought about His greatness and His mercy. Let us fill our hearts with the thoughts of His greatness, love, mercy, power, promises, etc. “One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple” (Psalm 27:4).

 


Prayer And The Ministry Of The Word

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 25 January 2009

The Christian ministry has two principal parts: (1) prayer, and (2) the Word of God. The apostles emphasised this truth, when they told the early church, “But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word” (Acts 6:4). All care must be taken in the ministry of the church that none of our undertakings in the church ever hinder or divert our attention to the priority of prayer and the sound preaching of the Word.

Both prayer and the ministry of the Word are equally important. While much prayer without the guidance of the Word of God will lead to mysticism, much study of the Bible without prayer produces a mechanical, academic approach to the Scriptures - something that is all too evident in our day...



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