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Pastoral Exhortation

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)...


Growing Up in Gethsemane Children’s Choir

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 19 January 2014

Gethsemane Children’s Choir not only trains the children to sing songs unto the Lord, but also teaches them biblical disciplines that are necessary to work together as a team to serve God with one heart and one voice. We appreciate the commitment and labour of our sisters who train the Children’s Choir. May their efforts be so blessed by the Lord that our church will often be filled with the voices of children singing melodious hymns of praise. As Psalm 148:12 & 13 say, “Both young men, and maidens; old men, and children: Let them praise the name of the LORD.”


The Prevailing Ministry of God’s Mighty Word

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 12 January 2014

Have you wondered why there is so much preaching in our church, whether it be in the Lord’s Day worship services, Tuesday night prayer gatherings, fellowship meetings, retreats, or camps? Why are we so occupied with the exposition of God’s Word? Should we give so much attention to the preaching and teaching of God’s Word?

As a church, we make no apology for being unabashed proclaimers of the truth of God’s Word. Our reason for giving primacy to the preaching of God’s Word in our church is to put the glory and majesty of God on public display. His Word is His self-revelation of His very eternal being, His plans, His purposes and His power...


Let Us Renew Our Vows unto Our Holy God & His Word

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 05 January 2014

“Vow, and pay unto the LORD your God: let all that be round about him bring presents unto him that ought to be feared” (Psalm 76:11).

“Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High” (Psalm 50:14).

I would like to call all the leaders, members and regular worshippers of Gethsemane B-P Church to once again come together this Tuesday night to avow ourselves to our God in the New Year during the Prayer Meeting...


Believers’ Thanksgiving

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 29 December 2013

As w e approach the end of year 2013, let us not forget to be a thankful people. “It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High” (Psalm 92:1).

Let us take time to remember His goodness towards us and praise Him for all the mercies He has showered on us. To encourage all God’s people to engage in thanksgiving to God, I have written the following exhortation.

Every thanksgiving psalm in the Scriptures is a heartfelt response to God’s goodness to His servants...


Virgin Birth

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 22 December 2013

“...Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:14).

The prophet Isaiah declared that Immanuel (“God be with us”) shall be born of a virgin. Almost 600 years later, this prophecy was fulfilled in a dramatic fashion – God chose Mary, who was espoused to Joseph, to be the virgin who would give birth to His Son and our Saviour Jesus Christ. Matthew records this event as follows...


Pangasinan Mission Report

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Written by Bro Donald dela Cruz Sunday, 15 December 2013

“Let thy work appear unto thy servants, and thy glory unto their children. And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.” — Psalm 90:16-17

The above verses from Psalm 90:16-17 summarise my earnest desire and prayer during my recent mission trip to Pangasinan. Every church work is God’s work. The Lord establishes the work of the hands of His servants upon them. He prepares and orders all things, and reveals His work before His servants. Truly, if the work is of the Lord, all things will fall into their proper places.


Biblical Guidelines on How to Relate to Your Pastors – II

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 08 December 2013

Follow your pastors

The last part of Hebrews 13:7 exhorts us further – “whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation”. The word “follow” is the translation of mimnisko, which literally means “to mimic” or “to imitate”. The word “considering” is anatheoreo, which means “to observe attentively”. The phrase “end of their conversation” is more clearly “the outcome or issue of their manner of life”. The exhortation, then, is to observe their leaders who spoke the Word of God to them, with the intention of imitating their lifestyle. They are also urged to imitate their faith while they observe attentively how they live in obedience to the Word of God and its outcome. Paul urged in 2 Thessalonians 3:7 that “for yourselves know how ye ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you...”


Biblical Guidelines on How to Relate to Your Pastors – I

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 01 December 2013

Clear instructions are given in the Scriptures concerning how believers should relate to their pastors. The unity and effectiveness of a local church are greatly dependant on the good relationship between the congregation and the pastor. Therefore, the Lord provided specific guidelines in His Word concerning the attitude and response of believers to their faithful pastors. It is important that believers understand and yield themselves to fulfil the biblical instructions on this matter.


Church Camp 2013 & Missionary Conference 2014

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

Church Camp 2013

Our church camp is just a week away. The church camp committee led by Dn Arvind Pawa has been hard at work to make sure that we will have a wonderful church camp. I thank God for a meticulous and fastidious committee that is at work behind this camp. Let us earnestly pray for them and co-operate with them.

Over the years, our church has manifested an excellent spirit of brotherly love while organising the church camp. Help for those who have difficulty paying the camp fee has always been ‘fast and furious’. This year, we have not raised any special fund for the camp as we are in the midst of raising the Building Fund and the Philippine Relief Fund. Some brethren in our midst would need help with the camp fee. If the Lord enables you, please give towards “the church camp fee” for the needy brethren.



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