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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...


Verses For Memorization

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 11 January 2009

We embark on our memory verse programme with the following thirty verses on the Word of God. Our plan is to memorise verses under various topics. Today, we print the first part of the hundred verses that we would like to commit to memory this year.

I would urge you to memorise them in three months. Make every effort to memorise them by the end of March. I would like to call on all fellowship groups to encourage your participants to memorise these verses. Likewise, let every family also encourage one another to learn them by heart. This will certainly bring great spiritual dividends to our souls. May God grant you the joy and strength to memorise His Word...


Why Memorize Scripture?

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Written by Rev Dr Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 04 January 2009

In this New Year, as a church, we want to embark on memorizing Scripture. Why should we go to the trouble of memorizing the Bible? Here are some reasons:

  1. God has commanded us to memorize His Word – “And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart” (Deuteronomy 6:6). Likewise, God says in Deuteronomy 11:18: “Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul . . .” Memorizing God’s Word is our God-given duty. Therefore, every obedient child of God should engage in learning and remembering God’s Word...


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