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Who Are Those To Be Avoided?


Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 10 February 2013

The following list of people with bad behaviour and sinful practices are mentioned in the Bible as disorderly Christians. If anyone who professes to be a Christian is found behaving as such in the following biblical list, he warrants our withdrawal from him. “Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us. For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you” (2 Thessalonians 3:6-7).

  • Busybody persons (2 Thessalonians 3:11): These are those who meddle with the affairs of others instead of attending to their own duties. They pry into other people’s circumstances and domestic affairs, and tell tales about them by magnifying, minimizing, or misrepresenting.

Who Will Reap the Harvest?


Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 03 February 2013

How I long to see every Christian in our church taking the work of soul-reaping with increasing enthusiasm and commitment! May the Lord Jesus Christ, the lover and redeemer of our souls, motivate our hearts with His Words that we may be good reapers of the soul-harvest.

John, the Gospel writer, records in John 4:34-35 - “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...

Joyful Celebrations of Solemn Days


Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 27 January 2013

Is it unbiblical or sinful to celebrate a joyful occasion with a sumptuous meal? There are some who believe that it is a grave mistake to enjoy a grand meal even on a happy occasion, though God has provided the means to enjoy it. However, the Bible teaches the contrary.

It is true that the Bible instructs us not to live beyond our means. We are exhorted in 1 Timothy 6:6: “But godliness with contentment is great gain.” We should not be spendthrifts who always live a lavish lifestyle. We must be frugal, not to amass wealth for ourselves, and yet have enough for the proper care of the poor, the Gospel work and ourselves...

He Leads, We Follow


Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 20 January 2013

“Thus saith the LORD, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the LORD thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go.”

—Isaiah 48:17

Why can we trust Him to lead?

We can trust Him absolutely, firstly, because He is our “Redeemer”. Take note that He introduces Himself to us, with all His authority and truthfulness...

A Pastoral Call For More Prayer


Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 13 January 2013

My beloved fellow Gethsemaneans,

A praying church is always a great encouragement to its preachers. The prayers of the church reinforce the preachers in their ministerial tasks. All the struggles and strains of ministry are greatly helped when the church rallies behind its preachers with ardent prayers. Appreciating the prayers of the church in Corinth, the apostle Paul wrote, “Ye also helping together by prayer for us, that for the gift bestowed upon us by the means of many persons thanks may be given by many on our behalf” (2 Corinthians 1:11). Christians’ prayers are the minister’s help.

Greetings & Testimonies


Sunday, 06 January 2013

Dear Pastor Koshy,

Blessed 2013 and may the Lord prosper you, your family and church leaders as all of you endeavour to serve Him faithfully and diligently, and in all the undertakings planned for the church in the new year; that the Sovereign Lord immanently and personally rules over all the affairs of the church.

Cecilia & Clarissa Lim
Wells, England

Watchnight Service


Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 30 December 2012

Over the years, I have noticed that some Christians disregard the Watchnight service. I guess their question would be, “Why should there be such a late night service?”

As your pastor, it is my duty to tell you why our church has such a service. Though I can cite that Christians traditionally hold such services everywhere to give thanks to God for all His goodness in the passing year...

Unto You A Saviour Is Born


Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 23 December 2012

“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11)

This was the divine message made known to the shepherds of Bethlehem by the angels. This angelic declaration reveals the true message of Christmas. It is most fitting that we meditate on this message as we prepare to worship our Saviour who was born for our salvation.

“For unto you is born”: The conception and birth of Jesus Christ was a miracle. Mary, the virgin, conceived Him as the Holy Spirit overshadowed her (Matthew 1:20- 23). The eternal Son of God took on human flesh and was born to be our substitute, to bear the wrath of God against our sin. He was not born for holy angels but for poor men who are in the bondage of sin...



Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 16 December 2012

It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD...” (Psalm 92:1).

I am thankful to the Lord for enabling me to attend our year-end church camp this year after missing out on it for the past 10 years due to National Service, studies and work commitments and also for allowing me the opportunity to re-experience the spiritual fellowship in the Word and with the brethren. For a working adult, the church camp was a break from my daily work routine, a time of both spiritual and physical rest

Expressions Of Christian Fellowship


Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 09 December 2012

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.

Christian fellowship is filled with the splendour of heavenly realities and experiences. In a sense, it is really an “out-of-theearth” experience reserved by God only for His children. It is a God-given and God-sustained fellowship designed to prepare believers for the fuller heavenly joys that await them beyond this life on earth.

This Week’s Church Camp


Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 02 December 2012

Dear brethren,

<This year’s church camp begins tomorrow. We thank God for 164 campers who will be joining the camp held in Hotel Equitorial, Bangi, Malaysia. Most will be travelling by the four coaches booked by the camp committee, and others in their cars.

Among the participants are brethren from our sister churches. Let us welcome them heartily and extend our hands of fellowship with joy.

Let us pray for our camp speaker, Rev Dr Jeffrey Khoo (Pastor of True Life BPC & Principal of FEBC), and the children’s speakers, Ho Xiao Wei, Tammy Ho and Choong Yi Jie. Remember also to pray for our own preachers who will be expounding the Word during the devotions, the Chinese Service meetings and night meetings...

Sanctify The Lord God In Your Hearts


Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 25 November 2012

The Apostle Peter in his first epistle exhorts all Christians, “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts” (1 Peter 3:15). Christians are urged to render their full devotion to the Lord. The word “sanctify” (in Greek, hagiazo) depicts the act of separating from all profane things and dedicating solely to God. Not to wholly dedicate to the Lord can mean desecrating the holiness of the Lord who indwells His children.

Only a whole-hearted dedication befits the Lord. A half-hearted devotion would mean one is trying to have two masters...

Follow Jesus And Be A Fisher Of Men


Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 18 November 2012

Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men” (Matthew 4:19) were the words of Jesus to Andrew and Simon. These words of Jesus are full of promise and motivation. None who reads them should fail to observe the prospects they offer. These words of Jesus are gracious, potent and transforming! They are for our joyful contemplation and obedience.

The call of Christ: “Follow Me”

A gracious invitation
Firstly, we notice that herein is a warm invitation from our gracious Lord. He gently beckons us...

Pastoral Letter


Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 11 November 2012

Dear brethren,

This will be my second Lord’s Day being absent from the church. In this regard, I am very miserable. Though I join you in worship through the live webcast, there is nothing like being in the midst of His people to worship our wonderful God. “For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand” (Psalm 84:10). “How amiable are thy tabernacles, O LORD of hosts! My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God. Yea, the sparrow hath found an house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even thine altars, O LORD of hosts, my King, and my God” (Psalm 84:1–3).

I give thanks to God for all your prayers for me, and I am sure that the Lord will answer us and heal me of my infirmities. While I was recuperating from my jaw and periodontal surgery...

We Need Praying Men


Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 04 November 2012

When Gethsemane Men’s Fellowship meet together on 10th November (this coming Saturday) in the TGCM premises, the focus of the meeting will be “Praying Men”. GMF’s goal is to equip men in our church to be faithful men of God. We need faithful men because God has called men to be leaders both in our homes (1 Corinthians 11:3; Ephesians 5:23) and in the church (1 Timothy 2:12, 13). Unfaithful men will bring unimaginable hurt to their family and the church. When men become unfaithful to God, they become bad spiritual leaders. Their unfaithfulness will wreck their spiritual and moral authority to lead those under their care. Bad leadership inevitably leads to serious consequences, for without faithful men, our homes and our church will suffer severe spiritual and moral degeneration...

Unmasking the Dangers Of Worldliness - Part II


Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 28 October 2012

As the apostle John explains in 1 John 2:15-17, worldliness is not only unprofitable but also detrimental to Christian life. In last Sunday’s bulletin, we considered the first spiritual danger of worldliness, namely “it excludes the love of the Father”. Today, we shall consider the second spiritual danger mentioned by the apostle John.

Worldliness embraces temporal at the expense of eternal

John forewarns, “And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever” (v. 17)...

Unmasking The Dangers Of Worldliness - Part I


Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 21 October 2012

Worldliness gives rise to severe spiritual dangers, which no Christian should consider trivial. Three specific spiritual dangers are mentioned by the apostle in 1 John 2:15-17.

Worldliness excludes the love of the Father

John said, “If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him” (v. 15b). In other words, no one can love the world and God at the same time. Love for the world is a hindrance to genuine devotion to God. While love for the world pushes out love for God...

Unmasking Worldliness


Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 14 October 2012

Christians are strongly warned against worldliness in the Scriptures. 1 John 2:15-17 is one of the passages that cautions them not to be lovers of the world – “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.”...

Hope To The End


Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 07 October 2012

In his first epistle, the apostle Peter exhorted the believers to “hope to the end”. He wrote, “Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:13). Here, Peter mentions three duties of every true Christian. It is interesting to note that in the Greek text, only the last verb is an imperative or command; the first two verbs are participles...

Conduct In The Church


Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 30 September 2012

Today after the worship, at 1.30pm, all the communicant members of the church are urged to come together for the Annual Congregational Meeting. It is a meeting where we evaluate our church’s ministry, accounts, plans, etc.

Just as in all our meetings, during ACM also, let us conduct ourselves in an orderly and honourable manner that is worthy of our calling in Christ Jesus our Lord. Let us pray for the office-bearers of our church who will be giving reports of the church ministries and accounts...

Far Eastern Bible College


Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 23 September 2012

50 years of training men for the ministry


On September 17th, 1962, the Lord established FEBC through His servant, Rev Dr Timothy Tow, who was also the founding pastor of Bible-Presbyterian Church in Singapore. Why was FEBC founded? The answer comes from Rev Tow, “The aim of Far Eastern Bible College is to train a new generation of pastors, teachers, missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ in the Far East” (The Burning Bush, Vol. 1, No. 2). But God has widened FEBC’s horizon to take in students from Africa, Australia, India, China, Canada, etc.

FEBC has been instrumental in passing on the truth of God’s Word from one generation to the other that the church may be furnished with a generation of faithful and fervent pastors and preachers for the nurture of believers in the church...

Christians: The Great Overcomer’s People


Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 16 September 2012


DChristians are overcomers because they follow Christ, the Great Overcomer. As soldiers of His kingdom, we are called to be overcomers by the power and wisdom of our King, the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Word of God affirms that Christ is greater than the prince of this world, Satan, and because He dwells in believers, they have become overcomers of Satan’s army in this world. “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world” (1 John 4:4). Likewise, in 1 John 5:4- 5, we read, “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?”

Wisdom Decries Pride


Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 09 September 2012

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...

The Meek


Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 02 September 2012

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. We are to be moulded by the truth that Jesus teaches us. He wants us to understand the true strengths and blessedness of life...

Went Backward And Not Forward


Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 26 August 2012

Those were the words of God’s prophet, Jeremiah, as he bemoaned the spiritual apathy and moral decadence of the worshippers in the Lord’s house in Jerusalem. He said, “But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in the counsels and in the imagination of their evil heart, and went backward, and not forward” (Jeremiah 7:24).

God’s people are always expected to go forward in their spiritual and moral pursuit. There is no stopping, and certainly no turning back. Onward, forward, O Christian! It is no commendation if it is said of any of you that you have gone backward and not forward. So covet the praise that you have moved forward in the ways of the Lord. Do not assume that you have progressed spiritually but be sure that it is the case...

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