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Unmasking Worldliness

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

INTRODUCTION

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

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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

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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

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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...


Hungry For Righteousness

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 19 August 2012

Desiring for moral uprightness hardly seems to be the norm these days. Even in churches, there is so much apathy towards insisting and promoting the righteousness of God. People everywhere reject God’s Word as the standard of righteousness. Whatever pleases the hearts of men is considered to be the right thing to do. The prevailing philosophy of what is right is - “It is right when it feels good.” The world, even many Christians, would rather have the “Ten Commandments” as just “Ten Proposals!” They just do not want to walk in obedience to God’s holy law...


Lovest Thou Me?

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 12 August 2012

So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep...


Report

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Written by Pr Jeremiah Sim Sunday, 05 August 2012

Praise God from whom all blessings flow.

seniors from Gethsemane BPC had been waiting for with much excitement. It was a day trip to Malaysia (Yong Peng) for a time of relaxation and fellowship. The day began, by God’s amazing grace, with a beautiful weather . God also brought us safely to the Eunos carpark to board the coach to Malaysia. We could not help but remember what the Scriptures say in 1 Peter 5:7, “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you...


Coming To God In Prayer

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 29 July 2012

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 act of prayer is more than seeking His help to relieve us of our troubles.

I have heard some saying that “I don’t have anything to pray for. So I don’t pray regularly”. Prayer is not just uttering a few items of needs that we have...


Pastoral Exhortation

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 22 July 2012

Dear Gethsemaneans,

9th Anniversary of the Chinese Service

Today, we give thanks to God for the 9th anniversary of our Chinese service. The Lord has been pleased to bless our efforts to preach the Gospel to our Chinese-speaking relatives and friends, and to gather them to worship the Lord.

Since 2009, in conjunction with the anniversary of the Chinese service, we have been conducting a Chinese Bible Conference every year. We thank God that many believers from our sister churches also came to hear the Word. We had the fourth conference yesterday, Rev Lee Kim Shong...


Philippine Mission Report

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 15 July 2012

Two weeks ago, I made a hurried journey to Cebu, the Philippines, to preach in the combined anniversary service of our mission churches and GBI. About 200 adults and children from our four mission churches (Cebu, Bohol, Bogo and San Antonio) gathered in Cebu with grateful hearts. Four choirs from various churches, including a children’s choir, sang praises to God. There were also baptisms and transfer of membership, bearing a glorious testimony to the power of the Gospel. A video message from Preacher Dominino (who was in Singapore for medical treatment) was played during the service; and many were teary as they listened to his exhortation and prayed for him...


Testimonies: "Discerning Youths"

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 08 July 2012

Dorothy

Thank God for the retreat. I had a blessed time during the games and the study of God’s Word, along with the fellowship. The games were fun and engaging, and the topic of “Discerning Youths” was interesting. I have learnt a bit more about Hebrew vocabulary in the process and also more about Proverbs which took up the bulk of the sermons… I am also very thankful for Auntie Kim Lei who prepared the wonderful refreshments, and for Uncle Andrew and Uncle Donald who planned the games. For those who have missed this retreat, I would like to encourage you to join the next one as there are many lessons you can learn from the Bible to apply in your life. The Bible itself tells us not to forsake “the assembling of ourselves together”, and throughout the Bible, God instructs us to come together to worship Him. Once again, I’d like to thank God for allowing me to come to the retreat...


Discerning Youths

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 01 July 2012

It was my great pleasure to have an opportunity to interact with our youths and to teach them in the recent Youth Retreat (June 8-9). I thank the Lord for Ruth Low, Donald dela Cruz, Andrew and Lynn Koh, Sis Diana Chan and Sis Lee Kim Lei who have co-laboured with me in this retreat. About 30 youths participated in the retreat. How I wish that more youths had taken advantage of this opportunity to learn His Word and to draw close to God!

Every youth will have to make many choices concerning his studies, friends, activities, entertainment, etc. Youth are often under pressure from the world to conform to its ways which are displeasing to their Saviour and Lord, Jesus Christ...


Biblical Counsels For The Upbringing Of Our Children - II

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 24 June 2012

  • Keep control over the home! Your children must know who is in control. We must also teach them to respect proper authority. Ephesians 6:1-4 – “Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) that it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”
  • Love your children unceasingly! Hug them as much as possible, the infants love it a lot. Let them know just how much you love them! Mothers are commanded to love their children...

Biblical Counsels For The Upbringing Of Our Children - I

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 17 June 2012

  • Give thanks to God always for the children He has blessed you with! When God gives us children, we must view them as God’s gifts and thank God for the opportunity to have them. “He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the LORD” (Psalm 113:9). “Children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward” (Psalm 127:3).

God is Love!

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 10 June 2012

God is love.” Though short, it is a statement of eternal magnitude and significance. Never was more meaning encapsulated in so few words as in this short sentence – “God is love.” The Apostle John stated this truth twice in his first epistle (cf. 1 John 4:8, 16). The message of this short verse is splashed across the Bible.


Practical Suggestions For Family Worship

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 03 June 2012

As a sequel to my last Sunday sermon on “Family Worship”, I publish this article. My desire is that this article will provide all readers with practical advice on conducting family worship daily.

I am absolutely convinced that family worship is invaluable. My spiritual life was tremendously moulded, nurtured and strengthened through family devotions that my parents conducted every day in the morning and in the evening. Being convinced of the blessings of family worship...


Our Commitment To Global Missions

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 27 May 2012

Every true church must have an unswerving commitment to what her Redeemer and Lord has entrusted her to do, even to go into all the world and preach the Gospel and baptise and make disciples (cf. Matthew 28:18,19; Mark 16:15-16; Luke 24:47-48; Acts 1:8). Challenges to her efforts in global missions may be many and very exacting, but she must not flinch. The Lord has promised to the church that He will be with her in her global efforts to spread the Gospel – “Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen” (Matthew 28:20).


Manifold Purposes of Christians’ Divine Call - IV

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 20 May 2012

In this fourth and final article on Christians’ divine call, we will consider three more purposes of our calling. The Bible describes our calling from God in wondrous terms. In Hebrew 3:1, it is described as “heavenly calling”. In 2 Timothy 2:9, Paul describes it as “holy calling”. Philippians 3:14 refers to it as “high calling”. Such glowing descriptions of our calling impress upon us the need to understand and appreciate the call of God that we have received through Christ. That is why Paul prayed in Ephesians 1:18, “The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of His calling.”

10. The Call to Peace

When a person responds to the call of God by the Gospel, he may experience conflict at home. His closest and dearest ones may oppose and reject his faith in the Lord. In 1 Corinthians 7:15, the apostle Paul portrayed a scenario of a believer being abandoned by his unbelieving spouse. In such a case, we are told, “But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart...


Manifold Purposes Of Christians’ Divine Call - III

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 13 May 2012

In this part on the subject of Christians’ divine call, we will consider three more purposes of the calling. Thus far, we have learned that our calling is referred to in the Bible as (1) “The call to salvation”, (2) “The call to sanctification”, (3) “The call to separation” and (4) “The call to fellowship”, (5) “The call to sonship” and (6) “The call to eternal life and inheritance”. Today, we will consider three more purposes of the divine calling that believers receive from God.

7. The Call to His Marvellous Light

Scripture declares unto us in 1 Peter 2:9, “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light...


Manifold Purposes of Christians’ Divine Call - II

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 06 May 2012

When Scripture says that Christians are “the called”, it is not merely an indication that they are given an invitation or an offer to enter spiritual life and blessings. More importantly, it also denotes that they have been effectually drawn to inherit and experience the spiritual life and blessings which have been promised to them in the Gospel.

Last Lord’s Day, we have considered the first two of the manifold purposes of Christians’ calling, (1) “The Call to Salvation” and (2) “The Call to Sanctification”. Today, we will consider four more purposes of divine calling that believers received from God...


Manifold Purposes Of Christians’ Divine Call - I

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 29 April 2012

God’s Word speaks of Christians as “them who are the called” (Romans 8:28). Every Christian is called of the Lord; he hears and follows His voice. As Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:27; cf. vv. 4, 16). So Paul reminded the Roman believers that “Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ” (Romans 1:6). Every sheep in His flock responds to His call by following Him.

God’s call to Christians is not based on the merit of their works, but on His grace and His own purpose – “Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began” (2 Timothy 1:9). The source of both our calling and our salvation is His gracious purpose. Romans 8:28 also reminds us that we are “the called according to his purpose”...



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