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Remember His Wonderful Works

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 27 March 2011

Today, we offer our thanks to the Lord for 23 years of the existence of Gethsemane B-P Church. It is our custom to set aside a Sunday in March to recollect and to give thanks for His favour upon our ministries, members and leaders.


Bible Witness 3rd Retreat: “The Names of God” – I

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 20 March 2011

The third retreat of BWMM (March 16-18) was a joyous time of fellowship and studying God’s Word on “The Names of God”. Though it was much labour for me and my co-labourers at BWMM, it was certainly worth all the strain and effort; and we look forward to the next retreat which is to be held, God willing,


Parenting The Teens

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 13 March 2011

The main purpose of this article is to reiterate the importance of a firm, uncompromising, biblical mentality in parental instruction and guidance of the teens.


Upcoming Special Events

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 06 March 2011

Beloved,

You can look forward to several spiritual feasts in the coming months. By the mercies of God, these are planned for your spiritual nourishment by the various fellowship groups and ministries of the church. I urge you in the Lord to plan ahead to participate in as many of these programmes as possible for your spiritual enjoyment and edification.


Pastoral Exhortation

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 27 February 2011

My dear brethren in Christ,

Serving you for Christ’s sake has been my joy for the last 20 years. Not that there was no distress or pain, but it has provided innumerable opportunities to experience the Lord’s grace and power. In as many ways as the Lord has helped me to minister to you, He also works through so many of you to bestow His blessings on me and the work that He has entrusted to our church. We have served together for the glory of our Saviour through the preaching of His Word.


Pastoral Exhortation

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 20 February 2011

My dear Gethsemaneans,

I am very thankful to be back after a “whirlwind trip” to our Ethiopian mission field. The company of Bro Gan Chin Hwi was particularly delightful and helpful in this mission journey. We both appreciate your earnest prayers for our journey; and are glad to report that the Lord has blessed us in accomplishing the purpose of our trip. As you know, our purpose was threefold; firstly, to evaluate the construction of the fence around the property we have acquired; secondly...


How To Become Generous Givers

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 13 February 2011

According to Scripture, if the Lord demands that we give up everything and follow Him, we should not worry about the next meal or what we have to wear. God has promised that He will look after all the needs of His children. "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you" (Matthew 6:33).

Nonetheless, a great many Christians worry about tomorrow and strive relentlessly to hoard money for themselves. They would sacrifice relationships ...


Nurture Of Godliness

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 06 February 2011

An Exposition of 2 Peter 1:3-4

"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).


Prevention Is Better

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 30 January 2011

There is nothing better than prevention when it comes to sexual sins. If sexual sins occur, there can be severe consequences of various kinds. Most certainly God will forgive those who repent of such sins. Nonetheless, the consequences of such an action can linger on for a long time. So the best is prevention.

One of the sad things about those who commit sexual sins is that they often live in serious denial about their sin. They believe that they will never get caught and somehow, life will continue to move towards a happilyever- after ending. But let us take heed to the old saying, "Be sure your sin will find you out" (Numbers 32:23).


Growing In The Word

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Written by Pr Dennis Kabingue Sunday, 23 January 2011

On the first Sunday of this New Year, I have written about reading through the Bible in the year 2011. I exhorted you to join me in this spiritual exercise as we, as a church, strive to be “mighty in the scriptures” (Acts 18:24). I am glad that some have responded joyfully to the challenge of reading through the Scriptures. As part of my effort to spur you on to read the Bible systematically and consistently, I have been interacting with some of you through my blog. Though blogging demands more of my time, I find it exciting to hear your testimonies and to answer your questions. (I may not be able to answer the questions immediately but I would try to answer on every Monday. I appreciate it if you would post your questions early so that I would have sufficient time to prepare the answers to be posted on Mondays.) It also gives me an opportunity to keep you challenged in your reading of the Word.


The Call To Serve The Lord

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Written by Pr Dennis Kabingue Sunday, 16 January 2011

A sad thing in the church is that a considerable number of worshippers are withdrawn from serving the Lord. It is shocking that this sin affects many. Why is it that God’s people are more committed to secular work than to the work of the Lord? Why is it that though they know they must lay up treasures in heaven, they amass for themselves treasures of this world, and thus waste their lives for a temporal and perishing world? Are they not aware that serving God is the best pursuit in this present life? Do they know that when one disengages himself from the work of the Lord, he endangers his soul’s well-being? Haven’t they heard concerning the Lord’s hatred against that unprofitable servant which He portrayed in the parable of the ten talents? (Matthew 25:14-30).


New Members' Testimonies

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 09 January 2011

Maverick Pang's Testimony

My salvation

“Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience” (Ephesians 2:2).

I accepted Christ at the age of 18, just before entering the army for National Service. What led to this wonderful life changing experience was a series of events in my life, prior to my accepting Christ, that drove me to see the futility and a sense of despair in living a life of my own...


Be Mighty In God’s Word

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 02 January 2011

Dear Gethsemaneans and friends,

As a New Year dawns, I am setting out on a personal journey. I am very excited about it. Why don't you also join me in this journey?


Christmas Eve Service

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 24 December 2010

Dearly Beloved in the Lord!

May the peace and joy which the angels proclaimed at the birth of Christ fill your hearts as we gather together to worship Him.

“And the angel said unto them,
Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy,
which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour,
which is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:10-11).
“And suddenly there was with the angel
a multitude of the heavenly host praising God,
and saying, Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace, good will toward men” (Luke 2:13-14).


Honouring Christ Through Christmas Gifts

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 19 December 2010

It irritates all of us who love the Lord Jesus when we see that He is taken out of Christmas. That abject deed is not limited to only non-Christians – even Christians have adjusted to the commercialism of the holiday season.

The Pressure Of The Commercialised Christmas Celebration

We have become terribly unbalanced. We give a myriad of useless gifts at Christmas because it is expected of us and we feel guilty if we do not. The commercialised world now makes hundred-dollar toys seem perfectly acceptable...


With An Unchanging God In Changes And Challenges

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 12 December 2010

My beloved Gethsemaneans,

Another year-end is here; and such the first decade of 21st century is coming to a close! What will it be like in the next decade? Many changes are to be expected in the society, Christian realm and also in our individual life. As a church, we will have to face many changes as well. But we thank God that we have an unchanging God.


Revive Us, O Lord

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 05 December 2010

In view of our church camp, starting tomorrow, I pray to the Lord that He will revive every one of us as we gather together around His Word for five days. I trust that you will also join me in praying that a true spiritual revival from the Lord will come upon our church. May the Lord create within us the right spirit that we may be blessed with genuine repentance from our sins and a renewed zeal to love the Lord, His Word and His work.


Character Of The Christian Message

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 28 November 2010

Paul explains the true character of the Christian message in 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 to help us see its inherent power and also the vanity of relying on “the wisdom of words” in preaching the Gospel. “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world?


Unity Of The Faith

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 21 November 2010

Doctrinal differences and controversies among Christians are so many; and they have resulted in the formation of different denominations and even independent churches. Because of such diversity, some do ask, “Why are there so many different churches? How shall we know which one is right? Is it important that we should find the right church?” However, there are others who seek unity even at the expense of very important cardinal scriptural truths. Such compromising efforts are known as neo-evangelicalism and ecumenism; and it is certainly spiritually dangerous and deplorable.


My Visit To India

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 14 November 2010

My beloved Gethsemaneans and friends,

May the grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be abundantly yours!

My Visit to India

By the time you read this pastoral letter, I would have left Singapore.

I will be away in India, together with my wife and children, to visit my parents and relatives for about 2 weeks. We have not visited my parents for more than three years. So it is with great joy and excitement that we return to my parents’ home. We covet your prayers for our safety in all our journeying, and also God’s blessings upon our family reunion and fellowship.


Abominable Worship

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 07 November 2010

For some years, my heart has been greatly disturbed by the casual, worldly appearance and attitude of worshippers in the churches. A great majority has the attitude that their religious performances, such as attending the worship service, giving tithes and singing hymns guarantee their acceptance by God. They are deluded. They are dreadfully mistaken. The reason why I say this is because among these apparently fervent worshippers, there exists a supercilious attitude towards a holy life.


Reformation Through The Eyes Of Bishop J. C. Ryle

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Written by Errol D Stone Sunday, 31 October 2010

Bishop J. C. Ryle wrote an article, Why Were Our Reformers Burned?, in which he first recorded the cruelty that the reformers suffered, and then made a passionate plea to the post- Reformation believers not to despise the cause of Reformation, considering the great price that the reformers have paid for the defence and declaration of biblical truths.

Ryle wrote, “It is fashionable in some quarters to deny that there is any such thing as certainty about religious truth, or any opinions for which it is worthwhile to be burned. Yet, 300 years ago, there were men who were certain they had found out truth, and were content to die for their opinions. It is fashionable in other quarters to leave out all the unpleasant things in history, and to paint everything a rose-coloured hue.” He then went on to describe how the events have turned men of God who were gripped by the truths of God’s Word.


My B-P Testimony

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Written by Bro Ho Kee How Sunday, 24 October 2010

After accepting Christ in my late teens, I started regularly attending a Baptist church nearby my home. For a season, I was basking in my newfound peace and joy, brought about by an awareness of my sins being forgiven. After almost a decade, however, I found myself not growing in any significant way but rather uninspired by the teaching from the pulpit. Yes, the members there were active and enthusiastic to a large extent, but much of this ‘activity’ and ‘enthusiasm’ were self-generated. There was very little dependence on God, I felt; there was a general lukewarmness about the Word of God. I remember the time when the tide of Charismatic Movement was coming in strong among the churches. No clear stand was taken against it, save for a few feeble words of scepticism occasionally. As a result, many young members were confused (some were even swept over to Charismatic churches), while others (like myself) were, at best, undecided about this disturbing phenomenon. There came a point when I realized that if I didn’t go, my faith would go; but which church to go? I needed to beware of jumping from the frying pan into the fire!


Testimony Of God’s Grace, Pardon And Restoration

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 17 October 2010

(A testimony given by Sis Cecilia Tan during t Call to Worship he recent Gospel Rally)

I am sure that it is God’s providence that helps me to stand here before you tonight to share with all of you how my God in His mercy and lovingkindness had dealt with me.

When I was in upper primary school, I came to know the Lord Jesus Christ through my teacher, Miss Gan. She would gather a few girls to teach us from the Bible. These Bible studies were held regularly after school in a nearby church building. After I had left the primary school, I attended church faithfully and convinced Pastor James Wong to baptize me by immersion.


Making Melody Unto The Lord

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 10 October 2010

Two passions of my heart, which the Lord has placed there, are God’s Word and godly music. But I confess that I have not pursued music as much as I love to. One major reason is that I have followed hard after the Lord’s calling to feed the flock of God with His Word. Nothing has consumed my life for the last 20 years and more as much as studying God’s Word for my own blessing and preaching and teaching it to you, God’s dear flock. I am very thankful for so many opportunities to live out my life among you, by ministering the truth of God’s Word. I hope and pray that I will never be hindered all my life from preaching and teaching God’s Word in your midst.



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