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Pastoral Exhortation

Youth Camp 2015 Testimonies

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Sunday, 03 January 2016

(Continued from last week)

Dorcas Koshy (from Singapore)

Praise God for this youth camp; it was a rare opportunity of a lifetime to be so thoroughly girded with the armour of truth against the onslaughts of the wicked one. Every sermon was so filled with the richness of the truth of God’s Word that I will fail to recount all the wonderful lessons learnt out of His clear Word.

During the opening sermon on “Worldliness and its Dangers”, one of my greatest fears was addressed - the fear that I may return to the sins of my pre-conversion enslavement (it is not worthy to be called ‘life’). “For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ...


Youth Camp Testimonies

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Sunday, 27 December 2015

Gethsemane B-P Churches of Singapore and the Philippines were guided by the grace of God to assemble their youths for a 5-day camp (21-25 Dec) in Cebu City, the Philippines. The main aim of this camp was to instruct and equip them to overcome the wicked devices of the world that war against their souls. The youths were taught from the Word of God by 8 preachers who came with prayerful preparation and a holy determination to persuade the youths with God’s Word to be overcomers of worldliness...


And on Earth Peace, Good Will toward Men

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Sunday, 20 December 2015

Timothy Tow
An extract from Bible Witness, Vol. 5, Issue 6 (Nov-Dec 2005)

 

The birth of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, by the virgin Mary in a manger was celebrated by the announcement of an angel and a big choir of heavenly host praising God in the Highest. So we hold special praise services during Christmas to commemorate His first coming.

To further celebrate this event, the angel extended the message of goodwill to the whole world, “And on earth peace, good will toward men” (Luke 2:14). Because the Saviour had now come, God the Father was so happy that He proclaimed an amnesty to us sinners, so that if we turn to Him, He would forgive all our sins and receive us back to Himself....


Nurturing Children and Youths

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 13 December 2015

In Gethsemane, much attention has been given in providing sound Gospel-oriented spiritual activities for children and youths since the early years of the church ministry. We continue to pay a lot of attention to providing biblical nurture to all of them. Under the Gethsemane Children’s Ministry, we regularly hold Junior Worship, Catechism Classes, Children’s Choir on Sundays, and have recently resumed our children’s programme on Saturdays (2nd, 3rd and 4th weeks). On the top of all these activities, the GCM committee also holds seminars for parents and teachers. Besides, we publish articles in the church weekly, Bible Witness for children, and air special programmes on Bible Witness Web Radio...


Pastor’s Letter from Bomet, Kenya

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 06 December 2015

My beloved Gethsemaneans,

By the rich mercies of God, both Carolyn and I finished our 10-day visit to our church’s Ethiopian mission stations. We spent most of our time in Alem Gena, where we have built a churchcum- GBI complex to advance the preaching of the Gospel in Ethiopia and the neighbouring countries. The work of the Lord here has been increasing, but certainly not without struggles within and without. We are very thankful to witness that the Lord has mercifully preserved and blessed the work....


“The Goodness of God in My Life”

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 29 November 2015

Today we publish a thanksgiving testimony written by a regular teenage worshipper of our church and participant of GYF. Joel Tan was born with severe hearing impairment and other medical issues. However, Joel (now a Sec 4 student) is profoundly thankful to God for His abundant grace that saved him and provided for all his needs through his loving parents. It is his caregiver, Sis Cecille Batrina (a Filipino member of our church), who brought him to our midst. Cecille was saved through our Filipino Fellowship’s evangelism efforts, and has been worshipping with us since Sept 2002. Her testimony and effort have led her ward, Joel, to come to Gethsemane and grow in the grace and knowledge of His Word. May Joel’s testimony stir our hearts to praise the Lord for His mercies towards all who trust Him; let us also pray for Joel to grow in the Lord. - Pastor...


Testimony of Calling

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Written by Bro Sujith Samuel Saturday, 21 November 2015

I always had the desire to serve God. But at the same time, I was hesitant to serve God full-time as I was not sure of my calling. After my Pre-university studies, I thought about enrolling in a seminary in India, but ended up studying computer engineering in university. While studying there, I backslided. But God’s grace brought me back and I began to study the Bible seriously, trying hard to practise whatever it says to the letter. Moreover, I regularly listened to the preaching of various pastors through the internet. I also began to read books and articles relating to the Christian ministry. In the process, I became very legalistic and soon took pride in my socalled spiritual growth....


Steadying Our Anxious Hearts

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 15 November 2015

In recent days, from time to time, I have found my heart being very anxious about our church’s building fund. Our desire and prayers have been that God will provide 5 million dollars, the fund needed to purchase a suitable venue for our church’s activities. The need for such a place is very dire, knowing that such a place is urgently needed for next year’s activities. However, we have only been able to collect about $1.4 million to date. With just about 45 days left, anxiety does assail my heart...


Keep Christ Always In Your View

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 08 November 2015

Dear Christian, are you always looking unto Jesus? Living a life of sincere faith means that your eyes are constantly fixed on Christ. Looking to the Lord is an absolute necessity for a Christian to live triumphantly for the Lord’s glory. Let us consider two specific biblical exhortations to all Christians concerning keeping our eyes on Christ.

Run Your Race with Christ in View

The Christian life is a race in which God’s child is focused on Christ from the beginning to the end. Christians are exhorted to “run with patience the race that is set before us” by “looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith...


Do Not Be Unequally Yoked

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 01 November 2015

Why Believers Should Not Date Unbelievers

Two weeks ago, I have written to warn all Christian youths about the dangers of the dating practices that are prevalent in our society. It is generally a relationship whereby two unmarried individuals pursue a relationship purely based on their carnal senses. The outcome is flirting and fornication; and most of such relationships do not culminate in marriage either. Christians should not follow this worldly and sensual kind of dating that is so widely accepted as the norm in our society.

Such dating habits in schools and colleges lure many Christian youths into intimate relationships with unbelievers. This is creating a serious spiritual situation in Christian homes and churches...


Why “Reformation Sunday”?

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 25 October 2015

Eery year, we set apart the last Sunday of October as “Reformation Sunday.” We take time to remember the persons and events that were part of the 16th Century Reformation. Why do we commemorate something that happened almost 500 years ago?

Today, we remember the Reformation for the following reasons...


‘Dating’ An Ungodly Romance

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 18 October 2015

Christian youths – even teens – have been following the worldly practice of dating, which is thoroughly unbiblical. Many seem to be totally unaware of the dangers of “dating”. What is biblically wrong about modern “dating”?

What is called “dating” today generally refers to maintaining a romantic relationship with someone of the opposite sex. To an increasing number of youngsters in our society, dating is simply “having fun” with someone of the opposite sex with no strings attached. In Singapore, dating is becoming common among even young teens of secondary schools...


He Will Prosper Us, So Let Us Arise and Build

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 11 October 2015

I would like to exhort all of you to be full of faith in God’s goodness and faithfulness, as we find ourselves currently in need of a huge sum of money (more than S$3.5 million) to complete the Church Building Project. Furthermore, the need to attain this sum in less than three month’s time is making many of us very anxious, causing us to think how we can raise such a huge sum. Brethren, I am assured that this is His appointed time for us to believe and see His power to help us. If we remain full of believing prayer, He will work for us. Let those who are directed by the Lord give as He has enabled them. Let all who are burdened for this work pray earnestly....


Call to Consecrated Life

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 04 October 2015

Romans 12:1
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”

Consecrated Life: A Gracious Summon to All Christians

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God...

 


Effective Church Leadership

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 27 September 2015

It has always been my earnest prayer that the Lord will grant our dear church, Gethsemane Bible-Presbyterian Church, an effective leadership. We cannot cease from praying and constantly working towards developing and maintaining a church leadership that is efficient and fruitful. Even for those who have been in the church leadership roles for a long period of time, this must be a constant desire and aspiration in the Lord.

After being in the pastoral ministry of Gethsemane for more than 20 years, I am fully convicted that no leader has complete mastery over the work, challenges, temptations and trials that he will encounter in the ministry. Constant vigilance is necessary from the leadership, individual leader and every member of the church to maintain an effective leadership in the church....


Information on Candidates for Election to the Church Session 2015–2017

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 20 September 2015

Brethren,

The election to the church session (2015-2017) will be held next Lord’s Day (27th September), and the names of the candidates have been announced last Lord’s Day. The Board of Elders have prayerfully considered the candidates and vetted them in accordance with the requirements of the Scriptures and our Church’s constitution. Some pertinent information on the candidates’ prior service in our church is included in today’s bulletin.

Please also be reminded that the ACM and Election to the Session will be held next Lord’s Day (27th Sept) at 1.30pm. All communicant members are advised to attend the ACM as it is our constitutional duty...


10th Year - Wednesday Lunch Hour Bible Study in the Bible Witness Bookroom

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 13 September 2015

(Testimonies continued from last week)

Bible Witness Lunch Hour Bible study has been a place of “refuge” for me during the most difficult 8 months in my working life. For the whole of that period, week after week, I eagerly looked forward to the Bible Study to find some solace for my stressed soul. On one occasion when Dn Paul Cheng was the teacher, I arrived in terrible emotional shape in the midst of trying circumstances in office. Praise the Lord through him, God’s Word ministered to me, restored and uplifted me, and then sent me back more ready to face the trials at the office...


10th Year - Wednesday Lunch Hour Bible Study in the Bible Witness Bookroom

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 06 September 2015

In the year 2005, through a generous, godly sister, the Lord provided a shop in Hong Lim Complex, for the Bible Witness Media Ministry to spread the Word from that location. She was happy that her shop could be used for the Lord’s work that souls may be saved through the spreading of the Gospel of Christ and be edified through the preaching of the Gospel. At this time, the Lord also moved Bro John Peh to serve full-time in this newly opened area of ministry. Thus the Bible Witness Bookroom began in September 2005.

In the BW Bookroom we provide Christian resources and materials for those who desire to increase in the knowledge of God’s Word. The bookroom has been managed by Bro John Peh since its inception...


Some Lessons Learned in Christian Parenting - II

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 30 August 2015

In last week’s Pastoral Exhortation, 5 biblical lessons foundational to Christian parenting were given. A few more lessons vital to biblical nurturing of our children are discussed in today’s article. These lessons are crucial to effective Christian parenting. Parents themselves must be committed to the correction and changes of their habits and attitudes, if they are to spiritually nurture their children for God’s glory.

6. Be patient with your children

Impatient parents will drive children to be bitter, disillusioned and uncooperative. We must show them the same longsuffering and patience that the Lord graciously extends to us. Parents must pay attention to not being easily irritated or quicktempered. Colossians 3:21 advises, “Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged...


Some Lessons Learned in Christian Parenting - I

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 23 August 2015

Parenting is one of the greatest responsibilities in this life. Having godly children is a tremendously blessed experience that fills our hearts with great joy and praise to God. The apostle John’s words in 3 John 4 capture the sheer delight of parents with godly children - “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.”

I am very glad and grateful that God has blessed my wife and me with three children. As much as I enjoy their presence in our life, I am also overwhelmed by a sense of inadequacy and fear of failure. But all thanks and praise to God for the infallible counsels of His Word, which have been our source of wisdom, help and strength in parenting our children. As I continue to co-labour with my wife in our home in nurturing our children, I would like to share with you lessons that we have learned which form the bedrock of Christian parenting....



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