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Pastoral Exhortation

Church And Evangelism In Modern Times

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 29 August 2010

Every faithful church of the modern times must endeavour to preach the Gospel without diluting or altering the biblical concept and message of evangelism. We should never think of the success of evangelism as dependent on human skills and strategies.

 


Progress Report Of 2010 Ethiopian Assignment

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 22 August 2010

It is our special joy in the Lord to report to you that God has helped our Ethiopian brethren to obtain the necessary permits to build the Bible college and the church in the property that we have purchased in Alem Gena, Ethiopia. Firstly, we needed to obtain the government’s permission to change the use of land from industrial to church use. Secondly, we also needed a special building permit to construct the necessary buildings for the church and the Bible college. We thank God that both have been granted. For your rejoicing, we publish below the e-mail from Rev Ephrem, reporting on the above progress, and also copies of the permits obtained (These are in Amharic and Oromo languages of Ethiopia). All glory be to God.

– Pastor Koshy


Biblical Response To Homosexuality

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 15 August 2010

Unstoppable moral declension: a sign of our Lord's return

For more than two decades, there have been relentless efforts all over the world, in all realms of life, to get homosexual behaviour accepted as an alternative lifestyle. People from all walks of life - psychologists, politicians, religious leaders, actors and actresses - were seen trying to get society to accept this unnatural behaviour as a norm.


The Truth Shall Make You Free

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 08 August 2010

Drug addiction is one of the leading perils of our modern society. It has ruined many a life and has broken many a family, more than any other vice ever did. It is a terrible and merciless affliction that brings despair and misery not only to the drug addict himself, but also to his relatives and friends. Though there has been constant effort to eradicate this problem, yet more and more young people continue to fall into its lure and come under its bondage.


Reports From Our Gospel Frontiers

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 01 August 2010

Letters and reports from our missionaries are regularly received. These customary communications are both information and tokens of mutual accountability on the part of our church and our missionaries.

I value the letters (emails, SMS, etc.) from our missionaries. It helps us to cement our partnership in Christ and to coordinate and enhance the work of the Lord. Especially when these letters come with good news of spiritual victories and advances, they enormously refresh our hearts. “As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country” (Proverbs 25:25).


God, Money & You

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 25 July 2010

Without fail, we desire and pray for God's provision for our daily needs. We pray for jobs that we may earn a living. When our business struggle or fail, we pray for His help to meet our financial needs. When we face emergencies, we cry out for God's quick provisions. We do these because God's Word teaches us that "this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us" (1 John 5:14). But our desires and prayers are not always in line with God’s will and His ways. There is nothing wrong with asking for God’s direction, but it is wrong to go our own way without waiting for God’s answer. So, when we turn our finances over to God, we must also be willing to accept His direction. Too often, we impatiently seek our own way without any clear direction from Him, sometimes even borrowing money to do His work. Christians have forgotten that God says He will not allow His work to be frustrated for the lack of money. A discourse between our Lord and His disciples confirm this truth – "When I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes, lacked ye any thing? And they said, Nothing" (Luke 22:35). "God's work done in God's way shall lack no supply."


Testimony Of God’s Will For My Life

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Written by Bro Ho Kee How Sunday, 18 July 2010

After becoming a Christian in my late teens at a crucial crossroad of my life, it soon dawned upon me that God has a plan for my life. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them” (Eph 2:10). This is not “fate” as some superstitious Chinese like to resign themselves to, but rather what the Bible calls “predestination”. I certainly didn’t want to be left to the dictates of my own will or depraved mental specifications (so warped by the world and media). Wanting God’s Good Plan for my life, there were 3 heartfelt prayers which I constantly made of the Lord. And looking back, I felt that all but one of them have been answered.


Sanctify The Lord God In Your Hearts

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 11 July 2010

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.


Thanksgiving Anniversaries

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 04 July 2010

Beloved flock of God,

The month of July has seen anniversaries of several of our missions, both local and foreign. Today, we praise God for the 7th anniversary of our Chinese worship service. On the next two Lord’s days, four of our mission churches in the Philippines (Cebu, Bohol, Bogo and San Antonio) will commemorate their anniversaries. A team of brethren will be joining me in visiting these mission churches to rejoice with them during their anniversaries. They are Kenneth Wong and his family, John and Katherine Peh, Francis and Stephanie Lee, Dorothy Ng, Sarah Yong and Ruth Low. A series of Bible expositions on the Epistle of Jude, based on the theme “Earnestly Contend for the faith”, will be held over 5 days in Cebu. Today, we are happy to have a combined service with our Chinese congregation to praise the Lord for 7 years of God’s blessings upon this ministry. We salute all our brethren in the Chinese worship service and congratulate all of you on this happy occasion of your 7th anniversary. May your labour abound for the glory of Christ and for the salvation and edification of souls.


Tribulation And Cheer

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 27 June 2010

Jesus said, “In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33b).

“In the world ye shall have tribulation”

No Christian is fully shielded from troubles. Jesus said it plainly, “In the world ye shall have tribulation.” Jesus has not promised His followers a life totally free from sorrows, poverty, toil, sickness, slander, persecution or any of the common ills of mankind. Instead, He promised every follower a “cross”.


DVBS In Kemaman

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Written by Bro Ho Kee How Sunday, 20 June 2010

keehowkimamangroupMy family and I count it a privilege to be part of the Gethsemane BP Church’s DVBS team to Kemaman, led by Pr Daniel Lim. Others in the team include Bro Stephen, Sis Kim Lei and her 2 sons (Jie Wi & Jia Wi), as well as Bro Simon and Bro Ee Kuan (2 Care Ministry brothers who were of immense help to us). Thank God for enabling us to travel to Kemaman to serve, by His grace, in the children’s DVBS. This was held over 2 days: at Dr Wee’s large and spacious house on the first day (Wednesday, 9th Jun), and at the beach on the second (Thursday, 10th Jun), Friday being the Worship Service day.


Mission Trip To Ethiopia

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Written by Dn Lok Kwok Wah Sunday, 13 June 2010

“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1).

Praise God for the opportunity to visit Ethiopia and the Gospel work started by Rev Ephrem Chiracho Ouchula and to have a good time of fellowship with the brethren there.


Rev Ephrem Chiracho's Letter To Gethsemaneans

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Written by Rev Ephrem Chiracho Sunday, 06 June 2010

Dear Pastor and Session of Gethsemane Bible-Presbyterian Church,

Greetings in the blessed name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

“Then answered I them, and said unto them, The God of heaven, he will prosper us; therefore we his servants will arise and build: but ye have no portion, nor right, nor memorial, in Jerusalem” (Nehemiah 2:20).


Do You Minimise The Sinfulness Of Sin?

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 30 May 2010

"Hast thou seen this, O son of man? Is it a light thing to the house of Judah that they commit the abominations which they commit here? for they have filled the land with violence, and have returned to provoke me to anger: and, lo, they put the branch to their nose. Therefore will I also deal in fury: mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: and though they cry in mine ears with a loud voice, yet will I not hear them” (Ezekiel 8:17-18).


My Mission Journey To Kenya

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 23 May 2010

Though not planned for this year, God’s providential intervention has brought me to Kenya to teach God’s Word in the Bible College of East Africa. I am very thankful for the eleven days of His goodness. Below I recount just a few of His goodness I received in this trip to Kenya


Biblical Advice For Cultivating Good Friendships

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 16 May 2010

Good friendship is very vital in life. The Scripture sanctions and encourages good friendships. The book of Proverbs, in particular, provides some valuable advice on friendship. Godly friendship can be an inspiration in life. It can cheer us to great and wonderful experiences and achievements.

But cultivating and maintaining a good friendship is not easy. It can be easily destroyed if you take it lightly. Godly vigilance and efforts are required. I would like to share with you some biblical advice from Proverbs to help you cultivate and strengthen good friendships.


Timothy’s Mother

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 09 May 2010

Eunice! That was the name of Timothy’s mother. She is one of the celebrated mothers found in the Holy Scriptures.

Her motherhood is worthy of every Christian mother’s contemplation and emulation.

My wish for every mother in our midst on this mother’s day is that each of them will be empowered to be a mother to her children like Eunice was to Timothy.


Should A Church Borrow Money To Do God’s Work?

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 02 May 2010

All the instructions, promises and patterns that I find in the Bible teach me to answer this question with an emphatic “No”. All my ministerial experience also says the same.

I find it extremely imprudent to borrow money to do God’s work.


Thanksgiving To God’s Wonderful Provision (2010 Ethiopian Project)

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 25 April 2010

Many, O LORD my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered” (Psalm 40:5).


A Word To The Parents

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 18 April 2010

I would like to add a few more words of advice to the parents concerning the supervision of children in the main worship service. I would like to once again affirm that at Gethsemane B-P Church, we are eager to have our young children to join the worship service together with all the rest. We are happy to see our children’s participation in the worship from an early age.



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