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John Sung and the Asian Awakening

According to Edward Band, there were only a score of missionaries in China three decades after Robert Morrison first brought the gospel to the country, and the total numbers baptized did not exceed one hundred. In fact, in 1900, the Chinese Church was just coming of age. Although a few foreign missi... Read More

A Great Door Effectual Is Opened Unto Us

Text: Rev 3:7-13 I bring you greetings from Life Bible-Presbyterian Church and Far Eastern Bible College, Singapore on this glorious occasion of the dedication of Vancouver B-P Church (Jan 2, 99). How beautifully is she decked like a bride to meet the Bridegroom today, even our Lord Jesus Christ. I ... Read More

Build the House, and I will take Pleasure in it (Haggai 1:8)

Text: Haggai 1:3-8 The story is told of Dr Harry Ironside, Pastor of Moody Memorial Church preaching at a certain church on the topic, "Ye must be born again." When invited by the same Church one month later, he preached on the same topic, "Ye must be born again." When asked by someone in the congre... Read More

But Mary Pondered Them In Her Heart

When I was a boy, I sometimes wondered at the thrill that came on the shepherds when the angel of the Lord appeared to them and announced to them the Birth of the Saviour. My boyish wish seemed to come true when Ivy, little Jemima and I spent six months in the Holy Land, staying in Bethlehem , 1969-... Read More

Do You Murder and Commit Adultery?

Text: Matt 5:20 -32 The answer is no and yes! No according to the casuistry of the scribes and Pharisees, yes according to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. The scribes and Pharisees who are the theologians and legalistic teachers quote the VII Commandment, but with a twist. You are only responsibl... Read More

Fighting For The Faith Against An Undercover Enemy

Text: Jude 1-4 Do you know there are many more injunctions to defend the Gospel than to preach it? While there is one mandate generally to proclaim Christ to all nations, there are countless others against false Christs, false Prophets, false Apostles, false Teachers, false Spirits, false Brethren, ... Read More

How Do You Know There Is A God?

How do you know there is a God? By looking up and by looking in. Psalm 19:1 says, "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork." When you look up the sky in the morning you see the beauty of the rising sun. When you look up at night you see the moon and the twinklin... Read More

How Should We Celebrate Christmas?

Text : "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (Jn 3:16 ). Walk down Orchard Road today and ask ten passers-by what is Christmas? Not one in five would be able to give you the right answer. Accordi... Read More

Knowing God's Will and Doing God's Will

Text: Psalm 40:6-8 In this Psalm David recalls an unhappy event in the early days of King Saul's reign. Saul was instructed of the Lord to fight the Amalekites and to totally exterminate them in just punishment for what they had done to Israel when they left Egypt on the way to the Promised Land. Sa... Read More

Lessons from the Ministry of Jesus

Text: Matt 4:12 -25 The Four Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles are not only a record of sacred history but also a pattern and a blueprint for the Church to follow. Here, we see our Lord launching His ministry of preaching and healing into the backward regions of His country, viz. the borders of Z... Read More

Lessons from the Sacrifice of Isaac

Text: Gen 22:1-18 Human sacrifice was practised in the land of Canaan in ancient times. One Israelite Judge, Jephthah, before he went to war with Ammon made this awful vow, "And Jephthah vowed a vow unto the LORD, and said, If thou shalt without fail deliver the children of Ammon into mine hands, Th... Read More

Lessons from the Temptation of Jesus

Text: Matt 4:1-11 Jesus, though the Son of God, is also the Son of Man. He is both God and Man. As Man, like any one of us, He will meet with temptations, but he is the Sinless One. Thus, after His baptism, the Spirit led Him to the wilderness to be tempted by the Devil. He must be tested further be... Read More

Lord, Teach Us To Pray

Text: Matt 6:9-15 The Lord's Prayer is recorded both in Matthew 6 and Luke 11. "Lord, teach us to pray" (Lk 11) introduces us to the text. This is our model prayer, for it teaches us how and what to pray. It is an important part of our Bible-Presbyterian Liturgy. One of our B-P sons, who now declare... Read More

Not Saved By Good Works But Unto Good Works

The doctrine of salvation of the Roman Catholics is we are saved by Faith and by good works. The doctrine of salvation of the Protestants is we are saved by Faith but unto good works. The words of St Paul in Eph 2:8,9 settles the issue, "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yours... Read More

Not Seeing Is Believing But Believing Is Seeing

Text: "Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed" (Jn 20:29 ) On Easter Sunday evening when Jesus appeared to the disciples, Thomas was not present with them. When they told it to Thomas, the Doubting One, ... Read More

On Fasting

As we study the Gospel of Matthew serially and we come to the subject of Fasting this Lord's Day, it coincides with the fasting of another religion. It is Ramadan, the Islamic holy month with a month-long fast for Muslims in Singapore . Fasting during Ramadan is one of the five basic requirements of... Read More

On Giving and Praying

Text: Matt 6:1-8 In Matthew Chapter 5 our Lord refutes the Pharisees' legalistic and twisted interpretations of the Law of Moses. As we enter Chapter 6 He corrects and purifies our motives in the service of God, in alms-giving and in praying. "Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be see... Read More

Put Money First You Lose, Put God First You Win

Text: Matt 6:19 -34 Today is the last day of the first year of the Third Millennium. What New Year resolutions will you make? Young people especially. Becoming more and more a materialistic society, our Singapore philosophy is, "Get Rich Quick." Are you drawn to this rat race? In our serial study of... Read More

Reformation into the Twenty-First Century

Text: Jude 3,4. When Luther nailed the 95 theses on the door of the Castle Church at Wittenberg on Oct 31, 1517 to protest against the dark Roman System of Salvation by works, he set the 16th Century Reformation ablaze. It gave birth to the Protestant Church . When Carl McIntire founded the Internat... Read More

Reformation is an ever On-going Battle

Text: Matt 24:4-14, 24 The subject assigned to me by your pastor on this 10th Anniversary Thanksgiving of Maranatha B-P Church is "The Biblical Basis for the Continuance of the 16th Century Reformation Movement." To simplify it, allow me to restate, "Reformation is an Ever-On-Going Battle." During t... Read More

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