BY ELDER GOH CHONG ANN

 

A few weeks ago, I attended a briefing for church leaders by the government’s Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) on various initiatives including the strengthening of marriages and family relationships. In the dialogue which followed, there was mention of a “life-cycle” approach to the initiatives. I was very much impacted by that session. It caused me to also reflect on what the church is doing to help strengthen marriages and family relationships.

BY REV GOH YONG KUANG

 

There was a popular Taiwanese drama series on TV during the early 90’s called 包青天 (Bāo Qīng Tiān).  It tells the story of a magistrate from the Song Dynasty known as 包拯 (Bāo Zhěng), who is portrayed as having a dark complexion and a crescent-shaped birthmark on his forehead.

BY REV GOH YONG KUANG

 

For who can know the Lord’s thoughts?  Who knows enough to give Him advice?

ROMANS 11:34 (NLT)

 

The message of the cross did not go down well with the Jews, who were offended by it, nor with the Greeks, who were amused by it (1 Cor. 1:22-23), as it seems to defy human reasoning and logic. Ever since then, not much has changed in the way the world looks at the cross of Christ!

BY REV GOH YONG KUANG

 

Acts 3 tells of an incident that took place at the temple gate, known as “beautiful gate.” But the sight of it was anything but beautiful. Sitting beside the temple gate was a beggar who was crippled since birth. Every day for years, he would be seen sitting there begging for food and money from those who walked through the gate. He became a permanent fixture at the gate, like part of the landscape!

BY REV GOH YONG KUANG

 

During this period of anxiety and uncertainty caused by the pandemic, global warming, and other catastrophes – feeling thankful is the last thing on anyone’s mind!  Yet the Bible teaches that one should “give thanks in all circumstances.” (1 Thess. 5:18a, ESV)

 

Why does it matter for us to be thankful, especially when we go through a difficult time?   Being thankful is what distinguishes us from the rest of humanity. It is what separates God’s people from the world.

BY PR DR JEREMY CHEW

(EXTRACTED FROM “STRENGTHENING YOUR GRIP” BY CHARLES R. SWINDOLL)

 

               A bone-weary father dragged himself into his home dog-tired late one evening. It had been one of those unbelievable days of pressure, deadlines, and demands. He looked forward to a time of relaxation and quietness. Exhausted, he picked up the evening paper and headed for his favorite easy chair by the fireplace. About the time he got his shoes untied, plop! into his lap dropped his five-year-old son with an excited grin on his face.