REV DR FOREST KOH

 

And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers... . And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes,

they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 

praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.

ACTS 2:42-47

 

The outpouring of the Holy Spirit during Pentecost in Acts 2 transformed the Jews in Jerusalem, as well as the devout men from every nation. This transformation is evident in how the believers worship God and fellowship with one another. (Acts2:5, 42, 46) The traditional venue of worship in the temple and the synagogues is now extended to the homes of believers. When the early church faced persecution from the Roman authorities, they mostly gathered and worshipped in homes.  

BY REV DR FOREST KOH

 

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God,

what is good and acceptable and perfect. - ROMANS 12:2

 

“Don’t fall into the trap, don’t fall into the trap, don’t fall into the trap!”

 

When someone says this,  nothing will change, it has been like that all the while, don’t believe what they said because they are trapped!

 

I heard of an interesting story...

BY KELLY NEW (Pastoral Intern)

 

“GRACIOUS WORDS ARE A HONEYCOMB, SWEET TO THE SOUL AND HEALING TO THE BONES.”

PROVERBS 16:24  (NIV)

 

The Lunar New Year celebrations have just ended for most of us, and while it might have been one of the quietest ones we have had, phrases like “Xin Nian Kuai Le” (HAPPINESS) and “Chu Ru Ping An” (PEACE) remained as popular greetings during this joyous season. Indeed, the exchange of kind words are the easiest to say when the mood is right but what happens when things go wrong? Which words do we use when faced with a fight-or-flight situation?

BY REV HENRY HONG

 

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”

2 CORINTHIANS 5:17

This Lunar New Year’s celebration comes with new restrictions for the reunion of family members because of the ongoing pandemic. However it is my prayer that in Christ every Christian will experience a liberating ‘new’ outlook and outworking of God’s grace.

During my last year-end’s study break, I had the opportunity to learn from the life and example of the Reformed Pastor Richard Baxter who served faithfully and fruitfully in England during the 1600s.

BY REV HENRY HONG

 

“God makes a home for the lonely.” (Psalm 68:6 NASB)

Pandemic not only put us into our confined spaces. But for some they are left in the lurch of loneliness.

This year’s celebration of Lunar New Year comes with several restrictions to try to keep us and the ‘vulnerable’ seniors safe. There is the specified numbers of household that can be visited as well as the number of people who can gathered in a home’s visit at any one time.

I am also thinking of those in hospital, hospice, nursing home and home-bound. In this season may we take time to pray for and also plan to touch base with those who may be struggling with loneliness.

BY REV HENRY HONG

 

“Look, a righteous king is coming! And honest princes will rule under him.
Each one will be like a shelter from the wind and a refuge from the storm,
like streams of water in the desert and the shadow of a great rock in a parched land.”

ISAIAH 32:1-2 NLT

 

During this pandemic, if you or someone close or perhaps a friend is struck down with a critical medical condition, what would your response be?