God’s Wonderful Grace & Goodness
by James Ang
Back in the 70s, when I first came to know the Lord, my happy family environment was overturned. My mother was greatly affected. She strongly opposed my new found Christian faith. She forbade me to have any contact with Christianity. She was suspiscious to every book I read, so much so reading God’s word or Christian literature openly at home was simply asking for trouble! Sundays were trying days for my young faith. I knew it would break her heart if I went to church against her will. But God’s word challenged me to go and to trust in Him, and my Christian friends also encouraged me. And going I did, facing many consequences when I got home. Going home after church service was quite a nervous experience for me, not for fear of punishment. It was something else. But all this while I felt very sorry that my Christian faith ahd brought much unhappiness to my family, especially my mother. The constant thought of saddening my mother who had to take care of six children, including 2 subnormal siblings, almost overwhelmed me to the point of giving up the faith! At times I started to doubt if the God of the Bible was indeed real, as it claimed to be.
by Bethany Khng
On June 4th, our f amily spent two lovely days in the Orchard Hotel, a 5-star hotel along Orchard Road. Nathaniel had won the complimentary voucher in a music competition organised by his music school.
Strolling around the shopping arcade, we chanced upon a shop called ‘The Nail Shop’. It specializes in grooming nails, that is, finger and toe nails for a price of $30 per treatment. Strange, we thought, what sensible folks would spend their hard-earned money to groom their nails? But we were wrong! Through the glass panels, we could see at least two ‘beauticians’ working on their customer’s toenails! Business must have been pretty brisk to be able to pay for the rental of a shop in such a posh place besides the salaries of those ladies paid to pamper their feet.
From the Pastor's Heart
by Pastor John Khng
"Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them." - Hebrews 7:25
(An annual report for the year ending 1998)
The year 1998 was a tough year for many of us and also for our church. We have just settled down in our new premises, and were looking to the Lord for His direction on how to build up the ministry. Praise the Lord that slowly but surely the work has taken root and shape. The theme, “Christ, Our Lord” was most appropriate for our church in her infancy year.
The preaching of our specially invited guest preachers from other fundamental local churches refreshed many of us. We had several preachers/missionaries who took turns to preach on the 4th Sunday of each month at our morning service. Another blessing is that we enjoyed sweet Christian fellowship with these like-minded servants of God.
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