by Bro. Moon Cheong
The function of the amplifier is to reproduce a soft voice to a loud clear voice. In the Old Testament age, Moses did not have an amplifier; how could he speak to the Israelites? “And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever. The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace” (Exodus 14:13-14). When Jesus was speaking to a big group of people, he did not have any amplifier as well. “The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side. And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore. And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; …And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children” (Matthew 13:1-3a, 14:21) How was Jesus able to speak to all of them? The Bible recorded that they were able to hear Him clearly.
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.
Khng Family at Camp Awana
Monday, 8 June ’98 11.15a.m.
At long last we are on our way to Genting Highlands for a 4-day Church Camp! Thought we would never make it. The air-con system of our ‘old reliable’ Toyota pulled a monkey wrench on us and ‘conk’ out on Sunday morning! Even mechanics have a day off on the Lord’s day. We have no choice but to bring it to the garage for repair this morning at 9.00.
Trust the mechanic to offer his helpful advice. ‘Going to Genting Highlands, ah? Better check and service as well. If break down, siong, man.’ Two hours of repair later and $150 poorer, we are on our way to Genting Highlands.
Honouring Those Who Honoured Him
by the Khng family
Starkey Road Baptist Church, Largo Florida, held a service last year to honour five pastors’ wives whose husbands are at home with the Lord. These Christian women had served alongside their husbands ‘with effectiveness, faithfulness and distinction. Each of them was a vital part of ministries that God blessed with great abundance.’
What a testimony!
The Khngs have had the rare privilege of knowing one of these great men of God and his beloved wife when the Lord first allowed our paths to cross nearly 14 years ago. Though we were ‘strangers and pilgrims’ in their land, they literally took us into their ‘heart and home’ and figuratively into their hearts.
From the Pastor's Heart
by Pastor John Khng
There is much confusion among Christians over the teaching of ‘Lordship salvation’. Those who teach ‘Lordship salvation’ claim that one must make Jesus Lord of his life in order to be saved. By this they mean that if a person does not surrender his life to the Lord when he receives Him as Saviour, he cannot be saved. A variation of such teaching states that there must be willingness to be controlled by the Lord at the time of salvation in order to be saved.
To overcome all these confusions, we must look at the Bible for the right teaching on the way of salvation.
Sweeter As The Years Go By
by Lydia Lee
My husband Vincent and I have celebrated our 11th wedding anniversary. (Where have all the years gone?) But I certainly would not trade now the 11th year for the first. As the years progress, it seems so wonderfully that each year has become richer and far more satisfying than before.
Of course, I remember and treasure too, the special ‘tingling’ I had and the wonderful feeling of falling in love with the ‘right’ man, the first date, the first kiss, the first day of marriage, the first honeymoon, the first home. These are all memories still lingering in my heart. First experiences are never to be forgotten. The delight and wonder of spending the entire life with the right man is sweet-sweeter as the years go by.
‘But God Mean It For Good’
by Sister Bethany Khng
‘…We regret to inform you that your application to re-join the teaching service is unsuccessful…’
A numb, cold feeling crept in and suffused every part of my body as I held the ‘rejection’ slip limply in my hand. I stared in disbelief at the unexpected bombshell, an impersonal, 2-liner, that threatened to end my 15 years of teaching career. That was in February 1993. Today, I can still vividly recall that feeling of utter despair. It was near to grieving the loss of a loved one or some other hopeless situation, for I could never conceive myself as anything else but a teacher. Teaching was my passion. My sole aim in life is to be a Christian teacher, whom God can use in school, whose presence would make a difference in the lives of my young charges. In fact, the days following my submission of the application form to re-join the teaching service with the MOE, I was full of confidence and optimism about the future. I had painted a rosy picture, viewed through rose-coloured tinted glasses of my own making, of how privileged the pupils would be to have me as their teacher. Mentally, I had geared myself up to return to the teaching service with vigour and renewed enthusiasm after out stint of studies in America. I had a number of great plans in mind for the well-being of my ‘lucky’ students….And now, this rejection slip from the Ministry of Education has come to shatter the ‘castles built in the air’!
I remember...Dr. William Ward Ayer
by Betty Khng
Our family first met Dr. and Mrs. William Ward Ayer in the summer of 1985, at their lovely home in St. Petersburg, Florida. John was a ministerial student in Bob Jones University, Greenville, South Carolina, pursuing his Bachelor of Arts (Bible).
We became acquainted with the Ayers through “The Marching Truth” newsletter whose editor was Dr. Ayer himself. The first “significant” letter we wrote to them was sometime in February 1984, seeking their advice concerning a good, fundamental Bible college to go to for training.
by Pastor John Khng
Without our own awareness God's work of church planting began way back in 1979 when Bro. John Khng started a Sunday School ministry in his 4-room HDB apartment at Marsiling Drive in Woodlands. There was no established church at that time in Marsiling, which was nicknamed a ‘ghost town’ as few people wanted to stay there because of its location at the far north of Singapore, next to the Causeway that links Singapore to Malaysia.
From this humble beginning to reach out the neighbourhood, the band of believers grew and established the Faith Independent Baptist Church in 1983. Bro. John Khng and his family went for theological training at Bob Jones University, Greenville, South Carolina, USA from 1984 to 1987 in preparation for the church ministry. Upon his return, he was elected to assume the pastorate at Faith Independent Baptist Church.
Pastor Khng went back to Bob Jones University with his family in July of 1990, to finish his Master in Pastoral Studies which was disrupted because of the need to come back half-way through his studies in 1987. With his studies completed in 1992, the family returned to plant another new church in Singapore.
From the Pastor's Heart
by Pastor John Khng
God gave us a verse in the Bible to assure us of His blessings, as we embarked on planting our second church in Singapore. Psalm 126:3 has been a great encouragement ever since. It reads, ‘The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.’ Like Israel, we can look back and rejoice over all the great things God in His mercy had done for us.
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