Thursday, April 17, 2014

Lent Bible Reading Series - 17th April 2014

Bible Reading – Luke 22:7-20

Give us this day, our daily bread,

The meal was planned, the table laid, with all the best dishes for the Passover meal. Included would be unleavened bread, wine, candlesticks, and the cedar plate containing the bitter herbs, as well as fruit and nuts, and roast lamb. Each element of the meal had a meaning, which the disciples would have understood. Jesus took the bread and said the blessing, ‘Blessed are you Lord our God, ruler of the universe, who brings forth bread from the earth’, thanking God for his continued provision. However this time was very different for, as Jesus broke the bread he said ‘this is my body broken for you’. On this night the full implications of his words could not be denied, Jesus’, own body was to be broken for the sins of the world.

Consider:
• Sharing with friends in a Passover meal

Pray:
• ‘My life must be Christ’s broken bread, My love his outpoured wine.
 A cup o’er filled, a table spread beneath his name and sign.
That other souls refreshed and fed may share his life through mine.’
(SASB 512)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Lent Bible Reading Series - 16th April 2014

Bible Reading – John 12: 27-36, Mark 14:32

Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven,

‘It was quiet the last time he went to the garden to pray, but tonight the peace had gone. It was a time of tension; Jesus struggling with himself, striving with God. Somehow, it’s easy to get smug, gloss over the struggle, and concentrate on Jesus decision “Yet not my will, but thine be done”. Nice and easy, “Ah, we say ‘He always did his fathers will’. True, but there was nothing easy about it, look at the struggle! It echoes our own struggles. The constant battle of our will versus God’s; we fight to go our own way and not God’s. Obedience, a free decision we make towards God, leads to a freedom from self.’ Eddie Askew

Pray:
• Be still, in quiet prayer.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Lent Bible Reading Series - 15th April 2014

Bible Reading – Matthew 26: 6-13

Thy Kingdom come,

‘They shall come from the east, they shall come from the west and sit down in Kingdom of God, Both the rich and the poor, the despised the distressed’. This line from the pen of John Gowans came to my mind as I pictured the scene that Matthew describes. The host is named as ‘Simon the Leper’! What a name to be given, was he one of the lepers Jesus healed? The woman who poured oil, is not named by Matthew; (John’s gospel names the woman as Mary the sister of Martha.) It has been suggested that the unnamed woman was Mary Magdalene, out of whom Jesus cast seven demons. Whoever she is, she was certainly a very brave woman, who recognised Jesus as her Lord and King, demonstrating this by pouring oil on his head. Each, by their actions and devotion would be included in the Kingdom of God.


Pray:

• I will offer up my life in spirit and truth,
Pouring out the oil of love as my worship to you.
In surrender I must give my every part;
Lord, receive the sacrifice of a broken heart.
Jesus what can I give, what can I bring to so faithful a friend,
 To so loving a King? Saviour, what can be said, what can be sung,
As a praise of your name for the things you have done?
Oh, my words could not tell, not even in part,
Of the debt of love that is owed by this thankful heart.
(Matt Redman)

Easter Journey Nears Its End

In the build-up to Easter, Rosemary Dawson looks at key events in the life of Jesus. This week: Crucifixion (Luke chapters 22 and 23)

The end is in sight. For Jesus, the Easter journey is almost over. What began with a triumphant procession into Jerusalem, accompanied by cheering crowds, is ending in disgrace with a slow and painful crucifixion in the company of criminals. Cheers become jeers. Friends and followers drift away. Jesus faces death alone.

After his betrayal and arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus is questioned by the Jewish religious leaders. Unhappy with his answers, they take him to Pilate, the Roman Governor. Pilate tries to pass the buck and sends him to the Galilean King Herod, who happened to be in Jerusalem. But he only returns him to Pilate.

Pilate declares that Jesus ‘has done nothing to deserve death’ (Luke 23:15 New International Version) but says he will have him flogged and released. However, a crowd of people say they would rather he release Barabbas, who is in prison for insurrection and murder. They demand that Jesus be crucified. Eventually Pilate gives the crowd what they want. Jesus begins the journey to the place of crucifixion.

Two other men, both criminals, are to be executed with him. The crowds taunt Jesus with jeers and insults. He has saved others, they say, but cannot save himself. Jesus responds with a prayer: ‘Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing’ (23:34).

One of the men hanging with him joins in: ‘Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!’ (23:39). But the other rebukes him and points out that, whereas they are being punished for crimes, Jesus has done nothing wrong. Then he says to Jesus: ‘Remember me when you come into your Kingdom.’ Jesus answers him: ‘Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise’ (23:42, 43).

Moments from death, the penitent criminal has the assurance of life. His route to salvation can be ours if we acknowledge that we are sinners; confess that Jesus is the sinless Son of God; and trust that his death can be the means by which we gain entrance to God’s Kingdom.

If we do so, we too can have the assurance of eternal life.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Lent Bible Reading Series - 14th April 2014

Bible Reading – Isaiah 56: 4-8, and Mark 11: 12-19 
Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name, 

Jesus is angered by the extortion blatantly on display in the Temple court. The unscrupulous dealers were not only making fat profits for themselves but, by their high pricing were excluding poorer people to worship in the temple. This was a desecration of the Temple, a violation of what God’s house was meant to be. The Temple was meant to be a place of prayer, a holy place, and a place where the most lowly and derided could come to worship.

Consider:
• Is your corps/church known for the warmth of its welcome and inclusion into the fellowship?

Prayer:
• O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness,
Bow down and worship, his glory proclaim;
With gold of obedience, and incense of lowliness,
Kneel and adore him, the Lord is his name.
(SASB 183)

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Prayer Points

1. Please intercede for Freedy Cheong, Alice Ong, Ailyn, Daniel and Sandy Family.

2. Please intercede for upcoming event, Holy Week, Good Friday Service, Sun Rise Service, and Easter Celebration.

3. Please intercede for one another in your pray, especially those that are not feeling well.

• Pray for our Territorial Leaders, Colonels Lyndon and Bronwyn and Lieut. Colonels Paul and Evelyn. Pray for God’s continuing anointing on their leadership and for God’s wisdom and courage to lead us forward!

• Pray for each officer and Salvationist in Singapore, Malaysia and Myanmar as we prepare for Holy Week and Easter. Pray for a new sense of wonder and commitment as we focus on God’s love and mercy, and the grace we receive because of Jesus’s death and resurrection.

• Continue to pray for Malaysia and the continuing search for MH370. Pray for the families of passengers and crew.

• Pray for one another’s needs as shared in your prayer group. Pray also for the sharing of God’s Word during the coming weekend. Pray for people to be transformed by the Word and the Spirit of God.

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Announcements

14th - 17th April 2014: Holy Week Venue: Community Hall (5pm-10pm).
Please take note that the Corps Community Hall will be open for personal or family prayer. And there will also be stations set up for reflection.

18.04.2014: Good Friday Service Venue: Worship Hall (8.00pm)

20.04.2014: Sun Rise Service Venue: Worship Hall (6.30am). Breakfast will be provided.

20.04.2014: Easter Celebration Service Venue: Worship Hall (Time : 9:00am)

20.04.2014: There will be no Sunday School, Prayer Meeting and Youth Fellowship for this coming Easter Weekend.

Lent Bible Reading Series - 13th April 2014


Bible Reading – Matthew 11: 1-11, Zechariah 9: 9-10, Luke 19: 41-42  

As we prepare to journey with Jesus through this holy week, we pray that we will be attentive to his voice and that our response will be to worship him, with all our heart.
Today on Palm Sunday we think of Jesus commencing his journey into Jerusalem, riding a donkey, a prophetic sign to those who understood the message of the prophets. Jesus heard the acclamation, the joyful voices, he saw the crowds, some waving palm leaves. Could he, just for a fleeting moment have been tempted into thinking this was a genuine acknowledgement of who he was! No doubt there were some supporters for whom this would have been true. Jesus though was all too aware of the whispering plots against him, and the growing hostility. He knew he had to fulfil his fathers will and accept the awful trial of the week ahead. Even so, knowing this truth Luke records that Jesus in the face of his own suffering, wept over erroneous Jerusalem.
  
Consider:
·        Imagine where you would have stood as Jesus processed into Jerusalem: would you be walking with him, shouting out from the crowd or an inquisitive onlooker?

Pray:
·        For those who bravely face hostility for their belief in Christ, both in this country and around the world.

God may your face shine upon us and upon the whole world with deliverance and rescuing power.    

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Lent Bible Reading Series - 12th April 2014



Bible Reading – 1 John 4: 1-12



 ‘The glorious word of scripture is that we are not left to our own resources in dealing with temptation. The great God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the one who revealed himself to Moses, David and Mary is our present help in times of trouble. Jesus Christ our everlasting prophet is with us, teaching, empowering, and loving. The blessed Holy Spirit draws near to us in our hour of temptation, guiding, strengthening and encouraging. And when we do stumble and fall, we have an advocate with the Father in our Saviour Jesus’.
Richard J Foster.  

Friday, April 11, 2014

Lent Bible Reading Series - 11th April 2014



·        Bible Reading – 2 Samuel 22:2, Psalm 18: 16-28, Isaiah 45:3
We all go through trials in our lives from time to time; sometimes not of our own making. It maybe that at such times we cry out ‘Where are you God?’  We are in good company; for scripture is full of characters who knew moments of despair and desertion, characters such as  Job, Elijah, Hosea to name a few.  Trials can come in many different ways, sometimes through hardship, family break up, illness, loss of a loved one for instance. We may find it difficult to pray, and it is then that we appreciate the support and prayers of others. Whilst no one would choose to go through times of trial it is however at such times that we can see treasures in the darkness as the Isaiah reading expresses. Treasures, such as, a friend who stood by us, or sent us a note of encouragement, or the smile of a child, enjoying a spring day, a particular verse of scripture, or a shared prayer of comfort.

Consider:
·        Has God laid someone’s name on your heart today who is in need of your support, or should you send a card of encouragement to someone, or say a prayer for or with someone?