Today is the 43rd Anniversary JSM 1978 Evangelistic Campaign held in BHS JSM, Jalan Membina Barat, Singapore

Dear Praying Friends,

Today swiftly 43 years have passed since that memorial week of Evangelistic Campaign held in BHS JSM, Singapore

And let us refresh our memory again

 

See the record from diary of  September 1978

September 8th 1978 (FRIDAY)

Tonight brother Matthew spoke a Hokkien message on HEAVEN AND HELL. Again felt the power of God in the Meeting. There was a better response tonight to the message.

There was a glorious liberty of prayer at Mt. Faber to-night.

WE STORMED THE THRONE OF GRACE & CLAIMED PSALM 2:8 AGAIN.  The Meeting seem to be terminated in a very short time. When we are truly in GOD’S PRESENCE we are unconscious of time.  To GOD time is not applicable, for He is Eternal.

Note: Every Friday JSM conducts An All Night Prayer Meeting on Mt. Faber lasting from 10 pm to 4 am – a 6th hour long Marathon Prayer. There’s where we get our power from God. Prayer Meetings are power meetings. A prayerful   christian is a powerful christian and a prayerless christian is a powerless christian. Same goes for preachers and Churches. However, the prayers at Mt. Faber have ceased.

SEPTEMBER 9th 1978 (Final Day of Campaign; Saturday)

Awakened this morning in the Mission. Was alone by myself because the students went for outing. To-night the whole Mission was packed with saints and sinners. The stairs were filled.  Many others stayed outside the Mission to hear the Messages. On the last minute chaired the Meeting in the place of James Foo. Felt a little liberty as we sang, “IN TIMES LIKE THESE”. Sister Lai Siong gave her testimony. The Choir sang “SPRINGS OF LIVING WATER “. Brother Bee Hin spoke on “IS THIS THE LAST GENERATION?” Felt the chill of deep conviction in the message. Many souls were saved to-night.

The eight nights of Evangelistic Campaign closed with a glorious power of God’s Presence in the midst of His Children. Amen & Amen.

.Note: Brother Bee Hin went on to become one of the Highest Ranking Officer in the Singapore Military – COL(RET) Png Bee Hin.

Note this

Brother Bee Hin spoke on “IS THIS THE LAST GENERATION?” Felt the chill of deep conviction in the message. Many souls were saved to-night.

That was September 9th, 1978

Preceding that was the Revival Year of 1977 on Penang Hill Workers Conference Camp

See the photo again

REVIVAL DAYS ARE GLAD DAYS. DAYS OF HEAVEN ON EARTH. 1977 PENANG HILL

Out of 30 members from BHS JSM about 15 responded to the Call of God for His Glorious Service

But the Revival was preceded even much earlier by days of prayer and fasting

Brother Lucky Fortunato Depasquale said, “Every revival could be traced back to a kneeling figure”

And it was Brother “Lucky” who said after the 1977 Penang Hill Revival that we should go to the Mission Churches to spread the Revival Flame by holding Evangelistic Services

Below is a photo of BHS Jsm ABC Class Members (Circa 1977/78)

In early years: The Doctrinal Class members later called “Adult Bible Class” of year 1977/8

The Core Faithful Members & Other Members Plus The BHS Student’s Club & also Members & Leaders from Other JSM Stations (The late Rev. Dr Peter Ng founding Pastor of JSM & Brother Png Bee Hin from PK JSM), (Rev. Dr. James Tan from Craig Road JSM) and Resident Chinese Missioner Rev Dr Matthew Khoo who preached 3 Messages in Mandarin, Hokkien & Cantonese) Plus the Choirs of all 3 Stations & all also helped out with the combined harvest of 68 souls

 

Glorious were those Days of His Visitations

And the Call to Soul Winning:

 

EVAGELLIZE! EVANGELIZE!

“Give us a watchword for the hour,
A thrilling word, a word of power;
A battle-cry, a flaming breath,
That calls to conquest or to death.

A word to rouse the church from rest,
To heed her Master’s high behest;
The call is given: Ye hosts arise,
Our watchword is Evangelize!

The glad evangel now proclaim,
Through all the earth, in Jesus’ name;
This word is ringing through the skies,
Evangelize! Evangelize!

To dying men, a fallen race,
Make known the gift of Gospel grace;
The world that now in darkness lies,
Evangelize! Evangelize! – Henry Crocker

Amen & Amen!

 

 

 

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Only One Life: By C.T. Studd

Two little lines I heard one day, Traveling along life’s busy way;
Bringing conviction to my heart, And from my mind would not depart;

Only one life, ’twill soon be past,

          Only what’s done for Christ will last.

 

Only one life, yes only one, Soon will its fleeting hours be done;
Then, in ‘that day’ my Lord to meet, And stand before His Judgment seat;
Only one life,’ twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last.

 

Only one life, the still small voice, Gently pleads for a better choice
Bidding me selfish aims to leave, And to God’s holy will to cleave;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last.

 

Only one life, a few brief years, Each with its burdens, hopes, and fears;
Each with its days I must fulfill, living for self or in His will;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last.

 

When this bright world would tempt me sore, When Satan would a victory score;
When self would seek to have its way, Then help me Lord with joy to say;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last.

 

Give me Father, a purpose deep, In joy or sorrow Thy word to keep;
Faithful and true what e’er the strife, Pleasing Thee in my daily life;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last.

 

Oh let my love with fervor burn, And from the world now let me turn;
Living for Thee, and Thee alone, Bringing Thee pleasure on Thy throne;
Only one life, “twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last.

 

Only one life, yes only one, Now let me say, “Thy will be done”;
And when at last I’ll hear the call, I know I’ll say ’twas worth it all”;
Only one life,’ twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last.

 

Jesus Christ – Think About It!

 

Ct Studd Missionary Quotes. QuotesGram

CT STUDD Left his Mansion in England to live and died as a Missionary in a Mud Hut (Insert) in Congo the heart of Africa.

Jessa Seewald - “Two little lines I heard one day, Traveling along life's busy way; Bringing conviction to my heart, And from my mind would not depart; Only one life, 'twill soon

If we don’t serve Him now when will we serve Him then?

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SOM ALUMNI (Circa 78 – 1981) Blest Be The Tie That Binds

Dear Praying Partners & Friends,

In SOM everyone has to keep a Diary for markings. After SOM no longer needed. But as a habit we still keep a Diary to record God’s goodness & faithfulness.

Below is a picture of SOM ALUMNI (Circa early 1981)


Every SOMer above kept a Diary. And everyone has a story to tell of God’s great goodness

And there was a Book of Records for Blessings through the years 

One day after graduated and serving in Penang I paid them a visit. Flipping through the testimonies are some highlights recorded here.

  1. Sister Lim Geok Choo (Standing at 3rd row. Fourth from the left. (22/9/1978)

Listen to her testimony

“As a loving Father, He always come to my rescue/help. As a loving Teacher, He will teach  me in the way that I shall go. As a loving Judge, He will chastise me when I am in the wrong. As a supplier {He will supply) my needs when I were in near bankruptcy.

13/8/79: She thanked the LORD for supplying all her need!!! Amen! & Amen!

Calvin comments:

All SOMers have need of a continuous supply. They live scantily. May I help them, but first, O Lord, help me to be true in Thy sight first

 

2. Tang Ah Chang – 14.8.79 Squatting Front Row. 3rd from far right

A short summary of his entry

Message revealed to him before he slept that night. SOMers were spoken to by the message because it first spoke to Ah Chang. 

Calvin comments: “Spiritual in character – may he develops grace fully”

Fast forward more than 30 years later:

Rev. Tang Ah Chang graduated and is the Principal of ISOM,  Cebu City, Phillipines.

 

3. Sister Doris (Seated 2nd row. 3rd from left) 

Told to leave by her mom. Persecution from family. Able to discern divine guidance.

4. Ruth Tan’s experience ( Seated 2nd row. 1st from left)

29 children accepted Christ in the pioneering S. School in 1978. By 1979 only two remained. The root of the problem – not deep! Salvation not genuine (Ruth needs encouragement)

5. Peter Tan (25.3.1978) Seated 2nd row. 1st from right.

  1. Left BHS for ChinaTown E/M. Met a blind man named Abraham as he was returning. Helped him across the road and asked him questions concerning what he wanted to buy. Peter got impatient. Felt like going back but the Holy Spirit stopped him.

After purchasing what he wants he accepted Christ later when Peter preached to him the second time. (Luke 8:15) Result of patience  – brings forth fruit.

2. Earnest SOMer

Spoke to a negro in his cabin and he gave Peter all his filthy pictures.

3. On another occasion  preach to a cigarette smoking R.C. 8/10/79

4. Met a patient in the hospital to whom many SOMers have preached to before. At first Peter reasoned with him with his intellect was confounded and waked by the Lord.

Confessed and then preached Christ to him. God brought conviction to his heart. He prayed the sinner’s prayer and gave Peter all his cigarettes from his cupboard.

So brethren, done away with your intellect and preach Christ and Him crucified

3 things:

  1. Sin
  2. Righteousness
  3. Judgment

Amen and Amen.

Calvin comments: Rev Peter Tan is ordained and now ministering to the Bible Presbyterian Churches of Singapore today.

6. Simon Chong (12 to 18, March, 1978) Standing at 4th row. 2nd from right

Boasted that there was no temptation when entering SOM. Prayed for persecution: and one day his mother and brother came to SOM. Persuaded and slapped him. Before leaving the mother told him not to return home.

However, a few days later he was told to go home by his mother. On reaching home he received a letter. Expecting the worst he prayed. He was stunned when he read it. 6th March was a test put to him and he passed it. Because of his integrity his mother promised to assist his monetary need. His mum promised his favourite dishes.

7. Tang Tuck Keong (seated 2nd row. 4th from right)

Gave God the glory for all blessings. Enjoyed Friday night prayers.

Today Rev Dr Tang Tuck Keong is the Senior Pastor of JSM Singapore

8. Brother Lai Guan (2 Semester 1979) Squatting front row. Center: 6th from either right or left.

Persecuted SOMer!!

On Lord’s Day he was broke. No money for breakfast, nor money for transport to SOM. But deep in his heart he believed God will supply his needs.

3 reasons:

1.God will not let him suffer hunger because He even takes care of the sparrow.

2.God will not want him to break SOM rule because he must be back by Sunday night

3.He believed that God will glorify Himself and increase his faith and encourage others that God is faithful to His Word in hearing prayers. Psalm 34:10

While he was doing something, suddenly, a Chinese JSMer approached and passed him $5.00 When he passed it to him he said that God is touching him to give

Hear the words of Lai Guan,

“Got faith, got blessing.

No faith, no blessing.

Got faith, got money;

No faith, got suffer.”

 

9. Sister Lai Keng. Standing 3rd row. 3rd from right. A sister of conviction: practical & responsible.

When in Malaysia she had not enough money. She bought some books from a store and got just few cents left. Brother Paul gave her and Dorothy a lunch treat and paid for her bus fare to Tanjung Bungah JSM, Penang. Thinking how to go home (to Singapore) on reaching Tanjung Bungah, brother Lucky handed her an envelope containing 10 dollars.

The song in Philippians 4:19 came to her mouth.

Calvin comments: Praise the good LORD for her faith & God’s Great Faithfulness.

She like, so many others lived by faith on “super natural” provision. See Penang to Singapore 

Map from George Town, Penang, Malaysia to Singapore

 (711.2 km). Between Penang to Singapore is a distance of 711.2 Km

In year 1979 (More than 40 years ago) it will take more than 14 hours by long distance bus from Penang to Singapore. Nothing is impossible BECAUSE OUR GOD IS FAITHFUL.

By Faith GOD Almighty Provided all her needs.

Amen! and Amen!

Note: There are many more testimonies as the Story of God’s work unfolds through the years. 

We covert your earnest prayers that the Holy Spirit will bring back the Days of His Visitation to the praise and glory of Jesus!

 

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ASK, AND IT SHALL BE GIVEN UNTO YOU (Matthew 7:7a)

Dear Prayer Partners,

The Title of our Message this Sunday is, “ASK, AND IT SHALL BE GIVEN UNTO YOU”

Simple & terse, yet too simple for many as we do not always take God at His Word.

In years 1975, 1976 and even early 1977 there were times of great testing of our faith. Many times God provided at the very last minutes or even to the last seconds.

But living like this is not the norm. The Children of Israel lived by the provision of Manna in the desert for 40 years till they entered Canaan. Elijah and the poor widow woman lived on the flour and oil that never failed “till the day God sent rain on the earth”.

Now in early 1977 God led us to pray for more specific supplies.

  1. A quiet place.

In the BHS JSM the hall downstairs was used as a Kindergarten during the week days. And on Saturday the Student’s Club. Then on Sunday we have our Worship Service. Upstairs were 2 rooms. One used by our Resident Missioner Rhoda & one used as a Store.

Many days I would try to study or catch some sleep in the day. But no sooner a I closed the door will come a knock. Someone and somebody always come in to get stuff for the kindergarten or others. So there is no peace unless we go to Mt. Faber.

But that again has no proper shelter when it rained

So we prayed for a place. Thank Almighty God. One day Brother Matthew Khoo said a bother has been touched to open his home for us to use. That was a marvelous answer to pray. That 1st Floor walk up HDB Apartment about 15 minutes away was a place of sanctuary for prayer, rest and meditation.

This was how the Shunamite Woman provided a small room for Prophet Elisha

See

 

 And it fell on a day, that Elisha passed to Shunem, where was a great woman; and she constrained him to eat bread. And so it was, that as oft as he passed by, he turned in thither to eat bread.

And she said unto her husband, Behold now, I perceive that this is an holy man of God, which passeth by us continually.

Let us make a little chamber, I pray thee, on the wall; and let us set for him there a bed, and a table, and a stool, and a candlestick: and it shall be, when he cometh to us, that he shall turn in thither.

 

2. More consistent supply of financial needs

There were days when i don’t even have One dollar in the pocket. One day in year 1977 a brother wanted to borrow a dollar. I had very little money then. A dollar in those days will get a good meal as noodles only 50 sen a bowl & mixed rice cost about a dollar. A cup of iced drink only 10 cent. Having needs of my own at first i hesitated but I  gave to him seeing his urgent plea.

Lo! and behold! few hours later I received S$3.70!

But again $3.70 will only last less than a few days.

So I prayed more earnestly & looked to God for more

One day I received a money order sent from Christmas Island

The sender was Bro Peter Ho who worked there in the phosphate mining industry

And for the next two years Bro Peter Ho sent help regular month after month with money orders of $40, $65 or more each time. (May God reward him abundantly.)

This opens the door for more settled peace and quietness for the two Greatest Years of Battles yet ahead in BHS JSM: Circa 1977 & 1978

 

See a photo of Phosphate Mining on Christmas Island (circa 1977)

 

Unbeknownst to us one day in years 1980/81 at ShamRock Beach, Tanjung Bungah, Penang, I met  brother Peter Ho who  returned from his work on Christmas Island & I was called to serve God in Penang Rifle Range JSM for 2 years 3 months from year 1979, 1980 & till March 1981

Below squatting right in front 4th from left is Brother Peter Ho in white long sleeved shirt with black framed spectacle.

Also above photo 1st from Top left sister Suan Ho, 6th from Top left is sister Phobe Tan (saved in year 1979 Ipoh Camp),  Top 2nd from Right is Brother Elisha Yee Bee Chong (his salvation will be another interesting story of grace). 4th from Top Right is Sister Jeannie Koay

All these 4 were Called to SOM later in years 1980/81

Also kneeling 1st from front row left is Sister Eunice Khoo (Sister of Rev. Matthew Khoo) who responded to the Call and in later years was a great blessing in the BEREAN BOOK ROOM MINSTRY IN KL JSM (Circa 1982 to 1987.)

 

ASK, AND IT SHALL BE GIVEN UNTO YOU (Matthew 7:7a)

 

All Praise & Glory to Almigthy Loving Father

Calvin

 

 

NOTE:

We would request your earnest prayers as we post on 1977 & 78 in BHS JSM, Spore (battling against the powers of darkness)

And 1979 to March 1981 Penang JSM (Very fierce battle against the devil)

It is only when you go into battle for Souls that you feel the keenest attack of the enemy

So please pray for us as we post

Thank you for praying

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FAITH PROMISE OFFERING ( A controversial theme) So read with open mind

Dear Prayer Warriors,

In 1975 we stayed in Craig Road JSM for a season

Here 46 years ago in Singapore, China Town, as it was known, dwelled some of the poorest people.

I saw one woman fell down in the Mission. Together with Missioner Goh Geok Ling we paid her a visit at the hospital. After she was discharged we visited her home. To our horror she lived in a Box. Such was the abject poverty of those times.

But these Elderly converts though poor, are rich in faith. I remember one Elderly man said he had a dream. He said he saw a man in white with his finger pointing upward. Indicating that an angel told him God is soon taking him  back up to heaven as his face beamed.

I remember one Elderly man aged 90 years old. He was a short man only 4 feet tall living in a Wooden Crate about 6 feet by 6 feet.

One day after visiting him and exhorted him I prayed for him and told him to pray.

This was his sincere prayer.

耶稣爱我;耶稣爱我;耶稣爱我。我爱耶稣

Translated, “Jesus loves me; Jesus loves me; Jesus loves me; I love Jesus”

Hearing his prayer I wanted to laugh & cry at the same time.

Laugh because of his childlike simplicity. Cry because I empathize with his deep poverty.

Not long after I decided to take up Faith Promise Offering for the Mission poor.

See

Faith Promise Offering was popularised by Oswald J. Smith.

To give by faith between God & the giver. It should be a secret covenant. Now JSM did not advocate Faith Promise Offering. But I shared on this one Sunday Afternoon Worship in BHS Jesus Saves Mission, Jalan Membina Barat, Tiong Bahru

At that time I was still very young in the faith. Today, Faith Promise Offering has been abused as a form of raising wealth for those in power. And the Charismatics have made merchandise of it with the pervered “seed-faith” brick with the promise of riches for those who give. Far from it.

The motive for faith giving is to promote God’s Kingdom for Foreign Missions Plus to store up treasure in heaven.

So in year 1975 I pledged Rm500. And God supplied. Then in year 1976 I raised the giving to Rm800. God again graciously provided. In year 1977 I preached on Faith Promise Offering (without handing out pledge forms. It was a personal “secret deal” with God & God alone.

In year 1977 I pledged to give Rm1,500 (this last pledge was only answered much later by year 1981)

See the records

Since year 1977 we have not spoken about Faith Promise Offering (that was 44 years ago)

Looking back. It would be far better to be concerned for those needy ones around us than those in Foreign Missions.

The two who lived in Crates or Boxes should have been our first concern

Crate - Wikiwand

Above is an example of those living in Wooden Crates. The poverty years of 1974/5 Chinatown Slum, Singapore

Galatians 2:10 – Only they would that we should remember the poor; the same which I also was forward to do.

James 1:27 – Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

Above admonition I think I have fallen short. This is one area I need to improve on

May God have mercy

Glory be unto God Most High

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LMD: Last Minute Deliverance

Dear praying friends,

Last post we mentioned how our Loving Father provided our needs at the most crucial seconds.

Looking back more than 45 years now to those 2 memorable nights I sometime pondered.

Since we have no money for Bus fares and we on the way to board the Bus. What if we arrived there and still got no money to pay for the Bus fare when the Bus arrived?

Will we board the bus without money? If we did we would have broken the law & sinned

And if not then we will be stranded there

In those times of Great Faith we did not doubt at all. We know intuitively God is a very present help in trouble. Such were the times we lived and breathed in

Daniel 11:32 (KJV) ~ But the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.

Only on hindside we see how we lived on “supernatural provisions” all those testing years

Now when we entered SOM one of the requirement is to keep a Diary. We need to record the Diary daily for markings. After Rev. Dr Ng found out my times of financial straits he would fetch me home to Toa Payoh for dinner betimes.

I mentioned what Robert Murray McCheyne said, “God gave me a message to preach & a horse to ride on. Alas I have killed the horse and I cannot deliver the message” The horse referred to his body. McCheyne died at age 29. So he could no longer deliver the gospel

So Dr.Ng would say, “Come for dinner. Feed the horse.” Many times I would be invited for dinner. Mrs. Ng would cook up delicious food. And she said, “See the green vegetable with red coloring. How much do you think they cost?” Hmmm? Before I could reply she said, “Only 10 cents”! After dinner I always volunteered to wash the dishes. And I was taught to turn on the tap to minimal flow as it will conserve water. Such is the frugal atmosphere we were brought up.

Now as I did not want to burden them I stopped writing about my times of financial needs

God our Great Loving Father provided all our needs in miraculous & marvelous ways.

In PK Mission one afternoon a brother gave me a packet of rice. In SOM when I was down to penniless Some One Put a $10 bill inside my Bible. One day in BHS Mission a sister gave me a Big cake. That was my lunch and dinner. And there was a period of 9 days I don’t even have a single dollar in my pocket yet God provided all through those days.

Every time I encountered the last minute deliverance I would write this

L.M.D in the Diary. Sprinkled through the Diaries of 1975 to 1978 (especially 1977 & 78) were L.M.D (Last minute deliverance)

Every step of faith saw an opening of a miracle working God.

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King James Bible (Joshua 3:13)
And it shall come to pass, as soon as the soles of the feet of the priests that bear the ark of the LORD, the Lord of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of Jordanthat the waters of Jordan shall be cut off from the waters that come down from above; and they shall stand upon an heap.

For the Red Sea it was only after Moses stretched the Rod the sea parted.

But for the Crossing of River Jordan

The Feet of the Priests must step on the brim of the River Jordan (only then the River Jordan parted)

So is faith. Faith acts by deeds of trust in His unfailing promises.

Without faith it is impossible to please Him; for he that cometh to God must believe that God is (or God exists) and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him

(Heb. 11:6)

As George Muller told Hudson Taylor, “Learn to move men through God by prayer alone”

Hudson Taylor Prayer Quotes. QuotesGram

 

And looking back those times now I can see more clearer

Saved on 15th September 1972

Called to Serve God on December 13th 1973

1974 April the Journey of Faith

See past article

A STEP IN FAITH (1974) (Click & View)

Posted on January 26th 2019

https://www.inspiretopray.com/?s=a+step+in+faith

All through those years it was not how faithful we were but the Great Faithfulness of A Compassionate God

10 Best Printable Footprints In The Sand - printablee.com

Yes in years 1974 I was only a two years old Christian. And it was the LORD Who carried me.

King James Bible (Isaiah 63:9)
In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them: in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; and he bare them, and carried them all the days of old.

In all their suffering, He suffered, and the Angel of His Presence saved them. He redeemed them because of His love and compassion; He lifted them up and carried them all the days of the past.

After more than 45 years we can testify God not just carry His children in youth only but also until hoary hairs

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King James Bible (Isaiah 46:4)
And even to your old age I am he; and even to hoar hairs will I carry you: I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you.

Even to your old age I will be the same, And even to your graying years I will carry you! I have done it, and I will bear you; And I will carry you and I will save you.

Even until your old age, I am the one, and I’ll carry you even until your gray hairs come. It is I who have created, and I who will carry, and it is I who will bear and save.

Amen & Amen

Calvin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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HE IS A REWARDER OF THEM THAT DILIGENTLY SEEK HIM

The years were 1977/8

The Place: Jesus Saves Mission, Bkt Ho Swee, Tiong Bahru, Singapore

One evening after Sunday Worship we found out we had no money. No money to take bus fare back to SOM (School of Mission) in Admiralty Road, Sembawang

Both Paul & myself were from Malaysia. With S$80 for monthly allowance for food, expenses & transport we usually run out of money half way through the month

Rest of the time we live by faith

And so on this night we found ourselves with no money

But we had faith. Faith in the Invisible Living God

So lifting up his hand Paul prayed. Then I prayed

Dear Almighty God

Thank you for the wonderful time of Preaching & Teaching today. We rejoice in this time of Thy visitation in revival

Now your servants got need. Please help us and provide for our fares back to SOM

Map from Hdb Membina Court, 26A Jln Membina, Singapore 162026 to Admiralty Rd

About 30 km distance away is our destination

Between that we had no money but only Faith in Him

30 km will be a long walk after serving God in Soul winning (12 noon) Adult Bible Study Class (3pm), Worship Service (4pm to 6pm) on a happy but tired day

As we walked towards Tiong Bahru to take the bus there. Almost more than halfway God sent His “angel” of deliverance in the person of bro Eng Thye (Now Rev Tan Eng Thye)

He paid for our fares just at the most crucial moment

Another Sunday evening and this time both Paul & I were in dire straits again. No money in our pocket. Not even one cent left.

This time I prayed and told Brother Paul to close in prayer asking for God’s deliverance

And this time we were led to take the Bus from Lower Delta Road which is only 2 minutes away from the Mission just across the Road

Just as we arrived at the Bus Stop God in His Divine Timing sent His “angel” in the person of Sis Rhoda Khoo. She ran after us and paid for our bus fares in the nick of time

GOD IS A GOD OF WONDER INDEED!

God moved people in mysterious ways to help us in the very crucial moment of time

We will always remember HOW GREAT IS OUR GOD

Psalm 46:1  God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;

 

An early photo of bro Paul Chiew

Below is the recent photo of Brother Paul Chiew

Today known as Brother Yong San the Man of Faith

Brother Paul with Brother Poh Aun currently minister to a small group of Brethren through whataspp contacts

 

Coming up next article

Living by Faith on God’s Provisions or LMD

LMD? What is it?

Brethren please pray for us

Thank you in Jesus’ Name

 

Calvin Tan

 

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PK JSM HAS OUTREACH TO SCHOOLS & OTHERS (Circa 1975 -1978)

While BHS JSM has Student’s Club on Saturday PK JSM has direct outreach to the Schools nearby

Young people are more open to the Gospel & every means & opportunity is used to reach out to them.  During School days I was invited by Bro Bee Hin to speak to Students of Vitoria Secondary School. Here we meet at the HDB Flat staircase as our Bible Study or preaching Avenue.

After the Bible Study I showed Brother Bee Hin my GCE result slip. Ha! I got 6 credits and he said I qualify to go up to Form 6th in Victory Junior College. Did Satan tempt me? Not really as the Call of God was on me. Then when the full GCE Cert was ready I returned to KL to collect it from Cochrane Road Secondary School. After collecting the Official GCE Cert I left for EVANGEL BOOK CENTRE as usual. I put the cert at the Cashier counter and browsed the  Christian books with delight. After quite a long while I went to look for my Certificate. Ha! It was gone. I asked the Cashier, “Did you see my GCE Certificate which   was placed on the Desk? She said, “No. There is no Certificate but here is a Greeting Card. Do you want the Greeting Card?” Dumbfounded I left.

Now God has really burnt all the Bridges and no turning back.

This happened to Elisha who voluntarily burnt all the Bridges by Slaughtering his bullocks & also used the Plowing Instruments as fuel to cook a feast to say farewell to the world.

I also remembered JSM conducted Bible Study in the Premises of Rev. Huang’s FISHERMEN FOR CHRIST CHURCH.

Among the Students was a Christian Jew called Allison. I looked up to God and gave thanks that one of Abraham descendant is a convert to Christianity.

Again those were misty years over 45 years ago.

One fine day while attending Mt Calvary Baptist Church in Singapore in walked Bro Hock Heng. He said, “Do you remember me?”

“Yes of course,” I replied, “You are Bro Koh Hock Heng from Kim Seng Road School.

I remember fondly those times of Bible Study in Kim Seng Road School with a handful of  students and Brother Hock Heng faithfully turn up for all the Meetings. I remember there were days when he was the only one student that turned up for Bible Study

Fast forward 45 over years later

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Photo from JSM webpage: In striped blue/black/white shirt front row sitting near center is Rev Koh Hock Heng (Pastor of JSM)

And when I received this song on tape I shared with the Kim Seng Road School Boys first

Here is that song

GOD RAISE UP A STANDARD

By Rev Cliff Hunnicutt of Harvest Baptist Mission

  1. God raise up a Standard

By thine own holy power.

God raise up a Standard;

Meet all our needs this hour

God raise up a Standard;

O Holy Spirit come;

Not by power and not by might

O Holy Spirit come

 

2. God raise up a people

Peculiar treasure thine

God raise up a people;

Whose will is lost in thine

God raise up a people;

O Holy Spirit dine.

Feast our bodies, soul and mind;

O Holy Spirit dine

 

3) God raise up a witness;

A Church with vision true.

God raise up a witness;

And purge us through and through.

God raise up a witness;

A Church constrain by love.

Filling us and sending us;

O Holy heavenly Dove.

 

 

4) Melt my heart with love LORD;

A broken spirit give.

Melt my heart with love LORD;

Not I but Christ should live.

Melt my heart with love LORD;

Subdue my stubborn will

Fill to over flowing LORD

O Holy Spirit fill….

 

“When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a Standard against him (Isaiah 59:19b)

 

Amen and Amen

 

 

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THE STUDENT CLUB OF BHS JESUS SAVES MISSION (Circa 76 to 78)

Among the first few opportunity was in school Student Bible Study Group and in particular the Student club held every Saturday in BHS JSM

Here are a nice group of Young Students very open to the Gospel

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Standing 1st from far right is Sister Betty Soh (Mrs. Bethany Khng)

And standing last row 1st from left is Rev. John Khng

Between them are a brood of Young people of the Student’s Club. After more than 40 years many are now Pastors, Elders & Deacons of JSM, Baptist, Bible Presbyterian & other Independent Churches.

And this was the message given one Saturday. Though over 40 misty years have gone by the contents of the Message is as vital today as then

7 REASONS WHY WE OUGHT TO READ THE BIBLE

  1. THE BIBLE IS FOOD FOR THE CHRISTIANS

As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby (1 Peter 2:2). A growing child needs milk because it has life. A toy child does not drink milk as it has no life. Every new born Christian with spiritual life has a hunger for the Bible. If not he/she has no life and is still dead in sin.

A Christian should grow up to take more solid food or else his growth is stunted.

14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil (Hebrews 5:14)

D.L> Moody was once questioned or words to that effect , “How come the Bible is both Milk & Strong Meat at the same time” D.L. Moody looked out the train window & saw cows grazing on the grass and he said, “See those cows were eating the same grass but how they turn into hoof, horns, bones & flesh? So is the Word of God.” Just feed on the Word of God if you want to grow.

2. SEED FOR THE SOWER

Matthew 13: 3-9

13:3 And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying,
Behold, a sower went forth to sow;

13:4 And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side,
and the fowls came and devoured them up:

13:5 Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth:
and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:

13:6 And when the sun was up, they were scorched;
and because they had no root, they withered away.

13:7 And some fell among thorns;
and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:

13:8 But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit,
some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.

The Bible is Seed for the Sower

Early I spoke to Mohd Sdolehuddin mother who was an invalid. Because I was not well versed in Chinese I could only memorised some Gospel Versus in Chinese and shared with her. To my surprise I heard she was a devout Christian later and spent lots of time praying

It was not my intellectual discourse on Science or proofs. It was just simple Bible versus which were seed sown that germinated

So it is no use sowing the field with intellectual pearls. It is the seed that we must sow.

And the Bible is seed for the sower

 

3. SWORD OF THE SPIRIT

The Bible is food for the Christian. Seed for the Sower.

The Bible is also our Weapon

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:(Ephesians 6:17)

3 times when Satan came to tempt & test Jesus 3 times Jesus fought back with Scriptures

And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.

But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.

10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

The phrase “it is written” was mentioned 3 times & three times Jesus quoted the Bible from the Old Testament the Word of God which is “THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT” & defeated the devil

So if we want to be victorious we MUST have the Word of God

“I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.”

 

4. PATH TO SUCCESS

This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

God made sure all who Kept His Word will have success

Success is finding the Will of God and doing it.

 

5. LAMP TO OUR FEET

 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.(Psalm 119:105)

In ancient time people use lighted lanterns as lights in a dark night

We must walk in the light one step at a time. The Bible is like a lamp, not a sun in daylight.

So we must walk in it to see the next step ahead or we might walk astray and grope in darkness

R.A. Torrey said “Truth obeyed will help us to see further truth. Truth disobeyed destroys the capacity in us to see further truth”

We repeat this very vital point, “TRUTH OBEYED WILL HELP US TO SEE FURTHER TRUTH. TRUTH DISOBEYED WILL DESTROY THE CAPACITY IN US TO SEE FURTHER TRUTH”

In other words we must always obey what the Holy Spirit shows us from His Word or else we will not be able to receive more as we have blocked the access to see further light by our going astray.

May we never forsake the Bible but read it, love it all the days of our lives

 

6. THE BIBLE MAKES US LIVING EPISTLES

Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men:

Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.

Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.

The Bible makes us into Living Epistles

The world might not want to read the Bible. But every Christian should live out the Bible by life, lips and conduct. In every School, Office or home where Christians are they should be open Bibles for men to know and read

If we profess to be Christians but live contrary to what the Bible teaches then we have failed to be Living Epistles

May God help us to live true to His Word as Living Epistles

 

7. The Bible will be our Judge both in this life and Life For Forever

All books written by men in the world will perish. Only the Bible is an Eternal Book

Because Almighty God wrote only one book – THE BIBLE

89 For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven(Psalm 119:89)35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.(Matthew 24:35).

At the end of this simple message was a challenge to read & honor the Bible

Many many raised their hands. And many started to purchase their own Bibles

All Glory be unto our LORD Jesus Christ

Amen & Amen!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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But how was the Sermon prepared? That was my question when I heard Rev Dr Ng preached

My dear friends

Our last question few posts before

But how was the Sermon prepared?

See the quote in its context

One night Rev. (Dr) Peter Ng was in KL for preaching

His message was on Esther, Mordecai & the wicked Haman

Never have I heard such a powerful, piercing and penetrating sermon before.

The words came forth like a sharp sword piercing into the very innermost soul

I was astounded, speechless & humbled under the mighty power of the Word!

12 For the word of God is quick (alive), and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.(Heb. 4:12)

From whence cometh such power?

The words came not in word only, but also in power & in the demonstration of the Holy Spirit

Later I attended the All Night Prayer from 10pm Friday night to Saturday 4am (a 6 hour marathon of earnest prayer, interspersed with singing praises & hymns

Ha! This is the secret of his power. Power through prayer! A powerful praying pastor will also be a powerful preacher. Prayer & preaching power go hand in hand

But how was the Sermon prepared?

For that it will be another story when we enter SOM (School of Mission) in Singapore from 1975 to 1978

Today we will share the secret of Dr Peter Ng’s Sermon Preparation

Dr. Ng lectured and taught homiletics

homiletic
/ˌhɒmɪˈlɛtɪk/
noun
noun: homiletics
  1. the art of preaching or writing sermons.
    “the teaching of homiletics”

He said that Preaching is like Shooting A Rifle. You must take Aim at One Target

If you aim at One Main Spot you will Hit the Target

Not a Spray gun that scatters its bullets everywhere  and will not be effective

A message with many irrelevant topics will be like a Spray gun that is weakened and get no real result

Ha! That is what Commandos were trained in the Army. To shoot & kill

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5 Thine arrows are sharp in the heart of the king’s enemies; whereby the people fall under thee (Psalm 45: 5).

IN TODAY’S CONTEXT THE MESSAGE IS LIKE A BAZOOKA

Close-up of man shooting with machine gun man in military gear shooting action with mountains on background bazooka weapon stock pictures, royalty-free photos & images

 

The Secret is so simple and straight forward. The problem is the execution. Unless we have a Message there is nothing to “hit at”

So we must go down on our knees and pray for God to impart His Word first to our hearts

This was what Rev Chandra  Shekar Edar said,

God must first put the message into our hearts before we can put the message into the heart of the hearers”

A Sermon is different from a lecture. A lecture can be a mental subject without changing the life. A true Sermon is a message not just for the mind but also touches the very heart & soul.

Aha! That is why when I heard past SOMers like Matthew Seow, Jeremiah Ng, Dorcas, Esther, Faith speak or shared they all exhibit the same power in preaching or sharing.

I also heard present day SOMers Rev Tang Ah Chang & Rev Daniel Khoo (visiting guest speakers at Mt Calvary Baptist Church, Spore) with the same pointed message with unction

And in SOM Dr. Ng would tell us to preach & gave us Topics to speak

Using topics about our main weak points as subjects for preaching  were hardest to prepare and to preach. Preaching  against the preacher himself?

Guess what?

He told me to preach on a subject called

“Holy Haste”

I was baffled while he looked on quite amused. This slowest SOMer like a tortoise going to preach on “Holy Haste”?

Thank God for coming to my aid

In 10 minutes the Subject was brought to my mind

Yes. In SOM things moved fast. Prepare message on short notice. Only 10 minutes to pack up for long trip to Malaysia. We were trained to be better than Scout whose motto is “Be Prepared”

Now my 1st message in homiletics class

Holy Haste

  1. Holy Haste in the Life of Abraham

12 Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:

And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:

And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

So Abram departed, as the Lord had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.

Abraham exhibited holy haste at the call of God to leave his country.

And God blessed Abraham with a Son Isaac just as God promised

But Abraham heart turned more and more to his son till God has to test his loyalty by asking him to sacrifice Isaac on Mt Moriah

22 And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am.

And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.

Abraham left Haran at the age of 75. 25 years later Isaac was born. About 13 age Abraham was told to sacrifice Isaac so there was a span of 38 years since Abraham first obeyed God

Now will Abraham shrink from God’s Call. Did he wallow in pity for Isaac? Or question God? Of course not.

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And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him.

Abraham again responded in holy haste just as he did 38 years ago without wavering

See how God remembered him in Hebrews

By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.

Abraham’s faith shone out by his implicit obedience to God

Read again

he went out, not knowing whither he went.

He was willing to instantly follow God even though he was not sure where he was supposed to go

Oswald Chambers wrote an excellent book on Abraham called “NOT KNOWING WITHER”

2) Holy Haste in the Call of Fishermen to Serve Him

18 And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.

19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.

20 And they straightway left their nets, and followed him.

21 And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them.

22 And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him.

These were blue collar jobs simple fishermen called by jesus

They all responded in a holy haste

3) Holy Haste in the Call of Tax Collector

From Blue collar job worker Jesus now called White collar job worker to His Service

27 And after these things he went forth, and saw a publican, named Levi, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he said unto him, Follow me.

28 And he left all, rose up, and followed him.

29 And Levi made him a great feast in his own house: and there was a great company of publicans and of others that sat down with them.

Being a Tax collector Levi had better means so he reached out to his friends by throwing a great feast to win souls for Jesus

And so I preached my 1st Sermon against my self in front of Homiletic class

Thank God for His Servant

Now may God move all to respond in holy haste to His Voice

Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying,Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.

 

 

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