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You are worth more than many sparrows

You are worth more than many sparrows

Oct 2017     Have you ever felt that your world is caving in on you and the things that matter in your life (e.g. career, family, ministry) are not working out? It gets so bad you start to feel discouraged and wonder if God even cares. You may even wonder, “Does God really...
Bukit Panjang MC: Taking root, bearing fruit

Bukit Panjang MC: Taking root, bearing fruit

Oct 2017     In September 1936, renowned Chinese Christian evangelist, John Sung, conducted a gospel rally in Telok Ayer Chinese Methodist Church while passing through Singapore. A youth named Lim Kim Seng was converted during the rally. He began to proclaim Christ, and started a congregation in a charcoal shop in Bukit Panjang....
Celebrating life’s milestones

Celebrating life’s milestones

Oct 2017     Not long ago, I arrived at a chronological milestone. My family surprised me with a gathering to celebrate the occasion. During the event, it seemed like I received as much attention and congratulations as someone who had just finished a marathon. What did I do to deserve such attention? That...
Split

Split

Oct 2017     Named after the broom that in summer turns golden and gilds the land with the texture of opulence and the aroma of romance stirring the springs of love. Here cherries and grapes of refined flavour relished by all fruit lovers flourish abundantly. Yet chronicled in the folios of Roman times...
Starved of affection

Starved of affection

Sep 2017     The United Nations estimated that as of 2016, there are 795 million people facing hunger in the world. This fact is hard to comprehend, and even harder to accept in a world which has the capacity of producing enough food to feed itself and where food waste is a growing...
My life is not my own

My life is not my own

Sep 2017     “What’s in it for me? It’s my life. It’s my ministry. These are my talents. That’s my money to spend the way I want.” Have we entertained these thoughts? As Christians, we can sometimes lose our bearings in our walk with God and start asking, “What is God going to...
The Prodigal Son

The Prodigal Son

Sep 2017     How flippantly in the wild mustang years of his youth he demanded his inheritance from the wise patriarch of the family; and then chose to lead a life, unrestrained and borderless in the glitzy lights of the metropolis, in roistering taverns, in high-stake gambling dens, and in the pleasurable arms...
Kampong Kapor MC: ‘In and Involved’ in our community

Kampong Kapor MC: ‘In and Involved’ in our community

Sep 2017     Kampong Kapor Methodist Church (KKMC), the fourth-oldest Methodist church in Singapore, was founded on 25 Jan 1894 by the Rev William Shellabear and Miss Sophia Blackmore. It held worship services conducted in the Peranakan-Malay language at a building at 155 Middle Road. The church, which moved to 1 Kampong Kapor...
What if “This is it?”

What if “This is it?”

Aug 2017     "It's the journey, not the destination." I have had this statement addressed to me time and time again. Recently, a fellow walker said this when he noticed how eager I was to start hiking again after a brief rest. I admit I can be very focused on getting to my...
A Touch Of Love

A Touch Of Love

Aug 2017     And a leper came to him, imploring him, and kneeling said to him, “If you will, you can make me clean.” Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand and touched him and said to him, “I will; be clean.” And immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made...
A cup of water holds God’s fresh grace

A cup of water holds God’s fresh grace

Aug 2017     “A large city is a place where people are lonely. This loneliness is not the result of an absence of people; rather, it is due to a lack of genuine caring relationships.”1  This was the observation of an American philosopher and naturalist of the 19th century, Henry David Thoreau. We...
Sembawang Tamil MC: Bringing care and transformation to the community

Sembawang Tamil MC: Bringing care and transformation to the community

Aug 2017     We continue our series of profiling local churches from our three Annual Conferences of The Methodist Church in Singapore. As we come to have a better understanding of each other’s history and ministry, we may discover more opportunities to forge cross-church partnerships and collaborations. Sembawang Tamil Methodist Church (STMC) was...
A practical guide to ‘workshipping’

A practical guide to ‘workshipping’

Aug 2017     “The reality, as Mark Greene has said, is that 98 per cent of people in church will spend 95 per cent of their time outside of church, and their pastors should be thinking more creatively about equipping them for those mission fields.” (Preface to Workship) There is growing awareness among...
How churches and missions agencies can work together

How churches and missions agencies can work together

Jul 2017     The Church has had a long history of missions - starting from the book of Acts where Paul and Barnabas started the first missionary band to preach the Gospel to the Gentiles, to the Monastic movement in the 5th century, the Moravian Missions in 1732, and to the modern missions...
Paya Lebar Chinese MC: A close-knit family church

Paya Lebar Chinese MC: A close-knit family church

Jul 2017     The humble beginnings of Paya Lebar Chinese Methodist Church (PLCMC) can be traced back to amongst the remote attap villages located at Hougang in 1937. Today, 80 years on, God has blessed PLCMC with eight congregations across four languages (Mandarin, Hokkien, English, and Teochew). The church currently has a worship...
Contrasts

Contrasts

Jul 2017     That is why I can reminisce on my past, not being ashamed or guilty, but in quiet humility and understanding the process of maturity; because only when I see the contrast I understand the transforming nature of Christ no matter how far I had run and fallen, He redeems.  ...
Be serious but not anxious

Be serious but not anxious

Jul 2017     It would be fair to say that most of us want to be good at what we do. The employee handing in a report he had been slaving over for days and nights will wait anxiously for his boss' response. A young child who brings a new "toy" he has...
Let’s join God’s rescue mission

Let’s join God’s rescue mission

Jul 2017     A visit to the New York City’s Bowery Mission one night in 1869 provided Fanny Crosby (1820-1915) with the inspiration for one of her finest hymns. The Bowery Mission is a rescue mission that in the present day still provides food, medical services, and employment assistance to the working poor...

The Living Word

Jun 2017     The glamour of new messiahs enunciating words that give flesh and form to tenets framed by master-spirits – words compacted with designer genes to awaken and impassion the gullible who form the coterie of believers, capturing the headlines of tabloids and media, have currency and season; their tenure is ephemeral...
Listening to the Spirit’s prompting

Listening to the Spirit’s prompting

Jun 2017     An article entitled ‘Learning by Listening’ from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire (USA)1, wrote: “You can learn a lot through listening. In college, it will be a prime source of information. Unfortunately, people do not instinctively listen well.” It is quite true that we are by nature not good...
Paya Lebar MC: Blessing the nations and the community

Paya Lebar MC: Blessing the nations and the community

Jun 2017     Paya Lebar Methodist Church (PLMC) was established on 10 July 1932, and currently has more than 2,800 members. As God’s family, many of our church members meet regularly in cell groups to study His Word, minister to and pray for one another. The vision that God has given to us...
Blood is thicker than water, but bile is bitter

Blood is thicker than water, but bile is bitter

Jun 2017     An exercise I always set for my students learning about Family Therapy is for them to write an essay about themselves and their family. I will get them to draw their family tree and to subsequently infer how their parents, grandparents, and events from their formative years may have shaped...
Amazing love! How can it be?

Amazing love! How can it be?

May 2017     “I now found myself at peace with God, and rejoiced in hope of loving Christ… I saw that by faith I stood; by the continual support of faith, which kept me from falling, though of myself I am ever sinking into sin. I went to bed still sensible of my...
Jurong Tamil MC: Faithfully building our community

Jurong Tamil MC: Faithfully building our community

May 2017     Jurong Tamil Methodist Church (JTMC) celebrates our 40th anniversary this year. Established in 1977, the church started with 20 members gathering at the home of the late C. D. Pandian, who was Pastor then, in the Taman Jurong area. We moved to Jurong Christian Church (Lutheran) at the beginning of...
The message and the messenger

The message and the messenger

May 2017     In days of old, when messages were carried by persons rather than transmitted through mass media or the Internet, there was a common understanding that one should refrain from “killing the messenger”, especially when the message was unwelcome. These days, a common response to unwelcome news would be to categorise...
The Flame That Wouldn’t Quit

The Flame That Wouldn’t Quit

May 2017     It started shy – a gentle flame That almost blushed to burn; Then steadily it grew and grew – To stretch, it seemed to yearn. But as the hours flickered by It waned to a soft glow; And as I lingered close, I thought: “Quite soon now, it must go.”...
Changi MC: Small church, big dreams

Changi MC: Small church, big dreams

Apr 2017    

  Changi Methodist Church (CMC) was established as a local conference in 1979 with about 50 members at Kampong Chai Chee led by the late Rev Lee Chin Ming. Its pioneers were a passionate team of youths from Geylang Chinese Methodist Church. CMC started with just one worship service conducted…

Come, let us worship God our King!

Come, let us worship God our King!

Apr 2017    

  “Worship celebrates God’s great acts of salvation. During worship, God communicates to the worshipers His salvation and healing, to which the people respond with faith, praise, prayer, thanksgiving, and a life of service in the world,” said the late Dr Robert E. Webber , an American theologian known for…

Easter Dawn

Easter Dawn

Apr 2017    

  At the end of the Valley of the Shadow of Death, there is a Glory brighter than ten thousand suns that I can only see in reflection. It is a Glory that transcends Earth and Heaven, Illuminating every corner of my consciousness for it is the primal light of…

What type of listener are you?

What type of listener are you?

Apr 2017    

The irate husband looked in disbelief at his wife and said with a hint of frustration: “We had to come for counselling to say this?” He was responding to what he just heard from his wife, wondering why she could not have told it to him earlier in private. After…

Let us all stand up for Jesus

Let us all stand up for Jesus

Mar 2017    

“I must tell my Master’s errand, and I would rather that this right arm were amputated at the trunk than that I should come short of my duty to you in delivering God’s message,” said the 29-year-old Episcopalian clergyman, the Rev Dudley Tyng, who was known as a bold and…

Bedok MC: A church, a community, a movement

Bedok MC: A church, a community, a movement

Mar 2017    

Bedok Methodist Church (BMC) celebrated 70 years of God’s faithfulness last year. Throughout its history, God has been at the heart of the church’s central narrative, shaping a church, a community and a movement. God builds a church BMC began as a little house church in 1946 when 12 members…

God’s cure for the cares of your soul

God’s cure for the cares of your soul

Mar 2017    

Anxious for Nothing God’s Cure for the Cares of Your Soul by John MacArthur, Jr. Published by David C. Cook Late last year, I experienced bouts of anxiety over the smallest matters. Did I lock the door when I left the house? Did I send a confidential work email to…

Healing

Healing

Mar 2017     There is healing in total darkness when the garish light of public life strains the retina of insight and the glare of the noonday sun of harsh reality overwhelms, when acrid light casts a jaundiced hue on every dainty glen and lush bower that should bring delight; when light choked...
Through grit, the way forward

Through grit, the way forward

Mar 2017    

An article in the papers caught my eye some weeks ago. It was interesting because it seemed to say something different about marriage – something that, intuitively, I agreed with. Much of what is written about marriage these days is geared towards helping readers improve it and make it “great”….

Small deeds with great love

Small deeds with great love

Feb 2017      As we were about to end our tea conversation, my friend made an unexpected proposal. She had clearly thought about it for some time and felt the need to broach it carefully. She paused, cleared her throat and asked me not to take what she was about to say in...
Tamil MC at Short Street: A legacy of looking to the future

Tamil MC at Short Street: A legacy of looking to the future

Feb 2017     Tamil Methodist Church (Short Street) will celebrate its 130th anniversary on 28 Sep 2017. This church holds several distinctions: Not only is it the second Methodist church and the original home of Methodist Girls’ School, which began with nine young Indian girls, it is also Singapore’s oldest Tamil Methodist church,...
Let us keep the ‘lower lights’ burning

Let us keep the ‘lower lights’ burning

Feb 2017     How many of us, after listening to a sermon during church service, are inspired to pen our thoughts through a poem or a song? The 19th century hymn, ‘Brightly Beams Our Father’s Mercy’, was written by gospel songwriter Philip P. Bliss (1838-1876), who was impressed by an illustration the American...
The Journey Of Life

The Journey Of Life

Feb 2017     We journey through the unknown, To a home we have yet to own; A wonderful home in eternity, Promised by the Lord Almighty. It is a challenging journey, Often through hostile territory; But God will be with us all the way; If we obey Him night and day. When the...
Our everlasting God

Our everlasting God

Jan 2017     “I have now entered upon a new year, little knowing what it shall bring forth. A great burden is laid upon me; perplexity and difficulty lie before me, but I hope God will carry me through.”[1] This is an excerpt from the memoirs of the late Rev Theophilus Lindsey, when...
Faith

Faith

Jan 2017     Faith is the firstfruit of trust conceived in the matrix from the seed of enduring Truth and time-tried Knowledge.   Faith is a blind man leaping from an inferno into waiting arms below.   Faith is a sightless bat negotiating pillars from heard echoes reverberating from hard surfaces.   Faith...
It’s all about our (self) image

It’s all about our (self) image

Jan 2017     A new neighbour moved into a unit a couple of doors from my office a few weeks ago, specialising in aesthetics. A team of clinical-looking staff dressed in white coats soon appeared, and so did a steady stream of clients. I suspect that behind its pristine doors, staff would be...
Be born in us today

Be born in us today

Dec 2016     “Learn and understand the life of Jesus by walking where he walked. When you have seen where Jesus ministered, you will never read your Bible the same way again!” This is one of the many catchphrases in publicity brochures for Holy Land tour packages. I personally have not been to...
Turning regrets to plans

Turning regrets to plans

Dec 2016     By the time this article is read, the year 2016 would be nearing its end. What has this year been like for you? Was it much like previous years or did it hold some surprises? Is its passing felt with regrets, relief or a sense of quiet satisfaction? The passing...
Joy

Joy

Dec 2016     We will encounter foes, Life will have its woes, But God will help us to survive; Better still, He will give us life.   He will heal and He will save, He will lift us from the grave. Weeping may last through the night, Joy comes with the Eternal Light....
Foochow MC: 119 years of blessing the community

Foochow MC: 119 years of blessing the community

Dec 2016     Foochow Methodist Church (FMC) celebrates its 120th anniversary in 2017. It has its roots during the time when many Foochow- and Hock Chia-speaking worshippers longed for a pastor who could speak and preach to them in Foochow, and God answered their prayers. Officially inaugurated in mid-December 1897, FMC became the...
Asking the right questions

Asking the right questions

Nov 2016     The enquirer stated in her email that she was looking for a counsellor who was experienced and competent, as her husband could be a “difficult man”. I guess she meant he was not convinced that he had problems or needed anyone’s help to change. I have had a number of...
Joseph

Joseph

Nov 2016     Young Joseph drunk with the champagne of the stars that with the sun and moon did obeisance to him before the congregation of celestial lights, blurted out too early the secret message entrusted to him to the hostile ears of brethren seething to see him in the rainbow coat bestowed...
I know I am safe

I know I am safe

Nov 2016    

On 28 Aug 2016, the Ministry of Health and the National Environment Agency confirmed several cases of locally-transmitted Zika virus infection, and thus officially announced the Zika outbreak in Singapore. Many were fearful, especially pregnant mothers, of being infected by the mild disease transmitted by the Aedes mosquito. As I…

Prepare to launch your teen into adulthood

Prepare to launch your teen into adulthood

Nov 2016     “Is my child ready for the real world?” This has to be one of the greatest concerns of any parent with a teenager on the cusp of adulthood. Parenting is challenging work – perhaps more so now than ever before as values, ideals and beliefs that we hold as absolute...
Aldersgate MC – A heart encounter placed in the ‘brain’ of Singapore

Aldersgate MC – A heart encounter placed in the ‘brain’ of Singapore

Nov 2016     Aldersgate Methodist Church (AMC) is located at Dover Road, a place which has a high number of educational institutions, and enterprises which are cutting-edge, forward-orientated and leadership-developing, poised to have significant impact on future generations locally and internationally. We are strategically placed at the “brain” of Singapore. Our name – Aldersgate...
ETAC: Seeking to fellowship in Punggol

ETAC: Seeking to fellowship in Punggol

Oct 2016     It all started a few years ago, when our pastor, the Rev R. Prabhu (right) of Ang Mo Kio Tamil Methodist Church (AMKTMC) and current President of Emmanuel Tamil Annual Conference (ETAC), was visiting some places in Punggol. He realised there was no Tamil church in that area that could...
What Shall I Offer To The Lord?

What Shall I Offer To The Lord?

Oct 2016     How shall I come before the Lord, Bow down before the exalted God? Will a perfect prescribed sacrifice Offered on the altar suffice? Will sacrifices in abundance, Offered without repentance? Will the gift of my firstborn alone, My life transform, my sin atone? You have shown, Lord, what is right...
Hold on to the unchanging love of God

Hold on to the unchanging love of God

Oct 2016     At the age of 15, George Matheson (1842-1906) was told by doctors that his shadowy eyesight would soon become total blindness. However, that setback did not stop the teenager from enrolling in the University of Glasgow, Scotland, in 1857 where he graduated with a Master of Arts with first-class honours in 1862. Matheson eventually...
A time to ‘Man Up!’

A time to ‘Man Up!’

Oct 2016     As a Family and Marital Therapist, I have learnt not to assume when couples come for marital counselling that they naturally want to save their marriage. Even so, when I posed to a husband the question of what he wanted from counselling, I found his answer somewhat confusing – he...
The Living Word

The Living Word

Sep 2016     The glamour of new messiahs enunciating words that give flesh and form to tenets framed by master-spirits – words compacted with designer genes to awaken and impassion the gullible who form the coterie of believers, capturing the headlines of tabloids and media, have currency and season; their tenure is ephemeral...
FAQ ON FAMILY

FAQ ON FAMILY

Sep 2016     Focus on the Family Singapore answers frequently-asked questions in their database. Q: How do I initiate reconciliation with my teen after an argument – while maintaining my authority at home? A: For parents to successfully work things out with their teen, they need to deal with conflict as teammates. When...
Pilgrims on a quest

Pilgrims on a quest

Sep 2016     A word we do not often use to describe ourselves is that of being a pilgrim. This may be because the notion of being a pilgrim is rather foreign to many of us. It describes a person on a quest, usually a spiritual one. Whilst on this quest or search,...
AMK CMC: Partnering to bless the AMK community

AMK CMC: Partnering to bless the AMK community

Sep 2016      Ang Mo Kio Chinese Methodist Church (AMKCMC) had its humble beginnings in 1978 when a team of about 30 leaders and members from Paya Lebar Chinese Methodist Church came to Ang Mo Kio new town to evangelise and plant a new church. Fellowship meetings and worship services were held in...
Come just as you are

Come just as you are

Sep 2016     “If God loved me, He would not have treated me this way.” This was one of her typical emotional outbursts when Charlotte Elliot (1789-1871) vented her frustrations, condemning God for His cruelty to her.1 At the age of 33, when Charlotte should have been enjoying life as a portrait artist...
Lessons along The Way

Lessons along The Way

Aug 2016     My wife and I recently took a holiday unlike any other we ever had. For 10 days, we walked along an ancient pilgrimage route ending at Santiago, Spain, to a church where, as tradition has it, the bones of the Apostle James were laid to rest. Not being the outdoor...
David and Goliath

David and Goliath

Aug 2016     With faith in El Shaddai that could move mountains, this rubicund teenager fresh from the boondocks of Israel who had spent his youth tending his father’s flocks and writing and singing psalms with his shepherd’s harp to glorify his God, stepped forth into the battlefield unarmed, against the deadliest champion...
Ways to engage your teen on heart and hard matters

Ways to engage your teen on heart and hard matters

Aug 2016     Good communication is vital during conflict. When we asked 5,000 adults what they wished their parents had done differently during times of conflict, they gave these three responses most often: They wished their parents had listened more. They wished they could have talked about feelings more. They wished they had...
Wherever You Go: A Conversation About Life, Faith and Courage

Wherever You Go: A Conversation About Life, Faith and Courage

Aug 2016     Wherever You Go A Conversation About Life, Faith and Courage by Hannah Lau Published by Graceworks Available at SKS Books, retails at $22   When a vision of God first captures us, we are often caught up in excitement, confident that the journey ahead will be filled with wonder and...
LWMC – The church with an inter-generational focus

LWMC – The church with an inter-generational focus

Aug 2016     Living Waters Methodist Church (LWMC) was planted on Easter Sunday, 12 April 1998 as a preaching point at Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) by Barker Road Methodist Church, in partnership with Wesley Methodist Church and Aldersgate Methodist Church. The common vision was to establish a vibrant peaching point that would minister to...
Stop wandering and come to the Fount

Stop wandering and come to the Fount

Aug 2016     As a dissolute youth coming from a poor family, and who was apprenticed as a boy to a London hairdresser after his father’s death, Robert Robinson (1735-1790) had an unpromising beginning to life.1 Without a father to guide him, Robinson mixed with a notorious group of hoodlums and led a...
Ignorance or arrogance?

Ignorance or arrogance?

Jul 2016     The field of counselling suffers from an acute lack of locally-written material, so when asked to review Kirby Chua’s book The Bible’s Secrets to Counselling, I jumped at the chance. Kirby’s book makes an interesting read. Well-informed in various counselling models and theories, he discusses the practice of counselling not...
Righteous boasting in the cross of Christ

Righteous boasting in the cross of Christ

Jul 2016     We don’t usually link hymn-writers to politicians. As such, it is hard to believe that the author of the hymn ‘In the Cross of Christ I Glory’ was written by a Member of Parliament of Great Britain and a governor of Hong Kong. Knighted by Queen Victoria in 1854, Sir...
Arrows On Target

Arrows On Target

Jul 2016     Unless God builds the family All effort is futility. Children are a gift from God, They are our reward. Like arrows in a quiver, Will our children deliver? Are they on target? Will we live to regret? Train a child the way to go, They will surely follow; If we...
ETAC: Touching and transforming lives of migrant workers

ETAC: Touching and transforming lives of migrant workers

Jul 2016     The recent trend towards ministry among migrant workers began over two decades ago. Telugu Methodist Church (Singapore) is the fruit of ministry among migrant workers by Tamil Methodist Church, Short Street. Since then, it has been serving the migrant community at various dormitories. It is God’s love that compels us...
FAQ ON FAMILY

FAQ ON FAMILY

Jun 2016     Focus on the Family Singapore answers frequently-asked questions from their database. Q: My teen is quiet by nature. She recently expressed her concern that she isn’t part of the “in” crowd in school and started obsessing over her popularity. How do I reassure her? A: At this age, adolescents face...
Who do you go to bed with each night?

Who do you go to bed with each night?

Jun 2016     The late Anthony Yeo, often acknowledged as the Father of Counselling inSingapore, once gave this advice: the television (TV) should be banished from the bedroom. He felt its presence would put an end to conversations in the bedroom, not to mention other more intimate couple interactions. Instead of following his...
God Is Our Refuge

God Is Our Refuge

Jun 2016     The Most High God is our shelter; From fear, harm and danger; In the shadow of the Almighty, There is comfort and security. The Lord saves those unaware, From the evil trapper’s snare. His truth is guarantee, Of their absolute security. Multitudes will fall by the way, But all who...
Singing in suffering

Singing in suffering

Jun 2016     “Why should this happen to me, of all people, why me Lord, why?” This is a very natural response for someone who has met with a terrible tragedy and is experiencing a time of great sorrow. This was the reaction of Elizabeth P. Prentiss when she and her husband, the...
Geylang Chinese Methodist Church

Geylang Chinese Methodist Church

Jun 2016     Geylang Chinese Methodist Church (GCMC) was started in 1905 with four members and 14 seekers, and began its first church service in 1914 at its first purchased site at the junction of Aljunied and Geylang Road. There were members from four local conferences –Christ MC, Pentecost MC, Changi MC and...
Adoption: What Joseph of Nazereth Can Teach Us About This Countercultural Choice

Adoption: What Joseph of Nazereth Can Teach Us About This Countercultural Choice

Jun 2016     My husband and I adopted all four of our children. Our family’ s racial profile checks off almost every “ affirmative action” category. We have so many gene pools under one roof that we perplex even ourselves. Daily I homeschool one child with right-brain learning strengths and another with left-brain...
God Speaks

God Speaks

May 2016     Not in clouds mantled with thunder, nor in a fire-laced storm; Not in the rising cobra poise of a tsunami, nor in the swooping menace of a typhoon heading for landfall; Not in elected houses of governance nor in institutions of man; But in the stillness, in the pith of...
The ascended triumphant King

The ascended triumphant King

May 2016     Besides Ash Wednesday, I think Ascension Day is the next most uneventful day in many churches of the Methodist tradition. Year in, year out, Ascension Day –which occurs 40 days after Easter Sunday, and hence is always a Thursday – comes and goes quietly with no one in the congregation...
Driven by our desire

Driven by our desire

May 2016     YouTube was all abuzz when an American actor declared that he had a “dirty little secret”: for some time, he had battled with an addiction to pornography. This started a flurry of postings and debate online. There were those who praised him for “coming out”and, through his brave admission, showing...
Pentecost MC: The Name, the Word,  the Lease

Pentecost MC: The Name, the Word, the Lease

May 2016     Pentecost Methodist Church (Trinity Annual Conference) 4 Pasir Ris Drive 6, Singapore 519420 Sunday Services: 7.45 a.m. Peranakan/Indonesian Service 9 a.m., 11 a.m. English Service 11 a.m. Mandarin Service Contact:www.pmc.org.sg, pentecost@pmc.org.sg or 6584-0297 It is not uncommon for someone to ask me, “Pastor, isn’t the name of your church a...
Unequal wealth, unequal giving

Unequal wealth, unequal giving

Apr 2016     I have never been one for figures. In school, Mathematics was one subject I never could get my head around despite my best efforts. I put it down to being born without a “chip” found in most brains. However, I do not think that I am alone in having difficulty...
Raising an emotionally-secure teenager

Raising an emotionally-secure teenager

Apr 2016     Parenting a teenager in today’s world can be a challenging prospect. According to experts, teenagers today feel more stressed, overwhelmed and generally face greater emotional difficulties than before. Teenagers with a positive sense of personal worth are more likely to overcome the emotional minefields that they have to navigate through....
Outreach at Teck Whye: A ministry of grace

Outreach at Teck Whye: A ministry of grace

Apr 2016     The Teck Whye outreach ministry is first and foremost a ministry of grace. Why do I say that? It has all the same struggles, disappointments, heartaches and sorrows that are common to us all. We get it wrong often. We are weak in many areas. At times we see people...
Jesus and His Family: Portraits from the Bible

Jesus and His Family: Portraits from the Bible

Apr 2016     Bishop Emeritus Dr Robert Solomon has written a timely and insightful book with implications for personal piety and family relations. Based on accounts in the Bible and some outside sources, which he weighs and sometimes rejects, he presents interesting insights into Jesus’ birth and boyhood. Here and there are interesting puzzles:...
The fresh Breath of God

The fresh Breath of God

Apr 2016     Following the Easter Sunday celebration, the church enters into the Easter Season or the Great Fifty Days. The Scripture lessons in the lectionary for the Sundays that follow reveal the accounts of Jesus’ appearance during the 40 days between His resurrection and His ascension, and a further 10 days of...
Peace

Peace

Apr 2016     We long for abiding peace, For trouble and fear to cease; But are helpless against strife, That engulf and stifle life. Jesus lived with persecution; Yet in the face of crucifixion From which He had no release, He promised us peace. It was for us He had to die; The...
The Young Messiah: A compelling tale

The Young Messiah: A compelling tale

Mar 2016       “He’s not just a child.” This line, spoken by one of the characters in the upcoming film The Young Messiah, aptly summarises the impetus behind the film as well as its attraction for viewers, and ultimately speaks to the mystery that lingers beyond the ending credits. The Young Messiah...
Focus on the Family Singapore answers frequently-asked questions from their database.

Focus on the Family Singapore answers frequently-asked questions from their database.

Mar 2016     Q: What can we do as parents to help our teenager remain sexually pure? A: Children should be introduced to age-appropriate sex education and the purpose of marriage while they’re still young. Start by creating an environment where your child feels comfortable and safe to talk about his or her...
Ecce Homo

Ecce Homo

Mar 2016     Looking down He saw a mass on the hill of skulls.   He saw the crowd whom He led to life now goading Him to death.   He saw the clacking dice of the soldiers vultures squabbling for the prize.   He saw the seeking sheep who were lost spirits...
Spending Lent at the foot of Jesus’ Cross

Spending Lent at the foot of Jesus’ Cross

Mar 2016     Picture by Photosebia/Bigstock.com We are now in the season of Lent, and our thoughts should be focused on the sufferings and death of our Lord Jesus Christ. Sometimes referred to as “the Fast” or as “the Forty”, the season of Lent can be a time for restitution and restoration.1 Sad...
Queenstown Chinese MC : Making disciples, transforming lives

Queenstown Chinese MC : Making disciples, transforming lives

Mar 2016     An indication of a closely knit body of Christ is found in Queenstown Chinese Methodist Church (QCMC) and Faith Methodist Church (FMC), which counts among them members from the same families. They go way back to the 1960s when the Methodist Church initiated the ‘Queenstown Methodist Church Pioneer Work’ project,...
Focused attention

Focused attention

Mar 2016     These days, with so many things demanding our attention and energy, giving our focused attention to what we are doing is often a challenge. We seem to be torn in so many directions that being able to multi-task is one of the prerequisites for life today. Yet can we really...
Gethsemane

Gethsemane

Feb 2016     In golden youth when seems the earth A Summer-land of singing mirth, When souls are glad and hearts are light, And not a shadow lurks in sight, We do not know it, but there lies Somewhere veiled under evening skies A garden which we all must see – The garden...
Beholding the Glory of the Son of God

Beholding the Glory of the Son of God

Feb 2016     Transfiguration Sunday (7 Feb 2016) is the last Sunday of Epiphany, which is the Sunday before Ash Wednesday, andmarks the beginning of the Lenten journey.1 Though not universally observed, the Roman Catholics retain this day on its original date of 6 August. The Protestant Church, however, moved the commemoration from...
Wesley Methodist Church: Growing, building and impacting

Wesley Methodist Church: Growing, building and impacting

Feb 2016     At the Atrium of Wesley Methodist Church (Wesley) stand two boardswith numerous colourful paper hearts. Displaying handwritten reflections on Scripture, these paper hearts are part of a new year-long Bible Reading Drive where more than 2,600 Wesleyans committed to read the Bible daily in 2016. The Bible Reading Drive follows...
Guiding your teen to  manage  dating and relationships

Guiding your teen to manage dating and relationships

Feb 2016     As your child reaches the teenage years, he or she will naturally start being interested in the opposite sex.Do not panic! This is a natural phase of growing up. It is important that as parents, you approach your teen with an attitude of seeking to understand, guide and support them,...
Standing the test of time

Standing the test of time

Feb 2016     Two postings in the newspaper’s ‘Obituaries’ section caught my eye the other day. The first was for a woman in her 90s. It carried a list of her clan of 35 family members, nine of whom were great-grandchildren. Some may view this with a sense of satisfaction on her behalf...
Jesus came to identify with us

Jesus came to identify with us

Jan 2016     Epiphany is celebrated on 6 Jan, 12 days after Christmas Day. It is a great day of joyous celebration for all Christians as the church observes the manifestation of God’s Word made flesh, made known to all nations and people. For the Western churches, 6 Jan has come to be...
Abraham

Abraham

Jan 2016     Such matchless faith to abandon all – affluence, estates and patriarchal standing, in Ur of the Chaldees,  to respond to the call  of the Divine to leave for an unnamed destination in the desert lands beyond!   Rising above the tide of opposition  from family, friends and community  who questioned...
Possessions and Obsessions

Possessions and Obsessions

Jan 2016     Our devices now allow us to stay connected 24/7, so we take our work into our bedrooms and even on holidays, such that it affects our work-life balance. Yet, are our devices to blame? I am on my fifth day of being without a possession which has not left my...
Ministry at Bedok Preaching Point

Ministry at Bedok Preaching Point

Dec 2015     In addition to profiling local churches from our three Annual Conferences of The Methodist Church in Singapore, we also begin profiling ministries. As we come to have a better understanding of each other’s history and ministry, we may discover more opportunities to forge cross-church partnerships and collaborations. Seletar Tamil Methodist...
The Star of Bethlehem

The Star of Bethlehem

Dec 2015     The Star of Bethlehem Striding into Jerusalem on camel back three seers, of royal lineage, steeped in the language of the stars, and of their encoded messages, who were startled one evening to see in the prime quarter of a galaxy, a new star, a diadem of purest light outshining...
Celebrate the season of joyful expectation

Celebrate the season of joyful expectation

Dec 2015     The season of Advent is upon us once again as the church welcomes the start of the Liturgical Year. Spanning four Sundays before Christmas, Advent, which means “arrival” or “coming”, remembers the first arrival and the wait for the second coming of the Messiah who will come again to judge and...
Numbering our days

Numbering our days

Dec 2015     At our lives’ end, how will we account for the time given to us? The Psalmist reminds us to number our days, “that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom”.   By the time you read this edition of Methodist Message, some of you would be winding down your work...
Fetal Encounter

Fetal Encounter

Nov 2015     John, the harbinger, leapt in his mother’s womb, sensing the presence of the nascent Christ:   Such amazing fetal sentience, Spirit-sprung, transcending possibility, confirmed the immaculate conception: giving promise of the unfolding of the divine plan to bring salvation to fallen man.   Luke 1:39-45   Dr Oliver Seet is...
Sing a song for God’s saints

Sing a song for God’s saints

Nov 2015     For All the Saints (The United Methodist Hymnal, #711)   For all the saints, who from their labours rest, who thee by faith before the world confessed, thy name, O Jesus, be forever blest. Alleluia, Alleluia!   Thou wast their rock, their fortress, and their might; thou Lord, their captain...
GMC: Growing from grace to grace

GMC: Growing from grace to grace

Nov 2015     Church history is the record of God's gracious, wonderful and mighty deeds, showing how by His Spirit and Word He rules His Church and conquers the world. Nils Forsander The Beginnings of Grace The genesis of GMC was marked by a few distinctive features in the worship service of Telok...
Tips for helping teenagers  remain close to the family

Tips for helping teenagers remain close to the family

Nov 2015     God places every single one of us in families because He knows we desire connection, a sense of belonging, and people with whom we can journey through life. How do we as parents communicate to our teens that ultimately, family is of utmost importance, no matter what happens?   Build...
The curious connections of life

The curious connections of life

Nov 2015     Sometimes the most insightful discoveries come at the most unexpected times. Like what happened as I was doing my weekly ironing recently.   I had been puzzling over a counselling session the day before. The couple in their late thirties looked comfortable with each other. They exchanged warm smiles throughout...
The Word Of God

The Word Of God

Oct 2015     The Word Of God Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path. Psalm 119:105 (NKJV) Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You. Psalm 119:11 (NKJV) Open my eyes, that I may see Wondrous things from Your...
Blowing the ram’s horn in the year of jubilee

Blowing the ram’s horn in the year of jubilee

Oct 2015     Writing this article, I was reminiscing about the grand celebration of our nation’s 50th National Day. I give thanks to God for guiding and preserving this tiny nation, which appears as a little red dot in the world map, for 50 years of independence. Everywhere in Singapore, the SG50 logo that...
BRMC: Started by faith, motivated by love

BRMC: Started by faith, motivated by love

Oct 2015     At 4 p.m. on a Whit Sunday (otherwise known as Pentecost Sunday), ten schoolboys met in an old, dusty and dilapidated music room in a hostel. That was how Barker Road Methodist Church (BRMC) started on 20 May 1956.   The odds were stacked against them. These were young boys meeting...
To solve or resolve

To solve or resolve

Oct 2015     A renowned couple therapist once stated that most problems faced by couples are not resolvable. This was baffling, given that it was said by someone whose career was in helping couples with their problems. Was this a statement of resignation, which came after years of facing the stark reality of seeing...
Teaching teens how to renew their minds

Teaching teens how to renew their minds

Sep 2015     The world is full of counterfeit truth claims, but you can teach your teen to renew his or her mind and live according to God’s reality as the Bible defines it. When the mind is renewed, God’s will and reality become clearer. Here is how you can guide your teen...
Conflict and reconciliation

Conflict and reconciliation

Sep 2015     The week’s news is sadly all too familiar. Suicide bombings killing dozens, hate crimes targeting places of worship and an attack on a tourist site – mass murders, all in the name of ethnic or religious cleansing. By their frequency, these horrendous acts have reached a point of banality and...
Gideon

Gideon

Sep 2015     Was it mockery, a diatribe against his timorousness, brought on by Israel’s descent into the maelstrom of despondency, as scavenger tribes plundered the fruit of its labour, powerless to resist their savagery and greed. How effete to beat out wheat secretively in a wine press hidden in a cave!  ...
Making the most of our time

Making the most of our time

Sep 2015     Take Time to Be Holy (The United Methodist Hymnal, #395)   Take time to be holy, speak oft with thy Lord; abide in him always, and feed on his word. Make friends of God’s children, help those who are weak, forgetting in nothing his blessing to seek.   Take time...
You and Me Forever: Marriage in light of eternity by Francis Chan and Lisa Chan

You and Me Forever: Marriage in light of eternity by Francis Chan and Lisa Chan

Aug 2015     “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.” Romans 8:5 This is more than a book on marriage; it is a book for everyone....
Facing the uncertainty of tomorrow

Facing the uncertainty of tomorrow

Aug 2015     No one can be absolutely certain of what tomorrow will bring. We presume that tomorrow, we will still be alive, and our expectations and plans will come to pass without difficulty. When we make a trip, we assume that the car will start, the MRT train will not break down,...
BPMC: A growing church maintaining its kampong spirit

BPMC: A growing church maintaining its kampong spirit

Aug 2015     “….take root below and bear fruit above.”   Isaiah 37:31 Our beginning In September 1936, renowned Chinese Christian evangelist John Sung, while passing through Singapore, conducted a gospel rally in Telok Ayer Chinese Methodist Church. There, a youth named Lim Kim Seng was converted, began to proclaim Christ, and started a congregation...
Living in communities

Living in communities

Aug 2015     However, churches do not serve only as ‘petrol stations’ or entertainment hubs where we go to fill up or be uplifted. They are also places of mutual ministry. A recent conversation over lunch with a colleague led to the topic of which church we were attending. My colleague sheepishly confessed that she...
Into The Lord’s Harvest

Into The Lord’s Harvest

Aug 2015     Into The Lord’s Harvest Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the labourers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into His harvest.” Matthew 9:37-38 (NKJV) For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”… And...
The Son of Solomon

The Son of Solomon

Jul 2015     The Son of Solomon I do not truly grieve for him, my father, the great King, whom the world revered for his unsurpassed wisdom and untold riches; for his Palace – the House of the Forest of Lebanon with its forty-five pillars of cedar embellished with five hundred gold shields...
Remembering what God has done

Remembering what God has done

Jul 2015     Count Your Blessings (Baptist Hymnal 1991, #644) When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed, When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost, Count your many blessings, name them one by one, And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done. Refrain:  Count your blessings, name them one by...
AMKMC:  Growing and serving in Ang Mo Kio

AMKMC: Growing and serving in Ang Mo Kio

Jul 2015     Saying the Filipino pledge together during International Day Celebration. From a rented semi-detached house at Mayflower Rise and an average attendance of 35 persons in 1977, Ang Mo Kio Methodist Church (AMKMC) has come a long way as the first church building project undertaken by the General Conference of The Methodist...
Teens and their faith

Teens and their faith

Jul 2015     Be a parent who sticks with your son or daughter no matter what they’re going through. Remind them that you love him or her regardless of whether things are good or bad. As a parent, you’ve invested your life in your child. You brought them to church, taught them everything you know...
The journey of a thousand steps

The journey of a thousand steps

Jul 2015     What is your reaction when a wedding invitation arrives in your mailbox?   Some see it as a chore to have to dress up to the nines or to give ‘ang pows’ that draw various hues of responses – red faces from the disappointed wedding couple when the “token” amount is...
Boundless Love

Boundless Love

Jun 2015     Boundless Love Why God became a Man by Robert M. Solomon Published by ARMOUR Publishing Pte Ltd, 160 pages   Available at: Armour Publishing’s showroom (1003 Bukit Merah Central #02-07 S159836, opening hours from Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.), or via delivery from www.armourpublishing.com, or at Wesley...
Wisdom

Wisdom

Jun 2015     Wisdom “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” Proverbs 9:10 (NKJV)   “Now this is the commandment… that you may fear the Lord your God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments…” Deuteronomy 6:1-2 (NKJV)   If...
What lights you up?

What lights you up?

Jun 2015     Lightning rods or conductors don’t often draw our attention. They sit on top of every building and even on some trees marked for preservation at the Singapore Botanic Gardens. They are a protective device that seeks to channel the huge heat and electrical energy surge of a lightning strike to...
The unchanging truth of the triune God

The unchanging truth of the triune God

Jun 2015     The doctrine of the Trinity, deeply entrenched in Church tradition and staunchly embraced by the likes of Gregory of Nyssa, St. Augustine, Jonathan Edwards, and even John Wesley, was a much-debated topic between Trinitarian and Unitarians through the centuries.   Hymn-writers through the ages had played their parts in educating...
Peter Reminisces

Peter Reminisces

May 2015     I was not ready then to die for Him, my Lord, despite my oaths of allegiance and declarations of His divinity, that fateful evening at the garden when even the olive trees were bent over with grief as their Creator agonised with drops of blood falling from His brow, pleading...
Be inspired by the Holy Spirit

Be inspired by the Holy Spirit

May 2015     Come, Holy Ghost, Our Souls Inspire (UMH 651) Come, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire, and lighten with celestial fire; thou the anointing Spirit art, who dost thy sevenfold gifts impart. Thy blessed unction from above is comfort, life, and fire of love; enable with perpetual light the dullness of our...
HingHwa MC:  A lighthouse guiding people to Christ

HingHwa MC: A lighthouse guiding people to Christ

May 2015     HingHwa Methodist Church (HMC) is 104 years old this year. HMC was founded by the Rev Dr Brewster and the Rev Lee Tiong Swee in 1911 with 13 members, and worship services were held in a rented room at Middle Road. It was only in 1950 that we constructed our...
The gift that gives

The gift that gives

May 2015     “Will you tell us about (the importance of) forgiveness?” This request came from the Head of an agency where I was conducting some training on ‘Recovery from Infidelity’. This question might not seem odd to a lay person in counselling or to someone coming from a religious background. However, to talk about...
How to pass along the value of marriage to your children

How to pass along the value of marriage to your children

May 2015     Healthy marriages are foundational for a thriving society. But our children don’t necessarily hear that message in the media, learn it at school or even receive teaching about this at church. Many young people are being challenged and are forming ideas about marriage that are contrary to God’s initial design....
There Is Life After Death

There Is Life After Death

Apr 2015     Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed… For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible… “Death is swallowed up in victory.”… But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ....
Walking on with Christ through Easter

Walking on with Christ through Easter

Apr 2015     Camina, Pueblo De Dios (Walk On, O People of God) Refrain: Walk on, O People of God; walk on, O people of God! A new law, God’s new alliance, all creation is reborn. Walk on, O people of God; walk on, O people of God!   Look on Calvary’s summit;...
Toa Payoh MC: Planted to reach Toa Payoh

Toa Payoh MC: Planted to reach Toa Payoh

Apr 2015     Toa Payoh Methodist Church (TPMC) was birthed when Wesley Methodist Church and St Andrew’s Cathedral came together for a combined missions outreach project in 1968. We started off as a free clinic at Block 109, Lorong 1 Toa Payoh, providing opportunities to share the Gospel with those who came seeking...
What do you reach for?

What do you reach for?

Apr 2015       What do you reach out for when you feel trapped in a corner, besieged by life’s stressors? Where do you turn to and who do you go to? Some unfortunately turn to alcohol. Some others have come to rely on medication to cool their emotions and nerves.   My...
Gethsemane

Gethsemane

Mar 2015     Gnarled and weighed down with age, the olive trees, deep-rooted in mothering soil had witnessed the soul-wrenching struggle that fateful night when the Lord of all Creation made flesh agonised over the magnitude of the cost of redeeming the creatures fashioned in His Father’s image. It wasn’t the humiliation, scourge,...
 
 

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Together in our Father’s business

Together in our Father’s business

Oct 2017     The 25th Anniversary of the Methodist Missions Society (MMS) culminated with a banquet held on 27 Aug 2017 at The Fullerton Hotel. The theme of this banquet highlights the commitment of MMS in carrying out our Father’s business by being a “disciple-making movement that transforms lives”. My Father’s Business Banquet...
Golden years, new beginnings

Golden years, new beginnings

Oct 2017     Over a year ago, Mr Liau Vui Hon (right) was just another typical newly-retired senior. Having been sedentary for most of his working life, he was physically very unfit. The diabetes sufferer also had chronic knee pain and weakness in his left leg, which made climbing stairs impossible. As his...