Parents – Need Help?

“Parenting Trends

Raising Children for the 21st Century”

Speaker: Lee Wee Min from Focus on the Family

28th  July 2012; 10 am to 12 pm

Venue:   Mosaic Community Studio Sdn. Bhd
S20,Centrepoint, Lebuh Bandar Utama, Bandar Utama.

Calling all parents.  Feeling the generation gap?  Unsure or unfamiliar with the changing challenges that children face today?   Did you use to play with spiders when you were young but your children now play with Playstation?  This may be the seminar for you.   The session highlights include a) trends confronting both parents and children today, b) trends from media and cultural influences, c)  trends in contradiction with traditional perspectives; d) modern barriers to parent -child relationships and e) ingredients to develop meaningful relationships.   Admission is FREE!

To find out more about Focus on the Family, please click this link.

Say, Are You One of the Apostles?

The church is currently continuing with its series of sermons from the Book of Acts during our Sunday Worship Service.  The traditional name for this book is “The Acts of the Apostles”.  So, perhaps it is timely that we review just how well we know the 12 Apostles.  Take the fun quiz below  (by clicking on the image) and see just how well you know who’s who.  Maybe you could leave a comment and tell us how well you did.

Tony and Ashley Low’s Testimony

Last Sunday, after the worship service, there was a special meeting at the church during which Tony and Ashley Low shared their testimonies and those of us who were there were truly blessed and encouraged to declare that “our God is an Awesome God” (which ties in so nicely with our last post).

Tony and Ashley both come from well known families in Malaysia.  Tony obtained his MBA in England and went on to be involved in property development, manufacturing and hotel business.   Ashley studied civil engineering in England and then went on to do her MBA and has a career in banking.  Together, they have a 14 year old son.

However, about 14 years ago, Tony was diagnosed with stage four or final stage cancer.  Both were from Taoist backgrounds and Ashley’s mother especially encouraged them to seek the help of a famous Taoist medium from Penang.

Ashley spoke of how they tried everything that the medium told them to do which ranged from drinking the ashes of burnt magical writings, to drinking scorpion fortified wines and when the cancer still persisted recommended the ultimate treatment ………to get struck by lightning!  They were so desperate they tried it all!

However, the cancer got so bad and Tony was in so much pain, they finally went back to western medicine.  But by then the cancer was so advanced and had spread so far through the body that most of the doctors just told him that he had about 3 months to live and that he should go home to wait his fate.

However, one doctor was willing to attack the cancer aggressively with chemotherapy and thus started a twelve year journey consisting of a cycle of weakening chemotherapy, joy of remission and followed by the despair of discovering the cancer had returned.  During this time, Tony and Ashley went deeper into Buddhism, making many visits to India.

Ashley shared of her spiritual journey during this time but finally she came to know Jesus Christ as her Lord and Saviour and started to attend St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Kuala Lumpur.  Her fellow believers then began to support both Ashley and Tony in their prayers.

The fourth time that the cancer came back it had returned with a vengence in the form of a tumour the size of an avocado in the right frontal lobe of Tony’s brain.  The doctors decided that an operation was necessary to remove the tumour even though the chance of dying during surgery was very high.

This really looked like the end of the road and Tony was trying to ready himself for death in accordance to his Buddhist beliefs.  When Ashley’s pastor came to pray for him before the surgery, he chased the pastor away saying that he did not know this Christian god and would only believe if he could see and speak to God directly and not through a mere messenger.

The operation did not go well and Tony was in a coma.  After 4 days, Tony was being kept alive by a respirator machine and his kidney functions were failing.  Basically, his body was shutting down and doctors urged Ashley to give permission for them to take him off the life-support and let him die.

But Ashley received words of encouragement from God through a couple of verses in the Bible and decided not to give that permission.  Both her family and his thought that she was being unrealistic in carrying on.

Then to everyone’s surprise (except maybe Ashley’s), Tony came out of the coma on the 7th day and his body began functioning again.  Even more amazing, he had been given a vision of God during his coma and woke with a conviction that God had prolonged his life to testify about God to other people.

So Tony went into the operation as a Buddhist and after the coma, came out as a Christian!

The awesomeness continues.  Despite being surprised that Tony was still alive, the doctors then went on to tell them that during the operation, they had to remove about a quarter of Tony’s brain and he was going to be paralysed from the neck down.

Well, Tony is alive today, more than two years on, and is totally healed.  He has no paralysis.  God healed him completely of cancer too.  Tony is now taking a long break from business and has started studies in theology at Presbyterian Bible College in Melbourne. Enjoying the fruits of the spirit God has granted him.

What has happened to Tony has no medical explanation!  As a result, two of his doctors has since found faith in the Lord Jesus!  Praise be to God!

Despite the length of this post,  much has been left out about the amazing details of how God dealt with Tony and Ashley with such grace and love during their long journey with cancer and listening to their actual testimonies is still highly recommended.

A recording of their sharing was made and copies are being made on CDs.  If you would like to have a copy to listen to the testimonies or to share it with others, please leave a request in the comment section (to leave a comment, click on the white word balloon on the top right of this post).

Praise Song: Awesome God

The song, Awesome God, has been in our church songbook for as long as anyone can remember.  But, what’s this?  Up to now we have only been singing the chorus?  You mean there are more verses to the song?  Awesome.

Last Sunday, led by Elder Choo Min Fook, we made a game effort to sing the whole of this wonderful song of worship but to be honest, we will need to practice more to do the song justice.  So let’s learn this song so that we will be better prepared to worship our awesome God the next time.

When He rolls up His sleeves
He ain’t just putting on the ritz
(Our God is an awesome God)
There’s thunder in His footsteps
And lightning in His fists
(Our God is an awesome God)

And the Lord wasn’t joking when He kicked ’em out of Eden
It wasn’t for no reason that He she’d His blood
His return is very close and so you better be believing that
Our God is an awesome God

Our God is an awesome God
He reigns from heaven above
With wisdom, power, and love
Our God is an awesome God

Our God is an awesome God
He reigns from heaven above
With wisdom, power, and love
Our God is an awesome God

And when the sky was starless
In the void of the night
(Our God is an awesome God)
He spoke into the darkness
And created the light
(Our God is an awesome God)

Judgement and wrath He poured out on Sodom
Mercy and grace He gave us at the cross
I hope that we have not too quickly forgotten that
Our God is an awesome God

Our God is an awesome God
He reigns from heaven above
With wisdom, power, and love
Our God is an awesome God

Our God is an awesome God
He reigns from heaven above
With wisdom, power, and love
Our God is an awesome God

Our God is an awesome God (Our God is an awesome God)
He reigns from heaven above (He reigns from heaven above)
With wisdom, power, and love (With wisdom, power, and love)
Our God is an awesome God
Our God is an awesome God
Our God is an awesome God

(Song by Rich Mullins)

Sunday Worship Service (July-December 2012)

Every Sunday we have our Sunday Worship Service (9 am -11 am), where the church meets to worship God, share the communion of the Lord’s Table and to hear a message from God’s word. To find out more, see our section on “What can I expect?

 

JULY-DECEMBER 2012

 

FOLLOWING Jesus our Lord

“. . . my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death” —Philippians 1:20

 

JULY

FOLLOWING CHRIST AS THE EARLY CHURCH DID : THE WORD SPREADS! Acts 6:8-13:3

01 Stephen : The Church First Martyr   Acts 6:8-8:1 Francis Dunn
08 Philip : Expansion To Samaria Acts 8:26-40 Leong Hock
15 Saul : A Surprising Conversion  Acts 9:1-20, 22:1-22, 26:1-32 Titus
22 Peter & Cornelius : God’s Expansive Purposes  Acts 10:1-11:18 Arnold Lim CHRIST IN MISSIONS
29 Herod & God’s Hidden Hand At Work  Acts 12:1-25 Calvin Loh

 

AUGUST

05 Antioch : Our Mother Church  Acts 11:19-30, 13:1-3 Kong Yeng Pooi
 

FOLLOWING CHRIST IN THE LIFE OF A LOCAL CHURCH : Titus 1-3

12 Titus 1 Calvin Tan
19 Titus 2 Choo Min Fook
26 Titus 3 Francis Dunn
 

SEPTEMBER

30 Aug -02 Sept FAMILY CAMP “BRAVE ENOUGH TO FOLLOW” Ng Kam Weng, Stuart Briscoe

 

FOLLOWING CHRIST IN OUR MARKETPLACE

09 The Call to be in the Marketplace Selvendren
16 Coping with the Marketplace Powerplay Tan Yu Chai
23 Get Salty: Ethics in the Marketplace Wong Chong Wah
30 Shine the Light: Evangelism in the Marketplace Chew Phye Keat

 

OCTOBER

FOLLOWING  GOD WITH OUR ALL – DANIEL

07 The God who is there (Dan 1) Ng Kam Weng
14 The God of history (Dan 2) Calvin Tan
21 The God of personal crisis (Dan 3) Soon Thye
28 The God who rules over kings (Dan 4) Wong Sai Weng

NOVEMBER

04 The God who judges nations (Dan 5) Steven Low
11 The God who delivers (Dan 6) Francis Dunn
18 The God of glory and might (Dan 7) Abraham
25 The God of visions and dreams (Dan 8) Titus

 

DECEMBER

02

The God of Daniel’s prayer (Dan 9)

Tan Seng Kuan
09 Angels of God (Dan 10) Soon Thye
16

The God of the end times (Dan 11 & 12)

Min Fook
23

Following Christ –our Treasure of Treasures

Calvin Tan
25

Christmas Service

 
30

Testimonies, Sharing and Prayer

 

Said the Shepherd to the Flock….

This is a transcript of Uncle Tee Fatt’s parting words on the 1st of July 2012 as he announced his retirement from the position of Elder of Bangsar Gospel Centre.

 

 

“Don’t worry I am not up here to give you a sermon. I am here to make an announcement.

30th June 2012 was my last day as an elder after having served as an Elder of BGC from 1993, a total of 19 years. I would like to record my appreciation to all of you for your prayers and support. I think all of you deserve a prize for having me as an Elder for the last 19 years.

I would also like to thank Mabel and Francis Dunn who joined us when we started giving tuition and running the Sunday School at Nilai Gospel Chapel from 1998 to 2010. Along came Kareen, Irene Ngiam, Chew Kim Sun and Jonathan Wong who supported this ministry. This was followed by Gary Chien, Edward Soong, Roy Lim, Yan and Jennette Tan.  Jennette has since given her heart to a young man from Nilai Gospel Chapel and they will be married by early next year.

I take my hat off to the youths who served Nilai Sunday School and provided tuition for 12 years. They would normally leave for Nilai by or before 1 pm and would not be back until 6.30pm provided we were not caught in the notorious Sg Besi evening traffic on Sunday. The youth not only helped out in the Sunday School and tuition, they even washed toilets and cleaned up the premises before they left. Today Nilai Gospel Chapel is independent and in their own premises. The Lord has blessed the work richly.

Now some advice to the youth and the church:

(1)   Youth: Don’t tattoo your body. In Gal 6:17 “You can only bear on your body the mark of Jesus.” In Levi 19:28, we read, “You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you. I am the Lord.”

(2)   The church : Paul in 1 Tim 3:1 “commends the role of serving the church as an Elder as a noble task”. It is therefore good for a believer to aspire to be an Elder.

I am confident with God’s help the present leaders will do a good job for BGC. Please uphold them in your prayers.

Finally, forgive me if I have hurt anyone in my 19 years as an Elder.

May God bless all of you richly.”

WTF

Scrapbook of Memories for Uncle Wong Tee Fatt

 

Last Sunday, on the 1st of July, Mr. Wong Tee Fatt, our church elder and “Uncle” to almost everyone, took the step of retiring from being an elder.  He was one of the longest serving elder at Bangsar Gospel Centre having chalked up 19 long years which will be remembered for his dedicated and loving service to God and His people; his humble leadership through servanthood and example and his passion for the young, the sick and the unsaved.  Of course, Uncle Tee Fatt will still be an active member of the church but to mark this occasion and as a token of our love and appreciation, he was given a scrapbook of memories which was put together with contributions from almost every group in church.

 

 

To see this fantastic scrapbook (many thanks to everyone for helping to put it together), click on the link below.  It is a very large file and may take a minute or two to load but please be patient……it will be worth the wait.

Uncle Tee Fatt’s Scrapbook of Memories

8 JULY SPECIAL!

“When all the doctors had given up on her husband during the coma in the ICU after the brain operation, God did not..”

Come and hear the incredible story of Tony & Ashley Low.  Bring your friends & family too.

Sunday, 8 July, 11.30am.  Bangsar Gospel Centre

Word from the Elders (July 2012)

Take up our positions, stand still and see …………

For the past month, I have been following Euro 2012, savoring the different brand of football by different European countries. From the “tiki taka” of Spain to the Dutch “total football” (though it didn’t work this time), or the German “non-fancy but efficient” style and the long balls of the English, I love to pay special attention on tactics and positions adopted by the various teams; a second nature to me. “The guy is a strategist,” Aunty Harriet once said about me.

Last week, during my alone time with God, He led me to 2 Chronicles 20:17, “You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand still and see the deliverance the LORD will give you, O Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the LORD will be with you.” This was what the Spirit of the LORD said to King Jehoshaphat before He led Judah to victory over Moab and Ammon.

As we lead His people, the LORD reminded me of three things: have the right conviction, the right action and the right emotion. The right conviction is to know that the battle belongs to the Lord. We will not have to fight this battle. God has shown me over and over again that He alone brings revival, success and fruitfulness among His people.

The right action is to position ourselves and be still before God. This brings about a balance between the need to organize and strategize and to also recognize that there is only so much that we can do. With our limited resources, we take up our positions, stand still and we wait. Unless God shows up, nothing will happen. Rick Warren, in his book, “Purpose Driven Church” illustrates this truth by looking at a surfer who prepares and positions himself at sea. Nothing will happen unless the waves show up. And when they do, he will ride them.

The right emotion is to be fearless, knowing that God is with us. There have been some changes in Bangsar Gospel Centre and today there is yet another change in our church life. A big change indeed! When Joshua stepped into the shoes left by Moses, he had to hear these same words from our LORD, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go,” before he went into the promised land.

Where do we go from here? As much as we organize ourselves and take up our positions, we continue to pray, “O LORD, many things about tomorrow, we don’t seem to know and understand, but we know who holds tomorrow and we certainly know who holds our hands.”

by Francis Dunn on behalf of the Elders