Last day in Singapore!
Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church in Singapore is sister church (much bigger several times) to my own home church CPRC Ballymena, U.K.
My wife and I enjoyed fellowship with brethren and sisters today in worship, Bible Study, and chat at mealtimes. Though the sermons were “read” they we done in such a way as to be very like sermons preached.
A.M. Israel’s war with Amalek, Rev. D. Kleyn, (Exodus 17:8-16).
- Relatives who hated us and were hated by God (Amalek).
- God fights using us.
- Our power is in intercession believing God’s authority (rod)
P.M. Not weary in well-doing. Rev. C. Haak (Gal.6:9).
- flesh is weak.
- we all have our respective callings and “duty-work”.
- we may sow to the Spirit continuously.
- work is rewarded as we reap fruitful harvest (our own quality of life eternal, people converted and quality fruit in their lives).
The Men’s Bible Study in John 15 was exhaustive and enlightening and both in it and in personal fellowship I felt privileged to be used by God in serving the brethren.
Ladies’ BS (men in background)
Late tonight we leave for Philippines for a few days on one of their holiday islands and then weekend in Manila.
About 100 inches rain per year, temperatures averaging 30C most days, thunder and lightning on 40% of days.
An excellent guide: https://www.guidemesingapore.com/relocation/introduction/climate-in-singapore
|What he does
|What we must not do
|What that means
||His person sealing-love, kindness and tenderness.
|Grieve him (Eph.4:30)
|Pursue universal holiness
||His gracious operation-like fire
|Quench him (I Thess. 5:19)
|Work out what he works in
|Speaks through ministers
||The means of grace (preaching, reading)
|Resist him (Acts 7:51) by closing ears
|Listen and apply
Taken from John Owen’s “Communion with the Triune God.”
He does NOT inspire the “lively worship” or do the spurious “high jinks” or “miracles” or “so-called healings” or prostrations of the Pentecostal and Charismatic pseudo-churches but rather he reveals and teaches the truth of God and glorifies Christ by every means through the Scriptures which he inspired. We are to do the same. He is the divine witness and we are lesser witnesses.
Red Sea crossing. Jordan crossing-Ark leads.
The two great water crossings typify and foreshadow the two great stages of redemption in the work of Christ for his people. First the Red Sea crossing during the Exodus typifies release from bondage to sin and the tyranny of Satan and then the Jordan crossing and entry into Canaan typifies our release from this body of death into glorified bodies as we receive our eternal inheritance in our promised land in the age to come. No heaven without being born again. Both redemptive acts solely God’s work!
“We lose both the power and pleasure of our obedience for want of this consideration. The Holy Ghost undertakes to be our comforter. What an unworthy thing it is to grieve him who comes to us on purpose to give us consolation! The Holy Ghost, in his inﬁnite love and kindness toward me, has condescended to be my comforter; he does it willingly, freely, powerfully. What have I received from him! In the multitude of my perplexities how has he refreshed my soul! Can I live one day without his consolations? And shall I be regardless of him in that wherein he is concerned? Shall I grieve him by negligence, sin, and folly? Shall not his love constrain me to walk before him to all well-pleasing?” Eph.4:30
These are the most visited gardens in the world ( 4 million p.a.) and a UNESCO world heritage site. Trees of the tropics, some huge and 300 years old, beautiful flowers especially orchids AND wandering monitor lizards that swim thrown in, plus fish and turtles. It was hot! Cost 80p!
Bat-Tailed Drongo (black)
Pitcher plant-carnivorous-insects fall in and are dissolved.
Owen is brilliant (Communion with God).
There are three things considerable in the Holy Ghost: (1) his person, as dwelling in us; (2) his actings by grace, or his motions; (3) his working in the ordinances of the word, and the sacraments—all for the same end and purpose. To these three are the three cautions before suited: (1) Not to grieve him, in respect of his person dwelling in us. (2) Not to quench him, in respect of the actings and motions of his grace. (3) Not to resist him, in respect of the ordinances of Christ, and his gifts for their administration. Now, because the whole general duty of believers, in their communion with the Holy Ghost, is comprised in these three things, I shall handle them severally. TBC.