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AUGUST 6TH, 2017 PJ CHURCH OF CHRIST BULLETIN

SERMON:
Brother Chong Fatt will bring forth the sermon on “The Whole Creation Groans…” (Romans 8:18-27) from the pulpit at our Combined Worship with brother Steven Tham as translator this morning. Please stay back for our monthly Agape Feast luncheon after our church services this afternoon. Continue to invite/bring your friends and loved ones to all of our church services.

SUNDAY ADULTS BIBLE CLASS:
Our minister will conclude the series on “Ecclesiastes” in the Adults class this morning. Food For Thought: “Fear God and keep His commandments; for this is the whole duty of man.” (12:13). The whole duty of man for Ecclesiastes, was not only to keep specific commandments. It involved the enjoyment of life and the appreciation of the variety of situations in which we find ourselves. More fundamentally the “whole duty of man” sounds like a foolproof recipe for ultimate success. While the Law, as the apostle Paul would say, is holy and just and good, it does not in itself assure success or salvation. Ecclesiastes knew as well as Paul that we cannot attain an ultimate “profit” or salvation by ‘the works of the Law.’ Life cannot be reduced to such a formula. The pursuit of the Law, like any other pursuit that is thought to ensure salvation or ‘profit’, would be considered by Ecclesiastes as ‘vanity’ or ‘chasing after wind.’” Brother Wee Loke will commence teaching a new series “Strengthening Your Grip” next Sunday. Bring your children and loved ones punctually for all our Bible classes geared for all ages and taught by our dedicated teachers.

OUR HONOURED GUESTS:
We welcome our honoured guests: Mery Arulandu; Rod, Amy & son Lucas Ewald (Wellington, New Zealand); Elsie Addama, Ana Marie Dacasin (Tess’ friends); Eric (Tess’ brother); Agnes Lopez & Olivia (Klang) and our regular visitors who were in our midst last Sunday. Come Back Again!

STUDY SABBATICAL IN MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE:
Brother Chong Fatt will leave for the USA this coming Thursday (August 10th) for his study sabbatical at the Harding School of Theology in Memphis, Tennessee (Fall Semester 2017) for research and renewal where he will be away for four months (mid-August to mid-December). While there, he will attend Bible lectureships and promote Asian missions. Please pray for him as he adjusts himself to new environment in this study sabbatical.

PJ CHURCH COMMITTEE MEETING:
The PJ Church Committee will meet immediately after our Agape Feast Luncheon this afternoon.
PRAYER REQUESTS:
Please continue to pray for: Madam Lee See Mooi (Lay Ling’s mother) – recuperation from knee replacement surgery at home; Brother Norm Jensen – recuperation from a complicated fusion of 2 disks in California; sister Nalini – heart problems; Chan Lay Har (Bedok, Singapore) – recuperating from major stroke; Steven Leong – painful left arm; Yee Pin – Parkinson’s Disease; Wong See Keok, Tan Swee Yoke, Choy Foong’s mother, Bawani’s father, Tan Yoke Ying, Sister Thoo – health concerns. Please inform the church staff if you are away/traveling, or have prayer concerns to be included in our weekly church bulletin.

QUOTABLE QUOTES:
“God washes the eyes by tears until they can behold the invisible land where tears shall come no more.” (Henry Ward Beecher)

“If God is in charge and loves us, then whatever is given is subject to His control and is meant ultimately for our joy.” (Elisabeth Elliot).

“There are four things you can do with the hurts that come into your life, nurse them; curse them; rehearse them; or reverse them.” (Patrick Shaughnessy).

“Suffering tempers our easy optimism and checks our prejudices. You can often recognize those who have suffered. They are slow to give opinions when some issue is being discussed. They are patient with those caught in some sin. They withhold judgment because they have felt its sting.” (Gordon Houser).

“How often we look upon God as our last and feeblest resource. We go to Him because we have nowhere else to go. And then we learn that the storms of life have driven us, not upon the rocks, but into the desired haven.” (George MacDonald).

“C.S. Lewis has estimated that four-fifths of human suffering is caused by human beings being wicked to one another.”

“Suffering does two things for the Christian that could not otherwise be so well accomplished: It cultivates humility and develops strength.”

AUGUST BIRTHDAYS:
02 – Eunice Tan 04 – Rebecca Chiam 08 – Iris Tay
10 – Elaine Lopez 10 – Lee Choon Weng 11 – Krishnan
12 – Suzie Yeow 15 – Lim Ming Ai 16 – Shania Bird
19 – Grace Goh 20 – Maya Kaur 22 – Gemma George
23 – Chu Siew Thim25 – Jasmine Wong 26 – Steven Leong
27 – Jon Wong 29 – Hoh Kah Joon 31 – Adrian Lee
31 – Cynthia Wong




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