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NOVEMBER 26TH, 2017 PJ CHURCH OF CHRIST BULLETIN

SERMON:
Thank you brother Antonio Lopez for the all-important message on “Love” last Sunday. This morning brother Wong Wee Loke will bring us the another lesson from God’s Word. Do bring your loved ones/ friends to worship with us every Sunday.

SUNDAY ADULT BIBLE CLASS:
This morning brother Wong Wee Loke’s lesson from the “Strengthening Your Grip” series is “On Authority”. Food for Thought: “I fully realize there are times when resistance is needed. We would not be a free nation had we not fought for our liberty. Furthermore, the lawless would rule over the righteous if we allowed ourselves to be walked on, stolen from, and otherwise taken advantage of. There are times when there must be resistance and a strong determination to defend one’s rights. …My concern is the obvious erosion of respect for needed and fair authority. .. the lack of submission toward those who should be over us, who earn and deserve our cooperation. Instead, there is a growing independence, a stubborn defiance against any authority that attempts to criticize, correct, or even caution. No one can deny that this self-centred rebellion is on the rise. My desire is that we see the difference, then respond correctly to God-given authority with an attitude of true humility, the mentality mentioned in the New Testament modelled so beautifully by Jesus Christ.” Please bring your children punctually for the Sunday Children/Youth Class to be taught the Bible every week.

PRAYER REQUESTS:
Please pray for brethren who are travelling: Ong Chong Fatt (USA): Goh Cheng Phor & Grace (S. Korea). Also pray for Eunice Tan - expecting her first child; Bernedette Savitha (Tony George’s niece) – ovarian cancer; Norm Jensen – recuperating in Bakersfield, California; sister Nalini – heart problems; Chan Lay Har (Bedok Singapore) – recuperating from major stroke; Wong See Keok, Tan Swee Yoke, Choy Foong’s mother, father, Tan Yoke Ying and sister Thoo – health concerns. Please inform the church staff if you need to be included in the bulletin prayer list.

OUR HONOURED GUESTS:
We extend our warmest welcome to Xavier Gomez; Franklin & Ann and our regular visitors who worshipped with us last Sunday.

THANK YOU!
We thank you sister Cynthia Wong for the beautiful cardboard-tree that she had made to replace the old faded one on the notice board.


HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM IOWA!
November 24th, 2017: Dearest Brethren, Had Thanksgiving Dinner in Ames, Iowa with the Santiagos. While Americans have stuffed turkey with the trimmings for Thanksgiving, we had Malaysian style yummy delicious spicy chicken curry prepared by Anthony and it was good. Malkan prepared the blueberry cobbler for dessert. Thanksgiving is the time of the year where Family come back to their hometowns for reunion (similar to our Chinese Reunion Dinner before the CNY) and to give thanks. Canada celebrates Thanksgiving in September when I had the privileged to have luncheon at the preacher’s home in Calgary after Sunday service. Great custom and tradition. The weather is getting colder and colder as USA prepares for winter in early December. The sun sets before 5.00 pm and it gets real dark outside. I am scheduled to teach and preach again this Sunday at the Westside COC in Ames before I fly back to Memphis for the last week of classes. Then Miles Cotham graciously offered to pick me up to Nashville where I will spend 6 days (while HST students have final exams) visiting different brethren (San Tin, Kok Hai, Edward Short, Edward Ho and others). It will be good to visit Nashville again after 22 years. God has really been very kind, gracious and benevolent to me in my travels. My eyesight has been the best (since the cataract operations several months back) from what I could remember. I can see far but read near with reading glasses. Scheduled to fly to Los Angeles on the way back Malaysia on December 7th, spend a few days with the Jensens at Bakersfield and leave for home on December 11th and will be back Home Sweet Home on the 13th. Thanks for all the prayers for my safety and protection in my travels and Sabbatical. It had been a great and spectacular three months so far. Bumped into lots of people that I had known over the years that had connection with Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Asia and ACU. Looking forward to be back Home Sweet Home. God Bless!! OCF

QUOTES
"Better to love God and die unknown than to love the world and be a hero; better to be content with poverty than to die a slave to wealth; better to have taken some risks and lost than to have done nothing and succeeded at it." -- Erwin W. Lutzer

"One of the most wonderful things about knowing God is that there's always so much more to know, so much more to discover. Just when we least expect it, He intrudes into our neat and tidy notions about who He is and how He works." -- Joni Eareckson Tada

"A quiet morning with a loving God puts the events of the upcoming day into proper perspective." -- Janette Oke




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