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DECEMBER 24TH, 2017 PJ CHURCH OF CHRIST BULLETIN

SERMON:

We thank brother Ong Chong Fatt for sharing with us his “Reminiscences” last Sunday. This morning brother Ong Chong Fatt will preach on the topic “Wise Men From Everywhere” Matthew 2: 1-12. Continue to bring your loved ones/friends to worship with us each Sunday.



SUNDAY ADULT BIBLE CLASS:

This morning brother Ong Chong Fatt will bring a lesson on “How Do you Build Your House? Matthew 7:24-29. Oswald Chambers [1874-1917], a prominent Scottish Christian minister and teacher, best known for the widely-read devotional My Utmost for His Highest comments: Every spiritual castle will be tested by a three–fold storm – rain, floods and winds – the world, the flesh and the devil, and it will only stand if it is founded on the sayings of Jesus. Every spiritutal fabric that is built with the sayings of Jesus instead of being founded on them, Jesus calls the building of a foolish man. There is a tendency in all of us to appreciate the sayings of Jesus Christ with our intellects while we refuse to do them: then everything we build will go by the board when the test comes … It is easy to build with the sayings of Jesus, to sling texts of Scripture together and build them into any kind of fabric. But Jesus brings the disciple to the test, ‘You hear My sayings and quote them, but do you be them -- in your office, in your home life, in your private life?’” Hearing and doing are hallmarks of Matthew’s understanding of discipleship. For Matthew, one does not rightly hear if one does not also do. For him, head, heart, will, and hands are integrated into a life that trusts God and serves humanity. We are all house-builders. In this metaphorical world, building a house is like building a life. To understand this, we could replace the word “house” with “character” or “soul”, we are all of us constructing a life. We do this primarily by the choices we make. Please bring your children punctually for the Sunday Children/Youth Class to be taught the Bible every Sunday.



PRAYER REQUESTS:

Please pray for Goh Cheng Phor & Grace (Sitiawan); Tony George & Gemma (Trengganu). Continue to pray for Eunice Tan - expecting her first child; Bernedette Savitha ( ony George’s niece) – ovarian cancer; sister Nalini – heart problems; Chan Lay Har (Bedok Singapore) – recuperating from major stroke; Wong See Keok, Tan Swee Yoke, Choy Foong’s mother, Bawani’s father, Tan Yoke Ying and sister Thoo – health concerns. Please inform the church staff if you are travelling or have prayer concerns, so that we may know your whereabouts and include you in our weekly prayer list.



GREETINGS FROM AUSTRALIA:

“Dear Chong Fatt and the PJ COC Family. We miss you all very much. You are in our prayers. May you have “A Happy & Blessed Christmas and New Year” All our love and God’s blessings. Brian, Michelle & Shania, Perth, West Australia.”



DIRECTORY UPDATE:

Please update your directory: Alex Ow Chee Wee, 506 Blk E1 Lily Apartment, Jalan SS26/10 Taman Mayang Jaya 47301 Petaling Jaya. Birthday: 07th December. HP 016-3293396. Brother Alex was baptized last month in PJ.



QUOTES

"Faith is unutterable trust in God, trust which never dreams that He will not stand by us." -- Oswald Chambers



"The love of God is one of the great realities of the universe, a pillar upon which the hope of the world rests. But it is a personal, intimate thing too. God does not love populations, He loves people. He loves not masses, but men."

-- A. W. Tozer



"The Bible talks plentifully about joy, but it nowhere talks about a "happy Christian." Happiness depends on what happens; joy does not. Remember, Jesus Christ had joy, and He prays "that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves."" -- Oswald Chambers



"We have peace with God by the righteousness of Christ, and peace of conscience by the fruits of righteousness in ourselves." -- Thomas Manton



"If God be our God, He will give us peace in trouble. When there is a storm without, He will make peace within. The world can create trouble in peace, but God can create peace in trouble." – Thomas Watson



"How many observe Christ's birthday! How few, his precepts! O! 'tis easier to keep holidays than commandments." –Benjamin Franklin



"All I know is that I am a product of God and all I can do is the best I can to thank Him and honor Him and try to grow in Him, step by step." -- Bob Smith



"Faith is not the belief that God will do what you want. Faith is the belief that God will do what is right." -- Max Lucado



The birth of Jesus is the sunrise in the Bible." -- Henry van Dyke







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