Sorry, folks!  We would like to apologise for the late appearance of this week's BTW (our acronymn for BGST This Week). In a way I am relieved that it is no longer called "Monday Morning Memo". But still, our aim is to issue it each week within the first two days of the week. Due to unforseencircumstances this week's BTW is being released only on Wednesday, 22 May. (QSH)

     Temptation and holiness are interrelated themes which lie at the heart of Christian living. Last week we reviewed two books on the former. This week we look at three books on the latter theme.

     HOLINESS is a communicable attribute of God, i.e., it is something which describes the very being of God. While there are certain attributes of God that He does not share with man - for example, God in His Person is infinite, eternal and unchangeable - there are also other attributes that He shares with man; we are or should be at best a pale reflection of what God is. These are the attributes of wisdom, power, holiness, goodness, justice, and truth (The Shorter Catechism). Let's see what our three authors have to say on this important subject. 

The Pursuit of Holiness, by Jerry Bridges (Nav Press, 1978. BGST Library 248.4  BRI).
    
This good book by the Vice-President for Corporate Affaris of the Navigators (in 1978) is worth reading again and again. It emphasizes the command of God to His people: "Be holy, for I am holy." But as human beings, Christians are prone to give in, or at least to compromise with sin in its more "difficult forms."  Why do Christians experience so rarely holy living? Bridges tells us that it is because Christians fail to understand their own responsibility for holiness.
     This is a short, classic book on holiness that deals largely with putting off the old self and confronts man with the need to confront sin in his life. The author takes several chapters to specifically discuss the battle with sin.  He explains the transfer from the controlling realm of sin to the freeing realm of the Kingdom of God that comes with regeneration.  He  believes that holiness is both a choice and a process.  There is a choice to obey God and a process of learning to think as the free men and women that we are. The tension between personal and divine responsibility for holiness is discussed, as well as the role that the Word of God, the will, and emotions play.

"Whether you're continuing a long and serious quest in the practice of holiness, or have never really thought about it, the principles given here will serve as an impending challenge to obey God's call."

Pursuing Holiness, by by Carolyn Nystrom (InterVarsity, 1992)
    
We are still on the issue of temptation.  One of the six studies in this Bible study guide specifically touches on the subject of facing temptation. The author in discussing how human sinfulness is dealt with examines passages from Leviticus and Romans and suggests how we can seek God's help for resisting temptation.  The book also has sections on the call to be holy, honesty, self-control, sexual purity, and integrity.

The Pursuit of God, by A. W. Tozer (Christian Publications, 1998, BGST Library 248 To 66p)
     Written by a busy pastor in Chicago, this book has a commendatory introduction by Samuel Zwemer, himself a well-known missionary and servant of God. It is a spiritual classic. Each of the ten illuminating chapters ends with a prayer meant for the closet rather than the pulpit. Zwemer writes: "I felt the nearness of God while reading them."  While we may not quite describe life as a "sacrament", we understand Tozer as saying that life springs from God and is to be cherished as one is ravished by the love God. For us at BGST we appreciate Tozer's encouragement of the laity to offer the entirety of life to God as an act of worship and service.

(Reviewed by Dr John Lim and Dr Quek Swee Hwa. Pray for Dr Lim as he preaches and presents a workshop on "temptation" at the Church Camp of the Praise Evangelical Free Church in June 2002)

Priceless Proverbs

     A teacher collected well known proverbs. She gave each child in her class the first half of a proverb and asked them to come up with the remainder of the proverb. It's hard to believe these were actually done by children, but there are some good ones nonetheless - their insight may surprise you.

  • Better to be safe than .......... punch a 5th grader.
  • Strike while the .......... bug is close.
  • It's always darkest before .......... Daylight Savings Time.
  • Never underestimate the power of .......... termites.
  • You can lead a horse to water but .......... how?
  • Don't bite the hand that .......... looks dirty.
  • A miss is as good as a .......... Mr.
  • You can't teach an old dog new .......... math
  • If you lie down with dogs, you'll .......... stink in the morning.
  • Love all, trust .......... me.
  • The pen is mightier than the .......... pigs.
  • An idle mind is .......... the best way to relax.
  • Where there's smoke there's .......... pollution.
  • Happy is the bride who .......... gets all the presents.
  • A penny saved is .......... not much.
  • Two's company, three's .......... the Musketeers.
  • Don't put off till tomorrow what .......... you put on to go to bed.
  • Laugh and the whole world laughs with you, cry and  .......... you have to blow your nose.
  • There are none so blind as .......... Stevie Wonder.
  • Children should be seen and not .......... spanked or grounded
  • If at first you don't succeed .......... get new batteries.
  • You get out of something only what you  .......... see in the picture on the box.
  • When the blind leadeth the blind .......... get out of the way.
  • And the favorite: Better late than  .......... pregnant.

     Our full-time international student, Ms Hukali Aye, took Chapel last Wednesday (15 May) by sharing her testimony in song and call to fulltime theological study.
     Chapel speaker for today, Wednesday, 22 May, 12 noon, are alumni, Mr Quek Tze Ming & Mrs Sharon Quek. They will be returning to Regent College on 26 May to continue their studies. For those praying for their family, the news is out: Hannah will have a baby sister, following the good old Quek tradition, or the 'Quek Syndrome'. Four cheers! 
     Next week's chapel speaker will be Mr Wilfred Leow. Come and hear Wilfred's sharing from God's Word.

  1. APPEAL UPDATE. We are very blessed by an anonymous gift of $20,000 received for our Easter Appeal. The note that accompanied the gift really affirms our mission: "BGST fills a very important gap left open by other theological schools. May the Lord continue to lead and bless you as you lead BGST onwards in uncertain times." Keep the gifts coming. Currently $51,000 is needed for the operational expenses till September this year.

  2. REGISTRATION FOR SEMESTER TWO COURSES. The flyer for the course offerings is available. We offer 22 courses in Semester Two. Encourage others to sign up and benefit from BGST's training. We often have people telling us that they wish they had known about BGST earlier.

  3. DR NG PEH CHENG speaks on "Friendship" at a Ladies' Meeting at Bethesda Frankel 21.5.02.

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Wishing you God's blessings on your Birthday!
Prof Daniel Chan  22/5
Mr Justin Lee Tian Leng  24/5
Mrs Tan-Chua Chiew Peng  24/5
Mr James Goon 26/5
Mr Peter Lim Hong Sing  26/5

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