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|WEEK NO. 6 12 - 19 February 2001|
|It's good to know that BTW is being read
because there is an occasional response. The recent reference to Dr J.W.
Maris’ convocation address elicited this contribution from CKM:
"Saw your note on Dr Maris’ talk on Sanctification. I think it is a good idea to share experiences on this subject as it has troubled me often. For me, sanctification is really a process of "trying" and "longing". Without "trying", we do not know where we stand. When we get a clearer picture of where we stand, there is only "longing" for it is not us who can make it but He who sanctifies us. Martha did much but it was Mary who found that which not be taken away".
These words of Fenelon (1651 - 1715) may cast another light on the issue: "Christian perfection is not that rigorous, tedious, cramping thing that many imagine. It demands only an entire surrender of everything to God from the depths of the soul, and the moment this takes place, whatever is done for Him becomes easy. They who are God’s without reserve, are in every state content; for they will only what He wills, and desire to do for Him whatever he desires them to do; they strip themselves of everything, and in this nakedness find all things restored an hundred fold. Peace of conscience, liberty of spirit, the sweet abandonment of themselves and theirs into the hand of God, the joy of perceiving the light always increasing in their hearts, and finally the freedom of their souls from the bondage of the fears and desires of this world, these things constitute that return of happiness which the true children of God receive an hundred fold in the midst of their crosses, while they remain faithful." (From Instructions in the Divine Life of the Soul, Ch 23)
The call is still out for more interaction on this issue if you so feel led to contribute. Drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or just write to BGST. (PK)
My Good Book for this week is not a book at all, but a series
of booklets, the Grove Biblical Series, published by Grove Books, Cambridge,
and available in BGST Library.
Please note the change in date for the course, Acts (NT251A). The class scheduled for 19th Feb at 7.30 p.m is now brought forward to 18th Feb (Sunday), same time.
Dr Danny Goh will be our chapel speaker this week, Wednesday, 15thFebruary at 12 p.m.
2. General - We are hoping to increase the viewing stations from 4 to 5. We need to have a TV between 14 -21 inches with an audio-out capability (for head-phone) and a multi-system VCR with a clock counter. Please contact the library at 3538073 or email@example.com if you are able to donate either/both of these items with the necessary requirements. Thank you very much.
We were pleased to welcome our Council Chairman, Mr. Paul Yap,
as our speaker at Chapel last week, 7th February.
We wish all these qwho celebrate their birthdays this week God's richest blessings.
Lim Shyan, Bryan 13/2
Sankaran Kyrie 13/2
Kim Sung Yup, Moses 14/2
Chua Boon Chye, Andrew 15/2
Quah Swee Liang, Edith 16/2
Ahn Tae Yoon 17/2
Khoo Li Min, Sharon 18/2
|Letter from Cambodia
(Alumnus, Rebecca Lee, graduated in 1994, went on the Regent College to obtain her M.Div and now works in Phnom Penh Bible School. In her latest letter to her church, she describes her various encounters with poverty, pot-holes, platform shoes, and local television. She writes with an open heart and relates her insights into things Cambodian with such candour that one is drawn very personally into her experiences.
So if you know Rebecca and would like to receive her prayer letters, you may write to her at this address: Phnom Penh Bible School, PO Box 1154, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. I’m sure she’ll be thrilled to hear from you.)
In my last
visit home, many of you asked me what life is like here, how I spend my
day, how I can be sure of my calling to Cambodia. I do apprecite those
questions, for it shows you care and you want ot know how to pray for me.
I will give details of these as I go along, along with things that I invite
you to see through my perspective. They can be things that weigh heavily
on my heart, so please pray for me (that I may learn to entrust these burdens
to God more and more) and with me (that God will act mightily in response
to the cries of his people). Where things are funny (and that includes
me), laugh! This is your partnership in the gospel and may it never be
said again to me or other missionaries, "Wah! You are so brave to go and
live in such difficult circumstances." Or "I don’t do much except to visit
the sick/teach Sunday School/be a home-maker."