The term 'Bible Lands' refer to countries in which Bible events took place.  The main ones in today's world are Cyprus, Egypt, Greece, Israel, Jordan, Syria, and Turkey.  It has long been the wish of teachers of the Word of God that they have a set of good shots of sites in these countries.

Two gentlemen embarked on and completed a set of eight CD ROMs to form the pictorial library mentioned above. Volumes 1-3 cover Israel: Galilee & the North, Jerusalem, Judah & the south. Volume 4 was to have been ready this summer so we have not purchased it yet.  The other four volumes are on Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, and Greece & Rome.

Each CD ROM contains from 300 to 600 images grouped by topic and location. For example, when you look into the one on Jerusalem, you may choose to view images of the City of David, the valleys of Jerusalem or Mt of Olives, and others. In "Judah and the south" you will be able to see what the Judean wilderness looks like. Then in your mind you can try to picture what it was like for the Lord Jesus to spend forty days and nights in that kind of rugged terrain.  Scenes of sheep grazing in the wilderness will leave deeper impressions in the minds of your students than the most eloquent description. 

These images may be downloaded for teaching purposes. So if you are a teacher of the Word, you may want to take a look at this set and see how it can enhance your teaching ministry.  Since others have put in so much work to produce such good teaching resources, we should at least know what they are.  Who knows when you may need something like these PowerPoint projections of Bible lands!  (PSM)

At chapel we welcomed Rev. Lee Eun Moo of Global Partners.  He shared about what God is doing through GP in Asia. We viewed a 20-minute video on the mission and heard about ministries in Asian countries. Rev. Lee was convinced that we must motivate the youth to become missions-conscious and help them towards the right direction. So the ministry of GP includes training schools in both Malaysia and Indonesia. He also highlighted three points from 1 Cor. 3:5-9:
  1. As servants of God, we need to be humble: humility is the best way to win people for Christ. 
  2. We need to know how to work together in partnership.
  3. We need to seek out the hidden potential in people. 
Do ask for the tape if you want to listen to the whole message.

Rev. Ng Seng Chuan will speak at Chapel this week, Wednesday at 12 noon.

Dr. Satterthwaite's third 'Occasional Lecture' will be given at BGST on Friday 24th August, 7.30-9.30 p.m. It will be on The Canon of Old and New Testaments, and it will attempt to answer important questions such as: why do Christians accept just these 39 OT books and 27 NT books as authoritative? On what basis was it decided to admit these books into the OT and NT canons, and when did the decisions seem to have been taken? What about the books omitted from the OT and NT (the OT and NT Apocrypha)? If you are intending to attend the lecture, please let us know by phoning BGST office (353 8071). 

Fellow student, Mr. Lenny Lee Ken Jin, returned to glory on 16th August after a courageous and grace-filled battle against leukemia.  Lenny, who had often spoken of the victory that our Lord has won, was fully prepared to enter his final Sabbath, for his hope was firmly set on the Lord and the final resurrection. Lenny was 31 years old and leaves behind his wife Kah Foon, also a BGST student.  Our prayers go out to God for His love to surround and comfort Kah Foon and members of the family.  (Quek Tze Ming)

The library would like to give you 3 GOOD REASONS why you should drop in for a visit this week!
You may: 
  1. View selected PowerPoint projections from Pictorial Library of Bible Lands. A different set will be screened every day! 
  2. Read Impact Aug/Sep 2001 issue about: 
  • their interview with Bruce Wilkinson on prayer, p.13f
  • our council member's daughter's article on grandparents, p.20f
  • another council member's thoughts on grand-parenting, p.23ff
  1. Digest articles from EMQ, July 2001 such as: 
  • 7 mistakes partners make and how to avoid them, p.309f 
  • when the time comes to move (relocate), p.356f
  • billions to be won!: going after the largest mission field in the world - youth, p. 330f
We look forward to your visit and will assist you in locating these articles.
(PART 1)
One of the great dramas in the Bible occurred on lovely Mount Carmel. Here, the prophet Elijah challenged 850 prophets of Baal and Asherah to a spiritual battle: God against Baal; Elijah versus 850 prophets and King Ahab. And God won (1 Kings 18:16-46).
Crowds of people came to watch, summoned from all over Israel by King Ahab on the instructions of Elijah. Why did Ahab summon the Israelites, unless he was confident of winning? Weren't the numbers stacked against Elijah? Are you unnerved by overwhelming numbers today, even though you are right?
Elijah told Ahab, "Get two bulls. Let them choose one for themselves….. cut it into pieces and put it on the wood….. Then you call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of Yahweh. The god who answers by fire - he is God!"
What a cheeky fellow Elijah was! Wasn't the bull a symbol of Baal's power? In some excavated sculptures of Baal, he wears a helmet with bull's horns, or rides a bull. So when the two bulls were killed, did that not symbolise unseating Baal from his bull mount?
The 850 prophets shouted to Baal to send down fire. Mischievous Elijah taunted them to shout louder in case Baal was deep in thought, busy, travelling or asleep. But their louder shouts were to no avail. Isn't it a great comfort to know that Elijah's God, who is also our God, is never too deep in thought, busy, asleep or too far away to hear our softest prayers?
When evening came, Elijah poured 12 jars of water on his bull until the wood under it was too soaked to burn. Why waste so much water during a years-long drought? Was it because Baal was called the god of rain? So when God sent down fire, wasn't He destroying the symbols of Baal's power, the bull and water?
But even before the contest, hadn't Baal already lost? For if he was really the god of rain, why couldn't he sent rain during the long drought Elijah imposed? The burning of the bull and water just hammered another nail into Baal's coffin. The final nail was to come. As Elijah bowed down deeply, a cloud rose from the sea and grew into dark storms clouds. Heavy rain fell, breaking the long drought. It had nothing to do with Baal, for all his prophets had already been killed (1 Kings 18:40). Was that why Elijah had all the prophets of Baal and Asherah killed before God sent the drought-breaking rain?
As the Israelites stood in the rain, was each drop falling on them not a reminder that God, not Baal, controlled the rain and was the source of bountiful crops on which they depended? If the rain does not remind you of God today, are you forgetting God, and who he is?
Wishing all these  who celebrate their birthdays this week, God's richest blessings!

Dr Chia Hwee Pin 21/8    Mr Francis Lim Swee Hock 23/8 
Mr Tan Tee Khoon 24/8  Mr Roland Ho Koon Hong  25/8
Ms Tan Yeow Khuan 25/8    Dr Peggy Yeo Bee Tin 25/8
Mr Chan Swee Wing 26/8

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