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2009/2 FCM Newsletter Apr – Jun 2009

FCM NTU/NIE GOSPEL RALLY


TEXT TEO JUN ZI PHOTOS JONATHAN LEE

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a NTI (Nanyang Technological Institute). From
man lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13) being an agnostic who believed in ecumenism,
What exactly is this love which subsumes all Pr Lek came to receive Christ as his personal
loves? Lord and Saviour. It was truly encouraging to
hear of how the Lord mightily used his then-
February 9, 2009 saw the first gospel
girlfriend, backslidden roommate, hall
rally of NTU/NIE being held in many years.
neighbours, and lecturer as vessels to bring
The message was “Love Divine, All Loves
him to Christ. Indeed, “For with God nothing
Excelling” by Preacher Lek Aik Wee of Calvary
shall be impossible.” (Luke 1:37)
Pandan BPC, in line with the week of
Valentine’s Day for us to share the meaning Pr Lek then exhorted on 1 John 4:7-18.
of agape love to those outside God’s kingdom To connect better with our Chinese friend Pei
– sacrificial, unconditional and unfailing. It Cong, Pr Lek drew the Chinese character 義,
also served as a timely reminder for the which is made up of the characters 羊 (lamb)
FCMers to reflect on this, “And walk in love, as
and 我 (me). He then linked the ‘lamb
Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for
covering over me’ concept to 1 John 4:10,
us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a
preaching that God sent His Son, the Lamb
sweetsmelling savour.” (Eph 5:2)
of God, to mend the broken relationship
Being an NTU alumnus, Pr Lek shared between God and man. “And the Word was
a testimony of his second year in the then- made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his

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glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) were left with no new friend initially.
full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14) Being fully However, after last-minute tracting around
man and fully God, Jesus is fully qualified to the vicinity, we managed to invite a
be the mediator of man, and be the Bioengineering PhD student Pei Cong who
appeasement for our sins. Having the Lamb heard the Gospel for the first time that night.
of God to cover us, we can then attain Thank God for two more students who had
righteousness. expressed sincere interest in attending our
gospel rally, but could not make it due to
This gospel rally not only allowed us
prior appointments. The solving of other
reach out to our unsaved friends on campus,
glitches like the booking of the venue as well
but also helped us to rekindle our first love
as printing of invitation cards only served to
for God, and “Remember therefore from whence
reinforce our faith. “For we walk by faith, not by
thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works”
sight.” (II Cor 5:7)
(Rev 2:5a). It is only when our service is
fuelled by a sincere love for God and a strong It was only by the grace of God that
desire to do what is pleasing in His sight, will the event ran smoothly eventually – the
it then bless the lives of others and strengthen bringing of our new friend Pei Cong, the
our walk with Jesus. effective chairing by Sharon, the impactful
presentation of the Gospel by Pr Lek, the
designing of the programme booklets by Hui
Min, the purchasing of refreshments by Cindy,
and the song presentation by the FCMers.
We also had a blessed time of fellowship and
bonding after Pei Cong left, as we got to
know the new FCMers like Cheryl and Eunice
better.

May we heed the call to “Fight the good


fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou
art also called, and hast professed a good profession
For many of us, we were reminded before many witnesses.” (I Tim 6:12) And may
again to “look unto Jesus the author and finisher of we also continue to work towards being a
our faith” (Heb 12:2). Disappointment and good Christian testimony to those around us,
doubt had inevitably crept in when our so that we may be able to bring friends to
invitations to friends were rejected, and we future gospel rallies.

Teo Jun Zi is the Student Coordinator of FCM NTU/NIE


and worships at Mount Carmel Bible-Presbyterian Church.

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FCM NUS GOSPEL RALLY
TEXT JOY NG PHOTOS JASON LIEW

Praise God for the blessed opportunity brought closer to home in that we were
to hold a gospel rally in campus on March 18, reminded of the constant mental affliction of
2009. This comes two years after the last and the lost, for those who have not heard or
was on the theme “If God is all powerful and rejected the gospel. As Proverbs 1:7 reads,
loving, why is there suffering in the world?" by “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge:
Preacher Dennis Kabingue of Gethsemane but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Many
BPC. The message was based on Proverbs 1. have chosen not to fear the Lord, refusing
counsel and despising reproof; instead of
God’s peace, they experience fear, distress and
anguish (Proverbs 1:27-30). They suffer from
societal pressures of studies and work in these
moments of calamity and fear (vs 26) because
their sufficiency is of themselves, not God.
What a contrast to Christ’s reassuring promise
in Proverbs 1:33, “But whoso hearkeneth unto me
shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil”!

During the meeting, Bro Lingkang led


in songs on our mighty God (“How Great
One might have expected to hear how Thou Art”) who in all His power and glory
a loving God could allow physical suffering could be mindful of sinners such as us (“Does
such as starvation in the world, be it from Jesus Care”) and who lovingly charts the lives
natural disasters, wars or diseases, that of those who trust in Him (“Destiny”) so that
evening. By the Spirit’s enabling, the topic was we may no longer chase after things temporal

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(“Illusive Dream”) but things eternal
(“Amazing Grace”).

The Lord was gracious in enabling


Julia’s friend to attend the meeting and join us
for fellowship afterwards. It was admittedly
Brother Jonathan Tay also gave his discouraging initially that no one else we had
testimony how it was and continues to be invited over three tracting sessions on campus
only by God’s unfailing grace that he was and earnestly prayed for were able to come.
rebuked of former waywardness and led back But as Romans 11:33b reads, “how unsearchable
to the fold of God. He shared with us the are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!”
following two verses, emphasising the need to Perhaps there was one who was convicted of
turn to Christ: Isaiah 50:11 “Behold, all ye that his sin and took Christ as personal Lord and
kindle a fire, that compass yourselves about with Saviour. We only need remember to remain
sparks: walk in the light of your fire, and in the faithful and steadfast in prayer.
sparks that ye have kindled. This shall ye have of
mine hand; ye shall lie down in sorrow.” and John This gospel rally was possible only by
3:7-8 “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be God’s grace and provision - may all praise and
born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and glory be unto Him.
thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell
whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one
that is born of the Spirit.”

Joy Ng is the Student Coordinator of FCM NUS


and a member of Calvary Pandan Bible-Presbyterian Church.

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FCM POLY OPENHOUSE EXCURSION
TEXT SAMUEL GOH PHOTOS JASON LIEW

On January 10, 2009, the FCM Poly • Carmen Yeo (Pandan)


Bible Study Group had our inaugural Open
House excursion to Singapore and Ngee Ann Over at Singapore Polytechnic (SP),
Polytechnics. the tour was led by Jason Liew, a Business IT
graduate of the school. He introduced us to
The gathering time was at 9:30am at the school and brought us to visit a few
Dover MRT station but everyone came late. faculties, facilities and food places (e.g.
After Brother Jason Liew opened us with a cafeterias) apart from course-booths and
word of prayer, the group took off to goodie-bag counters. Jason also gave a brief
Singapore Polytechnic at about 10:10am. on how the academic system in SP works as
Those who attended were: we toured the place.

• Charmian Loei (True Life)


• Joel Chang (Truth)
• Samuel Chia (Pandan)
• Karen Chia (Pandan)
• Constance Siew (Pandan)
• Daryl (Pandan)
• Jason Liew (Pandan)
• Samuel Goh (True Life)
• Juo Wi (Gethsemane)

And those who came for the 2nd half at NP:


Besides getting to know some of the
• Grace Tan Shu’en (Berean) courses which the younger members have an
interest in, we also got to know one another

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better as we motivated one another to Since I had to leave for True Life YPF
continue walking and rushing at times as the Exco meeting upon arrival at NP, we had a
distance from certain places to another were photo-taking sesson with Carmen and Grace
rather long. We had our lunch together at first before passing the time over to Grace
McDonald’s in one of SP’s canteen. and Juo Wi who led the tour around the
school.
Following which, we gathered for a
photo-taking session before we took off to The course booths were located at the
Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP) by public bus. NP Auditorium and the two of them brought
the group around eating popcorn. Some of us
spent quite some time trying to find out what
each course have to offer.

All in all, we thank God for a blessed


time of fellowship and that we were able to
better help some of the juniors discern God’s
Will and decide if they should enter
polytechnic or junior college as well as
introduce the FCM Poly ministry to them. It
is our prayer that more will come to join us
next year.

Samuel Goh is the Student Coordinator of FCM RP


and a member of True Life Bible-Presbyterian Church.

Editor’s Note:
Some students have found
the FCM Poly Open House
Excursion helpful in
deciding which poly/course
to enter and knowing that
there are other brothers and
sisters in Christ from our
B-P churches in the various
polytechnics.

We thank God that they


have come to join FCM Poly
as well as the addition of
Eleanor Ee and Lek Xuan to
co-labour with Samuel Goh
as Student Coordinators.
Indeed it is by His grace and
mercies that has brought
about the revival and renewal
of FCM Poly.

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FCM ANNUAL REPORT 2008
REPORTED BY JASON LIEW

Originally published in Calvary Tengah ACM Report 2009, Item 6.3, pp 27-30

Formally known as the Fundamental weekly Bible Study as well as via the other
Christian Fellowship (FCF), the FCM was activities listed below. Truly, “It is of the
founded in 1986 by Dr SH Tow as a “truly LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed, because
evangelical, separated and uncompromised Christian his compassions fail not. They are new every morning:
witness” (Bible-Presbyterian Banner, Vol 12 No 3, great is thy faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:22-23).
Jul-Sep 1986, p1) in obedience to God’s clear
FCM comes under the supervision of
command to “be ye separate” (2 Corinthians
the Overall FCM Coordinator: Elder Dr Boaz
6:17) from ecumenism, neo-evangelicalism,
Boon, and is assisted by an Assistant Advisor:
charismatism and all other false modern
Dn Peter Phoa, who are both Session
“isms” which plague and predominate many
Members of Calvary Tengah BPC, which
Christian student organizations in tertiary
FCM is a ministry of, and hence a non para-
institutions today.
church organization.
We thank the Lord for seeing FCM
through her 22nd year in 2008 where tertiary Passing On The Mantle
students from like-minded Bible-Presbyterian
Unlike other church ministries, a
Churches are still able to gather for good
campus ministry like FCM will experience a
Christian fellowship, sing spiritual songs, be
“high turnover rate” as students graduate
rooted and grounded in the most holy faith
every 3-4 years. Therefore, it is of paramount
and being able to bear one another’s burdens
importance to heed Apostle Paul’s command
through prayer and supplication during our

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in 2 Timothy 2:2 to commit the ministry to Rev Wee Eng Moh, BTh, MRE, continues as
faithful men and women who are loyal to the the longest serving Bible Study Leader leading
divinely inspired, inerrant, infallible and FCM NTU/NIE through the Acts of the
perfectly preserved Word of God in these last Apostles in NTU Hall 13 where Elder Dr Sim
days of great apostasy and falling away. The Siang Kok and wife Rina reside. Together
new Student Coordinators who took over in with Aunty Helen, the 3 of them facilitate the
2008 are Jason Liew (Overall), Joy Ng (FCM discussion groups. Thank God for the many
NUS), Teo Jun Zi (FCM NTU/NIE) and freshies who joined FCM NUS & NTU/NIE.
Samuel Goh (FCM Poly). We also welcome FCM SMU was studying Church History
Joshua Yong, DipTh, BRE, MDiv (candidate), as under Joshua Yong in the homes of FCMers
he joins us as FCM SMU’s new Bible Study fortnightly. FCM Poly meets in NP and RP
Leader. where Lim Jun Sheng, BEng, CertRK, and
James Tan, BTh (candidate), lead the groups.
Bible Study Groups There were times when only one person
turned up. Even though it was just the BS
There are 5 different Bible Study
Leader and Student Coordinator, God blesses
groups – 3 in the universities (NUS,
those who serve Him faithfully. Please pray
NTU/NIE & SMU) and 2 in the polytechnics
for FCM Poly. Unlike previous years, the
(NP & RP). FCM NUS, having merged the
individual groups did not organise any gospel
Science and Arts/Engineering groups in mid-
rallies as 2008 was a year of transition and
2007 due to Rev Ronny Khoo’s unavailability
consolidation of strength on the “home
as he had to undergo an eye operation, is
front” and we had several cottage meetings
under the charge of Ko Lingkang, BTh
for this purpose.
(candidate), studying the Book of Isaiah.
Combined Meetings

There were two combined meetings


held on 29 February and 19 September. Rev
Dr Prabhudas Koshy was the Lord’s
messenger for the first meeting. He spoke on
a rousing topic, “Onward Christian Soldiers”.
The second focused on “Victory in Christ:
Rising from Spiritual Defeat” by Brother Paul
FCM NUS & FCM NTU/NIE in AY08/09 S2 Ferguson, a ThD candidate at FEBC. Both
were held at Calvary Pandan BPC.

CD Production

An audio CD entitled, “Onward


Christian Soldiers” was released on 29
February in conjunction with the first
combined meeting. It was jointly produced
with Bible Witness Web Radio and contains

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20 tracks. The CD FCMers, friends and alumni on the latest
was distributed to happenings in FCM and deals with many
like-minded BPCs issues close to our hearts. Some have even
and was well- used it as a tool to invite their classmates to
received with God’s FCM. We have increased the production
people testifying that number with every new issue and yet it is not
they have been enough. We pray that the Lord will use these
blessed and uplifted newsletters mightily for His glory and to work
by the songs. We praise God for all FCMers in the hearts of the readers that they may
who rallied their voices to sing unto the Lord. grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord
and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Camp
Retreat

Another highlight of the year was the


FCM Camp 2008 held from 26-31 May at
Calvary Pandan BPC. Pr Dennis Kabingue of
It has been 5 years since FCM
Gethsemane BPC spoke on “Overcoming the
organised a retreat. The last FCM Retreat was
Snares of the World”. Night messages by
held in Calvary Tengah BPC during 26-27
Elder William Seah, Dn Peter Phoa and
December 2003 where Rev Quek Suan Yew
Joshua Yong dealt with “The Life of
spoke on “Biblical Courtship”. Now, for the
Contentment” with regards to “Trials”,
first time ever, FCM Retreat 2008 was a back-
“Finances” and “Relationships” respectively.
to-back event with the second combined
An evangelism workshop themed “Reaching
meeting. It was held at Calvary Pandan BPC
Out to Individuals in Society” was also
on 20 September. Brother Paul Ferguson
conducted by Rev Wee Eng Moh to equip the
delivered the message, “Vessels for Christ:
FCMers before tracting. As one sister testified,
Meet for the Master’s Use”. Thank God for
dorm fellowship was a time of heart-to-heart
all who made the decision to come and were
sharing and “weeping for sins.”
spiritually refreshed.
Newsletter Publication
Alumni
By God’s grace, FCM continues to
An alumni gathering was held at the
publish a quarterly newsletter for internal
home of Jun Sheng & Jeanette Lim on 16
circulation within our BPCs and also amongst
February. This couple, both formal student
the different BS groups. It serves to update

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coordinators, treated the many familiar faces a local university or polytechnic, encourage
who turned up to a sumptuous spread of him or her to attend FCM. Would you rather
home-cooked meal and it was a time of want your sons and daughters to participate in
catching up and renewing the friendships Campus Crusade for Christ, The Navigators,
forged in FCM. After lunch, a video on their etc which use the NIV and imbibe in their
trip to the Holy Land was screened. Lim Jun ecumenical / neo-evangelical / charismatic /
Sheng continues to serve in the FCM as modernistic “poison” (which once destroyed
Treasurer and BS Leader for FCM Poly. the B-P Synod twenty years ago in 1988) and
Other than organised meetings and informal bring it back to your church? Or if they seem
gatherings, the alumnus also meets when to have no spiritual appetite at all and all they
wedding bells ring. We thank God for the care about are the endless pursuits of first
following ex-FCMers & friends who were class honours and summa cum laudes,
united in Holy Matrimony: Benson Ang & eating/drinking/partying like it was in “The
Felicia Ong (6 Sep), Herbert Goh & Ye Zuyi Days of Noah” (Matthew 24:37-38),
(22 Nov), Haw Shuen Siang & Karen Sim (6 encourage them to attend FCM, before you
Dec) and David Poon & Cindy Yeo (13 Dec). lose them to the world. God’s work must be
supported by God’s people and for God’s
Prayer Requests glory!
As FCM celebrates her 23rd In retrospect, 2008 has been a blessed
anniversary in 2009, we earnestly covet your year for FCM. We thank God for this
prayers. When you come across FCM in your ministry and pray that more students from
church prayer list, please do not skip it. FCM our BPCs and other churches will participate
is a difficult ministry. Parents, we need your and be blessed as well. SOLI DEO GLORIA!
help. If you are a parent of a child studying in

Jason Liew is the Overall Student Coordinator of FCM


and a member of Calvary Pandan Bible-Presbyterian Church.

“ “Not called!” did you say? “Not heard the call,” I think you should say. Put your ear
down to the Bible, and hear him bid you go and pull sinners out of the fire of sin. Put
your ear down to the burdened, agonized heart of humanity, and listen to its pitiful wail
for help. Go stand by the gates of hell, and hear the damned entreat you to go to their
father’s house and bid their brothers and sisters, and servants and masters not to come
there. And then look Christ in the face, whose mercy you have professed to obey, and


tell him whether you will join heart and soul and body and circumstances in the march
to publish his mercy to the world.

~ William Booth

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GRADUATION TESTIMONIES

SAFTI, or the army, it is a place where one


loses the civilian mindset, and trains to serve
the country.

How an ordinary street kid, one who


roams the neighbourhood, with no higher
ambition than to enjoy life to the fullest in its
worldliest capacity, would end up in Bible
college, is none other than the Lord’s
mysterious working itself. Being brought to
church, and receiving Christ as my Lord and
saviour at the age of 13, turned my life about.
James Tan However, it was not long after that I fell back
BTh fast into the world, becoming the weekly day-
Far Eastern Bible College and-a-half Christian. Accepting Elder Boon’s
invitation to a mission trip, my first ever,
during my junior college days, I went to
Most universities and colleges often Chiang Mai during the early days of Robert
name their graduation or convocation and Dara Peh’s early ministry. It opened a
ceremonies as a “commencement ceremony”, whole new world to my sin and world allured
and it is a well coined term that describes the eyes, God’s first step in turning my life back
turning of a page, into a new chapter of life, to him, step by step, a little by a little.
when one graduates.
Realising that there was more to life
The four years in college, was a time of than my own ambitions, of heading into the
preparation. A Bible college is often seen as a arts, of doing the things that I so loved and
place of learning, a place where the Word of wanted in the world, I started seeking out the
God is taught. However, besides learning, it is Lord’s will. Throughout the remaining days in
a place of unlearning also. It is a place, where junior college, and my years in the army, it
one’s worldly principles are taken away, and was a never ending struggle in the heart. More
one’s life has to be changed in order to serve, than often, the heart would so clamour its
just like how Rev. Tow often likens it to wishes, but on the other hand, the Spirit

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would give no rest, until I committed my life classroom lessons, where for example, we
to God for the ministry. I knew I would never learnt of the example of humility in class, we
enjoy a day of peace if I was to be studying, or had to practice it in living. Whether it was
working elsewhere. That was not my place. kitchen work, toilet cleaning, or
accommodating to room mates, everywhere,
Starting out in college was a time of
every moment, every day was a test from God.
much excitement, knowing that God has
It is a place where one’s worldly principles are
opened the door, and that much learning was
unlearned, and substituted for Biblical ones. It
ahead. As a stone is made smooth, the initial
is place where as one gains knowledge of the
grinding and scaling is always the toughest.
Word, one learns to examine oneself in light
Putting my very much unacademically-tuned
of it, and realizes the depth of depravity one
mind to work was a lesson on God’s grace,
has, and realizing the limitless height of God’s
and trust. At times the very Singaporean heart
love, grace and mercy. It is a place, when one
tends to compare, and wonder, why one
learns to start fighting the darkest of sins
keeps receiving a consistently mediocre grade.
within daily with the sword of the Word,
However, it was one of the most humbling
while holding the plough in the other.
lessons learnt, where I realised that it was a
good balance God kept me at, where I These four years, were the proverbial
thankfully did not fail (much, or often), but first few steps in the journey of a thousand (or
never reaching high enough to allow pride to however much the Lord gives...). As Rev
sink in. It kept my focus towards the end goal, Quek often reminds us, it is impossible for
that it was a preparation of the soul for one to learn every book, or every doctrine
service, where transcripts are never a measure fully in college, but it is a place of equipping,
of one’s soul. At the same time, it was often a where one learns how to use the basic tools,
very careful balance of doing our human for the path of lifelong learning and serving. It
responsibility to the utmost, and trusting is a place where one is equipped, basically, and
Divine sovereignty. As one of Rev Tow’s turned to the right path ahead. The journey
maxims would go “Self help with God’s help, commences, and now, one can only trust, and
is the best help”, it often became a motto that pray for the faith to walk each step, day by
would drive us on. day, in the Lord’s will, on the straight and
narrow way.
Besides the knowledge, and spiritual
learning, one cannot deny the college’s vital Indeed, it is a page turned now, a new
practical training, where the constant duties chapter. It was four years of gracious mercy,
was God’s way of teaching very practical and one can only pray, that this infinite grace,
lessons on time management, discipline, and mercy would follow, as the pages slowly
patience, endurance, as well as nifty turn.
household tricks. It was a place to apply the

James Tan is the Bible Study Leader of FCM Poly


and a member of Calvary Tengah Bible-Presbyterian Church.

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Ko Lingkang
BTh (cum laude)
Far Eastern Bible College

Be a Bible student? Serve the Lord full-time?


Five years ago, that thought would never have entered my mind.
But by God’s sovereign providence,
And never through my own confidence,
I now write to you this testimony,
Of God’s wondrous leading through this four-year journey.

Looking back at these four years,


Memories surface ever so clear,
Of a young army boy ready to plunge into the world,
Who was somehow restrained by promptings from the Word.
“Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?”
Well eventually, I realized, answer the call, I must!

And so to the Far Eastern Bible College I went


And four short years of study I spent.
“Time flies, when you’re having fun”
And so before I knew it, I was done!
I can truly say, that there are no regrets at all,
That I had answered God’s delightful call.

Sure there were struggles, yes there were pains


But all those I counted to the Lord as gains.
For with each trial that I had to face,
I experienced the wonders of His grace.
Valuable lessons learnt each time,
Practical applications so sublime.

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Blessings abounded as I studied the Word,
So many treasures, to be learnt and to be heard.
We did theology, soteriology, anthropology and Bible geography,
Church history, book studies, cults and eschatology
We did contemporary theology, Hebrew and Greek,
IT for ministry, Westminster standards, and evangelism on the street!

Chapel hours, morning devotions, lectures everyday


Oh what joy, to study God’s Word day by day.
We grew closer to Jesus, the true and living Word,
As the Holy Spirit filled us, his blessings conferred.
It was indeed a time to draw closer to the Lord,
But also a time, where the Devil would attack us with his hoard.

Whilst blessings abounded, sin also confounded,


As struggles without and within surrounded.
My sinful heart puffed up with pride,
And often times neglected, in the Lord to abide.
Sloth and slumber often prevailed,
Whilst my battles with procrastination often failed.

Yet despite my sin, the Lord showed mercy,


To use me despite my inadequacy,
Joys of studies were compounded with joys of service
Opportunities came, but boy was I nervous!
To stand before men, to address a crowd,
To interpret God’s word, and preach it out loud.

Fellowship groups, Bible studies, FCM each week,


To preach the Word, to cause fellow men, upon the Lord to seek.
To fight for the souls of men, is no mean feat,
A spiritual battle, which we cannot afford defeat!
So we trust in the Lord and rely on his grace,
And only then, can we, these battles face.

What have I learnt, in these past your years?


What have I gained, in shedding all those tears?
Well simply put, I have grown in His Word,
And that in every trial, I must look God-ward.
These four years, are just a beginning,
Of a lifetime of service, that can afford no waning.

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Thus as I consider what lies ahead,
I pray that the Lord will guide each step that I tread.
Not my will but Thine be done,
And help me never, to hardship shun.
Wherever He leads, please help me to go,
To earnestly contend for the faith, and in His grace to grow.

Ko Lingkang is the Bible Study Leader of FCM NUS


and a member of Calvary Pandan Bible-Presbyterian Church.

NEWS & NOTES

The FCM NTU/NIE Gospel Rally for AY08/09S2 was held on February 9, 2009. Pr Lek Aik Wee spoke
on “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling.” We thank God that a PRC student heard the Gospel for the first time.

The first ever FCM SMU Gospel Rally was held on February 13, 2009. Dn Paul Cheng spoke on “The
Greatest Love of All.”

The first FCM Combined Meeting 2009 was held at Calvary Pandan Bible-Presbyterian Church on
February 20, 2009 with FCM SMU organising. The Rev Dr Prabhudas Koshy spoke on “Boy Meets Girl:
Confronting Christian Courtship & Celibacy.” An exciting Q&A ensued. The first annual Student Coordinators’
Pledge-taking and Bible Study Leaders’ Dean Burgon Oath were also instituted to safeguard the Biblical
integrity of those who serve in FCM.

The FCM NTU/NIE Gospel Rally for AY08/09S2 was held on March 18, 2009. Pr Dennis Kabingue
preached on “If God is All Powerful and Loving, Why is there Suffering in the World?” There were two new faces.

Congratulations to Sharon Ng, FCM Poly Student Coordinator (2002-2004), and Preacher Dominino
de la Cruz, Jr (Pastor, Gethsemane Bible-Presbyterian Mission Church, Bogo) who were united in Holy
Matrimony on March 21, 2009 in the Philippines. The wedding was officiated by the Rev Reggor Galarpe.

FCM NUS @ Bukit Timah held its inaugural meeting on March 27, 2009 with the appointment of Bro
Paul Ferguson as Bible Study Leader and Ko Lingting as Student Coordinator.

FCM Poly organised a Cottage Meeting to Elder Boon’s Place on April 11, 2009.

Congratulations to Ko Lingkang and James Tan, Bible Study Leaders of FCM NUS@KR and FCM
Poly, who were conferred the Bachelor of Theology (BTh) degree at the Far Eeastern Bible College 34th
Graduation Service on May 10, 2009. Dr Paul Ferguson, FCM NUS@BT Bible Study Leader, was also conferred
in absentia the Doctor of Religious Education (DRE) by Foundations Bible College, Dunn, NC on the same day.

FCM NTU/NIE organised a FCM Outing & Games Day to the newly opened Marina Barrage on May
15, 2009. Jason Liew spoke on “To Know Christ and to Make Him Known”.

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LISTENING FOR GOD’S STILL SMALL VOICE
BY REV TAN KIAN SING

Originally published in Berean B-P Church Weekly, Issue 18/2008, dated 4 May 2008

Text: 1 Kings 19:1-18 But God told him to stand on the


mountain. God wanted Elijah to rise up out
of his discouragement and to get his mind and
heart focused back on Him.

He pointed out to Elijah that there


were 7,000 people who still worshipped God.
He told Elijah the things that he wanted him
to be doing (vv. 15-18).

He did not give any chance for Elijah


to continue wallowing in self-pity. He had
things for Elijah to be doing and they were
The prophet Elijah had just won a
not getting done while Elijah was moping up
tremendous victory over the false prophets of
his tears of self pity.
Baal. But threatened by Jezebel, he had to flee
Israel to escape Jezebel’s wrath. As Jezebel Notice how God taught Elijah a great
was determined to kill him, Elijah did not stop lesson concerning focusing upon Him. 1
running until reached Beer-sheba in Judah. He Kings 19:11-12 – “And he said, Go forth, and
then headed out into the wilderness to pray to stand upon the mount before the LORD. And behold,
die in the hand of God instead. the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind
rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks
Yes, Elijah was out in a trackless desert,
before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the
feeling lost, confused, weak and hopeless.
wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the
Exhausted and dispirited he finally fell asleep
LORD was not in the earthquake: And after the
beneath a solitary shrub that was not even fit
earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire:
to give decent shade. It was an odd place for
and after the fire a still small voice.”
Elijah to be and an unexpected experience
since it came right on the heels of Elijah’s God showed Elijah some things that
greatest success. many people feel the way God would speak –
in power. Did not God demonstrate His
He was feeling sorry for himself. He
power in delivering the children of Israel by
was discouraged because he felt the Israelites
dividing the Red sea with a strong win? It
were all turned away from God and he was
would not be surprising then to have God
the only righteous one left.
speak as a great and strong wind that could
split mountains and break boulders in pieces.

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But, like what God was trying to demonstrate
to Elijah, we ought not to focus on the noisy
surrounding as to miss the presence of the
Lord. God was already speaking to Elijah (v.
9). But he was still in lamentation and hiding
in the cave (v. 10). It was then that God told
him to stand upon Mount Horeb and taught
him a lesson that in the midst of all his
troubles, God was there behind the scenes, if
Elijah would just listen intently, patiently and
expectantly.
How about the Lord speaking in an
Oftentimes we fail to see God’s will in
earthquake? Did not God manifest His all our troubles, turmoil, and busyness in life.
greatness and power many times by sending It is because we are not listening expectantly
great earthquake to shake the earth, for
and long enough for God’s still small voice.
example, during the Lord’s crucifixion and
We concentrate so much on the threatening
His resurrection? Even when the Lord returns,
wind, earthquake and fire and are overcome
it will be accompanies with great earthquake!
by them. As a result we miss the still small
voice that speaks in the blessed quietness
when the storm is all over. We may even give
such excuse that in the business of the world,
there seems to be too few moments when we
are alone with our thoughts, much less to
have the time to patiently listen to God’s still
small voice.

Think of the everyday cares of our life.


Are we not overwhelmed with the noisy and
frenzied activity of temptations and unwanted
worldly thoughts? Do the cares of this world,
How about in a raging fire? Does not the phone ringing, the television noise, the
the Bible tell us that God is a consuming fire bills that need to be paid, the money that
and in flaming fire the Lord will come to needs to be made, the newspaper that needs
bring judgment upon the unbelieving world? to be perused, and the rest of the day-to-day
But God was not in the wind, living drowning out the still small voice of
earthquake nor fire. Instead, He spoke in a God speaking to you?
still small voice after the wind, the earthquake Do you realise that there are many
and the fire had settled down. times the Lord is in fact leading us beside the
Many of us are like Elijah, straining to still waters and restoring our soul in the midst
hear the voice of God over the whirlwinds, of turmoil? If you are walking close with God,
earthquakes and fiery experiences of our lives. reading His word and are spiritually discerned,

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you will know that the Lord is always to you. He has things He wants you to be
speaking to you in a still small voice that doing. He is speaking to you in a still small
comes from within and without. voice coming from His word, through His
Holy Spirit and by His providence. Are you
choosing to listen to God’s still small voice
amid the noise of the world?

You who are God’s sheep and


listening to His voice always know that by so
doing the threatening volume of voices of the
world outside becomes subdued. It fails to
penetrate and disturb the harmony and peace
of God’s Spirit within us. So learn how to
listen to God in the midst of every situation.
Do not only hear the noise around you and
A writer has this illustration: Two men miss out that still small voice.
were walking along a crowded sidewalk in a You know, there is a place of calmness
downtown business area. Suddenly once in every hurricane. It is the eye, right in the
exclaimed: “Listen to the lovely sound of that centre. The eye is the calmest part of a
cricket!” But the other could not hear it. He hurricane with the air still. Surrounding the
asked his companion how he could detect the eye is the eye wall, which is the most violent
sound of a cricket amid the din of people and part of a hurricane. The eye wall is almost a
traffic. The first man, who was a zoologist, complete ring of thunderstorms and contains
had trained himself to listen to the voices of the strongest winds in the hurricane.
nature. He did not explain, he simply took a
coin out of his pocket and dropped it to the God is there deep in our difficult
sidewalk, whereupon a dozen people began to situation. At the surface, we may seem to be
look about them. “We hear,” he said, “what we in trouble and struggling under our
listen for!” The first man had trained himself to circumstance. But God is speaking in a still
listen to the voices of nature above the roar of small voice though we may be going through
traffic. some horrible fearful experience with the
fierce wind, the powerful earthquake and the
Similarly, when we read God’s Word flaming fire.
we must train ourselves to listen to the voice
of God above the seductive voices of the We need to be still and to listen. Like
world. As we spend time with the Word of Isaac who “went out to meditate in the field at
God, be sensitive to hear the prompting of eventide” (Gen. 24:63), and David spent many
the Holy Spirit, that still small voice of God, nights in quiet contemplation: “My mouth shall
inside you. Also, be alert to hear God praise thee with joyful lips: when I remember thee upon
speaking through His providence in our life. my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches”
Is your heart attuned to hearing God’s voices (Ps. 63:5-6). Our Lord Himself, “went out into
through all these means? Yes, He is the mountain to pray, and continued all night in
communicating with you. He has things to say prayer to God” (Lk. 6:12). On another occasion

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Jesus rose up in the early hours of the guidance, love, and all the other things you
morning, “and departed into a solitary place, and need. Wait upon Him patiently and quietly.
there prayed” (Mk. 1:35). He will be speaking! He is there and He is not
silent.
Let us endeavour to set aside time to
meditate whether we choose to rise early in Elijah received his strength in the
the morning as Christ did, walk in the field at loneliness of the desert and heard the still
eventide like Isaac, or meditate in the night small voice as he remained still before the
watches like David. The time spent listening Lord. God is always present in our daily busy
to the still small voice is of great spiritual lifestyle, but to hear the assuring voice of God,
value. We need to physically withdraw from above the noise, anxiety and excitement of the
the hustle and bustle and quietly contemplate world, it is necessary to be quiet in spirit and
the goodness and mercy that God has shown “be still and know that I AM [is] God” (Ps 46:10).
to us. He is there to speak peace, comfort,

Rev Tan Kian Sing is the Pastor of Berean Bible-Presbyterian Church and
Lecturer in New Testament and Pastoral Ministry at the Far Eastern Bible College.

“Calm Assurance”
Great peace have they, and quiet, calm assurance,
Who love God’s law, and on it daily feed;
They have a strength, a power and an endurance
Which strangely nerves them in the hour of need.

Deep peace have they whose whole imagination,


Whose mind and thought on God are constant stayed;
How free are they from fevered agitation,
And nothing seems to make their soul afraid.

God’s peace it is--which passeth understanding--


Keeps heart and mind where lives are lived in prayer;
And troubles which comfort, howe’er commanding,
Drive not the soul thus to kept to dire despair.

And so--in troubled days may this assurance,


This calm assurance, keep your heart and mine;
We need no power of special, strong endurance,
Enough--His peace--His wondrous peace divine.

Author Unknown

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The FCM Family AY 08/09
Contact Information & Bible Study Groups

Overall FCM Coordinator Eld Dr Boaz Boon (Calvary Tengah B-P Church)
 9824 7681  boazboon@mytengah.com

Assistant Advisor Dn Peter Phoa (Calvary Tengah B-P Church)


 9758 1469  peterphoa@mytengah.com

Overall Student Coordinator Jason Liew (Calvary Pandan B-P Church)


 9017 8213  jasonliewyf@gmail.com

FCM NUS @ Kent Ridge FCM NUS @ Bukit Timah


Bible Study Leader Bible Study Leader
Ko Lingkang, BTh cand (Calvary Pandan B-P Church) Dr Paul Ferguson, DRE, ThD cand (Calvary Pandan BPC)
 kolingkang@gmail.com  paulferguson@hotmail.com
Student Coordinator Student Coordinator
Joy Ng Ko Lingting
 9112 1760  ngwenlijoy@gmail.com  9663 0246  kolingting@hotmail.com
Venue & Time Venue & Time
Faculty of Science, NUS (Seminar Room 13) Faculty of Law, NUS (Blk B Seminar Room 4.1)
 6 Science Drive 2, Singapore 117546  469G Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259776
 Every Wednesday, 5.15pm / Dinner @ 7.30pm  Selected Fridays, 2pm

FCM NTU/NIE FCM SMU


Bible Study Leader Bible Study Leader
Rev Wee Eng Moh, BTh, MRE (Berith B-P Church) Joshua Yong, DipTh, BRE, MDiv cand (Truth B-P Church)
 emwee@singnet.com.sg  yongbkj@hotmail.com
Student Coordinator Student Coordinator
Teo Jun Zi Carol Leong
 9299 9501  teojunzi@gmail.com  9876 3151  carol.leong.2005@business.smu.edu.sg
Venue & Time Venue & Time
Blk 63, NTU Hall of Residence 13 (Eld Sim’s Home) School of Economics, SMU (Seminar Room 4.3)
 32 Nanyang Crescent, #03-1255, Singapore 637658  90 Stamford Road, Singapore 178903
 Every Monday, 6.30pm / Dinner @ 5.30pm  Selected Fridays, 2.00pm

FCM SP & NP FCM RP


Bible Study Leader Bible Study Leader
James Tan, BTh cand (Calvary Tengah B-P Church) Lim Jun Sheng, BEng, CertRK (Calvary Tengah B-P Church)
 jamestty@gmail.com  sa_jurong@hotmail.com
Student Coordinator Student Coordinator
Eleanor Ee Samuel Goh
 9298 1643  enhui89@gmail.com  9181 7471  eleven_blue@yahoo.com.sg
Venue & Time Venue & Time
School of DMIT, SP (Level 3 Tutorial Room) Main Library, RP (Study Area)
 500 Dover Road, Singapore 139651  9 Woodlands Avenue 9, Singapore 738964
 Every Wednesday, 6pm  Every Wednesday, 6pm

Newsletter Advisor | Eld Dr Boaz Boon Editor | Jason Liew

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