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Vol. XX No. 28
9 April 2023


Thank God for Saving Me

I thank God that I was born into a Christian family and was baptised as an infant. My parents have brought me to attend worship services every Lord’s Day. I am very blessed to have grown up in a Bible-believing church and been taught by many good teachers in Children’s Sunday School, Children’s Worship and Vacation Bible School. I learnt and believed from a young age that we are all born in sin and that we need a Saviour to save us from our sins. Jesus Christ is the only Saviour and all we need to do is simply believe.

However, I had doubts about my salvation when I was around six years old and asked a lot about how to know if one is truly saved. My parents explained to me: once saved, always saved. God will not leave us, and nothing can separate us from the love of God. “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38–39). I was also told that we can be sure of our salvation from a change in character and trying to please God in our lives. With God’s help, I would consciously remind myself not to sin and always tried to be as obedient as possible.

As I grew older, I noticed God’s presence in my life. He would always provide for me and has always been very gracious to me. Whenever I feel scared or worried for examinations, I would pray for God’s help, and He would always grant to me peace and help me do better than I thought I would. I thank God for granting me a place in a secondary school of my choice. I pray my faith will continue to grow and that I will be more useful for God. Thank God for saving me to be His child. Ian Tan

God Has a Plan for Us

I thank God for allowing me to be born and raised in a Christian family. It is a blessing to be accepted into the kingdom of God. My parents sent me to a Christian kindergarten where the teachers taught me to talk to God in prayer and pray for things such as giving thanks for food.

My parents also ensured that they sent me to Sunday school every week as they wanted me to be godly. Growing up was not easy, as I sinned a lot. Nevertheless, I made sure to confess my sins to the Lord and ask for forgiveness. I learnt that as sinners we cannot be with God as He is holy. We would go to hell if we do not accept our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ into our hearts. But God is merciful, and He sent His only begotten Son, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, to die on the cross, and He shed His precious blood to save us from our sins. If we believe in Him and confess our sins to Him, we will be perfect with no sins in God’s eyes when we go to heaven.

A few years ago, I went to a camp and read Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord”. This verse emphasizes why we must seek forgiveness for our sins and believe that Jesus is our Saviour. We need Jesus every day. We cannot control whatever happens to us, but we must believe and know that God has a plan for us. Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose”.

We must quickly confess and draw near to Him whenever we fall into sin or temptation, and He will forgive us. We must also be like salt and light to the world. We must preserve God’s Holy Word like salt, and we must shine and spread the gospel like how light shines in the dark. Even if others dislike hearing about the gospel, we must persevere and continue spreading God’s Word. Jeremiah Lee

Fill Me and Use Me

By God’s grace and goodness, I was born into a Christian family and my parents brought my brother and me to church every Sunday without fail. I grew up learning about God and His Word taught faithfully in Calvary Tengah Bible-Presbyterian Church. As a second generation Christian, I cannot remember the exact date when I was saved but I do somehow remember this one time when I was in Primary 5 where I joined Calvary Tengah Youth Fellowship’s camp at the end of the year. I remember praying in the girl’s dorm one afternoon and in my prayer I gave my life to God and prayed that He would use me. I do not remember much of the details but I do remember being very earnest about it and having much peace and joy after that. Hence whenever people ask about my conversion I would refer to that particular point in time.

I do not remember having a stark and sudden change in my life since that point in time. But as I look back, I can definitely see God’s hand in my life and Him moulding me and helping me grow through life’s circumstances. He has truly been most merciful and gracious despite my many weaknesses and failures. I thank God very much for this precious salvation He has given to me for without Him I can truly do nothing at all. It is my prayer that He will continue to fill me with His Spirit and to use me to do His will. After getting married recently, I am transferring my membership to True Life Bible-Presbyterian Church to follow my husband. I am looking forward to growing and serving here in True Life. May God grant me the grace. Esther Poh

Praying to Be a Better Christian

As I am going to reaffirm my faith, I hope to be a better testimony for God and spread the gospel to others. I pray that I will be a better Christian and not stray away from God. Furthermore, I’m very thankful to be born into a Christian family and being preached to about God’s Word. I also pray that I will always remember to pray to God when in need of help and repent from the sins that I have committed.

Although at times, I feel like giving up, but after praying to God for help, the Lord gave me strength to persevere on. Sometimes, I can feel that the Holy Spirit is trying to stop me from doing the wrong things. I hope to obey my parents and keep the Ten Commandments.

Moreover, I am glad that I am able to worship in the house of the Lord every Sunday. It is really a privilege to be one of God’s people. It is also a good opportunity to have a good pastor that can preach to us the word of God and gain knowledge from His Word. Ruth Koh

Exceedingly Grateful and Thankful

I count myself very blessed to be born into a Christian family. Since I was born, I have always been taught the Word of God. My parents would always read the Bible to me. Every morning, every night, the word of God was constantly flowing into my ears. This really is a blessing from God as there are no obstacles I have to face when it comes to worshipping God.

In Primary 6, I had to face PSLE like every other Primary 6 student had to. At that time, I was still very immature and playful. Thus, I always spent my time playing games and doing the things I liked instead of studying. PSLE was nearing and I still haven’t buckled up yet. Every day, when my mother told me to revise my work, I would just nod my head and shake it off my shoulders, only playing till dawn and having no time to study. My mother was really losing hope in me, while I was just wasting away my time instead of studying for PSLE. My grades were dropping ever since Primary 4, my attitude was also worsening. I was really going to fail my PSLE if this continued. Day after day, I was getting worse and worse.

One day, my mother reached her limit. She took the cane and whipped me many times. That was when God woke me up. Ever since, I would ask my mother to teach and study with me. There were only 2–3 weeks left. I studied very hard and when it came to the examination days, I prayed very hard that God would have mercy on me and let me pass my examinations. After all the examinations were over, I thanked God for everything and left the results in God’s hands. On the result day, I prayed hard that I would be thankful for whatever results God gave me. I didn’t dare to see my results. I was scared I had done badly. I asked my friend to check my results for me. Before letting him tell me my results, I looked at them in desperation. I was exceedingly grateful and thankful. The Lord had given me a fairly good score! I couldn’t believe my eyes. I cried tears of joy! “Thank God! “I exclaimed. When I saw my parents as they had come to pick me, I hugged them and told them my results. We then went to the church for a word of thanks. We prayed to God and thanked Him for guiding me and my mother during this period. “Thank God!” I kept saying to myself. That was when I felt that I was ready to serve God.

Although I am attending catechism class, I am still adapting to the lessons as they are more difficult to understand. I hope that God will help and guide me as I grow closer to him. I hope that I can be a good testimony for Him and serve Him each day of my life. Zechariah Koh

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