Author: Pastor

The Heavens Declare the Glory of God

Dear BPCWA worshipper, We are particularly privileged in Perth to be blessed with beautiful sunsets. Have you ever had a tough day of challenging news after challenging news? If so, then just look up, look at the sunset, and let your heart be lifted to consider the incomparable Artist behind each sunset. The beauty of a sunset. I recently stood and marvelled at an especially beautiful sunset. The shades of flaming orange, pink, and purple blended perfectly in many amazing shapes and forms across the skies. Their colours and hues changed as the sun sank deeper down the horizon. The colours were more vivid and beautiful than any artist could ever recreate on canvas. Between the colours were dense thick

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Holiday Bible Program: Gripped by the Love of Christ

Dear BPCWA worshipper, One of the first programs of every year is our Holiday Bible Program. Worshippers should read this pastoral because it is a theme that must concern us all. While this was conducted for our Holiday Bible Program, it is a message for all. This year, the theme was “Gripped by the Love of Christ” from “For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead” (2 Cor 5:14) and was conducted from 3-5 January this year. This program is planned and run separately from our Sunday School program which many of us are familiar with. The theme for the program every year is prayerfully chosen to

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Our Family Union

Dear BPCWA worshipper, Today is the first day of the Lunar New Year. For those who celebrate this festival, it is a time of family togetherness. Last night would have been marked by the family coming together for the traditional New Year’s Eve reunion dinner for the family unit. For some who are alone and here away from their immediate families in another country, it may bring a tinge of homesickness to be away at this time. But as Christians, let us remember another family which we have – our family in Christ. Before the great reunion feast in heaven, there must be a union in our Christian family that will show God and Christ to the world. “I in

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Lighting up Perth

Dear BPCWA worshipper, Lights make such a difference to an area. A recent initiative around Applecross was to light up the trees with fairy lights. Many also light up their houses and gardens with lights, making them stand out among the typically dark neighbourhood. With these physical lights, the ambience instantly changes. But as we typically enjoy looking at these lights, are we reminded also that we are to be spiritual lights in a world of darkness?  Our Lord used the city lights, which travellers looked toward, to be an object lesson to teach his disciples this lesson, “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.” (Mt 5:14). However, our

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Importunate Prayer

Dear BPCWA worshipper, As announced, this year’s church theme is on prayer. While we say that there is power in prayer, we also know that not every prayer immediately receives the answer prayed for. Why do we not receive some answers to our prayers even if what we asked for is in line with God’s preceptive will? For example, it can be because it is not God’s timing. But it could also be that God expects us to be importunate. This is taught in Matthew 15:22–28 (describing a mother whose daughter was vexed with a devil), Luke 11:5-10 (where a person requests 3 loaves of bread from a friend who has turned in to bed) and 18:1-8 (where a widow

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How will you spend this New Year?

Dear BPCWA worshipper, I’m sure I will not be an exception when I say “another year has passed so quickly!”. Like the majority of you, I will now have to get used to writing 2023 instead of 2022. Without argument, time is one of the most precious resource that God has given to us.  Time marks our life. Our life span is marked by the day that we are born and ends on the day we die. The period between these two dates is the available time that we have. Time and tide wait for no man. A minute that has passed is gone forever. If so, then we certainly must make use of this limited time in the best

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Christmas – Christ’s first coming must make us prepare for His second

Dear BPCWA worshipper, Uniquely this year (as occurs probably every few years), Christmas falls on a Sunday. So today, we commemorate two wondrous events together – the birth of Christ (Christmas), and the day that we spend every week celebrating – the resurrection of Christ (the Lord’s Day). Yes, while we know that Christ was not born on the 25th December, but churches appointed a particular day of the year to remember His incarnation. Let us remember Christ’s first coming. Though we don’t know the exact date, the birth of Christ must be an important event for Christians. We don’t celebrate it like we do a person’s birthday. Of much greater significance is that a day more than 2022 years

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Recapturing our 2022 Church Theme

Dear BPCWA worshipper, We have come so quickly to the end of 2022. Our church theme for this year was taken from Matthew 25:13, “Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.” The aim was to stir us to be watchful for our Saviour’s Return. As always, I will recapture some of the key aspects of this theme at the end of the year. My prayer is that we will all not forget the lessons even after the year has ended and a new church theme starts but instead will continue to live out this theme in our lives till we meet our beloved Saviour. Why does God give us prophecies?

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Becoming Christians who are not of the world

Dear BPCWA worshipper, There is a great misunderstanding of worldliness in Christendom. Some Christian groups today teach that “gain is godliness”. This is well demonstrated in the health and wealth gospel so popular today, from which God commands “from such withdraw thyself” (1 Tim 6:5). This is an easy message that finds ready acceptance among many because it is appealing to the flesh. Followers, and even churches, of such a gospel have no qualms in seeking after mammon. On the other end of the spectrum are also some groups who believe that to be “unspotted from the world” (Jas 1:27) means that their communities should dress in very plain traditional clothing, not own cars, avoid tapping from the public electricity

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Worldliness makes us bring up worldly seed

Dear BPCWA worshipper, We have thus far seen how the world can affect even sound Christians in a conservative church. We have grown so used to being in the world that we have unknowingly learnt the world’s ways. This week we want to consider how we can fall into the snare of worldliness in bringing up children. When this happens, we not just inculcate worldliness in ourselves, but set the firm foundations for it for generations to come. This can happen to parents bringing up worldly seed, or it could be us who have been brought up as worldly seed by our parents. 5) We give our children to the world. Weigh your life and actions as a parent honestly

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