Volume. XXVII, No. 28
Sunday, 06 January 2013

How to Spend the Day with God - Part 1

A holy life is inclined to be made easier when we know the usual sequence and method of our duties - with everything falling into its proper place. Therefore, I shall give some brief directions for spending the day in a holy manner.


Measure the time of your sleep appropriately so that you do not waste your precious morning hours sluggishly in your bed. Let the time of your sleep be matched to your health and labour, and not to slothful pleasure.

First Thoughts

Let God have your first awaking thoughts; lift up your hearts to Him reverently and thankfully for the rest enjoyed the night before and cast yourself upon Him for the day which follows. Familiarise yourself so consistently to this that your conscience may check you when common thoughts shall first intrude. Think of the mercy of a night\'s rest and of how many that have spent that night in Hell; how many in prison; how many in cold, hard lodgings; how many suffering from agonising pains and sickness, weary of their beds and of their lives. Think of how many souls were that night called from their bodies terrifyingly to appear before God and think how quickly days and nights are rolling on! How speedily your last night and day will come! Observe that which is lacking in the preparedness of your soul for such a time and seek it without delay.


Let prayer by yourself alone (or with your partner) take place before the collective prayer of the family. If possible let it be first, before any work of the day.

Family Worship

Let family worship be performed consistently and at a time when it is most likely for the family to be free of interruptions.

Ultimate Purpose

Remember your ultimate purpose, and when you set yourself to your day\'s work or approach any activity in the world, let HOLINESS TO THE LORD be written upon your hearts in all that you do. Do no activity which you cannot entitle God to, and truly say that he set you about it, and do nothing in the world for any other ultimate purpose than to please, glorify and enjoy Him. "Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." (1 Corinthians 10:31)

Diligence in Your Calling

Follow the tasks of your calling carefully and diligently. Thus:

(a) You will show that you are not sluggish and servants to your flesh (as those that cannot deny it ease), and you will further the putting to death of all the fleshly lusts and desires that are fed by ease and idleness.

(b) You will keep out idle thoughts from your mind that swarm in the minds of idle persons.
(c) You will not lose precious time, something that idle persons are daily guilty of.
(d) You will be in a way of obedience to God when the slothful are in constant sins of omission.
(e) You may have more time to spend in holy duties if you follow your occupation diligently. Idle persons have no time for praying and reading because they lose time by loitering at their work.

(f) You may expect God\'s blessing and comfortable provision for both yourself and your families.

(g) It may also encourage the health of your body which will increase its competence for the service of your soul.


…...to be continued next week.


More Lively Hope



*Kitchen Roster: Today’s Team Leader: Bro Daniel Volvricht. Next Lord’s Day:  Bro Phil Surman

*Warm Welcome: Ps Okman & Sis Myung Ki

*Hope Bookstore: Open today: 12:30 - 1:45 pm. 

*Serving the Lord in the Flower Roster for 2013 - There are still “vacant slots” available.

*Combined Ebenezer-Hope Family Bible Camp Registration & Special Diet forms available on the notice board table. Early registration appreciated.

*Bro Chilton & Sis Emily Chong & family will be leaving us for Perth very soon. Session thanks them for their participation and contribution to Hope BPC.

*All worshippers are encouraged to attend a Neighbourhood Bible Study Group (BSAG, Joy or Maranatha).

*Kitchen News: Please claim your plates, trays & foodstuffs from the wooden cupboard next to the fridge by 27 Jan.


Praise & Thanksgiving

1. Journey mercies: Ps Okman & Sis Myung Ki & family; Dn Yaw Chiew & Sis Julie Tan; Dn Wai Kin & Sis Mavis Wong, & family; Dns Joyce Gong; Bro Ngie Joo & Sis Sooi Chin Gong; Sisters Alice Lee (Adl), Sarah Carpenter (Tas/Adl), Amy Wong; & Sis Susan Weng’s mother, & sister & her family (S’pore); Sisters Molly & Rosalie Gan (Melb); Sis Mary Ting & family (Hawaii); Bros Raymond Ang, (Pinnaroo) & Raphael Ng (Goolwa/Adl); Miss Hannah Xiong (Wuhan); & others who have arrived safely.

2. Ministry in S’pore: Ps Okman & Sis Myung Ki.

3. Church Activities, in the past week.

4. God’s daily mercy, guidance & blessings.

5. Visitors & new worshippers.

6. Calvary (Jurong) BPC, S’pore: 40th Anniversary today.


Prayer Items

1. Health & God’s healing - Dr Gary Cohen (USA), Dr SH Tow (S’pore); Rev George van Buuren; Rev & Mrs James White; Bro Colin & Sis Kathleen Creaser; Bro Len & Sis Margaret Pearson (Nursing Home); Preacher Zhang (Sihanoukville); Grandpa Ki (S’pore); Bros Elton Law & Kang Fun Tan (S’pore); Sisters Lynette Booth, Mabella Booth (Nursing Home), Margaret Hooper, Lai Kheng Chiong (KL), Myung Ki, Choon Fong Lee (KL), Lehia Paauwe (Per), Susan Varadi (Nursing Home); Mr Swee Liang Ng (Bro Raphael’s father); Mr Mang Soo Ong (Sis Gillian Ong’s father); Mr Wong (Dn Wai Kin Wong’s father); Mrs Maggie D’Mello (Dn Edwin’s mother in Mumbai) & Mrs Chuilin Yap (Malacca); Mr Tony Zhang; & others in affliction.

2. Cambodia Missions - Rev David Koo & Ministry (Sihanoukville); Bro Sun Sokha & Ministry (Phnom Penh).

3. Ministry in New Life BPC (London): Ps & Sis Ki. Special Prayer: Ministry in Hope BPC & Adelaide.

4. Batam Missions - Sis Ang Liang Phoa & Ministry.

5. iSketch&Tell Studio, YouTube Ministry & Ordination - Pr HS Lim  (Melb, Vic).

6. Ps & Sis Weng - Ministry in Hope BPC. 

7. Journey mercies: Dn Colin & Sis Grace Gan, & family;(Adl); Bros Raymond Ang (Adl) & Raphael Ng (Goolwa/Adl); Sis Clara Sim (Adl); & others who are travelling. 

8. Interpreters of sermon into Mandarin.

9. Full-time Job - Sisters Michelle Lee  (Melb) & Corinne Teng; & others looking for  stable jobs.

10. Unity in doctrine & fellowship of all B-P Churches

11.  Smooth transfer & work in Perth, God’s guidance in their future: Bro Chilton & Sis Emily Chong & family (Mid Jan)

12. Health in pregnancy - Sis Kerrie Lam

13. Believers under persecution in Islamic nations.

14.  Australian work visas - Sisters Clara Sim & Felicia Tan

15. Australia - politicians not to legislate laws contrary to God’s laws.



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