By Pr Evangeline Cheong

 

I was sent a meme that spoofed the Christmas Nativity scene, replacing those around the manger with Star Wars characters like Luke Skywalker, Obi Wan and  

 Darth Vader, and the baby Jesus with a baby Yoda. Though part of me violently rejected Darth Vader’s presence around the manger, since he was the villain in the Star Wars series, it got me thinking of who really

was around Jesus that first Christmas.

By Dn Ho Qi Heng

 

MATTHEW 1:21–23

21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”

22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:

23 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel”

(which means, God with us).

God did not become Immanuel only when Jesus was born. God had walked in close fellowship with Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden at the beginning of creation. However, sin and death entered the picture through Adam and Eve’s disobedience, breaking humanity’s fellowship with God. Still, God was not absent from humanity and his people from then on — God was with Israel when he led them out of Egypt, leading them in a pillar of cloud and fire, and continued to be with them in the promised land, filling the tabernacle with his presence (in fact, the word “tabernacle” means to dwell).

By Pr Evangeline Cheong

 

I recently read that babies have an innate sense of rhythm. Of course, what science and psychology researched is what most parents already know: the rocking motion that puts them to sleep, the rhythmic pats on the back that burp or soothe a child, the joy of little faces to the beat of the favourite song “baby shark.” Rhythm seems to soothe and bring joy.

 

By Rev Dr Forest Koh

 

GPConnect was launched in June 2021. It was designed in response to a unique “moment-in-time” situation caused by the pandemic to connect the whole church with love and care through phone calls. I am thankful that it has served its purpose and we are moving forward.

When we shared with the connectors and the CG leaders that we were closing this ministry, those who were actively involved were disappointed. One of the connectors responded, “When GPConnect is closed we are no longer connectors, so what is our identity in this meeting?” At that point in time, we were still meeting every Thursday.

By Rev Dr Forest Koh

 

I came back to Singapore in July 2020. After 11 years of moving from place to place, at last, I was back to where I was born. God called me back for my family and extended family. My two elder brothers and one of my half-brothers passed on during my absence. My mother is 87 this year, and I am her only biological son left. She needed me to be around. Moreover, many of my family members are still pre-believers. I pray that God will use me as a bridge to bring them to His kingdom.  However, without intentionality, I will be buried in my pastoral work.

By Rev Dr Forest Koh

 

Challenge No. 1: Don’t Lose That Love

1st August 2022 marked the beginning of my third year in GPC. I remember that morning, Rev Goh and the elders sent texts to express their appreciation for my service for the past 2 years. I wondered what I had done to receive their appreciation over these two Covid years.