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Pastoral Letter 28 May 2017

Terrorist attacks are getting more frequent than ever before. This year till May alone, there were close to 600 terrorist attacks reported, according to Wikipedia. The recent one “Manchester Arena Attack” in Britain happened just last Monday night. It has already claimed at least 22 lives and dozens were injured. A suicide bomber from IS (Islamic State) terror group, blew himself up at the end of the concert by US pop star Ariana Grande which was held in the Arena. The aim of the Muslim terrorists (who are the extremists) in the terror attack is to instill fear among the people.

Terrorism remains a terror to the world, and as our Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong described on his Facebook page: we are living in a troubled world. Indeed, where is peace when the world is anti-God and anti-Christ; where sin is abounding; where Satan's rule is everywhere, and materialism is highly sought after; where can we find true peace? We want peace and yet we cannot find any peace. The reason is we have looked for peace at all the wrong places. We tried to make peace. We tried to live in peace in the midst of troubles. But still, there is no peace? What can we do? Only God can give us the answer: Jesus Christ.

Only Jesus the Prince of Peace can give us true peace. This is the peace with God. Through Jesus, when we believe in Him as Lord and Saviour, we have peace with God. The Lord Jesus promises in John 14:27: “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” Do you have this sweet gift of peace which is the gift of God's love to you and me? If there is to be peace in the world, in Singapore, or in our own home, it must start right here in the hearts and lives of each one of us. This true peace comes when we put our faith and trust in Jesus, the Son of the Living God.

Have you received this peace? No Jesus no peace; know Jesus know peace. Look around you in your workplace, in your school, in your home. How many are there who still live in great fear and terror? How many do not have the peace of God in their hearts? There are countless of them. Individually, we have to ask ourselves: Am I sharing this gift of sweet peace of the Lord Jesus with these lost souls? They may be thinking they have peace in their heart, but if we do not tell them, they will never know there is no true peace apart from Jesus. This true and perfect peace can be yours if Jesus is your Prince of Peace. May God help us. Amen.

Yours in Christ,
Pastor Dennis Kwok