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Dear COA Family,

Last week I was cycling on the side of the road in Toa Payoh when I encountered a car driving in the opposite direction towards me. The vehicle had turned out of a public carpark and was heading against the flow of traffic.

Two options immediately flashed through my mind:
1. Continue to ride on and avoid the vehicle. After all, I thought, I am the one who is doing what is right by riding in the right direction.
2. Alert the driver that he is travelling in the wrong direction.

In a split second, I chose the latter. I waved my hands to attract the attention of the driver and signalled to him that he was driving against the direction of traffic.

Thankfully, he got my message. He stopped his car, did a three-point turn and travelled in the right direction. I shudder to think what the consequences would be if he had continued driving in the wrong direction!

At that very moment, the Lord spoke to me in my heart:
“There are many people in this world who are like that driver and travelling in the wrong direction. If they continue in the path that they are heading, they will meet with disaster. You are not to remain silent but call out to them to change their direction in life.”

And, church, I believe that this message is not for me alone but for all of us.

James 5:19-20 says, “My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back, remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.

We have the words of eternal life given to us by God. We are commissioned to be his witnesses at our homes and workplaces, and to the ends of the earth. We are endued with the power of the Spirit to communicate the gospel.

Let us, in this season of Easter, be God’s instrument to turn the lives of our family and loved ones around.

We can start by inviting our friends (especially those who have left church) to join us for our 70th anniversary service and celebrations and pray for them as well.

Have a blessed week ahead!

Revd Ian