A Holy Spirit Alliance

Over the past five years, both Pastor Dominic Yeo, Senior Pastor of Trinity Christian Centre, and myself, have been in conversation, on and off, about forming an alliance of churches where pastors are able to connect with one another, seek assistance and support, and find a network of other pastors who will truly care. We saw lots of pastors struggling, in need of assistance, in need of fellowship and we knew we had to do something about it.

This crystallised in 2015, when both the AG Churches and the FOP Churches collaborated on a conference called “FRESH FIRE”, with Rev. Samuel Rodriguez as our keynote speaker. It was at that conference where a prophetic word was released over both Ps. Dominic and myself, and over the alliance, that this is something birthed of God. From that time onwards, what was a dream in our hearts began to take shape and a partnership was birthed.

Following a 3-year incubation period comprising prayer, discussions, fine-tuning of vision and direction, we’re now honoured and pleased to announce the official launch of the “Alliance of the Pentecostal & Charismatic Churches of Singapore (APCCS)”. The Alliance is chaired by Pastor Dominic, and co-chaired by myself; and is a formal network of pastors, churches and Christian organisations that seek to foster and build solid and enduring relationships, for the purpose of discipling the nations and the propagation of the Gospel. We’d like to welcome pastors to pray about being part of this Alliance.

Through the years, our concern has always been to help the pastor who’s struggling. I remember when we first started, we only had 70- 80 people with us, mainly students, and I know what it’s like to struggle. My vision in those day was SURVIVAL. We had only two young children – mine. No Sunday school, no Women’s Ministry, no Missions Programme, very little money, and very few adults. So why would anyone want to join us? But we had a very BIG GOD. 

So, here we are, after so many years later, and look at what God has done. He has certainly enlarged our territory. Not in my wildest imaginations could I have dreamt that something like this could happen. But I do know what it was like to struggle and languish at the bottom of the barrel. I know what it was like not to have anyone come alongside you when you needed help. And so, we want to help the pastor, who perhaps might be struggling with 50-100 people, thinking “How am I going to get through this year?” This is where I believe APCCS can be a great blessing.

I was inspired one day listening to Chris Hodges, the Senior Pastor of the Church of the Highlands in Birmingham, Al, who had this amazing vision to help 1,000 churches breach the 1,000 barrier. Wow, I love that vision! Can we see this actually happening in Singapore, where all the churches come together, without bothering about our labels or titles? We want to help pastors find a network of friends and support.

One of the most common complaints in the ministry is a lack of fellowship among pastors and I think APCCS can really help. We can become a network of pastors & churches where one can gain skill, have access to finances, materials, resources, know-how, etc. When we first started, I remember  we had very little support. We were essentially on our own. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Again, here’s where I think APCCS can play a part.

Finally, when we were considering a name, we wanted everyone to know that we’re Pentecostal/Charismatic, children of the Holy Spirit. We’ll not tell you in APCCS, “Don’t speak in tongues”. This is a unique distinction of our movement. We’re not ashamed of the Holy Spirit and neither will we hinder the work of the Holy Spirit. The name is in itself a declaration of our need for the Holy Spirit. I believe that the formation of APCCS signals a brand new day for the churches here in Singapore. May the Lord be pleased to bless this alliance and may it grow stronger through the years.

Pastor Yang Tuck Yoong

Remember the Egg

Before I draw a parallel between humility and the humble egg, here are some fun facts especially for egg lovers. Unlike most cereals and yogurts, eggs contain only one ingredient – “eggs.” They don’t contain any sugar nor carbohydrates. And at only 15 to 25 cents each, they’re the least expensive source of high quality protein that’s also low in calorie and rich in nutrients. Okay, now for the analogy:

“If an egg is broken by an outside force, life ends. If an egg is broken by an inside force, life begins. Great things happen from the inside.”

Being broken before the Lord is the first step towards greatness. Jesus said, “The Kingdom is within you” (Luke 17:21) and one manifestation of the Kingdom is humility. Here are some thoughts on humility.

1. Without Humility, there’s no Progression.
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My Peace I Give To You!

In the last week, Christians all over the world celebrated the Passover and the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Greetings of “peace be with you” were exchanged. What does His death on the Cross for our sins and His resurrection to life mean?

In the Bible, peace is expressed as a fruit of the Holy Spirit (Gal 5:22). It’s also one of the many titles of God (Isa 9:6); a manifestation of the Kingdom of God (Rom 14:17); a position which we’re to continually exercise and maintain (Rom 12:18); and peace shall be evident in the latter glory of the temple (Hag 2:9).This list is by no means exhaustive. The KJV Bible has 429 Scriptures with the word “peace”. It’s found 397 times in the NKJV, 360 times in the NASU and 275 times in the Complete Jewish Bible.

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A Living Hope

On 24 March 2018, the Singapore Church was rocked by the shocking news of Ps. Rick Seaward’s sudden passing. He had met with a fatal car accident while he was in Brazil for a regional missions conference. For those of you who might not know him, Ps. Rick was the founder of Victory Family Centre (then known as Calvary Charismatic Centre) in 1977. Under his leadership, Victory Family Centre was raised to become a missions-sending force, which to date, has planted over 10,000 churches in over 90 nations.

Ps. Seaward was renowned for his revolutionary strategies in planting churches. He was a spiritual father to many, and dedicated his life to raising disciples and leaders who would have the same heart and vision for missions. While we take heart that he has entered into his glorious inheritance in heaven, we read more…

Kingdom Invasion 2018

One of the highlights on our annual calendar has to be the Kingdom Invasion Conference. We just concluded what was one of our most eventful conferences and here’s a brief recap of what we saw this year:

This is the 6th year of the conference, and in total, we had almost 4,000 day registrants; and close to 900 overseas delegates hailing from 47 countries – the highest count in a single KI Conference! Over four nights, we prayed for 1,465 people during the “Prayer for Healing” segment and recorded 207 healings. We also witnessed 229 individuals responding to the calls for salvation and re-dedication during the final two night meetings. 

But these are not just numbers. They represent individual lives that were impacted. Here are a few testimonies from the hundreds we received:

A young lady, who was born with read more…

Liquid Prayer

The setting of the recent funeral service of Rev. Billy Graham held on 2 March 2018 on the grounds of the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, North Carolina, typified a “Billy Graham Crusade” back in 1949. The crusade made the news headlines and from that time forward, Billy Graham became known as “America’s Pastor” and “Pastor to Presidents”. Diverse crowd of thousands gathered under a massive tent; with a grand choir of voices; and the preaching of the Gospel. The many famous faces in attendance at his funeral testified that Rev. Graham could seamlessly “toggle between the rich and powerful and the poor and downtrodden.”

This reminded me of another person whose life had also impacted me. When he died, 150,000 people lined up the streets when his casket passed by. About 40,000 people, including Queen Mary read more…

For Such A Time As This

It’s been an eventful week where the Jewish people celebrated the Feast of Purim from Feb 28 – Mar 1. The Feast commemorates the salvation of the Jews in ancient Persia when Haman plotted to annihilate all Jews consisting of young and old in a single day, as recorded in the Megillah (book of Esther). In addition to the miracle of Jewish survival, Purim denotes God’s intimate involvement in all aspects of this world.

Even though there were no overt miracles recorded in the Megillah, God was actively behind the scene — though His name was never mentioned, we gain great comfort in knowing that God is in control of His creation. To read the book of Esther as a historical account of a long-dead king and his queens is to miss a wonderful truth. In fact, there are present truths read more…

A Tribute to an Amazing World Evangelist

In his 58 illustrious years as an evangelist, he travelled to 185 countries covering 6 continents, preaching the Gospel to over 210 million people with the message of Jesus Christ. At 86 years of age in 2005, he preached in his last revival meeting. Not many of us can do and say the same.

As I’m writing this blog, news arrives that the amazingly influential evangelist, the late Rev. Dr. William Franklin Graham Jr, born on 7 November 1918 had passed on. One can probably say he changed his residential address and peacefully passed on in his sleep to join the cloud of witnesses in heaven on 21 Feb 2018. He said, “The moment we take our last breath on earth, we take our first in heaven”, and he was 99 years old, journeying into his 100th read more…

The Companions Of Our Life

Life’s journey would be impossible without the people that God sends into our lives. As I look back at almost 17 years in full-time ministry and 31 years as a Christian, I’m who I am today because of all the people whom God placed in my life. By this, I mean ALL – including those I’d rather not have around me. To make sense of all the jumble of thoughts running through my head, let me boil it down to a few pointers.

1. Don’t overestimate yourself

A few weeks ago, I felt the Lord show me clearly that the grace over my life is there because of my connection to Pastor Yang and various other people God had placed around me.

It’d be a fallacy to think that I read more…

The Evolution of a Dream

Long before we had our first Kingdom Invasion Conference in 2012, my pastors and I had a dream. We’d sit and talk often for hours and dream of the day we could host something that would be a blessing to the churches in Asia. We talked often about the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and wondered how we could have our own evangelistic association one day where we could send out evangelists like them to proclaim the Gospel.

Not in our wildest imaginations could we’ve foreseen what God was going to do. Those dreams started to slowly materialise and in the early 2000’s, we had the privilege of hosting the Christ For All Nations’ (CfaN) “Fire Conferences” with the Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke. What a privilege it was to work with one of my childhood heroes and to read more…

Business Not As Usual

In a business forum several years ago, Singaporean technopreneur and founder of Creative Technologies, Mr. Sim Wong Hoo, was asked a question on why Singapore didn’t produce that many entrepreneurs and technopreneurs like himself. He replied candidly by introducing this phrase called, “No U-turn Syndrome” or “NUTS” in short.

He used the “U-turn” road sign as an analogy to contrast how people were wired up in Singapore and in the United States. In Singapore, when drivers wanted to make a U-turn, they looked for a U-turn sign to make a U-turn, whereas in the United States, drivers made their own judgement call and did a U-turn anywhere along the road unless there was a sign that said “No U-turn”. Mr. Sim explained that this subtle difference was perhaps what inhibited the creativity and initiative of Singaporeans back read more…

Pulling Tomorrow Into Today

If God lets you see future promises, it’s because He wants to hook you and cause you to hunger for them. It’s through a desperate heart that you’re able to bring the fulfilment of those promises into your day. Contending shapes us and makes us capable of carrying more than we’ve ever been able before. All the promises God reveals to us will be realised in time, but the acceleration of events can be determined largely by the desperation and cries of His people.

Occupy and advance!

Regardless of how and when you believe we’re going to be taken to heaven, we must rid ourselves of the idea that Jesus is coming to rescue His Church. It has put the Church into a defensive posture of occupation to protect what we have, instead of positioning read more…

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