Do Not Despise the Day of Small Beginnings

This week, we’ve many of our pastors from the nations converging in Singapore for our annual Cornerstone Global Network Summit. This is an annual event for the pastors to reconnect relationally and to renew our visions for the work that God is giving to us. These meetings that we have each year are immensely enjoyable and inspiring. It always amazes us what these pastors are accomplishing in the nations and how we’re impacting literally hundreds of thousands of lives collectively.

Yet as I reflect on many of these relationships, I see and recognise God’s unseen hand orchestrating our journeys to allow for our paths to intersect. I see also the years of faithful labour, enduring difficulties, and humility in these pastors that have caused them to see growth and enlargement in the ministry that they’ve been entrusted with.

Many of them have faced severe persecution in the communities that they’re planted in and yet have continued to love and serve. Almost all of them have been misjudged, falsely accused and suffered hurts – many times from the very ones whom they shepherd and love. Their lives carry irresistible testimonies of God’s divine preservation and protection in the midst of the enemy’s attempts to strike them down. I know at least two of our pastors who have been raised from the dead.

As they converge here in Singapore, we want to honour and celebrate them in our midst. I want to ask you to join with us to do a few things together –

1. Celebrate Them
For a start, let’s welcome them with hospitality and love. If you’ve been on one of our Couriers trips and have gotten to know some of these pastors and leaders, please do go up and welcome them to Singapore. Let’s extend our Cornerstone hospitality and make them feel at home. We want them to know that they’re celebrated and appreciated here in Cornerstone.

2. Pray for Them
They need our prayer support. Even as they’re here in Singapore for the Summit, pray that there’d be fresh downloads from God into their lives. Pray that they may be refreshed – spirit, soul and body. Pray for them that they may encounter God in fresh ways as we all come aside to seek the Lord. For many of them, life back home is very intense and there are constantly demands that are made upon their lives. We pray for them that this will be a timely break where their visions will be lifted higher and their strength may be renewed as we collectively come together in the Presence of God.

3. Join Them
I want to encourage us to join these pastors in their fields. Allow the Lord to place their names and their nations in your heart. I believe that every believer ought to be involved in missions in some way or another. It’s a healthy habit to go on a short-term mission trip once every year and to be committed to giving to missions on a regular basis.

For us, this is especially pertinent because these are pastors that God has divinely joined to us. We’ve many mission initiatives that cover short-term trips to mid-term assignments and long-term placements. There are many needs in the nations and you can find a place to serve through these initiatives. We want to encourage you to find your place serving in the nations where God has placed a burden on your hearts. Let us strengthen their hands by joining them in their labour.

Once again, let’s take time to remember that missions is in the core of our faith and is an inescapable assignment every follower of Jesus must be involved in. The Captain of our salvation is calling us to arms and to be involved in the Great Commission.

Pastor Lim Lip Yong

Strong Dominant Churches

Last week, I had the privilege, together with my wife and Dr. Rolland Baker, to speak at the “Kingdom Mandate Conference” in Miri, East Malaysia. Between 400-500 people showed up for the 2-day conference and for a city like Miri, that’s a great response. But what an amazing time we had! 

The presence of God was powerful and the whole conference operated with clockwork precision.

I want to go on record to say how proud I am of our two firebrands, Pastors Sabrina Low and Rachel Bulan. They started the church just a couple of years ago with a handful of people and it’s now becoming a dominant spiritual force in Miri. They’ve many young zealots and firebrands in the church today and I can confidently predict that they’ll soon impact the city in ways we read more…

As One!

Over the past weeks, Pastor Yang gathered some pastors and intercessors of Singapore to cast the vision of a 40-day Prayer and Fasting Movement in 2018. This is in response to the prophetic word given by Lou Engle on Mar 16 at the Kingdom Invasion Conference, that “there’s a cyclical review coming to Singapore in 2018, to see if we’ve fulfilled what was prophesied by Billy Graham in 1978, that Singapore would be the Antioch East.”

At both gatherings, there was such a spirit of unity and atmosphere of expectancy of what God’s about to do in this nation. Jesus prayed about this unity in John 17:22-23, “…that they may be ONE, just AS We are One; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved read more…

Understanding the Jerusalem Council

What was the purpose of the Jerusalem Council at the commencing of the Early Church? In short, it allowed for the discussion and addressing of the Jewish and Gentile cultural divide that proved a hindrance to kingdom advancement. It’s important for us to consider carefully what was at stake. 

The Gospel message was gaining traction, yet the Church was now confronting a moment of crisis. The decisions taken would determine whether this movement would be taken to the next level. Is there a message for us at Cornerstone and the Church at large?  

These thoughts are fresh in my mind in reflecting upon the Kingdom Wealth Conference of this past week. There’s so much to digest as a result of these meetings. The parallels between the Jerusalem Council and the modern Church read more…

Faithfulness Redefined

I overheard a conversation between two friends in a church and it went something like this – “He’s a very faithful man. He comes to church every weekend and has been a Christian for a long time.” That set me thinking about the word “faithful” and its true meaning, as I recalled what Jesus taught in the Parable of the Talents in Matthew 25:14-30.

This parable began with the master, prior to his long trip, giving some talents (money) to his servants, each according to their own ability. It ended with the master returning and asking each of them to give an account for the talents entrusted to them. The servant who had received five talents went and traded (invested) with them, and made another five talents. Likewise, the servant who had received two talents gained two read more…

Progression

Recently during my devotions, I felt the Holy Spirit drop the word “progression” into my heart and immediately that word was like a zip file that began to unpack itself within me. I’d like to share some of these thoughts with you.

Progression is not just about moving forward. It’s also moving upward. When you combine these two actions together of moving forward and upward, you get the picture of someone climbing up a mountain. Psalm 24:3-5 (NLT) comes to mind: “Who may climb the mountain of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place? Only those whose hands and hearts are pure, who do not worship idols and never tell lies. They will receive the Lord’s blessing and have a right relationship with God their Saviour.”

Everything that we do for the read more…

A Glorious Camp Meeting

One of the great highlights of our church calendar is definitely our Annual Family Camp. It’s probably the one event that I look forward to more than any other. It’s when the Ekklesia – the called out ones (church), gather as a family, as one, and it’s always glorious. But in all the years that we’ve had our church camps, this year’s camp will arguably go down as one of the best we’ve ever had. It’s not a matter of comparison, but we’re certainly growing from glory to glory and at each new level of glory, it’s greater than the previous one. The Lord certainly did something very glorious in our hearts.

Church camp is a time of reset. It’s as though God presses a reset button and brings things into alignment. Like a chiropractor setting read more…

Are You Ready For An Encounter?

Cornerstone will be having its annual church camp this week at the KSL Resort in Johor Bahru. The theme for the camp is “Face-to- Face”. I suspect many of you are like me in needing to experience a fresh encounter with the Lord. Are you preparing for it, are you desperate and in need of a fresh touch?

The theme verses feature the fruits of Jacob’s determined anguish as he engages God at Penuel (Gen 28:30). I want to zero in on the preceding two verses: Gen 32:26-27 “And he said, ‘Let me go, for the day breaketh.’ And he said, ‘I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.’ And he said unto him, ‘What is thy name?’ And he said, ‘Jacob.’”

There are two things to note in the above verses. First, Jacob recognises the significance of this encounter; he’s read more…

A Collection of Friends (an excerpt by Roy H. Williams)

When Jimmy visited Stanway to play cricket, he was the guest of Herbert and Cynthia Asquith (Herbert was the son of the British Prime Minister and Cynthia would later become a famous author of ghost stories). In return for their kindness to him and his cricketing buddies over the years, Jimmy built a pavilion on the cricket grounds of Stanway, where it has been in use for nearly 100 years. Who, exactly, were these cricketing buddies of Jimmy?

They called themselves the Allah Akbarries under the mistaken belief that “Allah akbar” meant “Heaven help us” in Arabic. This was an odd mistake to make, considering that these men were known for their words. The Allah Akbarries included:

Rudyard Kipling – The Jungle Book
Arthur Conan Doyle – Sherlock Holmes
P.G. Wodehouse – read more…

God is Good

The song “God Is Good All The Time” by Don Moen can become just a cliché. But we need more than clichés to carry us through the storms of life. Why is it so important to know that God is good? Because what you believe about God will ultimately determine your destiny! Psalm 34:8 is a well-known psalm that will help us get a grip on the goodness of God. “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!”

1. Taste is an Experience
Firstly, taste is an experience. We’ve to experience that God is good. It’s experience or encounter that shapes our belief system. Romans 2:4 states it plainly, “The goodness of God leads you to repentance.” Repentance or “metanoia” in Greek, means the changing of one’s mind. When people experience God’s goodness, they change their read more…

What’s Up For Grabs

There should always be things in our lives that are non-negotiable. These are things for which we’re willing to suffer pain for, make sacrifices towards, face humiliation, and endure failures. It’s important to have these non-negotiables, for without them, we become people without passion. By virtue of the word “passion” itself, it speaks of suffering that draws its comparison and inspiration from the sufferings of Christ upon the Cross. Likewise, we need to have a set of non-negotiables that root us and infuse us with purpose and passion.

Conversely, we also need to know what are our negotiables. For without negotiables, we become difficult, unbending, dogmatic, obstinate, and stuck in our own ways. When we make the unimportant the “thing”, we risk shifting our lives into some small tributary that really doesn’t matter in the long run. read more…

Kingdom Invasion Conference, Pretoria

A team of us have just returned from Pretoria, South Africa where Pastor Yang and Pastor Nicky Raiborde were the main speakers for their Kingdom Invasion Conference. What an amazing time it was! The 3-day meetings were well-attended by over 600 people, including pastors and missionaries. It’s the first time a conference like this was held in the church we were ministering at and I believe God did something lasting and precious.

There was a genuine hunger and humility in the people which attracted the Presence of God. The atmosphere was charged with expectation and anticipation for God to move in their hearts and circumstances. They were desperate for more of God and had a willingness to yield to Him. God has given Cornerstone the “Breaker’s Anointing” – where eternity breaks through into the natural realm. Throughout read more…

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