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 minds about Him. Revelation is an invitation to transformation!

2. Sight is Perception
Secondly, sight is perception. How we see things makes a massive difference. When you “see” God as very miserly, you won’t dream big, because abundance doesn’t fit into your theology. On the other hand, when you know God desires to bless His children abundantly, you’ll dare to dream big. Without vision we perish. How are we to have vision when we’re not sure God has our back? But you may ask, “How can we be sure what God is like?” The simple answer is, “Exactly like Jesus!” God is exactly like Jesus.

Colossians 1:15 tells us, “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.” Hebrews 1:3, “…the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person.” All theology and “hard passages” in the Bible have to pass through this filter – Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Jesus is the ultimate expression of God. Like somebody so aptly put it, “Jesus is God’s selfie.”

3. Jesus is the Answer
Jesus is the answer to every question about the nature and character of God. Whether it’s in the miracles He performed, or just the way He treated others. Let’s look at two incidents.

First, Jesus turning water into wine at a wedding. Jewish weddings are a party where they feast and dance for days! And that’s where He chose to manifest Himself for the first time. Our God is happy and festive, not grumpy and somber, as many would perceive.

Second, the incident of the woman caught in adultery taught us that God is extremely gracious and not in a judgment mode. Many people see God as an angry judge and this incident simply obliterates that idea. Jesus is the perfect reflection of the heart of Father God. Just read the Gospels and you’ll know that God is good. Very good. He summed it perfectly in John 14:9 when He proclaimed, “He who has seen Me has seen the Father.”

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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…

Coincidence? May Not

I just came back from Pakistan, where a small team of us had spent a week there to launch Kingdom Invasion in Islamabad. From 19–21 October this year, we’re bringing Kingdom Invasion to Pakistan as part of our City2City Project to impact the nations. We’ll be renting a major convention center in the capital of Pakistan that can seat 4,000 people and we’re bringing together pastors and leaders from around the whole nation for this event. Imagine the impact when 4,000 pastors gather together over three days! From what I understand from the local leaders, this is only the fourth time that they’re having a national pastors’ event in Islamabad.

What I found amazing was a string of “coincidences” that marked the launch of the event. It was exactly 10 years ago when I first went to read more…

Jumping into the Harvest

Last weekend, a count from all our weekend services recorded a total of 305 salvation/re-dedications. It was an amazing harvest weekend and we rejoice for every person who responded and said YES to Jesus.

Over the past few weeks, during our staff meetings, it’s not uncommon to hear of the wonderful exploits of the staff as they reach out daily to people around them, in GRAB cabs, restaurants, while walking along the streets, etc. And the common refrain is – “people are just so open to the Gospel!”

To illustrate this, I was in a cab a week ago and I asked the driver, a man in his late 50’s, how life was and how was his business? In the next 10 minutes, he shared with me his entire life story; how he was facing issues read more…

72 Hours

This weekend, we celebrate three of the greatest events that happened in the history of mankind, the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, all within 72 hours. We’re reminded again of what we get to celebrate. We celebrate our freedom from sin, our position as sons and daughters of the Most High, and our soon coming translation to glory. In 72 hours, the Father, through the sacrifice of His Son, accomplished what 1,500 years of the law couldn’t.

One of the great misfortunes of society today, and more so in the West, is to have been more influenced by Greek thought and culture than Hebrew thought. This can be demonstrated in many aspects of life, including politics, architecture, leisure, sport – you name it. One of the things that the Greeks believed was that the body read more…

A Call to Overcomers

I recall a dream from December 2001 where Pastor Cameron Walcott and I were ministering  at a 2-day seminar in a remote district in Orissa, India. Here’s the dream: I was in a large area of ground which I perceived to be the district of Phulbani where we were conducting the seminar. We were free to minister the Gospel provided we stayed within the boundaries of the district. In approaching the outer edge of the district, everything changed. There were very large dark principalities that descended to intimidate and challenge our going further. In the dream, I retreated and as I did, they again ascended and allowed us to carry on in ministry as before. What’s the message?   

There’s a developing “comfort-zone” mentality gripping the modern-day Church. It can be characterised by fruitful ministry which may read more…

A Word from Heaven

In every Kingdom Invasion Conference, I press in to listen to the one or two things that God is thundering from heaven. Sometimes it comes in a still small voice and sometimes it’s a shout out to the entire conference. One year, God clearly spoke to me and I could feel a “mantle” drop from heaven and cover me. Out of that conference, we received a word to purchase the famed “Bible College of Wales”. This year, the word was clearly mediated from Lou Engle on Mar 16.

In the session, Lou told of his prophet friend, Chris Berglund, whom Lou trusted more than anyone else, and who had this dream just one day before he was to depart for Singapore. In the dream, Chris was told that there were two books needed in Singapore. Books that read more…

Cornerstone at Gilgal

There’s so much to digest in light of the recently-concluded Kingdom Invasion Conference. How does the church go about the process in taking its mandate forward? This article is not a review of the messages from the conference, but rather a “big picture” perspective that may prove helpful in seeing where we currently stand as a church. This can be achieved by examining the significance of Gilgal.

When Israel crossed over the Jordan, they placed 12 stones in Gilgal that were taken out of the river Jordan. What do these 12 stones represent? It was a question that generations to come would ask; it’s a question we need to ask to gain perspective for our day (Josh 4:20-21). Let’s undertake a brief review and understanding of this Old Testament locale.

1. Gilgal read more…

It’s Time For A Massive Kingdom Invasion!

This is it, folks! We’re now just three days away from the most significant event on our calendar, Kingdom Invasion 2017 and the excitement is palpable. From 14-17 March at the Singapore Expo Hall 1, we’re expecting amazing things to happen. The theme this year is “THY KINGDOM COME!” and already, we’ve been hearing of reports of people experiencing their miracles and getting healed, all “pre-Kingdom Invasion”. This is exciting because it builds faith for something greater. Personally, I’m going to the conference trusting and believing for my own healing and breakthroughs.

In a previous write-up, I had mentioned that each day during my devotions, I’d make it a point to quote Mark 11:22-24, “So Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, read more…

The Coming Glory

“And he said, I beseech thee, shew me Thy glory.” Exodus 33:18

There’s a recurrent theme that’s been playing out over the course of the past week revolving around the Glory of God. The cry of Moses in wanting to know God’s glory and ways came forth in multiple services this past weekend. It did not end there; the same heartfelt cry of Moses continued through the recently-concluded “Fast-it-Forward” prayer meetings. Is this coincidence? I think not! What does this all mean especially as we set sights on the upcoming Kingdom Invasion Conference?

Let’s think of Moses for a moment. He came to a place of knowing God – His Glory and His Ways which paved the way for him in making these attributes of God known to Israel. How does one come into read more…

A Call to Volunteerism

Do you know the nickname that’s given to the state of Tennessee in the United States? It’s called “The Volunteer State” and it was through the efforts of about 2,000 volunteers under the leadership of General Andrew Jackson that contributed to the successful outcome in the American War of 1812 against the British. These men also fought a key battle on behalf of another state in the battle of New Orleans in 1815. This fighting force inspired another 30,000 volunteers from Tennessee in the Mexican War in 1846-48. They deemed their cause to be greater than themselves and their own state. It’s an enduring tribute that continues to thrive to this day. 

I believe this is the standard that God wants to establish in Cornerstone. The upcoming Kingdom Invasion is much more than just a conference. In fact, it’s a read more…

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