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 was the first encampment for Israel after crossing the river Jordan.

It was here where the Children of Israel celebrated their first Passover in the land of their inheritance (1 Sam 5:10). Gilgal also served as the base of operations during the years of conquest under Joshua’s leadership. Cornerstone can be likened to a headquarters where the saints are equipped for battle on many fronts. There are some lessons we can learn from Gilgal. Israel invaded new territory but the battles were only getting started. The next sequence of events help to provide keys in knowing how to go forward.

2. Gilgal was the place of a fresh circumcision and separation (Josh 5:7-8).

It was here where God rolled away the reproach of Egypt. Joshua had an encounter with the Lord of Hosts who was seen with a sword in hand. True circumcision of heart requires an inward yielding to the sword of the Lord before executing the sword externally throughout the land (Josh 5:13-15; Heb 4:12). Joshua had a revelation of the holiness of God; and so must we. The first stronghold to be taken was the impenetrable walls of Jericho (Josh 6). This required a circumcision of ears so that the battle plan of God could be ascertained. What kind of plan consists of walking silently around the walls of a fortified city for seven days? This is one of the reasons for an increased call to prayer and fasting, which by the way was a prominent theme at Kingdom Invasion.

3. Gilgal was one of the known locations for the School of Prophets.
This school was initiated by Samuel at Ramah (1Sam 19:18-24). A group of prophets later gathered around Elisha during a period of drought at Gilgal (2 Kgs 4:38). The prophetic ministry is an integral function of Cornerstone which looks to further develop in helping to equip the church as an effective end-time army. This includes knowing the times and seasons of the Lord while moving the church in tandem with God’s agenda.

4. Gilgal was a place of judgement. 

Samuel, as prophet, priest and judge would circuit amongst key cities; Gilgal being chief among them (1 Sam 7:16). The Bible is very clear about judgement first being exercised in the house of the Lord (1 Pet 4:17). Samuel would later execute judgement upon Agag, king of the Amalekites at Gilgal (1 Sam 15:33). There’s been an emphasis on holiness in recent weeks at Cornerstone. It’s vitally important that we allow the sword of God’s Word to deal with the (Amalekite) works of the flesh in our lives. This leads us to some warnings that can be learned from Gilgal.

5.  It was at Gilgal where the Gibeonites deceived Joshua (Josh 9:6).
This indicates the need for discernment in this hour of heightened spiritual activity. Gilgal was the place where Saul was anointed king (1 Sam 11:15). Saul was the people’s choice, not God’s. It was at Gilgal where Saul presumed the role of a priest in defiance to God due to losing face with the people (1 Sam 13:12). It was at Gilgal where Saul demonstrated disobedience to the Word of the Lord concerning the destruction of Agag, king of the Amalekites. In the life of Saul we see the dangers of presumptive ministry. It was at this time when God spoke of a future king (David) who would be characterized by a circumcised heart (1 Sam 13:14).

“…What meaneth these stones” (Josh 4:21)? There’s so much more that can be gleaned from Israel’s related experiences at Gilgal. The name “Gilgal” also has the connotation of a hub or wheel that served the interests of Israel at a time of great activity. Gilgal aids our understanding in being able to reconcile the events surrounding Joshua and beyond. The message(s) of Gilgal helps to provide a modern-day perspective and blueprint for the Church of our day; it’s a call to men and women of circumcised hearts and ears.

Pastor Tim O’Connell

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…

Faith for the Supernatural

About two months ago, on one of my daily morning walks, I suffered a pretty serious injury. I often walk in the vicinity of my neighbourhood where there’s a small park with several exercise machines. That morning, I foolishly tried one of those machines, without any warmup or supervision and ended up badly tearing the ligament on my left shoulder. The pain over the next few days was almost unbearable. I had difficulty sleeping and it got to a point where I had trouble putting on a shirt. On the advice of my brother, who’s a doctor, I went to see an orthopedic surgeon. He examined me and diagnosed that I had a torn ligament. He wanted me to go for an MRI and I said no. He went on to say that if the tear was severe, an operation read more…

Love The Stranger

In Deuteronomy 10:17-19, we find these words, “For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality nor takes a bribe. He administers justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the stranger, giving him food and clothing. Therefore, love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.”

The Children of Israel were strangers in the land of Egypt for 430 years. When they first came to the land, Joseph was the governor of all Egypt. There were only 70 people in the family of Jacob and they needed a safe and protected haven to grow and multiply. And Egypt was that safe haven. Egypt was the womb to bring forth God’s nation. Israel started multiplying like mice and soon, read more…

All Hands On Deck

We’re now just 38 days away from the most significant event in our 2017 calendar, KINGDOM INVASION. The conference is now into  its 5th year and has become an annual highlight in the Christian calendar for Singapore and the region. We’re thrilled to have our all-time favourites, Bill Johnson, Heidi Baker and Lou Engle, back with us again. Also joining the stellar speaker lineup for the very first time will be spiritual giants, Dr. Ed Silvoso and Shawn Bolz. My team and I have been sensing that this conference will eclipse everything we’ve had in previous years and it’ll be a watershed event. 

The theme for this year’s conference is “Thy Kingdom Come” and what a powerful banner that is. Over the next four weekends in February, I’ll be focusing on the subject, “Summons to a Great read more…

The Place Where We Dwell Is Too Small

“See now, the place where we dwell with you is too small for us.” 2 Kings 6:1
This was the statement made by the sons of the prophet to Elisha. They had obviously outgrown the current facility they were in and the overcrowding made them go to the prophet and ask for a bigger place. The prophet’s response? GO!

When we first bought our current facility way back in 1997, it took almost 18 months from the first time we viewed the premises till the time we agreed to purchase the property. When I first stepped into the facility, the Lord so stirred my heart about the place and I just “knew” that this was going to be ours. We offered a price; the owners countered offered, and this went on for a long read more…

They Have Divided Up My Land

Joel 3:2b “They have also divided up MY LAND.”

Genesis chapter 15 is one of the great chapters in the Word of God. In this chapter, we find God promising to give to Abraham the whole land of Canaan. Abraham then asked the Lord a question. He said, “How shall I know this?” In other words, what sign will you give to me? It wasn’t doubt on Abraham’s part because the verse before indicated that he believed God and it was accounted to him for righteousness. The apostle Paul commented on this chapter in Romans 4 when he gave his classic exposition on faith. What Abraham was asking God for was a sign of His promise. The Lord, in response to Abraham’s question, then proceeded to make a covenant with him and the rest of the chapter read more…

The Chariots of God

Our first service of the year set the tone for what God has already put in our hearts. Heidi Baker was compelled to share the vision that God gave her sometime ago and I’m relaying the vision to you again because of its significance for us as a church. This is the word of the Lord to Cornerstone.

“In the vision, I saw chariots; chariots of fire surrounding the globe. And in the chariots, each one had two saints of God and they had no colour and it really struck me. ‘Lord, why is there no colour in them?’ The Lord said, ‘Because they’re transparent.’ There are no hidden motives, no hidden agenda, no hidden sin, nothing’s hidden. There was only one portion of them that had colour and it was their hearts. They had huge hearts. 

“I read more…

Year of the Greater

I entitled my blog in Jan 2016, “The Year of the Lord’s Favour” and wow, what a year 2016 has turned out to be. I recalled the year before that, 2015, was such a high point in our journey that I actually thought it could not get any better than this, but we surpassed all expectations and I’ve to give God all the glory. 2016 will certainly go down as one of the most incredible and productive years in our 21-year history. It was an absolutely amazing year for us and yes, we’ve had some very fruitful years in our past 21 years, but I can’t recall a year that was so fruitful.

What is 2017 going to hold for us?

Well for one, after the inauguration of the 45th US President read more…

What A Year This Has Been!

This weekend is technically the last weekend for us in 2016. How quickly times flies and we’re now at the end of the year and about to enter into a brand new year. I took a quick inventory of 2016 and I must confess that this year has been one of the finest years we’ve had on record, in every way. We recorded pretty phenomenal growth for 2016 and this increase has continued unabated since our inception, year upon year. For this, we give God praise. With the exception of just one congregation, all our congregation marked a healthy increase in attendance.

2016 started off with a bang with Kingdom Invasion 2016. I think it was the best KI conferences we’ve ever had on record. Not only were the speakers amazing, the healing and miracles amazed us all. read more…

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