Musings of An Almost Senior Citizen

Age changes your perception of life. When I was 20, I was very concerned over what people thought about me. At 40, I didn’t care what people thought about me. Now at almost 60, I realised no one was thinking about me.

In just 11 months, I will reach my big 6-0. I’m not sure how I feel. In a way, I’m excited about the new possibilities, yet I’m also feeling a sense of trepidation. One of the things that’s been in my thoughts lately is the issue of life after death. Soon, I’ll breathe my last breath and slip away into eternity, which simply means everything I do now ought to prepare me for that moment.

I find myself reading a lot about books on heaven. I’ve just finished reading Dr. DGS Dhinakaran’s classic book, ‘An Insight Into Heaven’ and am reading two others – Sadhu Sundar Singh’s ‘Visions of Heaven’ and Marietta Davis’ ‘Caught Up into Heaven’. What can I say? I love the mystics. I think in my heart of hearts, that’s what I am. My spiritual father, Dr. Brian Bailey, was a prophet-teacher par excellence, but he was also a mystic. He constantly had visions of heaven, and hearing his stories first-hand was always fascinating.
 
There are a few conclusions that you draw when you read books about the afterlife. Each one says the same thing – that, when you die, you’re gathered together with people of the same character and spiritual attainment in life, both good or evil. In other words, if you’re saved, then you’re put with those who have attained the same spirituality as you. Sadhu Sundar Singh writes, “After death, the soul of every human being will enter the world of spirits, and everyone, according to the stage of his spiritual growth, will dwell with spirits of like-mind and like-nature, whether in darkness or in the light of glory.”
 
That in itself is a staggering thought. You’re placed in heaven with the exposure of glory that is commensurate with your life on earth. Where you end up in heaven is all dependent on the life you’ve lived on this earth. I find it staggering that 70-80 years of life in your flesh will determine everything in eternity. Sobering, but true.


Sadhu also writes, “When the souls of men arrive in the world of spirits, the good are separate from the evil. In the world, all are mixed together, but not so in the spiritual world. When the sons of light enter the spirit world, they are first bathed in the palpable air-like waves of a crystal clear ocean which they find intensely and exhilaratingly refreshing. Within these miraculous waters, they move about as if in open air, neither are they drowned beneath them nor do they get wet, but they are wonderfully cleansed, refreshed and fully purified.”

Then he says this, “But the evil struggle to hide themselves in places where their impure and sin-stained natures will not be seen. From the lowest and darkest part of the world of spirits, a black and evil smelling smoke rises and in the effort to hid themselves from the light, these sons of darkness cast themselves headlong into it, and from it, their bitter wails of remorse and anguish are heard constantly arising.” Wow.  
 
I think five minutes after we die, we’d all wish we had prayed more, given more, witnessed more, loved more. But why don’t we realign our hearts and lives to Him now? Why don’t we live as if tomorrow is our last day? So my thoughts are drawn to eternity. Everything I do now, I frame in the context of eternity.

C S Lewis once said, “You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.” My friends, please consider eternity. All your money in the world will not save you. All the riches and fame you’ve attained will not save you. You must be born-again and washed by the blood. It’s true that while men are considering what place to give Jesus Christ in history, He has already decided what place to give them in eternity.”


Pastor Yang Tuck Yoong

An Open Door

2019 will be an exceptional year and it’s going to excel against the previous years! Entering a new year can bring with it many new things, it can refresh old things giving them a different perspective. Learning to view a glass as half-full rather than half-empty, re-defining problems as opportunities, and wearing new lenses to view more options as viable might be the new perspective that works this year. Perspective is the way one looks at something, it’s also an art technique that changes the distance or depth of an object on paper.

2018 is past but re-capturing encounters where God apprehended us are so very important. These encounters are keys God has given to unlock doors, doors which were once closed and now opened. I hear the Spirit say, “He who has an ear, let him hear what the read more…

Time to Discard

It’s a new year and the most common thing that people do is to make new year resolutions. We may not call it that but we all make decisions that amount to resolutions. Pray more, be more consistent with our quiet time, spend more time with family, exercise more, and the list goes on.
 
The point to consider though, is that it’s a lot easier to eat junk food than to exercise off the extra calories we put on. It’s easier to put something off and delay doing it than to be prompt and decisive. Perhaps it’s also easier for us to decide what we’re NOT going to do this year, instead of adding more to the list of things to do. Perhaps the thing that will really change our lives this year is to decide that read more…

It’s Time To Leave Your Shadow Behind

If I were to tell you that Jesus had been verbally bullied and labelled by people who knew Him, would you believe me? Mark 6:2-3 records for us that Jesus was called names and scoffed at – “He’s just a carpenter, where did He get all this wisdom and power to perform such miracles?”, “Isn’t this Mary’s boy?”, “We knew His brothers and sisters, and saw all of them grow up, how can He suddenly become better than us?”

Jesus was rejected in His hometown, Nazareth, and amongst His own people. Their unbelief in Him was so severe that it was recorded that “He could do no mighty work there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them.” (Mark 6:5) Since that time, we’ve no record of Jesus ever returning to Nazareth again and Capernaum read more…

Crossing Over

Excitement is high as we approach Christmas and the New Year. ‘A new beginning or a new season’ – this is a statement often heard at the crossing over into a new year. I’m thoroughly convinced that we’re not only crossing over into a new season, but we’re moving into the fullness of it. We’re not just waiting and praying for a prophecy, but entering into the fulfilment of God’s promises. 
 
Much has been said lately about the church moving into a new season. ‘Crossing over’ is a phrase often used to describe this change. In one of Chuck Pierce’s teachings, he mentioned that a crossing over time has three phases linked with transition: Death, Confusion, and New.  

There’s a word in the Old Covenant that embodies this concept. Gen 14:13 uses the phrase, ‘Abram, the Hebrew.’ The word for ‘Hebrew’ originated from the word ‘Abar’, meaning ‘to cross over’ or ‘pass over’. read more…

Friendships

If there was a lesson I had to learn this year, it’s that life is about relationships. If we fail in our relationships, then, in essence, we fail in life. Relating to others is one of the most important things to learn and it’s a key to success in life.
 
If you think about it, the Bible is basically a record of men and women who walked with God and one another. The Garden of Eden was created as a meeting place between God and the man He had made in His own image. The Lord God would come in the cool of the evening to commune with Adam and there was unbroken fellowship and uninterrupted communion between them.

It was for this purpose that man was created. But when sin inhabited the human race, the first read more…

‘Tis the Reason for the Season

‘Tis the season to be jolly, to bring gifts and be merry! It looks like the world is celebrating and rejoicing with you over the birth of Jesus. Secularised in every way, commercialised to make a profit and I can just hear the ‘ka-ching’ of whirring cash registers.

With each passing year, this sacred holiday has become more and more secularised, with even the infamous Christmas Disney-themed light-up along Singapore’s shopping belt. What have Mickey Mouse and Cinderella to do with Christmas?

Luke 2:10-12 says, “And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the read more…

What Is A Breakthrough?

A breakthrough is something we’ve all heard about very often. It’s something we pray for and perhaps something we pray over others. Personally, I’ve often wondered what a breakthrough really is. Is it a situation in our lives that stands like an immovable mountain that’s suddenly removed? Is it a sense of barrenness in our lives that’s broken? I suppose, those are all pictures of breakthrough.
 
In the realm of the secular, a breakthrough is often much more easily defined. A medical breakthrough represents a new discovery that enables us to combat a sickness or disease we were previously powerless against. An innovation breakthrough probably comes in the form of a new technology for us to do things we previously couldn’t.
 
For the longest time, men were confined to the realms of earth and read more…

When the Obscure becomes the Obvious

“Have you seen a key as big as the door?”, a rhetorical question the Holy Spirit asked me, which later led me to journal a series of personal devotions about finding keys to unlock the hidden truths in the Bible.

Doors are generally used to ‘keep good things in and bad things out’. Doors keep you safe by shutting out external harm. But doors can also prevent you from seizing the opportunities that await you at the other end; your dreams, your breakthroughs and even your freedom. There are primarily two ways to go through a door – you can either break it down, or simply use a key.

Keys give us access to what’s protected behind the door which is not privileged to unauthorised people. Hence, keys are often symbolic of authority over what we own or where we read more…

It’s Harvest Time!

Missions have always been at the heart of Cornerstone. In the months of November and December alone, we’ll be sending 21 Courier teams to 10 different nations. Just this week, some of our pastors, together with 50 volunteers from Cornerstone were in Mauritius for our KI ‘Bless Mauritius’ outreach. The teams participated in street evangelism, leadership training, meetings for the women and youth, including a national gathering for the churches in Mauritius.

1. Leap for Joy
As teams return from their trips, we often look forward to hearing their good reports and testimonies of salvation, healings and breakthroughs. It’s like Jesus when He sent out the 70 in Luke 10 and they returned with joy. “At that very hour, Jesus rejoiced greatly in the Holy Spirit.” Luke 10:21

The word ‘rejoiced’ in Greek is ‘agalliao’. The literal definition of the read more…

A Night To Honour Israel

The 7th of November 2018 will go down in Cornerstone’s history as one of our most significant days ever. Almost 900 people gathered at the Marina Bay Sands to witness, celebrate and support the honouring of the Jewish community in Singapore and to celebrate 70 years of Israel’s Independence.

The occasion was graced by Her Excellency, Ambassador Simona Halperin, Chief Rabbi Mordechai Abergel, Lt. General (Retired) Winston Choo, Singapore’s Ambassador to Israel, Mr. Victor Sassoon, President of the Jewish Welfare Board and many other dignitaries. What an evening it was! The atmosphere was pregnant with joy and friendship and if I could sum up the whole evening, it was a God-moment that released grace from on high.



Many members of the Jewish community came up to me at the dinner to express their gratitude and the common read more…

You Can Make A Difference!

This has been an amazing week and time of journeying in prayer as a church, praying with a single purpose for God’s divine plan and doing it with one mind. The power of our prayers is only as strong as the agreement behind them, both with one another and with heaven. I believe the Lord is urging us to participate with His Spirit in a bond of fellowship that’s so deep until we think like one person, and on the same things!

The Apostle Paul exhorts us to be of one mind, that we be like-minded. In Phil 2:1-2, “Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfil my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.” read more…

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