A Sign and Wonder in Our Midst

What a great sigh of relief! The PSLE examinations are over! Or is it? The next stressful phase is waiting for the results to come out and vying to get our kids into the best schools they qualify for. All-in-all, as believers, it’s time for us to get over this and not prescribe any more to a devaluation of our lives by letting ourselves be ruled by the tyranny of a 3-digit number.

Firstly, I’m not here to criticise the system. As far as I know, there are no perfect systems. The simple reason is that God made every child unique and systems simply can never be versatile enough to accommodate the uniqueness of each child. Nonetheless, we only have ourselves to blame if we permit any system to dictate our lives and future instead of making conscious decisions for ourselves based on the values that we embrace.

One of my all-time favourite persons is Pastor Andrew Yeo. I’ve known him for well over 20 years, and for me, he’s a sign and wonder in our generation. I love “gazing” at his life, because there’s an indelible message that God is shouting out to us through it. For one thing, Andrew has loads of disadvantages in his life. He was not born in the higher end of the socio-economic spectrum of Singapore. In fact, he was not even found in the middle of that spectrum.

At some point in his life, he found himself selling pirated VCDs (for those of you old enough to remember those days) at Katong Shopping Centre – that should give you a little indication of his background. I remember him when he was young. Not much poise, center-parting hair-style, and he used to come to church in his flip-flops. Academics was not his thing but he was a master of Singlish. In fact, when I found out what his PSLE score was, I didn’t believe anyone could score lower than that!

Yet I vividly remember the Lord telling me then that He was going to make this man, whom the world has discounted and marginalised, into a sign and wonder in our nation. I sort of think that God somehow gets a load of fun putting dents into the conventional wisdom of this world. He likes to buck the trend and do some jaw-dropping stuff just to show that this world hasn’t gotten it right.

While still in his mid-thirties, Andrew had already written many worship songs that have been sung all over South East Asia and around the world. He has led worship and preached all over the world as well. Several years ago, on our nation’s 50th year of Independence, he was tasked to lead worship before 56,000 people at our National Stadium. By the way, he has over 20,000 followers on his social media, which is more than all the rest of the pastors in Cornerstone added together! For someone that our system terms a failure, he isn’t doing too badly, is he? Let me first admit, I’m not even telling half the things that God has done through this man.

If we’ve our eyes open and our ears tuned, surely we cannot miss what God’s saying to us. It’s high time that we cease our conformity to this world and have our minds transformed (Rom 12:2) by allowing it to be renewed. Are we setting our kids up for temporal, fleeting success in this world or are we preparing them to make a difference for eternity? Unless we can break out of our own limited sight, how can we possibly see a higher vision of what God desires for our kids?

So here’s my suggestion:
• Let God redefine for you what true success is;
• Let God show you what His plans are for your children;
• Train your child up in the fear of the Lord (that means to teach them what’s right and wrong from the Bible);
• Nurture them in spiritual things first before nurturing them in the natural;
• Nothing beats spending time with them and having fun –make that a priority;
• Treat your spouse well – that has a greater effect on them than you can imagine;
• Serve the Lord in your own lives and they’ll serve the Lord as well.

And hey, whatever the results of the examinations are, they’re by no means a determinant of your children’s future. If the Lord is your God, then He’s the One who holds your child’s future in His hands. One last thing – sign your kids up for Kingdom Invasion Kids’ Conference. It’ll make a difference in your child’s life to have them encounter God at a young age.

Pastor Lim Lip Yong

The Grain, The Wine & The Oil

We’re in the most important month of the Jewish calendar. After celebrating the Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah) and the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur), we celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) this week. The Feast of Tabernacles was celebrated at the dedication of the Temple of Solomon (1 Kgs 8:2), in the Restoration Period (Neh 8), and the Gospels record that our Lord Jesus not only celebrated the festival, He took traditional elements of the celebration and applied them to His own life and mission (Jn 7 & 8). It will be the principle feast of the Millennial Reign of Christ upon earth. It’ll also have a fulfilment in the last day Church. The Church will spiritually experience the Feast of Tabernacles.

The name “tabernacles” comes from the Hebrew word “sukkah”, which means “a booth or tent.” This read more…

Walking in the Reality of Faith

I had a very inspiring lunch meeting with a church member this week. We were sharing testimony after testimony of our “faith adventures”, the “hits and misses”. I thought to myself – all fellowship should be like this! We didn’t even realise two hours had passed. His bedtime Bible-reading to his children comprises not just stories from the Bible, but real-life testimonies of God’s goodness and supernatural guidance over his life. Such is the environment of faith his children grew up in.

Testimonies are powerful! They testify of your “acts of faith” in God, of courage and exploits with God, and the trust you’ve placed in Him. It’s faith in action. There are no significant or insignificant testimonies. Any testimony that has faith in it, pleases God (Heb 11:6) and is a powerful weapon in overcoming the read more…

Feast of Trumpets

This week, the Jewish people in Israel and around the world celebrate Rosh Hashanah and the start of the New Year on the Jewish calendar. Rosh Hashanah means “Head of the Year”, or the Jewish New Year. Rosh Hashanah is also known as Yom Teruah or the “Day of Trumpets”. The Feast of Trumpets marked a 10-day period of consecration and repentance to God. The Feast of Trumpets was one of the “appointed feasts of the Lord” and like all the other “Feasts of the Lord”, it’s full of significance having meaning for us today while providing prophetic insights for what’s to come.

Trumpets in the Scripture are symbolic of the voice of the prophet (prophetic voice). It’s a prophetic season where God speaks to His people in a powerful way. Many prophetic ministers and believers receive great heavenly visitations coupled read more…

Why We Must Stand For Israel

Robert Morris is the senior pastor of Gateway Church in Dallas, one of the largest churches in the United States, with 39,000 active members and the author of “The Blessed Life”. To say that he’s living the blessed life is an understatement. God has blessed this man. Once, in conversation with the Lord, Pastor Morris asked the Lord why He has blessed him so much, and immediately the Lord responded, “Because you gave your first fruits to my firstborn (Israel).”

Gateway Church gives one-tenth of its Mission’s Tithe to the Jew first through Israel-focused ministries. It’s also the first cheque written each month by their church office. This revelation concerning his re-connection back to Israel, which was given to him by the Holy Spirit, has been an untold blessing both to his life personally and also to read more…

The 2 Phinehas

There are many life examples recorded in the Bible for our learning and admonition so that we learn from the good ones and don’t repeat the mistakes of the bad ones. Our positions in these stories are very similar – they at the beginning, and we at the end of age. Truth is, we’re just as capable of messing up in our time as they were in theirs (1 Cor 10:11-12).

With that in mind, I want to briefly look at the life of two Phinehas in the Bible and draw some important lessons for our learning. Same name but two very different outcomes – one ended well, while the other ended tragically.

The first Phinehas was the son of Eleazar (Exo 6:25) and the grandson of Aaron, the high priest. He was read more…

Learning to Stand

It’s amazing how often this has happened in my life, that when things go wrong, they all go wrong at the same time. Or when demands and pressures come, it all seems to happen at the same time. Life just doesn’t dish out problems and difficulties evenly so that we can cope better. There’s no regularity or predictability when it comes to the storms of life. It isn’t something you can schedule into your calendars. While in the midst of one of those intense periods, here are some thoughts that I gathered:

1. Let your comfort zones be challenged
Humans all have a tendency to drift into a place of greatest comfort. Whether it’s when we’re wriggling into our little nook on our favourite sofa or finding that place of maximum efficiency at our work place; read more…

Cornerstone, A Place Where Dreams Are Made

Joyce Theng, a member of Cornerstone, recently shared this amazing testimony. She said, “I have been taking the same bus route ever since I started attending Cornerstone. I have never paid any attention to the shops along the road until this evening, before the 5pm service. There’s a pub along the road and the signboard had these words: “Legacy- where dreams are made”.  When I looked at it, a wave of sadness swept over me and tears welled up in my eyes. This is a pub. I was communicating to God in my mind and I said: “Father, why has it got to be a pub? Please forgive me and the church. Please Father, is there a church where your dreams for the people be made?” Then, the words just flashed in my spirit and mind: “I will reveal to read more…

God’s Dream Team

The pastors and heads of department have just returned from an intensive 3-day planning summit for the purpose of “charting the future course” for Cornerstone. The meetings consisted of prayer, worship, reports and planning. The summit provided an integration of God’s dream and plan for Cornerstone to be woven in and through the leadership. How does such a process take place? Let me explain. 

Dutch Sheets made the following statement in his last visit to Cornerstone: “God first dreams before He creates.” The Bible says much about dreaming, and it’s enlightening to discover that the concepts of dreaming and creating are found in the following Hebrew word: “yatsar” which means “to create”. “Yetser” is a slightly different form of the word, which has the meaning of “imagination, conception, and thought”. So the power to create begins with the read more…

Thankful for My Singapore

On the 9th August, our nation celebrated her 52nd birthday, and what a bash it was, with the Marina Bay skyline serving as a backdrop. As always, my family sat glued, watching the National Day Parade live on television. And as always, we sang the songs patriotically, laughed at the outrageous costumes, teared when the National Anthem was being sung, talked about our National Service experiences, but one thing is for sure, we were all proud to be Singaporeans.

I love my country and I love my people, regardless of race, language or religion. The evening before, my wife and I were with 6,500 other Christians at the “Day of His Power” at Suntec City, thanking God for Singapore and praying for her. The day after, we were with the Festival of Praise, Pastors’ Gathering, praying read more…

Consolidating the Vision Part 2

“Awake and arise! Take up your positions in Christ and man your posts!” This was the closing exhortation from Pastor Kevin Koh’s bulletin article last week. I’d like to build upon some of his thoughts regarding the vision for Cornerstone and the Singapore Church. Let’s be honest. There’s much to digest and it’s vital that we’ve a streamlined understanding as to what God is doing. The following three points of interest may help to bring that needed clarity: 1. The rain prophesied over Cornerstone; 2. Singapore’s upcoming National Day; and 3. The 2018 prayer and fasting for revival.

This week, Singapore will celebrate 52 years as a nation. It’s a time to pause and reflect upon God’s goodness and favour. The miracle of Singapore has parallels with Israel in Nehemiah’s day. Both Israel and Singapore were led read more…

Consolidating The Vision

There were fun moments as laughter filled the room, with the “oohs and the aahs” and the loud “Amens!” Then there were moments of silence and deep contemplation as hearts were gripped by the powerful messages delivered through God’s messengers. Shown on some faces were the resolved looks of those who had broken through and were ready to charge forward with the Lord. Yet there were those who came somewhat heavy-burdened because they needed an answer and clarity from God when they returned home. They were tired of “doing church” and maintaining status quo. Hence they found themselves at this crossroads, a decision point where the future of their families and ministries would hinge on the decision made here.

Such was the heightened atmosphere of the recently-concluded Cornerstone Global Network (CGN) Summit where 70 participants from 18 nations read more…

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