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 with his daughter at home and he sounded pretty desperate. I thought, wow, people are really in need of a listening ear. The truth of the matter is, there are so many needy people all around us, and all it takes is for us to stop for the ONE. It’s harvest time, my friends, and all hands are required on deck.

Just going by the numbers alone, what our Lord said concerning the harvest is so true – the harvest is white and it’s plentiful. But are the labourers still few comparatively?

The Lord is a good farmer and He knows a thing or two about farming. The one mistake a good farmer never makes is, come harvest time, he’ll never have a lack of labourers for the harvest field. Everything that the farmer does right through from the plowing, to the sowing, to the watering, through all the labour and the hard work, is so that come harvest time; he’d reap a bountiful harvest. And to do that, he needs labourers. Lots of them!

And so the call goes out to any who’d hear the Master’s call to be enlisted into this great harvest force that’s being raised and as I speak, tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands, even the millions, are now being prepared with sickles in their hands. It certainly is the most exciting time to be alive because the Harvest, according to our Lord Jesus, is at the end of the age, a time period in which I truly believe we’re in. Multitudes in the valley of decision, readied for such a time like this.

One of the things that we in Cornerstone have always endeavored to be – is being on the cutting-edge. But what does the term “cutting-edge” mean? I think a word picture will help us understand this better. Have you ever seen a picture where a harvester or a worker is working in a field? Picture a field that’s white for harvest and picture a line of harvesters. Now focus on just one workman. Now focus on the tool that he’s using – it’s a hand-held sickle with a finely honed, sharp edge. That sharp edge that you see: that’s the cutting-edge. It’s the part at the forefront of his effort. It’s in the leading position as he swings his arm towards the stalk of grain. It’s the part that’s responsible for the harvest. That’s the cutting-edge and that’s the kind of church we want to be.

It’s more than just being contemporary or relevant. We must be up-to-date; we must be relevant and all that is good. But being on the cutting-edge is really about being on the forefront. It’s being in the vanguard, the foremost division of an army, in the leading position as the Lord wields His sickle. A cutting-edge church will work diligently, creatively and effectively to complete its responsibility in God’s harvest and that must be the core business of the Church. We must be involved in the harvest. The Great Commission is not the Great Omission or the Great Option. When we obey it, we’ll see the fruit of our labour and be satisfied. But if we choose to disobey and refuse to participate, we’ll lose our cutting-edge and we’ll have to bear the consequences of our disobedience.

So, we must ramp up the machinery, put our hands to the plow and never look back. As the German Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke once said, “The Church of Jesus Christ is not a pleasure boat; it’s a lifeboat. Entertainers and performers are neither needed nor wanted. From captain to cook, all hands are needed on deck for soul-saving. The Church that doesn’t save the lost is lost itself.”

Pastor Yang Tuck Yoong

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…

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…

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…

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…

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