Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem

The 6th of December 2017 will go down in history as that day when Jerusalem was once again recognised as the capital city of Israel as it was in the days of King David. It was in Jerusalem where King David sought in his heart to build God a house. The temple was completed by King Solomon in seven years, 480 years after Israel came out of Egypt. God calls Jerusalem, “the city which I have chosen for Myself, to put My name there” (1 Kings 11:36b). Jesus Himself will return and stand on the Mount of Olives which faces Jerusalem on the east. Are we approaching the days spoken of by the prophet Zechariah?

President Donald Trump sent the nations reeling when he announced that Jerusalem will be recognised as the capital of the State of Israel with his decision to move the United States embassy there. The Palestinians in the region are calling for a new intifada. Clashes between protesters and Israeli soldiers have already broken out in the West Bank and Gaza strip following the announcement. We understand from the Scriptures that Jerusalem is the spiritual, religious, national and historical capital of the Jewish people. There’s heightened sensitivity along political and religious fronts and what’s our response to this?

Just about a month ago on 2 Nov 2017, the commemoration of the centennial celebration of the “Balfour Declaration” took place. This declaration was negotiated and released to the public immediately following the victory at the stalemate in Southern Palestine which was broken by the “Battle of Beersheba” on 31 Oct 1917.

Interestingly, “Beersheba” means “Well of Oath” or “Well of Seven”. It was here where Abraham dug his first well, entered into a covenant with Abimelech, king of Gerar. It was also in the region of Beersheba that “Hagar wandered with Ishmael and God heard the voice of the lad; Hagar then saw a well of water and the boy lived. Thereafter they moved from the region of Beersheba to the wilderness of Paran where Ishmael grew up and dwelt.” This is significant because Beersheba, as we understand from Scriptures, is the southernmost tip of Judah. We often read from Dan to Beersheba, and this illustrates the physical region that covers Israel and Judah.

The second time we read of Beersheba was after Abraham returned from Moriah where he did not withhold Isaac from God. The Lord confirmed again His covenant, choosing to bless Abraham, and in his seed all the nations shall be blessed.
The third time was when Isaac remained in the land of the Philistines in the time of famine. After he named the third well “Rehoboth”, he moved on to Beersheba. There the Lord renewed His covenant to Isaac, which was given to his father Abraham. Isaac dug his fourth well, and Abimelech king of the Philistines in Gerar, made peace with Isaac and called the well “Beersheba”.

Finally, we read about Beersheba, a place made holy by sacred memories, where Jacob began his journey going down to Egypt and where Joseph was preserved and raised to prominence to provide for Israel.

This is the journey of the nation of Israel, the multiplication of the descendants of Abraham in Egypt, the trying of the faith of a peculiar people who were to worship none other but the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. This is the journey of faith, the hope and trust to believe in the God who keeps His covenant; Who’d bring them into their inheritance if they had faith to believe.

In the New Testament, we see a similar thread concerning a young man named Timothy, who was exhorted by Paul to stir up the gift of God which is in him through the laying on of hands, and to remember the genuine faith of Lois his grandmother and Eunice his mother, which is also in him.

In conclusion, God does set boundaries concerning the inheritance of His people – from Dan to Beersheba, and with his choice places. When the “Balfour Declaration” issued by the British government 100 years ago during World War I (after they overcame the Ottoman Empire and broke through into Beersheba) secured the establishment of a “national home for the Jewish people” in Palestine, what’s next for Israel as she celebrates her 70th year as a nation on 14 May 2018?

Our response is to pray for the peace of Jerusalem, where Ps 122:5-9 says, “For thrones are set there for judgment, the thrones of the house of David. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: ‘May they prosper who love you. Peace be within your walls, prosperity within your palaces.’ For the sake of my brethren and companions, I will now say, ‘Peace be within you.’ Because of the house of the Lord our God I will seek your good.”

And so, let’s encourage our Israeli brothers and sisters, uphold their hands and stand with them in this trying time concerning their land.


Pastor Daphne Yang

A Family Affair

One does not have to look too hard in Scripture to find the value that God places upon the family. The last few verses of the Old Testament speaks of the restoring of relationships among fathers to the children. The close of the Church Age features the Lord as the Bridegroom being joined with His Bride (Church).

It’s in satan’s interest to divide and conquer through any means possible so as to thwart the purposes of God. It’s true; a house divided will not stand. How does Cornerstone measure up when examined as a family? Do we appropriate the Biblical values of family within the church and the overall Body of Christ? Perhaps two recent events will help to bring perspective to this important subject.

The recently-concluded FOPx meetings featured a gathering of read more…

A Bumper Year

This year was certainly a bumper year for conferences in Cornerstone. Apart from our flagship Kingdom Invasion Conference in March, we also had the hugely-successful Kingdom Wealth Conference, our CORE Media Conference, and most recently, our FOPx Conference. And finally in December, we’ll be hosting our first Kingdom Invasion Kids Conference. The buy-in and support has been nothing short of phenomenal.

We’re closing our registrations for KI Kids because we’ve maxed out. Our CORE Conference saw more than double what we had estimated earlier and FOPx, which Cornerstone is leading charge of, is becoming the go-to conference for young people in the nation. Over 83 youth ministries participated. This is in addition to our Family Church Camp, which is a big event, our Leaders Advance and the many cluster retreats. So yeah, this has been a read more…

Time to Go Forth!

As the school holiday season approaches, we’re expecting many of our church members and families to be travelling overseas for well-deserved year-end holidays or mission trips. Pastor Yang often said that we measure a church’s strength, not by its seating capacity but by its sending capacity. From now until the end of the year, there’ll be a sending forth of 24 Courier teams comprising 234 Cornerstonians to the mission fields in 7 different countries. This is a season “when kings go off to war” (1 Sam 11:1).

Encounter God’s Heart 

Our God is big and He cares about the nations. He’s a global God and His ultimate goal is to gather a family that represents “every tribe and tongue and people and nation” (Rev 5:9). When you step into a foreign mission field, you’ll sense God’s amazing compassion for another culture read more…

Reflections from the Golden State

A small team of us have just returned from a trip to the US in the golden state of California. What an amazing trip it was! Definitely worth the long hours in the plane and feeling jet-lagged. We were there to attend a conference at Bethel Church in Redding at the invitation of Pastor Bill Johnson. Whilst there, we also managed to take some time out to meet with some key leaders and visited some of the most iconic companies in the Silicon Valley. Allow me to share two of my personal reflections from the trip:

#WhatMadeBethelSpecial?

There was a sense of excitement in me as the car approached the foot of the hill, having heard much about Bethel Church and finally being there in person. Driving up the slope reminded me of Psalm 24:3-5, which read more…

Who’s Not An Imposter?

Is there anyone good at being an imposter? Putting forward an image that you really are not or filling up a position that you know you’re not qualified for. Maybe we’re being a little too harsh on ourselves, but if we’ve ever struggled with a less-than-qualified psyche, then you’ll know what I’m talking about.

I’ve a little confession to make. Last week I spoke passionately about raising kids. I share different things that we need to pass on to our children and how we can do those things. At the end of the services on Sunday, I went home and over a small matter, blew up at one of my boys. I’ll spare you the trivial details because it was trivial. The blow up was epic though. The end result, I felt horrid. I felt unqualified, hollow, read more…

A Mustard Seed Grown

It’s amazing how when I look back at some of the most significant things that have taken place in my life, that it always begins with a “mustard seed”. In fact, at the time when these “mustard seed moments” occur, they seem almost coincidental and so easy to miss. This last week, we were in Islamabad, Pakistan where we did our Kingdom Invasion Conference. We had an absolutely amazing time and we all felt the significance of the event in releasing something afresh in the nation of Pakistan. Yet when I think back to how it all started, I see random events. I see “mustard seed moments” where we couldn’t have anticipated what it would result in today.

It was about 12 years ago, when we had a small team go up to Chiang Mai in read more…

A Sign and Wonder in Our Midst (Part 2)

If you’ve not read Pastor Lip’s write-up last weekend (13 Oct 2017 – https://www.cscc.org.sg/pastors-blog/a-sign-and-wonder-in-our-midst), I want to encourage you to have a read. It’s liberating and very apt especially for the times we’re living in. Towards the end of his article, he gave some solid biblical life values which when applied in your life, will not only bless you, but also positively change your marriage and children.

Riding on that write-up, I want to give you another side of Pastor Andrew Yeo which many don’t get to see, much like a “behind-the-scenes” peek into his life. While we now know of the many achievements and great exploits which God has accomplished through him, I’m also privileged to see the transforming power of God’s Word manifested through a surrendered life. This will answer some of your queries like, read more…

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 read more…

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…

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