An Incredible Week

Here’s something that you Cornerstonians might not know. Since our inception in 1995, there has only a year when we did not have a church camp and that was in 2008. That was the year when the world was reeling from a terrible recession and many families were trying to cope financially. So the leadership felt it wise to cancel the camp and instead help those families that were in need. But apart from that year, we’ve always had a church camp, every year since we started. It’s the highlight of our church calendar.

But nothing so far can beat the camp we had this year. I’ve had numerous people telling me that this was the best church camp ever in our 20 year history. I personally think it was too. It was certainly a high watermark for the church. But make no mistake about it, all the other camps were great as well but different, because the Lord always does a different thing in a different season. But church camp 2016 will be long remembered as an incredible gathering.

There are a few reasons. Firstly, the sessions were amazing. Speakers Ken Gott, John Andrews and Nicky Raiborde were just brilliant. They were just the right mix and they complemented each other perfectly. Each message was special and unique and built towards the next.

Next, the praise and worship led by our worship team – Caleb and Cath Woolridge was awesome. The Presence of God was thick and the atmosphere infused with divine life. And of course, the Gala Night was fantastic and hilarious as always. I must thank the planning committee for doing such an awesome job. Kudos to Pastor Peh Han and team!

I want to encourage and exhort all of you to make it a point to come for our annual church camp. To me, this is the highlight of our church calendar. It’s when the Cornerstone family comes together and it’s always special. All the other conferences are planned with the intention to bless others, but church camp is specially designed to bless the family here in Cornerstone. For this reason, I find myself hearing very clearly and specifically from our Heavenly Father when it comes to the church camp. I always feel like the Lord has a special word for us and I always get realigned to His purposes for my life at camp time. I believe we’re not far from a breakthrough. We’re going to see His manifested glory.

One of the prophetic promises we received at this camp is there are yet 7,000 who’ve been reserved for the church that will soon be brought into the fold. That just resonates with me and to the extent we can believe, God will match our faith. For this reason, I do not cease to pray that our sheep will bring forth thousands and in our fields, tens of thousands. This is Psalm 144. It’s coming and we must prepare for it.

We’ve now outgrown the facility for church camp as we’ve outgrown the facility we’re currently in. The place we have is too small for us. And to this, we sense the Lord saying, “Go. Arise and build.” Now, I don’t know what the future holds but this one thing I know – This is the season for enlargement.

Stand with me in faith and prayer and let’s believe for a mighty harvest to be brought in. This is the camp theme: “Enlarge the place of your tent, and let them stretch out the curtains of your dwellings; do not spare; lengthen your cords, and strengthen your stakes. For you shall expand to the right and to the left, and your descendants will inherit the nations, and make the desolate cities inhabited.” ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭54:2-3‬.

May it be so, Lord!

Pastor Yang Tuck Yoong

Welcome to a Regular Week in Cornerstone!

My wife and I have just returned from an amazing trip to Vladivostok and Ussuriysk, Two unique cities in East Russia, in a region where temperatures fall to 35 Celsius below zero in the winter. It’s so cold that the sea turns into ice and you can actually “walk on water!” But it was here where we saw God move powerfully in a conference that touched so many lives. This followed a very successful time at the Bible College of Wales in Swansea where we witnessed the full restoration and inauguration of the famed Pisgah Chapel in Loughor and also the graduation of the second cohort of students from the College.

During this time, our church in Pakistan saw huge numbers of young people getting saved and delivered in conferences held in major cities across the nation. We read more…

Is It Live or Is It Memorex?

The above title was a famous 1970’s commercial that played in America. It served as a 1970’s catchphrase for Memorex, a cassette and VHS tape manufacturer. The most famous spokesperson for Memorex was Ella Fitzgerald, a jazz singer known as the “First Lady of Song” who could hit both low and high voice ranges in her songs. The million-dollar question was whether Ella was singing live or was it a recording. The quality of the Memorex tape made it difficult to distinguish even after 100 recordings.  

Have you noticed how increasingly difficult it’s becoming to distinguish the real from the fake? It’s seen in the counterfeiting of currencies, passports and other official documents. Are the photos you look at real or have they been photoshopped? All of these should alert us to the importance of having the ability read more…

Counting Beyond Numbers

The Book of Numbers begins with a census – hence its name. This was a census initiated by God. According to the Word of God, the taking of a census is fraught with risks. In Exodus 30:11-12, we see that a census, taken improperly risks bringing a plague to the nation. In fact in the days of David, God’s anger was greatly aroused against David for the census that he took. The issue lies not in the taking of the census, but the way in which the census is taken.

In Numbers 1:2, we’re given an insight into the way God sees a census. The phrase that’s used for the counting process is “se’u et rosh”, which literally means “lift the head”. This is a highly unusual expression because there are many far more commonly used verbs for read more…

Discerning A New Season

In recent weeks, there’s been mention of a new season that’s coming upon the church. I just returned from a short trip to the Northeastern part of the United States. The winter months are now giving way to the predictable new season of Spring. In the natural, this change of season is fairly easy to predict, but what about the times and seasons of God? Are we sensing, preparing and flowing with what God’s doing?

The account of David at Ziklag has recently captured my attention. David and his men were at a very low point having lost their families and possessions; yet, David kept pressing onwards. Think about this – David was anointed to be king in his early teen years. Approximately 12 years have transpired since his first anointing in the lead-up to Ziklag. How’d you feel read more…

Why We Must Stand with Israel

On Thursday, several of our pastors and I were invited to attend and celebrate Israel’s 68th Independence Day with the Jewish community. If my memory serves me well, this is probably the 6th or 7th time that I’ve attended one of these functions, but this time it was a little different.

I was pleasantly surprised to see a growing number of prominent Christians present and the role they play in the support of Israel, which is heartening. Now you might have a different opinion on the matter from me but personally, I believe that one of the reasons why Singapore has been so blessed as a nation and in such a short span of time, has to do with the fact that our nation has always been friendly towards Israel and in many ways, a blessing to her. read more…

Season of Transition

Have you been following the Hashtag 365 Bible-reading Plan? It’s highly recommended since it helps to provide a blueprint for what God is speaking and doing in the church today. How many sermons or messages have you heard that speak of a “new season” or an arising Joshua Generation? This new generation of leadership has many insightful parallels and lessons that speak to our day. Are we discerning the Lord’s voice; are we perceiving that new thing God is about to do (Isaiah 43:19)?

The leadership mantle was now transitioning to Joshua. He assumed the responsibility in taking Israel forward into their inheritance as they continued their pursuit towards Zion. Israel was given this opportunity 38 years earlier but failed at Kadesh-Barnea due to a lack of faith. How would they succeed this time? What keys can we gain from their read more…

Success Comes In “Cans”

This weekend is all about souls and the value that God places on each individual person. 
I don’t know of anybody who can stir us up in evangelism like our speaker this weekend, J John.

Did you know that when you get to heaven, you’ll see many amazing things? But one thing you’ll never ever see again is a non-Christian. That’s a scary thought isn’t it? Five minutes inside eternity, I believe each of us would wish we had sacrificed more, prayed more, loved more, sweated more, wept more, and grieved more for souls. We cannot be the foolish son who sleeps during harvest time. We must be urgent to do the work of evangelism.

I remember Pastor Nicky Raiborde telling a story of a friend of his who lived in this apartment block. There were 40 families living in the block read more…

A Response to a Misleading Lie

There’s been a disturbing video that’s been making its rounds, promoting a Christian lady who’s a lesbian and Christian at the same time. She’s promoting the virtue of being a happy homosexual Christian.

I find this very disturbing and misleading, and I felt that it’d make a good teaching moment for us to draw a clear dichotomy between the two. Let me put it in simple and unambiguous terms: A homosexual Christian is an oxymoron. You cannot live a lifestyle that the Bible condemns and say you’re a believer in Jesus Christ at the same time. It’s not only theologically-unsound; it’s deceptive for untaught people watching it. So I feel it’s only right for me to respond to this, since the video was launched in public square.

The first thing we need to understand as believers is that her misleading testimony represents read more…

Principles To Live By

“But he shall not multiply horses for himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt to multiply horses, for the Lord has said to you, ‘You shall not return that way again.’ Neither shall he multiply wives for himself, lest his heart turn away; nor shall he greatly multiply silver and gold for himself.” Deuteronomy 17:16-17

These were the principles that were given by the Lord for kings that they should live by. They were instructed that they should not multiply for themselves horses, wives and wealth. The horses here speak about power and might, as in the ancient days, the most formidable forces in one’s army is the cavalry. I’ve heard these things said many times and in various ways, that the three principle temptations in any man’s life are exactly these three things – guns, girls and read more…

Success In Failure

Peter denied the Lord three times. The moment of denial was not muted or silent. Instead the Bible tells us that it was vehement. Matthew tells us that he made an oath, cursed and swore that he did not know Jesus. 

I’ve often looked upon the accounts of Peter’s denial with mixed emotions. If there is one thing that is certain, I do not want to be in Peter’s shoes. I look at it with much trepidation wondering if like Peter, my mistakes and failures are recorded somewhere in heaven where someday everyone may read about them. I would rather my mistakes and failures are covered and concealed than for them to become object lessons for the saints of God for all eternity.

Yet on the flip side of the coin, Peter’s life gives me great encouragement. I see a man flawed read more…

Outrageous Declarations

One of the things we’ve been exploring in the church is the subject of Decrees and Faith-filled Prayer. We realise the stakes are much higher today and with the threat of terrorism, wars, famines, you name it, the Church needs to up the ante. We cannot stay neutral, static and apathetic. We must engage and engage strongly. I was reading the latest post by Dutch Sheets, a mentor and dear friend, and he was speaking along the same lines. I’ve taken excerpts of his brilliant piece to share with you because I sense an increase in authority coming to the Church.

This is Dutch:
“Throughout my lifetime of prayer, the Lord has asked me to pray some pretty outrageous prayers, and make some extremely bold prophetic decrees. I wish I could say that in each instance I was full of read more…

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