The Love of God

Is the love of God a warm, fuzzy feeling? Is it doing good to others or is love simply an emotion etched upon some Hallmark cards?

God is love and 1 John 4:9 says, ‘In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.’ 

For us, the love of God is a second chance – it’s His offer to join His spiritual family and live forever in eternity. God’s love is divine love which many can never fathom. It’s different from the way we love.

Like a husband’s love for his wife with the flowers he brings her, the words of encouragement he offers, and dying to himself in doing household chores. As a parent, the love for your babies when doing night feeds, preparing meals for the family, and teaching them the ways of God. As a friend, it’s praying with them when they’re anxious, hanging out together or babysitting.

Love is a uniquely human trait that cannot be explained away as the end outcome or the result of some evolutionary process. Jesus prayed that His disciples would know the full measure of the love of God. We need it for ourselves and it empowers us to do what’s impossible in our human nature – to truly love others.

The love of God is to be lived as well as learned. It really comes down to His immeasurable grace. We’ve been set apart not because we’re better than anyone else but because we’ve experienced the love, grace, and mercy of God. His love cannot be defined or exhausted by words, but God’s love can be known. As His chosen vessels, we’re to share it with others.

Reflecting our lives in the light of the Great Commission, that in loving we’re in fact making disciples for Christ. You may have heard this phrase – love God, love people, make disciples. And loving others starts when our minds are illumined to understand and believe the things which are upon His heart; the mission He gave us.

I’m thankful for our wonderful auditorium, offices, programmes, services, and all the things that help us stay obedient and close to Christ, but these are really scaffoldings that can hide the true beauty of the Church of Jesus Christ. And we all can have a tendency to get emotionally attached to the scaffolding we’ve grown accustomed to.

We must not mistake the scaffolding for the main mission, and if we focus on growing in our love for God and people, we can make disciples. When God becomes our greatest adoration and people become our primary concern, we’ll desire to connect people to God through Jesus.

10 months of this year have passed so quickly and, because of Covid-19, many of us have been bound at home for most of these months. Living in a fast-paced world, it might have appeared like things significantly slowed but has it really? The clock is still ticking, the business of the day continues, and the economy must be supported.

Has loving people and making disciples become of lesser value and priority because our social interactions have been significantly limited? Above all, is the Church alive and manifesting the love of God by revealing that we can live through Him?

In Christ, I rejoice to say, “Yes, we can!”

When the Circuit Breaker was in place, we wondered how the Church would look. I realised that it was just the removal of scaffoldings that hid the beauty of Christ.

I’m thankful for all the staff and members of Cornerstone Community Church and our Community Services, who reached out to those affected by this pandemic – praying, offering emotional support, physical aid, financial assistance, food deliveries, and building bridges of love to the vulnerable and migrant workers. I’ve witnessed more acts of kindness, the passion and compassion brought to light in this season than in times past.

Let’s continue to fix our eyes on Christ and for His Church to increase in greater glory – ‘That you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.’ Colossians 1:9-12

Ps. Daphne Yang

Godliness With Power

2 Timothy 3:1-5 says, ‘But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power.’

The last verse shook me to the core. We can actually have an external form of walking with God but lack the substance and power. The possibility that our discipleship and spirituality are not touching deep wounds and sin patterns is sobering.

The more I examined my own life, the more I realised I was increasing in knowledge but was in many areas still at an immature level of growth. Knowledge puffs up but love builds up. read more…

The Code of Honour

‘I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will do all My will.’ Acts 13:22

I can think of no greater epitaph than to be known as a man after God’s own heart. This was God’s accolade of David, not just man’s. Wow! There are many reasons why David fits this description, but the one I’d like to share with you is this – David lived by a Code of Honour. Let me explain.

Perhaps the first thing that came to your mind was the fact that David had refused to exact retribution on King Saul. After all, this is the very person who had attempted to skewer him with a spear and who had relentlessly pursued him to snuff out his life. David felt horrible just for cutting off the skirt of read more…

Don’t Enter Heaven Empty-Handed

As economies restart in the post-Covid 19 reset and gear towards rebuilding in the ‘new normal’, one area which needs to be redefined and re-evaluated in our lives is the way we value the things important to us – our treasures.

Jesus has something to say about this. In Matthew 6:19-21, He admonished us not to store up for ourselves treasures on earth, but in heaven where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. Then He concluded in verse 21 with this truth, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

If all our money is invested in the things of this world, then our desires will also be constantly earthbound. In other words, your heart will always follow what you value as your treasure.

In verse 20, Jesus tells us where we read more…

What Happens to a Cow If You Don’t Milk It?

A healthy milk cow produces 30 litres of milk daily, twice as much needed for feeding her calf. That’s good news because humans need the excess it produces. If a cow isn’t milked at least once a day, the build-up of pressure in her udder causes great discomfort and could lead to skin rupture and serious conditions like mastitis. Can you imagine what happens on a farm where the farmer prohibits work on a Sunday?

A farmer who’s good to his animals knows that cows need to be milked – even on Sundays (I do fully believe in the blessings of Sabbath and the principles behind the 4th Commandment, to enhance our relationship with God and others). In Jesus’ time, He made it clear the Sabbath is made for man and not man for the Sabbath (Mark 2:27).

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A Tribute to Bishop Satish Raiborde

What can one man do? To put it personally, how often have we wondered, “What can I do as just one person?”

The first time I was truly staggered by how much one single person can accomplish in his lifetime was when I was at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, North Carolina. Walking through the 40,000 square foot complex that traced the life and work of Billy Graham left me breathless, mouthing to myself, “How can one man do so much in one lifetime?” There’s one more life that I know of that makes me think likewise – Bishop Satish Raiborde.

On Monday, 5 October 2020, around 11am, Bishop Satish was called home to glory. Bishop’s son, Pastor Nicky Raiborde, is a regular in our church. In fact, to be more poignant, Pastor Nicky has not missed a single read more…

What Does Jesus Think Of Our Generation?

Acts 13:36 – “For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell asleep, was buried with his fathers…”
The God we serve is a God of generations. He’s the God who calls the generations from the beginning (Isaiah 41:4); the God Who’s forever known as the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; the God who blesses the generations. And He’s the God who calls us to serve our generation as He did David.
Each generation is different from the one before and after it. Each has different characteristics but they’re interconnected. While God deals differently with each generation, what we do in our generation will have profound repercussions on the next.

It’s interesting that, when Jesus came, He dealt with the generation He was in and held them read more…

Seasons of Change

In Genesis 8:22, it says, ‘While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, and day and night shall not cease.’ Seasons come and seasons go and while Singapore doesn’t experience seasonal change like some countries, autumn officially begins on September 22 in the northern hemisphere.

God is with us in every season of our life and change is a part of life. Change can be perceived as good, like springtime bursting forth: with a birth, new friendships or jobs. Change can be perceived as negative when moving into the winter season: a death or friendships ending.

Change is a part of life. It happens whether we like it so we must learn to embrace it. Change for me has been moving homes five times since we started the work of the ministry, and staying in read more…

Being Hungry in a Place of Abundance

Nine years ago, I went through one of the toughest seasons in my life. For three years, I struggled in almost every part of my life. I faced discouragement in ministry, battled self-worth and identity issues, and my financial situation was not exactly rosy. To top it off, my family was also undergoing a financial crisis.

Yet, at the same time that season, I had the most powerful and significant encounters with God. They marked and defined who I am today. Looking back, I realised that, due to the trials in my life, I had a constant sense of need. I literally felt like if God didn’t break in, I wouldn’t make it through. I was desperate for God to move in my life. Crying out to Him on my bedroom floor till the wee hours for nights read more…

Wait for the Punchline!

I recently watched a very interesting segment on TED Talks where a comedian unpacked for the audience how comedy works. First there’s the setup, and then there’s the punchline. The setup is where the comedian uses his talents, observations, and resources to seize any opportunity to ensure that the audience is moving in the same direction as his storyline. The punchline occurs when he changes that direction in a way that they’re not expecting it. The results are revelation, fulfilment, and joy expressed through laughter.

Here’s an example:
Three men are about to be executed. The guard brings the first man forward, and the executioner asks if he has any last requests. He says “No”, and the executioner shouts, “Ready! Aim!” Suddenly the man yells, “Earthquake!” Everyone is startled and looks around. In the confusion, the first man escapes.

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A Fail Grade Regardless Of What You Do

All great men in history were tested. They were men who went into their baptism of fire and emerged with their stories and wounds. There are also Biblical figures whom God delighted in, whose histories are less known, whose stories we never get to hear about. But for the most part, these men and women of renown had to undergo their tests.

While I’m a firm believer of tests and examinations, I have difficulty convincing my young daughters that these are good for their development, especially the one taking her Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) this year.

Abraham and Moses, Governors Joseph and Daniel, King David and the apostles, all underwent great and multiple tests. It was David, a man after God’s own heart, who cried out, “Test me, Lord, and try me, examine my heart and my mind” Psalm read more…

What The Black Death Taught Us

Get ready, this is going to be a long blog but I’m certain it’s going to be worth your time.

The ‘Black Death’ (Bubonic Plague) occurred in the mid-1300s, caused by a certain flea that lived off rodents’ blood. It particularly thrived among black rats in Central Asia. The bacteria carried by the rat attacks the lymph glands of the human body and hence the immune system. Victims experienced high fever and bled beneath the skin. This caused visible dark patches, giving the name ‘Black Death’ to the plague.

The Black Death shows remarkable similarities to the present pandemic that has brought the world to a standstill. I want to take time to point out some uncanny similarities.

1. It started in China

The plague started in Central read more…

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