Business Not As Usual

In a business forum several years ago, Singaporean technopreneur and founder of Creative Technologies, Mr. Sim Wong Hoo, was asked a question on why Singapore didn’t produce that many entrepreneurs and technopreneurs like himself. He replied candidly by introducing this phrase called, “No U-turn Syndrome” or “NUTS” in short.

He used the “U-turn” road sign as an analogy to contrast how people were wired up in Singapore and in the United States. In Singapore, when drivers wanted to make a U-turn, they looked for a U-turn sign to make a U-turn, whereas in the United States, drivers made their own judgement call and did a U-turn anywhere along the road unless there was a sign that said “No U-turn”. Mr. Sim explained that this subtle difference was perhaps what inhibited the creativity and initiative of Singaporeans back then.

One reason you do a U-turn is because the direction you’re heading doesn’t take you to your intended destination and you need to change it. Interestingly, Jesus also did a “U-turn” on his parents in Luke 2:41-49. Since young, He’d follow them to Jerusalem every year to celebrate the Feast of the Passover. But when He turned 12, He changed direction. 

He broke away from His family’s “as was the custom” routine (v.42) which they subscribed to all these years and instead of making the journey home after the celebration, He stayed back in Jerusalem to engage the teachers of the law, listening to them and asking them questions.

And all who heard Him were astonished at His understanding and answers (v.47). That day, Jesus did “something new and bold” at 12-yrs-old! “12 is the new 21!” God’s moving wonderfully and powerfully amongst our children!

Are you travelling on a road called “Comfortable” or cruising on the “Highway of Status Quo” where many are? Is God’s Word in your heart still “a burning fire” like it used to be (Jer 20:9)? If not, it’s time to make a change.

In case you’re not aware, our world has a “usual” or “customary” way of defining success by the amount of material wealth you have – fame, power, numbers and crowds, etc. But we don’t live by the world’s definitions. Jesus has set us free from that. We now live by God’s definition. Your identity is found in a Person, not possessions. Your identity is in “who you are” in Christ, not “what you have”. The more you “hang out” and commune with Jesus, the more secure you’ll be.

Moses and his “burning bush experience” is another example. He also did a similar “U-turn” on his daily shepherding routine in Exodus 3:1-5. He was leading his father-in-law’s flock at the back of the desert when he noticed a strange phenomenon – the bush was burning with fire, but it was not consumed. Moses said, “I will now turn aside and see this great sight” (v.3) and when God saw that he had stopped in his tracks and “changed direction” from his usual routine, God called out to him (v.4) and declared the place where they spoke as “holy ground” (v.5).

The Kingdom Invasion Conference is a “burning bush experience” for me on many accounts. It’s a “holy ground” and a “launch pad” to the Desti-Nations. It’s a place where heaven invades earth with its reality, power and revelation truth; a convergence of the apostolic and the prophetic; powerful teachings and healing impartations. In fact, it’s a holy convocation.

Isaiah 43:19-20 (NKJV) says, “Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert… I give waters in the wilderness and rivers in the desert, to give drink to My people, My chosen.”

How do you “behold” something unless you stop what you’re doing and change direction towards what you want to see? If you’ve not “turned aside” and looked at this burning bush (Kingdom Invasion 2018), I want to encourage you to seriously consider signing up without hesitation. God will make a way for you to come if you so desire to. Be it financially or taking time off, He’ll make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert for you, to be refreshed and recharged, to give you a renewed mind and be filled with a larger vision. You’ll be blessed!

There’s never been a dull moment or a “business as usual” mode in the Kingdom Invasion Conferences (KI). Every KI is unique and special. God always surprises us with many wonderful encounters. I’m looking forward with great anticipation to what the Lord is going to do in this year’s conference. Don’t miss out on what He wants to do in you and through you this season. This is your moment, so come alive! Sign up now.

Have a blessed week ahead.


Pastor Kevin Koh

Pulling Tomorrow Into Today

If God lets you see future promises, it’s because He wants to hook you and cause you to hunger for them. It’s through a desperate heart that you’re able to bring the fulfilment of those promises into your day. Contending shapes us and makes us capable of carrying more than we’ve ever been able before. All the promises God reveals to us will be realised in time, but the acceleration of events can be determined largely by the desperation and cries of His people.

Occupy and advance!


Regardless of how and when you believe we’re going to be taken to heaven, we must rid ourselves of the idea that Jesus is coming to rescue His Church. It has put the Church into a defensive posture of occupation to protect what we have, instead of positioning read more…

Resolute – A Word That’s Ringing

Resolute. This word has been ringing over the last few weeks and I believe is a word in season. This word is characterised by determination, to be firmly resolved and set in purpose. A comparative word will be steadfast, to be unwavering and fixed in direction.

To stay focused isn’t always easy, as there are events and circumstances that will come along to keep us off task. There’s a need to awaken our spirit to our life’s mission and to a purpose bigger than who we are. So how do we stay on this quest?

As a people, we’re contending for the prophetic release of the Antioch call given by Evangelist Billy Graham in 1978 and the cyclical review of Singapore. Can we see from Scripture that this call is tied to the land read more…

3 Regrets of Life

A well-known sociologist shared about a sociological study in which 50 people over the age of 90 were asked one question: “If you could live your life all over again, what would you do differently?” It was an open-ended question, and a wide range of answers came from these senior citizens. However, three answers constantly re-emerged and dominated the results of the study. They reflected the heartfelt regrets of these senior citizens who had very little time and energy left to do what they wished they could’ve done better. And neither could they turn back the clock.

Experience is going through life on your own, but wisdom is learning from someone else’s experience. Let’s take a look at these three areas briefly and glean some wisdom from them as these are keys to living a fruitful and read more…

Ready? Set? Go!

How was 2017 for you? It’s that time of the year again where we look back and lament about how quickly another year has gone by and perhaps sit down and make some new resolutions for the new year. For one thing, some people are so tired of making new resolutions that they’ve altogether decided to go on with life as is and coast along into another year.

I want to give us a few things to consider on this last weekend of 2017 and I pray that it’ll be helpful for you in making 2018 a much better year ahead.

1. God-designed Cycles
Another 12 months, another year, the earth has orbited around the sun one more time. This is not some cynical declaration of how everything is vain. Instead, if we read more…

Messengers of Hope

Jeremiah 29:11 tells us that God has a good plan for our lives – “to give us a future and a HOPE.”

God of Hope

God is “the God of Hope” and He wants to “fill you with all joy and peace in believing (through the experience of your faith) that by the power of the Holy Spirit you will abound in hope and overflow with confidence in His promises” (Rom 15:13). With God, it’s never too late to start believing, anticipating, hoping and expecting.

Power of Hope

What I find fascinating about Hannukah, the Jewish festival of lights celebrated at this time of the year, is the power of a hope-filled people. Zerubbabel, the Persian governor of occupied Judea, had laid the foundation and rebuilt the Temple of God in Jerusalem. read more…

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 read more…

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…

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