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 Thailand to visit a local church there. The object of the trip was to connect with this particular church to see if we could work together with them. However, it was on this trip also that we met a young Pakistani man who introduced us to one of his friends who was at that moment studying in Singapore. The person who was studying in Singapore was none other than Nabeel Riaz – now our Cornerstone pastor in Pakistan.

On hindsight, nothing came out of the church that we were visiting in Thailand, but instead an accidental meeting became the spark that resulted in all that we’re doing in the nation of Pakistan today. This is just one of many testimonies of how we’ve been unconsciously swept up in God’s greater eternal purposes. If there’s one thing I’ve learnt, it’s that God moves often when we’re unaware. There are some definite things that we can do so that we do not miss or bypass what He has divinely set up for our lives.

1. Stay Flexible

It’s essential for us to always stay flexible and not be dogmatic about things. We all have a tendency to fall into a fixed pattern of doing things. While I’m a strong advocate of setting patterns in our lives, it’s important that we don’t become dogmatic about it. For one thing, Jesus compared Himself to the serpent that was lifted up in the wilderness. If this isn’t a break from the usual pattern, then I don’t know what is. The serpent is a common analogy used to represent the devil, but here Jesus uses it to compare it to Himself.

There are some things in the Bible that are non-negotiables, but most things are NOT. When we determine that God can only move in certain ways, we’ll end up missing Him when He does things in an out-of-the-ordinary fashion.

2. Be Ready To Be Inconvenienced
Our willingness to be inconvenienced is almost always a required ingredient for God’s divine appointments. I recall how in the year 2011, when we made a visit to Wales – specifically to visit Ffald-y-Brenin. Along the way, we made a detour to visit the Bible College of Wales. When we arrived, the place was shut and when we finally did get into the compound, we were greeted by a very obnoxious caretaker. Little did we realise that behind the detour, the shut doors and a nasty person lies an incredible call to purchase the bible college!

Rebekah did not hesitate to be inconvenienced by a stranger asking for water for his camels and it opened a door to marriage and the legacy of being one of the matriarchs of Israel.

3. Pay Attention To The People
Finally, when God sets up a divine appointment, it’ll involve people. Don’t brush people off. Don’t be too quick to judge. God’s plans are always embedded in people. If we’ll give time to people, we’re making room for God to show up.

We want to thank the church for praying and fasting for Kingdom Invasion, Pakistan. We had around 1,500 pastors and leaders at the meetings. Though the lead up to the event was fraught with difficulties, we saw the Lord move in powerful ways during the conference.

On the last day, such an incredible spirit of intercession was released on the people that the venue erupted with spontaneous prayer and cries for the nation of Pakistan. We’re deeply thankful that God has given us here in Cornerstone a part to play in what He’s doing in Pakistan. We’re thankful also for the mustard seeds that He’s planted in our midst.

Pastor Lim Lip Yong

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…

Why We Must Stand For Israel

Robert Morris is the senior pastor of Gateway Church in Dallas, one of the largest churches in the United States, with 39,000 active members and the author of “The Blessed Life”. To say that he’s living the blessed life is an understatement. God has blessed this man. Once, in conversation with the Lord, Pastor Morris asked the Lord why He has blessed him so much, and immediately the Lord responded, “Because you gave your first fruits to my firstborn (Israel).”

Gateway Church gives one-tenth of its Mission’s Tithe to the Jew first through Israel-focused ministries. It’s also the first cheque written each month by their church office. This revelation concerning his re-connection back to Israel, which was given to him by the Holy Spirit, has been an untold blessing both to his life personally and also to read more…

The 2 Phinehas

There are many life examples recorded in the Bible for our learning and admonition so that we learn from the good ones and don’t repeat the mistakes of the bad ones. Our positions in these stories are very similar – they at the beginning, and we at the end of age. Truth is, we’re just as capable of messing up in our time as they were in theirs (1 Cor 10:11-12).

With that in mind, I want to briefly look at the life of two Phinehas in the Bible and draw some important lessons for our learning. Same name but two very different outcomes – one ended well, while the other ended tragically.

The first Phinehas was the son of Eleazar (Exo 6:25) and the grandson of Aaron, the high priest. He was read more…

Learning to Stand

It’s amazing how often this has happened in my life, that when things go wrong, they all go wrong at the same time. Or when demands and pressures come, it all seems to happen at the same time. Life just doesn’t dish out problems and difficulties evenly so that we can cope better. There’s no regularity or predictability when it comes to the storms of life. It isn’t something you can schedule into your calendars. While in the midst of one of those intense periods, here are some thoughts that I gathered:

1. Let your comfort zones be challenged
Humans all have a tendency to drift into a place of greatest comfort. Whether it’s when we’re wriggling into our little nook on our favourite sofa or finding that place of maximum efficiency at our work place; read more…

Cornerstone, A Place Where Dreams Are Made

Joyce Theng, a member of Cornerstone, recently shared this amazing testimony. She said, “I have been taking the same bus route ever since I started attending Cornerstone. I have never paid any attention to the shops along the road until this evening, before the 5pm service. There’s a pub along the road and the signboard had these words: “Legacy- where dreams are made”.  When I looked at it, a wave of sadness swept over me and tears welled up in my eyes. This is a pub. I was communicating to God in my mind and I said: “Father, why has it got to be a pub? Please forgive me and the church. Please Father, is there a church where your dreams for the people be made?” Then, the words just flashed in my spirit and mind: “I will reveal to read more…

God’s Dream Team

The pastors and heads of department have just returned from an intensive 3-day planning summit for the purpose of “charting the future course” for Cornerstone. The meetings consisted of prayer, worship, reports and planning. The summit provided an integration of God’s dream and plan for Cornerstone to be woven in and through the leadership. How does such a process take place? Let me explain. 

Dutch Sheets made the following statement in his last visit to Cornerstone: “God first dreams before He creates.” The Bible says much about dreaming, and it’s enlightening to discover that the concepts of dreaming and creating are found in the following Hebrew word: “yatsar” which means “to create”. “Yetser” is a slightly different form of the word, which has the meaning of “imagination, conception, and thought”. So the power to create begins with the read more…

Thankful for My Singapore

On the 9th August, our nation celebrated her 52nd birthday, and what a bash it was, with the Marina Bay skyline serving as a backdrop. As always, my family sat glued, watching the National Day Parade live on television. And as always, we sang the songs patriotically, laughed at the outrageous costumes, teared when the National Anthem was being sung, talked about our National Service experiences, but one thing is for sure, we were all proud to be Singaporeans.

I love my country and I love my people, regardless of race, language or religion. The evening before, my wife and I were with 6,500 other Christians at the “Day of His Power” at Suntec City, thanking God for Singapore and praying for her. The day after, we were with the Festival of Praise, Pastors’ Gathering, praying read more…

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