The Gift of Home

This week, we hosted our pastors from 17 nations for the annual Cornerstone Global Network (CGN) Summit. We had fun and wonderful fellowship in the midst of serious Kingdom business. God did an amazing work in all our hearts – vision renewed and sharpened, the hungry were fed, those struggling were strengthened, the weary were refreshed. Such camaraderie was forged over the four days that we were reluctant to say goodbye. There was never a dull moment.

There was a notable shift in this year’s Summit – a greater intensity and resolve to advance the Kingdom of God, and a greater intention to align and extend the work of God in the nations through Cornerstone churches. The Summit’s atmosphere was one of like-mindedness and authenticity. One pastor who had just joined us for the first time said to me, “I felt like we’ve known one another for years!”

Here are some takeaways from the CGN Summit which I felt to share with you, and may the Holy Spirit speak to you through these words.

1. Think Nations
As I scanned the room during the Summit, it dawned on me that this was like the assembling of the “United Nations” of the Cornerstone global family before the Lord. It’s like a big family reunion. I was deeply impacted by the sharing of my brothers and sisters from different nations, and even more so when they’ve done much for the Lord with so little and limited resources – the churches planted, orphanages, feeding programmes, initiatives to eliminate poverty, prisons ministry, schools and bible schools, etc. The length and distance one pastor would go to bring the Gospel to the village people living in the mountainous regions, trekking for 14 days just to reach them!

My vision is too small. It needs to be enlarged because deep inside, we’re bigger than we think; and we serve a Big God! With Him nothing is too difficult nor impossible. Here in Singapore, we’re blessed with an abundance of resources and yet we prefer to stay in our comfort zones. How long are we going to let the “cares of this world” rule and dictate our lives? As the prophet Elijah would challenge, “How long will you falter between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him…” (1 Kings 18:21).

2. Alignment to Our Tribal Anointing
“God puts us in families or tribes, and each tribe has a unique anointing. An important part of alignment involves getting into sync with our tribe. Our vibe attracts our tribe. Israel was a composite of 12 tribes and each tribe had a very unique tribal anointing. God designed it that way. This is why we’ve different churches with different ministries. God loves diversity, and it’s alright to be different. Depending on the tribe we belong to, we’ll come under a different tribal anointing.” (Excerpt taken from Ps Yang’s sermon on “Divine Alignment.” Link to the full sermon:

No matter which church we belong to, it’s essential for us to know what the “Tribal Anointing” over our church is. Once we know our identity, our mission becomes clear and what we do will just flow out of that. You need to ask the Lord to show you which tribe you belong to. For Cornerstone, we derive our prophetic anointing from Judah, for “From Judah comes the cornerstone.” (Zech 10:4)

3. The Gift of Home
While at the Summit, we heard the tragic news of the collapse of the large hydroelectric dam in Laos’ Attapeu Province, resulting in heavy flooding and in some areas, the water level rose to nearly 12 metres (40 feet), submerging 17 villages, with at least 27 people killed, hundreds missing and thousands have lost their homes. And the forecast of more rainfall this week only exacerbates the problem.

Now, imagine leaving for work in the morning and upon returning in the evening only to find your house gone. You’ve no home to return to! Your shelter, covering and protection all gone. How would you feel? Lost? Helpless?

Our Heavenly Father wants to give each one of us the “gift of home” in the form of a local church where we’re nurtured and growing in spiritual maturity; walking in the fullness of our destiny. We need to realise that life and order continues in heaven. There’ll be teaching and learning; there’ll be teachers and pastors, and yes, you’ll continue to go to church and serve there. So, it’s very important for you to know which local church God has planted you in on earth.

Please hear my heart on this – if Cornerstone is your home, then unpack your bags, embrace the values and sink your roots here. Start engaging, serving and growing. Please don’t treat church like a business hotel where you come when you need a place to stay for a season so you can carry out your “spiritual transactions”. Or perhaps you could still be living out of your suitcase, because just in case, when the going gets tough or you’re offended again, you can readily move on to another place. Please don’t treat the church with disdain. Jesus died for her. May the Lord help you settle into the church He’s prepared for you. As for me, “I’m home!”

Pastor Kevin Koh

Motion vs Progression

We want to specially welcome the pastors from our Cornerstone Global Network for our weekend services. The Cornerstone Global Network (CGN) family covers 21 nations and every year we’ve our annual CGN Summit. This year, 80 of us will be spending four days together, communing, praying and walking in the revelation of His Word. 

The Summit is a key gathering and has always been a time of re-calibrating, sharpening and envisioning for the global family. It’s important to communicate and translate what the Lord has spoken so we can move with the same purpose and do the work He’s given us to do. We learn to take the lead from the Holy Spirit and to communicate the tribal anointing to the CGN. It’s also very fun-filled with lots of bonding time, and the test of these read more…

The Creation of Boundaries

The Creation account is so full of wisdom and understanding, but so few people pay close attention when reading through it. Our focus is often on the content of what was being created on each day of Creation, and we gloss over the process of creation and pay even lesser attention to what it says about the Creator.

For one thing, Creation is punctuated by a principal word – “order”. God laid out order on a planet that was without form, void and in chaos. At the same time, essential to establishing order on earth is the need to bring about a separation or division. In fact, the very first act of creating light was and an act to bring about a division between light and darkness. The next act of creation was to divide the heavens and the earth. read more…

It’s Better To-gather!

In the month of July, we launch our annual Cell Month campaign. It’s a month of celebrating cell groups and encouraging members to be part of one. Cornerstone is a cell church and one of our core values is that life change happens best in cell communities. At the same time, we inaugurated the 40-Day Solemn Assemblies on July 1, a nationwide campaign to mobilise churches, leaders and believers in our nation to fast and pray.

Cornerstone had the privilege of anchoring the first week of prayer and fasting in the Central Zone. Tremendous momentum has been building up and there’s been much grace for prayer and fasting. 

When we think about prayer, we tend to think of it primarily as a solitary and private activity. Yet, the Bible tells us to pray “at all times” and with “every read more…

I Hear, I Obey

Our modern western culture, which is influenced by Greek philosophy, segregates the words “listen” and “obey” into a mental and a physical activity respectively. First, we hear, then we evaluate to gain understanding and then make a choice based on our evaluation. But in the Hebrew language, there’s no word for “obey”. The Hebrew word for “listen” and “obey” comes from a singular word, “Shema”, which means to hear AND to follow through what you’ve heard with tangible actions and commitment.

Observant Jews will recite Deut 6:4-5 every day, “Hear (Shema), O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.” By saying this, a Jew would remind himself of his commitment to love God, to dedicate himself to following God and read more…

Timeless Eternity

Discovering why we were created and knowing our purpose on this earth are the two things that will significantly alter the way we live. It’ll change the way we approach life, view life, and live life.

Perhaps one of the most affirming and transforming passages in the Bible is found in Ps 139:15-16. The psalmist declares, “My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skilfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all are written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.”

We were conceived in the mind of God long before we were born. All our measurements, each intricate detail of our lives were then written in a Book and at the time read more…

Thriving in the Culture

Quite recently, I heard a message from Pastor Chris Hodges of Church of the Highlands and he was preaching from the book of Daniel. The message got me thinking quite a bit. While this is not a reproduction of his message, many of these thoughts were catalysed by that sermon and I want to give due credit to that.

Daniel and his friends were captives in Babylon and they were placed in a culture and system that was diametrically different from Israel’s. If a parallel could be drawn, it’d be that of the culture of the Kingdom of God and the culture of the world. In many instances, we become the product of the culture that we’re immersed in; but for Daniel and his friends, not only were they not sucked into the culture of Babylon, they thrived and succeeded read more…

Examine Our Hearts

Over the last couple of weeks, there were several things that deeply concerned me about God’s people. These are not new problems, but somehow, I sense the Holy Spirit placing an urgent emphasis on them.

The first concern is about our ability to hear from the Lord. As a pastor, my job is not to be an intermediary between God and His people. My office as part of the five-fold ministry is to train the saints and equip them, and that includes training believers to hear from the Lord for themselves.

Unlike traditional concepts of priesthood, where the priest or spiritual leader is the channel of communication between the people and God, Christianity does not hold to such a concept. God’s will is that all His people are able to hear from Him. His desire is that all should prophesy.

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Theology of Work

We spend more time at work – whether paid or unpaid – than at any other waking activity. If God cares about our lives, He must care about our work. No matter what your profession or occupation, whether you’re a parent, bus driver, artist or engineer, God cares about your work.

1. Work of God
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Eph 2:10

The Apostle Paul makes clear that we’re God’s workmanship, created for good works. The work of God is us and people. I propose recalibrating the Christian idea of work by placing our focus on people. This is biblical, seeing we’re to love both God and man. Many Christians define the doctrine of vocation around their gifting, work or place in the world. Believers read more…

The Manna Test

I’m always fascinated by the supernatural provisions of God, especially when the Children of Israel were in the wilderness. The feeding of the entire nation of Israel of at least 2 million people, was equivalent to providing food for about half the population size of Singapore, every single day!

And what about that super food called “manna” which literally means “what is it?” in Hebrew (Exo 16:15, 31). It looked like coriander seeds and tasted like wafers made with honey; equally agreeable to all palates and sustained the whole nation for 40 years. It came each morning, and couldn’t be kept overnight, except on the sixth day where a double portion could be collected and be miraculously preserved so that there was food on the seventh day – the Sabbath.

I want to draw two lessons from what I call read more…

A Roaring Tribute to Mothers

With the many hats a mother wears, whether she’s a stay at home or a working mother, what’s the exacted price for all that she does? It’s quite impossible to put a value for wanting to take care of her family. It’s a round-the-clock job, from waking up in the middle of the night to a hungry baby until the moment all the little ones are fed, bathed, and sound asleep in bed; she’s on call every second of the day.

She starts off with the basics as a laundry operator, housekeeper, transport minister, cook, janitor, logistics co-ordinator, interior designer, day-care teacher, grounds keeper, plumber, event planner, retail purchaser, nutritionist, nurse. And adding on to her ever increasing portfolio, the modern mother includes – a photographer, recreation therapist, accountant, coach, tailor, computer operator, educator, academic advisor, analyst and psychologist. She’s read more…

A Prescribed Way to Love

One of the things that’s very concerning in the Church today is an attitude where one does whatever is right in his own eyes. Using the pretext of God’s love, His nature of long-suffering and grace – believers pursue whatever they please to do, expecting that a loving God will condone and celebrate His children notwithstanding. 

However, this is far from the truth. The fact that God left us 66 books for our study indicates that He’s very meticulous about what He approves of and what He doesn’t. A key misconception that we must deal with is that we can love God however way we want or choose to express that love for Him in whichever manner we desire. On the contrary, God is very particular about how we’re to express our love for Him.

In the Old Testament, the read more…

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