This week we learn how to win in life, the Jesus way. Like all victories, winning lives for Jesus take time, effort, and most of all, intention. But thankfully, we don't do this alone.
Not only has He equipped us, He has opened doors for us and is there every step of the way; so that all there's left for us is to use what we have to serve others.
Day 3: Life in the Spirit – In this episode, we read and meditate on the New Living Translation of Romans 8. It is a profound reminder of who we are, what we have in Christ, and what Christ has done for us.
Day 2: Prayer gives Strength – In this episode, we reflect on how prayer gives us strength thru being connected with God – the source of life and power. We also learn that true strength comes from not wavering in our faith and trust in God and the outcomes he sends.
Posture of the Heart(Part 3) - We should cultivate a posture of humility and obedience. But at times, the struggle is not in the obedience to do but the real struggle is obedience to wait. Let us look into the third posture for our spirituality, that is the posture of waiting before the Lord.
Posture of the Heart(Part 2) – In this journey, we want to cultivate good habits. But what is the point of doing it habitually with a wrong attitude? What is the chief end to cultivating spiritual habits? We will look into the second posture, that is the posture of humility before God.
Posture of the Heart(Part 1)- Poor posture can affect the amount of air you're taking into your lungs when breathing. When your lungs aren't functioning as they should be, your brain, heart and other vital organs won't get the oxygen they need. When you slouch, you compress your abdominal organs, including your digestive tract. Bad posture leads to bad health. It’s easier to detect a bad posture physically... but what about the posture of our hearts? We will look into the first posture, learning from Jesus, we look into the posture of habitual prayer.
"Prayer is both a conversation and encounter with God that leads us to know Him better."
In consistent prayer, we will find that our relationship with God becomes real. As we meditate on His word and respond to it with our hearts and minds, we come to experience God.
Living our lives through God's vantage point means to look at what God said, and let that define reality for us. That begins when we get to know the word of God and learn His perspectives!
#ICON: Making God Visible
“There is this freedom in you not because of your location in this world, but because of your position in Christ.” //
Pastor Keith Tay takes the reins for the third instalment of #ICON: Making God Visible and teaches us to major in Christ, in order to get a full understanding of Him.
Catch our mother’s day special episode with Kim McManus, a mother who exudes love in her every action and word. She speaks candidly about her past that has molded her into becoming the mother and leader she is today.
Pastor Eric Johnson from Bethel Redding share a powerful message about in this pandemic season, we need healing more than ever — physically, mentally, emotionally and of course, spiritually. Let’s continue to hold fast to our faith in Jesus, praying and believing in His healing power even when it seems like the world is falling apart.
Today, we celebrate the greatest gift given to us by our Saviour; not in public, surrounded by friends and family, belting out our praises with shouts of joy, but in the quietness of our homes. Yet it is more important now that our faith is made stronger, as we thank Him for His sacrifice and rejoice in His presence.
There's a tweet that goes "There's a calm before every storm. And after most storms it's calm too. Basically it's either calm or there is a storm".
But what's wrong about this is that there can be a storm, but you can be calm about it once you understand you are well protected by the Big Guy. Let's try to continue our usual routine and ride out the waves. He is on our ship, and He will guide us to clear waters.
“In times of trouble, how quickly did the Israelites want to revert from a place of victory, to a place of familiarity?” // Pastor Kevin Loo
When life is too difficult and the future is challenging, do we also find ourselves in a similar place?
A change in our hearts is required! It is time that we take possession, claim new grounds and shift our perceptions — a shift that will prepare us for the future and reveal our life’s purpose.
Along the way we’ve become accustomed to thinking that the law of God is limiting. We learned that the Ten Commandments were given to us as God’s gracious instruction, commission and preparation.
It is His law that revives our souls, rejoices the hearts and seals the deal of our covenant with Christ.
“God Himself came into His creation, to journey with His people.” // Pastor Andrew Lau
What God but Jesus, would willingly share His Holy presence with mere mortals, and even go as far as to lower Himself down and live amongst us. It is all because to Him, you are worth it; for His love is boundless, steadfast in nature, and freely given.
The beauty of our relationship with God is that nothing is ever a personal effort. Even in our most deep-rooted struggles, His love and power triumphs.
As we continue to pray, seek and worship Him, idolatry will fall away. In a life blessed and bestowed by Him, let us put Him first. Don’t let money, false gods, or earthly romance control our lives; but His plan for us that will guide us through even the greatest unknowns.
“A relationship is a journey two people take together. It requires intentional effort, commitment and sacrifice.” // Pastor Kevin Lo and Esther Ku
In all our relationships, let us remember that love can be different because we have Jesus in our lives!
We could all use a burning bush encounter to shift our perception from our view of reality, to the path that God has chosen for us. It can occur through a person, a an event or even through a time of emptiness. Are you seeking your burning bush, His voice in your life today?
Are we holding on to things past their expiry?
In shifting 2020, it’s time to move on from our best before. Start afresh and journey into the #NewGrounds that God is preparing us for!
Doubt is most powerful when it pulls on something known and familiar.
How do we know what we do is right? Are we truly starting anew? Have we done enough? All these questions should point to the one truth that's well within reach — Jesus Christ!
"Every time we tithe, we acknowledge that all that we have belongs to the Lord." // Pastor Kevin Loo
Embrace giving back, not just to Him, but also to your community by adapting it as a way of life. Only then can we collectively live a life larger than ourselves.
We truly need a strong Christ-centered foundation in our lives — that we do not only run to God whenever we are in trouble or need, but at every step in our journey.
Let's start 2020 with the right attitude!
There is only one good fight required of you, that is the fight for the Word of God." // Pastor Andrew Lau
We are, at our core, children of God and soldiers in His army. It is us who are called to learn, defend and spread His Gospel. For by His love and grace we are saved and so in His name, we go forth to bring this salvation to others.
At the dawn of 2020, are you ready to fight for God?
"God fights for the furthest hearts!" //
Though perfection may seem unattainable to us, God sees us differently. He does not judge or condemn us for our past, but sees into our hearts, welcoming us with open arms.
When the angels fell, the human race began to succumb to unseen forces of evil.
Yet, as Christians, we are given the authority to dispel all trials, temptations and negativity in our lives by standing strong in His word; a beautiful and much needed message this weekend by Pastor George Ng
"The most dangerous place on earth is not the frontline of the battlefield, but the place where we are out of the will of God!" // Pastor Kevin Loo
There's no better time than the present to fight for the things that truly matter and claim the place God has ordained for you.
"Knocked down is not a full defeat. A full defeat is when you refuse to get up." // Pastor Keith Tay
Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent. God is setting you up for a great comeback, and it might just be your greatest if you don’t give up.
Fight for yourself because we have a God who fights for us!
"Worship is a response to who God is, and what He has done for us."
Just as we've witnessed through countless stories in the bible, there is always a sound associated to victory, because our God is a singing God.
There's power in song and worship. When we sing, we are reciting the word of God over ourselves and those around us. And each time we listen to a song of praise, we are reminded of His word and all He has done for us.
In another punch-throwing round of Fight Club, Pastor George Ng showed us that our God will not hesitate to put us in life's battles if it means we learn to fight for ourselves.
And if that leads us to see Him as the enemy, the beauty of God's mercy is such that He will still be there to take us by the hand and bring us home; to shift our steps in the way of His perfect will in our lives.
The third round of the Fight Club series brought us into the ring with the jealous God, and Pastor Kevin Loo enlightened us on what that really means.
Despite the word's worldly connotation, God's jealousy is anything but negative. It is this jealousy that chases us down and gives us hope.
And it is this jealousy that keeps us in covenant with God, our source of unending joy for all eternity.
"If you can’t see God’s hand then you have to trust His heart." //
Our construct of God will determine our confidence in Him, which leads to the kind of choices we make and the conquests we have in life. Let us be reminded of who God is — the Almighty, make courageous decisions and live empowered lives!
“Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel; for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed.” // Genesis 32:28
In the Round One of Fight Club, Pastor Keith Tay taught us that God in His humility came as man, to contend with Jacob, as they wrestled until dawn. His purpose was not to win the match, but to win over the heart of Jacob.
For in his weakness, Jacob admitted his defeat and clung to the Lord, until he received his blessing; a blessing that would open his eyes to his true purpose in life.
“Give time for God to shape us into the masterpiece that He sees in us.” // Rev. Wayne Chang
Oftentimes, we rush God and His process, wanting to get out of the moulding and shaping phase as fast as possible. But in order to become the masterpiece He has in mind for us, we need to be patient and give Him time to work on and through us.
Coming to the end of the Jesus W__ series,
Kysern wraps our heads around the epitome of truth and grace; the essence of Jesus’ humanity.
By coming into our midst, Jesus set himself up in a battle to win our hearts knowing it is one He could potentially lose. That is how we are loved, and how we are called to love.
It was love that motivated Jesus, the King of Kings and Lord of all, to bow down and wash the feet of His disciples. Knowing that He came from God and would soon be returning to Him, Jesus chose to show the full extent of His love, humility and selfless service.
If there is no task too low that Jesus would not do for us, how much more should we humble ourselves in service to Him and others?
"Jesus is the good shepherd that loves selflessly."
As the good shepherd, Jesus is the leader who loves His flock relentlessly, who will not abandon us in our times of despair, who will leave the ninety nine whilst waiting for the one that strayed.
Today, let's invite the good shepherd to walk beside us. Then in turn, we can also be a good shepherd to our neighbors.
Calling us to a closer look at our physical and mental state, Pastor @kevric7 shared that living a life in Christ does not strip us of weariness nor burdens.
But that in those times, we can come, celebrate and be fully liberated in His love — because though He shares our powerless nature, He is just as much the limitless Father in whom we find rest.
Everything you need to live the life you're created to live, He has already given you."
Oftentimes, we become trapped in a disillusion that a piece of us is missing and we sit around like flightless birds waiting for God to feed the vacuum in our hearts.
When in truth, He has put everything into us and is simply waiting for us to draw closer to Him, to grow with Him and to trust that there is a future in the life He has created for us.
So let's take flight and go to Him; for with intimacy, comes access to all the powers He has bestowed upon us.
"God looked into our world – the world He made – and saw us destroying ourselves and the world by turning away from Him. It filled His heart with pain and so He wrote Himself into our story, our world."
This, is the essence of the love of God that is depicted in the Bible - a love that is selfless and all consuming for all who believe.
Emphasizing on the humanity of Christ, Pastor @keith_tay drew us in to a different aspect of Jesus' love for us.
Setting aside His Godliness, He chose to embrace the ordinary and walk with us, so that we don't dwell on weakness but learn to overcome sin, just as He did.
"But God raises us above our circumstances."
The fears and trials in our lives may try to paralyze us, but our faith in God allows to overcome any and all things. So, let us always carry this language of faith in our lives and be empowered in all that we do!
By becoming man, Jesus faced the same challenges, temptations and choices that we do, yet rose above it all. So no matter how big our trials may seem, take heart that we serve a compassionate and empathetic God who will always walk with us.
In the last part of the Word series, Pastor @andrewlau1022 taught us to see our God as one who teaches; to see the Word as one that transforms.
With His grace as our instruction and His Word as our wisdom, we are abundantly equipped to learn and ultimately, to walk in His way.
"Our best defence in the fight against, and overcoming the challenges of life is meditation on the Word of God – the constant rehearsal of those truths in our lives."
God's presence and work in our lives are not one-off occurrences, they are an everlasting salvation planned out by Him. It is then in our hands to continuously draw strength from His Word and trust in His Love for us.
"Without the revelation of the Word of God, we are caught in the vortex of the voices of men."
What instead should be the anchor and cornerstone of every believer's being? It is the Scripture that is alive. Let the Word be at the center of our core.
Collective was build so that we may be a people who loves like Christ, lives with His fullness and imagines a future far greater than ourselves.
And behold, that future begins in our faith today!
"There is an eternal prize that awaits those who remain faithful to the Lord."
While love is the driving force, having the wisdom to do life His way is the goal. Though we may falter or stall in spreading His Word and walking with Him, continue to trust in Him; and our works will be limitless.
“Home is where the never-interrupted voice of love speaks, giving us life and love.”
With reckless love and endless grace, God always accepts us home with the open arms of a loving father. His forgiveness is waiting for us; waiting to embrace us in His love once again.
Pushing aside all the white noise and overlapping voices, we open our hearts to the power of His Word; that they are not mere instructions, but the way of life gifted by God Himself to those who commit and believe.
Like how it became flesh to save us, it has now become the strength that anchors and drives us!
"If we Forbid tongues, then we are challenging God, since God is the initiator and giver of gifts."
Speaking in tongues was a phenomenon that marked the Holy Spirit filling the believers on the day of Pentecost. This gift should be a part of our regular communion with God, remembering that we are empowered to be witness for Jesus Christ.
Through unanswered prayers, God invites us to be spiritually intimate with Him, for prayers are an interaction with God, not a service transaction. Only through living the questions and living life in accordance to His plan do we mature spiritually.
Just as God interrupted Mary's plans for His purpose, our desires may not be the life that God wants for us. So let us learn to hear His voice, to know His heart more; that His calling for us be revealed when we trust that He has a perfect and loving plan.
Everywhere God is, prayer is. Since God is everywhere, so prayer must permeate every area of our lives. Prayer is the key to everything we need to do and be in life. Let us collectively make space to pray and have an intentional awareness to God's presence in our busy lives.
Fruit-bearing for God is not a human possibility; it is Christ's work through us. We were reminded in this timely manner that obedience to God does not build a wall of restrictions, but instead connects us to the source of life that is Jesus.
God wants us to journey through life with Him eternally, by having faith, emulating His work and recognizing Him as our savior.
Let us who believe in Jesus participate in His works, become His sheep and share in His life.
Eternal life is not simply life that never ends, but a fullness of life that is unending.
Eternal life begins when we give our heart to Jesus. Living life with Christ and getting to know Him intimately as we navigate through life, marks the beginning of this gift. Eternal life starts here on earth!
When our souls are anchored in God, achievements & possessions matter less.
Like trees planted by streams of water, we will stand strong no matter the weather, because our souls are constantly nourished by the living water of God.
What was hurtful because of human error, became a symbol of God's love and mercy. We are reminded that in brokenness, we should always turn and depend on God. His love is stronger than any sin, and our salvation is an everlasting promise.
if our works are for Jesus and Jesus only, then it is also in Him we find true rest. Let us not hurry but instead, do things in His time and teach our souls to slow down and enjoy the Sabbath that God intended.
When you are connected to God, rivers of living water will flow from you!
Still and unmoved, it nourishes what's nearby. But when it flows, it reaches far and sustains those beyond us; much like the love God has placed in us.
We live in an imperfect world with broken people serving a perfect God whose unconventional love puts us in line with suffering.
But in this act, He blesses us with the gift of thriving in adversity; so that we continue to shine through darkness, bringing light to all those around us.
While clothes we put on every morning tell a story about who we are and send a message on how we think, even more important is what we wear within. Let is be the garment of praise that God has prepared for us, His children; let us don the love of Christ that builds us, that we may build others too.
When we embarked on a futurist's journey last year, our goals were set on building a sustainable church of the future. This year, our eyes remain on that goal, but with an urgency driven by God's most powerful gift-love.