TWC 20110914: All Your Diseases

Father God is our Healer! Isaiah tells us, “by His stripes, we are healed”! James says, “we have not because we ask not”. My friend, singer-songwriter-worship leader, Roma Waterman once said in our church, “I don’t ever want to have a situation where someone didn’t get healed because I didn’t pray!” Healing is a complex subject, and it baffles not only the minds of many believers, but also the minds of many pastors (myself included). But I thank God that one of the greatest lessons I’ve learned in my years at Cairnhill (some pronounces it as “CAN-HEAL”) is that there is more to healing than meets the eye. Not everyone I’ve prayed for has been healed the way I expected God to, but there were more instances of healing that I’ve seen recently than my last 20 something years as a Christian simply because as a church, we keep on believing God can heal and we keep on praying for it. The most recent one was just last Sunday when I prayed for a young lady in church who had a back pain, so painful that she was in a lot of tears as she came forward for prayer. Along with a prayer warrior, we commanded the pain to leave her in the Name of Jesus, and to put it simply, the pain left her instantly! A lot of man-made theology won’t be able to explain this, God just did it! Our Father is certainly concerned with all our diseases. So if you have a pain or sickness today, command it to leave you in the Name of Jesus! Don’t do this just for you, do it for someone else too. Do your part and leave the healing to God. Have a God-filled day!

“You do not have, because you do not ask God.” (Jas.4:2)

Pastor Barnabas Chong
Wednesday 14 September 2011
Email us at todaysword@cairnhillchurch.com

Today’s recommended videoYou just have to watch this! iPad users to click this link – See How the Healing Power of God is Working Through Grade School Kids to view the video if you’re unable to view the one below.

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TWC 20110913: All Your Heart

Your Father in heaven is a jealous God, He wants ALL your heart, not just a part. Jesus said, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” He knows that if you love Him only in part, if you devote your heart partly to someone or something else, you will get into trouble. The moment King David devoted his heart to another man’s wife, he committed adultery and murder! Idolatry before adultery. When Ananias and Sapphira loved money more than God, they lied and got fried! Whenever I loved anything more than God, I sinned against Him. As you begin your day today, ask your heavenly Father to help you love Him with all your heart. Let everything you do and every decision you make today reflect your wholeheartedly love for God. Have a God-filled day!

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” (Mt.22:37)

Pastor Barnabas Chong
Tuesday 13 September 2011
Email us at todaysword@cairnhillchurch.com

Today’s recommended videoHere’s a great song to hum and sing for the rest of your day! iPad users to click this link – Love The Lord Your God to view the video if you’re unable to view the one below.

TWC 20110912: All Your Needs

Did you know your Father in heaven is concerned with ALL your needs? Not just some of your needs, but ALL of them. Not just the big ones, but also the small ones. Not just the ones you are aware of, but also the ones you are not aware of. He is not only concerned with your daily intake of His Word, He is also concerned with your daily intake of physical food at regular meal times. He is not only concerned with you having enough money for your family, He is also concerned with you spending enough time with your children. Why not start your day today by asking God if you have needs He is concerned about that you are not aware of? As He reveals them to you, ask Abba Father to help you meet those needs. Why not also commit to Him needs you think are too small and unimportant to God? Let Him take care of EVERYTHING! Have a God-filled day!

“And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” (Phil.4:19)

Pastor Barnabas Chong
Monday 12 September 2011
Email us at todaysword@cairnhillchurch.com

Today’s recommended videoHere’s another blast from the past, a song I really love! iPad users to click this link – Why Should The Father Bother? to view the video if you’re unable to view the one below.

TWC 20110911: Second Step

There are believers sitting in the pews who have taken the first step of giving their hearts to believe and trust in Jesus, but have not taken the second step of giving their lives to serve and fulfill God’s purposes. For many, it is because they want just three dollars worth of the gospel.

“Not too much – just enough to make me happy,
but not so much that I get addicted.
I don’t want so much gospel that I learn to
really hate covetousness and lust.
I certainly don’t want so much that I start
to love my enemies, cherish self-denial,
and contemplate missionary service in some alien culture.
I want ecstasy, not repentance; I want transcendence, not transformation.
I would like to be cherished by some nice, forgiving, broad-minded people,
but I myself don’t want to love those from different races – especially if they smell.
I would like enough gospel to make my family secure and my children well behaved,
but not so much that I find my ambitions redirected or my giving too greatly enlarged.
I would like about three dollars worth of the gospel, please.”
(from “Basics for Believers: An Exposition of Philippians” by D. A. Carson)

If you have not taken the second step of giving your life to serve and fulfill God’s purposes, why not take time today to ask the Lord to help you overcome whatever is holding you back so that you will live out the greatest adventure and satisfaction of your life?

“I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” (Rom.12:1)

Pastor Barnabas Chong
Sunday 11 September 2011
Email us at todaysword@cairnhillchurch.com

Today’s recommended video: Here’s a great song that I have not heard for the longest time, a true Christian classic! iPad users to click here to view video – We Are An Offering

TWC 20110910: Secondhand

Firsthand knowledge is knowing through actually doing or seeing whatever it is. Secondhand knowledge is knowing whatever it is through the person with the firsthand knowledge. Books, devotionals (including this one), teachings and sermons are meant to draw us into a personal relationship with God. However, sometimes, Christians apply what we hear mechanically to get something from God instead of spending time with God (which requires some hard work and discipline) to learn firsthand from Him. For instance, a speaker might say, “After months of seeking the Lord about how to grow my business, God told me to lay hands on every swivel chair in the office and pray ‘Jesus, increase this colleague’s capacity and passion’. And within a week, my profits tripled!” When you hear something like this and then immediately apply the so-called “principle” of business growth by laying hands on swivel chairs and praying a specific formulated prayer, then what you have is merely secondhand Christianity, your Jesus is just a secondhand Jesus. Instead, you should interpret what was said this way, “if you want God to grow your business, spend time seeking God and hear from Him (and this could take months), then do exactly what He tells you to do and He will bless you”. That’s what the speaker did, and that’s what you should do. This makes all the sense in the world because it emphasizes the critical importance of daily communion with God which is the essence of Christianity, instead of just mimicking some godly man or woman. Why not do just that today? Set aside time to seek God, hear from Him and then, just obey. Have a God-filled day!

“My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me.” (Jn.10:27)

Pastor Barnabas Chong
Saturday 10 September 2011
Email us at todaysword@cairnhillchurch.com

Today’s recommended video: Listen to what worship pastor-songwriter-author Glenn Packiam has to say about Secondhand Jesus …

(Note for iPad users: Please click on the video screen to play BEFORE scrolling down, as the video won’t work otherwise – I have no clue why though; if you have already scrolled down, just scroll back to the top, and click the video screen)

TWC 20110909: Second Fiddle

Sometimes God’s idea of the best differs from ours. God calls some to play the second fiddle, for them, playing the support role is God’s best. Without the second fiddlers, the first fiddlers make little sense. Without Garfunkel, Simon won’t sound as good. Without Dr Watson, Sherlock Holmes might be clueless. Without Robin, Batman won’t fly. In the Bible, David needed Jonathan’s friendship, Moses needed Caleb’s and Joshua’s support, Paul needed Barnabas’s and later Silas’s partnership. Not everyone has five talents, some have two and others have one. And it takes great faith and humility to recognize the call to the doormat ministry – to be one who would support and elevate someone else. Are you a second fiddler? If that is God’s call for you, then live today to be the best second fiddler there is! Be that servant who was given two talents and who worked diligently to gain two more. Be careful not to be the servant with the one talent who did nothing with it and gained nothing in the end. Have a God-filled day!

“But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you.” (Phil.2:17)

Pastor Barnabas Chong
Friday 9 September 2011
Email us at todaysword@cairnhillchurch.com

Here’s a performance that demonstrates the power of the 1st & 2nd “fiddlers” in harmony …

(Note for iPad users: Please click on the video screen to play BEFORE scrolling down, as the video won’t work otherwise – I have no clue why though; if you have already scrolled down, just scroll back to the top, and click the video screen)

TWC 20110908: Second Best

Why settle for second best when you can have God’s best? After all, you have an immeasurably more God. He can do immeasurably more than all you ask or imagine according to His power that is at work in you! As a believer in Christ, you have been blessed in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. When the enemy tells you to settle for second best, makes you feel that you’re not good enough, and reminds you of your imperfect past, you must remember that God’s Word in Rom.8 says that there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, and you are in Christ Jesus! Go about your day today reminding yourself that you have an immeasurably more God! Have a God-filled day!

“[God] is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” (Eph.3:20)

Pastor Barnabas Chong
Thursday 8 September 2011
Email us at todaysword@cairnhillchurch.com

Here’s an amazing testimony of God doing immeasurably more 🙂

(Note for iPad users: Please click on the video screen to play BEFORE scrolling down, as the video won’t work otherwise – I have no clue why though; if you have already scrolled down, just scroll back to the top, and click the video screen)