TWC 20110929: Rest in His Love

Thursday 29 September 2011

There are fears, doubts, uncertainties and stresses everyday – you have them and I do too. The focus of the Christian life is not to ask God to eliminate them all, but to rest in in God’s love through it all. The Bible says that trials will always be present, and we are to count it all joy when the trials come and let God use them to mature us. When faced with a trial, I spend time with God and let Him remind me of how much He loves me. As I worship and adore Him, quietly listen to what He has to say to me, I would experience peace in my heart. Often after that, I don’t even need to have a clear answer to my problem, I just needed to know that I am loved by my Father in heaven, by my gracious Savior who knows me by name, who knows every problem of mine before I could even name them, who is already there in my future, who knows His good plans for me that will give me hope and who will rescue me from every harm. And then, I simply rest in His love. If there is any fear in you or a trial you are facing today, instead of thinking hard how to solve it, why not spend time in worship and quietly listen to the voice of the Shepherd? Rest in His love and see what He would do for you. Have a God-filled day!

“4 He has taken me to the banquet hall, and his banner over me is love. 5 Strengthen me with raisins, refresh me with apples, for I am faint with love. 6 His left arm is under my head, and his right arm embraces me.” (Song of Solomon 2:4-6)

Pastor Barnabas Chong
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Today’s recommended video: If you haven’t seen this, you just have to watch it, Jesus really loves you and me ….


TWC 20110928: It Is Written

Wed 28 September 2011

What do you do when you are confronted with a tough or terrifying situation? Let us learn from the Master. When Jesus encountered a tough situation during His forty-day fast in the desert, when tempted by the devil, Jesus used the Word of God as His authority and weapon against the enemy. He said, “It is written, ‘man shall not live by bread alone’; it is written, ‘worship the Lord your God and serve Him only’; it is written, ‘do not put the Lord your God to the test’!” The Word of God is also our authority and the weapon of our warfare, it is the sword of the Spirit. Begin your day with God’s Word, read it, know it and use it when you encounter a tough or terrifying situation. Have a God-filled day!

“… the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” (Eph.6:17)

Pastor Barnabas Chong
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Today’s recommended video: Watch this amazing dramatization of the temptation of Jesus in the desert (be patient and watch till the end, it is good) …. iPad users to click this link – The Temptation of Jesus to view the video if you’re unable to view the one below.

TWC 20110927: God With Us

Tuesday 27 September 2011

Very often in the Bible, the way God helps His people with their fears is not by removing them from a certain terrifying situation, but by staying with them right through it! Daniel in the lion’s den. David versus Goliath. Jonah in the big fish. Paul and Silas in prison. The martyrdom of Stephen. And the list goes on. They all had to face their giants but never alone. The Son of God is named, Immanuel, which means “God with us”. Jesus assured His disciples that as they serve His purposes, “surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age”. You may have to enter into a terrifying situation today. When that happens, remember that God is with you always as you live to serve and honor Him. The Holy Spirit will give you the right words to speak and He will also lead you to act rightly. You only need to be still in your innermost being and watch how He delivers you. Rest in God’s love, knowing that He will not leave or forsake you. Have a God-filled day!

“The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” – which means, “God with us.” (Mt.1:23)

Pastor Barnabas Chong
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Today’s recommended video: Check out Mercyme’s inspiring and comforting “God With Us” …. iPad users to click this link – God With Us to view the video if you’re unable to view the one below.

TWC 20110926: If God Is For Us

Monday 26 September 2011

Fear is a terrible thing. It affects how we feel, what we say, what we do and where we go. There are many fears among God’s people too! We fear not having enough, not looking good enough. We fear our children not doing well enough to get to the schools we want them to go to. (Some of us call them “concerns”, but whatever you call them, they often have the same effect on you and me.) Furthermore, it appears we have the same fears as those who do not know the Lord! That’s crazy right? Has knowing Jesus made a difference for you? Think about that today. As you go about your day, in every situation, whatever might happen, remember God’s comforting word, “if God is for us, who can be against us?” Have a God-filled day!

“If God is for us, who can be against us?.” (Rom.8:31)

Pastor Barnabas Chong
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Today’s recommended video: A CCM (Contemporary Christian Music) classic by DeGarmo & Key, couldn’t get the chorus out of my head as I reflected on today’s word … (see lyrics below the video)  …. iPad users to click this link – If God Is For Us to view the video if you’re unable to view the one below.

If God Is For Us (Who Can Be Against Us?) by DeGarmo & Key

If you’re weary, don’t lose hope in fighting the good fight
Just remember, God is with you through the darkest night
In the heat of battle keep your head up high
God is marching with us. He’s always at our sideIf God is for us, who can be against us ? No power on earth can take his love away
If God is for us, who can be against us ? We can live in victory todayWhen you worry, when you feel like the world is caving in
He is stronger than our weakness, faithful to the end
Like the Master taught us, there’s life beyond the cross
Even though we’re weary, our battle won’t be lost

TWC 20110925: Giftedness Without Power

Sunday 25 September 2011

A person could have a form of godliness without the power of God at work in him. Yet another could speak of God with great persuasiveness without a demonstration of the Spirit’s power. The moment we go into auto-pilot mode thinking we can do it again because we have impressed many people in the past, the moment prayer becomes negotiable and a lesser activity, the moment we rely more on our giftedness than on God and His anointing, our ministry becomes a mere display of human pride. As we wrap up our week of reflection on gifts, let us give thanks to God for the gifts He has given us. As we go about our day today, let us humbly remember that without Him, we can do nothing. But with Him, all things are possible. So let’s stay connected to the God of power and might. Have a God-filled day!

“My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power.” (1Cor.2:4,5)

Pastor Barnabas Chong
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Today’s recommended video: This is an amazing song, may this be our desire as we serve the Lord (see lyrics below the video)  …. iPad users to click this link – Sweet Sweet Song to view the video if you’re unable to view the one below.

Sweet Sweet Sound by Sarah Reeves
I am an instrument of the living God, my life a melody to His name
More than the songs I sing, worship is everything, I live to glorify my King

Hear the song of my life, let it be a sweet, sweet sound, let it be a sweet, sweet sound
I raise this anthem high, let it be a sweet, sweet sound, let it be a sweet, sweet sound

Through all the mire and clay, You’re washing me with grace
You carry me, oh Lord, through it all, so I will testify even in the fire, I live to praise my Savior

Let everything that has breath, praise the Lord, praise the Lord, and all creation will sing Hallelujah

TWC 20110924: Giftedness Without Communion

Saturday 24 September 2011

The most dreaded statement Jesus ever made was probably this one, “I never knew you. Away from Me, you evildoers!” Surprisingly, this was actually directed to a group of gifted “Charismatics” who prophesied in His Name, drove out demons and performed many miracles! Who would have expected that? Though they were highly gifted, their communion with Jesus was non-existent, and that was their problem. Jesus said, “I never knew you” which also meant “I didn’t have a friendship with you”. Is it possible today to minister, demonstrating the gifts of God, with little or no communion with Him? Absolutely, I have done it before, I know. It is certainly possible to run on empty, serving the Lord, doing the work of ministry, even doing it with some degree of effectiveness and yet be missing time with God. Before long, one could really dry up and suddenly we burn out! Suddenly, the refreshing ministry becomes drudgery. If that is what you are feeling today, give wholehearted attention to communion with God. Set aside a quiet time, find a quiet place and cultivate a quiet heart. Spend some time with the Lord, you can’t go wrong with that. Have a God-filled day!

“Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.” (Ps.84:10)

Pastor Barnabas Chong
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Today’s recommended video: Allow me to re-introduce this song from the 80’s, a true classic, a call we all need to hear again …. iPad users to click this link – Come Away to view the video if you’re unable to view the one below.

TWC 20110923: Giftedness Without Love

Friday 23 September 2011

Have you met a gifted pastor or leader who have not love? The Bible says, a gifted person without love is nothing. Sometimes, the higher one moves up in his position in church (and it is usually because of his giftedness), he becomes less personal and loving towards the average church member. He may be all smiles and pleasant for that quick second when you walk pass him, but that’s all he gives you – that quick second! I tell myself to never be like that – and if you catch me doing so, not occasionally because I may be tired sometimes, but frequently because that’s what I have become – please do me a favor and tell me quite directly or give me a kick in the posterior! As you go about your day today, be mindful of giftedness without love. Treat everyone with loving respect especially the ones below you. Have a God-filled day!

“If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.” (1Cor.13:2) 

Pastor Barnabas Chong
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Today’s recommended video: Beautiful song from one of the greatest Christian songwriters today Matt Redman above giftedness without love …. iPad users to click this link – If I Have Not Love to view the video if you’re unable to view the one below.