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

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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 🙂

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TWC 20110907: Second Mile

“Everyone needs compassion, a love that’s never failing …” (from the song, Mighty To Save), are words that we sing frequently in church. Many times, the compassion we need is not only from God but from people around us. We all need, from time to time, people who would go the second mile with us. What about going the second mile with someone, especially someone who doesn’t deserve it? It requires a big heart, lots of love and patience – something only the Lord can give you and I. The carnal nature in me would say, “forget it, she doesn’t deserve it”, but Jesus says, “Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.” (Mt.5:39) Is there someone you don’t like whom you need to go the second mile with today? Do it, and you’d be surprise what God will do in return in your heart. Have a God-filled day!

“If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? ” (Mt.5:46)

Pastor Barnabas Chong
Wednesday 7 September 2011
Email us at todaysword@cairnhillchurch.com

Here’s a story that will inspire you 🙂

(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 20110906: Second Wind

Have you been serving the Lord for so long that you’re beginning to feel tired and lethargic? Do you feel like you’re dragging your feet a little to attend yet another service or another ministry meeting? If your answer is “yes” to both the above questions, then what you need today is a second wind – a new strength or energy to continue something that is an effort. Take time off today to spend an extended time with God and let Him refresh you and fill you with His second wind. If your day is looking too crowded with things to do, try skipping lunch and spend that lunch hour with the Lord right in your office while everyone’s out for lunch. This is exactly what I did for several days when I was feeling dry and tired – and the Lord refreshed me and gave me His second wind! My dear friend, don’t retire but let God reFIRE you! Have a God-filled day!

“I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.” (Jer.31:25)

Pastor Barnabas Chong
Tuesday 6 September 2011
Email us at todaysword@cairnhillchurch.com

Here’s a song that will encourage you 🙂

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TWC 20110905: Second Chances

God is a God of second chances. Many have experienced God’s grace amidst sinfulness and failures – Adam, Abraham, Jacob, David, Peter, Paul, etc. Why not have a fresh beginning with God today? Lay the sinfulness and failures of the past at the throne of grace, and receive that second chance to live with passion and purpose today! Remember that the devil is like a roaring lion waiting for someone to devour (1Pet.5:8) and is always looking for ways to undermine your faith in God and cripple your ministry and service. So, rise up to embrace God’s destiny for your life and be an overcomer! Have a God-filled day!

“The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness.” (Lam.3:22-23, RSV)

Pastor Barnabas Chong
Monday 5 September 2011
Email us at todaysword@cairnhillchurch.com

Here’s a music video that will encourage you 🙂
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