TWC 20111005: The Power of Giving Thanks

Wednesday 5 October 2011

We should give thanks in ALL circumstances and that includes the good times and the bad times. But why should we give thanks for the bad times? Because when we don’t, we’re really saying, “God, have You gone on a vacation?” But when we do, we’re saying, “God, You’re still at work in my life and as long as You’re doing that, victory belongs to You and me!” When we give thanks, we are affirming that Jesus did not die on the cross in vain! When we give thanks, we testify by word and deed, that God is good and He is victorious all the time. When we give thanks, we live as overcomers, we tell the world how great is our God and we tell the Lord, “we trust in You!” Is there something that you haven’t been able to thank God for because it is causing you too much pain and grief? Something that’s making you doubt the greatness and the power of God? Why not release it totally to the Lord today and give thanks to God for it and see how the Lord will make you an overcomer.

“They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.” (Rev. 12:11)

Pastor Barnabas Chong
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Today’s recommended video: “Lord, I’m struggling, show me what I have to be thankful for  ….”


TWC 20111004: All Who Are Weary, Rejoice!

Tuesday 4 October 2011

For the joy that was set before Him, Jesus endured the cross. What joy? The joy of obedience to the Father which brought about the rescue of countless lives and the reconciliation of lost sinners to the Father! For Jesus, the cross was about carrying the sins, the weaknesses, the failures and even the deliberate defiance of the people He created and loved. Is there a cross you’re carrying today? There probably is one, we all have ours. The way to live as a believer is not to fix your eyes on the weight of the cross but to cast your eyes beyond the big and heavy cross and see, by faith, the joy of obedience to the Father which will reap a bountiful harvest in God’s perfect time. Blessings are always preceded by obedience. Did He not say, “trust in Me with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways, acknowledge Me and I will direct your paths”? (Prov.3:5,6) Have a joyful day in God!

Pastor Barnabas Chong
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Today’s recommended video: Enjoy this beautiful song ….

TWC 20111003: All Who Are Weary, Come!

Monday 3 October 2011

The amazing thing about the Christian faith is that you and I have a Savior who sympathizes with our weaknesses, who has felt the pain of human loss, been stung by unkind words and has experienced the burden of carrying huge responsibilities. Isn’t it comforting to know that our Savior has been there, done that and He knows how you and I feel? He rejoices when you rejoice, and He suffers when you suffer. As you begin your day today, remember that while no one else may understand how you feel about a burden you’re carrying, Jesus does. Not only does He understand how you feel, He also invites you to find rest in Him. That’s the way to live, take your burdens to the Lord in prayer and rest in Him. Have a blessed and restful day!

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Mt.11:28)

Pastor Barnabas Chong
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Today’s recommended video: Enjoy this beautiful song by Jaci Valesquez….

TWC 20111002: One Thing To Fear

Sunday 2 October 2011

John Wesley said, “Give me one hundred men who fear nothing but sin and desire nothing but God, and I care not whether they be clergymen or laymen, they alone will shake the gates of Hell and set up the kingdom of Heaven upon the earth.” Can you find a hundred of these in your church today? What about my church? Is it any wonder why we haven’t experienced a nationwide revival in Singapore? Wouldn’t it be great to have a revival that draws the attention of the media, one that shrinks the demand for vices and one that brings morality and hope into broken homes? Will you pray, “Lord, I desperately want to fear nothing but sin and desire nothing but You”? As you go to the House of God today, let this be your heart cry. Have a God-filled day!

“Who may ascend the hill of the LORD? Who may stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to an idol or swear by what is false.” (Ps.24:3,4)

Pastor Barnabas Chong
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Today’s recommended video: Such a hunger and longing for God in this song ….

TWC 20111001: The State of Fearlessness

Saturday 1 October 2011

The normal state of being of a Christ-follower should be the state of fearlessness. When we look at the New Testament church, we see a group of mission-driven, fearless disciples. They weren’t afraid to speak the truth and live the truly Christian, Christ-like life though it was not politically sensitive to do so, though it would disadvantage them, though it would result in their persecution and imprisonment. Why? It is simply because they truly believed in their Master’s mission, they didn’t just pay lip service to it. On top of that, they were Spirit-filled! Is this kind of fearlessness evident in the church today? I have seen pulpits crippled by lukewarmness, leadership teams weakened by political maneuverings, worshippers cluttered by ungodly desires. “Spirit-filled” has become more a display of gifts rather than a demonstration of courage. What we need today is a revival! Not one that merely increases the attendance in a church, but one that lowers human pride to our knees. Not one that makes everyone happy, but one that results in a sober awareness of sin. Not one that exalts any man or woman, but one that glorifies God alone. As you begin your day today, why not desperately plead and ask God to make you a fearless man or woman of God who has the Word of God in you like fire in your bones which you cannot shut in? Have a God-FUELED day!

“After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.” (Ac.4:31)

Pastor Barnabas Chong
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Today’s recommended video: Watch the Early Church in action ….

TWC 20110930: Rest In His Righteousness

Friday 30 September 2011

Sometimes it is not fears that haunt us, but feelings of anger and injustice that really bother us. Like when another car cuts sharply and dangerously into your lane, when your over-priced prawns in a highly-rated seafood restaurant are not fresh, when after buying a nice pair of shoes in one sports shop at what you thought was a great price – you find the same shoes $15 cheaper in another shop on a different floor, or when a colleague wins your boss’s favor through hypocrisy and lies, when a Christian leader does not walk the talk or when you found out that a friend or colleague had said something nasty and untrue about you. What do you do when you feel cheated or unjustly treated? I have complained to close friends which only made me more upset. One day, after some unkind words were directed at me by a fellow leader, just as I was beginning to feel upset, the Lord whispered into my heart, “look how much more he has to be accountable for now?” I was quickly reminded that the righteous God would right every wrong; the One who said, “vengeance is Mine”, will not disappoint us because He can and will only do what is right. Instead of anger, I felt sorry for my offender. I forgave him and prayed for him. If you should have feelings of anger and injustice today, why not look up to God for a moment and let Him speak into your heart. Let His Word be a healing balm to your soul. Rest in God’s righteousness and let Him give you the capacity to forgive. Have a God-filled day!

“21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?” 22 Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.” (Mt.18:21-22)

Pastor Barnabas Chong
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Today’s recommended video: Another CCM classic, and this one’s from Whiteheart about hurt and forgiveness (see lyrics below the video)  ….

How Many Times (Seventy Times Seven)

Lord, I got no more tears to cry, someone has hurt me, done me wrong, I’m walkin’ wounded, oh
Lord, this pain is a knife of fire, why does it have to turn out this way, why do the innocent seem to pay?
How many times, must I stand in the waves of this crashing sea?
How many times, must I forgive all the hurt that’s been done to me
Let the jury go, set the sinner free? Whoa oh, seventy times seven

Lord, I really don’t understand, well I’m lookin’ round for some stones to throw
You’re tellin’ me I should let it go
How many times, must I stand in the waves of this crashing sea?
How many times, I hear what you’re saying inside of me
But I don’t understand the mystery of seventy times seven

How many times, have You wept from the anguish of all my shame?
How many times, have I nailed You up on the cross of pain?
You bled from a broken heart and I was to blame, seventy times seven
Over and over again, seventy times seven
Lord, You know just how hard I have tried, seventy times seven
Gotta see that I’m hurting inside, seventy times seven
Don’t You know that my pride is at stake, seventy times seven
So tell me how much one should take, seventy times seven

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 ….