TWC 20111031: On Husbands and Wives

Monday 31 October 2011

The Bible says husbands should love our wives just as Christ loved the church and gave His life for her. This is all about unconditional and sacrificial love. Jesus gave His life for the church to present the church holy and unblemished, likewise husbands should give our lives to present our wives holy and unblemished before the Lord. One way to do that is to be willing to eat the humble pie first every time the two of you are unhappy with each other. In most, if not all disagreements and quarrels, there is probably something you can and should apologize for. Well, go ahead and be the first to apologize. And do not apologize saying, “I’m sorry, I was wrong BUT …” – no “but’s”, just apologize. Don’t even say sorry expecting her to apologize for her part too. You worry about what you ought to do and let God worry about what she ought to do. Be sincere and truly sorry, then just leave the rest to God. I can assure you, God will never let you down as you, the husband and spiritual leader in your family do what is right before God. Well, as you begin today, is there something you should apologize to your wife for? If there is, don’t wait any longer, just do it! Have a great day!

“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.” (Eph.5:25)

Pastor Barnabas Chong
Email us at todaysword@cairnhillchurch.com

Today’s recommended video: Skit Guys – Adam and Eve ….

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TWC 20111030: Everyday Church in the Marketplace

Sunday 30 October 2011

Besides being a good witness in the marketplace so that those who do not know the Lord may see a life lived for Jesus and be impacted by what they see, the Christian in the marketplace must also be engaged in the ministry of strengthening fellow believers. The author of Hebrews tells us that believers should meet together regularly to stir up one another to love and good works. We need to stir up one another to love God and love people more. Church life for a large majority of Christians is confined to Sunday mornings and for some, a weekday cell group meeting as well. But if believers can get together in the office and build up each other’s faith, then church life is extended into the weekdays! Wouldn’t it be great to have pockets of believers all over the CBD actively encouraging and strengthening one another the entire work week? If five groups of believers in five different business offices can work together to take turns to host five lunchtime fellowship meetings every week (from Mon to Fri), then there will be church everyday in the CBD! It would be very similar to the New Testament church where believers came together daily and devoted themselves to the apostles’ teachings, to one another, to prayer, breaking of bread, worship, etc. When non-believers see this amazing love we have for one another, they will know that we are His disciples. In fact, if you’re reading this and feel inspired to host one of these weekly meetings, I’ll be quite happy to coordinate this and find pastors to speak at these meetings! How about that?

“Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” (Ac.2:46,47)

Pastor Barnabas Chong
Email us at todaysword@cairnhillchurch.com

Today’s recommended video: Everyday, it’s You I live for  ….

TWC 20111029: Temptations in the Marketplace

Saturday 29 October 2011

Peter says, “Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour”, and this certainly applies to the marketplace as well. The devil is always seeking opportunities to destroy both believers and non-believers in the marketplace. His agenda is always to keep us from knowing God and when he fails at that, he will do his utmost to keep us from fulfilling God’s destiny for our lives. He deceives us into telling lies and half truths, tempts us to steal (including stealing someone else’s idea and making it our own) and draws us into unholy relationships (including adulterous relationships). The Christian in the marketplace must stay far away from all these and other temptations by reading and obeying God’s Word daily, staying connected to godly company (Christian fellowship) and praying in the Spirit at all times. Are you succumbing to or overcoming temptations in your workplace? As you begin your day today, pray and ask the Lord to help you to submit to God and resist the devil. Ask the Lord to restore, confirm, strengthen and establish you for the work in the marketplace that He has called you to.

Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” (1Pet.5:6,7)

Pastor Barnabas Chong
Email us at todaysword@cairnhillchurch.com

Today’s recommended video: Daddies never crumble in a day, it’s a slow fade ….

Slow Fade by Casting Crowns
Be careful little eyes what you see
It’s the second glance that ties your hands as darkness pulls the strings
Be careful little feet where you go
For it’s the little feet behind you that are sure to follow

It’s a slow fade when you give yourself away
It’s a slow fade when black and white have turned to gray
Thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid
When you give yourself away
People never crumble in a day
It’s a slow fade, it’s a slow fade

Be careful little ears what you hear
When flattery leads to compromise, the end is always near
Be careful little lips what you say
For empty words and promises lead broken hearts astray

It’s a slow fade when you give yourself away
It’s a slow fade when black and white have turned to gray
Thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid
When you give yourself away
People never crumble in a day

The journey from your mind to your hands
Is shorter than you’re thinking
Be careful if you think you stand
You just might be sinking

It’s a slow fade when you give yourself away
It’s a slow fade when black and white have turned to gray
Thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid
When you give yourself away
People never crumble in a day
Daddies never crumble in a day
Families never crumble in a day

Oh be careful little eyes what see
Oh be careful little eyes what you see
For the Father up above is looking down in love
Oh be careful little eyes what you see

TWC 20111028: Praying in the Marketplace

Friday 28 October 2011

If you really want to make a difference in the marketplace, if you really want to be a strong godly influence, if you really want to show and tell Jesus effectively, then what you need is not more talk or activity but more prayer! Prayer moves mountains. While prayer appears to be an exercise of inactivity, but it actually raises the activity of heaven. Throughout the Bible and throughout church history, God’s people have experienced the power of God every time they prayed. The children of Israel prayed and God delivered them from slavery in Egypt. Elijah prayed and God sent fire from heaven. Hannah prayed and God gave her baby Samuel. Paul and Silas prayed and God sent an earthquake. Charles Finney prayed and people were falling on their knees in repentance even before the services started. John Wesley prayed and God gave him over a hundred and twenty thousand Methodists. As you begin your day today, why not pray for the people in your office and ask the Lord to give you opportunities to touch their lives with His love and truth? While you’re at it, why not grab a few other believers in your office and pray together regularly for God to move in your workplace? Have a great day!

“When Daniel knew that the document had been signed, he went to his house where he had windows in his upper chamber open toward Jerusalem. He got down on his knees three times a day and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as he had done previously.” (Dan.6:10)

Pastor Barnabas Chong
Email us at todaysword@cairnhillchurch.com

Today’s recommended video: The skinny on prayer ….

TWC 20111027: God’s Men and Women in the Marketplace

Thursday 27 October 2011

Daniel (around 600 B.C.) was God’s man in the marketplace. He served a boss (king of Babylon) who was not a believer, and who was very impressed with Daniel’s excellent spirit and godly integrity. Daniel served well and left behind a godly legacy. The marketplace today is in great need of godly men and women who would serve their companies and bosses with that same excellent spirit and godly integrity. Every employer appreciates an employee like that – one who is always thinking of how to improve and grow the business, one who actually does it, one who will never lie or tell partial truths to the boss, one whom the boss can entrust his whole business to. I attended a workshop for Christians in the marketplace a few years ago. The speaker shared his story about how his boss had once asked him to lie to a client. He was very troubled because as a Christian, he didn’t want to lie but if he does not do what the boss had instructed, he might lose his job. He prayed and asked God for heavenly wisdom and subsequently said to his boss, “I’m sorry sir, but I cannot lie to our client because I’m a Christian… (long pause) … and for the same reason, I’ll never lie to you about anything … (another long pause) … don’t you want an employee like that?” The boss was convinced and the man kept his job and did very well eventually. He honored God and thus, God honored him. He was God’s man in his company. As you begin your work today, ask the Lord to help you be God’s man or woman in your office, serving with an excellent spirit and godly integrity. The results are amazing! Have a great day with God!

“… an excellent spirit, knowledge, and understanding to interpret dreams, explain riddles, and solve problems were found in this Daniel …” (Dan.5:12)

Pastor Barnabas Chong
Email us at todaysword@cairnhillchurch.com

Today’s recommended video: Be excellent in what is good, be innocent of evil ….

TWC 20111026: Called to the Marketplace

Wednesday 26 October 2011

We expect every pastor to be able to share about his or her calling to serve as a pastor when we ask them, but we do not have the same expectation for those who work in the marketplace. Why not? Shouldn’t a marketplace professional have a sense of divine call as well? Some years ago, as a new staff in a local church, I visited a young adult cell group. During the time of sharing, a young man thanked the group for praying for him the week before and said that he had finally made the decision about taking one of three job offers. I was interested and curious – so I asked how he arrived at the decision. He said plainly, “oh, it was easy, I just chose the one that pays the most.” His reply took me by surprise and everything in me reacted against it! But since I was new in the church, I refrained from speaking my mind. I had many questions – did he hear from the Lord about which job offer to take? did he even take time to seek the Lord about it? how could he just assume that the highest paying job was the right job for him? did someone teach him these things? why is it that no one in the cell group said anything to correct his decision-making process as  a follower of Christ? did they think and act the same way? are they all like that? There is no sense of God’s call here and I believe this young man is not a rare exception amongst believers. I suspect there are many more who are working in the marketplace without knowing God’s call, without following God’s leading and without fulfilling God’s destiny. Are you called to the marketplace?

“The word of the LORD came to me, saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” (Jer.1:4,5)

Pastor Barnabas Chong
Email us at todaysword@cairnhillchurch.com

Today’s recommended video: We are called to be a royal priesthood that will minister to God ….

We Are Called by Steve Fry

We are called to be a royal priesthood that will minister to God
Declare the wisdom of His ways, exalt His character in praise
We are called to yield unto the Spirit that He may form in us
The beauty of the life of Jesus
We’re called to bear His presence and manifest His glory
Called to feel His heart and know authority
And give to Him undying devotion, our full adoration that He may be pleased
And set our hearts on this one endeavor, to worship forever His majesty

We are called to keep the Father’s Word and meditate upon the loveliness of Jesus Christ
and offer praise – our sacrifice
Our worship is responding to the revelations of His Name
Bringing pleasure unto Him whose heart is broken over sin
We’re called to yield our minds, our body, soul and spirit
Worship Him the way He wants to hear it
And give to Him undying devotion, our full adoration that He may be pleased
And set our hearts on this one endeavor, to worship forever His majesty

TWC 20111025: Godly Ambition in the Marketplace

Tuesday 25 October 2011

When asked, “how much money is enough?”, one of the richest man in the world, John D. Rockefeller answered, “just a little bit more”. Multi-millionaire Hal Steger typically works 12 hours a day and logs an extra 10 hours over the weekend. He said, “I know people looking in from the outside will ask why someone like me keeps working so hard. But a few million doesn’t go as far as it used to. Maybe in the ’70s, a few million bucks meant ‘Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous,’ or Richie Rich living in a big house with a butler. But not anymore.” Many young people want to be doctors, lawyers and businessmen not because they want to contribute to society but because they want to make big bucks, they want to live a comfortable life. Are you in the marketplace primarily for the money? What is your ambition? You may be someone just starting out in the marketplace or you maybe someone who’s been at it for a while, but the one question that applies to all of us is, how much money is enough? Our answer to this question determines the course we’ll take and the course we take will determine our final destination. Is your ambition a godly ambition? One that leads you to always do what’s right and have a clear conscience, always touching lives and honoring God? Think about that today, your life depends on it! Have a God-filled day!

“Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be given to you as well.” (Mt.6:33)

Pastor Barnabas Chong
Email us at todaysword@cairnhillchurch.com

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