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for or against?

With the American presidential elections on, people are taking sides on a variety of issues. Jesus too mentioned the need to take sides: “he who is not for me is against me”. We should ask, what does Jesus have in mind? what does Jesus see as being for him? For most of us. agreeing means […]

i member leh..!

“Member?” the cashier at the NTUC check-out routinely asks. The question is meant to elicit a twinge of regret at the loss one will suffer for not being a member – no discounts, rebates or freebies.  This is our understanding of membership today. Membership = privileges. The chief end of all membership today is ‘what’s […]

a state of of the union

i have always been awed by this phrase  “state of the union”. it comes from the US where the President gives us mid-term report to describe how the nation is faring. the backdrop is the harsh reality of a bloody civil war that made the formation of USA possible. But there are 2 other unions that […]

trusting His Intent

Deuteronomy 32 is a fascinating account of God’s ways and how He deals with His people. In verse 11, the picture is painted of an eagle who purposely shakes the young eaglets of their complacency and sets them aflight. Ready or not?! There it seems to be only one way to learn to fly – […]

abundant life = ?

THis is what pastor Eugene Peterson wrote We wake up each morning to a world we did not make. How did it get here? How did we get here? We open our eyes and see that ‘old bowling ball the sun’ careen over the horizon. We wiggle our toes. A mockingbird takes off and improvises on themes […]

a great chasm

We were at a gathering with two wonderful pastor-leaders last week. It was so heartening for Bill Hybels and Wayne Cordeiro to pay their own way to Singapore to spend a day with us simply because they really want the church to rise up to her calling. God is truly doing a work of affirming […]

plenty to do church!

I woke this morning to crying. we live in Bishan – a nice estate; but tears and brokenness are everywhere… this little boy cries often. i can hear a frustrated mother; and a very dismayed child and the words in Mandarin “I don’ want, I don’t want…” What an awful way to start the day. […]

a re-fresh start

Do you enjoy the morning air? If you get up and breathe the air before the cars gets started; it’s truly refreshing and uplifting! The start of each day, with the gentle beginnings of life-giving sunlight, warmth and fresh air (and perhap singing birds) is like an invitation from God to draw near to Him […]

don’t beat the air – 1 Cor 9v26

Paul in his defense of his apostolic ministry used this phrase to highlight how intentional and focused he was in reaching the unsaved: ‘not beating the air’ (NIV) For Churchlife, this challenge comes in two ways. First, we must discern which doors and opportunities to take up. This can mean preaching, writing, as well as making time […]

the nub of submission

Hands up if you feel edgy whenever you feel you are ‘following’? Well, from pastors to members, men to women, young to old, we all wrestle with submission. Husbands and wives, pastors and members – we all accept the sad verdict that submission is not going to  come easy. So we cajole, persuade, bribe, threaten…. […]