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Who Says My Testimony Is Boring?

By Cheryl Mah Our stories of faith, or testimonies, tell of the ways we came to be saved by Christ. While many people choose salvation in their adulthood, there are also plenty of others who were raised as Christians from a young age. In this regard, there seems to be two groups of Christians – those who are merely ‘saved’ and those who are gloriously ‘saved’ from a life of depravity. For someone who grew up in a family of…

Trusting God In Difficult Times

By Cheryl Mah A person is described as having “the patience of Job” when exhibiting an immense and unyielding degree of patience and endurance in the face of overwhelming suffering and difficulties. This idiomatic expression originated from the Bible and is referred to in James 5:11 (KJV): “Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.”…

Worship Is A Two-Way Street

By Cheryl Mah Before the birth of my elder child and even while she was still very young, I dreaded going to church for onsite services. Between the lack of sleep (due to staying out till the wee hours of the morning pre-motherhood and then suffering disturbed sleep during early motherhood) and laziness, I disliked having my Sundays to be utilised for anything other than catching up on sleep. Back then, there were no pre-recorded or livestream services, so when…

God’s Call To Gather Pt 3: Fear God Above All

By Rev Anthony Lee While Covid-19 pandemic has changed the ways we practiced our faith for a season, we need to recognise that the current circumstances are not the same as in 2020. Consider the following: High rate of vaccination in Singapore Most of us in Singapore are vaccinated, and this includes an increasing number of children. Therefore, the fear that gripped us all in back in 2020 should no longer be the dominant narrative. Even if a new deadlier…

God’s Call To Gather Pt 2: Christianity is a Communal Faith

By Rev Anthony Lee Moses led the people out of slavery in Egypt in order to worship God. Egypt represents the world we live in; entering the Promised Land represents leaving the world behind to worship God in Church. If we merely worship online, at our convenience, we are not truly “leaving” the world behind. Thus, there is great spiritual significance in our physical gathering for worship. Every time we gather as God’s people, it is a prophetic and spiritual…

God’s Call To Gather Pt 1: Obedience and Honour

By Rev Anthony Lee The start of the Covid pandemic more than two years ago has propelled the need for online worship. Online worship arose as a concession for people to continue worshipping on Sundays despite the Covid situation. It was never meant for the purpose of convenience (or worse, consumption), and should be seen as a last resort rather than the default option. While online worship at home has been necessary, over time, there has been unseen and untold…

The Gift of God’s Grace

By Rev Anthony Lee and Cheryl Mah When we are asked to describe the nature of our Lord, the word “grace” often comes to mind. In the past, I understood the word “grace” vaguely, but at the same time its actual meaning used to be mystifying to me. The questions that ran through my mind were always the same: “Is grace and mercy the same thing?” “Can the words “grace” and “mercy” be used interchangeably?” “Is there a difference between…

How Can We Evangelise During a Pandemic?

By Cheryl Mah Throughout history, there have been many missionaries who have taken up the colossal assignment of going out into the world to spread the Word of God. Paul the Apostle was one great example. (To evangelise means to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with someone else) However, most of us would consider The Great Commission (Matthew 28:16-20; Acts 1:8) a somewhat impossible and unachievable task. If quitting our day jobs or leaving our loved ones behind while globetrotting to evangelise…

How Much Does God Love Us?

By Cheryl Mah As a mother of two, I always tell my children that I love them very much. When my almost five-year-old daughter tells me she loves me back, I’ll often ask her “How much?” “Very, very (x10) much”, she’ll reply. It certainly feels wonderful to be loved so much by this little being, but somehow, I get the sense that our human ability to love is limited and finite (even though we want to think it can be…

Book of Ruth (Part 4): Seeds of Blessings

By Cheryl Mah Read: Ruth Chapter 4 & Watch “Restored From Shame” sermon In the previous chapter, Naomi had sent Ruth to Boaz with the intention of soliciting a marriage proposal from him. While he was flattered by Ruth’s attention, Boaz was honest and informed her that there was another closer kinsman-redeemer who could marry her too. However, if the man did not want to, then Boaz would do the honourable thing by taking Ruth as his wife. Naomi’s road…

Book of Ruth (Part 3): A Heart of Courage

By Cheryl Mah Read: Ruth Chapter 3 & Watch “Questionable Actions? Can or Cannot?” sermon Back in Ruth Chapter 2, we learned about the Moabite widow Ruth’s encounter with Boaz – a wealthy man of God – when she gleaned in his field. Ruth was humble and respectful towards Boaz, and in return, he treated her with exceeding kindness. Later, Ruth learned from her mother-in-law Naomi that Boaz was their kinsman-redeemer (a male relative who, according to various laws of…

Book of Ruth (Part 2): The Fruits of Kindness

By Cheryl Mah Read: Ruth Chapter 2 & Watch: “Pass It On” sermon Ruth Chapter 2 brings about a special union. The chapter begins with the introduction to a man named Boaz who was a relative of Naomi’s late husband Elimelech; he was also a man of God and a man of great wealth. In this story, Ruth is led by God to glean in Boaz’s field, and God’s providence and grace is seen through the kindness of Boaz. Ruth…

Book of Ruth (Part 1): A Tale Of Extraordinary Love

By Cheryl Mah Read: Ruth Chapter 1 & Watch: “Ordinary People, Extraordinary Love” sermon Possibly one of the most well-known women in the Bible, most of us are familiar with Ruth as the dutiful daughter-in-law of Naomi. Although it is one of the shortest books of the Bible at only four chapters long, the book of Ruth tells a heart-warming story of love, devotion, and redemption. Ruth & Naomi’s story The story takes place during the time of the judges,…

Week 6: Possessing A Heart For Others

By Cheryl Mah The word “hospitality” comes from two Greek words: philos which means “friend” and xenos which means “stranger”. Put together, the word is “philoxenos” which literally means “loving the stranger” or to be “generous to guests”. Scripture calls on us to show the love of God to others (Romans 12:13) and we are required to do so. As Christians, we are instructed to not only be hospitable to friends and family, but also to strangers, outsiders, and even…

Week 5: Growing In Christian Community

By Cheryl Mah Jesus commanded us to “Love your neighbour as yourself” (Matthew 22:39). As Scripture points out – we were created in God’s image to reflect our Maker, by caring for others. To truly love God and our neighbour, we should focus on fostering healthy relationships in all these arenas of life: 1.Be A Good Steward The word “steward” is rooted from the Ancient Greek word “oikonomos”, which translates into “household manager”. A Biblical steward is trusted to care…

Week 4: Walking With God In Obedience

By Cheryl Mah As Christians, we ought to be entirely subjected to God from the beginning. In every thought, word, or deed, we should seek to practise unreserved commitment and grow from strength to strength in complete obedience to God. 1.Knowing God’s Will We are by nature sinful and because of sin, our hearts drive us to wilfully sin again and again. Unless we decide to give up our own will and ways by abandoning ourselves fully to God, to…

Week 3: God’s Three Calls

By Cheryl Mah In our walk with Christ, we should focus our attention on several aspects – the Upward Call, the Inward Call as well as the Outward Call (read Rev Anthony Lee’s 2021 message here). Firstly, we must focus on God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit – and the need to continually give praise and honour that is due to them (upward call). Secondly, we need to take an inward look at ourselves by constantly growing and re-examining ourselves…

Week 2: The Measure Of A Person

By Cheryl Mah In medical terms, the heart is a muscular organ that transports blood to all parts of the human body through its circulatory system of various blood vessels. This provides the oxygen and nutrients needed to sustain life. A healthy heart is one that pumps the right amount of blood at the right rate so that the human body can function as God intended. Suffice to say, the human heart is probably one of the most important organs…

Week 1: A Personal Invitation To Christ

By Cheryl Mah ”Home” is an enjoyable, happy place where a person can live, laugh, and learn. It is somewhere where one feels loved, respected, and cared for. “Home” also provides security, control, belonging, identity, and privacy – among other things. Most of all, it is a place that provides us with a centring. Receiving others, or ‘hospitality’, is a Christian value (Matthew 25:35-40). The act of being hospitable is welcoming people into our lives, meeting their needs, and reaching out even…