Sunday, January 31, 2016

The Arsenal of Fire - Just do it by Kenneth Copeland

But the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath day, and said unto the people, “There are six days in which men ought to work; therefore come and be healed on them, and not on the Sabbath day.” - Luke 13:14

Religion is dangerous. Religion would rather debate about healing than see somebody healed. Religion would rather argue about deliverance than see somebody set free.

You can see an example of that in Luke 13. Jesus healed a woman who had been bowed over for 18 years. Think of it, a dear old woman--a daughter of Abraham, Jesus called her--set free after being bound by the devil for nearly two decades. You would think the temple rulers would have been rejoicing at what Jesus had done. But, no! They were angry because He had done it on the wrong day.

Do you know what is worse? Those very same religious leaders who criticized Jesus for healing on the Sabbath, could have ministered healing to that woman themselves on any of the other six days of the week if they had cared enough to do it.

That was why Jesus was so indignant with them. They had the same covenant of Abraham as Jesus. But their religion had kept that woman bound, instead of setting her free. It always does.

Remember that the next time someone tries to get you side-tracked into a religious debate about healing or deliverance. If someone needs to be delivered from a demon, just do it! Don't get all hung up on theological questions about where the demon is.

"Is it in his body? Or his brain? Or his spirit? Or his pocket?" While you are  arguing about questions like that, the demon will be driving the poor guy up the wall.

The question is not, "Where is the demon?" The question is, "Why haven't we gotten this man delivered? He's our blood brother in the Name of Jesus and he ought to be free!"

Once you start asking that question, you won't care whether that demon is inside or outside, hovering over or sitting under. All you care about is getting that person free!

That is the difference between religion and the love of God. Religion argues. Love acts. Choose love today.

Scripture Reading: Luke 13:11-17

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Where do we go when we die?

Ecclesiastes 12:6

Remember him–before the silver cord is severed, or the golden bowl is broken; before the pitcher is shattered at the spring, or the wheel broken at the well,


Ecclesiastes 12:7

…and the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.


Genesis 1:26


Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground."


Our life begins in heaven.


Hebrews 12:9


Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits and live!


God is the Father of our spirit.


2 Corinthians 5:1

Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.


1 Corinthians 15:54

When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”


John 4:24

God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.”


Psalms 90:10

The length of our days is seventy years–or eighty, if we have the strength; yet their span is but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away.


James 2:26

As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.


When we die, our spirits go to hades, a dwelling place for the dead. 


Hades is divided into two realms; one is paradise, the other is to the place of torment. A great gulf divides the two.


There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores. “The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.’


But Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm (gulf) has been set in place, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.’ “He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my family, for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’

Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.’ ‘No, father Abraham,’ he said, ‘but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’ He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’ - Luke 16:19-31 (NIV)


So Saul disguised himself, putting on other clothes, and at night he and two men went to the woman. “Consult a spirit for me,” he said, “and bring up for me the one I name.”- 1 Samuel 28:8 (NIV)


The king said to her, “Don’t be afraid. What do you see?” The woman said, “I see a ghostly figure coming up out of the earth.”

“What does he look like?” he asked.

“An old man wearing a robe is coming up,” she said. Then Saul knew it was Samuel, and he bowed down and prostrated himself with his face to the ground.

-1 Samuel 28:13-14 (NIV)

Samuel said to Saul, “Why have you disturbed me by bringing me up?”

 “I am in great distress,” Saul said. “The Philistines are fighting against me, and God has departed from me. He no longer answers me, either by prophets or by dreams. So I have called on you to tell me what to do.”- 1 Samuel 28:15 (NIV)


Samuel said, “Why do you consult me, now that the Lord has departed from you and become your enemy? The Lord has done what he predicted through me. The Lord has torn the kingdom out of your hands and given it to one of your neighbors—to David. Because you did not obey the Lord or carry out his fierce wrath against the Amalekites, the Lord has done this to you today. The Lord will deliver both Israel and you into the hands of the Philistines, and tomorrow you and your sons will be with me. The Lord will also give the army of Israel into the hands of the Philistines.”

- 1 Samuel 28:16-19 (NIV)


The dead go to Hades to await judgement. Some Theologians call it Hades - Spiritual world where the dead live.


ESV Bible calls it Hades and not Hell. Luke 16:23 "and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side. KJV version mentions 'Hell' instead of Hades.


Hell is different from Hades.

Deep in the pit of hell, no one can see heaven.


After Jesus died, He did not go to Hell but to Paradise which is the other part of Hades.


The narrow gate is Paradise and the wide gate is place of torment.


Luke 23:43

Jesus answered him, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.”


2 Peter 2:4


For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell, putting them into gloomy dungeons to be held for judgment; (should be Hades, not hell)


The demons know the time that they will go to eternal hell.


When he arrived at the other side in the region of the Gadarenes, two demon-possessed men coming from the tombs met him. They were so violent that no one could pass that way. “What do you want with us, Son of God?” they shouted. “Have you come here to torture us before the appointed time?” Matthew 8:28-29


Revelation 12:12

"Therefore rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell in them. But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short.”


There are consciousness in Hades. 


“For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing; they have no further reward, and even their names are forgotten. Their love, their hate and their jealousy have long since vanished; never again will they have a part in anything that happens under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 9:5-6


“Very truly I tell you, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live. For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself. And he has given him authority to judge because he is the Son of Man. “Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice and come out—those who have done what is good will rise to live, and those who have done what is evil will rise to be condemned.” John 5:25-29


1 Peter 4:6

For this is the reason the gospel was preached even to those who are now dead, so that they might be judged according to men in regard to the body, but live according to God in regard to the spirit.


The dead are conscious of things when they were alive on earth but not after they pass away.


2 Chronicles 34:28


Now I will gather you to your fathers, and you will be buried in peace. Your eyes will not see all the disaster I am going to bring on this place and on those who live here.’ ” So they took her answer back to the king.


On the day of the Lord, the Hades realm will give up all the souls, so will the earth.


“Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice and come out—those who have done what is good will rise to live, and those who have done what is evil will rise to be condemned.” John 5:28-29 

“So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.” 1 Corinthians 15:42-44


1 Corinthians 15:52

"…in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed."

Matthew 25:32

"All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats."


All mankind will be judged.


Romans 14:12

So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God.

2 Corinthians 5:10

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.

1 Corinthians 15:26

The last enemy to be destroyed is death.

“Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death.” 1 Corinthians 15:24-26

Matthew 25:34

"Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. (To heaven)

Matthew 25:46

"Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”


Revelation 21:8

But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars–their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”

Revelation 14:11

And the smoke of their torment rises for ever and ever. There is no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and his image, or for anyone who receives the mark of his name.”

Matthew 7:13

Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.

Matthew 7:14

But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.


Matthew 8:8

The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed.


Matthew 8:9

For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”


Matthew 8:10

When Jesus heard this, he was astonished and said to those following him, “I tell you the truth, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.


Matthew 8:11

"I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven."


Matthew 8:12

"But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

“Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish. When it was full, the fishermen pulled it up on the shore. Then they sat down and collected the good fish in baskets, but threw the bad away. This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Matthew 13:47-50

A man of God once wrote that when Satan goes to eternal hell, he will bring along with him 75% Christians with him.

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, “Who then can be saved?”- Matthew 19:23-25

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Peter answered him, “We have left everything to follow you! What then will there be for us?”- Matthew 19:26-27

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Peter answered him, “We have left everything to follow you! What then will there be for us?” Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life.”- Matthew 19:26-29


Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Book endorsement by Rev Dr Francis Ngoi

I was greatly impressed by Paul Ang’s unique experience of the manifestation of the Holy Spirit as the refining fire. The fire purifies his life and sets him apart for a special mission.

His dedication to his calling and obedience to the leading of the Holy Spirit has transformed him into a unique instrument for a noble purpose. 

Having been a pastor for over 30 years, I recognize that pastors at large are indeed gifted differently. Should they receive such a refining fire, they may certainly turn out to be “faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms” (1 Pet.4:10).  Pastors should read this book with an open mind and see if CKRM could be a blessing to them.

Rev. Dr. Francis Ngoi
Director, Oasis Family Life Enrichment Centre


Testimony by Dr K. B. Tan 【陈国名博士的见证】

Dr. K. B. Tan is a life-long church planter and missionary to the nations. He has planted churches in several Asian nations and in Australia, and has helped to plant churches in many African nations as well. An anointed teacher with powerful messages from the Lord, Dr. Tan is Senior Pastor of Mennonite Church in Singapore. He also leads the Asia-Pacific Mission, Ltd. in Singapore which runs Bethany International University in Singapore, and many programmes around the world. Asia-Pacific Missions, Ltd. is also associated with Church Planting in China through their Chinese ministries.

A man with a Father's heart, he has shared this testimony to encourage me.

"When I see Paul Ang and the ministry God has given him, it confirms in my heart that our Father is no respecter of persons. Just as Peter told Cornelius and his household: "I now realize how true it is that God does not show favouritism but accepts men from every nation, who fear Him and do what is right" (Acts 10:34).

God has used Paul Ang in such a special and mighty way even though he did not have the kind of "theological" and Bible School training that so many others have. His love for God, his passion for people and the anointing of the Holy Spirit have brought him to where he is today. It is the favour of God that he has bypassed many others and is chosen to be His vessel of honor because his heart is right."

Dr K. B. Tan 
Senior Pastor of Mennonite Church, Singapore
Founder of Asia-Pacific Mission Ltd, Singapore

陈国名博士是一位终身的教会开拓者,是列国的宣教士。他在亚洲的几个国家和澳大利亚建立了教会,并帮助许多非洲国家建立教会。新加坡门诺教会(Mennonite Church的主任牧师,他是一位恩膏的教师,带有主强有能力的信息。他也领导新加玻的亚太宣教会(Asia-Pacific Mission, Ltd,此公司负责新加坡伯大尼国际大学的一切运作,也在世界各地举办许多课程。亚太使命还通过中国事工合作在国内建立教会。


从神赐给洪保罗的事工印证一件事:我们的父神不偏待人。 就像彼得对哥尼流一家说的:「我真看出神是不偏待人。原来,各国中那敬畏主、行义的人都为主所悦纳。 」(使徒行传 十章34节)

神用特别的方式大大使用洪保罗,尽管他没有像其他许多人那样受过「神学」和圣经学校的训练。 是他对神的爱、对人的热情和圣灵的恩膏,带着他走到今天这样的服事位置。 是神

陈国明博士(Dr K. B. Tan
新加坡门诺教会(Mennonite Church)主任牧师
新加坡亚太宣教会(Asia-Pacific Mission Ltd)创办人