The legendary Chinese military general 孙子is well known for a wise saying about securing victory: 知己知彼, 百战百胜. If means: you understand both yourself and your adversary, you will fight a hundred battles and win a hundred battles. This is especially crucial in the face of an enemy like the devil who is far more powerful than we are. That is why in today’s message, we will learn about him and his schemes so that we can live victoriously.
Labels tear, failures cripple. Many of us live with the knowledge but not reality of Hope in our lives. You are no finished yet, neither is Jesus with you. He would die just to be associated with you. Will you come to Him?
For the cherished dream of world peace to become a reality, the nations of the world must not only put aside their differences, they must find something in common that they can all unite around. Can that ever be possible? The answer to that question is yes! It’s not just a possibility. It’s a certainty. What will bring the world together? What will a united humanity look like? What will they be doing together? Learn about this breath-taking vision in the Bible in the finale of our series entitled United Nations Part 4: The Reunion.
People have all kinds of ideas about Christianity. Some think that what it claims to offer is a free ticket to heaven. Others wonder if it would help them solve their problems and achieve their dreams in this life. What few people appreciate is that Christianity provides the solution to the age-old problem of conflict between different cultures and nations, achieving that elusive goal through a totally unexpected way.
We see world peace as something big and beyond what we can influence as individuals; something that can only be achieved by governments working in international cooperation and organisations. However, the Bible reveals that God takes a completely different approach to achieving global harmony. In fact, he has already begun the process and in this message, we learn how everyone can be a part of the solution.
The desire for a world living in perfect peace and harmony is a desire shared by all of us, not just beauty pageant contestants. All the goodwill, resources and efforts poured into achieving this goal have, however, not yielded the desired outcome. In the introductory message of this series, we will see why they cannot possibly do so; because they do not address or tackle the root cause of interpersonal and international conflicts, which resides in every human heart.
Our guest speaker Rev Dr William Wan is the General Secretary of the Singapore Kindness Movement. He also chairs the Prison Fellowship Singapore and the Ethics Committee of the Farrer Park Hospital and serves his church as the Pastor Emeritus (Hope Presbyterian). A regular contributor to the Straits Times Opinion Page, he is a published author of several books and a regular speaker at churches, conferences and public events. He is also active on several boards of Christian and non-profit organisations.
Is it possible for people with same-sex orientation to be practising Christians and to participate actively in the church community? How can they manage their sexual needs and desires? And how can the church play a part in helping them to live fulfilling and God-honouring lives? In this final message of the series, Pastor Tiak addresses such difficult issues by helping us view them within the bigger context of God’s purpose for sex and for his holy community.
Both sides in the gay debate believe passionately that that they are fighting nobly for a better society, that they are justly standing up for truth and right, and that the other side is clearly wrong. But how does anyone decide what is right and wrong, and how can anyone be confident that what he believes is right, is really right? This message explores these profound questions and points us to a meaningful solution.
Passion and anger tend to be self-justifying; we often end up believing that we are right on an issue just because we feel strongly about it. Is there a better way to think and talk about homosexuality than just dogmatically asserting our beliefs and denouncing those who disagree with us? Yes, there is, and in this message, Pastor Tiak explains why and how we ought to hear both sides in this heated debate.
The previous message explains what being a man is essentially about, but it is often said that nobody can ever understand, let alone please, a woman. While it is true that God made women different from men, he has taught us in the Bible what women need, what challenges they face and what makes them thrive.