this is super long overdue! Cos I wanted to type out all the sermon notes first and now that’s done.
Marked Camp 2012 was a whole different experience firstly because I was serving in events this time round and secondly cos for Marked Camp 2010, I was barely 2 months in church and going to camp was more an experience thing, didn’t really know what to expect, but God, of course, over-answered, over-supplied. The theme in 2010 was “The Signature Life” and it was about having the wisdom of God and there was an altar call on restoration, I never thought that what I received at camp in 2010 would be multiplied so many times over in my life. It’s totally amazing.
Honestly, if anyone told me I would be serving in church again then, I wouldn’t believe them, I just wanted to attend and that’s it, didn’t even feel like forging new friendships because I’ve a bunch of friends who came over to NCC as well though they’re not attending CG (COCJB is a whole different story cos Pst CK is there and it’s a very familiar, comfortable relationship, doesn’t feel like serving, but more like doing things together with friends). But 2 years on and I’m thankful that Jesus brought a group of us girls together in that precious friendship and that my CG is close-knit, we meet often outside of the usual service & CG days, for suppers or movies and it’s just so fun and uplifting to hang out together. And serving; I was talking to Pst Dan once and he told me that the fact that I’ve stepped out to serve is already God’s restoration taking place cos it shows that I’ve received enough to start giving again, and serving in events ministry is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G, love seeing the workings of God behind-the-scenes. Of course there’s also CG, one of my wishes for 2012 was to be more involved in CG and by that I didn’t mean leading holy communion, I wanted to do more admin, not on any platform sort of things, but Jesus decided otherwise, and honestly, leading holy comm is a privilege and it just shows me that His restoration is always better in quantity and quality.
I can’t wait to see what I received at Marked 2012 multiplied in my life soon!
So, on with it.
The groups were a mixed of different peeps from various CGs, and thank God mine had Eileen, Tanya, Jac & Kai :D
Spent the trip over to KL catching up with Eileen (cos, being busy with camp planning and all, didn’t actually get to talk to her much) and catching up on sleep. There was surprisingly no jam and we actually got there faster than that time when we did the recee, I guess that was God showing us favor even though we didn’t know that was the theme of the camp yet.
And it rained at the hotel quite a bit even though I’d checked the weather for the next few days and the forecast indicated that it’d be sunny throughout our trip, was just reminded of what Pst Dan shared at DTB when he said that God’s favor pours down like rain. AWESOME!
We’d a bit of time to rest, then it was prep for the mass games. It was awesome seeing everything come together (finally)! This took 2+ mths of prep which was incredible for such a complex and large scale game, planning for the game proper (aft brainstorming and narrowing down) took us about 7-8 weeks, and we could only do it cos it was Jesus doing it through us.
Say hello to the Chemiolux drug production line.
The Word on the first night was quite literally mind-blowing. Even though we’re all so familiar with the story of Joseph, Pst Dan showed us a fresh perspective of it, and I was just so blessed! I want the CDs out ASAP, I think this is one sermon I’ll just keep looping. Was actually thinking a lot about favor prior to coming to camp. I think God was preparing me for the Word, remembered one instance during events meeting where we were just talking about random stuff and I mentioned that my brother is in OCS and he’s never really had to do weekend guard duty even though he’s been there for almost a year now, and Darren said that’s unusual, and he thinks it’s because I’m so favored that it spreads to my family too. Never actually looked at it that way.
John 3:16 at Clementi at 7am (our group number was 16, which means love in biblical numerics so what better name than the ultimate verse on love?)
Pastor Joe shared the Word in the morning session! It was awesome!
Then we had mass games. Show time for what we’ve been planning for the past 2 mths! And it was chaos! We had all sorts of issues pop up, but cos Jesus is the center, it turned out well. I know that some people didn’t enjoy the game simply cos they’re not into these types of games, but I’d the most unexpected people (from my CG) say that they liked it and even some people who I don’t even know who told me they felt the game was high-level, well-executed and engaging. Praise Jesus! There’s definitely a lot we can improve on though.
The evening session was WOW. Ministering went on for quite a while and I’m amazed how specific the calls were, Jesus even dealt with long-time fears & ailments, it’s like, those are issues we could get used to and it’s just part of everyday life, but Jesus loves us so much that He doesn’t want it to be part of our lives. AMAZING. Felt so so loved. That was the day the first two of my camp expectations were fulfilled.
And after, Pst Dan shared about how when we have the revelation of Jesus for the purpose He was created, that of the eternal servant, that is when we receive the most favor. MIND-BLOWN!
We had men’s and women’s meeting in the morning which was supposed to end by 12.30pm or something, but ended at around 2.30pm, yes, we can go on and on about the same topics, but it was good!
Had a rehearsal for finale night that day too. Kudos to the amazing worship ministry who were so accommodating to the changes and of course, the rest of the awesome performers too! George’s item was hilarious!
Also had Q&A in the evening which was so fun! + our pastors and leaders are so real with their sharing.
We had more P&W and ministering after. Pst Dan did an altar call for those who were recently struggling with whether to go for full-time ministry or pursue the things of the world, and that’s so me. And he said, “the time to go full-time is now”.
After the sessions ended, Dev popped by to say hi cos he’s based in KL now. So good to see him! Great catching up with him, Dave and Vince. Glad to see that everyone’s moved on. Dev left at 2plus and Dave & I stayed on and chatted till almost 3am, he shared a bit about what it’s like in full-time ministry without knowing that I wanted to go full-time. Really amazed at how Jesus has transformed all our lives in this very short year and a half. I think if anyone would’ve told us we’ll be where we are at now, we’ll be shocked.
The last session of camp was EPIC. Ministering went on for almost 4 hours.
We sang “God of My Forever”, and gosh…the memories! this is a song used in zone meetings a lot for ministering at CHC, and it’s usually for calls like leadership, influence, serving, renewed consecration. Francine and I were just giving each other a look when we heard the opening chords.
Pst Dan led free-flow ministering again and went on to other songs, but after a while, he went back to “God of My Forever” and he gave an altar call for full time ministry AGAIN. And his words were “if this song speaks to you”. Seriously! OMG! God sure knows how to get my attention - the song, the altar call a second time, the sharing with Dave just the night before.
Indeed, “my greatest honor will always be to serve my Lord and King”.
So yes, waiting for the right time, right place and hello full-time ministry!
The team with Pst Dan. So blessed & honoured to serve with them, their spirit of excellence & heart for serving the campers just amazes me all the time. ❤s
Finale night was exciting to say the least. It was play-by-ear! But the night turned out well.
John 3:16 @ Finale Night!
Finally, a pic with the beloved Bishan St 24 CG! It was lovely seeing everyone all dressed up! And thanks Francine and Leah for helping us gals with hair and make-up!
The Marked’12 Programmes Team
We were meeting twice to three times a week, and I’ve learnt so much from each one of them. Serving together with them = priceless
Darren, the veteran! So much to learn about events from him.
Israel, really impressive heart for serving, always offering to help in whichever area that is needed. And his ideas are WOW.
Kev, our awesome programme I/C, can’t even begin to imagine how he handles all the different portions of the programmes.
Maurice who totally rushed out storyline and stuff before he’d to fly off for training, and then came back and jumped right back in. awesome!
Reuben and dude, where do those codes even come from??
Tanya and her script-writing/video/directing skills are EPIC!
Yiling, who always make sure we have our meals whenever she’s around, and though she’s busy with the roomings and all, she’s still supportive of the team and tries to be around as much as she can.
One of my absolute fav pics from Marked’12, always so amused at the varied expressions.
After Finale Night ended, we had extended P&W which ended at 1am? Then Tanya, Jansen, Francine, Mel & I decided to meet in our room and we chatted till 5plus. I wish I’d more time and energy to spend with my camp group, but I’m usually only comfortable with people I know well when I’m tired out, so sharing what we received during the past few days with the closer ones in CG was great!
The final day at camp! We’d breakfast and caught up with some of our group mates. Hui Min sat at our table and she remembered me from the time we met at the food court cos Israel was there. LOL. She sure has a good memory. Chatted with her about random stuff and somehow we touched on CHC and she said she knows of Vince and the rest too, and then I shared with her about wanting to go full-time, and she, Dave, and Sharon (who I talked to 15 mins after I finished talking to Hui Min) all said the same thing! That God will open the door and to just step in.
The trip back was again, smooth flowing traffic, so favored! We all left camp feeling so loved by Daddy God.
And it’s amazing that Marked Camp started on 1 May, beginning the month of grace with grace and camp ended on 5 May, grace x grace. It could’ve been any other date, but it wasn’t.
Nothing like 5 set-apart days spent just basking in Jesus’ presence and forging stronger kingdom friendships; camp > vacation.
Can’t wait for Marked Camp 2013! :D
Didn’t get to spam as many pictures this time round :( But it’s ok! there’s always more opportunities to hang out in SG.
It’s the time and season of preparation for what God is going to unleash into your life.
And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.
46 Now so it was that after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions. 47 And all who heard Him were astonished at His understanding and answers. 48 So when they saw Him, they were amazed; and His mother said to Him, “Son, why have You done this to us? Look, Your father and I have sought You anxiously.”49 And He said to them, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” 50 But they did not understand the statement which He spoke to them.51 Then He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them, but His mother kept all these things in her heart. 52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.
- - v. 46: the favor of God is always found in the house of God "found Him in the temple"
- there is an increase in the favor of God in your life when you are found in the house of God.
- listening to them and asking them questions”
- - learn to listen and ask questions, people don’t like a know-it-all, learn to ask questions and draw things out of people.
- it puts you in a position of teachability. when you are teachable, it draws the favor of God into your life
- Jesus was teachable
- - v. 51: Jesus submitted to His parents even though He wasn’t in the wrong
- submission always unleashes the wisdom and favor of God into your life
- submission is not easy, if it were, it wouldn’t be submission
Only a fool despises a parent’s discipline;
whoever learns from correction is wise.
To learn, you must love discipline;it is stupid to hate correction.
- when you submit to correction, it brings favor
- be quick to submit to correction even though you might not understand it then
- correction is not easy or comfortable, but when you submit, God’s favor will elevate you, there will be a new level of anointing upon your life
- when you submit, you allow God to move in your life
A good man obtains favor from the Lord,But a man of wicked intentions He will condemnWhen you love discipline and embrace correction, favor is multiplied in your life
5 Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for“God resists the proud,But gives grace to the humble.”6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, 7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
- humility = ability to submit to your parents, leaders, boss, etc, those in authority over your life
- humility = ability to receive correction
- if God puts that person in your life, they are there for a reason and God will use that person to speak into your life, He is not limited by whether that person is a believer or not.
- favor will bring you to the right place at the right time and exalt you.
11 Then Elkanah returned home to Ramah without Samuel. And the boy served the Lord by assisting Eli the priest.Eli’s Wicked Sons12 Now the sons of Eli were scoundrels who had no respect for the Lord 13 or for their duties as priests. Whenever anyone offered a sacrifice, Eli’s sons would send over a servant with a three-pronged fork. While the meat of the sacrificed animal was still boiling, 14 the servant would stick the fork into the pot and demand that whatever it brought up be given to Eli’s sons. All the Israelites who came to worship at Shiloh were treated this way. 15 Sometimes the servant would come even before the animal’s fat had been burned on the altar. He would demand raw meat before it had been boiled so that it could be used for roasting.16 The man offering the sacrifice might reply, “Take as much as you want, but the fat must be burned first.” Then the servant would demand, “No, give it to me now, or I’ll take it by force.” 17 So the sin of these young men was very serious in the Lord’s sight, for they treated the Lord’s offerings with contempt.18 But Samuel, though he was only a boy, served the Lord. He wore a linen garment like that of a priest. 19 Each year his mother made a small coat for him and brought it to him when she came with her husband for the sacrifice. 20 Before they returned home, Eli would bless Elkanah and his wife and say, “May the Lord give you other children to take the place of this one she gave to the Lord.” 21 And the Lord gave Hannah three sons and two daughters. Meanwhile, Samuel grew up in the presence of the Lord.22 Now Eli was very old, but he was aware of what his sons were doing to the people of Israel. He knew, for instance, that his sons were seducing the young women who assisted at the entrance of the Tabernacle. 23 Eli said to them, “I have been hearing reports from all the people about the wicked things you are doing. Why do you keep sinning? 24 You must stop, my sons! The reports I hear among the Lord’s people are not good. 25 If someone sins against another person, God can mediate for the guilty party. But if someone sins against the Lord, who can intercede?” But Eli’s sons wouldn’t listen to their father, for the Lord was already planning to put them to death.26 Meanwhile, the boy Samuel grew taller and grew in favor with the Lord and with the people.
- - v. 11: when you serve that authority in your life, God sees it as serving Him and He unleashes His favor in your life
- - there’s a contrast between Eli’s sons and Samuel. The reason why their sin was so serious is because they had no regard for the finished work.
- - v. 18: linen = righteousness
- Samuel had a high regard for the finished work
- When you have a high regard for the finished work, it’s easy for you to receive favor.
- When you operate in the area of your giftings, there’s an ease and favor
casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.- it’s easy to cast your cares to someone who cares for you
For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous;With favor You will surround him as with a shield.
- when you have the revelation that you are always the righteousness of God in Christ, you become a favor magnet
- Favor promotes and protects
21 And the Lord gave Hannah three sons and two daughters. Meanwhile, Samuel grew up in the presence of the Lord.22 Now Eli was very old, but he was aware of what his sons were doing to the people of Israel. He knew, for instance, that his sons were seducing the young women who assisted at the entrance of the Tabernacle. 23 Eli said to them, “I have been hearing reports from all the people about the wicked things you are doing. Why do you keep sinning? 24 You must stop, my sons! The reports I hear among the Lord’s people are not good. 25 If someone sins against another person, God[g] can mediate for the guilty party. But if someone sins against the Lord, who can intercede?” But Eli’s sons wouldn’t listen to their father, for the Lord was already planning to put them to death.26 Meanwhile, the boy Samuel grew taller and grew in favor with the Lord and with the people.
- practice the presence of God and His favor and wisdom will manifest in your life
Meanwhile, the boy Samuel served the Lord by assisting Eli (2nd mention of this phrase). Now in those days messages from the Lord were very rare, and visions were quite uncommon.2 One night Eli, who was almost blind by now, had gone to bed. 3 The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was sleeping in the Tabernacle near the Ark of God.
- v. 1: Samuel also went through a season of preparation, he didn’t get to his destiny overnight
- He served the Lord by assisting Eli. There’s a lot you can learn from assisting someone, you’d be amazed at what God will show you.
- Samuel still served Eli even after all we know about Eli, it doesn’t matter who you serve, when you serve that person, you are serving the Lord and God’s favor will be upon your life.
- v. 3: Samuel positioned himself to be in the position of the Ark - Jesus. Samuel had a hunger and heart for Jesus and he was sleeping (at rest) in the presence of Jesus. When you are at rest in the presence of Jesus, favor comes pouring into your life.
Proverbs 8:35For whoever finds me finds life,
And obtains favor from the Lord;
When your eyes/focus are on Jesus, favor follows you.When you are with Jesus, you can’t help but have favor rub off on you.
19 So Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground. 20 And all Israel from Dan to Beersheba knew that Samuel had been established as a prophet of the Lord. 21 Then the Lord appeared again in Shiloh. For the Lord revealed Himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the word of the Lord.
- when the Lord is with you, the favor of God is in your life, nothing can stand against you, nothing can keep you down. You are victorious.
- the favor of God gives weight to your words
- the favor of God establishes you
His mouth is most sweet, yes, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem!Song of Solomon 5:16Jesus, Your God And Best Friend
Jesus is someone you can be completely real with. You can hang out with Him and be yourself, with no pretense and no play-acting. Jesus is ever-loving toward you and you can talk to Him about anything. He enjoys conversing with you about your dreams, aspirations and hopes. He wants to heal you of things in your past that you may be struggling with. He is interested in your present challenges. He wants to weep with you when you are down and rejoice with you in all your victories.
Jesus is love and tenderness personified. He is tenderness and strength wrapped up in one. He is meekness and majesty, manhood and deity, velvet and steel. He is 100 percent Man and at the same time 100 percent God. As Man, He understands and identifies with all that you have gone through, are going through and will ever go through in this life. But as a loving God, all His power, authority and resources are on your side.
Beloved, whatever you are facing today, let your heart rest easy in the power of His perfect love for you.
12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”
We are no longer under the old covenant. We are now under the new covenant. And in this new covenant, God says that He will do three things for us:
Lead us — “I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts.” (Hebrews 8:10) These are the laws of faith, love and liberty to guide you in everything you do. It is a spontaneous, dynamic, active and intimate way to be led by God.
Work miracles for us — “I will be their God, and they shall be My people.” (Hebrews 8:10) The phrase “I will be their God” denotes a miracle-working God. So if you are sick and God says, “I will be your God,” get ready for healing! If you are poor and God says, “I will be your God,” get ready for prosperity!
Cause us to know Him effortlessly — “… all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them.” (Hebrews 8:11) The Greek word for “know” here is eido. It means to know intuitively without effort. This means that you will know God easily.
Do you want to experience all these blessings in your life today?
“Of course, Pastor Prince, I want to be led by God. I want Him to work miracles in my life. I want to know Him intimately without straining or striving.”
Then, you need to know the clause that makes it all happen: “For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” The words “no more” in the Greek carry a strong double-negative sense. So God is saying, “I will never, by no means, remember your sins!”
Beloved, the more you believe this in your heart, the more you will see those blessings fulfilled in your life. When you realize how much God has forgiven you and remembers your sins no more, you will know Him, His ways and His will for you intimately and intuitively without effort.
So believe in your heart today the clause on which all these blessings hinge, and get ready for miracles and hopes fulfilled in the days ahead!
Extracted from 27 Jan 2012 Arrow Service by Pastor Benjamin Lim
Every branch that bears fruit, He prunes
Today I want to share with you a key that will release fruitfulness in your life. It was a key that prepared me as I was growing up for what God had in store for me.
In John 15, Jesus tells us that He is the Vine and we are the branches. The vine is like a crawler and together with its branches is a whole plant by itself, so what Jesus meant is that He and we are one, inseparable and always connected. And that is why He goes on to say that, “for apart from Me you can do nothing” (v5). Just as the branches are connected to the main vine from where they receive their sap, we are connected to Jesus, our Source of life and every good thing, and there is nothing that we can possibly try to do apart from Him. In fact, we would cease to exist without Him!
In the second part of verse 2, it says that “every branch that bears fruit, He prunes”! Unlike what many believers think, notice that it is those who are already bearing fruit whom God cuts, corrects and chastens. Correction comes, not because you are doing badly but because you are doing well! The heart of our Father is that we bear more and more fruit, so don’t be afraid of correction.
For the believer, the best is always yet to come. Think that you’ve experienced one level of God’s blessing, miracle power and anointing? You ain’t seen nothing yet. God says to you today, He wants you to step up to the next level. He wants you to bear more fruit in your life because this year is the year of unceasing fruitfulness. And correction is one of God’s ways to help us bear much fruit.
In verse 3, it goes on to say that, “You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.” The word “cleaned” and “pruned” are the same word in the Greek and so we are pruned because of the word that He has spoken to us. The primary way that God corrects us is via the Word of God. It could be through meditating on the Word – as you meditate on the Word, the Lord begins to correct your thinking – or it could be through the preaching and teaching. Sometimes, it’s when your leaders correct some aspects of your behaviour in a scripturally founded way. Indeed, the Scripture is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete! (2 Tim 3:16, 17)
We bear much fruit when we abide in Jesus, and He in us. What does this mean? In verse 7 of the same chapter, it says, “if you abide in Me and My words in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.” To abide in Him is to know that your life and being are enveloped by Him, that you cannot exist apart from Him. But how does Jesus abide in us? It is by having His Word abide in us. To ‘abide’ is ‘to make a habitation of’ and so Jesus abides in us when His Word makes a habitation in us. His words become a perpetual part of our lives, and they have a continuing place in our thoughts. In other words, the Word becomes of continual importance to us. And the promise is that “you will ask what you desire and it shall be done for you”!
You see, what happens here is that as we saturate ourselves with the Word, we saturate ourselves with the will of God because the Word expresses the will of God. And where the will of God is known, faith is; and with faith, we receive. Many of us know that God can, but what we need to know is that God will. So when you know that God is extremely willing to do something for you, faith comes effortlessly. When you let the Word of God saturate you, you saturate yourself with the anointing, success and breakthroughs of God.
Then Pastor, what about that part in verse 2 where it says that “he who does not bear fruit, He takes away?” If I don’t bear fruit in my life, will God remove me? Absolutely not! In fact, the word there is not “takes away” but “lifts up” in the original text. The moment you are born again, God will not cast you out because Jesus said that no man can snatch you out of our Father’s hands (John 10:28). You are forever saved! He will never take you out of His family. Every time you’re not bearing fruit, your Father lifts you up and places you back on the trellis so that you are exposed again to the sunlight – the light of His Son. And did you notice that the trellises in the vineyard are in the shape of a cross? As God lifts you up when you are down, He brings you back to what Jesus has done for you at Calvary. For when you come back to that revelation of the price that He has paid for you and step right back into His righteousness, taking your eyes off yourself, it is only a matter of time that you start bearing good fruit.
Correction in the New Covenant is not about disease, accidents and calamities. Our loving Father corrects us because His heart is for us to bear more and more fruit. His correction is always with a smile; it is affirming and edifying, not condemning and condescending. So rejoice in correction, beloved, for your Heavenly Father is pruning you to produce so much more good fruit!