It’s interesting that just the day before Marked Camp, I met up with Pastor CK and we were talking about how the single/attached status is over emphasized in church (in CHC definitely where people are encouraged to get married young, a lot get married before they turn 24, and in GenRev too, but Pastor Benjamin has since cleared that up during camp) and how an intimate relationship with Jesus should be #1 and most emphasized instead. And he just really confirmed some of the things I’ve been feeling lately - to enjoy the ‘single’ season without feeling the pressure to get attached (not really from the friends, more from the parents and grandma), to focus on building an intimate relationship with Jesus, build godly friendships, especially with girl friends (yes, he emphasized it again, but now I do have more girl friends than guy friends :D), establish career, go travel and see the world. It’s not that I’m not open if Jesus decides that now is the right time and season for a relationship but I’m completely happy/content right where I am, without any relationship commitments, having freedom to do what I want to do, and most importantly, having the luxury of time to really get intimate with Jesus and to be involved in ministry. It’s not that all these are not possible once someone is in a relationship, it’s just that it may be a bit more challenging to find the time and resources. And I feel that whichever season someone is in, whether it’s single, attached or married, it’s important to have a personal relationship with the Lord, to always draw from Him.
Song of Solomon 1:2, 4
Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth - For your love is better than wine… …Draw me away!
Thinking back on the women’s session this year, the verse shared (above) just reminded me of this song that was sung way back in CHC. It’s an awesome worship song that I used to play over and over again, forgot about it for a while, but really, in this season, "O draw me, O draw me away Messiah today to Your presence to stay"
The most epic romance is the one with Jesus.
Once I have turned my face from Thee
Yet You sought me You cleansed me
Made me whole again
Jesus my Savior, my Beloved and Friend
Your praises I bring
From my heart I sing
O draw me, O draw me away Messiah today To Your presence to stay
O Jesus now change me
And mould me
That I can be
Evermore true to Thee
You are the Shepherd of my heart
You have brought me to Your chamber
My Master and King
You light up my darkness
And gave me Your word
That You’ll never forsake me
Nor no ever will leave me
It’s not about following a set plan. If the Lord moves, you move.
Sometimes, God is silent, and it’s only when you take the first step that He reveals the next one.
When a man has favor, he gets everything.
When you have favor, you become magnetic, you become attractive.
Favor brings preparation and promotion.
For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.)
Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord,
Moreover He called for a famine in the land;
He destroyed all the provision of bread.
17 He sent a man before them—
Joseph—who was sold as a slave.
18 They hurt his feet with fetters,
He was laid in irons.
19 Until the time that his word came to pass,
The word of the Lord tested him.
20 The king sent and released him,
The ruler of the people let him go free.
21 He made him lord of his house,
And ruler of all his possessions,
22 To bind his princes at his pleasure,
And teach his elders wisdom.
When you see Jesus as the eternal servant, for the purpose He was created, that is when you see the greatest amount of favor.
3 Types of Offerings
The bird represents someone who is poor spiritually, ie. only knows Jesus as coming from heaven.
The lamb represents someone who is more matured, who sees Jesus as taking away his sins.
But there is more, the bullock size revelation is to see Jesus as the servant. When you have a revelation of Jesus as your servant, God calls you spiritually rich, ie. you have favor!
Jesus is the happiest when He is serving you, when you allow Him to serve you.
There were two servants in Mary and Martha’s house, one was Martha, the other was Jesus, He was serving Mary by washing her feet with the Word.
If you don’t allow Jesus to serve you, you will burn out. If you don’t take your place as the one He wants to serve, you will get frustrated & angry with Jesus, the one you want to serve.
Let Him serve you today.
Jesus said Mary chose the good part, and she delighted Jesus’ heart.
When you allow Jesus to serve you, one day, you will serve Him at the right place at the right time.
- Mary was the only one who anointed Jesus for burial and she did it at the right place at the right time; she didn’t even know it then, she unconsciously did it
When you allow the Lord to serve you, you will serve Him in a way that is beyond what you imagine, you will serve Him supernaturally naturally, sweeping others into the Lord’s blessings because you’re in the flow.
6 Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour.
7 A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” 8 For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.
9 Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.
10 Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”
11 The woman said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water? 12 Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?”
13 Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”
15 The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.”
16 Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.”
17 The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.”
Jesus said to her, “You have well said, ‘I have no husband,’ 18 for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly.”
19 The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.”
21 Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. 22 You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. 23 But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. 24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
25 The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When He comes, He will tell us all things.”
26 Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.”
27 And at this point His disciples came, and they marveled that He talked with a woman; yet no one said, “What do You seek?” or, “Why are You talking with her?”
28 The woman then left her waterpot, went her way into the city, and said to the men, 29 “Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?” 30 Then they went out of the city and came to Him.
31 In the meantime His disciples urged Him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.”
32 But He said to them, “I have food to eat of which you do not know.”
33 Therefore the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought Him anything to eat?”
34 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.
“Now these are the judgments which you shall set before them: 2 If you buy a Hebrew servant, he shall serve six years; and in the seventh he shall go out free and pay nothing. 3 If he comes in by himself, he shall go out by himself; if he comes in married, then his wife shall go out with him. 4 If his master has given him a wife, and she has borne him sons or daughters, the wife and her children shall be her master’s, and he shall go out by himself. 5 But if the servant plainly says, ‘I love my master, my wife, and my children; I will not go out free,’ 6 then his master shall bring him to the judges. He shall also bring him to the door, or to the doorpost, and his master shall pierce his ear with an awl; and he shall serve him forever.
Jesus was pierced at the tree, at the gates of Damascus, outside the city.
Jesus was pierced so that He can wash away our sins.
The greatest way He has served you is that He’s washed away all your sins.
He ate up all our sin, unrighteousness, iniquities, guilt, shame, condemnation, all our sicknesses and diseases, every curse because He was pierced.
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 is a season of preparation and of favor.
God is going to work in your heart, He wants to get His favor on the inside of you.
It’s one thing to have the favor of God outside, around you, but when you have the favor of God inside you, your circumstances don’t matter because you carry the favor of God into that place.
Preparation time is never wasted time, it always precedes promotion.
For who has despised the day of small things?For these seven rejoice to seeThe plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel.They are the eyes of the Lord,Which scan to and fro throughout the whole earth.”
Dreams are from God, visions and dreams are the language of the Holy Spirit, but be content and faithful at where you are at. Do what is in your hands and allow the dream to birth in your heart.
Faithfulness will position you for promotion.
Faithfulness is always part of God’s preparation; just do what God has placed in your hands.
The Lord is with you during the preparation, even through the challenging parts.
9 “And the patriarchs, becoming envious, sold Joseph into Egypt. But God was with him 10 and delivered him out of all his troubles, and gave him favor and wisdom in the presence of Pharaoh, king of Egypt; and he made him governor over Egypt and all his house.
But the Lord is with me as a mighty, awesome One.Therefore my persecutors will stumble, and will not prevail.They will be greatly ashamed, for they will not prosper.Their everlasting confusion will never be forgotten.
If the Lord delights (favors) in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us, ‘a land which flows with milk and honey.’ 9 Only do not rebel against the Lord, nor fear the people of the land, for they are our bread; their protection has departed from them, and the Lord is with us. Do not fear them.”10 And all the congregation said to stone them with stones. Now the glory of the Lord appeared in the tabernacle of meeting before all the children of Israel.
Joshua 6:1-21 (NLT)
Now Jericho was securely shut up because of the children of Israel; none went out, and none came in.2 And the Lord said to Joshua: “See! I have given Jericho into your hand, its king, and the mighty men of valor. 3 You shall march around the city, all you men of war; you shall go all around the city once. This you shall do six days. 4 And seven priests shall bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark. But the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets. 5 It shall come to pass, when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when you hear the sound of the trumpet, that all the people shall shout with a great shout; then the wall of the city will fall down flat. And the people shall go up every man straight before him.”6 Then Joshua the son of Nun called the priests and said to them, “Take up the ark of the covenant, and let seven priests bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark of the Lord.” 7 And he said to the people, “Proceed, and march around the city, and let him who is armed advance before the ark of theLord.”8 So it was, when Joshua had spoken to the people, that the seven priests bearing the seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the Lord advanced and blew the trumpets, and the ark of the covenant of the Lordfollowed them. 9 The armed men went before the priests who blew the trumpets, and the rear guard came after the ark, while the priests continued blowing the trumpets. 10 Now Joshua had commanded the people, saying, “You shall not shout or make any noise with your voice, nor shall a word proceed out of your mouth, until the day I say to you, ‘Shout!’ Then you shall shout.” 11 So he had the ark of the Lordcircle the city, going around it once. Then they came into the camp and lodged in the camp.12 And Joshua rose early in the morning, and the priests took up the ark of the Lord. 13 Then seven priests bearing seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark of the Lord went on continually and blew with the trumpets. And the armed men went before them. But the rear guard came after the ark of theLord, while the priests continued blowing the trumpets. 14 And the second day they marched around the city once and returned to the camp. So they did six days.15 But it came to pass on the seventh day that they rose early, about the dawning of the day, and marched around the city seven times in the same manner. On that day only they marched around the city seven times. 16 And the seventh time it happened, when the priests blew the trumpets, that Joshua said to the people: “Shout, for the Lord has given you the city! 17 Now the city shall be doomed by theLord to destruction, it and all who are in it. Only Rahab the harlot shall live, she and all who are with her in the house, because she hid the messengers that we sent. 18 And you, by all means abstain from the accursed things, lest you become accursed when you take of the accursed things, and make the camp of Israel a curse, and trouble it. 19 But all the silver and gold, and vessels of bronze and iron, areconsecrated to the Lord; they shall come into the treasury of the Lord.”20 So the people shouted when the priests blew the trumpets. And it happened when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat. Then the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city. 21 And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, ox and sheep and donkey, with the edge of the sword.
Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” 6 So we may boldly say:“The Lord is my helper;I will not fear.What can man do to me?”
Romans 8:31 31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
Jesus is the Word made flesh
When you meditate, you practice the presence of the Lord
Psalm 30:5 (NLT)
For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime! Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning.